Class 3 4 Parent Evening Tuesday 6th October 7pm
Class 3 4 Songwriting Workshop Thursday 8th October Scariff Library
Class 1 2 Theatre Trip Friday 9th October
Defence Forces Flag Visit Friday 9th October @ 9.30am
Class 1 2 Parent Evening Tuesday 13th October 7pm
Class 3 4 5 6 Theatre Trip Thursday 15th October
School Planning Day Wednesday 21st October, school closes 12pm
Class 3 4 Bakesale Thursday 22nd October
Maths Week Fair- all welcome! Friday 23rd October @ 1.20pm
Half Term Break: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October
Christmas Break: Wednesday 23rd December 2015 – Tuesday 5th January 2016
Half Term Break: Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2016
Easter Break: Thursday 17th March 2016 – Friday 1st April 2016
Verse of the Week
Refreshed, renewed, replenished I am standing
Within this world of golden Autumn light.
A wondrous mighty sword the gods are handing
To those whose souls with fire of love burn bright.
This flashing sword like sunrays streaming, searing,
In darkness shines and makes me firm and sure.
No dragon on my path need I be fearing;
I’m armed with light – God-given, sun-forged, pure!
From – In the Light of a Child, Michael Hedley Burton
Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.
Week starting 05th October: Neil Kenny & Lisa McLoughlin
Week starting 12th October: Dympna
Fitzgerald Kiely & Brendan Kiely
Week starting 19th October: Alexandra Knox & Jamie Haywood
Week starting 2nd November: Jo Kramers
& Waldorf One World Day
Many thanks to all those parents who helped with the feast preparations, the walking or the driving on the day. The sun shone and all were agreed it was a wonderful walk and a great Michaelmas Festival.
The children have been returning the sponsorship money to their class teachers. Please return any outstanding money this week. We will report in the next newsletter on how well the school has done!
Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival:
For some years now it has been our practice in the Autumn Term to bring Main School classes to performances in local children’s arts festivals. For 2015 we’ve again chosen to attend the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival in Limerick. This Friday 9th October Class 1 2 will attend Bláth / The Flower in the Limetree Theatre in Limerick. On Thursday 15th October it will be the turn of Classes 3 4 5 & 6 who will attend Carnival of the Animals. Permission slips for these tours were issued last week and are due back to school today. (Monday). Please return the permission slip and money to the class teacher if you have not already done so.
Class 3 4 Building Projects:
Class 3 4 have just completed their Building Main Lesson. They were busy at home designing and creating their own model structures – everything from a radio station to the Empire State Building! These models will be displayed in the hall from Monday 5th to Friday 9th October. Please feel free to drop in and admire their fantastic creations.
Ciara Felle, Class 3 4 Teacher
As part of this year’s Children’s Book Festival in Clare, Class 3 4 have been invited to take part in a songwriting workshop in Scariff Library on Thursday 8th October. The workshop will be run by Muso, an educational company that provides songwriting and film-making workshops to educational organisations across Ireland. The workshops are used as a means to inspire and enhance skills such as creative thinking, independent thinking, teamwork and literacy.
Defence Forces Flag Visit:
The Defence forces have been tasked by the government to deliver a National Flag to every primary school in the Country. On the 9th October at 9.30a.m.it will be the turn of Raheen Wood Steiner National School to take delivery of the Flag. The school will be visited by a member of 12BN, Sarsfield Barracks that morning.The brief ceremony will involve an introduction, questions on the proclamation and flag and also reading the proclamation with a nominated student reading a pre-selected extract. The school will then be presented with a pack containing a flag and a copy of the proclamation.
Materials for your Child:
As has been the custom in the school, we have placed bulk orders for materials such as main lesson books, work books, crayons, paper clay, paint and so on. In the KG we also will provide food each day for your child. There are particular standards and brands of such materials required and so it makes sense for the school to pre-purchase such materials on your child’s behalf. We have worked out the cost of such materials at €150 per child for the full school year. All parents are asked to reimburse the school for these materials for each child you have in the school. Please pay in full, through the school office, or direct into the school bank account. Materials contributions are now due in full.
Collection from School
Please make sure your child knows how he/she will be getting home before they come to school in the morning. School staff cannot be held responsible for passing on arrangements re: pick up, play dates etc. to children for insurance and child protection reasons.
Collection/pick up arrangements are the responsibility of the parents. Please inform the office of any changes to your normal pick-up routine. We appreciate your co-operation with this.
Car Park Safety:
No child or parent should cross the path of traffic in the car park. For that reason please do not park in the staff parking area (the central area) when dropping off or collecting your children. Park in one of the areas on the left hand side of the car park as you come in, and make sure that you and your children use the walkways provided.
The school places great importance on parents being easily able to speak with their children’s teachers about any questions or concerns that might arise. At the same time there is an important balance to be respected in terms of teachers’ personal lives outside the working day in school.
Requests to speak with teachers should be made either by contacting the school office, by speaking to the Class Rep, or by writing in the child’s Home-School book.
It follows therefore that it is not appropriate for parents to contact teachers on their personal telephone numbers or personal email addresses. Thank you in advance for respecting this procedure.
Seamus Devane Principal
Emergency Contact Forms:
Please inform Cecily as soon as possible of any changes to the emergency contact details for your child on their Emergency contact form held in the office.
All parents who help out with any school activity (especially where the children are involved) are advised to have up-to-date Gárda Clearance. This is best practice for Child Protection reasons. As it can take quite a while to process the paperwork, it is recommended that you contact the Office today to collect a form. It’s best to have it all organised before the class trips come around in the summer term.
The craft group is a group of parents and friends of Raheen Wood Steiner National School. We make toys, accessories and gifts from natural materials which we sell for the benefit of the school. We meet once a week during term time. It is open to any parent or friend of the school to join; you can become a dedicated weekly member, or come now and again. No skills or materials are required, you will be shown how to. We knit, crochet, needle felt, sew, wet felt …. most of us learnt these skills at the craft group. If you would like to be on our text list (giving the day and venue each week) please contact Franci C. – 087 956 2630. The Craft Group
A new PA committee has been elected for the coming year. Thanks to the parents who are bowing out and we wish the new committee every success. The PA accounts for last year are attached with the Newsletter. We achieved 95% of our fundraising target for the year as the accompanying infographic shows. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work involved!
Villiers School Open Day:
Villiers School are hosting their second ever Open day on Saturday 10th October from 11am to 1pm. It’s a chance for fifth and sixth class pupils together with their parents to explore the school. The morning will begin with a short presentation about Villiers, followed by tours around the school. Pupils and their parents will then have an opportunity to meet with teachers, boarding staff members and sports coaches.
Jill A Storey, Headmistress
We are looking for some items to either borrow or purchase:
A comfortable chair which is suitable for breastfeeding – one with arms.
A sheepskin for a newborn to lie on.
Natural material baby clothes.
Terry cloth nappies would also be great.
If you can help with any of these, can you please ring or text Simona on 085 1656470
A Day of Song:
A Day of Song in Clare with leading facilitator Tembre de Carteret
A DAY OF UPLIFTING AND JOYFUL HARMONY SINGING
TO ENERGISE, INSPIRE AND SOOTHE YOUR SOUL
Sat 10th October 2015 – 11- 4.30pm €35 MOY COMMUNITY HALL – LAHINCH – COUNTY CLARE.
No experience needed – All songs taught by ear in an inclusive and relaxing way. Light refreshments available – Please bring a dish to share for lunch.
Tembre has been leading people in song in the East of Clare and Limerick over an enriching 15 years of song. This will be her first time leading a workshop in the West of County Clare. Promises to be a memorable big sing!
BOOKING ESSENTIAL Contact Frankie Parker – Tel – 086 2588363 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit http://www.tembredecarteret.com/ for more information
Bodyke, Ogonnelloe, Tuamgraney, (B.O.T.) Youth Club
Resuming on Friday 9th October 8.30-10pm in Scariff Community College Sports Hall. Registration is €10 per child and must be paid on the night with a signed consent form. €2 is paid every night of Youth Club. Any queries please contact Sheila Mulvihill 086-8610352. Looking forward to meeting old and new Youth Club Members!
Steiner, Anthroposophy and Mindfulness in our Changing World:
A series of workshops on Steiner, Anthroposophy and Mindfulness to take place in Oct/Nov. led by Pearse O’Shiel
See the notice attached with the Newsletter for further details.
East Clare Belly Dancing
“free your spirit, tone your body and boost your confidence in a gentle, effective and fun way, in a safe female only environment”
Venue: Raheen Wood Steiner National School Eurythmy Room. Starts Thursday 10th September 6.30 – 7.30pm. €10 for 1 hour or 5 consecutive classes for €40 (children €5). Mothers and daughters all ages welcome. Contact Amanda 0877755685
An Siopa Beag:
Back due to popular demand wool/silk and organic cotton underwear for your child As always we stock a wide range of Art and Craft materials inspired by the Steiner School curriculum – also a wide range of beautifully illustrated children’s books and imaginative toys
Opening hours: 9 :30 am- 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm 6 days a week
5 Abbey Street
Tel/Fax: 061 375770
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