Monday, 31 March 2008

Multi Sport

Another weekend another winner.

Congratulations to Edward Rawles (Y12) who won the Senior Triathlon title in the Taranaki sec schools competition. Edward completed the 250m swim, 10km bike and 3km run in 32 minutes, 44 seconds. The concept of multi sport has really taken off in New Plymouth with many of our students and even a few staff involved in competing at some level.

This Friday will see 75 of our junior students take part in the Weetbix triathlon, so there may well be more Edward's on their way up.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Old Boy Visit

Dr Michael Kelly was back in town over Easter and checked in at his old school to show his daughter around and catch up with a few old faces. He was kind enough to speak to our Y13 Physics class about challenging themselves and "thinking outside the rhombus", a talk that was very well received.

It is always good to have old boys from all walks of life share their wisdom and experiences with the current students.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

In The News

Great photo of Raven Manu (Y10) in today's Daily News as our Waka Ama (canoe paddling for you old timers) team prepares for their annual competition.

Congratulations to Dylan Dunlop-Barrett who won bronze in the men's 400m freestyle at the national Olympic swimming trials.

Br Bill Firman visited over Easter. Br Bill is in good form and caught up with lots of people - once we all came back from holiday. He is still based in Melbourne and tells us he is about to start a building programme!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Tha Handball Courts

Following on from yesterday's post is this shot of the handball courts. Very little handball ever gets played in this area now but students from a bygone era may be surprised to learn there is very little smoking done either. As you can see from the photo this area of the school remains a great spot to hang out with your mates.

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

The Game Continues

One of the constants at FDMC has been the never ending game, with a tennis ball on the concrete squares. The rules have varied little over the years and the new boys seem to take the game up quickly and with enthusiasm.

Those of you who have not been back for some time will not recognise this concrete area which was built on the pool side of the main classroom block for the younger students.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Happy Easter

Wishing all of you and your families a happy Easter weekend.

Friday, 21 March 2008

The Brothers Table

Another photo taken at the 40th Jubilee, this one showing a group of De La Salle Brothers who have played such a large part in the College's development. We anticipate a very large influx of brothers to next year's 50th celebrations.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Easter Liturgy

Yesterday's Easter Liturgy was held in the gym and described by Br Will as "the best he had ever seen". Given the number that Br Will has seen that is great praise indeed. The whole school entered into the spirit of the occasion which was very reflective and set the whole school up for the Easter break.

Later in the day the gym went from chapel to auditorium as we hosted the first parent/teachers evenings of the year. Sometimes we even us the space as a gym!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Cadet Training

Linda Crowe has passed on this great photo from the Daily News circa 1966. The cadet programme was in full swing and students could be trusted with firearms and live ammunition - well maybe? The guy in the walk shorts and long socks does seem a little concerned.

The students pictured were in a competition between FDMC, NPBHS and Wanganui Collegiate. Given that we have kept the photo it should come as no surprise that we won the competition and the Rifle Association Cup.

Can any one tell us more about the day or event?

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

On The Record

Every so often some one contacts us about accessing things such as swimming and athletics records. Usually this is to see if their record still stands or to prove to their children that once upon a time they could run fast. Over this year we will add links to shared documents which may help to solve or cause some arguments. If you click on Athletics Records you can see the current state of play.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Athletics Sports 1959

An example of the sterling work done by Br Declan and Linda Crowe in the archives room is the fact we can walk in and quickly find the original results sheet from our very first athletics sports day. Above is a page from that document, including some good local sponsorship. Reading through the results there are some interesting features
  • Loreto won the chariot race
  • the Broad Jump was very competitive
  • La Salle had 4 of the 5 age group champions
  • L Dombroski was the Open Champion
  • La Salle won the house competition with a massive total of 237 points
If you click on the results sheet image it will enlarge enough to read the names and times.

Friday, 14 March 2008

Academic Colours

This week we recognised our top Year 12 academic achievers at a Colours Assembly. The ten students gaining their colours were; Andrew Crowe, Cairan Finnerty, David Hills, Benjamin Scharre, Ben Sullivan-Brown, Ethan Bolstad, Jayden Duthie, Caleb Mawson, Tony Fiddis, and Warwick Fleming.

Our key note speaker this year was old boy Peter McDonald who spoke very well about his time at the college, the opportunities that current students have and how they need to challenge themselves to take those opportunities. As an old boy and father of 4 past students Peter had plenty of insights to share.

The ceremony was followed by a morning tea for the colours students, their families and staff.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Athletics Sports 2008

Through the miracle of Google Shared Docs we bring you another slideshow, this one from last weeks Athletics Sports. Past students will note how all the house groups are sitting quietly together and not wandering around causing mayhem. We would have to admit those shots are a little staged. Apologies to La Salle supporters but we were not provided with a photo of their house group.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Swimming Sports Results

We have had several requests for the results from the swimming sports, so here they are ...

1ST – LORETO 1649
2ND – SOLOMON 1506
3RD – LA SALLE 1329

Year 7
1st Michael McKillop (S)
2nd Patrick Klupps (LS)
3rd Jack Earp (B)
Year 8
1st James Perry (S)
2nd Dylan Finnigan (B)
3rd Dylan Sharrock (B)
1st Jordan McCormack (L)
2nd Nathan Murray (L)
3rd Harrison Ripp (B)
Intermediate B
1st Benjamin Monk (B)
2nd Andrew Trolove (L)
3rd Teihorangi Walden (L)
Intermediate A
1st Drew Whitehead (S)
2nd Steven Dent (LS)
3rd Emmett Hurley (S)
1st Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (L)
2nd Edward Rawles (S)
3rd Troy Collier (S)

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Recent Contacts

Keep those emails coming in guys. Some recent contacts have been ...
  • Paul Watkinson and Craig Drought up dating their email contacts.
  • Mike Vale 1959 -63 checked in to see we had his details correct - he is looking forward to the 50th.
  • Peter and Eric Marinovich visited the school last weekend and caught up with Br Will - Peter is living in Epsom while Eric lives in Masterton.
  • Paddy Gower has been in contact to say that Daniel Ireland got married in Sydney this weekend - congratulations to Danny and his partner Kelly. We expect some photos at a later date.
  • Paddy informs us, as you would expect from the Senior Reporter (Investigations) at the NZ Herald, that old boys Leighton Hart, Brendan Clegg, Quentin MacLean, Malcolm Keegan, Damon Newman, Simon Hart, Anton Winstanley, Grant "Jack" Fleming, Damian Leuthard and Nathan Smith will all attend the wedding - again we say photos at a later date!

Sunday, 9 March 2008

An Oldy But Goody

Athletics sports last Friday saw lots of good performances and a number of records set. There are still a few records which have held up over the years including the senior 400 metres time held by John Radich. John can been seen, highlighted first left third row, in this photo of the 1975 athletics team.

Friday, 7 March 2008

My, How They Have Grown

Taken at the 40th Jubilee these young men were selling memorabilia, now they are graduating from university as lawyers and vets. Doesn't time fly?

Thursday, 6 March 2008


We have just unearthed a photo album containing pics of the 40th Jubilee weekend and will be getting people into the Jubilee spirit with the occasional photo. This one is taken at the Jubilee dinner and shows a very staunch group of Lasallians who have gone on to do quite a lot in the following 9 years.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Swimming Sports

A few pics from last weeks swimming sports. The faces change but the event remains pretty much the same. This year's champions - Loreto.

If you are unable to view the slideshow try clicking on Swimmimg Sports.


Peter Clapcott contacted us recently to point out that the campus had changed so much it was hard for old boys from the earlier days to know what and where some of the buildings we have been referring to are.

We have been trying to come up with a detailed map but have struck a problem with creating a file that is small enough to upload but large enough to be readable. In the mean time we offer an aerial photo from good old GoogleEarth.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Bits and Pieces

  • Robert Bolton has shed some light on our New Boys post of last week ... "The picture is from 1985 as I recognise a few people in it Bobby Gillington etc. The year after I started in 84."
  • You might notice that the Google ads have moved to the top of the page, just a reminder that any click on an ad is a contribution to the old boys association.
  • We endeavour to reply to all emails sent but have found in recent times that they do not always get through the filters used by company systems. If you have not had a reply we apologise but be comforted by the fact that you are well protected, from spam at least.
  • Congratulations to old boy and past staff member Andrew Murray - he and his wife Benita are expecting their first child.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Old Boys Visits

We had a couple of old boys visit us yesterday. As recorded in the Daily News Dean Probyn was in to talk to senior students about his accident and the real impact of drinking and driving. A message which resonated with the students.

Also on site was Nick Boutery who is undertaking teacher training and was observing classes for a day. He tells us he enjoyed it but found it tiring, we just smiled and nodded.