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Experts come to class

Experts come to class

Young Entrepreneurs

From bankers to entrepreneurs, experts in the wider community have embraced the opportunity to work with CHAC business students this term.

In Year 9, students of Start-Up for Young Entrepreneurs have been busy interviewing local entrepreneurs for a feature article on ‘What makes a successful entrepreneur?”. With the help of our Year 9 students of IT for Innovators, it is hoped that the articles will form a class magazine to be produced next term. As part of the project, students were delighted to hear from Gabby Rundle-Thiele, CHAC graduate of 2013. Gabby developed a Business Plan back in Year 12 Business Management for the pet care business she now runs successfully. Students were fascinated by Gaby’s entrepreneurial career journey since leaving school and amazed to hear that she is now the owner of two growing businesses: Retreat Doggy Day Care and Tails of Time Pet Photography.

Gaby Rundle-Thiele discusses her business with Year 9s Katy Lee and Alisia Abdelrazek

Meanwhile, Business Management students, preparing a finance feasibility study for a local small business of choice, welcomed Bank of Queensland (Cannon Hill) Manager, Michael Rose, to class earlier this month. Michael discussed the approval process and considerations for businesses seeking external finance and provided expert advice to students as they grapple with the financial management dilemmas facing their unique businesses.
Caption<BOQ’s Michael Rose (right) and Trent Vohland consult Year 12s Scot Salvati and Elise Greenup>

RBA briefs students

While Business students have been busy investigating the challenges facing start-ups and small business, Economics students from Years 10 to 12 have been exploring the broader macro-economic environment.

This term, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Economist, Trent Saunders, addressed students as part of the RBA’s annual series of lectures for school students of Economics. Senior students were joined at the College by students from three other schools to hear the RBA’s latest forecasts on economic conditions and to learn more about the RBA’s use of monetary policy. While Year 10s have received a brief introduction to monetary policy in class this term, they have also been studying the role of the external sector or trade in the economy and so a visit to the Port of Brisbane in February reinforced the importance of global trade to the Australian economy.

Year 10s Chris O’Brien, Ella Greenaway and Jesse Fang view the Port of Brisbane

Problem-solving apps put to test

Many lessons of planning and coding came to fruition last week, in The Enterprise Centre, as Year 9 students of IT Innovators began collecting video evidence of their mobile apps in operation. Year 9s of this elective are introduced to visual programming using software, MIT app inventor. While the school term does not allow enough time to fully complete the app, all partnerships in this semester’s class have proof-of-concept submitted as part of this term’s assessment. This week students have been pitching their app to the class with their teacher, Mr Russell, assessing both their documentation of the development and testing process, as well as their coding skills.

App concepts developed by students include a CHAC diary, a classroom finder and an app that integrates the College calendar and timetable.

Penny Cummins
Head of Faculty: Business