Parklands Christian College wins QLD Government ‘Buy Smart’ Competition
by Isaac Irons

Parklands Christian College has won the Queensland School Champion prize in the Office of Fair Trading’s ‘Buy Smart’ competition, with Year 8 student Amy Finch taking out third prize in the Year 7-9 category.

The program, which aims to help students become better informed consumers, involved students working on a creative project of their choice. Year 8 Business students undertook the challenge in Term 3, working hard to develop informative projects about consumer issues.

Abby Dixon, Year 10 coordinator and teacher, oversaw the program.

‘I think we were surprised to win. We got in a lot of entries despite the term being disrupted. Despite the public holidays and the closure, they managed to do really well.’

Students were given the option to work on a project of their choice.

‘People made TV ads, sculptures, board games, posters, brochures, videos, and more.’

‘A lot of the students in particular focused on consumer rights, so scams, warranty, refunds, those types of things.’

Amy Finch took out third prize in the competition with an informative video which can be viewed at the virtual ceremony youtu.be/BTlpWsslwow

According to the Buy Smart website, the School Champion prize went to the ‘school or club that does great work supporting the Buy Smart Competition and its goals.’

The initiative is aimed at improving the financial literacy of high-school students, so that they can make better financial decisions after school.

‘We have to make decisions about how we spend our money – and what we buy – almost every day of our lives. The Buy Smart Competition is a way to get you thinking about these issues in a fun, creative way.’

Parklands Christian College posted about the success on their Facebook page.

‘Congratulations to all students involved, we are extremely proud of your efforts.’

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