September 21, 2015: New App to show the daily UVR levels in your area

Download this free app that shows you how the sun's rays (also called ultraviolet radiation, or UVR) change during the course of the day in your area. When the UVR is 3 or higher you need to protect your skin - slip,slop,slap and wrap. Read More »


June 11, 2015: Paekakariki School takes on the sun

Even in winter schools are becoming SunSmart.... Read More »


February 25, 2015: SunSmart Schools take on the Black Caps!

Cricket mad Glenview Primary school students in Wellington got the chance of a lifetime when they met the Black Caps at the Basin Reserve for a coaching session. Read More »


December 11, 2014: WATCH: SunSmart resources in action at Sylvia Park School

Watch the new 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. Read More »


November 21, 2014: Hats for Paraparaumu School after School fire

A fire that tore through Paraparaumu Primary School in August has got the community rallying. Kapiti Cancer Society health promoter Mandy Savage provided SunSmart hats and books for the new library. Read More »


August 20, 2014: New Curriculum resources now on TKI

The new SunSmart Schools curriculum resources for Levels 1-4 are now listed on the TKI homepage and in TKI Resource Bank curriculum strands. Read More »


July 17, 2014: New Curriculum Resources - free to download

We're very excited to be able to offer new SunSmart curriculum resources for teachers of year 1-8 students at primary and intermediate schools. CLICK HERE to read and download the resources. Read More »


October 14, 2013: Term 4 - time to be SunSmart

Term Four means it is Hats On for SunSmart Schools. Remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP now that we coming toward our summer months. Featured is Paige Halcrow, a proud SunSmart kid. Paige took part in Otago University Students Association (OUSA) Mental Health awareness walk in Dunedin during the weekend. The weather certainly turned it on for them. Doesn't she look fabulous?! Read More »


July 8, 2013: SunSmart success shone upon Paraparaumu Beach School

SunSmart success has shone upon Paraparaumu Beach School thanks to the diligent work of senior students Rhys Aidan and Zach, alongside their teacher Judy Atkinson. The team worked together to fill in the sunsmart application and then prepare and present the recommended school policy updates to the Board of Trustees. Read More »


September 18, 2012: SunSmart Schools Research

The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Task Force (USA-based) have released recommendations and findings on primary and middle school interventions to prevent skin cancer. This highlights the importance of programmes such as ours in preventing skin cancer. Read More »


July 4, 2012: Further evidence to show increased risk of skin cancer when exposed to UVR in childhood

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) have assessed observational studies that found increased risk for both squamous cell and basal cell cancer from intermittent sun exposure in childhood, especially sunbathing, was also assocaited with an increased risk for melanoma. Read More »


February 20, 2012: Sunscreen Frequently asked questions and answers

Useful information to help understand how to use sunscreen and which to buy. Read More »


November 15, 2011: SunSmart Schools Rule!!

Congratulations to the winning schools in the SunSmart Schools Video Competition. It was a tough job picking the winners but we had fun and the winning schools are as follows: Category Year 1-4: Renwick School, Renwick Category 5-8: Wairakei School, Christchurch Category Te Reo: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay Read More »


October 7, 2011: SunSmart Schools Video Competition now CLOSED

The SunSmart Schools Video Competition is now CLOSED and regional judging is taking place. Read More »


September 20, 2011: SunSmart Schools Video Competition

Schools are being urged to put their thinking hats on, get the cameras out and make the best SunSmart video ever! Read More »


March 15, 2011: New River School

New River received Telecom hats. Read More »


February 18, 2011: Caution advised with UV & Temp Tool sent to all schools

Recently a small promotional tool that gives the current temperature and ultraviolet index (UVI) level has been sent out to all schools and early childhood centres across the country. This tool has not been calibrated so it may not be giving an accurate UVI reading. The Cancer Society recommend you check the UV index online to get an accurate reading to take the appropriate SunSmart action. Read More »

February 3, 2011: Spreydon School gets new hats sponsored by Telecom

Telecom have recently lent their support to the SunSmart Schools programme by sponsoring free hats to some of the less well resourced schools around the country. Spreydon school, in Christchurch, were presented with their hats on Tuesday. Read More »


January 26, 2011: Hats for low decile schools

Hats are now being distributed to those schools that applied to become SunSmart accredited by the Cancer Society. There will be more hats coming so apply to become a SunSmart school now! Read More »

January 26, 2011: Schools Roadshow Blenheim

Marlborough: The Health Promoting Schools Advisor invites your school to participate in a free Passport to Health Day for all School staff that come within the Nelson Marlborough District health Board Area, on the 28th of January 2011, at Stadium 2000. SunSmart schools will be displaying and discussing the curriculum resources we provide to schools to promote and educate students in becoming SunSmart. You can check out our resources online in the Teachers section of our website. Read More »

January 26, 2011: Ashburton ICT Expo

Tinwald, Allenton, Borough, St Josephs and Lauriston Schools joined forces to hold an ICT expo. Students were involved in a range of sun safety themed ICT workshops. They created some fantastic work and all in under 2 ½ hours! Read More »


December 20, 2010: SunSmart Schools Video Competition

Teachers and students, you could win a $7000 interactive whiteboard from ActivBoard NZ, and lots of other great prizes for your school by entering the SunSmart Schools Video Competition. The competition is open to all Year 1-8 students. Get creative, learn heaps, and help educate people about being sunsmart! Read More »


November 16, 2010: What's on for SunSmart week

This week is SunSmart week. Find out what you can do at school to promote the Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap message. There are some great prizes up for grabs! Read More »


October 20, 2010: Telecom hats for schools

Telecom NZ has provided the Cancer Society of New Zealand with funding to supply sunsmart hats to low decile (1-3) schools that apply to become a SunSmart school. Schools meeting the eligibility criteria will be supplied with one hat for each child in the school. As we only have a finite supply of hats schools will need to show how the provision of hats for all students will be sustainable in the long term. The hats will not be available until mid-December 2010. Read More »

October 11, 2010: SunSmart week in Taranaki

Taranaki centre is going to have its own Wall of Fame for Sunsmart accredited schools! All schools already accredited are being invited to submit a painting to represent their school on the carpark wall at the Taranaki centre-the theme is "Summer in NZ." Read More »

October 1, 2010: 14-20 November - SunSmart Week

The summer months are when you must take sun safety seriously. SunSmart week is a great way to focus on the SunSmart messages with your students. Check out the SunSmart week page and try some of the suggested activities in your school or classroom. Download the independent student activities to assist in promoting the sunsmart messages for with your students. For more information on how you can get involved in and support SunSmart Week contact your local Cancer Society. Read More »

October 1, 2010: February, 2011: SunSmart Schools Video Competition.

Get going in Term One 2011 with your students to create a short video. The theme is “Our School/Kura is Sunsmart". Lots of great prizes to be won, including an ActivBoard from Promethean. Read More »