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CESA E-Newsletter

August 2013

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Featured Contributions

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From the President, Kathleen McKenzie

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International CESA graduates reflect on their studies

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Cindy, Hong Kong

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Solate, Fiji

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Sylvan, Hong Kong

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Marianna, Italy

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Technology changes learning

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From the President
Kathleen McKenzie

This issue of the CESA newsletter has a nostalgic theme as well as an encouraging article for the future.

Read more . . .

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Cindy
Hong Kong

I came to Australia from Hong Kong to study in the 1980s. My course included shorthand, shorthand speed, typing, bookkeeping and office practice. I did all of my exams through the Commercial Education Society of Australia.

I had heard of it vaguely because a few people I knew at school had done the CESA typing exams. They found that they could get better jobs with a CESA certificate.

I am an Australian citizen now. I’ll tell you how it all began.

Read more . . .

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Solate
Fiji

My name is Solate. I come from Fiji. I was 19 years old when my family decided that I should study in Sydney. I was enrolled in a business college in Sydney and I stayed with my aunty and her family. My family thought that I would have better opportunities if I studied in Australia.

I was the only Fijian girl in the college. I was the only one with really fuzzy hair so I really stood out. The first thing I noticed was how cold it was in winter.

Read more . . .

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Sylvan
Hong Kong

I came to Australia and was enrolled in a business college in Sydney. I came from Hong Kong in the 1980s. I had finished high school there and I had worked for two years. The job I had really had no prospects and no future. I knew that I could achieve something better. So I left Hong Kong and my family and travelled to Australia for study.

I was apprehensive at first. There were quite a lot of Hong Kong students at the college, so that was okay. However, I had never had any friends of other nationalities so I didn’t know if we would have anything in common.

Read more . . .

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Marianna
Italy

I was a first generation Italian girl whose parents thought that I might be better off in a “white collar” job rather than the fruit shop. I didn’t particularly want to go and study after I had finished school and then work with a lot of other people who I didn’t know and wasn’t used to mixing with.

My parents looked around for colleges, and insisted that it must be private and that it must have independent exams.

Read more . . .

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Technology changes learning

Look upon technology as your friend, your helper, not as an enemy or something to be afraid of. Technology can give your students a window into the real world, and you the security of knowing that you are giving students the best possible preparation for the workforce.

Read more . . .

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The Commercial Education Society of Australia was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1911 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. The Society has been accorded the patronage of the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and honoured with a grant of arms by the Earl Marshall of England. The Society was the first recognized body to offer examinations for vocational education and training (commercial education).

The Society provides a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. It has a tradition of providing low cost educational opportunities without discrimination of any kind. It is dedicated to helping and encouraging colleges and staff to improve their teaching standards through networking with other members. It encourages students and individual candidates to strive for high standards and to reach their potential. The Society offers exams both nationally and internationally.

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Copyright © August 2013 Commercial Education Society of Australia

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