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.
The parent or guardian can apply for a right for their child to get to other than the local school of their student area. Applying for another school should be conducted through the Wilma system in the beginning of January at the latest.
Students residing in the student area of a school have a primary right to get to their local school before students applying from other student areas. If more students from other student areas apply to a school than can be taken in, the selection criterion will be the length of the student’s way to school.
The parent or guardian can apply for their child to get postponement in starting school.
Application forms are also available from schools and the Education Office.
The parent or guardian makes a written application and delivers it to the principal of the school. The application should include the psychologist’s report, and the medical report when necessary, about the grounds for postponement.
Most students who require postponement are guided to a Start-class.
The parent or guardian of a student can apply for a right for the child to start school one year early if, based on the psychological and medical (when necessary) reports, the child has the skills to manage school.
The parent or guardian makes a written application and delivers it to the principal of the school. The application should include the psychologist’s report and the medical report when necessary. The reports should be acquired from private service providers.
In emergency situations call 112 and act according to instructions given on the phone.
The City of Turku has taken a voluntary group accident insurance that covers children at day care. An accident is a sudden and unexpected incident that causes an external bodily injury. The day care unit reports the accidents immediately to the insurance company.
Turku offers day care, preschool education and playschool activities for children under school age. After parental leave the child can stay at home care or go to municipal or private day care.
A family can get home care allowance if they have a child under 3 years old who is not in municipal day care. The family gets allowance also for their other children who are under school age if their care is organized similarly.
According to the law on preschool education a municipality can acquire preschool education services from private service providers. The following service providers have agreed to providing preschool education services during 2015–2016.
The preconditions for receiving private day care allowance are that the child is under school age and is in private day care instead of municipal day care.
The following are considered as private day care providers:
- A private day care center
- A childminder in group family day care
- A private childminder
- A nanny who is hired by a family to work at their home
You can receive private day care allowance until the end of July of the year your child starts school.
Group family day care is suitable for children aged 1–5 years. In group family day care two childminders look after a maximum of eight children.
Private childminders in the City of Turku are monitored by the municipality. To apply for family day care and group family day care operating with private day care allowance, please contact the place of care directly.
Also a nanny who is hired by a family to look after their child at their home is considered to provide private day care. The nanny can be a grandparent, for example, but not a member of the same household.
The menu changes weekly in municipal day care centres. The menu in family day care is based on the day care centre menu and the childminder prepares the meals.
Lunch is served for children in part-time care or preschool education.
The parents have to deliver a certificate from a doctor or dietician yearly about the special diet of the child.
In principle, the meals for allergic children do not differ from those in the normal menu, but the ingredients that cause allergic reactions have been removed.
Finnish language day care centres by postal code
All day care centres listed below give their services in exchange for service vouchers, unless mentioned otherwise.
Auralan Setlementti's, Satakunnantie 10
Lastentalo Mukulax, Käsityöläiskatu 20 A 1
Muksulanmäki Vienola, Vienolanrinne 2
Mukulax Linnanrinne/Slottsbacken (Swedish language immersion), Linnankatu 53 F
Sinikello, Tuureporinkatu 5 E
Satuportsa, Puutarhakatu 46
Multicultural early childhood education supports the growth of children with immigrant backgrounds into members of two cultures and the Finnish society. Early childhood education supports the integration process of the entire family. Multicultural and multiform early childhood education strengthens the growth of all children in the group to understand parity and respect differences, as the children have the possibility to get to know different cultures, their customs and habits under the guidance of an adult.