Petrozavodsk

physical adress                      61.49 E, 34.16 N, 110 m

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Petrozavodsk, the capital of the republic of Karelia, is one of the most picturesque and verdant cities of the north-west of Russia. Founded 300 years ago by the Russian tsar Peter the Great, the city has a long history and rich culture. It was started as the Petrovsky works that produced cast cannons, bombs, cannon balls, guns and weapon.

The city is located along the banks of the Lake Onega, the second largest interior body of water in Europe
The population of the city is about 300 thousand people. The talented craftsmen of Karelia adorned their ancient land with remarkable monuments of wooden architecture and have sung it praises in legends and epic songs known as runes.

The climate is humid, moderately continental with short cool summers and long winters which last over 150 days. By the middle of October – beginning of November a snow covering usually settles and remains until the middle of April. Cold Arctic winds freeze the land in winter and cause spring and sometimes summer frosts. For 105 – 115 days of the year, the average daily temperature is lower than -5°C. The average monthly temperature of July, the warmest summer month, is approximately +16°C.
The main soil types are podzolic, turfy and allied types. Forests cover more than half of the area of the region. The following types of coniferous trees prevail in Karelia: pine, fir, Siberian larch; among the deciduous trees are birch, aspen and black alder.

Our school 45 is located in the center of the largest city district. It represents a typical city school building. There are 29 classes,750 pupils and 76 teachers in the school. Besides getting a general primary and secondary education the pupils have wonderful opportunities to join different clubs, projects and programs such as Art studio, sport ballroom dances, sports, Dramatic society, Paste (dough) modeling, Folk singing studio, Rocket model making, Floriculture. The school has a sports ground, school garden and greenhouse.

The school garden surrounds the school building and covers 2300 m². More than 1000 of aboriginal and introduced trees and bushes grow in the yard. We choose decorative and city adapted species. About 30 species are planted in groups and alleys. Some of them are rare for this climatic zone. There is a nursery for young growth and flowerbeds of annual and perennial plants. The pupils work in the school garden from April till October. Each class patronizes its own plot of land where they work and take care of plants during the lessons, “green classes” and traditional environmental rallies.

The greenhouse where the pupils work all the year round has an area of 110 m² (a classroom for 15 pupils and a hot-house itself). More than 100 of potted plants of main types grow there. Besides such groups as vegetables, bulbs, young greenery, green practice etc., the pupils study biological diversity and get practical skills of gardening, rooting and nursing different plants. Different clubs are offered for pupils: Potted Plants (for 9-13 years old children), Young Florist (age group 12-14 years old), Amusing Biology (for 8-11 years old pupils) and Applied Biology (for the ages of 14-16). All the work in the greenhouse and school garden is done by the pupils themselves.

Project School Garden
Our school makes a great emphasis on environmental education and practical activity of the pupils. The head and coordinator of the project is Laneva Anna Vladimirovna, a teacher of Biology.

The work is proceeding from the following aspects: practical skills of gardening, planting and growing plants, studies of environmental issues, lessons of Home Economics, out-of-class activities: displays of flowers, collecting herbaria, defining different plants, organizing excursions for visitors.
The specific feature of our school is that all the pupils are involved in this work. There are several levels for different age groups.
(age 7- 9) – beginners, first acquaintance with the school garden.
2 (age 9-11) - subject excursions, first environmental classes, lessons of Home Economics.
(age 11-14) – compulsory field practice (“green classes”) in May – September.
(age 12- 13) – an annual program of studies in the framework of the lessons of Biology.
(senior pupils) – environmental lessons, patronizing the plot of land.

This rich experience is unique in our city. It is very actual especially for urban schools where pupils are far away from land and nature.

Contact: school@karelia.ru or alaneva@mail.ru