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SunSmart School Membership Form

  • Cancer Council Queensland recommends all school sun protection policies are enforced in Queensland all year round.

    If you need assistance developing your SunSmart policy, download our SunSmart Protection Policy Guide.

    If you qualify as a SunSmart School, you will receive a 60cm x 90cm SunSmart School sign.

    Becoming a SunSmart School informs the community that your school is committed to the future health of its students.

    Terms, conditions and minimum standards

    If the school is accepted as a SunSmart School, it will be promoting the SunSmart and Cancer Council Queensland’s sun protection messages in your daily activities, providing a role model to other schools throughout Queensland.

    Terms and conditions

    Schools participating in the National SunSmart Schools Program must agree to the following terms and conditions

    • To enforce the school’s sun protection policy as documented.
    • To take reasonable steps to ensure that all staff, students and parents are aware of the sun protection policy and its requirements.
    • To inform Cancer Council Queensland of any changes to the school’s policy and practices and anything else that may relate to or affect its inclusion in the National SunSmart Schools Program.

    Minimum standards

    The school agrees to comply with the following minimum standards:

    • The sun protection policy is implemented all year round.
    • All students wear a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket hat when outside.
    • The use of SPF 30+ or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen is encouraged.
    • Sun protective clothing is part of the dress code.
    • Staff are requested to act as role models by practicing SunSmart behaviours.
    • Sun protection activity is included in the School curriculum.
    • The sun protection policy is reflected in the planning of all outdoor events (e.g. excursions, picnics).
    • Outdoor experiences are rescheduled, whenever possible, to minimise time outdoors between 10am and 3pm.
    • The school has sufficient shade or is working towards increasing shade in the outdoor play space.
    • The school reviews its sun protection policy regularly, at least once every three years. This involves staff, management and parents and includes monitoring the school’s compliance with its policy and making suggestions for improvement.
    • SunSmart schools will be reassessed every three years to reconfirm sun protection practices.
  • School Details

  • 1. Hats

    • We require students to wear sun safe hats that protect the face, neck, ears when outdoors. Sun safe hats include legionnaire, broad-brimmed and bucket hats. Baseball caps are not recommended and will be phased out.
    • We have a “No hat, play in the shade” rule for all students.
  • 2. Clothing

    • We require students to wear school and sports uniforms which are effective in minimising exposure to ultraviolet radiation, including shirts with collars or covered necklines and elbow-length sleeves and longer style dresses or shorts.
    • We actively encourage the use of rash vests for outdoor swimming.
  • 3. Shade

    • We are committed to providing a variety of shade in all areas where students congregate. This includes trees, built and portable shade in areas for recess, lunch, outdoor teaching and sport.
    • We actively encourage students to use available shade when outside.
    • We consider shade availability when planning all outdoor events and excursions.
    • We conduct regular shade assessments to determine future needs.
  • 4. Sunscreen

    • We make available sunscreen that is at least SPF30+ broad-spectrum and water-resistant, or encourage students to supply their own for all school activities and events.
    • We encourage students to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and to reapply every 2 hours when outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • 5. Sunglasses

    (Optional)
    • Where practical, we encourage students to wear close-fitting wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard AS1067.
  • 6. Scheduling of outdoor activities

    • Where possible we schedule outdoor activities outside the peak UV times of 10am-3pm, in the shade or indoors.
    • We consider sun protection when planning outdoor activities, including excursions, sport and carnivals.
  • 7. Role modelling of staff

  • We ask staff to role model good sun protection behaviours when outside, including:

    • Seeking shade where possible.
    • Wearing sun safe hats, clothing and sunglasses.
    • Applying SPF30+ broad-spectrum and water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, and reapplying every 2 hours when outdoors for extended periods of time.
  • 8. Curriculum

    • We include learning activities that promote sun protection in the curriculum for students at least every second year.
    • Examples of learning activities include: displays, literacy activities, songs, SunSmart website resources, assemblies.
  • 9. Informing the school community

    • We regularly reinforce and promote SunSmart behaviour to the whole school community (students, staff, families and visitors) via newsletters, notice boards, website/intranet, social media, school assemblies, parent/teacher meetings and student enrolment/orientation.
    • We encourage families and visitors to role model sun protection behaviours when involved in school activities.
  • 10. Policy & Review

    • Our organisation has a sun protection policy (a template/sample policy can be accessed atthe QUEST web page).
    • In order to maintain our status as a SunSmart School we will renew our membership, and submit an up to date policy, every three years.
  • A template/sample policy can be accessed at the QUEST web page.

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