Orientation for new teachers, 14-16 February, Hong Kong

Dear AITECE teacher,

If you have just started teaching again after the long Spring Festival holiday, we would like to wish you a very successful new term. We hope you have enjoyed the break and any travelling you have done.

We are delighted that former teachers, John Galvin, and James Morgante have returned to China, John to SISU in Chongqing and James to Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics. They are joined by four new teachers, namely Kelly DeCastra and Gregory Webster Clarke who have gone to Hubei University in Wuhan, David Palmer who is in Chongqing Technology and Business University, and Peter Paul Delargy who is in SISU. We wish them lots of happiness as they settle into China and take up their new appointments. Margaret Walsh, the Australian Aitece Coordinator, sends best wishes to all our teachers. At the same time we are sad to lose several teachers, one of whom, Garreth Byrne, has taught in different parts of China over many years. Also leaving are Abe Wong who was in East China Jiaotong University in Nanchang and Margaret Gill who was in SISU. We thank them for their dedicated service to Chinese young people, and we wish them all the best in their new assignments.

We would also like to pass on the sad news of the death in Wisconsin, U.S.A. on the 24th of November, 2014, of Leclare Beres, who taught in Hubei Angel International Nursing College, Wuhan in 2005. Before 1949 she had already been a teacher in Wuhan and on her return in 2005 was happy and surprised to meet a former pupil.

Over the spring holiday we had visits to the AITECE office by Cynthia Chu, Garreth Byrne, and Teddy Collins. Teddy taught for many years in China and was later Office Manager in Hong Kong. He was invited back to give a lecture in China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing and has also been visiting former students in various parts of China. We wish him an enjoyable visit.

The orientation course for new teachers was held in Hong Kong from the 24th to the 26th of February. We hope it was a useful introduction to China for the recently arrived teachers. We recently sent out an updated list of AITECE teachers. Would you check that we have the details about you right, and let us know if anything needs to be changed or inserted. There has been a slight increase in the number of teachers this term. However we would like the number to grow even further because of the important contribution you are making to your students. We have found that one of the best ways of letting people know about AITECE is by word of mouth. So we encourage you to talk about AITECE to your friends who have the appropriate qualifications, in the hope that they would also take up the challenge of teaching in China.

By the time this reaches you spring, with its wonderful display of flowers, and warmer weather will be well under way. May it lighten your hearts and work. The lovely feast of Easter is also fast approaching. May it bring you many blessings and deep joy.


Joe and Rita