Message from the Principal – 17 October 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 click here.

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