Ficino School Letter, Week 4, Term 1, 2019

Last week I wrote about our School Value, Respect All, and the subtle meaning of the word Respect being to look again or look beyond.  This can be seen as akin to the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ or not to assume you know about someone from first appearances.

We had an opportunity to put this into practice in our Assembly this morning.  Miss Toshala, our head chef and kitchen manager, played a delightful European polka on her piano accordion.  It was a complex piece full of joy and rhythm. Some of the students in Year One could not resist clapping to the beat right from the start.  Their faces just lit up, and their whole being with it.  Miss Toshala is a very accomplished musician.  Having played the accordion since childhood, she is part of a devoted group of musicians who play all over the world including New York, France, England and Australia.  You may have noticed that she disappears from the kitchen for a week or two on occasions; this is what she is doing.  Miss Toshala’s musical ensemble is called Mukti Giti which means Liberation Song.

When she played in Assembly, there was rapturous applause that went on long after Miss Toshala had left the hall.

Peter Crompton




Year 5 & 6 Surf Lifesaving NZ Trip – Thursday 7 March
Run by Surf Lifesaving instructors, this full-day curriculum-based education programme is designed to give our students the life-long skills they need to stay safe at the beach and in the water. Held at Mairangi Bay on the North Shore, a separate notice went out to parents on Wednesday.


Athletics Day – Friday 15 March
The whole school Athletics Day will be taking place at Mt Smart Stadium.  Thank you to all parents who have volunteered to help out on the day!


Year 3 Camp – Thursday 21 – Friday 22 March
The Year 3 Camp will be held out at the Auld’s farm in Kumeu.  This will give students a great opportunity to strengthen friendships, grow in confidence and independence and refine their powers of observation.  The property comes complete with farm animals; alpacas, chickens and an old horse, wild rabbits and pukekos. There is a developing arboretum (small forest), a stream and a fantastic garden.  A notice has been sent to parents and the requested form must be returned by Friday 8 March.


Incredible India and Bollywood Extravaganza – Saturday 23 March
Friends of Ficino (FoF) are hosting this exciting event on Saturday 23 March from 4 – 7pm.  A detailed email was sent yesterday to all parents, and further updates will be posted on the Facebook page.




Years 1 – 4 and 5 – 6 Hockey programmes
Registrations for students wishing to take part in the hockey programme must be completed as soon as possible.  Run during Terms 2 and 3, a notice was sent home on Monday.
To secure your child’s place, please ensure you complete the online registration form by Friday 1 March.

Please note: With increased numbers of students, we are now hoping to put forward a Year 5/6 team.  The students were very enthusiastic this morning when Helen Clarke, ex New Zealand Goal Keeper and Olympic Bronze medalist, spoke to them and shared her love of the sport.


Samosa Fundraiser
An order form for the first of our ever popular Samosa Drives was sent out this week.  Don’t forget to complete and return your order forms by Wednesday 13 March.  Orders will be available for pick up on Friday 22 March.


Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Click HERE to book for MARCH
Click HERE to book for APRIL
Click HERE to book for MAY

Please note:

There will still be the option to register your child on the day before 1.00pm.  Availability is limited.

We need at last 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel a booking,  If your child is sick or on a school trip, you must cancel the booking online to avoid being charged.  Thank you.