Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 3, 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 courageously sang solo in front of their peers which is no mean feat.  Both judges were young music teachers, who really enjoyed the occasion.  They praised the students for their courage, enjoyment and connection with their music and their audience.  Lauren White is hoping to offer singing lessons next term with more information due to be distributed from the music department shortly.  A number of students seemed keen to take up this offer.

Last week, we had eight students competing in the North Island Primary School Skiing Championships (NIPS), where the top team came a credible eighth.  This is the third year that Ficino has achieved a place in the top ten, which is outstanding considering the size of our School and with over 90 schools competing.

It is apt to write about both Music and Sport his week, as according to the ancient Greek Philosopher, Plato, these two activities combined, balance the character of a growing young person.  Sport helps build strength and backbone whilst music brings a gentleness and harmony to the being.

Peter Crompton
Principal

Notices

Grandparents Morning – Thursday 14/9 – 9.30am – 11.45am

We look forward to welcoming our visitors on Thursday.  For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 11th September.  Thank you.

The Tempest – Yr 7 & 8 Play – 20/9 – 23/9 – Tickets available from the office

Tickets for the five performances are available from the school office, as well as further flyers if you would like a few more to pass on to friends and relatives.

Commendations & Music Competition Assembly – Friday 22/9

Our Music Competition Awards Assembly will take place after Commendations next Friday, where we will also entertain you with two or three selected winners’ pieces.  All welcome.   Please note this is a change from the earlier date advertised for the Music Assembly of Friday 29th September.

School Tour – Friday 15th September

The last School Tour for the term is on Friday 15th September from 9.15am until 10.15am.  If you know anyone who may be interested in looking at the School, please ask them to either phone the office to register or email office@ficino.school.nz  Thank you.