Ficino School Letter Week 8, Term 3, 2016

As the School term nears its end, in contrast the Ficino Preschool is preparing to begin.  This morning was a very special occasion for about ten families, a good number of staff members and the Chairman of our Board, Lawrence Ames.   We welcomed two esteemed elders from Orakei Marae onto the Ficino School site and they, in turn, welcomed us all into the new Preschool.  Also we were very privileged to have Mr Katene Paenga, who is head of The University of Auckland Marae.  The occasion took place at dawn, and Mr Paenga described to one of our teachers how he immediately felt he was in a special place when he entered the grounds of the School.  Many of us lose touch with being able to feel the quality of a place, but the education of the spirit takes place in a school like Ficino and the work of the School of Philosophy do infuse a special quality to the premises.

Mr Bob Hawke and Ms Sarah Grey called us into the Preschool site with great dignity and open-heartedness.  Mr Hawke spoke about his strong Christian faith and his firm conviction that we are all one people born in the image of our Creator.  After the speeches, all the children and adults shared a hongi with our guests.  At the end of the morning after the sharing of food together, Mr Paenga was moved to speak about what he described as the greatest subject of all, love.

The whole occasion was enriching for us all and we hope it will be the beginning of a rewarding association with both maraes.

Peter Crompton



Trampoline Park Fundraiser – Friday 16/9

Here are the details of the trampoline fundraiser tonight.  If you haven’t booked, there are still spaces and you can pay at the door.

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 – 021 992 328

Photolife School Photos – Monday 19/9

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.

Mufti Day – Tuesday 20/9

The senior students have organised a fundraiser mufti day for Breast Cancer.  Children need to bring a gold coin donation if they wish to wear mufti, ideally something pink.  Please no ripped jeans, jandals, short skirts or short shorts, or dress up clothes.  Thank you.

2016 Music Competition – Thursday 22/9

A reminder that students who are competing in the Music Competition need to bring their music and instruments on Thursday.  Thank you.

Margaret Brickland
Head of Music

Auckland Marathon – Sunday 30/10

Students aged 7 years and older can compete in the Auckland Marathon on Sunday 30th October, by running this in stages.  A notice has gone home today with the children with further details.

Ficino School Library- Book Donations

Thank you very much for your support with book donations for the school library.  There are still 12 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.