Student Health

​​​​Anaphylaxis Procedures 

The purpose of these procedures is to minimise the risk of an anaphylactic reaction by students in our care.​

The symptoms of anaphylactic shock may include hives, itching, swelling, watery eyes, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, coughing, wheezing, throat tightness/closing, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, loss of consciousness or a change of skin colour. The most dangerous symptoms are breathing difficulties or a drop in blood pressure, which can be potentially fatal.

At the present time we have a number of students who requires an EPIPEN (automatic injector device to administer adrenalin). As a community we can work together to minimise risks associated with being exposed to foods which trigger such attacks.

School Pr​ocedures

  • Our school tuckshop will not sell food items containing nuts. This does not apply to foods labelled ‘may contain traces of nuts’.
  • Food is not allowed to be shared between children.
  • Awards of food/sweets will not be given that contain nut ingredients e.g. chocolates.
  • Education for students on food allergies and healthy foods is incorporated into the school curriculum.
  • Parents and guardians are asked not to include nuts and nut products, especially peanut butter and Nutella, in their child’s lunch box.
  • We emphasize the importance of hygiene when eating food at home and at school – washing hands.
  • We are a nut aware school

Whilst the school  can never entirely enforce or regulate what comes from home in each child’s lunch box, nor where foods contain traces of nut oil, we hope people will assist in working towards minimising the risks and looking at alternatives to nut products.

Sunsmart Procedures

The purpose of the sunsmart procedures is to ensure that all children attending our school are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year ​

School Procedures

St Joachim’s School will:

  • inform parents of the SunSmart Procedures when they enrol their child
  • include the SunSmart Procedures statement in the school prospectus
  • increase the amount of shade in the school grounds, where possible, by building shelters and planting trees
  • incorporate education programs that focus on skin cancer prevention into the school curriculum
  • encourage all teachers and staff to act as positive role models for children in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour
  • seek ongoing support from parents and the school community for the SunSmart Procedures and its implementation, through newsletters, parent meetings etc.
  • ensure that all students and staff wear hats that protect the face, neck and ears, and SPF 15 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, when involved in outdoor activities
  • ensure students without adequate sun protection to sit in shaded or covered areas during morning tea and lunch
  • review the school uniform to conform with the Queensland Cancer Fund SunSmart clothing guidelines
  • ensure that, wherever practicable, outdoor activities take place before 10am or after 2pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time [AEST])
  • ensure that adequate shade is provided at sporting carnivals and other outdoor events
  • review the SunSmart Procedures annually

​Our expectations

Parents/carers will:

  • provide a SunSmart hat for their child and ensure that they wear it to and from school
  • ensure that their child applies SPF15 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before leaving for school
  • act as positive role models by practising SunSmart behaviour
  • support the school’s SunSmart Procedures and help to design and regularly update the Procedures

 Students will:

  • be aware of the school’s SunSmart Procedures
  • take responsibility for their own health and safety by being SunSmart
  • comply with SunSmart rules and guidelines by wearing suitable hats, clothing and sunscreen
  • apply SPF 15 broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors
  • act as positive role models for other students in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour​