School Newsletter Week 11, Term 2, 2015

Our final week ended beautifully with choral speeches in Assembly on Wednesday, the Speech Competition on Thursday and presentation of certificates on Friday; with the first place getters presenting their speeches to the Assembly. This week has been a celebration of fine speech. All students have learnt something by heart and presented it to others. The words they learnt were rich in meaning. This is important because what goes into the heart at this age builds a child’s capital for life. These are the words they can return to again and again as an adult. It struck me this morning, that speech is about giving; you learn something by heart and then give it to the audience. It takes courage and humility to deliver speeches in the way the children have this week. And these two great qualities strengthen the character of a young person. A fine way to finish the term.

Some of our students will be presenting music, drama and speech at the New Zealand Association of Gifted Children’s 40th Anniversary event at Waikato University this weekend. Mr Hudson and myself will also be giving talks on Fossils, teaching Shakespeare and Mindfulness. The School has a stand at the conference which will be manned by staff members over the weekend. If any of you are able to attend we look forward to seeing you there.

Finally, an eleven week term is a lengthy one and the students have done well to last to the end. I wish you all a restful break and look forward to seeing you next term.

Peter Crompton


Ficino Preschool Meeting – Wednesday 5 August – 2pm

Behind the scenes progress continues on the establishment of Ficino Preschool.  On Wednesday 5th August at 2pm Lorna Spicer would like to meet with parents, families and friends who have an interest in the project.  A short presentation will be followed by a collaborative discussion time.  Your thoughts and ideas will be welcomed.

New Teacher Aide for Class One

We welcome Mrs Helen Clarke as a Teacher Aide for Class One from next term, as there are four New Entrant children joining the class. Mrs Clarke is a trained primary school teacher and parent of two children at Ficino.  She will be the teacher in charge on Thursdays in place of Mrs Setters who will continue to teach PE three days a week.

Friends of Ficino Fun Run – Sunday 9 August

A reminder about this event on Sunday 9th August.
11am  – Meet at Milford Beach Reserve
11.30am – Year group runs start with Year 1 first, finishing with a 5km run
$20 entry fee per family includes a free sausage each.  Please register at the school office by Wednesday 5th August. For further information email Mrs Watkins