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Newsletter September 2019

Sustainability is the word of the day and our focus during the coming school year. 

Adapting to the challenges of today and tomorrow, making sure that our students, your children inherit an earth that is liveable and prospering.

Background

We will do this adaptation process to our sustainability targets step by step.

  • Reducing the amount of beef we serve and increasing the amount of proteins sourced from vegetables and other protein sources with a lower Co2 footprint.
  • Increasing the amount of produce that is locally sourced (as possible).
  • Moving away from a traditional view of a meal that is centered around a main ingredient (protein often meat). Towards a more dynamic view of the meal where many components warm and cold complete a full meal.

Motivators

Individual health (better for you)

International solidarity (healthy food, sufficient for all, preventing 11 million deaths/year globally)

Environmental impact (the earth they will inherit)

How our menu is written

I often get the question how and on what criterias our menu is written.

We have a menu written, for the whole year. Where we try to gather as many National days and other international festivities for inspiration.

Tuesdays are students choice
Wednesdays we often serve fish
Thursdays are often Vegetarian or rich in proteins sourced from vegetables.

Continuously we, head chefs, seek out constructive criticism from our students. 
We gather this information and meet twice per term to discuss what dishes should remain on the menu and which should be replaced or adjusted.

Of course we also consider what food produce to use, their availability and price. 

Focusing on our three targets:  Swedish – Fresh – In season.

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas regarding the food that is served at Futuraskolan. Please do not hesitate to drop me a line or two.

Kind regards

Oskar Hagdahl
Head of the Food Department
Futuraskolan International

Word from the CEO Oct 1st

Good morning members of the Futuraskolan International community,

I write to you this morning to express my appreciation and gratitude for all of your tremendous efforts over the past academic year. Late last week Skolverket released the results from the 2018-2019 and they reflect the high expectations and ambitious standards of all of us who are a part of the Futuraskolan movement.

The following free school organizations grade 9 graduating class achieved the following grade point averages:

  • Futuraskolan 277.6
  • Internationella Engelska Skolan 271.0
  • Kunskapsskolan 260.6
  • Vittra 239.7
  • Academedia 231.0
  • Thoren 224.5
  • Europaskolan 241.4

Your efforts and dedication resulted is us being recognized once again as the most successful free school organization in Sweden.

A special commendation as well extends to the families and professionals at Futuraskolan International Rådan who, with a grade point average of 303.8, were recognized in a local publication as being the fourth highest scoring school in all of Sweden. This is a very impressive accomplishment and we commend you for your impressive result.

With structured and engaging leadership, a top flight staff of personnel and an ambitious academic program in place, it’s no surprise that your work has resulted in this recognition.

Those of you who wish to read the article

Niornas slutbetyg på Rådan bland de bästa i hela Sverige

These results speak loudly of the impressive efforts of the entire organizational community.

Every morning the teams at our production kitchens prepare a green salad, a carbohydrate salad, a mixed salad, a vegetarian main course and a general main course. The lunch is then delivered to our various schools and preschools. After being put on display the kitchen staff help make sure our kids are fed, while moving through their lunch schedule, all with an encouraging voice and a smile on their face. That’s an impressive feat! One that deserves recognition and attention.

Our cleaning crews make sure we have warm and welcoming learning environments to enter every morning. Our maintenance team is top notch, and our IT Development team keep the entire organization moving forward and running smoothly. They and our amazing collection of international pedagogues and care givers deserve our thanks for consistently delivering our ambitious programs and policies in a compassionate, vibrant and progressive way.

Probably the most unsung heroes of this accolade are the parents and families in our community. Parents are often the forgotten resource in schools these days. You’re the ones who sit and do homework with your kids at night. You’re the ones who check their planners. You make sure they exercise and eat right. Your engagement on the organizational surveys is always on a high percentage. You’re all taking turns as class representatives. We never have parents skip student development talks. You’re vocal, and engaged, last week I sat in a meeting in the evening with a parent who’s assisting with a food waste initiative we are starting between Futuraskolan and Svenska Kyrkan (hats off to Linnida and Ferdie who are administering the project).

Please take the time this week to reflect on the impressive standard you all have set for our students’ academic and social development. In the last few months we have had one of our preschools work displayed on the Facebook page of Cambridge University (great work Futuraskolan International Preschool Näsby Park) and were invited to host the annual teachers conference for The Nordic Network of International Schools (well done Futuraskolan International Kottla).

In working towards our aim of being an innovator in global education our efforts always begin at home. Fortunately, your work over the past year have placed us in a position to excel beyond our current grasp.

Thank you for all of your tremendous efforts and dedication everyone. I’m honoured to be working alongside of you and am confident that Futuraskolan will continue to be the industry standard through this academic year and far beyond. Have a fantastic week everyone.

Sincerely,
Tom Callahan
CEO – Futuraskolan
Erik Dahlbergsgatan 58-62
115 57 Stockholm
Tel: 0767232191
tom.callahan@futuraskolan.se

Futuraskolans own Masterchef 2019

Back in May, teams of 2 from Gåshaga, Bergtorp, Rådan, Stockholm and Hertig Karl took part in a culinary masterchef inspired competition.

The task; Create a main course (2 plates/portions), that is complete from both a gastronomical and nutritional viewpoint. That must include at least: 2 vegetables in season (Swedish) 1 vegetable rich in protein, total cost not higher then 50 kr/portion. 

How did they get on?

View the episode and watch how it all unfolded 🙂  –> Futuraskolan does Junior Masterchef 2019  <–

 

Open House BERGTORP 7th October

Wednesday 7th October – Grade 6 and 7 – for students and Guardians. Find out how we work and what we do!

From Lidingö to the global community

Read about how at Futuraskolan Lidingö the students are being taught about the value of communication and diversity in this article published by Mitt i Stockholm

WORDS FROM THE CEO

Good afternoon members of the Futuraskolan community,

A gentle calm was in the air as I walked up the path to the school this week. The grass smelled freshly cut in the morning sun. Birds sang about the coming of a new day. The only thing I was missing was the sound of laughing students on their way to the bustle and hustle of learning.

We hope this note finds you relaxed and ready for an exciting year of learning following your welldeserved, family orientated summer break.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the amazing parents and teachers in our community for your outstanding efforts over the previous academic year. In the most recent published data that Skolverket released their formal statistics clearly indicate that once again your efforts and engagement have resulted in a set of impressive academic results at the hands of our fine student body.

There are different ways to measure students’ academic progress and personal growth. Still, summative results can best be viewed as a matter of fact, and not opinion. Last year our amazing grade 6 students have passed all of their subjects at an 88.8% success rate. When comparing this result to other free school organizations (Internationella Engelska Skolan’s result was 86.5%, and Acadamedia’s result was 79.7%) we can see that your dedication and diligence has resulted in an impressive set of standards achieved by the students in our care.

Furthermore, when we dig deeper and focus our attention on our 9th graders merit points we see that your efforts have led to once again an exemplary performance. Our students left grade 9 last year with a 275.2 grade point average. When compared to the previously stated free schools (Internationella Engelska Skolan’s result was 272.8, while Acadamedia’s was 244.8) we have every reason to conclude that the support members of the organization have truly made a positive impact.

These points of recognition do not begin and end with our developmental programs within our schools however. Just last June one of our preschools was featured in an article in a local news publication. Centering on their digital learning agenda and language developmental programs the column was picked up by Cambridge University who proudly shared it on their Facebook page declaring, ‘’look at what they are doing over in Sweden’’. After reading that I commented with a correction, ‘’that’s an inaccurate statement. They’re not doing this in Sweden, they are doing this at Futuraskolan.’’

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to create a culture. Parents and teachers, thank you for your dedication, your efforts and your passionate diligence in helping to guide our fine students in this personal growth process based on academic success. You stand out as amongst the most successful academic organizations in Sweden, and for that we commend you.

And I know you would all agree that our deepest respects today go out to the amazing students in our care.

Students, you have achieved a level of recognition and competence that no previous student group of students at Futuraskolan have ever achieved. You have done so in a world that is multifaceted and complex. You have done so in a world where dialogue is often replaced by rhetoric, and discord has been replaced by dissent.

Yet still you persevere. With your compassion, your creativity, your intuition and intellect, you have managed to transcend the global condition brought forth by your elders to help make this world a more conscious and caring community. For this we salute you. And please know that I am confident that I speak for all of the elders in the Futuraskolan community:

We are proud of you.

Thank you all once again for your dedicated efforts in helping make Futuraskolan the leading free school organization in Sweden.

I am honored to have my name placed beside your work.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Sincerely,

Tom Callahan

Futuraskolan Junior Masterchef

This spring saw the first Futuraskolan Junior Masterchef held at Martin & Servera in Årsta. Grade 6 students in teams of two from Gåshaga, Stockholm, Rådan, Hertig Karl and Bergtorp battled it out against the clock to take the grand prize. It was an amazing, educational and impactful day in the culinary world!

The 10 participants had to produce a dish that contained 2 vegetables that were in season and 1 rich in protein. The judges had a hard time picking the winner and based their decision on cooking techniques, hygiene, presentation, taste and composition (gastronomic and nutrition).

A fun day was had by all and was filmed with the intent to turn it into our own Futuraskolan Junior Masterchef episode, stay tuned…

The judges tasting the winning dish, Homemade pasta ravioli with ricotta and spinach filling, sage butter. Side of grilled zucchini, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and edamame beans in a citrus dressing.

And the winners are…

MUN Conference

Last week we witnesses Futuraskolan exploring and debating the complex topics of Internet Privacy, Animal Testing, Israel vs. Palestine, Euthanasia and Mental Health in the first ever Futuraskolan International School of Stockholm MUN Conference.

The mission of the MUN (mock UN) Conference is to give delegates the training and experience which resembles a true UN debate in a diplomatic and safe environment at Futuraskolan. The MUN group promotes leadership and helps students expand their experience in public speaking, research, writing papers and debating.

Här presenteras hållbara idéer för Sollentunas parker

Take a look at this article about how 2 students from Futuraskolan International Rådan want to implement an idea.

Stockholmdirekt

Update to leadership team.

Good afternoon members of the Futuraskolan community,

I write to you today to relay the exciting news that we have an adjustment of leadership planned for the 2019-2020 school year.

One of our finest leaders, Ms Veronna Pomeroy, has graciously agreed to become the next Vice Principal of Futuraskolan International School of Stockholm.

Veronna’s competences are well known across the organization. I was personally fortunate enough to begin working with Veronna when she agreed to become my Student Care Manager after a successful run as the Vice Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Täby. It was during this time that I developed a profoundly deep appreciation for Veronna’s methods and manner, and I recommended her to become a Principal in our organization. Sadly for me, she assumed the role of Principal of Futuraskolan International Stockholm in 2018 and continued the excellent tradition set forth by her predecessor, Kevin Munro, helping keep Futuraskolan International Stockholm amongst the leading academic institutions in the Stockholm region.

And now Veronna will be taking her immense talents to our Futuraskolan International School of Stockholm.

Thank you Veronna for your outstanding work to date and we can’t wait to see what you achieve in your new role.

Sincerely,

Tom Callahan