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. […]

Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 1 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

Welcome to a new year.  It has been wonderful to witness the arrival of the children and see the effect their energy has on the School.  A school wouldn’t exist without its pupils. All the preparation before the opening day always has a ghost-like feel until the arrival of the students, when it all seems […]

Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 4 December 2017

This week the School has had quite a different atmosphere – more quiet, more space, with all the senior classes away for much of the week.  Years 7 and 8 had a stimulating visit to Wellington where they visited the Botanic Gardens, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa Museum, Parliament Buildings and Weta Workshop.  Years 5 […]

Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 27 November 2017

This week has been filled with wonderful end of term events. On Wednesday, we celebrated Just This Day, a day in the year for people around the world to consciously unite in stillness.  This is the last year the event will take place and it has brought forth many creative ideas in its marking.  The Year […]

Ficino School Letter Week 5, Term 4, 2017

Monday, 20 November 2017

One of the unique features of Ficino School is the study of Sanskrit.  As you know, the students begin learning it when they arrive and continue through to Year 8.  Sanskrit is a brilliant language to study at the Primary and Intermediate stage of education.  Being a source language for most Indo-European languages including English, […]

Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 4, 2017

In Assembly this morning a couple of mathematical puzzles were presented to the children, and awards were given out for outstanding performers in the Australian Mathematics Competition.  The competition is sat by all students from Year 4 upwards at Ficino which is a different approach than most other schools who only enter their top performers.  […]