ONE Victorian school is defying the national trend to ban activities like cartwheels in the schoolyard saying concerns over safety are “overkill”.
Belmont Primary School in the Victorian town of Geelong has declared itself a cartwheel and handstand friendly zone, The Geelong Advertiser reports.
Principal Mark Arkinstall described the recent ban on cartwheels at one Sydney primary school, which can only be performed under the direct supervision of a trained gymnastics teacher, as “ridiculous”. He said concerns about the safety of children was just “overkill”.
“It seems to be a bit silly, you’d never get out of bed in the morning if you took that attitude,” Mr Arkinstall said…
Mr Arkinstall’s comments come on the back of a series of bans on cartwheels, tiggy, high fives and hugging which top the list of activities outlawed by overzealous Australian schools during the past few years.