THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission has taken a special interest in Wingham High School. So much so they brought a film crew along to interview teachers, students and parents about just how "smart" they all are. The school took part in a MoneySmart trial earlier in the year and results were so impressive they came under the radar of ASIC financial literacy educators. The video footage filmed will be used to help educate other schools on just how well the program can work.
Kim Dixon of Wingham High is one of the teachers who were instrumental in bringing MoneySmart to the school. Kim said after the initial trial the teachers had wondered how they could use the MoneySmart teaching beyond the trial and beyond the three faculties currently working with it. "We want it to permeate the school culture," said Kim of the program that helps young people understand money. Using a holistic approach Kim said Wingham High has being doing a good job of working on the 'whole' student. "We want to make sure they are a better person," she said "we are desperate to help kids in a low socio economic area to understand money. These are life skills they can use in the real world."
As money becomes more digitised and we continue to use cards more than cash it is important said Kim to show our children money, "money is becoming invisible." The MoneySmart program is available for primary and secondary schools - the teaching includes parents and encourages practical conversations about money at home. The MoneySmart Teaching website provides educators with a range of free resources.