From the President, Spring 2016

Welcome to Term 4 and the JLTAV Spring Newsletter. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday break. I know a number of schools go to Japan during the September holidays, and I hope these tours have been successful and most enjoyable.


Our two major student events for Term 3 were the ‘Year 12 Morning’ in July and the ‘Junior Speech Competition’ in August. Reports for these events are included in this newsletter. Many thanks to the teachers and students for supporting these events. On Sunday 11 September I had the pleasure of attending the 47th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest Victorian State Final. I was most impressed at the high standard of Japanese and creativity in the speeches the contestants recited. Congratulations to Hiroshi Honda, the President of the JLSCV Inc. and JLTAV committee member, for his fine organization of this contest.


We also congratulate all the students who submitted an entry for the calligraphy competition. Results for this competition will be announced in term 4.


Please encourage your students to submit an entry to promote the importance of learning Japanese for our ‘Video Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter. The video competition has been a success previously and we hope to receive more entries next year. The videos are a great way to advocate for Japanese in schools.


For the second year in a row we were pleased to offer a language immersion weekend to support non-native teachers from 26 to 28 August. The event was again held in the beautiful surroundings of the Bellinzona Grange Hotel in Hepburn Springs. A report on this event is included in this newsletter. Many thanks to Kathleen Duquemin for organising the weekend and to our mentors: Masako Kennedy, Junko Nichols and Hatsu Watanabe who generously gave their time to facilitate this weekend and share their wealth of knowledge with us.


Two events for teachers will be held in term 4. A primary and secondary professional learning day will be held on Saturday 15 October at Gippsland Grammar School in Sale. Our ICT professional learning will take the form of two forty-five minute online workshops spread over two weeks in term 4. Sincere thanks to Shingo Gibson-Suzuki for presenting these sessions and for sharing his great knowledge of ICT with us. Details of how to register for these professional learning opportunities are included in this newsletter.


Preparations for our 2017 conference are well underway and we aim to release a draft program for the event towards the end of the year. We are excited to again hold the conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.


I wish everyone a successful Term 4 and all the best with report writing and assessment as the year draws to an end. I wish all the students studying Year 12 Japanese great success in their end of year exams.


Please note: You will see in this edition the inclusion of advertisements from our valued corporate members. Each advertisement is hyperlinked and when clicked you will be directed to the company website.


Nathan Lane

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