The Great Debate

Senior students debate ‘junk food’

On Thursday 4th February, pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 debated whether schools should implement a ‘junk food’ ban. Alex Putman and Rabia Karim argued that ‘junk food’ is unhealthy and has a detrimental effect on the health and learning of pupils. Year 9 pupils, Isabelle Shaw and Zaynah Moazzam, felt that pupils should have the right to choose and schools should educate pupils about making the right choices.

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The audience were gripped by the debate and many pupils challenged the arguments of both sides.

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Isabelle Shaw and Zaynah Moazzam won convincingly by 14 – 7. Westholme pupils felt a complete ban on ‘junk food’ would take away our right of ‘freedom of choice’ which is important in a democratic society.