Mosaic 2


16th March 2015


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tuesday 17th March, Scariff 3pm
Children’s Festival Tuesday 24th March, 1.30 pm
Parents’ Festival Wednesday 25th March, 1.30 pm
Kindergarten Festival Friday 27th March 8.50am – 12 noon
End of Spring Term Friday 27th March – school finishes 12 noon.
Start of Summer Term Monday 13th April
Parent Workday Saturday 18th April
Parent Workday Saturday 9th May
St. John’s Festival & Pea Fair Wednesday 24th June
Last Day of Summer Term Wednesday 24th June

Laundry Rota:
Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

Week starting 16th March: Jean Coonan
Week starting 23rd March: Franci & Seamus Corbett
Week starting 13th April: Orfhlaith Tuohy & Laurence Cox
Week starting 20th April: Adam Daw & Firouz Benchelef

Many Thanks

Easter Festivals
As always at the end of term, the Main School classes will be showing a little something of the work they’ve been doing – to each other and to you parents. We will all then be singing our Easter Song together – ‘Now The Green Blade Riseth’. The Children’s Festival will take place on Tuesday 24th March @ 1.30 pm. The Parents’ Festival is on Wednesday 25th @ 1.30. This is a day earlier that we would normally have the Festival – Mary Jo’s Class 5/6 are heavily involved in Confirmation ceremonies and celebrations on the Thursday.

The Kindergarten Festival is on Friday 27th @ 8.50 to 12.00 noon. All Kindergarten parents are invited to attend that day with their children for a very special hunt for treasures in the forest, followed by everyone working together on springtime tasks in the garden.

For all classes, school closes for the Easter Holidays at 12 noon that Friday 27th.
Alan Dickey For the Teachers

Fencing Work commenced.
You may remember David Coleman in his letter to parents last month writing about the planned boundary resolution with our neighbour William MacLysacht. The fencing work in connection with this began this past weekend. The boundary has been cleared, fenceposts erected, and the new gate positioned. The fencing work will continue next weekend.

Alan Dickey For Cooleenbridge Ltd.

World Book Day
Many thanks to all of you who helped your children make our first ‘Dress Up For World Book Day’ event the tremendous success it was. Great fun & excitement, and we raised €150 towards Book Aid International’s work of supporting literacy in African schools and communities. We plan to include this event on the annual calendar from now on.
Alan Dickey For the Teachers

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Friday 13th
Many thanks to all those parents who came along to our Festival on Friday afternoon, and joined in with the food, fun, games and dancing. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
Maura O’Grady For the Teachers

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
3pm tomorrow
Please see details of tomorrow’s parade – attached with this Newsletter. Hope to see lots of you there!
Svetlana O’Farrell For the PA

Easons Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Mitzi Smishkewych Kosovske in Class 5 who has won the in-school spelling bee and will now be representing Raheen Wood at the Clare County Finals in Newmarket-on-Fergus next Wednesday 25th March. We wish you all the best of luck Mitzi!!

Parent Workdays
Saturdays 18th April & 9th May
Just three hardy souls for the March workday on Saturday 7th – the first time this school year we haven’t had a proper turnout. All the same we were able to complete the landscaping work on the entrance beds, power wash the roof of the Kindergarten playhouse, and renew the path down to the Eurythmy Room. Nonetheless we could really do with more of a team for the Saturdays coming up on 18th April & 9th May – please, if you can, make a date for your diaries now…
Tristan Lienhard


Cooleenbridge Ltd. is the Registered Company.
This is the Statutory Notice to the Members of the Company of the forthcoming ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) to be held on Thursday 23rd April 2015 at 7.30 p.m. Venue: Handwork Room, Raheen Wood Steiner National School, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare.
Agenda for the AGM:
1. Approval of Audited Accounts & Appointment of Auditors
2. Election of Directors
3. Update re. building projects
Note: Any parent or member of staff of RWSNS or ALFA, who has been at the school(s) for more than 3 months is eligible to be a member of the company, vote at the AGM, stand for or nominate others to stand for election as Director. Members can vote by proxy if unable to attend the meeting. A notice has been placed on the School notice board to register members who have been nominated for election as Directors and those who nominate and second them. Please email Susanne Sturton, Chair, Cooleenbridge Ltd at if you wish to register a Director nomination.

The Craft group would like to thank you for your support for our Christmas raffle and stall. The Spanish Nativity Set was won by Oscar from Class 3. All the funds raised from these two events – €375 – have been given to the school. The craft group have now raised and donated €2110.31 to the school in this school year. We would like to thank all our crafters who give of their time and creativity freely, and you who support our efforts by buying our creations.

The craft group

From Mia Foley:
My Heartfelt Thanks
to the whole school community for your generous support of the bake sale in February. It raised an amazing €510! This covers the cost of three of my plane journeys to England, so I’m very grateful. Special thanks go to Niamh, Deb, Franci, Adriana and Larissa for organising and running the event, and to the children and parents of class 5/6 for all their delicious baking.
I have now completed six of the ten units on the UK Waldorf Handwork Training in Wynstones Steiner School in Gloucestershire. I am working hard and learning lots. It’s an amazing opportunity to bring a new level of knowledge and experience back to the children, some of which I’m already incorporating in the classroom and much more of which I plan to bring to the coming year’s curriculum. Studying and crafting in the company of nineteen other teachers working in Steiner education has been particularly enriching.

I’m also grateful to the CoT and the BoM for supporting me in this initiative.
Mia Foley

Fundraiser to support Mia’s training –
We would like to thank you for your generous support of the Mia bake sale, run by class 5/6 which raised €512. Class 3/4 are now running an Easter Raffle to support Mia. Grace Burton has made and donated a “Steiner Doll” complete with a change of wardrobe. Tickets will be on sale to school children on Tuesday 24th March at second break, available to KG parents last week of term, and to parents of the main-school before the parents’ festival on Wednesday 25th March. Tickets €2 or 3 for €5.

Attached photos of the doll.

Thank you for your support.

Mia fundraising group

Chocolate Easter Eggs The craft group are holding their annual Easter Egg Stall before and after the Parents Festival, Wednesday 25th March. We ask you to consider buying your children’s Easter Eggs from us. Its win win – children get a chocolate egg presented in a beautiful hand made basket and you get to support the school. Lots of other handmade crafts will also be available. As always, all monies raised go to the school. We thank you for your support.
The Craft Group
Community Games: Mixed Distance Relays
The Community Games Derg Area (Scariff, Ogonnelloe, Tuamgraney and Bodyke) invites registrations for the Clare trials, taking place in Cooraclare on Friday 3rd April (Good Friday) at 6pm.

There is a cost of €2 to compete.

There are two age groups – u12 (must be over 10) andu14 (must be over 12). Age specified is on 31st July 2015. U12s can choose to run 400m or 600m. U14s can choose to run 600m or 800m. These trials are a straight race – not a relay. The first 3 to finish in each category will form the Panel for Clare for the national event in the summer, which will be a relay (4 to run) in which 2 of the team run each distance.
If your child would like to take part, or for more info, please contact Anna McElhinney on 087-228 7543 with child’s name, address, date of birth and preferred distance. Closing date to register is Wednesday next, the 18th March.

As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge our school will be taking part in Scariff St. Patrick’s Day’s Parade next Tuesday, March 17th, starting at 3 pm.
This year’s theme is “Building the Dream”, referring to the proposed construction of the new school building, as well as further promoting the Steiner school. To reflect the theme, children and parents are invited to dress up and/or bring props related to one of the following aspects:

•‘building’ – real and toy tools, hard hats, paint-stained aprons, wheelbarrows, etc;

•‘Steiner’ – things made by the children – toys, tools, arts, handwork, etc.

•‘dream’ – dream-catchers, kites

Or just turn up and we’ll have face painting, balloons and flags for everybody.
Parents are reminded that this is not a school-supervised activity and parents are responsible for the children on the day.
Gathering at 2.45 pm by Hassett’s pub, Tuamgraney. Parade starts at 3 pm and the organizers promised there would be no unreasonable delays this time.
Community Games Swim-offs: The prelims for this year’s community games swim offs will be on Tuesday 14.04.2015 in the Lake Side Hotel swimming pool.
This will be for children only that live in the area Bodyke, Tuamgraney, Scariff and Ogonelloe.
Parents can contact me by email or phone me to enter their children.
Please note that entry deadline is 07.04.2015
The Ennis Finals will be on Friday 8th of May.

Edwin Nijs
Tel 087-4138727

COTTAGE TO LET: Basic Cottage on 2.84 ha of land in Core, Feakle to let Cottage (about 5 x 10 m) with 4 rooms (2 upstairs 2 downstairs) plus bathroom next to the house and 2 sheds
Deepwell incl. demanganisation and UV sterilization (for safety) Central heating + hot water fired by range (back boiler) 2.84 ha of land Access to river Orchard, many trees
Rent: about €350 per month See photos:
Contact: Leonhard Marr,, +49 441 20 52 764 (best 6-9 pm)

House Swap In Spain: We are a large Spanish/Irish family living in Alicante (Spain). We’ve got 4 kids aged 11, 8, 6 and 2 who go to a Waldorf School over here in Alicante. We like to spend the summer in Ireland and are looking for a house swap for this summer any time in July and/or August.
We thought that a Waldorf family would be a perfect fit for our loving home. This could be a great opportunity for a family in your school to experience a great holiday in a home with alike family standards, in a different not so distant country and culture.
Our house is located in the heart of the mountains, in a very quiet area but only 10 minutes far from the beach, so you have plenty of choices on how you’d like to spend your time. Alicante is quite an international location and you’d be able to spend time with other friendly families in your own language if you’d like to. You will likely need a car to move around but we are happy to lend our 7 seater too. Last year we managed to do a very successful exchange with a Family from the Waldorf School in Kildare. As a matter of fact, it ended up being a one way exchange, as the other family were going away and were seeking for someone to look after their beautiful pets and so our children took well care of them!
If you want to see more details about the house and the location, we have published our house for a potential swap in this website here. Pictures are a bit out of date but you can get the idea where we live. Please don’t hesitate to contact if you require further information. Gabriel Matesanz m +34 654 1541 673

Host Families Needed For New English Language School in Scariff:
We are looking for Host Families from your area to keep our English language students this summer, during the dates 12th July to Aug 2nd. If you have a spare room, with children between the ages 10 – 17 years and who would enjoy the cultural experience of hosting, whilst also earning some extra income, we would like to hear from you. You must live approximately a maximum distance of 10 minutes by car from Scariff. Please contact us on or via our mobiles on (Karla) 0876537945 or (Niamh) 0876172149.”

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 or call Andrew on 086 4096819, and see

Bia Beo Raw Living foods: – let us supply your next party, meeting, gathering, etc.!
Bia Beo is based in east Clare, a company committed to creating vibrant uber-nutritious, super scrumptious Living and Raw foods for all. We use organic, Bio-Dynamic, and as many local seasonal ingredients as possible in our culinary palette. We have supplied children’s parties (these snacks go a long way, you wouldn’t need as much volume as other non-mentionable non-foodstuffs!), and holiday-themed dinner parties, and look forward to meeting you to discuss all your questions and needs!
Telephone 061 926716 On the web:

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