By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 23:55 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 00:19 GMT, 13 February 2020
Parents have lashed out at a primary school after its principal said students weren't able to bring cupcakes and lolly bags to class to celebrate their birthday.
Arbor Grove Primary School in Ellenbrook, Perth issued a letter to parents saying the food would no longer be allowed due to health and cultural reasons.
Principal Glen Purdy said students who brought in unhealthy food items would have their stash confiscated by their teacher and returned at the end of the day.
Arbor Grove Primary School (pictured) in Ellenbrook, Perth issued a letter to parents saying lolly bags and cupcakes would no longer be allowed due to health and cultural reasons.
In the lengthy letter warning parents of the new rule, Mr Purdy said the ban was due to an increasing amount of students with allergies as well as the 'cultural diversity' of its students.
'Whilst teachers at Arbor Grove are happy to celebrate the birthdays of students in the classroom, we must do so in the most inclusive, practical and appropriate way,' he said.
'During our deliberations we have been mindful of the increasing number of students with food allergies and intolerances, the cultural diversity of the school and the beliefs and traditions of these cultures.
'As of Monday 17 February we would ask that parents no longer send students with cupcakes, lolly bags or other unhealthy options for students to share with their classmates for their birthdays.'
The school's principal Glen Purdy said he recognised the ban wouldn't be popular but would be put in place from Monday