Newsletter Term 2 No. 7

"Dear Parents and families,

In the Catholic tradition, May is traditionally named as a month of special devotion to Mary. How do you try and talk about Mary’s place in the Christian life. After some thought I chose a story that some of you may have heard before; it is a true story.

During the Second World War, a German widow risked her life by hiding Jewish refugees in her home. Her friends, aware of what she was doing and increasingly alarmed for her welfare, asked her why she persisted with such a dangerous activity. "I do it," the widow responded simply, "I do it because the time is now and I am here."

Mary also found herself having to respond and deal with circumstances not of her choosing. The Scriptures reveal to us a person who found that response difficult: she was startled, she questioned, she doubted, she worried. But she trusted. And through that trust in God, she was able to say, "Yes." Yes to what life brought her. It was not just a begrudging or reluctant yes, but one that was whole-hearted, joyful and confident. The confused girl of the Annunciation, and the grieving mother at the foot of the Cross, was the very same vibrant young woman of the Magnificat.

Perhaps the greatest devotion we can have to Mary is to follow her way of living. Life can bring us much that we might be tempted to wish away or even let defeat us. As Lasallian people we are called to accept and even embrace the difficult as well as the easy times, to see them in terms of opportunity rather than threat, and to place our faith in the God who loves us passionately. We say a full-throated "yes" to life, to the here and now: this is my family, this is my work, this is my school, these are my friends, these are my talents and my shortcomings. It is in these people and these places that we are called to love and be loved, to do it "because the time is now and I am here."

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Brother Peter, FSC

The College warmly welcomes Mr Chris Moller to the FDMC community. Mr Moller takes up his appointment as Deputy Principal (Welfare & Management) on Monday 31 May. Mr Moller is no stranger to Taranaki, having grown up in Waitara and having taught there before teaching in the United Kingdom and most recently as Assistant Principal at Hastings Boys High School. Mr Moller will be welcomed with a powhiri at 9.00 a.m. on Monday morning, to be followed later in the day by a College Assembly.

The College community celebrates the life of St John Baptist de La Salle on Friday 4th June. Period one and period two classes will be as normal. Mass will commence in the Gym at 11.15am and as has been custom and practise at the College, students will be dismissed for the day at approximately 12.30pm following the traditional "Pie Day" distribution.

"The Jouney of Faith" will begin in mid July. This programme is for adults who wish to become Catholics. It is also open for Catholics wanting a deeper understanding of their Faith. Two informal meetings will be held at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish House, 24 Clinton Street, Fitzroy on 9th & 16th une at 10 am to discuss the details of the programme. If the time is not convenient ring Fran at the parish office 758-2463 or Maureen 758-2611.

Congratulations to the following boys who competed in the Taranaki Youth, Speech & Drama competitions:
Todd Cameron – Youth Speech and Drama Club under 16
Kishan Gunatunga – Highest mark over the competition and winner of class E34
Shehan Gunatunga – winner of class D28


Come along and support the three school bands entered in this year’s " Rockquest" at the TSB Showplace on Friday 28th May. Tickets are $17.00 and the competition begins at 8.00 p.m.

Good luck to first time entrants, " Icarus" ( David Bushell, Zenek Zurokowski, Scott Murphy, Alekana Feaunati and David Joines).

" Homebrew" ( Jeremy Clark, Chip McCabe, Simon Brunton and Hohepa Te Moana) are competing for a second time this year, and last year’s provincial winners " Primal Instinct" ( Jacob Coulton, Philip Donaldson, Ben Ingram, Ryan Christensen and Joey Parr) are hoping to make it two in a row.

A couple of Boys’ High bands have set their sights on beating these guys, so as always there is some stiff rivalry and ‘Rockquest’ 2004 is shaping up to be a huge competition.

Be there!

Eighteen boys went to Wellington last week to attend this conference. They listened to high profile leaders from the business, sport, professional areas. The idea is to motivate the students to set goals and persevere in their own lives. All of the students who attended got a lot from it.
Be true to yourself .
You can’t lead others until you have belief in yourself.
Have pride in who you are.

A few boys have been involved in Science workshops at WITT over the last couple of weeks. This is to help them in the future with plans to study in the Science area.
Next week some students will take part in a lecture and workshop on Genetics.
Enrichment programmes are to expand the student’s knowledge and enthusiasm in chosen areas.

On Monday 24 May 38 senior Geography students travelled to Rotorua to learn about the development of tourism. We travelled by Okato Buslines Coach and stayed in the park setting of the Keswick Christian Camp and Convention Centre. This is located at Holdens Bay – 15 minutes from the city and includes a warm lodge, modern kitchen and dining room. All meals were provided by the resident chef with the quality and quantity such that no visits to the fast food franchises were necessary.
Studying the history and growth of tourism in Rotorua is certainly made easier with the expertise of the education officers at Tourism Rotorua. Organising speakers, discounts at attractions and help with booking the itinerary is a great service that this council provides to its valuable educational market.
During the three day trip the students visited key attractions and benefited from experienced lectures associated with tourism in Rotorua. In the NCEA level 3 Geography exam students will need to apply this learning in mapping and many tasks as well as comparing it to the overseas case study region the Gold Coast of Queensland. The following places were visited by the students, The Buried Village, the Rotorua Museum, The Whakarewarewa Geothermal area, the M?ѬÅori Arts and Craft institute, the Convention Centre, the Agrodome farm show, the Jetsprint, Freefall, Bungy, Swoop and Zorp adventure attractions and the Skyline Skyrides Gondola/Luge development.

This was held in Gisborne in the second week of the school holidays. A team of 15 students chosen from the provincial competition in Term One travelled to compete against fellow teams from throughout New Zealand. Ben Connolly and Anaru Hurunui were chosen to surf in the Under 18 division for Taranaki. Unfortunately Anaru was unable to compete, and the team reserve surfed in his place. Ben surfed through to the quarter finals; where he was eliminated in a tough heat by the eventual winners.

Congratulations to the Taranaki Team for coming second in the competition. Beaten only by the local knowledge of the Gisborne team; our team realised their goal of finishing in the top three. This has been the best provincial result recorded in this competition. Many thanks to Tony Smith (Manager), Fiona Turner and Chris Connolly for caring for the team.

The latest round of the New Zealand Christian Surfers’ Competition was held in the Wairarapa last weekend. A vanload of contestants travelled from Taranaki to compete. Anaru Hurunui and Ben Connolly from our school competed in the Under 18 section.
The conditions were big and lumpy. Ben finished 2nd in the Under 18 division and gained 4th place in the Open competition.
Thanks to Hermie for organising transport, food and care for these guys and giving them the opportunity to compete.

Due to inclement weather the Taranaki Primary and Secondary Schools’ Individual competition was postponed on a couple of occasions. We had several sailors competing in the Optimist fleet, and all must be congratulated for sailing in demanding conditions; some wind gusts were well over 20 knots, and the competition began in stiff18 knot conditions.

Our school representatives were: Brad McCormack " Simply Red", Trent Lochhead " Flying Circus,"Jay Gable " Cutlass", Paul Moriarty " Tickled Pink", William Rowland " Minimus". Joe Churchman had to withdraw from the Starling division competition because of sickness.

Outstanding results were achieved by Brad McCormack who sailed his way to first place in the Intermediate Championship after finishing with a 5th and two 1st placings in the three race series; and Trent Lochhead who sailed his way to 2nd place in the Optimist Secondary Championship after consistently finishing the three race series with three 2nd placings.



1st SOLOMON - 2199 pts
2nd LORETO - 2083 pts
3rd BENILDUS – 1921 pts
4th LASALLE - 1675 pts


Year 7
1st Simon Gray LS, 2nd Nickolas Stretton LS, 3rd Jason French L

Year 8
1st Edward Rawles S, 2nd Dylan Dunlop-Barrett L, 3rd Jake Blanks B

1st Nathan Coombes L, 2nd Sean McCallum L, 3rd Morgan Hall LS

Intermediate B
1st Brent Stevenson S, 2nd William Coulton LS, 3rd Ashley Reader-Nokes S

Intermediate A
1st Nathan Zieltjes L, 2nd Brendon Walsh B, 3rd Lachlan Whelan B

1st Matthew Bennett L, 2nd Scott Wildbore L, 3rd Ben Jagersma L

Young Driver Education Programme (a defensive driving course)

REDUCE RESTRICTED LICENCE BY 6 MONTHS - This programme is a 10 hour interactive course with group discussions on personal driving experiences and setting goals. The dates for the next Street Talk are in June, hours are from 6.00-8.00pm - Wednesday June 16, June 23, Wednesday, June 30, Wednesday, July 15, Wednesday, July 14, Wednesday. Please call into the YMCA reception to register or call 158-3666 for more information must have had restricted licence for 4-5 months.

Total Package are a Year 12 enterprise YES TEAM. We sell college T-Shirts at $25.00 and college umbrellas at $20.00. Get behind Total Package and buy their products. MAKING COLLEGE PRODUCTS WITH PRIDE. See Paul Barnes, Ryan Marra, Andrew Coulton or Campbell Fleming for more information. Parents are more than welcome to get into the spirit and purchase our college products.

Nescafe Big Break helps young people between the ages of 16-24 to achieve their dreams and ambitions by providing cash grants. There are not specific categories and winners can be from any field of endeavour. Recipients have come from a wide range of fields including computer science, sports, engineering, technology, rock and classical music, film direction, art, aquaculture, literature, agriculture and dance to name a few.
If you are interested ring 0800 430 043 or checkout

Canterbury University Open Days 2004 – school holidays
Accommodation/Dinner and Breakfast $20.00 per night – Careers Centre has an application form.
Victoria University and Massey University Wellington Open Day - Friday 27th August
Auckland University Open Day - Saturday 28th August


Founder of the De La Salle Brothers
Founder of the Lasallian School
Patron of Teachers
Patron & Protector of FDMC

Founder’s Day 2004

11.15 am Celebration of the Eucharist

In our Eucharist we pray and give thanks for:

• 40 years of Religious life of Brother Peter Smyth & Brother Peter Bray

• the outstanding contribution to the College of Mr Michael Finnigan – long-serving Board Chair

• St John Baptist de La Salle and his continuing inspiration to the Lasallian School

As a reminder of our links with the Founder and with Lasallian Schools world-wide we will bless and dedicate a statue of St La Salle to be placed near the College foundation stone.

Presentation of food to be given to St Vincent de Paul for distribution to the needy

12.15pm (approximately)

• ‘Pie Day’ – distribution of pies to each of the students. This is a College tradition founded on the story of St De La Salle who would regularly distribute food to his students and those in need.

12.30pm Home"