School Newsletter Week 1, Term 1, 2015

The school year has started successfully with the bright, bubbly faces of the students lighting up when meeting their friends and teachers again. Quite a lot of work has been done to enhance the buildings and site over the holidays including a working bee by members of the School of Philosophy the day before the start of the term.

There are a number of events aimed at welcoming new parents and providing the opportunity for the whole school community to meet together. These are outlined below and I look forward to seeing you at some of those.

Peter Crompton


Safety in the School Grounds

The cones that are put in the car park spaces outside the main school door in the morning are there not only to keep access ways clear, but also for safety. There is no parking available at all in front of the villa. You may stop and let your children out, but if you wish to accompany them into the school, please park in the rear car park and come through the back ramp door which is unlocked in the morning from 8am until 8.25am to allow safe access into the villa from the rear car park. Children arriving after 8.25 am will need to come through the main villa door entrance and register as late at reception. Please ensure that when exiting the property you slow right down before crossing the footpath both in the morning and afternoon to ensure no pedestrians are at risk. The speed limit in the school grounds is 5km per hour. Thank you.



In order not to have queues of traffic running down View Road at the end of the day, please adhere to the following procedures:-
1. Do not get out of your car for any length of time, eg to speak to other parents or the teacher whilst in the traffic queue.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Uniform Shop

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


New Ficino Website – Calendar

Please note the school Calendar of Events can be found on the new Ficino Website.


Class 1 & New Parents Parents Lunch – Wednesday 11th February – 12.30pm

A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Class 1 and any new parents in the school, will be held on Wednesday 11th February in the school villa from 12.30pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to socialise with the Principal and other parents. A notice has been sent home with the children this week. Please would you return the reply slip on Monday if you are able to come.


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

The Parents Meeting takes place on Monday 17th 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. A notice regarding the meeting was sent home with the children today. Please return attendance slips on Wednesday 11th February.

Health Profiles – Returned to School on Monday 9th February

All the children have been given a Health Profile to take home for you to fill in and return on Monday 9th. We do need a fresh form each year as various details often change. Thank you.

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

A notice with further details will be sent home with the children next week. Meantime, please mark this date on your calendar.

Open Morning – Saturday 14th March – 9.30 – noon

Please note the date of our Open Morning this year. The school is focussing an advertising campaign around this date and its success will be greatly enhanced by having as many students as possible at school. Thank you for your cooperation with this. Details to follow.


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.


French Lessons for Children at Ficino School – Mondays 3.15 – 4.15pm (Begins Monday 9/2)

Make the most of your child’s natural abilities to learn a new language. This is a professionally designed course with lots of fun activities, drama, music and games. Contact to register or phone her on 021 251 7435.