Contact Applecross SHS

Contact Applecross SHS


Links Road
Western Australia


(P)+61 8 9314 9393


Important News

Important News

New Signage and Seating installed at AXSHS

We have recently had new signage and seating installed. The signage presents an overview of the school and students will certainly enjoy the new seating areas during break time.  Our gardeners have been very busy in the grounds which we all agree are looking fabulous. During the next holidays mor


Year 12 Mentoring Experience

The Year 12 Career & Enterprise ATAR classes have participated in very successful mentoring sessions with Year 7 and 8 students recently (Year 8 - Ms Reidy-Crofts' Health Class and Year 7 - Ms McDonald's English class).  The Year 12 students described their life at high school to the junior s

Ex-AXSHS Student's Success with Animal Assisted Therapy

Congratulations to Tara Lord, 2016 student, who completed her Certificate III in Disability Support last year whilst at school. 

It is wonderful to see Tara has been so successful.


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Sun Smart Policy

This policy applies to all school events on and off site.

A balance of ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure is important for health. Too much of the sun’s UV can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Sun exposure in the first 10 years of life is a major factor in determining future skin cancer risk.
Too little UV from the sun can lead to low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and muscles, and for general health.

This SunSmart Policy has been developed to:
• Ensure all students and staff have some UV exposure for vitamin D.
• Encourage the entire school community to use a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV Index levels reach 3 and above.
• Work towards a safe school environment that provides shade for students, staff and the school community at appropriate times.
• Assist students to be responsible for their own sun protection.
• Ensure that families and new staff are informed of the school’s SunSmart policy.

Staff are encouraged to access the SunSmart UV Alert at to find out daily local sun protection times to assist with the implementation of this policy.

We use a combination of sun protection measures for all outdoor activities from September to the end of April and whenever UV levels reach 3 and above, the level that can damage skin and eyes.

1. Shade
• A shade audit is conducted annually to determine the current availability and quality of shade as part of Building and Grounds.
• The school community makes sure there is a sufficient number of shelters and trees providing shade in the school grounds particularly in areas where students congregate e.g. lunch areas, cafeteria, outdoor lesson areas and popular recreation areas.
• In consultation with the school community, shade provision is considered in plans for future buildings and grounds.
• Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.

2. Clothing
• Sun protective clothing is included in our school uniform and sports uniform. School clothing is cool, loose fitting and made of densely woven fabric. During Physical Education, students are encouraged to use sunscreen and wear hats and sunglasses. All teachers in this school model the SunSmart strategies.

3. Hats
• Students are educated by Health and Physical Education staff to wear hats in Physical Education classes.
• Students are encouraged by teachers of all other learning areas to wear hats when outdoors.

4. Sunscreen
• The school community provides the Health and Physical Education learning area with sunscreen for use in their programs. Health and Physical Education teachers model correct SunSmart strategies and encourage students to apply sunscreen.
• Strategies are in place to remind students to apply sunscreen before going outdoors in other learning areas.

5. Excursions
• Letters to parents/guardians informs them that sun protection is required for an excursion (where appropriate) and if students need to supply their own protection.
• The availability of shade is considered when planning excursions or outdoor activities.
• Students with Special Needs: Students with medical issues should have these issues recorded on their school medical profile.

6. Health and Physical Education Programming
• The Head, Health and Physical Education structures programs so that during the months of January-April, students do physical activity in shaded areas or in the swimming pool.
• All HPE teachers encourage that students apply sunscreen when in the swimming pool and when, in their judgement, conditions in the sun are likely to be harmful.
• Rash vests are strongly encouraged.
• When not in the swimming pool, shaded areas are utilised.
• It is not possible to avoid having physical education classes in the middle of the day.
• HPE teachers model and reinforce the sun safe message.
• Students with Special Needs: Students with medical issues should have these issues recorded on their school medical profile. This includes students using the acne treatment Roacataine as these students cannot be exposed to the sun and their medical records should reflect this information. It is recommended that parents also inform the HPE teacher of any issues. HPE is a compulsory part of the curriculum in Australia and exemptions from HPE will only be given when supported by an appropriate medical specialist.

Using sun protection during the times stated on the UV Alert Widget does not guarantee that you will not get skin cancer. You may also need to use sun protection outside of the sun protection times stated on the Widget. Council Australia does not accept liability of any kind arising out of the use of, or otherwise associated with, the Widget.