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Economics and Business Educators 2016 Events Calendar

Click here to see the Economics and Business Educators 2016 Events Calendar (as at 23 July 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:

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 (Attention: Mr Joe Alvaro, President - Economics and Business Educators NSW).

EBE NSW Professional Development Event - 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference

Date: Friday 25 November 2016
Time: 8.50am - 4pm
Venue: NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
BOSTES NSW endorsed?: Yes

Update and deepen your knowledge in relation to the legal issues in the Legal Studies and Commerce syllabuses by hearing from experts in the legal world and legal educators.
Session Presenters:

  • Margaret Cuneen, SC – NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor
  • Mark Tedeschi, AM QC – NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor
  • Chrissa Loukas, SC – Public Defender
  • Sergeant Alissa Parker – Police Prosecutor
  • Nick Clark, Chief Executive Officer – Rule of Law Institute of Australia
  • Daniela Giorgi, Civics and Citizenship Officer – NSW Parliament House
  • Joe Alvaro, Head of HSIE Department and Legal Studies Teacher – De La Salle College, Revesby Heights
>> Further details and registration form

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
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

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.

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

ACARA releases Economics and Business Curriculum 

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the Australian Curriculum for Economics and Business describing it as ‘available for use’, pending approval post the Australian Governments current Review of the Australian Curriculum. The Executive Committees of EBE NSW and Business Educators Australasia have both submitted responses to the review, seeing it as an opportunity to restate key issues raised by members during the consultation on the draft curriculum in 2013. The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW has not yet revealed its planning in relation to HSIE K- 6, Commerce 7 - 10 or Stage 6 Economics and Business Studies in NSW schools, other than restating that schools should follow the current syllabuses.

EBE Journal Issue 2 2015Latest issue of “The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” now available

The latest issue of "The EBE Journal" (Issue 2 — 2015) 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.


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  • Economics and Business News Bites - Joe Alvaro
  • Legal News Bites - Joe Alvaro
  • CommBank Teaching Awards 2015 - Bronwyn Hession
  • Improving extended response writing in Stage Five Commerce using ALARM - Nick Ward and Max Woods
  • Protection and its Impact on the Australian Automobile Industry - Duc Nguyen and Tony Stokes
  • ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 2 2015 - Amanda Mior
  • Song of the Headmaster: Then & Now - Barry Collier
  • An Overview of the State of the Australian Economy in 2015 - Dr Anthony Stokes and Dr Sarah Wright
  • The importance of enterprise skills to prepare students for the new work order - Georgie Swan
  • Maximise student performance by teaching students how to deliver quality self and peer feedback - Matthew Bookallil
  • Commerce Assessment Task – Personal Finance Topic and Investing Topic - Commerce Department, Knox Grammar School
  • How many students studied HSC Economics, HSC Business Studies and HSC Legal Studies in 2015? - Joe Alvaro
  • Report on EBE NSW Field Trip for Teachers – CHOICE Lab and Testing Facility Guided Tour - Christopher Sassine
  • President’s Report to the 2015 Economics and Business Educators NSW Annual General Meeting
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the Year Ended 30 June 2015