Newsletter Term 1 No. 2

Dear Parents & Friends,


On Tuesday 10th February, the College community gathered in the Gym for the Commencement Mass and Investiture of the 2004 College Leadership team.

The principal celebrant for the Eucharist was Father Joe O’Riordan, College Chaplain. He was assisted by Father Casey (Opunake), Fr Story (New Plymouth), Fr Twiss and Fr Mears (Waitara).

We were also pleased to welcome to our celebration Mr Hans Konlechner, Deputy Principal of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Mrs Denise Hall, Hostel Manager, Elizabeth House, and Sacred Heart Prefects, together with the parents and families of our Leaders.

During our Liturgy, we had the Commissioning of our Leaders’ and the induction and blessing of Grant Maclean, Chip McCabe, James Rowland, Abe Schumacher,

Jeremy Clark, Chris Wicky, Jonathan McCormack as Eucharistic Ministers.


Each year the Ministry of Education provided schools with a School leaver profile. The profile highlights school leaver patterns in two areas – the percentage of students leaving with Entrance Qualification or Higher and the percentage of students leaving with no qualification. The College’s statistics are compared with other College’s of a similar decile, other College’s within the region and the national percentages.

Percentage leaving with Entrance Qualification or higher

FDMCTFEA DecileLocal RegionNational
1999 33% 26% 30% 27%
2000 34% 26% 26% 27%
2001 28% 23% 24% 26%
2002 35% 30% 28% 27%

As can be seen from the above table, in 2002, 35% of FDMC students left the College with and Entrance Qualification or higher. This constitutes a far higher number than for schools with a similar decile (30%), than for our Region (28%) or nationally (27%).

Percentage leaving with NO Formal Qualifications

FDMCTFEA DecileLocal RegionNational
1999 3% 14% 17% 17%
2000 5% 14% 18% 17%
2001 7% 16% 14% 17%
2002 2% 14% 15% 18%

Again these figures highlight the fact that very few of our students (2% in 2002) leave without any formal qualification.


Cory Avison (Dux 2003) has been awarded an Asia 2000 Scholarship. He will attend the National University of Singapore.

Luke Herlihy (2003) and Daniel Graham (2003) have been awarded Priscilla Wunsch Scholarships to Otago University.Brother Peter




Lent starts with Ash Wednesday next week 25th February. Each Wednesday throughout Lent, students will be asked to make donations to this appeal. In 2003, FDMC community raised $1,750.00 for the people of Cambodia who are still struggling to recover from the savages of war.

This year we have a goal of $,2000.00 so please encourage your sons to sacrifice some small expense of their own to contribute to this worthwhile cause. We are part of a global community and this is one small way we can contribute service for the good of human kind.


50 senior students have volunteered to give a donation of their blood to the New Zealand Blood Service on Monday 23rd February. This is a very generous response and the students are to be commended for their positive attitude towards service to the Community.

Any parents who have the time and opportunity to donate blood are also most welcome to do so at the New Zealand Blood Service rooms at Taranaki Base Hospital.


An international artist from Canada will be performing here in the FDMC gym on 28th March at 7.00 pm. Janelle Reinhart sang before the Pope and an estimated one billion viewers to open the 2002 World Youth Day in Toronto. A Christian music singer, she has had concerts in many parts of the world. She will be here to raise funds for the Taranaki area for the 2005 World youth Day to be held in Cologne, Germany. Come and share an evening of faith, fun and music with your family. Tickets on sale at the College office or from Margo LaBerge. The price is child/student $10, Adult $15 or Family $35. We would encourage young people who will be 16 years and up in July 2005 to come and meet some of the ‘pilgrims’ who have participated in past World Youth Day on that evening. We are looking for young people to represent Taranaki at the next World Youth Day gathering in Germany.


Simon Gray & Ciaran King wrote about the Year 7 retreat day:

On Thursday 12 February we had our Yr 7 retreat day. We came to school as normal but instead of going to class we gathered in the school chapel to watch a video about Francis Vernon Douglas; the man our school commemorates. After a brief explanation of the video, we walked down the road to St Chads church. We were split up into house groups to do different activities.

One of the activities was making a prayer rock to remind us to say our prayers before we go to bed and before we get up in the morning. Next we planted a bean seed to explain that we are like a seed and need good things to grow into virtuous people. Love, support, kindness, honesty, generosity and friendship, for example.

Father Joe celebrated Mass in the church and some of our parents attended. Some boys did readings and prayers of the faithful.

Lunch was barbequed sausages and the left over cakes from the morning teas.

We had to decide what to give up for Lent. It was fun making up skits that reflected a virtuous word.

Overall it was a fun day and made us realise that we’re lucky to be pupils at Francis Douglas Memorial College.


Chicken Manure is still available from Big Jim’s Garden Centre or ring Vince Naus at work 755 2487.

Good Firewood – split pine and gum are still available at $50 a trailer load. Contact Steve or Mitchell Day at 753 2464 (home).

Year 9 – 10 Sacred Heart & FDMC Social at the FDMC Gym Thursday 26th February 7.30 – 9.30 pm.

Garage Sale – items to Vince Naus at Big Jim’s or phone 755 2487.


A large number of students will begin rehearsals this weekend for the 2004 Stage Challenge to be held at the TSB Showplace on Friday 30 April. We need assistance in the following areas: set, costume and prop fabrication painting backdrops, screen printing, dyeing costumes and sewing.

Our immediate needs are for lengths of coloured nylon (bright), t shirts (white), black clothing, ‘Loyal’ flags (from the America’s Cup), full sheets of thin ply & framing timber, large ladder/s A frame aluminium type, light weight but sturdy trailer that we could borrow for 8 weeks; 10m lengths of parachute nylon, calico, pairs of white socks, sheeting etc, acrylic house paint (unwanted colours).

Any businesses who are in a position to provide sponsorship through the supply of materials will be promoted in advertising and production booklets.

All help will be greatly received. If you can assist, please contact Mrs Jane Connolly at the College.


Year 7 Champion

1st Steven Dent

2nd Samuel Wells

3rd Tom Siffleet

4th Finlay Neeson

Year 8 Champion

1st Dylan Dunlop-Barrett

2nd Jared Gray

3rd Edward Rawles

4th Paul Hawkes

Junior Champion

1st Luke Banks-Novak

2nd Adam Leathem

3rd Cameron O’Sullivan

4th Jacob Dent

Intermediate B Champion

1st Levi Rona

2nd Matthew Hawkes

3rd Matthew Eagar

4th William Coulton

Intermediate A Champion

1st Greg Taylor

2nd Nathan Sole

3rd Ian Walthew

4th Nathan Zieltjes

Senior Champion

1st Tim O’Dowd

2nd Kurt Sole

3rd Andrew Vernon

4th Brock Roberts

House Aggregate

1st Solomon 1746 pts

2nd Loreto 1384 pts

3rd Benildus 1218 pts

4th La Salle 1153 pts


Senior 4X50m Medley Relay

Intermediate A 50m Backstroke

Intermediate A 200m Individual Medley

Junior 4X25m Medley Relay

Year 8 100m Freestyle

Year 8 50m Breastroke

Year 8 50m Backstroke


Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor


Dylan Dunlop-Barrett

Dylan Dunlop-Barrett

Jared Gray









Two of our students competed recently at the New Zealand National Outdoor Archery Championships in Christchurch, achieving excellent results.

Sam Connolly (Yr 11) competed in the two day field event on a property at Tai Tapu, winning the gold medal in the under 16 age group and an International bronze medal.

The Clout championships were held at St. Andrews College, Christchurch. Sam Connolly competed in the under 16 event and won a gold medal for his first placing, whilst Andrew Barczak (Yr 9) competed in and won gold in the U14 Clout.

Andrew Barczak shot consistently to win gold in the two days of target shooting. His high scores in this championship and also other competitions he has competed in over the past year, have enabled Andrew to be chosen for the 13 strong New Zealand team to compete against other Junior Archers from Australia, in Auckland during Easter this year. Congratulations Andrew, and good luck for this event.

Sam Connolly gained a third placing and bronze medal for the U15 target competitions.

A big thank you must go to Royle and Alison Hutton who put in hours of coaching, and offer heaps of support to these junior archers and other members of the local Greenwood Archers Club.


From Tuesday March 9th, you will be able to buy from the bookshop the following clothing:

FDMC Rugby Jersey $80.00

FDMC Rugby/Hockey Socks $12.00

Ordinary mouth Guards $2.00

Flavoured Mouth Guards $3.00


Students interested in entering this prestigious competition should bring home an entry form to be signed and returned together with an entry fee of $6.50 by 4th March 2004.


(effective 23 February)


Filled Rolls $2.00 Assorted sandwiches

(pack of 2) $1.80

Panini – Salad $2.50

Tortilla – salad $1.80

Cakes $1.40

Cookies $1.00

Fruit – seasonal


All pies $1.80

American Hotdog $2.00

Calzone Rapperz $1.60

Pizza $1.50

Hot Bit Pies $1.20

Noodles $2.00

Croissant $1.50

Stick Hotdog $1.30

Seasoned Wedges $2.20

Chips (in winter) $2.00

Bacon & Egg Wedge $1.40


Flavoured Milk:

600 ml $1.80

390 ml $1.00

Calci Yum $0.80

Pump water $1.00

Keri Juice $2.00

Powerade $2.50

Fanta Range:

600ml $2.00

390 ml $1.00


Moozies $1.00

Juicies $1.00

Ice Poles $0.40

Ice Munchers $0.50