Message from the Principal – 6 June 2014

In our assembly on Friday, we heard about the Ficino School logo, which is modelled on the Florentine Fleur-de-lys. This emblem has been adopted extensively by many different cultures since ancient times. The Egyptians saw it as a symbol of the life force and ever since it has had a spiritual significance. The three flowers depicted in the symbol have traditionally represented the Trinity which is evident in many religious faiths in some form. Alternatively they stood for Faith, Wisdom and Chivalry. The cord around the base of the petals signifies the one Divine Substance which unites us all. Baden Powell picked up on this aspect when he chose the symbol for the Scout movement in which it has been used worldwide. When Ficino School was founded extensive research took place in selecting and designing our current logo. In addition to it symbolising the unity of mankind and of everything, is the obvious connection to our patron, Marsilio Ficino, who himself lived in Florence at the time of the Italian Renaissance. Other descriptions suggest an alternative name of the Fleur-de-lys as being Fleur-de-luce or flower of light, representing the inner light of consciousness.

Earlier in the week our Year 8 students presented a brilliantly constructed model of the human digestive system. All the students had to understand and be able to explain all of the main parts, as their teacher chose the three presenters’ names out of a hat on the morning of the assembly!

Towards the end of next week, Ficino School will host two Heads and three Board members from our sister schools in Australia. They are over for a biennial conference for the Australasian members of our world-wide family of schools.

Peter Crompton


Dental Van at School on Monday & Tuesday 9th & 10th June

The mobile dental van will be at school checking the children’s teeth next week.

Meet The Board Evening – Monday 16 June 2014 – 6.30 – 8pm

The Board would be delighted to have as many parents attending this event as possible – please note the date in your diary. An invitation will have arrived in the mail this week. Please return your reply slips either to the class teacher or the school office by Thursday 12th June. Thank you.

Class 2 Play about Spirit from the Kena Upanishad – Wed 18th June – 10a

The gods grew very boastful about winning a great victory and were having a feast to celebrate. A mysterious person entered the festivities and they sent Fire and Wind to find out who he was. They could not discover who he was.  In the end Wisdom showed them that it is only through Spirit that they could do anything.

Time:     10.00am
When:    Wednesday 18th June
Where:   School Hall

Ficino School Netball

Dodgers 7 Good Shepherd 7 Draw
Smurfs 9 Newton Central Rookies 2 Win
Ficino Ferns 12 Gladstone Allstars 4 Win
Ficino Blue 25 Baradene 14 Win

Ficino School Hockey

There were no hockey games played over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

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