Primary schools are forcing kids to sit in supervised areas before class instead of running around in the playground.

The push to keep kids from being “too boisterous and energetic” before class has outraged some parents, with one mother saying running around was a part of growing up, reports The Courier Mail.

One mum wrote: “Our school has just introduced this … I think they need to be able to run around and burn off some energy ready to sit in the class and learn, crazy society we seem to be creating.”

Queensland schools such as, Scarborough State School, St Ita’s Catholic Primary School, Warrigal Road State School and Wellers Hill State School make students sit down in the mornings while a recent newsletter from Brookfield State School told students to go to its supervised area to “sit and talk”.

“This helps to ensure a calm and safe start to the school day,” it reads.

Chapel Hill State School and Gumdale State School also do not let students play on equipment before class, according to The Courier Mail.

I actually thought it was always good for the kids to burn off some energy before starting for the day? It must have the opposite affect!

Share your comments below.

  • Kids who aren’t given nutritious breakfast or none at all need to conserve energy or by the end of the first lesson they can’t concentrate. How do teachers know which children need to conserve energy.


  • Nooooo how are they expected to sit still in class if they can’t run around beforehand


  • Noooo! This is ridiculous. Half the fun of being at school is running around and playing with your friends. This is insane. Our kids are becoming so hamstrung at school. I can’t make sense of it.


  • Seriously? That is crazy.


  • We are becoming too precious these days. Don’t let kids do this don’t let them do that


  • When I was at school, a little while ago now, the idea was us kids would burn off our excess energy in the playground during breaks so we could knuckle down and concentrate when returning to the classroom. I think it’s sad kids are being discouraged from playing!

    • Absolutely! children and adults all need movement and activity and it does help with concentration.


  • I think this has to do with the fact that they only can supervise from a certain time (8.30am at our local primary school) with a limited amount of supervision. Earlier and more supervision would cost money. Parents are responsible for their children outside the hours of supervision and are encouraged to arrange before school care when they have to drop off their kids earlier.


  • Physical activity and movement is a good thing before sitting down to study.


  • I’m thinking they are doing this so they don’t need teachers outside to supervise. Why not just keep them at home until the bell goes if you are close enough. It’s just ridiculous.


  • Methinks the thoughts behind this ban is to cover the school’s a—s in case the children fall over and hurt themselves. Can’t afford a parent to sue them because they were unsupervised early before school started. I’ll bet many here will agree with me.


  • Times are changing from when i went to school. Pencils being replaced with pens, pens being replaced with ipods and laptops, blackboards being replaced with whiteboards, big lunch in the morning rather than of an afternoon, school gates being locked during the school day. And now no play before school. What else is the education wanting to change. Are our kids better behaved? Are our kids more educated? What has worked for the past 50 plus years musnt be good enough for teachers of today to handle.


  • Whatever happened to letting kids be kids. Everything is so focused on being proper, politically correct and well educated but what happened to learning through living, adventure, exploration and facing some of life’s challenges (even if this is only a graze on the knee). Let people including little people enjoy life, after all, loud or quiet, smart or not so smart, rich or poor, we all end up in the same place at the end of life.


  • Is it maybe because it’s difficult to supervise the playground before school starts? Otherwise I would let the kids run around and then, when the bells rings, I’d let the kids sit around, talk and relax before starting with the normal lessons.


  • I know of a teacher that would make her year 5 class run around the playground first thing in the morning. Not sure if this was a good or bad thing.


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