TYALLA Public School's little rays of sunshine are well placed to combat skin cancer.
The school has been deemed SunSmart by the Cancer Council NSW for its efforts to protect students from harmful UV rays.
Cancer Council Mid North Coast staffer Vanessa Crossley said we need to teach good habits early to reduce the rate of skin cancer in the future.
“Australia has the highest level of skin cancer in the world and this program is about helping schools to protect children from skin cancer from an early age,” Ms Crossley said.
“A child's skin is the most vulnerable to sun damage during their school life and as children spend lots of time outdoors it's vital for them to adopt sun safety measures such as wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
“This program will help Tyalla do just that. It gives students practical tips and lessons on how to avoid sunburn, while teachers benefit from an effective check list that covers all areas of sun safety at school.
“We ultimately hope the program will help to reduce local skin cancer rates among the next generation of adults.”
Tyalla has also developed a 10-point sun protection plan, reflecting Cancer Council recommendations, to reinforce the school's commitment to protecting staff and students every day.
This includes things like safe scheduling of outdoor activities, effective use of shade, wearing sun safe hats, clothing and using sunscreen as well as role modelling and teaching about sun protection.