Speak. Read. Write.

Give your children a chance to learn the Chinese Language and to understand and learn more about Chinese traditions and culture

2024 Enrolment Form/Fees/CAV MembershipDownload 2024 School Calendar

General Info

Principal: Shirley Chen

Grade Levels: K-12. The school is accredited by the Victorian Department of Education and Training

Curriculum: K-12 in accordance with the requirements of VELS and VCE. Our program has been designed to meet the learning needs of children learning Chinese as a second language in Melbourne. The program is broad, interesting and builds on the Social and Emotional Learning needs of the children as they progress from Kindergarten to Year 12.

  • Small classes for personalised attention to students capabilities
  • Highly qualified and experienced Principal and Teachers
  • Air-conditioned and well-equipped classrooms
  • Safe and beautiful environment
  • Outstanding VCE results
  • Free admission for 3-4 years old & free trial lessons


  • 创建于1982年,墨尔本历史最悠久的中文学校
  • 专业教师团队、师资雄厚、VCE成绩显著
  • 校舍舒适、环境优美、设施先进
  • 开设课程:幼儿班十二年级VCE中文班
  • 幼儿班(3-4)学费全免、免费试听

Quick Info

Registration and Enrollment

Student Registration
All students need to fill in the enrolment forms and pay school fees before commencing classes.

School fees cover textbooks and exercise books (replacement of lost books requires additional payment). There is an additional charge for VCE trial exam and supplementary materials.

For all children’s safety, Kinder to Year 2 students need parents/carers to “sign in” at “dropoff”, and “sign out” at “pickup” every time.

Withdrawal Conditions

Written Student Withdrawal notification is required. 50% of paid tuition fee is refundable if student withdrawal occurs within 4 weeks of enrolment. Enrolment, material and admin fees are not refundable. A withdrawal fee of $20 applies.

History of the School

In the Beginning

Founded in 1982 by 3 friends, Dr Ka Sing Chua, the late Dr Khee Kok Pang and Ramona Chua, the CAV School began teaching Chinese Language with teachers initially employed by Mrs Easter Wu who was subcontracted to provide the service. An Education and Cultural Subcommittee (ECS) was formed to oversee the running of the school. The following year, ECS took over the entire operation of the School, from employment of teachers to locking up classrooms at the end of the day. For 14 years, classes were conducted at Nunawading High School, Forest Hill. In January 1996, CAV School moved to its own, new home in Wantirna, where classes were organised into morning and afternoon sessions. In 2008, classes were reorganised into Sundays only. As student numbers increased in 2010, 2 portable classrooms were added. By 2013, the School had expanded to a total of 13 classrooms.

School Administration

Throughout the history of CAV School, all administration has been overseen by the School Council that comprises of several CAV EXCO members, teachers and parents. All members of the subcommittee are volunteers with the exception of the Office Administrator and the teaching staff. School council meets regularly to discuss

Curriculum Framework (English)

Not your average school…


teaching staff with, or completing Masters Degrees

Assimilating Chinese Traditions and Culture

Chinese New Year

Hong Pau traditions

Chinese New Year

Up close and personal with a Lion

Duanwujie 端午节

Passing on Zong zi making skills

Duanwujie 端午节

Zong Zi making class in session!

Zhong qiu jie 中秋节

Lanterns ready to go!

Zhong qiu jie 中秋节

Dressed up and ready to go outside

Zhong qiu jie 中秋节

Safely walking outside the school

Children's Presentations

Cultural concerts through the year

Appreciating Chinese Culture

Teachers dancing for the children

A key strength of the Chinese School is in the integration of professionally managed Chinese festival celebrations, traditions and culture organised by the CAV, into our curriculum. Its not just about learning  another language. Its about family and culture.

Our Curriculum

Children in preschool class learn greetings, numbers, family members, colour recognition and body parts, etc.

On the basis of the knowledge learned in the Kindergarten, the preschool class begins to learn Pinyin initials, finals and four tones; learn to sing nursery rhymes, learn to write a word every week; recognize Chinese numbers / family members / colours / statio-nery / pets, farm animals / fruits, etc.; Learn to speak simple classroom language and polite language.

See links in “QUICK INFO” on left for detailed curriculum in English and Chinese.

Year 1

Textbook: “Chinese 1”.

Review the knowledge that Prep has learned; continue to learn Pinyin (Double Pinyin / Triple Pinyin); four tones; the teaching of the first volume of Chinese; learn the radicals of the characters and the correct stroke orders; be able to use the new word groups that have been learned to make sentences. Learn to sing nursery rhymes; be able to speak classroom language and polite language and simple dialogue.

Year 2

Study “Chinese 2”.

Continue to learn and consolidate Pinyin; learn quantifiers /radicals and group words.

Introduce the pronunciation rules of Chinese characters; use simple polite expressions and classroom expressions in the classroom; tell the time and date or the content and topics related to the text

Year 3

Study “Chinese 3”.

Further strengthen the study of Chinese Pinyin; my family, my birthday, and learn Tang / Ancient poems, read texts, recite certain sentences; understand the structure of Chinese sentences; proficiently use polite language and classroom language .

Year 4

Study “Chinese 4”.

In addition to the content of the textbook, understand the seasons and climate; learn fairy tales and Tang / Ancient poems; understand some of the places of interest in China; learn fairy tales (politeness, wisdom) + diary entry format.

Year 5

Study “Chinese 5”.

In addition to the text, continue to study Chinese places of interest, learn fairy tales and idioms, ancient poems; learn how to look up new words in dictionaries, + Chinese food culture and traditional Chinese medicine: Li Shizhen.

Year 6

Study “Chinese 6”.

Learn idiom stories, stories of historical celebrities, teach Chinese food culture; traditional Chinese festivals; learn fable stories and folk stories.


See links in “QUICK INFO” on left for detailed curriculum in English and Chinese.

Year 7

Study Chinese Book 7.

Learning idiom stories, my school life and the learning life of Chinese students, my good friends, and Beijing Opera Facebook.

Year 8

Continue to use Chinese 8

Learn idioms and fable stories; places of interest in China.

Chinese family life; Chinese customs; zodiac signs.

Year 9 Introduce Chinese education and Chinese schools; learn and understand Chinese historical figures and Chinese culture; (Chinese drama, traditional Chinese medicine, etc.) learn folk stories and idioms; understand some of China’s major cities and their tourist attractions; understand Chinese folk Craftsmanship.
Year 10 Study related topics: My hobbies; Earth — our only home; my ideals; major cities and tourist attractions in Australia; major cities in China, demographics, economic conditions, etc.

See links in “QUICK INFO” on left for detailed curriculum in English and Chinese.

Year 11

Unit 1 & Unit 2

Training in reading, listening, speaking, writing and translation skills ; master the requirements of various styles and text types

Identify Prescribed Themes.

Teaching by themes.

Year 12

Unit 3 & Unit 4

Continue and repeat the training of reading, listening, speaking, writing and translation skills ; master the requirements of various styles and writing formats, and strengthen training research questions and answer to questions

(From the second semester onwards, we will increase the tuition time appropriately, mainly to help students practice general conversation and “discussion on the subject of looking at pictures and talking.”


 See links in “QUICK INFO” on left for detailed curriculum in English and Chinese.

Our Mission & Vision

The CAV Chinese Language School was established by the Chinese Association of Victoria (CAV) in 1982 to provide an environment for learning the Chinese Language and Culture. It offers a Chinese LOTE program from Prep Level to Year 12 classes.

(LOTE: Languages Other Than English)



  • Teach students to speak, read and write Chinese using the modern simplified Chinese characters.
  • Introduce Chinese culture, history, geography and philosophy to students.
  • Provide students with a better understanding of the Chinese heritage.

The guiding principle is to provide a stimulating, supportive, challenging and safe environment for teaching and learning of Chinese Language and Culture. The School is committed to help each and every student to reach his or her full potential. Students are assisted not only to achieve academic excellence but given encouragement to continue to appreciate Chinese culture throughout their lives.

CAV Team receives Excellence Award

L-R: Junhong Lin(Sunday Year 4),Mei Liu (Sunday Year 3 Teacher),Andy Liu (Sunday Year 4)
Congratulations to these students who received awards for their entries in the World Composition Contest. Good work!

Multi-modal teaching: Practising Language by Singing

Engaging students in ZOOM sessions

Photos of our Mid-Autumn class celebrations (click on image)


8 Ashley St., Wantirna,
Victoria, Australia, 3152.

School Hours

9:30 AM to 12:15 PM
on Saturdays and Sundays only


Our Principal

Shirley Chen

Principal, Master of Education

Shirley Chen - Bio (English)

My name is Shiwei Chen and I am excited to introduce myself as the new school principal for the CAV Chinese School. I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead alongside a great staff at a school full of rich and spiritual traditions and which strives for excellence in education. I am enthusiastic about joining a great community where we can share our faith, great culture, and empower our students to seek their full potential.

I graduated from Monash University with a Master of Teaching, and I have more than 20 years’ experience in education. I had experience in both government schools and independent schools in Victoria. I also work with VCAA as a VCE Chinese second language assessor. I recognise a wide range of learning behaviour in language learning that gives me the desire to extend my teaching approaches for improved learning outcomes.

I joined the CAV school in 2012. In the past 10 years, I have helped many CAV students to achieve great VCE scores. I believe that great schools are a result of great teachers, staff, parents, and community members. It is my goal to help grow our purposeful community through collective efficacy, communication, professional development, and collaboration with all stakeholders to continue to build and foster the tremendous culture embedded at the CAV Chinese School.

I am beyond excited to begin this new journey with all of you and the opportunity to lead alongside a great staff and community. I will be working closely with our teachers, parents, and School Association, to provide your children with the best opportunity to learn and grow.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your children as the new principal of CAV Chinese School. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share. I am looking forward to an amazing school year serving those I have been called to serve.

Ms Shiwei Chen


School Term 4 Begins

Sat/Sun   7th/8th October

School Term 4 Ends

Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd December

School Term 1 Begins

Sat/Sun   3rd/4th February



What Parents are Saying

This is my daughter’s second year at the CAV Chinese Language School. Last year her Kinder was free and it was a very good introduction for her and also something to keep her occupied on the weekends. The teachers and staff at CAV are very friendly and the location anc set up are excellent for children.  With COVID-19 lock down, the Zoom classes are great and the teachers have done a lot of preparation work for this which we appreciate.  Well done CAV.
Mathew and Delia Soon

I have been sitting in most of the online classes and I’m really impressed with how prepared the teachers are and the extra lengths they took to make the classes engaging.

Year 6:
1. Online games for kids to learn new phrases and pinyin
2. Researching and showing videos and pictures to explain the content of the lesson
3. Addressing kids’ questions in the chat box very promptly

Year 9:
1. Typing and repeating the keywords as she speaks, making it easier for my son to follow
2. Make very relevant and interesting (and sometimes funny) example sentences with new phrases, making it fun for my son
3. Posing questions to kids and asking them to answer over microphone to check if they are following the lesson

All in all, I’m really grateful for the efforts that CAV has put in to ensure continuity of the lessons.

Mei Wan

When Vincent and I joined CAV in 1997, it was so that our children could attend the CAV Chinese School to learn the Chinese language and culture. We wanted them to be proud of our Chinese heritage.
Khim Chow (CAV President 2007 and 2008)


Chinese Festivals


Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 8 Ashley Street, Wantirna, VIC 3152

Telephone: 0478 438 578 (Saturdays and Sundays only) please email at other times as the line is not staffed.


School Hours: Sat – Sun: 9:30am – 12:15pm