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Welcome to the Manchester Finnish School!

Tervetuloa! Welcome! This is the website of the Manchesterin suomikoulu - the Manchester Finnish School. On these pages you can find background information about the School and its classes and activities, directions to its base in Sale on the South side of Manchester, and its opening times (in general, Saturday mornings). For the most up-to-date information, look up our Facebook pages.

This may be your idea of Finland. And maybe also the country's endless forests, and the famous 'thousand lakes' (actually, 188,000 or so!) Perhaps you've found this site because you're planning a trip to Finland to enjoy the cross country skiing, or simply to see Santa in Lapland. Most travellers and holidaymakers wonder about the language of the country they're visiting; so how can we help you? 

In the first place, let's say that English speakers will have little difficulty getting around. Especially in urban areas, Finns display a level of competency in English which frankly …

What a wonderful Spring term 2019 we had

School group did a big work to find out all the secrets of life. We started from the birth and followed the whole path and different states of human's life. What a venture. Children really enjoyed to tell their own experiences, ideas and thoughts about the life itself. And what the most wonderful thing was that all children thought that life has to be full of happiness and it has to be lived fully with lots of fun, excitements, make lots of good memories with friends and family.

Runeberg torte on Runeberg's Day

"Runeberg torte is a Finnish pastry flavored with almonds and arrack or rum and weighing about 100 grams. It usually has rasberry jam encircled by a ring of icin on top. The torte is named after the Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg who, according to legend, regularly enjoyed the torte with punsch for breakfast.

Fairwell to Ambassador of Finland Ms Päivi Luostarinen in London. New Ambassador of Finland is Mr Markku Keinänen from the beging of June 2019.

Making a …

The new vice-chairman

20th January 2019

Satu Oldendorff, vice-chairman of the Finnish Expatriate Parliament, Cenral Europe Region was thanked for her long-term work.
At the same time, Kari Henrik Tumelius, the head teacher of Manchester's Finnish school, was selected in London to continue as new vice-chairman.

In the picture, Kari-Henrik Tumelius, Satu Oldendirff
and Kati Hognes, the chairman of the area.

Christmas Market

Keep the date and time.

The day includes lot of activities and for example, the Most Beautiful Christmas Songs in Finnish, to be led by the head of the Finnish Church in London and rector Marjaana Härkönen starting at 12.00 pm and much more. Children have their own program from  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The cafeteria is open all day, so why not pop in and have a cup of hot drink with Finnish delicacies.
Warm welcome.

Easy fundraising

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Welcome to the theater! Tervetuloa teatteriin!

"The Soiva Sammakko is alone in the entire Aarnitammi because Petula Owl is on the way. Soiva Sammakko reads a book that tells about ufo and may be a bit too exciting because Soiva can not sleep. "But there is no ufo in Loiskulampi" he feels comforted and turned off the reading lamp. Just when he is falling asleep, there is a strange plop in the pond. The frog flies up from the bed and looks at the pond. "There seems to be something floating wonders the frog? "
The Theater The Soiva Sammakko arrives at the Finnish School in Manchester on Saturday 20.10.18. The show starts at 10:30 and ends at around 11 am. After the show there is the opportunity to attend the workshop at 11:30 - 12:00 (limited places).
Bunting: Theater free for members of the Suomi School of Manchester Workshop children £ 3 (adults free with children included)
During the break the café and the shop are opening where a variety goodies and hot and cold drinks will be available.

”Soiva Sammakk…

Dates for Autumn term 2018

Syyslukukausi 2018  -  Autumn Term 20188. syyskuuta           8th September
22. syyskuuta         22nd September

6. lokakuuta           6th October
20. lokakuuta         20th October
3. marraskuuta      3rd November
10. marraskuuta    10th November

8. joulukuuta          8th December Joulujuhla/Christmas Party

Just kind reminder that Autumn Term starts soon. See above the dates for school.days. You all are most welcome to learn Finnish language, spend time with friends and enjoy all Finnish delicacies in our cafe and our shop. See you on 8th September.

Suomi-koulujen opettajien koulutuspäivät 2018, Helsinki

Opetushallituksen, Suomi Seura ry:n ja Suomi-koulu tuki ry:n järjestämät vuotuiset Suomi-koulujen opettajien koulutuspäivät 
31.07 - 01.08.2018 keräsivät koolle lähes Suomi-koulujen opettajaa ympäri maailman. Koulutuspäivien teemana oli "Koivu ja tähti - Topeliuksesta tähän päivään". Ensimmäisen päivän luentojen aiheina olivat
- "Kaikki, jotka pitävät ja rakastavat tätä maata isänmaanansa ...
   - topeliaaninen nationalismi eilen ja tänään
- "Maammekirjasta monilukutaitoon".
Tästä jatkoimme eri työpajoihin aiheella: "Suomikoululaisen omaa ääntä etsimässä"

Esimerkki yhdestä työpajasta:
"Massasta Uniikkiin" Poptaiteilija Mari Kasurinen 
Työpajassa kustomoidaan uniikki teos. Materiaaleina käytetään pehmoleluja, joiden osista (päästä, jaloista, käsistä, korvista, yms.) kootaan uudelleen ennennäkemätön, mielikuvituksellinen olio. Kokoamisessa käytetään aloittelijaystävällisiä menetelmiä, kuten kuumaliimaamista sekä ompelua neulalla ja langalla. 

Päivän p…

The Flag Day of the Finnish Defense Forces

Monday 4th of June
Embassy of Finland
14 Kensington Palace Garden

What a lovely evening to celebrate the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces with all guests and warm welcoming hosts Colonel and Mrs Janne Ilomäki and
The Ambassabor of Finland, Ms Päivi Luostarinen.

Finnish Defense Forces celebrate 100 years this year.
Colonel Janne Ilomäki Finland's Defence Attache leave the assignments and return back to Finland.

There were great feelings of celebration, farewell, friendship, togetherness and be proud to be a Finn for so many good reasons.

Great food, good drinks, beautiful flowers, great music with good friends. What else you can wish for. Thank you ever so much.

(Pictures: Kari Henrik Tumelius)

Juhlat Irikselle - Celebration for Iris

Yesterday, 5 May 2018, was a special occasion for the Manchester Finnish School, as we witnessed and celebrated the award of the Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland to our most honoured member, Iris Mclintock.

This richly deserved award is a reflection of the part Iris played in the foundation of the Suomikoulu in Manchester, the leadership and inspiration she has provided in the school and also among Finns in Manchester and beyond; and last but not least, her astonishingly long career teaching students of the Finnish language.

The honours were performed by Chris Rostron, the Honorary Consul of Finland in Manchester, himself one of Iris's former students.

We had a lot of visitors! Not only did some of Iris's family come to celebrate with us, but also many former students. I think we ran out of cake at one point...! But not coffee, of course.

To be serious, there is profound love and appreciation for Iris in our community, and it goes well beyond the simple fact of her …