Noticeboard - SunSmart

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Overexposure to the sun during childhood and adolescent is an important contributing factor to the development of skin cancer later in life. As students are at school during times of peak ultraviolet (UV) radiation, schools can play a major role in creating a supportive environment that minimises exposure and encourages sun protective behaviours.
Our Sun Protection Policy has been adopted to ensure that all students, staff, parents and visitors attending O’Connor Primary School are protected from skin damage caused by UV radiation from the sun. This policy is to be implemented when the forecast average monthly UV Index in our area is 3 or above available from Bureau of Meteorology website. The sun protection practices outlined in this policy will be applied to all school activities, including sports carnivals, excursions and camps. The policy has been developed in consultation with the whole school community. 

Why become a SunSmart School?

Schools, in partnership with families and their communities, have an important role in reducing sun exposure because:
  • Schools have a duty of care to protect students and staff from harm. A sun protection policy can assist schools to meet this obligation.
  • The crucial period for sustaining damage from sun exposure occurs during the school years.
  • Children are at school during peak UV radiation times five days a week.
  • Schools can influence sun protection behaviours through education. 
  • Sun protection policies can be included in existing health policies.
The Faction Captains look smart in their Faction Hats and are easy to identify.
The P&C have been a great support of this initiative giving all Kindy children a SunSmart bucket hat and making them available for the cost of $10 each.
In Term 2, 2106 we became the only SunSmart school in Kalgoorlie. A special assembly marked the occassion and Sid the Seagull visited with some special messages about SunSmart. See the Kalgoorlie Miner Article.
We have teamed up with the Cancer Council WA and learned some very special messages about SunSmart
Mums and Dads can be safe in the sun too. See the Cancer Council's advice at this link for mums and dads.
In 2017 we ran a competition to make Sunsmart posters. Here are the winners 
Winnersprizeswinning posters - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Classwork photos
EC 5 Sun hats, EC 2 Sunsmart hats, EC 3 Sunsmart hats, Room 6 Sunsmart hats, Room 24 Sunsmart,