A fort­night of fi­nance fun at West Coats Pri­mary School

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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.”

Ca­reer Op­por­tu­ni­ties

Some of the West Coats pupils show what they want to be when older

Mar­ket­ing Magic

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

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