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Raheen Wood Steiner National School


Newsletter 20.06.2016

Upcoming Dates

Kindergarten Parent Evening        Wednesday 22nd June 7.30pm to 9pm                                 

 “Brendan’s Amazing Adventures”         Class 1 2 Play Thursday 23rd June @ 6pm sharp

 “Les Misérables”                                    Class 5 6 Play Thursday 23rd June @ 7.30pm

St. John’s Festival & Pea Fair              Friday 24th June 11.30am

Class 6 Graduation                               Monday 27th June 7pm

Children’s Festival                              Tuesday 28th June 1.20pm

Parents’ Festival                                 Wednesday 29th June 1.10pm 

Kindergarten Festival                        Thursday 30th June 10am to 12 noon                                  

Last Day of Summer Term                  Thursday 30th June School closes @ 12 noon

First Day of New School Year               Wednesday 31st August  2016


Verse of the Week

When I look out into the world, I see

Such wondrous beauty bursting forth in each direction.

When in my heart I look, I feel in me

How Nature’s beauty here must find its true reflection.


For when my heart expands and grows aright,

When, on the wings of beauty, to the farthest realms of space

I’m taken,

Then is my own self lost within the light,

In quiet joy at last within the arms of God to waken.


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


Laundry Rota

Please collect on MONDAY and return ASAP.

 Week starting 20th June: Mark & Amanda Watson

 Week starting 27th June: Greg Wilms & Mariel Hiney-Wilms

 Many thanks for all the help given with the school laundry during the year.

It is much appreciated.


End of Year Festivals

It’s the very busy last couple of weeks of this school year! Class 1 & 2 will perform their play “Brendan’s Amazing Adventures” this Thursday evening 23rd June at 6pm sharp. Later that evening at 7.30pm, it will be the turn of Class 5 6 who will present “Les Misérables”. This Friday 24th is the Pea Fair at 11.30am  – fun and games for the whole family organised by the children of the school and followed by our St. John’s Day picnic and Festival. The Parents’ Festival is next Wednesday 29th June at 1.10pm – a chance to enjoy and celebrate the children’s work of the last term. Thursday 30th June is the last day of school, finishing at 12 noon.


Pea Fair, School Picnic and St. John’s Festival 2016                     

Parents are warmly invited to celebrate with us the height of summer at our St. John’s Festival this Friday 24th. The Pea Fair will begin at 11.30am. The children will be mounting a variety of fun stalls and games around the school grounds. To take part in an activity you will need to obtain Peas – find the Pea Lady and entertain her (sing a song, tell a joke, etc)!!  Alternatively sneak in with a few dried peas in your pocket. Kindergarten and the Pea Fair –  The kindergarten children are invited and love to try out the games, but will need to be taken by their parents. If you are unable to take your own child to the Fair at 11.30am, please arrange for another parent to take them.


Lighting the Fire  The Pea Fair will end at 12.50 and is followed by the ceremonial lighting of the St. John’s Fire by children from Seamus’ Class 6.

Picnic   Once the bonfire is lit, we will be having a picnic on the field. Parents are invited to bring food, drink, and a picnic blanket and to join one of the class groups for this.

Fire-jumping rules        

Please note:  Class 1/2 children will jump with a parent, or with Mary Jo.  Once all the classes have jumped the fire, there will be a chance for parents to take their turn – with your child if you wish. The festival will close at 2.30pm, in time for the school buses.
Fire safety PJ MacNamara of Limerick Fire Service (and school parent) will be acting as Fire Warden for the day.  Please ensure that you and your child have appropriate footwear & clothing for the jump – no bare feet, no sandals and no loose floaty dresses please.


Kindergarten Parent Evening:                             The Kindergarten Parent Evening will take place this Wednesday 22nd June from 7.30pm to 9pm


Kindergarten Festival:                                         The Kindergarten Festival takes place on the last day of school – Thursday 30th June form 10am to 12 noon. The children should arrive with their parents at 10am for the Festival.


Handwork Thanks

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our parent volunteers in Handwork.

Meabh Durand, Jo Kramers, Marea O’ Callaghan and Franci Corbett have assisted in this year’s Handwork lessons with so much enthusiasm and dedication. Much appreciated by all!




Handwork Display, Weds 29th 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 busily beavering away on their projects and we’d love to share them with you!

You are welcome to visit the Handwork Room after drop off that morning, or from 12 noon, before attending the main school performances.

Many thanks, Mia


The Craft Group will be selling tickets for their Summer raffle at the KG evening and at the Class plays on Thursday evening.

Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5. All proceeds go to the school.

Thank you for your support

The Craft Group


Address Check:

If you have changed your address during the school year, please ensure that the office has your new address. This is to facilitate the sending home of the children’s school reports.


2016/2017 Term Dates:

The term dates for the next school year 2016-2017, distributed with the last newsletter, can be found on the school website.


Raheen Wood Steiner National School Positions for 2016/2017

Part Time Kindergarten Assistant post for a fixed term contract commencing 29th  August 2016 ending 30th June 2017. Job description available from the school via Letters of application, together with curriculum vitae, can be emailed to the school (at above email address), to be received by 12pm on the closing date Friday 24th June 2016.

Craft teacher post to commence part-time teaching from September 2016 ending June 2017. The position will consist of 4 x 45 minute classes on one day per week during term time, teaching Classes 5 & 6.

Applicants ideally should have the following:

  • Teaching Council of Ireland Registration
  • Relevant teaching experience
  • excellent communication skills
  • have a friendly, patient personality
  • be punctual and reliable

Letters of application, together with curriculum vitae, can be emailed to the school at  to be received by 12pm on the closing date, Friday 24th June 2016.




An Evening of Heart Songs and Mantras with Lulu & Mischka

Ancient mantras meet English lyrics

Modern melodies fuse with magical harmonies

Enriched by Lulu’s lush vocals

Leaving you with peace of mind & filled with inner joy

Blissful, Ecstatic & Meditative

Your heart opened … your soul nourished…your spirit lifted

I invite you to join us on:

Sunday July 17th at 7pm in Quay Arts, Ballina-Killaloe for what promises to be a magical evening of music, song and chant.

I am so excited to host Lulu & Mischka, an Australian based couple as they include Ireland on their European tour for the first time. More details on:                                   

or please contact me, Mariel on 0834717806

I look forward to seeing you there!


Chicken-run  available free

5 foot high, 8 foot long, toblerone shaped large chicken-run free to a good home but must be collected in the next week.

Contact Niamh after 3pm on 087 2375449.



House wanted to rent:                                                                                                                         House needed to rent in the school area. Please contact Elba at


House wanted to rent:                                                                                                                              Mother and two daughters looking for 3- bedroomed house in school area. Thank you. Please contact Virginia 086 0624628



House to Let?                                                                                                                                                We are a retired couple looking for a home to rent in the Mountshannon area—unfurnished and long-term lease.  We can supply good references.

Contact:  Roxanne and Tom Leonard



Bed and Board:                                                                                                                                            We have a young French couple who would like to work for bed and board from 2nd to 22nd of July. The family who was to host them is now unable to do so. They are good and willing workers.

Please contact Monica on 0877514388


 Brigit’s Hearth Early Years Care has two part-time positions opening in September 2016. One is for an assistant from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon, 4 to 5 days a week. The second is for afternoon care, from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm., 3 to 5 days a week. Level 5 in childcare is required for both positions. A background and qualifications in Steiner Education an advantage. If interested please email with qualifications and curriculum vitae.  Closing Date: July 15th.


Summer Crafts Camp
At Killaloe/Ballina Family Resource Centre – Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12th July to August 25th,10-3pm.

80 euros, all materials included (sibling discount available).

Ages 6-12

Children will be guided through fun and engaging activities using the best materials.

Wet felting, weaving, sewing 2D and 3D, paper crafts, jewellery-making, plant dyeing and more.

There will be stories and puppets plays!

Mia Foley and Grace Burton are both qualified teachers with a collective experience of fourteen years.

To book a place call Mia 0872758612 or Grace 0877198587




Nature Spirits Summer Camp                           will be coming to Scariff this summer!
The Camp will be a full week of Yoga games, Meditation/Story time, Plant walks and medicine making, Nature connection games, Craft & Creativity plus lots more.
This camp will run from 11th~15th July @ The East Clare Community Co-op, Scariff. 10am~2pm each day.
Suitable for ages 6~10 but exceptions can be made.
Cost for 5 days is €90 ~ Concessions available for extra siblings.
This is being run by Tara Roche who is living locally and is a qualified Herbalist and Kids’ Yoga teacher.
Limited to 15 places so book your spot soon! Get in touch for more info or to book your place



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