Speak. Read. Write.

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

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General Info

Principal: Ramona Chua

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 (Chinese)

Curriculum Framework (English)

About our Teachers

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 9Introduce 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 10Study 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.

NameChinese NameClass
RuiLan YUAN袁瑞兰Principal
Nicola JIANG姜琳Admin
YiJie Mu沐仪颉Kinder
SiMiao Liu刘思淼Sat K
Connie Wang王康妮Sat P
Bowen Lin林博文Sat 1
Yuna Zhu朱泓谚Sat 2
Yan Mu穆燕Prep/Sat 3
ChenXi WANG王晨希Sat 4
May Li李彩梅子1
Yiying Fang方艺颖2
Ying ZHANG张映3
Qianfan Ma马千帆4
Ting Zhang张婷5
Qiang FU付强6
Yi Le乐艺7
Rachel Zhao赵苪漪8
LanLan Zou邹兰兰9
Min SI司敏10
ShiWei CHEN陈诗玮Y 11/12

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 from Chinese Consulate

Congratulations to these students who won an Award of Excellence for their fantastic short video presentations on Chinese Culture organised by the Chinese Consulate! Well done!

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

Previous CAV school principal 1982-95, 2008-2011

Ramona has served on committees of the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Victoria, Modern Language Teachers of Victoria, Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria, and NGV Guides Committee.

Ramona Chua

Principal, Master of Ed, Grad Dip Ed Admin, Grad Dip Arts - Interpreting & Translating (Chinese-English)

Ramona Chua - Bio (English)

Ramona is a foundation member of CAV. She is no stranger to CAV, as many members will recall. In 1982 when CAV first started the CAV Chinese School (The School), Ramona was one of the School Management Committee, together with the late Dr Khee Pang and Dr Ka-Sing Chua. With the help of Mrs Easter Wu and parents and members of CAV, The School flourished.

The same year, Ramona gathered some of the children not attending The School and founded the CAV Cultural Dance Group.

For many years, Ramona was involved with The School until her resignation as principal in 1995, due to heavy full-time teaching commitment at a government school and her further studies.

Ramona has many tertiary qualifications including: Master of Education (Univ Melb), Graduate Diploma Education Administration (Univ Melb), Graduate Diploma in Arts-Interpreting & Translating (Deakin Univ), Bachelor of Teaching (Deakin Univ).  In addition to these, she has diverse qualifications in Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Burley Horticulture College), Bookkeeping & Accounting for Small Business (Box Hill TAFE), Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge University Examination Syndicate & Royal Society of Arts, London), etc.

Over the years, Ramona has taught in the CAV School, government primary schools, VCE classes, and had been VCE Chinese oral assessor for 6 years. In 2000, she was a member of the Chinese First Language CSF reference group at the Board of Studies (currently Victorian curriculum and Assessment Authority). Ramona had presented workshops at various teachers’ conferences. She was a casual lecturer at the University of Melbourne, giving lectures to Victorian School of Languages and ethnic schools Chinese Language teachers.

At the international film festival, Five Asian Filmmakers, organized by AsiaLink, Ramona was engaged as a translator to a Chinese film director.

Community-minded Ramona has worked as a voluntary guide at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for 20 years since graduating from an NGV 18-month course in 2001. In the 20 years, Ramona has taken numerous general English tours and Chinese tours of the gallery. In addition, she has taken tours in special exhibitions such as Art Décor, Andy Warhol & Ai Wei-Wei, Van Gogh and the seasons, Viktor & Rolfe, Terracotta Warriors, to name just a few. During the exhibition A Golden Age of China-Qianlong Emperor 1736-1795, Ramona gave a public lecture (paid & ticketed event) on The Beginning of the Qing Dynasty. On top of that she also participated in guiding in some evening corporate functions. Ramona has also taken diplomats like the Japanese, Chinese, Turkish ambassadors, Consul generals, and public services personnel, such as the police group.

She has extensive work experience having served on committees of many associations, e.g the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Victoria, Modern Language Teachers of Victoria, Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria, and NGV Guides Committee. For the last one, Ramona served as Coordinator of Education, Treasurer, Vice President and President over a number of years. Australia wide, Ramona had served on the committees of the Chinese Language Teachers Federation of Australia and Association of the Australian Gallery Guiding Organizations.

In 2008, Ramona was asked to come back to lead The School after the resignation of the then principal. She handed over the reigns to Ruilan Yuan at the end of 2011. Now, we are thankful that Ramona has once again agreed to come back to be the interim principal, and we look forward to working with Ramona again.


School Term 2 Begins

Sat/Sun   30 Apr/1 May

School Term 2 Ends

Sat/Sun  18/19 June

School Term 3 Begins

Sat/Sun   16/17 July

Free Public VCE Chinese Language Seminar 29th Aug 2021

Free Public VCE Chinese Language Seminar 29th Aug 2021

Are you interested in the VCE Chinese and Chinese examinations? You are warmly welcome to the VCE Chinese Seminar to get the information you need to prepare for these examinations. Presenter: Dr Ruilan Yuan, Principal of the CAV Chinese School and writer of Chinese...

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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.

Email: [email protected]

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