Ficino School Letter Week 5, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

One of the unique features of Ficino School is the study of Sanskrit.  As you know, the students begin learning it when they arrive and continue through to Year 8.  Sanskrit is a brilliant language to study at the Primary and Intermediate stage of education.  Being a source language for most Indo-European languages including English, […]

Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 4, 2017

In Assembly this morning a couple of mathematical puzzles were presented to the children, and awards were given out for outstanding performers in the Australian Mathematics Competition.  The competition is sat by all students from Year 4 upwards at Ficino which is a different approach than most other schools who only enter their top performers.  […]

Ficino School Letter Week 3, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 6 November 2017

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 […]

Ficino School Letter Week 2, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

In the quotation from Aldous Huxley transcribed below, he suggests that the most important aspect of any education is to develop the ability to do what is necessary irrespective of what you think or feel about it.  To place this much importance on mental discipline is not the common way of thinking today.  There is […]

Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 4, 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

We spoke in Assembly this morning about how in our lives we play many parts just like a great drama and that each part has relationships with other parts; such as teacher and pupil or parent and child. All we need to remember is that we are playing a part and then the drama runs […]

Ficino School Letter Week 9, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

As another wonderful school term draws to a close and we set our sights on the upcoming holiday, it is worth considering what the word holiday means and what they are for.  The vacation is obviously a time to rest and recuperate.  All the activities of the school term are a bit like a great […]

Ficino School Letter Week 8, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 25 September 2017

This week has been enlivened by the senior Shakespeare production of The Tempest.  As always, every student in Year 7 and 8 is involved and some of the main characters have two different students performing on alternate days.  These plays are a phenomenal undertaking, but as anyone who has been to a performance will attest, […]

Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

Grandparents morning at Ficino is always a delight, and 2017 was no exception.  The hall was filled with around 70 visitors who were entertained with speeches, music, dance and drama.  This was a wonderful opportunity for those who entered the Music Competition to perform again in front of a fresh and appreciative audience.  Parents of […]

Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 11 September 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 […]

Ficino School Letter Week 5, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Notices Science Fair – this weekend! The NIWA Auckland Regional Science Fair competition is being held this weekend at Epsom Girls Grammar School. It is a massive annual event with entries across the sciences from students in Years 7 to 13. Agam Khanna, Yixiong Hao, Pearl Tucker and Nicholas Clarke from Ficino School have entered […]