塔州中文学校成立于1997年，由当时只有25 个左右的学生，三位老师，发展到今日学生人数的100 人左右，十六位老师。现如今学校有十个语言班，包括两个成人班（初级，中级），其中语言班中年龄最小的学生只有两岁半。学校为同学们在课后还增设了兴趣班，为同学们能通过绘画，书法，陶艺，歌舞的形式更好地了解中华文化的博大精深。曾开设的兴趣班有：儿童合唱班，太极班，成人书法绘画班，儿童国画班，至今仍坚持开设的儿童舞蹈班和儿童国画书法班。
教学方面：各班级教师均制定了教学大纲，在课堂中老师通过多媒体教学，将教材内容与实际生活相关的题材相结合，力求提高学生学习中文的兴趣。课后老师们将课堂中的授课内容，布置的作业及时地通过邮件形式反馈家长，请家长配合老师在家监督孩子完成作业，加强了教师与家长之间的互动联系。 学校自2014 年开设了“汉语水平考试”辅导班，在2015 和 2016 的两年中，学校一共送了 35 位同学参加了汉语水平考试，均取得了优异成绩。
The Tasmania Chinese School was established in 1997 with around twenty-five students and three teachers. Today there are about one hundred students, sixteen teachers with ten language classes which include two adult classes (junior and intermediate). The youngest student in the language class is only two and a half years old.
There are interest lessons for the students after classes such as painting, calligraphy, pottery, song and dance activities to give students a better understanding of the profound Chinese culture. Over the years, interest classes include chorus groups, Tai Chi classes, adult calligraphy and painting classes, and children national painting classes. Today we have a children dance classes and a children calligraphy class.
Teachers: All the Chinese School teachers have sound educational background. They have the experience, qualification, and they all comply with the School’s three basic principles of love, patience and sense of responsibility.
Teacher Training: The Chinese School from time to time sends its teachers to training courses jointly organised by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and Hanban in China, after which they receive formal Teacher Training Certificates. The School also organises teacher workshops during holidays where they exchange experience and ideas and explore different teaching methods. They also participate in locally organised teacher training seminars.
Teaching Materials: Class teachers have a well-developed syllabus in the classroom through textbooks and multimedia. Teaching contents are often real-life related which is important as this combination strives to improve the students’ interest in the learning of Chinese. After school, teachers will email the contents of lessons taught during the day to parents. It is hoped that this, in turn, will help parents to supervise the students’ completion of after-school work. This interaction and feedback will strengthen the communication between the teacher and the parent. The school opened a “Chinese Proficiency Test” course in 2014 and over the last two years, (2015 and 2016) a total of 35 students participated in this “Chinese Proficiency Test”. All the students achieved excellent results.
Activities: For several years the school has organised different forms of cultural activities for the participation of students, and sometimes other family members, including “Search for your Roots”, “Family Making Dumplings”, “Flea Markets”, “Cultural Days”, “Chinese Shows”, and “End of Year Parties”. Through these activities, the children experience the charm and connotation of multiculturalism.
Students are encouraged to be actively involved in community activities such as the Annual Christmas Parade organised by the Hobart City Council, performances by the children dance team at retirement homes, and more recently at the well-attended Chinese New Year Festival organised by the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania.
Hello everyone! My name is Youyou Pan, and I am the Vice Principal of the Tasmania Chinese School, assisting Principal Kim in the teaching management of the school, including student language level assessment, classes organising/coordinating and teaching progress monitoring. I am also stand-by for teaching in case the teachers have to be absent.