Peter Botsman Award - 2015

 

Simon Kindt

Simon is an English teacher who, on every level of his practice, leads by example. His relationship with imaginative literary expression is wide ranging and authentic.

In school, Simon has helped to develop innovative curriculum opportunities for students to develop their literary voice (both written and performative.)  He has spear-headed a poetry slam at his school, Kelvin Grove State College, as well as leading the integration of slam poetry into the curriculum at his school, including facilitating regular collaboration with artists from across Australia and overseas. As such he has brought his teaching colleagues along with him on this journey and a shared enthusiasm for poetry has been a most welcome outcome.

Beyond the school, Simon is the MC of Speedpoets, Brisbane's longest running performance poetry event, and he has published three poetry collections in the last two years. Simon has shared his passion at English teacher conferences at both state and national levels, and routinely works to support young writers as they transition from the  schooling context into the broader arts community.

In 2014, Simon negotiated and delivered the Queensland Poetry Festival's first showcase of student poetry and in 2015 is coordinating Brisbane's first inter-school youth poetry slam, involving schools across the public and private schooling sectors, and across education districts.

In these ways and many more, Simon is routinely integrating his teaching of English into the broader arts community, and helping students to further appreciate the real-world of the literary arts. His innovative practice, deep commitment to the literary art of poetry, and professional initiative are having a significant impact on the education landscape and, as such, he is a worthy recipient of the Peter Botsman Award

Upcoming Events

Short Stories - Year 11

Emma Monfries and Kiri Lucas will present some practical activities and observations from Unit 2: Texts and Culture.  With these activities, students can conceptualise in concrete ways the relationship between place and culture, for example, through layered maps, and to convey this in texts such as short stories.  Students can a...

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th February 2020
Venue:   Ryan Catholic College
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


An Afternoon with Christine Hills

The Darling Downs Branch will present an Afternoon with Christine Hills and the Collins Writing Program on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020. Afternoon tea will be served from 3:15 to 3:45 pm. This workshop will allow teachers and school leaders an opportunity to: Explore elements of grammar that are central to good writing and align w...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Wednesday 26th February 2020
Venue:   St Ursula's - Toowoomba
Email Enquiries:   trish.purcell@bigpond.com


March Seminar 2020: Diving Deep into Story

Literature is the lifeblood of the English classroom and we all endeavour to make our classrooms creative spaces, helping students to experience the pleasures of responding to and creating literature. This seminar will explore diverse ideas related to creativity in English. The keynote address will be presented by Assoc. Professor Kim Wil...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   8:10 AM
Date:   Saturday 21st March 2020
Venue:   Griffith University TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


Diving into Analytical Writing

ETAQ will present a session on how to write an 'analytical essay' on Tuesday 28 April, at Aquinas College, Edmund Rice Drive, ASHMORE. In 2020, students will be required to write an 'analytical essay' in the external exam for General English. However, the term 'essay' is not used consistently across subject areas a...

Category:   Professional Development
Start Time:   3:15 PM
Date:   Tuesday 28th April 2020
Venue:   Aquinas College
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Tony Hytch presents

Tony will present a session entitled  "Getting students assessment ready for Essential English" at Pimlico State High School, Townsville on Saturday 2nd May, 2020. Teachers will explore teh possible options for assessment in Units 1 and 2. In particular how to develop an assessment program which best prepares students for the t...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 2nd May 2020
Venue:   Pimlico High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


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