Thursday, 30 September 2010

Auckland Old Boys Gathering

Well done to Craig Reilly and Bill Kilkolly for the initiative they are showing in getting old boys together in Auckland. We think this could be an excellent model for other main centres, so if you would like to act as a contact person for your region just let us know.

The Auckland old boys are having a second get together for the year, the details being:

The next get together is planned for Wed 24th November 2010, at Chris Coleman's Bar & Grill 322 Queen Street, Auckland. Start time 6:30pm. It would be good to use this time to brief those there about the old boys foundation.

We have received a number of ideas for the foundation and will share those tomorrow but please keep them coming.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Old Boys News

This is what we are after: news from the trenches of what you have been up to. Thanks to Allan Watt for his email. We are sure there are plenty more old boys out there who have proved to be "late developers".

Hi there.

I am an old boy now living and working in Sydney, Australia.

I attended FDMC 1970 to 1973 then dropped out late in what was then the 4th form and became a farm labourer. Subsequently after a mixed career of NZ Army followed by the NZ Police ending in the late 90’s, I became a Computer Forensic Expert and are now the Head of e.forensics, for Asia Pacific at their Head Office in Sydney.

I now have two Bachelor’s degrees, a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science, a Master of Science with First Class Honours and are now completing a PhD, remotely and part time through the University of South Australia. This is also in a computer forensic related area, I am hoping to have it finished late 2013/2014.

I suppose you could say I was a late starter, but as they say it is never too late.
Love the RSS feeds.

Allan Watt

Monday, 27 September 2010

Earning Their Colours

The second Colours Assembly of the year was held recently with old boy Sam Barrett doing the honours by making the presentations. The following students received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to college life.

David Hobbs
Nick Hopkins
Tobias Looker
Samuel Wells

Jarrod Bakker
Shane Garner
George Grainger
Christian McSweeney-Novak
Troy Stevenson

Alejandro Barrientos
Julian Beardman
David Bryan
Jamie Hareb
Emmett Hurley
Ciaran King
Kurt Leuthart
Luke McCallum
Hayden Murray
Callum Schrader
Troy Stevenson
Alex Sullivan-Brown
Teihorangi Walden
Ben Wilson

Friday, 24 September 2010

Word On The Street

Our sources tell us that old boy, Head Boy, past staff member and hostel manager Andrew Murray has been appointed to the Deputy Principal's position at Sacred Heart Girl's College in New Plymouth. Congratulations to Andrew, we are sure he is looking forward to returning to sunny New Plymouth after his time in wellington.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The FDMC Foundation

For several years now there has been talk of forming a Foundation to act as a focus for the FDMC old boys and wider community. Earlier this year a group of old boys, representing a number of generations, got together to do the initial groundwork on the Foundation. A trust deed has now been registered in the name of the FDC Old Boys Foundation but it is a bit of a mouthful so it will commonly be referred to as The FDMC Foundation.

While the Foundation will look to raise and distribute funds in support of the FDMC community it's key initial role is to act as a focus for old boys. A web site is currently being developed but we would like to hear from you as to what sorts of things you would like to see on such a site. We would also like to hear your ideas about the sorts of things the Foundation could do to further strengthen the FDMC community. Email us with your cunning plans.

The following old boys have made themselves available to help get the Foundation of the ground. Have a yarn to them about what is happening, or could happen, if you get the chance.

Kevin Murphy
Alan Melody
Peter McDonald
Chris Sole
Mark Butterworth
Sam Barrett

Friday, 17 September 2010

The Boarder's Cup

Thanks to Steve Simpson for the following report on the annual Boarder's challenge with NPBHS. A great effort and a very good result.

On Wednesday 15th September Francis Douglas Memorial College Year 9 Boarders played their annual rugby game against New Plymouth Boys High School Year 9 Boarders. Both teams are coached by their respective Year 13 Boarders and have been put through early morning fitness sessions and after school skills coaching for many months. NPBHS had won the last four encounters between the hostels. Also, when they were Year 9’s, the current FDMC year 13’s had suffered the biggest loss in the 11 year history of the game so they were keen to get a win.

NPBHS began well and were rewarded with an early try to their number 8, this was quickly followed by a penalty and then another try to lead 13 – 0 after just twenty minutes. Just before half time FDMC responded with a try, when they drove from a lineout and flanker Mitch Budge touched down. Jordie Barrett converting from near the touchline and into the wind. NPBHS leading 13 – 7 at half time. The second half started much like the first with the big Boys High forwards making good metres and eventually crashing over for another try which was unconverted, 18 - 7.

FDMC did not give in though and using the educated boot of young Barrett gained good field position and hit back with two tries of their own. The first went to centre Paddy Ford and the second to prop and captain Isaac Poole. This brought the score to 18 – 17 to NPBHS.

A bit of indiscipline saw a player from each side in the sin bin and a few minutes later another Boys High player joined them. FDMC took full advantage of this with Barrett kicking a penalty and Ford crossing for two more tries for his hat trick, one converted by Barrett. Making the final score 32 – 18 to FDMC. Mason Barnes one of the Year 13 Head Coaches said he was proud of the boys and that they showed great College spirit and fitness to come back and win.

Year 9 Squad: Steven Adams, Troy Adamson, Scott Anderson, Jonathan Annabell, Jordie Barrett, Aiden Beer, Jason Bevins, Mitch Budge, Scott Chadwick, Beauden Fleming, Paddy Ford, Ryan Hawken, Alex Kalin, Thomas Kalin, Jack Kiernan, Ryan Merson, Isaac Poole (Capt), Jordan Putt, Karlos Rangiwahia, Scott Turner, Jackson Wright.

Year 13 Head Coaches: Mason Barnes, Callum Schrader, Troy Stevenson, Reegan Corbett Assistant Coaches: Matthew Wise, Patrick Johnson, Kody Murdoch, Dorrien Neeson, Tommy Death, Sam Houghton
Manager: Jacob Abbott
Support Crew: Connor Crowley, Ben Pentelow, Jerome Aitken-Chapman

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

From The Very Far North

We received the following email today from old boy Ken Tocker. He makes a good point about the on line statistics but so long as you are visiting we don't mind where you come from.

Just to show what statistics can do, and how they might lead you astray once in a while, whereas the email address might say Bigpond leading one to think that the source is across the ditch, the location is actually a city in the Far East Russia region.

I have been working in the location for couple of years and do occasionally check up on school activities and who and what is happening. More so leading up to the last years Reunion and now following on.

Summer is coming to an end here, ice hockey season has just started and soon there will be plenty of ice in the streets and on roads as well as the local stadium. ( Check out Platinum Arena. on Google and you will see it all). While there were a few days in the summer when temperatures went over 40C this year, it was just a balance of nature to make up for the period of time that had temperatures in the -40C and mid - 30C's in the winter.

Work is never ending, the resources industries are busy as this country seeks to take advantage of its massive resources and prime location to trade with China.... like every other country is doing.

Ken Tocker'

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Well Done Fellas!

Notification of University Graduands varies from University to University - some let us know, others don't. The following list has been received from Victoria University and we congratulate our past students on the work they have put into achieving these qualifications.

Victoria University Graduands 2009-2010

  • Paul Barnes (BCA, DPACCY)
  • Zachary Beardman (BCA)
  • Miles Benton (MBMEDS)
  • Daniel Burkett (BA, LLB)
  • Matthew Carey (BCA)
  • Nicholas Carey (LLB)
  • Mitchell Day (BCA)
  • Seamus Doyle (BCA)
  • Cody Fleming (BCA, BCAHON)
  • Hamish Forsyth (BCAHON)
  • Felix Hartmann (BDES)
  • Mark Heath (MSC)
  • Ben Jagersma (BARCH)
  • Wade Moselen (BA)
  • Shaun Murphy (BARCH)
  • Abraham Naus (BA)
  • Ryan O╩╝Byrne (BA)
  • Daniel Parker (BCA/BS)
  • James Putt (BSC)
  • Nathan Richardson (BDES)
  • David Smiley (BA)
  • Zachary Wills (BCA)

Monday, 13 September 2010

Well Done 1st XI Soccer

Thanks to Ian McGrath for this in depth report on the 1st XI soccer teams tournament week.

1st X1 Scoop the Prize - but not the one they wanted!! This years’ squad was determined to succeed at National Tournament and in doing so return themselves to a significantly higher placed ranking in the country than last season.

The week started well with a hard earned 2-1 win against an unknown Otago Boys’ team. Playing
with a fierce wind and in trying conditions, FDMC raced into a two nil half time lead, with the in form Lance Molyneaux bursting into the penalty area to sweep home the first goal from close range and Captain Shane Garner, finishing with his usual clinical approach shortly afterwards. Always in control of the game, it was the weather rather than the opposition that placed the team under pressure in the second half and despite conceding a late goal, the team held on to their lead to claim a victory and three points.

FDMC headed into the afternoon game against St Paul’s (Hamilton), knowing that another win would see them through to the next phase of the competition without a hitch or even playing the last game of the pool section. However, complacency got the better of the team from the very start and in a topsy turvy game, FDMC were edged 5-4 in what proved to be a crucial moment in defining their destiny. Having conceded an early penalty, which the opposition failed to convert, we then went behind to a succession of quick goals and basic defensive errors. Each time we conceded a goal we responded with one at the other end; Lance Molyneaux (1) and Hayden Murray (2) were the providers. 3-3 at half time and with little time to pause for breath the goals continued five minutes into the second half, with St Paul's pouncing on two opportunist
moments and further defensive lapses to extend their lead once more. Lance Molyneaux grabbed a second goal and the team's fourth mid way through the second half but despite creating
several dangerous attacking moments in the final moments, it was not to be and it proved to be an opportunity lost.

The third and final game on Day 2 between FDMC and Westlake Boys’ proved to be a clash of the titans as the two best teams in the pool fought it out. FDMC started the game needing a win to ensure a top two finish and as a very tight and highly competitive match developed, chances for both teams were at a premium. On the adjacent pitch an unlikely result was developing as Otago Boys’ raced to a shock 3-1 lead against rivals St Paul's with ten minutes remaining. The news spread fast and as a result FDMC now only needed a draw to go through on goal difference. The clock was still ticking down and with two minutes left to play Westlake Boys’ were awarded a corner kick and the unthinkable happened - a last gasp headed goal from a dangerous delivery into the six yard box, which not only sealed the game but forced FDMC out of the top two in Pool F.

Unsurprisingly, the team then proved to be too strong for the plate competition, brushing past
Kristin College 1-0 in the quarter final, Lance Molyneaux scoring to continue his fine form in front of the goal, crushing Otago Boys’ 3-0 in the semi final (Hayden Murray 2 and Sam Brailsford 1) and breezing past Rotorua Boys’ 3-1 in the final, courtesy of an early goal from Lance Molyneaux, taking his tally to an impressive 5 goals in 6 games and two late "freak goals" to Captain Shane Garner, both wind assisted and direct from corner kicks, sealing
the match and the trophy.

It was a rewarding week, which culminated in winning the Lotto Plate Trophy for the first time and an official ranking of 25th in New Zealand, continuing the trend of a top 30 finish for the third year running. Despite not hitting the heights of two years ago, it remains an impressive statistic for a moderate sized college, now able to compete with the very best sporting colleges in the country year on year.

A huge thanks to all the players, parents and sponsors who made the week a fantastic experience
and especially to Central Finance Limited for their generous and ongoing support of the team. It is really appreciated.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Social Media and Us

For the benefit of those new to this blog or those who haven't pushed the social networking envelope we include a number of links that are relevant to FDMC and students past and present.

FDMC on Facebook
FDMColdboys on Twitter
FDMC web site
FDMC on Old Friends

The social networking 'sphere moves quickly so please let us know if there are other places where FDMC has a presence.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

No Game Without The Ref

It always surprises us that more young people don't get involved with officiating in sports. While very few people can end up playing for their province or country there is a real opportunity to be involved at that level as a ref, umpire, physio, trainer or hydration technician. Old boy Andrew Kelly's older brother Richard Kelly (not blessed with an FDMC education) is doing very well at the ITM Cup level in rugby and, as the recent contact below reminds us, recent old boy William Johnston is following in his footsteps. We also believe that Josh Hickford is continuing to make himself indispensable as a cricketing support person.

I think we should acknowledge former student William Johnston who is in the Southern Zone Squad as a Canterbury referee. William will referee a number of representative rugby matches between now and the end of the season. Depending on where William is going he is making the step into the professional game of rugby as a referee.

Rest assured we will support any of you who decide to put yourself on the line, but we can't guarantee you won't get plenty of advice from the sidelines.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

We Know You Are Watching!

One of the great features of the modern internet is being able to track where people are coming from and how many are paying a visit, although we don't know who you are! The last month has seen the following statistics generated;
  • 578 visitors to the site
  • 2090 visits
  • 3182 page views
  • average time on site is 1.23 minutes
  • 20% of visits are from someone new to the site
  • 54% of visitors have us bookmarked
  • 48% of visitors use Internet Explorer, 24% use Safari
  • 59 visits came from Sydney while 38 were from Melbourne
  • 1748 visits came from New Zealand while Chile, Mexico, Switzerland, Iran and Saudi Arabia each provided 1 visitor
The point being we know you are watching but so few are contributing. Send us an email and let us know what you or your mates are up to, or give us the benefit of your thoughts on FDMC past or present. It doesn't have to be great praise, we are all big people and like to live in the real world - just like you.

Monday, 6 September 2010

What Subjects To Take?

Old Boys from the earlier years will recall that there was very little choice as to what subjects you took, and most of those were decided for you. More recent old boys will recall the confusion of having to take options from a much wider menu and then hoping that they would fit the timetable. And then there was always the dreaded question "what do you want to do when you leave school?".

For the last decade or two the school has hosted a subject selection evening to help students and parents through this process. Tonight is the 2010 version of this event. If you have students at the college the details are as follows;

Monday 6 September 2010, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm - meeting in the theatrette

If you do not have kids going through this process then you might pause to reflect on how things turned out for you.

Friday, 3 September 2010

John Mitchell On The Move

Confirmation today that old boy, and our first All Black, John Mitchell is to leave the Western Force to coach the Lions in South Africa in next year's Super 14/15/16/?.

In searching for information on John's move we came across an excellent article on the Rugby Heaven site which does a good job of putting John the person and coach into some sort of perspective.

Click on the photo to read the article.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

In The News

Good article in today's Daily News about old boy Shane Cleaver (pictured) and his recent injury troubles.

We were also sent this little work of humour which we share with you all.

A politician was seated next to a little girl on an airplane so he turned to her and said, "Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, "What would you want to talk about?" "Oh, I don't know," said the congressman. "How about global warming, universal health care, or stimulus packages?" as he smiled smugly.

"OK," she said. "Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?"

The legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, "Hmmm, I have no idea."

To which the little girl replies, "Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, universal health care, or the economy, when you don't know shit?" and, then she went back to reading her book.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A Boarding Perspective

The boarding experience at FDMC is one of the things that has changed the most over the last fifty odd years. The following is an article from the recent hostel newsletter which we thought might be of interest, especially to those who were boarding in the 60's and 70's.

At the end of each term some of our boarders at each year level complete an evaluation
form. This gives us an overall picture gauging what are we doing well in the hostel, what could we do better and giving the boys an opportunity to offer suggestions to improve on their hostel experience.

We take these evaluations very seriously. The outcomes are tabled and discussed at Supervisors’ meetings, Student Representative meetings and results are shared with the La Salle House Board. All of these groups use the information to make La Salle House a great place to live in. Below is an example of some of the responses received from last year’s evaluation:

What are we doing well at La Salle House
- Food is good
- Washing
- Communication and keeping us up to date
- Vans getting people places
- Dealing with situations quickly
- Cleaning
- Year 13 is really good

What we could do better
- Access to more sports gear
- Too much cheese
- Renovate the Year 10 and 11 dormitory
- Have a meal menu on display
- More fruit
- Better way to keep personal stuff safe
- Younger levels should have shorter study and play games every now and then
- More socials

- More nights when all year levels play games
- Don’t want changes to laundry system
- More Sky TV Channels eg. Rugby Channel
- Packed lunches – more in them
- We need more freedom