Ficino School Letter Week 7, Term 4, 2016

The Christmas season is almost upon us and as the school year draws to a close, with exams completed, the chidren have had opportunities this week to pursue some quiet activities. On Wednesday, we partook in a movement called Just this Day. This was started in England by a parent of six children who all attended our sister school, St James in London. Her idea was that on one day of the year, peoples around the world should be united in stillness, by taking time on that day just to be silent for a while. A number of classes tried this while undertaking some quiet activity such as geometry or writing poetry. One class wrote poems abour life, love, dreams, the present moment abd nature in complete silence. Here are some lines taken from different poems all written about Life. These students are eight and nine years old.

Life is a wonder, explore it
Life is music, listen to it
Life is dangerous, face it
Life is a challenge, answer it
Life is a seed, plant it
Life is beauty, admire it
Life is a song, praise it
Life is a promise, keep it
Life isn’t an end, realise it

I had the privilege of joining the Ficino Running Club this morning to raise money for the Red Cross aiding the earthquake relief work in Kaikoura. Thank you to all those who came to the special breakfast and who donated funds. Altogether we raised $400.

Peter Crompton


Preschool Open Morning – Tomorrow – 9.30am – 11.30am

If you have friends or family interested, please remind them about the Open morning tomorrow.  Thank you.

Dance & Recorder Assembly – Monday 28 November – 8.30am

The Year 5 & 6 girls will present some dance, which is the culmination of their dance instruction with Mrs Auld for the last three terms.  There will also be some dance from Years 1 and 2 and a recorder performance from Year 4.  All parents are welcome.

City Mission Christmas Foodbank – Collected on Monday

Thank you for all your contributions to the City Mission Christmas Foodbank collection. These will be collected on Monday morning next week, so if you haven’t managed to bring some food or gifts and would like to, please drop these to your child’s classroom on Monday morning. Thank you for your support.

Friends of Ficino Christmas Treats Fundraiser

Christmas means it’s time for Christmas treats!  This festive season you can order the first ever Ficino Christmas cake, Christmas cookies and Christmas trees and support Ficino in the process.These will make fantastic Christmas gifts. Make sure you let your family and friends know that they will be able to order their cakes, cookies and Christmas trees from Ficino.  Orders can be placed online and should be paid for in advance by direct credit to the school account. Check out what’s on offer at the Christmas treats display near the Ficino reception.

Last Renaissance Trip Talks – Friday 2nd & Wednesday 7th December

The last of the Year 7 & 8 presentations based on their experiences during the trip will be given at the school assembly on Friday 2nd and Wednesday 7th December. These are very inspiring presentations for both children and adults.

Nativity Play, Morning Tea and School Concert – Friday 2nd December – 10.30am – noon

Come along and experience a magical start to the Christmas season.  The morning will begin with the Nativity Play performed by Class 2 at 10.30am, followed by morning tea and the whole school end of year concert.  All parents and those who have helped in the school in so many ways during the year are most welcome.