School Newsletter Week 10, Term 2, 2015

Monday, 29 June 2015

The school and parents were treated to a delightful performance of Cinderella by Class Three in this morning’s Assembly. It had four or five short scenes with different children playing the main characters in each. The Play, adapted and directed by Miss Doctor was full of good humour and clear speech. In the final scene, […]

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Ficino Icicles Excel at the North Island Ski Racing Competition

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A group of our Ficino Icicles skiers competed in the first North Island Ski Racing competition at Snow Planet last Saturday 20th June. Three of our skiers attained a podium finish achieving 2nd in the Under 10 Girls, 3rd in the Under 12 Girls and 5th in the Under 10 Girls. Congratulations to the team […]

School Newsletter Week 9, Term 2, 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

Monday evening provided an opportunity for parents to meet Board members at a social gathering. Board Chairman, Lawrence Ames, spoke about the beginnings of Ficino School, why it was started and what the founding principles were. He then reminded us of the Vision that “Ficino School exists to provide a philosophically inspired education that promotes […]

School Newsletter Week 8, Term 2, 2015

Monday, 15 June 2015

Mr Crompton is away in Australia for some celebrations occurring at our sister school John Collet in Sydney. Our week at Ficino has been very full with Years 5 and 6 on Tuesday afternoons and Years 7 and 8 on Wednesday afternoons going to TriStar Gymnasium where they are receiving rigorous and challenging coaching for […]

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New Zealand History Comes Alive For Class 6

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The study of early New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi was bought to life for Class 6 students when they went on a two day trip to the Bay of Islands. As well as a guided tour of the Treaty of Waitangi grounds, which included seeing the Maori Waka, the students experienced an exceptional […]

School Newsletter Week 7, Term 2, 2015

Monday, 8 June 2015

Many of you will have seen the article on the front page of the NZ Herald yesterday on the call for ‘back to basics’ teaching in Mathematics.  This is not the only article challenging ‘modern’ educational practices that has appeared in the press recently.  There was a well-argued editorial by John Morris, ex-headmaster of Auckland Grammar, […]

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ASB Presents “Get Wise” to Ficino School Students

Thursday, 4 June 2015

This week a representative from the ASB visited Ficino School to introduce their Get Wise programme. This is described as an innovative New Zealand financial literacy programme to help Kiwi children become clever with cash. The engaging presentation was well received by both students and teachers.

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Class 1 Maori Studies

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

In History, Myth and Culture, Class 1 have been learning about what is special about New Zealand. Whaea Karen (Levi’s aunty) came to visit our class and share some Maori culture with us. She taught us a waiata called Haere Mai. We made pois so we could use them with the waiata. We have also been learning how to weave, […]