Testimonials and awards
Read the testimonials from educators whose students have seen a Start Smart workshop.
Start Smart Primary
“On behalf of all the staff who were involved in the 'finance lessons' last week we would like to express our thanks to Raff. Her presentation was relevant and engaging for all year levels. The students found the workshops to be entertaining and provided specific information required for the appropriate year levels. All our teachers discussed the lessons and provided feedback at our last staff meeting. All teachers requested that we follow through the program in 2014 if it was available”.
Janice Parker, Westport Primary School, SA
“I would like to thank Emily for the fantastic job she did with the Start Smart program at Woodend Primary School yesterday. The feedback that I have had from staff was very positive, so much so that I have registered the school for the program again next year. The staff told me that the lessons were fun and were highly engaging and age appropriate. When speaking to a few of our senior students their response was ‘it was awesome, it taught us a lot about financial literacy”.
Lynne Flynn, Woodend Primary School, SA
“The facilitator is an energetic and entertaining presenter and my year four class loved the session. The facilitator was highly informative, interesting, interactive and encouraging. She made learning fun and asked lots of questions, had relevant resources and the content was perfect for my students with great facial expressions and voice and characterised a lot of the parts. A big thanks to her for her energy and enthusiasm”.
Ellie Jones, Cooinda Primary School, WA
“It was our pleasure to be part of the Start Smart program yesterday and judging from the comments in the staffroom at the end of the day it was a very enjoyable and informative experience for both staff and students…staff members have commented on how impressed they were with the program and on the way [the facilitator] was able to present so well to all age levels. We would like to be involved in the program again next year and I will register our interest on the link provided”
Kathleen Shearer, Princes Street Primary School, TAS
Start Smart Secondary
“Thank you for providing Randwick Boys High School with workshops that engaged students and provided easy to understand concepts and strategies specific to financial literacy and financial education. The presenter, Charles Genest was fabulous in connecting with students, engaging students in discussions and delivering information that was both useful, relevant and entertaining for the students. I look forward to working with you and your team in the future”.
Natasha Josevski, Randwick Boys High School, NSW
“Thank you so much for sending your staff yesterday. Our staff were incredibly impressed with their presentation. One of our student teachers stayed for the whole of the three sessions, even though she was not timetabled to do so, because she was enjoying them so much. She said she could not believe superannuation, taxation and banking could be so interesting. Could you please pass on my thanks to Jamie and Eva for the hard work they put in and the very professional and entertaining way in which they presented. I am extremely grateful. This is the second time you have come to our school and I shall certainly be inviting you back. Many, many thanks”.
June Richards, Collingwood College, VIC
“Thank you for doing the Start Smart sessions. The students enjoyed them and learned a great deal from it. Lucy was wonderful and the students really like her. I will be advertising your Start Smart sessions to the other departments in the school, especially the maths and business departments for future reference”.
Wesley Compton, Redcliffe State High School, QLD
Start Smart Pathways
“A very humorous and engaging way of delivering an important message on managing money. I would like to see all 3 year levels sit through this workshop”.
Sam La Rocca, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
“Particularly enjoyed the sections about ‘Good Debt and Bad Debt’ and throughout students found it relevant and interesting”.
Julie Van Grooted, Community and Youth Training Service
"[The facilitator] has delivered two Start Smart seminars to my Electrical Certificate II Students this year…No matter the age or background of the student, [the facilitator] immediately builds a rapport with every student in the room. This enables her to pass on the practical and relevant financial issues and practices that my students need to know as they commence their employment as electrical apprentices. Some of my students will start their apprenticeship within weeks of attending the Start Smart seminars. The use of the projector, worksheets, class discussion and Q&A sessions keep students engaged with most commenting that they hadn’t realised how fast the time had gone…I highly recommend the Start Smart seminar to any group that would like some grounding in financial issues and practices.”
Michael Gaczol, Trainer and Case Manager, Adelaide Training and Employment Centre, SA
“As a whole, I found the workshops very informative. The tools that Aisling provided were relevant and useful to many situations that people find themselves in on a regular basis. The budgeting tools look very user friendly, and I am looking forward to exploring the various websites that were provided to us. Aisling also gave us 2 websites that will provide us our credit history free of charge. She has personally used one of the websites, and found it to be very useful. I am very curious as to what the results of this will be for me! Overall, I enjoyed the presentation. Aisling did everything to make us feel comfortable and included in the session; her accent and her sense of humour were awesome! Thank you for providing this opportunity for us. I look forward to attending more workshops in the future.”
Student, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE QLD
In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Commonwealth Bank Foundation was awarded 5-stars for Youth Banking and Education.