Mastersmith Kirsi Vahtera

Mastersmith Kirsi Vahtera visited Tammerkoski upper secondary school to tell the students about her rare occupation. Becoming a smith was not what she initially started studying, but she became interested in forging metal and changed careers. She graduated from Ikaalinen college, which we also visited during the teaching and learning activity event in Tampere in 2016.

Kirsi Vahtera is an entrepreneur, and she is very interested in the Finnish national epic Kalevala, which gives her a lot of inspiration that can be seen in her work. She mostly works on customized pieces, but she also sells products she has designed and made. Her work can be seen and bought at exhibitions. She also teaches, and at the moment she cooperates with an author.
Even though earning her living as an entrepreneur is full of challenges, she enjoys it because her work makes her feel good. Her work enables collaboraton and communication with other people. Money isn´t the main priority; I can create many kinds of works with my hands and I feel at home doing this, Kirsi Vahtera concludes.

A newspaper tells us of the days in Rottweil

Back to school the feeling of a great week together is enhanced by recollections and comradeship.

The students have reported an unparelleled enthusiasm and unforgettable friendship and we have learn something new about staging a play and working intranationally in a European dimension.



The reader interested in a chronicle of the week can download the newspaper of Rottweil!

Enjoy the reading!

Marco Bjurström: “Yummy yummy”


On Thursday September 1st a famous Finnish dance teacher, choreographer, entrepreneur and TV-host Marco Bjurström visited us here at Sampola.

He was interviewed by two of our students, and the questions got very thorough answers.

Talkative Marco made jokes and got everyone to rise from their seats and pat their tummies. He gave good life advice, like ‘take it easy and do what you like’. He has worked at many different jobs in his life, for example, in addition to being a dance teacher, he was a news anchor on TV. He has produced and directed most musicals in Finland, and at the moment he´s working on an opera that will get its premiere next year.

Marco also told us his life story and how he had made it this far, and how he became an entrepreneur. He even shed a few tears while reminiscing.
Mr Bjurström highlighted the fact that the most important thing in our lives is creating a fun atmosphere. He himself creates a relaxed mood at his dance classes by making the students laugh at themselves. He also gave us some food for thought when he said that “Remember that you need to get along with yourself and like yourself, as that is the person with whom you will wake up every single morning.”




UNICEF donation

Last Wednesday, 11th May, the Head and the Italian coordinator handed out the Charity Concert donation check to Vicenza Unicef Chairwoman Ms Getrevi.


It was worth 567 euros.

We are supporting a Unicef project in Bangladesh for “safe swimming” as last year 18,000 children died after flooding because of their incapability to swim!

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Ms Getrevi  is the one signing for acceptation!

A video about safe swimming is also avaliable!




Fashion show


Friday was the day of the grand finale fashion show we had been preparing all week. The casting team started their day early putting on make-up and having their hair done. Also the show moderation team was doing some last minute revision of their speaks for the show. Meanwhile some Erasmus+ and Czech students visited the Jihlava zoo where they were given a chance to feed giraffes, bears and seals. The fashion show started at 11 and it was amazing!




Clothes and jewellery made by the students were on stage and the models looked stunning. We also saw a music performance by the Wo-mn. In the afternoon students had free time and in the evening there was a farewell party at school. At the party everybody was dancing together, chatting, listening live music by The Joyners and eating good barbecue food till late evening.





Thursday was the day we were all really looking forward to as we were going to visit Prague! The two-hour bus journey passed quickly as all students were listening to music and singing, chatting with each other and having little snacks. In Prague we walked over the famous Charles Bridge to the city centre and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design where we had a lecture by Zuzana Veselá.




After the lecture students had two hours free time to see tourist attractions of Prague and go shopping. In the afternoon we visited the National Gallery.




Going back to Jihlava we had to take a diversion as the motorway was closed because of too many car crashes. To be honest we did not mind at all as we got to see more of the Czech Republic and some beautiful towns!



On Wednesday morning we were working in our workshops again. These were the last workshops so everything for the Friday fashion show needed to be ready before lunch. After lunch everybody had a different program depending on which workshop they were in. The casting group had a photoshoot in Jihlava church tower where the documentation team was photographing them.



Fashion design and jewellery groups saw the old town gate, Jihlava town hall and the intriguing city catacombs while silkscreen and moderation teams had a chance to visit the local radio station and hear a lecture by a radio presenter Bedrich Musil.



Workshops and lectures


On Tuesday everyone was working in their workshops the entire morning, making a lot of progress in walking in high heels, designing, painting and photographing.




In the afternoon we had a very interesting lecture by a fashion journalist Václav Mensa. After the lecture we visited the Regional Government office of Jihlava but our way there through beautiful Jihlava was not too straightforward because of hailing.




In the Regional Government office we had a lecture about the Czech Republic and Jihlava and we saw an exhibition “The Recycled Fashion” made by the students of SUPŠ Jihlava-Helenín.