Message from the Principal – 28 March 2014

I read a very interesting article in the North Shore Times this week, in which a visiting Japanese teacher described how “the digital age is threatening Kiwi kids’ education”. Her concerns were the inability of children in New Zealand classrooms to sit still and attend, and raised concerns about the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) movement. Interestingly, she explained that although Japan produces many of the world’s electronic devices, technology is kept out of primary school classrooms. Mothers in Japan apparently keep squares of paper for origami in their handbags to entertain children rather than mobile phones or tablets. “At primary school they need motor skills not computer skills” she said. With the rush to get technology into classrooms in the last decade, it is rare to read of the potential pitfalls.

Thank you all for your assistance at Athletics Day which was another great success. Please put the Athletics Awards Assembly in your diaries; it takes place in two weeks’ time on Friday 11th April.

Peter Crompton


Parent/Teacher Interviews – Monday 14th April from 1.15pm

The Parent/Teacher interviews are taking place on the afternoon of Monday 14th April 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 from next Monday 31st March. Year 7 and 8 parents will be able to make appointments to see both Mr Hudson and Mrs Roscoe. An email will be sent to parents giving further details nearer the time. Please be reminded that children will need to be collected at 12.45pm on Monday 14th April, and that there will be no After School Care on this day.

School Fair – Sunday 6th April

Preserves Working Bee – This Sunday 30th March – 1-5pm – School Kitchen

Your help will be needed with peeling, chopping, stirring and labelling etc! Come and join this fun afternoon.

Fair Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th set up

We need LOTS of Dads to help with set-up 8.00am until 2.00pm on Saturday April 5th and 7.30 am until 10.30 am on Sunday April 6th. Please contact . Thank you.

Ficino Dollars & Raffle tickets

Please return any Ficino dollar order forms, sold and unsold raffle tickets and money to school on Tuesday April 1st.

Working Bee Thursday 3rd April – 7pm-9pm

We will have our final working bee next Thursday night. All help appreciated, please come along from 7pm-9pm. There will be plenty to do before the Fair.

Storage Cabins

The storage cabins are starting to fill up – please drop off your donations from 8am to 8.30am in the mornings and 2.45pm to 3.15pm in the afternoons. The cabin in the junior playgrounds is for adult and children’s clothing and books and the other cabin near Class 7 is for bric-a-brac and children’s toys. Thank you all very much!

Cake Boxes

Cake boxes are available from the school office for your sweet treats, along with information on delivery times etc. and contact details for the cake stall coordinators.

Just over a week to go! Thank you for all your support over the past weeks.

The Fair Team

Opera Evening – Friday 11th April – School Hall – 7.30pm

A concert of both operatic and classical favourites will be held on Friday 11th April to raise funds for the school and the Renaissance trip. The evening will begin with champagne and a light supper, followed by singing by voice students and alumni from the University of Auckland. An email with the flyer attached has already been sent to you today. Please register by email to

Hockey Coaching Clinic – Thursday 10th April – 3pm-4pm

This is for all Ficino hockey parents and children on Thursday 10th April from 3pm-4pm at the Grammar turf. This will be run by Auckland hockey and will be beneficial for all parents and coaches.

Winter Uniform

The children will wear winter uniform from the start of Term 2. We have supplies of all items required in the uniform shop which is open on Tuesday afternoons.

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.