Posts tagged ‘finland’

May 8, 2013

Uppsala!

by argjirabudeci

Hi everybody!

So two weeks ago i was in Sweden Uppsala for a comenius project and it is so fun! I got to see my good friends that i had miss so much, and the trip went amazing!

The town that we went was called Uppsala (population 140 454) and it was Sweden’s fourth largest city it had so many old buildings, bridges and there was this BIG church. There was a little tour of the city and it was bigger than Porvoo. It had so many store and shops   the weather there was good but in some days it  rain.

And there school was big and old  it was the the oldest school in Sweden so that an honor to see it! And each country had to do a presentation from there own country and city.The day in Stockholm was so fun and the places we went to see and the city was so historical and beautiful.  And we we tested the waters, so yeah it was so fun and hope that i will see them again in the future!!! and here some photos. Bye:)

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and there is hole group together in skansen, Stockholm. (It was such a warm and funny day)

and here is the Finnish people!!

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! 🙂

March 1, 2013

Honoring Finland’s National Poet

by Jazzy

February 5th is one of those day’s when Finnish flag is held high and we all recall a great Finnish poet and writer  J.L. (Johan Ludvig) Runeberg and his respected wife (also a writer) Fredrika Runeberg. Back then, around 1800’s Finland was getting more and more independent. And writers’ and artists’ job was a big part of that. Luckily, the wave of romanticism and poetry was all over the world of arts, which made it “easier” for writers and artists to get folks turn to nationalism. Poets, writers and painters started put aside the ugly sufferings caused by war, and highlight the beauty and love of same nationed people had for their fatherland. In the literature they describe how this small nation fought bravely to for their mother language and fatherland. For example Runeberg wrote stories and poems on how beautiful it was that young men (around 15 years) left home to fight and make their people proud. And in most poems beauty is captured by describing the young lovers who got separated by war. I think this way of thinking about war was a pretty clever way of creating great art that captures people’s attention in something else than hatred.

On the latest Runeberg’s day we had the pleasure of having an author guest, Maria Peura, to tell us about writer’s job. We have a creative writing course in our school and the students of the class had listed bunch of questions for Maria Peura. Maybe even too many questions. It was pity that she didn’t get to all the questions,because the time ran out. But I guess it is just a sign that shows how much we all enjoyed that little gig. Time just flew!
Maria Peura is an award-winning author and also a columnist of our city’s local paper. And of course she wrote a piece about us too. You can find the column text here:

FACTS ABOUT RUNEBERG:

Lived: 5. February. 1804 – 6. May 1877

Nationality: Was a Finn but spoke Swedish

Hometown: Porvoo

Professions: a journalist, author, poet and headmaster of the highschool of Porvoo

Family: Had a wife (Fredrika Runeberg, writer) and six sons (who all became artists)

Some of the most famous creations:

Vänrikki Stoolin tarinat (eng. The tales of Ensign Stål)

Finland’s National Anthem (eng. Our Land)

Runeberg’s tart (1st time made by Runeberg’s wife Fredrika).
If you’ll get a chance to eat these, I warmly recommend! DELICIOUS!

Runebergintorttu

October 10, 2012

The City of “Castle River”

by Jazzy

An ordinary red wooden house. 🙂

Once upon a time, back in 1800’s there was a small city located in Southern Finland. The city was called Castle River. The name of the city is a direct translation of its Swedish name “Borgå”.
The people of Castle River were very ordinary but also very determinate and strong.

They managed together the cold winter nights by holding boiled potatoes inside their robes. They took care of their livestock in their small back yard to survive the cold winters when there was no green food available. But there was bad sides in the summers as well. When the winter was over, it was summer again and there was a bigger risk for their wooden houses to get on fire and burn down the whole town. And that happened very often, but as I mentioned these people were very determinate and they never give up building their homes again and again. So life back then wasn’t so easy…


Nowadays this Castle River is called Porvoo. Porvoo is of course a lot bigger and very much more modern… But once again, these people have been so intelligent that they didn’t destroy the visual parts of the history of this town like many other countries have done to their historical cities. We have a part of Porvoo that is called “Old Porvoo”. And it really takes you back in history but in a typical way. Culture lives forever in the Old Town.
There are many little boutiques that are crowded with people every summer. Kids usually buy ice cream from ice cream stands and just enjoy the warm atmosphere while adults go to the “boring” boutiques. But one thing you should remember is to not leave  the little child alone into the big crowd!!

I took some pictures of the Old Porvoo last week, so here they are! I hope you like them. 🙂

An ice cream stand where I definitely love to buy a chocolate ice cream in hot summer days.

Such a foggy day! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red wooden houses...water...rainy autumn sky... it's definitely PORVOO! :D

Red wooden houses…water…rainy autumn sky… it’s definitely PORVOO! 😀


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. 😀