Whether at school or home we pro-actively encourage all our whānau to be SunSmart: Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. & protect your skin and eyes from the sun's damaging rays
Throughout the year we provide sunscreen for use by the children independently throughout the school day. We encourage children to check if they need to top up before heading outside to play. Children who do not have their school hat at school are reminded to play in the shady areas.
Tamariki are encouraged to be SunSmart when they are outside from September to April, especially between 10am-4 pm. Special attention is also required whenever we are up the maunga in the winter.
To stay safe we:
Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible, such as a top with a collar and long sleeves, trousers, or long shorts or skirts. Fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give us better protection from the sun.
Slip into the shade of a leafy tree, building or shade sail. We attempt to plan our outdoor activities for early or later in the day when the sun's UV levels are lower.
Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30. An average-sized adult needs a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck, each limb and for the front and the back of the body. We apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, or after being in water or during sports days.
When outside all tamariki and kaimahi are encouraged to wear hats with a wide brim or, with flaps covering the ears and neck wrap on some sunglasses if available. Please note not all sunglasses protect against UV radiation, so we suggest you check the label for the sun protection rating.
More information about how we can learn to stay safe in the sun can be found on the SunSmart website HERE