Stewards students travel to Finland

Education: Secondary / Mon 4th Dec 2017 at 06:24am

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STEWARDS Academy students, accompanied by Mr Hickman and former Headteacher Ms Murthar, travelled to Finland for a second educational and cultural visit hosted by our partnership school, the Puistola School in Helsinki.

The visit comprised of a range of activities throughout the week both at the school and in the local area. On arrival at Puistola School we were treated to a Welcome Concert with singing and dancing which was very impressive. We also were given a lesson in basic Finnish which was very educational and enjoyed by all.

There were many educational sites to explore in the community and the first of these was the fascinating Heureka Science Centre: The centre included lots of hands-on demonstrations and experiments. Another interesting place we were privileged to visit was the Chemistry Department at the prestigious University of Helsinki. Our pupils were split into two groups: One group learned how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen and the other group used dry ice to make soap bubbles!

Later in the week we had a brief tour around the beautiful centre of Helsinki. This included a visit to the Finnish Museum of Natural History. We looked at displays of Finnish wildlife and learned about the challenges which it faces due to global climate change and global warming.

Venturing slightly further afield pupils from both schools visited a public sauna next to a large lake at Kuusijarvi. Despite it being a snowy day the pupils followed Finnish tradition and plunged into a freezing cold lake before going back into the sauna. The water was just above freezing point and ice had started to form on one part of it! Following the sauna, pupils cooked food in the traditional Finnish way over an open fire in a wooden hut.

Paul Hickman, International Dimension Co-ordinator and trip leader, said: “This has been the fourth exchange visit between the schools and we look forward to our continual relationship. We are ever grateful and appreciative for the wonderful activities which our Finnish hosts arranged for us during our time there.”

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