Ficino School’s young scientists

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ever wondered about what makes rainbows or where the dinosaurs went or….? Curiosity about the world we live in is something that we never lose even as we get answers to our initial childhood questions. Ficino School’s science curriculum channels the awe and wonder we all possessed as young children into the chance to conduct […]

Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

Grandparents morning at Ficino is always a delight, and 2017 was no exception.  The hall was filled with around 70 visitors who were entertained with speeches, music, dance and drama.  This was a wonderful opportunity for those who entered the Music Competition to perform again in front of a fresh and appreciative audience.  Parents of […]

Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

This week saw an opportunity for our young musicians to display their talent and perform in front of two judges.  The annual music competition seems a real draw card amongst the students with over 80 entries.  These included pre-grade instrumentalists right up to one working towards Grade 8, and even a group of singers who […]

Ficino School Letter Week 5, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Notices Science Fair – this weekend! The NIWA Auckland Regional Science Fair competition is being held this weekend at Epsom Girls Grammar School. It is a massive annual event with entries across the sciences from students in Years 7 to 13. Agam Khanna, Yixiong Hao, Pearl Tucker and Nicholas Clarke from Ficino School have entered […]

Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017

Many Schools have taken their foot off the accelerator with respect to teaching children to write. Traditionally this was one of the mainstays of a basic education – the three R’s – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Although handwriting is still taught, it has definitely taken a back seat in many educational establishments, in favour of […]

Ficino School Letter Week 3, Term 3, 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Notices Children’s Movie Night – Tomorrow Evening – 5pm We have had a fabulous response, and the hall is full, but for early comers there will be some door sales available. Enjoy the evening! Cross Country Runs – Wednesday 23/8 Our annual Cross Country event will be held next Wednesday 23rd August at the base […]

Ficino School Letter Week 2, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

Term 3 has certainly started with plenty of energy.  Energy, as it happens was one of the key messages in Ian Milne’s Science Show on Thursday morning.  He had children playing with fidget spinners (currently not allowed at School, but encouraged for exploration at home), putting marbles on their cheeks, blowing up balloons and releasing […]

Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Our first week back at school has been filled with delightful learning opportunities for the children. Students from Year 4 to 8 sat the challenging Australian Maths Competition on Thursday morning; the results of this come out near the end of the term. Also on Thursday, 24 students from Years 5 – 8 who have […]

Ficino School Vignettes – Term 2 ’17: An egg-cellent experience!

Friday, 4 August 2017

For Years 1-4 our nature study programme is designed to encourage observation and put back a sense of wonder and awe into science. It begins simply with the senses and the elements and then develops into study of plants, animals and the harmony of the universe. A very practical approach is taken and there are […]

Ficino School Vignettes – Term 2 ’17: Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

The first in this series of vignettes explores life at Ficino School in Term 2 2017 Communication – Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ Communication is at the heart of much that we all do, both in our schooling and in our wider lives.  It has been identified by employers as both an essential skill, and more recently, […]