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  • 10 Aug 2009 9:49 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)
    This year the APCC common activity was to take a video of your Bridge Club together and send it in to be included in the 20th Anniversary music video. Bridge Club Australia took video footage at the 2008 Scienceworks Reunion and that footage featured in the movie. Have a look and see if you can see yourself in the video.


  • 31 Jul 2009 11:57 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    In 2007 the Australian PA saw a need for establishing BC's overseas to have access to a computer to help run their BC's more effectively.
    This year we made 2 newly established BC's very happy!

    At the 2009 APCC, BCA presented 2 refurbished laptops to the following BC's PA's

    Mitateti Mote from Kiribati and 

    Julie Andrews from Vanuatu

    There were many BC's that applied to receive a laptop but the decision was made to let these two BC's to be the first to receive them.

    We hope to continue this program and support the establishment of new BC's in all of the participating
    APCC countries.
    Below are some photos of the donation program as well as two pictures of the classrooms the laptops will be used in Kiribati, just look at all those children’s happy faces!!

  • 17 Jul 2009 11:38 AM | Office Administrator (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, this years Asian Pacific Children’s Convention was severely disrupted due to the presence of H1N1 (swine) flu both at the Marine Camp as well as the Global Camp where the Peace Ambassador program was held. This led to the cancellation of much of the APCC program including the school visit, host family stay, performance event and Energy and Ecology forum. Given the difficult situation, the children coped remarkably well. We were lucky enough to be able to meet our host families and enjoy four days with them after the Marine House Camp, although we were not allowed to stay in their homes. In this time we went sightseeing and got to sample some Japanese food. 

  • 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




    Total Smiles Collected


    Stephanie presented to a PROBUS Community Group

    Stephanie JA 2008


    Stephanie presented to her school

    Stephanie JA 2008


    Mariah presented to her school

    Mariah JA 2008


    Chanel presented to her school

    Chanel JA 2008


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

    Adam JA 2008


    Mat presented to his school year

    Mat JA 2008


    Brayden presented to his school class

    Brayden JA 2008


    Amelia presented to her school

    Amelia JA 2008



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

    Stephanie JA 2008



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

    Adam JA 2008


    Aug - Nov

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

    All 2008 APCC Participants




  • 03 Oct 2008 12:03 PM | Deleted user

    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

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