Savvy school children see their work on display at London’s Design Museum

The finalists in our My Money Week 2012 competition for primary and secondary school children saw their winning entries on display in a special exhibition at London’s Design Museum on Saturday. 


The event was the culmination our fourth annual My Money Week competition.  Primary school children were asked to invent a new design of money box, considering appearance, function and security in their ideas.  The secondary school competition saw pupils create comic strips about discovering the value of money. 


More than 6,000 school children from across the country took part in the contest – and we had an extremely high calibre of entries from children of all ages!


Overall winners Georgina Alexander, 5, and Iona Robertson, 14, took home a digital camera each at the prize giving, which also saw their schools awarded cheques for helping them enter the national competition.  Hill House School in Bournemouth and Meadowhead School in Sheffield will both receive £1,000, with the other finalists’ schools receiving £500 for their pupil’s success in getting to the final stage.  All of the pupils received a goody bag of art materials and £30 in vouchers.


Our chief executive Tracey Bleakley said:  “The competition is a fun and engaging way for children to start learning about money from an early age – and it’s great to see so many teachers and pupils taking part.  It is absolutely crucial that we give young people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to be able to manage their money well.


“Georgina’s colourful money box and Iona’s comic strip both showed an impressive understanding of the topics the children were asked to consider.  We were delighted to be able to exhibit all of the finalists work in the Design Museum.”


You can see Georgina’s money box, Iona’s comic strip and all  of the other finalists’ entries here (under ‘National competition’).