Ficino School Letter Week 5, Term 1, 2016

Here is a story from Anthony de Mello’s book, One Minute Wisdom which we read as a staff this morning.

Words
The disciples were absorbed in a discussion of Lao-tzu’s dictum:
“Those who know do not say;
Those who say do not know.”
When the master entered, they asked him exactly what the words meant.
Said the Master, “Which of you know the fragrance of a rose?”
All of them knew. Then he said, “Put it into words.”
All of them were silent.

This reminds me of how young children view the world. They see and experience much more than they can express and even as they progress through their primary education, they often can’t find the words to explain what they clearly understand. In fact a big part of education is learning the ability to give expression to our understanding. This is how we consolidate our learning. People often find out how much they know about a subject when they have to teach it to someone else. But there are things that are inexpressible that the Master refers to here, and it is a healthy practice to be able to enjoy beautiful things without needing words to describe them. This connects us with our own inner stillness, and if children can keep that connection, which is naturally there when they are very young, alive through their word-based education, it is a treasure they take with them into adulthood.

Peter Crompton
Principal

 

Notices

Information Evening 9/3 & Open Morning 12/3

If you know anyone who might be interested in the school or the preschool, please let them know about our Information Evening next Wednesday 9th March from 6pm – 7pm and our Open Morning on Saturday 12th March from 9.30am till noon.  Thank you for your help with this.

Ficino Sports Jackets

Just a reminder that we are placing another order for the Ficino sports jackets which can be used for PE, but not as an alternative to the polar fleece.  These are ideal for children in Ficino sports teams as well.  Samples are available in the office for your child to try on.  The jackets are $65 and orders need to be placed by Friday 11th March.  Thank you.

Open Morning Attendance

Thank you for returning your Open Morning forms indicating whether your child can attend.  We are pleased that we will have sufficient children to help to make the morning a success.  Thank you for your support.