Our school is situated in northern Espoo in the suburb of Järvenperä in the middle of beautiful Finnish nature. Espoo is a city right next to our capital Helsinki.

Our objective is to educate our pupils so that they will grow up as responsible, tolerant and active members of the society. Moreover, in addition to teaching and guidance, the school aims to encourage pupils to lifetime learning. The growing of an integrated individual is supported by high-quality basic education and the use of various ways of working together. There are about 50 people working in our school, about 30 of them are teachers.

In 2011-2012 there are :

  • 306 pupils in grades 7-9 (from 13 to year old)
  • 15 pupils in classes for disabled children
  • One class for pupils with special needs
  • A number of pupils with special needs are integrated in ordinary classes.

Organization of teaching:

  • The lesson lasts for 75 minutes and there are four lessons every day
  • The school starts at 8.30 am and ends at 3.00 pm
  • Lunch break is between 11.15-12.15 (a free cooked meal is served for the pupils every day)
  • The school year is divided into five periods Some of the courses are divided into two or three periods.

We try to motivate the pupils by varied ways of learning:

  • A long lesson and a good location make it possible to use different methods of learning.
  • During the long lunch hour pupils can enjoy a free cooked meal and play games, for example. They can also do their homework. Remedial instruction is easy to organize during the long break.
  • During the past twenty years Finland has changed from a homogeneous country to a heterogeneous country. Most immigrants come from Russia and other former states of the Soviet Union, but we have a large minority from Somalia as well. Thus, our society, including schools face a new challenge; how to integrate these people with their different languages and religions, not to mention their different cultural backgrounds into the Finnish society. We are struggling to increase our pupils’ motivation to study and to take responsibility for their own life in the future. The Comenius project will help us to leal with these issues with other European countries that are facing the same kind of challenges.