School Newsletter Week 2, Term 1, 2015

There was an interesting article in the newspaper last Sunday which offered suggestions on how to make the school year ahead a fruitful one.  Right up front at number one on the list was the suggestion not to worry about homework at primary level quoting research that suggests it has little impact on student achievement.

As you know, we set regular homework each evening and stand by our reasons for doing it, which are threefold.  Firstly, homework gives the student the opportunity to work independently and use, develop and begin to trust their own inner resource of memory and intelligence. Secondly homework provides an opportunity for parents to be involved in their child’s learning; to see what they are doing at school and to follow their progress.  Finally, homework is a simple discipline, and if it gets established at primary level, the child has a strong foundation to support them later in life.  Homework does need to be relevant, achievable and not overly onerous to achieve these objectives.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Parents Meeting on Monday evening.


Peter Crompton



Parents Meeting – Monday 16th February – 6pm – 7.30 pm – School Hall

The Parents Meeting takes place on Monday 16th February at 6pm in the School Hall.   Drinks and finger food will be served from 5.30pm.  The main purpose of this evening is to provide an opportunity for you to hear what is in stall for the year ahead from the class teacher.   The evening will begin with an address by the Principal at 6pm.


School Picnic – Sunday 22nd February – Long Bay – 10 – 2pm

A notice has been sent home with the children today.  Please return the beach cleanup forms to the office on Monday if you would like to help with this.  Thank you.


Ficino Garden Club – Now on Mondays

There has been a change of day for the Ficino Garden Club.  This will now be held on Mondays from 3pm – 4pm.  All welcome.  Please email Margaret Ferens at if you are interested in your child joining.


Speech & Drama Lessons Cancelled for Term One

The after school speech and drama lessons have been cancelled for this term as Mrs McOnie is still unwell.  Mrs McOnie’s students achieved a high standard in their Trinity exams and we will give out their certificates as soon as possible.  Could parents please bring these to school when you receive them, so that we can present them at an assembly.  Thank you.


Hockey & Netball Participation

Thank you to those who have brought in your yellow forms to let me know what sports your child is interested in playing. Unfortunately, I am still missing approximately half of the forms so please bring them in on Monday or email me to say whether or not your child intends to play netball or hockey with the school.  A copy of the form is attached.

It is quite crucial to bring in the forms as club registrations are opening up.  Thank you.

Rachel Setters


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.


Uniform Shop – Now Open on Wednesdays

Please note – the School Uniform shop will now be open on Wednesdays from 2.30 until 3.15.


Assemblies on Friday

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