From the President, Autumn 2017

Welcome to Term 2 and the JLTAV Autumn Newsletter. I hope everyone had a great Term 1.

In the second week of Term 2 we held our Annual Conference for the second year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. The Annual General Meeting was held at the conclusion of Friday’s workshop program and I extend a very warm welcome to the new committee for 2017. Details of the 2017 JLTAV committee can be found on the JLTAV website.

In 2017 the JLTAV celebrates 45 years as a Single Language Association. This is a significant achievement for a language association in Victoria. At the conference we hosted a cocktail party to celebrate this milestone. We pay tribute to all our colleagues who have played a role in the rich history of the JLTAV.

Thank you to those students and schools who supported the competition to design the front cover of this year’s conference book. We received a large number of entries thereby making it difficult to select a winner. The winner was Jake Vincent from Chaffey Secondary College and all entries were displayed at the conference venue. In the conference satchel we included sheets of stickers from our recent sticker competition and in this newsletter we have included the winning entries. Thank you to Masahiro Yamazaki for organising this competition. We congratulate all students on their creativity in their entries for these competitions.

The major student event for Term 2 is the ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Student Forum at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton, on Friday 12 May. Thank you to Vanessa Shen and Robbie Muljana for their superb organisation of this event. This is a wonderful event to promote the importance of learning Japanese.

In this newsletter you will also find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 23 July) and the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 30 July). We are pleased to be able to support our colleagues in regional areas by again offering the seminar in Ballarat. The venue at Loreto College holds 144 seats and as soon as this venue becomes full, students and teachers will need to attend the session at the Robert Blackwood Hall in Monash University Clayton. Teachers will be informed of this and we encourage teachers to register early to avoid disappointment. The same content will be presented in both locations. Details on how to register are included in this newsletter.

The 2017 Junior Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 20 August at Firbank Grammar in Brighton. Details of the competition are available on the JLTAV website.

The JLTAV is committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas. We are pleased to launch a regional support scheme. Details of this are available on the JLTAV website under the ‘support’ tab.

We congratulate the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV) on their recent 70th Anniversary Platinum Dinner Celebration. 70 years is a significant achievement for a language association and throughout this time the MLTAV has shown great leadership in languages.

The MLTAV should be very proud of their rich history and significant achievements over 70 years. The JLTAV recognises and appreciates the great support we receive from the MLTAV as we both strive to advocate for and promote quality languages programs in Victoria. We wish the MLTAV all the very best for the future.

At the 70th Anniversary Platinum Dinner, Certificates of Merit were awarded to 11 teachers across all languages in Victoria who have shown exceptional and outstanding contribution to languages teaching in Victoria. Congratulations to the JLTAV Vice President, Kathleen Duquemin, and President, Nathan Lane, who each received a Certificate of Merit.

In 2016 the JLTAV launched the JLTAV Certificate of Merit. We encourage members to read the information about this certificate on the JLTAV website (available here) and to nominate their colleagues for their outstanding contribution to Japanese language teaching in Victoria.

I wish everyone a great Term 2.

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)