Friday, 29 May 2009

The Big Day Arrives

This is the 570 post to this blog. Many of the previous 569 have been leading up to this Jubilee weekend so it is with a sense of relief and anticipation that the big day has finally arrived. the marquees are up, registrations have closed, people are on their way. Now we just need you to fill up the space with a great helping of Lasallian spirit.

Thursday, 28 May 2009


Working out where to go is not easy - especially if you haven't been to the place in a long time. Just to add to the confusion we include this map! Trust us, it makes more sense when you are on the ground. Getting in on Friday night will happen in the one area which you can reach either by entering through the end of the main classroom block or by coming from the office car park, through the "wind tunnel" and along the bottom corridor of the main classroom block. We will have a couple of people out directing traffic.

If you have already registered, and you should have, you will be directed through the Info Centre to pick up your registration bag. If you haven't, we will take you aside and put you through an emergency procedure, which will be painless but mildly costly. The rest of the night, and weekend, is about meeting old friends and telling stories.

See you there.

Click on map to enlarge.

The Jubilee Team

Just a reminder that the 1st XV v Old Boys rugby game has been moved to 1.30 on Sunday. Ross Williams has passed on the Old Boys team list, which is as follows;

As manager of this fine side I thought it fair to send in the line-up ahead of schedule so the old boys can decide whether we have a chance or not in the match on Sunday. The fitness levels of most are decidedly low but with one practice under our belts the old boys are rearing to go.

1. Daniel Webby
2. Ruka Te Moana
3. Joshua Shanley
4. Patrick Stevenson
5. Hamish Irving
6. Josh Robinson
7. John Whittington ©
8. Brendon Hart
9. Conrad Smith
10. James Mataku
11. Benet Carroll
12. Simon Gillum
13. Doug Henderson/Justin Smith
14. Paul O’Byrne
15. Martin Henderson
16. Tony Penn
17. Jacques Le Prou
18. Trent Guthrie
19. Michael Lawn
20. Ben Siffleet
21. Justin Smith/Doug Henderson
22. Craig Morresey
23. Ryan Fleming

Coaches: Richard Doherty, Bryce Koch
Manager: Ross Williams
Physio: Nadine Smith
Trainer: Patrick Crowley

Doug Henderson is bracketed after injuring his ribs in the weekends club game. We have attempted to make the side based around the ’99 side who beat Boys High but age, injuries and unavailability have seen a couple of quality footballers make our side. A few positional changes have occurred over the years for some but we maintain that they must play in the position they wore the scarlet in.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Programme of Events


Registration packs available from 2.00pm at the Info Centre (R18)

Meet and Greet 6.00pm-11.00pm in the Marquee
Official Opening by Kevin Murphy (1971- 977) at 7.00pm
Food served 7.30pm-9.00pm in the Hostel Dining Room

EFTPOS will be available at the bars but cash out will only be possible at the Information Centre
Shuttles available into the CBD 10.00pm, 10.30pm, 11.00pm from the main office car park.


Registration packs available at the Info Centre from 10.00am
Staffroom morning tea for past and present staff at 10.45am

Photos: Group photos 10.30 - 12.00am Gym
  • 10.30am 1959 - 1969
  • 10:40am 1st Day Students
  • 10.50am 1970 - 1979
  • 11.00am 1980 - 1989
  • 11.10am 1990 - 1999
  • 11.20am 2000 -
  • 11.30am Principals
  • 11.40am Brothers
  • 11.50am Staff
  • 12.00pm Hostel Staff
  • 12.10pm Boarders
Guided Tours: There will be an opportunity for a guided tour around the school and hostel with 2009 student leaders at 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am Meet at Gym

BBQ Lunch 12.30pm in the Hostel Dining Room

Jubilee Rimu Tree Planting at 1.30pm above the Brothers Residence.
Br Julian Watson (Principal1965 - 1971) and Isaac Brophy (youngest student 2009) will plant the tree.

Soccer 1st XI v Inglewood - 2.35pm Bottom Field
Old Boys Basketball Game - 3.30pm Gym

Gala Jubilee Dinner 6.30pm - 11.30pm in the Marquees

Pre-Dinner Drinks at 6.30pm
Dinner 7.30pm
Dress - Warm Formal
MC will be Chip McCabe (2000 - 2004)
Guest Speakers: Br Peter Bray (Principal 1979 - 1990)
Peter McDonald (Boarder 1966 -1969)
Mark Butterworth (Pupil 1991 - 1995)
Dance Music provided by Mark Leuthard (1991 - 1995) and friends

Shuttle to CBD: 10.00pm, 10.30pm, 11.00pm, 11.30pm will be available from office car park.


Jubilee Mass 10.30am in the Gym
Father Michael Smith S.J will concelebrated with Bishop Peter Cullinane and Old Boy Priests.

Official Jubilee Closing by Martin Dravitzki in the Gym after mass

Lunch 12.00pm Hostel Dining Room

Rugby 1st XV v Old Boys Team at 1.30pm on No. 1 Field
Food and refreshments will be available.


• Entry to Friday night only from the Information Centre by Room 18. This is best accessed to the left of the main classroom block
• A coffee van will be present Saturday: 10.00am - 2.30pm
Sunday: 1.00pm - 3.30pm
• First Aid will be available in the Information Centre.
Car parking will be limited on site but the bottom paddock at the front of the school will be available - access through the street gate.
• Memorabilia - if you forget to order some items will be available for sale in the Information Centre while stocks last.
• Group photos will be taken Saturday morning and can be ordered at the time.The cost will be $15.00 plus $2.00 posted (in New Zealand) or they can be collected from French Photographics 16 Devon Street West. Please pay with your order either by cash or cheque or credit card. Sorry but no eftpos.
• Artwork on the registration bags has been designed by Years 9 and 10 art students.
• While the Saturday night Dinner Dance is a formal occasion there is no dress code for other events other than for people to dress according to conditions.
• The registration fee paid by those attending has covered the considerable costs of planning, advertising, setting up, securing and hosting the Jubilee events. In fairness any one who has not gone through the registration process will be asked to contribute if they attend the Friday or Saturday night functions.

The Brothers Are Back

Nice article in today's Daily News on the Jubilee and the great part the De La Salle Brothers have played in our school and community. Four brothers ( they cut Br Peter Smyth from this version of the photo) are already here but we are expecting the other 20 in the course of the next few days.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Some Light Relief

We have been able to access a number of images from the Daily News archives which will appear in various ways over the Jubilee. This is an image which caught our eye.

Can anyone give us the background as to what these "well dressed" young men are actually up to, and what year it might have been taken?

Check back this afternoon when we hope to have a full programme of events for the Jubilee up on the blog.

In reply - from Robert Bolton

About 1987ish and it was a production of Footrot Flats.. My little bro Graham was the playing Wal Footrot.. Now just about to be a pro golfer in Aussie.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Wrap Up Warm

The snow is on the mountain and the wind is making itself felt. As old boys we know you are aware of how cool it can get but a few prayers for a sudden warm spell this weekend would be much appreciated. We believe St Joseph is an effective intermediary when it comes to weather prediction.

Several old boys have asked about the dress code for the weekend. Friday night we suggest warm and casual, the Saturday night dinner is a more formal occasion but given that we are in marquees we suggest you dress warmly - no strapless dresses fellas!

Tomorrow we will post a detailed programme of events.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Have We Got It Right?

We had every intention to send individual registration confirmations to every one who has registered. Unfortunately this has not proved possible for a range of logistical reasons. What we have got is a spreadsheet of registration data which we would like old boys to check for the following;
  • Correct spelling of names
  • Correct last year of attendance - this has been estimated for some people
  • Partners name - some have been provided but others are just listed under the old boy surname.
  • Correct events entered - these will appear on the registration label you will revive on arrival.

If there are changes that need to be made please email us at If we get things right now it will make for a smoother start to the Jubilee.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Some Old Boys News

While the focus around here has been very much on the Jubilee it is great to be reminded that the rest of the world marches on. We received this photo and account from old boy Paddy Gower who is currently covering the political intrigue in Wellington for the NZ Herald.

A bit of FDMC old boys news. A little self-interested, because it is about me, but I am very proud to say that I got married recently and there was a huge contingent of old boys from 1988-94 involved.

I married Bridget Rillstone, a nurse, in Wanaka in January - yes she is a South Islander.

Brendan Clegg, who I met in my vertical form Benildus 2 in 1990, was my Best Man. Malcolm Keegan (who came out from London) and Nathan Smith were groomsmen.

Daniel Ireland was the MC - repaying the favour I did for him a year before.

Distinguished guests were Tim Sullivan who came out from London with his new Italian wife Antonella, and Damian Leuthard. Not onlty did we attend FDMC together, but the three of us went to St Josephs Primary in New Plymouth as well. Semi-distinguished guests were Anton Winstanley and Grant "Jack" Fleming. Apologies were accepted from Jono O'Sullivan, Quentin MacLean and Michael Sullivan (Quentin and Michael being good St Joe's men too).

Many comments were made from people about how interesting it was that the FDMC boys had all stuck together down the years through university, first jobs, OEs and now marriage and children - with lots of good times to come of course.

I summed up the spirit of the College in my speech by referring to them as "my brothers from other mothers".

Attached is a photo of the wedding party with Brendan, Nathan and Malcolm in it - one groomsman is not from the College, showing I can make friends outside...

Kind regards,
Paddy Gower

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

And Still They Come

As the late registrations continue to flow in we have noticed an increasing balance between decades. The 1960's remain the largest proportion of old boys, and that is natural, but it is good to see representation from all groups.

The latest registration list is available at;

Jubilee Registration List

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

A Crowded Quad

This is a further image from the Photo News that recorded the college opening.

We have never seen that many people in the quad at one time but look forward to seeing how many we can get into the big marquee which will stand in the quad at the Jubilee.

Monday, 18 May 2009

What's In A Name?

We wondered last week about what the most common surname amongst old boys might be. After exhaustive research we can give you the following Top 10.
  1. Smith (47) - no great surprise
  2. McDonald (39) - this does include all variations in spelling
  3. Walsh (31)
  4. Fleming (30)
  5. Schumacher (26)
  6. Butler (24)
  7. Jones (23)
  8. Murphy (22)
  9. O'Sullivan (22)
  10. Williams (22)
Just outside the Top 10 (on 21) where some other well known monikers; Barrett, Hickey, Dravitzki and Bourke.

Now we are wondering what the most common nickname has been.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Last Week For Registrations

As anticipated there has been a lot of last minute registrations coming through the college office this week. What scares us more is the number of registration forms that have been going out. By this time next week we need to confirm solid numbers with caterers, marquee hire and all the other groups we are dealing with, so if you are still holding a form please get it in asap.

The college fax machine is getting a good work out at present. If you don't trust the Post then by all means fax your form to 06 7536148.

Friday, 15 May 2009

The Jubilee Polo

Simple yet stylish (like our old boys?), the Jubilee polo will be available for sale at the Jubilee. It is from the Callica Collection and is a QuickDry product for the active old boy. We hold sizes from S to XXXL so we should have you all covered.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

A Small Change Of Plan

This week's organisation group meeting made several decisions that have meant a change to the order of proceedings for the Jubilee weekend.
  • The 1st XV vs old boys game which was to be played on Saturday afternoon has now been shifted to the Sunday afternoon, kick off 1pm. This will mean a lot more of the guys who want to play will actually be able to take the field.
  • There will be sporting activities throughout the Saturday afternoon, including the 1st XI soccer team, the 2nd XV rugby and a range of junior teams.
  • Changes to our intended use of the Gym mean that we are now able to free up that space for a basketball game on the Saturday afternoon as well. If you are keen to be involved please contact Andy Cowie or Blair Brookes.
  • The number of people expressing an interest in playing golf on the Sunday afternoon has been very small so we have decided to remove that event from the programme. This does not mean that like minded sportsman can not get together for an afternoon hit and stroll if the wish.
The middle of next week should see us publish a more detailed programme of events, so keep an eye out for that. We are now receiving a number of emails every day asking if people can still register. The answer is yes, we will continue to take registrations until the end of next week.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

O'Shea Shield Weekend

Last weekend saw our O'Shea Shield team visit Wellington for the annual speech and drama competition. The guys did very well, finishing a close fourth out of a field of seventeen schools.

George Grainger ( kneeling with trophy) maintained our fine tradition in the impromptu speech with an outstanding win. There were many other good results, with the drama group managing to not only impress the audience this year but the judges as well.

Mathieu Stevenson is seen the the photo holding the Jubilee Plaque which goes to the college who will next hold the event. Yes folks, after many years in waiting, FDMC will hold it's first ever O'Shea Shield in 2010. We anticipate that a lot of old boys will want to come and watch the competition and perhaps a few reminisce over their past glories.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Farewell To Boof

Sad news yesterday of the passing of old boy Brian (Boof) Fleming at the age of 56. Boof had been battling with illness for many years but as today's Daily News article attests he did not let that stop him playing a very active role in the community, especially in sporting areas. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

The history of "Flemings" at FDMC is a long one. In a quick search we believe, but can't yet confirm, that Fleming is the most common name amongst old boys; although the "Walshs" may have something to say about that. We will do a little more research and let people know.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Retail Therapy

We received this email from old boy Josh Hickford last week.

Just wondered if it is possible to purchase any souvenirs and memorabilia without registering? I'm am keen to get a few of the items. If so how do I go about this?

We have not gone into the merchandise in a big way but there are four items for sale; the Jubilee port (pictured), school ties , a Jubilee polo shirt and the Jubilee umbrella. Stocks will be available over the weekend, if they sell out we have the ability to take further orders.

If, like Josh, you want to purchase something but cant be at the Jubilee, download a registration form, fill out what you would like and we will hold it for you. Failing that just email us.

Friday, 8 May 2009

The New List

Now over 300 and climbing. We would really like to see more of those 1990's old boys backing up their intentions with action. An up dated and revised Programme of Events will be published some time next week.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

1st XV College Fixtures

The 1st XV college programme is now under way with Palmerston North Boys High visiting FDMC yesterday. This has become an annual fixture in the last few years. PNBHS proved just a little bigger and more structured running out the winner by 31 points to 20, although FDMC lead at half time and were only 4 points behind with 5 minutes to play. The stand out player for FDMC was Beaudan Barrett who ran play well and scored 15 of our 20 points.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Head Boys All

Clicking on the gallery link below should take you to a slideshow of the students who have been Head Boy at FDMC. We are not too sure when they stopped being College Captains and became Head Boys, but we suspect it was the dreaded 1980's.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Another Old Photo

This is a very important historical photo contained in the Photo News edition we mentioned yesterday. It is of Archbishop McKeffrey celebrating the inaugral mass in the old college chapel.

Several questions arise for which we don't currently have an answer
  • who are the other clergy/brothers at the altar?
  • what happened to the image of Christ on the Cross when the chapel was decommissioned?

We would be grateful for information people could offer.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Old Photos

Last week saw Mrs Rutherford, mother of old boy Stuart, bring in an edition of the Photo News from 1959. It contained a photo spread from the opening of the College including a number of images we did not currently have. We will display some of these over the next week or so.

The photo on the left is of Father Francis Douglas's two brothers and two sisters who attended the opening of the College. The photo is taken at the front door of the chapel, which is now the entrance to the art room.

Long serving staff member Mr Graeme Mustchin can recall one of the sisters giving him rides to school when he was a student in Wellington, along with her son Johnny who still resides in the Capital.

Six degrees of separation is perhaps a couple too many in a place like New Zealand.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

The Latest List

Jubilee Registration List

A month away from the big event and the list is growing. We now have over 300 people registered for the Jubilee Dinner. We note that we optimistically put, on some of the info sheets and registration forms, that registrations closed on March 1st. This is not the case and we will take registrations up until the last week, but please act asap.

Friday, 1 May 2009

FDMC Old Boys Are Everwhere!

Wherever there is an important international event we seem to have an old boys presence. Jono Milne, and his partner Anna, have been living in Mexico City for the last 5 weeks, an experience they have been enjoying until the outbreak of Swine Flu. Today's Daily News has a cover story of what Jono has been up to.

Two of our current students where on the planes coming back from the USA at the end of the holidays with infected passengers, both have been isolated and then cleared of any infection.

It is amazing how truly global our communities have become.