Ficino School Letter, Week 6 Term 1 2018

In our Assemblies this week, we heard about some great leaders who have significantly influenced our current times, particularly through the power of the spoken word.

The first was Kate Sheppard who was an active member of the Prohibition movement in the late nineteenth century.  Her strong belief that excessive drinking at the time was responsible for undermining the family and the cause of many social problems of the day, led her to devote her energy to attaining the right to vote for women.  This was of course achieved in 1893 with New Zealand subsequently being described as the first true democracy.  British and American women weren’t able to vote until the 1920s.  Kate Sheppard won the hearts of many through her clear logic, unerring commitment and most of all through her gracious manner and powerful speech.

Later in the week we looked at Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, both of whom also had to overcome great odds to become the leaders they were, at the times they did.

This was put into contrast for the children around a quotation from the sacred Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita; a copy of which was donated to the school earlier this week with a bookmark in at the following verse

“One should lift oneself up by one’s own efforts and should not degrade oneself; for one’s own self is one’s friend and one’s own self is one’s enemy.”
Peter Crompton



Events for prospective parents

A reminder that Ficino School will be hosting a couple of events for prospective parents next week.  A Parent Information Evening will be held from 6 – 7pm on Wednesday 21 March and a Ficino School tour will be held from 9.15 – 10.15am on Friday 23 March.

More information is available at


Year 1 and 2 Hockey

Parents of Year 1 and 2 students recently received a notice about hockey options for students in Terms 2 and 3.  Hockey is the main winter team sport at Ficino.  It is an ideal sport for our School as boys and girls can play together, and therefore we can field competitive teams.  As this is something your child will be able to develop further in their time at Ficino please consider this option for your child to participate in and return the form to school.

Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder that Parent Teacher Interviews are being held on Monday 9 April – School will be closed for the afternoon.  Years 1, 2 and 3 to be picked up at 12.35 and Years 4 upward to be picked up at 12.45.

There will be no FASC on Monday 9 April.

Assemblies on Friday

Parents are welcome to attend our School assembly next Friday morning.  Classes 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be presenting at the Good Works assembly on Friday 23 March.  Parents are welcome to attend any Friday assemblies which run throughout the term from 8.30 – 9am.  Parking is available behind the Villa.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)

There is no FASC on Monday 9 April.  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.

When children are being collected from FASC, please could this be done expediently.  Children should not stay and play while you are waiting; not only does this lead to a lack of timeliness and simple obedience on their part, but also easily disrupts the smooth running of FASC because the child is responding to two different authorities, their parent and the supervisor and this causes confusion.

Furthermore, if you have any questions about the management or overall programmes at FASC, please direct them to Mrs Preston, who is the teacher responsible for FASC on