Ficino School Letter, Week 3, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019

The quotation above is very relevant to our Assembly discussion this morning.  We were looking at our third School Value, Respect All. Respect is an interesting word and we broke it down into its two constituent parts ‘re’ and ‘spect’.  The second part comes from the Latin word ‘spectere’ which essentially means to look. From […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 2, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 18 February 2019

Today we come to the conclusion of our first full week for 2019. We have more new students in the school this year than ever before in my tenure as Principal.  They will have been finding their feet and adjusting to the new environment of Ficino School.  From what I have seen they have been […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 1, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 11 February 2019

A word from the Principal It is always wonderful to see the school full of children again after our staff preparation days.  They bring it all to life, and meeting them in their simplicity and open-mindedness is refreshing. Our School Assembly this morning was about ‘Treasures’.  There is a concept in the Maori tradition of […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 8, Term 4, 2018

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

In all schools at this time of year, the number of activities tend to ramp up to the grand finale of Prize Giving in a week’s time.  Luckily with summer in the air, there is more energy available to meet the excitement of the end of year activities.  As long as the energy is well-directed […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 7, Term 4, 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018

As the year begins to draw to a close with only two more weeks to run, it is hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us.  The end of year programme at Ficino is always very full with such a wide variety of differing activities, and this year is no exception. We have our […]

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 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 […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 2, Term 4, 2018

Monday, 29 October 2018

Philosophy lessons are held once a week for all classes at Ficino School, and from Year Four onwards they follow a programme called P4C – Philosophy for Children. In each session, the students sit in a circle and explore philosophical questions together.  Following presentation of a stimulus, they are particularly encouraged to pursue directions of […]

Ficino School Letter, Week 1, Term 4, 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

It was very pleasing to be able to award Prefect Badges to all our Year 8 students this year.They have all taken on leadership roles and demonstrated responsibility and commitment to these throughout the year.  On the recent Renaissance Trip, they grew in maturity and capacity to lead by example.  The five students awarded badges […]