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NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019. Both these ideas are related to the concept of social enterprise, as they have the element of giving something back to the community. The annual market day was another success. This is where groups of students develop a product to sell to the market. It gives students the chance to develop teamwork skills, with the added benefit of making a profit which they keep. We were privileged to have wealth management advisor Johnny Cochrane from Jarden speak to the students about the risks vs rewards of investing in the share market. He showed specific companies and sectors that have performed well recently and explained the reasons behind this. It was a valuable educational experience for the students. We introduced a new saving and budgeting unit this year. This provided the students with some practical skills which are essential for their future, including an understanding of how savings can impact future goals. Agribusiness An increased number of guest speakers came to talk to the students throughout the year, and this will increase further next year. This is important for a course such as Agribusiness, as it shows students

that success in business can be achieved in a variety of ways. In addition, the students went on several field trips, including to the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Kirwee, to the Lincoln University demonstration dairy farm, and – for Year 12 students – to the Ravensdown factory in Hornby. These trips provide real context to what the students are learning in the classroom. The Year 13 students got involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). Four new registered companies were set up, with the students becoming company directors and shareholders in their own companies, developing a product and bringing it to market, and competing against other students in the national competition. Because of his involvement in YES, and in a first for College, student George Matheson was invited to attend the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame gala dinner as a student escort, introducing 2019 laureate Mark Waller, former CEO of the EBOS Group, to the guests. Senior Accounting A highlight for the Year 12 students is the annual visit to Pak’nSave Wainoni, where Old Boy and owner operator Marcel Gray shows their inventory system. It is impressive how fast systems change with technology and how crucial it is to adapt to these changes to be

competitive in the market. The accounting systems shown are very relevant experience for the students, and demonstrate the practical application of what they learn in the classroom and how that learning is used in the real world. The scholarship programme collaborated with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University to provide a rich programme for the students. It is a privilege to have the expertise of Rangi Ruru HoD Accounting Janette Frier, a hugely experienced teacher, provide her input in our scholarship sessions. This has been much appreciated by our boys. Senior Economics Senior Economics students enjoyed plenty of success in 2019. Year 13 student Max Surveyor was selected for the New Zealand Economics Olympiad team, heading to Russia in July to compete against 29 teams and 131 individuals from around the world. New Zealand finished 7th in the team competition, and Max came 3rd in the individual competition, which is an outstanding achievement. Twelve students in Years 11–13 competed in the NZ Economics competition. This competition tests the Economics content knowledge of students in Years 12 and 13. Max Surveyor achieved the highest score in his division of over 1000 students. His fellow Year 13 students – Tim Cross, Ellie Stevenson and Tommy Whitaker – gained high distinction, which put their results in the top 5 per cent in the country. Scott Cranstone also gained a high distinction, which is particularly impressive as Scott is a Year 11 student and learned all the Year 12 and 13 content necessary for the competition from scratch. Year 13 students Max Heywood, Finn Brokenshire, Max Surveyor, Ollie Brakenridge and Tim Cross made up the team that competed in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Monetary Policy Challenge. The boys came up with an impressive presentation showcasing their


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