11 year old Anna does a cartwheel
11 year old Anna does a cartwheel Warren Lynam

Too dangerous? Cartwheels banned at Coast school

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THE age-old practice of doing a handstand or a cartwheel is now considered too dangerous for children without supervision at a Sunshine Coast state school.

Peregian Springs State School told parents in its latest newsletter that under no circumstances were students allowed to perform cartwheels, handstands or any other type of gymnastic move at school, "unless they are properly supervised by a trained PE teacher".

This was because of the "safety issues involved with these types of moves".

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The message sparked outrage among some parents who believe Queensland is becoming "the nanny state". One concerned parent told the Daily she was frustrated her daughter was being discouraged from joining in normal play.

"Everything is becoming more and more strict and they are allowed to be kids less and less," she said.

"I know a lot of other parents also feel it is ridiculous.

The Daily's front page today.
The Daily's front page today. WARRNE LYNAM

"If our children fell off play equipment, would they take that away too?"

A Queensland Education Department spokesman said it was not State Government policy to ban handstands and cartwheels unless supervised.

However, he said it was up to the individual school principal.

"Behaviour policies to ensure student safety and well-being are developed by principals in consultation with P&Cs and the wider school community," the spokesman said.

Deputy Principal Sandy Cathcart published this message on the ban in a recent school newsletter.
Deputy Principal Sandy Cathcart published this message on the ban in a recent school newsletter. Contributed

"Peregian Springs State School has not stopped students from doing handstands and cartwheels.

"However, students participating in these activities at the school must do so under the supervision of teachers in an appropriate, controlled environment where safety equipment such as gym mats are available."

He said the school principal was not available for comment about the issue.

READ THE NEWSLETTER HERE.

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