Peter Botsman Award 1998

Pam Brennan

Pam Brennan needs no introduction to most of you, I’m sure. This year she has taken up a new position at the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies as a Curriculum Officer. However, it is in her previous role as Review Officer, English, that so many of us have become acquainted with her.  Her depth of knowledge of the 1987 syllabus and her interpretation of board policy, have served to reassure and direct many a nervous first year teacher, or novice subject master from the bush.

In the city, her influence has been even more widespread, with visits to high schools, the delivery of papers and workshops for ETAQ and talks to pre-service teachers at our universities.

Pam’s teaching career in Queensland began in 1968 at Mount Morgan SHS where she stayed for eight years, the last two as the inaugural subject master of English. Her penchant for trailblazing as the first subject master in schools was extended with stints at Yeppoon State High School and Capalaba State High, up until 1984 when she was whisked away by the Department of Education to present the English component of the Primary to Secondary Conversion Course.

Next, the Board of Senior Secondary School Studies got their clutches into her and they have been most reluctant to let her go. She travelled the state as part of an in-service team who spread the word on the nature of syllabuses, criteria-based assessment, board policy and on the development of work programs, both junior and senior.

Such a career as I’ve already detailed stands alone on its merits, but for us today it is her contribution to and through ETAQ which especially draws our respect. She has been a continuing member of ETAQ since 1969.

Her contribution as a member of the Management Committee began in 1981 and her active participation on the Executive and Management Committee continued until our AGM earlier this year when she stepped down.

She has held every major position on the committee (with the possible exception of treasurer – and, observing her taste in jewellery this may be a good thing for the association) and has been ever ready to step into the breach, when the occasion arises. Pam has provided the scaffolding to allow others to develop in roes and has then quietly stepped back – surely one of the most important skills of any good teacher.

Pam has held key positions with both our flagships – Inservice, from which we are all benefiting today and Publications, our chance for us all to stay in touch with each other. She has convened state conferences and edited Words’Worth.

In recent years, she has also had a key role as Branch Liaison officer, fostering ETAQ interest throughout the state.

Advocacy is something that Pam values and she has taken every opportunity to press home the importance of having a knowledgeable body of professionals to teach our students. She has represented us the members of The English Teachers Association of Queensland Inc, as our delegate to AATE meetings, defending ‘Queensland’ interests when required and contributing to national positions at other times.

Pam Brennan was the ETAQ nominee to the English Subject Advisory Committee of the Board in 1985-86 after which time she became a staff member at the Board. She continued her contribution to syllabus writing through her involvement as Review Officer. Pam was able to bring a broad perspective to committee discussions, based on her extensive contact with teachers at the chalkface.

Just as Pam enjoyed taking up the challenge of shaping the English learning and teaching as the inaugural subject master in not one, but three, high schools, we take pleasure in recognising her far reaching achievements beyond the classroom in this inaugural Peter Botsman Award.

Congratulations, Pam.

Upcoming Events

Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student and teacher events: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Latest update Detailed information statement and instructions were sent to schools on Wednesday 2nd September. A copy is available here for your information Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour bloc...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 30th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  information and links will be sent to registered participants on Thursday morning Teachers can view the webinar session Preparing Students for the EA on Saturday morning then participate in our live discussion. Or you can choose to run your own workshops later.  Pre-recorded material will be available f...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Monday 12th October 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


SCCC Resource sharing

Andrew Snee and the Senior English staff at  Southern Cross Catholic College would like to share some of the teaching strategies and modelling/scaffolding resources that have been implemented and devised for the demands of general English. From analysing representations of prejudice and alienation in literary texts to creating engaging im...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 17th October 2020
Venue:   Online
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first five years of teaching and those who are new to the teaching of English will submerge you in a new, colourful, and enchanting world where you can engage with your peers. it is also a 'not to be missed' event for preservice teachers.  This event has been re-scheduled for Saturday 24 Octob...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Wynnum SHS
Venue Address:   25 Peel Street, MANLY
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Essential English - Community of Practice Event

Essential English is new for everyone in 2020. We have all been busy creating rigorous and engaging programs for our students and guiding them through a period of extraordinary change and disruption. Now we're ready to take some time out for us. Our community of practice event is an opportunity for us to share some of the exciting work we...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 7th November 2020
Venue:   Citipointe Christian College
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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