Message from the Principal – 12 September 2014

Dance AssemblyThe Dance Assembly this morning was an exquisite display of grace, beauty and precision. Mrs Rosemary Auld, the Dance Teacher spoke at the Assembly of the place of devotion in many of the dances that were being performed. And this was evident to the audience who were drawn into the stillness and presence of the dancers. There is a statement from an ancient eastern source which gives direction for this type of dance ‘Where the hand goes, the eye should go; Where the eye goes, the mind should also go there; Where the mind goes, the heart should be, and where the heart is, there love arises’. This sums up the fine attention given by the children and the effect this had on them and their audience.

A number of you may be aware that a group of older ladies and gentlemen from the School of Philosophy meet in the villa on a Thursday morning. I received the following letter from the group yesterday.

Dear Mr Crompton,

Thank you for the joyful shouts that greet us on Thursday morning. If our tutor were to say “there is no material today”, it would not matter. We had been taken back to the time when we too shouted for joy. It had made nonsense of time.

 Somewhere it is said “He unto the child revealed, things that to the wise were sealed”.  This too is a nonsense, for the wise, by definition, have re-found the joy of childhood. Perhaps this is a teacher’s greatest reward – a miracle arising from just listening.

With best wishes, Thursday Morning Group

Peter Crompton


Photo Proofs – Sports Teams, Librarians, Prefects, Music Ensemble, Yr 8 Graduands

The photo proofs are available and can be seen at reception. Orders for these photos are due back by Wednesday 24th September. Thank you.

Summer Uniform Worn from Term 4

All children will need to wear summer uniform from the start of Term 4. Please purchase this before the end of term as the uniform shop will not be open during the holidays. The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15pm.

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE – Saturday 7th June   
Ficino Tigers 12 Mt Eden BlackGrammar Hoihos 33 LossLoss
Ficino Pumas 6 St Mary’s White Tigers 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 7 Dio Jellytips 1 Win
Ficino Strikers 4 Somerville Smith 2 Win


Get Set Go After School Club (Athletics New Zealand) for New Entrants to Year 3

Athletics New Zealand is launching the Get Set Go programme relating to athletics, in a number of Auckland schools starting next term. This will be available to Ficino students from New Entrants to Year 3 and will be run on the grass area behind the villa from 3.15pm until 4.15pm. The cost for the 10 week programme is $40. The children brought home a registration form last week, but we have more available at reception. All forms are due back at the office by the end of term.

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.

Term 3 Events, 2014

Week Event Date Time Venue
8 Renaissance Trip Departs Wed 17th September
Eden Village Singing – Juniors Thurs 18th September 11.30 am Eden Village, View Rd
Commendations Assembly Friday 19th September 8.30am School Hall
Fundraising Cake Sale – Cl 5 Friday 19th September 3pm
9 Founders Day Assembly Wed 24th September 8.30am School Hall
End of Term Service Thurs 25th September 2.15pm St Barnabas Church
End of Term 3 Friday 26th September 3.00pm