SunSmart Primary School Program

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence greatly increases the chances of developing skin cancer later in life.

The SunSmart Schools program aims to minimise student and staff exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun at school and during school-associated activities.

A SunSmart School is a school that has registered with Cancer Council Tasmania and has a comprehensive sun protection policy that is put into action during all outdoor school activities. This policy must meet the criteria developed by Cancer Council Tasmania.

Why become a SunSmart School?

Schools, in partnership with families and their communities, have an important role in reducing sun exposure because:

  • Schools have a duty of care to protect students and staff from harm. A sun protection policy can assist schools to meet this obligation.
  • The crucial period for sustaining damage from sun exposure occurs during the school years.
  • Children are at school during peak UV radiation times five days a week.
  • Schools can influence sun protection behaviours through education.
  • Sun protection policies can be included in existing health policies.

The SunSmart program is FREE to join, provides you with ongoing updated sun protection information, support and resources. It demonstrates a commitment to sun protection for staff and students to the school community and the broader community.

Developing a SunSmart Schools policy

Each school is responsible for putting into action and regularly reviewing its own sun protection policy. The SunSmart Schools Program has a sample policy and you can choose to use this policy as your own or develop it to meet the context of your school. You can use this sample to get you started.

Apply to become a SunSmart School or Renew your membership

Becoming a SunSmart School is easy, to join simply

Fill in a Contact Details and Partnership Agreement form:

Fill in and download our Contact Details and Partnership Agreement Form to scan and email, or post in.

Submit your Contact Details and Partnership Agreement form and policy for review to:



SunSmart Officer
Cancer Council Tasmania
69 Howick Street Launceston 7250


phone our SunSmart Officer to discuss on 6341 8403


SunSmart interactive whiteboard lessons

SunSmart in collaboration with Electroboard, has developed a range of free interactive whiteboard lessons using SMART Notebook software. Lessons are suitable for Kinder to grade 6 (primary years) and include interactive tasks, quizzes, games and videos about UV, the sun, skin, sun protection and vitamin D.

The 19 lessons can be used nationally and are linked to the Australian curriculum.

  • For a full list of lessons including suggested year level, links to the curriculum and weblinks click here
  • Don’t currently have SMART Notebook software? Click here


The Kidskin resources offer primary teachers ready-made curriculum activities and programs to enhance sun protection learning experiences. Kidskin resource activities are student-centred, interactive, cross-curricular and most importantly FUN!

Free to SunSmart Schools, email to get yours today.

Generation SunSmart website
Learn about skin cancer, being SunSmart and sun protection strategies for educators and students.

SunSmart millionaire game
SunSmart millionaire is an innovative resource in game format for grade 5- 7 students promoting the science behind the SunSmart message, and meeting curriculum needs.

Be SunSmart today sign
A sign that you can fill in daily to record peak UV levels and UV alert times (times when sun protection should be used).

Create your own SunSmart poster

Sid the Seagull Sip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide poster

Skin song and lyrics

SunSmart countdown song, lyrics and activities

Sid Seagull Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide video

Shade for schools info sheet

Creating effective shade
A tool to assist with assessing your shade needs and planning and developing new shade

SunSmart App for iPhone, Android and Samsung
The SunSmart app lets you know when you do and don’t need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year

UV alert widget
Place on your website or intranet, the UV alert widget, updated daily, displays the times of the day that sun protection is needed and general weather information.

Sunscreen fundraiser
Raise funds for your school in a positive and SunSmart way by selling sunscreen. Contact for details.