Kids shine with sun message at Mt Lawley Primary School

Mt Lawley Primary School students prepare for summer with hats and a UV meter.
Mt Lawley Primary School students prepare for summer with hats and a UV meter.

AS the mercury rises, students from Mt Lawley Primary School are remembering to slip, slop and slap for summer.

The school has been registered with Cancer Council WA’s (CCWA) SunSmart Schools program since it started in 1998.

Acting principal Sandra Martin said sun safety was embedded in the culture of the school.

“We don’t even have to police the ‘no hat, no play’ policy, it is part of the students’ everyday routines,” Ms Martin said.

“Students know to wear hats and sunscreen and to seek shade.”

Claudia Thompson (11) said she understood the importance of being sun smart.

“It’s very important to wear your hat because skin cancer is very dangerous,” Claudia said.

“My sister and I both have pale skin so we always wear sunscreen and hats.”

During Skin Cancer Action Week, CCWA SunSmart Schools program co-ordinator Sally Blane said CCWA encouraged more schools to get on board and join the program.

“The SunSmart Schools program not only protects children from UV radiation but it also develops great habits that last into adulthood,” she said.