Merton students get cash savvy

Youngsters at schools across the town, including Hatfield Primary, Morden Primary, Aragon Primary and St John Fisher Primary, took part in the national programme What Money Means – sponsored by the Personal Finance Education Group (PfEG) and HSBC bank.

Teachers rewarded the children with a showcase event displaying all their hard work on Thursday 2 July at Merton Council’s Chaucer Centre. Staff talked about the projects youngsters had carried out and personnel from PfEG and HSBC were also at the celebration.

As part of the programme school children visited Barclays Bank and handled money from the secure safe as well as learning about the impact of interest rates in class. They also held cake sales to raise vital funds for St Raphael’s Hospice and discussed footballers’ salaries. Sky News has even visited St John Fisher Roman Catholic Primary School, in Grand Drive, West Wimbledon, to find out more about what the school is doing to help youngsters learn about money.

Janine Kenna, deputy head at St John Fisher said: “The children were all very enthusiastic about the programme and really enjoyed taking part in all the various projects it involved, especially handling the money in Barclays’ safe!”