Hi, my name is Stephen Bevan and I am Principal at Madeley Primary School in Perth, Western Australia. Research shows that open and clear communication between home and school is important which is why I have created this blog. As Principal of Madeley Primary School I value your opinions and encourage your comments. Feel free to comment on any of the posts. Comments are moderated prior to going live on the blog.

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Madeley Primary School prides itself on the positive, open and friendly culture that has been established. Our core values of Curriculum, Community and Care are guiding principles that shape our school.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Why do we ask students to wear hats all year round regardless of the weather conditions?

Most schools in Australia follow the advice of health professionals when it comes to sun protection.

As recess and lunch periods fall at high UV exposure times it is important that students are protected. Regular, limited exposure to the sun is important for our health but too much at the wrong time can have serious implications for future health.

While UV exposure in the middle of winter on a cloudy day poses little risk it is still important for a consistent and regular sun safe message to be promoted. For this reason we have a year-round policy when it comes to wearing hats. Students who do not have a hat will not be permitted to play in the sun. We also ask that parents consider applying sunscreen to their children before they come to school on high UV days. Parents should also provide their child with sunscreen which can applied during the day.

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