Monday, 29 March 2010

A View From Above

The view above is from a recent series of aerial photos taken of the college. Old Boys from the earlier days will note just how much building has gone on in the area over the last 50 years.

We will include more shots from the air in the course of this week.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Well Done Johnny George

A good article in today's Daily News on long time staff member John George.

John has been made a life member of the Taranaki Rugby Union for his decades of service to secondary school rugby and rugby administration in general. It is a prestigious award with less than sixty life members having been created in the TRFU's almost 125 years.

Those who know John know how much he has given to rugby, especially at FDMC, and there would be few who could argue that our recent successes have been built on the foundation that he has laid over the last 30 years.

Many students will recall fondly John's exhortations at assemblies to compete fairly, represent yourself and your school with pride, and make damn sure you win!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

A Fundraiser

Although the Gala Day has come and gone there are always fund raising efforts going on. The following is an example from the recent College newsletter.

Monday, 22 March 2010

As Predicted

The Gala Day was a great success, showing that a year off in no way decreased people's enthusiasm for fun and fund raising. While the final totals are still being sorted it appears the PTA will make close to $30,000 - a great effort by all concerned. We will have some photo's and more details during the week but we can give you the all important raffle results.

Gala Day Raffle Results

Grocery Draws
  • Crystal Payne No 579
  • Kim Sadler No 176
  • B Joyce No 224
  • David Novak No 323
Ladder No 098 Trish Wells-Morris
BBQ No 122 Natasha Hinger
Monster Truck No 053 Pauline Corbett
Easter No 124 Waayet Family
Ladies No 105 Carol Land
Men's No 096 Joan Gibbs
Child's No 185 Michelle Davy
Kitchen No 067 Jan Williems
Sports No 047 Crysty Aylward
Coffee No 155 Fred McLay

Friday, 19 March 2010

The Outlook For Saturday

The Met Service is predicting very little rain for Gala Day but we were not too worried as the usual precautions have been taken. The statue of St Joseph has been correctly placed and a few prayers have been offered up.

Fine or overcast, be there if you can, and catch up with other members of our wider school community.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

A Gala Plan

Only a couple of days to go till the first FDMC Gala for 2 years.

You can expect nothing to have changed from past extravaganzas, with lots to do and plenty to eat. We have included the rough lay out map for those who like to plan ahead.

If you can't be there at least you know what you are missing.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

College Leaders 2010

A little bit late but here are this years group of leaders. As always clicking on the image will give you a better view.

Monday, 15 March 2010

In The News

Monday's paper is always a good source of old boy's news. We note the following tidbits from today's edition.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with recent old boy Kerr Sharpe-Young on the sudden death of his father who had been so central to the development of New Plymouth as a venue for musical shows.
  • We note Tomas Mosquera is back scoring goals for Team Taranaki and his coach, FDMC staff member Ian McGrath. We wish Tomas all the best for what could be a very big, and long, season.
  • Coming to the end of the surf lifesaving season, old boys Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Paul Cracroft-Wilson have made the NZ Squad to compete in Eygpt later in the year. Dylan was also named Male Competitor of the Tournament at the National Championships.
  • Congratulations to staff member Peter Ingram on being named in the NZ Test team to play Australia. He has had a baptism of fire in the one day series but we know Pete's mental strength will stand him in good stead over five days.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Athletics Sports Carnival

While the degree of athletic competition remains undiminished the carnival atmosphere of the day has developed greatly in recent years. The snapshots below show just how colourful the day has become.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

And The Winner Is ,,,,

This year's Athletics Sports maintained the high standards of the past, and as you can see from the results below, set a few new standards for the future.

House Points
Solomon 1870
Loreto 1685
La Salle 1524
Benildus 1294

Vertical Form Relay was won by Solomon 2

Athletic Championship Results
Year 7
1st Thomas Wright (S)
2nd Ben Moore (L)
3rd Zia Taumoepeau (S)
4th= Cameron Sharrock (B)
4th= Bayley Betts (LS)

Year 8
1st Patrick Hay (S)
2nd Jayden Taylor (L)
3rd Zack Thomson (L)
4th= Cole Hareb (LS)
4th= Patrick Fisher-Evans (B)

1st Karl Wright (S)
2nd Simon French (S)
3rd Tyler Feakins (S)
4th Matthew Codd (LS)

Intermediate B
1st Scott Murfitt (LS)
2nd Sean Kelly (B)
3rd Kyle Van der Merwe (LS)
4th Scott Mellow (L)

Intermediate A
1st Luke McCallum (L)
2nd Adon Burkett (LS)
3rd Scott Alexander (LS)
4th Ayden Mitchell (L)

1st Jamie Hareb (LS)
2nd Samuel Wels (LS)
3rd Dion Beer (S)
4th Nick Arnold (S)

Highlight of the day was the 10 records that were either equaled or broken.
  • Intermediate B 200m Scott Murfitt 24.44 record equalled
  • Intermediate B 400m Scott Murfitt 54.22 new record
  • Intermediate Javelin Kyle Van der Merwe 46.45 new record
  • Junior High Jump Karl Wright 1.63 new record
  • Year 8 200m Patrick Hay 27.44 new record
  • Year 8 High Jump Matthew Howcroft 1.43 record equalled
  • Year 8 Long Jump Patrick Hay 4.85 new record
  • Year 7 High Jump Thomas Wright 1.37 new record
  • Year 7 Ball Throw Shaun Phillips 33.62 new record
  • Year 7 4 x 100 m relay Benildus 59.35 new record

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

A Gala Day Message

College Gala Day
Saturday 20 March,

11.00am - 2.00pm

Our Gala Day is now only a matter of a week away. The PTA have been busy collecting donations from a significant number of businesses whose support we greatly appreciate. A full list of sponsors will be published following the Gala Day and wherever possible we ask the College community to support those businesses.

In the meantime the PTA is still seeking additional items for the Gala Day for the various stalls - Books, Cakes , Sweets, White Elephant, Clothing, Raffle items.
Any items can be delivered to the College office by Friday 19 March.

At 1.30pm on the Gala Day a number of items will be auctioned by Peter McDonald, including the following:

All Whites shirt signed by Ryan Nelsen (pictured)
All Blacks jersey signed by Conrad Smith (pictured)
Taranaki Jerseys signed by Tony Penn
Hurricanes jersey signed by the team
Cricket Bat signed by Stephen Fleming

We look forward to a big crowd and a great Gala next Saturday

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Paddy Gower - Media Star

Well not quite yet, but for those of you who know Paddy, it is probably only a matter of time.

FDMC old boy Patrick "Paddy" Gower has become a familiar face on the TV3 News in recent times. Paddy has made the switch from being a political reporter for the NZ Herald to front of camera reporting for TV3.

Those of us who taught Paddy find it a little hard to listen to his on scene reports as we are always waiting for a punch line! Not quite the right thing for serious political journalism.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Br Ollie's Roses

The Gala Day approaches (March 2oth), and lots of people are busy getting things together for the great occasion. Over the next week or two we shall have some insights into what is on offer from Gala Day 2010.

The following is a notice from Richard Doherty for those of you who have always admired Br Oliver's roses.

A very limited issue of standard roses grafted, planted, and lovingly tended by Brother Oliver are on sale for $20 each.
These roses are a living piece of memorabilia to plant somewhere special.

All roses will be pre sold but lifted after pruning in winter.

Viewing of the roses can be done during the gala day or earlier by special appointment at the school office. The proceeds from these sales will go directly into the gala day

You can contact Richard at FDMC (06 7536149) or email him.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Br Steve Hogan - On The Move

News this week from Auckland that FDMC old boy Br Steve Hogan is to end his time as Principal at De La Salle Mangere to take up the Principal's position at the Brother's school in Hong Kong.

Br Steve was Head Boy at FDMC in 1979, has done several tours of duty teaching at the college and has been a member of the Board of Trustees over the last decade. We wish him well in his new position and know he will bring his trademark hands on approach to his new role.

The following is an exert from the De La Salle BOT Chairman's letter announcing Br Steve's departure.

"It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to our College community informing them of Br Steve Hogan’s resignation from his position as Principal of De La Salle College. Br Steve will conclude his service to the College on 12 March and Brian Evans will be appointed Acting Principal as we begin the recruitment process to find a new Principal.

De La Salle College exists to educate boys through a Catholic and Lasallian tradition to be exemplary and nationally recognised. Our staff lead by example and many of our teachers are called to other roles because of their success in teaching our young men. Br Steve leaves the College to take up the Principal position of the De La Salle school in Hong Kong. I’m sure his exemplary record and achievements here in Mangere East played a part in his selection to lead the Brothers’ school in Hong Kong.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our College community I wish to acknowledge and thank Br Steve for his huge commitment to educating our young men. There is a long list of highlights during Br Steve’s time at the College including the continued strengthening of our academic achievements and recognition of our achievements outside the classroom. Br Steve has built a strong team of teachers and support staff that will continue to serve the College. Br Steve’s compassion, faith and service leaves a lasting mark on the College and he joins a very distinguished list of former Principals and teachers that can lay claim to educating and positively influencing the lives of thousands of men and their families."

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

More Than Just A Musclehead

Great article in today's Daily News about old boy Matthew Wilson, also known as Max "The Axe" Damage. Matthew is off to the bright lights of LA to take part in trials for the WWE - the big time for televised professional wrestling.

We sure hope things go well for Matthew. It is always great to see old boys having success when they put so much in to whatever it is they are passionate about.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Scenes From the Pool

Thanks to Jane Connolly for these snaps taken at the recent swimming sports. Recent old boys will note the move towards colour and costume seems to have continued. We are reliably informed the swimming was pretty good as well.