Ficino School Letter – Week 2, Term 1

Monday, 19 February 2018

John Keats famous poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn’ finishes with the statement “Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.”  This pithy statement about Beauty and Truth seemed to shine out in two very similar stories that we heard this week in Assembly. […]

Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 1 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

Welcome to a new year.  It has been wonderful to witness the arrival of the children and see the effect their energy has on the School.  A school wouldn’t exist without its pupils. All the preparation before the opening day always has a ghost-like feel until the arrival of the students, when it all seems […]

Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 4 December 2017

This week the School has had quite a different atmosphere – more quiet, more space, with all the senior classes away for much of the week.  Years 7 and 8 had a stimulating visit to Wellington where they visited the Botanic Gardens, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa Museum, Parliament Buildings and Weta Workshop.  Years 5 […]

Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 27 November 2017

This week has been filled with wonderful end of term events. On Wednesday, we celebrated Just This Day, a day in the year for people around the world to consciously unite in stillness.  This is the last year the event will take place and it has brought forth many creative ideas in its marking.  The Year […]

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 […]