Ficino School Letter Week 10, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mr Crompton is away at a conference of the Heads of our World-Wide Family of Schools which takes place at Lucca, Italy. As there are some results to share, I have decided to send a newsletter this last week of term. May all the children have a well-deserved rest during the three weeks’ holiday, such […]

Ficino School Letter Week 9, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 3 July 2017

This is the last newsletter of the term and the end of a great week for New Zealand sport.  At Assembly on Monday morning, I reiterated the message of Sir Ray Avery’s about the special quality New Zealander’s have of ingenuity, and a desire to improve on the status quo.  Our America’s Cup challenge and […]

Ficino School Letter Week 8, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

In a world where the media are reporting calamity after calamity, many of them engineered by human beings, the subject of raising wise children is an important quest for every parent and educator.  At Ficino, all our students from Year 1 to Year 8 have a weekly philosophy lesson. The word philosophy literally means the […]

Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

Sir Ray Avery fully engaged students, parents and teachers at our Assembly this morning.  Despite his challenging childhood, he is an exceptionally grounded man. His address to the students journeyed over quite a range of human behaviours and endeavour.  Born in England, Sir Ray felt he had arrived home when he first set foot in […]

Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 12 June 2017

This week we are celebrating our 20th birthday.  Ficino School officially began on this site in 1997 under the direction of the founding headmaster, Mark Broadwith.  The School occupied the villa initially and then grew progressively down the south corridor, until eventually the hall was completed in 2002. Prior to the purchase of 27 Esplanade […]

Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 29 May 2017

It was a pleasure this morning to award prefect badges to three of our Year 8 students.  We have a much larger cohort in Year 8 this year than last with 16 students due to graduate in December. Prefect badges are given to students when they demonstrate an ability to follow our five school values which it […]

Ficino School Letter Week 3, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

One of the most important areas of development in a human being is their ability to speak.  In bringing up young children, the process of learning language is both mysterious and wonderful to observe.  Communication is at the heart of our education system and its importance is highlighted by it being one of the key […]

Ficino School Letter Week 2, Term 2, 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

This morning we had a delightful Dance Assembly with performances from Year One, Two and Seven and Eight.  Class One performed a poi dance which they had begun to learn on their marae visit last term. The actions were quite complex but their discipline on the stage was excellent, and their concentration outstanding.  Class Two performed […]

Ficino School Letter Week 10, Term 1, 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

Good Works Assemblies are always an excellent opportunity to showcase the students’ work, and this morning was no exception.  Some of the artwork being produced and displayed around the School is outstanding and two classes spoke about these at the assembly.  Class Four prepared a quiz, where they described the features of gods and mythical […]

Ficino School Letter Week 8, Term 1, 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

It has been delightful this week to hear news of some of our alumni.  If you’ve seen this morning’s Herald, there was an article about former pupil, Tristan Pang, who was Head Boy at Ficino three years ago.  Tristan has a love of Maths and Science, but most notable is his enquiring mind and his […]