Monday, 31 January 2011

An Epic Beer

Like many of the old boys we are not adverse to the occasional drop of good beer, so we were delighted to learn that old boy Kelly Ryan (to the right in the photo) is now brew master at Epic Beer in Auckland.

Kelly has trained in the ancient art of brewing in the UK and has now brought his skills to the independent brewing industry in NZ.

He is currently touring the country making a film for TV on micro breweries in NZ - one of those jobs many of us dream of having!

Friday, 28 January 2011

World Class Touch

Touch rugby has been a staple of break time entertainment at FDMC for many years with students able to hone their skills and fitness in an informal setting. News this week of two old boys, Michael Wills and Jono Milne, who will be representing Ireland at the World Cup Touch Tournament in Edinburgh in June this year.

Michael has been living and working in Ireland for a number of years, and will be seen as an Irish national, while Jono, who has been plying his trade as a lawyer in the Emerald Isle, will be an international import. If you find yourself in Edinburgh in June check them out and see if the old lunch time skills have got any sharper.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Great Results 2010

The NCEA results for 2010 are out to students and schools and we are very proud of how well our students have achieved. As a group they have outperformed the averages of a range of school groups - as displayed in the attached graph (click to enlarge).

Well done to all - now we start working towards the 2011 results!

Monday, 24 January 2011


The College is currently looking to appoint a Lasallian Youth Minister. If you might be interested or know someone who would be ideal, you can contact the College at

Job Title:
Lasallian Youth Minister
Tenure: 3 year contract – potentially renewable
Conditions of work: According to Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement
Hours of work: 1600 per annum largely spent at school during the school day (excluding extra curricular student involvement that assists staff in the wider life of the school) based on 40 hpw for 40 school weeks but averaged allowing for weekend and holiday involvement in duties
Remuneration: $40,000 PA inclusive of allowances
Purpose of the position: In consultation and regular contact with the Principal and DRS in the school, and other Lasallian colleagues elsewhere, the Lasallian Youth Minister is a vital member of the Francis Douglas Memorial College school community to ensure that the Lasallian ethos is proposed and organised for our students in the ways enumerated under the Key Tasks below.
Desirable Person Specifications:
1. A commitment to the Catholic community’s ethics values and standards
2. A person of faith and prayer
3. Previous experience and knowledge of youth work and young adult ministry
4. Active and visible membership in a Catholic church community
5. Self motivated, organised, creative, trustworthy, committed and able to motivate young men
6. Able to discern the main elements of the position and quickly determine where energies and
resources should be best utilised
7. Able to adhere to budgeted expenditure
8. Able to obtain a clear police vet in terms of convictions that would mitigate against working with young men
Key Tasks:
1. Communicate with and report to the Principal and DRS regarding programmes and upcoming events
2. Take advantage of negotiated personal and professional development, formation and supervision opportunities
3. Be an active and available member of the school and hostel staff including leading reflections
4. Manage and organise the College’s Lasallian Student Leader (LSL) programme including training, regular communication and formation for ministry opportunities
5. Plan and facilitate retreats for Y7 to 13 students
6. Assist in the preparation and implementation of College liturgies
7. Provide College, parish liturgy and community service opportunities for students
8. Involve students in the leadership of public prayer in full school settings
9. Develop new programmes or experiences for students to practise living the Lasallian values of Faith, Service and Community
10. Interact with students via class visits, camps, retreats and being present in the school yard
11. Facilitate regular prayer opportunities in the College and Hostel
12. Assist in the development of social justice projects for students eg: Caritas, Lasallian Foundation…
13. Organise and accompany students who attend Kincumber, LSL workshop, Camp La Salle and other Lasallian Youth Ministry and diocesan events
14. Promote Lasallian volunteer programmes (eg: Balgo Hills, Share the Mission…) and identify and recruit volunteers
15. Work with other Lasallian Youth Ministers in NZ and Australia and be available where appropriate to assist them in other Lasallian schools where a collegial presence is called for
16. Promote valid links between the College and local church communities regarding youth ministry activities
17. Engage former student Lasallian Student Leaders when opportunities present themselves
18. Oversee and mentor students taking extramural theology courses
19. Contribute material to school and Lasallian publications
20. Work collaboratively with the Principal, DRS, and Lasallian Coordinator to enhance the Lasallian Catholic character and ethos of the College

Thursday, 20 January 2011

It Won't Be Long Now

The new school year is nearly upon us and it is time to get in shape for all those first term activities such as the swimming sports. With the weather we have been having there should be no excuse for students not turning up in great condition for sport and a bit of learning.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Southern Sudan Situation

The referendum in the Southern Sudan region to see if a new nation is to be born has been in the news a lot of late. Br Bill's Blog (click here) gives an excellent , and first hand, account of the real situation in the region. Knowing Br Bill as we do he is sure to bring his own brand of level headed wisdom to any situation that arises around him.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

In Our Thoughts

We know that there are a lot of old boys, ex staff and Brothers living in Queensland and thoughts and prayers are with them as they continue to face the rain and flooding that is currently doing so much damage.

The impacts of this disaster will be wide ranging including having an effect on the FDMC cricket programme. News yesterday that the 1st XI cricket tour to a tournament in Queensland (Nudgee, we think) has been called off as the tournament has been canceled. Disappointing for the players but perhaps better not to go than to get there and be stuck.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Catching Up From Anywhere

From time to time we get emails from old boys in all sorts of exotic places. Recently we heard from Mark Chamberlain who was a student at the college in the late 1960's/early 70's and taught there for several years in the early 1980's.

Mark found our web site while on holiday in Sri Lanka although he has been based for a number of years in the Middle East where he has been both teaching and writing. The writing having taken over in the last 5 years where he has had 5 books published;

Lawrence of Arabia: Writer and Warrior - an historical biographical fiction
Releasing Reluctant Writers - a teacher manual for teachers to encourage reluctant writers
Eddie's Mistake and Terrorist- Middle fiction adventure stories
Eddie Goes East and Eddie's Secret- Middle fiction adventure (available now on books)

It is always great to hear how FDMC old boys are out there following their passions and having success.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Monday's News

Seems that every Monday brings news of more old boy success, often of the sporting variety.

Congratulations to Sam Fastier on scoring a hundred for the 1st XI in the Taranaki Premier competition. The team is off to (not so sunny) Queensland this week to take part in a cricket tournament, so we wish them all the best. They could not do worse than the Black Collapse!

The national rugby sevens in Queenstown saw Taranaki make the final with Barrett boys, Kane and Beauden, to the fore. Well done to Kane on being named in the 7's training squad for Wellington. We are sure Beauden would have made the team had he been released by the Hurricanes and NZRFU.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Old Photos

We are currently looking to build our store of old FDMC photos. While we have begun the process of scanning old team and official photos it is often the student generated informal shots that have the most interest for people.

The shot opposite is from a collection sent to us by Bill Lynch, a student from the 1960's. If you have some shots we could add to our archive please feel free to email them to us at old photos. Don't worry if they are faded, marked (etc), we have the technology to clean them up a little.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Holiday Season

The holiday season is over for some today, and drawing to a close for others over the next few weeks. Good to see so many old boys out and about during the Xmas break.

Attached is a picture from the Taranaki Daily News 27 December (care of Kevin Murphy). All are old boys from the Class of 2005

Shaun Murphy, Zach Beardman, Joel Schrader, Shaun Smart, Jason Meuli, James Rowland, Grant McLean and Keith Preston. Also with the group but not in the photo Andrew Kale, Andrew Julian, Shaun Poole and James Slaats. Over half the group are working back in Taranaki having completed various degrees.

The photo is a little fuzzy but then so were the guys by the end of the day.