Our first week back at school has been filled with delightful learning opportunities for the children. Students from Year 4 to 8 sat the challenging Australian Maths Competition on Thursday morning; the results of this come out near the end of the term. Also on Thursday, 24 students from Years 5 – 8 who have worked hard over the holiday brought in their amazing Science Projects. The best ones from Year 7 and 8 will be submitted to the regional NIWA Science Fair. Primary Science Educator, Ian Milne, who is judging the competition had this to say after meeting students this morning.
“The projects submitted by Ficino students for their Science Fair were all outstanding. The students were wide-eyed with enthusiasm and delight when explaining their projects to me”.
At our Monday assembly we set the theme for Philosophy for this term as Compassion. We began with a quote from the Dalai Lama –
“If you want others to be happy, practise compassion, If you want to be happy, practise compassion.”
Compassion is a natural, universal emotion which benefits both the giver and the receiver. Albert Einstein spoke about the need to ‘widen our circle of compassion’. How far can it go, I wonder?
Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday 14/8 from 1.15pm
The Parent/Teacher interviews take place on Monday 14th August from 1.15pm. All children need to be collected after lunch at 12.45pm. There will be no after school care on this day. Appointments can be made by calling into the office, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The New Entrant parents will have a meeting with Mrs Clarke at 1pm.
Class 4, 5 & New Entrants Parents Lunch – Friday 18/8 – 12.30pm
A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Classes Four, Five and New Entrants will be held on Friday 18th August in the school villa from 12.30pm. For catering purposes, please RSVP by returning the reply slip on the notice sent home this week. Alternatively, you may email the office if you are able to come.
Children’s Movie Night – Saturday 19/8 – 5pm
An email with poster has been sent to families this week. Bookings can be made at the school office by Wednesday 16th August – cash or eftpos only.
Tickets are $10 each.