Model Students Showcased at Ennis Museum

Clare Champion, Friday, December 12, 2003

An Exhibition of work by third and fourth class students of Raheen Wood Steiner School in Tuamgraney has just ended at the Clare Museum in Ennis.

The students have made models of traditional houses of the world built out of materials like clay, reeds, sticks, paper, and leather.

“We studied such factors as climate, building materials available in the region, and the unique needs of the people of multiple areas of the earth”, explained Jonathan Angus, their class teacher. “And the children were inspired to create an amazing variety of model shelters.”

The Steiner/Waldorf curriculum allows for the in-depth exploration of a particular subject, such as Shelters of the World, during the two-hour Main Lesson each morning.

As another part of their work, the students, along with many of their parents, are building a traditional round house on their school grounds.

This wattle and daub structure, roofed with thatch, will be used as a playhouse for all the children at the elementary schools.

The project is partly funded by Clare County Council, as part of its Green Schools scheme.

“Building this round house is hard work, but a lot of fun”, said Robin Mc Gonigle, a student of Class 3. The building projects in progress can be seen during the school’s annual Christmas Fair this Sunday from 12 to 4 pm”

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