Term 1, No 2 2005

Dear Parents & Families,


On Tuesday 10th February, the College community gathered in the Gym for the Commencement Mass and Investiture of the 2005 College Leadership team.

The principal celebrant for the Eucharist was Father Joe O—Riordan, College Chaplain. We were also pleased to welcome to our celebration the parents and families of our Leaders.

The College Leaders for 2005 are:

Head Boy Zenek Zurakowski
Deputy Head Boy Joseph Bradley
Cultural Captain Matthew Bloomfield
Sports Captain Campbell Fleming
Boarders— Captain Matthew Kissick
Boarders— Vice-Captain Thomas Annabell
Benildus Captain Matthew Warner
La Salle Captain Andrew Coulton
Loreto Captain Ben Siffleet
Solomon Captain Scott Jackson
BoT Student Representative Matthew Kissick

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Word of the Week 2005

The Words of the Week for Term 1 are:

Week 1



Occurring once every five years, or over a period of five years.

Week 2



Grand in appearance

Week 3



A flexible organization system designed to be responsive to the needs of the moment

Week 4



A derogatory term for a person who pursues an interest with obsessive dedication.

Week 5



Entertainment with an educational aspect; material intended to entertain and to inform.

Week 6



The practice of sharing desks and workstations between workers, rather than allocating individual private desks.

Week 7



To dance in a reckless manner at a rock concert, often jumping up and down and colliding with other dancers.

Week 8



A person belonging to the community of network users, particularly those connected in the internet.

Week 9



Relating to or designating an early stage in the development of a commercial idea or product, during which competing companies collaborate.

Week 10



A fierce attack on or defence of a particular opinion or belief.

Week 11



Able to speak many languages

Sports news


  • To Chad Saunders who has been chosen to represent Taranaki at the New Zealand Rowing Championships to be held in Twizel during March.

  • To Kade Sorensen and Connor Landrigan who will be attending North Island Secondary School Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro in March.

  • To Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Jared Gray and Edward Rawles who have qualified to compete in the 2005 NZ Age Group Swimming Championships Taranaki Team

  • To Cole Mossman who competed in the Australia/New Zealand Under 17 waterski tournament in Albury, Australia in January. He skied well, to win the following placings: 2nd in Jump, 3rd in Tricks, 4th in Slalom, 2nd overall boy, with the team taking 2nd place.


FDMC First Eleven - This year I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Glenn Hooper as the First 11 Coach. He will be selecting the squad over two weeks commencing Tuesday 15 March. Practices will take place every Monday and Wednesday.

The 2005 soccer season will be here before we know it so I would like to inform parents about coming events, and to request help. At FDMC we have many teams competing in the 13th Grade (Year 7 & 8 and Year 9), and also in the 15th and Youth Grades, for older students.

After selection of the 1st Eleven I shall be asking for enrolments of students wanting to play in a school team. Students will need to keep an eye out for Vertical Form notices in approximately the middle of March, or they could see me any time at school.

We urgently require parents' help and assistance as coaches and managers in all Grades. If you are interested, or know of any one who might like to help please contact the school. Thank you for your support. Mike Crow (TIC)


FDMC will again offer coaching in Badminton for all ages. This will take place every Monday at lunchtime 12.40 — 1.30 pm, in the school hall commencing Monday 7 March. All players are welcome. The school has rackets available, or students can bring their own. This year we hope to have more competitions available for intermediate and senior students. For further information or any queries please contact Mike Crow at school.

Cycling this year is again being sponsored by Flush Plumbing. After-school practises commenced on 10 February at 3:30pm. New students are always welcome. Distances will increase as the year continues. For any further information, please contact Racheal Cottam on 06 755 0239.


The swimming carnival was held on Friday 25 February, and was enjoyed by all participants. Congratulations to the following section winners:

Year 7 Champion

1st Benjamin Monk (B)

2nd John Paul Koenig (LS)

3rd Kurt Leuthart (B)

4th Caleb Ritai (LS)

Year 8 Champion

1st equal — Samuel Wells (LS) and Steven Dent (LS)

3rd Christian McSweeney-Novak (B)

4th equal — Shane Garner (S), Alejandro Barrientos (B), Tom Siffleet (L) and Emmett Hurley (S)

Junior Champion

1st Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (L)

2nd Jared Gray (S)

3rd Edward Rawles (S)

4th equal — Drew Whitehead (S) and William Gray (LS)

Intermediate B Champion

1st Luke Banks Novak (L)

2nd Adam Leathem (S)

3rd Callen Boulton (LS)

4th Trent Davis (L)

Intermediate A Champion

1st Levi Rona (S)

2nd Toby Tett (L)

3rd Matthew Hawkes (B)

4th Matthew Eagar (B)

Senior Champion

1st Tim O'Dowd (B)

2nd Greg Taylor (L)

3rd Andrew Vernon (S)

4th Nathan Sole (S)

House Aggregate

1st Solomon 1598 points

2nd La Salle 1385 points

3rd Loreto 1313 points

4th Benildus 1158 points


Registrations will commence on Monday 7 March. Students who want to play rugby for the college will be weighed and issued with a registration form and information notice.

The subs for 2005 are: Years 9 to 13 = $40.00, Years 7 and 8 = $20.00. Subs are to be paid to the office by Friday 1 April. Trials will commence:

1st XV Tuesday 15 Marcy

2nd XV Monday 21 March

C Gold Wednesday 23 March

3rd XV Tuesday 5 April

11th and 12th Grades TBC

All other teams Thursday 7 April

The 1st XV will play in the TRFU Under 20 Competition commencing 26 March. All other secondary teams will play in the TSSRFU Competitions commencing Saturday 7 May. The 11th and 12th Grades will commence on Saturday 9 April. The 1st XV will be travelling to Hamilton to play St John's on 21 March and playing on 22 March. The 1st and 2nd XVs will be travelling to Auckland to play De La Salle on 4 April and playing on 5 April. The 1st XV will play New South Wales South Coast Schools on Thursday 14 April.

From the Careers/Guidance Office

Year 12 students who are likely to be applying to universities for scholarships in Year 13, need to be aware that if they are applying for scholarships in 2006, their 2005 Year 12 grades are often taken into account.

GAP 2006 applications close on 24 March 2005

Countries available are the UK and Ireland, Poland, Canada (east and west), Germany, Thailand, Australia. Check out the website, www.gapnz.co.nz. Information is also available from the Careers Office.

AUT Open Day

Auckland University of Technology are holding an open day on Saturday 9 April from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Courses offered include business, art and design, communication, engineering, physiotherapy, M?ѬÅori development, education, health and professional development. For more information check their website, www.aut.ac.nz or phone 0800foraut.

RNZAF Recruiting

Applications close on 4 March for:

  • Pilots

  • Navigators

  • RNZAF undergraduate scheme

  • Logistics Officers

  • Physical Training and Flight Stewards

The second intake closes on 24 March for:

  • Avionics Technicians

  • Aircraft Technicians

  • Safety and Surface Workers

  • Administrative Clerks

  • Logistcs Supply Specialists

  • Ground Support Equipment Technicians

  • Firefighters

  • Aviation Refuellers

The last recruit for 2005 closes on 1 August for the September intake:

  • Avionics Technicians/Aircraft Technicians

  • Armament Technicians/Metalworkers

  • Logistic Supply Specialists/Air Security Guards

  • Medics/Aviation Refuellers

Parenting Teenagers Course

Course details: Start date 24 March 2005, finish date 21 April 2005. Sessions are from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday evenings. There is no charge.

Please register with Relationship Services, 109 Liardet Street, New Plymouth — Phone 06 758 3803

The programme will include:

  • Parenting styles

  • Being a parent to a teenager

  • Teenage development

  • Communication and conflict resolution

  • Self-care — managing our stress.

This course aims to provide parents with the opportunity to:

  • Identify teenagers' needs and develop strategies to meet these

  • Share ideas about being the parent of teenager/s

  • Explore, develop and practice skills that will assist during these years

  • Develop good communication and relationship skills within the family context

  • Develop methods of positive discipline which encourage teenagers in acceptable behaviour while keeping their self-esteem intact.

Outward Bound Courses

These courses are a fantastic opportunity for students to realise their full potential. Students who attend Outward Bound return from their courses with greater self-confidence, improved communication skills and more focus on their future plans. Courses available include:

  • Mind Body & Soul — specifically designed for 16-18 year olds. The next course is 2-22 July 2005 (3 weeks). The course focuses on development of identity and understanding of "self" and on core values such as responsibility, respect, compassion, trust and honesty.

  • Leaps & Bounds — for parents (or caregivers) with teenagers. The next courses are 15-22 July and 25 September-2 October (8 days). This course is a special opportunity for shared adventure and learning for a teenager and parent or caregiver. This course has been designed specifically to explore personal development and inter-family or significant relationships using the outdoors as a medium.

Funding — Outward Bound is committed to making courses available to everyone and they do not want the cost of the course to be a deterrent to people enrolling. Provided applicants meet a certain criteria, Outward Bound have people committed to helping students access the funding that is required. Scottwood Group Scholarships may be available for some courses. There is also a fundraising guide available "How to raise money $$$ for your Outward Bound Course". For more information call 0800 OUTWARD (688 927) or look at the website www.outwardbound.co.nz.

Francis Douglas Memorial College
New Plymouth Repertory present
" An Inspector Calls"

written by J.B. Priestley

Starring our very own Graeme Mustchin

Thursday 17 March 7.15 for drinks and nibbles

8.00 p.m. show begins

Broadmore Street, N. P.



The Maclean family wishes to sincerely thank the Brothers, Board of Trustees, Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians and others in the wider college community for their caring and support during Karen's illness. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness of so many through prayers, Mass offerings, flowers, donations, letters, cards, baking and many other kind gestures. Thank you all and God bless.

Host an Exchange Student — Experience the World!

EF Foundation is a non-profit exchange organization committed to breaking down cultural barriers. Students from 26 different countries, aged 15-18years, come to NZ to experience life as a kiwi kid and share their own culture with their host family and their new community. Camilo, from Colombia, is currently attending Francis Douglas and would looking for a family to join. He is keen to share his culture with you and learn about our kiwi ways. For more information call Stacey on 0800 44 55 11.

Meningococcal B programme

The Ministries of Education and Health have been working together on the implementation of the Meningococcal B programme that starts in Taranaki shortly. Public Health Nurses have also been involved and are currently working with schools in the planning of the School Based Programme.

The school based programme will commence in mid March, a consent forms will be sent home with each school aged child. Parents are asked to return the completed consent form section to school for each child whether they want the child to be vaccinated or not. The Public Health Nurse will be required to follow up with Parents who have not returned consent forms For those children consenting to vaccination, the Public Health Nurses will begin vaccinations in term two.

Further information on the programme and meningococcal disease can be found on the Taranaki District Health Board web site: ww.tdhb.org.nz or Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz OR the free telephone line 0800 20 30 90

From the PTA

GALA 2005

Don't forget the Gala Day on Saturday 5 March. Donated goods can be dropped off at the College office. This is our major fundraising event for the year, and your support will be greatly appreciated. If anyone is able to assist in any way, please leave your name and phone number at the front office and a member of the PTA will make contact with you.

Term Dates for 2005

Term 1 Monday 31 January — Friday 15 April

Taranaki Anniversary - Monday 14 March

Easter Break - Thursday 24 March — Tuesday 29 March

Term 2 Monday 2 May (teachers only day) — Friday 8 July

Queen—s Birthday - Monday 6 June

Term 3 Monday 25 July — Friday 23 Sept.

NCEA Trial Examinations — Monday 19 Sept. — Friday 23 Sept.

Term 4 Monday 10 October 2005 — Friday 9 December 2005

NCEA examinations commence Tuesday 15 November 2005