We come to the end of another fine term in the which the children (and teachers) have been stretched to develop their talents in myriad different dimensions. I interviewed a prospective student this week and asked what his favourite subject at school was. His rather dour answer was “We don’t do many subjects – just English and Maths…oh…and Topic”. He made me realise what a wonderful feast of experience our students are offered. Subjects used to be called ‘disciplines’ because they trained the mind in different ways or thinking, each important in its own right to develop a rounded intellect. It was rather disappointing to hear that in this student’s mind, there were only three.
The Friends of Ficino exceeded even their own high expectations with the organisation of the Ho-Down last weekend. The event had a wonderful feeling of community, with everyone helping out in different ways. We are grateful for the huge support that was evident in the parent body. The event raised $5, 550 after expenses; half of which goes to School Projects – which currently is saving up for an astroturf play area behind the villa; more news on this next term. The other half goes towards this year’s Renaissance Trip. The Friends of Ficino would like to thank all the parents who helped and also The Produce Company for their generous donation of food, and grandparent Margaret Fish for managing the bar. Look out for news of the Italian Opera evening in the pipeline for later this year.