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Skin cancers are the most common form of cancers in New Zealand.  The incidence of melanoma skin cancer is among the highest in the world. 

  • The SunSmart schools website provides information for teachers, students and parents on how to be SunSmart. 
  • The SunSmart schools programme provides Cancer Society approved guidelines on how to make your school a safe place for students and the school community.

It is important to regularly review sun protection policies and practices in both schools that are enrolled in the programme and those that are not. In 2017 researchers from the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit at the University of Otago surveyed schools on behalf of the Cancer Society.  In total, 1243 schools participated.

The survey covered provision of shade, use of sun protective practices (hats, clothing, sunscreen) and whether schools had a written sun protection policy. Here is a link to an overview of key results from this report.

What's happening with SunSmart Schools?

kindyRock launches "Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap Song"

Judi Cranston, children’s composer and founder/director of kindyRock has written a musical creation simply named ‘Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap Song’ which merges her passion for education, fun and cancer prevention in a cool and catchy way. Thanks to NZ On Air funding, with advice and support from the Cancer Society, Judi’s passion is coming to life.

The song, aimed at early childhood and young primary school children, is a fun way to encourage Kiwis to make smart choices this summer. It reminds people to be SunSmart even on a cloudy day and to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap every day.

The song was launched at Kapanui School in Waikanae recently. Health promoters are promoting it in their local schools and early childhood centres.

From 1 December the song and video will be shown on Hei Hei TV - a children’s channel that uses mainly New Zealand content.

SunSmart role models lead the way

Kapanui School mediators act as role models within the school community.  A group of Rangitahi (year 8 students) are trained to mediate playground disputes and now act as SunSmart role models by distributing sunscreen to the students at lunch times.  The sunscreen stations are located at two key points in the playground and are well used by all students.

Kapanui School is a large Decile 9 primary school with over 600 pupils based in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.  The School is SunSmart accredited and the children proudly wear their bucket hats and Sunmart clothes.  However not everyone can afford to have sunscreen in their children’s bags.  Kapanui have taken the initiative and set up sunscreen stations so nobody misses out during the SunSmart season.

Staying Sun Safe in Principals Today

Check out the article about SunSmart schools on page 20 and see some key results from the recent survey of SunSmart Schools undertaken by the Cancer Society’s Social and Behavioural Research Unit researchers in late  2017.  


SunSmart Schools curriculum in action


Watch the SunSmart Schools curriculum resources in action at Sylvia Park School. The resources are cross-curricula for Levels 1 to 4 of the NZ Curriculum, and are a great way to teach students about the sun, energy and sun protection through hands-on and inquiry lessons.

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