Life and Activities

Life and Activities 

(Co-curricular Activities, Clubs & Extra-curricular Activities) 

We are proud to have a state-of-the-art, inspiring campus. It was developed using the Finnish pedagogy and learning environment design principles. It is an area where we can study, learn, create, work and live. The trend to use games in education is becoming more and more popular. Learning by doing is the main reason. Games are new wave educational tools that motivate, challenge, and reward the learner in ways not possible with traditional educational material. It makes us creative, smart, healthy and happy individuals. Finnish School of Kosovo is doing exactly this, using different games which are an effective tool to develop a child’s skills. Children develop creative ways of solving problems because of the different shapes in the board that they have to try. The benefits of playing go beyond learning the main concepts. It teaches the value of taking turns and sharing. In the Finnish Education System, we have a hands-on approach to learning! This involves designing and crafting both art and useful items. By practicing these skills kids will develop problem-solving skills, planning, how to properly use and respect the equipment, independence, patience, confidence, and pride! The Finnish Core Curriculum is based on a conception of learning that sees the pupils as active actors. They learn to set goals and to solve problems both independently and together with others. Students in our school learn together and they also learn from one another. Thus creating a setting for exploring and experimentation.   

 

Co – Curricular Activities  

Game-Based Learning plays important role in teaching by making students to collaborate, communicate, interact and work in teams. It allows learners to discover new methods of working towards achieving goals and objectives in an interactive manner.

Robotics Lab is a robotic playground where we learn robotics through interacting with Makeblock, Lego Robots, BeeBots, mBot, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and 3D Printers. We love to play with robots! Kids love to play with robots, they learn programing at the same time and get knowledge of coding based on their interests and projects. Psychologists believe that 4-5 year old kids are more inclined to learn computer commands than spell out simple words. This is why at Finnish School of Kosova, students start to learn coding and programing from an early age.

Gardening Project called “Rethink” which officially starts on the 16th of March, will be using schoolyard as a classroom, it will reconnect students with the natural world, the true source of their food and this will also teach them the valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with several subjects such as math, science and several educational goals, including personal social responsibility. Gardening seems to be a healthy, stimulating physical activity and students will truly enjoy every part of the “Rethink” Project.

Arts, crafts, music and sports

We do a lot of arts and crafts in our school! We also learn sewing, knitting and making lots of things out of wood and other materials. We made many art works to decorate our school in different seasons and celebrations. We also made short theatre plays for our end of the year show. We also play a lot of music and learn to play some instruments.

Sewing is an important skill that should be taught to everyone, as it develops self-confidence through skill building. Sewing and Handicrafts are part of our curriculum not only to enhance our student’s motor skills but also to improve their self-confidence. Sewing helps one to improve focus and concentration and also teaches the importance of patience and self-control. Another reason we should start learning how to sew is the sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something handmade. We have just started creating our own iPad bags, and we can say we are experts at it.

Music stimulates our mind. There are many things in music, to which one can listen and bring attention to. One can be mindful of the melodies or themes, the harmony, the driving or relaxed rhythms, the color of the sounds, the activity of a piece, how the sounds are produced, or how they all relate to one another. In our school we have different musical instruments to which we always use while interpreting.  A new study suggests that listening to happy music promotes more divergent thinking and teamwork —two key elements of creativity. This study explores music as a source of creativity since music has been shown to improve cognition and enhance learning and memorizing.

Sports The participation in physical activities in school provides a positive influence on a student’s personality, character and self-esteem. In addition, the team-building process enhances communication skills, and the skills required to get along and cooperate with students of varying ethnic backgrounds and personalities.

Kitchen lessons at Finnish school – this is how we learn science. Yes, science! Mixing up baking powder or baking soda within one recipe is SCIENCE. Adding lemon sourness to an amount on gluten is again, science. There is plenty of science in cooking, and we are just getting started!   

Clubs & Socities  

At FSK we have a lot of clubs!

Hiking club exploring the great outdoors! Hiking is the kind of nature activity that covers many aspects of our curriculum. First of all, students have learned what kind of benefits hiking has for their physical health and what kind of nutrition and hydration is needed to stay in good shape during the physical challenge. This exercise encourages them to stay physically active and has visible positive effects to their mental health too, by building up their self-esteem. Second, there couldn’t be a better way to get to know plants, animals, insects and other wonders of nature than seeing them in real life! By observing and asking questions students actually take several mini-lessons about nature’s miracles during the hike. In addition, hiking encourages our students to act for a sustainable future.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Club – KOONTA the whole town in our school – is a mini town through which we learn the concepts of citizenship, business, governance, leadership and professional life through role playing and experiential learning. The whole town is connected by a software where we solve challenges and complete transactions. Koonta simulates real-life events within a town, both professional and social. Here are assigned roles and are asked to complete certain tasks such as registering our own business, paying salaries and taxes, signing contracts and much more. We engage in drawing, problem-solving, and creative tasks – designing our company logos, coding, generating cool business names.

Relaxing Club is the place where students meet each other, socialize and learn together.

Ball Game Clubs students playing basketball, volleyball, and football.

Dance Club where students have fun and improve dancing skills.

Language Support Clubs where students can watch movies, playing games, or listen to stories in a foreign language. In Finnish School of Kosova we want to raise polyglots with cross cultural understanding by offering 5 different languages to study!

Short Movie Making Club where students can play different roles and behave like actors.

Story Drawing Club in this module students learn to look with their artist’s eyes, and really see what is in front of them. Using line to create shapes, and shading techniques to create contrast and form, the children are exposed to a range of materials.

Origami and Paper Craft Club – Windmill Origami. Origami is not only important in developing creativity, it also teaches symmetry and geometry. We use fun and arts based activities, to teach complex math and science.     

Extra-curricular Activities  

Trips

Field trips and extracurricular activities give children the opportunity for new experiences and learning. More than just fun, school field trips and extracurricular activities offer many great benefits to children. Field trips reinforce learning. Students get to experience their lessons in real-world settings. Field trips put lessons in context and are particularly helpful for children who learn by doing. And they cut down on boredom!

Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to make friends and discover new interests and hobbies. They’re ideal for children who are not interested in school team sports, or who may be sidelined from certain physical activities. Getting involved in such activities will help your child explore his or her own identity and interests and build bonds with peers who share similar pursuits and passions.

Job shadowing

Finnish School of Kosovo was the first school in Kosovo to introduce job shadowing to lower secondary school as a part of our MyCareer-programme. With job shadowing, we want to give our students a chance to get the most recent practical knowledge from their field of interest and also to see what kind of skills they have and need to develop, to be successful in the future working life. They’re learning outside school premises by doing job shadowing. Job shadowing is a method of career counseling that is one of the great things the Finnish curriculum offers to secondary students. At this point of their lives, they need to make decisions that affect their future working life from which they have little experience. Job shadowing gives them the opportunity to see if a career that interests them would be good for them. During the week, they’ll also test if they have the skills needed in the job, learn new skills and get a picture of what kind of skills they would need to make it their profession. Working for one week teaches them responsibility and participation. They’ll also get a chance to show the employer that even a young employee can be an efficient and useful one. They get good experience and possible contacts to help them find work in the future. The students have chosen their own work places according to their interests and contacted companies themselves. They have chosen boutiques, restaurants, agencies and other kind of companies and workplaces. This teaches them to be active and how to use their contacts when they look for a job.