When it comes to foreign-language classes, the main focus is on achieving a comfortable level of using a foreign-language in different situations, subjects and concepts. The language is not being taught per se; instead, the foreign language is used to learn a subject matter.
In foreign-language classes, the first two years emphasise understanding the language and building a foundation for foreign-language competence. Reading and writing skills are taught in the students' mother tongue (Finnish). The share of foreign-language instruction is approximately 50%.
City of Turku is renting and borrowing sports and leisure equipment. Fendari is borrowing equipment for outdoor use and others for sports.
The City of Turku maintains three indoor swimming pools, one indoor swimming bath, and two outdoor swimming pools.
Upper secondary school education is given in the schools of Turku
- in Finnish at 6 schools
- In Swedish at Katedralskolan i Åbo
- in English at the Turku International School
In addition to the upper secondary schools administrated by the City, also the Normal School of the University of Turku and Steiner School operate in Turku.
Service Area Director of Upper Secondary School Education in the City of Turku is Esko Heikkonen.
Enrollment in a mathematics class is open to students who are interested in mathematics and wish to deepen and expand their mathematics skills. In general, mathematics classes adhere to the school's general mathematics curriculum, except that students will probe matters deeper and wider in any given situation.
Music classes provide students with readiness and inspiration for taking a comprehensive interest in music. Instruction begins with singing and playing musical instruments. A student starting out in a music class will need enthusiasm for singing, an ear for music, and a sense of rhythm. Previous ability to play an instrument or studies in music theory are not required.
Instruction consists of:
- Playing musical instruments together
- Music theory and ear training
- Listening to music
A youth centre is a place young people can call their own -- where you, too, will find an opportunity to play games, engage in hobbies with friends, and implement your own ideas. Activities are geared toward young people 9-18 years of age. Youth workers lead the activities in the youth centres.
In order to use the youth centres, you will need a youth card with a picture ID. The card allows you to use the game equipment available in the centres. The card is free of charge.
Basic education is free all-round education, which is given to all children residing permanently in Finland. Compulsory education means that all children must go to school in Finland. Compulsory education begins the same year that the child has his/her 7th birthday. Compulsory education continues until the age of 17, unless the student has graduated before that. The family will receive information about starting 1st form in January, and when the student starts 7th form, there will be an info for the family.
The Patient Ombudsman provides information about the patient’s rights and acts to promote them. The task of the Patient Ombudsman is to counsel and help the patient as necessary if the patient is unsatisfied with the care and treatment received.
The Patient Ombudsman helps the patient to resolve his or her problem at the place of care. The officer also counsels and helps the patient to make a reprimand, complaint or a notice of patient injury to the Patient Insurance Centre.
Day care centres are open from 6.30 to 17.00, and also from 6.00 to 18.00 on demand. Some day care centres provide day care services also during evenings and weekends. There is one round-the-clock day care centre in Turku.
The daily period of care is organized according to the needs of the family. The period of care is defined in the child care agreement which is signed by the parent or guardian and the child day care centre director or family day care supervisor.
• Supports the student’s everyday work at school, interaction, and ability to function
• evaluates the student’s circumstances by learning about the student’s school attendance and life situation at individual, family and school community levels
• consults teachers and student welfare personnel
• co-operates closely and openly with parents
• works with classes and student groups
• participates in multidisciplinary student welfare work and networking
• participates in the development of school-specific student welfare as an expert of their own field
Family day care is organized at the childminder’s home.
In three-family day care 1–4 families form a circle. The children and the municipal childminder stay at each family’s home in turn. The family purchases and prepares the meals for the day, and the city in turn compensates for this. If needed, the city can borrow necessary equipment, for example a twin stroller.
The maximum size of a group for both forms of day care is four children, including the childminder’s own children.
The City of Turku maintains 21 fitness trails and six nature paths. You will find them by clicking on the links below.
Students are selected into the visual arts classes from all of Turku's school districts. Studies in the visual arts begin from third grade and continue throughout comprehensive school. The goals of art studies include:
Activities for children aged 1.5–6 are organized at playgrounds on weekdays between 9.00 and 12.30.
To let your child play safely outdoors together with other children supervised by the playground attendants, please enroll by contacting the day care workers of the playground directly. Also please note that there will be no playground activities if temperature is -12 degrees Celsius or below.
Turku has four campgrounds for youth: Ahtela in Sauvo, Tippsund in Taivassalo, Vienola in Rymättylä and Nukkumajoki in Inari.
Affordable areas with cabins, available for rent for:
- youth organizations
- private persons
- trip and camp activities of the city
The campgrounds are ideal for larger groups and events, but they are also suited for small groups. The campgrounds can also be rented just for day use.
The aim of the physical education class is to
- increase the possibilites to offer positive experiences to students interested and gifted in sports
- develop the students' basic skills
- introduce the students to different forms of exercise and different sports in cooperation with sport federations and local clubs
Playschool and outdoor playschool activities are intended for children aged 3–5 years. The options are outdoor playschool, which lets the child experience nature and physical exercise, and indoor playschool. Activities are organized and target at supporting the growth and development of the child. One playschool teacher organizes the activities but there may also be other staff members participating if needed.
You can see the information of Turku City gyms listed below. In two of the gyms the services are produced by a sports club or a third sector operator. In the rest of the gyms by the Sports Services Centre.