Monday, 30 April 2007

Welcome Back

Today we welcome back our Principal Br Peter Ryan. Br Peter has been in Rome for four months at "Head Office", followed by a month in the USA visiting a number of De La Salle colleges. He reckons he has picked up some good ideas so we can expect a few new developments at FDMC.

Paying a visit to the college last week was Justin Marinovich (mid 90's). Justin is currently the Crown Prosecutor in New Plymouth and was in to help some of our students prepare for a law moot competition. His brother Nick Marinovich is also practicing law in New Plymouth, although I suspect he might be more defense oriented.

It is always good to welcome back members of our community whether they have been gone 10 years or 6 months.

Saturday, 28 April 2007

Brother Declan

As we mentioned a few posts back, Br Declan is back at FDMC keeping an eye on us and working hard on adding to the archives. Lets face it, Br Dec is just about a walking archive of the college in himself.

Dec is looking to get out and about to catch up with as many of you old boys as possible so if you want to make yourself known you can contact him at . There is every chance you will run in to him out and about anyway, so don't be shy in making yourself known.

Friday, 27 April 2007

And now for some results ...

The 2006 NCEA results have now been confirmed. While we are always looking for improvement we are very pleased with the overall effort and results produced by our senior students in 2006.

The following are some of the academic highlights from our NCEA results in 2006.

88% of candidates achieved NCEA Level 1 compared to 74% in 2005. The average Level 1 candidate gained a total of 130 credits.

78% of candidates achieved NCEA Level 2 compared to 77% in 2005. The average Level 2 candidate gained a total of 87 credits.

72% of candidates achieved NCEA Level 3 compared to 62% in 2005. The average Level 3 candidate gained a total of 77 credits.

93% of Level 1 candidates achieved the literacy standard compared to a national average of 75%

96% of Level 1 candidates achieved the numeracy standard compared to a national average of 82%

The percentage of Year 13 students obtaining University Entrance increased from 54% in 2005 to 60% in 2006

3 students were awarded Scholarship;
Shaun Butler in English
Issac Trevis in Geography
Joshua Lucas in Geography

No senior student left FDMC in 2006 without a formal qualification compared to a national figure of 18%.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

A Question Answered

Two posts ago we asked how many of the current 1st XV are sons of old boys. The following is a the answer - although not perhaps a definitive one.

Beauden and Kane Barrett - sons of Kevin "Smiley" Barrett
Rick McKenna - son of Maurice "Spike" McKenna
Joshua Walden - son of Kevin Walden
Todd Curtis - son of Alan Curtis
Jacob Bourke - son of Dennis Bourke

If we have missed any one just let us know by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Situations Vacant

We are currently looking for people to help supervise study in the hostel on a number of week nights. We have found in the past that old boys are very good at this as they have a solid understanding of the school, the hostel and overall expectations. These are paid positions with the hours usually running between 6.30 and 10 in the evening - with some flexibility.

If you think you might be interested in being a part of hostel life you can contact Chris Moller at .

Sunday, 22 April 2007

1st XV 2007

Above is a photo of this year's 1st XV taken after their recent game against Napier Boys High. How many sons of old boys do you think are in the photo?

Friday, 20 April 2007

Family Tales

We mentioned having run into Robin Fabish recently. Robin has kindly forwarded a copy of the Fabish family story which has been researched and published by his father Rod Fabish.

The family history will be held in the Library and it may be a good precedent for any others who would like their family story held some where other than at home. With the degree of interconnection within the Taranaki community there is a lot of interest for current students in how their pasts connect.

If you have something to contribute to the archive it can be sent to

FDMC Old Boys
Francis Douglas Memorial College
PO Box 5124
New Plymouth

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Web Site Hassles

You may have been wondering why there has been so little change on the FDMC web site over the last few months. we have a lot of trouble with the server that our service provider has been using. this has limited what material can be uploaded onto the site. We are reliably informed that things should be back to normal soon, so don't forget to visit for a more detailed breakdown on all that is happening at FDMC.

Monday, 16 April 2007

The Blue Blazer

It is funny how clothing traditions change. It wasn't that long ago we couldn't get students to wear the college blazer now it has become a regular feature of our students public appearance's. The photo is from The Dominion showing a number of our senior students attending a leadership conference. The guys stood out both in their uniform and the way they conducted themselves.

The blazer is also being used as Number 1's for the 1st XV and a number of other college teams as well. We are even getting senior students using it as a part of daily uniform - a long way from where things were in the 1980's!

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Catch Up

We trust you all had a Happy Easter and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends.

The response to our humble blog remains very encouraging with a steady and growing stream of people paying a visit. You can of course help by passing the message, and the URL, on to others. Recent contacts from old boys have included Bryan Dobson (95-99), Richards Burns (64-68) and Nigel Keegan (mid 90's). The Keegans have been great contributers to the school roll with the youngest in the family still currently at FDMC.

Just a quick update on some famous staff names you may well remember.

Andy Sorenson is currently back in New Plymouth for a few weeks. Andy is working for the Education Department in the Solomon Islands, a location he seems to think suits his outlook on life.

Brother Declan is back at FDMC at the moment. He has been doing some work in the college archives and is looking to touch base with as many old boys as possible. if you want to contact Br Dec he can be reached at .

We have had a recent email from Lloyd Edwards - a teacher many students from the 80's and 90's will remember. Lloyd is living and teaching in Plumstead, London. He has been having a few health problems but remains the indomitable Loopy that so many of you will remember.

Keep the gossip coming folks. It is much better to tell tales on yourself than let some of your mates do it for you.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

An Update

The Gala Day has come and gone with a lot of fuss but not to much real bother. The weather held and the crowds were good and even more importantly they were spending. The total take for the day was around $29000 which should ensure a final profit of something over $26000 - not bad for a days fund raising!

The 1st and 2nd XV have returned from their trip to Napier and De La Salle. The 2nds played hard in both games before going down to bigger and stronger teams. The 1st XV played very well to draw 15 all with Napier boys and then narrowly lose to De La Salle 13 to 12 only two days later. The De La Salle game was held in Mangere in front of a good crowd that included David Tua - fortunately only watching. We were treated very well by Br Steve Hogan and his team at Mangere and the players really enjoyed their billeting experience - something that would bring back a lot of memories for many old boys.

It was great to catch up with a number of old boys at the College's Day in Napier including Robin Fabish (teaching at Napier Boys), Richard Hall (Senior Master at Napier Boys) and Richard Schumacher who is Principal at Central Hawkes Bay College.