- ALFA Experience Day Friday 23rd January
- School Planning Day Thursday 29th January – Early closure 12.00
- St. Bridget’s Festival Friday 30th January
- Candlemas Festival Monday 2nd February
- Open Day Saturday 7th February
- Parent Workday Saturday 7th February
- Half-term Break Monday 16th – Friday 20th February
- End of Spring Term Friday 27th March
- Start of Summer Term Monday 13th April
Verse of the Week
The power of my heart’s bright flame
Is striving to stream out through cold and dark.
God gives me power to fulfil my aim,
That fires of love be kindled from each golden spark.
A heart of love that in the dark is brightly burning
Will mean that often to do deeds of love my hands are turning.
From – In the Light of a Child, Michael Hedley Burton
Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.
Week starting 12th January: Sarah Thompson
Week starting 19th January: Christian Vigurs & Cija Robson
Week starting 26th January: Simon Vincent & Jennifer Haslett
Week starting 02nd February: David Breslin & Veronique Brand
Advent Fair – One Last Thank You!
Looking back at the last Newsletter before Christmas I saw again Damhnait de Brun’s lovely warm thank you message to all the helpers who had made the Fair run so well – and noticed that the only person who hadn’t been thanked was Damhnait herself! On behalf of all in the school community, thank you Damhnait for taking on such a big responsibility and discharging it with such effectiveness – and grace under pressure!
Cara Gibbons Visit – Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Many of you will be aware from what your children have told you just how powerful and special last Wednesday’s visit was for all of our classes. Cara is a lovely person with a great ability to connect with children, and Uri is a wonderful labradoodle! Thank you for sending in your donations to support the important work of this charity. I think it’s worth pointing out that a number of children emptied their piggy banks to add to the €2 we had asked for – in the end the school was able to make a donation of €280.
Mol an Óige – Congratulations!
Congratulations to our sister Steiner National School in Ennistymon who last week was granted permanent recognition by the Department of Education. There’s a good article in last week’s Clare Champion in relation to the above. The next step in our own progress towards the same aim will be a ‘Follow-on Inspection’ (following on from the Whole School Evaluation of November 2010), which we expect to take place this term. We will of course keep you informed of developments.
Seamus Devane, Principal
Parent Meetings – Spring Term
This is the term when the the Parent Meetings take the form of individual meetings with class teachers to review and discuss the progress and development of each child. Kindergarten meetings have already started. In the Main School classes however, we have decided not to begin the schedule of meetings until after the Follow-on Inspection of the school by the DoES School Inspectorate. Once the date of this has been established we will be in a position to issue the Main School schedules.
School Planning Day – 29th Jan
The Spring Term Planning Day will take place on Thursday 29th, with an early closure that day at 12 noon. The first part of the afternoon (12.30 – 2.30) involves a Child Protection Training workshop for all staff of the school delivered by Margaret Nohilly of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). The second half of the afernoon will focus on teachers’ preparations for the Follow-on Inspection of the school by the DoES School Inspectorate, which we expect to take place before Easter.
St. Bridget’s Festival – 30th January
The first festival of 2015 arrives at the end of the month, welcoming the return of light in the mornings and the onset of Spring. As before we will be marking the day by walking the hills of Ballymalone to gather rushes, and returning to school to make Bridget’s Crosses. The event requires as much parental support as possible – road safety supervision, soup making, and help with the cross making. Your class rep will be in touch.
Open Day – Saturday 7th February
Our annual Open Day comes up at the start of next month. The main school and Kindergarten will open for the morning to allow prospective parents and their children to get a flavour of what it is we offer here. In recent years the event has been extremely well attended, and it is certainly a factor in maintaining and improving pupil numbers in the school. It can only run successfully with the support of parents – welcoming visitors and talking with them, organising activities and hospitality. Your class reps will be in touch to gather volunteers for the day!
From the beginning of February Laura MacKenna will be our new Kindergarten volunteer, and she will be here until the start of May. Laura is completing a B.Ed in Early Years Education at Tralee IT. She visited the school at last February’s Open Day and subsequently applied to do her degree work placement with us. Her son Ben will be enrolled in Brigit’s Hearth during her time with us.
We have a request from an experienced German Kindergarten teacher, Gertraud Metzger, to volunteer with us for the school year 2015/2016. This would be a sabbatical year for her. The school is keen to accept her offer, but we will need to be able to host her. Are there any families who would have an interest? If so. please let the school office know.
Alan Dickey For the Teachers
First workday of 2015 will be on Saturday 7th February.
ALFA News and Updates:
Our current Alfa group (having started with 8) is now bursting at the seams with 17 including 2 foreign students and another arriving at the end of January from France. Alfa is currently planning for a new group of students for September 2015, preparing for both enrolment and our second classroom (more about this soon!). We held a very positive student Experience Day for 20 students last term, with a follow-on meeting for parents. While the parent evening was not highly attended, we had very positive feedback and interest after the meeting from parents both in RWSNS and from further afield. We will be hosting a 2nd Experience Day at ALFA, to follow for students who wish to continue Steiner Education through the Junior Cycle and are considering ALFA as an option for next year. This will take place from 9:15/30-11:00 on Friday, 23rd January. Included in the day will be the showing of some of the ALFA films and slide shows of the work of the current group as well as previous groups and a forum where Class 6/7 students can ask questions to students and tutors. Information pack on ALFA will be sent home with students over the next week, via Seamus. We encourage you to send in enrolment applications early for our first round of interviews the 24th January.
Friday, 23rd January- 9:30-11am- Experience Day at ALFA for interested Class 6/7 pupils
Saturday, 24th January- 10am-2pm- Interviews for 2015/2016 school year.
Open Day- Saturday, 7th February
Feel free to contact me about any questions you have by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or 061 640798. Anyone wishing to receive communications by email instead of hard copy via student let me know via email@example.com Thanks, Peggy Boyle
Looking for Sheepskin: I’m trying to source secondhand (natural) sheepskin jackets/coats, for the moccasin-making class in handwork. One kindly parent found two for us in charity shops, but it turns out we need more! Any that you have or find would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks Mia
LOST: I left a brown umbrella in the cloakroom of Seamus’ class during the parents’ festival and forgot to bring it home. I suspect it has been moved somewhere or came to someone’s rescue during a downpour as it wasn’t there the following day. It has a hook handle and the words ‘The Halkin’ on it. It would be lovely to be re-united with it! Tel. Susanne on 061 640923 or 087 7521783.
Yoga Classes: Yoga classes at the East Clare Yoga Centre (beside school) resume this week. Choice of seven morning and evening classes. Tel. Susanne on 061 640923 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.eastclareyoga.com for more information.
Part-time Job Wanted!
Looking for a part-time job: Housecleaning, ironing, little painting jobs, gardening, whatever….., references available!
Veronika , 061924352
East Clare Belly Dancing! Thursdays 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Eurythmy Room, Raheen Wood Steiner School. For details contact Amanda on 0877755685.
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