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

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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