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Raheen Wood Steiner National School

Upcoming dates

Class 3 4 5 6 Bualadh BosTheatre Trip     Tuesday 18th October   

Class 1 2 Bualadh BosTheatre Trip             Friday 21st October

Class 3 4 Bakesale                                           Thurdsay 27th October 1.20pm

Maths Week Fair- all welcome!                 Friday 28th October @ 1.20pm           

Half Term Break:                                               Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November

Class 3 4 Parent Evening                                 Tuesday 8th November 7pm

Martinmas                                                          Details to come

ADVENT FAIR                                                      Saturday 26th November

Christmas Break:                                               Friday 23rd December 2016 – Friday 6th January 2017 incl.

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

St Patrick’s Day Holiday:                               Friday 17th March

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


Verse of the Week

My spark of light – it must become a flame.

Breathe on me, breath of God, it is my aim

To calmly tend this light within and make it burn up brightly.


The air that nourishes my tender glow –

It’s Love! It quickens me. My light shall grow.

I’m given strength to love all people and to do things rightly.


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



Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

Week starting 17th October:  Debora & Martin Conroy

Week starting 24th October:  Jean Coonan

Week starting 7th November:  Adam Daw & Firouz Benchelef

Week starting 14th November: Deborah Trunk & Caleb Derven

 Thank you


WOW Day Sponsored Walk

So far the 76 children who took part in the Michaelmas Festival walk have raised €564.10 for the Steiner Waldorf educational and social programmes supported worldwide by Waldorf One World activities.  Congratulations and thank you so much!   Please return any outstanding sponsorship money as soon as possible.


Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival

This is the week of the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival in Limerick. Tomorrow Tuesday October 18th Classes 3 4 5 6 will attend ‘A Feast of Bones’ at the Belltable theatre. This Friday 21st Class 1 2 are off to the Halla in Mary I to see ‘The Far Field’. Please ensure your child arrives on time on the morning of their trip.


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. We appreciate your co-operation with this. 


Note from the Board of Management:                                                                                                   Patricia Farrell, who is the current Treasurer on the Board of Management, will be resigning at the end of November. As this position is important to the financial management of the school, the Board is anxious to start the process of finding a replacement. The Treasurer needs to be familiar with accounts, but does not need to be an accountant, and the position is for a board member “from the wider community” so the person does not need to be a parent, but should be interested in the education and its promotion, and possess the skills required for the position.

The Board would be most grateful for proposals in this regard, so please give the matter some thought and contact me if you can suggest someone at

 Anne O’Reilly, Chairperson BoM


Garda Vetting:
All parents who help out with any school activity on a regular basis (especially where the children are involved) must by law be Garda vetted. As it can take quite a while to process the paperwork, it is recommended that you contact the office today to collect a form.  In addition, parents can check that their clearance is still valid.  It’s best to have it all organised before the class trips come around in the summer term.


Craft Group:

The craft group meet every Thursday morning in the Handwork room at the school between 9 am and 1 pm.  All are welcome.

The craft group are parents and friends of the school, who make Steiner inspired crafts, gifts & toys.  We sell these items as a fundraiser for our school.  We are busy now making Christmas decorations etc for the Advent Fair.  No skills are needed to join the group – just a willingness to try.  Come for an hour – or stay the whole morning.  A cup of tea is always on offer…

Michelle, 086-8045250,                                                                                                                                               for the Craft Group 



Advent fair team update

Dear parents and friends of the school.

The fair team has been meeting on Mondays mornings to organise this year’s Advent Fair. We are enjoying putting all the little parts and big parts that make the day so special together. This is an event when the two schools Raheen Wood Steiner National School and The Steiner Secondary school (ALFA) come together to celebrate this festive season with their community and prospective parents. As you can imagine it takes a bit of work to pull it off, creatively and structurally. So your inspiration, patience and contribution is appreciated and necessary. Just over 5 weeks to go !!


The Advent fair this year will be held on Sat 26th November 2016 from 12 noon – 4.30pm. Please note the extended time of the fair to 4.30pm. The idea being that activities will run up until 3.30pm then between 3.30pm and 4.30pm ONLY Stalls , café and the raffle will be active, giving parents of the school a chance to look around at stalls, have a cup of tea and be part of the raffle.



The poster for the fair is attached to the newsletter, we will also have copies of the poster for parents to distribute far and wide. This day is a perfect day for new families to visit the school. So as this is a community day for us all it’s also an Open day, Children’s work will be on display and teachers will be available to meet prospective parents.  Also a FACEBOOK event link to the school has been created Please share with your online community.


Each year during the advent fair we have a raffle of local and handmade items that are given from local artists and shops. Firstly if you would like to offer a service, item or some yummy food you can text or email Lavender on 085 747 6437 Also if you have an older child in the school that would like to be part of selling the tickets with a friend during the fair then contact Lavender.


This year we will have an outdoor Christmas market of local , handmade and festive wares for sale. We will hire a Marquee decorated in greenery and lights for stall holders. If you would like to have a stall this year. Contact Ali 089 444 0174 or email for more information.



For the fair to run smoothly and cheerfully we ask all parents to volunteer some hours to help on the day or prior to the day. Your Class Rep will be in contact with you over the next couple of weeks in regards to the timetable.  If you would like to be involved in a specific activity or time on or prior to the day, contact your Class Rep ASAP.

KG Eavan Brennan   Lavender Koomans O’Reilly

Class 1/2  Bonnie Boyle and Mariel Hiney

Class 3/4 Mark Lyons and Claire Dolan

Class 5/6 Michele Coleman and Lori Foley


Fiona and Nicky have kindly offered to lead a decorating team for this year. If you have any fairy lights, battery or electric to offer for the day Contact Fiona on           087 236 5185


MUSICIANS AND SINGERS/CHOIRS  If you would like to perform during the advent please contact Tembre 087 7830282. Musicians/ choirs are welcome to bring their talents to the fair for the day. You will be on a timetable for the day, so do contact Tembre if you are wishing to be part of this.



If you would like to be part of a group of parents gathering to sing Christmas carols on the day contact Agnes 087 640 3553. This is a new idea for this year. The songs will be favourite Christmas songs in a couple of parts. Agnes will not be teaching the songs individually but more of a group of singers gathering the songs/ parts they know. Sheet music of the songs will be provided.

Blessings                                                                                                                                                                              The Fair team



Scariff Community College/ Parents’ Association:

Dear Parents/ Guardians,                                    There are 11 feeder primary schools attending Scariff Community College and Raheen Wood is one of them.                           The Parents’ Association is composed of one or more parents from each primary school at a ratio of 1:20.

John Maloney was the Raheen Rep up to now but for personal reasons has resigned, therefore I would like to ask if one of you would be willing to replace him.

The  P.A. is an important link between students, parents and the school. We only meet 2 or 3 times annually unless an issue arises.

We have scheduled our first meeting for next Thursday 20th October at 8pm so could you, please, contact me if you have any queries or if you are interested in seating on the P.A.

Kind Regards

Régine Roskam (087 9274348)


Autism Experience Exhibition:

Information attached with the Newsletter about a free interactive exhibition the ‘Autism Experience’ designed by young people with autism on the AsIAm (Autism Information and Support group)  youth leadership team. It will be in the Templegate Hotel in Ennis 20-21st October see attachment for details.




in The Weavery, Clai House, Millpool Road,

Camphill Community Mountshannon, Co Clare


Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders


Thursday & Friday 27th & 28th October 2016

6pm Friday – Supper for conference attendees


7pm Thurs October 27th  – Public Talk

Anxiety in relation to people with special needs

open to all – also serves as an introduction to the workshop the next day. Cost for talk only €10


Friday October 29th –  Workshop – 9.30am – 5.50pm

4 sessions looking at the above topics in more depth.

Cost for talk and workshop – incl refreshments – €70

by Dr Hartwig Volbehr,  Switzerland, is a psychiatrist, consultant, lecturer and author working out of the insights of anthroposophy, with an international reputation in the area of intellectual disability.  He is a very interesting speaker with an engaging, accessible style.  Open to all with an interest in the topics

For more information contact:


Hallowe’en Camp:  

29TH OCTOBER 2016 from 10am to 1pm, Scariff, Co. Clare

Cost €20

Creepy Crafts and Frightening Fun

Halloween Cooking and Games

Call Grace 087 7198587


Lavida Herbal Clinic.

Claire Dolan Medical Herbalist MMH

Fully qualified and insured Medical Herbalist.

A 10% discount is available to families of RaheenWood School for the initial consultation.

Supplies Herbal Tinctures, Teas, Cough Syrups and ointments for home use.

If you would like an appointment please contact Claire on 085 7655996.



**Upcoming Workshops**


Winter wellness with Herbal Medicine. Friday 28th October 2016 10 – 1pm.

Learn how to support your family through the winter months.

You will also take away something you have made to support you through the winter!



Herbal Remedy Making:

Saturday 12th November 2016.

10am  – 2pm

We will spend the morning making herbal remedies/infusions and an ointment to take home.

Not only will they be a wonderful addition to your home medicine chest they will also make lovely gifts for family and friends.                                                         €45.00


Weekly Class in Needle Felting beginning Oct. 27th: (please note change of start date)
Come and experience the creative delights of Needle Felting, with the instruction of two local Fibre Artists, Grace Burton and Mia Foley.

• Class fee: €95 – 6 weeks
• Venue: East Clare Community Co-op
• Dates: Thurs. Oct. 27th – Dec.8th
• Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Participants will be guided through several techniques in figure building, working from a beautiful array of sheep’s wool. Bringing the spirit of Handcraft to your home, these pieces are perfect for gifts, gentle play or display. This course is beginner friendly, also accommodating all levels of felting experience.

A deposit of €40 secures a place.
To Book Your Place!
Phone Grace: 087 7198587
or Mia: 087 2758612


Make your own Herbal Remedies

1 day Workshop

Monday 24th October, 10am-4pm

Venue: ALFA Building, Tuamgraney

This workshop offers the opportunity to learn about and connect with the abundance of healing and nutritional gifts from the plants, our wild and weedy friends, who grow locally in our hedgerows, gardens and fields.

  It is an experiential day of discussing and making remedies & includes a short Herbal Walk.                                                              

  Participants will bring home a Tincture, a Glycerite, an Herbal Vinegar & a Syrup, along with handouts containing recipes, instructions and nutritional info.

Cost including Materials €65

As this is a practical day of Herbal Remedy Making, places are limited to 8.

Booking in advance essential.

Tea / Coffee and lunch-time Soup is provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Bookings / Enquiries 086-8259432 (Sarah)


October 2016 workshop w/e. 29th/30th OCT:

Join my weekend workshop: ‘Introduction to Silkscreen Print on Fabric’.

Tuamgraney. East Clare.

Discover the joy of working with silkscreen to create and print your own designs onto fabric. Explore colour mixing and multiple layering through this versatile technique. Over two days you will be introduced to a variety of techniques, to develop your design and print skills.

No experience required – It’s fun and easy, suitable for all levels and any age.

Min 2 max 6 participants.                                        10 a.m-5 p.m Share light lunch.

Cost €160 including all materials.

Enquiries/booking: 086 3465684 or email:


Art Group:   

Tuesdays @ 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Express yourself through art in a welcoming and supportive environment.

€15 per session.

Contact Lesley on 061 924840      087 9511608


Irish speaker sought:

Irish speaker sought for potential participation in independent documentary about alternative “slow” ways of life, including educational systems like Steiner. It could be a parent from the school, someone associated with it, or even someone you may know; someone who’s embracing a slower pace of life in some way: they have moved to be closer to nature or for their children to obtain this type of education; they grow their own food or try to eat as organically and sustainable as possible; they have left a stressful job or place for a more balanced pace of life with a family or without; they’re producing and consuming less in various ways but have a richer life, etc. More information about the project in this link:

For further materials and questions please contact director-                                              Leticia / Mobile: 087 2885410


T’AI CHI WORKSHOP:                             

22 & 23 OCT.

with  Marko Nedeljkovic –

visiting teacher from Zurich.

Exploring natural effortless movement, interaction & being”

For details & registration:

contact Vicki Wood, 061924974



in CENTER, Feakle, co. Clare

Sundays 9 Oct, 6 Nov, & 27 Nov.

10.30am – 2pm./ €30 per workshop

themes: centring & grounding; healing the emotional body; 5 Elements.

Details &regn:  Vicki Wood 061924974


East Clare Co-op:

There will be a meditative workshop with Ina for 3 hours on Wednesday 19th October from 9.30-12.30

The theme will be caring for the earth and for the self.

Donations welcome-they will go the Co-op for the use of the room.



Nanny Goats For Sale:    

Two dry Nanny Goats who will (for the right family) bring lots of benefits. They have lovely personalities and have been a central part of my family and I will be sad to lose them. Goats like calm, weeds and shelter. In return they keep you calm, keep your garden weed (and flower) free and their raw milk is delicious. A home visit will be required, as goats are not for the faint-hearted, and need special attention to fencing, shelter and breeding. I am asking for €80, including posts and electric wire and food, which will be split between Raheen Wood School and Limerick Animal Welfare.

Please call Lisa on 086 365 8856.



A single mattress: good condition

A wooden baby’s cot: good condition
just in case there’s any confusion – it’s the cot that’s wooden!

2 metal High Beds – they’re like bunk beds, but with no bed on the bottom. Instead, there’s room for a desk, chair and small shelving unit. One of these has all three; one does not.

1 wooden high bed – raised bed with room underneath.

Phone Mark on 087-617-5896


If you wish to submit articles or adverts please note that the next deadline is Monday 7th  November (the first day back after the midterm break) to go out on Tuesday 8th November. 

The Newsletter is published by e-mail once a fortnight.

There is a small charge in advance for any adverts making money



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