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A world of MUSIC awaits…

The average person is estimated to listen to around 3500 songs a year! Or around 1650 hours a year; which would equate to more than 1/10 of your waking lifetime. That’s a lot! 

The students at Kottla have created a website to share in their love of music and with the help of their music teacher Julian this is what they have come up with. Check out a podcast, read some history or browse an opinion piece there is something for everyone.

https://www.futurasteppingstones.com/

Helping communities near and far.

We have a new article published in The Local today. HERE

It demonstrates how Futuraskolan International has stayed active helping in the community, in new and inovative ways.

 

Music @Kottla

New music website coming out of Kottla – May 15th stay tuned…

BBC Newsnight expose including words from Ferdie Sevilla

This week a film crew from the BBC did an expose on the Swedish government’s decision making regarding Covid-19. In the investigative phase of the video they came to discuss our strategies at Futuraskolan with Ferdie Sevilla, Principal of Futuraskolan International Gåshaga.

BBC Newsnight Report

It’s an interesting perspective on this complex situation. Thanks Ferdie and all of our amazing staff at Futuraskolan International Gåshaga for your impressive efforts and thoughtful, strategic approach to student development and care.
Have a nice weekend everyone,

Tom Callahan

CEO – Futuraskolan

Futuraskolan places two schools in the Top 10 in Sweden – Information from the CEO – April 11, 2020

Good morning members of the Futuraskolan community,

I write to you this morning to express my appreciation and gratitude for all of your tremendous efforts over the past academic year. This morning in Dagens Nyheter there was an article that compared the academic results of the various schools and municipalities in Sweden. Once again we see the reflection of the high expectations and ambitious standards of all of us who are a part of the Futuraskolan movement with two of our schools represented in the top 10.

Here is the key and the published results:

G = Percentage of students who passed all of their subjects

B = Percentage of students who qualify for a national High School program

K = Municipal school

F = Privately owned school

Highest results:

 

1. Lunds Montessorigrundskola (F) 

20 students, grade point average: 305 

G: 100 B: 100

2. Enskilda gymnasiet grundskola, Stockholm (F)

90 students, grade point average: 304,8

G: 100 B: 100

3. Fredrikshovs slotts skola, Stockholm (F)

33 students, grade point average: 303,9

G: 100 B: 100

4. Futuraskolan International Rådan, Sollentuna (F) 

17 students, grade point average: 303,8

G: 94,1 B: 100

5. Campus Manilla, Stockholm (F)

51 students, grade point average: 303,8

G: 88,2 B: 100

6. Bilingual Montessori School of Lund (F)

33 students, grade point average: 303,6

G: 93,9 B: 100

7. Musikskolan Lilla Akademien, Stockholm (F)

30 students, grade point average: 301,2

G: 80,0 B: ~100

8. Pops Academy, Stockholm (F)

55 students, grade point average: 299,8

G: 100 B: 100

9. Futuraskolan International Stockholm (F)

22 students, grade point average: 297,6

G: 100 B: 100

10. Kungliga Svenska Balettskolan, Stockholm (K)

12 students, grade point average: 297,5

G: 100 B: 100

 

If you wish to read the article can do so here: https://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/skolorna-med-hogst-och-lagst-resultat/

 

A warm applause is in order for Catharina Tornberg and Veronna Pomeroy (Principal of Futuraskolan International Rådan and former Principal of Futuraskolan International Stockholm) and their amazing teachers and support staff for their inspired work. 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 impressive set of results.

As well, all of your efforts and dedication have played a large part in the designation of Futuraskolan AB being recognized once again as the most successful free school organization in Sweden.

The following free school organizations grade 9 graduating class achieved the following grade point averages in 2019:

Futuraskolan 277.6

Internationella Engelska Skolan 271.0

Kunskapsskolan 260.6

Vittra 239.7

Academedia 231.0

Thoren 224.5

Europaskolan 241.4

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 caregivers 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. Please take the time this weekend to reflect on the impressive standard you all have set for our students’ academic and social development and the key role you played in helping us achieve this impressive accomplishment.

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 has 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 a leading  voice in the national education arena through this academic year and far beyond.

Sincerely,

Tom Callahan

CEO – Futuraskolan

Futuraskolan Masterchef Junior 2020

The Futuraskolan Masterchef competition 2020 was another great success! In its second year students from throughout Futuraskolan gathered at Martin & Servera to participate.
Fun and great cooking skills were on show and the trophy and bragging rights for the coming year goes to Futuraskolan International Stockholm.
Sofia & Maximus made a well balanced fish stew with great skill. Showing of a variation of techniques preparing both an aioli and freshly baked baguette.
All made from scratch in under two hours
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Community Development Agenda – Futuraskolan – March 13, 2020

Good afternoon amazing students of Futuraskolan,

I hope you are all doing well and are ready for your hard earned, relaxing weekend 🙂

I am writing to you today just to reach out and check on you guys and to ask for your help. This whole Corona virus thing has me and many of you confused and a little bit nervous. There are a lot of emotions and concerns going around these days.

I know we are all a little bit unsure of what is going on with our school, with our parents work and stress and with our grandparents and how they are feeling. Some of us have family that lives far away. If you are like me, you’re excited for the chance to see them again soon.

One of the things I think is important for a leader is to find the experts in the world and have them lead the things they are good at. That’s why I’m writing this letter to all you guys. I think in certain areas of school development you are the experts and I would like you to be the leaders in the next few school days.

My aim is to put some specific goals to you guys so that together we can help our community in this really strange time.

Grade 1 to 3 students, I think you are the most important people in this whole process. Your parents and teachers tell me all the time how proud you make them. You all work hard every day, you are all kind and supportive of each other in your lessons, and you all help others when they are having a tough day. I am so grateful for having you here and I want your help in making Futuraskolan a more welcoming place for everyone in Sweden.

The task I would like you to work on next Monday to Wednesday is to create a ‘’Futuraskolan Handshake’’. I know that for me a handshake means ”I am happy to see you, I recognize you, and I want you to know that I care about you.’’

One of the weird things about when we have a cold is if we hug someone or shake their hand we can give them a cold too. And we don’t want to give anyone else a cold. We care about the people we meet and want to be a healthy friend to them.

Next Monday to Wednesday, please talk to your class teacher, your parents and your friends and create for us a healthy and happy ‘’Futuraskolan Handshake’’.

Maybe you want to touch elbows like me and my friend Mr Ferdie. Maybe you want to wiggle your toes at each other like my friends Ms Nicole and Mr Kevin do (they are silly). Maybe you want to create a dance and a little song.

When you’re done your teacher will help you get connected to Google Hangout so you can stream your handshake to all the other grade 1 to 3 kids in Futuraskolan. These handshakes will also go on our website and social media pages, so you will be showing the whole world what an amazing group of students you are.

Thank you for being the experts in this challenge. I really look forward to seeing what cool and crazy handshakes you create for us.

Grade 4-5 students, your challenge is a bit more complex.

All of the great scientists in history have done their most innovative thinking when they were young. Albert Einstein, Marie Curry, Sir Isaac Newton all came up with their genius ideas when they were young people.

Your challenge is to think of creative and innovative ways that you can do assignments for art, music, crafts, home economics and technology that you can then video from home and send to your teachers so they can grade them.

Maybe you want to do something like the following example:

‘’For my Home Economics and Chemistry assignment I would like to make a chocolate cake. I will use chocolate, flour, butter, milk and loads of sugar. With my parents help, I will measure each ingredient and put them into a baking pan. My parents will help me set the oven to 200 degrees and I will take my phone and time it for 12 minutes. I will video the whole process and save it on my phone so I can send it to my teacher and they can give me an awesome gradeJ.’’

Please use your most radical ideas guys and bring them to your teacher next Monday to Wednesday. They will then write your ideas down and all the teachers in Futuraskolan can share them, so that you are being the leader of the learning process.

I am super grateful for your efforts guys. Your ideas will be used by your teachers across all of Futuraskolan, so thank you for leading us through this process.

Grade 6 to 9 students, ok. Now we are getting to the nuts and bolts of this development process.

The Swedish Government has told me that all students have to be in school, or be learning on a school based platform, for 178 days each year. We are currently set to finish school June 11. Other schools may close which means their students will have to go to school maybe on weekends and through the July summer break.

I think that this is a very bad ideaJ

SO, what I need from you is to train your teachers how to use the Google Hangout function.

Next Monday to Wednesday your teachers and you will be going over our User Guides so you can create classrooms and lessons so that you can sit at home on your sofa and receive a video conference math lesson.

There’s one big problem with this plan. The big problem is that you know 1000 times more about computer usage than your teachers (or your schools CEO for that matter). So what we need you to do next week is pound this system, and be very vocal to your teachers on how they should set it up, how do you find your lesson plan requirements, and how you can submit your work for grading.

Theoretically, if Sweden decides to shut down schools we will still be able to do teacher to class teaching, by the national curriculum, so that we can all get out of here before Midsummer and enjoy our summer holidays as planned.

So students, we have to all roll up our sleeves and focus from next Monday to Wednesday. When we work together we can all help make Futuraskolan and Sweden a more healthy and welcoming place where students can grow and learn together as a community.

Thank you so much for your help everyone. I am grateful to be in a world where we have so many experts like you who can help us put together a process where we can grow and learn together.

I wish you all a warm and sunny weekend and can’t wait to see what you create next week in your lessons.

Have a super weekend everyone.

Your biggest fan,

Tom Callahan

Covid – 19 update

Good day members of the Futuraskolan community,

Tuesday at 16:30 Folkhälsomyndigheten released an updated set of recommendations.

The Public Health Authority sees signs of community dissemination in the Stockholm region and in the Västra Götaland region. The authority does not see public dissemination across the country, but the level of risk is now raised to the very high. Everyone with symptoms of respiratory infection, even mild ones, are now urged to forgo social contacts that risk spreading infections.

This situation means that it is important that everyone with symptoms, even mild ones, limit social contacts where there is a risk of infections being transmitted. This applies both to working life and private life and will help to reduce the extent of the dissemination.

Particularly important is that those who work in the area of elderly care do not go to work if they get symptoms of respiratory infection. Relatives should also avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals and elderly homes, and never make a visit if you have respiratory symptoms. Avoiding unnecessary visits protects the most vulnerable.

Additionally, according to the Public Health Authority’s assessment, from an infection prevention perspective, there is currently no reason for healthy students returning from a trip to stay home from school.

The same goes for members of staff. Students and staff who have travelled in areas where the corona virus spreads do not need to stay at home, but should pay attention to symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing or fever. In the event of such symptoms, the student or staff should be at home and call 1177. Most pupils attending compulsory school and the equivalent have a compulsory schooling and are therefore expected to attend school. A valid reason for not going to school is if a student has become ill or if the pupil is assessed to be at risk of infection after contact with an infected individual and therefore receives instruction on home quarantine directly from Folkhälsomyndigheten or their personal medical provider.

This risk assessment is based on the current situation in Sweden and the world. It is not a forecast for the future but an assessment of the current situation.

Thank you for your understanding in this difficult situation. Futuraskolan is in consistent contact with national authorities and will send updated information from Folkhälsomyndigheten as they update their recommendations.

Have a nice evening,

Tom Callahan

CEO – Futuraskolan AB

Futuraskolan Global Citizenship Project – The Fusion in Motion 2020

More fantastic work from the trip to Legazpi City, Here you see the cultural and educational journey of 12 students and 9 staff members from Futuraskolan International Stockholm with their corresponding schools in Legazpi, Philippines.

Coronavirus Information Letter – Futuraskolan March 2, 2020

Good afternoon members of the Futuraskolan community,

We hope this mail finds you all warm and relaxed after your family orientated holiday break.

Given the international nature of our community and the return of our students from the February Sports Break, Futuraskolan feels the need to inform the community of our working status for the coming weeks. We have taken these decisions in consultation with guiding medical authorities.

The risk of being infected with the coronavirus in Sweden is low, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndighet). However, Futuraskolan pays close attention to any updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. At this time they do not recommend any quarantine procedures. This includes procedures for families returning from overseas holidays.

Yesterday on March 1, Folkhälsomyndegheten addressed the issue of quarantine and school children directly. You can read the report (sadly only in Swedish) here:

Folkhälsomyndegheten

As well, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has collected frequently asked questions about symptoms of the virus and how it is spreading from one person to the next. You can read the guidelines to their frequently asked questions by following this link:

Folkhälsomyndegheten FAQ

Questions from parents and caretakers

We currently receive questions from caretakers of children in pre-schools and schools – in regards to the coronavirus. Futuraskolan schools and pre-schools will stay open as usual and follow the advice of The Public Health Agency of Sweden. This is the status of all Stockholm schools and many of our free school colleagues as well. You can read the updated recommendations from Stockholm Stad here:

Stockholm Stad

You have travelled to a country where the coronavirus has spread, and you or your child shows symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing or fever, please call 1177 for guidance. We can all help by following the recommendations of frequently washing hands, cover our mouths with the sleeve when coughing and sneezing, and staying at home if we feel ill.

Lastly, we at Futuraskolan appreciate that this is a very emotional issue for the families in our community. Should you wish to make the personal decision to keep your child home over the next two weeks Futuraskolan will not consider that an ‘unexplained absence’ and will take no disciplinary action. Please ensure that you contact your students’ subject teachers and mentor to receive the assignments that your student is responsible for during this period.

Futuraskolan will continue to be diligent in providing updated information and will make adjustments as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndighet). Please be attentive to your mailbox and our community communication platforms for updated information.

Thank you for your time and we wish you all a wonderful week.

Sincerely,

Tom Callahan

CEO – Futuraskolan AB