Message from the Principal – 29 August 2014

Last week a group of Year 6 students and one Year 7 student were introduced to meditation. This opportunity is offered to all students at Ficino once they have reached the age of ten. The children are already familiar with the rest the Pause provides as they practise this regularly each day. Meditation gives the opportunity for the mind to quieten more gently and deeply. Numerous research studies have demonstrated the benefits of meditation. It improves health and well-being and on a practical level aids the ability for the children to study. The children are encouraged to receive the meditation as a gift; one that far outweighs material things as it is something that grows richer the more they practise it. The offer of meditation is entirely voluntary and some students pick it up a year or two later as they feel ready.

This week our two ski teams have for the first time enjoyed glorious weather at the North Island Primary and Intermediate School Championships at Mt Ruapehu. They have trained regularly and have been well supported by parents and the coaches from Snowplanet.

Peter Crompton


Grandparents Morning – Thursday 4th September – School Hall

Grandparents and friends of students are warmly invited to a Grandparents Morning Tea in the school hall. Morning tea will be served at 9.30am, followed by a welcome from the Principal and an address by Mr Bruce Watson from the Ficino Educational Foundation. Grandparents and friends will then accompany the children to their classrooms. This will be followed by a celebration of singing, recitation, performance, prayers and hymns. To help with catering and preparation please RSVP to Leah Ashton – phone 623 3385 or email by Monday 1st September.

FoF Best of British Bingo Night – Saturday 6th September – from 7pm – School Hall

Come along for a fun-filled evening of British Pomp, Ceremony and BINGO! Fabulous food and beverages and great prizes to be won. Tickets which can be booked at reception, are $20 which includes entry and one bingo card. Invite family and friends to make up a table of 6 or 8. All proceeds go to the Renaissance trip and the drama stage upgrade. EPTPOS will be available on the night.

Friends of Ficino

Storylines Festival Week – Children’s Writers and Illustrators – 23rd – 31st August

There are lots of writers, illustrators, storytellers and performers ready to share the excitement of books and reading with children, their families and communities. There are two family days as follows:

Saturday 30th August at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, 10am – 3pm

Sunday 31st August at the Aotea Centre, Central Auckland, 10am – 3pm

Details about the programme, workshops, competitions and the family days can be found at

Hockey Coaching Sessions Offered by Auckland Hockey

Auckland Hockey has secured Jamie Dwyer as an International Guest Player for their Auckland NHL Men’s team this year. During his time in Auckland Jamie will be running some coaching sessions at Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th September. These sessions were first offered to their representative teams, but have now been opened up to all Youth and Junior players. Places are extremely limited, so please book promptly if you are interested. The cost is $30 per player for a one hour session. Each session will be open to only 20 players. More information can be found on the Auckland Hockey website:


Ficino School Netball

Dodgers bye
Smurfs Played a mini tournament – 1 win & 1 loss
Ficino Ferns 11 Balmoral Rebels 14 Loss
Ficino Blue 12 18 Loss

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE – Saturday 7th June   
Ficino Tigers



Somerville Kings

Mt Eden White





Ficino Pumas 5 Somerville Torkington 1 Win
Ficino Jaguars 12 Meadowbank Magic 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 1 Mt Roskill All Stars 3 Loss


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.