Ficino School Letter Week 6, Term 3, 2016

Over the last couple of weeks the students have been reminded to consider how best to put our fine School Values into practice.  To make them more than just a collection of five words, the students are encouraged to bring them into their own lives through intelligent inquiry. To help with this, each child has been given a reminder card which has a series of three questions associated with each value.  For example our first School Value is to Speak the Truth and the inquiry questions associated with this are,  Is it true?  Is it kind, pleasant and beneficial? Is it uplifting?  These follow in the tradition of Socrates and if everyone could remember to ask such questions before they spoke, our society would no doubt benefit.

These cards were also produced to provide help for parents and friends of Ficino School to share the essence of what the school stands for.  If you would like to collect some for yourself or to pass on, please take them from the stand in the office.

Peter Crompton



Spelling Bee Knockout Assembly – Friday 9/9

All parents are invited to our Spelling Bee Knockout Assembly on Friday 9th September at 8.30am. Top students will compete against each other and senior students who have achieved the highest scores will compete against the teachers.  All welcome!

2016 Music Competition – Thursday 22/9

Applications forms are now available for students to enter this year’s Music Competition to be held in the last week of this term on Thursday, 22nd September.  The forms are with the music teachers and students will discuss their pieces and make entry through their music teachers.  Spare application forms are held by form teachers, Mrs Brickland and the office.

I invite all students who are learning a musical instrument to enter, and especially welcome entries from students whose instrument teachers do not come to Ficino School to give their lessons.  Those students should collect their forms from their teacher or Mrs Ashton.

All application forms need to be handed in to Mrs Brickland or the Office by Monday 12th September. Thank you.

Margaret Brickland
Head of Music

Photolife School Photos – Monday 19/9

The prepaid class and portrait photo envelopes have gone home with the children this week.  Could these please be completed and returned with the money to class teachers or the school office by Friday 16th September.  Sibling portraits will be taken following completion of individual portrait photos.  Pre-paid sibling envelopes must be completed before photo day.  These envelopes are available from the school office.

Sports teams photos are scheduled first, at approximately 9am, so please could all parents make sure that all children in hockey, netball and ski teams wear their sports uniform to school and bring their full school uniform to change into after the sports photos. Please could coaches and managers be available (if possible) for the photos.  Music ensemble children should also bring their instruments.  Children will need to wear their blazers please.

Ficino School Library- Book Donations

Thank you very much for your support with book donations for the school library.  There are still 19 books we would like to purchase for your children, so if you are interested, you can come and choose from the book list which is at reception.  Thank you.

Yr 7 & 8 Renaissance Trip – Sponsorship Board

We would like to invite Ficino School families to support children from Years 7 and 8 who are going on their 2016 Renaissance Trip to Europe in October, by sponsoring an item on the sponsorship board displayed at reception. There is a variety of sponsorship options including visits, activities, accommodation and meal costs, at various dollar values. Sponsorship forms are available at the reception desk where the board is displayed. Donations are tax deductible.  Thank you.

Trampoline Park Fundraiser – Friday 16/9

You will have received an email last week with a poster attached giving details of this fundraiser for the Year 7 & 8 Renaissance Trip.  This has been kindly donated by New Entrant parents Kirk Bayvel and Clementine Ogilvie-Lee.  Please make your bookings at the school office by Wednesday 14th September.

Venue:  Gravity Trampoline Park, 77B Morrin Rd, St Johns
Date & Time:  Friday 16th September – 6 – 8pm
Cost: $15 to Jump – $5 for pizza and sushi

North Island Ski Championships – Congratulations to our Teams!

Ficino School sent two teams to the North Island Primary Schools Ski Champs this week.  The children all performed extremely well with the Ficino Frosties (Abbie Kerr, Bruno Tebbutt, Ella Kerr, Emily Hall and Cameron Barrett) gaining 39th place overall and the Ficino Icicles team (Brooke Chandler, Mia Fraser, Amelia Alston, Dina Ehsankya and Boston Chandler) gaining second place overall out of 89 teams from across the North Island.
In their respective Giant Slalom events Boston Chandler was 7th, Amelia Alston 19th and Mia Fraser 21st.  Standout individual performances came from Dina Ehsankya who placed third in the Year 1-4 girls Skier Cross event and fourth in the Giant Slalom and Brooke Chandler who gained second place in the Year 5/6 girls Giant Slalom and first place in the Skier Cross.
Congratulations to all of the skiers who represented the school well, conducting themselves with pride and skiing with boldness and determination.