Newsletter February 2016

Changes to Facebook site

You may be aware that ETA Facebook is changing from being a closed site to being one for ETA members only. The security of the site and our service to members are primary concerns for the ETA.  The Facebook group had grown to more than double the size of the ETA and ETA staff have been giving a great deal of their time and their care monitoring the quality of material on the site and correcting any misconceptions posted there. So the decision was made by the Executive to direct staff time more appropriately to the benefit of members.

Main postings will occur on the ETA Facebook page and members can share resources through their various groups (Extension 1&2, Leadership, English Studies).
So if
  • your Facebook name is different from your own name or
  • you are a member through your faculty only
please email the office with the information on this form to ensure that you are not removed from the group.


If you have not signed up for 2016 membership yet please do so by fax, post or online to enjoy the full range of benefits for this year. 

Welcome to Ann Small

ETA services to members will increase this year and to help us deliver these, Ann Small will be joining our professional staff for 2 days a week. 
Ann is an occasional teacher at Western Sydney University and the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield previously held the position of Coordinator: Curriculum, Learning and Assessment in a K - 12 School. She has an extensive teaching background in both the public education (17 years) and Catholic sectors in NSW (17 years). Ann has developed syllabuses for both NSW and the Australian Curriculum, including F - 10 English and the Senior Literature course. She has worked as HSC Marking Supervisor, Senior Marker and, for over 20 years, as a Marker. Ann has also served on the HSC Exam Committee for 8 years.

We are delighted to have her join Mel Dixon (Resources Officer), Jane Sherlock (Project Officer: Student Days) and me, Eva Gold (Executive Officer).

Forthcoming events


Friday 19th
Teachers: Effective Pedagogy in English, The Women’s College, University of Sydney.
Abstracts.   Online registration  Program and registration by fax or post.  

Wednesday 24th 
Teachers webinar series 4.30 - 5.30: Grammar in Context with classroom applications. Program and registration by fax or post. Online registration.  


Sunday 20th
Student Extension 2 Day,
 Beverly Hills Girls High School. Program and registrations by fax or post.   Online registrations. General information.  Risk Assessment. 


Saturday 2nd Teachers: Teaching Extension 1


    Sunday 15th Students: Extension 1 Day

    Saturday 28th Teachers: Early Career Teachers Big Day Out:  The classroom and you.

    Tuesday 24th
    Teachers webinar series 4.30 - 5.30pm Developing a culture of creativity. Program and registration by fax or post. 


      Friday 22nd Students: HSC Modules Day

      Reading Australia Book Pros

      The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) invites your school to participate in a dynamic new program, RA Book Pros, to promote Australian literature. This program places professional authors in the classroom to conduct writing workshops and to introduce teachers to an extensive new teaching resource, Reading Australia.

      The first phase of this program will be rolled out in the Sydney metropolitan area in term 1 and hopes to expand to regional areas of NSW later in the year. Please see the ASA website for further information and to book an author visit.
      This program is proudly supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

      Leadership development Scholarships for women in Education

      The National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI) in partnership with Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national scholarship program to support the development of female leaders across the education sector.

      From January 1st the initiative will provide $3,500 scholarships to women across all areas of the education sector to support their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program – Australia’s most highly attended women’s leadership program.

      Step up into formal leadership positions! Details for applicants.

      Welcome to the new school year! Good to have you guys back!
      ETA has some great events planned for 2016 - new programs, new events and new free resources. We also have the traditional ones too!

      Listen to the voices of members explain why they find ETA membership valuable for their professional persona.

      The BoSTES has announced that in the HSC examination paper all the texts have been put in one booklet and the questions in another booklet. This means that students will be able to refer to the different texts without having to flip backwards and forwards through the exam paper as they have in previous exams.  Note that here the papers have been published as one pdf document but the students will get two booklets. 

      And don't forget our member weebly!
      Many thanks to Viviana Mattiello for her work over the holidays on the videos and the weebly.

      Register at and receive a different professional resource via email every day from 2nd - 15th February.

      Many thanks to Claire Ormiston has kindly allowed us to share this creative writing PowerPoint.

      One of Mel Dixon's famous grammar sessions.