Notice of AGM 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) will hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23 May 2019, commencing at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the PETAA Meeting Room in the grounds of Camdenville Public School, Laura Street, Newtown, NSW 2042 (with options to attend by video conference).

Provisional program

  • 5pm — Venue opens and registration
  • Refreshments provided on arrival
  • 6pm — Annual General Meeting (likely to conclude by 7pm)

The full program for the day will be announced closer to the date.

AGM agenda

  1. Presentation of PETAA’s Annual Report 2018 inclusive of financial reports
  2. Presentation of minutes of the PETAA AGM 2018
  3. Election of Directors. There will be a resolution to fill the two vacancies on the PETAA Board with the two valid nominations received. Details adjacent and below.
  4. Other Business. Hear more about how PETAA operates and its plans for the future, while also providing members an opportunity to raise questions of the PETAA Board and General Manager.

Attendance by video conference

There will be video-conference opportunities for members to join the AGM. Please email us on [email protected] with your request to join by video conference, stating your membership number, to receive a video conference link and invitation by email closer to the date.

By order of the Board

Kevin Peters
Company Secretary, PETAA
1 May 2019

Explanatory notes

Items 1 and 2: Annual reports

The PETAA Annual Report 2019 will be presented to the meeting. The report includes the financial report, the Directors’ report and the Auditor’s report. Reports will be provided closer to the date of the AGM. As permitted by law, a printed copy of the Annual Report has been sent only to those Members who have elected to receive a printed copy.

Item 3: Election of directors

For the 2019 Election there are two vacancies to be filled. Both vacancies are due to the positions becoming vacant as the incumbents, Lorraine Beveridge (NSW) and Susan Feez (NSW), retire in accordance with rule 30 a) of the PETAA constitution. We acknowledge receipt of two (only) nominations for the Board of Directors in 2019. The nominations received fulfil the requirement stipulated at rule 26 c) of the Constitution — of the Member Directors not more than four can have an address in the Register in the same State/Territory.

The five directors continuing at the close of the 2019 AGM will be Robyn Cox (NSW), Mardi Gorman (VIC), Pauline Jones (NSW),  Helen Kenworth (QLD) and  Bronwyn Parkin (SA).


A Member who is entitled to attend and vote at this meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of the Member. To be effective, Proxy Forms (completed and signed) must be received by PETAA at the address given on the Proxy Form by no later than 10.00AM AEST on Wednesday 22 May 2019. Note also that members also have the option to attend by video conference.

Proxy form 2019 AGM (156 kB)
(Microsoft Word Document)
Proxy form 2019 AGM (107 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)

Nominations for two vacant positions

Therese Gawthorne (NSW) has a Master of Instructional Leadership, University of Melbourne 2016 and Master of Education, Leadership, University of Western Sydney 2011, building on a Diploma and Bachelor of Education degree and 30 years experience as a classroom teacher with NSW Department of Education (including 20 years as assistant principal and three years in rural positions). Therese has been, and continues to be, an instructional leader in English and literacies across learning areas. She believes in the need to share with beginning teachers the importance and value of professional associations, to support and advocate for the profession, to support teachers in managing ever-increasing workloads, to ensure teachers and students are well-prepared for the future, and to promote and preserve the value of quality texts in a digital world.

Therese is passionate about children’s literature, the teaching of English, striving for continuous improvement and passing on her experience and enthusiasm to teachers across schools. She is currently a Curriculum Advisor for the NSW Department of Education, within the division of school services — providing curriculum implementation and operational, strategic and responsive support to communities of schools and individual schools. Therese is also a member of the NSW HSIE Advisory Committee.

Julie Hayes (SA) has been Principal of Cowandilla Primary School for 16 years and retired in January this year. Cowandilla Primary is a PETAA member school and seen as a regional and state wide leader in good literacy teaching practice. During her time as Principal Julie was seconded for a year to lead a mentoring program for leaders and Aboriginal teachers, and for a further year as an Education Department Literacy Advisor. In addition to 25 years experience in working on not-for-profit schools Boards, Julie has been on the Board of the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA) for five years, for three years as Vice President and eight months as President. She has also been on the National Board of the Australian Government Primary Principals Association (APPA) for three and a half years.

Julie believes we need to convince teachers, leaders and decision makers that good literacy teaching is based on good theory and deep understanding about how language works in different texts and contexts, and that we need to grow knowledge, expertise and trust in our teachers. In 2018 she received the John Laing award for ‘Outstanding leadership in providing professional leadership in schools,’ across South Australia (an APPA award). In 2019 Julie was made a life member of SAPPA in recognition of her contribution in supporting principals across South Australia.

PETAA in 2019 and beyond

PETAA is an incorporated not-for-profit national association.

PETAA’s purpose is to build the knowledge, capacity and resources of primary schools to create confident, skilled, best-practice educators in the area of language, literature, and literacy: the three interrelated strands of the Australian Curriculum: English. We support the CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL GROWTH of Australian teachers and schools.


PETAA provides key Professional Learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career evolution from graduating to leading others. We offer different modes of delivery – face-to-face, online, self-directed, conferences, and professional learning intensives.


Our quality publications and online resources are relevant, evidence-based and accessible knowledge packages developed specifically for professional reading and planning. Our authors are acquired for their high academic credentials and practical communication abilities. Through our books, papers and interactive units of study, PETAA offers both theoretical, researched background on best practice teaching — and the practical, classroom tested approach for applying those theories every day.


PETAA contributes significantly to the growth of evidence-based knowledge about English and literacy teaching and learning through our publications and the PETAA Research Grant, with our members’ GROWTH as our end goal.

Becoming a PETAA Board Director

PETAA is governed by a Board of seven Directors who determine the organisation’s strategic direction and to whom the General Manager and operations team reports. To function effectively, the Board needs to embody a strong mix of cross-sector education experiences – local and national universities, private, public, denominational and independent schools – and corporate skill-sets — organisational management, corporate governance and financial probity. During its 40 plus year history, PETAA’s Boards have drawn from a broad range of professional backgrounds including academics, school principals, educational consultants, classroom teachers, parents, business representatives and legal professionals.

In 2019 the current Board would welcome new Directors with skills in digital publishing, and encourage new graduates to consider nomination.

Documents that will help you better understand the roles and responsibilities of a PETAA Director include:

Do you have sufficient time available to meet the commitment required of PETAA Directors?

Over the course of the next 12 months, each Director is expected to:

  • Prepare and attend (preferably in person) four Board Meetings up to two days each (9am–4pm). PETAA arranges all travel. Though it is preferred that Directors attend in person, PETAA has the facility to video conference Directors into the meetings.
  • Attendance at committee meetings 6–11 times per year via video conference if not in person*. Time allocation depends on which committee the Director sits.
  • Attendance at the Annual General Meeting (via video conference or in person)
  • Attend to all other matters such as online reviews of documents, and including any such attendances as are necessary to fulfill the role of Director.

* PETAA currently has two key committees — the finance and audit committee meet every month or two and each meeting lasts for approximately 1 hour. The professional learning and publications committee meet every 6–8 weeks and each meeting lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.

Being a Director of the PETAA Board is an exciting professional challenge with responsibility for governing, overseeing the affairs of and making strategic decisions in the best interest of its members.

Benefits of being part of a PETAA board include an opportunity for personal and professional learning in areas of:

  • corporate and managerial knowledge in addition to increasing the range and depth of your discipline-specific knowledge around literacies education
  • a high level interaction and participation within the national education architecture and peer-professional associations
  • the opportunity to shape PETAA operations in the areas of publishing and professional learning programs, special educational projects and other activities that align with the PETAA mission


Remuneration for PETAA Board Directors is modest. Board Directors receive an annual fee of between $1000-$4000, depending on the Office held. We ensure Directors do not incur expenses as part of their role and Board Directors may also access a small amount of financial support to further their individual professional learning goals.

General qualities of prospective board directors include:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Advocacy, Stewardship and Integrity
  • Knowledge (of PETAA and wider community)
  • Personal Commitment and Diligence
  • Collegiality.

Desirable qualities of prospective board directors include a commitment to and understanding of PETAA stakeholders and the ability to enhance PETAA operations within the context of our core purpose. This might be achieved through:

  • professional experiences and / or leadership accomplishments within education, business, government, finance, legal and HR, philanthropy, or the not-for-profit sector
  • understanding of governance and corporate related issues including policy development, risk management and organisational evaluation
  • an affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • an understanding or willingness to learn about the role of ACARA, AITSL and ESA in the current national educational context
  • being a financial member of PETAA
  • being free from any conflict of interest.

The PETAA Board comprises many passionate and professional people who bring a broad range of valuable experiences and knowledge to collaborating and supporting teachers in new, engaging and relevant ways. If you, as a PETAA member, believe that you have relevant experience, passion and a strong voice, then consider contacting PETAA, or simply download the Nominations form 2019 (.pdf 89 KB). Nominations close by COB 18 April 2019.