A study on Finnish lower-secondary schools shows that whole-school celebrations have a positive relation to the students’ sense of belonging at school (1). This sense is built up through positive social and emotional experiences among other aspects. The sense of belonging is not an unimportant aspect in education; even PISA tests measure students’ sense of school belonging (2).
During this COVID-19 pandemic, events such as whole-school celebrations have many benefits (1). These include the following:
Improved interaction amongst students and teachers
Students having positive feelings towards their school community
Related educational content and learning experiences affecting positively on the student’s wellbeing at school
Learning agency positively supported through participation
Furthermore, the degree of the students’ sense of belonging is related to several different outcomes as seen below (1).
High level of students’ sense of belonging
Motivation to learn
Low level of students’ sense of belonging
Higher risk of dropping out
The study on the whole-school celebrations encourages for those in the educational field to look more into the content that school celebrations give students in terms of social, emotional, and educational aspects (1).
In our professional development programme, we further discuss children’s self-expression and parental involvement in a practical manner.
1. Niemi, Pia-Maria, ja Risto Hotulainen. 2015. "Enhancing Students’ Sense of Belonging Through School Celebrations: A Study in Finnish Lower-secondary Schools." International Journal of Research Studies in Education 4 no. 5: 43–58.
2. OECD. 2017. “Students’ sense of belonging at school and their relations with teachers.” Pisa 2015 Results: Students’ Well-being 3: 117–131. Accessed 8 November 2019. https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/9789264273856-11-en.pdf?expires=1573210652&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=41E283F911173640EF5AEBF815947D11