Term 1, No 4 2005

Dear Parents & families,

JP IIAs a College that exists and operates within the Catholic tradition, it is appropriate that we acknowledge the death last week of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, the spiritual leader of our Church, a man whose energy and desire to communicate to the world led to 104 trips in 27 years, visiting 129 countries. Not for nothing was this man popularly referred to as God's athlete.

His unfailing belief in human dignity, shaped in part through his own experience growing up in Poland, led him to reach out as no previous Pope had. There were many firsts: the first Pope to visit a synagogue; the first Pope to visit a mosque. He even visited and forgave Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish fanatic who shot and seriously wounded him in 1981.

As we reflect on the role and significance not only of John Paul II, but of the papacy at this time, it is interesting to recall that, at the very beginnings our Lasallian tradition in 17th century France, St John Baptist de La Salle consistently advocated the importance of loyalty to the Church and to the Pope.

De La Salle expresses his view about the authority of the Pope quite simply in one of his Meditations:

The Pope, being the vicar of Christ and visible Head of the Church and successor of St Peter, has authority over the whole Church. All the faithful who are members of it should look upon him as their father, and as the voice by which God makes known His orders to us. He has that universal power which Jesus Christ gave to St Peter "to bind and to loose" and to him is committed in the person of the Apostle the duty of "feeding the flock."

And so let us pray,

in your wise and loving care
you made your servant, John Paul, Pope and teacher of all your Church.
He did the work of Christ on earth.
May your Son welcome him to eternal glory,
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

As we reach the end of term 1, we thank God for the many blessings of the term and the courage that so many have shown in the face of sadness.

Enrolment Scheme

The Ministry of Education is requiring the College to develop and implement an enrolment scheme. The purposes of an enrolment scheme are set out in Section 11A of the education Act (1989) and their application to State Integrated Schools is explained in Section 11PB(1)(a). The purpose of an enrolment scheme in a State Integrated School is:

  1. to deal with a situation where the school has, or is likely to have, more applicants for enrolment than there are places available at the school;

  2. to ensure the selection of applicants for enrolment at the school is carried out in a fair and transparent manner; and;

  3. to enable the Secretary [of Education] to make the best use of existing networks of State Schools.

In achieving its purpose, an enrolment scheme must, as far as possible, ensure that:

  1. the scheme does not exclude local students; and

  2. no more students are excluded from the school than is necessary to avoid the school exceeding its maximum roll or the capacity of the school buildings (whichever is smaller)

Copies of the draft enrolment scheme for Francis Douglas Memorial College are available at the College Office. If you wish to comment on the Scheme, these comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Board of Trustees. Any written comments should be received at the College by no later than Monday 9 May, 2005.


Please note, the College will be closed for instruction on Monday 2 May 2005 to enable teachers to take part in a Professional Development Day focussing on the improvement of Boys' education.

Thank you for your understanding.

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!!

Special Character


All Years 11, 12 and 13 students who are interested in preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to fill in an enrolment form that will be available in the school or parish office at the beginning of term 2. The date that the sacrament will be celebrated is on the 19th June. For more information contact Margo LaBerge.


Congratulations to all 55 students from St. Joseph's Parish who will be making their First Holy Communion on April 10th at the 9:00 parish Mass.

We wish many blessings to three students from the College who will be making their First Holy Communion:

  • Sean Hall

  • Toby Gray

  • Rikki Little-Feakins

DAYS '05

Students in Years 12 and 13 are invited by the Auckland Diocese to participate in an experience of Auckland and the spirituality of young Aucklanders during the school holidays from 17th April to 21st. This is an opportunity to meet other young Catholics from New Zealand and share in an awesome time. For more information call the Parish Office or Margo LaBerge.


Thank you for the wonderful responses to the three appeals held during Lent. The generosity of the College community is clearly seen when looking at the total amount raised from the appeals, approximately $4,400,00. The Lasallian Tsunami appeal raised $730 on Ash Wednesday, $1350 was raised on the Wednesdays of Lent for the annual Caritas Appeal, and a further $1180 was donated in Holy Week to Freeset, the charity that Nathanael Bollen was supporting. The PTA added to this fund with a donation of $300.

The response to these appeals are a true reflection of the Lasallian spirit of serving others. May God bless you all for sharing in this mission.

Year 9 Camp

Year 9 Camp will be held in Term 2, week 2 at Te Wera. 9B, 9G & 9L will attend May 9th — 11th, with 9R, 9S and 9W attending May 11th — 13th.

All Year 9 students have been given a newsletter and consent forms. Please make sure that these are returned to the office as soon as possible. The camps are a positive outdoor education experience as well as an opportunity for the Year 9 students to participate in group and team building experiences. It is our expectation that all Year 9 students will attend Camp.

Literacy Initiative

Weekly Idiom Competition

Congratulations to the boys who have received two or more Literacy Certificates this term. Rhys Williams, Travis Judd, Ciaran King & Joshua Ferries (all Yr 8 students). The idiom competition is run on a weekly basis where students have the opportunity to define three idioms a week that are presented in the Daily Notices. Once students receive five Literacy Certificates whey will win vouchers of their choice.

Taranaki Food and Wine Festival 2005

Scott Murphy and Chas Carroll volunteered to perform at the Taranaki Food and Wine Festival and entertained the crowd with some light jazz pieces for their bracket. This was well received. Thank you to the boys for representing the school so well on this occasion.


Australasian Science Competition

Thank you to all families who have entered your sons into this competition. Entries are now closed.


Interested in Teaching 2006? Check out Dunedin College of Education Ph 0800 TO TEACH, email course.info@dce.ac.nz or visit www.dce.ac.nz

Nescafe Big Break — Help for young people between the ages of 16 — 24 to achieve their dreams and ambitions by providing cash grants. Entries now open for 2005.

This year the total prize pool is $220,000.00 across New Zealand and Australia. There will be nine grants of AUD $5000.00, five grants of AUD $25,000.00 and one grant of AUD $50,000.00. There are no categories and no limits others than age. Recipients of NESCAFE Big Break have come from a wide range of fields including computer science, sports, engineering, technology, rock and classical music, film direction, art, aquaculture, literature, agriculture, dance etc.

Enter on line www.nescafebigbreak.co.nz or call 0800 430 043. Entries close Friday 29th April 2005.

Dunedin Tertiary Information Day 2005 — May 10th. Otago Uni, Dunedin College of Education, Otago Polytech.

Deans Awards

Congratulations to the following boys who have received Deans Awards:

Attainment Certificates: Cameron Ryan, Samual Easton and Jason French

Diligence Awards: Thornton Davies, Cameron Ryan, Aaron Ang and Bradley Townsend

Sports news 


The school has five enthusiastic teams playing in the In-Line Hockey School League. This League is played through Term 1 and Term 4. All of our teams are playing very well showing excellent sportsmanship. Any new players are always welcome.


Community Trust Cricket

From the original 136 schools entered in this tournament, the final eight teams — Auckland Grammar, Rotorua Boys High School, Hamilton Boys High School, Wellington College, Lindisfarne, Christchurch Boys High, Southland Boys High School and Francis Douglas Memorial College, our Year 9 & 10 team competed at the New Zealand Community Trust finals from March 21st — 24th in Taupo.

The tournament was run over four days with FDMC coming a creditable third equal. The only game the team lost was to the eventual winners Auckland Grammar. The tournament was very well organised and the FDMC team were often commended by the Umpires and Officials for their good behaviour.

A special thank you to Kane Rowson (Coach) and Tom Close (Manager) and also to the parents Paul & Yvonne Kelly, Barry & Caroline Speirs, Kevin Bolstad and Peter & Breda Hawkes for their assistance with the cooking of meals, scorebook, assisting the groundsmen, washing uniforms and transport.

Congratulations to the team on their achievement — Ethan Bolstad, Callum Boulton, Nicholas Dravitzki, James Fastier, Paul Hawkes, Nick Henderson, Andrew Kelly, Stephen Kibby, Thomas Landrigan, Caleb Mawson, Russell Speirs and Ben Stratton.


A team of 12 boys attended the Taranaki Secondary Schools Swimming Championships in Stratford on Tuesday 5th April.


Dylan Dunlop-Barrett -1st 100 m freestyle
Jared Gray — 2nd 50m backstroke
Luke Banks-Novak — 3rd 50m butterfly

Adam Leathem — 3rd 50m breaststroke

Andrew Vernon - 3rd 100 m freestyle & 2nd 50m breaststroke
Tim O'Dowd - 2nd 50m backstroke & 3rd 50m butterfly
Greg Taylor - 2nd 50m butterfly & 3rd 50m backstroke.

Junior — 2nd in both freestyle and medley
Intermediate — 3rd in both
Senior — 2nd in both

The boys swam well and as usual, represented the College in fine style. Congratulations to all the boys.


A number of Francis Douglas Memorial College students competed in the North Island Secondary Schools Track & Field Championships in Hastings on April 2nd & 3rd.


Callum Tanner — 7th in 100m heat & 7th in 200m heat
Nick Coulton — 3rd in discus
Tom Ingram — 2nd in javelin & 4th in discus
Kale Joines — 7th in javelin

Sean McCallum — 4th in 1500m final & 6th in 3000m final

Daniel Parker — 1st in discus, 2nd in hammer & 7th in shot put
Joe Bradley — 4th in hammer.

Congratulations to all competitors on a fine effort.


The College fielded a strong team of surfers and bodyboarders at this event held at Oakura Beach on Monday the 7th of March.

image006.jpgThe team consisted of :

Under 18 Surfers:

Lee Fleming, Shaan Davis, Kelly Barclay, Matthew Walsh

Under 16 surfers:

Maxim van Lierde, Dillon Walsh, Ashley Reader- Nokes

image007.jpgUnder 14 surfers:

Matt Bound, Julot van Lierde

Under 18 Bodyboarders:

Griffin Hunt, Sam Markham, Hugh Petersen

Under 16 BodyBoarders:

Sean Markham, Callen Boulton


Under 14 4th place — Julot van Lierde

Under 16 4th place — Maxim van Lierde

Under 18 3rd place — Shaan Davis

Francis Douglas Memorial gained second placing on the points board in the School's competition.


Francis Douglas Memorial College recently competed in the Individual and Teams Sailing events. Both competitions were sailed in New Plymouth.

On Wednesday the 23rd February Brad McCormack, Jay Gable and Paul Moriarty competed in the Optimist class and Trent Lochhead and Joe Churchman competed in the Starling division and represented the School at the Taranaki Secondary Schools Sailing event.

In the team sailing, the team consisted of Joe Churchman and Paul Moriarty in Boat One, Jay Gable and Trent Lochhead in Boat Two, with Brad McCormack and William Rowland in Boat T

There was a six race series on Sunday the 7th March. The boys had to sail against two Boys' High School teams and a Spotswood College team; the winners representing the province at the National competition. Our three yachts had to sail against the three yacht team of one of the other schools in each race. After the first rounds boats were then swapped to make sure that no team had advantage because of the craft they were sailing.

At the end of the racing with a protest decision to be made we were drawn with Boys' High School. We both had won 5 races, had the same number of second placings and unfortunately a capsize in the first race meant that we had 16 points as opposed to Boys' High School's 14 points. Joseph Churchman was commended for being the top skipper at the competition on the day by several of the sailing fraternity.

The College sailing team has gained a place at the National Secondary Schools regatta at Kohimarama in the term one holidays.


The following students are to be congratulated on their selection as members of the 1st XI soccer Squad: Ciaran Forsythe, Campbell Waugh, Alex Grainger, Ashley Reader-Nokes, Ryan Hall, Morgan Hall, Seamus Doyle, Rory Garner, Tomas Mosquera, Aaron Huesser, Lachlan McLean, Thomas Dravitzki, Matthew Phipps, Stefan Walsh, Conrad Poi, Gareth Sheehan, Ronshi Perera, Liam Tanner, David Sunley, Stephen Kibby. Practice is every Monday and Thursday from 3.30pm — 5 pm. Players unable to attend practice must contact the coach. These players will make up a youth team competing on Saturday mornings.

Two soccer teams have been entered into the 15th grade competition. Final selection will be completed by next Tuesday (12th April) and players will be informed soon after.

One team will be entered into the 13th Grade competition.

If there are any parents who may be willing to act as coaches and managers, could you please contact Mike Crow at the College.

General Information Soccer 2005.

Games start on Saturday, May 7. Venues, draw and information will be available on the web site: www.soccerwest.org.nz. Cancellations will be posted there and on the local radio stations. This year, ill discipline by players will not be tolerated, we want to see top sportsmanship as is the expectation for all FDMC students. All students need to have paid their sub by the 15th April, 3pm unless other arrangements have been made. Team cards will be used this year for the senior teams. I would also like to inform parents about a new rule affecting the Mens Grade in 2006. Players will need to be 15 years or older.


The TSS Triathlon Championships were held on Saturday April 3rd at Ngamotu Beach. The boys appreciated having a cooler overcast day with no wind. We had eight boys competing over the course, which included a 250m swim in the harbour, cycling 10km and then running 3 km to the finish.


Senior Boys Individual: 3rd, Nathan Coombes; 4th, Brock Roberts

Senior Boys Teams: 1st, Nathan Zieltjes, Gwylym Gibson

Junior Boys Individual: 1st, Edward Rawles; 3rd, Luke Banks-Novak; 4th, Drew Whitehead, 5th, Jared Gray



Purpose of Award: — To assist promising student to undertake tertiary study in areas related to Local Government.

Selection Criteria: -

Candidates must

  1. consider themselves local to the South Taranaki District, live in the district prior to beginning their qualification (may live outside district due to current study).

  2. demonstrate academic ability. Factors such as character qualification of leaderships and contribution to cultural and/or sporting activities.

  3. be enrolled in intermediate or 1st professional year of Engineering studies.

  4. be a New Zealand citizen or have permanent resident status.

Closing date — 2 May 2005

Candidates must complete application form available from South Taranaki District Council ph 0800 111 323, or email contact@stdc.govt.nz.

TARANAKI YOUTH ORCHESTRA & UNITED YOUTH ORCHESTRA of Hamilton are performing at New Plymouth Girls High School Hall on Mangorei Rd on Sunday 10th April, 2005 at 3.30 pm. Admission is by gold coin donation.


Once again we are fundraising, working towards a study tour in April 2006 for students of Japanese who are currently Year 10 or upwards. There are various activities planned, including selling firewood and sheep or chicken manure, and carwashes and MacDonalds nights in Term 2. We need the support of the school community to make them a success.

Please book in your orders:

  • Firewood- gum or pine- $50 a trailer load, free delivery within 10km of New Plymouth. Delivered by 1st May. Orders to Mitchell Day phone 753 2464.

  • Manure in time for spring- enquiries and orders to Ross Wood phone 755 1229.

Term Dates for 2005

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