Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sports Awards

It has been brought to our attention that we have not published this year's sports awards. We do so now, so you can check out who has got their name on your old cup.

Sport Awards

Athletics: L F Walsh Challenge Cup Senior Champion -- Jamie Hareb
Basketball: Captain Senior A -- Alejandro Barrientos
Basketball: Denis Toon Trophy Most Improved Player -- Fletcher Hartley-Smith
Basketball: Most Valuable Player -- Casey Reihana-Dombroski
Basketball: Joseph Riordan Trophy Best Basketballer -- Casey Reihana-Dombroski
Basketball: Crowley Family Cup Most Outstanding Team Player-- Crighton Rangiwananga
Cricket: D’ath Family Trophy Most Valuable Bowler -- Samuel Wells
Cricket: Kirk Family Trophy Most Valuable Batsman -- Ben Wilson
Cricket: Fleming Trophy Most Improved Player -- Sam Fastier
Cricket: Bolstad Trophy Most Valuable Player -- Kurt Leuthart
Cricket: Br Peter Smyth Trophy Contribution to Cricket -- Samuel Wells
Cross Country: Br Tim Trophy Champion -- Julian Beardman
Football: Crow Cup Outstanding First Season in 1st XI -- Adon Burkett
Football: FDMC Football Cup Most Improved Player -- Damian Mosquera
Football: Hall Cup Outstanding Contribution to Soccer -- Thomas Smith
Football: FDMC Soccer Trophy Player of the Year -- Lance Molyneaux
Football: Hareb Cup 1st XI Players’ Player -- Hayden Murray
Golf: Barrett Family Cup Golf Open Champion -- Hayden Chamberlain
Cycling: George Wharehoka Cup Outstanding Senior Cyclist -- Andrew Jane
Hockey: Landrigan Cup Captain 1st XI -- Ciaran King
Hockey: Br Tim Trophy Development as a Player -- Ciaran King
Hockey: Bedford Trophy Most Valuable Player -- Alex Sullivan-Brown
Hockey: King Trophy Contribution to Hockey Team Award -- Ben Wilson
In Line Hockey: Beardman Trophy Greatest Contribution to In Line Hockey -- Julian Beardman
In Line Hockey: Ravens In Line Hockey Most Outstanding Player -- Julian Beardman
Multi Sport: Maclean Family Trophy Outstanding Performance -- BJ Monk
Rugby: Keinzley Cup Outstanding First Season in 1st XV -- Scott Barrett
Rugby: Michael James Milham Trophy For Sportsmanship -- Emmett Hurley
Rugby: John George Cup Most Points in the Season -- Nick Childs
Rugby: Kane Paltridge Memorial Trophy Outstanding Player -- Emmett Hurley
Rugby: Crawford Cup Most Valuable Player -- Taylor Jackson
Sailing: Port Taranaki Trophy Junior Sailor of the Year -- Riley Looker
Sailing: Fitzroy Yachts Trophy Senior Sailor of the Year -- Tobias Looker
Skiing: Lynsky Cup Fastest Skier -- Finlay Neeson
Skiing: Neeson Family Trophy Most Improved Skier -- Thornton Davies
Squash: Charteris Cup Best Squash Player -- Nick Stretton
Surfing: Simon Deken Trophy Most Outstanding Performance -- Seth Marshall
Swimming: Quintas Challenge Cup Senior Champion -- Tei Walden
Tennis: Moore Cup Senior Champion -- Tei Walden
Waka Ama: Toa Waka Ama Trophy For Promotion of Auahi kore/Smokefree Lifestyles -- Zachary Power

Inter House Trophies
Swimming: Winter Cup -- Loreto
Athletics: William Butler Memorial Cup -- Solomon
Cross Country: FDMC Trophy -- Benildus
Football: Powell Trophy -- Loreto
Rugby: M S Walsh Trophy -- Loreto
Basketball: Miles Benton Trophy -- Loreto
Overall Winning House: Loreto

Special Awards
David Taylor Memorial Trophy Outstanding Contribution to College Sport -- Sam Wells
Kevin Brophy Trophy Sportsman of the Year -- Julian Beardman/Finlay Neeson
Fair Play Award Outstanding Sportsmanship -- Emmett Hurley

Monday, 29 November 2010

Rugby World Cup Here We Come

Our rugby season has come to an end with the All Blacks playing there last game of the year. Now the build up to the RWC begins in earnest.

Great to see our man Conrad Smith continuing to play to a very high level for the All Blacks and we note that pundits such as Joseph Romanos are now talking of him as one of the greats. Very pleasing, even if they make the mistake of calling him a Wellingtonian!

Those of you who are prepared to sit through four test matches in a row on a Sunday morning may also have noticed the other FDMC connection in international rugby, namely our very own Deacon Manu. Deacon has been playing professionally for the Scarlets in Wales and has been selected for Fiji as tight head prop and captain. Having drawn 16 all with Wales last week the Fiji boys are doing pretty well and we will be watching Deacon closely as the RWC approaches.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Almost Over

Another year's exams are almost over. The sun is out, the surf is up and it is just a matter of waiting for the results to roll in.

Enjoy your summer holidays guys.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

U2 For 99

Well done to current students Cameron Betts and Ricky Malcolm on winning a video competiton and recieving 99 tickets to the up coming U2 concert. Showing their Lasallian spirit the guys then held a competition themselves to give away a significant number of the tickets. Their exploits have been well documented in the Daily News.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Sort Of Thing We Like To Do

Long time readers of this blog may recall this image from last year. there was some debate about who the jumper was, with the final consensus being it was Anthony Schumacher.

We recently received the following email from Michael Schumacher.

I just happened to be surfing the net and came across an old blog on your FDMC old boys website. The blog was entitled "The Mystery Jumper" and was dated 16 September 2009. I'm pretty sure the photo is of my late father, Anthony Schumacher who passed away about 10 years ago. I don't have any photos of him in his school days, neither does my mother. I hoped that perhaps there was some way I could get a copy of the original photo. Up until I saw this photo I thought my fathers boasts about being a record holding high jumper in school were just that, boasts. It would be great to have a photo to back up his stories.

We have passed on the photo to Michael but wonder if any one out there might have other photos of Anthony which we could also send to the Schumacher family - if you do email them to us.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Magazine Sponsorship

We noticed the following article in the latest college newsletter and thought we would share it with the wider old boys community.

The College magazine – the “Cardinal, Blue and Gold” – is the official record of our College year. The magazine is a reflection of all the events and activities of the College year. So as to be able to include all the significant activities of the year, up to and including the Junior prizegiving held in early December, the magazine is published in February of each year. It is made available to all current families and is mailed home to Year 13 and other students who finished at the College the previous year. You will be aware, the magazine is a costly production and in an attempt to subsidise the cost of and to produce a magazine of the highest possible quality, the College would like to offer families and businesses the opportunity to sponsor a page. We have 140 pages available for sponsorship at $25.00 per page for family sponsorship and $50.00 per page for business sponsorship. This would allow for your family name or business name and details to be typeset in the bottom margin as the sponsor of that page.

If you are able to be a college magazine sponsor you can contact the college at 06 7536149 or office@fdmc.school.nz.

Friday, 19 November 2010

2011 Leaders

The following students are getting ready to continue the traditon of great leadership at the college.

Head Boy: Teihorangi Walden (pictured)
Deputy Head Boy: Tyler Fleming
Lasallian Student Captain: Benjamin Monk
Cultural Captain: Jarrod Bakker
Sports Captain: Kieran O'Donnell

House Captains:

Benildus: Zachary Power
La Salle: Scott Busing
Loreto: Luke McCallum
Solomon: Nick Arnold

Prefects: Joe Clark, Jack De Luca, Jamie Hareb, Kurt Leuthart, Seth Marshall, Shaun Neal

La Salle House Hostel Head Boarder: Shaun Neal
Hostel Deputy Head Boarder: Scott Barrett

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

2010 Special Prizes

The following were the Special Awards presented at last Friday's Senior Prize Giving.

First in Media Studies -- Shane Garner
First in Information Technolgy -- Scott Martin; Jaden Gilmour
Kelly Endowment for Physics -- Simon Gray
Medicross Award for Biology -- Aniket Mehendale
The Senior Cup for Chemistry -- Aniket Mehendale
Alexander Trust Award in Senior Agriculture -- Troy Stevenson
The Senior Cup for Mathematics with Calculus -- Eugen Daughtery
The Senior Cup for Mathematics with Statistics -- Simon Gray
The Senior Cup for Physical Education -- Troy Stevenson
The Roger French Cup for Visual Art -- Alex Sullivan-Brown
Moana Clothing Senior Cup for Graphics -- Callum Schrader
The Senior Cup for Geography -- Samuel Wells
The Smith Family Award for History -- Christian McSweeney- Novak
The Hills Family Award for English -- Jonathan Carey
The Senior Cup for Classical Studies -- Max Prestidge
The Leo Walsh Award for Economics -- Thomas Fahy
Senior Award for Accounting -- Thomas Fahy
Taama Tuu Tama Ora Award -- Teihorangi Walden
The Margaret Wright Music Award -- Jarrod Bakker
Gaines Award for the Study of Law -- Max Prestidge
The Butterworth Cup for Culture -- Christian McSweeney-Novak
The Smith/Drinkwater Shield -- Tane Clement
Daily News Award for Literary Excellence -- Max Prestidge
Senior Award for Top Student in Design -- Jaden Gilmour
Michael Finnigan Award for Service to the College -- Troy Stevenson
Moriarty Cup for Diligence -- Brandon Pokere
Shell Todd Oil Services Trophy for Senior Science -- Aniket Mehendale
Medals for Academic Excellence in Years 11 and 12 -- Ken Imrie; Jonathan Ritchie; Joe Bracegirdle; Jonathan Carey
Wayne Kibby Memorial "Good Bloke" Cup -- Troy Stevenson
Sports Captain Cup Awarded -- Alejandro Barrientos
Cultural Captain Cup -- Shane Garner
Margaret Fleming Trophy for Deputy Head Boarder -- Reegan Corbett
Br Anthony Hawkins Memorial Trophy for Head Boarder -- Troy Stevenson
Peter Costello Trophy for Deputy Head Boy -- Tane Clement
Butler Family Trophy for Head Boy -- Samuel Wells
Proxime Accessit -- Aniket Mehendale
Dux -- Simon Gray

Monday, 15 November 2010

Simon The Dux

Congratulations to Simon Gray on being made Dux of the college for 2010. These awards are never a one off but rather the culmination of years of hard work so it is always good to see students rewarded for all that hard work.

Simon was presented with his award by FDMC legend Michael Finnigan, a man who has been involved with the college since it's foundation.

Simon is the son of proud office lady, and Jubilee girl, Karen Gray.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Graduands 2010

Yesterday's Senior Prizegiving was the usual glittering and uplifting event. We will bring you details of the main prize winners early next week but include here the full list of students who have graduated in 2010.

Jacob Abbott, Luke Duthie, Tom Lord, Max Prestidge,
Jerome Aitken-Chapman, Paul Estacio, Adam Luque, Crighton Rangiwananga,
Jason Andrews, Thomas Fahy, Scott Martin, Dillon Roberts,
Tim Apps, Rory Fearn, Jeremy McCracken, Callum Schrader,
Mason Barnes, Thomas Firkin, Christian McSweeney-Novak, Thomas Smith,
Alejandro Barrientos, Jason French, Aniket Mehendale, Nick Stachurski,
Julian Beardman, Shane Garner, Ethan Mills, Troy Stevenson,
Jordan Brewster, Jaden Gilmour, Lance Molyneaux, Alex Sullivan-Brown,
David Bryan, Tim Glass, Scott Morrison, Michael Taylor,
Paul Burrows, Simon Gray, Kody Murdoch, Matthew Van den Tillaart,
Nicholas Childs, Fraser Hall, Hayden Murray, Mattheus Van der Lee,
Tane Clement, Samuel Houghton, Thomas Nagel, Dylon Walsh,
Jan Coetzee, Emmett Hurley, Dorrien Neeson, Ryan Warner,
Reegan Corbett, Callum Ireland, Finlay Neeson, Samuel Wells,
Connor Crowley, Taylor Jackson, Eria Ngaanga, Samuel Whareaitu,
Thornton Davies, Patrick Johnson, Simon Orr, Rhys Williams,
Eugen Daughtery, Ciaran King, Ben Pentelow, Ben Wilson,
Tommy Death, David Lepper, Brandon Pokere, Matthew Wise

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Signed And Sealed

It is one of those traditions that has only developed in recent years - the signing of the shirt as a farewell to college.

Today is Senior Prizegiving and Graduation for this year's senior group. The shirts have been signed, the books handed in (maybe), exam preparations made (hopefully) and all is in readiness for the next phase of these guys lives.

We wish them all well for the future and hope that they keep in contact with their old school, and yes they do seem to look younger every year!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

From The Desk Of The Principal II

A couple more out takes from the Principal's column in the latest newsletter.

It was good to be part of the group of adults and students who travelled to Auckland to be hosted by De La Salle College, Mangere as we welcomed Brother Alvaro – Superior General of the De La Salle Brothers, to New Zealand. He is in charge of nearly 4,000 brothers in more than 80 countries where they educate over a million students in partnership with 80,000 lay staff. It was good for us to show Brother the part of his domain that we represent and it was good to hear his encouraging messages to our group.

We look forward to Graduation and Prizegiving next week, following which, our senior students will face NCEA examinations. I wish them all well.

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

Monday, 8 November 2010

From The Desk Of The Principal

Our school received a three-yearly Special Character Review visit from the diocesan team recently. The Community Summary of their report follows:


From the cross visible at the entrance way of the driveway and the inviting chapel with the open door, all who enter the college can see that Francis Douglas Memorial College environment is visibly Catholic. The memorial plaque to Father Vernon Douglas and the statue of St John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the Lasallian brothers, further enhance the college motto “Christo duce” – with Christ as our leader. Staff and the students make this motto live in the caring and supportive atmosphere evident in the college.

The spirituality of students is a strength of the college. Parents and students commented on the compassionate and caring relationships of students, parents and staff. The Board is very supportive of Special Character. This support is clearly reflected in Board practices including financial support for Religious Education, Pastoral Care, resources and professional development.

The principal is a faithfilled witness in the parish through his ministry role. He brings new ideas and together with the staff will gradually work towards bringing some changes that will benefit the teaching and learning in the college. The Director of Religious Studies is an informed
and faithful Catholic who witnesses his commitment to the Lasallian charism of this Catholic school. He has a wealth of knowledge, understandings and traditions of Catholicism.

Since the last review the most significant area of development is the academic level of RE. This has made it more credible in the eyes of the students. Religious Education is given appropriate status in the teaching programme.

Prayer is an integral part of college life. Each day starts with prayer for the students in their vertical forms. Staff take turns to lead prayer reflections each day and some departmental meetings start with prayer. These are positive ways to see daily life in the light of the Good News.

The whole school community is to be commended for the financial support given to Caritas Lenten appeals, MAD (Mission Action Day), and Lasallian missions. They also collect goods for the local foodbank and the Christmas hamper appeal. The college staff and helpers are to be complemented for the organisation and hospitality extended to other Catholic Colleges when they hosted the O’Shea Shield competition this year.Other colleges have commented on this.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behaviour as part of their personal
growth. The focus is on care rather on discipline. This has resulted in a low level of behaviour management being necessary. Stewardship is a way of life and with no religious, the staff accept the responsibility for delivering the curriculum with Catholic special character.

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

Friday, 5 November 2010

We May Be A Little Biased...

... but what the hell is Grumpy Henry thinking.

No Conrad Smith just lowered the team IQ by quite a few points. It will be very interesting to see whether haircuts, tattoos and mascara is a better All Black combination than brains and heart.

Rant over.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

How To Boil An Egg II

Following on from our last post here is an image from the late 80's/early 90's of some of the young guys cooking up a storm in the brother's kitchen. It may have been that Br Ollie had passed on his famous scone recipe.

It is a pity that we do not have a dedicated home economics type facility at the college but we are always looking for ways to get the students "hands on".

Monday, 1 November 2010

How To Boil An Egg

This might be of use to those of you looking for a cheap gift for a young adult.

Cook Book For Sale - ‘How to Boil an Egg’ has been produced by Andrea Kelly and is targeted for school leavers moving away from home. The books are available at the college office and are $20 a copy. $5.00 will be donated back to the college.