09th February 2015
ALL SCHOOL DATES ARE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE www.raheenwood.org
We Love Mia Cake Sale Friday 13th February 1.30 – 2.45 pm
Half-term Break Monday 16th – Friday 20th February
Féile Seachtain Na Gaeilge Friday 13th March 1.20 – 2.30 pm
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tuesday 17th March
End of Spring Term Friday 27th March
Start of Summer Term Monday 13th April
|Verse of the Week
My light is pressed by darkness round;
It is not easy to stay upright, strong and sound!
The Dragon, lurking, would devour
My shining radiance with his power.
But I, remembering how on winter’s Holy Night,
In darkness shone the Midnight Sun that is the world’s true Light,
Need have no fear of dragons wild
For I am led by the Holy Child.
From – In the Light of a Child, Michael Hedley Burton
Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.
Week starting 09th February: Mark Browne & Mel White
Week starting 23rd February: Peneleapaí Chung
Week starting 02nd March: David & Michele Coleman
Week starting 09th March: Mark Connolly & Niamh Ruiséal
Did you know that our wonderful handwork teacher Mia Foley is half way through her yearlong Handwork Teacher training? One weekend a month she heads off to the U.K.
It can take up to four different types of transport to get her there! This is a huge expense for her on top of childcare costs, accommodation, food, materials etc.
The Board of Management is paying for the fees so a few of us (Deb, Franci and Niamh so far , are you interested in helping?) have decided to get together to raise some money for Mia to help towards these other costs.
We hope to start with a “We Love Mia” cake sale before Midterm on Friday 13th February.
Any money raised will go directly to Mia and is not connected to any donations parents give to the school.
So watch this space for other fun events!
Deb, Franci and Niamh
School Inspection Update
I myself and David Coleman, Chair of the Board of Management, met recently with officials in the Department of Education and Skills. The meeting established that our ‘Follow-through Inspection’ (following on from the Whole School Evaluation of November 2010), will take place some time after the February half-term. The exact date we will only know two days before the visit. We will continue to keep you informed of developments.
Seamus Devane, Principal
St. Bridget’s Festival – Thank you
Many thanks to all the parents who helped us celebrate St. Bridget’s by walking with the classes, helping with the road crossing, preparing delicious pots of soup or supporting children with the cross-making. A special thank you also to Fionnuala Bates for her amazing assembly! In the end the weather was incredibly kind to us and the children had a wonderful day. Alan Dickey For the Teachers
Open Day – Thanks
Once again this year the Open Day on Saturday 7th was extremely busy with lots of interest from families wanting to enrol their children here, not just in Kindergarten but in the older classes also. Many thanks then to all those parents who helped with the essential tasks of welcoming visitors and talking with them, organising activities and hospitality. Your presence gives a great impression of the school.
Alan Dickey For the Teachers
Parent Workday – Thank you
Many thanks to the hardy souls who helped out with the first workday of 2015 last Saturday. 20 tonnes of stone was spread on our carpark and footpaths! Many other groundskeeping jobs also, much appreciated. Next workday will be Saturday 7th March.
Mobile Phones in School:
We would like to remind parents that children are not permitted to use mobile phones at any time during the school day. If any parent deems it necessary that their child have a mobile phone in their bag, please notify the school of this. Phones that are used during school hours will be confiscated and can be subsequently collected, by a parent, from the office.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Upcoming – Seachtain Na Gaeilge
Once again this year we will be contributing to the national celebration of Irish language and culture by creating an afternoon festival for parents where you can come to join the children and play, eat, sing and dance all as Gaeilge. The date for your diaries is Friday 13th March. In the days leading up to the festival the classes will be preparing Irish-themed displays. Svetlana O’Farrell and the Parent Association have once agin kindly agreed to organise the school’s part in the Scarriff Patrick’s Day Parade the following Tuesday – details to follow in the next Newsletter on 2nd March.
“Pow Wow Now” – The Ogonnelloe Coffee Exchange:
We are proposing to open a community café in Ogonnelloe, to act as a community facility and which will be used to hold workshops and events in the evening. This will be open selectively for the duration of this project. The Ogonnelloe Coffee Exchange project and the associated workshops will take place in the community hall. It will simply give people a place to chat, a place to go in the area, and a civic platform to get involved in their community.
The Ogonnelloe Coffee Exchange
The workshop listing and other information is on the poster in the car park noticeboard.
Family Learning Day 2015 at Scariff Public Library:
Scientist Dipankar Biswas returns to the library with another Fun Science Workshop to celebrate family learning day on Saturday 28th February at 10.30a.m. Lots of new experiments for families to try; fly a balloon rocket, balance a dragonfly and enjoy a slime fest! Places are limited so please call Scariff Public Library to book your family’s place on (061) 922893. Free event.
Killaloe Scout Group Fundraising Recycling Collection:
Last year, the 5th/22nd Killaloe Scout Group had several fundraising events to raise money to buy a new bus. The recycling collection was especially successful, so this year, we’ll be running the event again. This year the proceeds will go towards funding camping and pioneering equipment for the scout group. We’re linking up with Lenrec Ltd., a licensed, Irish recycling company, which helps to create employment in Ireland. They are fully registered and work with local county councils, charities/schools and parishes. This is a good opportunity for a spring clean! Items for collection include:
- Clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains
- Shoes, bags, belts and soft stuffed toys
- Books (but not school books)
- Laptops, complete with power cable
- Mobile phones (keep these separate)
The final collection day is on Saturday 21st Feb, 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm @ the Scout Den in Killaloe. If you would like to support this initiative, but can’t make it to Killaloe on that date, please contact Michele Coleman @ 087-292 7739 to arrange an advance drop-off.
Harpsichord Recital: You are cordially invited to my solo harpsichord recital on Tuesday, February 10 from 1:10–2:00pm.
I’ll be performing chromatic works by Macque, Trabaci, Merula, Sweelinck, Luython, Frescobaldi, M. Rossi, and Froberger.
Mary Immaculate College, Chapel
Admission is free.
NEW MEDITATION CLASS IN KILLALOE:
Meditation – creating a peaceful space in your life.
Date: Starts 6th February 2015
Cost: €65 per person for 8 sessions or €10 per class (concessions available)
Duration: 8 week course (1 hour each week) Time: 7–8 pm
Venue: Satmya, 3 Royal Parade, Killaloe
Suitable for: Complete beginners and more experienced meditators
For Bookings & more info: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andrew on 086 4096819, and see www.satmya.ie
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