In all schools at this time of year, the number of activities tend to ramp up to the grand finale of Prize Giving in a week’s time. Luckily with summer in the air, there is more energy available to meet the excitement of the end of year activities. As long as the energy is well-directed then everything slots into place beautifully. The only real way for this to happen is with access to stillness amongst all the activity. We were reminded of this by Class Two this morning who recited the poem, ‘God’s Quiet Things’ by Nancy Sweetland:
Shhhhhh – Listen. Listen for God’s quiet things,
Like butterflies with velvet wings, or raindrops making quiet rings on water
Listen! Can you hear a sound from worms that wiggle underground?
Or any noise from fish that swim in ponds that lilies blossom in?
Up high against the blue, blue sky a quiet cloud is drifting by.
Grasses waving in the breeze or leaves just moving in the trees –
Look… and listen high and low.
God’s quiet things are yours to know.
It is the access to quietude through the Pause and other mindfulness activities that enables our students to have a competitive edge in high pressure situations. Our EPro8 Technology Challenge teams that were mentioned a few weeks ago competed in the Auckland regional finals on Wednesday evening. There were two teams and our Year 8 team came third, with 490 points to the winners 500. This is a remarkable achievement and the product of quiet application and a steady work ethic.
Speaking of a steady work ethic, the Friends of Ficino put on a splendid Christmas Bazaar with amazing Lego creations, home baking, Cream Teas and the ECO shop among other things. The atmosphere was full of joy and a sense of community. The funds raised amounted to over $4000 for which we can thank a dedicated group of parents and students who gave their time so generously.
As this is the last newsletter of the year, I wish you a Merry Christmas and restful break, and look forward to seeing you in the new 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.
Prize Giving – Friday 14 December
Prize Giving is a celebration of the children’s achievements during the year. It is an opportunity to reward and acknowledge efforts and progress by the students, and an important formal occasion concluding the year’s work together. Children should be at the hall by 8.40am, dressed in blazers please.
All parents, grandparents and friends are warmly invited to attend the Prize-Giving at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (489 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden). Guests are asked to be seated by 8.45am please.
9am – 10.30am Formal proceedings
10.30am – 11.15am Light refreshments in foyer
Children should be met by their parents at the end of Prize Giving which is expected to conclude by 10.30am. Families may then leave or stay for refreshments.
If you are unable to collect your child, please make alternative transport arrangements with friends, family or other parents in the school.
Uniform Shop Hours
The School Uniform Shop will be open from 10am – 12noon ONLY on Tuesday 5 February.
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.
As you know, all bookings and cancellations for FASC are now done online.
The following are the links for December, and the first term of 2019. Click on the links and follow the step-by-step online booking instructions:
There will still be the option to register your child on the day before 1.00pm. Please note, availability is limited.
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.