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Residents to have say in new skate park design
Bowling green and fishing shed to go for 'new concept'
Riding a Harley at 86
Men's shed land lease signals softer approach
Investigation recommends better channel management
Ferry service cancelled during 'severe' weather
Ferry resumption 'is not the end of the problem'
Bravery award for firefighter
Council to close successful community garden
Community group calls for tree policy submissions
Tree policy comment period extended
All council meetings to be held at Wyong
Ettalong and Umina parking surveys planned
Chamber calls for 'smarter' parking strategies
Community support grants approved
Session to discuss Killcare mobile phone tower proposal
Aboriginal group seeks funding for 'community place'
Students speak at Rotary club
Residents wanted for community fire units
Couple recommends batteries use with solar panels
CWA to put on ceramics exhibition
CWA receives $200 flagpole grant
College graduate receives Colombo Plan scholarship
Rotary awards pride of workmanship
Ettalong businesses compete for Christmas prizes
Food drive for Mary Mac's
Postponed Woytopia festival 'a success'
Petition circulated to stop seismic testing
Rotary runs barbecue at waste information day
Collection for drought relief
Signs to be replaced on Woy Woy Bay Rd
Rotary club completes graffiti removal
Council announces green investment
Hotel wins association awards
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Another roundabout - no, no, no, no, no, no
Roundabout is wrong solution
Trusty post lady resigns after 23 years
Take collective action now to reduce global warming
Arts business plans have been submitted
Others take Paris Accord seriously
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Donations sought to assist with cancer treatment
Six new surgeons at hospital
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Initial sales of surf safety book 'promising'
Authors' event at local book shop
Environment group to hold Club Woytopia
Free outdoor film screening
Resident organises online music competition
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Student enterprises raise $700 for Mary Mac's Place
Almost $10,000 raised in fun run
Three classes get pet rabbits
Preschool playground receives design award
Awards for Ettalong school canteen
Grandparents' day
Gymnastics classes see students stretching and twirling
Stage 1 students have local history walk
Children's author visits Year 4 students
Kindergarten orientation was a success
Mini fete raises $1700
Preschool staff win award for program
Students create mural
Lessons focus on cyber safety and responsibility
Young, black and ready for school
White Ribbon Day at Umina campus
Primary students perform at college
Gold award for sporting challenge
Radio station broadcasts from Woy Woy school
Surf fun day at Terrigal
Swim and survive program
Parents and carers supply items for school
School supports wishing tree
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Boxer defeated by top Finnish boxer
Bradman Best trains with the Knights
Netball committee positions vacant
Umina life savers win medals at world championships
Golf day raised $1500 for cancer research
Umina bowling club holds annual competition
Charity bowlers raise $690
Taekwon-do fundraiser
Soccer club elects committee

Student enterprises raise $700 for Mary Mac's Place

Umina campus commerce students from Brisbane Water Secondary College are donating over $700 to Mary Mac's Place in Woy Woy.

The donation comes as part of an assignment to the Year 9 Commerce class to operate their own small business on campus.

"It was the accumulative profit of each business that raised the money for the substantial donation," said class teacher Mr Robert Brown.

Each business was officially operational for two weeks and saw students offer a variety of goods and services for sale to the rest of the student body.

"Natural care products, handmade bath bombs, perfumes, a book store, a buzz out skills tester, teacher car wash service, spider soft drinks, confectionary, guessing jar competitions and a sports skills tester were just some of the products and services Year 9 were selling," Mr Brown said.

"Students were required to advertise their product or service within school; taking into account the demographic and clientele base that a Year 7 to 9 junior campus would offer.

"Some businesses targeted students as their primary market, some targeted teachers, some did both.

"Students were in charge of organising their own roster, keeping records of their own accounts (including expenditure, cost price, retail price and profits) and ensuring that they met strict deadlines," Mr Brown said.

"I loved the assessment task.

"Seeing everyone's response to the stall and seeing the reward of our hard work, people enjoying themselves, gave you a real sense of fulfilment," said student Maddison May.

"It wasn't always easy though, we weren't prepared for the high amount of sales we got on the first day of our spider drink stall and ran out of stock quickly.

"We bought a lot more for the next day and it was quiet.

"It just goes to show that business can be unpredictable so you really need to think on your feet," Maddison said.

Additionally, prior to business operations, students created a risk management plan.

This included any work health and safety issues that could occur and what measures they have in place, both preventative and consequential, to ensure smooth business operations.

At this time, they also pitched their business ideas to a panel of four teachers, with diverse expertise, in order to receive feedback and implement necessary adjustments.

"We are always constantly reminded of the talent and application of our students at Brisbane Water Secondary College.

"The panel was thoroughly impressed by the ingenuity and entrepreneurship.

"What they achieved is nothing short of inspiring," said science head teacher Mr James Guthrie.

After students had concluded their sales, they came back to the panel and presented their business evaluations to both parents and teachers.

"As a result, students raised over $700 in profit to donate to Mary Mac's Place," Mr Brown said.

Student Guy Cooper said the class wanted to donate their earnings to give back to their community.

"Mary Mac's are a non-for-profit so the donation is going to those who really need it.

"We even got to tour the facility to see firsthand the positive impact it has made for the homeless people in our community.

"They make a real difference," Guy said.

"This task goes to show that the students at Brisbane Water Secondary College are learning and putting into practice real life skills whilst also gaining an understanding and huge sense of appreciation for local and small business," Mr Brown said.

"You have to be dedicated and fully committed to the business to ensure everything is running smoothly.

"Going through this assessment task made me realise that I like a fast-paced work environment and being able to think on my feet," said student Jordan Curran.

Mary Mac's homeless services coordinator Ms Catherine Pantehis said the students' donation would go a long way.

"This effort will help us do a lot of things; provide meals, laundry, showers and other support services for homeless people and anyone else in need," she said.

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