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Student health - making good decisions

 
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We need our parents' and carers' support!

The school is concerned about a number of issues with students accessing the 7-Eleven on Park Ridge Road.  Some students are putting themselves at risk, running across a very dangerous intersection near the roundabout.  There is no pedestrian crossing for students to use.  Worringly, parents and community members have reported a number of near misses.

Students accessing the 7-Eleven are primarily purchasing SLURPEES. These frozen drinks contain as much as 158 grams of sugar.

Simply put, it contains a staggering 38 teaspoons of sugar.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that consumption of sugar should not exceed 50 grams or 12 teaspoons per day.  This recommendation includes sugars from sugar, honey, fruit juice and fruit juice concentrates, over an entire day.

Our students drinking Slurpees for breakfast are entering the school hyped-up on sugar, demonstrating a range of behavioural and mood issues in the classroom, and then crashing in the afternoon.

Teachers are reporting a sharp increase in classroom behaviour issues attributed to hyperactivity.

To compound the immediate impact these drinks are having on our student’s educational outcomes, this level of sugar intake has a range of long term health impacts including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, some cancers and poor dental health.

For the reasons of safety, classroom behaviour and ongoing health risks, any student bringing a high-sugar drink into the school, including Slurpee’s, energy drinks or large containers of soft drink, will have it confiscated by staff.

We are aware that this will not stop all of our students from accessing these drinks before school.

We ask that any parent/carer providing their child money for lunch has a conversation and asks the question, “Are you spending the money I give you for lunch on Slurpees before school?”

If this is the case please then ask, “What are you eating at school?”

Please continue to encourage your children to make smarter, healthier choices. Thank you to the parents who are already doing this, and have reported the issues of road safety to the school. 

Please contact the school should you have any questions or concerns.

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Last reviewed 25 November 2019
Last updated 25 November 2019