The 60th O'Shea Shield competition was hosted by Chanel College, Masterton over the weekend of the 14 — 15 May. The competition began in Masterton as a multi-discipline cultural competition for Catholic Colleges. Since 1946 the number of participating Colleges has grown to seventeen, and the standard of competition has become extremely high. Students participate in seven areas and the O'Shea Shield is presented to the team scoring the highest points overall.
Congratulations to the 2005 FDMC team:
Debating - Shaun Butler, Brock Roberts and Amrit Singh
The moot was "Should Religious Education be taught in all schools in New Zealand?" Our team took the affirmative, defeating Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth. The team was awarded a Distinction.
Oratory - Nick Sidler
Nick gave a fine oration and was awarded a Distinction.
Junior Prepared Speech - David Hills.
David presented a very entertaining speech on the origins of sliced bread! David was awarded a Distinction, was placed 1st overall in the competition and brought home the cup.
Scripture Reading - Seamus Doyle
Seamus proclaimed the reading in a fine manner and was awarded a Merit.
Religious Drama - Alekana Feaunati, Jamie Barrett, Greg Taylor, Scott Murphy & David Joines
This particular event is quite demanding. Students are given the choice of three themes from Scripture and are asked to present a drama based on this theme that leaves the audience with a message. Our team chose the theme "I am the Light of the World" and presented a thought-provoking drama. The team were awarded a Merit.
Religious Questions - Joe Bradley, Matthew Warner, Matthew Bloomfield
The team were asked a series of questions based on readings around the theme of "Faith and Reason" — a very challenging topic. The team performed very well, answering all the questions and being awarded a Merit.
Impromptu Speech - Tim Hills
The topic of Tim's speech was centred on the abolition of homework. He rounded off the events with a rousing performance which certainly had great audience appeal and gained him a merit award.
Special thanks to Mr Richard Marris, Mrs Ruth Marris and Ms Christine Alexander who coached the team and travelled with them to Masterton, and to staff at the College who assisted the students in their preparation.
Thank you to all staff and students who ensured that the 2005 Open Evening was such a great success, with a large number of prospective students and their families braving torrential rain to appreciate the facilities, enjoy the displays and the impressive quality of the students and staff who acted as hosts for the evening.
Thank you to all staff who prepared and hosted displays and demonstrations in the various learning areas and to the PTA for the much appreciated supper.
Thank you to the many students who volunteered their services for the Open Evening in a variety of ways — as tour-guides, on-site hosts and demonstrators of skills being developed in the various learning areas. A special thanks to Christopher Pearce and Andrew Dolan of Year 7 and to Scott Cameron and Brett Edgecombe of Year 9 who shared their experience of the College for the benefit of boys looking to enrol at FDMC next year.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
The following Years 7 and 8 boys have gained Dean's Awards for Diligence and Attainment:
Diligence: Cameron Ryan, Samuel Thomson, Glen Northcott, Callum Ireland, Jason Andrews, Jonathon Carey, Travis Mischewski, Shaun Gordon, Nathan Wells, Joe McCalman, Ethan Mills, Thomas Smith, Chris Gawler, Te Riu Adams-Smith-Warren
Attainment: Travis Judd, Bradley Townsend, Aniket Mehendale, Joe McCalman, Nicholas Stachurski, Jeremy McCracken, George Grainger, Aled Jones
Congratulations to the following Year 10 boys who have received Deans Awards.:
Jacob Dent, Shehan Gunatunga, Ben Schaare, Simon Squire and William Rowlands
New Zealand Secondary School Sailing National Competition Kohimarama — 25 to 29 April
The FDMC Sailing Team ventured to Auckland on Sunday 24 April to compete in the New Zealand Secondary School National Competition. The College was represented by Joe Churchman, Paul Moriarty, Trent Lochhead, Jay Gable, Jesse Whitham, Brad McCormack and Sam Connolly.
After months of fundraising and practice the boys were ready to compete against 18 teams from throughout New Zealand. We were definitely amongst the novices at the competition but did not embarrass ourselves. The races were often very close finishes with our first team often being first or second over the line. The conditions were extremely demanding often gusting over 25 knots, and sailing was delayed and interrupted on several occasions. We came 15th overall and learnt a great deal from this experience. Many thanks to Tony Gable for his coaching expertise and to all the parents for their support. Jane Connolly was the Manager and appreciated the opportunity to take these boys firstly away to Algies Bay for a training weekend, and then to the Nationals. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to gain further coaching from New Zealand coach Ross Sutherland who is passionate about 420 racing and organised a fleet of yachts for us to use.
Thank you to all our sponsors: Westgate Transport Limited, New Plymouth District Council, Amtec Engineering, Hookers Transport, zone/MacFarlanes, Cubes Clothing and the New Zealand Community Trust. Thanks also to FDMC Staff and Pupils who supported our Sausage Sizzles, 'Underage Rage', Foreshore Clean-up and 'Come Sailing' experience day.
Many thanks to the New Plymouth Yacht Club for allowing hire of their Sunburst fleet at competitive rates, and to New Plymouth Boys and Girls High Schools for letting us practice against them, and being great support during the week in Auckland.
Match report — FDMC 1st XV versus St Johns, Hastings — Wednesday 25 May 2005
In this annual fixture a close game was anticipated in excellent conditions for free flowing rugby at FDMC. The visitors, St Johns, started well with the first try to their strong running 1st Five, Mallany, who also converted it. FDMC responded quickly and after some fine build up work from the home pack the backs moved the ball crisply to put left wing, Michael Cavey, in for his first. Captain and No.8, Ben Siffleet, crossed soon afterwards after a short lineout enabled him to bullock his way through the midfield. Cavey got his second just before half time from good use of the blindside from halfback Andrew Coulton. Both tries were converted by Centre Simon Bourke. Half Time score was 19-7. The second half started just the same as the first, after some poor defence from the home side, another strong run from the St Johns first five led to a try from their half back, also converted. The FDMC forwards picked up their effort and with fullback Brent Stevenson showing quick hands, Cavey was put in for his third. Good chasing from Cavey and Stevenson led to a much deserved try for half-back Coulton. Andrew Tonks rounded off a much improved performance with a try under the posts after good lead up work by centre partner Bourke, with Bourke converting the last two tries. The final score was 38-14. First five Shaan Davis had a very good all round game and was player of the day. In the forwards, Jack Ward, Wyatt Hutchinson and prop Ryan Marra, playing probably his last game for FDMC, worked tirelessly.
1st XI Soccer — FDMC 1 — St Johns 0
The whole team contributed positively, with accurate passing and excellent support play. Most Valuable Player — Ryan Hall.
1st XI Hockey — FDMC 2 — St Johns 2
This was a hard fought game played at New Plymouth turf with both goals being scored by captain Connor Landrigan.
1st V Basketball — FDMC 52 — St Johns 55
This was a tale of two quarters to each team, with St Johns winning the 1st and 3rd and FDMC winning the 2nd and 4th. Top points scorers were Kenneth Hau 14, Matthew Warner 12 and Stefan Webling 10.
2nd XV Rugby — FDMC 22 — St Johns 13
The seconds had a very good first half scoring two tries, firstly through No. 9 Sam Connolly showing great support play after good work from the back and secondly through some individual skill from Ethan Bolstad. Rick McKenna kicked three penalties to make the half time score 19-6. St Johns came back well in the second half with a converted try of their own, with FDMC only adding another McKenna penalty to make the final score 22-13.
The FDMC 3rd XV rugby team wish to thank Jenny Bunn of Harvey Real Estate for the sponsorship of the team jackets.
Report for FDMC 1 Soccer Team
The 13th grade A team opening match of the season was a superb victory against Moturoa. Although it was just a grading game, a stunning performance by Lance Molyneaux and man of the match, Jamie Hareb, as well as hat tricks from Nick Stretton and captain, Kurt Leuthart gave FDMC a 12-0 win over the opposition. Coach Ciaran Forsythe congratulates all players on their awesome start and has high expectations for the coming season. Congratulations also go to team members, Hayden Murray and Patrick Forsythe who were chosen and recently attended the NZ Soccer Federation 4 under 12 training academy in Masterton.
FDMC First Eleven - Manager's report (Mike Crow)
The team consists of Campbell Waugh (Captain), Ashley Reader-Nokes, Ryan Hall, Morgan Hall, Liam Tanner, Seamus Doyle, Rory Garner, Tomas Mosquera, Lachlan McLean, Thomas Dravitzki, Matthew Phipps, Conrad Poi, Gareth Sheehan, Ronshi Perera, Stephen Kibby and Isaac Trevis, and after recovering from an injury, Isaac Waite is hoping to make the squad. There are some very young players but this has not hindered them playing excellent football. Under the coaching of Glenn Hooper the boys are growing in strength and playing a game that is well worth watching. Their skills around the field and knowledge gained from their coach are making the team into a unit that will be a major threat in the years to come. Campbell can be congratulated on his excellent leadership for not only the First 11 but also in the Youth Team. Ashley, Ryan, and Liam give the team experience and leadership. All the players can be proud of representing FDMC.
Youth team/First Eleven - Coach's report (Glenn Hooper).
The FDMC soccer team has a squad of seventeen players who will be competing in the local Youth Grade on Saturdays, college games and the Secondary Soccer Schools Tournament in Levin. The captain, Campbell Waugh, has been an inspiration, and the team's attitude to training has been fantastic. It is the coach's aim to pass on his knowledge on how he thinks the game should be played. From the quality of playing one can see the boys are listening and taking the information on board as the team has scored 20 goals in their games in the Youth Grade with none scored against them. Morgan Hall has scored a total of 6 goals and is a great contender for MVP. In the two college fixtures the players showed great pride and team play and the potential to develop and gel and become one of the great First 11 FDMC soccer teams the school has seen.
15th Grade Tornadoes coach's report (Neil Imrie)
The Tornadoes team coached by Mr Neil Imrie has had a challenging start to the season but they have shown determination and improved in every game. The team consists of Ethan Motion, Stewart Richdale, Patrick Mosquera, Liam Poppelwell, Tim Fleming, Troy Collier, Matthew O'Neill, Matthew Bound, Nathaniel Grigg, Michael Putt, Jamie Woller, Jake Gallagher, Michael Bowe, Julius Maggs, Timothy Wood and Kerr Sharpe-Young. Stewart has been the leading goal scorer and Ethan has proved his versatility both in goal and in mid field. Kerr has shown great skills in the goal also. The team practice on Wednesdays after school, and with continued growth in skill and knowledge they will show further improvement.
13th Grade Cheetah coach's report (Paul Hartigan)
Well what can I say about the FDMC Cheetahs? To start with we have a bunch of highly spirited and enthusiastic young men on the team. I am both blessed and cursed by having 17 players to choose from, blessed because of the choice of skill, and cursed because each week I will have to stand down 3 players because of the limit to 11 players and 3 subs. The captain of these young men for the year is Cameron Ryan. We have also settled on Caleb Knuckey as our Goalie, anyone at last weeks game would understand why this is, because of Caleb's courageous skills. Our first Player Of The Day (POTD) award went to Aniket Mehendale, who had never played Soccer previously, because of his determination and emphasis on defence against Highlands. Our second POTD award was to Andrew Dolan who was just simply everywhere on the field against Woodleigh and never stopped trying. Well done to both these men, although this was not to say that the rest of the team didn't do well as it was very hard to pick a POTD. Thus far we have had 2 different goal scorers in Sam Easton and Jordan Broughton, the first of many goals for the team I hope. It is hard to name all of the team in a short newsletter, but I'm sure that different individuals will be mentioned in upcoming articles. This week we are off on a road trip to Kaponga for a 9.45am kick-off so it will be an early cold morning for many of us. All parents are more than welcome to come down
FDMC Cross Country
The Cross Country was held on Friday 20 May and despite the wet weather was enjoyed by all participants.
1st 12:45mins Casey Reihana (B)
2nd 12.52 Callum Stachurski (LS)
3rd 13.10 Ryan Bishop (LS)
1st 12.28mins Lance Molyneaux (L)
2nd 12.35 Steven dent (LS)
3rd 13.37 Julian Beardman (B)
1st 11.35mins Beauden Barrett (L)
2nd 11.40 Edward Rawles (S)
3rd 12.35 Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (L)
1st 14.40mins Nathan Coombes (L)
2nd 17.12 Luke Banks-Novak (L)
3rd 17.15 Russell Spiers (B)
1st 15.12mins Brent Stevenson (S)
2nd 16.19 Ashley Reader-Noakes (S)
3rd 16.22 Gwylym Gibson (L)
1st 16.28mins Nathan Zieltjes (L)
2nd 16.42 Daniel Coombes (L)
3rd 16.49 Jamin Inia (L)
House Results Vertical Form Results
1st Solomon 2225 points 1st Solomon 2 381 points
2nd La Salle 1912 points 2nd Solomon 5 346 points
3rd Loreto 1889 points 3rd Loreto 5 345 points
4th Benildus 1886 points
To Nick Horo who won the Taranaki Surf Lifesaving Award — overall points for Under 19 men.
To the following boys who are in the New Plymouth Little Theatre's production of "Romeo and Juliet" — show dates 16 to 25 June.
Andre Stevens as Romeo Travis Graham as Benvolio
David Joines as Paris Kale Joins as Balthasar
James Lynch as Paris's Page
To Zach Beardman, who was in Year 13 last year. Zach will be flying to New Orleans in July as part of the New Plymouth Ravens in-line hockey team who have been selected to play at the World Championships in America.
Practical Education Scholarship — 50%
A scholarship is available for one student from FDMC for a course in 2005.
Navy vacancies 2005 — September intake
Seaman Combat Specials, Communications Operators, Marine Technicians, Engines, Electrical, Motor Electronics, Fire Fighting, Fitting, Turning, Welding, Stores-person, Administration, Medic, Hydrographic Survey.
For more information phone Reece on 021 501 233 or 04 496 6222 or check the website www.navy.mil.nz.
University open days
We will be taking official trips to Massey University, Palmerston North on 3 August and to Victoria University and Massey Wellington on 19 August. All students will be transported by bus leaving FDMC early in the morning and returning the same evening. Information re costs, permission slips, etc will be mailed out to students who have registered their interest later in the term. Any enquiries, please contact Ms Land on 753 6149 extn 842.
WITT Open Day
At the Bell St Campus on Thursday 16 June from 10am to 2pm. Free food, prizes, campus tours, workshops and activities. There will be an opportunity to talk to tutors and students and to ask questions about areas you are interested in. For further information check the website www.WITT.ac.nz or call 0800 948 896
2005 Coca-Cola Careers Expo
Auckland — 10-12 August — Auckland Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland
Wellington — 17-18 August — The Events Centre, Jervois Quay, Wellington
Victoria University Scholarships
Victoria are offering 50 school leaver scholarships of $3,000 each for academic excellence. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of a student's NCEA Level 2 results. They are conditional on the student gaining a minimum of 14 credits in each of four approved subjects at Level 3, with a high proportion achieved with excellence. Applications close on 14 November. For further information check out www.vuw.ac.nz/scholarship, or contact the Scholarship Office on 04 463 5113 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Awareness Courses
Course 1 : Te Timatatanga — at WITT, 20 Bell Street, 8:30am to 12:00 noon (4 weeks) — Cost $20.00
Course 2 : He Whakawh%u0103nui - WITT, Dept M?Ñ¬Åori, Rangiatea Campus, 131 South Road — 8:30am to 12:00 noon — Cost $20.00
Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Youth Kayak Scholarships — aimed at encouraging young NZrs to become involved in the sport of white water kayaking. The next course is 12-16 December.
Mum's Adventure Weekends — Calling all mums! Spend a weekend at OPC retreat lodge in Tongariro National park. Two days of fun, adventure, challenging activities and — absolutely no kids. Kayaking, white water rafting, abseiling, ropes, flying fox etc. Relaxation in the evening fully catered for by the log fire. Contact OPC 07 386 5511 or email email@example.com
Youth Adventure Challenge — 5 days — ages 14-18 years — 18-22 July or 24-28 September. Also courses in Leadership, Rock climbing and Mountaineering.
Strategies for reducing/managing Internet bullying:
Take internet harassment seriously. If internet bullying includes physical threats (including death threats), notify police immediately.
Guard your contact information. Don't give people your cellphone number, instant message name, or e-mail address.
Children who are being harassed on-line should log out of the site immediately and tell an adult they trust.
Never reply to harassing messages. If being bullied through e-mail or instant messaging, block the sender's messages.
Save harassing messages and forward them to your internet or e-mail provider. Most internet service providers have appropriate-use policies that restrict users from harassing others via the internet.
Speak out when you see someone harassing others on-line or via cellphones. Most adolescents respond better to criticism from peers than from adults.
Be Web Aware — www.bewebaware.ca
Parenting Teenagers Programme — 26 May to 30 June
Courses are being run by Relationships Services — Freephone 0800 735 283. The programme will include: Parenting Styles, Being a parent to a teenager, Teenage development, Communication and conflict resolution, Self-care — managing our stress. The 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 relationships skills within the family context, Develop methods of positive discipline which encourage teenagers in acceptable behaviour while keeping their self-esteem intact.
Course details :
Held at : Relationship Services, 109 Liardet Street
Start Date : 26 May 2005
Sessions : 7pm to 9pm Thursday evenings
Finish Date : 30 June 2005
Cost: There is no charge
Contact Relationship Services on Freephone 0800 735 283 to Register
Mechanical Engineering Scholarships — get paid for industry training
Scholarships for Pre-apprenticeship courses in Mechanical Engineering — for further information freephone Competenz Industry Training on 0800 275 455 or visit www.competenz.org.nz.
The Year 11 Applied Science class has recently completed a Unit Standard on Forensic Science. Mr Gray, a Detective Sergeant from the Police, visited the class. The class staged a 'murder' and Mr Gray took the boys through all the stages of investigating a crime scene to collect evidence. The boys enjoyed the hands-on activities of lifting fingerprints, collecting DNA samples etc. tremendously.
OUT AND ABOUT
Last week 25 Year 12 students attended a leadership conference in Wellington. They had the opportunity to hear a number of very good speakers talking on leadership. These included Mike Pero, Richard Taylor from Weta Productions, and Igelese Ete. The students all found this a worthwhile trip and are keen to develop their own leadership skills.
On Tuesday 17th May a team of senior students travelled to Waikato University. The FDMC team consisted of Zenek Zurakowski as Senior Counsel, Brock Roberts as Junior Counsel and Joe Bradley as the team's Researcher. They competed in the Secondary Schools Mooting Competition at the Law School of Waikato University. The college team acted as the respondents for "Cars 4 U Motors Ltd" against the Auckland Girls Grammar Team acting for the appellant "Andrews". The moot was recorded and will be judged to determine whether the FDMC team continues to the next round. The students were very appreciative of the opportunity to test their skills against students from other schools.
Japan Trip Fundraising
We need your help to sell 250 tickets for McDonalds meals on the evening of Monday 13 June. The price is $7.25 for adults for a large combo, and $4.65 for a children's meal. Please contact Mrs Marris through the school office.
MUSIC AND ARTS
Stage Challenge Update
Well with under four weeks to go the Organising Committee are suffering sleepless nights as they agonise over outfits and props. Currently we are pleased with the choreography and have been thrilled to have Suzee Freeman's guiding hand helping to pull it into a more cohesive performance over the last two weekends. Of serious concern is the fact that APPRA have not been able to give us Publisher's clearance on three of our chosen tracks so we have madly been applying for other options. This has meant that we have not been able to book studio time to burn our final production track.
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Please have a good clean out and support this year's Stage Challenge team.
Practices will continue on Wednesday lunchtimes and Sunday afternoons in the Gym. (This will include Queen's Birthday weekend.)
BUY your tickets NOW from the School Office - Adults $20.00 / Under 12s $15.00. All sales need to be made by June 2nd. There are limited numbers available and we would love your support on June 20th at TSB Showplace.
There have been so many entries this year that there are elimination heats scheduled for Monday 30 June in the New Plymouth Girls High Auditorium. Come along and support our school entries "Negative Magnet', 'Flash' and 'Break Space'. The heats begin after school and will run until approximately 5.00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to listen to groups from all the Taranaki schools so enjoy some good free entertainment and also support FDMC's entries and help them to reach the provincial finals.
FROM THE PTA
A huge thank you to everyone involved in making our recent gala such a fantastic success. A lot of people worked very hard to make this a very enjoyable day out for the community. The profit, once all bills were paid was a huge $22, 144.16 this year and will be used to furbish the new Technology Block.
As families once again start to accumulate items suitable for the garage sale, used clothing, bookstall and raffles etc in readiness for next years gala, the PTA are looking for suitable secure, clean and dry storage they would be willing to let us use. Please contact either Jan (753-8010) or Robyn (753-3303).
Our AGM was held on the 21 March and our new president is Vince Naus, assisted by Co-Secretaries Jan Forsythe and Robyn Hickford and Treasurer, Kerry Boulton. Thank you to John Gordon, our out going president and to Jo Hills, our out going Secretary who have both made a big contribution to the PTA over several years.
We welcome anyone at any time through out the school year to come and join us on the PTA. Our meetings are normally held the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the boardroom, which is above the school office. It's a great way to meet new people and find out a bit more about how the school functions. Our next meeting is June 13th.
Parents/Caregivers of Senior Students !!!!!
Please keep 13 June free as we have invited Studylink and the Inland Revenue Department to our PTA meeting to present information about the financial options available for tertiary studies, e.g. student allowances, student loans, and step up scholarships etc
Please note that this meeting will start earlier at 7pm.
Telecom and Clear School Connection Points: Just a reminder, that through a quick call to your phone company, these valuable points can be allocated to the college. Last year the school received several computers through the school connection scheme.
For any enquiries about the PTA please contact Jan Forsythe (Ph 753 8010) or Robyn Hickford (753-3303).
In the lead-up to Founder's Day celebration on Friday 3 June (before Queen's Birthday weekend) we will be having our annual collection of food for the local Foodbank. All items of food are gratefully received, especially non-perishable food like cereals, pastas, etc. We have had wonderful responses from the students in recent years as part of our school ethos of giving service to others, so would you please continue this practice and encourage your sons to bring foods for this appeal. We will be running the appeal for the two weeks of May 23rd to June 3rd. Many thanks in anticipation of the support you give your sons to participate in this opportunity to think of others.
Please note that on Founders Day the school day will finish at 12:30pm for the boys.
Meningococcal B information session
An information evening is being held at the New Plymouth District Council Chambers on Monday, 30 May at 7.30 pm for families/individuals requiring more information about the meningococcal B vaccine. Perry Bisman, whose daughter Charlotte contracted meningococcal B disease last winter, will speak at the meeting. Mr Bisman is a strong supporter of the MeNZB— vaccine, which offers protection against the epidemic B strain of meningococcal disease that nearly killed his daughter. Meningococcal B vaccine monitoring board member, Dr Kerry Sexton will discuss the testing, safety and effectiveness of the MeNZB— vaccine. If you require further information please contact Gail Geange, Project Manager, Meningococcal B immunisation programme - Ph: 06 753 6139 ex 7231 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Storylines Festival Free Family Day
Saturday 11 June 10am — 3pm at Puke Ariki, South Wing
A national celebration of New Zealand writers and illustrators. An exciting day for the family including authors and illustrators at work, all day art space, face painting, clubs corner and a book stall. Attend a book launch for 'The Waka' by Jean Prior including dance, Kapa Haka and waiata performances.
Pick up and drop off
When picking up and dropping off your sons, could parents please do so at the gate rather than driving up to the school carpark — this will help to reduce congestion in the mornings and at home times. Your co-operation will be much appreciated.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
In order for us to keep our records up to date, please remember to advise the college office if you have a change of address and/or phone number and contact details. This is particularly important at this time, as the meningococcal inoculation programme is starting next week.
Term Dates for 2005
Term 2 Monday 2 May — 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