School Newsletter Week 7, Term 1 2015

When I look through the Ficino School calendar, it is always a delight to see the variety of activities the students here have the opportunity to participate in. The concert of speech and song given on Open Morning last Saturday was an excellent example of some of the things being worked on. We are most grateful to those students who were able to attend, as we had a number of interested parents visiting.

On Wednesday Athletics Day provided perfect balance to the musical activities of the weekend. This is always a special day of the year, and again we were blessed with fine weather. What stands out is the mix of competitive spirit and great sportsmanship. All students encourage each other to give everything they can, whether at the front of the field or the back. On numerous occasions, class mates were seen running back from the finish line to jog beside one of their kin who was bringing up the rear. It is heart-warming to see this kind of activity as the norm rather than exceptional. Congratulations to all those students who broke school records of which there were quite a few.

On Thursday morning our Year 7 and 8 students attended a leadership talk at King’s School. The presenter, Mike Allsop has amongst many other things, climbed Mt Everest and run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. His talk was inspirational and he gave three clear steps for success. The first was to dream big, then make a plan to achieve your goal, and thirdly to never give up. He said that you can never fail if you never give up. When he decided to climb Everest, he had never climbed a mountain before; but through setting a goal, planning meticulously and never giving up, he stood atop the highest mountain in the world. What Mike Allsop seemed to have in spades was a clear belief in himself, in the resources within; for him they knew no bounds. This was an excellent message for the students to hear. Two of our students were the first to ask questions and one received a prize of Mike Allsop’s book for the question he asked which was “Did your courage come from the support of your family and friends?”.

Peter Crompton



Parent-Teacher Interviews – Monday 23rd March from 1.15pm
The school day will finish for the children after lunch.  Please collect your children from school at 12.45pm on that day.  There will be no After School Care.  The interviews for Classes 1 – 6 will be held in your child’s classroom, and the Year 7 & 8 interviews will be in the school hall as per previous years.
Ficino School Fair – Sunday 29th March 10.30am – 2.30pm
There are two working bees scheduled for next week on Monday 23rd March.  The first one is at 9.30am in room B1 upstairs in the villa and then at 7pm in the school hall.  Donations of bric-a-brac, adults and children’s clothing, adults books, and children’s books and toys can now be dropped off by the table in the lobby of the school building at the following times.  Mornings from 7.50am until 8.30am and afternoons from 2.30pm until 3pm. Ficino Dollars order forms are due back at school by Tuesday 24th March. Only one week to go until the Fair!  Thank you all for your generous donations and support.
Traffic in the School Grounds
If you park in the rear car park and walk to the front of the villa to collect your child, could you please return to your car via the villa back door, rather than walking between the building and the queue of cars, as this is a much safer route for you and your children.  Also please remember the speed limit in the school grounds is 5km/h at all times. Thank you.
Winter Uniform – from Term 2
The children will wear their winter uniform from the start of Term 2.  School blazers are worn to and from school during the winter terms. The uniform shop is open on Wednesdays from 2.30pm until 3.15pm.
Year 1 & 2 Hockey Coaching – Thursday 26th March
As advised last week, a Hockey New Zealand coach will be coming to the school to take a session of Year 1 and 2 hockey players and their parents on Thursday 26th March from 3.10pm until 3.55pm on the tennis court. Having the correct hockey equipment (mouth guard and shin pads) is not essential at this stage and some hockey sticks will be available for use.
Athletics Day Awards Assembly – Thursday 2nd April
Parents are warmly invited to our Athletics Day Awards Assembly which will be held on the last day of this term – Thursday 2nd April at 8.30am in the school hall.
End of Term Church Service – Thursday 2nd April
All parents are invited to come to our End of Term Easter Service at St Barnabas Church on Thursday 2nd April at 2pm.  Children may be collected directly from the church after the service, or from school as usual at 3pm.