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WA // Shade for Schools Competition

Holy Rosary School - Derby

Holy Rosary School – Derby

SunSmart and Cancer Council WA are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Win $10 000 Shade Competition:

Holy Rosary School – Derby

Congratulations to staff, students and community members at Holy Rosary School!

The winners of one of 5 SunSmart packs are:

  • Koorana Education Support Centre
  • Cooloongup Primary School
  • Margaret River Montessori School
  • Waikiki Primary School
  • Corrigin District High School

This year we had entries from 179 schools.  The winning schools were drawn at random and had to be a current SunSmart School to be eligible.

We look forward to seeing more shade at Holy Rosary School soon.


Last Year’s Winners – Bindoon Primary School

Bindoon Primary School

Bindoon Primary School

Bindoon Primary School were the winners of the 2020 $10,000 shade for schools competition and have finished installing shade sails to a popular seating and play area for students.

The SunSmart team here at Cancer Council WA love to see students enjoy the new shaded area!


Importance of shade and our mission

Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun.  UV damage begins to accumulate during childhood and adolescence and is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer later in life.  As students and staff are at school during times of peak UV radiation, schools play a major role in providing an environment that minimises overexposure and encourages long-term sun protective behaviours.

The Cancer Council shade competition has been running since 2012 to encourage schools to embed and promote SunSmart behaviours as part of the SunSmart schools program.

Our goal is to support and educate schools to ensure they have an adequate sun protection policy and shade is one part of that policy.  Providing adequate provision of shade within the school grounds for students and staff, particularly in areas of high use, such as popular play areas, where children eat their lunch, canteen, and outdoor lesson areas is a recommended strategy to protect school communities from exposure to UV radiation.

We would love to be able to give all schools funding for shade. If your school is desperate for shade, please get in touch with either Dept of Education, Catholic Education WA or AISWA to see if they are offering any funding.


To become a SunSmart School, please visit HERE for more information

An example of a Sun Protection Policy is available here

Please CLICK HERE for SunSmart resources for schools.