Catholic University School from Dublin have been crowned champions at this year’s Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Quiz Grand Final held in Trinity College Dublin.
Sixteen secondary school teams from across Ireland, who all emerged victorious from qualifiers held recently in the RDS, gathered at the Final in Dublin, with students Tom Lanigan, Lucas Maguire, Paul Tracey, Cillian O’Crónín from Catholic University School, Dublin securing the top prize of €25,000 for their school. Dublin students from Coláiste Phadraig, Lucan, Sanford Park School and Belvedere College also competed in the finals.
The Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Quiz Challenge is now in its fourth year, with nearly 2,000 students competing this year to reach the Grand Final. Money Smarts is Bank of Ireland’s free financial literacy programme for 2nd Level students, with a financial literacy quiz featuring as the centrepiece of the programme designed to help students learn about managing their finances and to develop good Financial Wellbeing habits.
PHOTO – Belvedere College, Dublin
Bank of Ireland’s ambition, which has seen almost 420,000 students participate in a range of successful programmes for both Irish primary and secondary schools since 2017, is to bring financial literacy directly into the classroom. Money Smarts is critical to this. Bank of Ireland is aiming to grow this number to over 500,000 students in the coming years, equipping students with key life skills, and helping improve financial confidence and people’s ability to make better financial decisions later in life.
Speaking at the Money Smarts Grand Final, Rory Carty, Head Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland said: “For all 16 teams here today even qualifying for the Money Smarts Grand Final is an impressive achievement, and I want to especially congratulate Catholic University School from Dublin who have been crowned champions. Good financial habits, like any positive habits, begin at an early age, and to help improve youth financial literacy we are delighted that this programme continues to go from strength to strength.
Sanford Park School, Dublin
It’s not always easy to get teenagers engaged about money management and financial literacy, but Bank of Ireland believes that schools are ideally placed to provide a head start in developing good financial habits for life, which is why we have developed a comprehensive range of supports for teachers and parents. Congratulations Dublin schools Coláiste Phadraig, Lucan, Sanford Park School and Belvedere College, and we wish them all the best of luck for the future.”
MAIN PHOTO – Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan
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