This week we are celebrating our 20th birthday. Ficino School officially began on this site in 1997 under the direction of the founding headmaster, Mark Broadwith. The School occupied the villa initially and then grew progressively down the south corridor, until eventually the hall was completed in 2002.
Prior to the purchase of 27 Esplanade Road, there was a pre-foundation year with six children in a house in Grafton Road. Mark Broadwith sent a message to the first teacher, Mrs Carolyn Hanna and Headmaster Mr Harry van der Vossen, which contained the following maxim from Marsilio Ficino, the fifteenth Century Philosopher from whom the School takes its name.
‘All things are directed from goodness to goodness,
Rejoice in the Present
Set no value on property
Seek no honours
Rejoice in the Present’
In assembly this morning we talked about what Ficino School was like in the early days and outlined some future projects, and the thing that runs through it all is the present moment. Our school motto ‘Rejoice in the Present’ is a good reminder just to be here, now.
The future projects under consideration are mostly development of play spaces for the children, including a new long jump/sand pit and a proposed multi-sport astro-turf surface to replace the lawn behind the villa. Funds raised from the Friends of Ficino are earmarked for these, but we are seeking a donor to make up the shortfall. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sponsoring such a development, I would be delighted to hear from you.
The children will enjoy a beautiful cake made by parent Tanya Hyams-Young at lunch time today, and celebrate 20 years of Ficino School.
Special Assembly with Sir Ray Avery – Friday 16 June – 8.30am
The school will be raising money to sponsor an infant Lifepod incubator for premature babies which was designed and developed by Scientist and Inventor, Sir Ray Avery. Sir Ray will address our assembly next Friday after Good Works for classes 2, 4, 6 and 8. All parents are welcome to attend.
School Tour – Friday 16th June – 9.15am
Our last School Tour for the term is next Friday. If you know anyone who would be interested in coming to have a look at the school, please ask them to either register on the school website, or phone the school office. Thank you.
Class Concerts – Thursday 15th June
All children playing an instrument have an opportunity to perform to their peers next Thursday. Please remind them to bring their instruments and music on that day. Thank you.