Chris Dunn After attaining my Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Biology degree, I spent four and a half years in Japan living in Fukuoka. During that time I attended a Japanese language school where I studied for three years before attaining my Level 1 in the Japanese Proficiency exam. Returning to Australia from Japan, I attended Macquarie University to complete my Graduate Diploma in Education. Since starting work at St Hilda’s School, I have been the senior Japanese teacher and was promoted to the position of Head of Languages in 2011. I have been an active member of the Modern Teachers’ Language Association of Queensland and for the past three years and Vice President of the Gold Coast branch. As a member of the association, I have created opportunities for St Hilda’s students to participate in Regional and State Speech and Writing Competitions. For three years, I was the Regional Speech Competition coordinator for the annual Griffith University competition. For the past five years, I have been the co-convener for the Gold Coast Writing competition. From 1997 to 2011, I was a panelist on the Gold Coast region panel. Since 2011, I have acted as Panel Chair for Japanese in the Gold Coast region and regularly attend Professional Development courses regarding assessment and the curriculum. I am passionate about giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language that they study at St Hilda’s School and have coordinated and conducted nine trips to Japan with students.