Raheen Woods National School has achieved state recognition over 20 years since it first opened its doors

Local primary school Raheen Woods National School has achieved state recognition over 20 years since it first opened its doors.

The Tuamgraney school, which is co-educational and multi-denominational, attracts students from across the country because it is one of the few schools offering Steiner education in Ireland. There are just four Steiner primary schools in the Republic, with another four initiatives in the start up phase.

In the process for State recognition, the school has made some changes to bring the curriculum into line with other national schools while maintaining the integrity of the Steiner philosophy.

State recognition means that children coming from Counties Galway, Clare and Tipperary are able to utilise the school bus service. Another, substantial benefit has been the lowering of voluntary contributions, which had previously proved prohibitive for some parents.

Steiner education is becoming an increasingly popular educational choice because it addresses not just the intellectual aspect of the child, but their practical and artistic development.

Parents from other counties have moved to the area or travel considerable distances to ensure their children can attend the school. Last year, a family moved from Dingle, County Kerry to enrol their child in the kindergarten.

Raheen Woods National School will be holding an open day from 10 to 1pm on 17th April. Enquiries: 061 921 494 or www.raheenwood.org

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