Ficino School Letter Week 1, Term 1, 2016

Welcome back to a new term and a new year. The children look well rested and in fine fettle. On Tuesday morning, we welcomed seventeen new students to the school including six in Year One and the rest throughout the school. Two students have arrived from our sister school John Colet in Sydney and coincidentally one of our students moved there.

Some work has been done over the holidays on the school buildings including the removal of the redundant fire escape at the back of the villa. However the main focus for development this term is the Pre-School building on the corner site. Building consent and the start of construction are imminent. The new Head Teacher and Centre Manager Miss Trinette Bush, has been on site this week and last, involving herself in staff workshops, assemblies, lunch and familiarising herself with the ethos and dynamic of Ficino School. She has a wealth of experience and will enrich our school community.

We welcome a number of new members of staff this term; Mrs Nicolette Farrelly as Year Two teacher, Mrs Julian-Miles providing early intervention English help, Mrs Ann Crowley helping older students including those with English as a Second language and Mrs Nicole De Pina as Marketing and Communications Manager. We also welcome Richard Calver as a second gap year student alongside Ellie Mason who was with us last term. Mrs Clare Watkins will be taking the role of Senior Syndicate Leader this year looking after teachers and students in Years 5 to 8.

I look forward to meeting Class One and new parents at the lunch next week.

Peter Crompton


Class One & New Parents Lunch – Wednesday 10 Feb – 12.30pm

A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Class 1 and any new parents in the school, will be held on Wednesday 10th February in the school villa from 12.30pm.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to socialise with the Principal and other parents.  Thank you for all the replies received so far and we look forward to seeing parents on Wednesday.

Parents Evening – Monday 15 Feb – 6pm – 7.30pm – School Hall

The Parents Meeting takes place on Monday 15th February at 6pm in the school hall.  Drinks and finger food will be served from 5.30pm.  The main purpose of this evening is to provide an opportunity for you to hear what is in stall for the year ahead with the class teacher.  The evening will begin with an address by the Principal.  A notice regarding the meeting has been sent home today.  Please return attendance slips by Wednesday next week. Thank you.

School Picnic – Sunday 28 Feb – Long Bay – 10 – 2pm

A notice with further details will be sent home with the children next week.  Meantime, please mark this date on your calendar.

Ficino Running Club – Friday Mornings – Yr 5 – 8 children

Ficino Running Club has started again on Friday mornings, starting at 7am.  It is open for children in Year 5 – 8 and their parents.  Younger children are welcome to come along if they are able to run without stopping for 30 minutes and they are accompanied by a parent.  Breakfast is provided, but please bring a gold coin donation for this.  With this money we also support the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) organisation by purchasing sports shoes for children in Auckland who are from needy families.  If you have any questions about the running club, please contact Mrs Watkins