The Student Welfare Group meets once a week and more frequently when circumstances so require. The group consists of the principal, the guidance counsellor, the school nurse, the school welfare officer and any class teacher whose pupils are a subject of concern. The group is responsible for assessing the general well-being of each student, including physical, psychological and social progress. The Student Welfare Group plans and coordinates student welfare matters in cooperation with other members of the school staff. Each class teacher meets with the Student Welfare Group during the beginning of the school year to discuss his/her class. Special circumstances or points of concern regarding individual students are raised during these meetings. The principal acts as chairperson and directs the progress of individual student support action plans. Each member of the Student Welfare Group is responsible for the following:
The class teacher makes the initial contact with the student’s guardians regarding attendance, academic progress, behavioural problems, participation in school events and long-term planning.
The school nurse ensures that each student has a regular general health examination and is available for emergency appointments during the school day. The school nurse can recommend further medical treatment, help find the correct medical specialist and inform the Student Welfare Group of special circumstances that may impact upon a student´s school life.
School nurse: Kaisa Viitanen / tel. 043-824 6447
The school welfare officer works to support the social and psychological well-being of the student. She/he works in co-operation with the family and is available for crisis counselling. The school welfare officer can also provide information about additional public health services when required. All appointments to the School psychologist must be made through the school welfare officer.
School Welfare Officer
School psychologist: Sara Kinnunen / tel. 043-824 7824
The school guidance counsellor meets regularly with all students during SGC lessons. Individual and group guidance is provided to help students with study skills, subject choices, time-tabling, applications to upper secondary or vocational schools, gaining work experience and support studies. Social interaction, self evaluation and communication skills are also reinforced during these lessons.
Student guidance counsellor: Jay Thompson / tel. 043-825 2091
Special education teacher: Eric Allenbach / tel. 040-480 3111