Ficino School Letter Week 9, Term 3, 2017

As another wonderful school term draws to a close and we set our sights on the upcoming holiday, it is worth considering what the word holiday means and what they are for.  The vacation is obviously a time to rest and recuperate.  All the activities of the school term are a bit like a great drama – like the Shakespeare Play our senior students have just performed.  In any drama, the actors cannot be on the stage all the time, otherwise their costumes would get worn out and their performance would deteriorate.  They need to go back stage where their makeup and garments are refreshed.   The holidays are a bit like this.

The word holiday actually comes from the Old English ‘Halig Daeg’ which means ‘Holy Day’ and the word Holy means ‘to make whole’.  So this time of rest and refreshment is important to restore our sense of completeness, our integrity.  I wish all our School community a restful break with time to appreciate the beauty our surroundings offer us; this is expressed admirably in William Henry Davies poem Leisure.

What is this life if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies

Peter Crompton


Start Date for Term 4 – Monday 16/10

A reminder that we have a two week holiday break and Term 4 starts on Monday 16th October.

Ficino School Library – Book Donations

Thank you very for for your support with book donations for the school library.  There are still 17 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.

Mufti Day Lifepod Incubator Fundraiser – Raised $445

Our mufti day fundraiser for the Lifepod incubator raised $445 towards the second Lifepod incubator the school is fundraising for.  Thank you very muh for your support.

Summer Uniform from next Term

The children wear summer uniform from Term 4.  If the weather is still cool, children may wear winter shoes and socks (short white socks for girls) and sandals are worn without socks.

After School French Lessons at Ficino – Free Trial Lesson

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.