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'.