Mosaic 2



Upcoming School dates

Advent Fair                                              Saturday 28th November 12pm to 4pm

Last Day of Autumn Term                 Tuesday 22nd December, 12pm close

Christmas Break:                  Wednesday 23rd December 2015 – Tuesday 5th January 2016

First Day of Spring Term                    Wednesday 6th January

Half Term Break:                                 Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2016

Easter Break:                         Thursday 17th March 2016 – Friday 1st April 2016

Summer Term Starts:                           Monday 4th April 2016


Verse of the Week

Rich treasures planted long ago

Within my soul, so dark and deep,

Are wakened by my will from sleep.


They stream into the world; they grow.

They bear star-substances of greatest worth,

Through loving deeds of mine, uniting heaven and earth.


From – In the Light of a Child,    Michael Hedley Burton



Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

Week starting 23rd November: James & Saana Ruotsalainen Liston

 Week starting 30th November:  Rachel & Mark Lyons

 Week starting 7th December: Jana & Jeremy Mannion

Week starting 14th December: Bebhinn McMahon

 Thank you


Lantern Walk

Darkness, Darkness, Darkness,

The world is enveloped by a suffocating blanket of darkness,

But out of this darkness pops a light,

A weak little thing, needing some protection.

And protected shall it be by the mighty human hand,


As its glass shelter it is given,

Here and there popped out another,

They snake about in many a hundred,

Their rays the darkness shall penetrate,

As slowly they shall bring the light back to this dark, forsaken world,


But slowly they snake away, as darkness takes their place,

Sneaking, creeping, a horrible beast,

As black as black and blacker,

Until, at last in the distance, the last light flickers and goes dim,

And then at last, it flickers out,


And the world is yet again in this eternal night


By Bartolomej Rajnoha


 Martinmas Lantern Festival:
Many thanks to all the parents who came to support our Kindergarten and Main School Festivals on Wednesday 11th – Kindergarten at the school and Main school at the Mountshannon Maze.

The children in Seamus’s class have been writing poems in response to their experience of the lantern walk. Please read Bart Rajnoha’s poem.


 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. 


 Headlice Reminder:

There are some cases of headlice in the school at the moment. As a matter of routine, please check your child’s hair with a fine toothcomb.   If you discover any lice or nits (eggs) in your child’s hair, please begin treatment and combing, and check any other children in the family.  Suitable treatments can be found in The Grainey in Scarriff and An Siopa Beag in Killaloe – or any pharmacy. Treatment and combing, every 2 or 3 days, will need to continue for at least 3 weeks.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Seamus Devane


 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.


Christmas Card Fundraiser:                                                                                          The sample of your child’s Christmas card came home with them on Friday. If you would like to order cards, please fill in the form and return with the money to school by this coming Friday 27th November. A pack of ten cards costs €10.

The Parent Association


ADVENT FAIR 2015                                                                                                       The Advent Fair Team is still looking for someone who would like to make the big advent wreath for the main school !!

And one of our fair signs got blown away – the one in Bodyke (at the junction to Broadford) – hopefully somebody found it!
Please bring it to the school and leave it in the bike shed!

Don’t forget to bring in greenery this week and hopefully see you all at the Fair!
The Advent Fair Team

 Advent Fair Café:
The cafe is a centrepiece in the Advent Fair experience, due to the wonderful food that the community provides.  All parents are asked to provide a contribution of their favourite cakes, bakes and breads.  If you could contact me in advance to let me know what you can provide, that would be really helpful.  Foods can be dropped to the main school kitchen area on the afternoon of Friday 27th or on the morning of Saturday 28th.  Please include the NAME of your offering (i.e. chocolate chip cookies, onion bread) as well as a list of the INGREDIENTS, so we can cater to the dietary needs of the punters.  Thank you on behalf of class 5/6.                                                From Michele (087-292 7739)

Advent Fair Raffle:                                    

Tickets for the Advent Fair Raffle will be in the children’s bags today. More are available from the office.


Children’s Stall:

Class 1/2 will be running the Children’s Stall at this year’s advent fair. We are looking for donations of natural toys, craft items, wooden jewellery etc. This could be a great opportunity to clean out any unwanted or unused toys cluttering your home! For those of you who love the peace and tranquillity of crafting, perhaps you could make some small items for our sale…example…little felt pouches hand sewn with a treasure of a marble or crystal inside! The Children’s Stall invites children to Christmas shop for siblings, mums, dads and friends at affordable prices! Your help is much appreciated! No plastic items please. There is a box marked “Class 1/2 Advent Fair Donations” in the Main School.

Bonnie 085 7827210


 Advent Fair Wreath Making:                                                                                        Class 3/4 parents and friends are looking forward to providing a fantastic Wreath Making experience for all at our annual Advent Fair Nov 28th. We invite, ask, plead, encourage and beg all to gather a bit of greenery! Moss, straw, ivy, young branches of yew, fir and laurel (easy to bend), pine cones, berries, flowers, holly, leylandii!!! We accept and very much appreciate any bit you can offer…big bags or small…every bit helps!! Please drop greenery in front of old woodwork building any day this week –  Thank you!!

Franci Corbett & Claire Dolan for Class 3/4.


 Fundraiser on the Quiet:
The craft group would like to thank Svetlana O’Farrell and Sinead Duignan for selling some of our wares at the RDS and the Kildare Steiner teaching training weekend.  Together they raised € 374.50, which the craft group have donated to the school.

The Craft Group

…. FREE candle with every sale at the craft stall during the Advent Fair!……

Simply present the voucher that will be attached to the advent fair map (given at entrance to Fair), buy a little treasure

and receive your FREE candle.

The craft stall will be in class 3/4 in the main school – next to the café.

An offer that cannot be missed.

The Craft Group



All monies raised donated to our School RWSNS

The craft group have been very busy since September making our Steiner inspired gifts for your selection.

Find our popular Christmas tree decorations – old favourites like our ‘reindeer’, ‘robins’ and ‘dangly men’

and new for your tree –  ‘gnomes on holly leaves’, ‘Wise men’, ‘Christmas mushrooms’ and more.

Always in demand, our standing Angels for your tree top or mantle,

Standing and flying snowmen

Flying Angels

Magical Window Stars

Selection of beautiful decorated purses for that special child.

Handmade hats and scarfs – all from natural materials, and all ‘one of a kind’

Steiner dolls

Needle felted sets of ‘The Holy Family’

Mobiles with owls; doves; elephants and fairies (when they’re gone, they’re gone)

Dogs, cats, penguins, kangaroos and many more animals … even a few dragons.

Earrings, brooches and pendants

Cards and candles.

Raffle tickets for our Christmas Prize – ‘Winter Wonderland’


Find us in Class 3/4 next to the Café.

Oh, and did we mention …..all monies raised go to the school and you get a FREE CANDLE

The Craft Group 




The craft group would like to present our accounts for the last school year (2014/15).

With your support we raised € 2,890.22, all of which was donated to the school.

The monies raised from miscellaneous sales, open day & St Pat we retained to cover our costs (see expenses) and to fund the future purchase of candles, cards and calendars which form part of our stock.

The craft group is a voluntary group of parents/friends of the school who make Steiner inspired gifts and toys that are sold for the benefit of the school.

Account for School Year 2014/2015

Opening Balance (Sept 2014)                                                   666.14

Expenses                                 ___      

Materials                                378.24

Teas & Milk                           107.10

Chocolates (Easter etc)         129.04

Calendars                                350.00

Packaging                                 45.08

Total Costs                                                         (1009.46)


Advent Fair                         1,735.31

Christmas Raffle                    375.00

Easter Table                            435.50

Summer Table                         145.71

Summer Raffle                        199.00 

Total Raised                                                   2,890.52

Donation to School                    (RWSNS)                       (€2,890.52)

Other Income                   

Open Day                                       89.00

St Patricks Day                              36.00

Misc Sales throughout year    1,186.80


Closing Balance                                                (June 2015)                                    968.48


Michelle Robson

for the Craft Group



Next PA meeting:                                                    

The next PA meeting is scheduled for 9am on Monday the 7th of December in the Eurythmy Room. All welcome!


The agenda for the PA meeting on the 7th of December is as follows:

  1. Minutes from the previous meeting
  2. Fundraising
  3. Follow up to Ethos Evening
  4. Media in the home
  5. Eurythmy
  6. Progress on objectives from the previous meeting
  7. AOB




ALFA Matching Funding Campaign to Raise €10,000:                                                       You may have heard the great news that ALFA will be putting up its second classroom very soon.  This will have a huge impact on Alfa’s future growth, development and sustainability for the future. The Software AG Stiftung have agreed to give ALFA  €65,000 toward the €85,000 building project.  In addition, they have offered  a further €10,000 in matching funds if we can raise €10,000 in donations ourselves.  So the value of every contribution will effectively be doubled!  We are excited about this challenge and hope you will be too.  Please see attached leaflet for how you can help us meet the challenge.                                                     The ALFA Matching Funds Group




Benefit concert in aid of Irish Seed Savers: On Saturday the 5th of December, a special evening of world music will take place in Ryan’s pub in Scariff. It will feature musicians Frank Bouchier and Tommy Hayes who will play a mixture of world music. Organised by Irish Seed Savers Association, all proceeds will go towards building a new education building and launching an E-learning course. This will allow us to continue to empower people both locally and globally to have their own food security and to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity for our planet’s future. Tickets are priced €10 and are available in Ryan’s, Centra, The Grainey and Irish Seed Savers


HOLY ISLAND (Inis Cealtra)

Consultation drop-in:


5.30pm to 8.00pm


(See flyer attached with newsletter)



Storytelling Evening 4th December:

East Clare Community Co-op present;

An International storytelling evening, with

visiting Master storyteller from Hawaii, Paul Haygood

(joint fundraiser for the Co-op and RWSNS – see poster attached to newsletter for further details)



Be Winter Ready:

Information leaflet for parents and schools

from the Department of education –

attached with the Newsletter



Summer 2016 Request:                                                                                                    Barbara Lorena is a 22 year old Brazilian student who would like to spend July and August next year in Ireland to learn English and learn more about Irish culture. She is studying on the Waldorf course in Lisbon and is looking for some community work or work as a nanny for families linked to Waldorf education. Please enquire at the office for more information if you are interested.

Thanks, Cecily


Ogonnelloe Exchange Christmas Craft and Food Market – Saturday Dec 5th:          Ogonnelloe Exchange Christmas Craft and Food market will take place on Saturday 5th of December 2015 from 11.00am until 3.00pm in the Ogonnelloe Exchange (hall) with free admission. The Ogonnelloe Exchange Café will be open on the day, mulled wine and minced pies will be served and there will be carol singing at 2pm to add to the festive atmosphere. This is a great chance to buy some beautiful Christmas gifts from the wide range of wonderful crafts and delicious food products on sale as well as an opportunity to support local Ogonnelloe based entrepreneurs.




Camper Van for sale:                                                                                      Peugeot Boxer converted camper, 1995, excellent working order, very reliable. 2.5 diesel. Taxed and tested till June 2016. Professional conversion, cooker, fridge, sink, movable table, lots of storage, sleeps 3/4. Many extras: full length roof rack, bike rack, CD player with speakers front and back, 2 back seats with belts. Very reluctant sale. 3000 euro.                                               Andrew 086 4096819


Home… Café, Scariff:                                                                                                My name is Úna Pearl, a former parent of Raheen Wood School. We have recently opened a Café in Scariff called “Home… café” formally known as ” Bers”. We are now open Monday to Saturday 9a.m. to 6p.m. We serve Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, selection of Teas, Cakes & Desserts. All available for take-away, also we have out-side catering available, nothing too big or too small, you can contact us on 061 921004, all welcome


Craniosacral Therapy:                                                                                            For babies and children. Offered by experienced biodynamic craniosacral therapist.

Tel: Wendy @ 083 8074205


Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School: located in Cloughjordan Eco-village, Co. Tipperary, offer Introduction to Real Bread Baking and Sourdough baking courses for the beginner and advanced baker. 

Come and spend the day with award-winning baker Joe Fitzmaurice in our working wood-fired bakery.  Please see our website for information on our courses as well as a recipe & video for ‘The Common Loaf’.  Learn how to make your own rye sourdough starter and then bake ‘The Common Loaf’ a week later! tel: 087-994 6768



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