Thursday, July 21, 2016

Primary school bans clapping to protect students who are sensitive to noise

A primary school in Sydney, Australia, has banned clapping in an effort to cater for students who are 'sensitive to noise'.

In the most recent issue of Elanora Heights Public School's 'Connect' newsletter, an announcement from the Parents and Citizens Association reveals a 'silent cheers' policy has been introduced at school assemblies.

The practice requires students and audience members alike to refrain from clapping, instead mandating a set of appreciative physical gestures in order to 'respect members of the school community who are sensitive to noise'.

'Instead of clapping, the students are free to punch the air, pull excited faces and wriggle about on the spot,' the announcement states. The announcement also reveals that teachers at the school have found the practice to be 'a great way to expand children's energy and reduce fidgeting'.


Elena said...

Wow. I do not know what to say. Do they plan to disable their broadcast/announcement speakers too? What about the occasional screeching feedback noise from microphones?

Anonymous said...

As a person who wears a hearing aid that amplifies sounds such as clapping to a point that is close to painful, I would love a ban on clapping.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like that small number of people with hearing problems need to have a button handy that cuts the volume for them or better still hearing aids that automatically cut out with certain frequencies and sound levels.