School Newsletter Week 3, Term 4, 2015

I had the good fortune to take five of our Year 8 students out to lunch today. Their conduct, maturity and ease was remarkable. They conversed generously and happily about what they have enjoyed in their years at Ficino School. Although ready to move on to new horizons, they were very clear about the value of the education they have been provided with. One big surprise was their unanimous consent on the value of Sanskrit! They perhaps could not put their finger on why, but they all felt it was an important and worthwhile part of the curriculum. Two cited Sanskrit as being the most significant thing they will take with them from their education at Ficino. I look forward to hearing from the other five students next week.

Many of you will be aware that we are planning to open the Ficino Pre-School next year, and may be interested in a brief update. The Pre-School is to be located on the corner of Esplanade Road and View Road with a new building to be erected to replace the three existing flats. The Head Teacher has been appointed and the proposed opening date is Term 2, 2016. It will be licensed for around thirty children aged three to five years old, and will act as a natural feeder for Ficino School. This is a major investment by the Board and a demonstration of their commitment to expanding the scope of what Ficino School offers. If you know anyone who might be interested in the Pre-School, please contact the Ficino School office. There will be a meeting later this term with an opportunity to meet the new Head Teacher and hear more about the developments. Details of this will be available soon.

Peter Crompton



Hearing & Vision Testing – Monday 2nd November

The Hearing & Vision technicians will be at school on Monday and will test just a few selected children.  All the Year 7 students will have vision testing.

Senior Shakespeare Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
18 – 21 November

Tickets are available at the school office for the following performances:-
Wednesday 18 November – 7.30pm
Thursday 19 November – 7.30pm
Friday 20 November – 7.30pm
Saturday 21 November – 2.00 pm
Saturday 21 November – 7.30pm

Ticket Prices
Adult – $12
Concession:  $8 (senior citizens/tertiary students)
Child:  $5 (school age) (no charge for preschool age)
Family Group:  $26 (2 adults and 2 children)

Ficino Sports

Jump Rope For Heart – Sponsorship Money returned by Friday 13th November
The sponsorship money collected which will go to the Heart Foundation should be returned to your child’s teacher by Friday 13th November.  Thank you for your support.

Auckland Kids Marathon – Sunday 1st November
The children taking part in the Auckland Kids Marathon should meet at the assembly area in school PE uniform from 10.40am.  Mrs Setters will be there holding a Ficino flag so that you can find the group easily.  Good luck to all the runners!