SunSmart

SunSmart

The SunSmart policy has been developed to ensure that staff, students and their families are aware of the harmful effects of over-exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun, and are assisted to develop self-protective practices. It is endorsed by the School Principal, staff members and the School Council.

Our developing SunSmart program includes strategies in the following areas:

SunSmart Behaviour

  • development of a 'hat wearing' culture among students, their families and staff with wide brim hats in the playground from September 1st to April 30th;
  • Provide parents with comprehensive information on the use of SP30+ or greater water-resistant sunscreen and suggest they provide appropriate protection for their child as part of the child's school supplies. Application of sunscreen is encouraged where parents/carers approve, but is not compulsory as some children are allergic to some lotions. The school will provide a backup supply of sunscreen where parents/carers sign a permission form authorising its use;
  • staff will actively encourage the wearing of long sleeves and/or the application of sunscreen during days of high UV levels;
  • encourage students to make choices about spending at least part of play times in shaded areas;
  • require staff to provide positive SunSmart models during outdoor activities and playground supervision;
  • encourage families to adopt SunSmart behaviours for the whole family.

SunSmart Curriculum

  • incorporate SunSmart programs in curriculum planning throughout the school;
  • encourage staff to use SunSmart Fun for Everyone as special activities especially during September through to April;
  • use the school newsletter and News page to remind families of SunSmart strategies;
  • Ensure planning for curriculum and community events held outdoors take the SunSmart policy into consideration.

SunSmart Environment

  • continue to develop more shade and sheltered areas through the implementation of the Grounds Improvement Plan;
  • ensure shade available is taken into consideration when planning outdoor activities and encourage use of indoor venue during periods of high danger;
  • Scheduling outdoor activities before ll:00am and after 3.00pm during the months of September through to April.