Thursday, 31 January 2008

The Old Staff Room

We gave you a photo of the old library/new staffroom in a recent post. Here is a shot of the old staffroom/new board room. It is a nice space with a great view but was just not able to cope with 60 odd staff all at once. For most old boys it is not a space you would have been in very often, if at all, and for those who were here in the early days this was in fact the Brothers living quarters.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

A Recent Visitor

Br Declan tells us he ran into an old boy who was having a look around his old campus during the weekend.

John Willoughby was a boarder at FDMC between 1961-66 which makes him an older old boy. John travelled overseas in the 1970's before settling in Auckland. He married in 1983 and has two daughters in their early 20's. John is currently running an import/export company in Auckland and is looking forward to catching up with people at next year's Jubilee.

If you find yourself back in NP for any reason please feel free to come and visit the old place; there is almost always some one here who would be happy to show you around.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Room

The modern staffroom will be recognised by many old boys as the old library. It is a great space and always looks tidy when the staff are away on holiday.

In a weeks time it will be all a bustle with excited teachers keen to impart their knowledge, or at least tell everyone about their holidays.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

50th Jubilee Dates

We received this email from old boy Peter Wratislav during the week ...

" I'm currently living on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada with my wife, Fiona and two daughters Greta, 11 and Gabrielle, 9. working for a management consultancy firm, RLG International. My current client is B.P on the North Slop (Prudhoe Bay - Alaska) previous clients have been Shell in the North Sea and Aberdeen and also in the Pulp and Paper industry in Canada and New Zealand.

We're planning a trip home in 2009 and it would be great if we could coincide our trip with the Jubilee, can you please let me know the dates."

While we have been advertising the Jubilee as Queen's Birthday Weekend 2009 it has been pointed out that the weekend is on different dates in different countries i.e. Aussie. A quick check of our almanac tells us QB 2009 is the week end of May 29th through June 1st. We will be firming up more details in the next couple of months.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Go Kezza!

The Daily News has been providing a lot of good FDMC material this week. The best photo was this one of Kieran "Kezza" O'Neil showing his stuff in a beach volleyball tournament. Keiran was a student at FDMC in the mid 90's and is now back at the college teaching RE and Maths, and of course coaching the volleyball. There is no truth to the rumour that he only plays beach volleyball so he can take his shirt off in public.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Can You Help Br. Dec?

In the ‘Role of Remembrance’ within this blog there is the name of a former deceased student about whom not too much in known ...

Daniel Hart attended FDMC in the late 1960’s, and at the time was living in Veale Rd, New Plymouth. It seems that the family moved to Wellington.

Were he still alive Daniel would be about 54 this year.

It would be much appreciated if information was received that gave the year of Daniel’s death.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Catch Up Time

We have had several recent contacts from old boys who are out and about.
  • Keiran Walsh (Limrick) - "great to see the old school still looking spic and span as always. Seems a long time back to the 70s now. Made the 25th reunion, with some luck may make the 50th. Hi to all from Ireland, especially cousin Mark Walsh.S ad to say haven't met any old boys over the West of Ireland yet."
  • Barry Squires (Auckland) - "Just saw the 50th Jubilee coming up and am very keen to attend. I was a boarder in 5th and 6th form, 1977 and 1978 from Hawera. Now living in Auckland, working as Head of International Business for Westpac."
  • Andrew Bourke (London) - "Living and working in London for past 10 years now. Senior Engineer overseeing the delivery (construction) of sustainable transport solutions in the borough of Hackney, In other words improving road and footway conditions for cycling and walking with the lead up to the Olympics."
Keep those emails and stories coming folks.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Bowls Anyone

Today's Daily News carried this front page photo and article on the youngest 4 in the Taranaki Open Bowls Tournament which starts today.Nick Coulton skip, three Michael O'Donnell, two Scott Corboy and lead Max Williams are all in Year 13 this year and have some background in bowls. We will keep you posted on how they go.

From an old boys perspective Nick is the son of Paul Coulton while Scott is the grandson of none other than Leo Walsh, a bowler from way back.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

More Colour

We thought we would put the stained glass of the last posting into some perspective for those who have not been into the present chapel. Not the best of pictures but it is hard to adjust for all of that magnificent Taranaki sunlight - sorry if we upset any one in the Northern Hemisphere currently operating on 5 hours of day light.

Friday, 18 January 2008

A Bit of Colour

Some of you will not have been into the new chapel, let alone viewed the stained glass, so here is an image of St John Baptist as he appears in our chapel wall.

We will post an image of Francis Douglas and his rugby ball at a later date.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Exam Results

The 2007 exam results are out today so there will be a lot of anxious students haunting their letter boxes around lunch time. We are of course confident that they will do well and look forward to bringing you an overview of how well they have done in the near future. For those of you who are anxious parents, don't worry, they are bound to do better than you any way!

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Front of House

For those of you who have not been back on site for a long time this is the scene as you approach the office from the car park. De La Salle offers a warm welcome to all, of course.

More recent students will recall the scene but may pick up the change in colour scheme which took place last year.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Well Done Mike!

Lots of good FDMC stuff in today's Daily News.
  • Great article on men retraining as teachers in mid career. We are sure it is no accident that three of the men mentioned were FDMC old boys - Mike George, Miike Healion and Mike Dowd - or perhaps it is a first name thing?
  • Michael Aish (Roycroft) continues to run hard in the USA, completing his second marathon in a time of 2 hr 13 min 20 sec - now that is moving.
  • Current student Dylan (can we call you Mike) Dunlop-Barrett has been breaking Taranaki swimming records left, right and centre at the Victoria open championships in Melbourne. When you are taking 5 or 6 seconds off records at this level you are certainly moving through the water.
Well done to all these guys and who knows what tomorrow's news might bring!

Monday, 14 January 2008

Workshop Time

Last week we showed you what happened to the old under gym workshop, this week we have a few shots of the new technology block. This image is of the wood workshop with couple of the old benches in the foreground just for old times sake.

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Catch Up

Several Old Boys have been in contact over the holiday period ...
  • Brian Schicker has been living and working in Brazil for the last 12 years but is hoping to get back for next year's reunion.
  • Mark O'Dwyer was in the 7th form in 1991 and is keeping an eye on us via the blog.
  • Michael Modgill was with us in the late 80's and was "tickled" by the photo of Cossie in a tie.
  • This weekend sees Ben Gillum (not Gilmour!) married in the College chapel - pictures as they come to hand.
Now you are all back at work take a moment to drop us an email and tell us what you are up to.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Multi Purpose

The old tennis courts have now become the new tennis courts/cricket nets/hockey practice facility/PE area. A much better use of the space which was only really getting used for tennis, car parking and the odd sneaky smoke!

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Another Corridor

While the students are on holiday the hard working maintenance staff keep things a buzzing. As mentioned in a post last year the Y13 Hostel is being done up and as you can see from the photo the job is not quite completed. Rest assured all of the new seniors will arrive to a sparkling new set of rooms, but one does have to wonder how long they will stay sparkling.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Workshop to Weight Room

Now here is a transformation. For many of you older old boys this was the workshop, home of Onions with a lot of noise from above. More recent students have known this space as the Common Room, home of furniture destruction and heaven knows what else. In it's most recent incarnation the space is now the weights room, a place to make our fit guys even fitter. Even the occasional staff member has been seen on the treadmill!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

The Long Corridor

The first of our 2008 scenes - the middle corridor. Scene of many a push, scuffle or temporary ejection.

The modern version has several up to date features. the data trays suspended from the roof contain wireless airports that allow for wireless network access in the class rooms. The carpet comes half way up the walls and does a very good job of deadening the noise and reducing scuff marks.

The windows are now all aluminium, of course, and the light gray colour scheme makes for calm and orderly behaviour - yeah right.

In the end a 14 year old going to class is no different now than in 1968.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Hello 2008

After a brief break we are back into a whole new year. We have decided to start with an orientation programme. Above is a shot of the college circa 1968, over the next week or so we will be bringing you some images of the campus 40 years on.