School sour on 7-Eleven sweets
Easy access to lollies a concern
STUDENTS having easy access to slushies, donuts and coffees at the recentlyopened 7-Eleven in Morley has raised a red flag at John Forrest Secondary College.
Parents received a letter from principal Melissa Gillett on August 13 expressing concerns that students were buying sugared and caffeinated drinks at the 7Eleven before and during school.
Other points raised were students walking across the unsupervised area near Broun Avenue at peak times, unhealthy food affecting students’ concentration and engagement levels and the environmental impact created by single use cups and straws.
The convenience store and petrol station on Russell Street, which opened earlier this month across from the College, is working with the school to address the matter.
Ms Gillett said the store had agreed not to serve unaccompanied students during the school day.
She said the College had no concerns about the store itself but was concerned about the accessibility of low-cost, highly sugared and caffeinated drinks which might have a negative impact on student learning.
“The College has a longstanding healthy eating policy that excludes these products,” she said.
“When the store first opened, some students elected not to cross the road where traffic wardens are located, causing safety concerns. We have therefore reminded students of the healthy food policy, the importance of crossing roads where traffic wardens are located and that students may not leave College grounds during school hours without permission.
“Students have responded exceptionally well to the reminder and there have been very few occasions where staff have needed to confiscate items.”
Ms Gillett said the College appreciated the support of the store management.
7-Eleven corporate affairs general manager Clayton Ford said 7-Eleven would continue working with the College and community stakeholders to ensure the store was a positive part of the neighbourhood.
“We are well aware of the College’s concerns and our local team has engaged with the principal of John Forrest Secondary College as to how we can address any concerns together,” he said.
“Obviously 7-Eleven can’t discriminate as to who we serve, but we welcome the principal’s letter to parents encouraging them to play a strong guiding role in their children’s choices.
“We know from past experience that there may be a flurry of interest when a new store opens which may not be representative of regular trade.
“7-Eleven is also well aware of the public’s concerns regarding single use cups and straws and has implemented a pioneering program facilitating the recycling of these items.”
Mr Ford welcomed the College’s support for healthier choices, which the store also promoted with fruit, salads, sandwiches and lowsugar Slurpees.
He said they shared the concerns over road safety and encouraged customers to take proper precautions and use safe crossings.
7-Eleven in Morley.