Message from the Principal – 7 February 2014

It is always great to have the school hall full again on the first day of term. The children look well refreshed after the long summer break, and pleased to see their friends again. It always takes a little time for them to readjust to school life again, and it has been fortunate to have Waitangi Day to break up the first week. Mrs Roscoe presented an excellent assembly on Wednesday giving the children a flavour of the time leading up to the signing of the Treaty. The highlight was an extract from a speech by one of the Maori chiefs which is a powerful piece of oratory and on 6th February 1840 had the effect of turning the mood of the meeting. Here is an extract from Waka Nene’s speech.

“I shall speak first to us, to ourselves. What do you say? The Governor to return? What, then, shall we do? Say here to me, O ye chiefs of the tribes of the northern part of New Zealand. Is not the land already gone? Is it not covered, all covered with men, with strangers, foreigners – even as the grass and herbage – over whom we have no power? We, the chiefs and natives of this land, are down low; they are up high. What do you say? The Governor to go back? I am sick, I am dead, killed by you.

Had you spoken thus in the old time, when the traders and grog sellers came – had you turned them away, then you could well say to the Governor, “Go back”, and it would have been correct, straight; and I would also have said with you, “go back”, – yes, we together as one man, one voice.

But now, as things are, no, no, no. O Governor! Sit. I Tamati Waka, say to thee, sit. Do not thou go away from us; remain for us – a father, a judge, a peacemaker. Yes, it is good, it is straight. Sit thou here; dwell in our midst. Remain; do not go away. Do not thou listen to what the chiefs of Ngapuhi say. Stay thou, our friend, our father, our Governor.

Peter Crompton


Class 1 Parents Lunch – Wednesday 12th February – 12.30pm

A finger food lunch for all parents of children in Class 1 will be held on Wednesday 12th 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 17th 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 a welcome by the Principal. A notice regarding the meeting was sent home with the children this week. Please return attendance slips on Monday 10th February.

Health Profiles – Returned to School on Monday 10th February

All the children have been given a Health Profile to take home for you to fill in and return on Monday 10th. We do need a fresh form each year as various details often change. Thank you.

School Picnic – Sunday 23rd 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 22nd March – 9.30 – noon

Please note we are having two Open Mornings this year, with the second one being on a Saturday. As many students as possible will be required to attend school on this day. 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 10/2)

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

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.