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2019 HSC Examinations Countdown Clock

A countdown clock re the 2019 HSC NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) external examinations can be found here.

Save the date - 2019 EBE NSW Annual Conference - Friday 28 June 2019

Educating the next wave of entrepreneurs by unlocking economics, business and legal minds.

Date:
Friday 28 June 2019
Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm

Venue:
UTS Business School Dr Chau Chak Wing Building 8
14-28 Ultimo Road, Ultimo NSW 2007

Registration:
Opens April 15 2019
Early Bird – Register & pay by 30 April 2019
$230 for EBE member
$349 for non members
$100 for concession

>> Download flyer

Reserve Bank of Australia - Topical Talk 

The Reserve Bank of Australia has now opened registrations for a new Topical Talk. The series of Topical Talks provide opportunities for educators to enhance their understanding of economic concepts and developments in the Australian economy through hearing insights from an economist on a relevant topic. The talks are free of charge and aimed at a range of educators, from secondary school to the tertiary sector.

Daniel Rees (Head of Macroeconomic Modelling, Economic Analysis) will be presenting on Wealth and Consumption at 9.30am on Monday, 25 March 2019 at the Reserve Bank of Australia, 65 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000. The talk will present some of the Bank's recent research on the relationship between household wealth and consumption. It will also discuss some of the potential implications of increases and declines in household wealth over recent years, and how this might depend on broader macroeconomic conditions.

>> Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Register here

2019 ASX Schools Sharemarket Game (2019 Game 1 begins on 7 March 2019 )

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.

2019 Game 1 begins on 7 March 2019 and ends on 15 May 2019.

There are teacher lesson plans and resources available once you register for the Game. Also see  the document - 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.

>> Register your students here

Letter from the Rule of Law Institute of Australia

Please read the letter below  (dated 4 March 2019) that EBE NSW has received by Jackie Charles (Education Manager at the Rule of Law Institute of Australia) regarding "Court Visits to the Downing Centre Court Building".

>> Read letter concerning Court Visits to the Downing Centre Court Building

NSW Curriculum Review

On 13 May 2018, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Education Rob Stokes announced that NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority)  will undertake a  review of the NSW curriculum to ensure it equips students to continue to contribute to Australian society into the 21st century. NESA has engaged Professor Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to lead the review.

>> EBE NSW has made a submission to the Review. Read the submission here.

Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies: A teacher professional learning tour of East Coast USA

Dates: 8th – 18th January, 2020 

Academy Travel, in conjunction with Economics and Business Educators NSW, is delighted to present an outstanding professional development opportunity for teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce. 

The itinerary begins in Washington DC, where teachers will tour key government organisations and significant landmarks. Continuing to New York City, participants will explore the Financial District, international law and order, and the world of commerce.

In addition, the itinerary includes a series of guided tours and site visits with experts. There is also time at leisure for sightseeing, shopping and exploring.

>> Further details, including a detailed itinerary

Submission to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) – Re 2018 NESA Draft Commerce Syllabus

EBE NSW has made a submission to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) re the 2018 NESA  Draft Commerce Syllabus.

>> Read the submission here.

NESA Draft Commerce Syllabus

The current Commerce syllabus was last revised in 2003. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released a draft Commerce syllabus.

>> The draft NESA Commerce syllabus can be found here

>> The “Commerce Years 7-10 draft syllabus summary of changes” can be found here

Have your say on the draft Commerce syllabus by completing a survey, attending a consultation meeting, and/or submitting a written response to the project manager. Consultation will be open from 23 July 2018 to 2 September 2018.

>> More information can be found here

Economics and Business Educators NSW will be making a submission about the draft Commerce syllabus and members are encouraged to contribute to the submission by sending their comments about the draft Commerce syllabus to admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au.

Some questions to consider:

  • What are the strengths of the syllabus?
  • What are the challenges of the syllabus?
  • Is there enough balance between economics, business, law, consumer and financial literacy and  civics and citizenship subject matter?
  • Considering the Commerce syllabus was last revised in 2003, to what extent is the current syllabus relevant to today's changing commercial environment and contemporary teaching and learning ?
  • What do you think about the content from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business and the ACARA Australian Curriculum:Civics and Citizenship to develop the draft Commerce syllabus?

EBE NSW made a submission to NESA when the review of the Commerce syllabus was    
announced in 2017.

>> Read the submission here

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also made a submission during this period – read their submission here.

In response to the draft Commerce syllabus, the RBA has made a “Supplementary submission to NESA Review of Commerce Years 7 – 10 Syllabus”.

>> This submission can be found here

2018 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Award of Recognition – Bronwyn Hession

Congraulations to Bronwyn Hession (EBE NSW Life Member) who was awarded the 2018 Business Educators Australasia (BEA) Award of Recognition for Outstanding Service to Business Educators Australasia and its affiliate Associations at the 2018 BEA Biennial Conference which was held in Canberra between the 3rd and 5th October 2018.

>> Award Citation

Bronwyn Hession (left) with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition and BEA President, Tony Kuc (right)

Bronwyn Hession (left) with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition and EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right)

   
  From left to right: Joe Alvaro (EBE NSW President) , Bronwyn Hession with her 2018 BEA Award of Recognition , Mai Ni Pham (EBE NSW Vice-President), Leith Thompson (EBE NSW Director) and Wendy Mockler – Giles (EBE NSW Director)  

The Sydney Morning Herald HSC Study Guide 2018

Click here for the 2018 HSC Study Guide from The Sydney Morning Herald, including study tips for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies examinations.

View the video, "Make the right choice in your Business Studies exam", presented by EBE NSW Vice-President Mai Ni Pham, where four tips for writing an extended response in Section IV of the NESA HSC Business Studies examination are discussed.

EBE Journal Issue 2 2017Latest issue of “The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW” (Issue 2, 2017) now available

The latest issue of The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW  (Issue 2 — 2017) 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
  • 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference - New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation
    - Report by Elizabeth Perry, 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Rural Grant Recipient, The Rivers Secondary College, Richmond River High Campus
  • 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference - New Frontiers: Economics and Business Education in an Era of Innovation
    - Report by Daniel Benjamin, 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Rural Grant Recipient, Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega
  • Business Case Study: Ecto Handplanes - Cheryl Brennan
  • Case Study: Nahji Chu, Queen of Rice Paper Rolls - Mai Ni Pham
  • Developing Deep, Authentic Learning Experiences in Economics - Matt Robinson
  • A student from Quilpie in South West Queensland wins National 1st in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game (Game 2, 2017) - Amanda Mior
  • PYOE Competition 2017 – Winning NSW Division 1 entry
  • Yesterday news and Breaking news: Using media file templates to help students unpack all sorts of news - Mai Ni Pham
  • Should we do away with exams altogether? No, but we need to rethink their design and purpose - The Conversation, December 1 2016
  • Getting students to put their legal knowledge into practice to demonstrate understanding - Mai Ni Pham
  • What is race? - Olivia Bui
  • Submission to Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC): National Financial Literacy Strategy Consultation 2017 (October 2017) from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • NSW Education Standards Authority 2017 Consultation Draft NSW Supplementary Documentation: Subject Content Knowledge Requirements (Revised) - Submission from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • Open Letter from 25 Teacher Associations supports copyright
  • Submission to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) regarding the review of the Commerce Syllabus from Economics and Business Educators NSW
  • President’s Report to the 2017 Economics and Business - Educators NSW Annual General Meeting (11 December 2017)
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2017
  • Economics and Business Educators NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30th June 2016

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.

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)

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 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

Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Release - "Celebration of Excellence" (27 October 2017)

EBE NSW congratulates all the recipients of the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Professional Service Awards and the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards. Congratulations to EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward who has received a 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award.

Compass: The Staffroom - Part 1, Part 2 and and Part 3 (ABC Television) has received the 2017 Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Award.

>> Full details in  the Professional Teachers' Council NSW Media Release - Celebration of Excellence (27 October 2017) which can be accessed here.

2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference Speaker Chris Anderson (Founder of Ecto Handplanes) on "Shark Tank" this Tuesday night on Channel 10

Shark TankChris Anderson as the founder of Ecto Handplanes, the bodysurfing business, recently presented an engaging discussion at the 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference in July at UTS. As an award winning Australian-based interdisciplinary artist and designer, he spoke about innovation and how budding entrepreneurs can seek inspiration from a range of life experiences. Chris' drive and ambition serve Is a powerful example of how our curriculum in Business Studies can connect to our students through people's stories. 

Chris will appear in Tuesday's episode (19 September 2017) of Shark Tank on Channel 10 (check your TV Guide for the time), where you can follow his journey with your class. Student engagement comes from relevant and authentic learning experiences, and Chris will deliver on this. Ecto Handplanes could be used as an engaging case study in Business Studies or Commerce. Watching Shark Tank this Tuesday will prove to be a good follow up  to Chris' session at the 2017 EBE NSW Annual Conference.

If your're a teacher it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time

The Australian Taxation Office has published a document titled,"If your're a teacher it pays to learn what you can claim at tax time". Read the document here.

Article about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference

The article "Legals enthrall delegates at EBE NSW event" by Sarah Duggan - 1 February 2017 (about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference) is available here.

Economics and Business Educators NSW wins 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award

Money Smart Week Award

On 2 September 2014, EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, and EBE NSW  Director, Bronwyn Hession attended the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) MoneySmart 2014 Awards Presentation Dinner to accept a Highly Commended Award for EBE NSW in the Education category on behalf of the EBE NSW Board of Directors, staff and members. The MoneySmart Week Awards recognise the outstanding achievements in financial literacy across five categories, including education. EBE NSW is proud of its work in the area of financial literacy and it was an honour to receive this award.

The award citation and judges’ comments appear below:

Economics and Business Educators (EBE NSW) has been supporting secondary teachers of financial literacy and their students on an ongoing and sustained basis since its creation in 1968. EBE NSW specialises in providing classroom and syllabus focused professional development courses for teachers of financial literacy. Designed by practicing classroom teachers and academics, these courses encourage interaction between high quality stakeholders in financial literacy and teachers who are on the frontline, teaching financial literacy in classrooms. EBE NSW has designed, conducted and evaluated professional development events focusing on financial literacy over the years, including

  • 2014 EBE Annual Conference;
  • Revamping and Resourcing Commerce; and
  • The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW.

The EBE NSW has also been very active in advocating for the inclusion of financial literacy in the Australian Curriculum and engaging teachers with consultation processes. As financial literacy is given increased attention in the curriculum, EBE NSW will continue to design and implement effective professional development courses using the expertise and skills of its members and its connections with stakeholders in the financial literacy sector.

Judges Comment
The Judges highly commended Economics & Business Educators NSW for the great work they are doing, and the importance of their work in the community. They have been a key player for several decades and have made a major contribution to financial literacy. Economics & Business Educators NSW have played a vital role connecting the corporate and education sectors to reinvigorate secondary school subjects and hold a respected annual conference.

EBE NSW congratulates Wingham High School who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in the education category and commends the excellent work the school is doing in the area of financial literacy. And congratulations to Enactus University of Western Australia who also won a Highly Commended Award in the education category.

 For more information about the awards, visit Award Year 2014 – MoneySmart Week.

EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, receiving a 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW


EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (far right), receiving a 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW


EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro (right) and EBE NSW Director Bronwyn Hession (left) with the 2014 ASIC MoneySmart Week Award for EBE NSW

EBE NSW Webinar on the ACARA Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

On 18 June 2013 EBE NSW held a webinar on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Draft Years 5-10 Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business (the draft curriculum can be accessed on the ACARA website). Participants were able to hear from EBE NSW Director Professor John Lodewijks who gave an overview of the draft curriculum, as well ask questions and offer feedback.
 Listen to the webinar (Requires Flash Player 10.3 or above) 

EBE NSW Webinar on the ACARA Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business

On 10 September 2012 EBE NSW held a webinar on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business ( this document can be accessed on the ACARA website).  Participants were able to hear from EBE NSW Director Professor John Lodewijks who gave an overview of the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business. Participants were also able to ask questions, give feedback and answer poll questions. The webinar recording can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
 Listen to the webinar (Requires Flash Player 10.3 or above) 
 Poll questions and the results from the webinar

EBE NSW President interviewed by the Business Spectator about the declining number of students studying Economics

EBE NSW President, Joe Alvaro, was interviewed for the article, "Retuning Australia's Economic Debate" by John Conroy (Business Spectator, 1 June 2012) which looked at the declining number of students studying Economics .

 Read the full article here.

The full article was also reprinted in "The EBE Journal - Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" ( Issue 2, 2012) which can be found in the members section of the website.

EBE NSW Directors interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald about financial literacy

EBE NSW Directors Joe Alvaro and Liz Criddle were interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald for the article "Financial guidance on the money" (1-2 October 2011).

 Read the full article here.

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