Class 6 Graduation                    Monday 26th June 7pm

Children’s Festival                     Tuesday 27th June 1.20pm

Parents’ Festival                          Wednesday 28th June 1.10pm  

Kindergarten Festival               Thursday 29th June 10am to 12pm                                 

Last Day of Summer Term:         Thursday 29th June School closes @ 12 noon

Start of 2017 / 2018 School Year       Wednesday 30th August 2017


Verse of the Week                                                  

 The light-filled beauty all around me everywhere,

It calls me to leave my earthly dwelling,

On wings of fancy sweeping, swooping, soaring light as air,

Where sun-rays glimmer and where waves of warmth are welling.


My Angel calls – his love I shall not shun;

For in the sparkling light and glowing warmth of sun,

With joy we fly together – and are truly one.


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


End of Year Festivals

Last Friday was the Pea Fair – indoors this year due to inclement weather – & St. John’s Festival. Thankfully the rain stopped just at the right minute to facilitate the torch procession and bonfire. Thanks to all who helped on the day – fire wardens, parking wardens, tea and coffee makers etc….

The Parents’ Festival is this Wednesday at 1.10pm – a chance to enjoy and celebrate the children’s work of the last term. Thursday is the day of the Kindergarten Festival from 10am to 12pm. It is also the last day of school, finishing at 12 noon.

We hope everybody has a very enjoyable Summer break.


School Photographs

A huge thank you to Larissa Manley for organizing the school photos for us this year, and thanks to Alan Dickey for his help in collating the orders. Photos will be distributed this week. Larissa is taking only a very small amount for her own costs and is generously donating the rest of the profits to the school – the final figure will be well over €750 which is fantastic. Many thanks Larissa!


Materials Charge for 2017 / 2018:

Reminder that a reduced materials charge of €150 per child can be paid in the office or into the school bank account until the end of June. After that the charge will be €200 per child.


Handwork Thanks

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our parent volunteers in Handwork.

Meabh Durand, Lori Foley and Philomela have assisted in this year’s Handwork lessons with so much enthusiasm and dedication. Much appreciated by all!

Mia & Susanna


  Handwork Display, Weds 28th June                                    

As part of the Parents’ Festival, all school families are warmly invited to come and celebrate the wonderful work created this year by the children in their Handwork lessons.

They have been working hard on their projects and would love to share them with you!

All are welcome to visit the Handwork Room from 12 noon on Wednesday, before attending the main school performances.

Many thanks, Mia & Susanna


Thanks to the Craft Group:

The school would like to sincerely thank the members of the Craft Group for their amazing efforts again this year. Proceeds from the sale of their handcrafts contribute very significantly to school fundraising every year for which we are very grateful. (The group are always looking for new members to join them on Thursday mornings, all welcome!).




Before and after the parents’ festival.


The craft group will be running our pop-up shop as a school fundraiser before and after the parents’ festival this Wednesday.

This is a wonderful opportunity to support our school and to purchase Steiner-Waldorf inspired gifts. Why not stock up on some

birthday gifts? ……. ‘medieval knight’ dress up sets only €30, assortment of hand-size animals from €5 – €15, the original ‘kitty-cat’

purse €10, disguise yourself as a fox / rabbit €12 and many more surprises.  Lots of ‘thoughtful’ gifts also available for that hard to buy for person….. Angel/ brooch/ star/ candle holder €10.

Come along for a browse, and purchase a couple of tickets for our summer raffle ‘Jousting Knights on their Chargers’ (see

below a photo of one of the knights!).  Tickets €2 or 3 for €5.  Raffle will be drawn at the end of the parents festival.



for The Craft Group 


2017 / 2018 Term dates:

The term dates for next year 2017/2018, distributed with the last Newsletter, can be found on the school website,


School Clean Dates:

The school clean will happen on the 24th and 25th of August. You will hear from your class rep as a reminder but please put these dates in your diary now and attend if you possibly can. When this task falls to only a few people it can be extremely onerous but if we all pitch in it will be done quickly and the children love to lend a hand too.


From the PA:

Many thanks to all who donated food, drinks, time and energy to the stall in the Mountshannon Arts Festival and those of you who came by to support it. It was a great success.

A massive thank you to Elaine and Mel from “Fuinneamh”, who brought their amazing community drum all the way from Kerry and worked tirelessly all day at the Green Fair in Mountshannon. A lot of people found their inner rhythm and had a lot of fun doing it. And not only that, but we raised €216.19 for Raheen Wood!!! Thanks to all of you who came to see us, Well done ladies and a pat on the back for us too!!!  The Coadys


Finally thank you to the PA committee who work so hard throughout the year, to the Board of Management, especially Anne, who have been so generous with their time and advice, to the teachers who give their precious time to meet us regularly, to Cecily who works so hard and to all the parents and extended families who do so much work seen and unseen to keep our beloved school going.


Soup & Bread 2016/2017:                                     

Dear Parents,

After a very successful and tasty year of organic soup and homemade bread, on behalf of a dedicated team of parents, I want say a big THANK YOU to you all for supporting our Friday fundraiser!

I’m delighted to report that together we have raised €1,846.76 for our wonderful school. This has only been possible because parents said ‘YES’ to cooking, baking, serving and delivering hot soup to school,week after week and sometimes at short notice !

THANK YOU  Gemma, Agnes, Jenny, Jo, Donna, Shane, Eavan, Mona, Vlad, Virginia, Debra, Philomela and Ali for your contributions during the year and to Noreen for supplying our trusty soup pot!

I hope we will be back with Soup on Friday, September 8th, a letter will go out in the first week of term.

Have a great Summer!

On behalf of the Soup & Bread folk,



   A big, big thank-you to Mariel and her team for their hard work in delivering the soup and bread to the children this year – the school very much appreciate your efforts.


Report from the board meeting 15th June 2017:                                                  Fundraising/Parental donations
For your information, to the end of May the amount raised was €40,071. This is €29,929 short of the target for this year and €15,961 short of the budget minimum of €56,032.
Please remember that the office is still open for donations for this school year and for any of you who have not yet filled out your tax forms (remember they can make a huge difference to the school at no extra cost to you).


The board will meet on 10th July to assess the financial position at the end of the school year and to budget for the coming year.


The data protection policy and photography policy have been ratified by the board and sent to the Parents Association


Garda Vetting

The board encourages all parents to complete Garda vetting forms which will clear them to volunteer for any activities during the school year. These forms are available from the school office.

School Gate to Forest

The agreement between the school and the landowner does not permit the opening of the school gate to the forest outside of school hours.


To our graduating class 6, we wish you all the best in the next phase of your education, and to those families who are moving on, we thank you for your contribution to our school over the years.

For those returning, we wish you all a very happy and relaxing summer, and look forward to seeing you in September.


Anne O’Reilly, Chairperson


Fridge Freezer needed:

The Kindergarten are in need of a fridge freezer in good working order. If anyone has one they don’t need, please contact the office.


RWSNS Summer Festival Fundraiser Tonight!!


A huge thank-you and the best of luck to Avia and her team with the workshop and concert tonight. It looks like it will be an amazing evening.



 Summer Craft Camp:

Weaving, sewing, felting, cooking and more…

3/4/5th July

10/11/12th July

17/18/19th July

10am to 3pm €80 per week

In Scarriff  – call Grace on 0877198587


School of Felt

An opportunity for children to experience all things felt.

Starting with simple wet felting projects like making flowers

becoming more complex with projects like slippers.


7/14/21st July

10-1pm each session costs 20 euros

In Scarriff  – call Grace on 0877198587


Kildare Steiner School Summer Camps:

We are delighted to announce that we will be running two Summer Camps
this year! The first is for children aged 12-17 years and will take place from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August. It will involve
building an outdoor shelter, learning to cook over an open fire and
co-operative games.

The second is for 10-12 year olds and will be a science and nature camp, where children can perform experiments, build a field kitchen, cook outdoors and play co-operative games.

Both camps are being run by Ray Edward, an experienced Steiner Secondary School teacher and will run from 9.30am to 3pm each day. Early booking is advised as numbers are limited for each camp. Please e-mail or call Clare on 087 1274362 for further
details. (flyers for both camps are attached with the Newsletter).





FOR SALE:                                                        

Tulla County Clare.

Organic Smallholding on 11 acres.       

Renovated Stone Cottage

Large Gardens /Lots of Fruit trees / Polytunnels

Further details from Kath

Tel 00353 65 6835924.   Or full details on ( Tulla property.)



Room to let:

Room to let with use of house/garden and all facilities in Ballina (central) next to lake.

Contact 0876197728



Kittens looking for a home:

Four very cute black and white kittens are looking for a loving home. They were born on the 25th April.

Call Sinead on 0872440186, see photo- 2 tom-kittens are in the foreground and 2 girls in basket (we think!).




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