Sunshine Coast primary school cracks down on sweets in Christmas cards

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A Sunshine Coast school is asking parents to refrain from including candy in Christmas cards.

Buderim Mountain State School deputy principal Michael Allan emailed the request to all parents last night.

“We have a lot of parents who do not want their children to have access to lollies during the school day,” the email said.

The email cited dental and health concerns for the request.

“Students can start eating them early in the morning and as they contain a lot of sugar this is not ideal from a dental hygiene perspective,” it said.

“As you are also aware, for some students, elevated sugar levels can affect their ability to make appropriate behavioral choices and engage productively in learning.

“If different students bring in cards on different days during the two-week period, students could potentially receive and eat candy every day.”

In a statement, a Ministry of Education spokesman said there was no policy regarding the distribution of sweets to pupils at school and no ban on sweets at Buderim Mountain State School.

The spokesman said the school had received “many messages of support and no complaints” about the vice-principal’s email.

Buderim Mountain State School 'Celebration Way' sign.
The Ministry of Education says parents support the school, but not all children are happy.(ABC News: Owen Jacques)

‘A bit hard’

Jess Ruskin said her year three daughter was upset by the request.

“I think [it] is a little bit harsh,” said Mrs Ruskin.

But she could understand the reasoning.

“I’m not surprised, to be honest,” said Mrs Ruskin.

“When I saw the email, I kind of giggled and I thought it was kind of funny, but when I thought about it, the reality of the kids getting a candy bar every day for the rest of the year is probably not ideal.”

Mrs Ruskin said she did not deny her child sugar but believed the rule would help discourage frequent overindulgence.

“It would be eaten before she got home from school, 100 percent,” she said.

Parent Trent De Gool said he thought it was a bit of a shame, but he wasn’t too concerned.

“It’s just a sign of the times, isn’t it?” he said.

“There’s just a lot more consideration, I think, of all kinds of different people and habits.”

Sir. De Gool said his children were not too “touched” by the decision and would look for alternative Christmas presents for their classmates.

“I think we need to be a little more creative in what we do, maybe,” he said.

De Gool also noted that the candy cane email was a recommendation rather than a ban.

“I don’t see it being something that will be enforced that strictly,” he said.

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