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Raheen Wood Steiner National School Newsletter           13.02.2017

Upcoming dates

Parent Association Meeting                           Tuesday 14th February 9am Alfa Building    

Class 5 6 Bakesale                                              Friday 17th February

Half Term Break:                                               Monday 20th – Friday 24th February 2017

World Book Day                                                  Friday 3rd March

St Patrick’s Day Holiday:                                 Friday 17th March

Spring term Ends:                                              Friday 7th April School Closes 12pm

Easter Break:                                                        Monday 10th April 2017 – Friday 21st April 2017 incl.

Summer Term Starts:                                         Monday 24th April 2017  


Verse of the Week

Now springing from the fertile Mother of all living things, the Earth,

Comes joy-of-growth, as power leading all her children unto birth.

My life is charmed, my strength is sure,

For I am armed – my heart is pure;

And I can join amidst this joy and merriment with radiant mirth!

From – In the Light of a Child,  

 Michael Hedley Burton


Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

Week starting 13th February: Jo Kramers

 Week starting 27th February:  Jennifer & Tristan Lienhard

 Week starting 6th March: Mark & Rachel Lyons

 Week starting 13th March: Debra Macklin

 Week starting 20th March: Jana & Jeremy Mannion

 Thank you


St. Bridget’s Festival –  Thank you

Many thanks to all the parents who helped us celebrate St. Bridget’s by walking with the classes, helping with the road crossing, preparing delicious pots of soup or supporting children with the cross-making.  A special thank you also to Fionnuala Bates for her amazing assembly! In the end the weather was kind to us as the rain held off for the duration of the walk and the children had a wonderful day.

Open Day / Workday   – Thanks

Saturday 4th Open Day saw a steady stream of visitors to the school with lots of interest from families wanting to enrol their children here, not just in Kindergarten but in the older classes also.  Many thanks to those parents who helped with the essential tasks of welcoming visitors and talking with them, organising activities and hospitality. Your presence gives a great impression of the school. Many Thanks also to those who came along to help Tristan with the work in the school grounds.


From the Parent Association:

The PA will meet at 9am tomorrow morning (14th Feb) in the Alfa building. Nominations for Chair and Secretary will be taken at the meeting. All welcome.


Draft report from board meeting January 2017:                                                              

Greg Wilms has been appointed Treasurer to the Board of Management. He takes over from Patricia Farrell. The Board is most grateful to Trish for all her work on the BoM over the years, and in particular for agreeing to stay on until a new Treasurer was appointed. Trish has now retired from the board.

A new member of the board is being sought. As mentioned previously, the post to be filled is for a board member “from the wider community” so the person does not need to be a parent, but does need to understand and support the educational ethos of the school.

With regard to the new school building, the Department of Education and Skills has expressed concerns about the ownership of the site, which they require to be in the hands of the patron body, who can then make it available to the school. In order to address these concerns, a lease is being drawn up between Cooleenbridge Ltd. (the owner of the site) and Lifeways Ltd. (the school’s patron body). When this is finalised it will be submitted to the Department.

The process of preparing a budget for the school year 2017/2018 will now commence.

Work is continuing on policies.

Anne O’Reilly, Chairperson



The Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association is delighted to host

Assessing Neuromotor Readiness for Learning

with Sally Goddard Blythe, director of INPP

18th March at the Sophia Wisdom Centre, Cork st. Dublin

full day €190   (iska members €170)        

half day €170   (iska members €155)

      both prices include manual costed at €55

school/services with 1+ teachers attending

First person pays full price as above

successive persons:         Half day €60             Full day €80 or call 089 2411816




Monday mornings started 23rd January 9:15-10:15, in the ALFA new room—explore Poetry and Colour through Movement. Donations to cover costs.

Roxanne Leonard 087-9948866


Community Market in East Clare Community Co-Op                                                                       Scariff, every Friday from 11am to 4pm. Enjoy fresh organic sourdough bread, (also gf version) made lovingly by Adriana, and healthy sweet and savory treats by Didi, as well as seasonal garden produce, eggs, foraged edibles, jams, chutneys and other preserves, teas, healing ointments and salves. Learn all about essential oils from Debra. Eat, sit down and have a chat at the Market. Look forward to seeing you all.



Ciunas Centre Fundraiser:

Ciunas Centre in Feakle are running a recycling fundraiser. All wearable clothing & accessories will be reused, the remainder will be recycled for purposes such as industrial wipes & soundproofing.

Please donate any wearable, clean, unwanted clothing, as well as bedlinen, towels, curtains, paired shoes & trainers, bags, belts & soft toys.

The recycling company cannot accept any mats, carpets, duvets, pillows, cushions, or any wet or dirty clothing, so please do not include them.

Contact Julie Ann on 087 6453340 to arrange collection around school pick up time.

All € raised goes directly to Ciunas, helping them in their continued support of the wider community. So, no matter how small, or large, an amount of clothing you may have to pass on, it will all be received with appreciation, & put to good use.


When one of my daughters was 12, I bought her a magnificent (16 hand) black horse. I hadn’t realized at the time that horses are not meant to live alone, so after some expensive veterinary bills, we realized that the underlying cause of his variety of physical problems was loneliness, so we got him some company; a little (eccentric) Jenet. He was no longer lonely & hasn’t been unwell since.
Time passes & my 12 year old daughter is now nearly 21 years old, and living abroad & as tends to happen, I still have these beautiful animals. I cannot ever sell them, as it would comparable to selling one of the children. HOWEVER, recently I’ve wondered if there may be a family out there who may want AND be able to offer them an EVEN better situation than I give them? If you think this may be you, feel free to get in touch with me to discuss further, but BEFORE you do – Please think long and hard first – as horses need a variety of absolutely essential things – such as land, shelter, fencing, dry (not muddy) areas to stand & walk, and of course daily winter feeding and ongoing foot care.

Sandra on 061473078 


Baby & Toddler Swim Course:

New swim course for babies and toddlers to start at The Lakeside Leisure Centre, Killaloe with Bairbre.

For information and bookings contact or or or 0857621001. All classes are small and focused, based on most up to date training and research methods with Baby and Toddler Swimming.

Bairbre Hassett


Items to Give Away:

Free – Ikea wooden child’s bed & mattress. 200cm x 90cm. V good condition. Suit young toddler to 10yrs (removable wooden rail on 1 side).  Can deliver to school carpark.
Also ‘Henry’ hoover, perfect working order incl bags & accessories

Sarah 086-8259432


FOR SALE:                                                            

07 Opel Zafira 7-seater

1.6 petrol; manual

159,650 kms (99,200 miles)


Great car; that’s why I’ve upgraded to a newer model. Drives well; so practical; easy to go from 5 seats to 7 seats. Lots of boot space. Serviced recently and regularly. A few dents in the back, hence the low price. Taxed until July 2017 & NCT to July 2017.

Alan Williamson 085-7394465

100 Euro discount for anyone connected with RWSNS or ALFA



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