A school in Sydney, Australia has banned clapping in assemblies and in class.
However, the school said it’s not a total ban. Elanora Heights Public School has released statement saying it only asked students to refrain from clapping and cheering at assemblies. This was apparently done “to minimise discomfort to a teacher with a hearing disability that causes acute sensitivity to loud noise”.
A newsletter sent to the school community on July 18 outlined the “silent cheers” which had been instituted in assemblies.
“The students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot,” it said.
According to the schools website students are allowed to clap at sporting events, artistic performances and smaller gatherings of students and staff.
It’s not the first restriction an Australian school has put on behaviours many would deem to be an ordinary part of life.
Hugging was banned at a primary school in Victoria in 2012 and other primary schools have also cracked down on handstands, cartwheels and leather sports balls.