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14-12-2012 - Debating Finals 2012

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Finals of the High School Debating Competition 2012

There has been two parts to the Finals this year.

At Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 001200 Helsinki the winning team was from

Ressun lukio in Helsinki

and was comprised of
Mikko Karjalainen, Olli Castrén and Sid Oksala


At Tamperen yhteiskoulu, Hallituskatu 32, 33200 Tampere the winning team was from

Porin Lyseon lukio

and was comprised of
Pyry Lahtinen, Jussi Seppälä and Lasse Lund

We wish both teams well in Tallinn in January.


08-12-2012 - Local Christmas Parties

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It's Chrismas Time!

So, as usual each year, local societies will be organising Christam=s lunches or dinners for their members.  Check out your local society webpages or contact an officer in each society.for information. (See the Contacts page for details).


30-11-2012 - Traditional Autumn Seminar 2012

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The Autumn Seminar 2012


A seminar on

”The Big Society  - How Municipalities are making it real”

Download Biographies of the three speakers

’Whole system leadership of local places –  a new approach for challenging times’, Kim Ryley Download slide set

‘Unlocking the he Voice of the Voluntary Sector’, Sonia Roberts
Download Slide set

Pirkkala Citizens’ Forums, an extended tool for democracy’ Oskari Auvinen
Download Slide set


16-11-2012 - HELSINKI - Talk by John Murolo

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The Helsinki Finnish British Society has organised the following talk at Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9 on 16 November. Please let us know if you are coming.

ELKS DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH a talk by an outsider to Finland
Friday 16 Nov at 18.00 - an evening with author of  the book,
John Murolo

Details here


02-11-2012 - Guy Fawkes Night 2012

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The Federation of Finnish-British Societies

Suomalais-Brittiläisten yhdistysten keskusjärjestö ry

Local societies will be organising a Guy Fawkes nigh party individually. 

"Remember, remember the 5th of November....."


08-10-2012 - Debating 2012 Semi-Finals

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Kouvola Semi - Finals 10.11.2012 at Kouvolan Lyseo

Satakunta Semi - Finals 20.11.2012 in Pori

Turku Semi - Finals Week 47

Tampere Semi-Finals late November

JUNE 2012

04-06-2012 - Summer 2012 Trip to Yorkshire

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Yorkshire and summer 2012 on my mind

Happy New Year, everybody!

Here is what we have planned for us  30 Finn-Brits touring Yorkshire in June 2012.

We have reserved rooms at the Hotel MAJESTIC in the town of Harrogate – full details can be found on the web ( – but is one of Harrogate’s premier hotels and has a spa complex with a swimming pool!  We are currently a party of 29 and are still holding a few additional rooms available. If you know of anyone else who might want to come on the trip, please let them and us know as soon as possible.

The cost:  The total cost of the trip will be 1000 - 1200 e per person in twin room. Single room additional will be £35 /night.  The final price depends on the flight tickets (as you know, the prices change every day) and the exchange rate of the pound. However the price will include:

  • Flights (see below)
  • All travel to and from events
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • All entrance fees (except for the evening at Wetherby Races)
  • The costs of the first evening bistro meal and the mediaeval banque

Monday June 4:                              depart Helsinki 0825            arrive Manchester 0925

Monday June 11:                           depart Manchester 1750    arrive Helsinki 2245

The payment schedule:

The trip will be paid in three installments to the account of the Federation of the Finnish-British Societies

                  Suomalais-brittiläisten yhdistysten keskusjärjestö ry
                  Ålandsbanken Tampere
                  IBAN: FI41 6601 0001 0932 85

By January 15th   300 e;  The first installment in January will be spent on the flight tickets and it is non-refundable.

By March 15th     400 e; We should know  the final cost by March, so you will know then how large your last payment will be.

By May  15th        the rest (300-500e)

Please make sure your travel insurance is in order – it will enable you to get at least some of the money back if you have to cancel.


Day 1

Flight             Helsinki – Manchester, bus transport to Harrogate 

  • Visit to Knaresborough to Mother Shipton’s Cave ( approx 5 miles away) for  a leisurely  walk by the River Nidd.
  • A bistro meal in the Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate   “Welcome to Yorkshire Dinner “

Day 2

  • Visit Brimham Rocks ( unique rock formations)  - gentle open air walking
  • Visit Fountains Abbey  & the gardens at Studley Royal  with a guide.
  • Free evening

Day 3

  • An all-day excursion to Wensleydale and Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales  (Home of the TV series “All Creatures Great and Small) details later.
  •  A pub meal outside Richmond before returning to Harrogate (approx. 75 mins)

Day 4

  •  Free time to explore Harrogate and its shops in the morning.
  • Afternoon If you want; Depart Harrogate for an evening at Wetherby Race Course – additional cost ! Races from 6 until 9 PM. These are Steeplechase races i.e. jumping over fences so very different from the trotting races seen in Finland

Day 5:               

  • All Day visit to YORK with opportunities to visit Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster Cathedral, different museums, shops and shops !

Day 6:                

  • All Day  excursion to the York Moors and Whitby  (Heartbeat landscape) details later.

Day 7:               

  • A leisurely Sunday  to explore Harrogate before departing at lunchtime for the market town of Skipton, in Wharfedale  and for a Mediaeval Banquet !

Day 8:                

  • Time for a last glimpse at Harrogate & last-minute shopping  before departing for Manchester at about 1 PM

There will be alternative programme  for families with children especially when the rest of us  are on all-day excursions. Also Harrogate and York have lots to offer to children, rest assured.

Depending on the age of the children hotel cost may be different to you as well (be in touch to John ).

Once you have made your first installment (=confirmed your participation ) could you please  send Leena an e-mail  with info of

  • your street address  and phone number
  • your possible food allergies /special diets
  • whether you’d like to come to the horse races  (depending on the numbers will start to set this up)

We are now looking forward to your first payments and we will start booking the flights this week.

All the best for the new year,

Federation of Finnish-British Societies

Leena Casagrande                  John Tuckett                                   Tarja Teitto-Tuckett

APRIL 2012

13-04-2012 - Annual General Meeting 2012

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Dear Finn-Brits,

Welcome to the Federation AGM on April 14th, 2012 at the Bridgettine Sisters' Guesthouse, Ursininkatu 15.

We will start in Turku on Friday evening April 13th, 2012 to celebrate the Turku Finnish-British Society's 10th Anniversary.

On Friday April 13th we'll have dinner with a programme starting at 18.30.

On Saturday April 14ht we'll start the Anual General Meeting at 11.00.
(Board Meeting will take place at 10.00 before the AGM)

To complete the programme we'd like you to come and visit LOGOMO - the new culture centre that hosts some very nice exhibitions like Tuli on irti ! About the great fire of Turku and Only a game? About football ! Federation would like to stand for the entrance fee for AGM participants.

LOGOMO was a main attraction last year as Turku was the European Capital of Culture.

Logomo is situated by the railway opposite the railway station (there is a pedestrian bridge over the railyard).

Our venue for the AGM and the hotel is approx. 350 m from the railway station, between Puutarhankatu and Yliopistonkatu.
A single room is 45 e, a double 65 e (incl. breakfast), cost for the evening 30 e/person (incl. dinner and wine).
Leena Casagrande will take your bookings for hotel, dinner and Lokomo exhibitions;  leena.casagrande(at) by 15th of March 2012.
Room and evening costs can be paid directly to Federation account Ålandsbanken FI41 6601 0001 0932 85, kindly mark clearly your name and society to your payment.

Enclosed please find Official Invitation for the Annual General Meeting of The Federation of Finnish-British Societies.
Kindly let (Tarja Teitto-Tuckett) know who your society's representative will be by 15th of March 2012.

See you in Turku! All the Best,

Federation of Finnish-British Societies Board


Suomalais-Brittiäisten yhdistysten keskusjärjestö r.y.
Centralorganisationen för Finsk-Brittiska Föreningar r.f.
Federation of Finnish-British Societies in Finland


Suomalais-brittiläisten yhdistysten keskusjärjestö r.y:n 33. vuosikokous Turussa, lauantaina 14. huhtikuuta 2012, Birgittalaissisarten vieraskoti, Ursininkatu 15, Turku at 11.00. Vuosikokousta ennen johtokunnan kokous kl 10.00.


Yhdistyksen sääntöjen 10 §:ssä mainitut asiat:

  1. Todetaan kokouksen laillisuus

  2. Valitaan kokoukselle puheenjohtaja ja sihteeri

  3. Valitaan kaksi pöytäkirjan tarkastajaa ja ääntenlaskijaa

  4. Käsitellään toiminta- ja tilikertomus sekä tilintarkastajien lausunto

  5. Päätetään toimintakertomuksen hyväksymisestä, tilinpäätöksen vahvistamisesta ja johtokunnan vastuuvapaudesta

  6. Vahvistetaan seuraavan vuoden toimintasuunnitelma ja talousarvio sekä määrätään jäsenmaksujen suuruus

  7. Valitaan 5§:ssä säädetyin tavoin johtokunnan puheenjohtaja, varapuheenjohtaja ja muut johtokunnan jäsenet

  8. Valitaan kaksi tilintarkastajaa ja kaksi varatilintarkastajaa

  9. Käsitellään muut kokouskutsussa mainitut ja johtokunnan esittämät asiat

Lempäälässä 8.2.2012

Suomalais-brittiläisten yhdistysten kerkusjärjestön johtokunta

Ilmoittautuminen johtokunnan kokoukseen ja vuosikokoukseen 15.3. mennessä

Sääntöjen 12 § mukaan: Kullakin jäsenjärjestöllä on yhdistyksen kokouksissa yksi ääni, jonka käyttöön oikeuttava pöytäkirjanote tai valtakirja on esitettävä yhdistykselle ennen vuosikokouksen aloittamista.

Ilmoittautuminen 15.3. mennessä vuosikokouksen illanviettoon perjantaina 13. huhtikuuta ja hotellihuonevaraukset / Gsm 050-5417862.



MARCH 2012

13-03-2012 - English Essay Writing Competition 2012

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The Competition was postponed from January 2012 due to a problem with circulating the topics.

The 28th National Writing Competition for High School students will now take place on Tuesday 13th or Wednesday 14th March 2012.

Instructions for schools / teachers:

  1. The competition should be written under examination conditions: i.e. invigilated by a teacher.
  2. Time allowed 90 minutes.
  3. The composition should be between 200 - 250 words long. Compositions over 300 words long will not be considered. (Articles and prepositions count as words.)
  4. The composition should preferably be written on standard A4 lined paper in ink, and on every second line. Margins should be left.
  5. The pupil’s name should appear at the top in BLOCK LETTERS, together with the name and address of the school. (See instructions on the reverse).
  6. The teacher should send the best composition (i.e. only one) from each group.


Write on ONE of the following:

  1. "I'm two people – a happy-go-lucky summer person and a closed up winter introvert."  Are you the same?
  2. "There are some things I just love." Write about one or two things that make you happy.  Say why you feel the way you do.
  3. Love is overrated – do you agree?
  4. Television is dead – the computer lives! Do you agree?
  5. Write a short story beginning "There wasn't much we could really do about it..."

Count the number of words in your composition. Compositions with more than 300 words will not be considered.



Finnish-British Society r.y. järjestää 28. kerran valtakunnallisen englanninkielisen kirjoituskilpailun vuonna 2011 lukion opiskelun alkaneille oppilaille. Kirjoituspäivä on tiistai 13. maaliskuuta tai keskivikko 14. maaliskuuta  2012.
Kirjoituskilpailun ohjeet ovat ohessa.

OSALLISTUJAT Lukion ensimmäisen vuoden oppilaat.Paras aine kustakin englannin ryhmästä.

Sanakirjaa tai muuta lähdemateriaalia ei saa käyttää. Kirjoituskilpailuun varattava aika on 90 minuuttia. Aineen pituus 200 - 250 sanaa. Yli 300-sanaisia aineita ei oteta huomioon eikä sellaisia pidä lähettää  arvosteltavaksi. (Artikkelit ja prepositiot lasketaan mukaan.)

Arvostelulautakuntaan kuuluvat opetushallituksen, Helsingin yliopiston, englannin kielen opettajien yhdistyksen, ja Finnish-British Societyn edustajat.

Kilpailun pääpalkinto on Englannin matka. Muina palkintoina on englannin sanakirjoja.

Koulun englannin opettajien harkinnan ja päätöksen mukaan lähetetään paras (1) aine kustakin englannin ryhmästä 24.2.2012 mennessä osoitteeseen: Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 HELSINKI

Jokaiseen lähetettävään aineeseen tulee liittää kirjoittajan nimi, ikä, osoite, kuinka monta vuotta englantia ko. oppilas on opiskellut sekä koulun nimi ja osoite. Tiedot voittajista toimitetaan kouluille 27.4.2012 mennessä.

Federations of Finnish-British Societies pidättää itsellään omistus- ja julkaisuoikeuden lähetettyihin kirjoituksiin.


10-02-2012 - Tallinn Weekend Training

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Training in Tallinn

A refreshing and stimulating Debate training in Tallinn on 10th and 11th February. by Eva Sule and Nick Hennessey

The Federation of Finnish British Societies has organised  "debate start-up skills and storytelling" workshops in Tallinn in English.  The trip is to start from Helsinki on Friday 10th at midday).

Workshops on Debating

The workshop will be run by experienced competitor and judge Eva Sule.

First session is to introduce debating:

  • What does debating mean>
  • What is the benefit to school and to everyday life?
  • How does the class debate?
  • What should be highlighted in debate training.

Second session is World School format in debating.

This will give good understanding where finnish debating is on its way in the future. We will explore in good details how the next Finnish-British debating competition for upper-secondary schools will be run in autumn 2012.

Workshop 2

Nick Hennessey's workshop is on oral expression and narrative story.

  • An understanding of how the language works at creating images.
  • What a saga is expected to be?
  • Stories in public are very stylized and the trick is to create rhythm and body language in the pattern of the telling.

These workshops are suitable for all users of the language furthering the ability to communicate through speech, listening, and interpretation. The power of the spoken language to communicate  is particularly important for language teachers and all others who need to communicate skills.

The workshops are in the Tallinn English School which also offers an opportunity for networking.

The price for this event is about  100euros (travel and accommodation). The first 30 applicants will get places. Contact


27-01-2012 - National Debating Competition Final 2011/2012

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by Anna Bessonova, one of the Final judges

Debating is not a Finnish thing. That’s what a lot of people think and say. I beg to differ: Finns naturally possess skills that go quite well with debating. Finns are quite analytical, liking to dig into questions and look at different solutions to solve them. They are good listeners, which ultimately what makes or breaks any debater. Finnish people also work well in structured environment and any debater knows that structure and format are paramount in any debate.

Obviously there are some obstacles in traditional thinking that prevent Finns from embracing debating. It involves public speaking, which is scary and intimidating. It encourages confrontation and disagreement, which is arguably the complete opposite of what Finns are normally used to. Plus, debates are often held in English, which can scare away people insecure about their language proficiency.

In spite of all this, debating is growing in Finland, especially among high-school students. The change is largely driven by English-language teachers who use debating as a useful tool to engage young people in language learning. To make thing even more fun, educators across the country have gathered forces to conduct national debating competition.

The competition has been organized for a number of years and the number of participants is on the rise. The selection is done through multiple phases: first students compete in their own school, then in their town and region and the winners of those go on to the finals.

This year 10 teams (2 debaters per team) have reached the final that was held in Helsinki at the British Embassy. The participating teams represented schools from Kuopio, Jyväskylä, Joensuu, Tampere, Turku, Rauma, Helsinki and Kouvola. Debate topics did not shy away from controversy: they varied from abandoning presidency in Finland to any country’s rights to nuclear weapons to proclamations like women’s place is at work.

The judging panel consisted of  Mr Matthew Lodge (H/M Ambassador), Ms Joan Nordlund (experienced judge from Helsinki), Mr Paul Bailey (experienced judge from Kuopio) and two debaters from Helsinki (myself, Ms Anna Bessonova, and Mr Mitjo Vaulasvirta, the current president of the Helsinki University Debating Society).

After five fierce rounds of excellent debates judging did not come easy. Ultimately the top teams in both categories (English as a second language and  English as the strongest/native language) presented most convincing arguments, dealt well with the opponent’s case and responded well to questions from the audience. The coveted winners are:

Motions for the debates were:

  • THBT profit-making dominates health care.
  • THBT the state should stop subsidising elitist forms of culture.
  • THBT a woman's place is at work.
  • THW legalise the sale of human organs.
  • THBT every country should have the right to possess nuclear weapons.
  • THW abolish the presidency as an office in Finland.
  • THBT a drunken driver should lose his/her driver's license straight after the first offence.

This years winners were

First Prize
For 'English as a second language'
Kouvolan lyseon lukio, Kouvola Matilda Säde and Ville Savolainen
For 'English as the strongest language'
The English School, Helsinki Annina Juuso and Markus Kirjonen
Second Prize
For 'English as a second language'
Ressun lukio, Helsinki Lauri Pykälä and Mikko Karjalainen
For 'English as the strongest language'
Tampereen lyseon lukio Erik Garant and Linne Bergman
For 'Best speaker'
Ressun lukio Lauri Pykälä

We hope all debaters in the competition enjoyed their time and learned something from this experience. We also hope they will continue debating in the future as it teaches a lot of valuable skills that can make a difference in life. Don’t forget, though, that debating is also a game that is meant to be fun!

This post was written by Anna Bessonova, one of the judges at the Finnish national school debating competition.