Parents Voice in Government School Education

No hat, no play – PV media comment

A Geelong secondary college is introducing a “no hat, no play” rule – common in primary schools but not usually in place at secondary level.

According to the article:

It’s a significant shift at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in Geelong, which is believed to be one of the state’s first public high schools to mandate the wearing of hats. Acting principal Damien Toussaint said the new policy made hats compulsory for all students when they had sport or PE, on excursions, and during lunchtime and recess on all days with a UV rating of three or above. It was developed in consultation with students, the school council and Cancer Council Victoria following a review of all school policies last year.

Parents Victoria CEO Gail McHardy is quoted in the article:

Parents Victoria chief executive officer Gail McHardy said young people today were more aware of sun-safe behaviour than previous generations but the good work of primary school policies could be lost to peer pressure in high school.
She said schools should involve teens in developing sun-smart policies to give them greater agency.

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