Ficino School Letter, Week 6, Term 4, 2018

Monday, 26 November 2018

This morning’s assembly was a wonderful celebration of Dance and Sanskrit. Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 performed dances from a variety of traditions, including a Maori Stick Dance, traditional Indian dance and a Czech Folk Dance.  The joy and variety of energies displayed by the dancers was evident for all to see.  The Year […]

Ficino School Principal talks about Mindfulness

Friday, 23 November 2018

You may have heard about mindfulness quite a lot in the news lately.  Nigel Latta has been in the media recently talking about his TV series ‘The Curious Mind’.  Commenting that “If there’s one thing I could do it would be to introduce mindfulness into every school in the country.” Mindfulness is essentially the power […]

Ficino School’s visit to Ambury Farm

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Ficino School students experienced several off-site learning adventures in Term 3.  The chance to support their classroom learning with real world experiences provides them with a valuable means to solidify and build on their knowledge. Situated on the shores of the Manukau Harbour, Ambury Regional Park is a working farm.  It provides opportunities for children […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 4, Term 4, 2018

Monday, 12 November 2018

In a recent interview, I was asked about the benefits of Mindfulness.  What I notice about the students at Ficino is that they tend to excel in high pressure situations.  We have individuals who excel to high levels in their chosen fields – more than you would expect from such a small school.  Similarly we […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 3, Term 4, 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

The term mindfulness came into vogue a few years ago, and has had a resurgence recently.  We are especially hearing about Mindfulness in schools, which has been implemented more fully in Australia over the last few years.  The fact that the term hasn’t gone away like other fashionable health and lifestyle ideas suggests that there […]