Peter Botsman Award 2007

Ted Kent

Ted Kent is English HOD at Runcorn State High School, a position he has held since 1985.  This award acknowledges Ted’s significant contribution to English teaching in Queensland in three areas:

  1. As a classroom teacher
  2. As an English Department Head
  3. As a supporter of ETAQ’s professional development activities

Classroom Teacher

Ted is a dedicated English teacher with a capacity to establish very good rapport with his students and lead them to share his passion for literature and to appreciate the light that it can shed on the human condition.  He reports that classroom opportunities to make Shakespeare relevant to young people continue to provide some of his most rewarding professional experiences.  Though he has now been in the game for quite some time, he is clearly not jaded and continues to enthusiastically devote energy to devising and developing new units of work.  I understand that part of a recent stint of LSL was used to gather further material for a unit on Ned Kelly that is the subject of a workshop he is presenting this afternoon.

Department Head

Ted is a very experienced English Department Head and the leadership that he has provided in that role is a very significant element of his contribution to the profession.  Ted first became an English Subject Master (as the positions were then called) at Mirani High School outside Mackay in 1976.  During his time there he was a District Moderator and became professionally associated with ETAQ Treasurer Jim Buckley who was, at the time, principal of a catholic school in Mackay.

Ted’s calm, organized and supportive leadership has guided teams of teachers through successive phases of English curriculum development and work programs that he has developed are used as exemplars in teacher training.  This is one way in which his leadership influence and commitment to the subject have been able to reach beyond his own school.  This has also occurred via his activities as a District Panel Chair, what District Moderators morphed into, and he has also served on the State Review Panel. 

Supporter of ETAQ

In my opening remarks today I cited some schools that were particularly well represented.  This is indicative of the leadership and encouragement provided by the Head of Department.  Very consistently over a long period of time Runcorn High has been very well represented at ETAQ PD activities.  This speaks loudly of Ted’s commitment to ongoing professional development both for himself and for the team of teachers that he leads.
Ted Kent is indeed a very deserving recipient of one of this year’s Peter Botsman memorial Awards.

Upcoming Events

May Masterclass 2021

THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ANALYSIS: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR PRACTICES? Teaching the process of analysing texts in order for students to produce a spoken or written response remains amongst the most exciting and difficult challenges we face as a community of English teachers. Most recently, the high-stakes nature of unseen examinations fo...

Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


JCU Spectacular

Join Dr Claire Hansen for a two-hour session on teaching Macbeth. We'll dive into an exploration of the language of Macbeth and teaching strategies to engage students with Shakespeare's Scottish play.  The workshop will also explore learning activities for Macbeth created by the Shakespeare Reloaded project. This event is ful...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Grammar Day

A grammar workshop will be held at Elanora State High School  on Saturday 29 May 2021 to assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E). Also highly relevant to Years 11 & 12. This will be an updated re-run of the activity ...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 29th May 2021
Venue:   Elanora State High School
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Voices in the past,Voice in the present

Nicole Broadley and Susan McCosker will present a workshop on Saturday 24 July 2021. The workshop will deal with two texts Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Stranger Things by the Duffer Brothers.  This presentation will be via zoom and will run from 9:00 till 11:00 am. For further information, download the flyer. Registrat...

Category:   Workshop
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 24th July 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
Email Enquiries:   adminofficer@etaq.org.au


Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 7 August as a face-to-face event and online. Recorded materials will remain available to all participants online until the examination week in October. Date Claimer giving further information is available for download ...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 7th August 2021
Venue:   St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000


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