Ficino School Letter, Week 3, Term 3, 2018

We are currently undergoing a review of our marketing messages and it is always a difficult task to encapsulate a Ficino education in a soundbite. There are so many interweaving facets.  The conclusion of our marketing consultant, who has spent some time in the classrooms this week, is that you have to experience it to really get a feel for the unique education taking place here.  He was astonished by the mature way the children got on with independent work with a minimum of fuss and a focus and enthusiasm that belied their years; and this was only Class 2!

At the senior end of the School, our Year 7 & 8 students are preparing to depart for Europe.  They leave in just under four weeks time and will be having their first of two sleepovers tonight.  The Renaissance Trip is an opportunity to open their hearts and minds to a unique period in the history of Western civilization.  In Italy in the 14th to 16th centuries, a remarkable expression of the human spirit took place in Art and Culture.  Our Patron Marsilio Ficino, although relatively unknown today, was in fact a leading light in Florence during this time.  His scholarship, writing, and translation work directly influenced some of the now famous painters and sculptors.
Peter Crompton
Principal

Events

Remuera Zone Field Day – Tue 21 August

Cross Country – Wed 22 August

Photolife Photos – Fri 25 August
 

 

Notices

Music Competition 2018

Children from Year 3 upwards are invited to perform an item of music with voice or instrument in the Music Competition on Thursday 6 September.  Children may make more than one entry if they have experience in different instruments, or wish to compete in an instrument as well as singing.

Entry forms must be returned to Mrs Brickland by Monday 27 August.

Samosa Fundraiser

The popular samosa fundraiser is back!  All order forms must be back at the school office by Wednesday 29 August.  Order forms have been sent home with the children.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
We have moved to a more parent-friendly online booking system for Ficino After School Care (FASC).

Bookings will be available on a monthly basis; you will be able to easily book and cancel online.  You will receive an email confirming the dates you have booked and you will be able to save them to your calendar.  We will transition to the new system during August and from September all bookings for FASC will have to be done on-line.

The following are the links you will require for this term:

Click HERE to book for AUGUST
Click HERE to book for SEPTEMBER

Follow the step by step online booking instructions.

In order for us to plan our staffing levels ahead of time we will need 24 hours’ notice of cancellation, otherwise you will be charged for their attendance.

There will still be the option to register your child on the day, providing there is enough space, this needs to be done before 1.00pm. Please note, availability is limited.

If your child is sick or on a school trip and they are booked in to after school care, please go online and cancel your booking to avoid being charged.

Website Calendar
Please note the School Calendar  of Events can be found on the website.