Friday, 31 October 2008

Fast Boys

Last Saturday a group of students took part in the Taranaki Sec Schools Motocross Championships. We did very well with the three guys pictured finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the senior competition. They are, left to right, Nick Joyce (2nd), Callan Neeson (1st) and Daniel Holdt (3rd).

Thursday, 30 October 2008


Last Friday was our annual Mission Action Day (MAD). The day followed a tried and true format with a college liturgy followed by the great sponsored walk around Westown. Students, as usual, proved very generous with an anticipated final total raised of around $18000. The money goes to the Lasallian Foundation for their many missionary works in Asia and the Pacific.

One change to the day's programme was the introduction of an inter house haka competition. Each house gave a rendition of the college haka which proved to be both stirring and impressive. The inaugural winner of the competition was Loreto house.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Br Peter Bray On His Way

There was a very good article in yesterday's Dominion on past Principal Br Peter Bray and his new job in the Middle East.

We wish Br Peter well in what will be a great new challenge, and perhaps some nicer weather than he currently experiences.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

A New Season

The weather may still be a little dodgy but the cricket season has definitely started with a bang. Yesterday saw the FDMC 1st XI defeat the NPBHS 1st XI in their one day Gillette Cup fixture at Webster Field. FDMC batted first, and batted well, putting on 230 in their 50 overs. NPBHS were struggling at 6 down for 100 or so and managed to get through to 202. The FDMC side now represents Taranaki at the next level of this national knock out competition, probably against Wanganui Collegiate.

Staying on the cricket theme the Taranaki senior squad has been announced and it contains a number of players with FDMC connections;

Danile Bolstad (old boy)
Ethan Bolstad (current Year13)
Ryan Fleming (old boy)
Joe Dravitzki (old boy)
Peter Ingram (teacher)
Mark Wales (teacher)
Tim Weston (past teacher)

Well done to those players and we will be watching closely.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Never Trust A Photo

We are not a political organisation but Br Dec passed on this image and we thought you all might get a smile. As occasional users of Photoshop we have to say you can no longer believe what you see. St Thomas would have struggled in this era.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Keeping Track

Brother Declan has been working hard over the holidays and has added several new features to our on going record keeping. Clicking on the following will take you to lists of our past Head Boy's and Duxes (?). Any additions, corrections or comments are as always most welcome.


Wednesday, 22 October 2008

More Contacts

As a continuation from yesterday the following old boys have been in touch in recent weeks.
  • Rob Frew - "It's great to see the College doing so well, looks like it has doubled in size since my days. I have been travelling the globe for a few years now, and currently reside in Perth WA, but still call the 'Naki home."
  • Chris Nogaj - currently living in Happy Valley, South Australia and hoping to be able to attend the Jubilee.
  • Peter Johnston - working as the personnel manager for the Addington Events centre and is keen to attend the Jubilee.
  • Bryan Symes - "I attended FDMC as a boarder from 1984-87. living in Auckland, working in construction industry, married with two children."
  • Craig Novak - keen to be at the Jubilee, hopefully along with his three brothers.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Back On Line

Hi everyone, thank you for your patience over the last few weeks as we went off exploring the big wide world. It is now time to get our heads down and do the detailed work leading into next year's Jubilee. We are encouraged by the emails we have had lately and will be reproducing some of those this week. This one is from John Willoughby and is representative of many we are receiving. The details of full registration will be available next month and we would encourage more of you to pre register so that we can let others know who they may meet up with at the Jubilee.

I was at the College as a boarder from 1961 - 1966 and unfortunately virtually have seen nobody from my years after I returned to my home town of Wellington at the end of 1966. I used to see some of the guys below me after I came up to Auckland in 1976 but I may not recognize them these days in the street - and them me !!

I was in New Plymouth early this year for a family reunion and went up to the College and had a brief chat to Jack Ironmonger and since then have gone to the Old Boys` Blog site from time to time this year but nobody from my 6 years is ever mentioned !

I know that everyone is spread far and wide now and sadly I note some familiar names at school with me have passed away.

I know that your job getting to all these old boys - especially our era - is not easy but the success of the reunion will revolve around getting as many back to NP from each era..........for a chin wag.

As a boarder I became close to these boys who came from around Taranaki and Hawkes Bay and Blenheim / Wellington area and really would hope to see as many as of those boarders who started in 1961 back at the Jubilee next year.

Monday, 6 October 2008

On Holiday

Regular visitors will have noted that there has been no postings over the last week. Don't despair, we have not abandoned the blog but are away from the office. With the holidays on our contributors are all overseas or away from their desks but you can expect normal service to resume in a week or so.