Has This Aussie School Taken It Too Far By Banning THIS?
It is being reported that clapping has been banned at a Sydney primary school and they have introduced ''silent cheering'', ''pulling excited faces'' and ''punching the air'' to respect students who are ''sensitive to noise''.
The school will now only allow its pupils to ''conduct a silent cheer'' when prompted by teachers and say the practice ''reduces fidgeting.''
Elanora Heights Public School, on Sydney's northern beaches, announced the new ''silent cheer'' policy in its latest school newsletter.
The ban on clapping comes just a day after an exclusive Sydney girls school banned teachers from calling its students ''ladies'' or ''women'' in favour of ''gender-neutral'' terms.
In the newsletter, dated July 18, the Elanora school published an item under the heading 'did you know' which was followed by ''our school has adopted silent cheers at assembly's''.
“If you’ve been to a school assembly recently, you may have noticed our students doing silent cheers,” the item reads.
“Instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot.
“The practice has been adopted to respect members of our school community who are sensitive to noise.
“When you attend an assembly, teachers will prompt the audience to conduct a silent cheer if it is needed.
“Teachers have also found the silent cheers to be a great way to expend children’s energy and reduce fidgeting.”
The school has not commented on the commencement of its new strategy.