Newsletter Term 3 No 13

"Dear Parents & Families,

When one reflects on the events that have happened in our world in the past few weeks – the downing of two Russian airliners, the massacre of so many innocents in Beslan and the bombing of the Australian embassy in Indonesia, and mindful of the third anniversary of 9/11, it makes sense to talk about one global community. Let us not descend to the violence of terrorists who have no respect for human life. Rather let us remember that we are all connected, all linked across the world. I recently read of human life described as a spider’s web, "if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling…The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that, in turn, another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked. No man, no woman is an island."

At this time let us remember those who have been violently torn from their friends and loved ones, without the opportunity to say goodbye and to experience the consolation of knowing that they are loved and will continue living in the memory of those they have left behind. This sense of connection has been denied them and is experienced by those who remain as a bitter loss, in the absence of the peace a final farewell brings.

The poet Francis Thompson was quite right when he wrote in the "The Mistress of Vision":
All things by immortal power,
Near or far,
To each other linked are
Thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling a star.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Brother Peter, FSC

Examinations commence for Years 11–13 on Monday 13 September. Attendance at examinations is compulsory. Students may go home on the completion of their exams.

2005 Subject selection information has been distributed to Year 10 – Year 12 students. The subject selection sheets will need to be completed by the end of week one next term – Friday 8 October, 2004.

CPP 2005
All applications must be in no later than Tuesday 14 September if students wish to be considered. Please phone Carol Land if you wish to discuss any matters – Phone 06 753 6149 extn 842.

On the Friday before Labour Weekend each year we commemorate the life and death of Father Francis Vernon Douglas after whom the college is named. During his lifetime he was well known for his missionary spirit.

As part of the day the college conducts an 8km sponsored Walkathon to raise money for the Lasallian Missions.

In 2004 the focus for our sponsored Walkathon will be the Hohola Youth Development Centre in Port Moresby. The Centre caters for a large number of young Papua New Guineans who, for various reasons, are not permitted to go to high school. Financially, they have very few resources. The students are encouraged to develop skills in building, screen printing, mechanics, computing and sewing, just to name a few areas. The staff at the Centre, which is co-ordinated and supported by the De La Salle Brothers, are dedicated to helping these young people to become independent so that they can help themselves. The Centre is continuing to expand and our contributions will assist the development.

Before the end of term your son will be given a letter outlining important details of the day, Friday 22 October, together with a sponsorship form. I would be grateful if you would help your son to get organized in order that yet again we may have a most rewarding day in thinking about others who have great needs.

Mr Graeme Mustchin
On behalf of Mr Peter Costello (on leave)
MAD Co-ordinator 2004

The reconciliation programme will be starting at St Joseph’s Parish on Tuesday 12 October at 7:00pm.

Twelve young people from the area are being baptised at St Joseph’s Parish on Sunday 12 September. Congratulations to Rikki Little-Feakins from FDMC who is part of this group.

The winners of the FDMC PTA raffle are:
1st Prize – Ticket No 4720 – Moriarty
2nd Prize – Ticket No. 1467 – Julie Crowley
3rd Prize – ticket No. 0213 – Jane Gadsby
The $50.00 for selling the most tickets went to Jamil Signal.
Thanks very much to all the boys who sold tickets on behalf of the College.

The TSS Cycling Championships were held on Sunday 29 August in reasonably unpleasant, cold and windy conditions.

The main focus of the event was the 16 km Teams Time Trial. FDMC’s team of five were; Lachlan Whelan, Jordy Whelan, John Froude, Griffin Hunt and Denay Cottam. These boys acquitted themselves well in the trying conditions and were runners-up in the event.

All of the boys also competed in the 8 km individual time trial and Jordy Whelan had an especially good ride to win the Junior boys race. Many thanks to Jeremy Cottam for his help with the preparation of the team.

Congratulations to the FDMC Year 9 Volleyball team for going unbeaten in the TSSSA Volleyball Champs, taking the trophy for the first time in 25 years. This was an outstanding effort by all. Well done also to the Year 10s who also performed very well at the end of the day but just started a little slower, which put them out of contention for placings any higher than 7th. They won both play-off games to gain that 7th spot out of 12 teams.

Brendan Dolan for being accepted on the RNZAF Air Challenge visit.
Michael McKay and Sam Gordon for being accepted on the Army work experience week.

Club days are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings all year round. Contact Carol Redshaw on 757 9117 for information. Junior tennis coaching is available on Mondays commencing 4 October. Contact Robin Hinton on 758 9088.

You can come for a campus tour during the September school holidays. These tours will be held at 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays over both weeks. The tour includes a look at the Kelburn Campus and a visit to one or more of the halls of residence. Please contact us to register.

During the weekend of 28 and 29 August the Moro Dynastar Free Style Series for snowboarding was held on Mt Ruapehu at Turoa Ski Field. Congratulations to Kelly Barclay for coming 3rd in the Half Pipe and 2nd in the Boarder Cross in the Junior section.

This competition was held on Mt Taranaki on 27 August. Seven schools entered. The course was a giant slalom held in variable conditions. Congratulations to Finlay Neeson (Yr 7) and Thornton Davies (Yr 7) for getting the two fastest times of the day.

This competition was held on the weekend of 30 and 31 August at Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa) in perfect conditions. Our school entered a team in the Boys Intermediate Giant Slalom race. Of the 100 entrants our athletes put FDMC on the ski map with their top placings. The outstanding results were; Finlay Neeson (2nd), Thornton Davies (13th) and Jaiden Hareb (16th).

The Taranaki Secondary Schools Indoor bowls Tournament was held on Wednesday 25 August at the Belt Road Hall. Francis Douglas entered four teams into this event. Michael Cavey did well to come 2nd overall in the Singles. Newcomers Ben Siffleet and Andrew Kale caused a few upsets by clinching 2nd place in the pairs. Well done! In the Fours, Jamie Barrett, Joe Dravitzki, Nathan Sole and David Freeman gained third place in a nail biting finish. Well done to all other participants who entered into this competitive and enjoyable event.

Singles: Michael Cavey, Grant McLean, Hugh Peterson, Eugene Judd

Pairs: Rhys Butler, Daniel Jury, Joshua Hickford, Scott Murphy, Ben Siffleet, Andrew Kale, David Joines, Jake Coulton

Fours: Jamie Barrett, Joe Dravitzki, Nathan Sole, David Freeman, Riley McGregor, Abe Schumacher, Tom Fastier, Campbell Fleming, Hohepa Te Moana, James Rowland, Chip McCabe, Matthew Walsh, Chris Wicky, Jeremy Adams, Matthew Wilson, James Putt.

The school is now using a computerised absentee system. To assist the school the most efficient method of notification of student absence is a phone call to the school office between 8:00-9:00 am. The office staff can then enter the absence and explanation directly into the system. Once you have done this there is no need to write a note for your son as all staff will have been given a print out of the absences recorded on the system.

If you do not ring the school your son must bring a note and hand it to his vertical form teacher on the day he returns. The vertical form teacher will then change the absence of your son from unexplained to explained. Boys who do not bring notes to explain absences will be investigated by the year level dean as a potential truant.

It is now a ministry of education requirement that all schools report absence in terms of being explained or unexplained. With many people now having cell phones a handy tip would be to enter the school phone number onto your directory and simply push the button. The School number is 06 753 6149.