Australian Curriculum: Year 5 - Year 10 Economics and Business Curriculum available here
   2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference: New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation - 21 July 2017
   Latest issue of The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and and Business Educators NSW ( Issue 1 - 2016) available here

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Latest EBE eNewsletter (14 February 2017) now available

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Economics and Business Educators 2017 Events Calendar

Click here to see the Economics and Business Educators 2017 Events Calendar (as at 14 February 2017).

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.

Save the date: 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney

Economics and Business Educators NSW is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its Annual Conference on Friday 21 July 2017 at a new, larger venue: the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Business School of the University of Technology, Sydney. 

The theme this year is New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an era of innovation.

After last year's sell-out conference, add the date to your calendar to make sure you do not miss this opportunity. There will be keynote speakers, an expanded offering of over twenty workshops to choose from, exhibitor displays, resources and networking opportunities.

More details about the conference program will be available soon.


EBE NSW Professional Development  Event - Teaching the Preliminary course (Year 11) in Business Studies for the first time?

Date:   Friday 3rd March 2017
Time:   8.45am - 3.00pm 
Venue: NSW Department of Education Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde NSW
NESA registered?: Yes

This course has been designed specifically for:

  • beginning teachers and experienced teachers who are teaching the preliminary course (Year 11) Business Studies for the first time
  • teachers who may have already taught one of these courses in the past but who need a refresher course
  • teachers who intend to teach one of these courses in the near future.

This course will focus on NSW Education Standards Authority  Preliminary (Year 11) Business Studies syllabus and look at: 

  • effective teaching and learning strategies designed to engage students
  • programming ideas
  • assessment procedures and techniques
  • useful teaching and learning resources.

The course will be presented by experienced teachers who will share their own experiences during their challenging early years of teaching and how they coped.

>> Further details and registration form

EBE NSW Professional Development Event - Teaching the Preliminary Course (Year 11) in Economics or Legal Studies for the first time?

Date:  Wednesday 8 March 2017
Time: 4.15pm-7.45pm
Venue: NSW Department of Education Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde NSW
NESA registered?: Yes

This course has been designed specifically for:

  • beginning teachers and experienced teachers who are teaching the preliminary course (Year 11) in Economics or Legal Studies for the first time
  • teachers who may have already taught one of these courses in the past but who need a refresher course
  • teachers who intend to teach one of these courses in the near future.

This course will focus on the NSW Education Standards Authority Legal Studies and Economics Preliminary (Year 11) syllabuses and look at: 

  • effective teaching and learning strategies designed to engage students, based on the current Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW Economics and Legal Studies  syllabuses
  • programming ideas
  • assessment procedures and techniques
  • useful teaching and learning resources.

The course will be presented by experienced teachers who will share their own experiences during their challenging early years of teaching and how they coped.

>> Further details and registration form

EBE NSW Professional Development Event - Revamping and Resourcing Commerce

Date: Wednesday  29 March 2017
Time:  4.15pm – 7.30pm
Venue: NSW Department of Education Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde NSW
NESA registered?: Yes

Does your Commerce program need revamping in order to engage more of your students in the 21st century classroom? Do you need activity based resources which will save you time and inspire your students? Then come along to “Revamping and Resourcing Commerce”.  Participants will gain fresh insights into the Commerce syllabus and will be able to reflect on and improve their Commerce teaching strategies. Presenters will focus on authentic and  innovative programming and assessment. The course will provide participants with opportunities for collegial discussions and the sharing of ideas and resources.

Participants are asked to email a Commerce learning task or assessment task with marking criteria to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au by 21 March 2017. These resources  will be collated and  distributed to each participant.

>> Further details and registration form


"In conversation with Alex Malley" - Sundays at 10am on the Nine Network

In Conversation with Alex Malley returns for its third season on 19 February 2017 at 10am on the Nine Network.

Following on from the tremendous success of three seasons of The Bottom Line, In Conversation with Alex Malley reveals the moving life stories of influential leaders. The inspiring, thought-provoking guests discuss their big lives and how they’ve made a real difference, through conversations with Alex.

Eight leaders will feature in season three including: former Australian cricket captain Michael Clark, the 107th Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, gymnastics champion Nadia Comaneci, Australian Senator and media personality Derryn Hinch, legendary actor and bestselling children’s author Henry Winkler, Australian-born former NASA astronaut Andy Thomas, Australia’s first lady of racing Gai Waterhouse and Domino’s CEO Don Meij.


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 - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW  (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.

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.

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.


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