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Bank offers students financial lessons

USMAN AZADBunbury Herald
Bank offers students financial lessons
Camera IconBank offers students financial lessons Credit: Bunbury Herald

Bunbury Senior High School students became more aware of the financial world of savings, interest and superannuation thanks to a series of classes from the Bendigo Bank last week.

The lessons, on Thursday and Friday, coincided with National Literacy and Numeracy Week and were a chance to give the students an understanding of the world of finance.

Upper school student support officer Danelle Field said the Year 10 students were learning about compound interest as part of the curriculum.

She said financial literacy was “quite low” among teenagers because it was not usually taught.

“To have the ladies come in and talk about it from the bank’s perspective helps to educate them, ” she said.

Bendigo Bank Bunbury branch manager Sherrie Morrie said the lessons touched on a wide range of topics including savings accounts and superannuation.

She said staff had spent a lot of time simplifying the information so it could be understood by the students.

“They are really important life skills, ” she said.

It is the first time the bank has conducted lessons in a Bunbury school and the course could be expanded into other schools.

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