Art Museum Visit

By Fathima Malik

Today, our class went to the Turku Art Museum. Each group had chosen an artwork to talk about on the previous museum visit. During this visit, all the groups presented their ideas to the entire class.

It was fun to see the many various ideas that my fellow classmates had about various different artworks. Some of their interpretation of the artworks were different and interesting as I wouldn’t have thought about that at all. One in the class talked about a painting which showed the sky filled with clouds and nothing else. Their interpretation and the meaning they got from the painting would not be the same one I would get. They got more points and went more in depth than I would have if I had chosen to talk about that painting. I would probably have something like ‘the painting could symbolize happiness and hope as the colour of the sky with which the artist painted is blue, which is a colour most people connect with happiness’ and ended with that. So, it was interesting to see the things my classmates had come up with that I hadn’t thought of.

A lot of the groups had chosen the painting our group chose, and we were the second last group to talk about it. As a result, we couldn’t say much as most of our points were taken by others which couldn’t be unavoidable. This was kind of problematic, but we quickly changed what we were going to say and instead talked about something slightly different than our initial thoughts. The positive thing from many groups choosing and talking about the same painting as us, is that we got to hear many different opinions and interpretations of the same painting which all of us have analysed in depth. It shows that despite people looking at the same thing and studying it, everyone will get slightly different results. So, in the arts, when people have to analyse the artworks, everyone will get their own interpretations as everyone is different and their brains see things in a different point of view and at a different angle then their peers.

As a result, this visit to the art museum was one that was enjoyable, and I wouldn’t mind coming here another time. The artworks were amazing to look at and each of them contained a huge emotional meaning that could be seen through further analysis. Therefore, I would recommend for the next years of Pre-IB students to go to the Turku art museum as a part of their History course. Although they might not be able to go to the same exhibition as us, they should still go because the new exhibition could be better than this one.



When we left to hackathon, we were super tired for having to wake up earlier than we are used to. But I was also pleasantly surprised as the Yeast Beasts, other team from Norssi, had an ukulele with them. Like a bunch of diligent fellow travellers, they sang and played the whole trip all the to Helsinki, which made us content and ready to battle!

We arrived in the school at noon and had a lunch. The official program started with opening and few companies that were part of the Hackathon introduced themselves. When it finally ended, we had this cool competition where we had to make a building from raw spaghetti and it had to hold up a one marshmallow. Ruohonleikkurit had 61 cm long thing that looked like offspring of Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Then we were allowed to start doing the actual thing: solving a problem that we were given from some companies. Both of our groups already had a problem and a solution, so we mostly just had fun and chilled. Before workshops started, our ideas looked pretty good. In those workshops we had different kind of themes: water cycle, pitching, visual communication and creative thinking. Those workshops required so much energy that we needed to take a walk, or we were forced to go. There was a beautiful view from the hills.

For dinner, they had bought us some huge pizzas. At the evening, we made our presentations and started to get ready for Friday’s pitching. We also had kisakatsomo for the night’s ice hockey game. Finland won Denmark by goals 3-1.

The other day was a bit more creative and nerve-wracking for us. Our day began when Anu came and woke us up for breakfast. The next 3-4h from that went by quickly as we made the final touches for our pitching that was properly done by one of the bravest, Silja. And by Dan from the other team.

Unfortunately, Turku did not get in the top 3 this time, but we’ll get there next time…strikingly.

The trip back was surprisingly peaceful. We reflected the way our Hackathon experience had been, and the unanimous answer was compressed to a single word; Amazing. Overall, we all had a great time there!

Here are our teams Ruohonleikkurit and Yeast Beasts doing their pitchings.

Rebecca & Janna

Greenhack 1.3.2019

Our Greenhack event started in the auditorium. With everyone gathered, an employee from Remeo introduced us to different concepts in recycling, and environmentalism overall.

We were first divided into groups by roles that we decided prior to the event. Roles included a graphic designer, project manager, marketing manager, specific matters expert and programmer.


In the groups we were presented with different concepts that our role should be aware of by a trainee. Afterwards, we headed to our groups and started to develop our idea. They were presented to judges at first, with the finalists presenting their idea to the whole group in the auditorium. Finalists included two groups from Turku, one from Salo and one from Huittinen. This time, the winners were from Norssi.

Jussi Häyrinen & team

Will students really care about politics?

And in their free time? It’s more likely than you’d think.

On Monday the 4th of March we, the pre-ib class, got an opportunity to go listen to an election panel in the Turku Finnish työväenopisto. To prepare for this visit most of us planned out a few questions to ask the panelists, of which three were answered. Throughout the panel I and my classmates gained plenty of new knowledge about the views regarding environment, migration and foreign policy that the different parties held; allowing us to be more aware of the Finnish political climate.

Jutun on kirjoittanut Daniel Talv 1cIB

High schoolers did news pitching with YLE

Representatives from YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company) taught IB students the essentials of planning and pitching a news story.  One of the student teams will be selected to do a real-life news pitch at YLE on News Class Day in April.


IB graduates celebrated in style

On Saturday, the IB-graduates got to put on their student caps as a sign of graduating from the Diploma Program. The graduation ceremony was marked by hearfelt speeches and great optimism for what future holds.

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Photos: Veikka Partanen

High schoolers competed in debating

The final round of the high school debating semifinal had the teams arguing for or against the abolishment of daylight saving time.  The opposition was finally declared as winner which means that Eeva Aarnio, Siiri Koskinen ja Anna Ahlbäck will be traveling to Tampere to compete against other schools.  The judges for the Norssi semifinal were Angelos Emmanoulidis and Samuel Akangbe Olywaseyn from the University of Turku Debating Club.

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