The award is given to the school championing consumer awareness and financial capability. During Term 3, Bell State School Year 8 students studied Consumer Rights and Responsibilities. Each student chose a topic on which to write an assessment piece, did in-depth study and presented their information in a creative format. This was then submitted to the Office of Fair Trading Buy Smart Competition.
Digital Technologies Teacher Mrs Shirley Browne says she was impressed by the topics students chose and the diversity of the completed presentations — ranging from Powerpoint presentations and posters to a digital Scratch game — especially given they only had five lessons in which to complete their task. Year 8 Student Geof Custodio, accompanied by his parents, attended the Buy Smart presentations at Parliament House in Brisbane and was awarded an Individual Highly Commended for his presentation on Mobile Phone plans. Mrs Browne accepted the School Champion Award and a cheque for $1500 on behalf of the Year 8 Economics and Business Class.
The remainder of the Year 8 students participated in the Ceremony via Skype for Business. Bell secondary students have a history of receiving Buy Smart Awards including an individual first place award many years ago however this is their first School Champion Award.
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