18th May 2015
ALL SCHOOL DATES ARE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE http://www.raheenwood.org
Class 5/6 Trip Kilfinane OEC Thursday & Friday 21st & 22nd May
School Photographs Tuesday 26th May
Class 3/4 Parent Evening Tuesday 26th May 7pm
Whole School Meeting Wednesday 27th May 7.30pm
School Planning Day Thursday 28th May – Classes finish 12.00 noon
June Bank Holiday Monday 1st June
Class 3/4 Trip to Derg Isle Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June
Kindergarten Parent Evening Thursday 11th June 7 – 9 pm
Class 1/2 Trip Craggaunowen Friday 12th June
Children’s Festival Friday 19th June 1.30 pm
Parents’ Festival Monday 22nd June 1.30 pm
St. John’s Festival & Pea Fair Tuesday 23rd June 12 noon
Last Day of Summer Term Wednesday 24th June – Finish @ 12 noon
Verse of the Week
Drawn out into the sheen, the shine, the glisten and the gleam,
It would be easy to be lost into a dream.
So I must rouse myself and start
To conjure forces of the heart,
Which live within me truly and will bring
The strength and majesty that make me like a King!
Amidst the glory of the sense-world, everywhere displayed,
In sunlit grove and glen and leafy glade,
It is the human heart that rules and reigns supreme!
From – In the Light of a Child, Michael Hedley Burton
Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.
Week starting 18th May: Elaine Donnelly & Mark Redmond
Week starting 25th May: Sinead Duignan
Week starting 02nd June: Con & Patricia Farrell
Week starting 08th June: Audrey Flynn
We have had an exceptionally busy school year to date, with the Follow Through Inspection being the most notable. From our perspective we have all the hectic end-of-year fun, like plays and class trips to come. That in addition to all the end of year assessments and report writing will keep the teachers flat out till the end of June.
In the midst of all this activity, we also need to plan for next year, to ensure that our school and the education that we want to provide, remains sustainable.
To that end, the Board of Management have been looking at the finances of the school and trying to budget for next year. We would like to present and explain our proposed budget at an All School Meeting on Wednesday 27th May at 7.30pm.
At the meeting I’d like to give you a picture of our current financial state and the likely fundraising needs that we will have for next year.
I’d also like to update you with regard to the provisional feedback from the Follow Through Inspection and the status of our building works.
As ever, we welcome any comments and/or observations, on the night, so that we can incorporate your views into the school planning process, before the budgeting is finalised.
Many thanks to those who helped out on the May workday – with your assistance we got through all of the outstanding grounds maintenance tasks, and thanks to Phil O’Donohoe enjoyed some exceptional chocolate cayenne cake! The next workday, last one of the school year, will be on Saturday
Once again this year we are very grateful that Larissa Manley has offered to take class and individual photographs. Weather permitting, this will happen on Tuesday 26th May. We will then send out proofs and order forms – mounted large prints 8×12” will cost €15, and mounted small 6×4” will be €8. Larissa will be donating half of the proceeds to school funds.
Alan Dickey For the Teachers
Congratulations to Genni Flynn whose book The Annual Entry received an award in this year’s County Clare Write-a-Book competition, out of more than 2000 entries. The award ceremony was held last Wednesday evening at Dromoland Castle. Honorable mentions also for Ella Simon’s entry, “The Fracking Undead” and Mei Qian O’Callaghan’s “Up Up and Away”.
Handwork Teacher Training
In March, Grace Burton kindly donated one of her beautiful handmade Waldorf dolls to this fund and Renate made a lovely set of doll clothes! Raffled by the Craft Group and happily won by a child in our kindergarten, this raised €220.
Special thanks to Grace, Renate, and the Craft Group.
Last month there was a lively table quiz in Scarriff that raised €130, thanks to Niamh, Bonnie, Franci and Deborah.
I’m very grateful to all the school families who have supported these events. My next trip to Wynstones involves lugging a mighty suitcase full of written work and craftwork for the final submission and appraisal of the year’s work. I have one more trip in June, then I’m all finished! I hope to share my portfolio with you on the day of the Parents Festival along with our display of the children’s beautiful handwork from this school year.
The next P.A. meeting will be on Friday 12th June 9-10.30am in the Eurythmy Room. It’s changed to the 2nd Friday for this month only.
The agenda is as follows:
1. Welcome & verse
2. Minutes & matters arising
3. Finance & fundraising
4. Feedback on the meeting with the CoT
5. Reflection on the past year
6. Planning for the committee ahead
7. A.O.B. (i) Screen-free week 2016
Minutes of the March P.A. meeting are attached with this newsletter, as well as information about the P.A. clothes recycling fundraiser being run next week.
P.A. fundraising update:
The committee would like to say a big ‘thank you’ for supporting the ‘Fundraising Friday’ initiative. Parents contributed ideas, support & funds on the day itself and afterwards. Cecily is happy to accept donations in the office, which is great. We would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the parents who have been donating throughout the year. All of the funds go directly to the school to provide Steiner education for our children.
Fundraising schedule for the primary & secondary schools:
Following a recent meeting of the various fundraising groups, a chart was drawn up to show the various events currently in the school calendar & when they take place throughout the year. There will be a certain amount of flexibility regarding the exact timings of some events, from year to year. The meeting was attended by Alan Dickey (CoT), Franci Corbett (craft group), Mel White (Alfa), Niamh Ruiséal (handwork training fundraising group 2015), Michèle Coleman & Angelica Hernández Alonso (P.A.). The schedule is attached to the newsletter.
Time for a SPRING CLEAN! A clothes/textiles recycling collection is being organised by the P.A. as a fundraiser for the school. Clothes, blankets, curtains, belts, bags & shoes all welcome. Old mobile phones & computers (with cables and chargers) are also accepted. From Monday 18th to Thursday morning 21st May, bags of the above goods can be dropped at the school. Lenrec Ltd. is the company who will then come and collect the donated items on Thursday. I have a poster with information about the event.
Contact Michele Coleman if you have any queries @ 087-292 7739. Please pass on the word to family & friends as the more bags we collect, the more money we raise :-) !
Invitation from the Craft Group: The craft group would like to issue an invitation to all parents & friends of the school to our weekly craft session, held on Wednesday mornings. We welcome old & new faces, come weekly or drop in now and then. No experience necessary …………. this term, we are making hand sewn felt animals. (New parents may like to learn how to make them for their children). We are making African animals for our end of year Raffle – “The African Plains”
If you are interested, please give Franci a call and she will add you to our weekly text – 087-9562630
Mountshannon Festival Parade
The school has been invited to take part in this year’s Festival Parade – a celebration of the Festival’s 21st Birthday. The theme of the parade is “Bridges”. We are looking for a parent or group who would co-ordinate our participation. If you can help, please contact Svetlana O’Farrell 0872868306 or Michele Coleman 0872927739.
Our nomination for the 2015 ASHOKA “Changemaker School” award continues to progress. This coming Friday Ciara Felle and a small team of parents will be travelling to Dublin for the final interviews prior to deciding which Irish primary school will receive the 2015 award – we wish them the very best of luck! Ashoka is an organisation which promotes social entrepreneurship worldwide. Further details can be found at http://ireland.ashoka.org/changemaker-school
There are some Floris Books Steiner-Waldorf education catalogues in the office if anybody would like one just drop in 9 to 1pm.
LIBERATING VOICES WITH SONG: Always wanted to join one of the community choirs I lead?
But hard to commit to a regular session? This workshop and optional performance could be for you!
Singing workshop with Tembre
Sunday 31st May 11-1pm Mountshannon hall €15 per person, booking advisable. Morning singing workshop exploring the voice through joyous and relaxing songs. No experience needed, all songs taught by ear and inclusive to all.
Participating in this workshops will give you the opportunity to join and perform with Tembre’s 2 community choirs at The Green fair in the marquee the same day.
Tembre is a voice facilitator and community musician in many community settings, from Early years, community choirs to special needs. Tembre has lived and worked in in County Clare and Limerick for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in leading beginners and experienced singers together in song
No experience needed, all songs taught by ear – Performance optional.
Please feel free to contact Tembre for more information
http://www.tembredecarteret.com – 087 7830282 – email@example.com
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.
Contact: 087 3864271
Phoenica Rising (Keeper of Light) Book One, by Caroline Quigley. ‘A Celtic, mystical, fantasy, adventure story set in the Burren, for 10 years upwards’.
I am doing a book signing in Charlie byrnes bookshop on Saturday 23rd may at 2pm in the children’s section. And a radio Interview on Keith Finnegan on Friday 22nd May 2015. http://charliebyrne.com/pheonica-rising-keeper-of-light-book-signing/ Best wishes,
Caroline Quigley, http://www.anangelcalling.com/
or 085 – 748 6195 (mobile)
An Siopa Beag:
An Siopa Beag, Killaloe, serving Raheen Steiner School for 15 years has some really special May offers for you.
Giesswein children’s slippers now 10% reduction
Doll’s Jersey 15% reduction on lengths of 1 metre and above.
Carded wool 10% reduction per kg.
We also have a wide range of appropriate books, toys and craft materials to support you and your children on your path of discovery together.
Call 061 375770 for further information.
Puppies looking for homes:
Six Puppies Looking for Loving Homes please contact 0831740413 Tiernan or 0871033057 Ella or 0872812008 two of the pups are smaller dogs and the others are medium to large. Alternatively please email for pictures firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
Free to good homes….. please contact Maria Dortmans on 061 922950 or 086 2706849.
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
Mobile Cinema in Tuamgraney:
As part of Tuamgraney Community Weekend there will be a mobile cinema at East Clare Equestrian Centre on Saturday 30th May
1. Paddington 10.00am
2. Frozen Singalong 12.00pm
3. Big Hero 6 4.00pm
4. Fast & Furious 7 4.00pm
5. Avengers – Age of Ultron 8.00pm
Pre-sale of tickets on Saturday 23rd May at Hassetts Lounge between 3 & 4pm.
Films 1,2 & 3 – €4 pre-purchased, €5 on the door Films 4 & 5 – €5 pre-purchased, €6 on the door.
Phone 087 2937479
WOOLLY GATHERING SOCIALS:
Fiber Crafts Gatherings –
We work on a group project or individual projects or just bring what you
like to work on and join for a cup of tea and a chat :)
If you would like to take part, please let me know! New faces are always
We meet on a Saturday evening 7.30pm in my house in Caherhurley or
whoever likes to host. (Meetings roughly once a month)
Theme at the moment: Working on granny squares to make a blanket for one person at a time.
You can help make and finally receive a blanket made by many – choosing
your own colour scheme and dimensions.
You can find out more on our Facebook page Woolly Gathering or give
Jenny a ring on 0870911275
WOOL FINCH STUDIO
Fiber Arts and Crafts Supply
All natural Felt, yarn, fleece, roving and lots more online or come up
to my small shop in Caherhurley, Tuamgraney!
Open by appointment, just give a ring to see that i am in! Jenny 0870911275
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
Free Public Talk on in Scarriff library: Talk that may be of interest to parents. See attached Poster
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