Friday, 26 September 2008

The Usual Suspects

Not content to photograph the sons of old boys we also recorded the staff of 2008 for posterity. While there are more teachers than many of you will recall, and like policemen they do look younger as you get older, there are still a fair few familiar (if aging) faces. As always, click to enlarge, if you dare.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Sons Of Old Boys

At last weeks winter photos we gathered together all of the sons of FDMC old boys and took this photo. There are 75 students in the photograph and we know of a number who were missing for various reasons. We won't name everyone as the sins of the fathers should not always be attributed to their sons.

Click on the image to enlarge the photo.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Old Boys Contact

Always good to receive contacts from past students, whether they were here for 2 terms or seven years. We received this email earlier in the week.

Hi there, my name is Clemens Hisch and I attended two terms at FDMC in the 7th grade of 1999 as an exchange student coming from Vienna, Austria. I found out about FDMC's old boys organisation via the internet and it would be a pleasure to be able to catch up with some of my former classmates via this platform. I am very much looking forward to hearing from you. For any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at Best regards, Clemens Hisch

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

StarGate At FDMC

We are looking to add to our careers and transition programme at FDMC by creating a new subject line entitled StarGate, a name that represents the STAR and Gateway programmes. Peter Smith, our IT man on the ground, has put together this little promotional animation. More recent old boys may well recognize the StarGate Ladies.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Iron Man Quentin

Quentin Maclean, pictured left, looking just a bit tired and shagged out after a long run. Well a swim, a six hour bike ride and a marathon, actually.

Quentin finished 55th out of 1200 in the London Iron Man, in a time of 10 hours and 32 minutes. We always admire those of you who get out there and do stuff - just don't ask us to run with you.

Friday, 19 September 2008

The Tournament Experience

Last week we mentioned how well our teams had done in various sports tournaments. While the results are great the actual team experience is just as important. We offer this slide show from the 1st XI Hockey's Mayhill Cup week as a reminder of the fun that team sport can bring.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Golf Guns

We have had some very talented golfers through the college over the years. Not surprising given that FDMC was built on an old golf course. The fab four above are the 1988 Golf Team consisting of Aaron Cole, John Bennett, Mark Lile (no relation to Sandy) and Michael Cull.

Last Friday saw our annual school golf champs with Beauden Barret coming from 8 shots back to take the senior title from his brother Scott and Mathew Glentworth. Names to look for in the future.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

A Matter Of Principals

As we look back over the last 50 years we have been fortunate in the quality of the people we have lead our college community. The following slide show is in chronological order and over time we will seek to attain some more flattering images.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

A Solid Line Up

We often celebrate how well we do as participants, both in sport and culture. We tend to overlook the fact that we have a history of being very good watchers as well.

This line up of interested spectators is taken from the 1989 college magazine. We are not sure what they are watching but it does seem to be holding their interest.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Catch Ups

The weekend came and went and the 1st XI soccer team did not win the Duff Rosebowl, going down 5 - 2 to a very experienced Waitara side. Given the difference in the level of experience it was a great effort and we look forward to what the team can achieve into the future.

Brendon Rae's email last week mentioned Jeremy Dombroski. By coincidence Jeremy was in town the week before representing MUSAC (educational software provider) at an AP/DP Conference. He was able to catch up with a few old(!) teachers and have a look around the college.

Also calling in last week was first day student John Bourke. John and his wife Raewyn live in Australia ( Ballarat we think) and they were able to have a quick look around - noting that things have changed a bit over the last 40 odd years.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Well Done Those Lads

Last week was tournament week through out the country with many sports holding their national ranking tournaments. Our guys did very well with the following results.
  • The 1st XV soccer played in the top ranking tournament finishing 11th, which rates them in that same position for all of NZ. (NPBHS were 20th). This is the highest ranking we have ever held and to top that off the team is playing in the final of the Duff Rosebowl this weekend - not bad for their first year in premier men's grade!
  • The 1st XV hockey team played in the Mayhill Cup Tournament finishing 9th. They would have been higher but were unlucky to strike the eventual finalists as their partners in pool play. Like the soccer team this is their highest ranking ever and makes them the highest ranked catholic schools team in the country.
  • The Senior A basketball team played in their regional tournament. They have had a fairly quiet year but showed outstanding spirit to play above their tournament ranking and gain a place in the national tournament to be played in a few weeks time.
  • On a rugby note we congratulate our brother school De La Salle College who drew with Hamilton BHS in the top four final and have been declared the top 1st XV in the country.

Great to see all that hard work and dedication rewarded in so many areas.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Wanted - Youth Ministers

The brothers are currently building up their Youth Ministry programme within NZ. As a consequence the following positions are available.


Two positions available for committed, self motivated persons to co-ordinate youth ministry at Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth, and campus ministry at De La Salle College, Mangere East, Auckland. Duties: to facilitate a range of ministry activities for the schools and to help promote the growth of the Lasallian network in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

These are full-time positions, with a three year contract. Salaries guided by current professional scales. The positions are sponsored by the De La Salle Brothers. Commencement date: January 28th, 2009. An application pack is available. Further information available at the website Closing date for applications Friday 3 October, 2008.

For further information or to apply:
Mr Andrew Ulugia
Lasallian Youth Ministry
PO Box 5124
New Plymouth 4310
Tel: (06) 753 6149

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Well Done Team

Great article in today's Daily News about the local IRB team who recently won the Ninety Mile Beach Classic IRB challenge. The team consists of Andrew Cronin, James Morwood and Campbell Begg who are all old boys of FDMC.

Well done guys, it is nice to think that beach activities are not too far away for the rest of us.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

And What Have You Been Up To?

The following is the sort of thing we encourage from old boys - an email from Brendon Rae keeping us up to date with what he is up to.

Since leaving FDMC I did a stint at Waikato Uni before finishing a B.Tech (Biotech) (Hons) from Massey. In the nearly 15 years since graduation I've had engineering roles in the food and dairy
industries within NZ, Australia, Asia and Europe. I am currently based in Melbourne and after my employer was recently bought out I've decided to get more involved in sustainable engineering. I get my regular FDMC reminder each time I see Alan Brough on TV (usually
Spicks and Specks).

Mum, Andrew and Chris still live in NP, Andrew is married and has two young daughters. I am engaged but will not get married until this time next year as Jill completes her post-grad studies. We met in Hamilton but the wedding will take place in her hometown Tianjin (China), so
I'm busy with my Mandarin studies with a view to maybe living there for a while. Looks like Br Adrian would agree that you never stop learning.

Good to see the soccer team continuing to do well, and the emergence of other sports and clubs too (hockey, chess, league, etc). Always nice to see the 1st XV having the wood over NPBHS too! The banner photo on the blog was of some newer building mods and it took me a while to orient myself - I like to think of it as the college continuing to develop rather than a sign of early-onset Alzheimer's. I get back to NZ on occasion, so will try and factor in the upcoming
reunion in my plans.

Good to see you and the others from the 80's going strong - time seems to have treated most very kindly (are you using file photo's?).

Keep up the good work!

P.S. Very old, second hand news of 1989 classmates (haven't caught up with any of them for years so don't treat it as gospel):
Gareth Mannings - completed a PhD in Economics at Waikato - he could be lecturing?
Grant Pease - could have completed a PhD in Physics at Waikato but his brother tells me he is back on the farm near Oakura
Eugene O'Sullivan - a pilot for Eagle Air?
Anthony Beet - farming in the Waikato
Looks like you'd know what Greg Phelan, Kent Mori, Jeremy Dombroski
(PhD?), Alastair Ross are up to.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Raise The Flag

The college flag, as seen in the photo, is raised and lowered every day by Brendan Bevins of Year 12. The flag itself has gone through a number of changes over the years but has now become a standard part of our culture.

We recall Br Geoff Kennewell had a lot to do with the first push for regular use of the college flag in the late 1980's. Br Geoff is currently in Adelaide and not very well, so we ask that you keep him in your prayers.

Friday, 5 September 2008

The All Blacks At FDMC

As promised earlier in the week, here is a slide show of the All Blacks and their visit to FDMC. Thanks to Br Peter Smyth for his photos.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Bon Voyage Brother Peter

Not our current Principal Br Peter Ryan, but our past Principal Br Peter Bray. We received the following email this week and are delighted to wish Brother all the best in the Holy Land.
"Peter Bray advised the Brothers in New Zealand last weekend that he will be taking up a position at Bethlehem University later this year. Peter has responded to a request from Br Bob Schieler General Councillor for the United States and Br David Hawke. Peter’s standing as a visiting lecturer in the Leadership Programs over a number of years has come to the attention of the American Districts. The U.S. Districts have assumed responsibility for Bethlehem University since we were first asked to conduct the University by the Vatican. Over the years Brothers from other Districts have also worked there. Archbishop John Dew of Wellington has graciously accepted the move by Peter and will release him from his contract in order for him to take up the position at the request of the Institute."

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

All Blacks On Site

Yesterday saw a great deal of excitement at the college with Conrad Smith bringing some of the boys in black to have a look round his old school. Present were Conrad, Captain McCaw, Peri Weepu, Sitivini Sivivatu, Tony Woodcock and Kevin Mealamu.

The All Blacks did a tour of classrooms and were able to say hello to almost everyone here which was very impressive given they only had an hour. The tour culminated in Conrad presenting his 2nd test jersey and saying a few words to an assembly.

There are more details in the Daily News and we shall have a range of photos in the next couple of days. We hope all the positive vibes will carry over into a great test match tonight.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

It's A Legal Thing

Congratulations to Daniel Bolstad and Ben Whittington on their admission to the Bar. The ceremony took place at the New Plymouth Court last week.

The guys appear very relaxed but then we suspect it is not the first time they have approached a bar with a smile on their face.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Is It For You?

The De La Salle Brothers might have been around for over 300 years but they have always been prepared to move with the times. The updated De La Salle Brothers web site has taken the initiative in telling the Lasallian story in a modern way. It is well worth a visit and a good place to catch up with what some of the brothers who have been at FDMC are up to now.