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Principal’s Message for 2016

On 30 January 2016 ASCC will start the first semester of this year. Our teachers have just completed the first of the two annual Professional Learning days and we are ready for the new year.

We have made no small achievement in 2015, but also experienced challenges.

2016 is an important year for implementation of the Australian Curriculum. It is also an important year for our reform of school curriculum based upon the Australian Curriculum Chinese, International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education (Hanban), and HSK Chinese Proficiency Tests Outlines (Hanban). ASCC will continue to implement the Australian Curriculum Chinese, thus to make teaching materials more relevant to Australian students and to improve student engagement and outcomes.

2016 Work Plan:

First, in terms of school, improve teaching quality, and expand the size of school, develop early education, strengthen international exchanges and good Chinese Cultural Centre and the Chinese cultural paradise (Chinese Camp).

Second, in terms of teachers, strengthen teachers capacity and enhance teachers quality, continue to advocate mentor system where the more experienced teachers mentor the young ones, the highly proficient teachers become models for the new teachers.

Third, in curriculum, we continued to maintain Chinese as the main subject, and gradually add other cultural subjects, and gradually set up coaching subjects, and to form the basis of the New Hope Training School.

Fourth, in teaching, continue to explore new teaching model, and advance our school teaching and management to a new level.

ASCC offers ACT Department of Education accredited T courses and is one of the world's first “Overseas Chinese Education Model Schools” conferred by the State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. As it is said, "Teachers are the masters of our school, they are the basis of power to run the school.”

I would like to thank all the teachers for their hard work and dedication.

Happy New Year!

Welcome all and thank you all!

Dr Fuxin Li

The Founder & Principal

Australian School of Contemporary Chinese (ASSC)

23 January 2016

Canberra HSK Test Center Officially Settled in the Australian School of Contemporary Chinese (ASCC)

ACT Education Minister MLA Joy Burch and the Minister Councilor of Education Xu Xiao from Chinese Embassy together inaugurated the first Canberra HSK Test Center on 29th July 2015.

After nearly 10 years of application, the Chinese Hanban / Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Australian School of Contemporary Chinese have signed an agreement to establish a HSK Test Center in Canberra.

The Shadow Minister of Education Mr Steve Doszpot, the Director of International Education Ms Nicole King, the Senior Manger of Curriculum Mr. Martin Hine, the President of ACT Community Language Schools Association Mr Javad Mehr, the Principal of Canberra Grammar School Dr Justin Garrick, the People Ambassador of Australia Mr Sam Wong AM, ACT Federation of Chinese Communities chairman Mr Andrew Yan, the President of Australia Chinese Association Ms Chin Wong, the Chairman of the Chinese Cultural Exchange & Promotion Association Mr Hsing Chou, "Oriental Daily" senior director Mr Kevin Ye, and the Principal Ms Chunling Wang, teachers and students from Second High School of Shandong University and the Australian School of Contemporary Chinese, almost hundred people have witnessed the inaugural ceremony of Canberra HSK Test Center.

China Hanban HSK Center has established test centers in Sydney, Melbourne, and now another test center has been set up in Canberra, which is organized by the China Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and hosted by Australian School of Contemporary Chinese. This contributes to the implementation and promotion of Chinese language exam, and creates favorable conditions for the Canberra region institutions and the public. The Canberra HSK test center opens to the public, and serves all the people.

Admission range: Open to universities, secondary schools, primary schools, Chinese community language schools, Australian Government agencies, companies and any individuals and educational institutions in Canberra.

There are four types of tests in Canberra HSK test center which are HSK, HSKK, BCT, YCT, and Canberra HSK test center will take collective or individual registration. The will be 2 centralized examination twice each year in May and October. If there is requirement of one-to-one test, the time can be arranged based on personal needs.

The information of HSK candidates from Canberra Center will submitted to the China Hanban HSK center. The Chinese Hanban HSK Center will issue the result reports.

Canberra HSK test centers registration starts from 1st August 2015. Candidates can apply on or call us. Contact phone number: (612) 61760528; 61006478. Contacts: Mr He 0425910505; Ms Sun:0430835542.

Work together to Advance Chinese Teaching in Australia: --Summary of 21th CLTFA National Conference in Adelaide

The 21th National Conference of Chinese Language Teachers’ Federation of Australia (CLTFA) was held in the University of Adelaide in South Australia from 4-5 July 2015. Theme was Innovative Chinese Language Teaching and Practice.

There were more than 200 Chinese teachers, specialists, professors, government officials and publishers from Australia, New Zealand, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, British, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries and regions, have participated in this conference. The Governor of South Australia His Excellency the Honorable Hieu Van Le AM specially came to the conference to officially open the conference and give his sincere congratulations. Also the Minister Councilor of Education, Mr Xu Xiao of the Chinese Embassy in Canberra Australia specially attended the Opening Ceremony to extend his warm speech of Congratulation. On behalf of President Mrs Anita Chong OAM, the Vice-President of CLTFA Dr Fuxin Li chaired the conference along with the President of CLTASA Ms Belinda Dello-Lacovo. In the conference, a congratulation message from CLTFA Council was sent to President Anita Chong and Mr. John Crone from Victoria was awarded by his outstanding support and generous donation for the Federation.

His Excellency the Honorable Hieu Van Le emphasized that the government and society have pay great attention and support to Chinese education. Mr Xu Xiao pointed out that the relationship between China and Australia was at its best era, so Chinese teaching and learning should be promoted even further. He expressed his thanks to Chinese teachers in Australia and wished a better future for Chinese education.

In the two days programs, 38 participants from the Asian and Pacific region gave 34 presentations on international Chinese teaching, language evaluation and curriculum development, language, culture and multi-media, the new technology implication in language education and so on. The conference forecasted the orientation and prospect of the Chinese teaching in Australia through review, discussion and communication. Keynote speakers including Dr Mark Shun from the University of Hong Kong, Xiaoping Wang from University of Technology in Hong Kong, Andrew Scrimgeour from the University of South Austral and Dr Jane Orton from the University of Melbourne.

The objective of this conference is to unite teachers and researchers from the aspects of education, linguistic, cultural studies and methodology and to share their own experience, research outcomes, advanced ideology and new perspective. In this way, the conference can expand the Chinese teachers team and improve the teaching quality and level.

According to the conference schedule, and being entrusted by President Anita Chong OAM, the Vice-President f CLTFA Dr Fuxin Li made the annual report for 2014-2015 on behalf of Federation and Canberra Chinese Language Teachers Society (CCLTS), followed by Mr John Meng, president of Chinese Language Teachers Association of NSW (CLTANSW), Hui Richards President from Chinese Language Teachers Association of Queensland (CLTAQLD), Helen Han representative from Chinese Language Teachers Association of Tasmania (CLTAT); Ms Belinda Dello-Lacovo form Chinese Language Teachers Association of South Australia (CLTASA), Jixing Xu President from the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Victoria (CLTAV) and Bonnie Woo president from the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Australia (CLTAWA).

According to the Constitution, the founding president Geoff Davis chaired the election in the council meeting and formed the new generation of committee. Dr Fuxin Li was elected as the new President, Vice-President is Hui Richards (QLD) and Bonnie Woo (WA), Secretary is Jieqi Zhang (WA) and Treasurer is James Wu OAM (VIC).

It has been 22 years since the organization founded (branches for 40 years) was formed in September 1995 in Melbourne, and for the first time the president was taken by educator from ACT. Chinese Language Teachers' Federation of Australia is the largest education association in southern hemisphere and the most professional Chinese education associations in Australia-New Zealand region! The former president Mrs. Anita Chong retired in July 4, and she received the Order of Australia in June 7 on Queen's Day, and she is one of two Chinese who won the Australia national medal. Over the past 21 years, there were four past presidents including Goeff Davis AM (1995-2001), James Wu OAM (2002-2008), Wei Ha (2009-2011); Anita Chong OAM (2012-2015).

Dr Fuxin Li made a short speech after the election, said: "I promoted Chinese language teaching, simplified Chinese characters and Pinyin, and Chinese textbooks as the industry pioneer in Australian and New Zealand region since 1993. I was honored to become the president with support and trust from the Chinese language teaching community. Thanks for the federation to cultivate me, and thanks for everyone to entrust me with new tasks. I will devote myself and do my best to work together to advance Chinese teaching in Australia.

“The friendship between Australian and Chinese has never been so much closer, and Chinese has never been paid so much attention in Australia. The Chinese Teachers’ federation of Australia is united and strong nowadays. Chinese teaching is in the spring, and the federation and society will work together, hand in hand to promote the Australia Chinese teaching career forward. ".

In meeting with the local media in ACT, Dr Fuxin Li said that " I am proud of being in ACT where Chinese is the most common home language other than English. I hope I could work with representative from DET, CCLTS and CLTFA colleagues to promote Chinese language teaching locally and nationally."

Authorized by CLTFA, POB 5270, Lyneham, ACT 2602.

Welcome Speech for Confucius Nishan Press

Honourable Mr Xue Bing, charged affair of Chinese Embassy in Australia, Honourable Mr Steve Doszpot, Shadow Minister for Education, Mr Xuxiao, the Minister Counsellor of Education from Chinese Embassy, Ms Dai Yuan, the Representative from Shandong Friendship Publishing House, Mr Javad Mehr, President of ACT Community Languages Schools Association, Mr Keith Lee, ACT Community Ambassadors' Council of 2015 Asian Cup, distinguished guests, community leaders, media friends, parents, teachers and student

Today we are gathering here to open the world's seventh and Australia's first Confucius Nishan Press in the Australian School of Contemporary Chinese, I would take this opportunity to express our warm welcome to everyone’s presence on behalf of the management committee.

The opening of the Confucius Nishan Press is a milestone for Chinese culture in Australia, in particular, this is an important opportunity for our young generation to learn Chinese culture. I am lucky not only from China but also from Shandong--the birthplace of Confucius.

This event is not possible without the supports from various sectors. We appreciate the supports from Chinese and Australia government agencies, Chinese Embassy, Canberra communities, parents, teachers and student. I would deliver special thanks to the trust from our partnership Shandong Friendship Publishing House. Thanks also go to the media friends of China CCTV, People's Daily, Xinhua Newsagency, Ostar Media Group and FM 88. I would thank my wonderful team from ASCC to prepare this opening ceremony for its success.

Finally I would pay my personal tribute to Mr Xue Bing charged affair of Chinese Embassy for the support for ASCC and its Chinese culture and education during your term in Australia, In particular attending the ceremony before you leave your post, wishing you and your family all the best in the future.

The Confucius Nishan Press will perform an unique role in our promoting Chinese language and culture in ASCC, in Canberra and in Australia.

With all these supports, ASCC and Chinese culture and education in Australia will grow, will achieve and will prosper.

Thanks all and welcome all

By Dr Fuxin Li, 28 November 2014

Principal’s Message for 2013 toward 2014

Learning Chinese for the Era of Australia in the Asian Century

Welcome to Australian School of Contemporary Chinese (ASCC) -- the Accredited and Registered Specialist Education Provider by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS), Department of Education and Training in ACT since December 2008, and one of the 58 Model Chinese Schools worldwide by the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of China in October 2009.

With the release of the Australia in the Asia Century White Paper, Chinese or Mandarin would be one of the two foreign languages introduced under the Australian National Curriculum. There is no better time than it is now to pick up the learning of Chinese language, and you can earn points for your university entrance while studying a Chinese language course in ASCC. The school caters Chinese language classes for school-aged children including Prep, Primary, Secondary and College students and adults, gains recognition at Year 12 and Australian universities recognise its test results via University Admission Index (UAI).

The school gained the ACT Multicultural Award Education Finalist in 2011.

The school seeks to serve as a center for learning Chinese language and culture in the Australian context. It strives for:

•quality teaching and learning and pursuit of excellence by students and staff;

•a safe, well organised educational environment which encourages students early and continuing learning Chinese language;

•development of responsible Australian citizens who have the language skills and understanding of the Chinese culture and society

•an inclusive school culture that respect all students and their diverse backgrounds, needs, interests and achievements.

The Chinese programs in ASCC are developed and implemented under the Guideline of Curriculum and Standard Framework in Australian schools with school-based curriculum development and management. The combined most updating teaching materials, such as Standard Chinese (Bilingual & 2nd Edition), Chinese Made Easy, Ni Hao and My Chinese are adopted as primary and supplementary materials.

The classes in ASCC range from Prep to Year 12 T Courses for the school-aged children. Prep classes intake children at age of 4, sometimes maybe 3.5 depends on their readiness to early start to learn another language. Most of the students are attending the immersion Chinese classes in a Chinese-speaking environment, while bilingual Chinese classes are purposely developed for those non-Chinese speaking backgrounds. Those who have English, international family background or adopted children with Chinese origins are suitable for this class. Year 11 & 12 students may enroll as Beginners or Continuing levels according to their language backgrounds.

The school-aged Chinese classes are operated during ACT government school terms with a group of registered, qualified, experienced and responsible teachers for teaching at different levels. An obligation free trial lesson is offered for those who are interested in these classes but not sure which classes to enrol.

At the end of the academic year, all attendants for Chinese programs in ASCC will obtain Certificate co-signed by representative from the ACT Department of Education and Training, the president of ACT Community Language Schools Association (ACTCLSA) and the ASCC Principal.

In the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the ASCC since 2003 in ACT, a range of special programs for students including attending 2013 National Chinese Eisteddfod in May in Sydney, Chinese Exchange program in Melbourne in June, Chinese Camp in October in Canberra with the support of the Chinese government agency in Beijing and the 10th Anniversary Celebration in November 2013.

So welcome to ASCC and enjoy your class!

1 January 2013

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