Ficino School Letter, Week 4, Term 4, 2018

In a recent interview, I was asked about the benefits of Mindfulness.  What I notice about the students at Ficino is that they tend to excel in high pressure situations.  We have individuals who excel to high levels in their chosen fields – more than you would expect from such a small school.  Similarly we have school teams that punch above their weight in competitions.  Our EPRO8 technology teams competed last night in the Auckland heats.  The two teams of Year 7 and 8 students came first and second out of 12 teams altogether, putting them through to the semi-finals next week.  Technology is hardly a mainstream subject at Ficino, but the students worked hard in preparation and formed two cohesive units on the night.  One participant reported to her parents that what she enjoyed most about the evening was how well her team worked together.  It is this ability to cooperate and collaborate that brings success.  Some commentators believe that the move to more online learning in schools improves collaboration, however I think there are real questions about this idea.  Our students have excellent collaboration skills from working with each other face to face.  This sort of collaboration involves the whole being which I am not sure is achieved in the virtual world.
Peter Crompton



Life Education Trust talk – Monday 19 November (Boys) and Tuesday 20 November (Girls)
The Life Education Trust will be visiting to present a Puberty Module to the Year 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 classes.  Boys and girls will attend the modules separately, with each tailored to the appropriate level and gender.
Learning about puberty is part of the New Zealand Curriculum, and the module focuses on increasing their knowledge about the stages and physical and emotional changes.  Students will learn

about the changes that take place, and how to care for themselves and their bodies changing needs.


Year 5 & 6 Camp – Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 November




Road Resurfacing – 5 – 18 November
A reminder that AT is resurfacing the roads around Ficino School.  Please drive with extra care around the school during school drop-offs and pick-ups.


Auckland City Mission’s Angels Appeal – 19 – 30 November
In the lead-up to Christmas, Ficino School will be participating in this worthwhile appeal.
A collection point will be set up in each class room from Monday 19th until Friday 30th November, where you will be able to donate non-perishable food items, unwrapped Christmas gifts and wrapping paper.


Christmas Tea Towel Fundraiser – by Wednesday 14 November
Each year a tea towel is produced featuring self-portraits of every child and portraits of every member of the school.  The tea towels are a great memento of the year for the children and also make great gifts.
These can be ordered online this year.  Note that orders must be placed and paid for by Wednesday 14th November 2018.


Cards, Calendars, Diaries and more – by Wednesday 14 November!
Take the opportunity to showcase your child’s talent by using one of their masterpieces on a range of Christmas give-away’s!  Return the order form to school no later than Wednesday 14 November.


Reminder – Samosa Forms by 21 November
Order forms must be back at the School Office by Wednesday 21 November.  Orders will be available for pick up on Friday 30 November.


Pre-order your Christmas tree! – by 28 November
Order your freshly cut Christmas tree online for pick-up at our Festive Fun day on Sunday 2 December.  Orders must be made by Wednesday 28 November.


Join us for Festive Fun – Sunday 2 December
Share some Christmas joy at Ficino School!  You’ll be able to pre-order your Christmas tree shortly – keep an eye out for the notice that’s coming next week.  This fun event will allow you to pick up your pre-ordered tree as well as enjoy our tea room, bbq, sweet treats, Craft & Eco stalls and Christmas lego display and games!


Uniform Shop Hours
The School Uniform Shop is open before and after school every Wednesday.  Please come to reception in the Villa where we will be able to assist you further.