Friday, 30 September 2011

Another Change Of Season

This weekend marks the beginning of the cricket season for the senior players at school. In celebration of the summer game we offer this photo of a junior cricket team from the 1960's. We know nothing about who is in the photo or exactly when it was taken so would be happy if some one can wise us up.

We do not that the quad is wet in the photo - perhaps an omen for spring cricket in Taranaki.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

MAD Day Review

MAD Day last Friday followed a tried and true formula with the usual encouraging results. We began the day with a liturgy and followed that up with the inter house haka competition. This year's haka champions being Loreto. Students and staff then undertook the sponsored walk which was topped off with the traditional sausage lunch.

Under the guidance and encouragement of the college leaders the students have managed to raise well over $20,000. This will be going to support the work of the Lasallian Foundation as well as Br Bill and Sister Rosa's work in the Southern Sudan.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Time For A New Cap

Congratulations to the following students who have recently graduated from Otago University. One of our next projects on the FDMC Foundation is to identify all of our Graduands over the years.

David Freeman  --  BSc Geology
Kishan Gunatunga --  BBiomedSc Drugs & Human Health
Kenneth Hau --  BCom Management
Levi Rona --  BSc, BA Maori Studies
Matthew Walsh -- BPhEd Prof Studies

Friday, 23 September 2011

Fun And Games Names

Thanks to Peter Costello for coming up with some suggestions as to who might be starring in these photos.

Is this Phillip or Greg Dickson leading the tug o' war?

Ieuan Willaims and Grant Kennard carrying Mark Lile on the horse? Perhaps Ewan McCafferey looking on?

We think it might be Craig Costello in the barrow but the guy doing the pushing remains a mystery. As does the exact time and nature of the event - but it must have been early to mid 1980's.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

From The Newsletter

Another example of the Lasallian spirit alive and well in the current generation.

Nick Hopkins in Yr 13 received an award from Volunteering New Plymouth at a Volunteer Recognition
Awards Evening Monday 12 September.

Nick was nominated by the NZ Red Cross Volunteer
Centre. Their nomination was as follows:

ʻNick is one of our talented young volunteers and has been solely responsible over the past 2 years for adding an innovative level to our very successful ʻno
limitsʼ youth programme. Nick designed the logo for the programme, designed the website, supervised and lead a team who videoed and photographed the
programme then he edited all of the footage and sound tracks, uploaded to You Tube, Face Book and the Website during the programme so that participants
and caregivers could relive the experience almost immediately. Nick spent hundreds of hours producing DVDs for participants and all of this whilst
undertaking study and exams during his Year 12 and 13 at Francis Douglas Memorial College. 

His professionalism, leadership and attention to detail belies his age. Nick also volunteers huge amounts of time with the NP Little Theatre. During the “No Limits 2011” Nick was spending the day with the group and then rushing to the theatre to do sound and lighting for a show.ʼ 

Karen Lawson – the manager of Red Cross Taranaki finished her nomination by saying – “I believe the voluntary work that Nick does probably goes unrewarded as he is such a quiet achiever. A truly deserving young recipient of this award”.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Crack Shots

No need to ask for help in identifying these characters. They are the FDMC Shooting Champions of 1966, Gerald Watt and Dennis Moynihan.

A couple of likely lads who seem to know their way around a rifle.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

MAD Day Cometh

The year progresses at pace with the next annual event the Mission Action Day (MAD) this Friday. We include the details from the latest college newsletter. Some of you may be nostalgic for the event (or the sausage afterwards) and some of you might have the chance to sponsor a walker.

In recent years our focus for MAD day has been on the needs of fellow Lasallians in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. While that focus remains,
this year we are also including Southern Sudan. Former Principal Br Bill Firman is working there training locals to be teachers. The lack of resources make his job much harder, so we can support him by raising funds to pay for chairs, desks, tables, shelving, printers and other such items. 

A significant sum of what we raise this year will go towards helping fellow Lasallians in Southern Sudan. The Lasallian student leaders have raised the target this year and set $30,000.00 as our goal. This compares with last year's record total of $24,800.00. They have certainly shown the way by raising about
$1000 (with backing from By Arrangement thanks to Craig and Wendy Fleming) from an evening session at The Arthouse and by organising a very successful
hangi at school, raising another $1750. So there is already a strong foundation for reaching this year's target.

Due to the nature of the activity on the day, your son is to come to school dressed in mufti and prepared for adverse weather because the event will be
held regardless of conditions. Provided a student is able to prove with his documentation that sponsorship has been raised, he will be provided with a sausage lunch.

Once finished, senior students will be free to leave. Students in Years 7 to 10 however will not be permitted to leave the school grounds before noon.
Since buses will run as usual, students may remain
on the school grounds until the normal departure time if desired.

We look forward to a successful MAD Day and thank you for your support.

Peter Costello

Monday, 19 September 2011

Fun and Games III

Like the young man wheeling the barrow we remain in the dark. Can any one identify the people or event?

Leave a comment or email us.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Fun And Games II

Another archive photo from must be the same event or occasion - but what event and who is the big fella in front?

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Fun And Games

This one is from the archives but we don't know who they are or what the occasion was.

Can any one enlighten us?

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Staff Development

Last Thursday and Friday were teacher only days at the College. This year the whole staff went to Parihaka for the two days and spent the time being immersed in the local history, traditions and culture. Presenters such as Wharehoka Wano, seen in the photo, gave an in depth background to Parihaka and it's significance to the peoples of Taranaki and the wider community.

Staff enjoyed their time on the Marae and felt they got a great deal from the experience. We also learned a bit more about each other.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Solid Leadership

Well the World Cup is under way, and while the All Blacks saw fit to "rest" Conrad our other Old Boy Deacon Manu got his tournament under way with a good win to Fiji.

As a past Head Boy of FDMC it comes as no surprise that he leads Fiji with an intelligent and understated manner.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Super Coaches!

A big congratulations to Tim Stuck and Steve Simpson on being named the TRFU Coaches of the Year at Wednesday night's rugby awards. It was great recognition of the work they have both done with our 1st XV but also a pat on the back for the team itself and the whole rugby programme at FDMC. It was the first time this honour has been awarded to any one other than a senior club, or representative team, coach.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Let's Get This Party Started!

There has been a lot happening in our music world this term. The latest highlight is College band Living Lightly being asked to open for Shihad on Friday night in the the Big Top in NP.

Living Lightly is made up of year 13 Francis Douglas Memorial College students Sam Notman, Sam Thomson, BJ Monk, Jarrod Bakker and year 13 New Plymouth Boys' High School student Jake Church.

Great to see yet another way that FDMC will be part of the "Big Party" over the next 6 weeks.

The photo is taken from the Daily News - click here to read the article.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

From The Archives

We might be a boy's school but there is a long tradition of strong, capable women making a big contribution to the place. Here is a photo of some of those ladies taken some time in the 1990's.

They are seen relaxing after a long week (or term) of running the show.

Monday, 5 September 2011

From The Newsletter

With all the rugby that has, and will be, going on it is easy to forget that there is a lot of other good sporting stuff happening as well. The following is a report from Coach Ricky Green on the 1st XI's recent Tournament Week. We note that they are well supported by a number of old boys - well done all.

This year the 1st XI Football team took 16 students to the national tournament in Napier. With an inexperienced team we qualified 2nd in our region beating Wanganui High and drawing against New Plymouth Boys’. We were looking to qualify from our pool first or second to reach the Lotto Bowl tournament
for the first time in 3 years. 

First up we played Christchurch boys and were playing well until an unfortunate penalty decision was given against us. This disrupted our momentum, causing us to lose 2-0. The second game against Hutt International was a must win game. We made some strategical changes and played them off the park winning 3-0.
The third and final game was against Westlake Boys. This is the team that defeated us last year. We played extremely well and drew 1-1 after they
scored a late equalizer. This draw meant we qualified 2nd and had to play against St Peters (Cambridge) the 13th seeded team. 

The boys played well but ended up losing 2-0. Next up we played Kelston Boys. This was probably our hardest match. The boys played outstandingly in the second half but just couldn’t put the ball in the net, with the Kelston keeper making some outstanding saves and we lost 1-0. Next up we played St Andrews from Christchurch and dominated the match winning 4-1. The last game was against Marlborough Boys; unfortunately we lost 4-3. 

Overall the boys performed to the best of their ability throughout the week and I
was extremely proud of them finishing 22nd in New Zealand, our highest finish since 2008. I would like to thank Mary Reive, Steve Brailsford and Sandra
Smith for all the work they put in throughout the week. Thanks also to Mr Asi for his diligence with the fund raising and pre-tournament organisation. I would like to thank Greg Hareb and Central Finance for their generous contribution this year, and the past five years. I would also like to thank Peter Melody from Pak ‘N’ Save for supplying the drinks on tour and his generous contribution to our fund raising effort. Finally a big thanks to Budget Rental Car and Hareb/Deken Motors for supplying the transportation for the week. 

Next year’s tournament is in Nelson so we look forward to hopefully qualifying for
this tournament in 2012.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Horsing Around

Another somewhat blurry newspaper photo, but this one has come all the way from Kaikoura where Br William Harnett is still actively involved with horses and his local community.

Br Will tells us he was recently in Queensland and was inspired by the fact he could still go walking with Br Ollie (at 98 years of age).

Knowing Br Will he will probably still be riding at that age.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Boss Is Back

Our Principal, Martin Chamberlain, has returned to FDMC after a 10 week sabbatical that saw him attend a De La Salle course in the US and a Boy's Schools Conference in the UK.

As you can see from the photo he is fresh and keen and ready to lead us towards the end of another great year at FDMC.