Message from the Principal – 5 December 2014

December 8th, 2014

We have been blessed this week to be immersed in the Arts. On Wednesday celebrated Poet, Dr Cilla McQueen, met with the students to share some of her poetry and hear them read theirs. Dr McQueen was Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2011.  Her animation and sheer enjoyment of words enriched us all.  Leon MacLaren, our founder, once said that it takes a poet to form a nation and Dr McQueen’s description of poetry being a seed like use of language expressed a similar sentiment. She described how words of poetry were a much livelier memory of an experience than a photograph. On Thursday we welcomed renowned Christchurch artist Clare Reilly who took time away from her exhibition in Howick to meet our Year Seven and Eight students.  When asked by one of the children about her working environment, she replied,

“My studio is a room in my house that is calm and peaceful.  It has cream walls and very good lighting and is uncluttered. I like to be able to hear the different birds calling in the garden as they come and go.  My paintings have a poetic stillness or meditative calm in them, and where I work has to have that quality as well.  Many people respond to that aspect in my paintings.  I think it gives them a sense of peace and room to be reflective, something that becomes harder to find in our too busy world”.

Having these two artists whose approach to their work strongly resembles our own was an inspiration to us all. They seemed to bring with them that stillness which is the source from which all creativity springs.

On three occasions this week, we heard well researched and clearly expressed presentations of the Renaissance Trip from our Year Seven and Eight students. Tuesday saw a brilliant performance from Class Two of their Nativity Play. Their composure, their singing and their diction belied their years. That was followed by our Christmas Concert with speech and music from all quarters of the school. And finally, today our Year Four to Eight students have attended a performance of Dickens’ Christmas Carol performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

As this is the last newsletter of the year, I wish our whole school community and all our supporters a very Merry Christmas filled with good will and gratitude as we have for you all.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Carol Service – Tuesday 9th December – St Barnabas Church  – 6.45pm
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Carol Service next Tuesday. The children will need to meet their class teacher outside the church at 6.25pm ready to be seated at 6.35pm. They should wear their full uniform, including the blazer.

Prize Giving  – Friday 12th December – 9.30am – Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
The children need to be taken directly to the Mt Eden War Memorial hall by parents and should arrive by 9.10am in full uniform, including the blazer. The event commences at 9.30am and is expected to finish at 11am. Afterwards, everyone is welcome to light refreshments.

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. If you child is booked in and no longer coming to after school care, please ring the office and cancel the booking. Thank you.

Uniform Shop -Open on Tuesdays
The school uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30pm until 3.15pm.

 

Term Dates for 2014

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

Music Competition – 2014

November 30th, 2014

The participants in the 2014 Music Competition again had their audiences captivated as each performer gave sincere and beautiful attention in the presentation of their music.  This year’s judges were Mrs Kate Sheffield, a former teacher of piano at Ficino School, and Mr Simon Laurent, an experienced choral singer and an enjoyer and player of many instruments.  Both judges gave valuable and encouraging feedback to the groups of performers and a recurrent theme in their comments was the importance of rhythm in all music.

Staff at Ficino School value greatly the commitment and patience of families in support of their children’s music learning.  The Music Competition Day is when we can all enjoy the achievements of the young musicians and see them shining in light of their focus and generosity in their playing.

The concert after the Nativity Play on Tuesday 2nd December is when parents also may see and hear many of the place-getters performing their pieces.

Placings for the 2014 Music Competition

 

Piano – Pre-Grade 1
Hana Ehsankya Highly Commended
Brooke Chandler Highly Commended
Lina Song Highly Commended
Pearl Tucker Highly Commended
Praewa Saguanwongse Highly Commended
Sage Macdonald Highly Commended
Instruments – Pre-Grade 1
Nicholas Clarke – Recorder Highly Commended
Piano – Grade 1 & 2
Grace Hanna First Place
William Wildash Second Place
Cayla Huang Third Place
Piano – Grade 3 & Above
Jamie Taylor First Place
Sungyeon Han Second Place
Tamsin Tighe-Umbers Third Place
Instrument Groups
Rebekah Matthews & Hannah Jones – Violin First Place
Nicholas and Sophie Clarke – Piano Highly Commended
Phoebe Holdsworth, Charlie Alston, Jonathan Leather – Guitar Highly Commended
Voice
Vishwas Iyer – Voice Highly Commended
Instruments – Grade 1 & 2
Luc-Aime Meurillon – Harp and Flute First Place
Sage Macdonald – Violin Second Place
Thomas Tebbutt – Cello Third Place
Instruments – Grade 3 & Above
Riddhi Kavale – Tabla First Place
Susan Ahn – Violin Second Place Equal
Shreyal Patel – Violin Second Place Equal

 

Tristan Pang’s Presentation at APPA Meeting

November 30th, 2014

 

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Tristan Pang was invited to speak at the Auckland Primary Principals Association (APPA) meeting on Friday 21 November. Quite an honour and a challenge for a 13 year old who has just completed his Cambridge Examinations for the year. His presentation was well received and he has since gone on to talk at N4L (Network for Learning http://www.n4l.co.nz/about/ ) on Thursday 26 November.

This presentation was part of a strategy and planning day to review the year and begin to set their goals for 2015.

N4L is an organisation set up by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance. The purpose of this organisation is to support the efforts of schools in their use of digital technologies for increasing student engagement and achievement.

Tristan continues to search for challenges which not only extend his knowledge but also benefit and inspire to other students.

Message from the Principal – 28 November 2014

November 30th, 2014

This time of year is filled with a wonderful array of events as part of the school calendar. On Tuesday our annual Music Competition took place with over sixty performers filling the hall with harmonious sound. On Wednesday seven Year Five and Six students represented the school at an event organised by Auckland Hockey. Although not a competition as such, they won every game they played. This afternoon we have our school Swimming Gala for Years Three to Eight which was introduced for the first time last year and proved to be an enjoyable event. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who wrote a considerable amount about education and has had a huge influence on western thinking, gave high priority to the importance of both music to harmonise the soul and sport to build courage and strength of character. There is more music and physical activity next week with the Class Five and Six camp at Kauaeranga Valley where they embark on a 10km hike and plunge into the river for a swim. And on the last day of next week, students from Classes Four to Eight will be attending the New Zealand Ballet School’s performance of A Christmas Carol. These events would not be possible without the enormous help provided by our supportive parent body who assist in numerous ways; not least of course in organising the Christmas Bazaar this Sunday which I hope many of you will be able to enjoy.

 

Peter Crompton

Notices

Renaissance Trip Presentations – 2/12 & 5/12 – 8.30am
Parents are invited to come and hear Renaissance Trip presentations at the assemblies on, Tuesday 2nd December and Friday 5th December.

 

Christmas Bazaar – Sunday 30th November 11am – 2pm
Do come along to the Christmas Bazaar at Ficino School. This is arranged and staffed by all the Class Coordinators of the Friends of Ficino. These ladies have been meeting regularly, planning, sourcing goods, running craft evenings, baking, preserving and sewing for many weeks now. The Bazaar is their way of thanking the Ficino families and the wider school community for all the support that the Friends of Ficino coordinators have received over the year at and for their various events. Do come and enjoy yourselves, there will be lots of treats for all.

City Mission Food Bank Collection Week – Thank You
Thank you very much for your generous donations of food and gifts for the City Mission collection for needy children and families.

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 office@ficino.school.nz 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.

Message from the Principal – 21 November 2014

November 23rd, 2014

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.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

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 office@ficino.school.nz 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.

 

Message from the Principal – 14 November 2014

November 17th, 2014

Our Good Works assembly this morning showed a stunning progression of development as a student moves through the years at Ficino School. There was quite an array of composition work from the younger students right through to Year Eight. The whole of Year Six read poems they had composed based on ‘Until I Saw the Sea’ by Lilian Moore. Here is a compilation from some of their poems which create brilliant images through the use of literary devices such as similes, metaphors and personification.

Until I Saw the Sea

I did not know

That rolling waves

Could shatter into shards of seamless glass

On the shore

 

I never knew

That drops of water crashed repetitively

In a musical harmony

 

Nor did I know before

The sea’s beauty could reach

My heart’s core

 

In the work presented we are beginning to see combined effect of the structure of the Cambridge curriculum alongside our strong tradition of using the finest material. These two factors provide both the right scaffolding and the open heart to produce outstanding work.

This expression of creativity was not just in composition but could also be seen in some of the beautiful artwork presented; much of which is displayed around the school.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices
Christmas Bazaar Working Bee – Monday 17th November – 7pm – 9pm – School Hall
Please come along!  Materials and refreshments will be provided.  Parking is next to the hall.

School Tour – Thursday 20th November – 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 20th November 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.

Renaissance Trip Presentations – Friday 21st November  – 8.30am
Some of the senior students will be giving their Renaissance Trip presentations at the assembly next Friday. All parents are very welcome to come and enjoy what they have seen and experienced on the trip.

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. 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.

Message from the Principal – 7 November 2014

November 9th, 2014

At our Commendations Assembly this morning, many children received praise for the excellent work they are doing. It is lovely to see the variety of aspects of school life that are worthy of recognition, from feats of academic prowess, to real measurable progress being made in areas a student finds challenging. Then there are those commendations for seemingly little things that can mean so much, for example; “always engaging in conversation when saying good morning to the teacher” or “being respectful of others and listening to what they have to say”. Both of these commendations recognise the theme of our philosophy lessons – respect. What a powerful, respectful practice it is to listen to what others have to say, so simple yet easily forgotten as we turn our attention to assembling our own thoughts. Stephen Covey author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People said “most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply”. Our society, slowly but surely, is losing its ability to listen. It is rare these days to attend a lecture that is not accompanied by visual displays. When reading newspapers these days (reading is a kind of listening) one finds the same information being repeated three, four or five times within an article; because the general level of comprehension of text is diminishing. So if you are still reading and managed to get this far, congratulations, after all this is one long paragraph. Developing our auditory learning faculties in the primary phase of education is crucial, and it is clear from watching our students in assembly that they are good listeners.

Year 5 and 6 Girls performed a joyful, energetic dance in this morning’s assembly. Their timing, rhythm and sense of togetherness were excellent; especially considering the dance teacher was unwell and couldn’t attend. This is all down to listening and watching. I was reminded of one of the founding statements of our dance programme, which was evident this morning. “Where the hand goes, the eyes go, where the eyes go the heart goes, where the heart goes, there love arises”. A seemingly simple statement, but dance has the potential to bring both freedom of movement and freedom of spirit if practised attentively and gracefully.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Absences from School
A reminder that parents need to contact the school by 8.30am either by email or phone to report any absences due to sickness, medical appointments or for other reasons. It is a Ministry of Education requirement that we record and report all absences from school and the reasons for them. If you need to take your child out of school for an extended holiday, family wedding etc., please send this request to the Principal via the school office. Thank you – your support in meeting these requirements is much appreciated.

Christmas Bazaar Working Bee – Monday 10th November – 7pm – 9pm – School Hall
There will be a variety of things to do from the super easy to the more challenging, but all of them will be fun. Everyone is welcome.  See the Bazaar newsletter which was sent to you today, for further details.

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. 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.

 

 

Message from the Principal – 31 October 2014

November 3rd, 2014

The Friday assembly this week was an opportunity for three of our students to showcase their entries into the Japanese Calligraphy and Handwriting Competition, which is run by the Ministry of Education in Japan. The competition is open to all students in Japan as well as those residing overseas. It was plain to see from the work they produced, which incidentally was beautifully mounted on traditional scrolls, that there is a lot of discipline and accuracy required. They all achieved excellent results with one student’s work achieving an award only given to the top 2% of entrants.

This weekend a number of Ficino students will be running the last 2.195 km of the Auckland Marathon. They have all already run the other 40km in their own time; many of them completing this at the Ficino School Running Club which takes place on Friday mornings before school. Should they arrive early on Sunday, they might see their Principal limping over the finish line at the end of the quarter marathon. Well done to those who have entered and we hope they run hard on the day.

 

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Auckland Kids Marathon – Sunday 2nd November
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Auckland Marathon on Sunday.

Christmas Bazaar Working Bee – Monday 3rd November – 7pm – 9pm  – School Hall
There will be a variety of things to do from the super easy to the more challenging, but all of them will be fun. Everyone is welcome.

School Assembly – Friday 7th November  – 8.30am
The Class 5 and 6 girls will be performing a short folk dance as part of next Friday’s assembly. We will also be having Commendations for all classes.  All parents are welcome to come along.

Football Kidz NZ Primary Skills Clinic – Starting Friday 7th November
The children have brought home a leaflet with details of this after school coaching programme. Please return forms with payment to your child’s teacher or the school office. 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.

Message from the Principal – 24 October 2014

October 27th, 2014

This week, I came across two views of what the purpose of education is. The first was one was being put forward in a graduate teacher programme at one of our universities. It stated that ‘the purpose of education is to equalise society’. The second came from an Indian scholar and spiritual teacher. It stated ‘We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet’. Both in their way have some validity. The first looks at the social purpose of education and is the reason New Zealand has such a strong state education system. The second addresses the unlimited capacity of the student being taught. It speaks of expansion, strength, character and independence  – all qualities anyone would want to foster in a growing human being. I was particularly drawn to the statement “that education by which one can stand on one’s own feet”. As a school this is an element of our education we wish to foster further, and this will be one of our focus areas for next year.

In our assembly on Friday, we had a delightful presentation from three of our senior girls on their Diwali celebrations. Diwali is a Hindu festival full of rich meaning. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of knowledge over ignorance and of good over evil. The girls spoke beautifully about their practices at home and the pundits, prayers and temples that are part of this tradition. The common factor was the light; so I wish you all a bright and enjoyable Labour Weekend.

Peter Crompton

 

Notices

Labour Day Holiday on Monday
There will be no school on Monday due to the Labour Day national holiday.

Summer Uniform
Please be reminded that the footwear requirement for the summer uniform is black leather sandals. The Year 7 & 8 girls may wear leather shoes as per winter regulations with white socks instead of sandals.

Auckland Kids Marathon – Sunday 2nd November
For those children taking part in the marathon, please find attached an information sheet and a course map. All children will need to collect their race packs and race number before the event (details are on the sheet).

Football Kidz NZ Primary Skills Clinic – Starting Friday 7th November
The children have brought home a leaflet with details of this after school coaching programme. Please return forms with payment to your child’s teacher or the school office. 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 4 Events, 2014

Week Event Date Time Venue  
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  
  Swimming Gala – Yrs 3 – 8 Friday 28th November   Mt Eden Swimming Pool  
  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  

Term Dates for 2014

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

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