Ficino School Letter, Week 10 Term 1 2018

A word from the Principal

Last week the Education Review Office reported back on their initial findings having visited the School the week before. They spent an hour visiting four or five classes around the school and described their time here as a privilege. Two comments that were made in their report particularly stood out. The first related to connection and focus. They said that the children’s level of engagement was outstanding in every class they visited. They loved the interesting way the students were being questioned, coached and challenged to think for themselves. The second comment was that the behaviour of our students was exceptional and that the values of the School are very obvious and fully embedded in the culture.

This was very pleasing to hear but unfortunately none of it will be mentioned in their report. Their job is to assess our suitability to operate as a school and nothing more. The language used in the reports sadly tends to be rather bland. It was however delightful that they were able to verbally offer such positive feedback.
Peter Crompton


Country Ho-Down! – Mt Eden Normal Primary (cnr Sherbourne Rd and Valley Rd)

Come along to the most anticipated family fun night this year!  Friends of Ficino are looking forward to welcoming you tomorrow night to the Country Hoedown at Mt Eden School. There will be cash sales for raffles, food and beverages. If you haven’t booked your place you can still come and pay at the door.




School Holidays

Term 1 finishes on Friday 20 April, with Term 2 beginning on Tuesday 8 May.
Please note: Monday 7th May is Teacher only day.

Ski Training Programme

Ficino School is proud of its successes on the ski field, and has consistently performed well above its weight at inter-school competitions.  All parents would have recently received an email about the 2018 Snow Sports Programme.  This starts on Sunday 6 May and we urge interested parents to sign up their children as soon as possible (older siblings welcome) so we have the numbers to be able to continue offering this programme.

Contact programme coordinator Gray Gillespie for more information, and to sign up.

Athletics Awards Assembly – Friday 20 April

Parents are welcome to attend our Athletics Awards Assembly next Friday 20 April. Parking is available behind the Villa.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)

Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email or by phone 6233385. If your child is booked in and no longer coming to after school care, please ring the office and cancel the booking.

Uniform Shop Hours

The School Uniform Shop is open before and after school every Wednesday.  Please remember that we will be going into Winter Uniform in Term 2; for those parents who need to purchase winter uniforms.  Please come to Reception in the Villa where we will be able to assist you further.

Website Calendar

Please note the School Calendar  of Events can be found on the website. There is also a permanent link to the calendar in this newsletter.