Marymount Primary values sun safety. Within play areas their are options for the children to be in shaded areas. Our school rules make wearing a hat compulsory at morning tea and lunchtime. We strongly recommend that hats are also worn before and after school and that sunscreen be applied at home each morning and reapplied at morning tea and lunch time.
Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two out of every three Queenslanders will develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime. Research suggests that at least two-thirds of cancerous melanomas occurring in Australia could be prevented if children were protected from the sun during their first 15 years.
Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Research shows that severe sunburn contributes to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as sunspots, blemishes and premature ageing. Most skin damage and skin cancer is therefore preventable.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are highest during the hours that children are at school. With this in mind, Marymount Primary School realises the need to protect children's skin and educate them about Sun Smart behaviour, thus reducing the risk of skin damage and exposure to the sun.
The policy aims to:
Our school recognises that winter sun also contributes to skin damage. The implementation of the policy will therefore be conducted throughout the year. The purpose of the Sun Smart policy is to ensure that all children attending our school are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year. Our commitment is to inform parents of the Sun Smart policy when they enrol their child and to include the Sun Smart policy statement in the school prospectus. We will also minimise the risk of sun damage to our students by
The Queensland Cancer Fund working towards a Sun Smart Queensland: a policy guide for organisations