As the year begins to draw to a close with only two more weeks to run, it is hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us. The end of year programme at Ficino is always very full with such a wide variety of differing activities, and this year is no exception.
We have our traditional Nativity Play being performed by Class Three for the first time this year, which takes place next Friday at 1pm followed by a concert of music and speech. Two days prior to that we have our annual swimming gala for Years 3 to 8, and on the same day a select group of Year 7 and 8 students will compete in the finals of the EPro8 technology challenge. On the Monday of next week our seniors will be completing their Waterwise programme at Orakei Basin, and of course this week our Year 5 & 6 students are away on the Kauaeranga Valley Camp which includes a challenging 11km hike in NZ native bush. Over the weekend in between (Sunday 2 December) the Friends of Ficino are running the traditional Christmas Bazaar which has been enjoyed by visitors and the School community over the last three years. I hope to see many of you there. In the final week of term, we look forward to our Carol Service and Prize Giving. Our Guest Speaker this year is past student Tristan Pang.
It is brilliant to be able to offer such a rich programme for our students and we are ever grateful for the support of our whole school community in these undertakings.
Year 7 & 8 Waterwise – Monday 3 December
Students will be attending this Youthtown event at Orakei Basin, and will be back in time for the usual school pick-up.
Auckland City Mission drop-off – Tuesday 4 December
It’s the last chance to donate something to the Auckland City Mission Christmas collection – all donated items will be picked up on 4 December. Thank you to all for your generosity to date.
Swimming Gala – Wednesday 5 December
Years 3 – 8 have their Swimming Gala at the Mt Eden Pools. Parents are welcome to attend from 12.45pm.
Nativity Play – Friday 7 December
Join Year 3 in the school hall at 1pm for their Nativity production.
Year 2 Sleepover – Friday 7 December
This overnight ‘camp’ at the Ficino School Villa helps to prepare the children for their overnight stay at a farm next year.
Christmas Carol Service – Tuesday 11 December
We look forward to seeing everyone at our annual Christmas Carol Service. This will be held at St Barnabas Church at 6.45pm on Tuesday 11 December. As you will be aware, this event is an important school occasion and all students are expected to attend. They should meet their class teacher outside the church at 6.25pm, ready to be seated at 6.35pm, in full uniform, including blazers.
The e-form to attend this service must be completed by today 30 November.
Join us for Festive Fun – Sunday 2 December
Don’t forget the Christmas Festival at Ficino School is nearly here!! Please join us for this fun event – not only will you get to pick up your pre-ordered tree, you’ll also be able to enjoy our tea room, bbq, sweet treats, Craft stalls, Christmas lego display and games!
Plates and Tupperware Collection – Monday 3 December
The kitchen has a range of plates and Tupperware over the term. These will be available for pick-up on Monday afternoon from the veranda of the villa.
If not collected they will be used by the school or donated to the Salvation Army.
Good Works Assembly – Friday 7 December
Parents are invited to join us for the Good Works Assembly next Friday. Children in Years 2, 4, 6 and 8 will showcase their good works.
Uniform Shop Hours
The School Uniform Shop is open before and after school every Wednesday. Please come to reception in the Villa where we will be able to assist you further.
Ficino After School Care (FASC)
NOTE: Friday 14 December is Ficino School’s Prize Giving and last day of school. There will be no FASC on this date.
All bookings and cancellations for FASC have to be done online.
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.