sunnuntai 14. lokakuuta 2018

Meeting in Wales

In October 2018 we had our Erasmus+ meeting in Wales. We have two different partner schools from Wales: Ysgol Dyffrun Taf and Ysgol y Strade. The schools are about 40 kilometers away from each other. The students were staying in host families in these two cities and the teachers were staying in the city of Carmarthen that is located in the middle. The participating students from our school were  Rebecca and Ursula from G2 and teachers Eva and Johanna.

We started our trip early on Saturday morning and landed to rainy London. First we made a roundtrip in London with a minibus. Then we changed to another bus and headed to Wales. The sky got brighter bit by bit, and the host families were not the only ones to meet us in Carmarthen but also the Welsh sun.


We spent the first two days at Dyffrun Taf School. First in the program we had the videos that every team had made about the equality issues in their cities or countries. We also heard songs performed by a talented choir and lectures for example about Growth Mindset and a speech by Keith Towler, Chair of United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child for Wales. Furthermore, the students had an art workshop where they created their own souvenirs and after that we visited the County Hall of Carmarthen together. A journalist from a local newspaper even wrote an article about our visit. You can read it here.   

On Wednesdey we had a trip to St. David's which is the smallest city in UK. We explored the Cathedral of St. David's, which is a popular pilgrim destination, and visited the beautiful beach of Whitesand. Then the students went to do something scary: coasteering. It's about jumping to the sea from several meters high cliffs. Luckily the teachers didn't have to even see it. :D

Last two days we spent at the second school Ysgol y Strade where we had two talented speakers: a poet Mererid Hopwood and a Member of Parliament Tonia Antoniazzi. Hopwood is one of the principal movers behind the White Book of Peace which is an extraordinary peace movement project. She had the book with her and all the people over 16 years old had ability to sign under the title "By signing my name in the Llyfr Gwyn, I commit myself to work for peace in the world."

You can read more about the White Book of Peace here.

We also had a work shop of Welsh folkdances and made a trip to Kidwelly Castle that was beautiful even touht it was raining. On Thursday evening we had a consert at the school where the extremely talented students performed. 

On Friday the students had a workshop with a BBC dj. They brought a song in their own language with them and togehter with the dj they made a radio program. You can listen the whole program here. In the evening we had a Farewell Party where all the participants got their certificates with huge applaudes. 

The week in Wales was really successfull. We learned new skills and ways to see things. We also made many new friends. Together we made the world a little bit better place to live. <3

torstai 20. syyskuuta 2018

Hunger Day 2018

As previous years, also this year our high school juniors participated the annual Hunger Day by collecting money on the streets of Oulu. The Hunger Day is organized by Finnish Red Cross. This year the fundraising campaign is during Sept 20-22 2018.

Below you can see pictures of our cheerful collectors and read their thoughts about the experience.

"It felt really good to help."

"It was a great experience."

"Very nice."

" It was eye opening and it was really nice knowing that we are helping those in need."

"I really enjoyed it today because I knew that the money is going to help someone."

"It is always nice to help those in need."

"Was a good experience + love helping ppl in need <3 <3 "

"It was fun and it felt nice knowing I had helped people."

"It was nice to be a part of doing something good for others."

"Helping peolpe is always nice."

"It felt good to know that we are helping people."


keskiviikko 9. toukokuuta 2018

Europe Day

Europe Day in Oulu

Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe. 

It is celebrated on 9 May each year. It marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, which was presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on this date in 1950. At that time European nations were struggling to cope with the damages of World War II. They wanted to prevent another war like that from happening.

Europe Day stands in the shopping centre Valkea

Thoughts about EU, positive and negative aspects

Europe Day was celebrated this year in Oulu at the shopping center Valkea. Several groups from our school participated the celebration. The program consisted of for example panel discussion and a performance by male choir Huutajat. Huutajat's (see their home page: ) performance was about Europe, for example Hungarian National Song and Ode to the Joy.

Ode to the Joy by Huutajat

Our high school students commented the day with following sentences: 

"Europe Day is a wonderful way to unite European people."

"Europe Day was a nice way to see what the European Unon actually means to us Finns." 

keskiviikko 25. huhtikuuta 2018

Meeting in La Reunion

This time our Erasmus meeting was in La Reunion, on island that is situated in the middle of Indian Ocean but is a part of France. The meeting was only for teachers. During seven intensive days we learned a lot of island’s uniqueness and diversity of for example landscapes, cultures, religions and languages.

On Saturday we arrived quite early in the morning and had already ability to have first tastes of atmosphere by wondering enormous waves at the cliffs and taking part of Tamili New Year in St Leu, a city nearby. Celebration was colorful and vivid with awesome dresses, dance and music.

Sunday was a day for something very unique: we were hiking at the volcano Piton de la Fournaise. Last eruption on the volcano was on Monday previous week. We were lucky to get in to the top because it was closed several days after eruption, and later we heard that it was active again day after we had left the island. The landscape was something you can see in the Star Wars movies and massive clouds surrounded us every now and then.

On Monday we spent the morning at our partner school Lycée Antoine de Saint-Excupéry in Les Avirons. The local students told us about daily life in the island and their plans for the future. Many of them are going to study abroad because there’s no such opportunities on the island than for example in continental France, and they want to see the world. It was heartbreaking to hear them saying: “We love our island but we have to go.” 

We also heard about a volunteering project that plenty of students had participated, and sow an art exhibition about equality issues like race, gender and sexual orientation. At the afternoon we had a walking tour in St Leu focusing on the revolt of the slaves, and at the sunset we went to a boat trip where we sow dolphins jumping in the waves. <3

On Tuesday we were discussing about gender equality and had a lecture by local association for domestic violence. Then we head more student´s speeches about the day’s topic but also about how they see Europe and European Union in their daily life even though they live so far away from European continent. We also planned next meeting that will be in Wales in October 2018.

On Wednesday we had ability to see a colorful and extremely beautiful Tamili Temple at St Louis with one of the partner school’s teachers as our guide. We also familiarized us with a Mosque and a Chinese Temple in St Pierre and visited a local handcraft market.

Thursday was about the Creole culture with literature and music. We were really privileged to have one of the most popular maloya artists, Zanmari Baret, to tell about the Creole music (maloya and sega). Besides listening their beautiful playing we got also play different instruments and sing along.

On Friday we saw more about the power of volcano on a visit to the lava flows Gande Anse. It was a huge flow all the way from the top to the sea by eruption occurred on 2007. Two years it had been so hot that it was impossible to walk on it, but nowadays there is a route through the area. We also visited one of the most beautiful beaches we had ever seen. In the evening we had a farewell party at the beach under thousands of stars.

Saturday was the day to leave the incredible island and say good bye to our host. The whole week had been something very special and will be unforgettable. We saw a lot of things that can’t be seen anywhere else and heard stories that only can be heard at the place like that. Nevertheless, we saw that people are the same with their dreams and values no matter where you are.

tiistai 10. huhtikuuta 2018

Racism Free Day 2018

This year we celebrated Racism Free Day with program that was completely planned and led by a group of first year high school students. All the participants can certainly agree that they succeed in their task! :)

We started the event by watching a film about a slum area in Romania. I'm sure that after seeing the film many of our students now understand better why a lot of Roman people travel abroad to beg.

Afterwards we played a kind of role play. We got pieces of paper with different kinds of identities. Then we heard various statements and reacted to them according to our position in the global society. 

The role play really concretized us how the world is not equal.

Are you a 53 years old Swedish man with wife and two kids, doctor and summer house in Spain? Or are you a 6 years old kid from a slum area in Namibia where you work 10 hours a day in a factory to by food to your five siblings because your parents are dead?

Acting according our new identities - is this fair?

Additionally we had a quizz and a discussion with help of pictures by Red Cross.

How would you describe a family? Is it similar everywhere in the world?

How would you define a racist?

How would you react in a situation where somebody spit a immigrant to the face in the street?

Thank you Tolerance-group for well planned event! We all got new viewpoints to the equality!

tiistai 13. helmikuuta 2018

Theme Day 7th February 2018

On Wednesday 7th February we had the first day of new period, and since last school year we have celebrated the day by having a bit special program with no regular lessons. This time we invited local Red Cross' voluntary group Salamatiimi to participate the day with us, because we wanted to provide our students a natural way to use English and to work with people from different culture. You can read more about Salamatiimi and their activity here

After we divided us to four groups we started the program with basketball. Then the program continued with various workstations. Below you can see photos of all four stations. 

At the first workstation the groups planned and filmed a short video. The results can be seen at the end of this page.

At the next station the groups explained and/or drew various words to each others and competed against other groups.

Third station was about baking cookies.

Last station was called "Flowers with similarities and differences". The group made a colorful flower witch the filled with things that are common to all the group members and things that make everyone unique compared to others in group. The results can be seen at top of this page.

First group's video: 

The other videos are missing. Students, please send them to Johanna's email so we'll add them here. :)