Maleny Organics

A business managed and operated by the students

At Maleny Independent School the students decided that, rather than investigating a hypothetical economic or business scenario, they would start their own business and learn on the job!

Year 7 students typically spend 18-20 hours a year learning about business and economics, focussing on the interdependence of consumers and producers in the market, the importance of short and long-term planning to business success, the characteristics of a successful business and how entrepreneurial capabilities contribute to this success (among other things). Students formulate questions, gather information, interpret data, investigate trends and apply knowledge, skills and concepts to an identified economic or business issue.

At Maleny Independent School the students decided that, rather than investigating a hypothetical economic or business scenario, they would start their own business and learn on the job!

 

Local business specialist, Paul Stratford, kindly put his hand up and took on the role of Business Advisor. The student entrepreneurs brainstormed and researched ideas, investigated trends and learned about supply and demand in the local market, product stewardship and ethics, sourcing local suppliers, strategies to add value, brand development, logo design, competitive pricing and mark-ups, and so much more! Through all this inquiry and learning ‘Maleny Organics’ was born and a line of health and home care products was launched into the marketplace at the 2018 Wood Expo (and made significant sales on the first day)!

The students continue to run Maleny Organics, extending their leanings into the real world by operating a wholesale and retail outlet, working with local retailers, holding board meetings and preparing to launch their own website. Everyone has a job to do, the profits are reinvested or shared equally and the learnings are invaluable.

Year 7 students typically spend 18-20 hours a year learning about business and economics, focussing on the interdependence of consumers and producers in the market, the importance of short and long-term planning to business success, the characteristics of a successful business and how entrepreneurial capabilities contribute to this success (among other things). Students formulate questions, gather information, interpret data, investigate trends and apply knowledge, skills and concepts to an identified economic or business issue.

At Maleny Independent School the students decided that, rather than investigating a hypothetical economic or business scenario, they would start their own business and learn on the job!

Local business specialist, Paul Stratford, kindly put his hand up and took on the role of Business Advisor. The student entrepreneurs brainstormed and researched ideas, investigated trends and learned about supply and demand in the local market, product stewardship and ethics, sourcing local suppliers, strategies to add value, brand development, logo design, competitive pricing and mark-ups, and so much more! Through all this enquiry and learning ‘Maleny Organics’ was born, and a line of health and home care products was launched into the marketplace at the 2018 Wood Expo (and made significant sales on the first day)!

The students continue to run Maleny Organics, extending their leanings into the real world by operating a wholesale and retail outlet, working with local retailers, holding board meetings and preparing to launch their own website. Everyone has a job to do, the profits are shared equally and the learnings are invaluable.

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