School Newsletter Week 6, Term 1, 2015

This time of year as summer fades into Autumn is a great time for physical activity, and keeping our bodies strong. It is great to see children still attending running club even though the light in the mornings is closing in. The participants bring in a gold coin donation for breakfast and the small surplus collected so far has been used to purchase sports shoes for three students who want to run but can’t afford shoes for themselves. See the picture on our school notice board. This is done through the Charity CAP (Christians Against Poverty) which Mrs Watkins has made contact with. Our senior students have been attending Waterwise this week and meeting challenges they otherwise might not have met both physically and mentally. And finally we have Athletics Day coming up next week, for which the children have spent much of this term preparing for.

The health of the body is important so we can be ready to serve when called upon to do so. Our Assembly story this Friday was about a fifteen year old girl, called Ethel Langton, who 90 years ago kept a lighthouse going for three nights without food and only her dog for comfort. When asking the children what qualities she displayed in performing this service, apart from courage and perseverance, one of the boys mentioned her strength. She had to climb a 20 foot ladder, in a storm at night to keep the light going, with very little food and only her dog for comfort.

Our school lunches provide healthy fresh food, good for body and mind, and we are grateful to Mrs Braun, our new kitchen manager whose cooking is proving very popular and wholesome at the same time.

Peter Crompton


Open Morning – Saturday 14th March – 9.30am – noon
Thank you for all your replies to indicate whether your child is able to attend the Open Morning.  We have approximately half the children coming which will mean their performances of speech, song and dance will be full.  The senior students will act as guides and will need to bring their blazers please.  You are all welcome to attend and bring friends and relatives if you wish.  Refreshments will be served throughout the morning to both visitors and the children attending.
Athletics Day – Wednesday 18th March – Mt Smart Stadium
Thanks you for all the offers of help.  We look forward to seeing you all at Mt Smart on Wednesday.
Rachel Setters
Parent-Teacher Interviews – Monday 23rd March from 1.15pm
The signup sheets are at reception for you to book your interviews.  Please collect your children from school at 12.45pm on that day.  There will be no After School Care.
Ficino School Fair – Sunday 29th March 10.30am – 2.30pm
The next working bee is on Monday 16th March at 7pm in the school hall and will involve numbering and storing bottles from this week’s Fun-d Friday collection.  Thank you for all your generous donations!  Next week’s collection is Deli/Easter items.  Only two weeks to go until the Fair!  Thank you all for your support so far and for volunteering to help on the day in the many roles required.
Pre-Season Skills Camps at AMI Netball
Over the next few weekends AMI Auckland Netball are running a series of Pre-Season Skills camps at both Windmill Road and St Johns venues. These fun and challenging camps are a fantastic lead in to the season, with skills activities and game play led by their great team of coaches. For more information or to register please visit on the Camps and Clinics page.