St Thomas’ School will strive to create an appropriate environment and promote SunSmart behaviours that protect all members of our community from the harmful effects of the sun whilst participating in school activities.
Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Because the link between the sun and skin cancer has been clearly established, our school intends to promote a positive environment in support of SunSmart behaviours. Of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, 80% are skin cancers. Research indicates that childhood sun exposure is an important contributing factor to the development of skin cancer in later life. It suggests that at least two-thirds of all melanomas occurring in Australia could be prevented if children were protected from the sun during their first fifteen years. Given that students are at school during peak ultraviolet radiation times throughout the day and that most skin cancers are preventable, schools play a major role in both minimising students’ exposure and providing an environment where policies and procedures can positively influence student behaviour.
Queensland Cancer Fund: Schools SunSmart Policy Guidelines.
While SunSmart behaviour is everyone’s responsibility, St Thomas’ School aims to consistently promote SunSmart behaviours as standard school practice.
Will take place on an annual basis. Information will be included in the first school newsletters each year.