Principal’s Page 15th August 2016

Lots of new in KSYK

The school introduces lots of changes and improvements in the beginning of 2016-2017. This is a short introduction to most important items. More information will be available in parents' meetings, info meetings and directly.

The number of students at KSYK

We at KSYK are more numerous than before now that the society and economics stream is taught in all three years. There are now about 465 lower secondary students and about 395 upper secondary students. There are about 60 teaching staff and about 25 other staff. This means there are more than 900 people at school on a daily basis.

New teaching staff
The number of teaching staff has grown. The new upper secondary student guidance counsellor is Leena Oittila. The new teachers are Päivi Autio (Swedish and English), Meri Heikkilä (Finnish as a second language and Finnish as a first language), Esko Häyrynen (chemistry, mathematics and philosophy), Aleksi Lahti (civics) and Linnea Peurakoski (chemistry and biology).

Lower secondary school curricula
Part of the new curricula in the lower secondary school affects all students. Although the old national curriculum is still valid, we begin implementing the new curricula when they do not conflict with the old ones. There will be more holistic phenomena based learning entities that are realised during theme days and normal lessons. The Finnish Schools on the Move programme invites students to lead a healthier lifestyle. There are small changes in the allocation of hours. The new elements are among others, science lessons in year 7, an extra civics course that covers international politics and prepares students for the Helimun conference, and a broad selection of electives that allow all students to combine learning and social co-operation regardless of their age.

Upper secondary school curriculum
The new curricula concerns new students in the upper secondary school. The courses following the new curriculum have a course code beginning with x. There will be more integration and phenomena based learning combining different subjects. The school participates in the national allocation of hours trial that offers students more flexibility in course selection. About 50% of the new students have tentatively chosen to participate in the trial. Additionally, we offer a new so called sixth period when students can complete one course as a project or field trip. The sixth period will be organised 5th - 9th of June 2017.

School premises
A lot of improvements have been made to the school premises during the summer. Classrooms R21 and R22 have been turned into staff work and lunch space. Thus the students have gained more space in the cafeteria. The toilets opposite the staff room are now designated for student use. The upper secondary school student guidance counsellor Riitta Kaisto and the psychologist Iida Vuollo both have a new office in the U corridor. The school gym was extended and the equiment improved. The U corridor now has a better air conditioning. In addition, the classroom R25 was redecorated in the fresh archipelago spirit.

The construction work of the new music classroom premises, School of Rock, has begun in the beginning of August. Due to the construction, the front yard is partly reserved for the work site. It is not possible to bring students to school by car. We recommend that you drop your child in Ståhlbergintie or Svinhufvudintie, which are only a short walk from school.

Since the school is growing and there have been changes to the premises, the school needs more classrooms. The campus now includes two new classrooms in the Domus building. It is a three-minute walk from the school to get to classrooms D1 and D2. In addition, the upper secondary school also uses the parish hall of the Kulosaari congregation, classroom S1 which is less than 6 minutes from the school by foot.

Science and technology stream
Planning of the upper secondary science and technology stream contents continues. The new stream will begin in 2017 and it will offer applied special courses in natural sciences and technology, as well as visits and co-operation with organisations outside school. More information about the new stream will be given in upper secondary info sessions and in parents' evenings.

Applying for the upper secondary and for the 7th grade
The new upper secondary school student lists were published in June. The grade point average cut off marks in the Finnish and English stream were slightly lower than the previous year whereas in the society and economics stream the grade point average cut off marks were a bit higher. When the new science and technology stream begins, there will be 150 new students accepted yearly and we hope that more students applying for upper secondary school will get a place that they wish for.

About 300 students applied to study in 7th grade last spring, from which the school can accommodate 150. Next spring, we can accept the same number of students.

The principal will be on parental leave
Principal Lauri Halla will be on parental leave 19th of September 2016 – 31st of March 2017. During his leave he will respond to questions regarding student applications as well as premise-related issues. His substitute will be vice-principal Minnariitta Raitio.

- The Alumni association will organise a competition where students get to design new clothes to be sold at the school online shop. The winners will receive a cash prize.
- Online matriculation examinations will begin in Autmn with German, philosophy and geography followed by civics, French and psychology in Spring 2017. In autumn, the exams will be organised in the language lab U23 and in spring there will be an online environment in the small gym U30.
- The new school board will begin their three year mandate. The head of the board is Mika Mäkinen.