Wallace Students Set To Show Their MoneySmarts!

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A team of students at Wallace High School are set to show their “money smarts” having secured their spot at the Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Quiz Challenge Grand Final being held at Trinity College Dublin on Friday May 12th.

It’s the first time a local school has secured a spot at the all-island competition, which is designed to help students learn about managing money, while also encouraging them to engage with the idea of financial wellbeing in a fun and interactive way.

20 pupils from Wallace took up the challenge and competed at the quarter finals event earlier this month where close to 2,000 students from 100 schools across the island of Ireland participated. The top 16 teams were then selected to progress to the Grand Final where they will compete for the title of the Money Smarts Challenge Champion 2023 and have the opportunity to win funds for their school.

Our successful team consists of Year 11 pupils Rory Cauley, Victoria Eames, Katie Longley, and Jason Murphy who have been working hard in recent weeks preparing for the Grand Final, but commendation should also be given to all 20 Year 11 students (pictured) for their participation in our online programme and their enthusiasm during the quarter finals – Well done to all who took part!

The students have been supported in their preparation for the competition by teachers Mrs Elliott, Mr English and Mr McGeown. Speaking ahead of the Grand Final, Mr English said; “The Money Smarts Challenge has provided us with an opportunity to discuss financial topics and wellbeing in a way that brought them to life for the students in the classroom.

“We are thrilled for the incredible group of students who have made it to the grand final and hope to see their hard work preparing for the competition rewarded on the day.”

The Money Smarts programme is Bank of Ireland’s free financial literacy programme for secondary school students which brings financial literacy into the classroom, to equip students with key life skills, and to encourage positive conversations to ensure young people have the confidence to make informed decisions and can take charge of their own financial future

Last modified: May 12, 2023