Ficino School Letter Week 9, Term 2, 2017

This is the last newsletter of the term and the end of a great week for New Zealand sport.  At Assembly on Monday morning, I reiterated the message of Sir Ray Avery’s about the special quality New Zealander’s have of ingenuity, and a desire to improve on the status quo.  Our America’s Cup challenge and success was a perfect example of this from beginning to end.  It was a triumph of determination, creative thinking and resilience – all qualities exemplary for our students.  Furthermore, the changing fates of our campaign indicated an ability of the Team New Zealand crew to meet each day with whatever it brings and keep their minds and hearts on the bigger picture.

In our Friday morning Assembly, we heard the Zen story about the farmer and his horse, which exactly mirrors this ability to not be pulled around by the sways of chance which is the result of an over active ‘monkey mind’!  When the activity in this realm lessens the heart opens.

Odysseus’ journey from Troy back to his homeland in Ithica is another enduring story of triumph over the vicissitudes of fate.  Class 4 under the direction of Mrs Roscoe have been working hard all year to bring this story to the stage and will give two performances today.  I am sure they will continue the outstanding tradition of drama at the School.

Peter Crompton


Speech Week – Next Week

Early next week students will be participating in the preliminary speech rounds with their classes.  The final will be held on Thursday.

Sir Ray Avery LifePod Fundraiser

The mufti day this week to raise funds for the infant Lifepod was a huge success with $1750 raised due to the generosity of you all. We now have a total of $2550 for this worthwhile cause.  Thank you again for your support.

Speech Finalists Assembly – Friday 7 July – 8.30am

Parents are invited to the Speech Assembly on Friday 7th July at 8.30am to hear the winning pieces in our Speech Competition.

End of Term Church Service – Friday 7 July 2.15pm

Parents are invited to our end of term Church Service on Friday 7th July at 2.15pm at St Barnabas Church, corner Bellevue and Mt Eden Roads.  Children may be collected directly from the church or from the school at normal dismissal time.

First Day of Term 3 – Monday 31st July

A reminder that we have a 3 week holiday break and the new school term begins on Monday 31st July.

French Classes at Ficino – Free Trial Lesson next term

Mondays 3.15pm – 4.15pm – Advanced class
Wednesdays 3.15pm – 4.15pm – Beginners
Both classes are held in the school library
Please contact Maroussia on 021 251 7435 or email to register your interest in a free trial lesson.