Sydney schools are also refusing to cut birthday cakes because of safety risks.
A Sydney primary school has banned children from handing out birthday party invitations in the playground because it can hurt the feelings of the children who are excluded.
Mosman Public School has stopped physical invitations in the classroom and instead asked parents to do the birthday planning online.
Parents say they now have to collect email addresses of their children’s friends’ parents to invite them to parties and tell their children not to talk about the festivities at school, The Daily Telegraph reports.
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"It is going too far"
The ban came after one children became emotionally distressed because they weren’t invited to a schoolmate’s party. But one parent said missing out was a normal part of childhood.
“It is going too far, we have to build resilient kids,” she said.
“You (can’t) give birthday invitations by paper (at the school), only by email, and you must tell your children not to talk about the party.”
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A new student who didn’t know about the rule had their birthday invites taken off them and returned to their mother.
Seven Hills Public School told parents teachers were unable to cut up cakes. Source: The Daily Telegraph
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Other schools in Sydney have made the extraordinary move of banning teachers from cutting up birthday cakes because of safety concerns.
Seven Hills West Public School has told parents birthday cakes have to be small and individual in nature because teachers were “unable to cut up cakes”.
Yet five people talking about one particular school can sound as if they’re talking about five different schools because the idea of ‘school’ is so personal, evoking for each one of us an experience of childhood, of parenting, of hope and disappointment, of what we’ve come to believe about ourselves and other people. When young people talk about ‘school’, they’re usually referring (unconsciously) to those things.
Bardia Public School in Sydney’s southwest has also banned teachers from cutting cakes.