This is being posted one week late because we went away on holiday to Sweden for 7 days.
Last Saturday was the last day of school for all 4 kiddos.
First up was the ceremony at the elementary school:
Sofia, reading her poem about summer.
Joel reading his summer poem.
Sofia and some of her classmates wait in front to receive their report cards.
I know the quality of the photo is bad, but I think it’s so funny that Joel and his classmates are already comparing their reports before they even sit down.
Mattias and his classmates. Mattias received another bursary this year (30€) for doing his school work responsibly.
Another bad quality photo (darn the point and shoot) . . . Sam and the rest of the Ninth Graders ceremoniously enter the room where the high school ceremony is held. They are the important ones this year as they are “graduating”. Grade 9 is the last year of mandatory schooling in Finland. After this they choose where they want to go next . . . senior high, technical school, trade school, etc.
Sam, receiving his report card from his teacher and the principal (as he towers over them). His report card folder actually contains all the reports he has through his school years in Finland. The final page is his high school final report, which takes into account all reports he has received in high school and looks at trends (has he improved?). This final report is what the schools for next year consider when deciding whether or not to admit students to their programs.
Sam’s class (the smallest one, at only 14 students). Of the 100-something students in Grade 9, almost all the boys wore suits.
The little ones in their new outfits. This picture was supposed to be taken in the morning, but because I had my time all mixed up and they missed the morning bus and I had to drive them, we didn’t have time for this picture until late afternoon . . .
Thanks to all who left a comment awhile back on the hair blog to get instructions for the ribbon braid. I was going to do it, but Sofia ended up with more casual clothes and that hairdo was too fancy . . . so we’ll save that one for a dressier occasion!
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.