Too much UV can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Overexposure to UV during childhood and adolescence is a major factor for future skin cancer risk. You can’t see or feel the sun’s UV so don’t be fooled. Whatever the weather, if the UV levels are three or more, it’s important to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!
Our school aims to protect children and staff from too much UV to help minimise future skin cancer risk. We are a registered member of the Cancer Council Victoria’s SunSmart Program. Please help support our SunSmart membership by ensuring your child follows the SunSmart measures included in our policy.
During the daily local sun protection times (issued whenever UV levels are three and above), these 5 SunSmart steps are used – even if it’s cool and cloudy.
Slip on a shirt - Our summer uniform includes collared t-shirts for greater protection and shorts, skirts, skorts and dresses to keep cool.
Slop on SPF 30 (or higher) broadspectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Families are encouraged to have their child apply a generous amount of sunscreen at the start of the day. We ask that students have sunscreen in their bag ready to be reapplied throughout the day. Please ensure they get plenty of sunscreen application practice at home so they’ll be all set when they are at school.
Slap on a hat – Our students must wear a hat that protects the face, neck and ears such as a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style hat. Peak caps do not offer enough protection and are not recommended by SunSmart. Please help your child remember to bring and wear their approved hat.
Seek shade – Students will be enouraged to choose shady spots for play whenever possible.
Slide on some sunglasses - if practical. Please make sure they are labelled.
Sun protection timesDon’t just wait for hot and sunny days to use sun protection. Check the sun protection times each day so your family can beprotected when they need to be. Daily local sun protection times and weather details are available from the SunSmart widget on our school website, in the weather section of the newspaper, on the SunSmart website at sunsmart.com.au and as a free SunSmart app.