Ficino School Letter, Week 6, Term 2, 2018

A word from the Principal

This week our Year One to Four students made their termly trip to the local Eden Village Rest Home where they delighted the residents with their singing, speech and piano playing.  Having the pleasure of being able to accompany them this week, it was great to see their natural confidence and ease in performing to the audience there.  They gave fully of themselves to the spirit of the occasion; singly heartily and beautifully.  Performing service of this kind is such a crucial part of a child’s upbringing and something we encourage at Ficino.  One High Court Judge in a request for lawyers to do more service in their communities said “Service is the rent you pay for your room on this planet.”

One great way for young people to serve is through their speech.  When they do this well, it uplifts others in a special way.  Our Head Boy Nicholas Clarke has been selected to speak at the ISNZ Conference later this month.  He will be addressing a large room of Principals, Bursars and Board Members from Independent Schools nationwide about leadership from a students’ perspective.  He read his speech to the Assembly this morning and it was outstanding.  He described three key aspects of leadership as being calmness, fairness and kindness, and gave clear descriptions of why these are important and how they manifest themselves at Ficino.

Peter Crompton



A Taste of Italy – Opera and Pasta evening fast approaching
Don’t miss out on tickets to this exclusive event!  Enjoy an aperitif, some stunning opera and a specially designed 3 course Italian meal, all at the amazing location at 268 West Tamaki Drive.  Spot prizes abound!

Tickets can be bought from reception at the Villa (limited tickets are available).  Eftpos and cash accepted.



Yummy stickers
Ficino School is once again collecting Yummy fruit stickers as part of the campaign to raise funds for sporting equipment.  Sticker sheets are in each classroom, so please ensure that you save any stickers and give them to your children for collecting on the sticker charts.

We have had excellent results in previous Yummy sticker drives with hundreds of dollars’ worth of sporting equipment collected to date.
One Can, Two Can Appeal
Ficino School has choosen to support the Auckland City Mission’s appeal from Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June.  Please support this wonderful initiative by donating a can (or two) of food to this cause.
Uniform Matters
Families please note the following:
Garters – all Year 1 to 6 boys should wear garters to keep their socks up.  These can easily be named.  The Office has a good supply of garters for purchase which are adjustable.
Blazers – are to be worn to and from School every day in Terms 2 and 3.
Naming school uniform.  Please name all items of uniform for your children.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)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.
Website Calendar
Please note the School Calendar  of Events can be found on the website. There is also a permanent link to the calendar in this newsletter.