School Newsletter Week 3, Term 3, 2015

This week we farewell Mrs Anita Hudson, who has had a long association with Ficino School. She began back in 1998, just one year after the school started, assisting Mr Hudson as the Class One and Two teacher. Mr Hudson freely admits that he wouldn’t have coped without her. Having said that the current Class One, boys particularly, look forward each week to their Sanskrit lessons with Mr Hudson. Anita has a wide array of talents and has helped both pupils and staff in many different areas. At our farewell assembly for her on Wednesday, we asked the children to stand if they had been helped by Mrs Hudson for music, drama, extension English and Maths classes, one on one help, gymnastics, exam supervision and reading! There was hardly a child in the school who hadn’t been assisted by Mrs Hudson in some way. As a school, we will miss her quiet, generous presence and her versatility. She will be particularly missed by the Drama Department, however we are secretly hoping she will retain some involvement in this area. Anita is leaving Ficino to take up part-time study for a Theology degree as well as continuing in her role as an education coordinator for the Catholic Church.

We have had a feast of other activities on offer this week; Our annual Music Competition, where there were over 75 entries (from a total roll of 104!); the annual Cross Country run on the slopes of Mt Eden, where all able bodied students challenged themselves over long distance; St Clare House students gave insight into the character of the wholesome, single-minded woman whom their house has been named after, with some short dramatic performances in Assembly; and finally class, team and individual photographs took place on Friday.

Peter Crompton


Friends of Ficino Meeting – Sunday 16 August

All parents are invited to come to a Friends of Ficino meeting in the school villa this Sunday 16 August from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Class 4 Play – Thursday 20 August – 4pm

Class Four will be presenting the play “Perseus and the Gorgon” for parents and friends on Thursday 20th of August at 4pm. The play follows the heroic adventures of Perseus, as he faces terrible perils, in his quest to slay the Gorgon Medusa and free his mother from the clutches of the wicked king Polydectes. Travel back in time to Ancient Greece, to relive the legend of brave Perseus and the hideous monster Medusa!  Everyone welcome.

Music Competition & Cross Country Assembly – Friday 21 August

All parents are warmly invited to our Music Competition and Cross Country Assembly on Friday 21 August at 8.30am.  This has been moved from  Week 6, (Friday 4th September).  Some of the Music Competition winners will be asked to perform during the Grandparents Morning on 3 September. The Good Works Assembly for Classes 1, 3, 5 7 has been moved to Week 6, Friday 4th September.

NIWA Auckland Science and Technology Fair – 21/22 August

This competition is for Year 7-13 students across Auckland and is being held at St Kentigerns, Remuera on Friday-Saturday 21/22nd of August.  We have entered the three senior place-getters from the Ficino Science and Technology Fair.  Public viewing is from 5.00-8.00pm on Friday and 1.00pm-6.00pm on Saturday.  There are usually a wide variety of excellent projects on display and we recommend this as a worthwhile family outing.

Grandparents Morning – Thursday 3 September

Grandparents and friends of students are warmly invited to a Grandparents Morning Tea in the school hall.  Morning tea will be served at 9.30am, followed by a welcome from the Principal and an address by Mr Bruce Watson from the Ficino Educational Foundation.  Grandparents and friends will then accompany the children to their classrooms.  This will be followed by a celebration of singing, recitation, performance, prayers and hymns. An invitation has gone home with the children today and will also be emailed to you. To help with catering and preparation please RSVP to Leah Ashton – phone 623 3385 or email by Monday 31 August.