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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President - Joe Alvaro

30  August 2016

Dear EBE NSW Members,

Welcome to the 2016 August EBE NSW e-newsletter. EBE NSW has a history of working with the Reserve Bank of Australia to assist teachers to increase student learning outcomes in Economics and Commerce. At present we are undertaking a survey to discover how the RBA can best assist current members. Please take some time to complete the survey so the RBA is aware of your needs. See the item below.

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.

Do you know someone who wants to work part time or a retired teacher who would be interested in working in the EBE NSW Office?

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.
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.

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

Upcoming EBE NSW PD events

EBE NSW Professional Development Event - Teaching the HSC Course (Year 12) in Economics or Legal Studies for the First Time?

* Hurry registrations closing soon*


Date: Wednesday 7 September 2016
Time: 4.15pm - 7.30pm
Venue: NSW Department of Education Building, 3B Smalls Road, Ryde NSW
BOSTES NSW endorsed?: Yes

Are you required to teach the HSC Economics or HSC Legal Studies course for the first time next term? Save yourself stress and time and gain more confidence by attending this course. Each subject session will be presented by an experienced teacher who is also an EBE NSW Director and BOSTES NSW HSC examination marker. This course is also relevant for experienced teachers who need a refresher course.

>> Further details and registration form
 
Organisations who wish to exhibit at this conference and access Economics and Legal Studies teachers or who wish to have hard copy flyers distributed at the conference, please contact the EBE NSW Office – admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

National Conference for NSW Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce Teachers: 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.
 
Congratulations to EBE NSW member Wendy Mockler-Giles from Lumen Christi Catholic College who was the winner of an EBE NSW  professional development grant to attend the 2016 Business Educators Australasia Biennial National Conference in Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September 2016. The professional learning grant consists of the full conference registration fee,cost of the return airfare to Hobart, Tasmania and the cost of accommodation at Wrest Point Hotel (the conference venue) on Wednesday 28 September 2016 and Thursday 29 September 2016.


 
 
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
  • Richard McDonald, Senior Sergeant – Coordinator in Charge of the Professional Development and Support Unit for Police Prosecutions Command
  • 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

Organisations who wish to exhibit at this conference and access Legal Studies and Commerce teachers or who wish to have hard copy flyers distributed at the conference, please contact the EBE NSW Office – admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au
 

2016 CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition 

* NSW entries due by Friday 2 September 2016 *
* NSW Division 1 winner will receive an iPad mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi *
(valued at $699)

2016 PYOE NSW entries are due by Friday September 2, 2016 (Term 3, Week 7).

Please post or deliver them to:
EBE NSW Office
3B Smalls Road Ryde NSW 2112
 
Each business plan must be accompanied by the competition entry form which can be found in the competition brochure.
 
Each entry will be marked and finalists in both divisions will be invited to the NSW Awards Ceremony which will be held on 5 October 2016. 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 NSW Division One winner will then be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards Ceremony on 13 October 2016. They will join the division one finalists from the other states and territories of Australia, where the national winner will be announced.

Each student who submits an entry will receive a Certificate of Participation for their job portfolio.
 

2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference a huge success

The 2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference was held on 20 May 2016 at Club Burwood RSL. Two hundred and sixteen Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce teachers  from NSW and overseas were in attendance engaging in professional learning and growth, networking with other colleagues and interacting with conference exhibitors to discover the latest resources. During this BOSTES NSW endorsed course, educators were able to stop and reflect on what they were doing well with their students and how they could improve aspects of their Economics, Business Studies, Commerce and Legal Studies lessons and gain new teaching strategies and resources.

EBE NSW thanks all the presenters at the conference for their contributions and willingness to share their expertise and assist teachers in the classroom.


Ross Gittins speaking about the “2016 Federal Government Budget” at the 2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference

Some positive feedback was received from conference delegates this year, including:
  • “Ross Gittins = legend. So great to listen to a true intellectual.”
  • “Useful information and practical tips that can be easily applied in the classroom. Helpful resources and fun interactive activity.”
  • “An excellent case study, very engaging and would use in class.”
  • “Useful to share tips with each other on how to tackle MCQ, short answer and extended responses.”
  • “Excellent presentation on how to teach extended response writing.”
  • “I found today’s conference really enjoyable and insightful with so many ideas and resources. I found this PD one of the best that I have attended in a long time Thank you for the organisation of useful resources and great presenters.”
The Conference Convenor this year, EBE NSW Vice President Cheryl Brennan, did an outstanding job and we thank her for all her efforts. Thanks also to our office staff for all their behind the scenes work. The staff of Club Burwood RSL were most helpful on the day and we thank them for all their assistance.


EBE NSW Director Nicholas Ward (far right) thanks 2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference Convenor, Cheryl Brennan (middle), for a successful conference

Congratulations to EBE NSW members Kim McFadden (Moama Anglican Grammar School) and Stephen Munro (Marian Catholic College) for their successful applications for an EBE NSW 2016 Annual Conference Professional Development Grant which assisted them as they travelled to Sydney to attend the conference. The EBE Board of Directors were pleased to assist the staff and students of these schools through this grant.

The annual prize to the conference delegate who travelled the greatest distance to come to the EBE NSW Annual Conference was this year awarded to Don Somerville from the Australian International School, Hong Kong.

And finally thank you to all the conference delegates for their enthusiastic participation in the conference and their feedback which will be analysed by the EBE NSW Board and Staff and used to plan next year’s annual conference.
 

Thankyou Group Incursions

Sarah Prescott, General Manager – Brand  Marketing from “Thankyou” , presented “Business Case Study: Marketing Topic ” at the 2016 EBE NSW Annual Conference. “Thankyou” is now  wanting to begin an incursion program for schools. “Thankyou” team member Kalvin Hart will be heading up the schools program. Kalvin has previously worked with high school students as part of a school student welfare team and has experience working with at-risk young people as a social worker. Kalvin is passionate about empowering young people and encouraging them to rise to their full potential. 
 
To kick start its schools program, Thankyou is offering 10 free incursion opportunities for EBE NSW member schools. If your school is interested, please email the EBE NSW Office.
 

2016 EBE NSW Economics Update Conference provides valuable professional development for Economics teachers

The 2016 EBE NSW Economics Update Conference was held on 17 June 2016 at CPA Australia (Sydney Office). This BOSTES NSW endorsed conference enabled Economics teachers to deepen their understanding of the concepts and terms in the Economics syllabus by hearing from a range of experts from the world of Economics.
 

Michael Blythe, Chief Economist, Commonwealth Bank of Australia speaking at the 2016 EBE NSW Economics Update Conference

EBE NSW thanks all the presenters at the conference for their contributions and willingness to share their expertise and assist Economics teachers and their students.


Dr Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana, Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia speaking at the 2016 EBE NSW Economics Update Conference

Thank you to Conference Convenor, EBE NSW Director, Nicholas Ward for all his hard work putting the conference together and our office staff for all their work. We also thank Kim Jackson (Past President of EBE NSW and EBE NSW Life Member) for her assistance with this conference. A special mention to the conference sponsor, CPA Australia – we appreciate their ongoing support. And finally thank you to all the conference delegates for their enthusiastic participation in the conference and their feedback which will be analysed by the EBE NSW Board and Staff and used to plan next year’s EBE NSW Economics Update Conference.


Kim Jackson (left), Dr Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana, Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia (middle) and Nicholas Ward (right)
 

EBE NSW conducts HSC Business Studies and Legal Studies student seminars at 2016 Careers Expos

On the 5 June 2016 EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro presented two EBE NSW student seminars at the “HSC and Careers Expo 2016” at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney. “HSC Business Studies – Exam Preparation” and “HSC Legal Studies – Exam Preparation” were the two seminars presented on the day. Both sessions enabled HSC Business Studies and Legal Studies students and their parents to gain valuable exam strategies as they prepare for their upcoming examinations.


On the 19 June 2016, the above two seminars were again presented by EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro at the “Western Sydney Careers Expo 2016” at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.


EBE NSW President Joe Alvaro presenting an EBE NSW student seminar at the HSC and Careers Expo on 5 June 2016
 

One of the exhibitors at the 2016 Western Sydney Careers Expo – BOSTES NSW
 

2016 EBE NSW trial HSC examinations and past EBE NSW trial HSC examination papers available

The order form for the 2016 EBE NSW Trial HSC Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies examination papers is still 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. Practice makes success as HSC students now work towards 50% of their result in each of their courses.

>> Download an order form
 

NSW Government releases 2016 BOSTES NSW Report and Recommendations

EBE NSW made a submission to the NSW Government review of BOSTES NSW this year. The NSW Government has now released its report and recommendations.
 

Website link – “ABC Splash”

Find videos and educational games relating to the teaching and learning of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce here.
 

CPA Australia – The Naked CEO

Get your Economics and Business Studies students thinking about their future in the world of economics and business by using the resources brought to you by CPA Australia.
 

Economics and Business News Bites

1. Westpac Business Focus – The Australian Economy August 2016
The Australian economy resilient responding to lower rates & lower dollar.

>> See full details here.
 
2. Woolworths is ending its foray into hardware with the impending closure of Masters and sale of Home Timber and Hardware
Woolworths' failed home improvement chain Masters will close in December with some of the large warehouse stores to be converted into shopping centres by their new owners. Woolworths has also sold its Home Timber & Hardware chain to Metcash - owner of the Mitre 10 chain - for $165 million as the supermarket giant finalises its exit from the hardware business. The loss-making Masters business will be wound-up, and its stock sold off with all stores expected to close by December 11.

>> See the full details here.

3. Ugg boot-makers take trademark battle to court
A Sydney Ugg boot-maker is suing the US footwear giant Deckers in a bid to cancel the US trademark that prohibits Australian companies from selling Ugg boots overseas.

>> See the full details here.
 

Legal News Bites

1. New NSW Department of Fair Trading Complaints Register
The NSW Fair Trading Complaints Register lists businesses that are the subject of 10 or more complaints to NSW Fair Trading in a calendar month.
The Complaints Register is updated monthly in the second half of each month with complaints data from the previous calendar month. The collection of data for the purposes of the Complaints Register commenced on 1 July 2016, and the first Register was published on 25th August 2016.

>> Access more information and the Complaints Register here.

2. Pauline Hanson will be in the Senate for 6 years but Derryn Hinch has 3 years until re-election
Senators are usually elected for six years at a time, but the 2 July 2016 double dissolution election put the fate of all 76 senators on the line. A normal election sees only half the Senate face voters, with the exception of the ACT and Northern Territory, whose two senators each are up for re-election at every federal poll. Cabinet Minister Mathias Cormann told Sky News the first six senators elected in each state will get six-year terms.

>> See the full details here.

3. NSW Budget - Record investment to tackle domestic violence​
The NSW Government will continue to lead the nation with new initiatives and record investment to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence in the 2016-17 Budget. Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the Government is doubling its investment in specialist domestic violence services and initiatives to more than $300 million over four years, up from $148.5 million in the 2015-16 Budget.

>> See the full details here.

A call for articles for “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW”

Would you like your article published in “The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW”?

Articles are welcome from academics and teachers of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce. Contributing to the journal is one way for teachers to demonstrate the Australian professional teaching standards at any of the four career stages – Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished or Lead. It is also an effective way to engage in professional dialogue and sharing with other teachers. All sources are acknowledged and copies of published articles can be attached to your C.V.
 
All articles and/or enquires should be directed to:
The Editor
Economics and Business Educators NSW
3B Smalls Road, Ryde, NSW 2112
Phone: (02) 9886 7786
Fax: (02) 9886 7673
Email: admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

Please ensure that all tables, diagrams and figures included with your paper are of a suitable quality for reproduction.

Past issues of "The EBE Journal"

Past issues of "The EBE Journal" are available on the members section of EBE NSW website and contain some useful teaching and learning resources. For example in “The EBE Journal” (Issue 1, 2012) there is an article titled “Games that enhance learning in Economics” by Professor John Lodewijks.

Would you like to advertise in “The EBE Journal” and/or this e-newsletter?

If you are interested in advertising in “The EBE Journal” and/or this e-newsletter and reaching educators connected to the teaching of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce, please email admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au

EBE NSW Helpdesk

As always EBE NSW Directors are available for advice and assistance to members in relation to the teaching and learning of Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies. Email helpdesk@ebe.nsw.edu.au

Condolences

Ralph Kelly, founder of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, spoke at the 2014 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference at NSW Parliament House on the topic “Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation: A non-legal response to alcohol fuelled violence”. It was a very informative and moving presentation. I was very saddened to hear about the death of Ralph’s second son, Stuart, on the 25 July 2016. Stuart graduated from The Kings School last year. At a gala dinner for the foundation last year, Stuart spoke about the impact of losing his "best friend" and brother: "I carry a deep scar that you cannot see. It’s always there, it never leaves. It sits below the surface of your skin and surfaces when you least expect it," he said. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers to Ralph and his family.


Support is available by phoning Lifeline 13 11 14 and Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Regards,
Joe Alvaro
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW

Looking back

3 September 1992 - Channel 9 boss, Kerry Packer orders the channel 9 television program, “Naughtiest Home Video Show” hosted by Doug Mulray off the air mid-way through the airing of the program.
8 September 1947 – The federal Arbitration Court approves a 40-hour working week, reduced from 44 hours, to start the following year.
11 September 2001 – Afghanistan based Al–Qaeda terrorists fly two hijacked US airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan and one into the Pentagon in Washington.
12 September 1991 – The Commonwealth Bank floats on the ASX.
12 September 2001 – Australian airline, Ansett Australia, suffers financial collapse leaving many workers unemployed.

Did you know?

The Animal Justice Party is a minor political party that has a seat in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament held by the Hon. Mark Pearson. Its charter says “The Animal Justice Party has been formed as a response to growing public concern about the neglect of animals and animal protection issues by political parties”.

Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census

Of the families in Australia, 44.6% were couple families with children, 37.8% were couple families without children and 15.9% were one parent families.

Attitude to money

“The first rule of the art of managing money ... is told in three words – ‘Horror of Debt’.”
Bulwer Lytton

Quote

“We need to remember to rejoice in the things that go right, rather than focus on the things that go wrong.”
Louise O’Sullivan, Principal – St Joseph’s Primary, West Tamworth

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