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Queensland’s state school principals have been given the nod to decide how, when and if students will be allowed to celebrate Christmas.

The QLD education department decided against issuing a directive about what Christmas celebrations are acceptable in government schools.

The department says principals are best placed to decide – a vastly different approach to Victoria’s with schools there encouraged to participate in festivities such as carolling and performing nativity scenes, reports 7 NEWS.

“The Department believes principals are best placed to make decisions about celebrating Christmas in their schools and will support these decisions,” Queensland Education Department spokesman Bevan Brennan said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Education Department has emailed principals to tell them both religious-based Christmas carols and more commercial songs can be sung.

“Schools are encouraged to celebrate the diversity and traditions of our society by participating in a range of Christmas festivities, which can include singing carols, trimming the tree, performing the nativity scene or making decorations,” the circular read, according to a report in the Herald-Sun.

Do you agree with this or should there be a nationwide directive?

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  • Diversity and traditions should be encouraged and shared by everyone in the community. Teaching tolerance and understanding at this time of year is essential for peace and harmony.


    • Principals should also ask the school community about how they want to celebrate? They would no doubt be surprised by how inclusive everybody is in the school community.

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  • No there shouldn’t be a national directive, unless it’s to say keep celebrating Xmas as we always have. Don’t let the minorities stop us from doing what we have done since forever. If parents aren’t happy with their kids doing Christmas things, then don’t let them, but don’t make everyone suffer for the few

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  • What a disgrace that this is even an issue and just when did it become one and why? Christmas is a wonderful time of peace and love (or it’s supposed to be) and who wouldn’t want this message for their children? For the creatures that have nothing else to do other than decide for all of us just what is offensive, I advise they perhaps actually go and help in an old peoples home or soup kitchen and they may just realise there are much bigger issues than preventing a beautiful celebration from being enjoyed as it has been for hundreds of years.

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  • I’m glad some principles are seeing sense!

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  • Not before time. It should never have been banned. If some kids are banned from joining in by their parents they miss out.
    If there are too many protests they could still have one without the Nativiity instead of not having Carols at all. There is plenty of non-religious ones, even Australian ones. There was a LP record of entirely Aust. carols but I don’t think it was transferred to Cassette or CD which is a pity.

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  • about time. PC when it comes to Christmas is BS.

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