Message from the Principal – 1 August 2014

As the first week of the term draws to a close, it has been a pleasure to see the bright faces of the children returning rested from the holidays. We had a visitor on Wednesday, who commented to the staff, that he paid particular attention to the conversations the children were having with their parents as he arrived at dismissal time. He described the bright enthusiasm for learning he overheard being related and said he could feel the joy in the atmosphere. We welcome five new students to the school this term and they seem so far to have joined that atmosphere easily and happily.

Our assembly today looked at the Commonwealth Games, and it was particularly opportune to talk to the students about what that common wealth is that we all share as nations. As the British Empire slowly shrank throughout the first half of the twentieth century, it left behind common systems of government and law. Systems that were built on Christian principles and freedom of speech. You may have heard of the Queen’s Baton Relay. This takes place in the months leading up to the Games. The Queen places a message in a baton, which then circulates the globe visiting all seventy-one countries taking part. The batons are designed in such a way that they often acknowledge or offer a gift to each country as they pass through. We listened to a message from the Queen describing those characteristics of goodness that unite the Commonwealth countries together. This and images of the baton’s journey can be viewed on this link.

In the light of all the conflict taking place around the world, organisations that hold nations together with a common purpose are highly relevant and worthy of support.

Peter Crompton


Geographon – Tuesday 5th August

The Geographon will take place on Tuesday next week. It proved to be an excellent fundraiser two years ago and was much enjoyed by the students, particularly the competition against a team of parents which takes place in Week 4. Please continue to collect sponsors over the weekend.

Class 1 and New Entrants Parents Evening – Tuesday 5th August – 6pm – 7.30pm

Mrs Garrett and Mrs Laird will be holding a Class One and New Entrants Parents Evening on Tuesday 5th August from 6pm to 7.30pm in Classroom One. This will be a good opportunity to meet with the new teachers and hear about events for Term Three.

Year 4 & 5 & New Parents Lunch – Friday 8th August – 12.30pm

A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Classes Four and Five and any new parents in the school will be held on Friday 8th August in the school villa, from 12.30pm. A notice has been sent home with the children this week. Please could you return the reply slip by Tuesday 5th August. Thank you.

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday 11th August – From 1.15pm

The Parent/Teacher interviews are taking place on the afternoon of Monday 11th August from 1.15pm. Appointments with teachers from all classes can be made by coming in and filling in the sign-up sheets at the school office. Year 7 and 8 parents will be able to make appointments to see both Mr Hudson and Mrs Roscoe. Please be reminded that all children will need to be collected at 12.45pm on Monday 11th April, and that there will be no After School Care on this day.

Cross Country Runs -Wednesday 13th August

A big thank you to all those who volunteered for this event. Without the generosity of your time these events could not go ahead, so it is very much appreciated. We have had so many volunteers this year that if you have not been contacted, you will not be required this time.  Please continue to encourage your children to train and we hope to see you on Wednesday 13th August.

Photolife School Photos – Friday 15th August

The prepaid class and portrait photo envelopes have gone home with the children this week. Could these please be completed and returned with the money to class teachers or the school office by Monday 11th August. Sibling portraits will be taken following completion of all individual portrait photos. Pre-paid sibling envelopes must be completed before photo day. These envelopes are available from the school office.

Sports teams photos are scheduled first, at approximately 9.00am, so please could all parents make sure that all children in hockey, netball and ski teams bring their full team uniform to school. Please could coaches and managers be available (if possible) for the photos. Music ensemble children should also bring their instruments. Children will need to wear their blazers please.

Fundraising Samosas – Orders due back Monday 4th August

Please return all samosa orders to the office or class teachers on Monday next week. Orders will be delivered to classrooms on Friday 8th August.

School Staffroom

Just a reminder that the school staffroom is for the use of staff only.  If you would like to have a cup of tea or coffee while you are helping at school, you are very welcome to use the villa kitchen. Thank you.

Ficino School Ski Club Report

Last week, saw the second year of the mountain training days. Everyone arrived Wednesday night and the weather defiantly was on our side for the first day. Sun shine for most of the day and then the weather changed at around 3pm.

Day two started with low visibility and raining, then at 11am the weather changed and it turned out to be a cracker of a day.
The last night saw the skiers take to the dance floor. It went off with a bang and was great to see all the athletes and parents joining in.
We saw many improvements in the athletes while skiing the different terrains on the mountain. It shows how much determination the athletes have to take snowplanet training and convert that into mountain time.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year for awesome training days and great weather.

Josh Edwards
Ficino Ski Coach

Ficino School Netball

Dodgers No game
Smurfs 5 3 Win
Ficino Ferns 6 5 Win
Ficino Blue 16 16 Draw


Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE –  Saturday 7th June   
Ficino Tigers



Somerville Archibald

Mt Eden Black





Ficino Pumas 7 St Mary’s Ministicks 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 6 Somerville Torkington 2 Win
Ficino Strikers No game


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. Thank you.

Assemblies on Friday

All parents are invited to attend the school assembly on Fridays. See the calendar for Commendation and Good Works assemblies.

Uniform Shop – Open on Tuesdays

The School Uniform shop will be open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15.