Tak­ing a shine to sun safety

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION - By KRIS DANDO

It might be win­ter but Pau­ata­hanui School stu­dents will have images of sum­mer to get them through the cold and wet days, thanks to three of their peers.

The school is work­ing to­wards Sun­smart ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the Can­cer So­ci­ety, re­view­ing its own sun safety guide­lines through staff, stu­dents and com­mu­nity feed­back.

An im­por­tant part of be­ing sun smart is vis­ual cues for chil­dren, teacher Christi Grundling says, re­mind­ing them of ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties and cloth­ing in the sun.

‘‘To that end we in­vited the kids to de­sign, by hand or elec­tron­i­cally, a mu­ral we could use on our climb­ing wall and be a cen­tre­point in our school play­ground. The brief they had was that the de­sign had to ‘ speak’ to all age groups, from our 5 year olds to in­ter­me­di­ates, as well as par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers vis­it­ing our school.’’

The win­ning de­sign­ers were Cassie Mans­field (first), Lach­lan Echegaray ( sec­ond) and Tr­ish Nuesca (third). As well as hav­ing their cre­ations dis­played at the school they were each pre­sented with a bag of good­ies from the Health Spon­sor­ship Coun­cil at a school assem­bly on May 11.

‘‘I wanted to make peo­ple stop and think about be­ing out in the sun,’’ Cassie said.

Ms Grundling said nearly the en­tire school sub­mit­ted designs and pick­ing win­ners was tough.

Sun­smart de­sign­ers: Tr­isha Nuesca, Cassie Mans­field and Lach­lan Echegaray are all pro­duced dif­fer­ent spins on what they felt it meant to be sun smart, us­ing plenty of colour in en­tries.

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