Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 4, 2015

With the risk of repetition, this week has been all about the senior production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Two of the five performances have taken place and things are really warming up for the grand finale on Saturday evening. We are honoured to have special guest, Miles Gregory, founder and artistic director of the Popup Globe, attending the performance this evening.

Shakespeare’s wisdom, wit and astounding ability is evident throughout this play. In watching last night, I found that a line would suddenly light up and even though it seemed like a throw away piece, it was pregnant with meaning. This play is full of frivolity and what appears on the surface as plain nonsense, however we still get the sense that Shakespeare never wasted words; that every one was aptly chosen and full of significance.

Shakespeare of course was to a large extent one of the fathers of modern English. He was writing at the time of the King James Bible; a time of great scholarship and development of the English language. Many words used in his plays were new to English, and are still used today. Unbeknown to most of us, there are myriad sayings and expressions that we commonly use, which date to Shakespeare’s time and were first formulated in his plays. Two examples from A Midsummer Night’s Dream are “fancy-free” and “swift as a shadow”.

The immersion for the best part of six weeks, under the meticulous direction of Mr Hudson, in Shakespeare’s language is a rare opportunity at such a young age. The lines the students have learnt by heart, not only their own but many of the others, will be with them for life; and will help to form their world. The students’ performances show immense understanding for their age. Their diction is clear and their acting expressive. Bravo!

Peter Crompton
Principal

Notices

 

Senior Shakespeare Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

There are just a few tickets left for the Saturday matinee and evening performances which can be purchased at the door. Please arrive early as tickets are limited. Thank you very much for your support.

City Mission Foodbank Collection Week – 23 – 27 November

The children have brought home a notice this week about our annual Christmas City Mission Foodbank collection.  Special Christmas non-perishable food would be very welcome, as well as unwrapped Christmas gifts for children.  These items can be delivered to classrooms during next week.  Thank you very much.

Ficino Preschool – Meeting Wednesday 2nd December, 6 – 7pm

We are pleased to announce that the Ficino Preschool Website is now online (see www.ficino.school.nz). Please inform your friends and family members of this latest development and extend to them an invitation to attend the upcoming Preschool Parent Information Evening. This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the project and meet the new Head Teacher. The Preschool Development Team looks forward to welcoming all in the Villa, Room B1, on Wednesday the 2nd of December from 6-7 p.m.

Lorna Spicer
Pre-School Development Manager

New Marketing Manager

This week we farewelled Melanie Pook, our Marketing Manager for the last year as her baby is due in a few weeks. The School’s new Marketing Manager, Nicole De Pina will join us next year.  We wish Melanie all the best and are very grateful for all the work she has done for the school, including our new website and prospectus.

Exhibition at the Pah Homestead – Antarctic Works

The photographic artist, Joseph Michael who provided the wonderful photographic piece as part of the Ficino School Art Auction, has many more of his works from Antarctica in this exhibition.  If you are interested, here is the link  http://tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/elusive-earth/