Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 4, 2015

One of our focus areas for this term has been goal setting. This is a tool for encouraging students to take ownership of their learning; in other words, see areas that need strengthening as their responsibility rather than just their teacher’s or parents’. This helps to empower our students to have a growth mind set, rather than resting on their laurels. All students have chosen a goal themselves and there is a genuine desire to succeed in achieving these in many of them. The fact that work has to be done to fulfil the goal takes a little longer for some to realise which is not surprising, and is a very useful learning experience in itself.

In Assembly on Monday morning, it was delightful to be able to celebrate the All Blacks’ victory in the World Cup. This was particularly sweet because their triumph was the result of perseverance, hard work and goal setting. In 2012 they set out to be the most dominant side in history. This goal had to be aimed for and lived both on and off the field. And it was splendid to be able to use our nation’s sporting icons as fine examples. Words like ‘humble’ and ‘gracious’ have cropped up in the media quite frequently and this off field behaviour has been an intrinsic part of the RWC campaign. Perseverance and resilience are two qualities that have been encouraged at school recently, and the sporting arena provides many fine examples of these qualities. In the assembly, we focussed on three players from different teams who have come back from devastating injuries, illness or disappointments to achieve their goal of representing their countries in this World Cup. Resilience is all about being able to bounce back, and a really important quality to foster in young people today.

Peter Crompton




Senior Shakespeare Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
18 – 21 November

Tickets are available at the school office for the following performances:-
Wednesday 18 November – 7.30pm
Thursday 19 November – 7.30pm
Friday 20 November – 7.30pm
Saturday 21 November – 2.00 pm
Saturday 21 November – 7.30pm

Ticket Prices
Adult – $12
Concession:  $8 (senior citizens/tertiary students)
Child:  $5 (school age) (no charge for preschool age)
Family Group:  $26 (2 adults and 2 children)

Ficino Sports

Jump Rope For Heart – Sponsorship Money returned by Friday 13th November
The sponsorship money collected which will go to the Heart Foundation should be returned to your child’s teacher by Friday 13th November.  Thank you for your support.

Football Clinic – Begins Tuesday 10 November
The football skills clinic begins next week, from 3.15pm to 4pm.  It runs for five weeks, finishing on Tuesday 8th December.