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Economics and Business Educators of NSW

From the President - Joe Alvaro

14  February 2017

Dear EBE NSW Members,

Welcome to the first EBE NSW e-newsletter for 2017.  Welcome back to all returning members and a warm welcome to our new members this year. The EBE NSW Board of Directors and staff look forward to working with you this year and supporting you as you teach the important knowledge and skills in the Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce courses to your students.

Be sure to keep up to date with EBE NSW events this year through the delivery of this e-newsletter and other email updates into your email inbox. Individuals can sign up for the e-newsletter and our email updates through the EBE NSW website.

2016  EBE NSW Annual General Meeting – 12th  December 2016

As a result of the elections held as part of the EBE NSW Annual General Meeting on 12th December 2016, the Board of Directors for 2016/2017 are:

President: Mr Joe Alvaro (De La Salle College Revesby Heights)
Vice President: Ms Cheryl Brennan (Calderwood Christian School)
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Mr Matthew Parsons (Saint Ignatius' College Riverview)
Director: Mr Ben Andersen (Engadine High School)
Director: Mr Andrew Athavle (William Carey Christian School)
Director: Mr Nicholas Gliddon (Knox Grammar School)
Director: Mr Greg Hannelly (St Edward’s College)
Director: Ms Wendy Mockler (Lumen Christi Catholic College)
Director: Ms Mai Ni Pham (Hurlstone Agricultural High School)
Director: Mr Glenn Walker (Knox Grammar School)
Director: Mr Nicholas Ward (Ryde Secondary College)
 
Glenn Walker was appointed Company Secretary at the EBE NSW Board meeting following the 2016 EBE NSW AGM.
 
The President’s Report to the 2016 EBE NSW AGM can be accessed here.

The EBE NSW Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2016 were not available at the time of the 2016 EBE NSW AGM due to unforeseen circumstances. The statements will be communicated to members shortly.

Welcome to our new Board members, Ben Andersen, Nicholas Gliddon and Wendy Mockler.

At the 2016 EBE NSW AGM we farewelled and awarded EBE NSW Life Membership to two long serving Directors on the EBE NSW Board – Kate Dally and Bronwyn Hession. Both educators have made outstanding contributions to the association as Directors and they will be missed. Thank you to Kate and Bronwyn for their experience, time, efforts and passion for quality teaching and learning in schools. 
 
We have a diverse Board this year consisting of outstanding educators in the areas of Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Commerce from government and non-government schools to keep the association moving forward for another year. There are some vacancies on the Board. If you are interested please contact EBE NSW. The Board of Directors meet twice during each school term. If you have any questions and/or suggestions that you would like the Board to consider, please email admin@ebe.nsw.edu.au.

Thank you to all the educators this year who will serve our members as EBE NSW Directors and advance quality teaching and learning through the association.

EBE NSW Membership renewals due now

Membership renewals were sent to all members last year. Thank you to members who have renewed their membership for 2017. Membership renewal reminders will be sent out this month.  Be sure to renew your membership before 1 April 2017 when 2016 memberships will end. Membership forms are available on the EBE NSW website for people wanting to become a member of EBE NSW. The following membership categories are available:

  • Individual  
  • Individual (with Remote Rebate) 
  • School/Library
  • Business/Corporate
  • Concessional (for casual/temporary teachers, retired teachers and student teachers)
Please contact the EBE NSW office if you have any questions about your membership status.
 

Congratulations to the 2016 HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies first in course top achievers

EBE NSW congratulates the following 2016 HSC students (and their teachers) who came first in NSW in the following courses:


Spencer Hu, James Ruse Agricultural High School (left) – Equal first place in HSC Economics  (2016) with former NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli (right) at the 2016 First-In-Course Ceremony

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128432248@N02/sets/72157677723013836 


Emily Dalwood, Brigidine College St Ives (left) – Equal first place in HSC Business Studies (2016) with former NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli (right) at the 2016 First-In-Course Ceremony
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128432248@N02/sets/72157677723013836
 

Patrick Ha, Champagnat Catholic College (left) – Equal first place in HSC Business Studies (2016) with former NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli (right) at the 2016 First-In-Course Ceremony
Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128432248@N02/sets/72157677723013836
 

Gregory Loukaitis, Christian Brothers High School Lewisham (left) – First place in HSC Legal Studies (2016) with former NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli (right) at the 2016 First-In-Course Ceremony

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/128432248@N02/sets/72157677723013836
 
We wish these students and all the 2016 HSC Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies students all the best for the future and hope they  will continue to build on the knowledge and skills they have gained through the Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies courses as local, national and global citizens and in their working lives.
 
How are your 2017 HSC students going? The half way mark is nearly here. Give your students a competitive advantage by practising past EBE NSW trial HSC examination papers. Papers are available for Economics, Business Studies and Legal Studies and come with marking criteria and suggested answers. The papers are written by EBE NSW Directors. There are discounts for EBE NSW members. Go to the EBE NSW website (“Publications”) for an order form. It is important students go beyond making their notes and learning their notes (important as this is) to applying their notes to examination type questions. Practice makes success.
 

2017 EBE NSW Calendar of Events

The 2017 EBE NSW Calendar of Events can be found below. Be sure to save the dates in your diary. EBE NSW has high quality professional development courses planned for 2017, responding to the needs and suggestions of our members using the data gained from our past professional development courses which are regularly evaluated by attendees and the Board of Directors.
 
>> View the 2017 EBE NSW Calendar of Events
 

Term 1 EBE NSW Professional Development Events

1.  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
 
2. 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
 
3. 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

>> Full details and registration forms on the EBE NSW website.
 
* Anyone who would like to exhibit at the above conferences or have flyers inserted into conference satchels should contact 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

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.
 

Article about the 2016 EBE NSW Legal Update Conference

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

NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarships for Commerce, Economics or/and Business Studies teachers

Applications are invited from  Commerce, Economics and/or  Business Studies teachers in Government, Catholic or Independent Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes across New South Wales for two 2017 Premier's Teacher Scholarships to undertake a five week study tour.

All school teachers and TAFE NSW teachers should plan for their study tours to occur between the period from the 1st of January 2018 up until the 30 June 2018.
The two scholarships being offered to Commerce, Economics and/or Business Studies teachers are:
  1. Premier's Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Scholarship
    (One scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded in 2017)
  2. Premier's First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship
    (One scholarship of $15,000 will be awarded in 2017)
>> More information is available here, including information about past recipients, sample applications and scholarship reports.

Applications for the NSW Premier's Teachers Scholarships close on Friday 5 May 2017.
 
“The future improvement of financial literacy in Australia rests in the hands of Schools.  Ideal programs involve the community and parents along with students and teachers. Only the future will tell how successful this will be”.
Stephen Chapman
O’Connor Catholic College, Armidale
 

HSC Student Lectures

1. The Economic Literacy Centre 2017 HSC Economics Student Conference
Date: Friday 16 June 2017
Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St. Sydney

>> More details here

2. The Economic Literacy Centre 2017 HSC Business Studies  Student Conference
Date: Friday 9 June 2017 or Friday 8 September 2017
Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St. Sydney

>> More details here.
 

Competitions

1. Australian Economics Competition
Students compete in two divisions:
a) Junior Division – Year 11 and below; or
b) Senior Division – Year 12.

Registrations close on 31 March 2017

>> More information here.

2. Australian Business Studies Competition
Students  compete in two divisions:
a) Junior Division – Year 11 and below; or
b) Senior Division – Year 12.

Registrations close on 31 March 2017

>> More information here.
 

Canberra calling young Indigenous leaders

Applications are open for the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP). The NIYP is a week-long leadership program for Indigenous Australians aged 16 to 25, to be held in Canberra in May 2017.

Applications are open until Friday 3 March 2017.

>> More information here.
 

CUFA’s Teacher’s Cycle Cambodia Challenge will take you on the adventure of a lifetime

Over a week in mid-April 2017, this physical challenge will see you take in the beautiful Cambodian countryside in between visiting local CUFA project sites. Marvel at the stunning landscapes, temples and nature and be welcomed by the local people when you arrive at CUFA’s project sites to see exactly how your fundraising helps people build a brighter future. With a particular focus on our Children’s Financial Literacy program, we invite you into the classrooms with us to meet the participants and beneficiaries of this great program, get a feel for Cambodian life first-hand and  witness the impact your generosity is having on this part of the world.

Dates: April 17-22, 2017 – exact itinerary to be confirmed early March 2017. Limited places available.

>> More information available here.
 

Congratulations to EBE NSW Vice-President Cheryl Brennan

EBE NSW Vice-President and Professional Teachers’ Council NSW Director , Cheryl Brennan,  has been elected by the Professional Teachers’ Council NSW Board of Directors to be a NSW member of the Australian Professional Teachers’ Association Board of Directors. EBE NSW congratulates Cheryl who will represent PTC NSW at this national level.

>> Find out more about APTA here.
 

Congratulations to Barry Collier OAM, former EBE NSW Director and Economics teacher and textbook author


Barry Collier OAM

Barry Collier who is a former Director of EBE NSW (when it was called the Economics and Commercial Teachers Association), former Economics teacher and author of Economics textbooks has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Barry was also a member of the NSW Parliament (like quite a few former school teachers). Currently he is a councillor for Sutherland Shire Council.

>> More information is available in the newspaper article here.

EBE NSW congratulates Barry on this well deserved award and thanks him for his  contribution to our association and the teaching and learning of Economics and other Social Sciences subjects in NSW schools.
 

TV Resources

1. Increase the political literacy of your Commerce and Legal Studies students

Do your Commerce and Legal Studies students understand what has happened recently with regards to Federal Senator Cory Bernadi? Here is an opportunity to help them understand this political event and people who start political parties.

>> Watch “Bernadi’s Party” on the ABC children’s current affairs program “Behind the News” on 14 February 2017 and online.
 
2. SBS TV “Small Business Secrets” program

Meet some of the small business owners and innovators playing a vital role in Australia’s economic growth. “Small Business Secrets” offers tips and insights from entrepreneurs on building a successful business. Missed an episode? Catch up anytime, anywhere on SBS on Demand. 

>> More information here

3. Landline – Window on China Special

Landline Window on China Special looks at the economic powerhouse that is our biggest trading partner. From premium beef to high fashion see the pitfalls & success stories of doing business in modern China.

>> Watch the program here.
 

Economics and Business News Bites

1. AMP weekly market & economic update by Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist (10 February 2017)
The weekly economic update provides:
  • a snapshot of financial market indices
  • an overview of major economic indicators
  • an overview of upcoming economic events
  • a round-up of economic news and financial market activity
  • an outlook for financial markets
>> View the AMP weekly update.

2. Pumpkin Patch stores close
The children’s wear retailer, Pumpkin Patch, has collapsed.
* Reference: Sydney Morning Herald article
* Syllabus link: NESA Business Studies Preliminary Syllabus – Topic 1 – Nature of Business

3. Payless Shoes stores close
Payless Shoes, one of Australia's largest independent shoe retailers, is closing  stores across the country and letting go  staff.
* Reference: ABC News item
* Syllabus link: NESA Business Studies Preliminary Syllabus – Topic 1 – Nature of
   Business
 

Legal News Bites

1. Case – R vs. Xie (2017)
Lin family killer Robert Xie, who murdered five members of his family, has been given five life sentences without the possibility of parole.

>> View this “A Current Affair” TV story (“Robert Xie guilty”) for the background to this case.

* Reference: ABC News item
* Syllabus link: NESA Legal Studies HSC Syllabus – Part I of the Core – Crime

2. Free mediation helps neighbours cool it in summer
Tension between feuding neighbours can escalate as the temperature soars and the NSW Government’s free mediation service, Community Justice Centres (CJCs), is ready to help resolve conflict.

“Community Justice Centres traditionally see a spike in noise disputes between neighbours over summer, as people host backyard BBQs, use loud air conditioners, trim hedges and undertake renovations,” said Community Justice Centres’ Director Katrina Spyrides. CJCs can organise free mediations in a safe and neutral environment at a time and location convenient for everyone involved.
* Reference: NSW Government Justice Department article
* Syllabus link: NESA Legal Studies Preliminary Syllabus – Part II: The Individual and the Law
 
3. NSW Parliament Legislative Council Select Committee on Human Trafficking
NSW Parliament has established a Legislative Council Select Committee to inquire into and report on human trafficking in New South Wales.

Submissions close on 19 February 2017.
 
>> Full details here.

* Syllabus link: NESA Legal Studies HSC Syllabus – Part II of the Core – Human Rights
 

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 national 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.
 

Teaching and learning resources in past issues of "The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW"

Past issues of "The EBE Journal – Journal of the Economics and Business Educators NSW" are available in 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 and in “The EBE Journal ( Issue 1, 2014) there is a Commerce examination based on the “Consumer Choice” and “Personal Finance” topics.
 

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
 
I look forward to seeing members at our events this year.
 
Regards,
Joe Alvaro
President — Economics and Business Educators NSW
 

Looking back

1 February, 1992 – 1 and 2 cent pieces ceased to become available in Australia.
2 February 1895 – Queen Victoria gives Royal assent to the Bill allowing South Australian women the right to vote. South Australia was the first colony Australia and only the fourth place in the where women gained the vote.
4 February 2004 – Facebook is the world’s largest social networking site, with over one billion active users, as of late 2012. The site was launched on 4 February 2004 by a young American student of computer science named Mark Zuckerberg. The name “Facebook” originated from the Face Book of Zuckerberg’s high school, Phillips Exeter Academy: the book was distributed to every student to help them get to know their classmates for the following year. Zuckerberg took the idea and developed it as a digital medium.
5 February, 1989 – SKY TV launched by Rupert Murdoch.
5 February 1997 – The WA Supreme Court sentences Alan Bond to four years jail for Australia’s biggest corporate fraud ($1.2 billion).
9 February 1999 – The NSW Drug Court holds its first sitting at Parramatta. The court is empowered to allow drug addicts to avoid prison sentences if enter a detoxification program and stay off drugs.
11 February 1986 – Joan Child, 61, becomes the first speaker of the House of Representatives.
12 February 1809 – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America was born. He was assassinated in 1865.
13 February 1884 – John Knatchbull, 56 is hanged publicly at Darlinghurst Jail, Sydney for killing Ellen Jamieson after robbing her.
13 February 2008 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologises to the stolen generations of Aborigines taken from their mothers.
14 February 1966 – Australia changed over to decimal currency. The pound is replaced by the Australian dollar note. The big copper penny gives way to the tiny one-cent coin.
14 February 2005 – YOUTUBE.COM domain name registered.
15 February 1947 – NSW voters decide at a referendum not to extend the 6pm limit on hotel closing hours. A new vote will extend the hours to 10pm.
16 February 1809 – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America was born. He was assassinated in 1865. Read Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to his Son’s Headmaster here.
22 February 1879 – Frank Woolworth opens the first Woolworth store in New York where all items were priced at five cents. This first store was unsuccessful, so at his second store which was established in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in April 1879, Woolworth expanded the concept to include merchandise priced at ten cents. The second store succeeded, and Woolworth and his brother, Charles Sumner Woolworth, opened a large number of five-and-ten-cent stores. In 1911, the F.W. Woolworth Company was incorporated, uniting 586 stores founded by the Woolworth brothers and others. Although the Woolworth name has largely disappeared from the United States, it is still known in parts of the Commonwealth. However, the "Woolworths" chain operates under separate ownership and has no connection to the original American Woolworth.
26 February 1935  Qantas Empire Airways began operating its first international flights, from Darwin to Singapore.
27 February 1788 – Thomas Barrett, 17, becomes the first criminal to be hanged in the colony NSW for stealing butter, peas and pork from the colony food stores.
 

Attitude to money

“Financial literacy is equivalent to reading and writing. It’s not possible to participate effectively in today’s society without it”
- Annamaria Lusardi, Financial Economist and Global Financial Literacy Excellence Centre founder
 

Advice to first year out teachers

“If I had one piece of advice to first years it would be to not be too hard on yourself. Always put in 110 per cent, be willing to ask questions and take advice.”
- Rebecca Tampion (“Australian Teacher Magazine” August 2010)
 

Quote

"To be prepared is half the victory."
- Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist
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