From the President, Winter 2017

Welcome to Term 3 and the JLTAV Winter Newsletter. Term 2 is always a busy time of the year with report writing, and I hope this has been successful for everyone and you have enjoyed a well-deserved holiday break.

In Term 2 Michael Dalton from the VCAA presented two sessions on analysing VCE results. This was a perfect opportunity for VCE teachers to learn more about interpreting VCE data. We thank Michael for presenting these sessions.

Our first student event for Term 3 is the ‘Year 12 Morning’. This year we are again running the event in two locations: 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 offering the seminar in Ballarat. We wish all Year 12 students success as preparations for their end-of-year exams intensify in Term 3.

Later in Term 3, on Sunday 20 August, we will be holding the Junior Speech Contest at Firbank Grammar School in Brighton. Details of this competition have been included in this newsletter and on the JLTAV website. We extend our best wishes to all participants in this competition and congratulate them all for their participation.

In early Term 4, from October 13 to 15, we will again hold our hugely successful Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend at the Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs. This is the perfect opportunity to practise and develop your Japanese skills with native speaker mentors. Details of this professional learning activity can be found here. Sincere thanks to our 2017 native speaker mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols.

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.

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.

The JLTAV Committee continue to work hard to organise events throughout the year and I thank them for all their hard work, generosity and commitment to the Association. Contact details of the 2017 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3.

Nathan Lane

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