Message from the Principal – 14 February 2014

We have now had our first full week back at school and our senior students have already attended their first field trip. They spent Thursday and today at Waterwise, a marine sports experience at Orakei Basin, where they try sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. A Ficino parent happened to walk by with her mother, who noticed a group of school children and commented on how well-behaved they were. As they drew nearer they realised the students were from Ficino. Through their attentive, simple enjoyment of such experiences, our students gain so much from courses like Waterwise.

In the assembly this morning, the rest of the school helped me enact a story about a flock of crows who were visited by a young swan. The king crow demonstrated his one hundred and one styles of flight, proud of his cleverness and skill, and then asked the swan to show what he could do. The swan, in his simplicity just took off slowly and gracefully. The crow raced out in front ducking and diving and soon came back to cheer the swan up. The swan gradually increased his speed and eventually the crow grew tired and trembled and fell into the sea. The swan swooped down and rescued the crow and returned him to his flock. The crow, humbled by the experience, thanked the swan for his magnanimity. In the end, success goes to the simple, steady man rather than those who waste their energy in trifling pursuits.

I asked the children if they could think of a philosophical question to ask about the story – a question that might lead to an interesting discussion. After a few attempts, one of our Year 4 students offered the following. “Why do people waste their energy doing unnecessary things?” Formulating good questions is one aspect of philosophy we are exploring with the children this term. I will speak more on this at our parents evening on Monday. I hope to see you all there. Incidentally, I overheard one of our senior boys commenting to a friend just after a lesson, that “Philosophy is cool!”

Peter Crompton

Notices

Parents Meeting – Monday 17th February – 6pm – 7.30 pm – School Hall

The Parents Meeting takes place on Monday 17th February at 6pm in the School Hall. Drinks and finger food will be served from 5.30pm. The main purpose of this evening is to provide an opportunity for you to hear what is in stall for the year ahead from the class teacher. The evening will begin with an address by the Principal.

School Picnic – Sunday 23rd February – Long Bay – 10 – 2pm

A notice with further details has been sent home with the children this week.

Speech & Drama Lessons After School – Yrs 4 – 8

The children from years 4 to 8 have brought home a notice regarding after school speech and drama lessons with Mrs McOnie. Replies should be given directly to the school office as places will be accepted in the order they are received. Forms need to be returned on Monday. Thank you.

School Garden Club – Tuesdays 3pm – 4pm

The garden club started again this week. We have planted lots of seeds for autumn and winter vegetables.
The numbers have dropped this year, so there is room for newcomers. Please email or phone Margaret Ferens if you are interested in your child joining. The garden club session runs from 3pm to 4pm on Tuesdays. Please collect your child by 4.15pm at the latest.

Open Morning – Saturday 22nd March – 9.30 – noon

Please note we are having two Open Mornings again this year, with the second one being on a Saturday. As many students as possible will be required to attend school on this day. Details to follow.

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.