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We are a SunSmart School

21/06/2017
We are SunSmart
A healthy balance of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is important for health. 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. Too little UV from the sun can lead to low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is necessary for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and muscles, and for general health.
 
Our school aims to achieve a healthy UV exposure balance for children and staff. 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.
 
 Use these 5 SunSmart steps – even if it’s cool and cloudy.
1. Slip on a shirt - for free dress days, ensure your child wears clothing that covers as much skin as possible (e.g. elbow length tops with a higher neckline or collar and longer style shorts or skirts). Densely woven fabrics are best.
2. Slop on SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen – if your child has fair to olive skin, apply sunscreen at the start of the day and make sure they 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. If your child has naturally very dark skin, they may not need to apply sunscreen to help with their vitamin D. This is a decision for families to make.
3. Slap on a hat – one that protects the face, neck and ears such as a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket style hat. Baseball caps do not offer enough protection and are not recommended by SunSmart. Please help your child remember to bring and wear their approved hat.
4. Seek shade – choose shady spots for play whenever possible.