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Leaders in enterprise and financial education

Term 4 2013

How to build an enterprising school 2014 programme and resource preview New webquest for Primary Students Team NZ students excel in Hong Kong Winning Community Enterprise project profile www.


Talking about enterprise ¯¯ CEO Terry Shubkin


Headline News ¯¯ Top Dog: New webquest for primary students ¯¯ S  tudents win a day with a business leader ¯¯ Governor General gets into the fun ¯¯ U  niversity scholarships University scholarships for YES students in 2014


Conference Programme

Inspiring, Educating

& students through Transforming

enterprise experiences

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Student Success ¯¯ C  haritable organisations benefit from student success in Community Enterprise Project ¯¯ C  ongratulations to all the Community Enterprise 2013 winning teams ¯¯ Money Day 2013 ¯¯ T  eam NZ students excel at International Trade Challenge


Feature ¯¯ How to build an enterprising school


Programme News ¯¯ 2014 Programme and resource preview


Important Dates


The Close

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t was great to read the recent entries for our Community Enterprise competition and to be able to announce the winning teams.

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It prompted a debate between our office team on the terms “Community Enterprise” and “Social Enterprise”. They are topical words, with many references in the NZ Curriculum to contribution, participation and engagement with social and community values and issues.

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Cover photo: Varoon Nair, CEO of YES company Classic Coffee Chocolate Company, Aorere College. Photo courtesy of Geoff Osborne.

Our debate highlighted that the two terms are often used interchangeably, but actually have quite different meanings. Most people associate the term “Community Enterprise” with not-forprofit organisations and charities. This is certainly the case in our Community Enterprise programme where students create a plan for a project to help a charity. On the other hand, a social enterprise can choose to be either a notfor-profit or a for-profit organisation. Both charities and social enterprises focus on doing social good. Like any business, both charities and social enterprises need to focus on a combination of their product / service and their clients. They need to be able to manage their business financially, and they need to continually apply innovation and creativity to what they do. In New Zealand there are approximately 97,000 not-for-profit organisations of which around 25,000 have confirmed status as a charity. And yes, Young Enterprise Trust is one of those charities. Charities, by definition, are all not-for-profit organisations.

Charities don’t have large income streams from their products or services and are therefore reliant on other organisations to fund them. In some cases, they will rely on government agencies that choose to outsource the delivery of social policy. In other cases (such as Young Enterprise), the majority of income is derived from the generosity of organisations and individuals who contribute through sponsorships, grants and donations. By contrast, social enterprises earn their income by providing services. This often involves charging for their services, which means they are not reliant on government funding, sponsorship, grants and donations. Unlike charities that are bound by their charitable purpose, social enterprises can diversify their offering in order to generate additional income. The beauty of social enterprises is that the successful ones demonstrate how you can be a profitable business while still focusing on community good. We are increasingly seeing more of our YES teams show how this can be done well. Ultimately, if New Zealand can grow its number of social enterprises, we will be richer in all definitions of the word. So without getting stuck on the words, I encourage teachers of all school years up and down the country to consider opportunities to engage with your communities, and for creating social enterprises when you are working with your students.



Students will also be able to make or

Top Dog: New webquest for primary students We have launched

cost of the dog. The students make decisions based on a set of selection

use a tool to help with their decision

a new webquest called ‘Top Dog’. This is

criteria, and perform a series of financial

making and cost calculations, and will

an online quest which focuses on planning

calculations based on their own research

gain experience balancing financial and

for, choosing and knowing the costs of

and judgement.

non-financial factors against each other

looking after a pet dog.

This lesson suits a small group of 2-3

in their decision making.

Students are tasked with selecting a

students but will work equally well for

The webquest is available free from

suitable pet dog, and making choices

students to complete individually. It is

our Resource Centre, or if you don’t

about what will be needed to look after

ideal for Year 5-8 students and takes

have a login yet, you can sign up via

the dog in order to calculate the lifetime

approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

our website.

Governor General gets into the fun Our Patron, the GovernorGeneral, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, visited Aorere College during Money Week. Sir Jerry joined in the workshop run by the award-winning Lunches for Less (L4L) team, which is participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme. At the workshop, L4L taught students from Mangere East and Kingsford Primary Schools how to make their lunch for less than $2.

Students win a day with a business leader. The three students

Alice McFall competing in the 2012 Enterprise in Action event.

who have won the Whitcoulls – Hunter Publishing Competition to spend a day with a top NZ Business Leader are: Danielle Watt, who is doing YES this year at New Plymouth Girls High School, and will spend a day with Anne and David Norman. Jacinta Talia’uli, who is doing YES this year at Manurewa High School, and will spend a day with Sir Stephen Tindall. Alice McFall, who did YES in 2012 at Aquinas College, and will spend a day with Rod Drury. Congratulations to the three winners, and we hope they have a fantastic day. The ten recipients of the runner-up prizes, who each win $1,000 are: Vanessa Wilson

Massey University

Marcus Wong*

Sancta Maria College

Alexander Clark

Wanganui (Now Victoria

University scholarships University scholarships for YES students in 2014

Whakatane High School

Massey University College of Business Study awards for all members of the winning team

Several tertiary institutions have

across a number of regions. All

advised business scholarships for YES

80 Enterprise in Action students

students starting study in 2014.

receive a $1,000 study award for the College of Business.

University / UC Berkeley as exchange student)

Samuel Vivian

AUT University

University of Otago School of

Award for Top Scholar in YES

Business $500 scholarship for each

exam. Scholarships for each

student in the regional winning team

member of the winning YES

with a max of $5,000 per team.

company of the year.

Harvard Business School

NMIT Study award

Alumni Association of NZ

Kerikeri High School

Four YES Scholarships, worth

A $2,500 scholarship awarded

Jessy Hemara*

Tikipunga High School

$2,500 each, for members of the

Tahua Pihema

Gisborne Girls’ High

Varoon Nair*

Aorere College

Tom Woods*

Timaru Boys’ High School

Aimee Jones*

Avonside Girls’ High School

Alysha Terrizzi*

*Current YES student

top regional YES team. •

to one student chosen from those who attend Enterprise in

University of Canterbury

Action. Conditions apply in all

A $5,000 scholarship for a YES

cases. Contact Robyn at

student from the Canterbury and

Top of the South regions.

for full details. ● www.







BUSINESS TIME 2013 LEARN • LEAD • ENGAGE A free Business Studies Professional Development Conference

Conference Programme 11-12 December 2013: Shed 6 Conference Centre, Wellington If you are a current or prospective Business Studies teacher or HOD, this is the professional development conference for you.


Supported by:

Brought to you by:




Speakers include




Rod Drury

Jason Pemberton


General Manager


Volunteer Army Foundation

Rhys Faleafa General Manager Huffer

Kanchan Bandyopadhyay National Assessment Moderator for Accounting & Business Studies, NZQA

Sarah Gibbs

Tim Alpe


Chief Jucifier



Mike Chunn

Rachel Taulelei


Founder and

Play It Strange

Managing Director Yellow Brick Road

Malcolm Rands

Andrew Patterson





SEE YOU THERE: 11-12 December 2013, Shed 6 Conference Centre, Wellington









DAY ONE: Wednesday 11 December 10.00am

Registration and Opening


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Jason Pemberton, General Manager, Volunteer Army Foundation “Social Enterprise - Opportunities and Obligations” When Christchurch was struck by thousands of earthquakes through 2010 and 2011, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) was created. Coordinating through a Facebook page, they provided an organized and safe way for people to volunteer. To date the Student Volunteer Army has coordinated more than 150,000 hours of volunteer work across Christchurch, with the founders establishing a charitable trust, the Volunteer Army Foundation, to continue mobilising young people. Alongside SVA founder Sam Johnson, Jason Pemberton co-founded the Volunteer Army Foundation, where he now works as General Manager. Jason will discuss the role Social Enterprise is playing in Christchurch and some of the lessons learned thus far.


“Including Financial Education in your Secondary Curriculum” – Janet Hulbert and Sum Leong, Wellington East Girls’ College; Kim Jennings, New Plymouth Girls’ High School; Tina Rose-Dutton, Cambridge High School Financial Education is a hot topic – hear three teachers discuss how they have integrated financial literacy in their classrooms.

“Making Music in your Business Class” – Mike Chunn, CEO, Play It Strange; Aroha Vause, Nga Kakano Christian Reo Rua Kura Nga Kakano Kura students experience the business of making music though an enterprise approach - hear from Mike and Aroha on marrying enterprise with the creative arts.


““An integrated approach – combining enterprise with Levels 1 and 2 Business Studies” – Lucy Wymer, Young Enterprise Trust; Minka Webb, John Paul College A practical session on Level 1 and 2 course design and assessment using Young Enterprise Start-Up and YES.

“Combining Commerce Subjects in your Classroom” – Mark Wilson, Wanganui Collegiate Hear first-hand from a teacher who is combining accounting and business studies in a single course. Mark will discuss how commerce subjects can be combined at Years 11 -13.




“Measure twice, cut once - How to increase your agreement rate and confidence when assessing at the national standard ” – Kanchan Bandyopadhyay, National Assessment Moderator - Accounting and Business Studies, NZQA Kanchan will provide teachers with some strategies that enable them to identify and apply assessment methods (quickly) that are at the national standard across all the internals, and set up their students so they are to be ready to be assessed.


“Taking T-shirts to the red carpet – the Huffer story” – Rhys Faleafa, General Manager, Huffer Rhys heads up one of New Zealand’s most iconic clothing labels. He will talk about the issues Huffer had to consider as the brand was introduced to different countries.


Afternoon Tea


“Follow the Yellow Brick Road to build a sustainable business” – Rachel Taulelei, Founder and Managing Director, Yellow Brick Road Food is Rachel’s passion and Yellow Brick Road is a company demonstrably invested in New Zealand’s food culture. Hear about sustainable business practice from a woman who is a member of Westpac’s External Sustainable Business Panel and was a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader in 2012.

“An integrated approach – combining YES with Level 3 Business Studies” – Lucy Wymer, Young Enterprise Trust; Steve Aldhamland, Christchurch Boys’ High School; Emma Johnson, Takapuna Grammar School A practical session on how to integrate the Young Enterprise Scheme at Level 3. Explore ways to engage consultation and have your students effectively carry out an innovative and sustainable business activity. “Importing products into New Zealand” – Richard Manaton, General Manager - Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Countdown Hear some practical tips on importing from one of New Zealand’s largest players in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. Richard has had an extensive career in FMCG, working in New Zealand, Asia and the United Kingdom.

Optional Evening Event: The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme - National Awards 2013, Shed 6 Conference Centre, 6.30pm Please note: Tickets are $110 each and must be booked by Mon 2 December



DAY TWO: Thursday 12 December





KEYNOTE PRESENTATION – Rod Drury, Founder, Xero “The opportunity from NZ – using technology to rethink our place in the world” As CEO of Xero, Rod Drury doesn’t do boring. The company he founded in 2006 is shaking the foundations of the accounting industry worldwide. Xero has more than 160,000 customers around the world who are using the company’s innovative cloud-based accounting software. It is now the highest valued company on the NZX and was valued at more than $2billion in July this year. Rod earned a World Class New Zealander award in 2008, was awarded New Zealand Herald Business Leader of the Year in 2012 and was in August named as Unlimited Magazine’s Supreme Influencer for 2013.


“Blue Sky Thinking” – Andrew Patterson, Presenter, RadioLive; Pauline Brown, Talent Sourcing Consultant, Air New Zealand RadioLive Business Correspondent Andrew Patterson and Air New Zealand’s Pauline Brown will discuss the skills sets that students need to survive and thrive in the future.


Morning Tea


“Apps – What does an app look like and how do you make one” – Karl De Borst , Technology Strategist, Microsoft See an app being made in just 20 minutes and find out what your students need to know to get started.

“Managing relationships with the business world” – Jonas Holland, Senior Associate, AJ Park; Nick Churchouse, Venture Manager, Creative HQ Hear from Wellington businesspeople who have been directly involved with YES companies – covering topics including mentoring, intellectual property and how to work with suppliers.


“Eco, healthy and successful” – Malcolm Rands, Founder, ecostore Find out how Malcolm Rands built the pioneering global brand ecostore, by bucking trends, being single minded & authentic to set a new standard of healthy living plus how sustainable business can save the world.

“Confessions of an educational conformist” – Simon Murray, Pakuranga College Hear how Pakuranga College have been building students’ Business Language Literacy Skills, and find out how Simon is using strategies and ICT resources to change his classroom.




“Questions you’ve always wanted to ask the NZQA Business Studies officials, but were too polite to ask” – Kanchan Bandyopadhyay, National Assessment Moderator - Accounting and Business Studies, NZQA Teachers are invited to send through questions (either from moderation reports, assessment practice or externals) which will be answered in this session. Kanchan will also clarify any “non technical questions” related to the externals that come through, in consultation with the National Assessment Facilitator.


Closing Remarks


Site visits Your opportunity to tour some of Wellington’s iconic businesses – all located within walking distance.

“Exporting from New Zealand” – Sarah Gibbs, Co-founder, Trilogy; Tim Alpe, Chief Jucifier, Jucy Hear how two Kiwi entrepreneurs have taken their brands to the international stage. Trilogy is now being sold in 22 countries, while Jucy has expanded its operations to Australia and the US.

SEE YOU THERE: 11-12 December 2013: Shed 6 Conference Centre, Wellington Visit: for more information


Supported by:

Brought to you by:



StudentSuccess Charitable organisations benefit from student success in Community Enterprise Project Many student teams entered the 2013 Community Enterprise Project competition. The programme requires students to work with a local charity or not-for-profit organisation to identify an issue, and then work in teams to create a plan to solve the problem. We take a look here at two of the winning entries from the year 7-8 Intermediate competition:

EZI Greens We had our first project entry from home-schooled students (Team Ezi Greens) from Auckland, and what an amazing job sisters Sophia and Maiya Wells did. Their project for

people is not getting enough nutrition through their daily food intake. Elderly folk often don’t have the physical ability to maintain a vegetable garden, greens from the supermarket are often in large quantities and therefore there is a lot of wastage, and as many elderly people live alone the motivation to cook healthy meals can be diminished. The pair came with the solution of small, fast growing power packs of nutrition and energy (Micro Greens), which can be grown all year round on a window sill, are easy to harvest and only a small amount is required to make a nutritious meal. They set about developing a plan to provide 100 elderly people with Micro Green starter packs that would be given out at workshops held at Age Concern Auckland, where they would learn how to grow the greens. The

Age Concern Auckland contributes to

girls got involved first hand in helping out

the health of elderly people by making

with workshops, which were a huge success.

nutritious greens readily and cheaply available to them.

They intend to upscale the project to provide Micro Greens to all 3000 elderly

Through the girls’ research they found

members of Age Concern Auckland,

out that a major problem faced by older

through dynamic fundraising efforts. Sophia and Maiya get involved first hand in helping out at Micro Greens workshops for the elderly.

WIS Beaky Bites team members Estelle and Jade in the native bush at Ruby Bay, Tasman recording for the CD that accompanies their ‘Keri the Tui’ picture book

Beaky Bites The WIS Beaky Bites team from Waimea Intermediate, Nelson got inspiration for their winning project for Natureland Zoo Rescue and Rehabilitation Programme from a visit to the zoo in Term 2, as part of their CHANGE study. The programme at the zoo struggles to get sufficient funding for their free rescue and release service for treating wildlife in need. WIS Beaky Bites developed a range of exciting fundraising ideas to implement to assist the zoo. They researched about biscuits and feeders for the Tui, and came across an article about the Native Bird Recovery Richmond (N.B.R.R) and authors Neil Page and Anne Webb who wrote the book ‘The Tui’. They invited the authors in to talk about their work, and bought a book and a feeder from them to base their project ideas around.

The team discuss their project with EOTC educators at Natureland They got to work designing and making a prototype feeder. Although things didn’t go as smoothly as they hoped with

Congratulations to all the Community Enterprise 2013 winning teams SCHOOL



WIS Beakey Bites - Waimea Intermediate School, Nelson

Natureland Zoo


Ezi Green - Home Educated Group, Auckland

Age Concern, Auckland


Books for Kids - Al-Madinah School, Mangere

Ronald McDonald House, Auckland


Operation Opouahi - Twyford School, Hastings

ECOCD, Hawkes Bay


G.I.V. - Glenfield Intermediate School, North Shore

Wairau Valley Special School


permanently at Natureland Zoo. The

J.E.E.C.X. - Glenfield Intermediate School, North Shore

De Paul House, Auckland


book will be published and sold with the

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Space Charitable Trust NZ


CD at the zoo shop.

Mission Heights Junior College

Wild Birds Care Charitable Trust


Huanui College

Whangarei RDA


Tauranga Girls’ College

Bay of Plenty Clinical School


Waikato Diocesan School for Girls

Paws 4 Life


their prototype, they persevered and were successful in the end. The design is now going to be developed further using recycled materials as part of the class sustainability learning in Term 4. Two of the team undertook to write and illustrate a sophisticated picture book called ‘Keri the Tui’ and create a CD. This amazing story is about a Tui who was rescued after being attacked by a cat and nursed back to life. She now lives

The team also plans to raise funds from sales of a special edition of the book ‘The Tui’ at the Nelson Saturday markets, and to sell ‘Topflite Wild Bird Energy Cakes’ and cake feeders to families and the general public.

Thanks to Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, and Sky City Foundation for their support. ● www.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the highlights of day:

“I think today was awesome but I really enjoyed learning about savings and investments and just getting to know everyone” “Budgeting, saving, using money wisely, nice lunches, better understanding of budgeting money and to Save the Moolah” “I learnt you should not gamble, invest your money well and you should budget” “How to become a millionaire before I retire, how to calculate interest and how all the little things add up” Visits from TV One News, Commerce Minister the Hon. Craig Foss, and from staff of the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income added to the buzz.

Minister Craig Foss talks Money with the students

MONEY DAY 2013 As part of Money Week 2013, we ran a Money Day for sixty year 10 students from four Porirua schools. Hosted at Massey University, the students participated in a day-long simulation game designed to teach them basic skills in financial education. Upon arrival, the students from

had the opportunity to save/invest, play ‘chance’, or earn extra money by answering money-themed quiz questions. The game was fast paced and fun. Several university students acted as ‘Financial Advisors’ to the teams and mentored them through their financial decisions. In playing the Money Day travel

Porirua College, Mana College, Bishop

game, students became familiar with

Viard College and Aotea College were

the concepts of budgeting, spending,

mixed into 12 teams and assigned the task

saving, risk, return, and earning interest.

of planning their dream holiday. They

Many teams succeeded in meeting their

worked together to decide upon a travel

travel budget, and all shared what they

destination and make choices about airfares,

had learned with one another at the end

accommodation, visas, insurance and

of the day. Initially many of the students

spending money. After setting their travel

were anxious about working with people

budget, the real challenge began. With each

they did not know, but throughout the

round of the game students were asked to

day they made a real effort with one

calculate their income and expenses and

another and came away with new friends

decide what to do with their money – they

and confidence.

A big thank you to the Macarthy Trust for providing financial support for Money Day, and to Massey University for providing the venue. You can see the TV1 news coverage here.

Team NZ warming up at FedEX Express in Auckland before leaving for Hong Kong. Left to right: Samantha Scott, Emily Vriens, Darren Ritchie, James Rankin, James Pearce, Loren McCarthy.

James and Loren receiving 2nd place prize

Samantha Scott presenting with style and sophistication.

production causes pollution, so this product cleverly gave back to the planet by filtering pollution using recycled denim. Another clever concept.

Team NZ students excel at International Trade Challenge

Scott from Taradale High School, pitched

‘Upcycling’ is a popular concept among

recycled denim and plastic to create a

YES companies, so it was with some relief that the six students in Team NZ 2013 heard their task announced at the International Trade Challenge final. Fifty-

‘Duraden’ – a product that would combine completely new composite textile that could be used in many industries. Great job team, this was one smart idea! Next up to represent New Zealand were

four students from nine countries travelled

Westlake Boys’ James Rankin & Tauranga

to Hong Kong to tackle the challenge

Girls’ Lauren McCarthy. According to the

of developing a market entry strategy

team’s research, 83% of Argentinian women

to “Recycle/ reuse jeans into a new innovative product/service in Argentina.” With only 48 hours to come up with

care deeply about the poor. This dynamic duo had just the answer – their company ‘Concordia’ would recycle denim into

a concept, export plan and 10 minute

popular espadrilles. For every pair bought,

pitch, the pressure was on. For our

another pair would be donated to those in

Kiwi students though, the experience

need. A fabulous advertisement topped off

of the Enterprise in Action event in

James’ and Lauren’s slick marketing strategy.

June provided great grounding and preparation. All six of our Kiwi teams made it through to the finals – a great achievement and a first for any country. Our first presenters, Darren Ritchie from Mt Hutt College and Samantha

Our final partnership, James Pearce from Westlake Boys’ and Emily Vriens from Orewa College, tackled the issue of water borne diseases with ‘Trident’ – a multi-weave water faucet filter that included iodine treatment. Denim

It was a real thrill for all of the New Zealand students when James and Loren took out second place in the competition. Following their success, James sat in the hot seat on TVNZ Breakfast to talk about the experience of the International Trade Challenge, while Loren made her way straight back to her YES company’s breakfast meeting. We always enjoy the opportunity to explore the city after the competition, and this year was no exception. The students packed in a tight schedule of shopping, sightseeing, eating out, wandering the markets, seeing real pandas, more shopping, foot massages (after shopping) and of course enjoying the beautiful skyline of Hong Kong. The opportunity for NZ students to meet their peers from other countries and extend their enterprise experience is extremely valuable and the team and chaperones are very grateful to FedEX Express for again funding this fabulous opportunity. ● www.

Feature How to build an enterprising school Meg Bartle Anne Cooper

Whangarei Girls’ High School has been integrating enterprise into its’ school culture for more than a decade. We caught up with their principal Anne Cooper to find out whether it’s been a success and what the school has learnt along the way.

our school is run. That means looking at things like learning from your mistakes, making the most of opportunities, being prepared to take risks. It’s about developing the whole person. We’re not explicit about it – we don’t walk into a classroom and say ‘okay, today we’re going to learn about

WGHS has made a conscious effort to

resilience’. Instead, we put opportunities

integrate enterprise into all areas of

in the classroom and in extracurricular

your school. What was the rationale

activities which help the students to

for that change? We wanted to develop

develop these qualities.

an enterprising culture in our students and our school. It was a philosophy and a culture that we were intent on. Creating an enterprising culture is just something that we believed in, as it had all the things that our students needed. It reflects the 21st century learners that we are trying to develop. We were already doing quite a few things that would have been termed ‘enterprising’ but it was a bit ad-hoc and we didn’t have a clear emphasis on it. That was before the key competencies and the new curriculum were introduced. I was pleased to see that enterprise was included in the new curriculum because I think it’s just so important, and we just

From a curriculum point of view, enterprising learning is about putting learning into context. That became really important for us long before it

emerging in other curriculum areas such as maths and music. Having somebody like Janet was invaluable, because she could take the idea of enterprise and show people the possibilities across different curriculum areas. To be honest, we don’t use the term ‘enterprising culture’ much anymore. I think that’s partly because it’s quite well embedded and we don’t need to give it a name so much anymore. If anything, we refer to our ‘Whangarei Girls’ High culture’ which by definition is enterprising. When we do talk specifically about enterprise these days, it’s more in the context of the curriculum and the key competencies.

became part of the new curriculum. I guess in some ways, it made the move into the new curriculum much easier for us as a school. The hard part is finding the time to

From a practical perspective, how do you bring enterprise into a secondary school? What does that actually look like on a day-to-day basis? It looks like

get out into the community and develop

students who are prepared to give it

the networks so we can continue to offer

anything a go; students who aren’t scared

that authentic context for our students.

to fail. They are prepared to learn from

We solved that problem by giving Janet

their mistakes, with guidance from us. Our

Lang the structured role of Enterprise

girls are incredibly entrepreneurial and

Coordinator, so she became the go-to

innovative. They run us ragged, which

person for our staff.

makes for an extremely busy school!

Some people see enterprise as a

House Day is a classic example of the

concept for use solely within the

enterprising culture in action. We’ve

Commerce department. What did you

never had athletics sports like most

do to change that perception in your

schools do, because we haven’t got a

How would you describe the concept

school? We had to battle that too at first.

full-size athletics track. Our athletics

of enterprising learning? We want

We just kept stating the importance of

competition runs at a nearby sports field

our students to have enterprising

developing that culture, and those skills in

with just the competitors attending. We

qualities and we want that to be the way

our students. We began to see new things

then had a House Day here at school

grew from there.


scholarships because they’re not scared to put their hand up and say ‘I can’. They need to be able to do that in order to survive and thrive in the world beyond the school gates. What has been the reaction from your teachers to this culture? Has it pushed staff outside their comfort zone? Initially there were a few who struggled but we’re quite lucky in that our staff want to see the students do well. If there’s something that’s going to benefit the students, they are willing to go the extra mile. Janet does a lot of in terms of support along with a few Café lunches, student style

key staff from each curriculum area. Whenever I’m making new staff

which focused on participation and that worked for a couple of years, until attendance started dropping off. So we asked the prefects whether we should flag the House Day altogether and their reply was, ‘with all due respect, we think we can do a better job of running it than you’. So we told them to go for it. Now the prefects organize the House Day for all 1300 students and they do it really, really well. They include things like

a music competition, a trivia quiz, a fear factor etc. Each year the prefects plan and run the day, and then evaluate it before suggesting changes for the following year. School assemblies are the same; the girls run the whole thing, they present the awards, they make the speeches, shake the hands – because it’s their school, not ours. Our kids believe in themselves, and they really do punch above their weight. They win good competitions and

appointments I always check that they support the philosophy. Virtually no one’s ever heard of enterprise culture, but when you mention the enterprising qualities, they understand what we mean. We also found that when we changed to vertical form classes, the relationships and the bonds that built up between teachers, juniors and seniors were so much stronger. It was like the last little piece of the jigsaw, and that change was once again student driven. www.

Student committee run activity

“ People are using the school and the community as an authentic context for learning.”

Can you give us examples of how

sports, and then invite the primary students

enterprise has been included in a

here to use our rock climbing wall.

subject area like Technology or Maths?

responsibility for all aspects of the annual

beyond its’ traditional home in the

Year 13 Show – the budget, the bills, the

Commerce department? We got a letter from a residents group recently who wanted some help with weed control in a beachside suburb. We’ll send a group out to help with the weeds in the short-term but we’ll also see if they can problem solve and come up with a good long-term solution to manage the weeds. They’ll learn by interacting with their community. Our outdoor education students go

The Year 13 drama students take full

How do you actually grow enterprise

publicity, the media, the whole works. The Hospitality students cater and serve dinner before the show, and they also do the food for every board meeting. It’s right across the school, really – the music students are writing music for the dance students who then choreograph their dances. Textiles students work with almost every other curriculum area in one way or another. People are using the

to two local primary schools and teach

school and the community as an authentic

primary students about caving and other

context for learning.

Student baking pizza to sell in oven she made

If a principal thinks an enterprise culture would work in his/her school, what should their first step be? If students want something to happen, a school can make it happen. That’s why we’re here. Talk to the students about what it is and how it relates to their lives both at school and after school. Appoint an enterprise co-ordinator who can work with staff and students to create opportunities, often just by extending a unit of work just a little further, or mentoring students as they take on more adventurous projects. It is important to be explicit initially about the learning that has taken place. We started with staff who were keen on the enterprise approach and grew it from there with Janet’s support. She also introduced a three day Year Nine project which demonstrated how effective and successful enterprise education is and that’s a good way to show staff the potential of this approach. [Note: In our next issue, we will

Playdough circular flow modelling in economics

feature an interview with WGHS enterprise coordinator, Janet Lang, to find out more on how enterprise works in the classroom.] ● www.


Check out what’s coming in 2014 here! New Primary ‘Pick up and go’ Resources Help you to develop enterprise and financial capability in conjunction with your regular school activities. These will include: The school gala, camp, school production, and sustainability and community projects. These will be short duration (4 to 6 week), cross-curricular activities. First off the block will be the School Gala - 11 lessons supported with resource templates, enterprise glossary, links to useful web/print materials and suggestions for evaluation.

New Primary project resource library A resource bank of successful enterprise activities, units of work, resources/tools and video all contributed


by teachers.

Financial Education Board Games – redesigned and updated! All our board games will be revised and updated for 2014 to make them easier to use in the classroom. All games, including Balance the Books and

Tactix, will be available for free download from our online resource centre. Commercially printed versions of Balance the Books and Tactix will continue to be available (charged).

Junior Secondary enterprise and financial education modules Using the modules you can put together a programme for 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms to suit your curriculum and students. This could be offered under the Business, Commerce, Social studies or Careers curriculum areas and include enterprise, financial education or a blend of both. Easy!




Enterprising People case study


4-5 weeks

Market Day


4-5 weeks

DairyNZ Get Ahead Challenge


3-4 weeks

Young Enterprise Start-Up


10-12 weeks

Financial Education hot topics


1-23 weeks

Financial Education simulation case study


4-5 weeks

Professional Development/ Teacher Training We will be offering

listen to it when it’s convenient for you.

our training webinars again in 2014.

about our webinars and we are always

be happy to come to you.

We will have webinars about how our

looking for ways to improve them and

programmes and resources work and the

make them better for you. If you have any

Topics include:

best way for you to deliver them in your

feedback for us or ideas on great webinar

classroom. Just like this year, you can

topics, please contact Sarah at

either register and listen to our webinars

live or register for them and you’ll be sent

or call (04) 570 3981.

a link of the webinar recording so you can

We’ve already had some great feedback

Alternatively, if you would like a short

facilitated workshop for the staff at your school, then please let us know and we’ll

Primary Enterprise – which option works for you?

Introduction to Primary ‘Pick up and go’ programmes

Introducing YES into your classroom ●

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Thursday 14 November

DairyNZ Challenge entries close

Friday 29 November

PrEP competitions nominations close

11-12 December

It’s Business Time conference, Wellington

Wednesday 11 December

National Awards, Wellington

Young Enterprise Trust office closes on Friday 20th December 2013, and reopens on Monday 6 January 2014.

TEACHER PD WEBINARS – TERM 4 All webinars run from 4:15pm – 5:00pm DATE 5 November



Introducing Financial Education into your classroom


Introducing YES into your classroom for 2014


What’s new in 2014 Primary Enterprise & Financial Education





13 November

20 November



Watch your inbox for your invitations to register for these Webinars, or email detailing which webinar(s) you would like to attend.



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