Friday, 30 April 2010

A Big Weekend

This weekend sees the first ever O'Shea Shield competition held at FDMC. We have included a programme of events below and encourage any one who can to pop in and witness at least one of the events and support the FDMC boys.

O'Shea Shield Programme 1 - 2 May 2010

Saturday 1 May

8.30 am Welcome
9.15 am Debates in various rooms. FDMC is in the library
10.45 am Impromptu speeches - Gym
1.15 pm Oratory - Gym
1.30 pm Junior speeches - Chapel
7.00 pm Drama at West City Church - 62C Poplar Grove. Entry is by free ticket . Please let the school know if you would like tickets.

Sunday 2 MayBold
8.45 am Scripture Reading - Chapel
8.45 am Religious Questions - library & music room. FDMC are in the music room.
1.00 pm Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Cullinane in the Gym. Prizegiving to follow

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Good Looking

There has been an interesting discussion of late in the local papers as to who is the sexiest female athlete in Taranaki. This was sparked initially by local girl Aimee Mason being named as one of the world's sexiest athletes.

Today's consensus (no voting figures published) favours our very own member of staff Lana Phipps (pictured jumping for the ball).

We take pride in all of our staff achievements but we are very sure that Lana is keener on athletic success than her modelling potential.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

A Local Hero

Part of our push over the next couple of years is the recording and telling of our own stories. The last 50 years have been rich in characters and incidents. One old boy who truly lived Lasallian values was Andrew Harris, tragically lost on Mt Everest while trying to help other members of his climbing group. Archivist Linda Crowe has been assembly a range of resources that highlight Andrew the person and the life he lived, and we hope to bring you some of that story in the near future.

Following on from this research we have received the following notice from Principal Martin Chamberlain.

Fri 14 May we are hosting the parents (Ron and Mary) and the brother (David) of the late Andrew Harris at a whole school assembly at 10:30. This will be a way of remembering a great FDMC hero and a fitting way for us to mark Catholic Schools Day which is on the following Wednesday. All members of the public are welcome.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Winners and Losers

Congratulations to old boy Liam Coltman on his being named in the NZ Under 20 rugby team which will play in the junior World Cup in Argentina. Liam is currently playing (and studying) at Otago University.

As loyal FDMC supporters we are shocked that old boys Kane Barrett and Caleb Mawson did not make the side, but we take comfort in the fact they are sure to prove the selectors wrong in the near future.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Looking On The Sunny Side

An interesting article in today's Daily News concerning old boy Ben Jagersma. Ben has been involved in producing a design for a fully energy self sufficient building (a kiwi bach) which has won he and his team a trip to the USA to see if they can take it the next step.

Always good to see old boys at the cutting edge of their chosen fields. As always we would love you to drop us an email and tell us these stories, even before the Daily News get the scoop!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Gower On Politics

We spoke recently about old boy Paddy Gower's new role as political front man for TV3. In this modern age of multi media this role is also backed up by a regular blog Gower On Politics.

It is good to see Paddy continues to use his gifts for writing and "getting to the bottom of things" in such a public way.

Fellow students of Paddy will still recall the day he "interviewed" a group of visiting All Blacks during a school assembly.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

BOT Elections

Something of a late notice here with nominations closing this week. FDMC has always been very well served by members of it's community who have been prepared to give of their time and skills. It is not to late to make yourself available if you hurry.

Board of Trustees Election
Nominations are invited for the election of five parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a copy of this notice will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on 23 April 2010 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’sstatement. The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. The poll closes at noon on 7 May 2010.

Diana Blair - Returning Officer

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Sporting Old Boys

Well done to the following old boys who have all excelled in their chosen sporting fields.
  • Recent old boys Dennay Cottam and Nick Sutton both had very successful West Coast North Island cycling trials over the weekend. Cycling is a sport on the up in NZ and we hope these guys will be a part of that upsurge.
  • Karl Dravitzki won the Taranaki Athletics Senior Sportsman of the Year Award for his continued success and dedication to orienteering.
  • Long suffering Hurricanes fans will have noted that Conrad Smith has been able to maintain his high standards while those around him seem to be struggling.
  • We are reliably informed that Michael Wills, who is currently living and teaching in Ireland, has been named in the Irish Touch Rugby team.

Monday, 19 April 2010

O'Shea Shield - A First

Today sees the start of the second term, always a busy 10 weeks. This year it contains a very special event, the first time FDMC has hosted the O'Shea Shield competition. Richard Marris and a large team of workers are putting it all together. Below is a message from Richard with more details.

On May 1 & 2 our school is host to the O'Shea Shield for the first time. This is an annual speech
and drama festival that takes place across 17 Catholic secondary schools covering the Wellington Archdiocese and the Palmerston North Diocese. Some 300 students will be involved over the weekend in debates, impromptu speaking, oratory, junior prepared speech, religious drama, scripture reading and religious questions. We would appreciate any offers of help over that weekend or any offers of baking to help feed the staff and adults who will be accompanying the schools. If you can help please let the office know. Events run Saturday morning and afternoon at school, Saturday night at West City Church and Sunday morning and early afternoon back at school.

Old boys are more than welcome to come along and get involved in what is always a very high standard of speech and drama.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

More News

As you know we are always greedy for news/gossip concerning old boys - this little offering from Brendan Bourke. Please keep feeding our habit!

I spent the last year in Wellington working for Rugby NZ 2011 which was very interesting but moved up to Auckland a couple of weeks ago to take up a role with IMG heading up their Commercial Ops team so it’s all go for the next 18 months.

Ended up setting up a flat with none other than Craig Morresey and Andrew Butterworth so I guess you can take the boy out of the Naki but not the Naki out of the boy… we all stick together!!!

Monday, 12 April 2010

Old Boy's News

Thanks to Richard Marris for passing on this info, as always we are keen to hear what old boys have been up to.

Darren Proffitt who was at FDMC 1985-88 visited the school today. He has been living and working in Sweden. His work is in power technologies making equipment for power companies. Home is in Ludvika about two and a half hours north west of Stockholm. Darren worked at
Bell Block after leaving school and met his Swedish wife here in Taranaki. They moved to Sweden 12 years ago. He has 2 young sons. He says he has lost contact with most of his school friends but well remembers people like Mark Lile, John Bennett and Greg Phelan.

Friday, 9 April 2010

A Last View

This shot completes our range of aerial views of the college (click to enlarge). We are extremely fortunate to have the site and grounds that we do. There are very few schools any where that rejoice in the space that we have, which is a testament to the foresight of the college founder's.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A Winning Essay

Congratulations to Christian McSweeney-Novak, son of FDMC old boy David Novak, on winning the Gallipoli Day essay competition. Christian is off to Gallipoli itself, quite a prize for his essay describing the impact war had on his great grandfather and family in general.

Christian is currently a Year 13 student at FDMC.

More info at The Daily News.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

A Closer View

Another recent aerial view of the college showing all the facilities - a great many more than old boys from the earlier days will have enjoyed.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Happy Easter

A happy and peaceful Easter to you all.

The first term ends today and it is appropriate that Easter is a time for reflection as we look towards new seasons.

Don't forget you also get an extra hours sleep come Easter Sunday!