Death Cap mushrooms are one of the world’s deadliest mushrooms and can be currently be found across the Canberra region. Since 2002, there have been four deaths and several poisonings in the ACT due to Death Cap mushrooms.
In Canberra, Death Cap mushrooms often grow near established oak trees in mild, moist weather.
Death Cap mushrooms have previously been found growing on school grounds in the ACT.
Parents and teachers are asked to remind children not to touch, pick or eat any wild mushrooms.
As the Death Cap mushroom can easily be confused with edible varieties, People are also strongly advised not to touch, pick or eat any wild mushrooms. It is difficult, even for experienced collectors, to tell the difference between the Death Cap mushroom and edible wild mushrooms.
All parts of the Death Cap mushroom are poisonous and eating part of a mushroom can be fatal.
Cooking the Death Cap mushroom does not make it safe.
If you suspect that you or one of your family members might have eaten Death Cap mushrooms, you should seek urgent medical attention at a hospital emergency department.
If you believe you have seen a Death Cap mushroom, keep children and animals away and do not touch the mushroom with your bare skin. If it is growing in a public area, please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81. If it is in your own yard, wear rubber or plastic gloves and remove the whole mushroom, including any part under the ground. Put it straight into a plastic bag, put the bag into the rubbish bin and then wash your hands.
For further information on Death Cap mushrooms, download the fact sheet online at
There will be an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the teachers on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th April from 3.15 to 6.00pm. Some teachers have noted their availability for before school times as well. An email will be sent to parents at the start of next week, detailing how to log into ‘School Interviews’ to book a time online. If you do not have internet access, an appointment can be made through the front office. All afternoon sessions will be held in the junior wing of the school whilst morning sessions will be held in individual classrooms.
Morning ‘Power of half an hour’ sessions
We kindly ask that parents who park on the courts in the morning, move cars from the space as quickly as possible after morning assemblies. This is to ensure that classes taking part in sport, fitness and activity sessions at the start of the school day have a safe space in which to exercise and to prevent vehicles being damaged by sporting equipment that might go awry! Should parents need to stay a while longer, the parking spaces in front of the hall and the gravel bay beside the hall are available for long stay parking. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Parents are asked to support our uniform policy by ensuring that students:
only wear the sports uniform on the designated sports days for their class
wear either the Summer or Winter or Sports uniform but not a combination of these
wear runners that are predominantly white or plain in colour
wear tights if required under the Winter uniform and not leggings
wear the uniform sports track pants and not leggings
With the sudden onset of unusually cold weather and if children particularly feel the cold, they are permitted to wear the Winter Uniform. This is certainly preferable to seeing a ‘mix and mis-match’ of items from both the Summer and Winter wardrobes!
Please also remember that it is not yet the time for the plain navy blue beanie to be worn at school but if one is required for the journey to or from school, that is perfectly fine. When students wear beanies from this point in time at school, they forget to bring and wear the hat which provides the appropriate sun protection for this time of year as per the Sun Smart Policy.
Please also remember that no jewellery is to be worn to school except for a watch and plain, stud earrings and that nail polish is to be reserved for weekend and holiday periods.
With my thanks for your cooperation in helping the school to encourage students to wear the school uniform with pride.
On behalf of the school community, I express sincere condolences to Mr John O’Brien and Mrs Kathryn Watson on the passing of their dear father, John Francis O’Brien. I have assured them of our prayers and let them know that our thoughts are with them and all the family. May John O’Brien senior rest in the eternal peace of our Loving Lord and may the family be granted strength and comfort at this sad and difficult time.
The funeral will be held at 1.30pm next Tuesday 2nd April at St John’s Church in Kippax.
Catholic Schools 2019 Enrolment Period For All Catholic Schools
The Catholic Schools Enrolment Period is from Monday 6 May – Friday 24 May (Weeks 2 – 4 inclusive, Term 2) for students commencing in 2020. If you know of anyone outside of our school community who has a child at a Pre-school or Early Learning Centre, please notify them of the opportunity to enrol at Rosary Primary School during the above period.
Next term, we will host the school’s Open Day on Wednesday 8th May. Visitors will be welcome to come and have a look around the school at any time during the day between the hours of 9am and 1pm. Enrolment Packs are available from the Front Office. If you have a younger child who is commencing school in 2020, please collect an information pack from the Front Office. If you have friends whom you know are interested in enrolling at Rosary, please let them know about the enrolment period and Open Day and inform them that packs are available from the school. Your help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated.
Vicky van der Sanden
Thought for the week:
“Our lives are never measured by how many years we live, but by the kindly things we do and the happiness we give.” Author unknown
Year 5 participated in Mass today at ACU Chapel. The theme was on Lent with an emphasis on the importance of prayer. The students participated and sang beautifully. A special thank you to Ann-Maree Hinds and Nicole Rich for their work in preparing such a prayerful Mass for the students. Thank you to Fr Kieran for celebrating the Mass and to everyone who was able to attend.
Fundraising for Project Compassion
Thank you to the families who have already donated to this appeal. Thank you also to the students who have done something extra at home (or gone without a treat) to raise money so far. We will continue this appeal until Easter so if you haven’t already done so, please give generously. Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
Congratulations to the following students who received a VERITAS award in week 7:
Max Pedregosa, Hugh Anderson-Moore, Taula McAlister, Jasper Chapple, Noah Fleming, Bob Nguyen, Zara Wilson, Augie Walsh, Patrick Curran, Bradley George, William Coote, Madeline Balogh, Remy Frawley and Billie Withers.
This year Rosary will continue to participate in the ACT Government’s Ride or Walk to School program. The program suggests that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking or riding as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking or riding all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking or riding more by:
- Walking or riding with them the whole way to school
- If they get the bus, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
- If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise like walking and riding with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes, it also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
Please join us next Friday by using your legs or wheels to get to school. Remember that helmets must be worn if your child is cycling or riding a scooter.
Some of the staff will be at the Watson shops ready for an 8:30am departure. We hope to see many children and parents arriving at school without their car!
A new year sees a few changes to the positions within the school community Council.
The Council and the broader Rosary community would like to thank Sandra Flynn for all her work over the last year as Council Treasurer.
We have been lucky to have four new members join the team this year; Mayura Kain will take over the treasurer role, while Elizabeth Blue, Jasmine Moktan and Elaina Lobendahn are the new parent representatives.
2019 Community Council positions:
Matt Kelly – Chair
Jackie Brady – Deputy Chair and Fundraising
Lucy Steen – Secretary
Mayura Kain – Treasurer
Elizabeth Blue - Parent representative
Jasmine Moktan - Parent representative
Elaina Lobendahn- Parent representative
2019 will be a big year for Rosary as we host the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival in October. This major fundraising opportunity only comes around every 20 years, so I would encourage everyone to lend a hand so we can raise as much money as possible.