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Welcome to the Commerce Department at James Hargest College.

The Commerce Department is made up of a variety of exciting and challenging subjects including Digital Technologies (Years 9-13), Economics (Years 11-13), Accounting (Year 11-13), Business Education (Year 12-13) and Computer Programming (Year 12-13).  These subjects equip students to gain a solid understanding of the business world and to give them the skills required to be competitive in whatever career path they may choose. 

The Commerce Department has had a busy and rewarding year with students taking up exciting opportunities and achieving success in a wide range of areas.

We have recently established a new vision for our students as follows.

James Hargest College Commerce students will be:

  • Confident users of ICT
  • Informed and skilful decision makers
  • Enterprising and resourceful
  • Contributors to their communities

This vision reflects not only the spirit of the new curriculum, but also the strengths of our department's subjects.

NZCETA Southland Top Scholars 2010

The Southland Branch of the Commerce and Economics Teachers' Association recently awarded prizes to the top achievers in the province based on last year's external NCEA exams in each of the Commerce subjects.  The awards were sponsored by Accountancy firm WHK.

Tessa Hoffman, Alice Milne and Hadley van Schaik (Level 1 Information Management)

Hadley van Schaik (Level 1 Accounting)

Michael Allan (Level 2 Accounting)

Jeremy O'Connor (Level 2 Economics)

Toyah Binns (Level 3 Economics) 

Reserve Bank of New Zealand 2011 Monetary Policy Challenge

Well done to the team of (from left in photo) Henry Hansen, Mark Evans, Nick Harris and Jeremy O'Connor who won the Dunedin regional final of this challenge. 

The team went on to compete against five other schools from around New Zealand in the national final which was held in Wellington.


An exciting new programme for the Commerce Department is the Student Enterprise Learning Link involving 80 Year 10 students. Run over three days at the end of term four, ten teams of eight students led by a “CEO” compete in a business planning challenge. The student “companies” have to come up with an innovative product idea and consider how they would produce, market and finance the venture.  Five judges from the local business community are invited to judge the companies’ presentations on the last day and are always very impressed with the programme and the way the students work together and confidently present their business plans.

Year 11 Economics Fieldtrip

The Year 11 Economics class went on a fieldtrip to Glowing Sky and The Seriously Good Chocolate Company in order to do research for an internal assessment for their Production topic.  They gathered information on productivity, goals and strategies used by producers.  The trip involved a visit to the production room and the sampling of chocolates!