Term 1, No 3 2005

Dear Parents and families,

As the Church this week celebrates the great Easter Triduum, culminating in the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, the following reflection by an unknown author is a particularly fitting one for us all:

Term_1_Number_3_html_13e4df3b.jpgHe was born in an obscure village,
The child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in still another village,
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty.
Then for three years
He was an itinerant preacher.
He never wrote a book.
He never held an office.
He never had a family or owned a house.
He didn't go to college.
He never visited a big city.
He never travelled two hundred miles
From the place where he was born.
He did none of the things
One usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but himself.
He was only thirty-three
When the tide of public opinion turned against him.
His friends ran away.
He was turned over to his enemies.
And went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross
Between two thieves.
While he was dying,
His executioners gambled for his clothing,
The only property he had on Earth.
When he was dead,
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone,
And today he is the central figure
Of the human race,
And the leader of mankind's progress.
All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the parliaments that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned,
Put together have not affected
The life of man on Earth
As much as that

One solitary Life.


Staff changes

Mrs Margaret Milne (Assistant Principal and Year 13 Dean) is on leave from the College. Margaret's absence has necessitated some changes within the College administration structure, particularly the Year Level Deans.

Effective immediately the Deans are:

Year 7/8 Ms Christine Alexander (no change)

Year 9 Mrs Bronwyn Donaldson (no change)

Year 10 Mrs Estelle Meyer

Year 11 Brother Peter Smyth (from Year 10)

Year 12 Mrs Ruth Marris (no change)

Year 13 Mrs Sjaane Simpson (from Year 11)

These changes will remain in effect until Mrs Milne's return to the College later in the year.


PTA Annual Meeting

At the annual meeting of the PTA held on Monday 21 March, the following office bearers were elected for 2005:

President Mr Vince Naus

Co-Secretaries Mrs Jan Forsyth

Mrs Robyn Hickford

Treasurer Mrs Kerry Boulton


Visit of Brother Ambrose Payne, Fsc, Provincial

Last week the College community welcomed Brother Ambrose Payne to the College. In October 2004, Brother Ambrose was appointed Congregational Leader of the De La Salle Brothers and assumed responsibility, in January 2005, for the Lasallian schools and welfare works in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. In recent years, Brother Ambrose has been the Principal of LaSalle Catholic College, Bankstown, in Sydney, and prior to that, Headmaster of Oakhill College, Castle Hill. Brother Ambrose is a highly esteemed educationalist, having been a consultant to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference over a number of years, Chair of the Australian Catholic Secondary School Principals' Association, Secondary Chair of the Association of Catholic School Principals in New South Wales and Chief Examiner for the Catholic Secondary Schools Association, an Association that delivers Trial Examination papers to schools across New South Wales. Brother Ambrose was also Principal of the Catholic College of Education Sydney. In 1987 Brother Ambrose was awarded an Order of Australia "for service to education".


High on Life

As a school, we recognise that our young people are growing up in a world where alcohol and drug use is common. We see a need to look at this important issue as a community because we believe that young people need the knowledge, skills and support to make healthy choices about their use (or non-use) of alcohol and other drugs. That's why we have become involved with other schools and community organisations who also want to see our young people High on Life. We want to continue to ensure that school is a safe place for students to learn and achieve in a drug-free environment and will promote and protect the "no drugs at school" boundary.

We also recognise, however, that some of our students will have a problem with alcohol or drug use either now or in the future. For these students, we are offering a range of support services. Some of these services may be provided by school pastoral support staff. Others will be offered by alcohol and drug agencies from the community who have made themselves available to work with our students, either individually or in small groups. Students may participate in these groups without fear of punishment. We want our school to be a drug-free learning environment, and to help students respect this boundary.

If you have concerns or questions about your child's alcohol or drug use, or your own use, you may wish to contact:

  • Taranaki District Health Board Alcohol and Other Drugs Service — Ph 753 7777

  • Taranaki DHB CAMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) — Ph 753 7790

  • Mahia Mai (Waitara) — Ph 273 6010

  • Alcohol Helpline — Ph 0800 787 797

Or have a look at these websites:

There will be a level of media coverage and community awareness of High on Life in the near future. We trust it is useful to you as parents, and will enjoy your support.



In the previous newsletter the College Leaders for 2005 were introduced. Unfortunately two of our prefects were missed off the list of names, they are Kyle Crowley and Matthew Walsh. Our apologies to Kyle and Matthew, who are doing a sterling job in their positions.


Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!


Jubilee ' 05 Events

Anniversary Day Mass

11am on 23 April at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North.

Each parish is invited to send representatives to this event celebrating the creation of the Diocese of Palmerston North and the ordination of its first Bishop. Contact your local Parish office if you would like to attend.

Jubilee Conference

22-24 April at the Diocesan Centre, Palmerston North

Costs $50 and $115 (including share twin accommodation)

Bringing together those who are involved in ministries and those who share in the work of the Diocese. This is a conference to explore Eucharist — providing a greater understanding of Eucharistic meaning, theology and significance for Ministry and Mission today. Speakers include Ann Gilroy, Chris Duthie-Jung and Diocesan Centre staff. Registration forms are available from your local parish office. Book now!!


Deans Awards

Congratulations to the following boys who have received Deans Awards:

Attainment Certificates: Regan Stanners, Shane Garner and Jason French

Diligence Awards: Jason French, Rhys Williams, Hayden Murray, Ciaran King and Shane Garner


Sports news


  • To Nathan Zieltjes and Greg Taylor who were selected to compete at the National Surf Lifesaving Championships.

  • To Greg Taylor and Andrew Vernon who have qualified to compete in the 2005 New Zealand Open and Youth Swimming Championships.

  • To Luke Banks-Novak who has qualified to compete in the 2005 Taranaki Swimming National Division II Championships


The athletics carnival was held on Friday 11 March, and was enjoyed by all participants. Congratulations to the section winners:

Year 7 Champions

1 Nick Sutton (S)

2 Ryan Bishop (LS)

3= Benjamin England (S)

3= Mitchell Cocker (L)

Year 8 Champions

1 David Bryan (LS)

2 Steven Dent (LS)

3 Samuel Wells (LS)

4 Lance Molyneaux (L)

Junior Champions

1 Beauden Barrett (L)

2 Tom Ingram (L)

3 Callum Tanner (L)

4 Nicholas Coulton (LS)

Intermediate B Champions

1 Tim Gilmour (S)

2 Ethan Bolstad (LS)

3 Nathan Coombes (L)

4= Ian Gray (B)

4= Sean McCallum (L)

Intermediate A Champions

1 Brent Stevenson (S)

2 Gwylym Gibson (L)

3 Blain Midgley (B)

4 Rick McKenna (B)

Senior Champions

1 Griffin Hunt (S)

2= Nathan Zieltjes (L)

2= Brendan Walsh (B)

2= Daniel Parker (LS)

2= Thomas Annabell (L)

Athletics House Champions

1 Solomon 2,066 points

2 La Salle 1,756 points

3 Loreto 1,653 points

4 Benildus 1,317 points



FDMC First Eleven

The first trials were held Thursday 17 and Monday 21 March. It was great to see such a positive turn out. The team will be announced next week.

Fifteenth grade trial will be held on 5 April at 4pm to 5:30pm at school. The next thirteenth grade trial will be on Wednesday 30 March at 3:30pm to 5pm.

School soccer teams

Registrations are now being taken so that trials can be completed in the next two weeks (for all Year 7 to 13 students wanting to play in 13th, 15th or Youth Grade). If your son has not received a registration form he can still get one from Mr Crow in Room 2 straight after Vertical Form during the next week.

Can you help?

We still require parents to help 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)



The Senior A Basketball team travelled to Hamilton to play against St Johns. They gave a very creditable performance against one of the top basketball schools in the country. The final score was 67-46 to St Johns.


Well done to the 1st XV squad in their first game of the season against St Johns, Hamilton in Hamilton. A good win by 22-13 and a first trophy — the Karalus Cup, which was donated by a former pupil of Francis Douglas Memorial College who now has sons at St Johns, Hamilton.

Tries were scored by Matthew Kissick, Liam Richardson, Rick McKenna and Brent Stevenson. Conversions were by Simon Bourke.

Players of the day were 1. Shane Cleaver

2. Darryl McDavitt

3. Thomas Annabell


From the Careers/Guidance Office

Farm Taster Courses

Any students (16 years or older) interested in attending a four-day taster course at Taratahi in Masterton during the school holidays this year :

  • 18 - 21 April

  • 26 - 29 September, or

  • 11 - 14 July

  • 12 - 15 December

At a cost of $40 (which includes the course fees, meals and accommodation) please see Ms Land or Ms Chapman in the Careers Office for more information and an application form.

Check out Taratahi's website : www.taratahi-ag.ac.nz


Pacific International Hotel Management School Career Week

19-22 April. Students interested in hotel management can spend three days at the Campus. The cost is $298.00. Contact Clair on phone 755 2036 Extn 8058 or e-mail clairm@pihms.ac.nz.


Year 13 M?ѬÅori students interested in Otago University 2006

A fully funded scholarship is available covering travel, accommodation and activities for up to eight students to spend three days at Otago University from 8 to 11 May. Interested students should see Ms Land. Applications close on 11 April. Further information can be found on the University website: www.otago.ac.nz/prospectivestudents/oce.html


AUT — Auckland University of Technology —visit to FDMC

Monday 21 March from 10:50 to 11:40 in the Year 9 Boarders Common Room. This is particularly suitable for students interested in Physiotherapy, Applied Science, Design, Engineering, Health Science, International Hospitality Management, Nursing, Sport & Recreation.



This is a website for parents, learners and educators. It is the on-line gateway to education in New Zealand. It is quick and easy to use, and an ideal starting point with up-to-date information on education.


Graduate and Careers Info

Senior students who are thinking of going on to University and wondering where a degree might take them should check out the following:

This site includes graduate student profiles, destinations and salary statistics.

  • Victoria University careers information — click on the "Careers" link on their homepage: www.vuw.ac.nz and then search the sections of Career Development and Employment


Caritas Appeal

The response to the Lenten appeal this year has been magnificent. The Francis Douglas community are all to be congratulated for the great generosity shown. So far $727.50 has been raised for the La Sallian tsunami appeal, and a further $1,362.90 for Caritas.. The last week of fundraising was towards Nathanael Bollen's pet project, Freeset, an organisation that sets prostitutes free of the streets.


From the PTA

Gala Day - Lost property

There are various plates, bowls and sunglasses in the College office which have been left behind by Gala Day volunteers. If you think they may be yours, please call the office, or come in and check.


Gala Raffle Results 2005

  • Groceries —
    Draw 1 No. 480 Murcott
    Draw 2 No. 561 Doreen
    Draw 3 No. 476 Margaret Hancock

  • Gift Basket — No. 062 - John Armstrong

  • Big Jim's Pot Plant — No.105 - Brigette Neeson

  • Children's Gift Basket — No.117 - Paul Moriarty

  • Strandon Pharmacy Gift Basket — No.105 Elizabeth Koenig

  • Painted Pot — No.101 - Kurt Vickery

  • Rugby Ball / Radio Pack — No.136 - Marlene Kissick

  • Voucher Board — No. 110 - Gayle Dodunski

  • Handyman's Basket — No. 092 - P Adamski

  • Fishing Basket — No. 123 - Karen Scott

  • Outdoors Pack — 114 - Ian Warner

  • Soft Toy — 098 - S Walsh

  • Cake/Coffee/Wine — 052 - Father Frank

  • Hurricanes Ball / T Shirt Pack — No.060 - Kerry Walsh

  • Warriors Pack — No. 044 - Pat Cottam

  • Plymouth Hotel/Hawera Caf— Pack — No.068 - John George