Ficino School Letter, Week 10, Term 1, 2019

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

In this final week of the term we had three magnificent assemblies.  On Wednesday, we welcomed guest speaker Nuptul Rinpoche, who is abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Nuptul spoke to the children about his childhood experiences growing up in a monastery from the age of seven.  […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 9, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 8 April 2019

Many of you will have seen the senior production of Twelfth Night or will see it tonight or tomorrow.  It is a phenomenal achievement of coordination, direction and sheer delight.  The audience is a wonderful mix of ages with the children finding as much enjoyment as their parents.  The Year 7 and 8 students seem […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 8, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 1 April 2019

As we build up to the five performances of Twelfth Night next week, it is an opportune time for us as a school to reflect on the help we receive from our parent body and school community.  This allows us to offer such an enriched programme of activities for our students. Athletics Day two weeks […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 7, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 25 March 2019

Events Incredible India and Bollywood Extravaganza – Saturday 23 March Friends of Ficino (FoF) are hosting this exciting event on Saturday 23 March from 4 – 7pm.  We hope you’ve been keeping up to date with the count down emails and Facebook posts to what promises to be a night to remember!   Year 3 […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 6, Term 1, 2019

Friday, 15 March 2019

Athletics Day Mr Crompton is with all teachers and students at the Athletics Day today.  We look forward to hearing the results, especially from the teachers vs parents relay race!   Events Year 3 Camp – Thursday 21 – Friday 22 March   Prospective Parents Information Evening (Wed 20 March) and School Tour (Fri 22 March) […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 5, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019

A word from the Principal The stage is now set for our biennial Shakespeare Play, which this year is Twelfth Night.  We are most appreciative of the support being provided by parents, who have been giving up their weekends and evenings to help prepare the set.  With the expanded stage filling half the hall, fitting […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 4, Term 1, 2019

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Last week I wrote about our School Value, Respect All, and the subtle meaning of the word Respect being to look again or look beyond.  This can be seen as akin to the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ or not to assume you know about someone from first appearances. We had an […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 3, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019

The quotation above is very relevant to our Assembly discussion this morning.  We were looking at our third School Value, Respect All. Respect is an interesting word and we broke it down into its two constituent parts ‘re’ and ‘spect’.  The second part comes from the Latin word ‘spectere’ which essentially means to look. From […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 2, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 18 February 2019

Today we come to the conclusion of our first full week for 2019. We have more new students in the school this year than ever before in my tenure as Principal.  They will have been finding their feet and adjusting to the new environment of Ficino School.  From what I have seen they have been […]


Ficino School Letter, Week 1, Term 1, 2019

Monday, 11 February 2019

A word from the Principal It is always wonderful to see the school full of children again after our staff preparation days.  They bring it all to life, and meeting them in their simplicity and open-mindedness is refreshing. Our School Assembly this morning was about ‘Treasures’.  There is a concept in the Maori tradition of […]