Student support services
The services of student counsellors, school nurse, psychologist, school social worker and special needs teacher are available to all students. The school also has a student welfare group.
Student counsellors are available daily. Student counsellors have their offices and a noticeboard on the 2nd floor. You can also contact them via Wilma/email. You are welcome to talk about anything related to your present and further studies.
Student guidance groups
Group meetings take place during the lunch hour in the same classroom, typically every second Thursday (not during the exam week). Check the Calendar and info monitors for the dates! Attendance is compulsory, as these meetings are an indispensable way of passing on important information and school news. In the event of absence due to illness, for example, students must contact the group teacher to find out what matters were discussed.
The aim of the school pscyhologist, Ms Eija Kallunki, is to contribute to the students´ wellbeing and to support their studies. Students can contact her for example if they have problems with school, stress management, emotional issues, relationships or life changes. Action should be taken while the problems are still relatively small! Parents, too, can contact the psychologist when they are worried about their child´s welfare.
You can see the days when she is available on the door of her office. She can also be reached by phone on weekdays (09 310 84030 or 050 401 3277 - please leave a message) or through email eija.kallunki(at)edu.hel.fi.
In the email, students should include their name and phone number so that the psychologist can contact them. Keep in mind that it is not advisable to send any very private information via email!
The school nurse, Ms Camilla Lehto, is available at the school from Monday to Friday. Students wishing to make an appointment should call 040 162 0751 (or send a text message) or come directly to the office. It is not possible to contact her through email.
During the upper secondary school the school nurse meets all 1st and 2nd year students for a health inspection. In addition to health inspections the nurse can be contacted in case of sudden illness, accident or vaccinations needed. Students should inform the school nurse about special dietary needs immediately at the start of the school year. Students should also inform the school nurse of chronical illnesses or if they are carrying Adrenalin pen.
- Special Diet Form (pdf)
Dental services at municipal dental clinics are usually available free of charge for students under 18 years of age. Students entitled to public health care in Finland who study full time in Helsinki can make appointments in Helsinki city dental clinics. You may need a certificate stating that you are a student. You can also choose the utilize these services in the health centre in your own municipality.
School social worker
Our school social worker, Ms Katja Kuoppa, is available every day except Tuesdays. Students can call her on Mon-Fri (phone 040 681 6884 ) or contact her via Wilma. It may be easiest to book an appointment via text message or Wilma.
The school social worker (kuraattori in Finnish) works to support students' psychological and social wellbeing and study progress. She assists students who may have problems related to mental health, family situations or substance abuse. She also advises students with financial problems. Students who want to discuss their studies or family situations confidentially are welcome to contact her.
Special needs tutoring
Ressu has a full-time special needs teacher Ms Ninnu Kotilainen. Her job is to assist students in their learning problems. She tutors groups and individual students. She should be contacted if students suspect they might have problems learning.
Ms Kotilainen's phone number is +358 40 848 660 , but it may be easiest to contact her via the Wilma system.