Money Jam

Your students could win $2,500 to host an event they’ve created!

Let’s Jam

Money Jam is a competition designed to change how young New Zealanders think about managing their money.

During Global Money Week (22–28 March), we’re encouraging students to create a plan and budget for a fundraising event – like a market day or talent show – and submit their idea for the chance to win big for your school. There are two major prizes of $2,500 (to bring the two winning experiences to life) AND have Brain Busters hosts Chris Kirk and Mikey Falesiu from TVNZ 2 attend as special guests.

To enter, download the Money Jam resource. Don’t forget to upload your entry before Friday 16 April for the chance to win.

Step 1: Decide your fundraising event

Create a plan and budget for the fundraising event of your choice.

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Step 2: Submit your entry

Follow these steps to complete your entry:

  1. Download the Money Jam resource above
  2. Get your students to come up with a plan and budget for a fundraising event
  3. Include everything you can think of to make your entry stand out
  4. Upload files and enter by clicking below.

Money Jam entries should only be submitted by teachers and you must be registered for Sorted in Schools to enter. 

For terms and conditions click here.

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Entry Top Tips

Check out these tips to help your students’ entries shine and remember to include all the things our judges are looking for!

  • Budget as accurately and with as much detail as required on each of the costs to organise your chosen fundraising event.
  • Think about venue hire or food costs for your event - any innovative ways to save money will score extra points with our judges!
  • Try and present the plan for your event in a way that elevates it above the competition. You could design a logo and include supporting images or even a video to help.
  • It’s the little details that will set your entry apart from others, so find ways to showcase how every aspect of your event has been considered and planned out.

If you are looking for more inspiration, watch how last year’s winners, Ella Buffery and Ashlin Long from Cambridge High School put their winning idea into action – hosting a community movie night screening of Dolittle. 


Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

The description of their fundraising event, why it’s important to them and why they think they should win.

  • Their explanation of how they budgeted for their event and the choices they made.
  • Their budget and whether it’s comprehensive, realistic and – most importantly – under budget.
  • Innovative and outside-the-box ideas for bringing their experience in under budget.
  • Whether they submit anything additional to bring their idea to life.

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Who can enter Money Jam?

Teachers should enter on behalf of their students and must be from a MoE recognised school and registered for Sorted in Schools.

What prizes can we win?

Submit your entry for the chance to win 1 of 2 events to the value of $2,500 each, plus have Brain Busters hosts Chris Kirk and Mikey Falesiu from TVNZ 2 attend as special guests.

Do we have to plan a fundraising event?

Yes. Get together as a group and brainstorm ideas for your fundraising event. Maybe plan to create a fun event that brings your local community together or an event that showcases student talent or supports a local organisation. The sky's the limit!

How many times can I enter?

Students are encouraged to work in small groups, so teachers can submit multiple entries from the same class. You’ll be asked if you would like to upload more submissions after you upload your first entry to Money Jam.  

What size groups should students work in to plan their events?

The activities are designed for a group of 2-8 students. However, events planned may include anything from a small group of students (i.e. movie night) to your entire school. It’s up to you.

When do entries close?

The competition period runs from Monday 8th March 2021. Entries will close at 11.59pm on Friday 16th April 2021.

How will I find out if I’ve won?

We’ll contact our winners via email before we make the big announcement. Winners will be announced on our website, by email to teachers registered with Sorted in Schools, and in our teacher/kaiako group on Facebook.

What is Sorted in Schools?

Sorted in Schools is a free financial capability programme aimed at equipping young New Zealanders for their financial future. Click here to find out more.

What is Global Money Week?

Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship.

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Written in English with resources aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum.

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