Hat’s off to Nan­neella Es­tate Pri­mary School

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A NEW sur­vey shows Vic­to­rian pri­mary schools are lead­ing the way in sun pro­tec­tion.

The Na­tional SunS­mart Schools Pro­gram sur­vey found Vic­to­rian schools led the way in en­forc­ing hat use (100 per cent).

And Nan­neella Es­tate Pri­mary School has been one of those schools for al­most 20 years.

Prin­ci­pal Ian Den­son said hat use is a prac­tice the school prides it­self on.

‘‘The kids all have hat hooks and de­spite the colder weather the time we en­force wear­ing hats has been con­tin­u­ally pushed out to ear­lier in the year,’’ he said.

‘‘It used to just be in the sum­mer months but we started wear­ing hats this year in Au­gust.

‘‘Pro­tec­tion against the UV is some­thing as a school we take very se­ri­ously.’’

The school will cel­e­brate 20 years of SunS­mart mem­ber­ship next year.

Although most Vic­to­rian schools ac­tively en­cour­aged sun­screen use (91 per cent) the avail­abil­ity in class­rooms has dropped from 54 per cent (2011) to just 34 per cent last year.

SunS­mart early child­hood and pri­mary school co­or­di­na­tor Jus­tine Os­borne said the lack of sun­screen was a blip on an oth­er­wise pos­i­tive re­port card — but one that could be read­ily fixed.

‘‘Vic­to­rian schools are mak­ing a fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion to skin can­cer preven­tion in our state but sun­screen sup­ply is one area where there’s def­i­nitely room for im­prove­ment,’’ she said.

‘‘The schools are on the right path with their other sun pro­tec­tion prac­tices and the sup­port is there for sun­screen but it’s just not be­ing made avail­able.

‘‘For­tu­nately, par­ents are ideally placed to help turn this around.’’

SunS­mart is ask­ing par­ents and fam­i­lies to sup­port their child’s SunS­mart school ini­tia­tives by sup­ply­ing their child with sun­screen and mak­ing sure chil­dren know how to use it by prac­tic­ing at home.

Kahlia Perry, Dy­lan Putt, Cooper Jenk­ins, Ge­orge O’Shea and Shayllee But­ler.

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