Coalisland pupils having fun and staying safe in the sun

Staff and pupils from Primate Dixon PS in Coalisland.

Staff and pupils from Primate Dixon PS in Coalisland.

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STAFF and pupils from Primate Dixon are doing their bit to promote skin cancer awareness thanks to an exciting new environmental project.

Through the use of the ‘Living Willows for Shade’ initiative, which provides areas of shaded play for school children created from living willow trees, children are able to see at first hand the importance of staying safe in the sun.

The project at Primate Dixon is being run in conjunction with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus.

School principal, Sean Dillon, explains: “Pupils were fascinated to see the creation of the willow tunnel. Both staff and pupils are looking forward to watching the new willow dome growing this spring, and to sun safety education sessions in the summer term.

“Thanks to the Living Willows project, the children will understand the importance of being smart in the sun. This is a really excellent project and initiative that builds on health and environmental awareness activities at Primate Dixon.”

Marbeth Ferguson, Skin Cancer Prevention Co-ordinator at Cancer Focus, said: “The children learn how to keep their skin healthy in the sun by playing in the shade between 11am and 3pm, covering up with a t-shirt, sunglasses and hat, and applying high protection sunscreen to exposed skin.”