SunSmart hat wearing in Primary Schools

Welcome

Thank you for being a SunSmart champion of sun protection at your Primary School and part of Cancer Council NSW’s vision for a cancer free future.

On this page you can access exclusive resources that have been specifically designed to help you strengthen SunSmart hat wearing at your Primary School. To help you implement 100% SunSmart hat wearing in your school, follow this simple process:

  1. Download and read the Guide to implementing SunSmart hat wearing to help identify your school’s strengths, areas for improvement and potential barriers.
  2. Use the SunSmart Action Plan Template to prioritise the resources that you believe will have the greatest impact or are the most practical for your school to implement.
  3. Download the relevant resources for your school that have been categorised according to the SunSmart Action Plan Template.

Additional information


The SunSmart Action Plan Template

The SunSmart Action Plan Template will assist you to prioritise the resources that you believe will have the greatest impact or are the most practical for your school to implement. The resources have been categorised according to the infographic. Every school is different and has unique challenges. What works in one school may not work in another and not every resource we’ve developed will be relevant for your school. There may be resources that you think will have a big impact but are not feasible at this point in time due to your school’s circumstances; and others you might assign as a low priority.


The SunSmart hat wearing project resources

The SunSmart hat wearing project resources have been specifically designed to help you strengthen SunSmart hat wearing at your primary school.

Guide to implementing SunSmart hat wearing

Resource 1: Guide to implementing SunSmart hat wearing

Resource for SunSmart champions and school leadership | PDF | 370KB

Download entire suite of resources

Download entire suite of resources 

Complete collection of Resources 1 to 25
ZIP | 15MB

Or view and download individual sections:

1. Motivation

Motivation

Download all Motivation resources

Collection of Resources 2 to 14
ZIP | 11MB

1.1 Education

Resource 2: The importance of being a SunSmart teacher
PowerPoint presentation with notes targeted at teachers  | PDF | 1.5MB

Resource 3: Today you need sun protection
Education poster and morning routine checklist targeted at K-6 students | PDF | 845KB

Resource 4: The truth about UV rays
Education poster targeted at K – 6 students with extension activities | PDF | 564KB

Resource 5: Why we’re a SunSmart school
Information poster targeted at parents/carers, teachers and students | PDF | 199KB

Resource 6: Sun safety and the school uniform
PowerPoint presentation with notes targeted at parents/carers  | PDF | 966KB

Resource 7: SunSmart communications
Information targeted at parents/carers for newsletters etc. | PDF | 850KB

Resource 8: Create good habits for life
Take home information flyer targeted at parents/carers | PDF | 2.8MB

Resource 9: What is a SunSmart hat?
Information poster targeted at parents/carers purchasing hats from the uniform shop | PDF | 2.5MB

Resource 10: Student Representative Council (SRC) SunSmart 
Meeting activities covering SunSmart leadership for SRC members | PDF | 264KB

Resource 11: Science and Technology classroom activities (NEW resource available 2019)
Curriculum resources targeted at K – 6 students. Developed by NSW Cancer Institute, Cancer Council NSW and the NSW Department of Education
In the meantime, alternate curriculum resources can be found via our SunSmart webpage

Resource 12: PDHPE classroom activities (NEW resource available 2019)
Curriculum resources targeted at K – 6 students. Developed by NSW Cancer Institute, Cancer Council NSW and the NSW Department of Education
In the meantime, alternate curriculum resources can be found via our SunSmart webpage

Resource 13: Quick SunSmart Activities
Quick SunSmart activities targeted at K-6 students | PDF  | 933KB

1.2 Incentives

Resource 14: Reward system for SunSmart behaviours
Used individually or integrated into a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) incentive program | PDF | 422KB

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2. Access

Access

Download all Access resources

Collection of Resources 15 to 18
ZIP | 2MB

2.1 Policy

Resource 15: Updating school uniform requirements to support SunSmart hat use
Resource for SunSmart champions and school leadership | PDF | 301KB

2.2 Practice

Resource 16: Ensuring all students have a SunSmart hat
Resource for SunSmart champions and school leadership | PDF | 248KB

Resource 17: Barriers to SunSmart hat wearing
FAQ guide for SunSmart champions and school leadership | PDF 390KB

Resource 18: Sourcing funding for SunSmart hats 
PowerPoint presentation with notes targeted at key funding groups, such as P & C committees  | PDF | 1.2MB

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3. Triggers

Got you hat?

Download all Triggers resources

Collection of Resources 19 to 25
ZIP | 1.4KB

3.1 Visual clues

Resource 19: Got your hat?
Poster targeted at students reminding them to grab their SunSmart hats | PDF | 191KB

Resource 20: No hat? Play in the shade 
Shade zone poster targeted at students | PDF | 192KB

Resource 21: Every hero needs a hat
Poster targeted at students reminding them to grab their SunSmart hats | PDF | 576KB

Resource 22: You need to be a hat hero to play here
Hat wearing zone poster targeted at students | PDF | 646KB

Resource 23: This is a hat hero zone
Hat wearing zone poster targeted at students | PDF | 631KB

3.2 Reminders

Resource 24: What I need to take to school
Checklist targeted at parents/carers for their child/ren | PDF | 178KB

Resource 25: What do I need to do this morning?
Wallchart targeted at parents/carers for their child/ren | PDF | 142KB

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More information about the project 

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia. Two in three people who grow up in Australia will be diagnosed with skin cancer. Overexposure to solar UV radiation causes over 95% of skin cancers in Australia. This means that if you protect your skin, you reduce your risk.

The good news is that the number of young people diagnosed with melanoma is decreasing, and this reduction has been attributed to our sun protection efforts including the SunSmart program in primary schools. However, more can be done to enhance sun protection and normalise SunSmart hat wearing in schools. Broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaire style hats protect the face, back of the neck, ears and eyes. Baseball caps are not SunSmart because they don’t protect the ears, cheeks or back of the neck.

Ensuring students are wearing a SunSmart hat can be a challenge. In our work with NSW primary schools, we’ve found that there are three areas that successful schools address, represented in the model below.

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What is the SunSmart program?

The free SunSmart Program supports primary schools to develop and implement a sun protection policy that minimises children and staff over-exposure to UV radiation, and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Having a SunSmart policy ensures schools are addressing key areas of sun protection:

Environment

  • Scheduling outdoor activities outside of peak UV times
  • Using shade

Behaviour

  • Wearing SunSmart hats
  • Wearing SunSmart clothing
  • Using at least SPF30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen
  • Role modelling by teachers and staff
  • Wearing sunglasses

Information

  • Teaching about sun protection
  • Providing information to the school community
  • Reviewing the sun protection policy every three years

As a SunSmart school, you can be confident you are implementing an approved Sun Protection policy that meets the Department of Education and Communities’ Sun Safety for Students Guidelines.

Confirm your school is Proudly SunSmart at www.sunsmartnsw.com.au or contact our SunSmart Team for more information:

Phone: 02 9334 1761
Email: sunsmartschools@nswcc.org.au

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