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In the Years 10–11 Diploma programme, Commerce now offers two core courses. Every boy must complete one course across the two years. Both courses offer boys the opportunity to gain a taste of what Commerce is about, and whether it may be something they wish to opt into in the senior school. The most popular of these courses has been Business, Innovation and Enterprise. It is within this course that boys get the opportunity to experience developing their own “real-life” business on a small scale. At the end of the semester, boys then showcase their products at the Trade Fair. The brief for the businesses is innovation and, alongside economic sustainability, one other type of sustainability. The calibre of product and service ideas this year has been exceptional, with everything from lunch apps, recycled wine barrel platters and dehydrated apples, to surf wax, vegetable scrubbers and a new way to tag calves. The ideas have exceeded our expectations and the focus and motivation of the boys to produce such high-quality products at Year 10 is something they should all be very proud of. We may also have some budding entrepreneurs. This course also acts as an introduction to the much larger Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) in Year 13. Here again, the calibre stepped up with a change to the course structure giving more focus to the business projects. Feedback from the YES facilitators, especially around the pitches from College, was of the utmost praise. The second of the core courses is more suited to those students who perhaps are not necessarily entrepreneurial, but do enjoy understanding and learning about the theoretical aspects of how businesses operate, using financial information to make decisions, and understanding how markets work. Likewise the Prep options for Commerce are Economics Prep and Accounting Prep. These courses are designed with the senior school in mind and, therefore, address

content, skills and ideas to prepare for Year 12. What is refreshing about the removal of NCEA Level 1 is that these courses can now be taught with that as the real focus, rather than what is required for a particular assessment. Having less internal assessment also gives greater time for learning and being able to further develop some learning tasks. This year, we farewelled Robbie Turrell to a promotional opportunity at Burnside High School and welcomed Logan Ball from Westlake Boys' High School. I would like to thank Robbie for his huge contribution to Business and Enterprise in particular, and wish him well in his new promotion. Additionally, I am excited to welcome Logan, who started at the end of Term 3. He has hit the ground running and been a seamless addition to the team. Next, we hope to continue the positive momentum of the Nga¯ Miha courses, as well as be able to invite more guest speakers and include field trips in all our courses. This has been difficult in recent years but looks possible in 2023. This adds another valuable dimension to learning. Sincere thanks to everyone who has given their time to support the school and the learning and experience of the boys. Your input into our programmes is invaluable and much appreciated. Thank you to all members of the Commerce Department – Graeme Christey, William Bell, Jennifer Thomas, Mike Field, Logan Ball and Neil Porter – for a fantastic year. You are an amazing team and your dedication, support and collegiality has been much appreciated. I look forward to working with you in 2023. Katie Southworth HoD Commerce DRAMA When we look at the list of our events and performances from the year, it appears as if 2022 has been a very normal year, when, in reality, it has been another year

affected heavily by the pandemic. However, we are incredibly proud of all we have managed to include, so students have had wonderful opportunities as usual. We have been involved in: • Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival • Light at the End of the Tunnel – senior production with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School • DanceNZ Made regional competition • House Plays Festival • Senior Theatresports competition • Speech and Drama examinations • Rainbow’s Ending – junior production with St Margaret’s College • Junior Theatresports competition • Assessment performance evenings Of course, on top of all of the fabulous co-curricular experiences, we have also had a big year in the classroom with the College Diploma allowing several new courses. Both staff and students have enjoyed the new challenges and it has allowed us to delve into new specialist areas. This year, we say farewell to the wonderful Robyn Peers as she heads into retirement. Robyn has been part of College for 30 years and we are beyond grateful for all she has given us. She has helped to build this department from its initial creation and to say that we would not be here today without her is absolutely true. She has been involved in many memorable productions over the years and I know she has fond memories of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Faustus , and Oedipus Rex, all of which were directed by her in fantastically aesthetic and creative ways. She has often worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that a production has made it to opening night and her wide range of skills has always been valued on productions such as Evita , West Side Story , Our House , Cats , A Midsummer Night’s Dream … we can go on and on. It has been a wild ride and we know Robyn will be back through the College gates soon,


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