What Do We Teach?

Specifically tailored to each individual age group our award-winning ASB GetWise workshops for Primary and Intermediate schools deliver world-class face-to-face content in entertaining, educative, and exciting ways. Our professionally-trained facilitators tailor their delivery to the individual needs of each class in order to attain maximum impact while maintaining the key financial literacy concepts based on the New Zealand curriculum, the Financial Capabilities Framework, and global best practice in financial literacy education.

All workshops are completely free and are not used to sell or promote banking products or services with Primary workshops (Stage 1 – 3) designed to run for a length of 45 minutes while the Intermediate workshop (Stage 4) is optimised to fit into a 1 hour timeframe.

Here’s what each workshop offers:

Stage 1

With the early age groups the focus is on the core foundations of financial literacy education and in this workshop the facilitator, as Superhero ‘Captain Cashtastic’, encourages the children through fun activities, stories, games (and a bit of theatrical flair) to take immediate action by training students to become Cashtastic Superheroes. Starting with the basics of understanding and identifying money leads into the important practice of saving, spending, and sharing and learning to prioritise needs over wants.

Concepts covered include:

  • Identifying money and its value.
  • How we earn money.
  • Learning to Save, Spend, and Share.
  • Identifying needs and wants.
  • The importance of purchasing needs before wants.

Stage 2

Stage 2 introduces students to ‘P.T.’ , a no-nonsense Personal Trainer with only one goal in mind, whipping Year 3 and 4 students into action to become lean, mean, and financially fit ‘Cashletes’, ready to take on the myriad events of the inaugural Money Games! Tackling the issues of spending, P.T. wastes no time in getting the students to practise understanding the different forms of money and where it comes from before sending them on an assault course of earning with the dreaded ‘Chore-athon’, and the value of patience and smart-thinking with the ‘Shop Around’ challenge.

Concepts covered include:

  • Where money comes from.
  • Debit cards.
  • Earning money through chores or pocket money.
  • How to save through spending.
  • Comparative shopping.

Stage 3

At an age where independence and a transition from Primary into Intermediate school beckons Stage 3 gets to the heart of inspiring Year 5 and 6 students to start being much more creative and entrepreneurial with their earnings. As a temptation to save, students interactively earn interest while helping their classmates reach their savings goals and get to the heart of a detailed budget (or ‘Get what you want plan’) to help a stranded student reach their needs.

Concepts covered include:

  • Different ways to earn.
  • Establishing a small business.
  • Earning interest.
  • Debit and credit cards.
  • Budgeting for the things you want.

Stage 4

The ASB GetWise Intermediate workshop delivers a unique face-to-face workshop experience for student financial literacy development tailored specifically to the Year 7 to 8 year group. This workshop builds upon the tenets of our Primary programme and has a distinct future focus on planning, saving, and spending. From stepping through practical and readily achievable savings goals, students then leverage their decision making skills to compete in a ‘cash-clever’ quest to make their dream holiday a reality.

Concepts covered include:

  • Saving money: How to set a realistic savings goal.
  • Budgeting: Making a plan to get what you want!
  • Spending money: Credit cards and dealing with debt.
  • Making good decisions: Currency exchange, insurance and hidden costs.

Teacher Resources:

Students are not the only ones to gain from an ASB GetWise facilitator visit. Alongside our world-class financial literacy workshops are world-class resources to assist teachers in furthering their students learning.

Upon booking a workshop teachers gain access to age-specific games, activities, and other interactive financial literacy resources. These resources range from quick 15 – 30 minute exercises to term-long (or longer) projects to easily adapt to the shifting needs of a busy classroom.