Thursday, 29 January 2009

In The News

As every one returns from their holiday break we are seeing a number of old boys getting back to business and making the papers, including
  • a good article on old boy Eddie Bourke and his leap into big time horse ownership at the Karaka sales.
  • our very own current staff member Ian McGrath appointed as the coach for Team Taranaki in the Central Football League.
  • the Hon. Steven Joyce is getting plenty of coverage as you would expect of the Minister of Transport and Ass. Minister of Finance.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

31 Days In May

A number of sharp eyed old boys have pointed out the deliberate(!?) mistake in our brochure which names Sunday as the first day of June. Sunday is of course the 31st of May and you get the whole of Monday the 1st of June off to recuperate from the excitement of the Jubilee. Below is the brief timetable (dates correct) of events.


Registration packs available from 2pm at the main office
WHAT’S ON: Meet and Greet
VENUE: In the big marquee in the quadrangle at school
TIME: 6.00pm - 10.00pm
COST : $20 (Cash Bar available)
Finger food meal served from 7:30-9:00pm
Rugby Jersey Auction 9pm

Registration packs available from 10:00am at the main office
WHAT’S ON: Photos, Lunch, Games and Dinner
PHOTOS: Group photos will be taken at the school from 10:30 - 12:00.
GUIDED TOURS: There will be opportunity for a guided tour around the school with present day students.
LUNCH: A BBQ lunch will be available from 12:30 at a cost of $20.
Lunch will be followed by a Jubilee tree planting ceremony at 1:30
GAMES: It is intended to have sports games in the afternoon including 1st XV rugby and 1st XI football.
GALA JUBILEE DINNER DANCE: This will be held in the big marquee at school.
COST: $60.00
Pre-dinner drinks at 6:30
Entertainment will be provided by old boy Mark Leuthard and friends.


MASS: 10.30am (College Gym)
LUNCH: 12.00 noon
COST: $20
GOLF: Please register your interest on the registration form and we will provide you with further details.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Another Wine Sir?

Br Declan keeps a careful eye on all that we post - sort of quality control. After we mentioned Vavasour Wines last week he pointed out that they are not our only old boys winery link. Mike Todd (pictured) has, as one of his many roles in life, the position of Director for Dolbel Estate Wines, which is a family concern producing high quality white wines. Click on Dolbel Wines for a more detailed breakdown of the wines and business.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Absent Friends

Not every one will be able to attend this year's Jubilee but it is always good to hear from you any way. We received this email yesterday from Alastair Kalin which may be of interest to some of you active rugby players or inactive coaches.
I am writing to let you know I will be unable to attend the reunion because the school holidays don't fall at that time in the UK. I would like to order 2 bottles of the jubilee port- I am coming back in March for Jason (oldest brother) wedding so will hopefully catch up then about that. Am working at a prep school in Surrey teaching PE and games.

I have also set up an 'international' (well sort of) coaching and rugby business in my part-time. If you could add this on to the old boys web site, I would be very grateful. Basically it involves bringing across coaches from the Southern Hemisphere to run camps during the summer school holidays at rugby clubs and school. I have a number of contacts that also means I can place rugby players into clubs for their 'OE'.

'A unique southern hemisphere rugby experience'
Summer rugby camps
Rugby player & spectators tours (to the UK and abroad)
Player placements in NZ & the UK

Thursday, 22 January 2009

A Page In History III

As we move closer to the start of another school year a whole new group of boarders will be getting nervous about their life in the hostel. Most of the guys pictured here in the early 1980's survived relatively unscathed and even went on to be solid citizens.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Ist XI Has A Great Time

The 1st XI have completed a very successful cricket tournament in Queensland and are on their way back to prepare for school, or at least a game on the weekend.

Seen here striding to the crease is Beaudan Barrett (son of Kevin) who, along with most of the players, has shown good form with both bat and ball in the tournament. It has proved a great experience for a lot of the young players who will be our strength in the next year or two.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009


One of the great things about an old boys network is it can create opportunities to support and be supported. From time to time we intend to profile old boys and their businesses or organisations.

The Vavasour boys, Charles, Francis, Rollo all attended FDMC in the 1960s. Their family base in the Marlborough region lead them into the wine industry with Vavsour now a premium brand in the NZ list of fine wines. Their label is celebrated for it's Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling so next time you are pondering what to drink with dinner why not try a Vavasour. If you can't find them on the shelves you can always visit the web site at

Monday, 19 January 2009

Up And Running

The ladies are back in the office as of this morning so the college lives and breathes for another new year. That means there is no excuse for you old boys to start sending your registration forms in for the Jubilee.

We must apologise to Kenneth Tocker for calling him Tucker in a recent post and ask when we can expect his brother Murray's registration? The rest of you shake off that holiday lethargy and strike while the iron is still heating up!

Friday, 16 January 2009

1st XI On Tour

The college 1st XI cricket team is currently in Queensland competing in a Catholic Schools Tournament based at Nudgee College. The team has done well so far winning their first game and going down narrowly to a strong side yesterday.

You can follow their progress on the FDMC Cricket Blog and if you happen to live in the area you may want to pop along and say hello.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

In The News

Great photo and story in today's Daily News about Morgan Hall going to play football in Scotland. We are sure that Morgan will give a very good account of himself in the chilly north.

Also in the paper recently was the news that old boy John Bennett has changed golf caddying jobs, finishing up with NZ pro David Smail after 8 years and linking up with a rising star of women's golf Sakura Yokomine. It will be a new challenge for John who has been able to translate that love of his sport into a full time profession.

We also note that a significant number of old boys and current students have made the Taranaki surf lifesaving teams.We wish Paul Cracroft-Wilson, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Kent Fraser, James Morwood, Campbell Begg, Nick Horo, Jared Gray, David Bryan and BJ Monk all the best for their up coming competitions.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Business As Usual

We are back, at work at least, as I am sure are many of you. From now on it will be business as usual with a post most days of the week.

Congratulations to Kenneth Tucker who has become our first fully paid up Jubilee registration. We will be reminding you all on a regular basis to get your registrations in as we know part of our special character has always been to leave things to the last minute!

Monday, 5 January 2009

The Year Of Jubilee

Well folks it is 2009, Jubilee Year. We are now moving into the full-on time of preparation and registration for our Queen's Birthday weekend celebrations.

Our apologies to those of you who have clicked on the Registration Brochure/Form links in our side bar as these have not been operating the way we had intended. If you click on them now they will take you to the old boys page on the FDMC web site which contains both documents as pdf files.

The next three months will see the big push for registration of old boys. This can be done several ways.
  • download the registration form from the FDMC website and return it to the school office.
  • we will be email a copy of the brochure and registration form to all of you for whom we hold an email address - just complete and return.
  • email us at and ask for the brochure and registration form - we will send this back to you.
  • call us at 06 7536149 and we will post you out a brochure and registration form, or call in to see us and we will hand deliver.
The college office will not be open until mid January but we will process your registrations as soon as possible. We are expecting a great deal of interest and old boys should note that the Jubilee Dinner will be restricted in numbers due to available space - first in best seated!

As always, if you are not sure, just ask.