Newsletter April 2016

Farewell Paul Brock

This month English teachers lost a very dear friend and valiant supporter, Dr Paul Brock. Paul was a life member of ETA, with a passionfor English, for teaching and for teachers. He was at the heart of the association for many years, rose to professional prominence in theacademy and in the Department of Education yet always remained an ETA member and contributed to our growth. To appreciate some ofPaul's ideas, read his 2006 Ken Watson address The Significance of English in Contemporary Secondary Education and hiswork on the first 21 years of ETA in our jubilee issue of mETAphor. There have been many tributes to Paul and it is worth taking thetime to read them to appreciate the nature of professional and civic excellence.  We at ETA will miss his wisdom, warmth and courage.

English Textual Concepts

With the push to encourage higher order thinking and to have students engaging with our subject at a more conceptual level, we have found that ourprofessional development days on the English Textual Concepts have been well supported and well received. These will be run across the state inNewcastle, Wagga Wagga, Armidale, Lismore and Dubbo in Terms 2 and 3. Dates are currently being finalised, so check with your branches or on the website for more details.
If you have not yet seen the concepts, have a look at them with your faculty.  
The English Textual Concepts program is copyrighted by the DoE and and can only be delivered through the ETA. 

Expansion of ETA professional development

We are offering professional development to areas of the school that have direct bearing on secondary English to encourage a consistent approach to matters that impinge on our teaching.  These include
  • Whole school literacy to develop strong leadership with: 
    • Long-term vision and commitment to change 
    • Knowledge of student learning 
    • Consensus between all departments 
    • Consideration of all the stakeholders .
  • English K-6.  Our work with primary English teachers is in the area of the English Textual Concepts to facilitate student transition into high school and to support teachers in clarifying aspects of English.
See all offerings in Events below. 

The Great Australian Spelling Bee

ETA members and their students  are invited to the recording of this show and have been allocated free tickets. This will be an opportunity for anyone interested in the Television Industry or anyone who has a keen interest in the English Language to see the show in real time and have a behind the scenes experience. There will also be a question and answer session for student groups, delivered by the producer.

Filming will be at Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney and seats are available from rom 10.00am until 4.00/ 4.30pm for the following dates:
April: 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th       May: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th



Monday 2nd
Literacy Coordinators: Leading whole school Literacy Program and registration by fax or post. 

Saturday 7th
Teachers: Far North Branch,  HSC Standard Modules and Creative Writing in Stages 4, 5 and 6 English: building culture of creativity in your English classroom and department  Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registration. Session information.

Friday 13th 
Teachers: Leading the faculty in English Textual Concepts. Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registration.

Sunday 15th
Students: Extension 1 Day, Newington College. Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registration.  Risk Assessment.  

Wednesday 18th 
Teachers: webinar series 4.30 - 5.30pm (four sessions)  Across the curriculum Grammar.  Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations. 

Tuesday 24th
Teachers: webinar series 4.30 - 5.30pm (four sessions) Developing a culture of creativity.  Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations

Saturday 28th
Teachers: Early Career Teachers Big Day Out:  The classroom and you. 9am - 3pm, Woolley Building University of Sydney. Program and registration by fax or post


Friday 3rd June 
Literacy Coordinators:  Using the behaviour change model,  Leading whole school Literacy Program and registration by fax or post. 
Thursday 9th
Leaders in K-6 English: Guiding programming K-6 with  English Textual Concepts Program and registration by fax or post.  

Wednesday 22nd
Students: HSC Modules Day: 10.00-2.30pm, University of Technology Sydney Broadway & Haymarket Campus  Program and registration by fax or post.   Online registrations.   Information for Modules day at UTS  Risk assessment.

Premier's ETA English Scholarship

Details and application form.

New Publication

Lots of activities, worksheets  and chapter ideas for you to use, now online!

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Holocaust website 

A new website for the Sydney Jewish Museum contains significant information on the facts of the Holocaust, the experiences of survivors who migrated to Australia,  and information about the Education offerings of the Sydney Jewish Museum.
There will be a newsletter posted once a term from the website, so please let Suzanne Green know if you would be interested in receiving this.
There are also a large number of Holocaust booklets that have been deemed outdated as they display links to the old website. Suzanne would love to offer them to you and your classes as class sets free of charge

What Matters?

The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is calling on students in years 5-12 across NSW and the ACT to harness the power of the written word and share What Matters? If you have an idea about what can be done to improve a local, national or even a global issue, or even if you just want to raise awareness about something that you’re really passionate about, then why not bring it to the forefront, put it in writing and enter the 2016 What Matters? Competition.
The competition is FREE to enter and is open to all students in years 5 to 12 in NSW and the ACT. Entries close on Friday 6 May.
More information about the competition is available at

Persuasive Language

A new resource from Creative Content Australia to support NAPLAN testing.  It is also worth downloading the excellent resource on Copyright and digital citizenship.