Thursday, 30 June 2011

Next Men Up?

Congratulations to Beaudy Barrett and his team mates on becoming Under 20 World Rugby Champions. The light from John George's smile, as an FDMC man scored the winning try, would have lit up most of Tukapa Street.

Those who watched some of the games on TV would have noted a few old boys supporting the boys - funny how a camera always seems to find Tim Hurley.

Beaudy is now back in the country ready to start the next chapter in his rugby odyssey, something that is also happening for a few of our current 1st XV players.

Zac (brother of Leon) Power , Scott (brother of many) Barrett , Jade (brother of Shane) Fleming , Teihorangi (brother of Josh) Walden and Andrew (his own man) Trolove have all been selected to attend the Hurricanes secondary schools training camp. This puts them in the frame for the Hurricanes and NZ secondary sides. We wish them well and know that they will continue to keep a smile on John George, and Br Will's, faces.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Big OE

We take international travel as pretty routine these days but the students taking off for Aussie in 1967 must have been going on one big adventure.

Thanks to Br Declan who has been in touch with the following details.

Your blog picture from 1967 was of the departure from New Plymouth of some in the first College group to go on a 'Geographical' tour to Australia. On their arrival at the Brisbane airport photos were taken and appeared the next day on the front page of the Courier Mail.There were about 35 in the group and the trip included visits to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, BoysTown as it then was at Beaudesert. Then followed Sydney, Canberra and the Snowy Mountains. We were away for about ten sleeps. It may be of interest to learn that the amount charged each one in the party was $176 - this covered the costs of flights, the four day bus tour with accommodation and meals.

Hope all going well. It was great to get back there for a short visit recently.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

FDMC Rocks

Last weekend saw several FDMC rock bands continue their long involvement with the Smokefreerockquest - and yes, that is how they spell it.

FDMC band Living Lightly, pictured here with front man BJ Monk, won the Taranaki final and now move on to try and make the national final.

Just to prove the rock force is strong at the College, Armada came third at the event. This band, being made up of mainly junior students, will be around for awhile, generating the odd complaint from the neighbours.

Monday, 27 June 2011

No Ash Cloud Here

An archive photo from 1967 as a party of FDMC students begin the exotic process of flying to Australia. We do not have a great deal of information on the trip and would be happy to hear from a few old boys who could give us "the full story".

Friday, 24 June 2011

Mass In The Open

We are currently working through some of the archive photos from the 1980's for upload to the Foundation website, so you can expect some images from that era over the next week or two.

Here is one that really brought back memories - Father Dave Monaghan saying mass in the great outdoors at one of our camps. Not sure exactly which year - can anyone identify any of the worshipers?

Thursday, 23 June 2011

St John's Visit

Yesterday saw a nice break in the rain which coincided with our annual exchange with St John's Hastings.

The games kicked off on Tuesday night with the Senior A basketball team going down 104 - 66 to a very good St John's side who are ranked in the Top 5 in the country.

Wednesday saw us extract some revenge with all of the FDMC sides coming out on top.

1st XI Hockey won 4 - 3
1st XI Soccer won 4 - 2
Under 15 Rugby won 33 - 17
1st XV Rugby won 72 - 0

The 1st XV game was part of the newly instituted Hibernian Cup which is being played between ourselves, St John's, St Pat's Town, St Bernard's and Hato Paora. Our loss to St Bernard's means we have to hope they lose one of their other games for us to have a shot at being the first cup holder.

Monday, 20 June 2011

A Nice Touch

Thanks to Jono Milne for his email below. Good to see FDMC rugby has a global influence. 

I'm e-mailing from sunny Dublin to let you know Mike Wills and myself appeared on Irish TV last night regarding the Irish Touch squad heading to Edinburgh for the Touch World Cup next week.

Mike is interviewed at length about his role as captain and his background.

See the clip at the link below about 7 minutes in:-

Hope all is well back at the college!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Safety In Numbers

Great photo from 2004, taken as part of the farewell to John Whyte. If you look hard you can find him and a few other legends.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

More Cards Please

Our Old Boy's Business pages are all set up over on the FDMC Foundation website, now all we need are your business cards.

Old Boy Thomas Walsh is doing a bit of leg work for us visiting local businesses, but why wait? Email us your card or post one to us at

FDMC Old Boys
C/O Martin Dravitzki
Francis Douglas College
PO Box 5124
New Plymouth

If you live outside of Taranaki Thomas is unlikely to pay a visit, but that is no reason why everyone shouldn't know about your business, so get in touch.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Historical Documents

Thanks to the work of Karen Gray in the College office we are getting close to uploading all of the past FDMC Magazines on to the Foundation website.

These will prove a valuable archive but you need to be aware that the scanning and upload process means they are not high quality graphic documents.

Our next big project will be to upload high quality individual photos and archives.

Visit  to check out what we have so far.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

From The Newsletter

The article to the right is taken from the most recent College newsletter. It highlights one of the great strengths of the College - the fact that almost no one leaves FDMC with out a job or a training opportunity to go to.

The Gateway programme has played a big part in helping students transition to the next phase of their lives and has been well supported by old boys who have offered work experience opportunities.

If you would like to be involved in helping students get a taste of the "real world", you can contact Lauren O'Reilly at the College for more details.

Monday, 13 June 2011

An Invitation

Hi everyone

We would like to invite you to mid year drinks with other Francis Douglas College Old Boy colleagues on Thursday 30th June 2011 at 6pm.

If you know of any other old boys who have not attended previous functions, please try and get them along. The more the merrier!

I would appreciate getting their e-mail address so that we can add them to the invite list

Venue: Brooklyn Bar & Lounge
323 Queen Street

RSVP 23rd June 2011

Hope to see you all there.


Bill Kilkolly

Friday, 10 June 2011

New Traditions

One of the aspects of the game on Wednesday was the confidence with which the students were able to perform the College haka. The haka was also in evidence last Friday as it was performed by the whole school at the conclusion of the Founder's Day assembly.

The photo above shows the students performing the haka as the 1st XV leave the field for a well earned rest at the end of the game. Visit The NPBHS Game page on the Foundation web site for a lots of photos from the match.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Can't Wait 'TIll Saturday?

As expected a good write up on yesterday's game in the Daily News. Visit the  report on line, which also includes a brief video summary of the game.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

A Job Well Done

A proud 1st XV leave the field of battle triumphant having beaten a brave NPBHS side 19 points to 13. While the game remained close on the scoreboard there was little doubt as to who the strongest team was. You can now look forward to the Sky TV version of the game which airs on the Rugby Channel at 2 pm on Saturday. We will also have more photos over the next few days.

In an great bonus on the day the 1st XI football team came back from a 2 to nil deficit to draw their game and qualify for the national tournament.

Just a good day all round.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Not Just Another Game

It would seem that the Daily News has certainly got behind the FDMC v NPBHS game tomorrow, with a number of articles appearing in today's edition. For those not in the regular habit of taking the Daily News you can click on the following links to  read what they are saying.

Conrad's Special Game

Clash Of the Titans

Postcard Payback

Congratulations also to the group of old boys who own a large part of the racehorse Testa Secret. It had it's second win from two starts yesterday and with all of us now backing it it seems unlikely that it will pay a big price very often in the future.

Friday, 3 June 2011

What The Founder Was All About

As we celebrate Founder's Day today there can be no better example of De La Salle's concept of humble service than Br Ollie.

Br Oliver is seen here celebrating his 98th birthday at the Brothers retirement facility in Queensland.

Although Br Ollie no longer travels, we will be joined today by Brothers Dec and Colin who will represent De La Salle as we commemorate his legacy.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

A Busy Old Week

There has been a lot happening at the College this week with sports and cultural activities reaching something of a peak period.

Our Senior Drama group are off to the Sheila Winn National Shakespeare Finals in Wellington this Friday and we wish them well for their performance.

Tomorrow is Founder's Day at the College with the whole school being bused to St Josephs for a mass of celebration, before they return for our annual house singing competition and the traditional Founder's day pie.

Yesterday saw a group of our school leaders attend a meeting with Prime Minister John Key - judging by the photo it was a frank and friendly exchange of views.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

A Week Until Kick Off

There seems to be a lot of interest being generated in next week's 1st XV game with NPBHS. The Daily News is getting in behind the match, and Sky TV were at the college yesterday to do some background filming. They made the journey out to Pungarehu to do a story on the "Barrett Boys" past and present, so we look forward to seeing how that turns out.

Just a reminder that the game kicks off at 12.50 on the Gully Ground with the 1st XI game starting on Webster Field at 12.30. The Year 9 to 13 students at FDMC are being given the chance to attend the game, while all of the NPBHS roll will be on the sidelines.

It would be great to see lots of Old Boys in attendance at the game. Had the game been a bit later we were hoping to organise a lunch time get together. While this does not now suit the programme of events Fredericks has been declared "the place to meet" after the game. We look forward to seeing you there.