Ficino School Letter, Week 1, Term 1, 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 Taonga which is often translated as treasure.  A treasure in this sense is something worthwhile, something that you keep close and look after.  Taonga is something that provides protection and stays with us.  Having shown the students some greenstone or pounamu, which is considered a treasure by Maori. we looked at what treasures the students will learn at school.  One of the greatest treasures we offer are our School Values, which provide great protection and certainty.  For those new to the School our five values are:

Speak the truth
Obey lawful direction
Respect all
Learn to be responsible and be responsible to learn
Practise what is good with resilience and courage

The first is the most important and there is a simple principle that I explained to the children.  If we speak the truth we grow strong, if we speak untruths we grow weak.  The students will look at these values in more detail as the term progresses.  The new students will receive a Values Card with the five School Values on it – a small treasure in itself.

By now you should have received a letter from your child’s class teacher outlining some of the events of the term ahead; I look forward to seeing you all at the parents’ evening.

Peter Crompton



Years 1 – 4 Swimming Lessons – starting Friday 15 February
Year 1 – 4 students will be attending swimming lessons on Fridays in Term One, commencing Friday 15 February.  These will be off site at the Mt Eden pools on Bellevue Road.
Parents of Year 1 – 4 students will have received an email requesting their permission for their child(ren) to attend swimming lessons.
The permission form should have been completed by Friday 8 February.


Year 5 & 6 Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) – Monday 18 February
Year 5 & 6 students will attend the MERC Centre next to Long Bay Reserve to take part in outdoor activities such as sailing, surfing and/or tree-climbing.  Parents have been sent a permission form that must be completed by Thursday 14 February.


School Picnic – Sunday 24 February
More information to follow shortly!



Ficino School French Class

This professionally developed programme will be held on Wednesdays 3.15-4.15 pm in the school library.  There will be lots of fun activities, drama, music and games taught by experienced and trained native language teachers.

Please contact Maroussia to register your interest in a free trial lesson  –; Phone: 021 251 7435;


Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Click HERE to book for FEBRUARY
Click HERE to book for MARCH
Click HERE to book for APRIL

Please note:

There will still be the option to register your child on the day before 1.00pm.  Availability is limited.

We need at last 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel a booking,  If your child is sick or on a school trip, you must cancel the booking online to avoid being charged.  Thank you.