Ficino School Letter – Week 3, Term 1

It was good to meet Year One and new parents at our lunch on Wednesday.  Many of you reported that your children have had a positive start at Ficino School and are settling in well.  Several of the older students have already made contributions in assemblies which is excellent.

We have been exploring our second School Value – Obey Lawful Direction.  We discovered that laws are there for our freedom.  Nicholas Debenham, the founding headmaster of our sister school, St James in London, once said that the reason we can walk safely down the street is because of the Ten Commandments.  These ancient laws are so deeply embedded in western thinking and legal frameworks that they influence our behaviours and values whether we know it or not.  On this basis, it is worth giving some attention to learning and understanding them.  One student learnt all ten and recited them to me earlier this week.  The commandment  to ‘Honour thy father and thy mother’ is an interesting one. The following text states ‘so that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee’.  The idea of honouring ones parents is right and natural given the sacrifices that are made in bringing up a family.  However this commandment goes wider than that: by honouring our parents we are honouring the traditions of our ancestors, honouring the story that has brought us to where we are now.  This is not dissimilar to the idea of a Pepeha, or introduction, in the Maori tradition, where one’s family and the land from which they gained sustenance is honoured.  Some classes have been looking at this concept of Pepeha and may have asked you about it.


School Picnic – Sunday 25 February – Long Bay – 10 – 2pm

We hope to see many of you at the picnic this coming Sunday. The weather conditions are currently looking good.

Parents Meeting – Monday 26 February – 6pm – 7.30 pm – School Hall

The Parents Meeting takes place on Monday 26 February at 6pm in the School Hall. Drinks and finger food will be served from 5.30pm. The main purpose of this evening is to provide an opportunity for you to hear what is in store for the year ahead from the class teacher. The evening will begin with an address by the Principal. A notice regarding the meeting has been sent home with the children.


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.


Easter comes slightly earlier than normal this year.  Please remember the School will be closed from Good Friday (29 March), and will reopen on Wednesday 4 April.

Assemblies on Friday

Parents are welcome to attend our School assembly on Friday morning.  These run throughout the term from 8.30 – 9am.  Parking is available behind the Villa.

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.