Ficino School Letter Week 5, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

One of the unique features of Ficino School is the study of Sanskrit.  As you know, the students begin learning it when they arrive and continue through to Year 8.  Sanskrit is a brilliant language to study at the Primary and Intermediate stage of education.  Being a source language for most Indo-European languages including English, […]

Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 4, 2017

In Assembly this morning a couple of mathematical puzzles were presented to the children, and awards were given out for outstanding performers in the Australian Mathematics Competition.  The competition is sat by all students from Year 4 upwards at Ficino which is a different approach than most other schools who only enter their top performers.  […]

Ficino School Letter Week 3, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 6 November 2017

One of the traditions at Ficino School is for the Principal to take our Year 8 students out to lunch in small groups to seek feedback on their experiences at Ficino in an informal setting.  I had the pleasure of sharing their company this week, and their comments were most heartening.  They overwhelmingly spoke positively […]

Ficino School Letter Week 2, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

In the quotation from Aldous Huxley transcribed below, he suggests that the most important aspect of any education is to develop the ability to do what is necessary irrespective of what you think or feel about it.  To place this much importance on mental discipline is not the common way of thinking today.  There is […]

Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 4, 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

We spoke in Assembly this morning about how in our lives we play many parts just like a great drama and that each part has relationships with other parts; such as teacher and pupil or parent and child. All we need to remember is that we are playing a part and then the drama runs […]

Ficino students engineering and problem-solving race!

Two teams of our Year 7 & 8 students represented Ficino School at the EPro8 Challenge.  The challenge was born in Wellington in 2015 with events and participation spreading through the North Island this year. The teams were selected after students competed in practices challenges at school. The EPro8 Challenge is a competition – an […]

An afternoon with Shakespearean actor, John Callen

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

“Knock knock”, “Who’s there?”.  We’re all familiar with the format of the “Knock knock” joke, but not many of us would be aware that Shakespeare may have introduced the earliest version of the formula in his famous play ‘Macbeth’… Ficino School’s Year 7 & 8 students have recently finished performances of their latest Shakespeare play […]

Ficino School Letter Week 9, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

As another wonderful school term draws to a close and we set our sights on the upcoming holiday, it is worth considering what the word holiday means and what they are for.  The vacation is obviously a time to rest and recuperate.  All the activities of the school term are a bit like a great […]

Ficino students vote in 2017 General Election

Friday, 29 September 2017

The NZ elections have been a hot topic across the country recently, and things were no different for Year 7 & 8 students at Ficino School in Mt Eden.  Ficino School took part in the Electoral Commission’s ‘Have your Say’ campaign, which got them interested in the democratic processes of our country. Students initially researched […]

Ficino School Letter Week 8, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

This week has been enlivened by the senior Shakespeare production of The Tempest.  As always, every student in Year 7 and 8 is involved and some of the main characters have two different students performing on alternate days.  These plays are a phenomenal undertaking, but as anyone who has been to a performance will attest, […]