Warwick Senior High School gets new shade structure thanks to a Cancer Council initiative

Year 8 students Malcolm Garlett, Emily Agoni, Darcy Dhu, Julia Parrella, Jack Gray and Ella Ferguson.Photo: Martin Kennealey
Year 8 students Malcolm Garlett, Emily Agoni, Darcy Dhu, Julia Parrella, Jack Gray and Ella Ferguson.Photo: Martin Kennealey

WARWICK Senior High School students are now better protected from the sun following the installation of a shade structure.

The school was one of 18 around Australia to receive a grant through the Shade for Secondary Schools program – a partnership between eftpos and Cancer Council.

Deputy principal Robyn Cleaver said the $25,000 grant would greatly benefit students.

“The school has wanted to increase shade for our students for a while now,” she said.

“We have an amphitheatre area that is heavily used for lessons and during break times.

“This funding has enabled us to build a large permanent shade structure to complement our existing sun protection strategies.”

Cancer Council WA spokesman Mark Strickland said helping teenagers to be SunSmart was vital.

“Approximately 230 people in Western Australia pass away from skin cancer each year,” he said.

“There is a focus on sun protection in primary schools but teenagers tend to be more reluctant to wear hats and use sunscreen.

“By generously funding more shade structures in secondary schools, eftpos is helping to reduce the overall amount of excess UV exposure teenagers receive thus reducing their skin cancer risk.”

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