Message from the Principal – 5 September 2014

Grandparents DayGrandparents Morning was a highlight of this school week.  We had over sixty grandparents and relatives visiting the school. They enjoyed excellent service from the Year 5 students who welcomed them with cups of tea and cakes provided by the parents and the ever-present Friends of Ficino. It is wonderful to be in an atmosphere where service is a delight and not a chore. Service from the younger to their elders has always been a natural part of most societies for millennia.  However within the last few years, this has changed dramatically and children are growing up now in an atmosphere where they are often waited on by their parents. Recent research in Australia suggests that this phenomenon which is described as being a result of over-parenting, can lead to children placing an over-emphasis on their emotional state which in turn develops a learned helplessness. The respect for the authority of parents and teachers is a natural antidote to such problems and is encouraged and thriving in the Ficino School community, as seen on a Grandparents Morning.

Our Year 8 students were very privileged this week to hear one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the country.  Billy Graham is a former New Zealand and Australasian Boxing Champion, who tells his colourful life story from troubled childhood to a youth advocate.  He has made a significant difference to a number of communities around New Zealand.  His repartee had the students spellbound for an hour.  His primary message was that with diligence and hard work, you can achieve just about anything you set your mind to.  He also spoke of the importance of asking for help and listening to good advice.  We are grateful to King’s School for this opportunity to join their Year 8 students.

Peter Crompton


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

Door sales available.  Drop in for a pint, a bite to eat and a rousing game of bingo.  No smartphone apps required, just your lovely selves!

Friends of Ficino

Fundraising Samosas – Orders due back on Monday 8th

All orders with money are due back at school on Monday.  Thank you for your support.

School Tour – Thursday 11th September – 9.15am

Our next School Tour is scheduled for next Thursday 11th September at 9.15am. If you know anyone you think may be interested, please ask them to either ring the school office or email to register. Thank you.

Dance Assembly  – Friday 12th September – 8.30am

All parents are invited to our Dance Assembly next Friday at 8.30am. All the classes will be taking part.

Summer Uniform Worn from Term 4

All children will need to wear summer uniform from the start of Term 4. Please purchase these before the end of term as the uniform shop will not be open during the holidays. The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays from 2.30 until 3.15pm.

Summary of the Ski Week

SkiingThis year we had two teams enter the North Island Primary school champs. With over 400 competitors this is one of the largest children events to be held in NZ. All week we were blessed with superb Bluebird weather. The first day the team trained at different race courses set in the Whakapapa valley ski field. Each skier had a chance to practise on their respective course which was hugely beneficial, especially for those children who had not been involved in a slalom event before.

Day Two: Individual Slalom Race
All 10 skiers raced and finished with a clear run – which counted towards the overall points competition. First place positions for the school were Junior Girls: Amelia (50th), Junior Boys: Charlie (57th), Senior Girls: Annabel (24th), Senior Boys: Jack (26th).

Day Three: Dual Slalom races were held in the valley. This is where a competitor races against another with a similar time from the day before. Brooke and George managed to win their races and scored maximum points for their respective teams.

Day Four: Ski Gravity Cross: An event often described as rugby on skis and was best suited to the Ficino skiers. Charlie was placed 5th in the Junior Boys event. In the junior girls Brooke made it through to the semi-finals while Amelia moved through several knock out rounds.

Overall Ficino Icicles placed 26th and Ficino Frosties 36th in the full primary category. Over the week the children’s skills noticeably increased and the mountain experience was invaluable. Josh from Snowplanet was the instructor and his daily guidance and evening ski meetings were vital to the success of the teams. The parents on the trip all had important roles and helped make this week run smoothly for all involved.

Andrea Alston

Ficino School Hockey

HOCKEY RESULT TABLE –  Saturday 7th June   
Ficino Tigers



Grammar Kiwis

Somerville Archibald





Ficino Pumas 7 Grammar Korimako 0 Win
Ficino Jaguars 10 St Mary’s 0 Win
Ficino Strikers 0 St Mary’s 1 Loss


Get Set Go After School Club (Athletics New Zealand) for New Entrants to Year 3

Athletics New Zealand is launching the Get Set Go programme relating to athletics, in a number of Auckland schools starting next term. This will be available to Ficino students from New Entrants to Year 3 and will be run on the grass area behind the villa from 3.15pm until 4.15pm. The cost for the 10 week programme is $40. The children have brought home a registration form today.

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.