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School of Business

School of Business

As a Business faculty, we value the academic study of business. We understand that business activity is dependent on the wider national and global economies. Therefore, the study of economics (one of our senior subjects) has a global context while focussing on the key principles of business. In Business Management, we combine practical examples, initiatives and theory to explore the ingredients of successful business thinking.

Within our School of Business, we are proud of developing an enterprise focus in each of the courses. By this we mean that we are teaching about the world of business from the perspective of practical examples and experience. We want the girls to understand the complexity, challenges and opportunities of the business environment. We equally want them to feel they can develop confidence and be creative with business thinking. Being entrepreneurial starts with being capable about finding business solutions and feeling excited by the development of products, the management of people and the design of organisations that will grow a business. While this is the start of entrepreneurial thinking, it also allows the course to be deeply practical. Our courses are also theoretical and the girls enjoy the insights of clear business thinking that has been researched and then applied.

Last Thursday (4 May 2017), some of the Year 12 Economics students attended an important luncheon address in Brisbane featuring Philip Lowe the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. This was the first occasion that Philip Lowe has spoken in Queensland since his appointment as Governor in September 2016. His address came just two days after the RBA’s cash rate decision to maintain the rates at 1.5%, and a week before the Federal Budget was handed down by the Treasurer Mr. Scott Morrison.

Dr Lowe spoke about the increasing trend of housing prices, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, the pressing issue of household debt and the resilience of the Australian economy. This experience was an important one for our girls as they saw Economics at work and were able to link what they are currently studying in Economics to the real word of contemporary economic management in Australia. At the beginning of his address, Dr Lowe noted our attendance and expressed his appreciation of our presence. Let’s not forget that we were in the midst of an audience composed of important institutional figures and influencers from the finance sector in Australia. Thanks to Old Girl, Harriet Smith (yes we were very lucky!) we were very fortunate to speak to Dr Lowe at the conclusion of his speech and he was quick to express his delight that Economics is of interest to young ladies such as the students of St Hilda’s School. It was humbling to all of us to be mingling with a figure of his calibre. Dr Lowe was a down to earth human being who gave his undivided attention to the girls. We are certainly grateful to all of those who have contributed to make this experience a memorable one!  Mrs Majda Benzenati

In the early secondary years, we start by developing Business and Enterprise subjects that enable students to develop an understanding of the Australian business culture and systems, including public and private enterprises. We get the girls to think about how we operate in a global environment. Our faculty members play a pivotal role by being innovative and creative and keeping abreast of technological changes and new information. Our courses engage students with ‘real-life’ material; they develop collaborative and independent learning and built into assessments is the need for reflective thinking.

The business skills we encourage are problem solving and analysis, clarification and discussion of personal beliefs and the articulation of the standards on which decisions are made.

School of Business subjects show students how it is important for everyone to work together to allow a business – government and non-government – to succeed and provide a valuable insight into many aspects of business. These include industrial and human relations, organisational management, planning, strategic thinking, cost-benefit analysis and business psychology.

The faculty has graduated the challenges within the courses and combinations of Business courses can work well together to give flexible choice in tertiary study options. For example, Accounting works well in combination with either Economics or Business Organisation and Management. The university-accredited Diploma of Business is popular with the girls and provides credits for some tertiary business courses.

The School of Business is an exciting faculty with a wide choice of subjects that have theoretical and practical approaches. The faculty has an entrepreneurial spirit that makes it confident that it is preparing the girls well for modern business challenges.

School of Business Subjects

Years 7 and 8

  • Information Communication and Technology
  • Financial Futures

Years 9 and 10

  • Business, Finance and Management

Years 11 and 12

  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Certificate III in Business Administration
  • Diploma of Business
Year 10 Bookkeeping

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