ACTA Submission on School Funding

The ACTA Council was invited to submit submitted a response to the Australian Parliament ‘Senate Select Committee on School Funding’ inquiry. The submission draws on input from ACTA Councillors from around the country as well as the recent ACTA survey into the State of EAL/D in Australia. 


Click here ( to access the Senate Committee website.


The ACTA Submission is number #74

Please note: When the Senate Committee authorises the release of a submission, subsequent publication of it is protected by parliamentary privilege. Please do not download and forward the submission to others but refer them to the above website.

ACTA Submission

Kate Mullin Award

1The 2013 Kate Mullin Teacher Award was awarded to Adriano Truscott (pictured) of Wiluna Remote Community School.  The award was for excellence in improving language and literacy of Aboriginal EAL/D students and was open to all teachers and educators in WA. 

The criteria were developed and the submissions were judged in conjunction with WATESOL – in the persons of Sophia Sabatier, Patsy Konigsberg and Belinda Stewart.  Indeed the award ceremony was held as part of the WATESOL annual conference & AGM at the Institute for Professional Learning in October 2013.   Also part of the ceremony were Ken Mullin, chairperson of the Kate Mullin Association (KMA), Michael and Julie Jacobs of the Lindsay Cozens Trust who kindly sponsored the award, and Sophia Sabatier of the KMA who headed the judging panel.  Unfortunately Adriano couldn’t make it in person to the event, but was available on Skype as the photographs show.

Adriano was nominated for the Award by his Principal, Arama Mataira and the School Council chairperson, Gail Alison.  His nomination addressed the four major criteria to an extremely high standard:

           Improved student outcomes in language and literacy.  Adriano has mentored, coached and facilitated the learning of the school staff in the areas of EAL/D pedagogy and two-way learning.  He has aligned these two pedagogies with the content of the Wiluna Literacy strategy.  From Kindy to Year 12, he has developed a range of multi-age lesson plans, rubrics and resources.  His Principal believes that the school is leading the way in the region in their use of the EAL/D progress map and that students have benefitted enormously from this coherent and targeted approach to language learning.

           Links with Aboriginal families and community to improve student engagement.  Adriano constantly sits and talks with students and their families within the community – both during and after school. He is involved in the team that is developing awareness of working in the ‘Between World’.  This team comprises some teachers and Martu people from the region and they have worked to understand a new way of working two-way at Wiluna school.  The community considers this to be a key element of success at their school.

           Awareness, recognition and valuing of home language/dialect and culture.  This is evident in Adriano’s work, both at Wiluna, and before he went to Wiluna in the “Tracks to Two-Way” learning project.  He was also one of the five authors of the “Understanding Stories My Way: Aboriginal-English speaking students’ (Mis)understanding of school literacy materials in Standard Australian English (SAE)” publication. He now models this and shares this knowledge with the staff on an on-going basis, ensuring that the understandings that the teachers bring to the classroom are broader and inclusive of Aboriginal ways for thinking and learning.

           Development of rapport with students.  Adriano’s Principal affirms that he has taken the ‘shame’ out of the classroom.  Recently, he included two students in the staff curriculum planning session and they contributed openly and actively to this session.  2

Wiluna Remote Community school has seen clear improvement in the students’ literacy in, and language use of, SAE since Adriano’s arrival and it is for this reason, and for all those mentioned previously, that he is the recipient of this important award.  

Teacher Award Flyer

Referee Statement Template

Quarterly E-Newsletter

The quarterly WATESOL E-Newsletter is provided free to WATESOL members. Please click here to access the Members’ Area to access copies of our E-Newsletters and also our Digests and other Learning and Assessment Materials like the Mock EALD/ATAR WACE Exam materials.

Newsletter Submissions

Articles, reports, notices, advertisements, reviews or any other item for inclusion in the journal should be emailed or posted to

Guidelines for Writing an article for the E-Newsletter

  • Content need not be formal but can also be ‘chatty’ in style, and can be light and entertaining as well as informative.
  • Contributions should be typed in 12pt Times New Roman, with no formatting.
  • Contributor’s name and work location or field of interest should be provided.
  • Sources to be cited wherever possible.
  • Copyright regulations must be observed.
  • The editor reserves the right to edit articles that are accepted for publication.

Suggested Topics

  • A day in the life of an ESL teacher
  • Review useful resources, e.g. books, programs, websites, games.
  • Learning styles
  • Assessment
  • Pedagogy
  • Customs/cross-cultural issues
  • Language across the curriculum
  • Report on a conference or seminar
  • Using technology in the classroom
  • “How to teach” pronunciation/reading/writing/spelling/etc.
  • “A good lesson on teaching” grammar/ speaking/ listening/ etc.
  • A personal perspective on teaching

Kate Mullin Award now open for nominations

Are you or do you know an educator who has helped to improve the language and literacy of Aboriginal students?


The Kate Mullin Award has been created in memory of Kate Mullin, former WATESOL President and an educator who worked passionately and tirelessly to improve outcomes for Aboriginal EALD learners.


This award aims to recognise and celebrate excellence in language and literacy education of Aboriginal students.

For more details, click on the attachment:Kate_Mullin_Award[1]

2012 WATESOL Prize at UWA

Elisa Laitt [nee McGowan] received the  for the highest average mark in the TESOL Curriculum units.

Elisa also received the overall Graduate School Education Master of Teaching (Secondary) Prize.

WATESOL is proud to support new graduates and recognise excellence in TESOL education.