Friday, 31 July 2009

Well Done Those Fellas

We end the week with congratulations to a number of sportsmen connected with the college.

  • Well done to old boys Tony Penn, Shane Cleaver and Leon Power for their opening round win playing for Taranaki against Tasman in the AirNZ Cup. We will be watching over the next 10 weeks.
  • Congratulations to current student Jayson Potroz for being named in the initial NZ Sec Schools Rugby training squad. We will be hoping he makes that final cut.
  • Well done to staff member Peter Ingram for being named in the 30 man BlackCaps training squad. To the selectors we say about bloody time!
As we reach the business end of winter we spare a thought for all those sportsmen who are out there challenging themselves in competition.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Where Are They Now?

This is the first of an irregular feature where we give you a photo from our glorious past and ask where those students are now. You can email us the info or leave a comment on the bottom of this post.

An easy one to start with. The photo is of the FDMC Basketball side to the USA in 1988. The following characters are pictured, can you tell us where they are now?
  • Denis Toon
  • Br Adrian Watson
  • Kent Mori
  • Jason Perrett
  • Kerry Wills
  • Michael McNiece
  • David Clark
  • Greg Phelan
  • Chris Gordon
  • Shane Pascoe
  • Clinton Elvy

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Rugger Up North?

This week seems to be turning into a rugby one. We promise something more cultural next week.

We received the following email from old boy Alastair Kalin yesterday which may be of interest to some of you more recent rugger heads.

Been a while since I have been in touch! The reason I am doing so is to see if anyone is heading out to the UK in the next week, month or in the very near future and would be keen to play some rugby over here. Have a few clubs that I have contacts with that are keen for some NZ flair either backs or forwards. The season runs from September to April, the clubs I have contacts for are spread throughout England.

No contract, or catch lads but the club can normally sort a job and accommodation for you and some even pay match fees. If you are interested let me know and will pass on your email to them, just write a brief description of yourself and playing experience.

Fee free to flick this around to any other lads that are intending to come across, although the tend seems to be everyone is heading back to the motherland or have hung the boots up!

Cheers,
Alastair

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The Next Generation

Having posted the photo of the old boys rugby team we thought it appropriate to show you the current 1st XV, as it fronted for the Jubilee game.

The more observant of you may notice a player or two that seem a little old to still be at school. This is true, but they have their part to play - making sure we have another generation coming through.

Click to enlarge the photo.

Monday, 27 July 2009

From FDMC To The High Veldt

Most would agree that old boy Conrad Smith had a great game for the All Blacks this weekend - shame that a few others couldn't quite match him. It is always good to have a bit of local interest in these games and we know a few people who were a little upset that they had stopped backing him to score a try.

Today's photo is of the Jubilee rugby team, containing Conrad and a good few other players of genuine ability.

Friday, 24 July 2009

From The Principal

The following is an interesting reflection form our Principal that was recently published in the College newsletter.

It was my privilege and pleasure, along with four other teachers from the College, to attend the International Boys’ Schools Coalition conference in Hastings during the holidays. The coalition was set up more than a decade ago partly in response to public criticism that boys’ schools were perceived to be inferior institutions where bullying and poor educational outcomes were endemic. Findings were however contrary to this and the conference attendees were able to attest to our successes all around the globe where single sex education enables each gender to thrive in its own tailored environment. It was also heartening to hear that the experience of boarding is now acclaimed. Several generations ago, boarding offered little comfort and often had to be endured in order to attend school. Now it is seen as offering a fuller pastoral education and adults who work in the sector see it as their special vocation. Another refreshing aspect of the conference was the frequent mention of God and Christian faith.

Many schools present at the conference share our gift of being able to offer a faith-based education, the additional educational benefits of which have just been extolled in the July/August Metro magazine. In their analysis of secondary schools that add the most value beyond their decile rating in the Auckland area, eight of the top 20 were Catholic and three of the best six low decile schools were Catholic. Across our nation we can take pride in the pastoral care and academic progress our Catholic schools bring to our students, and we can feel proud also that we are not the exclusive preserve of those who can afford to pay very high private school fees.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle - Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever
Martin Chamberlain - Principal

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Holiday Success

We are in the first week of Term 3 so it is appropriate to mention some of our sporting successes over the most recent holidays.
  • Our in-line hockey team which has been a growing force in the last few years had an outstanding holiday tournament finishing third in the nation. A lot of work has gone into this success from a small group of people, many of whom are called Beardman, so well done to all concerned.
  • Our top rugby players were invited to the Hurricanes region training camp in the holidays where both Jayson Potroz and Beaudan Barrett were selected to play for the Hurricanes Sec. School side. This team then went on to defeat the other franchise teams to win the national regional tournament. The NZ Sec. School side is to be named soon and we have our fingers crossed for both players.
  • Our U15 rugby team played a catholic schools tournament in Auckland where they performed very well against much bigger players. They just missed making the final which was won by our brother school De La Salle college.
A number of our other sporting teams will be competing nationally during "tournament week" later this term - we will keep you informed.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The Ambulance Guy

We posted last week about some of the characters we have had on staff over the years. There have, of course, been many characters amongst our students as well. There is a great article in today's Daily News on old boy Reuban Doyle and the way he has chosen to live his life since leaving school. Those who were at the Jubilee rugby game might recall seeing Reuban's ambulance on the sidelines.

We believe it is a positive thing to celebrate or individuals and would be more than happy to post any articles you might want to contribute on special characters you have known at FDMC.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Br Francis

We wrote last week of the passing of Br Francis, one of the first five brothers to begin the community at FDMC. Br Declan has been able to find us this photo which should jog the memory of all those first day students.

Monday, 20 July 2009

A Little Bit Of Art

An aspect of the Jubilee that was remarked on by many were the block prints that were used on the goodies bags. Each print was designed and executed by members of the Year 10 Art class with over 20 designs being used.

The print on the left is our favourite and was the work of Jacob Scott. If you still have your bag, hold on to it, who knows which one might be the first printed work of a future Kiwi icon.

Friday, 17 July 2009

The Last of the First

Br Declan has informed us of the recent passing of Brother Francis Kelvin Sullivan. Br Francis had been the last surviving member of the first five brothers who began work at FDMC. He taught at FDMC for the first 3 years of it's life and had gone on to a long life of faith and service in his native Australia. There is no one currently on staff who had taught with Brother Francis but we are sure there are many first day students who will remember him and keep him in their prayers.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Jubilee Mass

There are few who were present at the Jubilee Mass who will forget it for some time. It was a great gathering of the faithfull but it was also one of the coldest communions most will have ever experienced. The following are a few photos from the mass.

Business As Usual

We have returned from sunnier climes to the chilly Taranaki winter and devoted readers can expect a return to regular week day blogs.

We start this week with a photo of a past staff member Mr Lloyd Edwards. FDMC has always had its fair share of characters on the staff and Lloyd is one we know is remembered fondly by many past students.

Lloyd, seen here on holiday in France, now resides in Plumstead in the UK where continues to keep his hand in teaching wise. He was unable to attend the recent Jubilee but was part of a good few stories we heard told over the weekend.

If you have one of those "whatever happened to..." questions email us and we will see if we can't provide the answer.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

True Devotion

Regular visitors to this blog may have been wondering where why no recent posts. It is true that is the school holidays but that is not the only reason for our absence. In true old boys spirit we have been attending the wedding of old boy Neil Hocken and his lovely new wife Catlin at Wananavu, Fiji.

It was a great occasion, in a magical spot and was attended by a number of other old boys including Neil's brother Darren, his brother in law Jared Coogan and good friend Simon "Syd" Mulligan.

The picture is of the happy couple and just goes to prove we will go to great lengths to keep up with old boys news.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Captain Scott

Congratulations to old boy Scott Fuglistaller for not only making the Wellington Lions team but also getting to captain the side for it's first Ranfurly Shield challenge of the year.

Yesterdays Dominion Post article gave a good background to events which subsequently saw Scott's team dish out a 90 point towelling to Wairarapa Bush.Scott lead well and managed to score one of the many tries on offer.

We look forward to following the Lion's progress this season but won't be on their side when they play the amber and blacks.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Please Approach The Bar

Congratulations to Sam Barrett, our latest addition to the legal profession. Sam was admitted to the Bar last week and joins an increasing number of recent old boys who have taken silk and are practicing locally. In Sam's case he is based with Reeves Middleton and Young, a law firm that has a long association with FDMC.

Sam tells us that his slight facial disfigurement is the product of a sports injury, not an unhappy client.

Just a reminder to other old boys that we would love to help celebrate your achievements and milestones so don't be afraid to send us info and photos.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Old Staff

The second in our slide show series of photos from the Jubilee. These images where taken at the staff morning tea on Saturday morning. There are certainly a few familiar faces in this lot.