Posts tagged ‘education’

March 27, 2013

Tolerance is a life-skill

by Jazzy

Tolerance is something that everyone should know about. It is respecting, accepting, but first of all it is diversity. And our school is very much teaching us precious life-skills like tolerance. For instance we spent Day of Tolerance on last Thursday (21.3.). It was a five hours long day with plenty of organized programs. The main theme of the day was (of course) tolerance and racism.

Our school is pretty big – approx. 500 students, so it was lots of sweating for the students and teachers who were organizing the day. There was a Racism Path where the student were put into groups to think about everyday-racism that is there but nobody ever notices. As a little helper student on Racism Path, I can tell that the students really were thinking about the little bad things that we can make better. This Racism Path was a great reminder for all of us I think. 🙂

We were also honored to have two special guests to keep speeches; a man from Unicef, and congressman, Jani Toivola, from the parliament. The Unicef presentation was great – sometimes we don’t remember how well things are in Finland.  Little reminders like these make us be more grateful for what we have. 🙂

And I must say that Jani Toivola was just super inspiring with his speech!  That one hour just flew! The audience was going woooh already in the beginning before he even started! I think it was because of the strong contact he made with us. Jani Toivola is not only a congressman but also an actor and very known in Finland. And the funny thing is that he studied in our school back in 90’s. So yay!  ;)))

This lovely day didn’t end there  – there was also a little play that some students were acting in. And the theme was once again, tolerance. So it was a nice and funny thing to end our day.

Happy Schooling! 🙂

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September 19, 2012

“Out. NOW!”

by Jazzy

I have a very very lovely school! There are SO many interesting activities for us students to do to make our school more comfy. One very great example of these activities is EXIT -students! I know, sounds weird… but let me explain.

In our school we have to go out for a 15 mins long break after eeevery lesson (exp. after lunch break). And as many might already know, Finland’s weather isn’t the best after summer – less sunlight and more of grey clouds. So nobody wants to go out and get their hair frizzy… simple as that. And there has always been a “war” between we students and teachers under this topic. UNTIL students found a way to “please” teachers and be okay themselves too. That’s why we have a group of students called EXIT -students who make sure we go out between lessons and our dear teachers get to take their coffee break. Great, huh?

Our school got the idea from another junior high school of Porvoo in Student’s Goverment -meetings couple years ago. And then another group of students (called ‘trust’ students) took this mission and developed the idea. And of course, in cooperation with teachers. 😉

There are many good points in being an EXIT-student. But not everybody gets to be one. Because you have to have no detention from latest period.

1) You don’t need to go out when it’s your turn to be control others.

2) You can give detention to those bad girls and boys who break the rules and don’t go out.

3) You get to take your revenge of your class mates who (probably) annoy you sometimes.

4) You get wear a skirt like this:

I recommend this activity for schools alll around the world with break problems. 😀