Peter Botsman Award 2000

Patsy Norton

Patsy provides a model of what it is to be an English teacher – not just to teach English, but to BE an English teacher.

She has an open, collaborative and collegial approach, encouraging her staff to act independently, confidently and as part of a community of English teachers. Patsy’s contribution to the STELLA Project has been wide-ranging and consistent, and her support of the project has encouraged others to participate.

Patsy shares her ideas and her passion for language with other teachers and students. Her clear communication and purposeful lessons are models of practice. She is willing to change tack and to diverge when it seems appropriate, in her words, she is a ‘risk-taker’ and her enjoyment of the classroom is infectious.

She has a feel for the pulse of learning.

She is also acutely aware – always ready to intercede or facilitate change where necessary.

It is Patsy’s willingness to share that makes her a master English teacher. That is, to share her personal stories, her passion, her experience, her thoughts and her time and to share them with students, student-teachers and other staff. Equally it is her passion for language and for the value of English teaching and for excellence, that prompt this nomination.

Upcoming Events

Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student and teacher events: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour blocks from 4pm - 5:30pm. Live discussions will primarily relate to Writing the Analytical Essay, but students will be free to ask questions about their selected texts. ...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 9th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers

The Teacher workshop  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 from 9am on Saturday 12th September and will remain available until the examination wee...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 12th September 2020
Venue:   Online
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


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:   Southern Cross Catholic College


Early Career Conference 2020: Diving Deep into Teaching

This event for teachers in their first firve 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 is being re-scheduled for Saturday 24 Octo...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th October 2020
Venue:   Wynnum SHS
Venue Address:   25 Peel Street, MANLY


State Conference 2020: Diving Deep

With a heavy heart we announce that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the State Conference will not he held this year. Jeffrey Wilhelm, AATE visiting fellow and Professor of English Education from Boise State University will present a keynote address 'Reading Unbound: The Power of Pleasure Reading'. Dr Sally Humphrey, ACU Mel...

Category:   State Conference
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Sunday 15th August 2021
Venue:   Lourdes Hill School


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