Message from the Principal – 17 October 2014

October 19th, 2014

A warm welcome to our fourth and final term for the year. It is full as always and we can look forward to the Music Competition, the Nativity Play and Concert and presentations from our Year 7 and 8 students on their recent Renaissance Trip.

Our theme for Philosophy lessons this term is Respect. This follows from our third school value which is to respect all. What does it mean to respect all? If we look at the etymology of the word respect, we see that it comes from a Latin root and means to ‘look again’ or to consider. This gives some insight into how we can learn to respect whoever is in front of us. The first step is to take another look at what is there; to look again. Allowing time and space to regard someone fully, enables freedom to see and practise what is good. This leads us to our fourth school value to practise what is good, with resilience and courage. First and foremost comes respect and then good practice.

Our Head Boy, Tristan Pang, was interviewed recently for MENZED magazine, and his answer is a fine example of respect in practice.

MENZED: What is the greatest piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

TP: I remember when I was about two years old and living in England, I received a present from my Mum’s sister in New Zealand. It was a framed piece of Chinese Calligraphy by Confucius. The English translation was similar to Charles  Kingsley’s “Do as you would be done by”. She asked me to live by this proverb. I later found that it’s the Golden Rule of reciprocity: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself”, and, “One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated”. The similar concept appears in the Bible as well. “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12. In the past 10 years, when dealing with people or handling situations which I am not familiar with, I try to ask myself, “If I were him/her, would I like what I have done to him/her?” This helps me to judge what is right and what is wrong.

To read the entire article go to:

http://quest-is-fun.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/menzedoctoberLOQ.pdf


Peter Crompton

 

Notices

New Entrants Parents Meeting – Tuesday 21st October – 6pm – 7pm
Parents of New Entrant children are invited to a meeting next Tuesday 21st October from 6pm to 7pm, in the classroom. This is an opportunity to meet each other, ask questions and to go over aspects of the curriculum.

School Tour – Thursday 23rd October – 9.15am
If you know anyone who would be interested in having a look at the school, please let them know about our School Tour next Thursday 23rd October at 9.15am. Bookings can be made either by email to office@ficino.school.nz  or by phoning the office on 623 3385.  Thank you.

Yummy Stickers Promotion – Great Result!
Thank you to all the collectors of Yummy stickers this year. As a result of your efforts, the school has $400 to spend on sports gear – a great result!

Hockey Shirts and Netball Skirts Due back at School
Please return any outstanding hockey shirts and netball skirts to school on Monday. Thank you.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays. See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

 

Term Dates for 2014

Term 4 Start Tuesday 14th October Finish Friday 12th December

 

Term Dates for 2015

Term 1 Start Monday 2nd February Finish Thursday 2nd April
Term 2 Start Monday 20th April Finish Friday 3rd July
Term 3 Start Monday 27th July Finish Friday 25th September
Term 4 Start Tuesday 13th October Finish Friday 11th December

 

Term 4 Events, 2014

Week Event Date Time Venue
2 N/E Parents Meeting Tuesday 21st October 6pm – 7pm Classroom 1
School Tour Thursday 23rd October 9.15am
Class 2 Fundraising Cake Sale Friday 24th October 3pm
3 Labour Day Holiday – no school Monday 27th October
Hearing & Vision Testing (some children due for re-testing) Friday 31st October 9am
4 Edenvale Rest Home concert – Class 2 Tuesday 4th November 1.30pm Edenvale Rest Home
Commendations Assembly Friday 7th November 8.30am School Hall
Fundraising Cake Sale, Class 4 Friday 7th November 3pm
5 Exam Week Monday 10th – Friday 14th November
Good Works Assembly Friday 14th November 8.30am School Hall
6 Rotoroa Island Trip – Yrs 5 & 6 Tuesday 18th November All day Rotoroa Island
School Tour Thurs 20th  November 9.15am
Renaissance Trip Presentation Friday 21st November 8.30am School Hall
Fundraising Cake Sale, Class 3 Friday 21st November 3pm
7 City Mission Foodbank Collection Week Monday 24th to Friday 28th November Boxes in classrooms
Music Competition Tuesday 25th November
Just this Day Wed 26th November
Eden Village Singing Friday 27th November Eden Village
Music Awards Assembly Friday 28th November 8.30am School Hall
Christmas Bazaar Sunday 30th November 11am – 2pm School villa
8 Class 2 Nativity Play & School Concert Tuesday 2nd December 1pm School Hall
Class 5 & 6 Camp Tuesday 2nd December to Thurs 4th December
Renaissance Trip Presentation Friday 5th December 8.30am School Hall
NZ Ballet – Yrs 4 – 8 Friday 5th December
Fundraising Cake Sale, Class 1 Friday 5th December 3pm
Graduates Dinner Sunday 7th December
9 Carol Service Tuesday 9th December 6.45 – 7.45pm St Barnabas Church
End of Term Prize Giving Friday 12th December 9.30am – 12.00 noon Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Dominion Road

Message from the Principal – 19 September 2014

September 22nd, 2014

The Principal is away in Italy with the Year 7 & 8 Renaissance Trip.

 Vatican

Notices

Term 4 Start Date – Tuesday 14th October
This is a reminder that Term 4 starts on Tuesday 14th October as we have a staff day on Monday.

Year 7 & 8 Renaissance Trip Blog Site with Photos
The address for the blog site for the Renaissance trip is as follows if you would like to follow the trip    www.renaissancetrip2014.wordpress.com

Vatican Museum 2

 

Founders Day Assembly – Wednesday 24th September – 8.30am
Parents are warmly invited to our Founders Day Assembly on Wednesday 24th September at 8.30am.

Church Service – Thursday 25th September – 2.15pm
Parents are invited to our Church Service at St Barnabas Church, corner of Bellevue and Mt Eden Roads on Thursay 25th September at 2.15pm.  Children can be taken home directly from the church or will walk back to school to be collected at the normal time.

Photo Proofs – Sports Teams, Librarians, Prefects, Music Ensemble, Yr 8 Graduands
The photo proofs are available and can be seen at reception. Orders for these photos are due back by Monday please.  Thank you.

Summer Uniform Worn from Term 4
All children will need to wear summer uniform from the start of Term 4.  Please purchase this before the end of term as the uniform shop will not be open during the holidays.  The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15pm.

Yummy Stickers – Back by End of Term
This promotion is coming to an end, therefore all completed yummy sticker sheets need to be returned to school by Monday please.  Thank you for your support.

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June    
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 1

1

Somerville stainton

University Slam

2

2

Loss

Loss

Ficino Pumas 10 St Mary’s White Tigers 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 3 Somerville Torkington 3 Draw
Ficino Strikers 5 Grammar Fantails 2 Win

 

Get Set Go After School Club (Athletics New Zealand) for New Entrants to Year 3
Athletics New Zealand is launching the Get Set Go programme relating to athletics, in a number of Auckland schools starting next term. This will be available to Ficino students from New Entrants to Year 3 and will be run on the grass area behind the villa from 3.15pm until 4.15pm.  The cost for the 10 week programme is $40.  The children brought home a registration form last week, but we have more available at reception.  All forms are due back at the office by the end of term.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays.  See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

 

Term Dates for 2014

Term 3 Start Monday 28th July Finish Friday 26th September
Term 4 Start Tuesday 14th October Finish Friday 12th December

Term Dates for 2015

Term 1 Start Monday 2nd February Finish Thursday 2nd April
Term 2 Start Monday 20th April Finish Friday 3rd July
Term 3 Start Monday 27th July Finish Friday 25th September
Term 4 Start Tuesday 13th October Finish Friday 11th December

 

Term 3 Events, 2014

Week Event Date Time Venue
9 Founders Day Assembly Wed 24th September 8.30am School Hall
  Church Service Thurs 25th September 2.15pm St Barnabas Church
  End of Term 3 Friday 26th September 3.00pm  

Message from the Principal – 12 September 2014

September 15th, 2014

The Dance Assembly this morning was an exquisite display of grace, beauty and precision. Mrs Rosemary Auld, the Dance Teacher spoke at the Assembly of the place of devotion in many of the dances that were being performed. And this was evident to the audience who were drawn into the stillness and presence of the dancers. There is a statement from an ancient eastern source which gives direction for this type of dance ‘Where the hand goes, the eye should go; Where the eye goes, the mind should also go there; Where the mind goes, the heart should be, and where the heart is, there love arises’. This sums up the fine attention given by the children and the effect this had on them and their audience.

Dance Assembly

A number of you may be aware that a group of older ladies and gentlemen from the School of Philosophy meet in the villa on a Thursday morning. I received the following letter from the group yesterday.

Dear Mr Crompton,

Thank you for the joyful shouts that greet us on Thursday morning. If our tutor were to say “there is no material today”, it would not matter. We had been taken back to the time when we too shouted for joy. It had made nonsense of time.

 Somewhere it is said “He unto the child revealed, things that to the wise were sealed”.  This too is a nonsense, for the wise, by definition, have re-found the joy of childhood. Perhaps this is a teacher’s greatest reward – a miracle arising from just listening.

With best wishes, Thursday Morning Group

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
Photo Proofs – Sports Teams, Librarians, Prefects, Music Ensemble, Yr 8 Graduands
The photo proofs are available and can be seen at reception. Orders for these photos are due back by Wednesday 24th September. Thank you.

Summer Uniform Worn from Term 4
All children will need to wear summer uniform from the start of Term 4. Please purchase this before the end of term as the uniform shop will not be open during the holidays. The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15pm.

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June    
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 1

2

Mt Eden Black

Grammar Hoihos

3

3

Loss

Loss

Ficino Pumas 6 St Mary’s White Tigers 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 7 Dio Jellytips 1 Win
Ficino Strikers 4 Somerville Smith 2 Win

 

Get Set Go After School Club (Athletics New Zealand) for New Entrants to Year 3
Athletics New Zealand is launching the Get Set Go programme relating to athletics, in a number of Auckland schools starting next term. This will be available to Ficino students from New Entrants to Year 3 and will be run on the grass area behind the villa from 3.15pm until 4.15pm. The cost for the 10 week programme is $40. The children brought home a registration form last week, but we have more available at reception. All forms are due back at the office by the end of term.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays.  See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

Term 3 Events, 2014

Week Event Date Time Venue
8 Renaissance Trip Departs Wed 17th September    
  Eden Village Singing – Juniors Thurs 18th September 11.30 am Eden Village, View Rd
  Commendations Assembly Friday 19th September 8.30am School Hall
  Fundraising Cake Sale – Cl 5 Friday 19th September 3pm  
9 Founders Day Assembly Wed 24th September 8.30am School Hall
  End of Term Service Thurs 25th September 2.15pm St Barnabas Church
  End of Term 3 Friday 26th September 3.00pm  

North Island Primary School Skiing Champs – Monday 25 to Friday 29 August 2014

September 7th, 2014

Skiing North Island Champs

 

Message from the Principal – 5 September 2014

September 7th, 2014

Grandparents Morning was a highlight of this school week.  We had over sixty grandparents and relatives visiting the school. They enjoyed excellent service from the Year 5 students who welcomed them with cups of tea and cakes provided by the parents and the ever-present Friends of Ficino. It is wonderful to be in an atmosphere where service is a delight and not a chore. Service from the younger to their elders has always been a natural part of most societies for millennia.  However within the last few years, this has changed dramatically and children are growing up now in an atmosphere where they are often waited on by their parents. Recent research in Australia suggests that this phenomenon which is described as being a result of over-parenting, can lead to children placing an over-emphasis on their emotional state which in turn develops a learned helplessness. The respect for the authority of parents and teachers is a natural antidote to such problems and is encouraged and thriving in the Ficino School community, as seen on a Grandparents Morning.

Grandparents DayOur Year 8 students were very privileged this week to hear one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country.  Billy Graham is a former New Zealand and Australasian Boxing Champion, who tells his colourful life story from troubled childhood to a youth advocate.  He has made a significant difference to a number of communities around New Zealand.  His repartee had the students spellbound for an hour.  His primary message was that with diligence and hard work, you can achieve just about anything you set your mind to.  He also spoke of the importance of asking for help and listening to good advice.  We are grateful to King’s School for this opportunity to join their Year 8 students.

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
FoF Best of British Bingo Night – Saturday 6th September – from 7pm – School Hall
Door sales available.  Drop in for a pint, a bite to eat and a rousing game of bingo.  No smartphone apps required, just your lovely selves!

Friends of Ficino

Fundraising Samosas – Orders due back on Monday 8th
All orders with money are due back at school on Monday.  Thank you for your support.

School Tour – Thursday 11th September – 9.15am
Our next School Tour is scheduled for next Thursday 11th September at 9.15am. If you know anyone you think may be interested, please ask them to either ring the school office or email office@ficino.school.nz to register. Thank you.

Dance Assembly  – Friday 12th September – 8.30am
All parents are invited to our Dance Assembly next Friday at 8.30am. All the classes will be taking part.

Summer Uniform Worn from Term 4
All children will need to wear summer uniform from the start of Term 4. Please purchase these before the end of term as the uniform shop will not be open during the holidays. The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15pm.

Summary of the Ski Week
This year we had two teams enter the North Island Primary school champs. With over 400 competitors this is one of the largest children events to be held in NZ. All week we were blessed with superb Bluebird weather. The first day the team trained at different race courses set in the Whakapapa valley ski field. Each skier had a chance to practise on their respective course which was hugely beneficial, especially for those children who had not been involved in a slalom event before.

Skiing

Day Two: Individual Slalom Race
All 10 skiers raced and finished with a clear run – which counted towards the overall points competition. First place positions for the school were Junior Girls: Amelia (50th), Junior Boys: Charlie (57th), Senior Girls: Annabel (24th), Senior Boys: Jack (26th).
Day Three: Dual Slalom races were held in the valley. This is where a competitor races against another with a similar time from the day before. Brooke and George managed to win their races and scored maximum points for their respective teams.
Day Four: Ski Gravity Cross: An event often described as rugby on skis and was best suited to the Ficino skiers. Charlie was placed 5th in the Junior Boys event. In the junior girls Brooke made it through to the semi-finals while Amelia moved through several knock out rounds.

Overall Ficino Icicles placed 26th and Ficino Frosties 36th in the full primary category. Over the week the children’s skills noticeably increased and the mountain experience was invaluable. Josh from Snowplanet was the instructor and his daily guidance and evening ski meetings were vital to the success of the teams. The parents on the trip all had important roles and helped make this week run smoothly for all involved.

Andrea Alston

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June    
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 1

1

Grammar Kiwis

Somerville Archibald

1

2

Draw

Loss

Ficino Pumas 7 Grammar Korimako 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 10 St Mary’s 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 0 St Mary’s 1 Loss

 

Get Set Go After School Club (Athletics New Zealand) for New Entrants to Year 3
Athletics New Zealand is launching the Get Set Go programme relating to athletics, in a number of Auckland schools starting next term. This will be available to Ficino students from New Entrants to Year 3 and will be run on the grass area behind the villa from 3.15pm until 4.15pm. The cost for the 10 week programme is $40. The children have brought home a registration form today.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays.  See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

Year 8 Student Mia Donovan Qualifies for NZ Nationals Competition in Rhythmic Gymnastics

September 1st, 2014

Mia

Mia Donovan has achieved excellent results recently in the demanding sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Mia has already qualified for the New Zealand National’s competition, which starts on 8 October 2014, and has had great success at the North Shore Gymnastics competition on the weekend 16 and 17 August.

This was the biggest competition of the year as it was the last qualifying competition before Nationals. There were 24 girls competing from all over New Zealand, as well as girls from Australia and Malaysia.

Mia placed second overall and in the group competition on Sunday, Mia’s group was placed first. This was an excellent achievement!

Congratulations Mia on your success and best wishes for the upcoming Nationals.

Message from the Principal – 29 August 2014

August 31st, 2014

Last week a group of Year 6 students and one Year 7 student were introduced to meditation. This opportunity is offered to all students at Ficino once they have reached the age of ten. The children are already familiar with the rest the Pause provides as they practise this regularly each day. Meditation gives the opportunity for the mind to quieten more gently and deeply. Numerous research studies have demonstrated the benefits of meditation. It improves health and well-being and on a practical level aids the ability for the children to study. The children are encouraged to receive the meditation as a gift; one that far outweighs material things as it is something that grows richer the more they practise it. The offer of meditation is entirely voluntary and some students pick it up a year or two later as they feel ready.

This week our two ski teams have for the first time enjoyed glorious weather at the North Island Primary and Intermediate School Championships at Mt Ruapehu. They have trained regularly and have been well supported by parents and the coaches from Snowplanet.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Grandparents Morning – Thursday 4th September – School Hall
Grandparents and friends of students are warmly invited to a Grandparents Morning Tea in the school hall. Morning tea will be served at 9.30am, followed by a welcome from the Principal and an address by Mr Bruce Watson from the Ficino Educational Foundation. Grandparents and friends will then accompany the children to their classrooms. This will be followed by a celebration of singing, recitation, performance, prayers and hymns. To help with catering and preparation please RSVP to Leah Ashton – phone 623 3385 or email office@ficino.school.nz by Monday 1st September.

 

FoF Best of British Bingo Night – Saturday 6th September – from 7pm – School Hall
Come along for a fun-filled evening of British Pomp, Ceremony and BINGO! Fabulous food and beverages and great prizes to be won. Tickets which can be booked at reception, are $20 which includes entry and one bingo card. Invite family and friends to make up a table of 6 or 8. All proceeds go to the Renaissance trip and the drama stage upgrade. EPTPOS will be available on the night.

Friends of Ficino

 

Storylines Festival Week – Children’s Writers and Illustrators – 23rd – 31st August
There are lots of writers, illustrators, storytellers and performers ready to share the excitement of books and reading with children, their families and communities. There are two family days as follows:

Saturday 30th August at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, 10am – 3pm

Sunday 31st August at the Aotea Centre, Central Auckland, 10am – 3pm

Details about the programme, workshops, competitions and the family days can be found at http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014.html


Hockey Coaching Sessions Offered by Auckland Hockey
Auckland Hockey has secured Jamie Dwyer as an International Guest Player for their Auckland NHL Men’s team this year. During his time in Auckland Jamie will be running some coaching sessions at Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th September. These sessions were first offered to their representative teams, but have now been opened up to all Youth and Junior players. Places are extremely limited, so please book promptly if you are interested. The cost is $30 per player for a one hour session. Each session will be open to only 20 players. More information can be found on the Auckland Hockey website: http://www.akhockey.org.nz/News/coaching-sessions-with-jamie-dwyer-208039

 

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE  
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers   bye    
Smurfs   Played a mini tournament – 1 win & 1 loss    
Ficino Ferns 11 Balmoral Rebels 14 Loss
Ficino Blue 12   18 Loss

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June    
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 3

2

Somerville Kings

Mt Eden White

2

3

Win

Loss

Ficino Pumas 5 Somerville Torkington 1 Win
Ficino Jaguars 12 Meadowbank Magic 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 1 Mt Roskill All Stars 3 Loss

 

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

 

Message from the Principal – 22 August 2014

August 25th, 2014

On Thursday this week, the annual Class 4 Play took place.  This year they performed ‘The Story of Theseus’, a play written by Peter Weigall, a long standing English and Drama teacher at our sister school St James in London. Theseus represents an ideal of kingly nobility. He is courageous, but also compassionate – he understands the fear his fellows feel, but assures them that fear is there to be overcome not submitted to. He listens and seeks advice when necessary, and he has a strong sense of duty. This is most obvious in his actions aimed at ridding his people of the monsters which hang over them and inhibit their freedom. Theseus is also fallible; his memory fails him when he forgets to put the white sail up on his return to Athens leading to his father’s grief-stricken fall from the cliff. However his fallibility is only in his mind but not his heart. His courage, his steadiness and his resolve remain utterly constant throughout the play.

There are two lines which stood out for me both spoken by Theseus.

“There is nothing that cannot be resolved by reason” and “the gods of reason and courage will show us the way”.

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These direct us to an understanding of the symbolism in the story. Myths such as this one don’t last for thousands of years without some substance that goes beyond a simple story of a brave prince with a sad ending. The labyrinth where the minotaur lives, represents the many paths life can take us on; and in order not to get lost in them, one needs Adriadne’s cord. This symbolises the thread of reason, which everyone has access to, and which connects us to our spiritual centre.  Without this we might wander for hundreds of years in the circular paths and dead ends of the labyrinth of life. The combination of reason and courage allow Theseus to rid his people of the last pall that hangs over them and return to Athens as their king.

It is a great story and the class should be proud of all the work they have put in.  Their speech was clear, they worked together and with Mr Hudson’s direction, gave an outstanding performance.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
Cross Country Awards Assembly – Friday 29th August  -8.30am
Parents are invited to the Cross Country Awards Assembly on Friday 29th August in the school hall.

Grandparents Morning – Thursday 4th September – School Hall
Grandparents and friends of students are warmly invited to a Grandparents Morning Tea in the school hall. Morning tea will be served at 9.30am, followed by a welcome from the Principal and an address by Mr Bruce Watson from the Ficino Educational Foundation. Grandparents and friends will then accompany the children to their classrooms. This will be followed by a celebration of singing, recitation, performance, prayers and hymns. To help with catering and preparation
please RSVP to Leah Ashton – phone 623 3385 or email office@ficino.school.nz by Monday 1st September.

FoF Best of British Bingo Night – Saturday 6th September – from 7pm – School Hall
Come along for a fun-filled evening of British Pomp, Ceremony and BINGO!  Fabulous food and beverages and great prizes to be won. Tickets which can be booked at reception are $20 which includes entry and one bingo card. Invite family and friends to make up a table of 6 or 8.  All proceeds go to the Renaissance trip and the drama stage upgrade. EPTPOS will be available on the night.

Friends of Ficino

 

Hockey & Netball Assembly – Moved to Week 1, Term 4
The Hockey and Netball Assembly which was scheduled for the final Friday of this term, has been moved to Week One next term as the senior classes will be away on the Renaissance trip.

Storylines Festival Week – Children’s Writers and Illustrators – 23rd – 31st August
There are lots of writers, illustrators, storytellers and performers ready to share the excitement of books and reading with children, their families and communities. There are two family days as follows:-

Saturday 30th August at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, 10am – 3pm

Sunday 31st August at the Aotea Centre, Central Auckland, 10am – 3pm

Details about the programme, workshops, competitions and the family days can be found at http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014.html

 

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE
SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 20 Good ShepherdRoyal Oak 76 LossLoss
Smurfs
Ficino Ferns Bye
Ficino Blue 12 ANI 10 WIN

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June
SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 10 Mt Eden PurpleMt Roskill McCauley 04 WinLoss
Ficino Pumas 2 Diocesan Jellytips 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 8 St Mary’s Primary Blue 1 Win
Ficino Strikers 9 Somerville Watts 1 Win

 

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays. See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

Uniform Shop – Open on Tuesdays
The School Uniform shop will be open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15.

Notices – 15 August 2014

August 17th, 2014

Speed in the School Grounds When Exiting

The School has had communication from the Council regarding the speed at which some cars are coming out of the school grounds and crossing the footpath, both in the morning and at the end of the day, and the risk that this poses to pedestrians who may be walking past our gate.

Accordingly here are two reminders:

  • the speed limit within the school grounds is 5km/hr
  • drive slowly and watch carefully for pedestrians when leaving the driveway onto the Esplanade Road footpath.  The red cones will remain in the gateway until after dismissal to facilitate this.

Geographon Shootout – Parents v Senior Students – Wednesday 20th August – 8.30am
Parents and senior students will be competing against each other in a Geographon Shootout. All parents are invited to attend this fun event. Any outstanding Geographon sponsorship would be gratefully received next week. Thank you for your support.

The Story of Theseus Performed by Class 4 – Thursday 21st August – 11am and 4pm
Noble characters, wise advice, brave deeds, sword fights and gruesome monsters!  All this in Class Four’s presentation of The Story of Theseus. Two performances on Thursday 21st August – 11am and 4pm. All welcome.

Ski Team Announcement Assembly – Friday 22nd August – 8.30am
One of the instructors will be coming to announce the teams that will be competing in the North Island Skiing Championships at Mt Ruapehu from 25th to 29th August.  All parents are welcome.

Term Dates for 2015
The school term dates for 2015 are set out below for your information.

Term 1 Start Monday 2nd February Finish Thursday 2nd April
Term 2 Start Monday 20th April Finish Friday 3rd July
Term 3 Start Monday 27th July Finish Friday 25th September
Term 4 Start Tuesday 13th October Finish Friday 11th December

 

Storylines Festival Week – Children’s Writers and Illustrators – 23rd – 31st August
There are lots of writers, illustrators, storytellers and performers ready to share the excitement of books and reading with children, their families and communities.  There are two family days as follows:-

Saturday 30th August at the Vodafone Events Centre, Maukau, 10am – 3pm
Sunday 31st August at the Aotea Centre, Central Auckland, 10am – 3pm

Details about the programme, workshops, competitions and the family days can be found at http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014.html

 

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE  
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers   No game    
Smurfs 6 Royal Oak 3 Win
Ficino Ferns 10 Maungawhau 4 Win
Ficino Blue 17 Remuera Intermediate 11 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June    
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 0

0

University Slam

Somerville Grinders

4

5

Loss

Loss

Ficino Pumas 5 Ficino Jaguars 6 Loss
Ficino Jaguars 6 Ficino Pumas 5 Win
Ficino Strikers 0 St Mary’s 2 Loss

 

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays. See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

Uniform Shop – Open on Tuesdays
The School Uniform shop will be open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15.

Message from the Principal – 8 August 2014

August 11th, 2014

Yesterday Ficino School hosted a visit from Year 6, 7 and 8 students from Kadimah School in central Auckland. They arrived to join our senior students for an excellent talk on online safety and digital citizenship. The talk was given by Brett Lee, who was a Queensland Police officer for 22 years working predominantly in the field of child exploitation. In his last five years of service, he was a specialist in undercover internet child exploitation investigations. He explained to the students that he has spent more time online as a 13 year old girl than any real 13 year old ever has.

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The talk was excellent ranging over such areas as digital footprint, personal details and photographs and the importance of parents in keeping yourself safe; but the overriding message was that the internet is a great facility if used properly and safely and the key to that is to compare your actions to those you would do in the physical world. For example, he explained to the students, would you give out your personal details to a stranger who approached you in the street? We hope to be able to offer an information evening for all parents in this increasingly important area of internet safety. In the meantime you might be interested in this clip from Australian television of which a slightly abridged version was shown to the senior students.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPk3pGCKOmw&safe=active . The Kadimah School students were lively company and after the talk, they stayed on and enjoyed a Ficino School lunch.

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Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday 11th August – From 1.15pm
The Parent/Teacher interviews are taking place on the afternoon of Monday 11th August from 1.15pm. Please be reminded that all children will need to be collected at 12.45pm on Monday 11th August, and that there will be no After School Care on this day.

Cross Country Runs – Wednesday 13th August – Tahaki Reserve – from 1pm
There have been a few changes to the route this year, due to council restrictions. The children need to bring their PE uniforms including polar fleeces, raincoat, drink bottle and any medication which may be needed. If we have heavy rain on the day, the event will take place on the following Wednesday 20th August.

Photolife School Photos – Friday 15th August
The prepaid class and portrait photo envelopes have gone home with the children this week. Could these please be completed and returned with the money to class teachers or the school office by Monday 11th August. Sibling portraits will be taken following completion of all individual portrait photos. Pre-paid sibling envelopes must be completed before photo day. These envelopes are available from the school office.

Sports teams photos are scheduled first, at approximately 9.00am, so please could all parents make sure that all children in hockey, netball and ski teams bring their full team uniform to school. Please could coaches and managers be available (if possible) for the photos. Music ensemble children should also bring their instruments. Children will need to wear their blazers please.

Storylines Festival Week – Children’s Writers and Illustrators -23rd – 31st August
There are lots of writers, illustrators, storytellers and performers ready to share the excitement of books and reading with children, their families and communities. There are two family days as follows:-
Saturday 30th August at the Vodafone Events Centre, Maukau, 10am – 3pm
Sunday 31st August at the Aotea Centre, Central Auckland, 10am – 3pm

Details about the programme, workshops, competitions and the family days can be found at http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Storylines+Festival+2014.html

Ficino School Netball
NETBALL RESULT TABLE

 
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 0 Royal Oak 8 Loss
Smurfs   Good Shepherd    
Ficino Ferns 1 Gladstone All Stars 13 Loss
Ficino Blue 15 Holy Cross 25 Loss

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June    
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 3

0

Grammar Hoihos

Sommerville Stainton

0

2

Win

Loss

Ficino Pumas 4 Meadowbank Magic 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 9 Grammar Korimako 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 1 St Mary’s Primary 3 Loss

 

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email office@ficino.school.nz or by phone 6233385. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday
All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays.  See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

Uniform Shop – Open on Tuesdays
The School Uniform shop will be open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15