Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 3, 2016

This week has been full of many and varied activities.  We had an impromptu visit from the Italian Ambassador, Eccellenza Carmelo Barbarello, who came on Monday afternoon to wish our Year 7 and 8 students “Buon viaggio!”.  They depart for the biennial Renaissance Trip in just four weeks’ time.  They will visit many great and ancient sites in both the UK and Italy and include in their tour, a performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre.  In Italy, they visit Florence, Siena, Orvieto and Rome.  The ambassador greeted each student individually giving them a chance to practise their Italian. The students this year have been very fortunate to have parent and university lecturer, Gabriella Brussino teaching them Italian after school in the final weeks this term.

Other activities this week have included a trip to the zoo for New Entrants, Year 1 and Year 2, and the Year 5 and 6 Mathex Competition, where teams of our top mathematicians pit their skills against other schools. One of our Year 6 teams came third overall, scoring 85 out of a possible 100 points.  Finally, today in assembly we had our first Spelling Bee in which top students from Years 4, 5 and 6 competed against each other in a sudden death knock out tournament.  The grand finale was a competition between top Year 7 & 8 spellers and a team of teachers.  It was a close run  with the scores level on ten all with two decider questions needed at the end.

Peter Crompton


Trampoline Park Fundraiser – Friday 16/9

You will have received an email 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.
The children of family friends are also welcome.

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

If you have any queries, please phone Tulsi Iyer – -21 992 328

School Tour – Friday 16/9 – 9.15am

If you know anyone who would be interested in joining our School Tour next Friday 16th September at 9.15am, please pass this on to them and ask them to either register online, or phone the office.  Thank you.

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 on Monday 12th September. Thank you.  Mrs Kearney will take care of the application forms for her students.

Margaret Brickland
Head of Music

Photolife School Photos – Monday 19/9

The prepaid class and portrait photo envelopes went home with the children last 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 photos can be ordered once we receive the proofs of these.

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 15 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.

Hockey, Netball and Music Assembly – Friday 23/9 – 8.30am

Parents are invited to our Sports and Music Assembly on the last day of term, Friday 23rd September at 8.30am.

End of Term Church Service – Friday 23/9 – 2.15pm

Parents are warmly invited to our End of Term Church Service on Friday 23rd September at 2.15pm at St Barnabas Church, corner Bellevue and Mt Eden Roads.