Ficino School Letter, Week 2, Term 2, 2018

On Wednesday this week, half of the School participated in our triennial visit to Tiritiri Matangi bird sanctuary.  This is always a special trip and this year was no exception.  Because of the later than expected timing, the birds were out in abundance and some of the rarer species more easily seen.  The guides, many of whom traveled across to the island on the same ferry as the Ficino group, commented to a number of the teachers how attentive and engaged the children were, as well as how prepared they were.  This enabled the guides to offer a deeper experience than they usually can.  They also commented on the students’ excellent behaviour and what a pleasure it was to have them on the island.  Such comments are very pleasing to hear and ultimately are a result of our students ability to direct their attention to where it needs to be and enjoy the fullness of the present moment.

This fine attention was further demonstrated in the beautiful Dance Assembly that took place this morning.  The Year One and Three students chanted beautiful prayers about peace and perfection with their associated movements, and the Year Seven and Eight girls crowned off the morning with an exquisite dance to an enchanting piece of music.  The fine use of attention entranced the students and brought the whole assembly to a state of rest. Certain dances seem to have this unique ability to bring a sense of completeness to the performers and the audience.
Peter Crompton



Cue Haven
Year 5 students will be going on a trip to Cue Haven on Tuesday 22 May.  Parents were sent an online permission form to complete for their child to attend.  Please ensure these are completed by Monday.

Stardome Observatory Trip
Parents of Year 3 & 4 children were recently sent an online permission form for their child to attend this trip on Wednesday 23 May.  Each child must have a completed online form to be able to attend.

Completed forms should have been returned.

‘The Odd One Out’
Year 1 and Preschool children will be attending a performance by Capital E on Tuesday 29 May.  It is a non-verbal show about embracing differences and adapting to changes, and will be enjoyed by children of all nationalities.

Parents of Year 1 students have been sent an online permission form.  This must be completed by Tuesday 22 May.

Paddington 2 Movie Night
Marmalade Madness is nearly upon us!  The Friends of Ficino are having another fun children’s movie evening in the hall on Saturday 26 May. Doors open at 4.30pm and all should be finished by 7.

Parental supervision is essential.  Get your child(ren)’s name on the door list early as numbers are limited – prepay at reception with Eftpos, cash or cheque only.

Note that this event is for Ficino students and their siblings only.



Thursday dismissal traffic flow
On Thursdays, only parents collecting students for Hockey may enter the traffic queue from 2.45pm.  All parents for Classes 1 to 3 must wait offsite or parked behind the villa until 2.55pm.

This will enable Hockey parents to get their children to Hockey which starts at 3pm off-site.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Parents are invited to attend the whole school assemblies that occur at 8.30am on Friday mornings.  The School will be having a Good Works assembly for Years 1, 3, 5 and 7 on Friday 25 May.

Trial French Lesson
A new date for the trial French lesson is now available for interested students next Wednesday 23 May from 3.15 – 4.15pm.

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please email Maroussia to book a place.

Ficino School Sports Jackets
A reminder that orders for the Ficino School sports jacket must be placed and paid for before next Friday 25 May.

Note that these jackets will not be available from the uniform shop, and this is the only opportunity to order one.

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.

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