A Perth primary school received complaints from the community after using “noisy hall” during their school assemblies.

The City of Cockburn, in Perth’s south, banned St Jerome’s church hall from using microphones and speakers after noise complaints from two neighbours. The council has since reversed the ban after negative media coverage, reports 7 news. 

The council said it enforced the ban after two 21st parties were held at the same hall the school uses. The ban therefore applied to the school as well.

“I was appalled,” principal Helen O’Toole said.

“If you buy the house next to a school, you expect the sounds of happy school assemblies.”

An inspector found the hall’s noise to be 20 decibels above the allowed limit, and the council issued the blanket ban.

Mrs O’Toole was forced to inform parents in the school newsletter that assemblies would only be held outside.

Following negative media coverage, the decision was reversed with the school now permitted to make noise during school hours of 8am to 4pm.

Mrs O’Toole says she hopes the time restriction ban will be overturned as well, with the school hoping to host a quiz night fundraiser at the hall, to raise money for children.

I can totally understand banning parties – they can get pretty rowdy. But a school assembly. That’s crazy!

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  • Assemblies and school events should be fine. After hours noise is probably not.


  • but you choose to live next to a school so it is obvious that there will be noise. I am sure that the real estate agents would point this fact out( especially if they are decent ones) but it is obvious….


  • OMG this is totally ridiculous. Bet the school was there before the complaining neighbours.


  • Schools really can’t do anything right in some people’s eyes. If you move near a school then you have to expect noise. It’s not as if the school would be in the hall all day every day either.


  • Her’s hoping common sense prevails here.


  • Living near a school you expect some noises like this. When we lived in Mildura the school near us could be heard from a big distance . We always knew when the breaks were on for some reason music was played then. We lived just of a kilometre away and heard all the music, assemblies and some other things. The high school near us was 2 km away and still we heard all the sirens for change of class or breaks. We now live 1.4 km away from a school and do not hear the sirens, so think it is the winds that carry it or the landscape helping/not helping it.


  • If you choose to live next door to a school expect it to be noisy. As for the parties, there is a curfew in Vic for when noise restrictions are enforced


  • Noise between allowed hours is normal and fine. There are noise curfews, but I tend to overlook noise for special events such as parties for special birthday events etc.


  • No better noise then the noise of kids having fun !

    • I agree – the laughter is contagious! :)


  • Some people just have to complain. I’d be happy that the kids were having fun.


  • I would have thought the noise from outside would be worse than from in the hall. Maybe they could lower the volume a bit unless there are some who have hearing difficulties. They may have too many amplifiers for thwe size of the hall too.


  • That is crazy. I can maybe understand the parties at night but assemblies during the day.


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