Newsletter  1st April 2019

Children’s Festival            Wednesday 10th April 1.20pm  

Parents’ Festival                 Thursday 11th April 1.20pm

Kindergarten Festival         Friday 12th April 8.50am to 12pm

Spring term Ends:          Friday 12th April School Closes at 12pm

Easter Break:            Monday 15th April – Friday 26th April 2019 incl.

Summer Term Starts:                  Monday 29th April   

May Bank Holiday                         Monday 6th May

Class 3 4 Camping Trip          May 29th & 30th (Wednesday & Thursday)

Half Term Break        Monday 3rd (BH) & Tuesday 4th June

Last day of Summer term        Thursday 27th June


Verse of the Week

From deep in my heart this world I love –

The green, green hills and the mountains above,

The sea so blue and the sunlight gold,

And everything that I behold.


And I become stronger as I grow,

For all of God’s Angels are with me I know.

Angels of water, fire, earth and air,

Always stay by me. This is my prayer.


From – In the Light of a Child,  

 Michael Hedley Burton



Craft Group: 

The Craft Group extends a warm welcome to our Easter Craft Sale on April 11th at the Parents’ Festival. We will have a lovely selection of Easter decorations, crafts and children’s Easter baskets (baskets varying in price from €2 to €6). Secret purchases can be made in advance, just contact Clair to make arrangements. We also have a beautiful raffle prize – a lovely wool picture or a voucher for the craft stall.

Tickets are €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

Hope to see you all there.

Clair and all at Craft Group

Please follow us on our face book page   ‘Raheen Wood Steiner National School Craft Group’ to see some of the new items for sale at our Easter craft stall.


Notes from the March Board of Management meeting

  • The BOM wishes to thank Debora and Martin Conroy (parents of Leah in class 6) for setting up their Dome in Scarriff for the day and allowing Classes 3, 4, 5 & 6 to experience the full Planetarium experience.
  • The BOM wishes to thank Franci Corbett for organising the Class 5/6 Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball and for encouraging them to a great performance in Ennis.


  • The BoM have agreed to fund woodwork classes for Class 5 6 (which started today!)
  • The teachers have been busily engaging in various extra professional development training courses this month.
  • The BOM supported the decision to facilitate those children who want to take part in the Children’s March for the environment


  • The BOM ratified changes to the Enrolment policy; bringing forward the final date for enrolment and for the offering of places and introducing parental acceptance of the Code of Conduct with place acceptance.
  • Child Safety Statement has been reviewed and will be updated online shortly.
  • The BOM continue to be very concerned at the level of Voluntary Contributions and fundraising which, at the current level, will cause the school to miss its budget this year. The BOM will be writing out to all parents and will host an emergency Budget Meeting to outline the possible consequences of any further budget cuts.





ALFA Drama Production –                    The Two Noble Kinsmen

We are delighted to announce the Raheen Wood ALFA drama production for 2019 – an Irish premiere (we believe) of William Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen.

A good time for Raheen Wood children to see it would perhaps be the Friday matinee on April 12th.  There would be time to collect from the 12.00 early finish, and be in Feakle in time for pre-play refreshments at the Hall before the matinee performance begins at 1.15.

Otherwise, evening performances at 7 pm on Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 12.  Unfortunately the play is not suitable for children under 5 – but anyone older than that will enjoy a theatrical gem about two cousins who are best friends in the world – until they fall in love with the same fair maid.  Complete with Morris-dancing, wrestling, sword-fighting and hysterical wedding planners – don’t miss this treat!

See poster attached for further details.

Alan Dickey, ALFA



East Clare Co-op                               

Unveiling our new Elements of Change Festival, June 29th!

Celebrating what a ‘sustainable community’ is and exploring what actually SUSTAINS community. Many movements are calling for change – let’s come together to rethink what these diverse elements of change can look like.

From scheduled workshops to Open Space, from walks and talks to collaboratively walking our talk and from musical treats to revolutionary feats – counter the culture of passive audience and bring this community festival to life!


Techkidz Summer Technology Camps: Will run in Coláiste Mhuire Ennis from 15th to 19th July. Phone 022 51318 or book online on

Cecily has some flyers in the office if you would like more information.


Family Stay Request:

A set of lovely Italian twin girls, turning 18 in September, would like to spend a month or so with a family in return for helping out around the house and babysitting. I can completely vouch for Camilla and Carlotta because they have twice attended my 3-Week Summer Course.

Contact email

Alan Williamson – CELS –


Help Wanted – Summer 2019                        

Coffee breaktime server/cleaner/workshop assistant/excursion assistant

Clare English Language School (CELS) seeks someone for each of its 3-Week Summer Courses. Suitable for a young person – minimum age 18.

1 July – 19 July 2019

29 July – 16 August 2019

Contact Alan Williamson


Become a Host Family

Clare English Language School ( is celebrating 23 years of providing 3-Week Summer Courses for Teenagers.

Since 1997, we have successfully hosted over 1500 students aged 13 to 19 years.  The pupils find the experience beneficial in terms of improving their English.  They also thoroughly enjoy the many interesting sights and experiences of the Irish landscape and culture via our extensive excursion programme.

Essential to having a pleasant stay is the welcome provided by the Host Family.  Over thirty different families have participated as Host Families.  They have found the experience rewarding, both socially and financially.  On the whole, I certainly have found the students pleasant and courteous, lively and full of fun.  Some of them keep contact with their Host Families and/or myself after leaving.  The overall experience that they receive is one that often makes a positive and lasting impression in their young lives.

We are seeking Host Families living in the Ogonnelloe/Tuamgraney area for our two summer courses:

29 June – 20 July 2019

27 July – 17 August 2019

The courses take place at RWSNS and ALFA; both schools receive rental income from CELS.

If interested, please contact

Alan Williamson, a former class teacher at Raheen Wood School, on 923024, 085-7394465 or


Singing workshop for all with leading facilitator Tembre de Carteret

Welcoming beginners and experienced singers.                                                        No experience needed – All songs taught by ear in an inclusive and relaxing way.
Sunday 28th April – 10.30 am – 1 pm
Adult €20
Child/Teen €5 ( see details below on age)

ALFA Building , RaheenWood Steiner Secondary School. Tuamgraney. County Clare.
Shared lunch – Please bring a savoury or sweet dish to share. Teas/ coffees available. Men and women and teenagers are welcome.
Children – If your child is under 10 years old and would like attend, please contact Tembre directly prior to day.
Tembre Led a Singing morning on 6th January that was fabulous, full and fun for all. We reached our capacity, so places are limited.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL by contacting Tembre



With Daniel Burge

Cork April 13th/14th 2019

This experiential two-day event will take you through a process to heal from separation trauma. The workshop includes the latest developments in trauma therapy, deep listening, exercises, ritual and constellations work.

The weekend is €180. Concessions are also available.

“I was also adopted, and I know exactly how devastating it can be to have a mother leave and not return. If you are adopted, I want to share this opportunity with you. These workshops will be safe, loving environments to help you to heal from your own trauma and become fully alive, joyful and at peace. Everything you bring is welcome”.

Daniel specialises in Adoption and Identity trauma. He is a professional Family Constellations facilitator and trained with Barbara Morgan in the UK. He also studied with Prof Dr Franz Ruppert at the Norwegian Institute for Trauma Studies, completing the Advanced Training in Multigenerational Psychotraumatology.

For further information and booking contact


Seasoned hardwood / softwood for sale

€5 / €3.50 per bag

Discounts on deliveries of 10+ bags.

8ft x 5ft trailer hardwood – €160

Delivered locally for free.

Wood sourced from new, mixed woodland. Sustainably managed without herbicides, using continuous cover forestry methods (not from clear-fell or land clearance). Managed with respect for wildlife and biodiversity.

Contact Colm – 086 084 2290


Melody in the Single Tone                            

A Talk and Workshop                                                         

by Peter Stevens                                                                                                    

 (Musician, Composer and Anthroposophist)

Exploring Rudolf Steiner’s reference to the future of music, in which the human being will experience ‘whole’ melodies in one single tone, Peter Steven’s workshop brings us on an interesting and exciting journey to unravel, through an actual music experience, what exactly Steiner meant by this notion of ‘melody in a single tone.’

Workshop: Friday 5th April at 7.30

At the Christian Community Drewsborough Tuamagraney

Admission is Free, though donations are welcome.


Cottage to Rent

Finca (cottage) in Mallorca with small swimming pool, sleeps 6 (+ 2 in independent Casita outside) surrounded by fields but in walking distance to delightful village square, with bank, chemist and shops. 20 minutes by car from the airport and with good bus and train connections all over the island. Two families could go together but be independent.
See for photos and details,
but much lower rates will apply: email Graham at     07973 680959


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