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MoneySmart in schools
Below are a variety of primary and secondary schools who deliver
consumer and financial literacy education through MoneySmart
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Global Money Week (Hunter School of the Performing Arts,
Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual financial awareness campaign
that aims to inspire young people around the world to learn about
money. Getting involved with the campaign
is a great way to teach your students about money.
During the 2019 campaign, Hunter School of the Performing Arts
took part in the GMW Countdown Challenge where students answered a
money related question every day in the lead up to the week. The
students photographed their answers, which they wrote on a
whiteboard, poster or created digitally, and then posted the
response on the school's Facebook page.
The school also ran a literacy-based competition where students
wrote about the smartest thing they had done with their money, or
what someone they knew had done. Students then shared their
financial hero stories with each other. The best responses went
into the running to win a prize, plus were included in a school
Leading the school's GMW project, head teacher Cassie Portelli
said that teaching financial literacy to students was
crucial. "Especially for students who may have a career
in performing arts where their income can vary dramatically from
week-to-week and month-to-month," she said.
"We like to teach financial literacy where we can, and the
school embeds it into every Key Learning Area and year."
Using video to spark
conversation (Lockyer District State
High School, QLD)
Lockyer District State High School in Queensland reminds its
community that money makes the world go around by playing a
MoneySmart video in its office foyer.
The video, called
Money Makes the World Go Around, highlights the importance of
young people learning about money so they can avoid overspending
and getting into unnecessary debt.
The school's deputy principal Tony McCormack said that students,
parents and anyone else who comes into the office can watch the
video and understand how important financial literacy is for kids
"It also sparks conversation and reflection about financial
literacy," he said.
The school integrates MoneySmart's teaching resources into lessons
throughout all years, especially with seniors as they prepare to
"Financial literacy has always been an important component of
our transition plans for students and the MoneySmart resources
support us to improve our existing practices," said McCormack.
"The resources give us a focal point and easy-to-use bank of
teaching tools to support our existing practices."
Mobile phones and running a
business (Kings Christian College,
Kings Christion College video
Year 9 students learn about mobile phones and gain skills in
running a business.
Market Day enterprise unit (Bulimba and Arundel State Schools,
Bulimba and Arundel State Schools video
Two primary schools are featured in this video demonstrating
their approaches to consumer and financial literacy education.
School shop and community garden (Currumbin Special School,
Currumbin Special School video
Students run the 'Snack Shack' and a community garden to gain
consumer and financial literacy skills.
Consumer and financial literacy in the kitchen and garden (Singleton Primary, WA)
Consumer and financial literacy in the kitchen and
Learning about money, change, shopping and value for money,
forms a logical and relevant partnership with Singleton Primary
School's existing Kitchen Garden Program.
The garden project (Wingham High
The Garden Project
How learning support teachers at Wingham High School used
the MoneySmart Teaching Program to form part of a school garden
Enterprise school shop (Mypolonga Primary School, SA)
Mypolonga Primary School video
The Mypolonga State Primary School shop located on the banks of
the Murray River attracts visitors from around the world to buy at
the student run shop.
Enterprise school shop (Mount
Pleasant Road Primary School, VIC)
Mount Pleasant Road Primary School has a Pleasant
Snacks shop program that involves Year 5 students running a healthy
school snack stall every Friday.
Teacher, Kim Streitberger, said the shop is having a significant
impact on students' numeracy and engagement, as they realise the
natural connection between money and mathematics.
'Money equals real life maths. Solving word problems in maths
lessons can include elements of real life, but doesn't come close
to the calculations students undertake when they're buying and
selling', Kim said.
'Most of the school's 175 students are involved with the
Pleasant Snacks shop either as managers, assistants or purchasers,
giving them the opportunity to improve their numeracy skills and
their understanding of money.'
Principal, Lisa Yeoman, said Pleasant Snacks has enthusiastic
support from staff, parents and students alike.
'Year 5 students are in the process of establishing a training
program for our Year 4 students so they're well prepared to take on
the responsibilities of Pleasant Snacks next year', Lisa said.
We pride ourselves on preparing students for their future and
recognise that financial literacy is a lifelong skill.'
Transition breakfast (Palmerston
Christian School, NT)
Palmerston Christian School adopts a whole school
approach to consumer and financial literacy education.
The school arranged for their Year 3 students to host a welcome
breakfast for children starting in their Transition class
(Kindergarten or Prep).
Year 3 teacher, Lubka Gaitt, said planning the breakfast was
very exciting for her students.
'They had a fantastic time putting their newly learnt financial
skills to work - from researching and comparing prices in
supermarkets to working to a strict budget of $1.90 per guest,'
'Financial literacy is something we all deal with on a daily
basis - something that can make or break our future. At our school
we're keen to ensure that students leave with the knowledge and
skills to confidently set and meet their financial goals throughout
life', she said.
Whole school rewards system (Singleton Primary, WA)
Whole school rewards system
At Singleton Primary School students learn to earn, save, spend
and donate through the whole school rewards program. Students
monitor their rewards accounts and become familiar with authentic
banking behaviours through rewards transactions.
Learning to bank through role play (Singleton Primary, WA)
Learning to bank through role play
Students learn about money and banking through role play in the
Singleton Primary School Bank.
MoneySmart maths (Wingham High
How the MoneySmart Teaching Program helped Wingham High School's
Year 7 and 8 students improve their practical money skills.
A virtual trip to Spain (Wingham
High School, NSW)
Languages other than English (LOTE) - Spanish
Wingham High School Deputy Principal, Kim Dixon, talks about a
financial literacy resource delivered through LOTE (languages other
than English). Students plan a virtual trip to Spain and explore
the financial aspects of travel through planning, budgeting and
using a travel money card.
A MoneySmart school production (Wingham High School, NSW)
The School Production
Music, Art and Drama students employed an enterprise
approach to the school production "Romeo and Juliet: Summer of 66".
Students and teachers share their experiences of this innovative
approach to financial learnings and earnings.
Students with special needs (Wingham High School, NSW)
Special Needs Students
How teachers used the MoneySmart Teaching Program to assist
students with additional learning needs.
How the MoneySmart teaching program can help you teach consumer
and financial literacy education.
MoneySmart teaching program
What teachers think about ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching
What teachers think about ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching
Teachers from Singleton Primary discuss using ASIC's
MoneySmart Teaching resources in their classrooms and how they
support students in directly applying what they learn at school to
their everyday life.
Foundation students learn money basics (Singleton Primary, WA)
Foundation students learn money basics
Starting early is a key to growing savvy consumers and savers.
In this video Singleton Primary students demonstrate how they
confidently role play real situations, learning collaboratively
though games and other activities.
Kids perspectives on the MoneySmart program (Singleton Primary, WA)
Students share their thoughts about money, what they are
learning about it at school and the application of this both in the
classroom and at home.
Leadership and ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching Program (Singleton Primary, WA)
Leadership and ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching
Implementing a whole school approach to ASIC's MoneySmart
Teaching program has provided opportunities for the development of
staff leadership skills at Singleton Primary School.
Why use ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching? (Wingham High School, NSW)
Why ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching
Wingham High School staff discuss the benefits of the
MoneySmart Teaching Program and why it was important to implement
in their school. ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching
resources are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the
National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework.
A whole school approach (Wingham
High School, NSW)
Whole School Approach
Wingham High School teachers explain the 'whole school'
approach to embedding the MoneySmart program at Wingham
Real world application engages students (Wingham High School, NSW)
Real world application
Wingham High School English Teacher Steve Harrell talks
about the real world application of the MoneySmart Teaching Program
and how it benefited his students.
Parent perspectives (Wingham
High School, NSW)
What the parents and families of Wingham High School students
thought of the MoneySmart Teaching Program.
Parent and community support of the MST Program (Singleton Primary, WA)
Parent and community support of ASIC's MoneySmart
Parents play a vital role in the education of their children at
Singleton Primary. ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching Program presents a
wealth of opportunities for schools to reach out to and engage
parents and the broader community in the education of their
Last updated: 01 Aug 2019