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. […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 9, Term 1 2018

Monday, 9 April 2018

We were blessed again this year with beautiful weather on Athletics Day. Seeing the children (and a few adults) giving their all to each event is always rewarding. The support offered to the tail-enders by their class mates is quite something and often brings out a charge for the finish line long after the race […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 7 Term 1 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

This week has been a delightful reminder of the breadth of a Ficino education.  Class 3 have just returned from two days camping at the Auld’s farm in Kumeu, the Year 6 – 8 students attended a performance of ‘A Comedy of Errors’ at the Pop up Globe, and yesterday the senior students delivered a […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 6 Term 1 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

In our Assemblies this week, we heard about some great leaders who have significantly influenced our current times, particularly through the power of the spoken word. The first was Kate Sheppard who was an active member of the Prohibition movement in the late nineteenth century.  Her strong belief that excessive drinking at the time was […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 5 Term 1 2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

A word from the Principal Many of the students have been sitting PAT tests this week with the older students taking five or six different tests.  After such levels of concentration, there was a palpable rise in energy in the lunch room today. This release can sometimes be seen as the lid coming off a […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 4 Term 1 2018

Monday, 5 March 2018

Many Ficino families came together on Sunday for the School Picnic at Long Bay.  This is always a wonderful occasion providing an opportunity for parents, teachers and students to meet away from the classroom environment.  I have heard several reports expressing the enjoyment of the event, indicating that this year was no exception. This was followed […]

Ficino School Letter – Week 3, Term 1

Monday, 26 February 2018

It was good to meet Year One and new parents at our lunch on Wednesday.  Many of you reported that your children have had a positive start at Ficino School and are settling in well.  Several of the older students have already made contributions in assemblies which is excellent. We have been exploring our second […]

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. […]