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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday August 8 2017 7 News Fizzy banned at school • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding GLENTUNNEL School has taken charge in the battle against sugar, banning all fizzy drink from its premises. From now on, low-fat milk or water will be the only drinks to be consumed by pupils while in attendance at the school. The new policy to come into place this term has received unanimous support from parents of the school. The idea was put into action by school principal Dion Stechmann after he was inspired by Lower Hutt’s Randwick School implementing the same policy. “The key reasons are creating habits for our pupils going through life and awareness of what is good for their body and brain and awareness for their learning,” he said. Any pupil caught with a fizzy drink will be asked to put it back in their school bag. Mr Stechmann said the most important thing is giving pupils an understanding of why drinking water or milk only is a good choice. “What kids do outside of school is their choice. We are encouraging this in school and hopefully that transfers to better decisions outside of school,” he said. BIG CHANGES: Glentunnel School pupils Ruby Lee and Fynn Wyatt both think it is a great idea to have fizzy drinks banned. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS So far, the feedback received by the pupils is that it has been a good idea. Both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health are encouraging schools to adopt healthy drinking policies. According to both ministries, sugary drinks are a cause of poor oral health and contribute to childhood obesity and LAwyERS Type 2 diabetes. “I encourage all schools to take this approach and I am sure they are aware of the benefits,” Mr Stechmann said. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think schools across the district should be made “water and milk” only? Email your views to georgia. email@example.com DANGER: The Shands Rd/Blakes Rd intersection is ranked no 10 on the most dangerous list. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS Dangerous intersections •From page 1 “We have still got to deal with the risk . . . we are trying to save lives, change behaviours and make roads safer for people,” he said. He said a number of improvements had been made to reduce risk around the intersections including upping enforcement at intersections, trialled advance warning signs and decreased the speed limit on Shands Rd. “There is a problem in Selwyn with people failing to comply with stop signs . . . we try and reenforce the message – stop means your wheels aren’t moving,” he said. The Curraghs Rd/Jones Rd intersection will be upgraded as part of the project and is to be completed for the upcoming summer. NZTA is also investigating the Main South Rd/Aylesbury Rd intersection for improvements next year. The intersections are ranked based on the number of fatal crashes, and crashes which leave people injured. NZTA road safety manager Bruce Richards said the list would be used to prioritise which intersections should be upgraded. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What needs to be done to reduce risk around intersections in Selwyn? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@starmedia. kiwi We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters GET CONNECTED WITH Scorch Broadband Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 0800 726 724 www.scorch.co.nz Been paid out from EQC or needing a facelift? Buy all your DIY painting & decorating trade products at affordable prices delivered to your doorstep. Decorative Supplies Ltd ″The Painters Warehouse″ ORDER ONLINE TODAY decorativesupplies.co.nz Trusted by tradies for over 14 years! 114 Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui 6 Huxley Street, Sydenham Phone 03 352 8575