IVALO UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL
PL 119, 99801 IVALO, FINLAND
Tel: +358 40 561 1357
Headteacher: Ulla Hynönen
Vice-headteacher: Riitta Roininen
Ivalo Upper Secondary School is maintained by Inari municipality. The school started its activity in 1965.
We have approximately 130 students with 17 - 27 students in one group. At the moment, there are six groups, two groups of first-year students, two groups of sophomores and two groups of seniors.
A wide range of languages is offered in our school. We study Finnish and Swedish. It is also possible to choose from the three local Sámi languages: Inari Sámi, Skolt Sámi and Northern Sámi. In addition German, French and Russian are studied by some of our students.
Our school takes part in Lapland’s distance learning project, in CERN-project on Applied Physics and in Comenius project EYOLICU.
Studying at upper secondary school
- One school year is divided into five periods.
- During each period a student will study approximately 5 - 6 courses (5 lessons/week) - some courses last the whole school year, but there are fewer lessons per period.
- One course is approximately 38 hours.
- The last week of each period is an exam week.
- For graduation a student has to pass 75 courses, which will take from 3 to 4 years.
- All the courses are divided into three groups.
• Everyone has to pass 45 - 49 obligatory courses: There are 1 - 11 obligatory courses in Finnish, English, Swedish, Maths (ordinary/advanced), Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Religion/Ethics, Philosophy, History, Arts, Music, IT, P.E., Health and hygiene and Career counselling.
• Everyone has to pass at least 10 advanced courses. Students themselves choose the subjects that interest them the most.
• A variety of different kinds of courses (our school offers applied courses in Safety, Environment protection, Good Manners, Sophomore Dances, Travel English, Drama, French culture and language etc.).
The Students' Council
In the beginning of each school year new members for the Students' Council will be elected. In our Council, we have two members of each three grades. The Council has meetings once a month, sometimes more often if necessary.
The aims of our Students' Council
• To represent the students of Ivalo Upper Secondary School.
• To promote the interests of the students.
• To create and maintain the school spirit.
• To provide a communication channel between the students and the teachers and other staff members.
• To organize different kinds of events, activities and festivities.
• To take care of students' book orders.
• To take care of school photographing.
• To work as a member of the Union of Finnish Upper Secondary School Students.
Study year 2008 – 2009
1. 8.00 - 8.45
2. 8.45 - 9.30
3. 9.40 - 10.25
4. 10.35 - 11.20
5. 11.45 - 12.30
6. 12.40 - 13.25
7. 13.30 - 14.15
8. 14.15 - 15.00
1st period Mon 11.8. – Tue 30.9.
2nd period Wed 1.10. – Thu 27.11.
3rd period Fri 28.11. - Wed 4.2.
4th period Thu 5.2. – Tue 2.4.
5th period Wed 3.4. – Sat 30.5.
1st week Fri 24.9. – Tue 20.9.
2nd week Tue 21.11. – Mon 27.11.
3rd week Thu 29.1. – Wed 4.2.
4th week Fri 27.3. – Thu 2.4.
5th week Fri 22.5. – Thu 28.5.
Matriculation examinations Autumn 2007
Listening comprehensions Mon 10.9. - Wed 12.9.
Written exams Fri 14.9. - Wed 3.10.
Matriculation examinations Spring 2008
Finnish, analyzing texts Fri 8.2.
Listening comprehensions Mon 11. – Wed 13.2.
Written exams Mon 10.3. - Mon 31.3.
Autumn holiday Mon 15. – Fri 19.10.
Christmas holiday Sat 22.12. – Thu 3.1.
Spring holiday Mon 3. - Fri 7.3.
Easter holiday Fri 21.3. - Mon 24.3.
Celebrating Finnish Independence Day
Christmas party Fri 21.12.
3rd graders leave school (Penkkarit) Thu 14.2.
Sophomore Dances (Vanhojen tanssit) Fri 15.2.
Spring fête and graduation Sat 31.5.
Made by: Comenius -team II, Birit, Emmi, Isa, Mira, Tiia
The matriculation examination
• In their senior year students take the matriculation examination in at least four subjects, Finnish being obligatory.
• Languages: the matriculation examination is divided into two parts: a listening comprehension test and a written test.
• General subjects (e.g. History): students answer 6 - 8 questions on the subject they’ve chosen.
• Maths: students choose 10 sums at the most.
• The results of the matriculation examination are graded from laudatur (exellent) to improbatur (failed).