Newsletter 3rd December 2019

Staff Training Day                     Thursday 5th December School Closes 12pm

Children’s Festival                           Wednesday 18th December 1.20pm

Parents’ Festival                              Thursday 19th December 1.20pm

School closes at 12pm on Friday 20th for Christmas Holidays

Christmas Break:            Monday 23rd December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020

School Re-opens                    Monday 6th January 2020

Primary Language Curriculum Training           Tuesday 14th January School Closed

Half Term Break:                  Monday 17th – Friday 21st February 2020


Verse of the Week

Unto myself I must be true

And when my tasks I rightly do,

Then God, from my own will, the world with light is filling.


Though sometimes I feel weak and small,

I’m linked with love unto the All.

And I grow stronger when to do God’s work I’m willing.


From – In the Light of a Child,                                         

  Michael Hedley Burton


Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

Week starting 2nd December:  Niamh Ruiséal & Mark Connolly

Week starting 9th December: Franci Corbett

Week starting 16th December:  Firouz Benchelef & Adam Daw

Week starting 6th January: Daniel Burge & Tembre De Carteret

 Thank you


 Staff Training Day

School will close early, 12pm, this Thursday 5th December to facilitate staff training. Buses will collect at this time.


School Closure:                                                                                                                                  As sanctioned by the Department of Education, the school will be closed on Tuesday 14th January to facilitate a full-day’s training for the teachers on the new Primary Language Curriculum.



ADVENT FAIR 2019                      Gratitude & Congratulations

Many thanks to all who contributed to making Saturday such a successful Fair Day again this year.  It is a wonderful community effort, with so many people so generous with their time and skills, and so many visiting families enjoying a memorable day out at Raheen Wood.

Early counting indicates we have had a very healthy fundraising event – details to follow!

Class 3 / 4 & Class 5 / 6 Thanks                     

Many thanks from classes 3,4,5 & 6 to all who visited their stalls and purchased their crafts at the Fair. There are still some Winter Activity Booklets – with poems, stories and puzzles – compiled by Class 3 / 4 available to purchase for €5 each.


Craft Group News:

Craft group would like to thank everybody who contributed to the success of this years Advent Fair. It was a lot of work but well worth it. A huge community effort!  Everybody seemed to have enjoyed it. It was a very nice day with lots of visitors who showed their appreciation by complimenting our beautiful display of crafts and by spending lots of money at our stall in the handwork room. We made an amazing €2111.47!!! We got pretty cleared out.

Also during November at the Bláthú Conference in Limerick a few parents sold raffle tickets and crafts for €110 on our behalf. The raffle prize was a selection of crafts. Thank you very much!

Leading up to the Advent Fair we sold crafts for another €86.90.

Craft Group is handing €2293.50 to the school today.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to Jenny Lienhard and family who donated a large amount of wool and some doll-making sets to Craft Group. We will be sharing her gift with Susanna for the handwork classes, with Kindergarten and with ALFA. The doll-making sets will be for sale at a huge discount at our craft stall at the Parent Festival.

If you still need some presents before the Parent Festival we will be as usual on Thursday mornings in the handwork room.

 Renate, for the Craft Group.


Book Fair Thanks

Massive thank you to all of you who took the time to support the book fair, we have a small collection of books still available.We will be returning unsold books to Floris books at the end of the week so please if you’re interested in any of the following stop by the office.

Isabel Wyatt – we have the following titles: (€10)

Ledgends of the Norse Kings

Ledgends of King Arthur

Magical Wonder Tales

Seven year old wonder book

For older children 8- 12 we have @ €8.40 each)

The Accidental Time Traveller – Janis McKay

The Shapeshifters Guide to Running Away – Lari Don

First Aid for Fairies – Lari Don

We also have Tomten Tales – The Tomten and the Fox (€18)

Illustrated Nursery Rhymes (€15)

Evie the Strawberry Patch Fairy (€13)

The Three Wise Men (€12)

Little Pearl (€13)

An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm’s Fairy Tales – (€18)

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends – €18

Through the Rainbow

A Waldorf Birthday Story for Children – €15


For adults we have

Gardening as a sacred art (€20)

Weeds and what they tell us (€9.6)

Stargazers Almanac (€18)


Bláthú / Lifeways Conference Thanks   Many thanks to the fabulous ladies who worked brilliantly to cater for the BLÁTHÚ / LIFEWAYS Conference on 23rd November, Lavender, Eavan, Ziva, Melinda and Fiona from Class 3/4 who worked on the day, and Donna, Lisa, and Avia who supported with lots of yummy food.  There was great feedback from the attendees of the Conference, and they raised a whopping €1150 for the School!!!!!  Well done!

From the PA

Bag Pack Thanks                                         

A big thank you to Marah Weissbrich and her helpers including Arthur, Anna & Virginia, who organised a bag pack for the school in Supervalu in Killaloe recently. Their efforts raised a terrific €315!


School Calendars:                                             

There are still some of the lovely school calendars left to buy from the office for anybody who would like one… €10 each.


Fundraising Information                        

Dear parents,

Our fundraising efforts started off this year on a great note with many wonderful fundraising opportunities in which parents could contribute.

Every one of these activities and the funds they raise are very meaningful for our school and community

We would also like to welcome new ideas of fundraiser, small and big for 2020.

Our team will support those efforts as best as possible.

If you have a great idea and are planning a fundraiser, please fill the proposal form at the link below and return to If it is a new fundraiser, not done by the school before, please let us know at least 6 weeks before the date of the fundraiser so we can forward it to the Board of Management for approval.

Also, all forms are available with envelopes in Cecily’s office for your convenience.

Once a fundraiser is finished please fill the fundraiser report section and pass it on to Avia Gurman – Oriel’s mother from class 2 email

Thank you so much for all your efforts so far and let the ideas roll with blessings of much abundance.

with warm wishes

Avia & Fiona


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.


Emergency School Closures                             

In the event that the school needs to close unexpectedly, due to a power or water outage, or for any other reason, we will endeavour to contact all parents via text message as early as possible. Please ensure that the office has your correct mobile phone number.



AppleOak FibreWorks – we have moved!  Hello all, we have moved the Shop and Natural Dyeing operation to McLysaght’s Units in Raheen (Glass houses on the main road, Green Gate with green Sign for McLysaghts), literally only one minute away from Raheen school. The studio and therefore the shop is open from 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri. Because the estate is closed by an electric gate, it is important to send me a text or ring me to arrange access (only a little obstacle!) Everybody is welcome to visit! Ring Jenny: 0870911275

In case you like to see what we have and do:

And for crafting Supplies:


Job Vacancy:                                             

Job vacancy for a Steiner Kindergarten Assistant /Early Years practitioner at the Two Rivers (Steiner-based) community Kindergarten, Ballydehob,West Cork

Starting January/February 2020.

Offering 22 ½  hours

9am to 1.30 pm

Monday to Friday during school term times

38 ECCE weeks.

Experience and early years qualifications needed, minimum Fetac 6  (Steiner early years training not necessary)

If you are interested, in working at this wonderful preschool, on a 20 acre wildlife sanctuary in beautiful West Cork, Ballydehob.

Please send your CV by Sunday 8th December to

Weekend interviews on Saturday 14th December (or near that date)


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