Ficino School Letter, Week 4, Term 3, 2018

Finally the weather has settled enough for our annual cross-country race to take place this afternoon.  Cross-country is one of those endurance events that children either love or hate.  In either case it is character building.  Like many other events at Ficino, we expect all students to participate and set aside their fears or misgivings, whatever form those take.  Every time we put these aside and meet a challenge we grow stronger and are more able to deal with whatever life throws at us.

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to assist as we look forward to this afternoon’s competition.
Peter Crompton
Principal

Events

Ski Week – Monday 27 – Thursday 30 AugustA group of Ficino students will represent the School at the North Island Primary School Championship next week.  We wish them luck following following the hard work they have put it at Snowplanet under coach Josh Edwards.

Music Competition 2018 – Thursday 6 September
Children from Year 3 upwards are invited to perform an item of music with voice or instrument in the Music Competition.

Entry forms must be returned to Mrs Brickland by Monday 27 August.
Years 1 and Preschool Epsom Campus Marae visit – Monday 10 Sept
Year One have been invited to go with the Ficino Preschool children to visit the Tutahi Tonu Marae at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus. Last term they were looking at New Zealand in our History, Myth and Culture lessons and this trip will help to further enhance their understanding of New Zealand culture.
Notices

Back gate on View Road
The back access gate will be closed between 10am and 1.30pm, starting from Monday 27 August.

Dismissal
We are currently trialing some new procedures for dismissal to improve safety.  Please follow any instructions given by the Caretaker or teachers on duty.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Once procedures have been finalised, we will advise you of any changes to current practice.

Samosa Fundraiser – last chance to order
Last chance to order samosas!!!  All order forms must be back at the school office by Wednesday 29 August.

Uniform Shop Hours
The School Uniform Shop is open before and after school every Wednesday.  Please come to reception in the Villa where we will be able to assist you further.
Ficino After School Care (FASC)
We have moved to a more parent-friendly online booking system for Ficino After School Care (FASC).

Bookings are available online on a monthly basis.  You will receive an email confirming the dates you have booked and are able to save them to your calendar.  All bookings for FASC will have to be done on-line now.

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.