25th June 2018

 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 & St. John’s Festival. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone all day long for a great and memorable festival.. 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. The Kindergarten Festival is also this Wednesday from 11.30am. Thursday is the last day of school, finishing at 12 noon.

We hope everybody has a very enjoyable Summer break.


Materials Money                                                                                                                                  The cost per child for materials for the next school year, 2018/2019, will be €225. A reduced amount of €175 will apply to payments made before the end of June 2018, as this will enable the school to bulk purchase before the school year starts. Materials money can be paid in the office or through the bank account. Please mark the family name clearly on any payments made in the bank.


Address Check:

If you have changed your address during the school year, please ensure that the office has your new address.


2018 / 2019 Term dates:

The term dates for next year, 2018/2019, distributed with the last Newsletter, can be found on the school website,


Handwork Thanks                                                                                                               

We would like to extend a huge Thank You to our parent volunteers in Handwork.

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


Cross stitch Cushions

Many, many thanks go to Susanna for sewing so many of the cross stitch cushion covers for Class Four this year.



Handwork Display, Weds 27th 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, Susanna & Mia


Craft Group Raffle:                                            

The Craft Group are delighted to announce the fabulous raffle prize of a handmade wooden doll’s house, complete with furniture.

Tickets on sale every morning in the car park and before the Parents’ Festival on Wednesday.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the festival.                                                                         €2 per ticket, 3 tickets for €5

All monies raised go to the school.



Pop-Up Craft Shop:

Next Wednesday before and after the Parents’ Festival. Stock up on pressies for the Summer and find that special gift for that special teacher!

We thank you for your support.

The Craft Group



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!).


From the PA

The PA would like to thank Eavan Brennan and Mona Brezeanu for their hard work as chairperson and treasurer respectively. Fiona Larkin has been nominated as new chairperson and Lisa McLoughlin will be the treasurer. Sinéad Sheehan will continue in role of secretary. We now need a fundraising officer. This role involves supporting parents in fundraising activities. Please contact the chairperson of the PA at to apply for the role or for other queries. On behalf of the PA we hope you all enjoy your holidays!


Many thanks to Nick and Jen for our new fundraising thermometer! We will now be able to watch the fundraising heat rise over the course of the year.
The PA

Soup & Bread 2017/2018:                                     

Many thanks to all who have contributed to our Friday Soup and Bread fundraiser this year.

Together we have raised €1,528.85!

Special thanks to our bakers, makers and servers, Agnes, Adriana, Gemma, Julia, Eavan, Donna, Ziva, Bonnie, Sara Jane, Jo, Lavender, Mona, Ali, Jen and Virginia.

After a few tricky Fridays, extra special thanks to Cecily and the teachers who stepped in to serve at short notice.

Many thanks and have a smashing summer,

On behalf of the soup team


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


The school has been waiting (and waiting) for a new building because some of
the older buildings need urgent replacing. MEANWHILE these old buildings
STILL need to remain fit for purpose SO Cooleenbridge (the Charity that
owns the property) are proposing to again do some major mending over the  summer and are also hoping to push hard to give the Main School building a  much needed Make-Over, inside & out!
Sandra Bruce for Cooleenbridge




Summer Fair at the ChristianCommunity House                                                                     The Christian Community  (Drewsboro, Tuamgraney) would like to invite you for an afternoon of Games for all ages on Saturday 30 June 2018, from 2-5 pm. There will be sack races, parachute games, egg and spoon races (for the younger ones),

and bring and share refreshments. Waffles will also be made at the house for all!

Your company is warmly requested for an afternoon of relaxing in this fiery season and enjoying one another’s company.

Thank you!

For more information please contact and also Ute on 061 640 967 or Audrey on 086 888 7513


One on one singing lessons available

For any ages and gender

No experience required

I am a past pupil of Raheen wood Steiner national school with lots of experience as a solo singer and also in choirs and musical theatre .

I played the lead role in Scarriff community college’s production of Mamma Mia in 2017

Between 30 minutes and one hour lessons available at reasonable prices.

Call or text for more information on 0874694668

Amelia de carteret


Help with Polytunnel

Please please please all skillfully parents, can someone help me build polytunnel? I need help with doing ditch around, where plastic go under ground with putting construction on and plastic on. Please soon as possible, plastic must to be put on in hot weather day, because can be stretch properly. Please if someone can help me contact me on number 0830598779 Thank you so so much I really appreciate With Love Adriana


Storytelling on Lough Derg


An invitation to join me for a story on the lakeshore next Tuesday after school, just off the road between Mountshannon / Whitegate villages.

I will be telling the wonderful seasonal story of Offerus the Giant as part of my QQI course in Early Childhod Education and Care

Our assignment is to meant to be storytelling using props,and all are welcome,

Although my specific focus will be for children 0-6 years of age..

So any children older than 6 need to be mindful and respectful of this environment (thank you!) If you are interested, please email GuardianPen@gmail.comwhere I’ll have more info, directions, and a question for you too about your child (don’t leave it too late).

Tuesday 26 June from 3:30 pm

Peneleapai Chung


From Vedic Russia With Love

Another chance to see Mike’s film on Thursday 28th June 7-30pm at the ALFA building, Raheen School.

A documentary film by Mike Keegan, about the ‘Anastasia’ inspired eco-village communities in Russia.

The film narrative begins….

‘When we are born into this world, do we have a role to play, a purpose, and if so what is it?’….


Missing Watch:                                                             

A watch similar to the one in the picture went missing a few months ago. If anyone has found it I can be contacted on


Thanks, Colm



Holidays in the south of France                                     

We are parents of a pupil of the Steiner School in Avignon (South of France) and want to give to rent our house during august holidays 2018. It’s an ideal spot to discover Provence, near Chateuneuf du Pape.
We are equipped with all comforts, SWIMMING POOL (9X4,5m), trampoline…

The house for 5 persons : rent price  880€ a week for 1520€ for two weeks
Picture and movie on

For information  00.33.490.51.97.17 / 00.33.668.40.50.01  We speak English, Italiano et Français


Spanish Holiday Opportunity

Hello! We are Maria and Javier, a Spanish family with three children who, for a time in the past, was involved in Raheen Woods School, but had to return to Spain for work reasons.

This summer we want to visit Killaloe again, therefore, we would like to propose an exchange of houses to the families of the school. Our house is in a coastal town called La Cala de Mijas (Malaga). It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, community pool and gardens, tennis court, and is 5 minutes walk from the beach. It is 30 minutes drive from the airport, 45 minutes from Malaga and 20 minutes from Marbella.

Our desire is to travel to Ireland during the first 15 days of July. There is also a ferry that links Cork with the north of Spain. Please, have a look at the attached photos. For more details, contact Maria 0034658359032 or Javier 0034658039205 (we use WhatsApp). Come and enjoy the sun and Spanish food!

With love, M & J.






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.


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