Student welfare

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. With the help of student welfare, we aim to identify learning difficulties and other issues early on and intervene in time.

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.

Student welfare plan (in Finnish)

Student welfare register privacy policy (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:

Ville Annala, tel. +358 2941 28193, +358 50 435 3137

Olli Hyvönen, tel. +358 2941 28158, +358 50 546 0677

Laura Saarelma, tel. +358 2941 28168, +358 50 448 0911

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.

From autumn 2008, our school social worker has been Nicolas Recorbet. His 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–Thursday from 9.00 to 15.30

Office: A308b

Email: nikke.recorbet@hel.fi

Tel.: +358 40 662 0329

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 upper secondary school and 7th to 9th grades is Anni Jaalas (+358 406 692 074) and the school psychologist of 1st to 6th grades is Riikka Tarpila (+358 406 694 781). 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.

Links in Finnish:

Nuorten kriisipiste

Nuorten mielenterveystalo

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

Tuesday–Friday from 8.00 to 14.00, tel. +358 50 310 5573.

School doctor Susann Karlberg is available at the school 4–5 times a month.

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.