Teaching kids finance through theatre fun

National Theatre for Children actors Nick James and Katherine Pearson teach pupils about financial literacy through their touring show with Horizon Credit Union.
National Theatre for Children actors Nick James and Katherine Pearson teach pupils about financial literacy through their touring show with Horizon Credit Union.

Far South Coast primary school pupils will learn crucial financial literacy skills during May with the return of Horizon Credit Union and The National Theatre for Children (NTC).

For the fourth year running, the organisations have partnered to deliver Showdown at Two Bob Billabong to schools across the region at no cost for the schools.

The tour begins on Monday, May 21, and will visit schools in Merimbula, Eden and Moruya as well as Lake Illawarra, Shellharbour, Nowra and Sanctuary Point. 

The educational program will focus on what is money, the uses of money, why we should save money and how we can save money. 

Showdown at Two Bob Billabong uses two professional actors who play a variety of colourful characters from the Australian Goldfields including Ned Jelly the Bushranger, Barry Reef and Old Two Bob. With the help of pupil volunteers, the live in-school performance is a fast-paced, comedic and educational experience. 

Participating schools also gain access to print and digital activities to reinforce the learning. 

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” said NTC managing director Tobias Benn. 

“The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. 

“We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them and inspires them to take positive action for their financial future.” 

Over the life of the four-year program, Horizon Credit Union will have reached 40 schools and educated over 12,000 students across the NSW South Coast. 

“We’re thrilled to be in a position to give back to the community by sponsoring these educational programs for children’s financial literacy,” Horizon CEO Jon Stanfield said.

“Establishing good savings habits at a young age is a priceless skill that can be carried through to adulthood.” 

  • Showdown at Two Bob Billabong will perform at Merimbula and Eden Public Schools on Friday, May 25.

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