Wednesday, 24 February 2010

News, News, News

We are still awaiting the swimming sports photos to "be developed" although we can confirm that Loreto managed to continue their recent dominance of the event.

The observant will have noticed we have added a Taranaki news feed to the top of our page - there may be a story there that is of interest to those of you outside of the province.

What we would really like however is news from, and about, old boys themselves. The information has dried up of late and yet we are sure that you are all up to something out there. Drop us a line at FDMC Old Boys and tell us what you or your old mates have been up to.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Getting Wet With A Purpose

Today has dawned bright and sunny after a week of cloud and rain. The perfect conditions for the annual college swimming sports. A highlight of the first term of every year, there are few schools in the country who can boast a 50 metre swimming pool on site and a swimming carnival that sees the great majority of students actively involved.

We shall bring you the results and a few images next week.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Sister Sport

We have spoken a number of times about the rise of cricket at FDMC so it was encouraging to see an article in today's Daily News about the way the game is now developing at Sacred Heart College. As our sister school it is good to see we share another enthusiasm.

We also noted that some of the people helping this development are old boys of FDMC. Pictured is Ross Howarth a stalwart of the FDMC 1st XI in the 1980's. Ross is currently teaching at SHGC and has been helping the girls "get on the front foot" with their cricket.

We also note that the SHGC 1st XI is being coached by John Goodin, another FDMC product, albeit from the 1970's.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Social Networking And You

For a while now we have been threatening to create an "official" FDMC old boys Facebook page. There is already a functioning page in operation and we believe it is best that we encourage that effort. After all social networking is supposed to be user driven!

Visit FDMC Facebook to see who is already signed up and to get involved yourself. We believe this is the best format for old boys to catch up and perhaps form groups among themselves.

Meanwhile we will continue to publish news, views and information as part of this blog. This will be enhanced by our new Twitter account which will be used to send out the latest news as it happens. If you are a tweeter then be sure to add yourself as a follower of the FDMC old boys account.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Olders and Betters

Those old boys reading the sports results in today's Daily News might be a little disappointed that the 1st XI lost their latest two day game by an innings and a few runs, although Bryce Hannam did get his picture taken.

It is true that the team is struggling a little at present but that is largely due to the fact that so many of the recent stars have left school and the new boys are still finding their way. Something that will always be a factor with school sides in a men's competition.

One thing that did stand out was how many of the opposition players doing the damage for Marist were FDMC old boys. Names like Mawson, Meuli, HIckford, Peterson and countless Barretts, all appear as our tormentors. It is great to see so many of our past players continuing to play and it speaks volumes for the sports nursery that FDMC has become.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Scholarship Results

The results from last year's scholarship exams are out and we have three students to congratulate.

Shane Rooyakkers (pictured) confirmed his standing as 2009 Dux with probably the best result in college history. Shane attained a scholarship in all four subjects he attempted - Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Geography. His Statistics result was deemed outstanding which puts him in the top 10 or so students in the country. Overall Shane receives an Outstanding Scholar Award which means a grant of $2000 a year over his university career. A very well deserved award.

Callum Tanner also attained outstanding status in passing the Scholarship English exam.

Our third successful candidate was Mathew Westbury who attained Scholarship in Statistics. Each individual pass is worth $500 to the student.

A quick look over the results shows that there were several other candidates who went very close.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Dean's Dream

Great to see old boy Dean Probyn getting some newspaper coverage for his success in his most recent challenge.

Dean ended up in wheelchair after a car crash not too long after leaving FDMC. He has not let that misfortune define him and this latest challenge is only one of many he has set himself in the last decade or so.

Click Dean Probyn for more details on his most recent adventure.

Monday, 8 February 2010

A Great Record

The 2009 magazine is a great record of all that happened , both sad and happy, at FDMC during the year. The 50th Jubilee is well recorded with lots of photos, as you can see by the page shot at right. as always, just click to enlarge.

We are currently investigating the best way to make as many photos as possible available to those who might be interested and we will keep you up to date with developments.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Cardinal Blue & Gold 2009

The latest College Magazine is back from the printers and being prepared for distribution to students and families.

It follows in the recent tradition of lots of photos, plenty of information and the recording of all that goes to make up a school year at FDMC.

Over the next few days we will share with you some extracts from the latest magazine and reflect back on what was an important year in the life of the college.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Out With the Old ...

Today sees the first day of the new school year. An exciting time for students and a time for deep breaths from staff members.

As always there are a few changes in staff for 2010. They go something like this.
  • Christine Alexander has retired from FDMC but may be seen from time to time as a reliever.
  • Margaret Milne has also resigned after many years of contributions to the school community.
  • Martin Dravitzki has a year's leave of absence to ponder life and the world in general.
  • Tony Susans has taken up a teaching role at NPBHS.
  • William Mills joins the staff as a teacher of technology.
  • Ka Po Wong, who recent old boys will know as our science technician, begins her teaching career as a part time teacher at FDMC.
We wish these folk and all the teaching staff the best as they prepare for a busy 2010.