The Wealth Academy
The Wealth Academy is very proud to be a partner of the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association. We are a financial life skills education company that knows schooling, understands the teaching and learning environment, appreciates the challenges of boarding, and is dedicated to improving the financial life skills of students.
Ken Swan, Director of The Wealth Academy, is a previous teacher, curriculum adviser and school administrator. His company provides financial life skill resources to middle and secondary schools across Australia, and is partnered by many of Australia's major financial service associations.
These resources include student ezines, teacher activity books, eposters, nearly 200 video and video slideshows, information for parents of boarders and much more
Our partnership with ABSA has two main thrusts.
1. The need to develop the financial life skills of students in boarding schools is important. As boarders live away from home, and without the daily guidance of parents, there is potential for students to develop attitudes and behaviours with regard financial decision-making, that will not serve them well in the future. All boarders regardless of background, deserve the right to build their financial capability in a safe, structured and supported environment. The need for financial education is increasingly important as it can counter-balance the constant messaging boarders will read and see relating to gambling, spending, live for now - pay later advertising.
2. The Wealth Academy, with the support of ABSA members, will be producing financial life skill resources specifically for students in boarding schools. Ken will be meeting with boarders, parents and house masters to discuss their specific needs in coming months. We hope to present some of these new resources toward the end of 2017.
No one can argue against the importance of financial life skills in today's society. Please consider making contact with the Academy to arrange a meeting time, so we can show you the wide range of resources, the background research, and the various ways that boarding staff can make use of these resources, and parents can support the financial education of their children.
This is an exciting partnership that will bring about positive change for members, their staff and most importantly boarders. We encourage you to get involved.
As is discussed in our Duty of Care Course:
The level of ignorance in some students about financial matters can be frightening. This is revealed in the number of students who get into financial trouble through an inability to budget, a failure to understand the traps associated with credit cards and incapacity to retire debt.
The fiscal problem students have include living beyond their means, over-relying on parental assistance, and making unwise financial choices ...
These problems are a direct result of students not being given enough instruction about financial matters.
Dr Tim Hawkes Duty of Care, Book 2 p.119
The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James [Aimee Strickland (Senior School Teacher), Ian Gamack (Principal), Ken Swan (TWA), Melissa Scott (Dalle Cort Financial Services - School Community Partner), Katrina Wilshire (Careers Advisor)]
LINKS AND DOCUMENTATION
Directors of Boarding and staff, parents, boarders and school personnel may be interested in the following links.
- Research: Student perceptions of high school financial education http://www.thewealthacademy.com.au/main/index.php/news-2
- Our industry partners: http://www.thewealthacademy.com.au/main/index.php/our-partners
- Monthly newsletters: http://www.thewealthacademy.com.au/main/index.php/monthly-newsletter-2016
- Resource overview: http://www.thewealthacademy.com.au/main/index.php/school-resource-pack-overview-2016
- Video series overview: http://www.thewealthacademy.com.au/main/index.php/video-series-overview-home
- Schools registration: http://www.thewealthacademy.com.au/main/index.php/subscribe
If you would like to contact The Wealth Academy:
" Boarding schools include Anglican Church Grammar School, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls' School, The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James, Other schools include: Aldridge SHS, Aviation High, Balmoral SHS, Bayswater SC, Boronia K-12, Bowen SHS, Bracken Ridge SHS, Bray Park SHS, Burpengary SS College, Caboolture SHS, Clairvaux McKillop College, Clontarf Beach SHS, Deception Bay SHS, Deception Bay Flexi, Emmaus College, Everton Park SHS, Gympie SHS, Heathmont Hervey Bay, James Nash, Kelvin Grove SHS, Livingstone CC, Lourdes Hill College, Mansfield SHS, Maryborough SHS, Melba SC, Mercy College, Mitchelton SHS, Mount Gravatt SHS, Narangba Valley SHS, Pimlico SHS, Pine Rivers SHS, Pittsworth, Redcliffe SHS, Ryan Catholic College, Sandgate District SHS, Shalom College, St Columban's College (Caboolture), St Helena SC, St James College, St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, Toogoolawa School, Tullawong SHS, Urangan SHS." -KEN SWAN