The Future Foundation School

We are here to open the way of the Future to children
who belong to the Future.

- The Mother

The Future Foundation School, is founded on the principles and guided by the light of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The aim therefore is to organise an environment and an atmosphere affording inspiration and facilities for the exercise and development of the essential aspects of personality: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual.

 Mental     Vital     Physical     Spiritual   

"...Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being; the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual...."

- The Mother

Mental Education

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    Students working in the Chemistry Lab

Students are prepared for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE - Year 10) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC - Year 12) examinations conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

The Curriculum at lower levels is flexible and based on development of skills and is aimed at arousing an interest in the child, 'a liking for work and a will to progress'.

At higher levels ICSE and ISC curriculum is followed. Humanities, Commerce and Science Streams are offered at ISC level.

Senior students are provided with Structured Career Counselling that helps children understand their talents and channelise them better. Various sessions on career counselling are held by nationally and internationally reputed career counselling organisations.


Learning by doing

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    'Learning by doing'

The Future Foundation School strives to 'awaken in the child the taste for true study and the habit of making a persistent effort to know...'

The methodology is bound by no convention and is based on themes, projects and seminars; role-plays and debates, field trips and workshops.

Attention, concentration, observation and recording forms the basis of learning by which the mind is enriched and stress is more on understanding the 'how and why', than on memory.

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    Students discussing Science Project

The aim is to arouse in the child an interest in what you want to teach him, a liking for work, a will to progress. To love to learn is the most precious gift that one can give to a child: to love to learn always and everywhere, so that all circumstances, all happenings in life may be constantly renewed opportunities for learning more and always more.

Learning Pageant

Display of children's work done in school is done through 'Learning Pageant' - a display of learning. Skills and concepts being developed are displayed through models and charts. role plays, music and action songs.

Children interact with visitors, work on puzzles, perform experiments, work on various educational tools to display the learning they have acquired.

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    Learning Pageant
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    Display of work done in school at Learning Pageant

Life Skills

"If the child, from the very beginning of his existence, learns good habits, it will save him a good deal of trouble and inconvenience for the rest of the life... Another thing should be taught to a child from his early years: to enjoy cleanliness and observe hygienic habits.... children should be taught to respect health..."

- The Mother

Education is not only to make a child ready for higher studies but also to make him independent and able to take care of his personal needs. This is achieved by teaching them 'Life Skills'.

The School's role in the life of a student is to help him to know himself and the world.

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    Life Skills training - Student learning to iron clothes
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    Life Skills training - Student learning to prepare food

An International Perspective

"In our school I have put French as the medium of instruction. One of the reasons is that French is the cultural language of the world"

- The Mother

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    Announcement of partnership with Lycée français de Pondichéry
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    TFFS students at Lycée - interacting with students of LFP at a Science Class

TFFS has tied up with Lycée Français de Pondichéry, the oldest French school in Asia, offering a comprehensive education till the final year of Secondary school with general, technical and professional options.

TFFS is the first school in the city where students have the opportunity to learn French and other courses like Mathematics, Art and Physical Education with French as a medium of instruction.

While staying grounded in a homegrown Indian Ethos, the child gets an international perspective.

Students appear for an Entrance exam to the Section of Excellence in Science, a unique opportunity for English-speaking students to acquire an intensive education in Maths and Science from Class 9 to Class 12 and secure the French Baccalaureate in Science.


Vital Education

"...Vital education has two principal aspects, very different in their aims and methods, but both equally important. The first concerns the development and use of the sense organs. The second progressing awareness and control of the character, culminating in its transformation...."

- The Mother

"The sense organs, if properly cultivated, can attain a precision and power of functioning far exceeding what is normally expected of them...To this general education of the senses...there will be added, as early as possible, the cultivation of discrimination and of the aesthetic sense, the capacity to choose and adopt what is beautiful and harmonious, simple, healthy and pure..."

- The Mother

Vital education at The Future Foundation School, enriches the child's creativity, builds awareness, develops inherent skills and talents and provides quality training with the help of experienced teachers, who are, by themselves renowned performers in their own field of culture and art forms.

Students are expected to be committed to their chosen stream of studies and emerge with not only an all round understanding of principles but also a passion for their chosen subject.

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    A student playing Violin at a programme

"...it is of prime importance that the vital education of the child should begin as early as possible, indeed, as soon as he is able to use his senses. In this way many bad habits will be avoided and many harmful influences eliminated..."

- The Mother

The senses are trained and cultured through various classes. Students can choose from plenty of activities in Photography, Chess, Creative Dance, Western Vocals, Violin, Synthesizer, Visual Art to name a few.

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    Co-Curricular Activity - Chess
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    A creative dance class

"...A young child should aspire for beauty, not for the sake of pleasing others or winning their admiration, but for the love of beauty itself; for beauty is the ideal which all physical life must realise..."

- The Mother

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    Students performance on stage
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    Students staging a drama on the birth of Jesus Christ

Physical Education

"The education of the body has three principal aspects... control and discipline of functions of the body... an integral, methodical and harmonious development of all the parts and movements of the body; and correction of any defects and deformities..."

- The Mother

Physical Education is an important part of the child's Education and given due importance for all Classes.

Students participate in various activities including Eurythmics, Yogic Asanas, Scouting & Guiding, Athletic Camps, Martial Arts and others.

'Method, order and discipline' forms the core of the Physical Education programme and helps in the regular growth of the child.

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    Students in a Physical Education Class

"In the general programme of the child's education, sports and outdoor games should be given a prominent place..."

- The Mother

Various sporting activites are undertaken including Swimming, Badminton, Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Kho Kho, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and others.

Sports and Outdoor games finds a prominent place in the Physical Education programme and students are encouraged to join as many of these activities as possible.


Spiritual Ambience

The nature of Sri Aurobindo's and The Mother's influence is subtle and atmospheric. The student's daily prayer is:

Make of us the hero warriors we aspire to become. May we fight successfully the great battle of the future that is to be born against the past that seeks to endure; so that the new things may manifest and we be ready to receive them.

The children celebrate Sri Aurobindo's and The Mother's birthdays with drills, parades, cultural programmes and quiz contests, lovingly draw up charts depicting milestones from Their earthly lives and Their teachings and make offerings of flowers at Their feet on Darshan days. Sometimes the priests, sometimes the audience; these children are always a part of the worship of beauty in this temple of culture.

The school itself is located within the premises of Lakshmi's House, that houses Sri Aurobindo's Relics - a material assurance of Their living Presence and Guidance. When the teachers and students walk through the portals of 'The home of Grace', they breathe this very presence and share with their souls the vibration of every atom in The Home of Grace - a vibration of truth, consciousness and love - a vibration that awakens and intensifies aspiration into a one-pointed flame seeking the Divine.

Objectives

The aim of education is not to prepare a man to succeed in life and society, but to increase his perfectibility to the utmost. - The Mother

The objectives therefore are:

1. To evolve and realise a system of Integral Education and to make it a dynamic ideal for society.

2. To organise an environment and an atmosphere affording inspiration and facilities for the exercise and development of the essential aspects of personality: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual;

and

3. To induce and inculcate a sense of beauty and cleanliness in children and society as a whole.

Value Education, Co-curricular activities and Physical Education

But the acquiring of various kinds of information is only one and not the chief of the means and necessities of education: its central aim is the building of the powers of the human mind and spirit, it is the formation or, as I would prefer to view it, the evoking of knowledge and will and of the power to use knowledge, character, culture, - that at least if no more.

Sri Aurobindo

The School believes that Value Education, Co-curricular activities and Physical Education are no less important than academic pursuits. Participation in co-curricular activity classes and clubs, where applicable, and Value Education and Physical Education is mandatory.

Technology as a Means..

..., we must keep abreast with the march of truth and knowledge, fit ourselves for existence under actual circumstances, and our education must be therefore up to date in form and substance and modern in life and spirit.

Sri Aurobindo

The School believes that Technology is not an end in itself but a means and hence computer-aided rather than computer education is extensively used to arouse interest and build initiative.

T.F.F.S. Motto

  • TFFS Motto - The Mother

No words - acts

The Mother

Infrastructure

  • Multimedia enabled Classrooms
  • A Junior, Senior and a French Resource Centre
  • Science, Geography, Computer, Life Skills laboratories
  • Roof Top Play areas
  • A large open field
  • A School canteen
  • An Auditorium and large Activity rooms

Co-curricular activities, Physical Education and Sports

Compulsory Physical Education classes are held during School hours for all Classes.

Elective co-curricular activities are held on Saturdays from 8.50am to 12.30 pm.

Sports activities are held on Saturdays and other weekdays – before or after school hours.

Classes 3 to 8:

  • Co-Curricular Activities / Sports Activities are compulsory for classes 3 to 8.
  • A student is required to compulsorily attend atleast one activity – either co-curricular or sports.
  • A student can opt for - a co-curricular activity and one or more Sports activities, provided the activities chosen are not held concurrently.

Classes 9 to 12 have the option to join any Co-curricular Activity or Sports Activity. Classes 1 & 2 have the option to join Mini-Lawn Tennis Classes (details given below).

Co-curricular activities

  • A student can opt for any one of the activities listed below
  • A student may change his / her activity only after continuing the same for 3 years.
  • There is an external examination for all activities at the end of 3 years of training (except Art and Craft). 
    For Art and Craft the final examination is after 2 years.

List of Elective Activities offered

  • Chess
  • Photography
  • Synthesizer
  • Violin
  • Western Vocal
  • Creative Dance
  • Visual Art
  • Elocution, Public Speaking and Dramatics (in English, French, Bengali, Hindi or Sanskrit)

Along with the chosen Co-curricular Activity, the following activities are compulsory.

  • Classes 3 and 4 - Yogasana and Art & Craft
  • Class 5 - Yogasana and Scouts & Guides / Eurythmics
  • Classes 6 to 8 - Scouts & Guides / Eurythmics and Minor Games

Sports

(Students can opt for one or more activities, provided they are not held concurrently)

Activity Classes Timings
Swimming - (Apr. to Oct.)
Badminton - (Nov. to Mar.)
(off-campus)
3 to 8 Saturday morning
Football
(off-campus)
3 to 8 Saturday morning
Cricket
(off-campus)
3 to 8 Saturday morning
Athletics
(off-campus)
3 to 8 Saturday morning
Golf
(Tolly Club)
3 to 8 Twice a week
after school hours
Mini Lawn Tennis
(in campus)
1 to 5 Tuesday & Thursday
after school hours
Basketball
(in campus)
3 to 8 Saturday morning
Volleyball
(in campus)
3 to 8 Thursday & Friday
after school hours
Table Tennis
(in campus)
3 to 8 Wednesday & Friday
after school hours
Rowing
(Lake Club)
7 & 8 Tuesday to Sunday
morning & evening
Lawn Tennis
(Ordinance Club)
6 to 8 Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
evening

School arranges transport for students going for all off-campus activities mentioned except Golf, Lawn Tennis and Rowing.

Clubs

  • Impressions-Cultural Club
  • Earth Lovers-Nature Club
  • Interact
  • Ideas-Literary

Overview

Affiliated to Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE & ISC)
Medium of Instruction English
Other Languages Taught Bengali, Hindi, French and Sanskrit (Sanskrit is taught as a third Language only)
Streams available in Plus Two Science, Humanities, Commerce
School timings Classes 1 & 2 : Monday to Friday - 8.20 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Classes 3 to 12 : Monday to Friday - 8.20 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Transport options Chartered bus (Not run by School)
Address 3, Regent Park
Kolkata -700 040
Phone 91-33-2471-2612
91-33-2481-1557
Fax 91-33-2471-5733

ICSE Board Results

2014 2015 2016
Total No. of Students 75 74 73
Above 90% 33 51 33
80% - 90% 28 16 18
70% - 80% 10 6 20
60% - 70% 3 1 2
50% - 60% 1 NIL NIL
below 50% NIL NIL NIL
Topper Aritra Das (96.8%) Kinjal Ray (98%) Soham Ghosal (97.8%)

ISC Board Results

ISC - Commerce Stream

ISC - Science Stream

ISC - Humanities Stream

2014 2015 2016
Total No. of Students 105 113 81
Above 90% 41 40 50
80% - 90% 40 46 19
70% - 80% 19 20 8
60% - 70% 4 7 4
50% - 60% 1 NIL NIL
Below 50% NIL NIL NIL
Topper Ankush Mukherjee (97.5%) Ananya Srivastava (97.75%) Debdut Mukherjee (97.75%)
 


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