Ficino School Letter, Week 9, Term 1 2018

We were blessed again this year with beautiful weather on Athletics Day. Seeing the children (and a few adults) giving their all to each event is always rewarding. The support offered to the tail-enders by their class mates is quite something and often brings out a charge for the finish line long after the race is won. This lifts everyone’s spirits. There is often more in the tank than our minds tell us and to feel those reserves being drawn on is enlivening. I was reminded of the lines from Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem “If”

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

Our preschool is growing steadily and now has 22 families enrolled. The children get up to all sorts of interesting activities from gymnastics to carpentry and seedlings to science – they have been setting off rockets, testing the density of liquids and exploring surface tension with floating paper clips. There is a wonderful idea at the heart of what they do which is that of an emergent curriculum – ideas for investigation coming from the children. Last week one of the children asked about book marks, which led to making them and then an investigation into different writing materials . The teacher ended up making a quill pen from a feather.


Peter Crompton


Country Ho-Down!

Come along to the most anticipated family fun night this year!  Tickets are selling fast for the country ho-down on Saturday 14 April.  Complete with live music, games, raffles, dancing and food, its guaranteed to be a ‘wild ole night’!. Purchase your  tickets at the School Office.





Tiritiri Matangi

Year 3-4 and 7-8 will be visiting Tiritiri Matangi Island on Friday 13 April.  Parents will have received an online Permission Form for this trip.  Please ensure this is returned by Monday 9 April.

Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder that Parent Teacher Interviews are being held on Monday 9 April – School will be closed for the afternoon.  Years 1, 2 and 3 to be picked up at 12.35 and Years 4 upward to be picked up at 12.45.

There will be no FASC on Monday 9 April.

Assemblies on Friday

Parents are welcome to attend any Friday assemblies which run throughout the term from 8.30 – 9am.  Parking is available behind the Villa.

Ficino After School Care (FASC)

Please remember that all bookings for FASC need to be made through the school office either by email or by phone 6233385. If your child is booked in and no longer coming to after school care, please ring the office and cancel the booking.

Uniform Shop Hours

The School Uniform Shop is open before and after school every Wednesday.  Please remember that we will be going into Winter Uniform in Term 2; for those parents who need to purchase winter uniforms.  Please come to Reception in the Villa where we will be able to assist you further.

Website Calendar

Please note the School Calendar  of Events can be found on the website. There is also a permanent link to the calendar in this newsletter.