Students spend a significant amount of time at school, so it is important schools educate them about looking after their skin, as well as promoting positive sun smart behaviours.
Amaroo School became a SunSmart School in 2013 and are currently applying for renewal. Cancer Council ACT has been instrumental in our journey in a number of ways.
- Helping develop our sun protection plan –Cancer Council ACT reviewed our plan and provided feedback. As a result Amaroo School has implemented changes including: hats off for June and July, sunscreen application spots throughout the school, building shade structures, adding the widget to our website and commencing a tree planting planting plan.
- Providing resources –Cancer Council ACT regularly keeps us informed of resources that can be used for all age groups P-10. A number of staff have completed the generation online module and Cancer Council ACT has recently attended Year 9-10 classes to talk about damage the sun causes to the skin and use the camera to demonstrate this to students.
- Attending Youth Expo Days – For several years Cancer Council ACT has set up a stall at our Youth Expo, which is attended by students in Year 5 – 10. They interact with students and hand out information for a two hour period.
Amaroo School really appreciates the support that Cancer Council ACT provides us. David Wild has been our contact person and his knowledge and enthusiasm are welcome. He is passionate about what he does and he has helped us to strengthen our ability to educate our students through both curriculum and everyday practice. We look forward to continued involvement with Cancer Council ACT in the future. Happy 40th birthday.