03 February 2023

VCE Business Management Excursion

Article by Mr Bill Miles / Ms Deanne Allen-Emery

VCE Business Management Excursion

VCE Business Management Excursion – Friday 22 July 2022

VCE Business Management students had the opportunity to embark upon a complimentary learning journey when they visited some businesses doing great things in the Bellarine region and competing globally.

The excursion involved the group visiting and gaining a first-hand insight in to the management and operations of two businesses on the Bellarine, namely Kieser integrated physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training services and Think Fencing in Portarlington. The program was intended to complement the learning outcomes being investigated in the VCE Business Management courses and provide an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of relevant contemporary business examples.


Kieser - Ocean Grove

A physiotherapist and strengthening business that aims to reduce pain, prevent recurrence and improve core strength.

https://www.kieser.com.au/locations/ocean-grove/ https://www.kieser.com.au/careers/


Think Fencing – Portarlington


Founded in 1999 by Managing Director Jack Fitzgerald, Think Fencing has been committed to the future of sustainable high end, long lasting fencing products. Jack is an Alumni of our College and his story in developing this business and its continual growth is amazing. At its core is fencing, but now with further research and development the business has moved into markets such as building materials, cladding and even decking, all with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility.

Flynn Engler – Year 12

We visited two businesses, Kieser and Think Fencing. This was done so that the students would gain a better understanding of how operations management is implemented in real life businesses. This benefited our learning as we gained a greater understanding of what operations management means exactly for business and how it is implemented. This linked to the course particularly for the Year 12s as it related to the operations management and how businesses implemented CSR to benefit the community and the world as a whole.

Kramer Cuolahan – Year 11

We had the opportunity to visit two local businesses situated on the Bellarine Peninsula. The first business we went to was Kieser in Ocean Grove. Rob discussed with us many things about Kieser such as their morals and key values and how the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic affect the company. Rob also talked about himself and how he got into the position that he is currently in and his journey. Many things we discussed in VCE Business management were highlighted by Rob who was able to answer our questions and queries to help enhance our understanding of some of the topics we are currently learning. Shortly after, we visited Jack at Think Fencing in Portarlington. We were greeted by a magnificent view of Port Phillip Bay as we drove in. Jack guided us through his manufacturing facility and warehouse and we got to see all the machines in action. It was really good to see the operations of a business first-hand and how it all works and operates. We all stood around as we listened to Jack as he enlightened us about how the business came about and his personal stories which led him to become very successful in business. He also answered a lot of our questions and was really engaging to listen to. Overall, I really enjoyed the day as a whole and want to extend my gratitude to Rob and Jack for allowing us to come and visit their businesses and help us with our VCE Business Management studies. I also want to thank Mr Miles and those involved for making this day happen as we all had a fantastic day.

On behalf of Saint Ignatius College Geelong, I would like to extend a big thank you to Rob @ Kieser and Jack @ Think Fencing for their time and effort in assisting us with this worthwhile learning experience.

Mr Bill Miles / Ms Deanne Allen-Emery

VCE Business Management Teaching Team