Students show they are market smart

November 29, 2017 by  

Students from Aspley State High School have received top recognition for their entry in this year’s Buy Smart Competition.

Noah Hawkins and Justin Shepherd were highly commended in the Years 10-12 category of the contest, which was set up to better prepare young people about the ins and outs of marketplace issues while also helping them to be more informed consumers.

Success came from the two students delving into online ticket purchasing, which led to the creation of a ‘Golden Ticket to Buying Tickets’.

The experience, they said, has taught them to pay closer attention to the finer details when buying online in the event that the purchase involves extra charges.

Teacher in the Business Faculty Lani Killalea said the school, which attracts students from neighbouring Chermside and throughout the City of Brisbane, had incorporated the Buy Smart Competition into its Consumer Awareness unit curriculum for Year 10. She said:

“Students have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of consumer rights and responsibilities.”

In all, there were 11 entries submitted on Aspley State High School letterheads with topics covering everything from online shopping and buying a car or mobile phone, to returns policies and online scams.

Since 2012, the school has recorded a great success rate, including a highly commended award, two thirds, two seconds and two first places.

Killalea said some of the models prepared by students for the competition have also become useful teaching aids for other groups in the school.