Business class opts for touch of reality
Spying a gap between economics and accounting courses, teacher Simon Brown adopted a more firsthand approach to business management and enterprises studies when introducing it as an ATAR course at Methodist Ladies’ College at the start of the year.
The assistant head of the humanities and social sciences department said rather than have students simply studying the likes of Apple or Qantas and writing a report for assessment, he introduced a research project whereby students linked up with real Perth businesspeople and then reported back on certain aspects relating to the syllabus.
Former MLC student Lanna Hill, a small business coach, is part of the program.
“As a business owner that couldn’t ‘see’ entrepreneurship as a valid career option when I was at school, I am really excited to be giving back and volunteering my time to be a part of this project,” she said.
“(I) believe that the subject has broader positive impacts, rather than just the curriculum itself, such as encouraging critical thinking, resilience and adaptability, and creative problem solving.”
There are now two classes totalling 33 students studying the subject in Year 11, about 25 per cent of the cohort, and Mr Brown expects another 30 to enrol next year for a total of five classes in Years 11 and 12, with the possibility of some boys from neighbouring Christ Church Grammar School joining them.
“It’s obvious parents and students were keen to have this other option rather than economics, which sometimes is a bit technical, and accountancy, which is very niche,” he said. “Business sits really well in between them.
“Combining business and economics, or business and
accountancy, gives them a much more complete picture.”
Mr Brown’s plans are to expand the offering at MLC and be seen as a sort of hub for business as a subject. He is looking at potential collaborations with other private schools.
Simon Brown, a teacher of business at Methodist Ladies’ College and Lanna Hill, director of One Small Step, with MLC Year 11 business students Rochelle Zhu, left, Grace Mattes, Cindy Piong, Kexin Liu, Kira Daamen and Mia Wagenaar.