Get­ting sun smart for a hot sum­mer

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

On Fri­day, South­bridge School showed its com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing pupils from the harm­ful ef­fects of the sun by of­fi­cially re­ceiv­ing the Can­cer So­ci­ety SunS­mart ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

South­bridge is the lat­est of 35 pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate schools in the re­gion to achieve the ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Can­cer So­ci­ety of New Zealand health pro­moter Mandy Casey said that there were only three schools in the area be­tween the Ran­gi­tata River and Lee­ston yet to re­ceive ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

Casey said schools had to meet a se­ries of min­i­mum stan­dards, such as a school-wide re­quire­ment for pupils to wear wide­brimmed hats.

‘‘It’s en­cour­ag­ing kids to be sun smart and in­still­ing habits in them that last their whole life,’’ Casey said.

South­bridge prin­ci­pal Ta­mara Bell said the school pro­vided hats, re­mov­ing a po­ten­tial fi­nan­cial bar­rier.

‘‘The school is com­mit­ted to keep­ing our kids safe from the sun and harm­ful UV rays. There’s quite a com­mit­ment from par­ents in the com­mu­nity as well,’’ Bell said.

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