Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 3, 2016

It has been wonderful to welcome the children and parents back to school after the winter break. As a Principal, the one to one meetings with students are always a delight. They love to share little wonders of their learning journey. One suggestion this week was that we should have traffic lights on all the corners of the corridors and on the entrances to classrooms so there are no collisions. After consideration, I think we’ll stick with wakefulness and patience rather than more mechanical tools.

Having read the teachers’ letters to parents, there are plenty of interesting activities happening this term. The Australian Maths Competition took place yesterday for Year 4 to 8 students and we successfully registered the senior students to complete it online for the first time. Unlike most other schools, within reason, we let all students attempt the competition with sometimes surprisingly good results from unexpected quarters.

The Preschool is nearing completion and once it has been set up we will provide an opportunity for any interested parents and students to view the premises. Dependent on how long the licensing process takes, we should be opening the facility for children in September. If you have any friends with preschool aged children, feel free to collect information from the office to pass on to them. A splendid article about the Ficino Preschool was featured in this week’s Central Leader (Wednesday). This can be viewed on our school website.

Peter Crompton
Principal

Notices

Grandparents Morning – Thursday 4/8 – 9.30am – 11.45am

We look forward to welcoming grandparents and friends to the school on Thursday morning next week.  If you have not replied yet, but have grandparents or friends who would like to come, please let us know on Monday. Thank you.

Cross Country Runs – Wednesday 10/8 -1pm – 2.30pm

Our annual Cross Country event will be held on Wednesday 10th August at the base of Mt Eden.  All the races will be held between 1pm and 2.30pm.  A notice with further information was sent home with the children this week.  Please return the consent form to your child’s teacher by Monday 1st August.  Thank you.

Class 4 & 5 & New Parents Lunch – Friday 12/8 – 12.30pm

A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Classes Four and Five and new parents in the school will be held on Friday 12th August in the school villa from 12.30pm.  For catering purposes, please RSVP by returning the reply slip on the notice sent home this week, by Friday 5th August.  Alternatively, you may email the office if you are able to come.

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday 15/8 – from 1.15pm

The Parent/Teacher interviews take place on Monday 15th August from 1.15pm.  All children need to be collected after lunch at 12.45pm.  There will be no after school care on this day.  Appointments can be made from Monday by calling into the office and filling in the sign-up sheets at reception, or emailing office@ficino.school.nz . Thank you.

Cars Turning Right onto Esplanade Road

A reminder that there is no right turn onto Esplanade when exiting the school.  Visibility is limited and there have been a number of near accidents recently.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Samosa Pickup – Friday 5/8 – 3pm

Fundraising Samosa orders from last term will be delivered to classrooms by 3pm next Friday 8th August.