School Newsletter Week 6, Term 3, 2015

Grandparents Morning is always a special day at Ficino School. On Thursday, we welcomed about sixty grandparents into the school hall. The day started with a beautifully prepared morning tea (thank you all those parents who contributed to this) organised by the Friends of Ficino and served by parents and Class Five students. Following a welcome and an address by Mr Bruce Watson, Chairman of the Ficino Educational Foundation, the grandparents were collected by their eager grandchildren and shown around the school and classrooms. It was wonderful to see the natural tenderness displayed in the interactions between grandparent and grandchild. This relationship has a natural quality based on Love, Trust and Respect. Love underpins any proper relationship; Trust is in the experience and quietude with which grandparents conduct themselves and Respect is for the learning and wisdom they have to impart.

Towards the end of the morning the grandparents were treated to a concert of music, dance and speech, which was simply delightful.

Peter Crompton



Ficino School Vision, Values & Motto Card

Each family will today receive our newly published Vision, Values and Motto card. This has gone home with the eldest or only child in the family. We hope this will be a helpful tool to keep these values at the fore-front of the children’s and our own minds.  Please feel free to use them to help explain something of the school’s ethos to friends and family.

Assembly – Wed 9 September – 8.30 – to introduce after school Speech and Drama Lessons

Parents are invited to a presentation by Nina Burchett, Director of Shine Speech and Drama School of Confidence at next Wednesday’s Assembly. Nina will be offering lessons after school on Mondays for any students wishing to develop further their communication, cognitive, social and language skills.  Lessons can include specialised tuition in drama, public speaking, poetry reading and storytelling.  Students may wish to work towards Trinity College and the New Zealand Speech Board examinations but this is not a requirement.
Sessions on Monday could be either with a small group, pairs or individual lessons.

Good Works Assembly – Friday 4 September – Class 2,4, 6 & 8

Parents are invited to our Good Works Assembly for Classes 2, 4, 6 & 8 next Friday 11th September at 8.30am.

Photo Proofs for Sports Teams, Music Ensemble, Librarians, and Prefects

The photo proofs are now available at reception for you to look at.  Please return your orders by Friday 18th September.  Thank you.

Summer Uniform Worn from Term 4 – Shop Open Wednesday mornings

It might be time to pull out the summer uniforms and see if they still fit!  For the next 3 weeks the uniform shop will also be available on Wednesdays mornings from 8.15am to 8.45am, as well as the afternoon from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.  Please be reminded that boys sandals need to be black leather and the girls sandals from Years 1 – 6 are also black leather.  The Year 7 & 8 girls may wear plain black leather lace-up shoes, T-bar or Mary Jane style.  Please see the website uniform list for further clarification