Ficino School Letter, Week 9, Term 1, 2019

Many of you will have seen the senior production of Twelfth Night or will see it tonight or tomorrow.  It is a phenomenal achievement of coordination, direction and sheer delight.  The audience is a wonderful mix of ages with the children finding as much enjoyment as their parents.  The Year 7 and 8 students seem to be relishing the opportunity to perform and work together as a group.  Their speech is clear, their pauses full of subtle meaning and their actions wonderfully expressive.  It is pleasing as teachers to see such latent talent being brought out from the students.  In this I am reminded of the meaning of education, with comes from the Latin ‘educere’ which means to draw out or bring forth.  It is truly amazing to see what is emerging from these young men and women.  This play represents a perfect culmination of the values, principles and practices of a Ficino education.

One of the important aspects of our learning programme is that the students use no personal devices in Years One to Four and only measured use thereafter.  I would like to draw your attention to a website recently launched by one of our parents, Julie Cullen.  It is entitled Sensible Screen Use in Schools and provides important research in the debate around the effects of too much screen time.  Here is a link to the site

Peter Crompton
Ficino School Principal



Don’t forget Friday 12 April is the last day of Term 1 2019.
Term 2 starts on Tuesday 30 April – please don’t send your children on Monday 29 April as this is a Teachers Only Day.


Year 7 & 8 Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday 8 April and Tuesday 9 April
Don’t forget Year 7 & 8 interviews will take place on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April.
Note that Year 7 & 8 students will be finishing school at the usual time – 3.15pm.


Year 1, 3, 5 & 6 Dance Assembly – Thursday 11 April


Whole School Easter Service – Thursday 11 April
The whole school will be attending a church service at St Barnabas Church on Mt Eden Road from 2 – 3pm.  We hope that parents will join us for this special service in which we will hear the telling of the Easter story and listen to the children presenting readings and singing hymns. After school pick-up will be from school at the same time for all Years.


Athletics Awards – Friday 12 April




Last Day of Term One
Term One finishes after school on Friday 12 April.
Term Two starts on Tuesday 30 April.  Children must be in their winter uniform from this date.


Please note that Monday 29 April is a Teachers Only day so please do not send your child to school.


Preschool Parking
Please note there are 3 parking spaces reserved for preschool parents outside the Preschool – they are all marked with a curb sign and cones highlighting they are for Preschool parents only.
Please do not park in these when you are coming in for school drop off or pick up.
Thank you for your cooperation.


Ficino After School Care (FASC)
Click HERE to book for APRIL
Click HERE to book for MAY
Click HERE to book for JUNE
Click HERE to book for JULY

Please note:

There will still be the option to register your child on the day before 1.00pm.  Availability is limited.
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.  Thank you.
Website CalendarPlease note the School Calendar  of Events can be found on the website.