The Future Foundation School
In our constant endeavour to encourage thinking out of the box, the 'Apprentice Scientist Competition' was once again held this year. The inter school annual event is a much awaited one, since children get an opportunity here to learn concepts through simple hands on experiments.
The sessions included activities related to everyday life, based on elementary concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The distinguished judges were M. Alain Doressoundiram, renowned Astro Physicist associated with the Observatoire de Paris, Dr. Kanchan Kumar Chowdhury, Senior Curator, National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata and Mr. S. Das, Curator, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata. They conducted interactive sessions with each group and were very impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the participants.
The French Immersion Programme at TFFS
January 28 & 29, 2016.
The Future Foundation School in partnership with Institut Français en Inde, Alliance Française du Bengale and Ecole des loisirs, organised a two day French Immersion Progamme on January 28 & 29, 2016. It was attended by students of Classes 1 to 8, studying French as Second or Third Language. It aimed at proficiency of the students in the French Language and development of cultural awareness while reaching a high level of academic achievement.
The first day started with a formal inauguration programme, where the different partners were felicitated. The French national anthem was played. A book fair was open to the students and their parents, where books for children, written in French, were displayed. This was followed by a book reading session where the French Professors from Alliance Française du Bengale and Ecole des loisirs, read excerpts from story books to the participants.
Students at work
Several activities were also organised that involved interesting games and students had immense fun while playing and interacting. There was a mask making session on the second day to explain the nuances of French Art to the little ones. There was a wonderful cultural activity, including French music, song, poetry, dance, drama etc performed not only by the students of TFFS but also the students of two other participating schools.
A key attraction of the programme was the French meal, where the students enjoyed some sumptuous French delicacies. This was organised with the help of Alliance Française du Bengale where a French culinary expert had cooked the meal specially for the participants. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by our Principal. The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and their active participation and involvement contributed greatly to the success of the programme.
For the past few months we have been working on an Exchange Programme with a premier French School of Paris, 'Ecole Alsacienne'.
We started by telling the French students about ourselves, our country and culture through slide-show presentations on various topics, such as, our state West Bengal, its tourism and Durga Puja. We thoroughly researched each topic to bring out authentic and interesting presentations. Recently, we also had a Skype session to understand each other better.
From our counterparts in France, we came to know about the environment in which they study, which is quite different from ours. It was wonderful to know how schools in a different country impart education. The French students sent us pictures of their school, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and the bridge Pont des Arts which we liked very much. They also sent us various presentations depicting their culture, through which we learned a lot about them.
Overall, this Exchange Programme has been a very novel and enriching experiment for us and an experience to cherish. We worked as a team after school hours, which improved both our communication skills and our appreciation of the benefits of teamwork. Our teachers helped us by giving us their valuable guidance and constant encouragement, which helped us throughout.
Anurag Maitra, Class 8
Republic Day Celebrations
Scouts and Guides
January 26, 2016
The 67th Republic Day was observed with appropriate ceremony by The Future Foundation School on January 26, 2016. After the hoisting of the National Flag, a short programme was offered by Scouts and Guides which culminated in an Eurhythmic display by the students
Scouts and Guides
February 01, 2016
The Investiture Ceremony is a very solemn and significant event in the school calendar, where an existing prefectional team passes the baton to a newly constituted team.
The Principal, Mr. Ranjan Mitter, presided over the ceremony, handing over the badges to the newly appointed members. White House emerged as the champions for the session 2015 - 2016, winning the Joya Mitter Trophy.
January 08, 2016
A flurry of ideas was expressed on January 08, 2016 by the students of Class 12 at a Panel Discussion entitled 'The Brainstormers'. The topic was 'Advances in Biology are so transforming medical practices that in 50 years there will be no hospitals on the planet.' The event was presided over by an eminent guest, Prof. Partha Pratim Majumdar, Director, National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, who delivered an enlightening lecture at the end of it.
March 11, 2016
Students of Class 11 hosted an Entrepreneurship Activity. The objective of this activity was to hone the soft skills of the students and enable them to gain a hands-on-experience in the sphere of marketing and finance. The target customers were the students of Class 8 and the teachers, who actively encouraged the students. Overall it was an enriching experience for the students.
Mr. Amitava Das from Campus France and Principal, Mr. Ranjan Mitter interacted with the students and parents of Class XI to discuss the prospects of studying Engineering and Pure Science at INSA Rouen.
Parents were briefed about the total curriculum, duration of the course, living conditions in France, language issues and the cost.
Mr. S. Sreejesh, Assistant Director of Institute of Company Secretaries conducted a seminar with the Commerce students of Class XI about career prospects in Company Secretaryship.
The students were informed about the changes introduced in the Companies Act 2013. They were amazed to know that India is the first country to introduce the concept of Chartered Secretary to audit the work done by Company Secretaries for companies whose turnover is more than Rs. 100 crore.
February 2, 2016 : Visit to Admission Tour France at Taj Bengal
Students interacted with different Engineering and Business Schools from France. They also met representatives from ESSEC Business School who explained the benefits of studying B.B.A in ESSEC.
February 2, 2016 : Interactive Session with Mr. Ludovic AUVRAY
Students of Class 11 Science attended an hour long interactive session with Mr. Ludovic AUVRAY, Project Manager - European Relations & International Mobility Department (DREMI) from INSA Rouen, France, on general and specialised courses offered at INSA Rouen and all other facilities provided to students. Mr. Ludovic and Mr. Ranjan Mitter, Principal of The Future Foundation School discussed in detail about placements after studying at INSA in international companies of repute.
It was an eye opening session which exposed students to degrees in Energy, Mechanical Engineering, etc and how the students would benefited from the 'Make in India' movement and the Solar Energy Alliance.
February 3, 2016 : Interactive session with Ms. Claude VIVIER LE GOT
Students of Class 11 - Commerce and Humanities Stream attended an interactive session with Ms. Claude VIVIER LE GOT, CEO of EAC Business School
Students were exposed to unique courses in Art Market, Cultural Management and Luxury Management.
Ms. Claude drew the fine relationship of these disciplines with Indian Festivals, Gems, Jewellery and the cultural heritage of India.
The members of the Earth Lovers' Club visited Ludlow Jute Mill, Burikhali, Chengail, Howrah in order to popularise the use of jute.
The students were shown the Cloth Production Area where retting of flax was done to produce jute garments; manufacturing of Jute Sacks and thickening of Beans to check the uniformity of Jute.
The visit to the Jute Mill, was an exciting learning experience.
3.3.2016 - World Wildlife Day celebrations
The programme was organised in association with 'Kids for Tigers', an organisation actively engaged in conservation of wildlife and ecology.
Students were provided cloth bags and in an hours time they had to paint, the theme being 'Animals:- their natural habitat'.
The painting competition was judged by eminent artist Mr. Apu Bandhopadhyay and prizes were awarded to students.
The painting competition was followed by an interactive session with eminent actor and wild life photographer Mr. Sabyasachi Chakraborty. The session was indeed enjoyable and a great learning experience for the students.
A badminton camp was held in the Future Foundation School campus from March 09 to 12, 2016 under the guidance of Mr. Satya Prakash Mishra and Mr. Basab Aditya Majumdar, who specially came to teach the students about the basics of badminton and methods used in a badminton match.
Many students from Classes VII to IX & XI attended the camp. The camp started each day with a few warm up exercises.We were shown a series of techniques used in badminton. The methods included the different types of serves, the different types of shots, measurements of the court, rules of a badminton match and so on.
Each day, the students learned something new, which they got to try themselves in a match. On the last day of the badminton camp two girls and two boys from each house were selected for the upcoming badminton tournament. Students had a lot of fun and learned a lot about badminton.
January 25, 2016.
A touching Special Assembly, entitled, "Showers Of Blessings", on the importance of the morning Assembly, was conducted by Class 7.
February 15, 2016
Values and Discipline in class are issues in schools, all over the world. Class 6 conducted a Special Assembly on this topic and sought to disseminate the values of trust, obedience and order in the classroom.
The very effective Special Assembly comprised an exposition, a skit, a prayer and a song. Parents, who were a part of the audience appreciated the effort put in by the students.
Karate - The Blackbelts of TFFS
December 10, 2015
In the last session, students who pursued Karate as their CCA had given their Black Belt exams and have become the first Black Belts of The Future Foundation School. On December 10, 2015 there was a three hour exam which tested the students' skills including Kihon, Kata, Kumite and Theology. The exam was a part of the International Gosoku Ryu Karate – Do Association (IGKA). Sensei Supriyo Biswas was in-charge of taking the exam and grading the students.
The Three Black Belts or Sho-Dans are Karam Kumar Sahoo, Sagnik Chakraborty and Aritra Basu.
Karate - 9th All Bengal Gosoku Ryu Karate-Do Championship 2016
9th All Bengal Gosoku Ryu Karate-Do Championship 2016 organised by International Gosoku- Ryu Karate - Do Association
Karam Kumar Sahoo of Class 9 was declared Second in the Kata Black Belt (open) event and was declared Third in the Kata Gosoku-Ryu Black Belt Event. Karam received Silver and Bronze medals.
Middle School Winners
Ankush Dutta, Shirso Dasgupta, Rupam Banerjee, Amogh Lal, Kohinoor Banerjee, Khushi Shrivastav of Class 5; Oindrilla Saha and Avipsha Ghosh of Class 6; Sohini Chakraborty, Adrita Chakraborty, Manjoree Kar and Swayangsiddha Goswami of Class 7.
Junior School Winners
Arnav Kumar, Gargee Geethica, Soumyabha Paul, Aritra Mazumdar, Saptarshi Das and Soumyajit Paul of Class 3; Eeshan Ganguly, Karan Kumar Sahoo, Archisman Bhattacharya of and Sounak Sengupta of Class 4
Inter-School Activities and Sports Events
Mayank Mouli Sinha
Mayank Mouli Sinha secured the 1st position for the Inter School Essay Writing Competition which was organised as a part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, held at Modern High School in January, 2016.
Our school secured the 1st position in the Inter School Basketball Tournament organised by K. E. Carmel School, Amtala on January 21 and 22, 2016. The team was given medals, certificates, a prize money and a trophy for their extraordinary achievement. Shuvayan Mitra of Class 11 was awarded the trophy of the 'Best Player of the Tournament'.
La Martiniere for Boys organised the Debanjan Sen Foundation 'Kolkata School Games 2016' from January 23 to 25, 2016. Arian Hoque of Class 11 participated in the U-19 100m, 200m and 400m races and secured 1st position in 100m and 400m and 2nd position in 200m. She was awarded the 'A-Division Champions' trophy for her extraordinary achievement. She was also awarded the trophy for "Best Athlete (Girls)". Angshuman Ghosh of Class 11 secured the 1st position in 200m and 2nd position in 100m for U-19 boys. He was given certificates for his achievement.
Our students have done exceptionally well in the 18th National Science Olympiad. Siddharth Kashyap of Class 9 and Arkodip Mandal of Class 11 were Zonal Toppers. Shibashish Mukhopadhyay of Class 9, Akshat Lal of Class 10 and Atreyee Majumdar of Class 11 were the School Toppers. Sagnik Sarkar and Sagnik Chakraborty of Class 9 received the Silver and Bronze Medals respectively.
An Inter House Instrumental Competition was organised on March 14, 2016 for Classes 7 to 9.
1st Prize - Agnivo Mukherjee Class 8 - White House.
2nd Prize - Anubhov Chowdhury Class 8 - Blue House.
3rd Prize - Joyous Poddar 7 - Blue House
Students of Class IX participated in the 'Fireless Cooking Competition' as part of their S.U.P.W activity on January 18, 2016. Students demonstrated excellent team work, creativity, enthusiasm and a healthy competitive spirit.
1st Position :Madhupriya Banerji, Asmita Bhattacharjee, Anushka
Sarkar, Biswajit Palit, Ankita Sen, Raina Roy of Class 9 Section A
2nd Position : Soumik Malakar, Anushka Bhattacharya, Madhushruti Mukherjee, Pritish Sarkar, Sagnik Chakraborty of Class 9 Section B
Mrs. Manisha Ajmera, in charge of Career Guidance & Counselling has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Institute of Career Studies, Lucknow as part of their celebrations for completing 30 years.
It was March 04, 2016 when I finally played Dadagiri with Mr. Saurav Ganguly and gathered an awesome experience in my life. Before that I had to go through five auditions. The event was telecast on March 21, 2016. Finally I scored 29 points and became the Champion. : Arush Mukherjee
An environmentally enriching tour was organised for the students of Class III at the Agri-Horticulture Society of India on February 09, 2016. While being escorted by caring teachers, the little children found new allegiance to the marvellous flora comprising beautiful flowers and medicinal plants. The scientific names and origins of these green beings amplified their curiosity. The greenery rejuvenated their love of nature and nurtured their keen aesthetic senses.
A dip in the glorious ocean of History was what every student of Class IV took, while making a trip to the Indian Museum on February 10, 2016. The antique objects carried the children far back to the past, accompanied by equally enthralled teachers. The stuffed animals and birds of many ancient ages and the artefacts of the Egyptian Civilization broke the barrier between the past and the present.
'What happens when you flush the toilet' - a curiously interesting deliberation was conducted by Professor Dr. Alan Warren, scientist, hailing from London's Natural History Museum. The show, highlighting Protozoa and waste water treatment, was attended by students of Classes XI. They also paid a fruitful visit to the High Voltage Theatre and attended the Bubble Show.
To create and enhance aptitude in science, the students of Classes VIII and VI were taken to BITM as an end term activity. Children were spellbound by the fascinating demonstrations there. The coal mine experience gave an insight into the life of the coal miners and the hazards associated with it. Children learnt new terms and concepts and completed a worksheet in Class as part of divergent learning.
A student's report on a Tour to Ushagram
We set out for the Village of Dawn at 09:00am sharp on February 23, 2016 and enjoyed the wonderful scenery around as we travelled. We reached Ushagram near Ranaghat by 02:00pm and had a simple, but delicious lunch of rice, fish, pulses and french fries. That evening we visited the tree under which the poet Krittibash Ojha had written the Bengali version of the Ramayana.
The following day we had our first football match. We had a pleasant surprise as our Principal, Mr. Mitter, joined us.
We saw a “Balwadi”, which is a rural pre-school and a masonry institute named for Pipal Tree Ventures Private Limited - PTVPL.
Then visited a Biogas plant and learned how biogas is used for cooking food. It is transported to various houses to be used as a fuel. The cow dung (slurry), is used for composting and vermicomposting.
We went to a nursery of medicinal plants where we saw plants like Ulotkombol, Nagdana, Amla, Mehendi and others. We also saw a place where people made useful items out of waste materials.
In the evening we learned some facts about Ushagram and had a cultural programme.
On the roads of Ushagram
We visited a house in the village and witnessed an amazing experiment of an alternate and sustainable lifestyle.
The family owned five cows who give them milk and curd. Cooking is with the help of bio-gas. Fish is cultivated in a pond in front of the house. They grow rice and mustard. Cooking oil is extracted from the mustard seeds. Bees give honey. Truly amazing.
After breakfast, we set out for Mayapur. There we saw the largest ISKCON Temple in the world. We learnt about the Temple and Nabadwip or 'nine islands'. We also visited a cowshed near the temple where the cows are named after goddesses. Later, we refreshed ourselves with Lassi and returned to our guest house. After dinner, we had a skit competition. The next day we went to a local temple and visited some of the 9 departments of PTVPL.
Our experience in Ushagram was truly extraordinary, as we had never seen a living example of an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle before.
Workshops, Seminars, Panel Discussions...
Dr. Philippe Leconte
January 06, 2016
Students of Class IX got the rare opportunity to interact with the renowned French Nuclear scientist, Dr. Philippe Leconte, (Director of the Laue Langevin Institute in Grenoble, France) on January 06, 2016. The students were very excited to discuss with him the fundamentals of Nuclear Physics, asking questions on fission and fusion reactions, mystery of the atoms and the sub atomic particles, radioactive elements and their reactions, making of atomic bombs, etc.
Prof. Surendra Munshi.
March 10, 2016
The Future Foundation School played host to an internationally acclaimed sociologist and academic Prof. Surendra Munshi. Prof. Munshi, now retired from IIMC Joka where he taught Sociology for thirty years. He was here to conduct an interactive session on 'The Importance of Thinking Clearly'. The session was attended by the students of Class XI. The session was absorbing and stimulating. A lot of questions were generated by students which Prof. Munshi answered with patience and aplomb, touching upon burning topics like freedom of thought, intolerance, media activism, terrorism etc.
March 16, 2016
On March 16, 2016, students of the Ideas and Impressions Club and the Debating Activity Group took part in a Drama Workshop conducted by three members of the Bohurupee Drama Group. The session started with a discussion on the importance of physical fitness and a round of basic excercises. The trainers stressed on the need for high concentration and awareness of one's surroundings during a drama and conducted two rounds of a game.
After a short break, students were asked to volunteer to perform short skits on a topic given on the spot. The enthusiastic participants gave commendable performances. The skits were on everyday situations and each ended with suggestions from the trainers on how to improve skills. The workshop ended with the enactment of a part of a play by the guests.
Canon conducted a workshop on March 09, 2016 for Classes VIII, IX & XI. The students learnt how to use a DSLR Camera and how to click pictures using the different shooting modes.
Interactive Session with Dr. Biswajit Ghosh
The students of The Future Foundation School got an opportunity to interact with internationally reputed scientist Dr. Biswajit Ghosh on March 07, 2016. Dr. Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Geology, University of Calcutta. He is the only Indian member in an international scientific expedition to investigate into the Earth's interior with particular focus on the Earth's mantle. He spoke to the students of Classes IX and XI on the mysteries of our planet, covering such topics as the Earth's structure, vulcanicity and earthquakes, earthquake measurement and monitoring, plate tectonics, standard geological time scale etc. The session was very interesting and stimulating for all those who attended it.
Prerona Dutta - ISC 2011
A multitude of memories rush to my mind as soon as I think of my school, memories that I will cherish all my life. That which began as an enjoyable journey in the Arun Nursery School continued in The Future Foundation School as a wholesome all-round experience which instilled the correct values, imparted education in the right form sprinkled with an appropriate amount of co-curricular activities. The standard of education that I received from the school was undoubtedly of a superior level but what is unique and incomparable is the ambience I was nurtured in. The teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Divine Mother had a profound impact on my upbringing and have formed an integral part of my being ever since. My school not only provided me with a proper academic infrastructure but also worked on building my ideals and closely monitored my progress, which is done here for all students on an individual basis. I would especially like to thank all my teachers as each of them toiled tirelessly with the aim of shaping us up to be responsible human beings with an open mind. The factor which will always keep my school, my teachers and my school days very close to my heart is that everyone there tries to serve the Divine limitlessly. In this way the entire journey becomes an enlightening experience and the institution with all the people in it continues to function harmoniously, spreading joy, peace and knowledge among everyone who passes through these portals. I will always remain indebted to The Future Foundation School as my school and my teachers over there are the ones who have moulded me to reach wherever I am today. A magnetic charm still beckons me to school on many occasions and I live in the hope that in future I will get the opportunity to do something worthwhile for my school.
Prerona Dutta, Year of passing : 2011
Present status: 2nd Year, M.Sc. Mathematics, Pondicherry University.