Message from the Principal – 4 April 2014

We were honoured this week to have a visit from nine principals and senior leaders from one of the largest and most prestigious schools in the world, the Singapore American School, SAS. They educate four thousand students from pre-school age through to 18 years old. The visitors were undertaking a research tour of Australia and New Zealand schools and chose Ficino amongst five or six others because of our special character, particularly mentioning mindfulness, the rich curriculum and the values at the heart of the school community. It was a delight to host such an engaging and open- minded group of educators. When asked what they had discovered on their visits, one of the principals responded that he had found it a truly humbling experience. He said that they consider their school to be a world leading educational institution and that seeing the dedication to principle and hard-working attitude of New Zealand teachers was inspiring. As a gift to thank us for their visit the SAS have donated money on our behalf to a school they support in Cambodia.

The children are looking forward with great excitement and enthusiasm to the School Fair this Sunday. Please bring along family and friends to enjoy a day which brings the school community together in the best possible way.

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. 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

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 Graham Farrelly. Thank you.

Last chance to bring in pre-loved clothes, books, household items, children’s toys etc.

A huge thank you to everyone for your efforts and contributions over the term. The weather looks great for Sunday – see you at the Fair!

Ficino Dollars

There were two orders received for Ficino dollars, without a name on them. If your child ordered dollars and did not receive them today, please come and collect them from the Ficino dollars stand on Sunday.

The Fair Team

Athletics Prize Giving Assembly – Friday 11th April – 8.30am

All parents are warmly invited to our Athletics Prize Giving assembly in the school hall on Friday 11th April at 8.30am.

Italian 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

Auckland Hockey Coaching Clinic – Sunday 6th April – 9.30am -10.30am

The coaching clinic is for children in Years 3 – 8 at St Cuthbert’s turf. Booking are essential. For further information see the attached flyer.

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.