A fortnight of finance fun at West Coats Primary School
Youngsters at West Coats Primary were cashing in recently - as the school held a finance fortnight.
The two weeks saw the school visited by a variety of different speakers, and then holding an infant parade where they all dressed up as what they wanted to be in the future, with careers ranging from astronauts to doctors and wrestlers!
Alan Dobson, manager of the Bank of Scotland branch in Rutherglen delivered workshops about the benefits of saving and the types of bank accounts available to them.
Anne Freeman from the Credit Union already visits the school regularly on a Thursday, and she visited all the classes in the school to deliver a short presentation on the services offered by the Credit Union.
The school also tied their enterprise focus into the finance fortnight, with kids encouraged to think about skills in the workplace, and they were set the challenge to take part in the Bob A Job week, where they were paid to do chores in the house for family and friends.
Children in the upper school attended a day of inspirational talks from Marcia McNicol who spoke to the children about her career in science and the development of products in the medical industry.
They also heard from Mrs Murray who spoke about BT and the advances in telecommunications,Mr McDonald, a development manager from Lloyds Banking Group who spoke about his career in the Banking and Finance Industry, Mr Ross, who spoke about his football career and his educational journey and Mr Barclay, accounts manager for Tennents in Scotland also spoke about his varied career as an accountant.
Lesley Kane from the Prince’s Trust also introduced the primary seven pupils to the importance of marketing and branding a product.
P7 pupil Olivia Connelly said: “I enjoyed finance fortnight because it was a lot more relevant for us, as we are soon moving to high school”
P7 pupil Rebecca Anderson added: “I found finance fortnight really interesting.
“It is fun learning about careers and what they are like. There are lots of interesting jobs”.
A school spokesperson said: “It was an excellent experience enabling children to see links with subjects studied in school and how they are relevant in a real life context.
“Mrs Ferry and Miss Kelly at the school would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the finance fortnight, in particular the speakers who gave up their time and all the boys and girls and their families who took part in the Bob a Job challenge.”
Some of the West Coats pupils show what they want to be when older
Lesley Kane of the Prince’s Trust with kids
Careers West Coats pupils with some of their guests who attended the school during finance fortnight
Visit The children with Mr Barclay, Accounts Manager for Tennents in Scotland