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Raheen Wood Steiner National School

Upcoming dates

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

Class 3 4 Book Festival Workshop     Wednesday 12th October Scariff Library

Class 3 4 5 6 Theatre Trip  Tuesday 18th October   

Class 1 2 Theatre Trip    Friday 21st October

Half Term Break:  Monday 31stOctober – Friday 4th November

Christmas Break:  Friday 23rd December 2016 – Friday 6th January 2017 incl.

Half Term Break:  Monday 20th – Friday 24th February 2017

St Patrick’s Day Holiday:  Friday 17th March

Easter Break:  Monday 10th April 2017 – Friday 21st April 2017 incl.


Verse of the Week

Though much is changing, I stand strong

And in the darkness shine.

For sleep, the plants and creatures long

But I have work divine.


For sun-seeds golden I’ll be sowing,

Warmly from my heart’s depth’s glowing,

Into winter’s icy flowing.

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


Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

Week starting 19th September:  Penelope Chung

Week starting 26th September:  Noreen & Henry Clifton-Brown

Week starting 03rd October:  Michele & David Coleman

Week starting 10th October: Niamh Ruiséal & Mark Connolly

Thank you

(note to new parents: we operate a laundry rota among families in the main school, for the washing of the towels and tea-towels that are used on a weekly basis – your help in this is greatly appreciated.)


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 Thursday 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 this Friday 23rd.  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 Main School 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.


Please return any outstanding soup & sandwich / parental activity forms to the office by tomorrow. Soup and sandwiches will start on Friday.


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.


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. As it can take quite a while to process the paperwork, it is recommended that you contact the office today to collect a form.  In addition, parents can check that their clearance is still valid.  It’s best to have it all organised before the class trips come around in the summer term.


Craft Group:                                                                                                                                            The craft group meet every Thursday morning in the Eurythmy room at the school between 9 am and 1 pm.  All are welcome.

The craft group are parents and friends of the school, who make Steiner inspired crafts, gifts & toys.  We sell these items as a fundraiser for our school.  We are busy now making Christmas decorations etc for the Advent Fair.  No skills are needed to join the group – just a willingness to try.  Come for an hour – or stay the whole morning.  A cup of tea is always on offer…

Michelle, 086-8045250,                                                                                                                                              for the Craft Group 


 CRAFT GROUP                                                                                                                                    2015/2016 ACCOUNTS:

Opening Balance  (Sept 2015)      € 968


Materials                                      (623)

Teas & Milk                                  (125)

Chocolate (Easter)                     (32)_



Misc Sales                                                            440

KG Conference                                                    174

RDS Sales                                                              201

Advent Fair                                                       1,742

Christmas Sales                                                 209

Christmas Raffle                                               322

Open day                                                               75

Easter Raffle                                                       179

Easter Sales                                                        526

Summer Raffle                                                  104

SummerSales                                          __      140 _

Total €4,112

Donations to School (RWSNS)                                 (€3,672)

Balance (Sept 2016)                                                        €608

Michelle Robson, for the Craft Group.




Meeting: 7.30pm Thursday 22nd Sept, East Clare Golf Club, Bodyke.

This meeting is for parents who would like their children to take the sacraments of their First Holy Communion  & Reconciliation in the parish of Ogonnelloe this school year.

Any queries contact Michelle Robson, 086-8045250.



Meeting: 7.30pm Wednesday 26th Oct, East Clare Golf Club, Bodyke.

This meeting is for parents who would like their children to take the sacrament of Confirmation in the parish of Ogonnelloe this school year.

Any queries contact Michelle Robson, 086-8045250.


Art Group:                                                  

Tuesdays @ 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Express yourself through art in a welcoming and supportive environment.

€15 per session. Contact Lesley on 061 924840      087 9511608


 Music lessons:

September 2016

Enrolment: Students to arrange lesson directly with teachers.

Piano: Liz Cross 087 6498947

Tin whistle / Banjo / Fiddle / Button Accordion / Mandolin / Bodhran:           Michael Grogan 087 2441076

Set Dancing: Rachel Grogan  086 3906965

Double Bass: Marcus Hulme  086 2423641


 Clare Women’s Network presents:

SILENCE + VOICE: Éigse Na mBan – Gathering of Women : 8th & 9th October, 9am to 5pm, Dánlann An Chláir, Ennis.

A festival of words, poetry, dance,music and song. Of art and photography. Of debating and learning. With speakers, performances, discussions. Creche available.

Contact: email:  tel: 085 2162848

Facebook: SilenceVoiceAFestivalofFeminisms2016


 Irish Dancing Classes:

Tuesday 20th September at 6pm for beginners, at 7pm for all dancers – in Mountshannon hotel.

  • New dancers welcome
  • All ages and levels
  • Classes are €5 per class per pupil or payment can be made by term
  • Fully qualified, registered, insured and Garda vetted teacher
  • Come along for an enjoyable pastime to make friends
  • Primary aim is to ensure that the Irish dancing tradition is encouraged and carried on to the next generation. Competition is secondary to this.

Any queries please contact Joanne Dunphy Allen on086 8177649


 Extra help needed in Junior Cert/Leaving Cert Maths??

Alfa will be offering a series of weekly Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Maths support classes starting Tuesday 20th September after school.
Sile Prendergast will teach the Junior Cert group and Cormac Griffith will teach the Leaving Cert group.
There will be a maximum of 4 students in each group.
Junior Cert Pass / 1st years :   4.30pm – 5.40pm
Junior Cert Hons / 2nd and 3rd year:   5.45 pm – 7 pm.
Cost  is €15 per class.                                         Contact Sile. 087 2405518
Leaving Cert Pass class: 4.30 pm – 5.40 pm
Leaving Cert Honours class : 5.45pm – 7 pm
Cost is €15 per class                                          Contact Cormac 086 3352992


Healing Room Clinic Killaloe SPECIAL OFFER!!!                                                       

All Parents,Children,Teachers & family associated with Raheen Wood Steiner National School and A.L.F.A. are now entitled to a 30% discount at the Healing Room Clinic, Killaloe. With Amanda Bloomfield C.S.T.T. I.T.E.C.

Available Therapies include; CranioSacral Therapy,Reflexology,Hot Stones Massage,Indian Head Massage,Therapeutic Massage,Reiki,Ear candling. Just mention R.W.S.N.S when you make an appointment; phone 0877755685


AVAILABLE FREE!                                              

A single mattress: good condition

A wooden baby’s cot: good condition
just in case there’s any confusion – it’s the cot that’s wooden!

Phone Mark on 087-617-5896


House for rent

3 bedroom house for rent near Tuamgraney

Reasonable rent

No rent allowance accepted

Contact Avryl 0876197728


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