Friday, 30 March 2007

A Big Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Gala Day at FDMC. Always an important day on the school calender, so if you are in town drop in and say hello, and of course spend some money.

The Gala has got bigger as the school roll has grown. It is a busy old place for a few hours and it generates a very healthy return for the PTA. Last year saw us clear over $20000 for the day.

I am sure there are many of you who can recall your gala day experience - be it trying to win a coconut or sell a quick fire raffle. The big difference in the recent galas has been the food. A wide range of ethnic offerings now tempts the big crowds for lunch.

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

The 1967 1st XV

From time to time we will revisit some old photos. We start this series with the 1st XV from 40 years ago. We will include a photo of this years 1st XV in a later post - just for comparison. Thanks to Ian Fahy for the photo and details.


Back Row
E Flemming M Parsons P Julian R Burns M Wackrow
Middle Row
I Fahy M Wealleans J Gibb J Reeve P Mora J McDonald Mr L Walsh (Coach)
Front Row
J Gardner R Rukuwai G Watt (V.Capt) J Martin (Capt) D Whittle F Roebuck B Davies
Absent M Novak

Played 16, Won 14, Lost 1 Drew 1 Points for 272, Points Against 58

Inter College matches
St Augustine’s 27-11
St Paul’s 18-0
Managere DLS 30-0
St Johns 16-5

Competition Matches
NPBHS B 26-3
NPBHS A 20-3
Spotswood 9-0
Inglewood 9-12
Stratford 5-0
Waitara 19-9
NPBHS B 43-0
NPBHS A 6-0
Spotswood 11-0
Stratford 6-6
FDMC B 15-6
Waitara 12-3

Monday, 26 March 2007

Monday Catch Up

We are still very encouraged by the number of people finding their way to this blog. Great to see people leaving comments as a mark of their visit.

We noticed old boy Paul Cracroft-Wilson in this morning's Daily News sticking it to the Aussies in their own beach flag championship. Well done to Paul and if you know of other old boys making a name for themselves just let us know at mdr@fdmc.school.nz .

We had an email from Ian Fahy last week saying he had recently run into fellow old boy Dick Burns. Dick was asking about the 50th Jubilee, a question we have had from a number of old boys. The exact details are not yet in place but you should be looking to keep April/May 2009 free.

Friday, 23 March 2007

Great Response

We are very heartened by the positive response to our humble blog. In the course of the last two days over 150 people have viewed the blog and we have had some encouraging feedback - keep it coming. The challenge now is to get the word out to as many old boys as possible so we are counting on you to tell your old mates. If you wish to pen a short portrait of yourself and where you are now we would love to include those on the blog.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

A Great Win


Yesterday saw the traditional Gillette Cup cricket match between FDMC and NPBHS 1st XI's. This year it was played on our college grass track with NPBHS batting first and scoring 184 for 6 in their 50 overs. Stand out bowlers for FDMC were Aaron Taylor with 2 - 34 off 9 overs and Sam Wells with 1 -12 off 5 overs.

FDMC made fairly hard work of the run chase losing wickets at regular intervals to be 5 for 86 after 30 overs. Caleb Mawson (29) and Nick Henderson (51) then batted very well to set up a tense run chase at the end. FDMC were able to get 22 runs off the last 24 balls, winning the game with three balls to spare. The 1st XI now goes on to play Wanganui High School to determine the Central Region winner.

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Tess Gaffney RIP

The year had a very sad beginning with the passing of Tess Gaffney, long time librarian and full time college supporter. Tess had been ill for some time but maintained her enthusiasim for the college and all the other areas of her life right to the end. Many old boys will recall the passion Tess had for the students and the energy she was able to bring to activities such as the O'Shea Shield. It has been Tess who has collected and maintained the college archives over the last thirty years - something we will be grateful for in the many years to come.

Tess's funeral was held at the college chapel and was very well attended by past and current students.

Swimming Sports

As you can see from the photos our swimming sports remains a colourful occassion. Plenty of passion was in evidence with Loreto winning the house trophy. The following students took out the age level championships;





Senior ---- Luke Banks-Novak
Inter. A --- Dylan Dunlop-Barrett
Inter. B --- Drew Whitehead
Junior ---- Benjamin Monk
Year 8 ---- Jordan McCormack
Year 7 ---- James Perry

Monday, 19 March 2007

Welcome To The FDMC Old Boys Blog

We have set up this blog to keep the old school info flowing on a more regular basis than the quarterly newsletter. It is our intention to post to this blog on a weekly basis, so keep coming back to see how we are getting along.

You are encouraged to comment and if there are questions you would like to ask we will do our best to answer them.