Wednesday, 30 April 2008

News and Catch Up

Thanks for keeping us up to date. The following are some recent contacts.
  • We ran in to Greg Hermann (1997) in NP recently. He is living in Auckland and currently managing a bank call centre.
  • From Stephen Gregory-Hunt - "Living in Perth with Gareth Long and his soon to be wife Emma Hobson. ( as in Mrs Hobson's daughter from the college, back in the day)"
  • From Mike Sandle - "Attended FDMC from 1976-1980. Keen to receive news on FDMC and keep in touch and track Old Boys from that era. Living in NP and in the Police with a number of other Old Boys."
  • Jeremy Appleyard has been in contact and seems surprised that Mr D should have made DP - can't think why?
Further to the NPBHS rugby game we mentioned in the last post, the game is played as part of the U20 TRFU competition but does not count as this year's "College Game", which will take place later in the season.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Good News, Sad News

This weekend saw some good results and a sad occasion.

The 1st XV returned from their trip to Sydney to achieve a big score against Coastal in the local competition. This Saturday they play NPBHS 1st Xv at FDMC, 1 o'clock kick off.

The 1st XI soccer team retained the Challenge Shield with a hard fought 4 all draw in the men's premier competition, Thomas Mosquera scoring a hat trick.

Saturday saw the funeral of Patsy O'Neil, wife of long time staff member Brendan O'Neil and mother of old boy John O'Neil. Patsy was a great worker for the NP Parish and had been ill for some time. Our thoughts and prayers are for her and with her family at this sad time.

Thursday, 24 April 2008


We had some recent training in Photoshop at the college so you will have to forgive us if we lapse into the occasional attempt at "art"

Pictured is the amazing Tess Gaffeny, librarian and college stalwart. Although Tess is no longer with us she is someone who is often called to mind.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

A New Perspective

Here is an angle you won't have seen the college from before. It was taken by balloon camera in the late 1990's.

It must have been a Saturday morning judging by the cricket teams in action.

Click on the photo for a more detailed view.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Brothers We Have Known

Brother Declan has just completed an interesting exercise in listing all of the De La Salle Brothers who have been part of the FDMC community. Br Dec has listed them by Tour of Duty as many have been with us more than once.

Some brothers have totaled 20 or more years of service while others have only been here for a year, but all have made a contribution to making FDMC the place it is.

Pictured is Br Raphael Bassett, past Principal, and one of the many brothers who have contributed 430 years worth of their time and dedication. We hope there will be many more years to come.

Friday, 18 April 2008

See You Later

In two weeks time in fact, as today is the last day of Term 1.

Never fear gentle reader, while students take breaks, bloggers just keep blogging, so we will be staying in our usual routine.

We would like to give you what you want, so feel free to drop us an email at with suggestions about what you might like covered on your blog.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

How Now Brown Cow

What a happy little bunch of consumers.

This photo was taken in the late 1990's of a group of Year 7 and 8 students who had just finished representing the college in verse speaking.

Carol Land tells us she remembers it all like it was yesterday and we achieved a Certificate of Merit. We suspect MacDonald's might still remember it as well.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

They Are Every Where

We come across references to old boys in all sorts of interesting places. We noticed this photo of Arjun Harindranath (Nath) in the latest introduction to Victoria University booklet.

Arjun has completed a BA(Hons) in Philosophy and Law and speaks highly of his experiences at university. This year Arjun is going to represent Victoria University at the Willem C Vis Mooting Competition in Vienna. Arjun always was one for a robust discussion.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Weekend Catch Up

Some great FDMC success stories from the weekend. We mentioned that the 1st XI soccer were to play NPBHS in their second Premier Division game. Not only did they play, they dominated in a 5-0 win and are currently leading the competition and hold the Challenge Shield. Full match report on their blog.

We have mentioned Edward Rawles in several past posts. Edwin won the national under 19 triathalon held in the weekend, an even greater effort when you consider he is only 17.

Our lawn bowls team totally dominated the Taranaki Sec Schools champs and a large part of the team are now off to the North Island Champs.

While all this success is great we would love to hear from old boys who can share some of their success stories. Over the next few weeks we are going to focus back in time just a little bit more.

Monday, 14 April 2008

The Learning Centre

The nature of the library has changed a fair bit over the years. The boys are always in a rush to get there so that they can get the best computer.

Those of us who are a bit longer in years will note the presence of an old fashioned technology called books, which are still actively displayed and occasionally referred to.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Saturday Smile

For those of us who can't do without our computer.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Wall of Fame

Big Brother may not be watching you but your old teachers are.

Pictured is the notice board out side the staff room which Linda Crowe, our archivist, keeps stocked with old boys and students newspaper clippings. And before any one asks, no she doesn't post the court reports.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

At The Rugby

As we mentioned earlier this week, the winter sports season is upon us. It brings all sorts of interested spectators to the grounds, including our very own Br Declan, seen here enjoying the sun.

Following the game against Rotorua BHS the 1st and 2nd XVs played their annual fixture against De La Salle at the college. Both teams went down in close and willing encounters, the 1st XV leading 14 to nil at one stage lost by 26 to 14. The seconds were in the game for a long time before conceding late tries and going down 22 - 0.

As always the exchange with our brother school was a great chance for students from largely different cultures to share some time together. The Mangere boys especially enjoyed their farm time.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Gala Day 08

Last Saturday dawned overcast but fine, despite all predictions of a wet day it just didn't happen. Some one in the RE department is claiming responsibility for over riding the weather forecast.

The 2008 Gala Day got under way with staff, students, parents and supporters enthusiastic and ready to sell, sell, sell. And boy did they what.

The final take for the day was over $42000, way ahead of anything done at past gala days. This was the product of a lot of effort by Wendy Fleming and her team of PTA members and parent helpers and is going to be hard to top in the future.

If you didn't get there this year make sure that you don't miss Gala Day 2009.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Winter Season Starts

The weekend saw not only the school gala, which we will tell you about tomorrow, but also the beginning of the winter sports season.

The 1st XV played an early season college game against Rotorua BHS who have been one of the countries top 1st XVs for many years. Rotorua won, but only just, 35 to 34. A great start to our season.

The 1st XI soccer team, not to be outdone, beat defending champions Waitara 3-1 in their first official premier league game. A fantastic result which should give them real confidence going into their clash with NPBHS this weekend.

You can keep up with what is happening for these teams by visiting their blogs which are listed in our sidebar.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Br Paul's Visit

Last week we had a visit from Br Paul Smith who took the day to speak to each year level about the work of the Lasallian Foundation. The Foundation does great work in support of children in countries such as India, Pakistan and PNG.

Br Paul is a very engaging presenter and it is great for students to be able to put faces and stories to their charitable works.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Gala Day

Yes, it has been a whole year since the last Gala Day.

Tomorrow's Gala Day runs from 11am to 2pm and will be a smorgasbord of fun, food, frivolity and the odd bargain.

See you there!

Thursday, 3 April 2008

The Top Story

We are currently looking to up date the college prospectus and in the process have turned up a late 1960's version of the same document. It contains this picture of the college which we had not seen before.

For many students who attended FDMC after the early 1970s it is hard to believe that the main classroom block started as a two story building. Any one who has been on the top floor during a mild earthquake can vouch for the fact that Rooms 11 to 15 are an "add on".

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Supporting Your Own

Awhile ago now we started up a Business Directory page on which old boys could list their business and contact details. We have had very few people submit details for this directory but know that is only because you are all so busy, and you meant to, but just didn't get around to it - either that or the dog ate it.

If you wish be listed just email your details to and we will up grade our humble first attempt into version 2.0.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Share The Mission

Great photo sent to us from Balgo Hills where Chas Carroll and Nick Siffleet are sharing the mission and themselves for 2008.

The guys seem to be having fun and passing on a range of hand signals. The need for water conservation has had an impact on Nick's shaving regime.

If you want to find out more about the programme visit .