Getting sun smart for a hot summer
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.