Ficino School Letter, Week 8, Term 2, 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018

“All the World’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and their entrances And one man in his time plays many parts” These were the words written by William Shakespeare and spoken by Jaques in As You Like It at the beginning of his famous speech on the […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 7, Term 2, 2018

Monday, 25 June 2018

A word from the Principal On Thursday this week, all children were invited to share music making with their peers at what we call ‘Class Concerts’, where the children gathered in the two syndicates. First up were the senior classes, Years 5 to 8, followed by the junior classes, Years 1 to 4.  The Hall […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 6, Term 2, 2018

Monday, 18 June 2018

A word from the Principal This week our Year One to Four students made their termly trip to the local Eden Village Rest Home where they delighted the residents with their singing, speech and piano playing.  Having the pleasure of being able to accompany them this week, it was great to see their natural confidence […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 5, Term 2, 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018

One of our focus areas for developing student learning this year is in encouraging Growth Mindsets.  Some of you will be familiar with Caorl Dweck’s work in this area.  In essence a growth mindset is one in which a child, or in fact anyone, believes that their intelligence is fluid and has the capacity to “develop […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 4, Term 2, 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

A word from the Principal Class Two performed the annual Spirit Play to rapturous applause from their parents and the rest of the school. They spoke clearly and relished the opportunity to be on the stage in front of over a hundred spectators. This play, based on an ancient text called the Kena Upanishad, is all about […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 3, Term 2, 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018

Despite the onset of winter, two classes headed out for school trips this week.  Year 5 participated in our annual visit to Cue Haven which is an extraordinary project to turn a 24 hectare private property overlooking Kaipara Harbour from farmland into a native bush reserve which is to be gifted to the City of Auckland […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 2, Term 2, 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018

On Wednesday this week, half of the School participated in our triennial visit to Tiritiri Matangi bird sanctuary.  This is always a special trip and this year was no exception.  Because of the later than expected timing, the birds were out in abundance and some of the rarer species more easily seen.  The guides, many […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 1, Term 2 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Welcome back to the new term and thank you for your patience regarding the timing of the holidays.  For the rest of this year and next year, they will align with the state school breaks.  Several of our teachers attended a School of Philosophy study programme last week, which lifted the level of engagement with […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 11 Term 1 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018

We come to the end of another fine term in the which the children (and teachers) have been stretched to develop their talents in myriad different dimensions.  I interviewed a prospective student this week and asked what his favourite subject at school was.  His rather dour answer was “We don’t do many subjects – just […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 10 Term 1 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018

A word from the Principal Last week the Education Review Office reported back on their initial findings having visited the School the week before. They spent an hour visiting four or five classes around the school and described their time here as a privilege. Two comments that were made in their report particularly stood out. […]