From the President, Spring 2017

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 10 September the Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria (JLSCV) was held at the University of Melbourne. Congratulations to Hiroshi Honda, the President of the JLSCV Inc. and JLTAV life member, for his fine organisation 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 for our new student competition, the ‘JLTAV Idol Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter.

Our language immersion weekend to support non-native teachers of Japanese was held from 13 to 15 October. 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: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols who generously gave their time to facilitate this weekend and share their wealth of knowledge with us.

In term 4 our professional learning will focus on ICT and will take the form of two forty-five minute online workshops spread over two weeks in November. Sincere thanks to Shingo Gibson-Suzuki, Japanese Teacher and eLearning Leading Teacher at Taylors Lakes Secondary College, and Vanessa Crouch, Education Officer: eLearning for Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, for presenting these sessions and for sharing their great knowledge of ICT with us. Details of how to register for these professional learning opportunities are included in this newsletter.

Preparations for our 2018 conference are well underway and we aim to release a draft program for the event towards the end of the year. The dates for your diary are Friday 20 April and Saturday 21 April.

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.

Nathan Lane

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