Stanley Bay School is enrolled in the SunSmart Schools programme. We are proud to be working towards achieving accreditation.
We know that the greatest risk factor for around 90% of skin cancers is our exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Unfortunately NZ has the highest rate of melanoma, the most serious skin cancer. Childhood is an important time to avoid over exposure to the sun – our skin is like an elephant, it remembers all the sun we’ve ever had. At Stanley Bay we believe that teaching children SunSmart behaviours will help them develop lifelong sun safe practices.
Here are some of the things we’re doing to be SunSmart:
Stanley Bay Sun Smart Hats
At Stanley Bay School all students are required to wear a school sun hat (SunSmart hat) during Terms 1 and 4. Sunhats are available for purchase, $20, via Kindo https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/order_status.shtml
Sun Protective Clothing
We encourage children to wear clothing that protects their skin from the sun (for example with sleeves and collars, and rash tops when swimming).
We promote students’ use of SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen. We endeavour to make sunscreen available to students at school outdoor activities, particularly at sports days and similar events.
Building a Sun Smart Environment
We are working towards developing and improving existing shade in areas where students gather.