Beginning with play, children love physical activity. Ficino School provides a full and balanced programme. There is physical activity every day for every child, with a wide variety of activities to give children the opportunity to continually develop their skills. Our programme encourages and reinforces character building qualities such as self-discipline, respect for others, honesty, fair play, competition, teamwork, and leadership.
All PE lessons are taken by specialist PE teachers. Lessons include large and small ball skills, athletics, gymnastics, striking, adventure education, minor games, fitness and Jump Rope for Heart. Students visit the local pools for swimming lessons with experienced independent instructors, leading to a swimming gala in Term 4 for Years 3-8. Specialist instructors are also brought into the school on occasion for different sports such as tennis, soccer, athletics and table tennis.
From the age of 5 children are introduced to team games where they learn teamwork and sportsmanship. There are competitive matches within the school and against other schools. In addition, daily games, gymnastics, cross country running and challenging field trips ensure that boys and girls stay fit and competitively motivated.
The school is committed to maintaining good levels of physical fitness for its pupils. Children Years 1-4 have ten minutes of daily fitness, as well as three PE periods each week. Years 5-8 have six formal PE periods each week.
Athletics Day is held in Term 1 at Mt Smart Stadium. All children take part, competing within their own year groups, where they are encouraged to strive for their personal best. A wide range of track and field events are included in the programme at age-appropriate levels. They are awarded points on the basis of their performance in the different events and these points contribute towards the house total.
The annual cross-country races take place during Term 3. The races are normally held on Mt Eden, which offers a good course for all age groups and excellent viewing for spectators. All children compete in the cross-country races in their year groups. All place getters are able to gain points for their houses.
The Ficino School hockey teams compete very strongly and successfully each season. Students from Class 1 through to 8 are eligible to compete, playing in boys and girls mixed teams. The games are played on Saturdays, with mid-week training for about an hour during the week.
We have netball teams to cater for all year groups, boys and girls. The season runs during Term 2 and Term 3, and sometimes summer netball is offered in Term 4.
Ficino School has an active extra-curricular ski team who train up at Snow Planet, north of Auckland, on Sundays in Terms 2 and 3.
Ficino submits teams of 5 students who attend the North Island Primary School (NIPS) Championships each year. The competition is held at the Whakapapa ski fields at Mt Ruapahu in late August/early September each year.
We have had success in competitions in the past; coming second overall in 2017 and having a student winning individually in 2018. Anyone can join the ski team, with requests for registrations being sent out early in the year.