From the President, Winter 2016

During Term 1 we were pleased to offer primary and secondary teachers a language methodology refresher Professional Learning Day which included sessions on ICT and curriculum planning using the Victorian Curriculum. The feedback from the day was most positive and sincere thanks go to our presenters Jan Chalmer, Kathleen Duquemin and Masako Kennedy.

In the first week of Term 2 we held our Annual Conference at a new city venue, 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 2016. Details of the 2016 JLTAV committee can be found on the JLTAV website.

In 2015 the committee spent time reviewing our current website and making plans for a new website that will meet our needs and ensure we continue to have a professional presence on the Internet and be a reference point for Japanese Language Education in Victoria. I thank the committee for their work on this project and we were pleased to launch the website on the Friday at the conference.

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 Samantha Ding from Toorak College and all entries were displayed around the conference venue. We are also pleased to announce the winner of the JLTAV mascot competition was Judy Yang from Monmia Primary School. We aim to incorporate the mascot into future JLTAV events. We congratulate all students on their creativity in their entries for both competitions.

The major student event for Term 2 was the ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Forum at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton, on Friday 6 May. Thank you to Vanessa Shen for convening this event.

In this newsletter you will also find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 17 July) and the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 24 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 JLTAV are committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas. We have asked our colleagues who were our regional representatives in 2015 to continue in these roles in 2016. These colleagues are:

Dianne Collins (Gippsland)
Masako Kenendy (Ballarat)
Peter Sunderland (Wangaratta)

We encourage all teachers to contribute a worksheet for our seasonal newsletter which we aim to include in a dedicated member’s only space on our new website. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

I wish everyone a great Term 3.

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