Monday, 31 December 2007

Bye Bye 2007

On the last day of the year we would just like to thank you for your support this year. Since March we have had over 10000 hits on our humble blog from places all over the world. We love getting your emails and comments and rest assured we will be here for 2008, so keep spreading the word and keep checking in.

Happy New Year and watch out for the red wine.

Sunday, 30 December 2007

Our Brothers

At the end of every year there is a re assignment of roles for some of the Brothers in our community. 2008 will see the following changes
  • Br Ray Khan is moving to Mangere to be the director of their community as Br Jack Iremonger leaves that role to work in PNG.
  • Br Ben Tin has left to work in Vietnam in 2008 but expects to be back at some stage.
  • Br Declan remains with us for another year, which is great for the old boys as he does so much work in the archives. We also have plans for Dec leading up to next years 50th.
Brothers Oliver, Steve, Peter Smyth and Peter Ryan will also be amongst us, and long may that be the case.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas to all of our Old Boys and their families.

We hope you have a great holiday break, get lots of prezzies and get to spend time with the ones you love.

We will continue to post over the holiday period but on a weekly rather than daily basis.


Friday, 21 December 2007

Milo Cup Finals

We are the national champions! Unfortunately because the rain did not allow any games to be played, so are the other three semi finalists. We can see from the photo that the team's spirits remained high throughout in the certain knowledge that we would have beaten the others if we had a chance.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Welcome to Hobbiton

The news that Weta Workshop is to be involved with the making of The Hobbit reminds us that we have an FDMC connection to the famous Wellington studio. Mat Webling has been working for Weta in the production department and we believe Dwayne Keegan has recently taken his considerable construction skills to Weta as well. If you know of any one else involved please let us know. We can think of several candidates for Bilbo and perhaps even the voice of the Dragon!

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Recent Contacts

Good to see a lot of old boys back home for the holidays. Some recent sightings and contacts include
  • Kelly George back with his family for Christmas - he has moved from New York back to London.
  • Mathew McDonald spotted at Cinderella recently - he remains an integral part of the family firm.
  • Rangi Dansey was a foundation pupil who recently contacted us - he is now living in Auckland.
  • Pat Paiti, Trent Manton and Connor Landrigan have all made recent email contact.
Keep those emails coming and make sure you say hello if you get the chance.

Monday, 17 December 2007

Sing Up

Great to see old boy Joseph Gardner back in town to perform at the Festival of Lights opening on Sunday night. Joseph is pursuing his operatic career and continuing to study, hopefully next year in Auckland - he is looking for a benefactor of the arts if any one is keen.

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Junior Prizegiving

Here we have the major prize winners from this years Junior Prizegiving. A fine body of future leaders, academics and sportsmen.

The full list of prize winners can be accessed by clicking on FDMC Junior Prize List.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Last Day!

Today is Junior Prizegiving and the last day of school for the students at FDMC. The staff will of course be working hard on their planning up until Christmas Eve - well maybe.

Some staff are taking their holidays in exotic locations. Ross MacNicol, pictured left, and his family are spending two months touring India - he is unlikely to find a quality hot dog in that time.

Others of us will stay home, enjoy the magic that is a Taranaki summer and of course write the occasional blog post.

We will have some photos of the junior prizegiving next week.

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Cricket Any One?

While our current crop of cricketers are doing very well we are also seeing a number of old boys pushing for higher honours. The Taranaki men's squad was announced this week as

Matthew Broadmore (captain), Travis Stewart, Leith Johnston, Joe Dravitzki, Kolyn Tai, David Good, Tim Weston, Greg Paynter, Rob McLeod, Jamie Watkins, Nick Taylor, Ryan Fleming, Daniel Bolstad, Keith Muller, Andrew Mason, Peter Ingram and Glen Reynolds.

Daniel Bolstad, Ryan Fleming and Joe Dravitzki are FDMC old boys while Tim Weston and Peter Ingram are currently teaching at the college.

We also provide the core of the Taranaki supporters known as the Mustardos and you can keep up with their exploits (?*!) on their Mustardos Blog.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Time Marches On #4

We have saved the roughest group until last! Taken at the 40th Jubilee these are guys who graced our corridors in the early to mid 1980's. We are sure there will be a much larger group at the 50th, especially when so many now have sons at the college.

Monday, 10 December 2007

Well Done

Last weekend saw the national Sec. Schools Athletics Championships. We sent a strong team along with some very good results.
  • Tom Ingram- 1st Open hammer throw, 6th open shotput,
  • Jake Blanks- Senior triple jump (6th)
  • Nathan Coombes- Senior 3000m track (9th).
  • Nick Coulton- Open hammer throw (5th)
  • Kale Joines- Senior Javelin (12th)
  • Aaron McCallum- Junior boys 100m (quarter finalist)
  • Luke McCallum- Junior Boys 3km road race (100/118)
  • Brody Schultz- Junior Boys 3km road race (92/118)
Toms winning throw in the hammer was 5 metres further than 2nd place.

It is of note that three of the athletes are sons of current staff members - Mike Ingram, Graham Blanks and Paul Coulton. We are not sure what that might mean.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Computer Crash

At this time of the year I think we all know how this little fella feels.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Oh Brother!

We were rummaging through the archives and came upon this photo which we had never seen before. It must have been taken during the early 1980's and judging by the the shorts and the smiles it had to be around the summer holidays.

The brothers are from left to right ...
Br Dave, Mr Michael, Br Robert, Br Will, Br Kevin, Br Matty, Br. Steve H, Br Steve L, ?, Br Adrian, Br Peter, Br Oliver, Br Pat.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Sharing The Mission

As part of the Lasallian Share The Mission programme two of this year's Y13 students are off to Balgo Hills in the very real outback of Western Australia. Nick Siffleet and Chas Carroll are volunteering their time to work within the Brother's community which serves the aboriginal community of a very wide area surrounding Balgo Hills. we wish them well and know they will have lots of stories to tell on their return.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Milo Cup Success

Last Friday saw our Milo Cup cricket team, drawn from the best players in Years 7 and 8, defeat Hutt International College. It was a convincing win by a very talented team who will ensure that our cricketing future is bright.

The win means FDMC is through to the Top 4 tournament which pits the best 4 teams in the country against each other. We have every confidence that our young fellas will do very well at this level - more details at a later date.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Situations Vacant

Live-in Residential Supervisor

A live-in resident is required to take care of the boarders’ in our Year 9 Hostel in a warm, friendly environment during the week (evenings, overnight and before school). This live-in position would suit a single person who likes their days free to pursue other interests.

All applicants must enjoy the company of teenagers and be prepared to involve themselves in Hostel activities.

Remuneration will be negotiated.

Application pack can be obtained from:
Francis Douglas Memorial College
201 Tukapa Street
New Plymouth
before 19 December
or by phoning or emailing:
the Dean of Boarding on 0275300543

Applications close on
11 January, 2008

Time Marches On #3

Another photo from the 40th Jubilee in 1999. This one is of students from the late 80's early 90's - a staunch bunch.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

How Things Have Changed #4

The latest in our little series.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1967 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.