Ficino School Letter, Week 7 Term 1 2018

This week has been a delightful reminder of the breadth of a Ficino education.  Class 3 have just returned from two days camping at the Auld’s farm in Kumeu, the Year 6 – 8 students attended a performance of ‘A Comedy of Errors’ at the Pop up Globe, and yesterday the senior students delivered a wonderful performance of speech and song to the residents of Eden Village retirement home.  What runs through all these experiences for the students is the opportunity to experience and appreciate Beauty.  As adults its easy to move through our days missing this opportunity that surrounds us wherever we go.  In Kumeu the students were immersed in the beauty of nature; Shakespeare’s plays have stood the test of time and still appeal because of the fine quality of the words and the deeper meaning they invoke; and of course service in the local community is beauty in action.  This richness was apparent on the School Tour this morning, where we encountered Sanskrit, Science and Shakespeare.  Often prospective parents glibly ask if they can attend as well, because something has touched their hearts.  David Boddy who was Headmaster of the St James Senior Boys School recently described our world-wide family of schools as ‘Schools of Warm-heartedness’.  This was certainly the experience this morning.


Peter Crompton



Athletics Day – Thursday 29 March

Parents and supporters are warmly invited to cheer on their child as they compete at our upcoming Athletics Day.

We are especially looking forward to the ever-popular Parent/Teacher Novelty Races and hope to tempt you into competing and representing all parents and teachers!




Athletics Day – Thursday 29 March

The whole School is taking part in our annual Athletics Day at Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose.  Children must be at school at 8.15am in their PE uniform where they will be taken to the stadium by bus.  Children whose parents wish to take them directly to Mt Smart Stadium need to report to their teacher at the stadium on arrival, no later than 9.30am, in their PE gear.

We anticipate finishing no later than 2.45pm, with children needing to be picked up from the stadium.  We will greatly appreciate help from anyone who can stay behind to assist with clean up.


A reminder that School will be closed for Easter:

Closed: Good Friday – 30 March; Easter Monday – 2 April; Easter Tuesday – 3 April
Re-open: Wednesday – 4 April

Uniform Shop Hours

The School Uniform Shop is open before and after school every Wednesday.  Please remember that we will be going into Winter Uniform in Term 2; for those parents who need to purchase winter uniforms.  Please come to Reception in the Villa where we will be able to assist you further.

Assemblies on Friday

There will be no assembly next Friday as School will be closed for the Easter holidays.

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.

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.

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.