May Day Hats

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On Friday English Class pupils revived the tradition of crafting May Day hats from paper plates and scrap paper. (Class 5 EN didn’t participate in making hats because they went to the Pori Art Museum. Check back tomorrow to read about their adventures on this blog.) The challenge was to create a hat and wear it during lunch in the cafeteria. In the collage above you can see the fantastic hat finery of some of the sixth graders at the top left and the first graders in the lower right.

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The hats were amazing: stylish, silly, saucy, sensational and quite stupendous.  Ms. Kati (top left) even crocheted a bit for her paper hat. Although Ms. Kati was striving for a vintage look, her first graders thought it looked more like a wedding hat. (Time will tell…)

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There was no shortage of imagination, that is for sure! Small prizes were given in four different categories: the most creative hat, the most beautiful hat, the most practical hat and the closest-to-nature hat. Teachers did not receive any prizes for their hats, but Ms. Anu’s May Day doughnut/bun on a plate, with sprinkles no less(!), deserves special mention! (-shown in the top left hand corner of the collage above).  Mr. Juho (top right hand corner) contrived a Minion-like character hat by making a long tube and putting a balloon with a face on it at the top of the tube. (Unfortunately the balloon doesn’t show in the picture.)

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Pupils looks quite serious in these last two photos. Everyone was waiting to find out whose hats had been picked to receive little prizes. In spite of how it appears, a grand time was had by us all!

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Learning the Solar System through Art


The English Class second graders have been learning about space and our solar system. As part of their studies the pupils made models of the solar system. They used reference materials to colour the planets as they look from space.


Then they painted a piece of sturdy cardboard black and sprinkled blue and silver glitter on the wet paint to replicate stars in space. When the background had dried they mounted the sun and planets in order on the cardboard panel. The results are stellar, aren’t they?

The 11th Annual Spring Run


On Thursday after lunch the excitement in the air was palpable as English Class pupils plus one teacher lined up behind the starting line ready to begin the eleventh annual sponsored Spring Run. Headmaster Arto Suni said the magic words, “Ready, steady, GO!” and about one hundred eager runners set off to run rounds around Cygnaeus School. Many  parents, relatives, and friends were there to cheer the motivated runners on.


The Spring Run is an annual fundraiser where children can raise funds for their class trips or study camp. During the week preceding the Spring Run each child finds sponsors who agreed to pledge payment of anything from 20 cents to a euro for each completed round run around the school.


So, if a child had a sponsor who pledged 60 cents per round, and the child ran a total of 24 times around the school, the sponsor would pay 0,60,  x 24, or a total of 14,40 euros. Many of the children would happily run themselves into the ground, they are so motivated. However, because the rest of the school’s pupils come out to the playground for recess at 12:05 pm, the English Class teachers need to stop the running at noon. On the other hand, this is not so bad because the sponsors would be paying out serious money to make good on the pledges that they had made. These kids can run!


Classroom teachers try to keep track of all the rounds that are run by using tally markers next to each pupil’s name, but it does get confusing when six children pass at the same time. Because fifth grade teacher Ms. Katri (shown in the lower right above) also ran, Ms. Sylvia (shown on the left above) tried her best to tally the rounds. Luckily the fifth graders keep very good track of their rounds themselves!

Global Week Show at Puuvilla


After more than two weeks of Global Week activities that included school exchange visits, slide presentations on countries around the world and a multicultural mural, it all culminated in the English Classes participating together in the Global Week Show at the Puuvilla Shopping Centre on Wednesday of this week. The theme of our programme this year was the importance of education.

Sixth graders Angleise and Jenni shared their thoughts about our school.  Then English Class first and second graders told about their experiences visiting Käppärä School and acting as hosts for visitors from Käppärä School.

All of the English Class pupils sang the song, “We’re so Proud of Our School“.

Our English Class kindergarten children sang a charming song saying “Hello to the Children of the World“.

Then first, second and third graders sang “I Like School!” with all kinds of attitude. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, the camera stopped filming after only half a minute, but a snippet of the song is included here nonetheless.

Together the fourth and sixth graders performed “Education Rocks!

After a bucket drumming performance by some sixth grade girls, the fifth and sixth graders joined forces to sing “Information Age“. Everyone returned to school feeling that the effort had been well spent, glowing in the aftermath of success: We did it!

“Pearls of Life” Religion Lesson

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This week a representative from the Teljä Church and their outreach Sunday School visited our English Class second graders for their religion lesson to talk about the “Pearls of Life”. The Pearls of Life are an aid in silent prayer, a way to focus and remember the important things in life.

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The circle of eighteen beads represents the wreath of Christ. It is a Lutheran version of rosary beads specifically designed to help children with their prayers. To find out more, follow this link:



Art Museum Workshop Spawns New Workshop

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Last week the English Class fourth graders had an opportunity to see the exhibition Eggert Pétursson – Flora at the Pori Art Museum.  Pétursson’s work looks somewhat abstract from a distance, but close up viewers can see that the paintings are composed of a multitude of miniature plants and flowers done in intricate detail.  Eggert Pétursson began to study the flora of his native Iceland when he was a young boy.

In a workshop lead by Art Museum guide Caroline Ward-Raatikainen, the fourth graders were encouraged to draw and colour flora of their own liking.

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Back at school the English Class fourth graders and their teacher, Ms. Leena, applied what they had learned to planning a workshop for the English Class kindergarten children. Fourth graders partnered with a kindergarten child and then started working on their project.

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They cut out single egg carton cups and then fringed them. By pressing down on the egg cup the fringes splayed out forming flowers.

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Then, using what they had learned earlier about primary and secondary colours, complimentary colours, as well as warm and cold colours, the children used the egg cups as printing stamps. They dipped them in paint to create floral masterpiece prints.

Fifth Grade Fitness Field Trip


On Thursday English Class fifth graders had a super fitness field trip. They biked through town, across the river to a new wellness and fitness centre called Lastaamo. In Lastaamo’s movement hall they had all sorts of warm-up activities under the guidance of their very own personal trainer, their teacher, Ms. Katri. The pupils did the inchworm, bear crawl, troll walk, lizard walk, crab walk and wheelbarrow for starters.



They did headstands and handstands. In fact, there was a headstand competition which was won by Alisa, pictured in the middle above.


Air yoga was a new experience for everyone. Ms. Katri, along with many others, was really enamored of this activity.


Jumping in the bouncy castle and a rousing game of hide and seek rounded out this awesome day.