Newsletter     2nd October 2018

Class 1 2 Trip to Scariff Library          Thursday 4th October                                      

Staff Planning Day            Friday 5th October School Closes 12pm

Anna Rainville Talk                 Saturday October 6th 1.30 to 3.30pm

Class 1 2 3 4 Theatre Trip               Monday 15th October   

Half Term Break:          Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November

ADVENT FAIR       Saturday 1st December        

Christmas Break:          Monday 24th December 2018 – Friday 4th January 2019

Half Term Break:     Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019


Verse of the Week

And when the golden summer sun grows weaker in our skies,

I know it really does not die – it just goes through a change.

For it has given its very self to me, in me it lies

As seed within my deepest heart – a thing most rich and strange.


This sun-seed – I must guard it, precious in my heart as gold.

It will live on in me through nights of winter, dark and cold,

Till lo, in spring a radiant, beauteous flower shall unfold!

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


School closures Friday and Monday:

The school would like to thank the parents for their understanding in relation to the recent unforeseen but unavoidable school closures. We know that the children (and parents) were disappointed not to have our WoW Day walk and Michaelmas feast.     A huge thanks goes to Henry Clifton-Brown and the team of well experts who worked so hard since last Thursday to restore our water supply. Henry and Alan spent most of their weekend here in an effort to repair the pump and electrics and reconnect us to the well.


Early Closure this Friday 5th October

The school will close early, 12 o’clock, on this Friday 5th October to facilitate staff training. The buses will collect the children as normal.


Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival

In October, classes 1 to 4 will be attending a show in the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival at the Belltable theatre in Limerick. We will be issuing permission slips for this trip this week. Thank you in advance for returning these promptly to the class teachers. Class 5 /6 will have their theatre trip later in the year.


Anna Rainville Talk

Raheen Wood is very privileged to have Anna Rainville, a renowned Steiner Waldorf educator for over thirty years, visit us again and to mentor and support us in our strivings to maintain our Steiner Waldorf ethos.

The Board of Management would like to invite parents to a visioning talk with Anna from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday 6th October in Raheen Wood.  I hope you will feel inspired by Anna.

Marian Twomey, Chair Board of Management


Materials for your Child:
Please pay any outstanding Materials monies through the school office, or directly into the school bank account, as soon as possible.


Craft Group:

The Craft Group are delighted to offer a birthday / special occasion commission service. Handcrafted toys are for sale every Thursday morning in the handwork room. Buy our beautiful gifts – a fantastic way of supporting our school as all monies raised go to the school.

Please follow and like us on facebook – Raheen Wood Steiner National School Craft Group. Orders can also be placed via facebook,

The Craft Group


ADVENT FAIR 2018  –            SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER               11am – 4pm

Many thanks to the many parents who have already stepped forward to co-ordinate various aspects of our Fair – see below!

We are very keen to find a couple of people to manage the RWSNS CAFE, hosted in the ALFA Old Room as before – key job!  Another key job – a couple of parents to co-ordinate the CLEAN-UP at the end of the Fair.

We also have gaps for:










Someone to help Mark Fortune with SIGNAGE

If you can help with any of the above, please drop us a line at

If you are not involved with any of these tasks, please expect to be asked later to help out with car park rotas, cafe rotas, food preparation, clean-up, etc.  To share the load fairly, every parent needs to lend a hand at some point before or during or after.




PONY RIDING               Mona Muller

CRYSTAL GARDEN      Sinead Duignan

CHILDREN’S STALL        Sara-Jane Kickham

PUPPET PLAY           Dawn Dickey

MUSIC                       Avia Gurman

RAFFLE                     Elizabeth Forster

CRAFT GROUP          Renate Aadrianse & Clair Hogan

BOOK FAIR              Maryrose Hennessy

ALFA PIZZA             Daniel Rajnoha

MONEY                     Lisa McLoughlin

PR                               Avia Gurman

SIGNAGE                  Mark Fortune                                                             

WELCOME DESK    Eavan Brennan

TICKETS & MAPS/TIMETABLE           Eavan Brennan

STALLHOLDERS     Roisin Russell

LIGHTING                Mark Fortune                                                             

MARQUEE                Mark Browne

ARCH                         Fiona Bury

CAR PARKING        Greg Wilms

SHUTTLE BUS          Bonnie Boyle


 With many thanks in advance from the Advent Fair Team,

Alan Dickey, Avia Gurman, Elizabeth Forster 

Something Magical is Becoming

“Continuity  –  Magic  – Community”


From the Fundraising Officer

Dear parents, I’m delighted and excited to take on this role and so grateful for all the wonderful projects of fundraising we have in the school.                                                            I would like to do my best to make them better, easier and more fun for all involved.

I would also like to welcome new fundraising ideas that might be floating around in people’s heads and encourage you to contact me about them.

So, if you have a new idea for fundraising, please use the this link and fill the fundraising form and I’ll do my best to support and assist.

With blessing of abundance



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. 


Raheen Wood Book Fair

Thank you to all who supported last year’s first ever book fair. This year we will be building on the success of last year’s pre-order system and also running a stall at the advent fair with a small selection of books.

Please remember that 50 % of all funds raised go directly to the school so this is a fantastic opportunity to support our school and purchase some wonderful gifts in the run up to the festive season. All titles on the Floris Books website are available to us at this discounted rate as a special school fundraiser.

The Floris books catalogue is available on

Forms for pre-orders will be distributed in October and orders placed in early November.

With thanks                                                                 

The Book Fair Team



Philip Shepherd Workshop

The wonderful facilitator Philip Shepherd will be back in Tuamgraney in October, this may be his last visit to Ireland for a while, so if your interested and you haven’t got to his workshop, now is the time.

I can’t but highly recommend this playful yet profound work!                                          Sinéad


See flyer attached with Newsletter for details


Quaker Meetings

We have Quaker Meetings on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8pm in the ALFA/ Raheen Wood Steiner Secondary School.

We meet together in silence and anyone present may speak if they feel moved to do so.

Next Meetings this year are: Tuesday 2nd October, 6th November, 4th December. All are welcome

Marian Twomey, 086 8516697



Frontline Stage School

is back in Scariff!!

Singing – Drama – Dancing

Wednesday afternoons, Scariff Rugby Club.

Contact Pamela McGlynn on 085 1342891


Adriana’s Sourdough Conscious Bread Workshop

 Where: Mountshannon

When: 20. and 21. October

At what time: at 9am and then at 8pm   

Price: 50€

Come and learn what it means to do sourdough bread and what are benefits of the sourdough bread. Then we will discus the differences between the yeast bread and the sourdough bread,

the differences between the whole grain and the white flour, difference between the spelt and the wheat flour and we will also discus what is causing shortage of nutrients in our bread and how we can change this. We will mix long fermented, 1x kneaded and slow baked sourdough bread. (Rye, Spelt and GF-Buckwheat/Brown rice, you can choose). You will learn how to do sourdough culture (mother culture) and easily digestible bread at home. After course you are will bring at home bread made by your own hands and you are will be able continue baking bread after my workshop at home!!!

P.S: please bring glass jar with lid with you, if you do like take sourdough culture from me

Contact me: 0894432793,


Adriana’s Lacto-fermentation and Sauerkraut Workshop

Where: Mountshannon

When: 4. October

At whot time: from 10am

Price: 35€

 Hello everybody, time for doing some lacto-fermenting together it is hire again :-)Please bring with you vegetables which you like to ferment or let me know if you like to do sauerkraut and I will order for you organic local cabbage.

Bring with you: 4.5-5kg vegetables (for 5l fermenting pot), or less if you want to do in 2l glas jar. Bring your fermenting pot (if you don’t have, you can buy at my house), or 2l Kilner Jar, notebook and pen.

I can’t wait see you hire and have fun together 🙂

Contact me: 0894432793,


Creative Space- Painting Sessions-Mountshannon

Drawing and Colour-Tuesdays, 10-12:30, 5th-26thNovember–                                                 We will progress on to more form-based sessions, combining drawing and form with colour.

While aimed at people who have had little or no experience with watercolour painting and drawing, it is an opportunity for anyone interested in painting.  Sessions are facilitated by Peggy Boyle.  Peggy has been involved in Steiner Education and the Arts for as long as she can remember; a kindergarten and class teacher, art and handwork  teacher at Raheen Wood and ALFA from 1988-2018.  Sessions include tea/coffee/snack. €55 for each  4 week session.   Contact Peggy at 085-2834773 or


East Clare Play Therapy                                   

 East Clare Play Therapy provides psychotherapy services for children and adolescents from ages 3 to 18 years. Play therapy and creative therapy can help children and adolescents who may be experiencing adjustment issues, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, interpersonal or developmental difficulties.  Child-centred play therapy and creative therapy engages the child or adolescent to explore and work through difficulties in a safe, creative space with the therapist. Primary caregivers are consulted with regularly during the child’s therapy. Melanie Brown is an experienced, accredited psychotherapist with IAHP, and holds an MA (hons) in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy.

Fees:    Private sessions  –  €60 (sliding scale)

Funded sessions –  €20 (available through Tusla at the East Clare Community Coop, a waiting list may apply to funded sessions)


Please contact me to enquire further, or make an appointment in confidentiality on:

Mobile –  087 1277232

Email –


Wood park – Bed & Breakfast

(3 Beds in shared room)

From September on, I am offering B&B for this 3 bed room shown below. I live on the edge of the beautiful village of Mountshannon, with its little harbour on Lough Derg, pubs and cafés, and the Aistear – the unique maze. Woodpark Lodge is on a quiet road surrounded by peaceful and beautiful countryside and about 12 mins drive from Raheen Wood Steiner National school. It is in easy walking distance of the woods and streams of Woodpark, with its beech trees and little winding paths.

I grow my own food and bake organic bread which I sell locally and all my cooking is done with mainly local, Irish and organic ingredients.

(Including GF, Vegan, Vegetarian)

Price per person €25

Contact me on phone: 0894432793, 0830598779,

or email:


2 Houses to Let: 

Old Hall Tuamgraney.

2 x 3 bed houses to let with shared garden. Call Malcolm on 0894849721 for more information.


For sale

Tranquil 3-bed,2-bath sustainable home, 25 min drive from Raheen school. Home to red squirrels, otters, hedgehogs and over 70 native medicinal plants. Wonderful ecology teaching opportunity.

Ref: SP0176.  Video:                                   Negotiable price for the right people. Private sale.


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