Parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing of the child. The school is responsible for the student’s teaching and upbringing as a member of the school community. The task of the school is to provide the parents or guardians with information so that they can follow and advance their child’s school attendance and learning. Co-operation between school and home is essential for the school work to succeed.
Flexible teaching arrangements means methods of working and doing that take into account the students’ individual learning and developmental needs. The primary aim is to support the students with their studying in their own learning environments in such a way that the objectives of the curriculum are met.
Organizing flexible teaching arrangements calls for:
- time reserved for collaborative planning
- applicability of the timetable
- commitment to the arrangements by the school teachers and management
Differentiation is based on knowledge about the student and is the starting point of all teaching. It applies to:
- extent and depth of studying
- rhythm and progress of studying
- students’ different ways of learning
Differentiation is based on the students’ needs and possibilities to:
The natural sciences track of Turun Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu Upper Secondary School has a special task granted by the Ministry of Education. It is possible to emphasize natural science subjects – physics, chemistry, biology and geography – at the upper secondary school, and on certain conditions to leave out eight mandatory courses from other subjects, respectively. It is also possible to focus on one or two natural science subjects according to postgraduate study ambitions. Students at the natural science track get a versatile base for higher education studies.
The marine study track of Turun Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu Upper Secondary School emphasizes mathematical and natural science subjects, the Baltic Sea, sea environment and marine research, as well as seafaring and entrepreneurship. Also seafaring and tourism courses are offered as special courses.
Turun klassillinen Upper Secondary School is a national upper secondary school of expressive arts (arts/communication). The expressive arts studies are composed of theatre, dance and media courses. Approximately 40 expressive arts courses are available annually. The syllabus of expressive arts is 12 courses. Students who complete the entire syllabus may leave out a maximum of 8 mandatory upper secondary school courses from their curriculum.
In the music study track of the upper secondary school it is possible to add plenty of music courses of all sorts. Available are, for example, choirs, an orchestra, singing and instrument lessons, bands, composing, music expression and conducting. The selection varies annually.
The upper secondary school conducts international co-operation and the students get valuable experiences from tours abroad and while hosting return visits.
What is Global Education?
- International education = Global education = an activity guiding people’s joint responsibility worldwide
- The task is to open people's eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awaken them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all
- Learning can be described as a change in the cognitive, psychomotor or emotion control systems which mainly corresponds to the division: knowledge, skills, attitudes and action
Fields of global education:
Earlier studies or courses that have been completed in some other education institution will be accepted as part of upper secondary school studies as far as they correspond with the contents of upper secondary school courses. You must always negotiate the course equivalences and accreditations with the upper secondary school to the studies of which you wish to add the earlier studies or courses completed elsewhere.
Stress is familiar to many upper secondary school students. Stress means that there are challenging things happening in your life that are requiring your attention and activating your body for action. Your heart and blood circulation, lungs and respiratory system, muscles and nerves, as well as your brain are preparing for the incoming situation. Your body is preparing to act as well, fast and strongly as possible.
Life is a balancing act
Studying in upper secondary school is one part of your life. You decide for yourself how important it is and how much time you spend on it. You need to divide your time between many aspects of life. Where you are present and what you spend your time on tell about the things that are important to you. For example, if you contact your friends often, it says that friends are important to you.
The well-being of the mind is an important part of health and coping. It is good to have accurate knowledge about learning and the comprehensive well-being of body and mind as they support upper secondary studies.
It may become necessary for you to contact the school psychologist, special needs teacher, school social worker or public health nurse. You can also ask a parent or guardian, group instructor, guidance counsellor or public health nurse to contact them for you.
The aim of student welfare is to promote the learning, health and well-being of students.
Student welfare means the services of psychologists, school social workers and school health care. Student welfare is executed as multidisciplinary co-operation between Education Division and Welfare Division. Close co-operation is conducted with students and their parents as well as with other partners in co-operation if needed. Student welfare is organized as communal student welfare and individual student welfare.
Vaccinations at school are given according to the National Immunization Programme in effect at the given time.
The vaccinations of the child or young person are checked at health check-ups. If the child is a resident in Turku, the information about the child’s vaccinations is transferred from the child welfare clinic to school health care as the child starts school.
The school nurse and school doctor conduct individual health check-ups to the students at regular intervals.
Each health check-up includes health counselling. The subject matters of the counselling vary between years. The occasions and contents of the check-ups are based on the legislation concerning school and student health care (338/2011).
Health check-ups can be conducted also at other times if it is necessary for determining the student’s state of health.
School Health Care serves in all matters related to the physical and mental health of a comprehensive school student.
The school nurse and doctor can be contacted through School Health Care. In all matters related to the well-being of a student the school nurse should be contacted first.
An appointment to the school doctor must always be arranged through the school nurse.
In urgent cases of illness and outside school hours the primary place for care is the student’s own local health station.
First-year students are called for a physical examination, but it is also possible to seek an appointment for a physical examination on one’s own initiative. In such case please contact the public health nurse of your academy.
Student Health Care provides health care services for students studying in upper secondary vocational institutions or Turku University of Applied Sciences. The services are meant for students in lines of study which entitle student financial aid, with the following exceptions:
You should check the validity of your vaccinations six months before your planned trip abroad.
You can get additional information about the vaccinations you need by calling the Vaccination Advice for Tourists help number +358 040 674 8822. The helpline is available on Wednesdays between 13.00 and 15.00. The helpline is closed during weeks 1, 8, 23–32 and 52.
Additional information about vaccinations and other health instructions for tourists are available in Finnish via the links on the right.
If your illness has lasted for over three months or is permanent, you have a right to receive medical supplies in accordance with your medical treatment plan free of charge. As a client of Turku health centre you can pre-order the supplies and reclaim them from the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point after three weeks.
Both the Medical Supplies Distribution pickup point and nurses’ practice are located in the area of the Mäntymäki hospital. Book an appointment for a nurse if you need guidance in the use of medical supplies.
The vocational education of adults consists of basic degrees, which are completed by passing the competence-based qualifications, and of further vocational qualifications and specialist vocational qualifications. Young persons and adults can study the same basic degrees. Vocational further education and training as well as continuing education are possible at different phases of career. In addition to education institutions, learning also takes place at workplaces. The joint application system is not applied to competence-based qualifications that are primarily aimed at adults.
Apprenticeship training is a flexible and practical form of education where the student and the employer together make a contract of employment and training. The student must find the apprenticeship job him/herself.
Apprenticeship training will be suitable for you if
- you lack vocational training
- your duties at work have extended
- you want a new occupation
- you want to develop your expertise and know-how
Learning takes place mainly at the workplace with practical tasks, which is supplemented by studies at the institute.
Do not stay idle
Support and information for making study or career plans is abundantly available. You could, for example, get ready for the next joint application period by participating in shot-time training or you could contact consultation services that offer help with career plans.