Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017

Many Schools have taken their foot off the accelerator with respect to teaching children to write. Traditionally this was one of the mainstays of a basic education – the three R’s – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Although handwriting is still taught, it has definitely taken a back seat in many educational establishments, in favour of […]

Ficino School Letter Week 3, Term 3, 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Notices Children’s Movie Night – Tomorrow Evening – 5pm We have had a fabulous response, and the hall is full, but for early comers there will be some door sales available. Enjoy the evening! Cross Country Runs – Wednesday 23/8 Our annual Cross Country event will be held next Wednesday 23rd August at the base […]

Ficino School Letter Week 2, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 14 August 2017

Term 3 has certainly started with plenty of energy.  Energy, as it happens was one of the key messages in Ian Milne’s Science Show on Thursday morning.  He had children playing with fidget spinners (currently not allowed at School, but encouraged for exploration at home), putting marbles on their cheeks, blowing up balloons and releasing […]

Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 3, 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Our first week back at school has been filled with delightful learning opportunities for the children. Students from Year 4 to 8 sat the challenging Australian Maths Competition on Thursday morning; the results of this come out near the end of the term. Also on Thursday, 24 students from Years 5 – 8 who have […]

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 […]