Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 3, 2018

Message from the Deputy Principal

Year 7 and 8 students have arrived in Rome and hopefully are sleeping well before they begin their first adventure of this wonderful Renaissance Tour – an exploration of Ancient Rome – the Colosseum and Forum, and a trip out to Hadrian’s Villa.

The rest of the school have their own very full programme of adventures while the senior students are away.  This week Year 1 and some from the Preschool visited the Tutahi Tonu Marae at the University of Auckland Epsom Campus; Year 2 went to the Zoo to investigate the various forms of camouflage employed by animals and those that are nocturnal.  One student from Year 6 competed in a Remuera Zone competition in Persuasive Speech; and five boys from Year 3 and 4 competed in the Remuera Zone Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition.  Also, three 4-member teams from Years 5 and 6 competed in the Mathex Competition held at St Kentigern Boys’ School, at which they fared extremely well, gaining results out of 100 of 85, 95 and 100, with time to spare.  Out of over 35 teams competing, two of our teams came 4th and 7th.

From an American writer, Willa Cather,

“Miracles seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.”

We are looking forward to welcoming grandparents and other guests into the school next week, so that children can share their classrooms and show their work to those special people in their lives.

Margaret Brickland
Deputy Principal



Grandparents Morning Tea – Thursday 20 September
Grandparents or Friends of students at Ficino School and Preschool are invited to attend a Grandparents Morning Tea.
Held from 9.30 to 11.45 in the School Hall, guests will listen to presentations, visit the children’s classrooms or Preschool and listen to singing, recitations and performances.
RSVPs are required through the e-form by Monday 17 September.
Remuera Zone Cross Country – Tuesday 18 September, Yrs 5 & 6

Commendations Assembly – 8.30am Friday 21 September
Parents are invited to attend next week’s assembly at which children from Yrs 1 – 6 will receive commendations.

Ambury Park – Yrs 1 & 3 Tuesday 25 September

Howick Village Visit – Year 4 Tuesday 25 September



Swimming lessons – Term 4
In Term 4, as part of the Ficino PE Curriculum, all classes will be having swimming lessons at the Mt Eden Swimming Pools.
An electronic permission form has been sent to all parents. Please ensure this is completed by Friday 28 September.

Children in Years 1 – 4 will commence their lessons on Friday 19th October (Week 1) and finish on Friday 7th December.

Children in Years 5 – 8 start their lessons on Wednesday 17th October and finishing Wednesday 28th November.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Online bookings for September, October and November can be made on the following link:

Click HERE to book for SEPTEMBER
Click HERE to book for OCTOBER
Click HERE to book for NOVEMBER

Please remember that we need at last 24 hours notice if you wish to cancel a booking,  If your child is sick or on a school trip, you must cancel the booking online to avoid being charged