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Taking care of business at School
While one door closes another door is
opening for two people passionate about the
world of business and all it has to offer.
Nick Johnson (RGS 2015) returned to the
School this term, on a break from Commerce
and Law studies at Bond University on the
Gold Coast, and spent some time with Head
of Business Mrs Karen Krause, who will retire
from teaching at the end of the year.
Business is always evolving and keeping
knowledge current is essential for success.
“Whatever industry you look at they would
not be there without business sitting behind
it,’’ said Mrs Krause, who started teaching
in 1979 at Gladstone State High School.
“Everyone needs to be financially literate.
It’s important that children acquire a basic
understanding. It’s good to see Prep and Primary
students learning about business. It’s not labelled
business but look at the activities they are doing.’’
Forty years ago Business coursework was
about teaching short hand, typing, business
principles, accounting and secretarial studies.
Mrs Krause recalls having one
electronic typewriter to share among
30 students in one class.
Today, Business is more about Business
Enterprise and Management at RGS
Middle School; a combination of running
a business, personal financing, corporate
and social responsibility and ethics.
“It’s a case of giving students an understanding
that the workplace is changing,’’ Mrs Krause said.
As Mrs Krause prepares to leave teaching
it is reassuring to have past students
return and thank RGS Business teachers
for their valuable instruction. They often
tell teachers, “You were right.”
Nick Johnson admits he wasn’t the
perfect student, but he had a passion in
School for learning Business and went
the extra mile by taking tutorials.
At Bond, Nick has realised how fortunate he
was to gain a strong start in Business at RGS.
“Things like writing business reports at
university has been easy for me because
I knew the structure – I was told so
many times by the teachers to justify my
recommendations more – and many people in
my course hadn’t done this before,’’ Nick said.
Karan Krause explains her education goal
has always been to ensure that her students
realise there are career opportunities
out there to be found and made.
“There is a place for every
student,” she said.
Emerald & Alpha
Head of Agricultural Science Hardy Manser,
Senior Boarding Student Blake Johnston and
Headmaster Dr Phillip Moulds represented RGS
at a panel discussion hosted by Queensland
Country Life at Emerald AgGrow. Discussion
focused on the changing needs and outlooks
of young land professionals and the future
of local farming practices. Dr Moulds and
Blake each talked about how students
today need to be prepared to learn, unlearn
and relearn as the agriculture business
landscape changes. Director of Boarding Mr
Stewart Norford and Mrs Tania Norford also
attended AgGrow, catching up with past,
current and prospective RGS families.
Four staff (Headmaster Dr Moulds, Mr
Norford, Registrar Ms Lisa Kibblewhite and
Communications & Development Director Mr
Mike Donahue) also attended the Independent
School Children’s Parents Association State
Conference in Alpha in September, camping
with delegates in the pop-up tent city.
Congratulations to Alpha ICPA Branch President
Mr Brant Bettridge and all the individuals
who worked so hard and long to make the
conference such an outstanding event.
What about Me?
Year 9 students in the 2016 What About Me?
programme challenged themselves and each
other during a series specially designed activities
that addressed their interests and physical and
emotional development. Among them, the 14
kilometre walk to the summit of Mt Archer which
was described as “killer” and such workshops
as Inspire for Girls and The Odyssey Programme
for Boys. Both covered topics such as identity,
self-esteem, personal health and relationships.
Adventure caving at Capricorn Caves was “just
awesome” according to students, too. The
programme culminated with the Year 9 graduation
in the Theatre on the last day of Term, with parents
in attendance to celebrate the end of this journey
with their children. Picture: It’s all about teamwork.
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