School Newsletter Week 4, Term 3, 2015

The Class Four Play of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa was the stand out event this week. Under Miss Doctor’s meticulous direction, and dedicated assistance from parents, Class Four produced something magical. Miss Doctor adapted the story and wrote the play herself. It was full of humour for both the children and adult audiences. The story itself speaks of the triumph of courage, goodness and determination over the deadly effects of too much pride. What was particularly noticeable was the children’s poise and confidence on the stage. Each scene began from a point of stillness and steadiness, before the actors launched into passionate and exhilarating performances. These easy pauses before each scene, reminded me of Christ’s actions before he delivers his famous Sermon on the Mount. There is a short sentence in the King James Bible that states “and when he was set”. It seems that the getting oneself ‘set’ or ready before action imbues the act with a potency and richness it might otherwise lack. We find the same effect from the practice of the Pause which the children use before and after every lesson. It also has the effect of giving potency and richness to the children’s learning. The effects of this can be seen in their books and around the walls of the School. In taking a group of prospective parents on a tour of the School this morning, the quality of the children’s work and actions stood out and was commented upon by the visitors.

Peter Crompton


2015 Music Competition

The Music Competition was a great success with over 70 entries from Year 2 upwards in piano, many instruments, solo singing and duets.  The judges were impressed with the poise, focus and generosity of the children in their playing.  They also remarked on the support and attentiveness of the audience of children as this level of care was outstanding in their experience.  The hall was filled with music and all who participated would have been enriched and uplifted through their experience.  The day began with a wonderful piano/cello duet performed by Miss Doctor and Dr Sussex and ended with a delightful piano/flute duet performed by two students.


Tuesday Morning Parking at School

You may have noticed that the car park at the front of the villa is empty on a Tuesday morning.  This is because the staff are parking on the street to allow the School of Philosophy to use the car park for their daytime groups instead of parking at the back of the villa, which leaves the playground free for the children at morning tea play. Please avoid parking on site after 9am on a Tuesday morning.  Thank you.

Dental Van at School next Week – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

The mobile dental van will be in the school for a few days next week checking the children’s teeth. Not all children are seen every year, but this is done on a rotation basis.

Dance Assembly – Friday 28th August

Parents are warmly invited to our Dance Assembly next Friday 28th August, for Classes 1 – 6.

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.