The 2011 Year 10 Commerce Small Business Week has drawn to another successful close, under a gloriously sunny Friday afternoon. During the week the 86 students studying Commerce in Year 10 planned, organised and ran a small-business activity.
The students started the business with their own funding and they committed to donating half of any profit earned to a designated charity. We saw a variety of businesses including sausage sizzles, milkshakes, home-made licorice, pancakes, fruit smoothies, cupcakes and a down-ball competition with prizes on offer.
The Week always creates a real buzz around the school, as the students see their peers in a different environment, having a go at the tough challenge of running a small business. Even when things have not gone as planned, such as forgetting a vital piece of equipment or a basic ingredient, the students did not give up; they simply looked to solve the problem in the best way they could.
As I reflect, I realise that it is the students themselves who have made it such a success. It is not easy to articulate to others what it is like to teach the students here at Ballarat Clarendon College. If a visitor had walked through Wanliss Square I think they would have been impressed with the passion demonstrated by the Year 10 Commerce students.
It is at the end of such a productive week that the teachers in the Commerce Department feel proud of seeing their students dare to try something challenging and also to have fun in embracing that challenge. This attitude is not unique to students in the Commerce faculty, however. It is evident in every aspect of student life here at Clarendon. I think the success is due to the shared beliefs and cooperation that exists between the parents and the school. We try to impart values to the students that will equip them to meet the complex challenges of life head on, with a view that setbacks are merely an opportunity to learn as we progress through life.
From a business point of view, we are also acutely aware that society is now demanding that businesses take seriously the impact their activities have on the community and the environment. Indeed, although we are all affected by the state of the economy, we live in a community. I am more confident and optimistic than ever, after seeing our students in action, that the business leaders of tomorrow who may emerge from Ballarat Clarendon College will be well-placed to contribute and advance the communities in which they live in a positive way.
Head of Commerce