Monday, 30 March 2009

What's On The Calendar?

We are currently putting together a Jubilee calendar as one of the goodies in the registration packs. We are searching the archives for essential images and would appreciate any suggestions old boys might have. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Who Is Going To Be There?

Every Friday for the next 9 weeks we will publish an updated list of those registered for the Jubilee, just click on the link above.

The nature of this exercise is that the moment it is published it is out of date so if you don't see your name it should be there the next week.

It is great to see so many De La Salle Brothers will be attending and we note quite a large number of clergy who have already registered. Staff members have been a little slower to submit forms but you can anticipate a wide range of "old teachers" being there on the day.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Absent Friends

As registrations to the Jubilee roll in we are also hearing from old boys who for a variety of reasons will not be able to join us. The following was one such email from Paul Brennan (1965 – 68)

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the reunion as I am off overseas during April, May and June. I am off to Dubai, Turkey (ANZAC day at Gallipoli), UK, Croatia and Southern Italy with my son Greg (who is also and Old Boy), and then to Kenya, Tanzania and Singapore with my Daughter and Son-in-Law.

I would love to be present at the reunion and touch base with a lot of people I have not seen for many years. I may even still hold an athletic record at the college!!

Would you please pass my very best to all for a great reunion and I look forward to hearing the stories on my return.

I am retired from the Police Force and enjoying life in New Plymouth.

Those who can not be with us can rest assured we will remember them!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Kevin Murphy - Scientist and Gentleman

We learnt yesterday of the sad passing, after a lengthy illness, of past Head of Science Mr Kevin Murphy.

Kevin taught at FDMC from 1987 through to 2001 and was admired by students and staff alike for his great integrity, strong academic values and subtle sense of humour. Kevin's son John was the Dux of the College in 1988.

The funeral will be on Thursday morning at the Fitzroy parish church and we ask for your thoughts and prayers for Kevin and his family.

May He Rest In Peace

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

10 weeks To Jubilee

Time is moving on and the big weekend is fast approaching. We are pleased to report that registrations are beginning to climb and we are now around the 100 mark. We would encourage those who haven't yet completed the process to get on to it as the numbers are vital for our planning of a successful occasion.

Later this week we will publish an initial list of registrations so you can get a feel for who is going to be there. There are a number of old boys who are putting together "teams" for the occasion and we thank them for their efforts.

For those who wish to pay for their registration by credit card we can confirm that, after some initial hassles, this is now in full swing. The first week in April will see an "email out" of registration details so you can check that we have the correct information.

A lot of questions have and will arise over the next few weeks so, in the best web site tradition, we will create a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section. If you have a question just leave it as a comment with any of our posts or email us at

Don't make Cozzie come and get you!

Monday, 23 March 2009

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Pictured is last weeks parent/teachers interviews. Perhaps a scene which generates mixed emotions for some old boys.

Things have changed in recent years, with all the interviews taking place in the Gym and students being expected to attend their own interviews. It was good to see a number of old boys on the night, most looking more relaxed than they did when it was them being discussed.

Friday, 20 March 2009

More Visits To the Jaspers

This week saw a visit to the school from members of the New Zealand A cricket team who were in town to play England A. Our own Peter Ingram was able to bring along Michael Mason and Ewan Thompson to talk to the boys, who are rapidly getting used to having their picture taken with sporting notables.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Thoughts And Prayers

We ask that you keep the following recent old boys of the college in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Daniel Holdt who incurred a serious back injury in a Motocross accident last weekend.
  • Oliver McDonald (son of old boy Peter) who is slowly recovering from his back injury as a result of a recent fall.
  • Dylan Walsh (son of old boy Mike) who is continuing his lengthy battle with leukemia.
We assure them and their families that we are thinking of, and praying for, them.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Awwww Ref!

Thanks to Campbell-Kirk Waugh for this photo and post material. We love to get this sort of material from old boys.

"Wasn't sure where to send this. Not sure if this is the sort of thing you would put on the Old Boys site but thought I'd send it anyhow. The first thing about Gareth is a major appointment!
Last week old boy Gareth Sheehan was appointed as assistant referee to the NZFC (national league) semi final between Manawatu and Auckland City to be played this weekend in Palmerston North.

He also last week was promoted as a referee onto the Central League (league Team Taranaki play in). That means that out of the seven A-List referee's across the Central Districts region two are old boys of FDMC (Gareth & myself) This will be my third year as a referee.

In Christchurch, Isaac Trevis spent this summer as an assistant referee on the NZFC. He has just been promoted as a referee onto the top Canterbury League, The Mainland Premier League.

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to have been invited to NZ Footballs Elite and Emerging Referees Course in Auckland. Talking with the NZFC referees both Gareth and Isaac are regarded as two of the top assistant referees in the country.

(Photo is after the U19 National League match between Manawatu & Wellington 2 years ago, Gareth was assistant referee, Isaac 4th official and I was referee)"

Monday, 16 March 2009

Early And Late Achievers

Having talked about the Jaspers programme last week it was great to see one of their number make a big splash in the weekend. Gerald-John (GJ) Pike scored a 113 runs for the 1st XV in the Taranaki Premier competition against Stratford. He is thought to be, at 14 years old, the youngest Taranaki player to score a century at that level. GJ managed to score a boundary for every year of his age and we are sure there are plenty more to come.

At almost the other end of the age spectrum FDMC staff member Peter Ingram scored an outstanding 135 playing for NZ A against England A. Peter is on leave to play cricket this term and will bring his talents to town this week when the two teams play at Pukekura Park.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Academic Colours

Last Wednesday saw our annual academic colours assembly where we recognised the top academic students on the basis of their Year 12 results.

The keynote speaker this year was old boy Scott McGregor who used his experiences as a current naval officer and recruiter to give the school some insight into "doing your best" and embracing personal challenges. It was a message that was very well received as it is always great to have old boys reflecting on their life experiences.

The following students received academic colours
  • Shane Rooyakkers
  • Callum Tanner
  • Kale Joines
  • Matthew Westbury
  • Josef Butler
  • Dylan Dunlop-Barrett
  • Isaak Mischefski
  • Michael Putt
  • Zach Milner
  • Zach Mooney
  • Edward Rawles
  • Mathieu Stevenson
  • Troy Collier
  • Matthew Munro
  • Thomas Hobbs

Thursday, 12 March 2009

The Jaspers

Seen above is the first ever "Jaspers" class at FDMC, with special guest Conrad Smith who was able to pop in to share some wisdom last week. The class is a Year 10 (Form 4) option class taken by students who have shown outstanding sporting achievement and potential. It aims to provide specialised support for elite sports performance and individualised coaching.

Why Jaspers? We try and identify all of our programmes with Lasallian traditions or Brothers and so cast about to find someone who would be appropriate. Br Jasper was a Lasallian Brother in the USA who gave great service and enthusiasm to the sport of baseball. He is credited with helping to develop a number of aspects of what is now modern baseball including the tradition of the 7th Innings Stretch. Our first Jaspers class does not include any budding baseball stars but we do believe that with the right attitude and approach many of them will represent us at a very high level.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Old Boy's News

We notice in today's Daily News an article on old boy Oliver McDonald's fall from a bridge. Oliver is the son of even older old boy Peter McDonald. It sounds like Ollie has been, in a sense, lucky but our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as he recovers from his accident.

We have received reports of several old boy's weddings in recent weeks (Ruka Te Moana's included) but as yet we have had no photos of either blushing grooms or best men. Be prepared to share fellas.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Gaining Momentum

Keep up the good work folks. Registrations for the Jubilee are beginning to build well and we note there has been a 50% increase in visits to this blog in the last month. Groups of old boys are getting together to plan their weekend and we believe the old boys rugby team has had it's first planning meeting - training being optional.

Look for ads in the papers over the next few weeks and do encourage others to overcome that last minute Taranaki spirit and register early.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Not Enough Prayer

Despite plenty of prayers and hopeful checks of various websites, it is raining today. That means for, we think, the first time ever we have had to postpone the Swimming and Athletics Sports in the same year. As John George is sure to say "it never happened when I was in charge".

The forecast for Tuesday is great so all will be well, if not on schedule. Keeping with the sports theme we have posted this photo of the 1983 Athletics Team and a very young looking Mr George.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Wanted - A Man With A License

As we get closer to the big event (the Jubilee) more and more tasks are needing to be done. To obtain a liquor license for the weekend we have to have several individuals who have bar manager certification. Could you be such a person?

We were surprised to find that no staff member had gained such a key qualification. Ideally we need some one who is local so if you can help leave us a comment or drop us an email.


Tuesday, 3 March 2009

This Year's Leaders

A fine body of young men photographed after this year's investiture mass.

Back Row : Jacob Blanks, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Kale Joines, Jared
Crowley, Troy Collier
Middle Row: Shane Rooyakkers, Callum Tanner, Mathieu Stevenson, Josef
Butler, Jacob Gopperth, Paul Hawkes, Beauden Barrett, Martin
Chamberlain (Principal)
Front Row: Matthew Westbury, Jaden Hareb, Brendon Bevins, Andrew Butler

Monday, 2 March 2009

A Busy Time Of Year

Last week was a very busy one for the college with a number of key events taking place.

Monday saw the swimming sports which had been moved from Friday due to the unseasonable weather - look for Swimming Sports The Movie later in the week.

We will also be posting some images from the Prefects Investiture Mass which went very well.

Ash Wednesday saw the gym again used as a sacred space and we have provided a picture of Mr Mustchin officiating.

This Friday is schedule for the Athletic Sports although the forecast is not that great. A prayer or two will be offered up in the hope that we don't have to make history by postponing both events in the one year.