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 about their time at Ficino School.
Obviously the Renaissance Trip and Shakespeare Production loomed highly in their memories of their time here not only because of the sheer scale of these experiences but also because they are very recent. The students spoke about the confidence they gained and how these opportunities were made available for everyone to be part of. In fact the equity of opportunity was a theme that cropped up regularly in our conversation. Also encompassed in this was the care the students felt in the way they all interacted with each other. One student further expanded on this to explain that he felt being in a small school where everyone is expected to include everyone else, meant that they could not walk away from situations or personalities that were challenging at first, but rather had to face them and learn from them. This is most insightful from thirteen year-olds, and helps to explain why Ficino School students generally go on to make good choices in friendships at secondary school. They understand what being a good friend means.
The other area the students felt privileged in was the amount of attention they each received from their teachers and how much they cared about their progress. Those that had come from other schools really appreciated this aspect, describing it as “phenomenal how much attention each student gets at Ficino School”.
Uniform – Blazers, Cardigans and Jumpers
Please be reminded that cardigans and jumpers should not be worn to and from School, only blazers. Children can change into their cardigans and jumpers when they arrive at their classrooms. Thank you for your help with this.
Summer Uniform – Sandals
All children should now be in their summer sandals and also wear their sun hats at morning and lunch play.
Information Evening – Wednesday 8/11 – 6pm – 7pm
If you know someone who may be interested in the School, please let them know that we are holding an Information Evening for prospective parents next Wednesday 8th November from 6pm to 7pm. Mr Crompton will speak to parents about the School and answer any questions they may have. This is a good opportunity for parents who work during the day and are unable to come to our Friday morning tours.