Ficino Preschool welcomes the Road Runner!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The unexpected arrival of a turtle at Ficino Preschool was very timely, both for the turtle itself and for the children!  Road Runner, as she has been aptly named was found outside the preschool on Esplanade Road. Little did she realise that she’d found a fantastic home for herself when she was slipped through the […]

Ficino Preschool turns one!

Ficino Preschool first opened its doors in September 2016.  A year seems to have flown by, and it is unimaginable to remember a time when we haven’t heard busy young voices playing outside, tending to their gardens, and engaging in a variety of projects and games. The Preschool students and teachers were lucky enough to […]

Feliz Navidad….  Merry Christmas from Ficino Preschool!

With one week to go before their Christmas holidays begin, Ficino Preschool students were very excited to welcome their families into their world for an afternoon of performances and food! They had obviously been practicing as they regaled the visitors with a variety of Christmas tunes.  The favorite by children and guests alike was the […]

Ficino Preschool’s Christmas visitor

Ficino Preschool children and staff welcomed a colourful, larger-than-life visitor carrying a red sack in December!  Santa Claus, I hear many of you asking?!  A good guess, however this visitor was a woman… Though she was minus the beard, belly and red suit she did have bucket-loads of jolliness!! Tanya Batt brought the magic of […]

A dragon at Ficino Preschool

Ficino Preschool’s small class roll and high teacher-child ratios allows us to provide individual attention and development for our students. Oliver, one of our four-year-olds embarked on an epic adventure earlier this year to build his own dragon!  His project began after he excitedly recounted watching the movie ‘How to train your dragon’.  6 months […]

Ficino Preschool – The wonders of nature

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Our students have had the opportunity to explore the wonder of nature this year.  In summer 2017, our outdoor space was home to the Ficino Preschool swan plants.  Children were enthralled with the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, observing them though the egg, to “hungry caterpillar”, to chrysalis stage.  They were lucky enough to observe […]

Term 4 vignettes – Ficino School graduating class of 2017

It is with pride that we farewell our Year 8 students, many of whom have been with Ficino School throughout their primary education.  It has been a privilege to see them turning into young adults and we wish them all the best as they start their journey into high school and beyond. They recently completed […]

Ficino students engineering and problem-solving race!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Two teams of our Year 7 & 8 students represented Ficino School at the EPro8 Challenge.  The challenge was born in Wellington in 2015 with events and participation spreading through the North Island this year. The teams were selected after students competed in practices challenges at school. The EPro8 Challenge is a competition – an […]

An afternoon with Shakespearean actor, John Callen

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

“Knock knock”, “Who’s there?”.  We’re all familiar with the format of the “Knock knock” joke, but not many of us would be aware that Shakespeare may have introduced the earliest version of the formula in his famous play ‘Macbeth’… Ficino School’s Year 7 & 8 students have recently finished performances of their latest Shakespeare play […]

Ficino students vote in 2017 General Election

Friday, 29 September 2017

The NZ elections have been a hot topic across the country recently, and things were no different for Year 7 & 8 students at Ficino School in Mt Eden.  Ficino School took part in the Electoral Commission’s ‘Have your Say’ campaign, which got them interested in the democratic processes of our country. Students initially researched […]