Ficino School Letter Week 2, Term 3, 2017

Term 3 has certainly started with plenty of energy.  Energy, as it happens was one of the key messages in Ian Milne’s Science Show on Thursday morning.  He had children playing with fidget spinners (currently not allowed at School, but encouraged for exploration at home), putting marbles on their cheeks, blowing up balloons and releasing them and firing compressed air rockets down the length of the hall.  The session finished with Mr Milne bringing the room to rest by asking us all to listen to very quiet music coming from a small wind up toy.  He then placed it on a table and the volume increased ten fold. What questions might the children ask about that?  Mr Milne’s enthusiasm is contagious, backed up by his experience as a teacher and his life interest in exploring the spiritual dimension of science education.  He recently sent me a paper he has written and the opening sentence is –

“Some times in our working lives elements of our beliefs and behaviours combine together and reward us with an aesthetic experience that reminds us of the richness of human kind as we interact with the wonder and beauty of the natural phenomena that surrounds us on this planet.”

Ian confided in me afterwards that about ten years ago, when Mrs Milne started teaching at Ficino, the philosophy of the School and particularly our approach to Science as Nature Study, explored through the five senses, and their link with the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space, resonated strongly with the direction he was taking.  It is always a delight to have Ian sharing his joy and child-like awe with us all.

Peter Crompton



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. The New Entrant parents will have a meeting with Mrs Clarke at 1pm.

School Tour – Friday 18/8 – 9.15am

Our first School Tour for the term is on Friday 18th August at 9.15am.  If you know someone who would be interested in coming to have a look at the School or the Preschool, please ask them to phone the office, or book for the Tour via our website.  Thank you.

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 last week.  Alternatively, you may email the office if you are able to come.

Class 3 Cake Sale – Friday 18/8 – 3pm

The fundraising cake sale for Class 3 is on Friday 18th August, so please remind the children to bring some money to purchase a cake if they would like to.  The cake sale for Class 1 last week raised $225 to go towards the Lifepod infant incubator.  Thank you for your support.

Children’s Movie Night – Saturday 19/8 – 5pm

There are still some spaces available if your child would like to go to the movie night.
Tickets are $10 each – cash or eftpos only