MoneySmart in schools

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Many schools are already successfully integrating consumer and financial literacy programs into their curriculum. See their stories below:

The MoneySmart Grants for Principals provides up to $5000 to schools wanting to a integrate a financial literacy project into their classrooms. Applications open at the end of July 2019.

MoneySmart in schools

Below are a variety of primary and secondary schools who deliver consumer and financial literacy education through MoneySmart classroom resources.

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Global Money Week (Hunter School of the Performing Arts, NSW)

Hunter School of Performing Arts student Clarissa Brent-Kay in front of a whiteboard where she has written her explanation of what a savings plan is.2019 - 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 e-book.

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)

Year 10 students from Lockyer District High School in front of the screen featuring the Money Smart video.2019 - 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 and adults.

"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 leave school.

"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, QLD)

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, QLD)

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, QLD)

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 garden

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 School, NSW)

The Garden Project

How learning support teachers at Wingham High School used the MoneySmart Teaching Program to form part of a school garden project.

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)

Mt Pleasant Road Primary SchoolMount 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 SchoolPalmerston 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,' Lubka said.

'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 School, NSW)

Mathematics

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.

MoneySmart teaching program

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 Program

What teachers think about ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching Program

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)

Kids perspectives

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 Program

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 High.

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)

Parent Perspectives

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 Teaching Program

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 children.


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Last updated: 01 Aug 2019