Message from the Principal – 4 July 2014

July 25th, 2014

It was good to see so many of the parent body at our Final Assembly this morning. The quality of the winners of our annual Speech Competition was astounding; I am pleased the children had such a good audience to deliver them to. What was most striking was the students’ confidence on the stage. It all began with Class One delivering a choral rendition of a prayer from one of the Upanishads of ancient India. It was bright, clear and full of spirit. We were then entertained with psalms, English poetry, an extract from the Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf, Shakespeare’s Henry V and the grand finale of Queen Elizabeth’s rousing speech to the English troops at Tilbury before they faced the Spanish Armada.

I wish you all a splendid break and look forward to seeing you again in the new term.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
Speech Competition Results

Class Place Name
1 1st All winners on the day.  Year One spoke with great articulation, faced the audience with courage and uttered their speech with unity of purpose and conviction.
2 1st Sebastian Connon
  2nd Erana Johnson
  3rd Chyna Bentley
3 1st Anushka Ram
  2nd Bruno Tebbutt
  3rd Emily Hall
4 1st equal Mia Fraser
  1st equal Brooke Chandler
  3rd Nicholas Clarke
5 1st Pearl Tucker
  2nd Vishwas Iyer
  3rd William Wildash
6 1st equal Sage Macdonald
  1st equal Jonathan Leather
  3rd Charlie Alston
7 1st George McCullough
  2nd Susan Ahn
  3rd Tyriq Mohan
8 1st Isha Singh
  2nd Annabel Rutherford-Levien
  3rd Mia Donovan

 

Many thanks to all parents, staff and pupils for their efforts.  A special thanks to Mr James Crompton for accepting the invitation as our guest judge.

 

View Road Security Gate
From next term, the security gates on the View Road driveway will be locked after the school day and reopened in the morning, therefore access out of school hours will be through the main gate on Esplanade Road.

 

Children’s Movie Night
Thank you to all those who were able to attend the Kids movie night.  The evening raised $939, a pretty impressive total.  We were able to keep expenses to an absolute minimum as we had loads of things left over from the Fair (juice, ice cream, sausages and loads of lollies) and kind donations of school families (cones, bread, sauce and nibbles in the back room). The children looked fabulous in their costumes and we hope to have photos for you next term. Remember if you have any good ideas for movies or events let your class coordinator know and we will see what we can do.  Enjoy the July holidays!

Friends of Ficino

Geographon – Tuesday 5th August
A notice has gone home with the students this week regarding the Geographon which will be held in Week 2 next term. The students enjoyed the challenge of learning to improve their geographical knowledge when we held this before the 2012 Renaissance Trip and we look forward to this event again. The sponsorship money can be returned in Week 1 next term. Thank you for your support.

 

Class 1 and New Entrants Parents Evening  – Tuesday 5th August – 6pm – 7.30pm
Mrs Garrett and Mrs Laird will be holding a Class One and New Entrants Parents Evening on Tuesday 5th August from 6pm to 7.30pm in classroom one. This will be a good opportunity to meet with the new teachers and hear about events for the new term.

 

Ficino School Netball

NETBALL RESULT TABLE

 
  SCORE OPP
Dodgers 1 Good Shepherd (2) 8
Smurfs 7 Good Shepherd (1) 0
Ficino Ferns 2 Maungawhau Aqua 3
Ficino Blue 9 SPZ Y8 26

 

 

Ficino School Hockey

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

0

Mt Eden Black

Grammar Hoihos

7

1

Loss

Loss

Ficino Pumas 5 St Mary’s Ministicks 1 Win
Ficino Jaguars 3 Somerville Towns 5 Loss
Ficino Strikers 2 Southern Kings 2 Draw

 

If your child is interested in attending the hockey skills programme during the holidays, go to http://www.akhockey.org.nz/News/Events-Calendar/build-skills-hockey-holiday-programme-1176 for more information.

There is no netball for three weeks but there are hockey games on the last weekend of the holidays.

Auckland Marathon – Children Aged 7 and Up
The children brought home information letters this week, but if you would like another copy, please find this attached.

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 3.15pm

Message from the Principal – 27 June 2014

June 29th, 2014

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with the Principals from our sister schools in Australia; John Colet School in Sydney and Erasmus School in Melbourne. These two schools both have the same basic foundation and follow a similar philosophy to Ficino School. At our meetings, we discussed and confirmed the important factors that make our school what it is. Themes that arose were: ‘The Pause’ and the importance of Mindfulness, which is at the heart of everything we do, the purpose of handwriting and the value of attention in producing beautiful work, our school values which can be simply expressed as truthfulness, obedience, respect, responsibility and resilience, and meditation amongst other things.

I was also fortunate to attend the ISNZ Conference over the weekend just passed. This was an excellent event opened by the Minister of Education Hon Hekia Parata. She had the daunting task of following an earlier address by the Chief Executive of ISNZ Deborah James, who pulled no punches in reminding the assembled company and the Minister what a huge contribution the private school sector makes to education in this country. Not only do we lead innovation, provide the Government with a net fiscal return, but also raise the national levels of achievement of New Zealand on the world stage. In 2012, private schools in New Zealand, when compared with all non-government sectors worldwide, ranked second in the world in Reading, second in the world in Science and third in the world in Maths.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
Friends of Ficino Children’s Movie Night – Saturday 28th June at 4pm
Door sales are still available.  We would love to see you there.   Please bring cash for tickets, refreshments and the witches potion shack!

Free Introductory Philosophy Classes for Parents
If you would like to understand more fully the philosophical foundation from which Ficino School arose, you would be welcome to attend a nine week introductory course in Mindfulness, Spirituality and Philosophy next term, free of charge. Please contact the office for details.

Mufti Day This Week – Westpac Helicopter Fundraiser
Thank you for your gold coin contributions for this worthy cause.  A total of $265 was raised for the Westpac Helicopters.

Ficino School Netball

There was no Year 1 – 6 netball this week.

  NETBALL RESULT TABLE

SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Blue 29 St Heliers Saints 6 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June
SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 10 Grammar KiwisSomerville King 24 LossLoss
Ficino Pumas 5 Grammar Korimako 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 6 Diocesan Jellytips 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 9 St Cuths Astrosand 0 Win

 

Build Skills Hockey Holiday Programme
Auckland Hockey is running a holiday programme during the July school holidays for all ages and abilities from Year 1 through to Year 10.   Monday 7th July, Tuesday 8th July, Wednesday 9th July – 9am – 3pm. Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga – $60 per player per day. To register, go to www.akhockey.org.nz or email coaching@akhockey.org.nz

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.

French, Spanish, German or Mandarin Holiday Programme for 5-11 year olds 14-18 July
The after school French Club teacher has let us know about a language holiday programme for children.  If you are interested, please email maroussia@lcfclubs.co.nz or phone 021 251 7435.  Further information on this and other holiday programmes can be found in our brochure holder in the villa ramp area.

Ficino Skiers/Snowboarders Compete in Snow Planet Race Event

June 23rd, 2014

Last Saturday saw 10 Ficino skiers and boarders enter in a Snow planet Giant Shalom race event. There were around 120 competitors from all over Auckland and most have been involved with the snow planet 365 race program. Considering most of the Ficino children have not raced or had experience in this type of event they did really well. Brooke Chandler managed to win the under 10 girls event against girls who have been in intensive race programs for the past 3 years.  Past pupil Mathew Hall also got third in his Snowboarding event, not bad considering he only started snow boarding last year!

Brooke Skiing

This weekend is the Northern Snow Circuits race event, which will see around 170 competitors come from around New Zealand.  Good luck to all our skiers and snow boarders.

Notice from the Chairman – 20 June 2014

June 22nd, 2014

Board members would like to thank all those parents who attended the ‘Meet the Board’ social function on Monday evening. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to engage in conversation with you and to share some information. A summary of the history of strong voluntary support that the school has enjoyed since our foundation was presented and we outlined our aspirations and plans for the future growth and development of Ficino School. The Principal described the vital importance of the intermediate school years and three important offerings available to our senior students.

Your enthusiasm and support for Ficino School is greatly appreciated and it was a delight to meet socially with those that were able attend.

 

Lawrence Ames

Chairman, Board of Trustees

 

Notices

Traffic
In order not to have queues of traffic running down View Road at the end of the day, please adhere to the following procedures:-
1.  Do not get out of your car for any length of time, e.g. to speak to other parents or the teacher whilst in the traffic queue.
2.  On Thursdays, please do not join the traffic queue until 3pm unless you are a parent of a child dismissed at 2.45pm for hockey practice.  If you arrive early you may park either behind the villa or on the street.
3.  There is no parking in the spaces around the fountain area, unless directed by a staff member.
4.   Please drive as far forward as possible when you get to the dismissal area (right up to the start of the angle parking) to allow a few children at a time to move to waiting cars.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

School Tour – Thursday 26th June – 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 26th June 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.

Farewell Assembly for Mrs Milne – Wednesday 2nd July at 8.30am
We will be holding a farewell assembly for Mrs Milne on Wednesday 2nd July at 8.30am.  All parents are warmly invited to attend.

Mrs McOnie’s Speech & Drama Students’ Presentation – Sun 22nd June – 3.15pm
On Sunday 22nd June at 3.15pm in the school hall, Mrs McOnie’s speech and drama students will be presenting a workshop/recital, showcasing some of the work they have been doing in Term One and Two. Ficino parents are very welcome to attend this event. Please reply to Mrs McOnie at duchesne@xtra.co.nz if you would like to come to this recital.

Friends of Ficino Kids Movie Night – ‘Brave’  – Saturday 28th June at 4pm – 7pm
Please bring your beanbags, cushions and tartan rugs and snuggle in for a great night’s entertainment.
Children can come along in fancy dress if they wish… theme is “Scotland the Brave”.
Bring your coins for entry to the Witch’s Potion Shack, Sausage Sizzle, popcorn and much more.
Refreshments will be available for purchase by any thirsty mums and dads.
Email: friends@ficino.school.nz  if you wish to attend, with names of attendees.

Get in quick as numbers are limited.  Please remember children are to be accompanied by an adult.

$5 entry fee

 

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE
SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 6 Ficino Smurfs 3 Win
Smurfs 3 Ficino Dodgers 6 Loss
Ficino Ferns 8 Cornwall Park Black 3 Win
Ficino Blue 33 Kohia Terrace 6 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 7th June
SCORE OPP STATUS
Ficino Tigers 2 Somerville King 4 Loss
Ficino Pumas 11 Diocesan Jellytips 1 Win
Ficino Jaguars 9 St Mary’s Ministicks 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 1 Grammar Fantails 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.

Message from the Principal – 6 June 2014

June 15th, 2014

The Principal is in a Conference this week with visiting Heads from our sister schools in Australia.

 

Notices

Meet The Board Evening – Monday 16 June 2014 – 6.30 – 8pm
Thank you for all your replies.  The Board look forward to welcoming you on Monday evening.

Class 2 Play about Spirit from the Kena Upanishad – Wed 18th June – 10am
The gods grew very boastful about winning a great victory and were having a feast to celebrate. A mysterious person entered the festivities and they sent Fire and Wind to find out who he was. They could not discover who he was.In the end Wisdom showed them that it is only through Spirit that they could do anything.
Time:     10.00am
When:    Wednesday 18th June
Where:   School Hall

Mrs McOnie’s Speech & Drama Students’ Presentation – Sun 22nd June – 3.15pm
On Sunday 22nd June at 3.15pm in the school hall, Mrs McOnie’s speech and drama students will be presenting a workshop/recital, showcasing some of the work they have been doing in Term One and Two.  Ficino parents are very welcome to attend this event.  Please reply to Mrs McOnie at duchesne@xtra.co.nz if you would like to come to this recital.

 Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 2 Newton Central 5 Loss
Smurfs 6 Royal Oak 2 Win
Ficino Ferns 12 Maungawhau Violet 2 Win
Ficino Blue 13 Baradene 3 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey

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

2

Mt Eden Purple

Mt Roskill Eden

1

3

Win

Loss

Ficino Pumas 4 Somerville Town 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 8 Somerville Torkington 2 Win
Ficino Strikers 0 St Cuthberts 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 – 6 June 2014

June 8th, 2014

In our assembly on Friday, we heard about the Ficino School logo, which is modelled on the Florentine Fleur-de-lys. This emblem has been adopted extensively by many different cultures since ancient times. The Egyptians saw it as a symbol of the life force and ever since it has had a spiritual significance. The three flowers depicted in the symbol have traditionally represented the Trinity which is evident in many religious faiths in some form. Alternatively they stood for Faith, Wisdom and Chivalry. The cord around the base of the petals signifies the one Divine Substance which unites us all. Baden Powell picked up on this aspect when he chose the symbol for the Scout movement in which it has been used worldwide. When Ficino School was founded extensive research took place in selecting and designing our current logo. In addition to it symbolising the unity of mankind and of everything, is the obvious connection to our patron, Marsilio Ficino, who himself lived in Florence at the time of the Italian Renaissance. Other descriptions suggest an alternative name of the Fleur-de-lys as being Fleur-de-luce or flower of light, representing the inner light of consciousness.

Earlier in the week our Year 8 students presented a brilliantly constructed model of the human digestive system. All the students had to understand and be able to explain all of the main parts, as their teacher chose the three presenters’ names out of a hat on the morning of the assembly!

Towards the end of next week, Ficino School will host two Heads and three Board members from our sister schools in Australia. They are over for a biennial conference for the Australasian members of our world-wide family of schools.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
Dental Van at School on Monday & Tuesday 9th & 10th June
The mobile dental van will be at school checking the children’s teeth next week.

Meet The Board Evening – Monday 16 June 2014 – 6.30 – 8pm
The Board would be delighted to have as many parents attending this event as possible – please note the date in your diary. An invitation will have arrived in the mail this week. Please return your reply slips either to the class teacher or the school office by Thursday 12th June. Thank you.

Class 2 Play about Spirit from the Kena Upanishad – Wed 18th June – 10am
The gods grew very boastful about winning a great victory and were having a feast to celebrate. A mysterious person entered the festivities and they sent Fire and Wind to find out who he was. They could not discover who he was.
In the end Wisdom showed them that it is only through Spirit that they could do anything.
Time:     10.00am
When:    Wednesday 18th June
Where:   School Hall

 Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 7 Good Shepherd 7 Draw
Smurfs 9 Newton Central Rookies 2 Win
Ficino Ferns 12 Gladstone Allstars 4 win
Ficino Blue 25 Baradene 14 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey
There were no hockey games played over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

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 – 30 May 2014

June 2nd, 2014

Eden VillageThis week was the beginning of two new initiatives.  The first was a visit for students from all the junior classes to the newly built Eden Village. They sang songs, recited poems and played their instruments to a select group of elderly folk and staff.  This forms the beginning of what will hopefully be an ongoing opportunity for our students to serve the local community. We have also made an invitation to the residents to see some of our performances, and provide an audience for dress rehearsals. The second new venture is the Ficino School Running Club which had its first outing this morning. Despite the rain, seventeen students and five parents turned up to join Mrs Leathley and Mrs Watkins, on an exploration of the slopes of Mount Eden in the early hours of the morning. One parent reported to me that her children were so keen, they got themselves out of bed, organised their own breakfast and had everything waiting by the door ready to depart, and this was all by 6.15am! Breakfast is provided for the runners and anyone is welcome any Friday, just turn up ready to run just before 7am.

Have an enjoyable Queen’s Birthday holiday!

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Meet The Board Evening  – Monday 16 June 2014 – 6.30 – 8pm
The Board would be delighted to have as many parents attending this event as possible – please note the date in your diary. An invitation will arrive in the mail next week.

Friends of Ficino Kids Movie Night – Saturday 28th June – 4pm – 7pm
Please note the change of date from Saturday 21st June to Saturday 28th June. Further details can be found in the Friends newsletter which was given to the children today to bring home.

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE
SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 3 Te Kura 8 Loss
Smurfs - - - -
Ficino Ferns 3 Maungawhau 23 Loss
Ficino Blue 25 - 12 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 17th May
SCORE OPP STATUS POD
Ficino Tigers 0 Somerville Grinders 0 Draw Lucia
Ficino Pumas 4 Ficino Jaguars 2 Win Hashmita
Ficino Jaguars 2 Ficino Pumas 4 Loss Cooper
Ficino Strikers 4 Sommerville Smith 1 Win Vishwas

 

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 – 23 May 2014

May 25th, 2014

Earlier this week on Monday evening, a meeting with all the parents of Year 7 and 8 students was held, to provide details of the Renaissance Trip. The trip takes place once every two years and is a perfect rounding off of the education provided at Ficino. This is what Mr Hudson says in his letter to the Year 7 and 8 parents about the trip.

“I am also pleased to announce that we are about begin our preparation for the Renaissance Trip, including various enquiries into the literature, art and architecture of the Renaissance and Ancient times. The Renaissance was a remarkable time of intellectual foment and discovery in the broadest sense. As Kenneth Clarke said in his wonderful series of documentaries about Civilisation, the Renaissance was a time where human beings were remarkably confident in their own innate capacity and nobility. The aim is to ready the students to meet the masterworks and minds of the Renaissance and the Ancient world, and hopefully come away inspired by their greatness.”

The potency and maturation this experience provides for the students is astonishing. They come back with a much greater sense of their own strength and capacity as human beings, and a sense of independence and enquiry into the real nature of things. The growth that takes place culminates on the trip, but this is built on a foundation of all their years at Ficino and particularly the work in History, Scripture and English in the terms immediately prior. We hope to give all parents the opportunity to hear more about the trip in due course.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Ficino School Running Club – Friday Mornings at 7am – Years 5 – 8
Want to get fit for sport?  Need some motivation to do exercise?  Or just want something to do on a Friday morning?
We are starting a school Running Club on Friday mornings for children from Year 5 – 8 as well as parents and staff.  The first run will be on Friday 30th May.

To register your interest or to ask any questions please email Mrs Watkins or Mrs Leathley

c.watkins@ficino.school.nz    a.leathley@ficino.school.nz

We look forward to running with you on a Friday in the near future.

 

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE  
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers   Royal Oak   Win
Smurfs 8 Royal 6 Win
Ficino Ferns 8 Good Shepherd 18 Loss
Ficino Blue 8 Lorenz 18 Loss

 

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 17th May  
  SCORE OPP STATUS  
Ficino Tigers 1

3

Grammar Hoihos

Grammar Kiwis

1

1

Draw

Win

Ficino Pumas 4 Meadowbank 4 Draw
Ficino Jaguars 2 Grammar Korimako 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 9 Sommerville Watts 0 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.

Message from the Principal – 16 May 2014

May 19th, 2014

This week in our Friday assembly, we heard our first sports reports for the year. Our two Sports Captains read out the hockey and netball results and commended the ‘players of the day’ and ‘most improved’. It is pleasing to see a successful start to both disciplines, which will be in no small measure, a result of the coaching and parental help. This bodes well for the season ahead.

Our assembly story was about perseverance and determination. Akiba, who lived in Palestine was a shepherd and didn’t learn to read until he was nearly forty. When he tried, it was all too hard, and he was ready to give up. However the following day, he was shepherding beside a waterfall and on seeing how the water was creating a groove in a rock by being hit by water day after day, he suddenly realised that he would be able to read but it was just a matter of perseverance.  Akiba, after learning to read at forty eventually became one of the foremost authorities on the Torah (the Jewish Law). The children were quick to get the message that if something is proving difficult, self-belief and perseverance will surmount almost any obstacle.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Class Two & Three & New Parents Lunch – Friday 23rd May – 12.30pm
A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Classes Two and Three and any new parents in the school will be held on Friday 23rd May in the school villa, from 12.30pm. Please could any further reply slips be returned to school on Monday 19th May.  Thank you.

 

Ficino School Netball

 NETBALL RESULT TABLE
  SCORE OPP STATUS
Dodgers 4 Newton Central 3 Win
Smurfs - - - Loss
Ficino Ferns 11 Cornwall Park 2 Win
Ficino Blue 24 ANI 7 Win

 

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE -  Saturday 10th May  
  SCORE OPP STATUS POD
Ficino Tigers 1

1

Mt Eden Purple

Mt Eden Black

1

0

Draw

Win

Marco
Ficino Pumas &

Ficino Jaguars

3 Meadowbank Magic 1 Win Peter

Dominic

Ficino Strikers 8 St Marys 0 Win Tula

 

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 – 9 May 2014

May 11th, 2014

The term has started strongly with the children well rested and enjoying the company of their friends and teachers again.  As ANZAC Day fell during the holidays, we decided to use the assemblies this week to highlight the importance of remembering the sacrifice made for us to enjoy the freedoms we do.  On Friday, Class 5 recited the evocative poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Lt Col John McCrae. This was performed with gravity and conviction. Following that we heard a tribute written in 1934 by President Kemal Ataturk (President of Turkey) who was a great soldier himself and successfully defended the Gallipoli Peninsula in the first world war. He had this message for the families of New Zealand and Australian soldiers who died in that terrible campaign.

‘Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Jonnies and the Mehmets to us. Where they lie side by side now here in this country of our…Your mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away the tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace after having lost their lives on this land. They have become our sons as well.’

Ataturk 1934

ANZAC Day leads naturally to our first philosophy theme for this term in the P4C programme – Service and Sacrifice. On this subject, here is a message about service which expounds why it is such a good topic for philosophical discussion.  This comes from one of the collections of stories we use for assemblies and Philosophy.

Service

‘The concept of Service has all but been lost, especially since the majority of people link the word with the derivation from the Latin, servitium, meaning slavery. It doesn’t help that youngsters are brought up in a society which stresses individual rights, with little thought for responsibility. More appropriate to the theme in this book is the quotation from the Book of Common Prayer, which says ‘God…whose service is perfect freedom’. This carries with it a sense of an action of ‘serving, helping, or benefiting; conduct tending to the welfare or advantage of another’ as described in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. This is the premise upon which the stories have been written – that it is important to move out beyond seeing to one’s own needs to considering the needs of others. Implicit in this is the notion that in breaking out from the constraints of a ‘small world’ the individual does indeed move towards freedom. This, however, has to be thoroughly discussed so that children can have the opportunity to test it in practice – philosophy is little use if not practical!’

Stephanie Baudet & Paul Cleghorn

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Class One Parents Evening – Tuesday 13th May – 6pm – 7.30pm – Classroom 1
Mrs Milne will be holding a Class One Parents Meeting next Tuesday 13th May in the classroom from 6pm – 7.30pm.

Class Two & Three & New Parents Lunch – Friday 23rd May – 12.30pm
A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Classes Two and Three and any new parents in the school will be held on Friday 23rd May in the school villa, from 12.30pm.  A notice has been sent home with the children today. Please could you return the reply slip by Friday 16th May. 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.

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