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Old 07-31-2007, 05:26 AM   #1
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Australian schools going the Bono way..

Australian school makes sunglasses compulsory for pupils
AFP - 1 hour 42 minutes ago

SYDNEY (AFP) - There was a time when wearing sunglasses would have been seen as too cool for school, but for pupils at a pioneering primary in Australia they are now a compulsory part of the uniform.

The move is aimed at protecting young eyes from the sun's dangerous ultraviolet rays, and education authorities say they are considering adopting the plan at all state schools.

The headmaster of Sydney's Arncliffe Public School, where sunglasses are now compulsory for children from kindergarten through Year 6, said they had no problems wearing the glasses in the playground.

The "sunnies" as they are called in Australia, would soon become "routine" for the pupils, Stephan Vrachas told commercial radio.

The education minister of New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, said the government would consider making sunglasses compulsory in all public school playgrounds.

"It is conceivable that in certain environments it might be appropriate to wear sunglasses when they are playing in the sun," John Della Bosca told reporters.

Excessive exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, already blamed for skin cancers, can also lead to cataracts, experts say.

A specialist at Sydney Eye Hospital told the national AAP news agency that wraparound glasses were the best for eye protection and children should be encouraged to wear them from the age of three or four.

Sunglasses were particularly important in summer, when ultraviolet exposure was up to five times higher than in winter, said Con Petsoglou.


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awesome - what a great addition to the sunsmart campaign in schools.
we already have compulsory hats for outside play for half of the year in schools and kinders (fantastic) with the skin cancer rate being 1 in 5 and the eye cancer rate high too this is a brilliant thing. oh , and yeah sunnies are

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Good to hear. Sunglasses are essential in the summer.

Let's hope schools let the kids (and their folks) decide the pair of sunglasses worn by the student, rather than forcing kids to buy the pair of sunglasses that is on the uniform list.

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I think this is very smart. Hope more schools follow suit.
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