Money Week at Girls' School

September 04, 2013 at 4:48 PM

DSC_2231.JPGNew Zealand Money Week 2013 has rolled out across the Girls’ School campus this week with the aim to improve our girls’ understanding of financial literacy.

The national initiative provides access to expert financial advice through a series of events across New Zealand and motivates people to take stock of their personal money situation and make changes if needed.

The inspiration for our girls to become involved came from Year 8 teacher, Miss Tracey Walker who had earlier attended a lecture on ‘Financial Fitness for Students in the 21st Century’ at a conference run by The Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income, Money Week’s organiser. A keen saver herself, Miss Walker recognised the importance of children learning early about balancing their finances.

The catch phrase for the week was ‘spend some, save some and share some’. During lunchtime each day this week, the older girls have been teaching the younger students how to play a selection of financial literacy board games that raised their awareness that they have to have provision in their bank balance to be able to spend. The games required them to keep a ledger of their outgoings and earnings with the winner being the team that had saved the most.

Raising awareness of financial fitness will help to ensure that the children of the 21st century are part of a global financial community that is strong, prosperous and healthy for everyone.

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