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. :)

tiistai 30. tammikuuta 2018

School Day of Non-Violence and Peace 2018




Our school participated the international celebration of School Day of Non-Violence and Peace this year as well. Our task this year was to make a flag and record the making process. Below you can see our video. 





This final global video shows you a little celebrations at all the 44 participating schools in 23 different countries on 5 different continents. Our part is at 02:43. Enjoy!


keskiviikko 13. joulukuuta 2017

St. Lucia and the Theme Days 2017





As every year since 1949 we celebrated St. Lucia in our school on St. Lucia's day, December 13th. 


While Lucia visits sick and old people with her maids and choir spreading light, hope and love, the other students in high school have theme days, where charity and humanity are usually in the main role.


This year we had an opportunity to hear 18 year old Afghan boy Khadem tell about his journey to Finland and Oulu. He also told about life in Afghanistan and the differences between these two countries. Our students found the presentation very interesting, and afterwards they had a lot of thoughts about the topic. 


In the photos below you can see Khadem and our students, and some of the thoughts they wrote and drew after the presentation. 










You can read more about this year's St. Lucia of Oulu here (in Finnish). 

Here can you read our last year's post about St. Lucia and see the awesome video that is made by our students.


keskiviikko 22. marraskuuta 2017

Mahdollisuuksien päivä – The Day of Possibilities




Our students Emma and Rasmus visited a fair event called Mahdollisuuksien päivä, where various possibilities to study and work were presented from the Roma people point of view. The fair took place on 2nd of November in Pohjankartano School. There were information desks where various learning institutions and employers told about the possibilities that they have. There was also a presentation about the Romani culture.








Our students felt that they got new information about the Roma people and their roots. ”They are people like anybody else and equal to all of us.  The Roma people shouldn’t be treated in a different way just because of their background,” they think.






The Romani minority in Finland
There has been Roma people in Finland since 16th century. Nowadays their social situation is pretty good compared to many other European countries, but it hasn’t always been like this. Roma people have been discriminated, and still there are many things that need improvement.
Romani language gained a minority language status in Finland in 1995. The status guarantees some rights, but issues like accommodation, subsistence and education have been problematic. During last decades, also health education has been important aspect in improving Rome people social status.
The National Roma Forum of Finland (FRF) was established in 2007 to promote and monitor the realization of the Roma people’s basic and civil rights. FRF works against all kinds of racism, anti-gypsisim and discrimination. FRF promotes Roma culture and Romani language, Roma people’s social integration, participation in public life and decision making.

(References: romanomission.fi, magma.fi, romanifoorumi.fi)

tiistai 17. lokakuuta 2017

Meeting in Braga

Almost the whole "Leading Lights" group on the stairs of Bom Jesus sanctuary


Third meeting of the project "Leading Lights" was in Braga, Portugal, 9th - 13th October 2017. From our school students Emma and Laura and teachers Eva and Johanna participated the meeting. 

As earlier we collaborated with Laanila High School. To get to know each other before the trip and to have something to take with us to an international picnic, we baked some cinnamon buns together on Friday evening before the departure. 



 Baking cinnamon buns with students and teachers from Laanila High School



The main theme in Portugal was "Celebrating Difference". Every school had prepared a presentation about how the students who are blind or deaf or who others have special needs, have been taken as an equal part of the school community. Since in the previous meetings people have been interested about the Swedish speaking minority in Finland, our students presentation was held from that point of view and the special needs were taken into account in the larger perspective, with the help of Laura´s video about accessibility in Oulu.


Emma and Laura's presentation


 (This wasn't a part of presentation ;) )



During the sunny five days we familiarized us with the students with special needs, and visited different associations and churches as well as a synagogue and a museum. We also heard a touching lecture about discrimination issues in schools by an university researcher. We visited also the towns of Porto and Guimaraes, and got to meet the mayor of Braga. :)



International picnic at the school farm


Team Finland. In the back row: Nina, Siina, Johanna, Eva and Jarkko.
In front: Noora, Emma, Laura and Aapo.


Synagogue of Porto



Picnic in the City Park of Porto


Outside of a Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence


Selfietime!


Group photo


The week in Braga was really succeed. Both students and teachers made a bunch of new friends and learned a lot about equality. The various activities challenged our ways to think and opened eyes to look things from different aspects.

At the end of week every participant got a certificate in a festive ceremony with vibrant applause. Thank you, Portugal and all the nice people there!






lauantai 7. lokakuuta 2017

European Day of Languages


The European Day of Languages is a yearly event held on 26 September. It celebrates the linguistic diversity of a continent with over 200 European languages, 24 official EU languages, about 60 regional or minority languages and many more languages spoken by the people.
The meaning of the day is to raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe, to promote cultural & linguistic diversity and to encourage people of all ages to learn languages.
The European Day of Languages was established by the European Commission and the Council of Europe. This year was the 16th time to celebrate the day.


This year the day was celebrated in Oulu as the main event in Finland. The celebrations took place at the shopping center Valkea. There were many kind of activities, such as stage performances, information desks, quizzes, immersion and - what our students liked the most - orientation trial with different kinds of functional games.










torstai 14. syyskuuta 2017

The Hunger Day





The Hunger Day 14.-16.9.2017 is the biggest annual fundraising campaign of the Finnish Red Cross. With donations made to the Disaster Relief Fund The Red Cross helps the victims of natural disasters and conflicts around the world, and in sudden accidents in Finland too.



Our students participated The Hunger Day this year as well by collecting money at the streets of Oulu. They commented the experience with following words:

"It feels good to help people when you know that the help is needed. We made also new friends."

"Joy of helping"

"The sense of community"

"It made me think about equality."

"Life isn't that bad anyway."

"You learn to appreciate what you have and realize that the things could be worse."