Ipswich schools snub grog ban plan

IPSWICH schools have no intention of implementing a total ban on alcohol from their fund raising activities despite an open letter from the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) to school principals requesting exactly that.

The letter requests “assistance in not permitting the use, sale or promotion of alcohol products in school fundraising activities”.

But both Ipswich Grammar School and St Edmund’s College have explained alcohol is solely served at adult only events.

St Edmund’s College Foundation Annual Dinner will be held on March 12 at the school. Tickets are $100 each and include a “three course meal, beer, wine and soft drinks”.

St Edmund’s College principal Brendan Lawler said he supported the ANCD request, but added that the school already abided by it.

“It seems to have a particular stress on the fact that there shouldn’t be any alcohol available at functions where students are involved and that students shouldn’t be used to sell raffle tickets for alcohol – and I’d agree entirely with that,” Mr Lawler said

“It is not our school’s policy to do that so it wouldn’t impact on our fundraising capacity at all.

“The (annual) dinner is largely people from the general community and we will continue to make alcohol available at that.

“It won’t provide a bad example to students because they don’t have any involvement.

“There is sense that alcohol is part of the normal social fabric. It is the responsible use of it that has to be modelled.”

Ipswich Grammar School deputy headmaster Michael Connors said functions where alcohol is consumed “are always adults only and students do not participate in any way.”

A rugby ball is one, but it was cancelled due to the hardships associated with the floods.

“Ipswich Grammar School is conscious of the problems associated with alcohol and teenagers and implements a range of activities and programs through our life skills programs,” he said.

“As this is only a request by the ANCD, it will certainly draw awareness and in some cases a re-evaluation of the sale and use of alcohol at school functions.

“But we already have proactive policies in place.”

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