Ficino School Letter Week 3, Term 1, 2016

It was very good to see so many of you at our Parents Evening on Monday. In the Principal’s Address, I spoke about the need for a balance between love and discipline in the education of children. Love is naturally there between a parent and child and a teacher and child. Discipline needs to be learned. We looked at the five skills most sought after by employers of university graduates, which all required a sense of self discipline; they included teamwork, problem solving and the ability to follow through on a task. Discipline is really about habits of mind; it is interesting that subjects like Mathematics, History or Science used to be called disciplines because they trained the mind to think in useful ways. The root of the word discipline is ‘to follow’ like a disciple and children between the age of five and ten naturally want to follow. It is therefore important that they are provided with leadership that has the concept of a good, civilised and cultured being into which the child can evolve. Moving around the school this week, the goodness and willingness of the students is very evident; they respond easily to reminders.

Peter Crompton



School Tour – Friday 26th February – 9.15am

Our second School Tour for the year will be held next Friday 26th February at 9.15am.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this on and ask them to contact the school office to book in.

School Picnic – Sunday 28 Feb – Long Bay – 10 – 2pm

A notice with details has been sent home with the children last week.  Please note that we have booked site number 3 this year as last year’s site 4 was not available.

Class 6,7,8 Parents Lunch – Friday 4 March

The Class 6, 7 & 8 Parents lunch will be held on Friday 4th March at 12.30.  A notice will be sent home next week, but meantime please mark the date in your calendar.