Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A Change of Venue

Nothing ever stays the same. We have decided to try something new by shifting the blog site to the FDMC Foundation. The new format is somewhat limited but we want to encourage folks to visit and use the site, so we shall see how things develop.

How do you get there? Just click on this link;

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Technical Difficulties

We have not yet shut up shop for the summer if you were wondering why there has been no post this week. We are having difficulty uploading images so things may be a bit wordy until we get it sorted.

Yesterday was Junior Prizegiving Day and the last day for students in 2011. All went well and we will have some pics asap.

Friday, 2 December 2011

FDMC In Print

Mark Chamberlain, former student and teacher at FDC, now has six books published. The two recent ones should be of interest to old boys. One is a boys’ adventure book with the college as the setting. Called Eddie’s Big Fat Lies, it deals with the lying exploits of a student matching his wits against the staff. Old boys will recognize some of the teachers in the book though names have been changed. Set in present times, it also manages to include the former cadets core and that perennial favourite: the annual dance with Sacred Heart. Good for a laugh and a trip down memory lane.

The other book is Mark’s first work of adult fiction, Whenua. Former teacher, Lloyd Edwards, gives it the thumbs up. It follows the murder trail of a psychopath in the nineteenth century and is largely set in Taranaki. The dust cover has the following blurb:

Whenua brings to life the largely untold story of the dark struggle for land in nineteenth century Ireland and New Zealand.

This is the story of a family from the original inhabitants who lost their whenua. It is the story of poor Irish migrants who lost their land in Ireland and came looking for its replacement. It is the story of a young country’s beginnings and the theme that dominated and defined the history of its people: that ancient, destructive struggle for land.

Maharangi, grandson of a dispossessed chief, is determined to have land. His quest takes him south to Taranaki, the ancestral lands of his mother. There he joins in the bitter struggle to survive as his people’s lands are confiscated.
Ryan Kavanagh, son of a dispossessed tenant farmer in Ireland, migrates to New Zealand determined to have land with no qualms about killing to get what he wants.

Chamberlain has created a page turner of literary merit with unforgettable characters. His themes of unrequited love and the moral compromises of those fighting to survive will resonate with all who have suffered the painful loss of land.

You can find these books by Googling Amazon Books and writing in SHIHVILLAGEpublications in the search.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Well Done Blake

Good photo and article in today's Daily News on current student Blake Cameron and his top pass marks in the Trinity Music exams. Blake is a boarder who is activeley contributing to his own community back in Hawera - great to see.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Magazine

Our latest College Newsletter contained the following invitation to sponsor a page in the College Magazine. We thought we would share the invitation with the wider old boys community. If you are able to help please contact the College office or email us.

The College magazine – the “Cardinal, Blue and Gold” – is the official record of our College year. The magazine is a reflection of all the events and activities of the College year. So as to be able to include all the significant activities of the year, up to and including the Junior prizegiving held in early December, the
magazine is published in February of each year. It is made available to all current families and is mailed home to Year 13 and other students who finished at the College the previous year. 

You will be aware, the magazine is a costly production and in an attempt to subsidise the cost of and to produce a magazine of the highest possible quality, the College would like to offer families and businesses the opportunity to sponsor a page. 

We have 160 pages available for sponsorship at $25.00 per page for family sponsorship and $50.00 per page for business sponsorship. This would allow for your family name or business name and details to be typeset in the bottom margin as the sponsor of that page. Your support will be much appreciated.

Friday, 25 November 2011

The Building Never Stops

If our last post was about construction in the past this one concerns a current development.

Plant Manager Dan Keegan is seen here in one of the "middle hostel" rooms that are being upgraded.

By the time that Dan and his team are finished, the entire top floor will be new and sparkling and ready for another group of Year 10 boarders.

This project is just part of the on going maintenance and up grading that is always taking place. If you haven't been to the College for awhile, drop in and see how things have changed.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Any Ideas?

This photo from the archive has us a little puzzled. The top story is already on the main block so what was the big machinery for?

If you were one of those little fellas watching proceedings perhaps you can enlighten us.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

And About Time

We may be a little biased but Conrad Smith's elevation to the Hurricanes captaincy seems like a no-brainer, and long over due.

As a past FDMC Deputy Head Boy he has always possessed the leadership skills required. Now we will wait and see if he has a team that is prepared to be captained.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Well Done Grads

The following former students graduated from Victoria University in 2010.

Tomas Bridgeman BCA, DPACCY
Daniel Burkett BAHons
Daniel Coombes BSC
Lee Finnerty BBSC
Ryan Fleming GDTCPR
Scott Fuglistaller BCA
Paul Gibbins BSC
Caleb Gordon BA
Jacob Manning BCA
Adam Meek BA, LLB
Ryan O’Byrne BA Hons
Kevin O’Donnell PGHCLT
Joseph Parr BCA
Simon Reeve MA
Patrick Squire BCA
Huaxiang Su BCA
James Tamarapa DPACCY
Matthew Warner BSC, LLB
Reuben Berghan BCA

Well done to all. We will continue to post the Graduate lists as Universities make them available to us.

Friday, 18 November 2011


The week began with a sad event, saying farewell to Br Robert. The college was well represented at the burial service and we have been very encouraged by the number of old boys who have contacted us to leave thoughts and messages.

With the Brothers no longer in the college on a daily basis we think it is very important to keep alive their memory and recognise the huge part they have played in making FDMC what it is.

Thanks to all of you who continue to help keep those memories alive.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Under New Management

2012 will see the college hostel under new management. The following information has been taken from the latest College newsletter.

Following an extremely successful four-year term as Dean of Boarding, assisted by her husband Steve, Mrs Sjaane Simpson has resigned effective from the
end of this year to continue in the role of Director of Religious Studies and return to a full time teaching position at the College. The Board of La Salle House Ltd is pleased to announce that Mrs Simpson’s replacement will be Mr Heta Smith.

A baptised Catholic, aged 51 and secondary educated in Waitara, Mr Smith originally trained in the construction industry, served in the New Zealand Army, and following his training as a teacher, has taught Technology subjects in
two Hamilton secondary schools since 1996. In addition to his role as Assistant Head of Technology at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton, Mr Smith currently serves as Housemaster of Williams House in the school’s hostel. This sees him responsible for the welfare of 75 Year 9 to 13 boarders on a seven day
boarding basis.He has been involved with boarding for eight years. 

Mr Smith will be joined by his wife Margie. She is a qualified librarian and secondary teacher specialising in Social Sciences and English. She has also served St Paul’s in the capacity of Director of International Students. Mr Smith will take
up his duties on 20 January and will be joined by Mrs Smith once she has rounded off her international student commitments at St Paul’s.