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

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.