2020/2021 : Rebuilding & Reconnecting
Raheen Wood Steiner Secondary School, home of ALFA (Active Learning For Adolescents), provides a full-time, progressive education for 12-16 year olds in East Clare. This is one of very few settings in the Republic to provide a radical alternative to the mainstream Junior Cycle. The team of experienced teachers, tutors and artisans offers an authentic, project-based learning programme that develops the hands, hearts and minds of our students. They develop key 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking. With a programme grounded in the internationally regarded principles of Steiner Waldorf education, we explore subjects in depth for blocks of 3-4 weeks through a two-hour morning main lesson. Learning is integrated and experiential, with themes that address the Sciences, History, Geology and Geography, English, Maths and Art History. Additional lessons in Maths, English, Irish, French, Art and PE supplement the main lessons in the weekly timetable. Specialist tutors offer hands-on afternoon workshops in a variety of crafts which have included, over the years, blacksmithing, woodwork, ceramics, rustic furniture making, stained glass, bookbinding, wood carving, wool felting, basket weaving, marionette and shadow puppetry, drama - and more.
Raheen Wood Steiner Secondary School/ALFA is an activity of Ard Aoibhinn Community Initiatives Ltd.
Registration number 352829 Registered Charity No. 14535