Level One Commerce Class Field Trip

By Jill Armstrong | Posted: Wednesday February 28, 2024

Our recent field trip started with an insightful visit to Speight's Ale House, where Mark Scully shared his wealth of knowledge about the liquor industry.

As a seasoned professional with years of experience, Mark provided valuable insights into the day-to-day operations of a successful franchise business. From marketing and advertising strategies to managing profit margins, cost pricing, and cash flows, students gained a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of running a franchise. Mark also emphasized the importance of community involvement and security in the liquor industry, offering students a well-rounded view of this sector.

The next stop was the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, where the students carried out research. Then, we headed to the University of Otago for a campus tour. Our first stop was the Commerce building, where we spotted Tobias Devereux (ex-student). Tobias spoke to the students about "scarfie" life and gave them a few pointers. During the tour, we were also welcomed by Dr Michelle Schaaf (Senior Lecturer in the School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies and Associate Dean of Humanities) and Telesia Lei-Mata'afa (Division of Humanities Support Officer), who are both alumni of Dunedin Catholic Education. They spoke about the relevance of incorporating the humanities into tertiary education, learning new things, and belonging to a community.

After lunch in Mosgiel, we headed to Huntly Road Dairies in Outram. Anne-Marie and Duncan Wells are award-winning dairy farmers, and we had the privilege of hearing their business stories firsthand. They emphasized the pivotal role of teamwork, highlighting how collaboration and mutual support have been critical to their success and why a sound financial plan, excellent animal welfare, sustainability, and innovative practices are key to running a dairy farm. The visit left a lasting impression on us, showing a successful dairy farm and a model of excellence in business management and agricultural stewardship.

It was a fun learning day, and the students will use the knowledge gained for their upcoming assessments.

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