“I recently came to give an assembly at Murston Junior School and I asked if any of the children knew an adult who was worried about money or debt. It was quite shocking to see that nearly every hand went up.”
That moment helped reinforce for Rev Lesley Jones, Assistant Curate at All Saint’s Church, Murston just how important plans for developing a community bank at the school were.
Those plans are now a reality as Murston Juniors prepares to open a branch of the Murston Community bank in their school in September. Run by Year 6 pupils, Murston Junior School’s head teacher Mrs Patricia Hatt explained how the bank will become an integral part of the school’s culture:
“The bank will inspire PSHE lessons on money management, finance and savings, visits from the Citizens Advice Bureau and support the rewards system in the school. The aim of the whole initiative is to help the children improve their own understanding of money and how to manage it better for the future.”
The school bank has developed out of a close partnership between the school and All Saint’s Church which launched the Murston Community Bank in January of this year, making it Kent’s first community bank to be held in a church.
The whole community bank initiative is demonstrative of what can be achieved when different organisations and bodies come together, each adding an element of their own expertise to make a difference to a community, as Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Director of Communities & Partnerships for the Diocese of Canterbury explains:
“What’s been taking place here in Murston is evidence of the huge enthusiasm, and need there is for these initiatives within the community. It’s testament to the excellent partnerships which have been forged, and the generous amounts of good will which have enabled building work, printing and the provision of other resources to take place.
The Bishop of Dover, Rt Rev Trevor Willmott is delighted with the plans: “These are such exciting and important developments here at Murston Junior school and I am delighted to hear how the children have been so involved with developing ideas around their bank.
“All the initiatives which are taking place here in Murston are signs of the Church really being Church.”
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