News archive: 2018


2018 HSC Examinations Countdown Clock

A countdown clock re the 2018 HSC NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) external examinations can be found here.

2018 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) HSC Examination Timetable

>> The 2018 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) HSC Examination Timetable is available here.

Legal Studies HSC Examination - Day 3 - Monday 22 October 2018 - 9.25am - 12.30pm
Business Studies HSC Examination - Day 12 - Friday 2 November 2018 - 9.25am - 12.30pm
Economics HSC Examination - Day 15 - Wednesday 7 November 2018 - 9.25am - 12.30pm

2018 Commonwealth Bank Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition

The Commonwealth Bank  Plan Your Own Enterprise competition encourages secondary school students to apply their business education to a real life scenario. Working individually or in small groups, participants are asked to devise a creative enterprise idea and submit a business plan, explaining how their great idea could become a profitable business.

For teachers, the competition is a valuable tool to enhance the business education curriculum. For students, it helps to build valuable work and life skills.

The Commonwealth Bank partners with Business Educators Australasia to support teachers in developing the next generation of business leaders. The competition requires business insight, practical financial skills and a creative flair for problem solving.

Economics and Business Educators NSW runs the competition in NSW.  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 Thursday 30 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 6) by 5pm. 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 Wi-Fi 128GB (valued at $579). Certificates and other prizes will also be awarded.

The Division One winner for NSW will be required to personally present their business plan to a penal of judges in Sydney on Thursday 11 October 2018.  They will join the Division One finalists from the other states and territories of Australia. The national Division One winner will be announced at the National Awards Ceremony in Sydney.Group finalists will not be required to attend the judging or presentation ceremony.

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.

>> 2018 PYOE competition brochure

To download the 2017 PYOE National Division One winning business plan  ("Leadz" by Jessica Lauc Merici College, ACT) click here. The judges' comments about the "Leadz" business plan can be found here.

Amanda Ritter has developed a unit of work based on the PYOE Competition which can be accessed here. The PYOE Competition could form the content for a Commerce "school - developed option" (see pages 48 and 49 in the NSW Education Standards Authority Commerce Year 7 - 10 Syllabus).

>> See the article available to EBE NSW members -  “Student2Student: How to Overcome the Pitfalls of Business Planning" by Sarah Matthias (Division 1 Winner of CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2016) in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” – Issue 2, 2016.

Tax, Super + You Competition

Are you a high school student in Year 7–12? Are you a creative genius with an innovative way to generate buzz about tax and super? You are? Great – this competition sounds perfect for you!

 You are invited to think outside the box and pitch your ideas on how you would inform  your friends about  the value of tax and super in the community. You can Write It, Make It or Film It. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a tax guru to take part!

There are two categories:

  • Junior Secondary (Year 7– 9)
  • Senior Secondary (Year 10–12)

You will not only get an insight into the value of tax and super, but you could also have the chance to win a share of more than $6,000 in prizes! Your creative idea could even be used in a national campaign.

Competition opens on Monday 2 July 2018. Entries close on Friday 2 November 2018.

>> More information

EBE NSW HSC Business Studies and HSC Legal Studies Examination Preparation Student Seminars

1. EBE NSW will present the following HSC examination preparation student seminars at the HSC and Careers Expo 2018 (Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, NSW):
 
EBE NSW HSC Business Studies Examination Preparation Student Seminar presented by EBE NSW Director James Martin

Date: Saturday 2 June 2018
Time: 10.30am
 
EBE NSW HSC Legal  Studies Examination Preparation Student Seminar presented by EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro

Date: Sunday 3 June 2018
Time: 11.15am

>> Visit the HSC and Careers Expo 2018 website here

2. EBE NSW will present the following HSC examination preparation student seminar at the Western Sydney Careers Expo 2018 (Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW):
 
EBE NSW HSC Legal Studies Examination Preparation Student Seminar presented by EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro

Date: Sunday 1 July 2018
Time: 12pm

>> Visit the Western Sydney Careers Expo 2018 website here

Australian Economics Competition

Date: 10 May 2018

Competition Format: 40 multiple choice questions, each with 4 choices. Questions will be printed in booklets. Standardised response sheets and question booklets will be provided for each participating student.

Registrations close on 31 March 2018.

>> More information and registration details

Australian Business Studies Competition

Date: 17 May 2018

Competition Format: 40 multiple choice questions, each with 4 choices. Questions will be printed in booklets. Standardised response sheets and question booklets will be provided for each participating student.

Registrations close on 31 March 2018.

>> More information and registration details

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) HSC Marking Feedback for 2017 HSC examination – Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies

Every year, Senior Markers share feedback on student performance in the NESA  HSC exams. NESA has recently published the HSC Marking Feedback (formerly known as the notes form the marking centre) for the 2017 examination. This feedback includes an overview of the qualities of better responses and useful tips in preparing students for future exams. It is essential reading for all HSC students, and for all teachers of HSC subjects.

You can access the Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies HSC Marking Feedback by going to HSC Exam Papers on the NESA website, and selecting the appropriate course.

Please send any comments about "HSC Marking Feedback" for the 2017 NESA HSC Economics, Business Studies and/or Legal Studies examinations to hscmarkingfeedback@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

2018 EBE NSW Trial HSC Examinations order form available 

The order form for the 2018 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 marking criteria and suggested answers. Special discount prices apply to members of EBE NSW.

>> Order form for 2018 EBE NSW Trial HSC examination papers

Parliamentary Education Office in Canberra to visit Sydney in 2018

Andrew Back (Parliamentary Educator from Parliament of Australia in Canberra) has written to EBE NSW about the Parliamentary Education Office visiting Sydney in 2018. There are opportunities for incursions and teacher professional development sessions.

Copy of letter from Andrew Back, Parliamentary Education Officer - Parliament of Australia  (received by EBE NSW on 22 February 2018) 

Parliamentary Education Office

Dear Economics and Business Educators members,
My name is Andrew Back and I work for the Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) in Parliament House, Canberra.
The PEO provides a range of resources to students and teachers to help them better understand the Australian Parliament and engage with it. To date, over 2.1 million students have undertaken a PEO program.
Guided by the Australian Curriculum, the PEO also produces education materials for teachers to deliver civics education in their own classroom, and help ensure new teachers feel confident and properly equipped in this area.
The PEO will be visiting schools in the electorate of Chifley from 6-10th August, covering the area between Ropes Crossing, Riverstone, Arndell Park and Mount Druitt. We plan to visit schools to deliver programs to students, but also to provide support and resources, such as professional development sessions for teachers.
We would be interested in hearing from any teachers or educational networks who would like to work with us during our visit. The programs we could provide for you include:

  • A visit to your school to engage students in practical parliamentary programs,
  • A visit to your school to provide professional development for interested teachers, including teachers from other schools where suitable.
  • A meeting with any other professional teaching network or organisation who may be interested in pursuing the potential for future working partnerships.

We are flexible and can adapt these programs to suit you requirements. We are also able to offer these programs throughout the year via videoconferencing should you be unable to avail yourself of a program during our visit.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or would like to book a program.
Yours faithfully,

Andrew Back
Parliamentary Educator
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Parliamentary Education Office
Parliament of Australia
Phone 02 6277 3675  Fax 02 6277 5775
Email andrew.back@aph.gov.au
Web www.peo.gov.au

Academic and Professional Speakers in Schools

Academics and professionals from Western Sydney University are available to speak in schools or to school groups free of charge. Many are leaders in their fields. This program gives teachers opportunities to extend and enhance their students' learning and educational aspirations, whilst increasing their own knowledge.

Check out the register for information on each speaker's area of expertise, sample topics, suggested audiences and estimated presentation times.

>> More information

>> To book a speaker download this form or book online

If you have any questions about the program, please email schoolsengagement@westernsydney.edu.au. Do NOT contact the speakers directly. This helps Western Sydney University  effectively organise and track use of the register.

2018 ASX Schools Sharemarket Game (Game 1 begins on 8 March 2018)

While you teach your students about investing and the Sharemarket, they can put into practice what they are learning by playing the Sharemarket Game. Students receive a virtual $50,000 they can invest over a 10 week period, in 200 companies listed on the ASX. The prices students buy and sell at are the same prices as they would get in the live market so this is as close to real life share trading as you can get.

As a result of playing the Game your students will:

  • Develop their knowledge of the sharemarket
  • Learn how to research companies
  • Discover the importance of wise investment decisions
  • Gain a greater knowledge of economic and world events
  • Begin to learn more about investing which is beneficial for their future.

>> Registrations now open open for Game 1 - 2018 
>> Game 1 dates: 8 March 2018 - 16 May 2018

There are teacher lesson plans and resources available once you register for the Game. 

>> View "ASX Schools Sharemarket Game - How teachers integrate the Game into their lessons"

There are reports about past winners (including strategies they used when playing the game)  in past editions of The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW. Economics and Business Educators NSW members can access the journals through the members section of the EBE NSW website.

>> Further information and how to register

2019 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships for Commerce, Economics or/and Business Studies teachers

Applications are invited from Commerce, Economics and/or Business Studies teachers in Government, Catholic or Independent Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes across New South Wales for two 2019 Premier's Teacher Scholarships to undertake a five week study tour within Australia or overseas.

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

  1. Premier's Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Scholarship
    ($15,000)
  2. Premier's First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship
    ($15,000)

Applications for the 2019 NSW Premier's Teachers Scholarships close on 11 May 2018.

>> More information including past scholarship reports.

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony – 27 September 2017

EBE NSW  recognised the Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) NSW winners at the annual NSW awards ceremony on 27 September 2017  at the Sydney office of CPA Australia together with Mr Robert Krzton (Relationship Manager) and Mr Rupen Malouf (Relationship Manager) from CPA Australia. At the ceremony, prizes and certificates were awarded to the NSW student winners and their schools. Parents were in attendance 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)
    Lucy Beer from Loreto Normanhurst for her business plan, “The Japantry” ( a copy of this business plan is included in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” - Issue 2, 2017)
    (Teacher: Mr Anthony Tassone)

  • Division 2 (Group entry)
    Liam Heng, William Kuang, David Tsai, Leo Wang from Sydney Boys High School for their business plan, ParCar (a copy of this business plan is included in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” - Issue 2, 2017)
    (Teacher: Mr Tom Dolan)

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony
2017 PYOE Competition NSW Division 1 winner, Lucy Beer (centre) with her teacher Anthony Tassone (left) and EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right) at the 2017 NSW Awards Ceremony

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony
From left to right: Mr Tom Dolan (Teacher of Division 2 winners) , David Tsai, William Kuang, Leo Wang, Liam Heng (Division 2 winners) and EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro at the 2017 NSW PYOE Awards Ceremony

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 Jim Dickson FCPA, Director 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 EBE NSW Director, Nicholas Ward, for taking on the role of PYOE NSW in 2017 and for all his time and effort in ensuring the competition in NSW was a success.

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony
EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward, 2017 PYOE NSW Coordinator at the 2017 PYOE NSW Awards Ceremony

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Awards Ceremony
2017 PYOE NSW Finalists at the 2017 NSW Awards Ceremony

2017 PYOE NSW Competition Finalists

Division One

Student: Bianca Bader
Business Plan: Uniquify Me
School: Meriden School
Teacher: Sharna Kershaw

Student: Lucy Beer
Business Plan: The Japantry
School:  Loreto Normanhurst
Teacher: Anthony Tassone

Student: Marcus Borcuz
Business Plan: Recovry
School: Sydney Boys High School
Teacher: Tom Dolan

Student: Naisha Chauhan
Business Plan: Patiently Care
School: Gymea Technology High School
Teacher: Thuy Le

Student: Gabriel Katzeff
Business Plan: Smart Chair
School: Masada College
Teacher: Robyn Grana

Student: Amy Pham
Business Plan: Allerfriendly
School: Fort Street High School
Teacher: Caroline Jerrems

Student: Crystal Pham
Business Plan: In The Hype
School: Fort Street High School
Teacher: Caroline Jerrems

Student: Katrina Pincaro
Business Plan: From Head To Toe
School:  Hurlstone Agricultural High School
Teacher: Elizabeth Johnson

Student: Caitlin Rigby
Business Plan: Real Deal Conveyancing
Killarney Heights High School
Teacher: Emma Higgs

Student: Max Tosello
Business Plan: Green Vogue
School: Fort Street High School
Teacher: Caroline Jerrems

Division Two

Students: Dawei Wu, Oliver Xu
Business Plan: Passionne Digital

School: Sydney Boys High School
Teacher: Mr Tom Dolan

Students: Kevin Liao, Brian Pham, Simon Tang, Daniel Zilberman, Derek Liu
Business Plan: CVerify
School: Sydney Boys High School
Teacher: Mr Tom Dolan

Students: Liam Heng, William Kuang, Leo Wang, David Tsai
Business Plan: ParCar
School: Sydney Boys High School
Teacher: Tom Dolan

Students: Andrew Huynh, Stephen Knight, Wendy Ly
Business Plan: Parfait Styling

School: Regents Park Christian School
Teacher: Michael Hammonds

Students: Lachlan Narker, Jack Seabrooke
Business Plan: Telecode

School: Shore
Teacher: Ben Ronald

 

Congratulations to all the winners. Be sure to incorporate the PYOE competition into your Commerce and/or Business Studies teaching and learning program in 2018.

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition National Awards Ceremony – 10  October 2017

The Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition NSW Division 1 winner, Lucy Beer, represented NSW at the national PYOE awards ceremony in Melbourne on 10 October 2017 held by Business Educators Australasia. Lucy was flown to Melbourne for the national awards ceremony and joined the division one finalists from the other states and territories of Australia. Unfortunately Lucy did not achieve the national Division 1 (individual) winner. However reaching the national final is a significant achievement.

The national Division 1 winner was Jessica Lauc from Merici College (Australian Capital Territory) for her business plan, “Leadz”.

The national Divison 2 (group entry) winners at the national level were Elise Atkins, Jack Bellinger, Ashley Chamberlin, Jacob Holm and Connor McLean from Hopetoun P-12 College – Victoria for their business plan,  MSR- Mallee Sports and Rec.

EBE NSW congratulates the 2017 PYOE national winners.

2017 EBE NSW CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition National Awards Ceremony
2017 PYOE Competition National Finalists (Rear L-R: Sam Pegler QLD, Harman Singh WA, Lotfullah Yousefi SA, Sean Cruz TAS, Isabella Di Toro NT, Jessica Lauc ACT, Lucy Bell NSW. Front L-R: Tony Kuc, President BEA, Maybel Gardner VIC, Jon Aloni, General Manager – Victoria, CPA Australia)

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