15 October 2018


On Thursday 17 November 2016 ASTWA (Association of Spanish Teachers Western Australia) held its official launch party sundowner at Scotch College. It marked another significant milestone for the association and its members in their endeavours to promote and encourage teaching and learning of Spanish throughout Western Australia.

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Kate Webster-Blythe, Emma Waters and Amy Ward were honoured to welcome Víctor Ugarte from the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney to share with him ASTWA's journey so far. Victor's visit to Perth on behalf of the Instituto Cervantes bodes very well for the future of Spanish in WA and ASTWA and Scotch College are excited to play their parts in establishing such an important relationship.

The ASTWA sundowner brought together teachers and educators from various institutions around the state and highlighted a great enthusiasm to move Spanish from the margins to mainstream education. Scotch College Big Band 2 kindly played music at the event and contributed to the celebratory atmosphere. We were also joined by Honorary Spanish Consul, Enric Tarraso Letang, UWA Representative, Anna Gadd and Kate Reitzenstein, AISWA Curriculum Consultant - Languages, President of MLTAWA and former Indonesian teacher at Scotch College, who spoke encouragingly of the impact language associations can have on education and praised ASTWA members for their determination to promote teaching and learning of Spanish within the community.

As we look forward to a bright future, ASTWA would like to thank Dr Alec O'Connell for his ongoing support and unwavering commitment to the promotion of languages. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about ASTWA to like our Facebook page and contact us. If you wish to become a member of ASTWA or know somebody else who might be interested, please join MLTAWA and select ASTWA from the list of affiliated associations.

Miss Amy Ward
Modern Languages Teacher