Business is Booming!

Louise Ratcliffe | Business Teacher

Rose City Shoppingworld Marketing Manager, Jason Gard

Rose City Shoppingworld talks leasing with Year 11s

On Tuesday, 18 June, the Year 11 Business class hosted Louise de Lissa, Marketing Manager and Jason Gard, Centre Manager, from Rose City Shoppingworld.

As part of their current assessment task, the Year 11 students are required to come up with a suitable franchise business that could be opened in the local shopping centre, and Louise and Jason shared their knowledge on leasing contracts, benefits of opening a store in the shopping centre, site availability, marketing, customer profiles and costs of running a business.

Students also heard first hand that the skills they are learning in class – SWOT analysis, competitor analysis, strategic planning – do really happen in the real world and not just something mentioned in a textbook!

This was a great opportunity for our budding entrepreneurs, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing the next new business venture in the shopping centre…finance to be approved.



Mindshop Excellence Program

At the end of next term (Week 10, Term 3) the Year 10 Business students will again be participating in the Mindshop Excellence program – a valuable, real world learning experience!

The Mindshop Excellence program is a structured work place learning program for a small group of students. The students provide the Consulting Team to work in a host organisation, for three days, receiving training by a Mindshop Facilitator and then analysing a real business issue in that organisation.  The highlight of the week is when students present their recommendations to the business management, staff, school representatives and their parents on the last day of the program.

To enable this program to run we are looking for businesses willing to host a group of six students.  If you are interested in participating in this program and would like further information please contact the College’s business teacher, Mrs Louise Ratcliffe, via direqt message or email at


Photos attached from last year’s program