Saturday, 30 October 2010

The Haka Competition

Great article in today's Daily News featuring the College Haka Competition. Click here to view the Daily News video of the event.

Thursday, 28 October 2010


Last Friday saw the college celebrate our annual Mission Action Day (MAD). It is always a highlight of the year and continues to follow a tried and true formula that makes it fun to do good deeds. The formula goes something like this;
  • find sponsors and collect the dough
  • hand the money in at vertical form on MAD day
  • gather for a liturgy in the hall
  • indulge in a spot of culture with the Haka competition
  • set off on the sponsored walk
  • up hill, down dale, shirts on, shirts off
  • return to the college tired but satisfied
  • reap the rewards of a good deed done - the MAD Day sausage!
The slide show documents the 2010 version of events through the lens of Jane Connolly.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

From The Desk Of The Principal

Taken from the latest newsletter we offer you the Principal's letter as a way of keeping up with what is current at the college.

Last term’s newsletter may have been left in school bags after the last day of term since not many of our PTA members read this notice that they have asked me to reprint:

Our PTA wants to know if parents need some helpful advice in keeping their sons safe. They will arrange an evening that will feature appropriate speakers to give information on issues surrounding drugs, alcohol, sexuality, internet safety or other issues if there is adequate parental demand. Please email your wishes to with the title ╩╗PTA Parent Evening╩╝ and make suggestions for content if you believe a gathering is warranted. At their next meeting in November, the PTA will plan for such a meeting if more than 20 families have emailed us. Only three families did last time.

We express our sympathy to Christopher Pearce and his family in the loss of Chris’s mother after a long illness. May she rest in peace. I know that Chris is well supported by his friends who will work to lessen his grief.

Practice examinations for Years 11 to 13 students have concluded and as soon as possible, reports
will be sent home to give early advice in time for it to be heeded. MAD Day occurs on Friday and lead up activities are indicating a successful day. I want to give special tribute to Tyler Fleming whose two fundraising movie evenings represented creative entrepreneurial thinking. One of the movies, Last Paradise, featuring our own John and Finlay Neeson, is a must-see for any Taranaki resident.

Following Labour Day a contingent of board members, staff and students will journey to Auckland for two days to meet with Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria who is the world leader of the De La Salle brothers. This should be another special occasion for De La Salle College, John Paul College and us to strengthen the Lasallian bond we have in common.

Thanks to fundraising from our PTA we have been able to produce some impressive historical photographs for display in our office foyer.

St John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us
Live Jesus in our hearts – forever
Martin Chamberlain

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

More Graduates

Well done to the following students who have graduated from Otago University in recent times.

Shaan Davis -- BPhEd
Jared Drummond -- BCom
Thomas Fastier -- BCom
Campbell Fleming -- BCom
Daniel Graham --- BSc
Thomas Hills -- MB ChB
Scott Jackson -- BCom Dip Grad
David Joines -- BSc
Samuel Markham -- BAppSc
Anthony Martin -- CertFitMgt
Timothy O’Dowd -- BSurv(Hons)
Shaun Smart -- BSurv
Bruno Thomson-Baker -- BPhEd

Friday, 22 October 2010

Congratulations Guys

Well done to Julian Beardman, Cameron Betts and Edward Rawles on receiving Young Achievers Awards from at the NP Council this week (photo on right from the Daily News).

Also, congrats to Beaudy Barrett on getting the nod to start at 1st 5 against North Harbour tomorrow. We will all be hoping Beaudy and the rest of the FDMC guys involved can get Taranaki to the semi finals so we can watch them play again.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Under Construction

Another photo from the Daily News archive showing construction of the old Chapel and connecting walkway.

The Chapel is now 4 teaching spaces but it seems unlikely that the concrete truck is still in service.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

New Season Of Cricket

Although the weather has struggled to shift out of winter mode the days have got longer and we now find ourselves in the cricket season.

Last weekend saw the 1st XI play the second game of the one day competition. While they were beaten by a very strong NPOB team the young fellas competed very well with GJ Pike scoring an impressive 122 which is not too shabby for a 15 year old playing premier cricket.

The FDMC Cricket blog is up an running again this year so be sure to check in to see how our teams progress as the sun (hopefully) starts to shine.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Great Start To The Week

It is always good to start the week with good news so we were delighted to hear early this morning of the birth of old boy , and FDMC staff member, Tim Stuck's second child. Tim's wife Helen has given birth to a young girl Macy Olive Stuck, who at a very healthy 9lb may well prove to be too big to play halfback in her later years. Macy also adds to old boy Bruce Stuck's growing collection of grandchildren.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Making Some Music

A photo from the Daily News archive.

We think it was taken in the early 1990's but would be happy to get more details from readers out there.

In the spirit of Metallica - Rock on fellas.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A Saint In Our Midst

Mary MacKillop a Saint for Australia and New Zealand

On 17th October Mary MacKillop, Mother Mary of the Cross, co-foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, will become a Saint of the Church, when she is canonised in Rome.

Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne in 1842, and as a member of a large and poor family she early developed a love for education, a passion for justice and a deep reliance on God in the most trying circumstances. In her early 20s she committed herself to education, focusing on the educational needs of families in rural and isolated areas in Australia, and then in New Zealand also. Her philosophy was summed up in her statement “Never see a need without doing something about it.”

In 1883 the first Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart came to New Zealand, to open a school in Temuka, and in the following ten years another nine parish primary schools were opened in rural New Zealand. By 1963, 163 Sisters were teaching in 36 primary schools and three secondary schools throughout the country.

Since then, Sisters have diversified into a range of ministries, including pastoral care in parishes, schools, family support and care services in rural and isolated communities, and educational work in various organisations.

The New Zealand Catholic Education Office, along with New Zealand’s Catholic schools, warmly congratulates the Sisters of St Joseph (affectionately referred to as the Brown Joes) for their long and illustrious contribution to the education of thousands of New Zealanders. Vision, dedication and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of good education – the Sisters can proudly stand and honestly accept this descriptive accolade.

Mary MacKillop’s Canonisation will be celebrated as follows in New Zealand:

Wellington Archdiocese: November 1, 5.30pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Dunedin Diocese: November 7, 11am at Arrowtown (where a school was established in 1897).
Auckland Diocese: November 13, 11.30am St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Christchurch Diocese: November 20, 1pm at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and November 21, 11am at St Joseph’s Church, Temuka.
Hamilton Diocese: November 28, 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Rotorua.
Palmerston North Diocese: December 4, 11am at Holy Spirit Cathedral.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A Dangerous Job

News yesterday that old boy and former All Black/All Black Coach John Mitchell was stabbed in his apartment in Johannesburg by intruders. John was stabbed twice but not critically injured. More details at John Mitchell Stabbed.

One wit we know suggested that it is not the first time John has been knifed it is just that this time it was not in the back!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Winners All

A good weekend for old boys with a number of them winning personal golds, with no silvers in evidence.

Congratulations to...
  • Harry Duynhoven on becoming the newest Mayor of New Plymouth with a significant majority. Harry currently has a son attending FDMC.
  • The old boys playing for Taranaki in the ITM cup who managed their eighth win of the season. The youngest amongst them, Beauden Barrett, continues to impress off the bench and is now being chased by several Super 15 franchises.
  • Paul Craycroft-Wilson for winning gold at the World Surf Lifesaving Champs in Eygpt in the beach flag event - an exotic spot for surf lifesaving.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Tuck Shop Bouncers

A good article and photos in today's Daily News on old boy Carl Carmichael preparing to play his blazer game for Taranaki tomorrow. He described his most important position of responsibility at school as Tuck Shop Bouncer! We don't recall him receiving a Colours award for his long service in that role we can recall his keen interest in the Tuck Shop itself. Alert readers from Carl's era will also note another old boy, Shane Cleaver, watching over his shoulder in the photo. Perhaps waiting his turn to buy some wedges and a doughnut?

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

From The Photo Archives

It has been a while since we shared some photos from the past with you so we shall remedy that over the next week or two with shots obtained from the Daily News archives.

Our first photo is from the late 1980's showing that FDMC has not just become a college sporting power.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Running Away

If you are looking for old boy runner Michael Aish (Roycroft) competing in the Commonwealth Games you will be disappointed. The long distance specialist, who has represented NZ at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, has changed his allegiance to the USA - where he has lived for most of his adult career. We are slightly saddened by his switch but hope the change of country brings Michael more luck in the big events.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Foundation Ideas

Thanks to those people who have so far contributed ideas on how the FDMC Foundation might operate. The following are a few so far.

  • have Old Boys clusters in different areas rather than one big "association"
  • regular reunions of year group levels - maybe 5 year groups
  • a central web site to provide information and support
  • use the web site to allow old boys to find and connect with each other
  • provide access to old photos and magazines through the web site
  • create an old boys tie
  • present all graduating students with an old boys tie at their final assembly
  • use the web site as a noticeboard for supporting those who are sick
  • tour brothers to various areas to meet with old boys groups
  • provide funding for the Lasallian community and parishes as well as the college
  • create a chat room on the web site
  • create a business directory of old boys owned businesses - support your own.

Now we are sure there are plenty more ideas out there so why not leave a comment or email us at FDMC Old Boys.