Mosaic 2


Upcoming dates:


St. Bridget’s Festival                 Monday 1st February

Candlemas Festival                   Tuesday 2nd February

Open Day                                     Saturday 6th February 10am to 1pm

School Planning Day                 Wednesday 10th February Early Closure 12pm                       

Class 5 6 Bakesale                      Friday 12th February

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

World Book Day                          Friday 4th March

Spring term Ends:                      Wednesday 16th March School Closes 12pm

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

Summer Term Starts:                 Monday 4th April 2016  



 Verse of the Week

In wintry depths of night

The majesty of heaven is so close to me,

Because my heart’s new power and might

Makes real and full of substance all the things I see.


There flames in me, against all ice and frost, all rain and sleet,

The leaping, dancing fire-forces of my heart to give me light and heat.


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


Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

 Week starting 25th January: Fiona & Denis Murphy

 Week starting 1st February: Marea & Joe O’Callaghan

Week starting 8th February: Julie Ann O’Connor

 Thank you



St. Bridget’s Festival –  1st February

Next Monday brings our first festival of 2016, welcoming the return of light in the mornings and the onset of Spring.  We will be starting the day with an assembly about the life of Bridget, presented by Fionnuala Bates. Then (weather depending) we will be 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 6th February

Our annual Open Day is in a fortnight’s time. The main school and Kindergarten will open 10.00 am till 1 pm 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!


Class 5/6 Bake Sale:
Class 5/6 will he holding a bake sale on Friday 12th February from 1 – 2.30pm, in order to raise funds for their class trip.For this year’s trip, the class will don the garb of the Ancient Greeks as they head off to participate in the Steiner Olympics. This event will be once again held in Holywood Steiner School outside Belfast, in mid-June.

Thanks in advance for your support.


Request re Upcoming Festivals:                                                                                                  Following recent concerns raised at Board of Management, PA and CoT meetings regarding the use of cameras and other recording equipment at school events, festivals etc.,we ask that events not be recorded in order to allow the children to participate fully in these experiences with no outside distractions.


RWSNS Board of Management:

The new board of management had its first meeting on Thursday 14th January.

The following officers were appointed:

Secretary        Darren O’Callaghan Platt

Treasurer        Patricia Farrell

School premises & maintenance         Jo Kramers

Health and Safety        Darren O’Callaghan Platt

The other board members are : Anne O’Reilly (Chair), Máirín Kelly, Monica Hannaford, Seamus Devane, and Ricardo Pineda.

The board approved the tender package for the new temporary building, and it will now go to the quantity surveyor and will then appear on the e-tenders website. This should happen within the next week or so. There is then a period of several weeks during which potential contractors can tender and when tenders are received they will be assessed by the consultant and a recommendation made.

The board will meet again on Thursday 25th February.

Anne O’Reilly, Chair


Agenda for PA meeting, 9am Tuesday the 2nd of February:

  1. Minutes of previous meeting
  2. Open Day preparation
  3. PA and CoT meeting follow up
  4. Meeting with BoM follow up
  5. Finance update
  6. Ethos workshops
  7. Newsletter
  8. AOB

The meeting will take place at 9am at Abi’s house in Ballina. All are very welcome! Please call or text Abi on 085 1141557 for directions.


Update on the Christmas Card fundraiser:
Many of you know Mia Foley’s hand-painted cards.  Last autumn, Mia very kindly donated her stock of cards to the P.A. as a fundraiser, with all the proceeds going to the school. The cards have been sold at the Advent Fair & the Ogonnelloe Craft Fair, as well as 4 shops.  So far, €702.25 has been raised for the school. I’d like to thank Mia for her generosity.  I’d also like to thank the local shops who have stocked the cards and supported our school – The Grainey, Bane’s Gift Shop, An Siopa Beag & Angel times (Limerick & Ennis).       Michele Coleman


Signing In / Out of Children:

Please sign children in and out of school if they need to leave during the school day for appointments, are taken home ill etc. Sign the child back in if they return before the end of the day. The sign in/out book (It’s purple!) is in the office behind the door.





Looking for Host Families:
ALFA is looking for families to host our international students. We have students needing placement for the current year as well as 2016/2017. If you have an interest in serving as a host family, please contact us at For families with extra rooms who are already travelling daily to RW, it could be a great source of supplemental income.


Derg Isle Exercise Classes:                                                                                                         Beginners exercise class at Derg Isle Scariff on Wednesday evenings 7-8pm commenced January 13th 2016. This programme is designed for people who haven’t trained or exercised in a while and would like to gently ease into a healthy lifestyle. The class takes place outdoors under the guidance of our qualified instructors. There will be walking and perhaps light jogging as well as plenty of chat and information on how to motivate and maintain healthy living. Price is €8 per session or €40 for 6 weeks. Please ring/text Franci Corbett 087-1254365 for more information and to book your place. Our Boot Camps continue for Men every Monday 8-9pm and Women every Wednesday 8-9pm, €8 per session or €40 for 6 weeks. “The only bad workout is the one you didn’t do!!”


Ogonnelloe Pow Wow:
We are planning to hold another Pow Wow on Saturday 6th February in the Hall in Ogonnelloe at 10.30am – to review the activities of 2015 and to talk about what we might do as a community in 2016.
We would also like to present an outline of a revised design for the Hall, which some of us have been looking at with Eleanor from Small Town Studios. Because of the delay in Leader funding applications in Clare we think that there is time to lodge a planning application for a revised design and Eleanor will present her ideas on 6th February.
We will begin with coffee, tea and a chat as usual, from 10.30 and we hope to see you all there at the start of a new year in Ogonnelloe.


Information Evening:

Transition to Adulthood in County Clare

An Information Evening about education  and other services for young people who have disabilities and their families.

Thursday, January 28th, 5.00pm-8.00pm

Templegate Hotel, Ennis



LaVida Herbal Clinic:

The New year is a  good time to look at you and your family’s health.  Why not book a consultation, where we can assess your lifestyle and diet and tailor a programme to help support any health issues that you may have or symptoms that need addressing. Looking at you in a holistic way both on an emotional and physical level, supported with herbs and nutritional changes that are restorative and supportive to your body. Prevention is better than cure.

If you would like to book a consultation or would like to chat about a health issue that is of a concern to you then please contact me on 085 7655996.

I am a fully qualified and Insured Medical Herbalist and all services are conducted in a private and confidential manner.

Cough medicines, infusions, ointments, handmade balms and some herbal remedies are also available to purchase.



Yoga Classes:
Morning and evening yoga classes take place at the East Clare Yoga
Centre, Boru Oak Lodge, Tuamgraney (beside school) on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Beginner, Mixed Ability and Teen classes

Visit Tel. 061 640923 or email for further details.



House to rent in France:

We are parents of a pupil of the Steiner School in Avignon (South of France) and want to give to rent our house during next summer holidays. For 5/6 persons, it is an ideal spot to discover Provence, with swimming-pool, ping-pong table, trampoline. Rent price 810 euros a week. We speak English, Italian and French.
For information Bruno and Sylvie Hildesheim Duchateau 00.33.490.51.97.17 / 00.33.668.40.50.01 –



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