ALL SCHOOL DATES ARE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE http://www.raheenwood.org
Class 5/6 Play, The Road to Damascus Thursday 18th June 7pm
Children’s Festival Friday 19th June 1.00 pm
Parents’ Festival Monday 22nd June 12.45 pm
Class 5/6 Graduation Monday 22nd, 7pm
St. John’s Festival & Pea Fair Tuesday 23rd June 12 noon
Last Day of Summer Term Wednesday 24th June – Finish @ 12 noon
First Day of New School Year Tuesday 1st September 2015
Verse of the Week
When I look out into the world, I see
Such wondrous beauty bursting forth in each direction.
When in my heart I look, I feel in me
How Nature’s beauty here must find its true reflection.
For when my heart expands and grows aright,
When, on the wings of beauty, to the farthest realms of space
Then is my own self lost within the light,
In quiet joy at last within the arms of God to waken.
From – In the Light of a Child, Michael Hedley Burton
Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.
Week starting 15th June: Veronika Gschwendtner
Week starting 22nd June: (short week) Sarah & Sean Heaney
Many Thanks for all the help given with the school laundry during the year.
It is much appreciated.
Parents’ Festival Monday 22nd 12.45
Each end of term festival gives parents a chance to see something of the work done by the children in all the different classes. The Summer Term festival is always special in that it features the Class 1/2 play – this year, “Briar Rose”. We will also see a reprise of the Class 3/4 Play “The Tain”, and Class 5/6 will be giving us a flavour of their graduation performances. There’s a lot to see this term – please note the earlier start time.
Before and after the festival do not miss the chance to see the exhibition of children’s handwork that Mia has organised in the Handwork Room, and also the work that Mia herself has created during the course of her Handwork Teacher Training. The Craft Group have a raffle and a stall – please spend generously!
Pea Fair, School Picnic and St. John’s Festival 2015
Parents are warmly invited to celebrate with us the height of summer at our St. John’s Festival on Tuesday 23rd , 11.30 – 2.30. Pea FairThis will begin at 11.30. The children will be mounting a variety of fun stalls and games around the school grounds. To take part in an activity you will need to obtain Peas – find the Pea Lady and entertain her (sing a song, tell a joke, etc)!! Alternatively sneak in with a few dried peas in your pocket. Kindergarten and the Pea Fair – The kindergarten children are invited and love to try out the games, but will need to be taken by their parents. If you are unable to take your own child to the Fair at 11.30, please arrange for another parent to take them.
Lighting the Fire
The Pea Fair will end at 12.50 and is followed by the ceremonial lighting of the St. John’s Fire by children from Seamus’s Class 6.
Once the bonfire is lit, we will be having a picnic on the field. Parents are invited to bring food, drink, and a picnic blanket and to join one of the class groups for this.
Fire-jumping rules Please note: Class1/2 children will jump with a parent, or with Maura. Once all the classes have jumped the fire, there will be a chance for parents to take their turn – with your child if you wish. The festival will close at 2.30, in time for the school buses.
Fire safety PJ MacNamara of Limerick Fire Service (and KG parent) will be acting as Fire Warden for the day. Please ensure that you and your child have appropriate footwear & clothing for the jump – no bare feet, no sandals and no loose floaty dresses please.
Larissa hopes to distribute photo orders this coming Friday.
2015 2016 Term Dates:
The term dates for the next school year 2015-2016, distributed with the last newsletter, can be found on the school website.
For some years now Mia Foley has organised a beautiful exhibition of children’s handwork on the day of the Parents’ Festival. This year, in addition, there will be a chance for people to see the work Mia has done over the last year at the Handwork Teacher Training course based in Wynstone’s School. Mia has also offered to speak with interested parents after drop-off (9.00 – 10.00) on the day of the Festival. The presentation she gave to the teachers at last Thursday’s Planning Day was truly inspiring – if you have an interest at all in the Handwork element of our curriculum, this is an event not to be missed.
Alan Dickey For the Teachers
HANDWORK EXHIBITION at the Parent’s Festival:
It has been a busy and creative year in the Handwork room! The children have worked hard, and their commitment and enthusiasm is inspiring. Please join us in a celebration of their efforts, on Monday June 22nd in the Handwork room. The display will be open from 9am til 1pm. After drop off at 9, I will be there to chat with parents about my experience of completing the Handwork Teacher Training Course in England this year, and my work from the course will be on display also.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Handwork Volunteers:
Trojan work has been done over the last couple of years by grandparent volunteer Anja Zeidler, who has worked tirelessly in support of the Handwork Department.
Rachel Newland and Jo Kramers have also faithfully volunteered in a weekly lesson all year. Adriana Rajnoha and Beth Mooney joined us during the year also. On behalf of the school I wish to convey heartfelt thanks for your contribution and commitment.
Last year the gardening project hosted a fantastic plant sale which helped boost many of our gardens with extra colour and vegetables. This years plant sale will take place on the morning of the St John’s festival (June 23rd) from 9am onwards.
Anyone with surplus seedlings or plants you care to donate, please drop them into the bike shed either at the parents festival (22nd) or on the morning of St Johns.
Thanks and happy gardening
Jo, Veronika and Tania
CRAFT GROUP SUMMER RAFFLE:
” The African Plains ”
Fabulous wet felted African playscape with Elephants, Lions, snake, Giraffe, Rhino and Baobad tree
The craft group are delighted to present our Summer Raffle.
Tickets on sale Monday 22nd June – at first break to the children, and before the parents festival to all others.
Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5.
All monies raised to the school – RWSNS.
The craft group
Craft Group Summer Stall:
The craft group will be running our summer stall before and after the parents festival on Monday 22nd June. Great opportunity to stock up on ‘Steiner’ birthday gifts for all the family.
We welcome your support.
All monies raised to the school – RWSNS.
The craft group
Car Park Safety Notice: Hi all, As we are all aware drop off and pick up times in the school car park are hectic and especially so in the morning. We all need to take particular care of both ourselves and our children during these busy times. I would like to remind all of the importance of using the footpaths provided and they are such wonderfully tree lined paths. Parents/guardians of KG pupils please ensure that children are accompanied to the KG gate. Older children need to consistently keep to the footpaths. Could all parents/guardians of older children raise this issue with them? Finally could all drivers remain extra vigilant while negotiating the car park as it is an unpredictable environment.
Thanking you all for your cooperation on this very important matter.
Darren O’Callaghan Platt
With the end of term fast approaching, can we ask that any family who have changed address during the school year please inform the office if they haven’t already done so. This is to facilitate the mailing of the school reports for each child.
Tus Placements at Brigit’s Hearth:
We are in a position to employ two people under the Tus programme – one person for Maintenance and Gardening, the other for Home Care, Early Years Assistant and Cleaning.
If you are eligible for a Tus Programme and would like to talk to us about work here, please call Veronica on 0877984155.
FREE TO GO SCHOOL DESK – old style solid oak school desk, can be painted, free to collect. Ring Svetlana 087-2868306
3 Kittens Free to Good Homes:
Please contact (087) 932 8165.
My name is Aiesha Farrow. I am a reliable and responsible 17 year-old, former pupil of Raheen Wood. I have just completed my leaving cert and I am available for babysitting throughout the summer. 061 513560
An amber necklace with three colours has been lost on the school grounds. If anyone finds it please hand it in to the office.
Booster Seats Going Free:
Two booster seats with backs are going free to anyone who needs them. Contact Jo on 086 365 1462 /061 374 789
PIANO LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME:
AN UPRIGHT PIANO AVAILABLE FREE TO ANYONE WHO IS HAPPY TO TAKE IT AWAY. HAS THREE MISSING NOTES AND NEEDS TUNING. COULD BE RESTORED, AT A COST. VIEWERS WELCOME. A LOVELY WALNUT FINISH . HAPSBURG BEALE AND CO. PLEASE PHONE MAREA 0879658720 (CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL).
French Stay Opportunity:
French family of 3 children, we would like to host a foreign student, for 2-4 weeks this summer,
preferably in July.
We live in a little village close to Alès and Nimes, in south of France, (parc naturel des Cévennes,) a very nice and sunny moutain country.
Our son, 4 years old, is going to Waldorf school Caminarem in Alès. Both parents speak english and spanish, I am a former french teacher. We both are artists (working in writing and illustrating, motion pictures and books). In exchange to take care of our son a few hours a day (morning), we will be very happy to pay for everything and give pocket money.
We eat organic food, have internet access but no tv. Nearby are great places to swim, walk, pic nic, horse ride, and train station leading to big cities (Nimes, Alès, Montpellier…) is very close. We have one guest room, our house is big, with a courtyard and a small garden.
Request from Italian Family:
I contact you from Italy, Trento.
I would like to ask if there is by your school a family that would like to give hospitality to my daughter Francesca for two or three weeks in August. She is 15 years old, she has grown in the Waldorf School in Trento, she likes little children and can do babysitter; then we can give hospitality to your child.
Pony treks and Camps this summer in Feakle: Anyone interested in discovering our beautiful companion the pony, join us for a "2H discovery session" or our "Day camps (10am -3pm)". Participants must be minimum 5 years of age. Contact Valerie on 0892081333
Ogonnelloe Community Cake Sale:
There is a cake sale which will be on in the community hall on Sunday 21st June, Fathers day and the summer solstice. A good time to get some cake and support a local group and meet some neighbours.
SeedSavers Summer Camp:
Date: 14th-17th July
Treasure hunt, gardening fun, pizza making in our cob oven, fire building,outdoor cooking, foraging, biscuit making, nature walks, nature masks, bug hunt, pond dipping, woodland fun, outdoor games, unusual arts and crafts each day… and that’s not all!
A four day fun filled camp guaranteed
Our eco camps are aimed at six to ten year olds
For more info and bookings contact
Irish SeedSavers Association,
Little Legends Summer Camp:
The Little Legends Summer Camp will run for the first time this year in Scariff and aims to enhance children’s fitness levels in a fun, safe and non-competitive way. With both indoor and outdoor facilities there will always be something fun to do no matter what the weather.
17th-21st August , 5-12 years, 10am to 2.30pm
Cost: €50 (1st child) €45 (2nd child) €40 (3rd child)
Contact: Aimee McInerney 087 7645990 or Marian Rodgers 087 2103932
Singing Workshop Leader wanted: Using your voice and guitar, lead a group of foreign teenage students in a relaxed Singing Workshop for Clare English Language School at RWSNS
Six two-hour sessions from 13 July
Five two-hour sessions from 12 August
Songs should be both Contemporary and Irish Traditional
Contact Alan Williamson: 085 7394465
Sports Activity Excursion Leader Wanted: Supervise and organise a group of foreign teenage students to play Badminton and Basketball in a Sports Hall
Three two-hour sessions from 7 July
Three two-hour sessions from 6 August
A Leader for several Volleyball sessions is also needed.
Contact Alan: 085 7394465
‘We’ve Got Rhythm’ – Song and Dance Summer Camp: A fun filled week of singing and dancing which will include genres such as Musical Theatre, Gospel, Pop, Ballet, African dance, Hip Hop and lots more.
€55 per child and reduced family prices. Call Zea on 085 1315935 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(there are application forms in the office also)
House to Rent:
I have a House in Ballingough, Whitegate that I would like to rent out. It is a 3 Bedroomed House, with Stove & Oil Fired Central Heating. It has been renovated & it is near Meelick Bay, Whitegate.
Margaret McGowan, 087 9808854
House to Rent:
A two storey stone cottage 1 mile approx. from Scariff.
Ground floor: 2 double bedrooms
1st floor: large living/dining area with French doors leading to a balcony.
Off this area there is a kitchenette and a single ensuite bedroom. Rent: €500pcm Contact: 087 3864271
Woman looking for a small house with a long term let.
Preferably a bright, warm house with a stove and reasonable rent.
Can provide references from former landlords.
Please ring 061 924839
2 bed house wanted to rent in Tuamgraney or Scariff or within walking distance (3km or 2 miles) from the school.
Contact Meabh Durand on 086 059 79 26
The small holders market has started again and will continue every Friday 12-4pm
Hope to see you there for herbal preparations, home made breads and preserves, fresh greens and browns!, fungi, herbs, all kinds of marvels….
East Clare Community Co-operative Society Limited.
Scariff Tel: 061 921 536
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