Dickursby skola in Vantaa received a visit today from the Director of Food and Nutrition Service in the United States Mrs. Cindy Long and her colleague Diane De Bernando

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The City of Vantaa has receive a visit today from the Director of Food and Nutrition Service in the United States Mrs Cindy Long and her colleague Mrs Diane De Bernando. Mrs Long is responsible for the National School Food Programme in the United States.

Director of Food and Nutrition Service in the United States Mrs. Cindy Long talks to the pupils

They visited Dickursby school in Tikkurila, where they got acquainted with the Finnish education- and school food systems.

During their visit they got information about the school’s activities and talked about Finnish education with a teacher and some pupils.

Mrs. Long was impressed by the pupils’ good skills in English.

-In addition to English classes at school, we learned to speak English by watching youtube videos, tells fifth grader Emma Huikuri ja sixth grader Zahara Davis.

The visit was hosted by Director of Swedish Services Anders Vikström and the school’s Headmaster Mia Förars-Pöytäniemi. Anders Vikström presented the Finnish education system for her.

At the end of the visit the guests got a tour around the school premises. Vikström showed the quiet room which was planned for students with special needs. The room has down-scaled and calm walls and a soft carpet on the floor to muffle sounds. Soft music was played in the room. The guests were impressed by another class where third graders and preschoolers were writing a story together in pairs. The guests were also interested in the modern furniture in the classroom that could be modified. They were told about the Moving Programme in Vantaa which aims to enhance mobility of children during school day by educating teachers and bringing tools and toys as well as flexible furniture to the class rooms.

Tomorrow an international conference on school food will be held in Helsinki with representatives from 12 countries.

 

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Primary schoolsSchool of Dickursby