Is this clapping ban a good idea?If you’ve been to a school assembly (and we all have) you’ll know they can be pretty noisy affairs.
But a primary school in Australia has taken the unusual move of banning its students from clapping in them – permitting ‘silent cheers’ and even a bit of air punching instead.
Elanora Heights Public School announced the new policy in its school newsletter this month, reports News.com.au
It said the news has been introduced to ‘respect members of our school community who are sensitive to noise.’
And that instead of clapping students are free to ‘punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot.’
It said teachers will ‘prompt the audience’ if a silent cheer is needed and have found the new policy is a ‘great way’ to ‘reduce fidgeting’.
In a statement, the school said the ‘clapping ban’ would only apply to assemblies that are held once every few weeks.
It said they had been introduced to help a teacher with a hearing disability.