Saturday, 30 August 2008

Saturday Smile

Friday, 29 August 2008

Jubilee Update

A short post to keep everyone up to date with progress towards the 50th Jubilee. The organising group is beavering away towards next Queen's Birthday Weekend. It looks very much like we will be able to host all the events on site at the college including the formal dinner. The current working format is:
  • Friday night get together
  • Saturday morning group photos and school tours
  • Saturday Lunch - BBQ
  • Saturday afternoon sports events
  • Saturday evening reunion dinner
  • Sunday morning mass
  • Sunday afternoon golf tournament
We are happy to receive suggestions for other events and would encourage you to fill out the pre-registration form in the side bar of this blog. To date we have had a good response with close to 100 old boys indicating they will be here. The largest groups to pre-register so far have come from the 1959-65 and 1976-80 year groups but all year levels are represented. About 50% of old boys are intending to bring their partners and it would seem the majority are planning on attending most or all of the events. It would help us greatly if you can pre-register so that we can make the best decisions possible when organising the events.

We anticipate the full registration process will begin in November.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Colours Awards

Having appeared in yesterday's rugby photo Mark "Butters" Butterworth gets another photo today, alongside Tim "Stucky" Stuck.

Mark was kind enough to be the key note speaker at our last Colours Assembly of the year where we recognized over 20 senior students for their contributions to culture, sport and community service.

Having travelled the world, and Australia, Mark is currently living in New Plymouth where he is heavily involved in rural finance for ASB, and doing very well we hear.

We are always on the look out for old boys who might want to share their experiences and insights so don't be afraid to say yes if we come looking for you.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

A Sad Week

No sooner had we commented yesterday on the funeral of Dave Armstrong than we get the sad news that Graeme "Blowers" Keinzley has passed away at the all too young age of 29.

Graeme (far right, back row) played prop for the 1st XV in the late 1990's. He was a gentle giant who became much slimmer on leaving school. Graeme got on with everyone in his own quiet way and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Graeme's funeral is in New Plymouth on Friday afternoon.

While Br Declan does a great job of maintaining the Roll of Remembrance we pray he has no further entries in the near future.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

A Life of Service

The funeral yesterday of old boy Dave Armstrong was well covered by the Daily News. It was a sad occasion but also a celebration of a life lived in and dedicated to the local community.

We are excited when we hear of old boys doing well on the world stage but Dave's passing is a timely reminder of how many old boys remain within the Taranaki and serve it so well.

Monday, 25 August 2008

The Serious Bunch

Some things in education never change. One of those things is the need for a strong group of mothers and supporters to ensure things get done.

This photo is from our archive and shows the 1964 Ladies Committee, a well dressed and formidable group if ever we have seen one.

Today's PTA group might not be wearing pearls but they continue to be a vital part of what happens at the college. However, it is hard to get them to pose for a photo.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Any One Want An Argument?

Our debating team from the late 1980's. These gentlemen were a formidable bunch who I am sure continue to hold their own in an argument to this day.

Left to right: Tim Fitzgibbon, Andrew Murray, a very young looking Mr Richard Marris and Dominic Hollewand.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Rugby Genius

We noted last week that there were a number of our old boys running out for the Taranaki team in the AirNZ Cup. We spotted another old boy, Scott Fugistaller, coming off the bench for Wellington and wish him well for the rest of the competition.

The following quotes are doing the email rounds at the moment and we are pleased to say none are attributed to old boys of FDMC.

"Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - (Jono Gibbs - Chiefs)

"You guys line up alphabetically by height." and "You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle." -
(Colin Cooper -Hurricanes head coach)

Chris Masoe (Hurricanes) on whether he had visited the Pyramids during his visit to Egypt: "I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."

Kevin Senio (Auckland), on Night Rugby vs Day Games "It's basically the same, just darker."

David Nucifora (Auckland) talking about Troy Flavell "I told him, 'Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'David, I don't know and I don't care.'

David Holwell (Hurricanes) when asked about the upcoming season: "I want to reach for 150 or 200 points this season, whichever comes first."

"Andy Ellis - the 21 year old, who turned 22 a few weeks ago"(Murray Mexted)

"He scored that try after only 22 seconds - totally against the run of play." (Murray Mexted)

"We actually got the winning try three minutes from the end but then they scored." (Phil Waugh-Waratahs)

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body." (Jerry Collins)

"That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical." (Tony Brown)

"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father." (Tana Umaga)

"Sure there have been injuries and deaths in rugby - but none of them serious." (Doc Mayhew)

"I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat." (Ewan McKenzie)

Murray Deaker: "Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?" Tana Umaga: "On what?"

"Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer."(Murray Mexted)

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Br Adrian Updated

The following article is from the De La Salle Brothers web site which highlights a brother every month. Now we have a better idea of what Br Adrian has been up to.

BR ADRIAN WATSON - BIKIE EXTRAORDINAIRE

We have all pulled up at a set of lights at one time or another and had a motorbike pull up next to us. There’s something about the helmet and leather jacket which brings out the curiosity in all of us. “I wonder what he looks like…I wonder what he does for a living…” and the thoughts go on.

One thought which never would have crossed your mind before is, “I bet he’s a Brother”. On the road Br Adrian is just another motorcyclist, but within his De La Salle family he is a man highly respected and most admired for the work he has done and his motivation to continue growing as an individual and accept new challenges.

For the past 30 years, Br Adrian’s role as a De La Salle Brother, basketball coach and referee, teacher and student has taken him around the world on a number of occasions. He spent most of the 70s and 80s working in New Zealand as a teacher at New Pymouth and Mangere East. He also spent time in San Francisco where he taught for a year. In the 90s he headed to Australia. In 1991 he was appointed Principal of De La Salle College Bankstown In Sydney where he remained until 1996. In 1998 Br Adrian was the acting Principal of De La Salle College, Caringbah and then headed south to Victoria where he was Head of Senior Campus at De La Salle College Malvern for eight years.

He cites cycling across Cambodia as one of his most memorable life adventures and certainly has some interesting stories to tell from that trip! Br Adrian was a volunteer at the Sydney Olympics, Sydney Paralympics and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, events which he really enjoyed being involved in. He also attended World Youth Day in Toronto and Cologne with students from De La Salle College Malvern.

In 2007 and 2008, Br Adrian embarked on a challenge of a different kind – to assist Lasallians attend World Youth Day in Sydney AND to organise a four-day event in July 2008 in Melbourne known as the International Lasallian Youth Gathering. It involved organising speakers, workshops and other festivities not to mention the travel, meals and accommodation for more than 550 international De La Salle guests – an event which he will proudly say was extremely successful and thankfully over!

Br Adrian has been a life-long student and has acquired six degrees from five different universities in three countries (who hasn’t?!). In true Br Adrian style, now that his role of organising the Youth Gathering is done and dusted, he is preparing to again extend himself and complete his doctorate in Education in San Francisco giving him the opportunity to travel once again and grow as an academic individual. While he’s excited about his upcoming trip to the States, one thing he says he will definitely miss is refereeing the local basketball games.

“I love learning new things and exploring new challenges. Life is what you make it and being a De La Salle Brother has been such a fulfilling experience so far. With the Brothers I have been fortunate to work with young people in need and to really make a difference in their lives while still being true to myself. The Brothers really promote individuality by encouraging you to pursue your own interests and it’s something I’m very grateful and proud to be part of”, Br Adrian said

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

In the News

The 1st XI soccer team have had a great first season in the men's premier division. Last Saturday saw the team win their final home game of the competition which meant they retained the Challenge Trophy, something they had won on the first day of the season and had defended for every home game since. A great effort to the guys and their coach Mr Ian McGrath.

We also note in the news that old boy Steven Joyce has been listed at number 16 in National's Party List for the up coming election. Given the current state of the polls it seems very likely we will have an old boy member of Parliament. Will this be a first? Leave us a comment if you can think of another.

Monday, 18 August 2008

A Recent Contact

We received this email from Richard (Dick) Burns last week.
I ran into Craig Reilly today and he told me about FDMC’s upcoming 50th Jubilee which is great news. I was at FDMC from 1964 to 1968 and loved it. I then went to Victoria University, graduated with a BCA, joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Wellington and then left for London in 1976 where I remained for 26 years working as a corporate finance partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers. I returned to NZ in 2002 and am living in Auckland with my wife and two sons (14 & 12). I had not been back to FDMC from when I left in 1968 until last year when I took my family to New Plymouth and showed them where I went to school!! The College was looking great and is I understand doing very well. I very much look forward to attending the Jubilee and meeting up with old school friends.
We are pleased that Richard is back amongst the Kiwis and are excited about how many old boys from the 1960's are returning to say hello.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Happy Birthday Brother Dec

Yesterday saw our own Br Declan turn the magical age of 75. Br Dec has been a great servant of the college but is a very shy man when it comes to talking about himself or being photographed. Ironic given the number of old boy's weddings and other occasions that Br Dec has carried his camera to.

We couldn't get much info out of Brother apart from this clipping which he says helps sum up what it is to be 75.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Playing the Corners

Great photo in today's Daily News of current students Daniel Charteris and Brad Dobson as they warm up for the up coming Secondary Schools squash tournament in New Plymouth.

Squash is just one of over 50 sports our students can now represent the college in. Last weekend we dominated the 10 pin bowling champs for the 5th year in a row.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Recent Contacts

We have had several good emails this week from old boys telling us what they have been up to. This one came from Richard Shortall.

"Recently Noel Karalus & I had the chance to meet up with Brothers
Declan, Stephen & Oliver while they shared lunch one day during the
July holidays. Neither of us had been back to the college for some
years, so our visit was quite a walk down memory lane. We also took
the chance to call on Anne Walsh and pass on our condolences in
person at the death of Leo.

Noel (we were in the same class from 1965-69) and his wife Peta had
invited me to bless their home. The day was an occasion of great joy
and such a celebration of Christian faith in the presence of members
of their family and a total of 7 FDMC old boys! Five of our class
were present: John Conaglen, Ray Cursons, Robert Wolff, Noel &
myself. Also present were Noel's younger brother Gerard (or is it
Gerald?) and brother-in-law Richard Dravitzki. Sunday Eucharist was
celebrated, the house blessed and celebrations continued into the
night. For me it was a wonderful moment to recall many of those
values instilled in us way back in the sixties at the hands of the
Brothers & Fr Ulenberg. I'm certainly looking forward to next year's
50th reunion!"


Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Br Adrian On The Move

The college had a brief visit from Br Adrian Watson this week as he moves from Melbourne to San Francisco.

Br Adrian has been in charge of the senior school at De La Salle Malvern in Melbourne for the last few years and is taking time out to study towards his PhD in San Francisco.

Br Adrian is adept at avoiding having his photo taken so we have included a picture from the 1989 magazine, his last year teaching at FDMC.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Reflected Glory

We have been racking our brains to come up with FDMC old boys Olympic connections. We can only think of two old boy Olympians, Sean Reeve (yachting) and Michael Aish (10000m), and our slight connection to this year's extravaganza is Tony Penn's partner Heleen Tompkins is in the equestrian team. Can any one throw any light on other connections as we are sure there must be FDMC guys involved somewhere?

Tonight sees the next meeting of the Jubilee organising committee. Keep those pre-registrations coming as they are very helpful to those planning the event, and if you have any ideas or suggestions don't forget to email us with them.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

The Side Line Expert

As we enter the business end of the winter sport season we spare a thought for all those side line supporters who are out there contributing their expertise when they feel it is needed.

If you look closely at this photo from the 1990's you will find a good few experts gathered together.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Happy Friday

And if you happen to be the boss it is even better.

The college newsletter is published today so you can catch up with what is happening by clicking on newsletter.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Brothers We Have Known

Thanks to Br Declan for this pen portrait of Br Julian, a key figure in the development of the college.

Now at the age of 86 and semi-retired, Bro Julian Watson is living in the Brothers’ residence in Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne.

Bro Julian after several years as the Headmaster of De La Salle in Auckland became a member of the Francis Douglas staff in 1962. He was appointed as the Headmaster in 1965 and continued at FDMC until the end of 1971. As Headmaster the use of the name 'De La Salle' for the College was discontinued and replaced by that of Francis Douglas Memorial College. After almost twenty years teaching in New Zealand he returned to Australia.

During his final year at FDMC an agreement with the Wellington Archdiocese was reached and signed that saw the college accept responsibility for the repayment of the large debt that still existed and cleared the way for consideration of some of the other needed future developments. The swimming pool had been constructed during his early years as Headmaster. The five classrooms on the top floor were to be added a year or so later.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Well Done Cory

Cory Avison was a recent visitor to the college. Cory was the 2003 FDMC Dux who was awarded the prestigious Asia:NZ Singapore Scholarship in 2004 and has been studying chemical engineering at the National University in Singapore. Cory tells us he has graduated with a high level honours degree and is soon to take up a position as a process engineer with a company in Singapore. Cory is also involved with a number of groups that are looking to further Asia/NZ cooperation and understanding.

It is always great to see our old boys go on to make a splash in the wider world.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

The Old Chapel

It is hard for students who attended the college after 1982 to imaging the old chapel as it was before it became a lab, an art room and a theatrette. Here is an image from the early days with a school mass that should stir memories for old boys from the 60's and 70's.

Monday, 4 August 2008

The Inner Sanctum

While looking through material on the FDMC staff last week we came across this photo from the late 1990s. The staff room is often a place of mystery for students so here is a inside view - note the absence of dancing girls and a bar.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Ladies on Staff

Yesterday's post caused a bit of discussion about the number of female staff members and how that has changed over the years. Here is a photo from the 1990's with many of the ladies on staff that students will remember. They were of course only students for a day - thank heavens.