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Cheltenham Ladies’ College gives vegan pupils blood tests amid fears it may trigger eating disorders

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A private girls’ school is giving pupils regular blood tests if they decide to become vegan as diet experts warn it can be linked to eating disorders.  

Cheltenham Ladies’ College have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan.

But experts are concerned that veganism and vegetarianism are more common in girls with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. 

Cheltenham Ladies' College (pictured) have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan

Cheltenham Ladies' College (pictured) have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan

Cheltenham Ladies’ College (pictured) have made the decision after a rising number of students have chosen to go vegan

It has the highest death rate of any mental health condition reports The Times

The college said it ‘does not actively encourage a vegan lifestyle’ and they ‘offer medical support’ to ensure girls’ diets are ‘providing them with all their nutritional requirements’.   

Girls at the school’s 10 boarding houses are offered a range of dishes including  vegetarian, gluten-free, halal meals and options for allergy sufferers. 

The school, which charges £38,000 a year for boarding, and £43,000 in the sixth form, has never offered a vegan menu to pupils.    

Like many private girls’ schools, Cheltenham has teenage pupils who develop eating disorders. 

The college said they have a ‘small number’ of pupils living with an eating disorder and it wasn’t an issue that they ‘shy away from’. 

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said schools have ‘a responsibility to make sure that children are eating a balanced diet’.

Mr Lenon, a former head of Harrow, said schools had a ‘responsibility to check’ what veganism means because ‘there is a danger it could mean someone wants to eat only lettuce’.    

Barnaby Lenon (pictured), chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said schools have 'a responsibility to make sure that children are eating a balanced diet'

Barnaby Lenon (pictured), chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said schools have 'a responsibility to make sure that children are eating a balanced diet'

Barnaby Lenon (pictured), chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said schools have ‘a responsibility to make sure that children are eating a balanced diet’

Nihara Krause, a psychologist who works with schools and teenagers with eating disorders, said they ‘end up eating very low-calorie meals’.  

She added: ‘Both vegetarianism and veganism are much higher in girls and women who have anorexia nervosa.’  

 Matt Turner, spokesman for the Vegan Society, dismissed the idea that veganism was linked to eating disorders and said all schools should let teenagers follow their beliefs.  

He said: ‘It’s imperative that schools of all status and size cater for the growing number of young vegans and provide them with nutritious, healthy alternatives.’  

Girls at the school are offered a range of dishes including vegetarian, gluten-free, halal meals and options for allergy sufferers but it has never offered a vegan menu to pupils

Girls at the school are offered a range of dishes including vegetarian, gluten-free, halal meals and options for allergy sufferers but it has never offered a vegan menu to pupils

Girls at the school are offered a range of dishes including vegetarian, gluten-free, halal meals and options for allergy sufferers but it has never offered a vegan menu to pupils

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Victoria records just one new covid case overnight and no deaths

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Victoria recorded just one new coronavirus case and no deaths overnight, as pressure increases for Premier Dan Andrews to ease restrictions this Sunday. 

Despite a concerning outbreak in the city’s north, Melbourne restrictions are still set to be relaxed as planned this weekend.

‘There is a power of work going on in the northern suburbs,’ the Premier said.

‘These is a very significant number of people that are very well contained at the moment. That means we should get low case numbers back.’

With just five new infections — all linked to known outbreaks – the state’s active case numbers has dropped to 105.

Opposition spokeswoman Georgie Crozier was critical of Premier Andrews, stating making Victorians wait until the weekend announcement created ‘uncertainty’ for countless struggling businesses.

‘We want to be let out on Sunday,’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘Daniel Andrews keeps promising but there is still some uncertainty for businesses about the decision he will make on Sunday.’

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Shocking moment private school boys in coronavirus-riddled Melbourne enjoy muck-up day

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Students from an elite private school will avoid fines despite breaching coronavirus restrictions during wild muck-up day celebrations.

Dozens of Year 12 students from Melbourne‘s Marcellin College in Bulleen were spotted drinking alcohol and throwing flares as well as eggs on Wednesday.

Dressed in black body suits underneath their uniforms, some also were spotted carrying water pistols.

Students from Marcellin College (pictured) in Melbourne's north-east, letting off flares during muck up day celebrations

Students from Marcellin College (pictured) in Melbourne's north-east, letting off flares during muck up day celebrations

Students from Marcellin College (pictured) in Melbourne’s north-east, letting off flares during muck up day celebrations

Students were spotted throwing eggs, letting off flares and drinking alcohol in chaotic scenes

Students were spotted throwing eggs, letting off flares and drinking alcohol in chaotic scenes

Students were spotted throwing eggs, letting off flares and drinking alcohol in chaotic scenes

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius confirmed the students won’t be issued individual fines for $1,652 – despite breaching coronavirus restrictions.

He said the students had endured a ‘terrible year’ amid the pandemic.

‘Police will always be understanding particularly when it comes to children,’ Mr Cornelius said.

‘I know schools have been working very hard to try and support their students in what has been a terrible year for them.

‘But the key advice here is mums, dads, and schools…please support your kids in doing the right thing.’    

According to 9News, some Marcellin College students were banned from their end of year celebration assembly following the incident – but will return to school to sit their final VCE exams.  

School principal John Hickey reportedly drove around the school surrounds in Melbourne’s north-east to ensure students were ‘behaving.’

In Victoria, fines of $1,652 are given out to those found to be breaching coronavirus restrictions, including gathering in large groups or non-essential travel. 

The students (pictured) have escaped fines of $1652 - despite breaching COVID-19 rules

The students (pictured) have escaped fines of $1652 - despite breaching COVID-19 rules

The students (pictured) have escaped fines of $1652 – despite breaching COVID-19 rules

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius (pictured above) confirmed the students won't be issued fines - despite breaching coronavirus restrictions

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius (pictured above) confirmed the students won't be issued fines - despite breaching coronavirus restrictions

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius (pictured above) confirmed the students won’t be issued fines – despite breaching coronavirus restrictions

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Cop stabbed and two men on the run after they rammed stolen Maserati in Sydney’s west 

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A man has been arrested and two others are on the run after they allegedly smashed into a police car with a stolen Maserati and stabbed an officer.

Police travelling along Evelyn Street at Macquarie Fields in Sydney’s west on Thursday spotted the luxury car, which had been reported stolen on Tuesday.

They followed the car onto Oakley Road and signalled for the driver to stop but a pursuit began when it refused to pull over.

A man has been arrested and two others are on the run after they allegedly smashed into a police car with a stolen Maserati (pictured after the crash) and stabbed an officer

A man has been arrested and two others are on the run after they allegedly smashed into a police car with a stolen Maserati (pictured after the crash) and stabbed an officer

A man has been arrested and two others are on the run after they allegedly smashed into a police car with a stolen Maserati (pictured after the crash) and stabbed an officer

When the driver reached the end of the road it allegedly slammed the Maserati (pictured) into a marked police car

When the driver reached the end of the road it allegedly slammed the Maserati (pictured) into a marked police car

When the driver reached the end of the road it allegedly slammed the Maserati (pictured) into a marked police car 

The pursuit was stopped due to safety concerns before the Maserati drove down a dead end on Wedderburn Road.

When the driver reached the end of the road it allegedly slammed into a marked police car.

Three occupants got out of the Maserati and fled the scene on foot with one of the men, 25, running into nearby bushland.

He allegedly stabbed a senior constable in the hand with a screwdriver and was arrested a short time later. 

The 25-year-old was taken to Campbelltown Police Station and charged with taking without consent of the owner, wounding a person with intent to resist arrest, assaulting a police officer and drug possession.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Friday. 

The remaining two occupants, including the driver of the vehicle, remain on the run from police despite Dog Squads and Polair looking for them throughout Thursday.

Police are still looking for the two men are urge anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers.  

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