In a bid to get students to calm down as they enter the classroom, St Mary’s Primary School, in Williamstown, is prohibiting children from playing ball games, running around, or using the adventure playground before the school day begins.
Until the ban, students could enter the school yard 20 minutes before school starts to burn off some excess energy. Now they just sit on the asphalt and wait for the bell.
St. Mary’s acting principal Lorraine Buntz declined to talk to The Age yesterday, but in a statement issued through the Catholic Education Office, defended the changes. She said they were designed to keep students safe in the playground before classes started and to create a calm environment in which children could begin their day.
Calm or comatose?