March Seminar 2021: Challenge and Change: Doing things differently

We are delighted to announce that we will be back with face to face professional learing events in 2021 - usual format but with some important changes: the March Seminar will be a full day event; the AATE-ALEA National Conference will be held in Brisbane in July and consequently there will not be a state conference.

The Program

Our first seminar on Saturday 13 March, a full day one, will launch our Challenge and Change series. 2021 will allow us to relect on our successes as we manage the challenges inherent in the recent changes to our curriculum.  Keynotes will be presented by: Jennifer Alford, QUT, Teacher Agency and Tristan Bancks, Australian writer of children's and youg adult fiction.

The program has been posted to members and is available for download now. You may register on the website from Sunday 7 February. Registration forms are available as a pdf and a Word doc.

Map of grounds of Iona College

Doing things differently with Covid-19

As we cannot be sure what the landscape will look like in March, contingency plans have been developed to deal with a sudden change in circumstances and to provide a measure of certainty for everyone involved.

If we do have to go into lock-down, the program will go ahead without the face-to-face component. Our keynote presenters are both experienced at presenting online and several of the workshop presenters will also upload their presentations.

At the same time, we are mindful of the needs of teachers of English in rural and regional areas. Consequently, we will be livestreaming the two keynotes, the Peter Botsman Award presentation and one workshop in each of sessions 1 and 2. A second workshop in each session will either be live streamed or recorded and made available shortly after 13 March. For teachers who have registered, the live streamed sessions will be recorded and available for some time after the event.

Registration fees for this event will be made up of two components:

  • A base (or common) registration fee
  • physical attendance charge to cover catering, venue charges etc.

As usual the total cost takes into consideration: mode of attendance, membership status, and employment status as detailed in the table below.


Registration category base registration + Physical attend = Total
member - online $60 - $60
member - physical attend $60 $55 $115
presenter - - -
retiree/student - online $30 - $30
retiree/student - physical attend $30 $40 $70
non-member - online $90 - $90
non-member - physical attend $90 $80 $170

If you register for face-to-face (physical) participation, and the Covid situation sends this event on-line, it is assumed you will engage with the on-line event. Therefore, you will receive a refund of the physical attendance charge. If you pay your registration fee on the website by card, the refund will be processed automatically back to your card. If payment has been made by EFT then you will need to supply us with bank details before a refund can be made.

The Cancellation policy is being varied to accommodate the on-line options. If you register for physical attendance and have to:

  • cancel because of illness, you will receive a refund of the physical attendance fee.
  • cancel for other reasons, you will receive a refund of physical attendance fee up until the Wednesday before the event; after that no refund will be possible.

Covid Safety

We will have a Covid Safe plan in operation. Details will be posted here closer to the event as members would appreciate, lots can change between now and early March.

The  Call for Presenters is still available in case you wish to refer to it. Expressions of interest by 9 December would be appreciated. 

Venue: Iona College
Venue Address: 85 North Road, LINDUM
Starting: 8:30 AM
Saturday 13th March 2021
Ending: 4:30 PM
Phone Enquiries: 0455 464 000
Email Enquiries:
Online participation only: Links will be sent to those registered for online attendance only on Wednesday 10 March. If you do not have this by Thursday morning,  you should contact Trish Purcell asap at or 0455 464 000

Upcoming Events

May Masterclass 2021

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Category:   Master class
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 15th May 2021
Venue:   University of Queensland (tbc)
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000
Email Enquiries:

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 session will...

Category:   Seminar
Start Time:   9:00 AM
Date:   Saturday 22nd May 2021
Venue:   ZOOM
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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:

Teacher event - external assessment

The second series of pre-external examination events will be held for teachers on Saturday 31 July 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 31st July 2021
Venue:   TBC
Phone Enquiries:   0455464000

Student event - external assessment

Flexible modes  of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you.  Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of  Wednesday 8 September and again in the morning of Saturda...

Category:   Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time:   3:00 PM
Date:   Wednesday 8th September 2021
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Venue:   Online
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