Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Magazine

Our latest College Newsletter contained the following invitation to sponsor a page in the College Magazine. We thought we would share the invitation with the wider old boys community. If you are able to help please contact the College office or email us.

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 160 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. Your support will be much appreciated.

Friday, 25 November 2011

The Building Never Stops

If our last post was about construction in the past this one concerns a current development.

Plant Manager Dan Keegan is seen here in one of the "middle hostel" rooms that are being upgraded.

By the time that Dan and his team are finished, the entire top floor will be new and sparkling and ready for another group of Year 10 boarders.

This project is just part of the on going maintenance and up grading that is always taking place. If you haven't been to the College for awhile, drop in and see how things have changed.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Any Ideas?

This photo from the archive has us a little puzzled. The top story is already on the main block so what was the big machinery for?

If you were one of those little fellas watching proceedings perhaps you can enlighten us.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

And About Time

We may be a little biased but Conrad Smith's elevation to the Hurricanes captaincy seems like a no-brainer, and long over due.

As a past FDMC Deputy Head Boy he has always possessed the leadership skills required. Now we will wait and see if he has a team that is prepared to be captained.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Well Done Grads

The following former students graduated from Victoria University in 2010.

Tomas Bridgeman BCA, DPACCY
Daniel Burkett BAHons
Daniel Coombes BSC
Lee Finnerty BBSC
Ryan Fleming GDTCPR
Scott Fuglistaller BCA
Paul Gibbins BSC
Caleb Gordon BA
Jacob Manning BCA
Adam Meek BA, LLB
Ryan O’Byrne BA Hons
Kevin O’Donnell PGHCLT
Joseph Parr BCA
Simon Reeve MA
Patrick Squire BCA
Huaxiang Su BCA
James Tamarapa DPACCY
Matthew Warner BSC, LLB
Reuben Berghan BCA

Well done to all. We will continue to post the Graduate lists as Universities make them available to us.

Friday, 18 November 2011


The week began with a sad event, saying farewell to Br Robert. The college was well represented at the burial service and we have been very encouraged by the number of old boys who have contacted us to leave thoughts and messages.

With the Brothers no longer in the college on a daily basis we think it is very important to keep alive their memory and recognise the huge part they have played in making FDMC what it is.

Thanks to all of you who continue to help keep those memories alive.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Under New Management

2012 will see the college hostel under new management. The following information has been taken from the latest College newsletter.

Following an extremely successful four-year term as Dean of Boarding, assisted by her husband Steve, Mrs Sjaane Simpson has resigned effective from the
end of this year to continue in the role of Director of Religious Studies and return to a full time teaching position at the College. The Board of La Salle House Ltd is pleased to announce that Mrs Simpson’s replacement will be Mr Heta Smith.

A baptised Catholic, aged 51 and secondary educated in Waitara, Mr Smith originally trained in the construction industry, served in the New Zealand Army, and following his training as a teacher, has taught Technology subjects in
two Hamilton secondary schools since 1996. In addition to his role as Assistant Head of Technology at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton, Mr Smith currently serves as Housemaster of Williams House in the school’s hostel. This sees him responsible for the welfare of 75 Year 9 to 13 boarders on a seven day
boarding basis.He has been involved with boarding for eight years. 

Mr Smith will be joined by his wife Margie. She is a qualified librarian and secondary teacher specialising in Social Sciences and English. She has also served St Paul’s in the capacity of Director of International Students. Mr Smith will take
up his duties on 20 January and will be joined by Mrs Smith once she has rounded off her international student commitments at St Paul’s.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

A New Challenge

Last Saturday saw our 1st XI cricket team get their name on a new trophy. The Challenge Trophy, sponsored by TIMBERCO, is to be played for every time FDMC and NPBHS 1st XI's meet in a one day match.

Our team batted very well to score 261, with Ricky Riccitelli (4th from right in the back row) making 115. They were then able to restrict NPBHS to 242 and so be the first name on the new trophy. The win also saw the team gain valuable points in the Taranaki Premier one day competition so we hope they can carry their form forward into the rest of their games.

Monday, 14 November 2011

A Farewell To Bob

Br Robert McLaughlin is being buried at 11am today at the Mangere Lawn Cemetery. The FDMC staff will be represented in Mangere today and we ask that you keep Bob, his family and the Brothers in your prayers.

Thanks to those old boys who have left messages or reflections on Br Robert.  Brendan Rae sent us these following thoughts which seem to sum things up well.

As a day boy during the 80's, the news of Brother Roberts passing is as unexpected as it is sad.  I will always remember Brother Robert as the one who taught the first classes on the subject of those new-fangled "computers" at a time when they held most interest for the games like "Chucky Egg", played from 5 1/4" discs that truly were floppy. While that technology is unrecognisable now, he will always have a legacy through the school magazines of the period. His keen interest in photography was almost single-handily responsible for the photo archives we have of life at Francis Douglas over that period - whether that was candid shots of classroom activities, snapshots of hostel life or students participating in sporting events over the weekend. Brother Robert has left a very tangible impact on the history of FDMC beyond his spiritual contribution and his warm and gentle nature.

Friday, 11 November 2011

A Big Award

We have been celebrating our Year 13 award winners during this week so it was appropriate that we heard the news that Old Boy Dr Tim Sullivan has recently been awarded the Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union.

Tim is currently based at the University of Pavia in Italy. The medal is reserved for excellent young scientists who have (a) outstanding research achievements in a field related with natural hazards, (b) important interdisciplinary activity in two or more fields related with this topic and (c) whose research has focused on the mitigation of natural risks.

Well done to Tim. It is always great to see old boys making a big impact in their chosen fields.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Special Awards

We know there are lots of old boys who want to know who won "their cup" so we are happy to post this years Special Awards list.

The Leo Walsh Award for Economics Ang, Aaron
Cultural Captain Cup Bakker, Jarrod
The Senior Cup For Mathematics With Statistics Bakker, Jarrod
Margaret Fleming Trophy Barrett, Scott
Kelly Endowment for Physics Bracegirdle, Joe
The Senior Cup for Chemistry Bracegirdle, Joe
Senior Cup for Mathematics with Calculus Bracegirdle, Joe
Senior Award for Accounting Bracegirdle, Joe
Shell Todd Oil Services Trophy for Senior Science Bracegirdle, Joe
Dux Award Bracegirdle, Joe
Medicross Award for Biology Bracegirdle, Joe
The Senior Cup for Classical Studies Carey, Jonathan
Proxime Accessit Carey, Jonathan
Senior Cup for Business Technology Churchman, Ryan
Moriarty Cup Clarke, Joe
Medal for Academic Excellence Fastier, Samuel
Michael Finnigan Award Fleming, Tyler
Peter Costello Trophy Fleming, Tyler
Daily News Award for Literary Excellence Forsythe, Patrick
The Smith Family Award for History Grainger, George
Gaines Award for the Study of Law Grainger, George
The Smith/Drinkwater Shield Grainger, George
Wayne Kibby Memorial Cup Hobbs, David
The Butterworth Cup for Culture Latap, Paul
Moana Clothing Senior Cup for Graphics Macdonald, Joshua
The Senior Cup for Physical Education McCallum, Luke
Lasallian Student Captain Monk, Benjamin
The Hills Family Award for English Murray, Alistair
Br Anthony Hawkins Memorial Trophy Neal, Shaun
First in Media Studies O'Donnell, Kieran
The Senior Cup for Geography O'Donnell, Kieran
Sports Captain Cup O'Donnell, Kieran
Medals for Academic Excellence Poole, Matthew
Medal for Academic Excellence Ritchie, Jonathan
The Roger French Cup for Visual Art Thomson, Samuel
The Margaret Wright Music Award Thomson, Samuel
Taama TuuTama Ora Award Walden, Teihorangi
Butler Family Trophy Walden, Teihorangi

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Sad News

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of

Brother Robert McLaughlin
(Robert James)
Aged 63 years

Today at approximately 3:10 p.m. Sydney time Bob passed peacefully from this life. Following the notice last Thursday, plans had been made to transfer Bob to the Sacred Heart Hospice Darlinghurst. Around 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning his condition took a turn for the worst so that the plans to transfer him were abandoned and the Prince of Wales Hospital continued palliative care nursing. This entailed pain relief and other measures to ensure his comfort.

His brother Neil has been a constant companion over the past days and Ian was to travel to Sydney again to arrive on Tuesday. Joe Bufalo of the Kensington community, a number of brothers of the community and Mark McKeon have all visited him in the past days.

The family and the New Zealand brothers wish Bob to be buried in Mangere. This apparently was the subject of discussion when some of them met with Bob a couple of years ago. He was in support of this.

Preliminary indications are that there will be a requiem Mass, perhaps at Kensington given the association of the Diocese of Bereina with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Final details will be confirmed. The present thinking is for Thursday 10 November. A Mass on that day will permit transfer of Robert’s remains to Auckland for a funeral ceremony on Monday 11 November.

Br Ambrose Payne 


Let perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Talk About Timing

Today's Daily News ran a great article on our future Head Boy and Deputy getting their team work sorted out early.

Sam Fastier (left) and GJ Pike (right) together put on over 150 runs for the 1st XI in their win over Stratford in the Premier Men's cricket grade on Saturday.

The team work displayed by both students suggests good things are in store in 2012, on and off the field.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Changing Of The Guard

Today's Senior Prizegiving was a heart warming affair in the tradition of many that have gone before it. We will post the details in the course of next week.

One of the big questions is always who are the new leaders and we can announce that Sam Fastier (second from the left) is the Head Boy For 2012 while GJ Pike (left) is the Deputy Head Boy.  They will benefit greatly from the example of this year's leaders, Head Boy Teihorangi Walden (third from left) and his Deputy Tyler Fleming (right).

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Prayers Please

Very sad news today that Br Robert McLaughlin is very ill. He was initially hospitalized in Papua New Guinea, where he has been working for some years, and he is now in Sydney hospital.

Br Robert is an FDMC old boy. He was a boarder from Wellington, and he attended the College from about 1961-1964. Robert also taught for many years at FDMC in the 1970s and 1980s before going as a missionary Brother to Bolivia for quite a few years. His most recent appointment has been as Principal of Mainohana High School in Papua New Guinea.

We will provide more information as it becomes available but we ask that your keep Br Robert in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A Warm, If Fearsome, Welcome

The College was visited today by the Mayor of Mishima, New Plymouth's sister city in Japan. The delegation also included the Japanese Ambassador to New Zealand and a range of dignitaries.

The visitors where greeted with a formal challenge and a few speeches in the College Chapel and were then given a tour of the school. They seemed well pleased with the experience and it was a good chance for our students of Japanese to get in a little extra practice.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sportsman Of The Year

The annual FDMC Sportsman's Dinner took place at The Plymouth Hotel last Saturday night. It was a glittering occasion and a great chance to recognise the outstanding range of quality sportsman at the College.

Guest speaker was old boy, and past Head Boy, Nathan Smith, who spoke very well about his experiences on and off the sports field.

Kyle Van Der Merwe (pictured right) was the Sportsman of the Year in recognition of his national and international achievements in Athletics.

Team of the Year went to the 1st XV who did so well in maintaining their high standards through out the rugby season.

The Overall Contribution to Sport Award went to Teihorangi Walden, while the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award was presented to Nick Arnold.

Every year it gets harder to decide on the top awards as the quality and range of sports activity at FDMC just keeps developing. Long may that last.