16th April 2018


Class  3 4 Bake sale                                 Friday 20th April in the Bike Shed 1.20pm to 2.40pm

Clothes Swap (rescheduled)          Saturday 21st April 11am-3pm in Kindergarten

All School Budget Meeting (rescheduled)    Thursday 26th April 7.30 to 9pm

May Bank Holiday           Monday 7th May

Staff Child Protection Training Day                Wednesday 9th May School Closed

School Planning Day              Thursday 17th May 12pm Close

Class 1 / 2 School Tour                 Thursday 24th May

Class 3 /  4 Camping Trip                  May 30th & 31st (Wednesday & Thursday)

Half Term Break                    Monday 4th (BH) & Tuesday 5th June

Class 5 / 6 Steiner Olympics          June 11th to 14th (Monday to Thursday incl.)

RWSNS Summer Festival                 Sunday 10th June (Save the date – details to follow!)                                           

Last day of Summer term               Thursday 28th June

                 Verse of the Week                                             

There once on earth was a Golden Age

When the veilings of light were a heavenly sign.

When the secrets of Nature were read like a page

By the people, still wrapped in stars’ shimmer and shine.

It’s seldom amongst us that gods can be seen;

And now there are fewer folks friends to the elves.

And yet in this surging of growth and of green,

My Angel speaks out to the great stars themselves:

“This child that I guide on the world’s winding ways,

He once saw your flame and he knows how it burns.

In the darkness I’ll lead him, through life’s earthly maze

Till he win his own strength, and the victory earns.”


From – In the Light of a Child,  

 Michael Hedley Burton


School Improvements     

Over Easter, the school undertook works to split ALFA and RWSNS, necessary before the new building can progress.We would like to thank our Landlord, Cooleenbridge, for making it possible to make the very best of the necessary boundary changes.

We would also like to express a HUGE thank you to Tristan, Antonio and the big gang of teachers and parents who came out to help on Saturday 7th and worked valiantly to create a whole new world of adventure and fun!

The children are very excited and the whole school is very grateful – and in passing, a lot of fun was had on the day.


All at RWSNS                    


Baka Beyond Music Workshop                       

Last Friday April 13th, Su Hart brought her music and dance workshop – inspired by the life and music of the Baka hunter-gatherers – to the children in the main school. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and found Su’s enthusiasm inspiring and infectious – they had a great day with her.



All School Budget Meeting                   

The rescheduled all school budget meeting will now take place on Thursday 26th April from 7.30 to 9pm. This had been postponed out of respect to the families who experienced a loss of a family member in recent months.

This is a very important meeting regarding the funding of the school and how we are doing against our target. Parental donations are the backbone of the Steiner elements to our school. Without them our school would not be the unique and wonderful school that it is.

We urge that all parents please attend this meeting if possible. There will be an opportunity to air any issues that parents may feel have not been heard which in turn will help create an action plan to keep our school functioning and moving forward.. look forward to seeing you all.



Clothes Swap

Due to snow, we didn’t have the clothes swap in March but the good news is that it will go ahead on Saturday 21st April 11-3pm at the Kindergarten.  Please bring along clean and undamaged clothes, bags, shoes for men, women and children that you wish to swap to the eurythmy room on Friday 20th April 9-230 and Saturday 21st from 9-10. No toys or bric a brac. We are looking for volunteers to bake cakes for the day as well as people to help with intake of clothes in Friday, set up on Friday afternoon as well as throughout the event on Saturday. Please get in touch with Sinéad on 0858267751 to offer an hour or two support. Proceeds raised from the event will go to the school and to Suzanne Hammond and family after the recent passing of Mark Morby.




School Photographer Needed                          

We are currently down one school photographer and are looking for a volunteer who may be able to help? Let the office know if you would be available on occasion to take pictures at important school events and happenings. We are still working on a way to be able to share photos with the school community.


Craft Group News                                         

 Thank you for supporting the school this Easter. The beautiful raffle prize was won by Class 1/2 teacher Mary Jo and raised €132. We also sold crafts for €461 at the Parent Festival. Other Craft sales over Easter raised another €187. This makes a total of €780! Well done everybody.

  • Remember Craft Group is every Thursday in the Handwork room. You can buy our crafts all year round and you can commission us to make special gifts- just talk to us.
  • We are also looking for new members as our group has shrunk. Come along and drop in to see what we are making – even if you can only come occasionally. And if the Thursday doesn’t suit you, pick up some ideas and material and start your own little group at home.


Upcoming short course in Steiner Pedagogy                                                             

Starting in Mary Immaculate College on Thursday 26th April for 6 weeks. See attached flyer for details.




Mountshannon Arts Festival Green Fair

The Mountshannon Arts Festival is once again hosting the Green Fair over the June bank holiday weekend, Saturday, 2 June and Sunday 3rd June.

Saturday, 2nd of June will be a Children’s and Family Day with many activities for the children including puppet shows for young and old, canoeing, sailing, circus skills, art workshops and other activities for the children, face-painting, openings of the Art Trail and other exhibitions.

Sunday, 3rd June we will have all day entertainment in the marquee, sailing on the lake, art/music workshops and art exhibitions around the village.

If you are interested in having a stall on one or both days, please send email to:

We would also like any potential face painters to get in touch!

Hope to see you there.

Peggy Boyle



Work Experience on Farm Sought

Dear ladies and gentlemen at Raheenwood school!

We are two students from a little Steiner school in Berlin, looking for an Irish farm, where we could do our work experience in September (10th to 30th).

We look for a farm with cows, sheep or pigs and enough work to do for around 8 hours per day for each of us!

We are 15 and 14 years old girls loving animals, nature, horses and working outside.

As it is very difficult for us to find a good place, we thought about asking you, if you could help us with a suggestion.

We would be very happy and grateful if you could help us fulfilling our big dream of working in Ireland!

Many regards from Berlin,

Antonia Graichen and Milena Müller-Löffelholz

Email contact (Mother of Antonia)






Quiet, private space available for hire,

by the hour or full / half days etc.

Own entrance and car parking.

Therapy room, plus smaller room for clients to rest after,

or as a waiting room.

Would suit therapy, counsellors, music lessons (not drums),

small meetings, etc.

Please ring Penelope on 086 3358579 for more information.



Hens for Sale:

Organic hens for sale from €5 to €15. Also chicken coops made to order.

Glebe House, Tuamgraney

061 922950

086 2706849



Quaker Meetings (Society of Friends)      a

re held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8pm in Raheen Wood Steiner Secondary ALFA School.

Friends (Quakers) meet together in silence believing that the Holy Spirit, however perceived, will lead us to worship.  Any person who feels moved to do so may speak at the meeting. We believe that God exists in everyone, so that anyone can experience divine love and guidance.

Next 2018 Meetings: 1st May, 5th June. All Welcome. Contact Marian on 086-851 6697



Seeking Rental Accommodation 

My family is locating to the area and wish to rent a 3 / 4 bed house in the Killaloe / Ballina area.

Please contact John or Gillian at 0851381065.


For Sale:                                                       

4 bed house on 14 acres. Lake side, beautiful views, stables and garage.                    5 mins from Raheen Wood School.                    Please call 087 2041189

For Sale:                                                               

1.9 acres of land, 10 minutes from Raheen Wood School. Planning lapsed.                           Please call 087 9824748


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