Language lessons link schools INTER-SCHOOL teacher visits are connecting Japanese programs at Mornington schools. The language link between schools help teachers gain a greater understanding of other schools’ Japanese lessons, as well as observe students’ progress as they pass through secondary school. Benton Junior College teachers Paul Seaman and Adele Jones observed Japanese programs at two other schools on their professional practice day, Friday 12 March. Ms Jones said they were welcomed by past Benton students when they visited Mornington Secondary College. “In order to strengthen our program at Benton and gain a greater understanding of what happens in high school Japanese lessons, Morning-
ton Secondary’s Amber Taylor allowed us to sit in on her year 8 and year 7 Japanese classes,” she said. “We also discussed with another Japanese teacher, Melanie Brindle, ways for us to link in with the high school program and any areas they would like us to cover in our primary school Japanese lessons.” Mr Seaman and Ms Jones then went to Red Hill Consolidated School to watch Bronwyn Harder teach Japanese to her primary students. “Over lunch we discussed her comprehensible input teaching strategies and how we can strengthen our Japanese programs,” Ms Jones said. Ms Jones started the Japanese program at
Benton Junior College in 2016. It is taught to all students from foundation up to year 6 and is the only foreign language taught at the school. “Learning a foreign language, such as Japanese, helps students to appreciate other cultures and languages and to continue to learn conversational Japanese and to use it,” Ms Jones said. “A focus of the Japanese department this year is to use phrases, such as thank you, yes, no, happy birthday in the classroom, in the school yard and at home.” Mornington Peninsula Language Teachers Network meets each term to discuss teaching strategies, share ideas and promote school language programs, Ms Jones said. Stephen Taylor
THE Victorian Electoral Commission will conduct a countback of votes on Tuesday 13 April to fill the vacancy on Mornington Peninsula Shire Council caused by the resignation of Hugh Fraser. Mr Fraser was reelected last November ad his position will be filled by one of five candidates who unsuccessfully stood against him in Nepean Ward (“Fraser bows out after ‘differences’ with CEO” The News 15/3/21). The five candidates in the running are Susan Bissinger, Mechelle Cheers, Mark Davis, Simon Mulvany and Gary Naughton. The VEC says the vacancy will be filled by a countback of all formal votes from the 2020 election, rather than through a by-election. “The countback is based on the proportional representation method of counting,” election manager Fran Lombardi said. “The candidate who achieves the quota will be elected. If no participating candidate achieves the quota, the candidate with the highest number of countback votes will be elected.” The countback will be held online via Cisco Webex. A link to the countback will be made available on the VEC website from 9.30 am on Tuesday 13 April at www.vec.vic.gov.au/ Scrutineers and interested parties can attend the countback and the result will be published online at vec.vic.gov.au and in The News. Meanwhile, the VEC this week starts sending out $83 infringement notices to eligible voters who did not vote in the November 2020 municipal elections. The notices will be sent to those who either failed to respond to the earlier apparent failure to vote notice or did not provide an acceptable reason for not voting. Anyone receiving an infringement notice must respond within 35 days – by either paying the fine, requesting an internal review, or applying to go to court. Anyone unsure of their position can call 1300 551 575 or visit vec.vic.gov.au/voting/fines-andreviews
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