PBC teacher nationally recognised

17 Aug 2012 11:57 AMJann Stuckey

Jann with Neil and PBC Students

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, this week congratulated Palm Beach Currumbin High School teacher, Mr Neil Mackay, for receiving a teaching award from the Commonwealth Bank Foundation.

“It’s great to be able to visit local schools and congratulate teachers, like Mr Mackay, for the exceptional effort they put in to educating our students and to celebrate their national recognition,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Commonwealth Bank Foundation Teaching Award recognises teachers from across Australia who have shown exceptional skills in building students’ financial literacy skills.

Mr Mackay said financial literacy is a fundamental subject because students should know the language of finance.

“Unfortunately we lost the subject this year however with this money we will be able to get it back into the curriculum and be one of the only schools to run financial literacy as an individual subject,” Mr Mackay said.

“Education is such an important part of our community and Mr Mackay should be congratulated for the way in which he engages students in higher level thinking,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Mr Mackay has taught at PBC for 22 years and in that period has provided students with financial literacy education that is priceless to them in the real world.

“The award will provide Mr Mackay with $10,000 to support his program and to further enhance the learning environment for students with plans to purchase iPads for interactive class lessons.

“My sincere congratulations go to Mr Mackay for his long-standing commitment to the students of Palm Beach Currumbin High for over two decades; he is most deserving of this award.