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  • 31 May 2009 11:29 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The second meeting for the selected Ja’s was a sleepover meeting.


    At this meeting the children spent the night together and bonded as a group, while learning more about their responsibilities as a JA and what to expect on their visit to Japan.


    During this meeting we also spent some time playing games and preparing the performance to do at the Bridge Club Festival while in Japan

  • 18 May 2009 11:33 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    On the 17th May 2009 the Japan Club ran their annual Japan Festival at the Box Hill town hall.


    BCA took this opportunity to meet at the Box Hill Guide Hall and make some Okonomiyaki for lunch and play some traditional Japanese Games before heading over to the festival to have some fun together.


    There were plenty of things to see and do, all with a Japanese flair and we can’t wait to meet again to go to the festival next year.

  • 28 Feb 2009 12:15 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Osaka Festival, held annually in Melbourne, was the perfect setting for Bridge Club Australia to host the 2009 Bridge Club Reunion. Over 20 children attended and the Australia Japan Society funded a Kite making activity that all the children activity participated in. 



    The highlight of the event was catching up with fellow JA's but fun was also had making and flying Japanese sled kites, eating a shared picnic and then participating in the Osaka Festival events.


  • 31 Jan 2009 12:23 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Junior Ambassadors (JAs) for the 2009 APCC have now been selected and training for their big adventure has begun.


     At our first official training meeting we chose our cultural presentation background music - Celebration by Kylie Minogue, and we started thinking about the dance moves for the presentation.


     We also discussed the program outline for the APCC and informed the JA's and their families about the marine house and host family expectations. There were lots of questions that the new JA's had for past participants and everyone is excited about the next meeting in April, a sleepover meeting where we work on our presentation and meet last years JA's.

  • 23 Jan 2009 12:05 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    The Junior Ambassador (JA) selection process started late last year in the hope to find eight eager eleven year olds to represent Australia at the 2009 APCC. After submitting applications through their school Japanese teachers, a fun day was organised to observe how the children interacted with similar aged peers. After close observation twenty children were selected and later invited to be interviewed. After the interview between the child and representatives from both the APCC liaison office in Australia (The Australia Japan Society of Victoria) and the Bridge Club, an announcement was made as to who was selected to attend the 2009 APCC

    The lucky 8 children have been selected and now the preparation begins.

    Three meetings are planned to be held over the next six months. Firstly there will be an information session to allow both the JA’s and their parents to learn more about the APCC and the Bridge Club. The second meeting will be a sleepover meeting where the children will spend the night together and bond as a group, while learning more about their responsibilities as a JA and what to expect on their visit to Japan. During this meeting there will also be time to put together a performance to do at the Bridge Club Festival while in Japan. The third and final meeting will be held to collect any final information, practice the prepared performance and swap collected souvenirs so each child had a box full of things to give out to their new friends at the convention.


  • 03 Jan 2009 1:15 PM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    During the PA camp in 2008, PAs and BC Japan members discussed what we should do as a common activity for 2009 and concluded that we will focus on promotion this year because we think it is important to inform the public about the APCC and understand how the APCC is trying to spread peace and co- existence. Thus, we launched the "100,000 SMILES" project which intended to spread the aims and the message of the APCC and BC to 100,000 people by the time of the next APCC. The target was exceeded, and below are the details of Bridge Club Australias contribution.

    Australia’s Contribution

    Month

    Event

    Contributor

    Total Smiles Collected

    Aug

    Stephanie presented to a PROBUS Community Group

    Stephanie JA 2008

    100

    Stephanie presented to her school

    Stephanie JA 2008

    180

    Mariah presented to her school

    Mariah JA 2008

    220

    Chanel presented to her school

    Chanel JA 2008

    120

    Adam presented to his school year 3 to 6 and more in-depth to his class.

    Adam JA 2008

    225

    Mat presented to his school year

    Mat JA 2008

    60

    Brayden presented to his school class

    Brayden JA 2008

    18

    Amelia presented to her school

    Amelia JA 2008

    140

    Sep

    Stephanie had a full page article in the Burwood Bulletin newspaper reviewing her APCC experience and hope for the future.

    Stephanie JA 2008

    6000

    Oct

    Adam wrote an article that was published in the Multicultural Victoria Magazine.

    Adam JA 2008

    5000

    Aug - Nov

    Articles written by 2008 JA’s and PA’s were published in the Australia Japan Society Newsletter

    All 2008 APCC Participants

    280

    TOTAL

    12343 SMILES IN AUSTRALIA!

  • 03 Oct 2008 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    In late September the Australia Japan Society hosted a hanami picnic, held in the Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, Victoria. The Cherry Blossom Trees were in full bloom and the view was spectacular. Past JAs, PAs and Bride Club members attended and the day was enjoyed by all, the 2008 JAs especially enjoyed the tea ceremony held under the trees.

    2008 Sakura Festival 3.JPG

    2008 Sakura Festival 2.JPG

  • 27 Aug 2008 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    On August the 24th, the 2008 Bride Club hosted a reunion for the 2008 APCC JA's. The day started with a set menu lunch at Kinkaku restaurant where we all tried Tempura, Yakitori, Okonomiyaki, Gyoza and Sushi.

    2008 JA Reunion 1.JPG

    After lunch we went to Paper Haven Scrapbooking Shop where we made front pages for our new APCC albums and also made photo frames to send to our host families in Japan.

    We had a great time and it was good to see everyone again!

     

    2008 JA Reunion 2.JPG

  • 12 Aug 2008 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    The 20th APCC was held in Fukuoka in July 2008.  The chaperone Janet Whittle accompanied the eight selected children: Adam Payne, Brayden Longley, Andrew Tang, Matthew Teasdale, Stephanie Clare-Cover, Amelia Ryan, Mariah Kennedy, Chanel Pardoe.

    The Exchange Camp was held at the start of the project for five days at Marine Camp where the children had the opportunity to mix with nearly 350 children from all around the Asia Pacific region.  This year, the children were involved in a number of activities on site including ikebana, origami, dressing in yukata and ball games.  The sports day was held again this year and provided the children with the opportunity to have fun and join together in non-competitive fun activities.

    Erin Maitland participated in the Peace Ambassadors program as a Special Peace Ambassador during the Exchange Camp and then later at the Peace Ambassador Camp,  which involved workshops and discussions relating to the future of Bridge Club and possible activities/opportunities that members could be involved in.  Erin was also lucky enough to be selected as a room leader and events host at the Exchange Camp.

    Our delegation was again involved in the School Visit program and they were fortunate to be hosted by Yokote Elementary School again this year.  The children attended for four days and the school had prepared many exciting activities for the group, including a day trip to Fukuoka organised by the students themselves

    During the home stay time, the JAs enjoyed a range of activities including visits to the baseball, bowling, visiting Daizufu, hot spring baths and other tourist spots.  The group also participated in the APCC festival in central Fukuoka where the group performed their presentation and then two days later at the APCC 20th Annaversary event which closed with the original composer of the festival song singing ‘We are the Bridge’.

    2008 APCC 1.JPG

    2008 APCC 2.JPG

    2008 APCC 3.JPG

  • 24 Jun 2008 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Junior Ambassador (JA) selection process started late last year in the hope to find eight eager eleven year olds to represent Australia at the 2008 APCC. After submitting applications through their school Japanese teachers, a fun day was organised to observe how the children interacted with similar aged peers. After close observation twenty children were selected and later invited to be interviewed. After the interview between the child and representatives from both the APCC liaison office in Australia (The Australia Japan Society of Victoria) and the Bridge Club, an announcement was made as to who was selected to attend the 2008 APCC.

    Three meetings were then held over six months. Firstly there was an information session to allow both the JA’s and their parents to learn more about the APCC and the Bridge Club. The second meeting was a sleepover meeting where the children spent the night together and bonded as a group, while learning more about their responsibilities as a JA and what to expect on their visit to Japan. During this meeting there was also time to put together a performance to do at the Bridge Club Festival while in Japan. The third and final meeting was held to collect any final information, practice the prepared performance and swap collected souvenirs so each child had a box full of things to give out to their new friends at the convention.

    The next time we meet will be bright and early at the Melbourne Airport where we will say goodbye to our families and head into the sky on the way to the 2008 APCC.

    2008 JAs get ready for APCC 1.JPG

    2008 JAs get ready for APCC 2.JPG

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