Professional Development Events November 2017

Term 4 Professional Learning: Planning and Programming for 2018

Tuesday, 28th November 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Seven Oaks SHS , 275 Sevenoaks St, Cannington WA 6107

The ETAWA would like to invite you to an afternoon of professional

On offer will be four sessions to share ideas regarding programming and
planning for your courses in 2018. Each will be led by a leading educator,
but attendees are invited to share their own ideas of what has proven
successful in their own schools.

Four separate sessions will cater for:

  • ATAR Literature – with special guest, Brian Moon, ECU
  • General English – with Rod Quin, English Consultant
  • ATAR English – with Melanie Thorpe, Carmel School
  • 7-8 English – with Melanie Hindley, Hale School

Each session will cover: approaching the syllabus, assessment, an
opportunity for questions and time for small group sharing of ideas.

Term 4 Professional Learning: Successful Job Applications

Wednesday, 8th November 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Carmel School, 123 Cresswell Road, Dianella 6059

The ETAWA would like to invite you to an afternoon of professional learning.

Writing a successful application, especially for graduates and early career teachers, can be a daunting task. However, it need not be. Melanie Thorpe, English teacher and Head of Secondary at Carmel School, has had the responsibility of employing many staff throughout her career. In this session, she will share a range of tips and strategies from writing a successful application to interview performance. Learn how to address criteria, write an engaging and succinct cover letter and writing in the most appropriate style.

In addition, you’ll hear from two English teachers who have recently been through the application and interview processes, and find out what made them successful candidates.


  • This session is open to graduate and early career teachers, as well as other interested teachers. Students are invited to take this opportunity to join the ETAWA at the discounted student rate, at our website:
  • Afternoon tea will be supplied.
  • Carmel School is located at 123 Cresswell Road, Dianella, with plenty of on and off-street parking and is accessible via a number of Transperth bus routes. The session will take place in the Library.

Professional Development Events September 2017

Term 3 Professional Learning:

(1) Literature discussion & (2) Composing under pressure

Trinity College, East Perth, Thursday 14th September 4:30pm – 6:00pm

The ETAWA would like to invite you to an afternoon of discussion and professional learning.

The observations of many teachers suggest that Literature as a subject is in a precarious state, with schools reporting declining numbers, a lack of incentive for students to take up the subject at WACE level, and a lack of confidence in staff new to the course.

We have gathered an engaging group of professionals to join in the conversation, including current and past teachers, academics in both Literature and teacher education and early career Literature teachers.


Professional Development Events April 2017

Perspectives on the Glossary

Shenton College, Shenton Park, Wednesday 5th April 4:30pm – 5:30pm

You are invited to join our panel for a discussion on the function and interpretation of the ATAR English and Literature glossaries, examining not only specific and problematic terms – ‘perspective’, ‘intertextuality’, ‘allusion’, ‘genre’, and ‘aesthetics’ – but also the potential of the glossary as a teaching tool, and its application both in reference to course-specific usage and across the discipline as a whole.

Kimberley Stories PD 29/8

We are delighted that UWA Co-op Bookshop will be selling copies of Kimberley Stories edited by Sandy Toussaint at our upcoming ETAWA and UWA professional learning event based on this book. This is a great opportunity to hear about a new text that will help teachers address a variety of aspects of the Australian curriculum. With an assortment of short texts from a wide variety of indigenous and non indigenous Australian contributors, there is a richness in having a text that centres on a region, and a strong relevance and sense of connectedness for Western Australians. The session will be held from 4-6 on Thursday 29th August at UWA. Registration is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Afternoon tea is included from 4-4.30 with the session starting promptly at 4.30. For further information email

Register now to ensure you don’t miss out!