Parents Association Meeting              Tuesday 12th Sept 9am ALFA

Kindergarten Parent Evening:           Tuesday 12th September 7pm

Class 1 / 2 Parent Evening:                   Tuesday 19th September 7pm

School Planning Day:                            Thursday 21st September 12pm close

Michaelmas Festival & Waldorf One World Day:         Friday 29th September

Class 3 4 5 6 Theatre Trip         Tuesday 10th October   

Half Term Break:       Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November

Advent Fair              Saturday 2nd December

Christmas Break:          Monday 25th December 2017 – Friday 5th January 2018

Half Term Break:                    Monday 12th – Friday 16th February 2018


Verse of the Week

In striving forth toward the goal,

I feel new firmness in my soul.

The I-of-God in knowing sight

Fills all my will with gleaming light.

And in these hidden depths, this radiant glow,

By bringing light to darkness, makes the good fruit grow.

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



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 €200 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, as soon as possible.


 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. 


 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.


Packed Lunches Reminder

A reminder to parents of children in Main School classes that our policy is to have simple healthy packed lunches as a matter of course.  There should be no crisps or chocolate in the lunchboxes.


Parent-Teacher Communications

The school places great importance on parents being easily able to speak with their children’s teachers about any questions or concerns that might arise.  At the same time there is an important balance to be respected in terms of teachers’ personal lives outside the working day in school.

Requests to speak with teachers should be made either by contacting the school office, or by writing in the child’s Home-School book.

It follows therefore that it is not appropriate for parents to contact teachers on their personal telephone numbers or personal email addresses. Thank you in advance for respecting this procedure.


Emergency Contact Forms:

Please inform Cecily as soon as possible of any changes to the emergency contact details for your child on their Emergency contact form held in the office.


Michaelmas Festival

& Waldorf One World Day

Sponsored Walk

Michaelmas, the first festival of the school year, is fast approaching.  We will be celebrating the festival on Friday 29th September. In the Main School, we will once again this year be organising a sponsored walk in Ballycuggaran Forest, followed by a celebratory feast back at school.  This is our way of taking part in the world-wide efforts of Steiner-Waldorf schools to raise money for educational and social projects that need our support.


Lots of parental assistance is needed to help the children carry out their Michaelmas deed:  stocking the Harvest Table, helping classes prepare the feast the day before, helping children with the task of gathering sponsors, and providing transport to and from Ballycuggaran on the day. The children will be bringing home an information sheet, sponsorship form, and permission slip with them shortly. Class Reps will also be in touch to organise volunteers.  Thank you in advance for helping to make the event the great success it has been in past years.


The Kindergarten children will have their own festival in the Kindergarten grounds.


Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival

In October, the older classes will be attending shows in the Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival at the Lime Tree / Belltable theatres in Limerick. We will shortly be issuing permission slips for these tours.  Thank you in advance for returning these promptly to the class teachers.



Welcome back from the PA

Welcome back everybody and welcome to the new families it is lovely to have you with us.

A few reminders: Please remember and support the clothing and lunchbox policies-full details on the website

Please be nice to the car park attendants at big events throughout the year, they are there to keep us all safe

Please answer if your class rep asks for help, even if you can’t it helps them not to feel all alone in the world.

Our first monthly Parents Association meeting is tomorrow morning Tuesday 12th at 9am in ALFA. All are welcome including babies and toddlers and as always you can contact us at

Thanks! The PA


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. The Garda Vetting Invitation form is attached with the Newsletter. If you would like to be vetted by the school, fill in the form and bring it to the office to start the process. It’s best to have it all organised before the class trips come around in the summer term.


Pupil Personal Accident Insurance:

There is a form and an explanatory letter attached for those who wish to purchase this insurance. Please complete and return to the office with payment by next Monday 18th September.

Thanks, Cecily




Opening balance 30/08/16       € 608


Misc Sales                                       614
Advent sales                                 1,815
Christmas sales                               389
Easter Sales                                     662
Summer Sales                                 551
Christmas raffle                                87
Easter raffle                                     259
Summer raffle                                 145
Total Sales/Raffles                 € 4,522

Materials                                         483
Storage Boxes                                  99
Chocolates                                        48
Frames                                              70
Teas & Milk                                     13
Total  Costs                             (€  713)

Donations to RWSNS
November 2016                            1,815
December 2016                               476
May 2017                                         921
June 2017                                        696
Total donated to School                                     (€ 3,908)

Closing Balance 30/06/17        € 508




for the Craft Group


The craft group is a voluntary group of parents & friends of Raheen Wood Steiner National School that gather together to make crafts which we sell to raise money for the school.  Last year we raised € 3,908.

We meet every Thursday in the school handwork room from 9am – 1pm.  All parents & friends are very welcome to join us.

It would be lovely to see some new faces, and welcome back some old hands.  Come when you can and for as long as you can – the kettle is always on.

Craft Group Coffee Morning:

This Thursday 14th September in the Handwork room
The craft group would like to invite old friends and new to join us this Thursday in the Handwork room after drop-off for a coffee and a chat. Come and try some simple crafts – no experience necessary. Materials are all there and experienced hands will show you how. Have a cuppa and a biscuit – toddlers welcome. Come for an hour, or stay the morning.
We look forward to seeing you.

The Craft Group



Advent Fair is Saturday the 2nd of December 

The core group of the advent fair will meet this week. We will begin the steps toward creating the Advent Fair 2017.  We are working for a well organised, well held, community event and celebration. Over the next couple weeks we will be doing the foundation work for this year’s fair. It would be great if every family could free the day of the fair now and we will be in touch with further details in the next newsletter.


Bonnie for the fair team 





comes to East Clare!
Classes will begin on Wednesday the 20th of September in Scariff rugby club. Please call Pamela on 0851342891 to book a place. Both Pamela and Jean have been involved with the very popular Bualadh Bos summer camp, as facilitators and programme designer.


These craft classes consist of mixed media focusing on sewing, felting, paper craft and more starting on Wednesday 27th September in the Alfa Project. I collect the children from kindergarten at 1.30pm. Parents can collect children from there at 2.30pm and I put some children on the bus.
Classes are €12.50 per session. To book a place call Grace on 08771 98587
These are fun sessions introducing children to the wonderful world of felting and its possibilities. These classes are held in Scarriff monthly on a Saturday from 10-1pm. The cost is €20. September 30th. 28th October, 25th November and 23rd December. To book a place call Grace on 08771 98587.


Yoga Classes                                                   

Autumn Yoga Classes at the east clare yoga centre, Tuamgraney start back next week – Sept 19-21.   We are located beside RWSNS (signposted Boru Oak Lodge on Ogonnelloe/Killaloe road).  Tues & Weds morning 9.30.  Tues 8pm, Weds 6.15pm & 8.15 pm and Thurs evening beginners class at 7pm.  All classes 1.5 hrs and taught by fully qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers.  Tel. 061 640923  Text 087 7521783, or visit for further details.



2 bedroom house with large studio & garden etc

For small family or

2 Rooms in a houseshare with large studio etc

Near RWSNS and Raheen woods Tuamgraney

Contact 0876686477


Scouting in East Clare:                                      

10th Clare Scout Group Open Day – Saturday 24th September, 2.30pm to 4.30pm Derg Isle Adventure Centre Scariff.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts. Starts back late Sept/early Oct – all welcome!




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