Student welfare and guidance counselling
Student welfare encompasses services that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of pupils and students. The services advance the balanced growth and development of the young, foster a culture of caring and positive interaction in the school community, and ensure equal learning opportunities for all.
Student welfare at Helsinki Normal Lyceum

Student welfare aims to create a safe and healthy learning and working environment, protect mental health and prevent exclusion. Student welfare is the responsibility of everyone working in the school community, and it is carried out in collaboration with parents. Student welfare includes student welfare work and services. Student welfare work is the work that all adults in the school community do to improve the preconditions for learning and to promote wellbeing, health and safety. In short, student welfare work means that we look after our pupils and students on a daily basis. It is something each and every staff member at our school does as part of their everyday duties, but different staff members have different roles. At the Helsinki Normal Lyceum, student welfare services include the services of the school nurse, school doctor and school psychologist. With the help of student welfare, we aim to identify learning difficulties and other issues early on and intervene in time.

Links and documents:

Nuorten kriisipiste (in Finnish)

Nuorten mielenterveystalo (in Finnish)

Mieppi-mielenterveyspalvelupiste/  (in Finnish)

Nuorisoasema/ (in Finnish)

Student welfare plan Opiskeluhuoltosuunnitelma (pdf)

Student welfare register privacy policy Opiskeluhuollon kertomusrekisterin rekisteriselostus (pdf) (in Finnish)

At Norssi, the aim of part-time special needs education is to help our pupils meet the general basic education objectives by providing them the support they need. To meet this aim, we tailor education to the pupils’ needs. In special needs education, we support the pupils’ learning in their own classroom by offering individual instruction, small group teaching or classroom co-teaching. Norssi’s part-time special needs education targets the following areas:

  • Special needs education for pupils who have difficulties with reading and writing
  • Special needs education in mathematics, languages and other subjects
  • Special needs education that promotes emotional and social skills
  • Special needs education for pupils with learning difficulties

Special needs education promotes pupils’ study and social skills, confidence and school motivation, and aims to address pupils’ special needs as early as possible.

The duties of special needs teachers include:

  • Providing special needs education in various subjects
  • Collaborating with guardians, teachers, principals, other student welfare staff members and external specialists
  • Organising individual and group diagnostic tests in both comprehensive and upper secondary schools
  • Providing statements
  • Providing consultation for subject teachers
  • Supervising teaching practice in extensive special needs teacher training

Norssi’s special needs teachers:

Ella Ahtiainen

Ville Annala

Olli Hyvönen

Laura Saarelma

Sanna Väyrynen

The school social worker helps when pupils and students have difficulties at school, struggle with their social relations or undergo major life changes. Pupils and students can also seek the school social worker’s help in matters related to personal life and development, and parents can come discuss their family’s home situation or matters of upbringing. The school social worker looks for solutions to difficult situations together with the parents and other adults at Norssi. A solution-oriented approach and a conciliatory attitude are the key starting points for Norssi’s school social worker.

Our school social workera are Nicolas Recorbet and Riikka Hautakoski. Their duties include promoting the schoolwork and social wellbeing of our pupils and students. Pupils and students can freely come discuss their problems, relationships with friends, coping and wishes with the school social worker.

The student welfare team and school staff can also direct a pupil or student to the school social worker if they think the pupil or student needs help with school, social issues or school motivation.

Parents can directly contact the school social worker if they need support with questions relating to parenting or their child's social wellbeing, such as social relations.

Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Office: A308b

Contact information

Nicolas Recorbet (comprehensive school), nikke.recorbet@hel.fi, tel: +358 40 662 0329

Riikka Hautakoski (upper secondary school), riikka.hautakoski@hel.fi, tel: +358 50 401 3381

School psychology aims to support the schoolwork and general wellbeing of pupils and students through psychological methods. The school psychologist is available to meet pupils, students and parents for consultation and counselling. The school psychologist collaborates with teachers and other staff members, and conducts psychological tests, interviews and observations if necessary. The school psychologist works in accordance with the legal provisions governing health care professionals and patient rights.

The upper secondary school psychologist promotes student wellbeing and supports studies. The psychologist may be consulted in issues involving studying, emotional life, relationships or life changes. Students can freely contact the school psychologist, preferably when the issue is still minor. Guardians can also contact the psychologist if they are worried about their children or want to discuss matters that relate to their child’s life.

The school psychologist of all school levels is Säde Loponen (+358 406 692 074). The school psychologists' office is A305B (third floor in Wing A, next to the school nurse and special needs education facilities).

* If you contact the psychologist by email, please give your phone number. We advise against sharing delicate personal information via email.

School health services support the growth and development of the young and promote healthy and safe methods of doing schoolwork. The services include providing health education, monitoring and assessing the health of our pupils and students, and if necessary, directing pupils and students to further examinations. The school nurse and school doctor also provide first aid to anyone injured or suddenly taken ill at school. Please note that actual medical treatment is not included in school health services.

School nurse Satu Hovi is available at the school in room A 309b

Monday–Thursday from 8.30 to 15.30 and Fridays from 8.30 to 13.30. Contact via tel. +358 50 310 5573 or Wilma.

Contact school doctor via school nurse.

Medical advice is available 24/7 by phone at +358 9 310 10023. If the school nurse is unavailable, the nearest health centre in case of emergency is the Viiskulma Health Station at Pursimiehenkatu 4, 00150 Helsinki, floors II–IV, tel. +358 9 310 45930.

 

Dental care

Comprehensive school pupils are offered dental care at the Kivelä Dental Clinic. Pupils are called for check-ups according to individual schedules. For other appointments, please make centralized dental care appointments at +358 9 310 51400. Upper secondary school students make their own dental care appointments. Dental care is free for children under 18 years of age.

Lower comprehensive school

Guidance councelling for pupils in lower comprehensive school is included in the subjects studied and the class teacher is responsible for supervision together with the other staff.

Upper comprehensive school

The upper comprehensive school has separate guidance councelling. Guidance councelling supports pupils' schoolwork and studies so that each pupil gratuates from comprehensive school and has access to postgraduate studies. This work is done in collaboration with guardians and school staff.

More information on guidance councelling in upper comprehensive school can be found at the link below, which leads to a digital guidance councelling website (website under construction).

Guidance counselors in upper comprehensive school:

Merja Laine (7EF, 8AB, 9BD)

Raila Pirinen (7CD,  8C, 9AC)

Jemina Puputti (7AB, 8DEF, 9E)

Petra Parkkola is on work leave 28.2.-31.7.2022.

 

Upper secondary school

Upper secondary school guidance councelling enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills he or she needs to study in high school and after high school, in working life and at other stages of life.

More information about guidance councelling in upper secondary school can be found at the link below, which leads to a digital guidance councelling website (website under construction).

Guidance counselors in upper secondary school:

Merja Laine (20ABC)

Raila Pirinen (21ABC, 18D)

Jemina Puputti (19ABC)

Petra Parkkola is on work leave 28.2.-31.7.2022.