News archive: 2016


Vale Mike Horsley

Mike HorsleyEconomics and Business Educators NSW lost a fine colleague and special friend on Friday 2 September 2016. Mike Horsley passed away at Noosa Private Hospital, Queensland after a very long and brave fight for over two years against a vicious and relentless cancer.

As President of EBE NSW from 2004 and later as Director, Mike drove significant reforms of the association, leading to a focus on research and evidence based approaches to professional learning. He encouraged expansion of the association’s activities to include support for teachers in regional areas, teachers in pre-service training, and those new to the profession

Mike’s colleagues, friends and past pupils remember his passion, drive, humour, generosity and appropriately healthy dislike of bureaucracy. Our sense of loss is enormous but Mike’s legacy is everlasting. Our thoughts are especially with Mike’s family at this very sad time.

In a future edition of “The EBE journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” there will be a special tribute to Mike. Members and friends are invited to email memories and tributes to: admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au.

EBE Journal Issue 1 2016Latest issue of “The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” now available

The latest issue of "The EBE Journal" (Issue 1 — 2016) is now available in the members section of the website. EBE members must login to access the latest EBE Journal. Past issues of "The EBE Journal" are also in the members section.

Contents

  • President’s Report
  • EBE NSW News
  • Economics and Business News Bites – Joe Alvaro
  • EBE NSW Helpdesk
  • Legal News Bites –Joe Alvaro
  • student2student – Top 10 tips for writing an effective Business Plan for the CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition – Srishti Jain
  • Using the Thinker’s Keys to develop critical and creative thinking students –  Mai Ni Pham
  • How unions are changing in a bid for relevance – and survival – Andreas Pekarek and Peter Gahan
  • Commerce and Economics learning activities based on “How unions are changing in a bid for relevance – and survival” Developed – Sam Cavallaro
  • Creating assessment tasks that connect students across stages of learning within the school community – Mai Ni Pham
  • Contemporary Human Rights Issue Extended Response: Human Trafficking and Slavery – Adam Konya
  • Preliminary Legal Studies Assessment Task: Part 2 The Individual and the Law & Part 3 The Law in Practice – Felicity Callahan
  • Trade liberalisation – friend or foe? – Dejan Gendic
  • Some Reflections on Business Education – Ankita Kuntamukkala
  • Improving extended response writing in Economics with metacognitive frameworks – Matthew Parsons and Lloyd Walker
  • ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 1 2016 – Amanda Mior
  • Australian International School Teacher Profile – Henryk Flak
  • Submission to 2016 Review of the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) by Economics and Business Educators NSW

Back issues of the "The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" are also  available in the members section of this website and contain useful teaching and learning resources.

EBE NSW 2016 Annual General Meeting

Economics and Business Educators NSW members are invited to the 2016 Annual General Meeting on 12 December 2016. It will be held at Club Burwood RSL (96 Shaftesbury Road Burwood NSW) beginning at 6pm. To assist with arranging seating and catering, please inform the EBE NSW Office that you will be attending by 2 December 2016. 

EBE NSW members interested in being nominated to be a member of the EBE NSW Board of Directors need to submit their nomination form by 25 November 2016. Teachers involved in the teaching of one or more of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW courses EBE NSW represents and supports (Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies), as well as academics involved in the teaching of this subject matter, are welcome to nominate. More information about the position of an EBE NSW Director is available in the letter below by Joe Alvaro, EBE NSW President.

Please find below the following documents relating to the 2016 EBE NSW Annual General Meeting (these documents were posted to members earlier this month):

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have regarding the 2016 EBE NSW AGM. Send an email to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

EBE NSW 2017 Membership

2017 membership forms for new members are now available in the "Membership" section of the EBE NSW website. Membership renewal forms for existing members have been posted. Please contact the EBE NSW Office if you have not received a membership renewal form.

Membership categories include:

* Individual
* Individual (with Remote Rebate)
* School/Library
* Business/Corporate
* Concessional (for casual/temporary teachers, retired teachers and student teachers)

Please note - your membership fee may be tax deductible.

Click here for EBE NSW membership benefits.

Economics and Business Educators NSW (EBE NSW) Survey: Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) support for teachers of Economics

The RBA is committed to supporting Economics education in schools and the broader community. The RBA is currently reviewing its support for school teachers and has asked EBE NSW to assist in identifying your needs in relation to the teaching of Economics. Your response to this survey will assist greatly in ensuring that the RBA’s resources for education are directed appropriately. Thank you.

>> The survey can be accessed here.

Expressions of Interest - Administrative Assistant for Economics and Business Educators NSW Office

Economics and Business Educators NSW is the peak NSW association for teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Commerce, Legal Studies and Accounting in NSW.

To read the EBE NSW Strategic Plan 2015 - 2017 click here.

Economics and Business Educators NSW ("EBE NSW") invites expressions of interest for the position of Administrative Assistant to work in the EBE NSW office at Ryde NSW for 7 hours (1 day) per week to assist in a range of administrative tasks to support the work of the association. Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of competency in data base management and high level interpersonal skills as well as a capacity to work as part of a team.

Additional casual hours are available during peak times. 

Responses to the expression of interest should include:
1. Covering letter outlining why you would be an appropriate person to meet the requirements for this position.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Three referees who would support your application for the position.

Responses to the expression of interest can be emailed to joealvaro@hotmail.com (Attention: Mr Joe Alvaro, President - Economics and Business Educators NSW).

2016 CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition

The CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition is open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia.

To enter, students need to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a 3000 word business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business. The competition has two divisions with fantastic prizes up for grabs:

  • Division one – Open to individual student entries, submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.
  • Division two – Group entries (maximum of six students), submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.

NSW entries are due by Friday September 2, 2016 (Term 3, Week 7). These will be marked, and finalists in both divisions will be invited to the NSW Awards Ceremony. At this awards ceremony, the winner in each division will be announced. The NSW Division One winner will receive an iPad mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi (valued at $699). Certificates and other prizes will also be awarded.

The Division One winner will then be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 13 (Term 4, Week 1). They will join the division one finalists from the other states and territories of Australia, where the national winner will be announced.

This competition can be incorporated into assessment tasks for both Commerce (Option 11: Running a Business) and Year 11 Business Studies (Topic: Business planning). This competition can be incorporated into assessment tasks for both Commerce (Option 11: Running a Business) and Year 11 Business Studies (Topic: Business planning). Click here for a sample assessment task. Email EBE NSW if you would like a Microsoft Word version of the sample assessment task.

All students who enter the competition will receive a Certificate of Participation for their job portfolios.

Click here for the following details: 

  • The 2016 PYOE competition brochure
  • Tips for creating a winning plan
  • 2015 Division One winner’s plan (“SurfScout”) and judges’ comments

2016 CPA Australia Careers Expo - Sydney for Economics and Business Studies Students

Date: Thursday 14 April 2016
Time: 5pm - 8pm 
Venue: Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney
Cost: Free (registration required)

The 2016 CPA Australia Careers Expo - Sydney connects Economics and Business Studies students with industry experts and potential employers allowing them to seek advice and access information about careers within the accounting and finance industry.

>> Register here

Chartered Accountants ANZ  Afternoon Tea for Economics, Business Studies and Commerce Teachers

Date: Tuesday 3 May 2016
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Chartered Accountants ANZ, 33 Erskine Street, Sydney (5 minute walk from Wynard Railway Station)
Cost: Free (registration required)

Interested in learning about cadetship opportunities and the various pathways for your students? Hear directly from a panel of previous cadets, as they discuss their experiences. Chartered Accountants ANZ are pleased to invite Economics, Business Studies and Commerce teachers  to a free afternoon tea  at the Chartered Accountants ANZ office to learn more about the business world and opportunities for their students.

>> Register here

Chartered Accountants ANZ presents Meet The Business Leader 2016 for Economics and Business Studies Students 

Date:   Wednesday 11 May 2016
Time:   5pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Luna Park, Crystal Ballroom, 1 Olympic Drive Milsons Point, Sydney, NSW 
Cost: Free (registration required)

Meet the Business Leader 2016 provides students with the advice they need to choose the best study option for when they leave school. They will be  able to meet with successful Chartered Accountants who have the insight and enthusiasm to really answer their  questions. It's a rare opportunity to explore some of the exciting possibilities a career in business offers, from the people living it. Students will be able to ask questions like:

  • Where’s the best place to do a cadetship locally?
  • What skills should I be trying to develop?
  • What advice they wish they had  received at the start?
  • What should I study, and where?

>> Register here

NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships for Commerce, Economics or Business Studies teachers

Applications are invited from Commerce, Economics and Business Studies  teachers in Government, Catholic or Independent Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes across New South Wales for two 2016 Premier's Teacher Scholarships to undertake a five week study tour. All school teachers and TAFE NSW teachers should plan for their study tours to occur between the period from the 1st of January 2017 up until the 30 June 2017.

The two scholarships being offered to Commerce, Economics and Business Studies teachers are:

  1. Premier's Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Scholarship
    (One scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded in 2016)
  2. Premier's First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship
    (One scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded in 2016)

>> More information is available here.

Applications close 6 May 2016
EBE NSW is happy to provide further advice to teacher members who are interested in applying. Email us at admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au should you require assistance. 

2016 EBE NSW Trial HSC Examinations order form available 

The order form for the 2016  EBE NSW Trial HSC Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination papers is now available. Relevant past papers are also available for purchase. The examination papers have been designed by EBE Directors and include suggested answers and marking guidelines. Special discount prices apply to members of EBE NSW.

>> Order form for 2016 EBE NSW Trial HSC examination papers

2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business

Date:   29th and 30th September 2016 (during the end of Term 3 NSW school holidays)
Venue: Wrest Point Convention Centre,  Tasmania
BOSTES NSW endorsed?: Yes

The 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial National Conference - Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business will be held in Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September 2016. The conference will provide a forum for the teaching and learning of business and economics education and associated studies for colleagues across Australia. A particular emphasis will be on the development of the Australian Curriculum. As Economics and Business Educators  NSW is an affiliate member of Business Educators Australasia, EBE NSW members can attend the conference at a discounted rate. There are also low student teacher rates available.

>> More details can be found on the conference website.

There are professional learning grants available for this conference - see the item below.

BOSTES NSW endorsed

Professional learning grants for teachers to attend the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business in Hobart, Tasmania

The 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial National Conference - Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business will be held in Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September 2016 (see the item above). Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce teachers have an opportunity to a professional development grant to attend the 2016 Business Educators Australasia - Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business national conference which will be held in Hobart, Tasmania.

The following professional learning grants are being offered:

1. Economics and Business Educators NSW Professional Learning Grant
Economics and Business Educators NSW is offering a professional learning grant for one EBE NSW member to attend the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business to be held in Hobart, Tasmania. The grant covers the cost of return airfare, conference registration (at the early bird rate) and accommodation at Wrest Point Hotel (the conference venue) on Wednesday 28 September 2016 and Thursday 29 September 2016.

EBE NSW members who wish to apply are asked to email EBE NSW a statement of 500 words or less describing the expected benefits and learnings to be gained by attending the conference and networking with other teachers, and how those learnings would be shared with teachers from your school and region. Applicants should also indicate their willingness to write a comprehensive report about the conference for “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” upon their return to NSW.

Applications should be emailed to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au by close of business on 17 June 2016. Applicants should include their full name, school, address, email address and EBE NSW membership number.

2. Commonwealth Bank Professional Learning Grants
To assist new teachers to the profession, the Commonwealth Bank are sponsoring two professional learning grants of $500 to assist with the registration fee and travel to  the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial Conference – Thinking, Teaching, Doing Business to be held in Hobart, Tasmania. To learn more about whether you are eligible and how to apply, please click here to download the form. Applications close on 17 June 2016.

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ) Information Breakfast Morning for Economics, Business Studies and Commerce Teachers

As part of their commitment to informing and inspiring students on career possibilities, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ) are inviting Business Studies and Commerce  teachers  from high schools across New South Wales to an  information breakfast morning.

Date: Friday 12 February, 2016 
Time:
 7:00am-8:30am
Location:
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Level 9, 33 Erskine Street, Sydney - 5 minute walk from Wynyard Station
Cost: Complimentary – catering provided

You will have the opportunity to hear from young professionals who went on to study Business and Commerce after high school. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out first-hand what students can expect from a career in Business and Accounting.

Please ensure you register your interest here.

2016 CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition

The CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition is open to all full-time secondary school students enrolled in a registered secondary school in Australia.

To enter, students need to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a 3000 word business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business.  The competition has two divisions with fantastic prizes up for grabs:

  • Division one – Open to individual student entries, submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.
  • Division two – Group entries (maximum of six students), submitted by students of any age, attending a registered secondary school.

NSW entries are due by Friday September 2, 2016 (Term 3, Week 7). These will be marked, and finalists in both divisions will be invited to the NSW Awards Ceremony. At this awards ceremony, the winner in each division will be announced. The NSW Division One winner will receive an iPad mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi (valued at $699). Certificates and other prizes will also be awarded.

The Division One winner will then be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 13 (Term 4, Week 1). They will join the division one finalists from the other states and territories of Australia, where the national winner will be announced.

This competition can be incorporated into assessment tasks for both Commerce (Option 11: Running a Business) and Year 11 Business Studies (Topic: Business planning). Click here for a sample assessment task. Email EBE NSW if you would like a Microsoft Word version of the sample assessment task.

All students who enter the competition will receive a Certificate of Participation for their job portfolios.

Click here for the following details: 

  • The 2016 PYOE competition brochure
  • Tips for creating a winning plan
  • 2015 Division One winner’s plan (“SurfScout”) and judges’ comments

2015 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 7 October 2015


2015 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 7 October 2015

EBE NSW  recognized the Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) NSW winners at the  annual  NSW awards ceremony on 7 October 2015 at the Sydney office of CPA Australia together with Ms Julie Chessman, Senior Relationship Manager, NSW, CPA Australia. At the ceremony, prizes and certificates were awarded to the NSW student winners and their schools. Parents were in attendance as well to celebrate the success of their child, as well as teachers. Congratulations to the following winners and their teachers from NSW:
- Division 1 (Individual entry) – Joshua Spicer, Rose Bay Secondary College for his business plan “Intergenerational Solutions” (Teacher: Mr Philip Horrell).
- Division 2 (Group entry) – Vanshika Virmani & Jennifer Xu, Hornsby Girls High School for their business plan “Lemon Myrtle” (Teacher: Ms Stephanie Boden). 


Joshua Spicer (far left) - winner of the 2015 NSW PYOE Competition (Division 1) accepting his award at the 2015 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony  (7 October 2015) with Joe Alvaro - EBE NSW President (middle) and Julie Chessman - CPA Australia (far right).

 
Jennifer Xu (far left) and Vanshika Virmani (third from left) - winners of the 2015 NSW PYOE Competition (Division 2) accepting their awards with Joe Alvaro - EBE NSW President second from left and Julie Chessman – CPA Australia (fourth from left)

Thank you to all the students who entered the competition this year and the teachers who inspired and encouraged their students to enter this prestigious competition. Each student who participated received a Certificate of Participation signed by Mr Graeme Wade FCPA, President CPA Australia and Mr Tony Kuc, President Business Educators Australasia.

Thank you to the students, their families and teachers for attending the presentation at the CPA Sydney Head Office.

Thank you to our EBE NSW Director, Nicholas Ward, for taking on the role of PYOE NSW Coordinator this year and for all his time and effort in ensuring the competition in NSW was a success.

2015 PYOE NSW Coordinator Nicholas Ward at the 2015 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 7 October 2015

EBE NSW also thanks Business Educators Australasia and CPA Australia for their continuing support of this competition.

Congratulations to all the winners. Be sure to incorporate the PYOE competition into your Commerce and/or Business Studies teaching and learning program in 2016.


PYOE NSW finalists at the 2015 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 7 October 2015

2015 PYOE NSW Competition Finalists
Division One
Delamash 
Shamal Deolekar 
Asquith Girls High School, Teacher: Mr. Russell Lewis

Eureka Café 
Srishti Jain 
Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Teacher: Ms. Elizabeth Johnson

Forever I do 
Tanisha Lafitani 
Loreto Normanhurst, Teacher: Mr. Matt Kohlhagen

Grey Nomad
Alivia O'Connell
Loreto Normanhurst, Teacher: Mr. Matt Kohlhagen

Intergenerational Solutions 
Joshua Spicer 
Rose Bay Secondary College, Teacher: Mr. Philip Horrell

Mansion Mates 
Adam Beverley 
Masada College, Teacher: Mrs Robyn Grana

Mattana-ty Business Plan 
Emmanuelle Mattana 
Sydney Girls High School, Teacher: Mr. Scott Sinclair

Pink Lady Taxis
Charlotte Johnson 
Loreto Normanhurst, Teacher: Ms Rebecca Lee

The Secret Spot Application 
Madelina Kalpou
Inaburra School, Teacher: Mr Michael McGovern

Yogalive 
Marissa Guan 
Sydney Girls High School, Teacher: Mr. Scott Sinclair

Division Two
Classic Vibes
Jinaho Huang, Dean Chen & Jimmy Yip 
Sydney Boys High School, Teacher: Mr. Tom Dolan

Elk Blu Business Plan
Kevin Zhang, Lucas Wong, Eddy Xiong & Michael Yang 
Sydney Boys High School, Teacher: Mr. Tom Dolan

Lemon Myrtle
Vanshika Virmani & Jennifer Xu
Hornsby Girls High School, Teacher: Stephanie Boden

Midlife Leverage
Teah Fulton, Joy Chayna & Holly Waples
Illawarra Christian School, Teacher: Cheryl Brennan

Shuffle My Schedule
Madison Allan, Chrissy Burjan & Sophia Costantino 
MLC School, Teacher: Mrs Allison McCulloch

2015 CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition National Awards Ceremony – 14 October 2015

The Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Division 1 winner, Joshua Spicer, represented NSW at the national PYOE awards ceremony in Melbourne on 14 October 2015 held by Business Educators Australasia. Unfortunately Joshua was not successful at the national level of the competition but he is to be congratulated for getting this far in the competition.
 
The individual category at the national level was won by Jonathan Nagappa of Christ Church Grammar School in WA. His business idea was SurfScout, a remote controlled drone service to spot sharks and keep Australia’s swimmers safe.

The group category at the national level was won by Harrison Wallace, Peter Mercado and Robert Jiang from The Hutchins School in Tasmania. Their business, The Tapas Truck, provides affordable Spanish food to Hobart residents.

EBE NSW congratulates the 2016 PYOE national winners.

 


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