From the President, Autumn 2019

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

At the end of the Term 1 we held our Annual Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. This year’s conference was the largest in the history of the Association. A report from the two days has been included in this newsletter. 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 2019. The report on the Association’s activities for 2018 has been included in this newsletter. Details of the 2019 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 Sophie Bloomer from Kilbreda College. We congratulate all students on the creativity in their entries for this competition.

In this newsletter you will find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 21 July) and at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 28 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.

In 2019 the JLTAV is combining with The United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division) to simulate a session of the UN General Assembly in Japanese. This Model UN Conference will be held on Thursday 22 August. This is an exciting opportunity for senior students to use their Japanese in an authentic context. Students will be provided with support materials in Japanese to use on the day. We hope lots of schools will participate in this new initiative. Further details and registration information can be found here.

The 2019 Junior Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 25 August at Presentation College Windsor. Details of the competition are available on the JLTAV website.

Due to decreasing registrations we have decided not to run the ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum this year. We are using this year to investigate a new format for the event with the aim to relaunch the event in 2020. If you have any suggestions for a new format please email me at nrlane@pcw.vic.edu.au.

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.

I wish everyone a great Term 2.

Nathan Lane

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