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A Cranbourne primary school raised eyebrows during an assembly last week when its Islamic students were given the choice of leaving the room to avoid singing the Australian National Anthem.

But despite concern from parents, the principal of Cranbourne Carlisle Primary has strongly defended the school's decision to allow its Islamic students to leave the Year 2-6 assembly, citing a religious month of mourning.

Lorraine McCurdy, whose grandchildren go to Cranbourne Carlisle Primary, contacted Star News after attending the school's assembly last week and being concerned by the staff's decision to give Islamic students the option to not sing the national anthem.


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