BE SUNSMART – Hats & Sunscreen On!!!!
Mortlake College is a Sunsmart School because it is so important for all of us to take good care of our skin.
- Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
- More than 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
- Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
Did you know that the damage to our skin in our younger years can hugely effect our chances of getting skin cancer when we get older? Our skin cells get damaged by the UV radiation of the sun and over time, these changes can turn into cancerous cells.
Mortlake College’s Sunsmart policy is compulsory so that students learn to wear hats and sunscreen as a normal part of their day.
So download the App, keep an eye on the UV indicator and when it is over 3, Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
DON”T FORGET, IF YOU CAN’T SLAP ON A HAT AT RECESS AND LUNCH – YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SEEK SHADE AND SIT IN THE UNDERCOVER AREA OR UNDER THE SHADE SAILS.
SO, TRY NOT TO FORGET YOUR HATS
A reminder that ALL students are to wear hats at recess and lunch time during Terms 1 & 4.
Hats are available anytime from the General Office
Please remember to bring a drink bottle to school, they can be filled from the drink station's throughout the school if needed.
It's that time again. Could parents/guardians please be vigilant with checking their children for any signs of a head lice infection.
Some people who have a head lice infestation do not itch. It is possible to have head lice and not feel the need to scratch your head. This means that absence of itch is not a reliable sign that you do not have head lice. If you suspect someone might have been exposed to head lice you will need to closely inspect that person’s hair and scalp. So what are you looking for? Head lice eggs are oval, and the size of a pinhead. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft and cannot be brushed off. (A live egg will make a ‘pop’ sound if you crush it between your fingernails.)
The easiest and most effective way to find head lice is to use the conditioner and comb treatment weekly. This includes:
- Step 1. Comb hair conditioner onto dry, brushed (detangled) hair. This makes it difficult for lice to grip the hair or run around.
- Step 2. Thoroughly comb sections of the hair with a fine tooth head lice comb.
- Step 3. Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a paper towel or tissue.
- Step 4. Look on the tissue and on the comb for lice and eggs.
- Step 5. Repeat the combing for every part of the head at least four or five times.
- Step 6. If lice or eggs are found, the person should be treated.
Note: If the person has been treated recently and only hatched eggs are found, you may not have to treat them again, since the eggs could be from the old infection. A hatched egg looks like an egg with its top cut off: