From the President, Autumn 2018

From the President

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

At the end of the first week of term 2 we held our Annual Conference 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 2018. Details of the 2018 JLTAV committee can be found on the JLTAV website.

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 Matthew Duffy from St Patrick’s College Ballarat and all entries were displayed at the conference venue. We congratulate all students on their creativity in their entries for this competition.

The major student event for Term 2 is the ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Student Forum at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton, on Thursday 31 May. Due to the availability of the Robert Blackwood Hall we have had to hold this event later in May. This is a wonderful event to promote the importance of learning Japanese with a variety of guest speakers and cultural performances.

In this newsletter you will also find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 22 July) and at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 29 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 2018 Junior Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 26 August at Presentation College Windsor. Details of the competition are available on the JLTAV website.

The JLTAV is committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas through our 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.

I wish everyone a great Term 2.

Nathan Lane

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