Ficino School Letter, Week 1, Term 3, 2018

Welcome back to Term 3.  It is always delightful to see the children at the first assembly of the term, looking smart, and gently waking up to the regular routines and new opportunities a new term provides.

On Thursday mornings this term, students from Years Two to Six will have an opportunity to meet with their teachers to discuss setting a goal for themselves.  As a staff we have discussed making sure these are simple, measurable and achievable because the main purpose is for the students themselves to feel the power of achieving something by their own efforts and will.

Some classes will also be encouraged to pursue a topic of interest, again largely under their own steam.  This is to give experience of a journey that begins with wonder, and leads on to development of a rich question to guide their inquiry.  Eventually they have the opportunity to make meaning – draw conclusions that can contribute to their understanding.  This can crystallize if they take some action such as speaking to the class or making a project.

Both these initiatives are aimed at the development of strong growth mindsets which has been a theme for this year.
Peter Crompton


Commendations Assembly
Parents are welcome to attend the Commendations Assembly on Friday 10 August at 8.30am.  Awards will be given to deserving students in each Year.

Information Evening and School Tour
A reminder that we resume our recruitment activity next week with an Information Evening on Wednesday 8 August (6 – 7pm) and a School Tour on Friday 10 August (9 – 10.15am).  It would be appreciated if you could advise interested family, friends and colleagues.  More information and a registration form is available at

Parent/Teacher Interviews
Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Monday 13 August.  If you have not already done so, bookings can be made online at School Interviews.

Note that School will finish at the following times:

Years 1, 2 and 3 to be picked up at 12.35pm
Years 4-8 to be picked up at 12.45pm.
There will be NO After School Care available on this day.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
We have moved to a more parent-friendly online booking system for Ficino After School Care (FASC).  Note there is no FASC on Monday 13 August.

Bookings will be available on a monthly basis; you will be able to easily book and cancel online.  You will receive an email confirming the dates you have booked and you will be able to save them to your calendar.  We will transition to the new system during August and from September all bookings for FASC will have to be done on-line.

The following are the links you will require for this term:

Click HERE to book for AUGUST
Click HERE to book for SEPTEMBER

Follow the step by step online booking instructions.
In order for us to plan our staffing levels ahead of time we will need 24 hours’ notice of cancellation, otherwise you will be charged for their attendance.
There will still be the option to register your child on the day, providing there is enough space, this needs to be done before 1.00pm. Please note, availability is limited.
If your child is sick or on a school trip and they are booked in to after school care, please go online and cancel your booking to avoid being charged.

Website Calendar
Please note the School Calendar  of Events can be found on the website.