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Supersize Your Literacy Outcomes: An Introduction to THRASS with Denyse Ritchie (North Metro)

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THRASS is an acronym for Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills. It is a system for teaching learners of any age about the building blocks of reading and spelling, that is, the 44 phonemes (speech sounds) of spoken English and the graphemes (spelling choices) of written English. THRASS has a unique methodology known as the THRASS Specific Pedagogical Practice (TSPP).

THRASS is divided into three main skill areas – reading, spelling and handwriting. These skills are interrelated and build on each other to increase a learner’s knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the 44 phonemes and the 26 letters of the alphabet – The Alphabetic Principle) – the key to successful reading and literacy.

How can THRASS help?

Learners who have difficulties with handwriting will focus unnecessary attention on letter formation. When copying from the board, a work sheet or a book they are unable to concentrate on the words and/or the spelling choices (graphemes) in the words.

Learners who have difficulties with reading will be unable to accurately follow written instructions, or gain what they should in terms of pleasure and knowledge from reading books.

Learners who have difficulties with spelling will have problems with dictation activities and in expressing themselves creatively with free-writing. 

Many learners who are poor readers and spellers lack confidence because they are not aware that speech sounds (phonemes) may be represented by different graphs, digraphs, trigraphs and quadgraphs (one, two, three or four letters representing one phoneme i.e. spelling choices). That is, they are not aware of the Alphabetic Principle.

As in mathematics, it is not just the correct answer that is important, the working memory and understanding of how to achieve the correct answer are vital to the cognitive process (deep understanding) for future learning.

AITSL aligned certification will be provided for all participants on completion

How much are tickets? 

Just $5 for Network Teach Members & $10 for Non Members + a small booking fee.

What's included in the SUPER LOW ticket price?

  • Workshop Attendance.
  • AITSL Aligned Certification for all attendees.
  • Light refreshments.

Why are tickets to this event so cheap?

This event is not designed to make a profit. As a not for profit organisation, we simply seek to provide high quality access to education based Professional learning opportunities.

We have also heavily subsidised this event in thanks to our sponsors who contribute to the overall event costs. 

What are my parking options for the event?

FREE Parking is accessible on site.

What should I bring to the event?

We strongly recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and bring your wallet/purse. 

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Simply email us at with any query you may have and we will provide a response within 24 hours.

 Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Absolutely, simply contact us with the new name and email address of the attendee via our Facebook page or via email at: 

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A printed ticket is NOT REQUIRED for this event as we will simply check you in upon arrival. 

What is the refund policy?

Due to the heavily discounted cost of this event, refunds are not provided for this event. We do however offer you the opportunity to on-sell your ticket. We simply need the details of the new ticket holder (full name and email address).


The event is located at St Luke's Catholic Primary School, 17 Duffy Terrace, Woodvale. Event venue: Main Dance Hall - Building on the far left of the School.

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