Message from the Principal – 4 July 2014

It was good to see so many of the parent body at our Final Assembly this morning. The quality of the winners of our annual Speech Competition was astounding; I am pleased the children had such a good audience to deliver them to. What was most striking was the students’ confidence on the stage. It all began with Class One delivering a choral rendition of a prayer from one of the Upanishads of ancient India. It was bright, clear and full of spirit. We were then entertained with psalms, English poetry, an extract from the Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf, Shakespeare’s Henry V and the grand finale of Queen Elizabeth’s rousing speech to the English troops at Tilbury before they faced the Spanish Armada.

I wish you all a splendid break and look forward to seeing you again in the new term.

Peter Crompton


Speech Competition Results

Class Place Name
1 1st All winners on the day.  Year One spoke with great articulation, faced the audience with courage and uttered their speech with unity of purpose and conviction.
2 1st Sebastian Connon
2nd Erana Johnson
3rd Chyna Bentley
3 1st Anushka Ram
2nd Bruno Tebbutt
3rd Emily Hall
4 1st equal Mia Fraser
1st equal Brooke Chandler
3rd Nicholas Clarke
5 1st Pearl Tucker
2nd Vishwas Iyer
3rd William Wildash
6 1st equal Sage Macdonald
1st equal Jonathan Leather
3rd Charlie Alston
7 1st George McCullough
2nd Susan Ahn
3rd Tyriq Mohan
8 1st Isha Singh
2nd Annabel Rutherford-Levien
3rd Mia Donovan


Many thanks to all parents, staff and pupils for their efforts.  A special thanks to Mr James Crompton for accepting the invitation as our guest judge.

View Road Security Gate

From next term, the security gates on the View Road driveway will be locked after the school day and reopened in the morning, therefore access out of school hours will be through the main gate on Esplanade Road.

Children’s Movie Night

Thank you to all those who were able to attend the Kids’ movie night.  The evening raised $939, a pretty impressive total.  We were able to keep expenses to an absolute minimum as we had loads of things left over from the Fair (juice, ice cream, sausages and loads of lollies) and kind donations of school families (cones, bread, sauce and nibbles in the back room). The children looked fabulous in their costumes and we hope to have photos for you next term. Remember if you have any good ideas for movies or events let your class coordinator know and we will see what we can do.  Enjoy the July holidays!

Friends of Ficino

Geographon – Tuesday 5th August

A notice has gone home with the students this week regarding the Geographon which will be held in Week 2 next term. The students enjoyed the challenge of learning to improve their geographical knowledge when we held this before the 2012 Renaissance Trip and we look forward to this event again. The sponsorship money can be returned in Week 1 next term. Thank you for your support.

Class 1 and New Entrants Parents Evening  – Tuesday 5th August – 6pm – 7.30pm

Mrs Garrett and Mrs Laird will be holding a Class One and New Entrants Parents Evening on Tuesday 5th August from 6pm to 7.30pm in classroom one. This will be a good opportunity to meet with the new teachers and hear about events for the new term.

Ficino School Netball

Dodgers 1 Good Shepherd (2) 8
Smurfs 7 Good Shepherd (1) 0
Ficino Ferns 2 Maungawhau Aqua 3
Ficino Blue 9 SPZ Y8 26


Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE –  Saturday 7th June   

Ficino Tigers




Mt Eden Black

Grammar Hoihos





Ficino Pumas 5 St Mary’s Ministicks 1 Win
Ficino Jaguars 3 Somerville Towns 5 Loss
Ficino Strikers 2 Southern Kings 2 Draw


If your child is interested in attending the hockey skills programme during the holidays, go to for more information.

There is no netball for three weeks but there are hockey games on the last weekend of the holidays.

Auckland Marathon – Children Aged 7 and Up

The children brought home information letters this week, but if you would like another copy, please find this attached.

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 3.15pm