We had two excellent presentations in assembly this morning from senior students relating their experiences on the Renaissance Trip. All four presenters spoke clearly, articulately and with confidence. There is an old saying that “those who speak, lead” and if speaking well is one tool a graduating student from Ficino School can take with them, it is a most worthwhile one. First and foremost, speech needs to be audible because if it can’t be heard then it’s a vain exercise. Enunciation is also important, and the study of Sanskrit assists greatly with our students’ ability to speak clearly. In their Sanskrit lessons, the children learn to open their mouths and move their tongue to different positions making use of the oral cavity to full effect. Finally, and of utmost importance is that speech should be uplifting. This was evident this morning through the extensive preparation the students had obviously done.
Another example of the power of good speech was reported to me and came from one of the swimming instructors. She said that her experience that day when working with a group of Ficino students, reminded her of the reason she loves teaching swimming. She had two swimming groups of quite different abilities and when she asked one group to coach the other, she noticed a great rapport and respect within the group. She described those being instructed as attentive and respectful while those instructing were considerate and observant. She added that she had never seen this work so well in twenty years of teaching. Good speech arises from good values and being attentive to the need in the moment. Then it is both effective and uplifting for all.
Renaissance Trip Presentations – 24/11, 26/11, 2/12 & 5/12 – 8.30am
Parents are invited to come and hear further Renaissance Trip presentations at the assemblies on Monday 24th November, Wednesday 26th November, Tuesday 2nd December and Friday 5th December.
Christmas Bazaar Working Bee – Monday 24th November – 7pm – 9pm -School Hall
Please come along! Materials and refreshments will be provided. Parking is next to the hall.
City Mission Food Bank Collection Week – 24th to 28th November
The school will be collecting non-perishable food items for the annual City Mission Christmas Collection next week. Children can leave their gifts in the boxes provided in the classrooms. Special Christmas non-perishable foods would be especially welcome and unwrapped Christmas gifts for children would also be gratefully received by the City Mission. Thank you for your generosity to this worthy cause.
Music Competition – Tuesday 25th November
Please remind your children to bring their instruments and music on Tuesday if they are taking part in the Music Competition. Thank you.
Music Awards Assembly – Friday 28th November – 8.30am
All parents are invited to attend the Music Awards Assembly on Friday 28th November at 8.30am.
No Swimming for New Entrants & Classes 1 & 2 next Friday 28th November
The New Entrants and Years 1 and 2 will not have swimming next Friday due to the Swimming Competition for the Year 3 – 8 children at the Mt Eden Pools.
Nativity Play and Concert – Tuesday 2nd December – 1pm
Come along and experience a magical start to the Christmas season. The afternoon will begin with the Nativity Play (performed by Class 2) at 1pm, followed by afternoon tea and the whole school end of year concert. All parents and those who have helped in the school in so many ways during the year are most welcome.
Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 6233385. Thank you. If you child is booked in and no longer coming to after school care, please ring the office and cancel the booking. 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.