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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President

11 February 2013

Dear EBE NSW Members,

2013 Welcome

I hope everyone is settling into the 2013 school year. Welcome to new members of EBE NSW and welcome back to our continuing members. EBE NSW is looking forward to working with you this year and continuing to contribute to quality teaching and learning in the subject areas of Business Studies, Commerce, Economics and Legal Studies. As always, EBE NSW is committed to supporting teachers as they undertake the demanding and complex task of teaching. It is vital that teachers remain connected to their professional association as we experience significant changes in education, including the development of the Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business and the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship.

2013 EBE NSW Calendar of Events

The 2013 EBE NSW Calendar of Events, which includes our professional development courses, is now available for members on the EBE NSW website to assist with planning for this year.

Professional Development Event -  Teaching Year 11 Preliminary Course Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in 2013? 

EBE NSW kicks off its 2013 PD program with a PD course on 25 February 2013 which will cater for teachers teaching Preliminary Course Business Studies, Economics or Legal Studies for the first time in 2013. Sessions will be led by experienced subject experts, and participants will receive programming and assessment resources. This is also a great refresher opportunity for those who have not yet taught the new Business Studies (2012 HSC) or the new Legal Studies (2011 HSC) syllabuses.
>> Further information and registration details

ASX Schools Sharemarket Game 2013 – Registrations open

2013 is the 30th anniversary of this game which continues to provide engaging and curriculum relevant learning opportunities for students and teachers, without having to leave the classroom.
Registrations open: 7 February – 6 March 2013
Game play: 7 March – 15 May 2013
With a virtual $50,000 to invest over 10 weeks, students create their own share portfolio, trade online and compete against other students for a total prize pool of over $17,000. Reflecting real market conditions, the Game encourages students to:
  • develop their knowledge of the sharemarket
  • learn how to research companies
  • discover the importance of wise investment decisions
  • begin to learn more about investing which is beneficial for their future.
Teacher resources are available, including detailed lesson plans with teacher notes, assignment ideas, worksheets, videos and posters. Entry is free and open to all secondary schools in Australia.
>> Further details and registration
>> To receive a teacher resource pack, please email your details to

2013 ASB Economics and Business Studies Competition

The Australian School of Business at The University of New South Wales invites your students to participate in the 2013 ASB Economics Competition ( 9th May 2013) and the 2013 Business Studies Competition (16 May 2013).
>> Further details

Australian curriculum for Economics and Business

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has published the final Shape paper for the Australian curriculum in Economics and Business. The draft curriculum is now being developed by a team of writers, with Dr Alex Millmow as the lead writer or ‘coach’. ACARA has published details of the timeline for further development of the curriculum and the composition of the Advisory Group for the Writing Phase includes EBE NSW Directors Professor John Lodewijks and Rhonda Thompson. In addition, BEA Councillor Mandy Hudson from WA is also a member of the group. July 2013 will be a critical time for teachers as the consultation on the draft curriculum commences.
EBE NSW invites members who wish to be part of an EBE group to lead the development of EBE’s response to the draft curriculum to send an email to, providing your school contact details. Members who participated in the 2013 webinar on the draft Shape Paper will automatically be included in the group.
The Hon Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education,  Early Childhood and Youth published a media release, “Shaping the Australian Economics and Business Curriculum”, on 8 January 2013.
The ABC TV program “Behind The News” aired a story (“School Economics”)  on 5 February 2013 about the news that Economics will be taught in primary schools.

The APTAS 2012 – The Awards of the Australian Professional Teachers Association

Congratulations to EBE NSW Director and President of Business Educators Australasia, Bronwyn Hession, who was presented with an APTA Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award by The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Federal Member for Kingsford Smith and Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth at a ceremony held on 1 December 2012 at the Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle. This is a significant national award which recognises Bronwyn’s outstanding contribution to education. Below is the award citation:
Bronwyn Hession has had a long and distinguished connection with professional teachers associations in NSW and beyond. In recent times she has held Executive positions on both the Economics and Business Educators of NSW and Business Educators of Australasia Boards and has worked tirelessly to develop and deliver quality professional development for teachers of Commerce, Business and Economics over a sustained period of time. She has represented Economics and Business Educators on the Board of the Professional Teachers’ Council of NSW.
Always putting the learning of others first, Bronwyn has a generosity of spirit that has seen her contribute across a wide range of contexts and use her own learning to develop others through mentoring and guidance. She has contributed to national partnerships, consumer and financial literacy projects, teacher quality projects, Australian Government Quality Teacher Programs and most recently as a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Australian Curriculum for Business and Economics Education.
Bronwyn is an outstanding leader of educators and works with energy and passion for the betterment of all students. Her deep knowledge of student learning, the way that education systems work; and the role of educational leadership in promoting and enhancing student learning has been applied to consideration of current educational reforms for many stakeholders. 

Bronwyn Hession (right) receives her APTA Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award from The Hon Peter Garrett.

2012 Professional Teachers’ Council NSW Presentation Evening

On 27th November 2012 at the 2012 Professional Teachers’ Council NSW Presentation Evening, I accepted a Certificate of Appreciation which was presented to EBE NSW  “in recognition of the association’s voluntary contribution during 2012 to quality education, the students of NSW and the teaching profession”.  Thankyou to the efforts of the EBE NSW  Board of Directors, staff and members, which enable EBE NSW to carry out its activities.

President of EBE NSW, Joe Alvaro(left) receives the Certificate of Appreciation from Tom Alegounarias, Board of studies NSW President (right).

EBE NSW is moving

A growth in enrolments at Leichhardt Public School has resulted in the Department of Education and Communities resumption of the PTC NSW building at Leichhardt, home to EBE NSW, GTA NSW, MANSWA, ETANSW and PTC NSW. An article about this,  titled “Teacher council evicted from offices”, appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on 14 December 2012. As of 1 February 2013 no alternative suitable site has been identified and as a result EBE NSW is homeless. Due to our dedicated office staff we are however maintaining all member services to the best of our ability given the difficult and rather sudden circumstances. Our calendar of events  will go ahead as advertised and our phone and email is diverted. Please direct any queries to Of course it goes without saying that if your school has a spare office or you know of any other facility that might suit our needs, please contact EBE NSW asap! Thankyou.

Latest issue of The EBE Journal (2012 -Issue 2)

If you have still not read the latest EBE Journal (2012 - Issue 2), it is available on the EBE NSW website.  Current EBE members must login to read the journal. Please register to obtain a username and password if you have not done so already. Some of the outstanding articles in this issue include:
  • An Overview of the State of the Australian Economy in 2012 – Dr Anthony Stokes and Dr Sarah Wright, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield
  • NBER Reporter 2012 Number 2: Research Summary: Time Use – Daniel S. Hamermesh, Professor of Economics at the University of Texas, Austin, and Professor of Labour Economics at Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Retuning Australia’s Economic Debate – John Conroy
  • Offshore Outsourcing – Oscar Hauptman, Nidthida Lin and John Lodewijks, Industry and Innovation Studies Research Group (CInIS), University of Western Sydney
  • Creating a Desire for Students to Engage with Financial Literacy – Maike Sundmacher, School Of Business, University of Western Sydney
  • Dialogic Concept Mapping for HSC Business Studies – Cameron Esslemont
  • Rule of Law Critical to Consumer Law – Nick Clark, Rule of Law Institute of Australia
The journal also contains an interview with Maree Gibson, a teacher at the Australian International School in Malaysia, who teaches the Board of Studies NSW Business Studies, Commerce and Legal Studies courses at the school.

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

All good wishes for a productive and successful 2013 school year.

Joe Alvaro 
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW 

Looking back
1st February, 1992 – 1 and 2 cent pieces ceased to become available in Australia.
5th February, 1989 – SKY TV launched by Rupert Murdoch.
11th February, 1986 – Joan Child, 61, becomes the first woman speaker of the House of Representatives.
13th February, 1884 – John Knatchbull, 56 is hanged publicly at Darlinghurst Jail, Sydney for killing Ellen Jamieson after robbing her.
13th February, 2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologises to the stolen generations of Aborigines taken from their mothers.
14th February, 1966 – Australia changed over to decimal currency.
14th February, 2005 – YOUTUBE.COM domain name registered.
26th February, 1935 – Qantas Empire Airways began operating its first international flights, from Darwin to Singapore.
Quick statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census
Number of families in Australia = 5,684,062
Average children per family = 1.9
Attitude to money
“It’s best when earned as the outcome of doing what you are passionate about and do well.”
Steve Vamos (The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2011).

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
Abraham Lincoln
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