Ficino School Letter Week 4, Term 4, 2016

The school is full again this week with the Year 7 and 8 students having returned from their Renaissance Tour of England and Italy.  This was a truly remarkable experience for them all.  Not only did they have the opportunity to connect with some of the great wonders of western civilization in Rome, Florence and London, including a Shakespeare performance at the Globe Theatre in London, but also they have grown as human beings.  This age from 11 to 13 years old is the beginning of their journey from childhood to adulthood.  It is a time of self-discovery and the germination of the life ahead of them. What greater inspiration than to be amongst the works and legacy of great men and women who lived during these high points in human development.

The students themselves were a credit to the School and their families.  The guides really enjoyed their questions and engagement. One said that he loved their spirit of inquiry; he enjoyed being kept on his toes. In one cafe, six separate people came up to one of the adults in our group to comment on the exemplary behaviour of the children – their politeness, openness and patience.  Finally on our flight back with Air New Zealand, two hostesses said we were the best school group she had ever seen.

Peter Crompton



Ficino School Information Evening – Wed 9/11 – 6 – 7pm

We are holding a Parent Information Evening next week for prospective parents where we will focus on the important long term benefits of a Ficino education.  In additiion to an overview from Mr Crompton, we will have presentations from alumni and current students. If you know anyone who may be interested in coming along, please pass on the information to them.  Thank you.

Renaissance Trip Talks

The students in Years 7 & 8 will present projects based on their experiences during the trip at the school assemblies on Thursday 10th, Friday 11th, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Thursday 24th November and Friday 2nd December.  These are very inspiring presentations for both children and adults.