Introduction Finland is a republic. Finland´s capital isHelsinki, which lies in southern Finland. Finlandbecame independent on 6th December 1917.Finnish and Swedish are Finland`s officiallanguages. Finland`s area is 338 500km.75% of Finland`s area is covered by forest.There are thousands of lakes in Finland.Finland`s currency is euro. Finland hasbelonged to European Union from the year1995. Finland`s president is Tarja Halonen.
KALLAVESI LOWERSECONDARY SCHOOL Kallavesi lower secondary school lies at Petonen in Kuopio. Petonen lies in southern Kuopio, and there live about 20 000 people. There are grades from six to nine. We have 622 pupils in our school and 61 teachers, and we have also other staff. In Kallavesi school you can study many languages, for example: French, German, Spanish and Russian. If you are specially interested in music or mathematics and natural sciences you can try to get in music or maths and science oriented class. Kallavesi school started at Petonen in the year 1994. Before that the school was situated in the centre of Kuopio. In school year 2010-2011 Kallavesi school`s head teacher is Jussi Löppönen and assistant head (teacher) Jaana Vuorinen.
Finland’s educationalsystem There is compulsory education in Finland. It starts when student turns seven years, and usually ends when he/she turns sixteen. Required grades are grades from one to nine. There is a free meal to each student every day in every school. There are no school uniforms. Basic education is free.
Primary school There are grades 1 to 6 in the primary school. There you study Finnish, Maths, Biology, Geography, PE, Religion, Music, Arts and Crafts. English or some other foreign language starts at the third grade and Chemistry, Physics and History starts the fifth grade.
Lower secondary school There are grades 7 to 9 in the lower secondary school. New subjects are Swedish, Home economics. At eight and ninth grades you choose three long and one short electives which are German, Russian, Spanish, French, Arts, Music, Home economic, Crafts, IT, and PE. Arts , Home economics, Music and Crafts if you don’t choose them.
Further studies After basics education you can go to upper secondary school or vocational school but they’re not obligatory. Upper secondary school takes 3-4 years and vocational school takes 3 years. After them you can go, for example, to University or to Polytechnic.
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