Being a family-run business that wants to connect with – and create value for – families, we were thrilled to participate in the WACSSO Annual Conference on 22 and 23 August, 2015

What is WACSSO?

The Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Incorporated (WACSSO) represents the parents of public school children in WA. If you have a child in a public school and you participate in their Parents & Citizens (P&C), you may already know about it. If not, you can read more here.

Why Money School and WACSSO?

For those of you who have seen the work of P&Cs, you’ll know they’re made up of hard-working volunteers who care deeply about their children’s education and well-being. They want the best for their children, and they’re willing to put in the hours and effort to make sure that’s what their children get. You’ll find these incredible individuals giving up their weekend to attend the WACSSO conference in the name of building a more collaborative P&C network across WA.

If you’ve read about Money School, you can probably guess why we feel well aligned to WACSSO’s mission. We want the next generation of Australians to leave school with the financial skills they need to take control of their future. In short, we want the best for our nation’s children. It’s a match made in heaven.

What did we do at the Conference?

When we signed up for the Conference, Lacey was already pregnant with her second child and knew that he or she would be arriving roughly a month before the Conference date. Given it was the second time round, she knew how much sleep she’d be missing in that first month and that therefore manning an exhibition stand for two days was likely to be out of the question. We opted instead to sponsor the morning and afternoon tea sessions, which gave us a fabulous opportunity to chat with the attendees on their breaks without unnecessarily tiring the new mummy.

Fran and Lacey at the Conference, sporting our new and very attractive caps

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to hear some of the stories of the delegates. One gentleman shared his recent conversation with his children to explain to them how paying down his mortgage quickly was like holding a guaranteed winning Lotto ticket as it was saving him in the order of $100K. It’s a real thrill for us to hear about people having these conversations with their children, and a sure sign that we’re heading in the right direction.

We also ran a competition for the attendees to give away one of our do-it-yourself kits. These kits are a fantastic resource for people who want to learn the skills they need to manage their money and teach their children how to do the same, but don’t have the time or resources to attend a course.

And the winner is… Kerwyn Jonker!

We could not have picked a more appropriate winner if we’d tried. Kerwyn and her husband have five children between the ages of 9 and 4.5 attending Canning Vale Primary School. As you can imagine, this keeps them very busy and therefore means Kerwyn would have struggled to make a Money School course. The family already actively manages their budget, so we expect the modules on how to generate passive income will be of most interest to the Jonker family. Congratulations Kerwyn!

A happy Kerwyn accepting the prize from an equally happy Fran

A happy Kerwyn accepting the prize from an equally happy Fran

If you attended the WACSSO Conference but didn’t get a chance to talk to us about what we can offer your P&C and school, you may like to check out our Parent/Child training or get in touch.

Well done to the WACSSO team on a fantastic conference!


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Lacey Filipich is the co-founder and director of Money School. She helps parents raise financially savvy kids and helps adults get on top of their finances. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow the Money School Facebook page to learn more.


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