Message from the Principal – 17 October 2014

Tuesday, 16 December 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 […]

Message from the Principal – 30 May 2014

This 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 […]

One week, two of New Zealand arts’ greats for Ficino School students

Monday, 8 December 2014

Ficino School students last week enjoyed time with two of New Zealand’s outstanding arts figures: sharing poetry with Cilla McQueen, New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2009-2011 and discussing artwork with prominent New Zealand artist Clare Reilly. As both women normally reside in the South Island, the special visits were a great opportunity for the Mt […]

2014 Music Competition Winners Announced

Wednesday, 3 December 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 […]

Message from the Principal – 24 October 2014

Friday, 24 October 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 […]

Message from the Principal – 19 September 2014

Monday, 22 September 2014

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

Message from the Principal – 12 September 2014

Monday, 15 September 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 […]

Message from the Principal – 5 September 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 […]