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 […]

Ficino School’s young scientists

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ever wondered about what makes rainbows or where the dinosaurs went or….? Curiosity about the world we live in is something that we never lose even as we get answers to our initial childhood questions. Ficino School’s science curriculum channels the awe and wonder we all possessed as young children into the chance to conduct […]

Ficino School Vignettes – Term 2 ’17: An egg-cellent experience!

Friday, 4 August 2017

For Years 1-4 our nature study programme is designed to encourage observation and put back a sense of wonder and awe into science. It begins simply with the senses and the elements and then develops into study of plants, animals and the harmony of the universe. A very practical approach is taken and there are […]

Ficino School Vignettes – Term 2 ’17: Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

The first in this series of vignettes explores life at Ficino School in Term 2 2017 Communication – Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ Communication is at the heart of much that we all do, both in our schooling and in our wider lives.  It has been identified by employers as both an essential skill, and more recently, […]

What was going on at Ficino School in Term 1 2017?

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

As we near the end of Term 2, it’s a good chance to reflect on what the Ficino School students got up to in Term 1 2017! Academic performance There has been much in the news earlier this year about declining PISA scores which rank our country in English, Maths and Science against others in […]

Ficino School participates in ANZAC commemorations

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Courage.  It is a value that can be applied in a multitude of situations.  As ANZAC Day approaches, it provides us with the opportunity to consider this attribute alongside the impact of war and conflict and our values as a society.  It also allows us to explore how ANZAC Day has come to define our […]

Ficino Fiesta – Saturday 18 March – 1 more sleep to go!!

Friday, 17 March 2017

There really is something for everyone at the Ficino Fiesta.  With an Enchanted Garden for the littlies to the Funzone’s mammoth water slide, Jedi obstacle course and Titanic slide it’s going to be an extravaganza of FUN! There’s an entertainment schedule that includes Japanese drummers, Bollywood dancers, a jazz troupe and live musical performances. Our […]

What’s going on at Ficino School in March?

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

We have several upcoming events at the School for current and prospective parents, and the whole community. We hope to see you! Saturday 18 March       Ficino Fiesta  5 – 9pm The first of these, the Ficino Fiesta, is an extravaganza of food, live performances and fun for the whole family and community.  […]

What was on at Ficino School in Term Four 2016?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

As we start the second month of 2017, here’s a chance to remember a few of Ficino School’s key activities in Term 4, 2016! Year 7 & 8 Renaissance trip The most memorable experience in their time at Ficino School, as recalled by students and alumni alike, is the biennial Renaissance trip. The 2016 trip took […]