Term 2 No 2 - 2005

Dear Parents and families,—

We have almost completed the second term. — It has been a very busy one with many activities taking place outside the classroom. — Many of our young men need support as they balance their extra-curricular activities with their academic studies. — As parents you can help with their time management. — Staff are very supportive in providing extra assessment opportunities when students are away at some of these activities, however there is a limit, and students might need to compromise extracurricular activities to ensure attendance at an assessment task. — It is important to remind our students that they must plan to get the balance right.

—Term 3, with fewer interruptions and more assessment, will have a far clearer academic focus - NCEA credits are to be earned by seniors while juniors must demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for success in ongoing study. — In Term 3 and for the balance of the year, determined class work, homework and revision are essential. — It is easy for students to be satisfied with a 'pass' or 'achieved' grade, however all must be aware that these grades may be insufficient for entry to later school courses, tertiary courses or certain careers - increasingly 'merit' and 'excellence' are being sought. — Simply, every student at Francis Douglas Memorial College must strive to achieve those grades that best reflect his abilities. — That extra effort and parental interest and encouragement are needed now.

Mid-year Reports will be posted home on Friday — 8 July.

Parent-teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 4 August, 3.30 p.m. — 8.00 p.m. in the College Gym.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!



The Amazing Race to Confirmation

Congratulations to the 48 young people who received the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Joseph's Parish on Sunday 19th June. — — Twenty-one students from FDMC participated. — It was a wonderful celebration of young people in the church.

Also congratulations to Scott Murphy, Chas Carroll and Joshua Hickford who won the Sunday activity car rally which was part of the formation programme. — They were closest in time and kilometres and for their efforts (and their dads) they will be going on a one hour helicopter ride donated by the Practical Education Center. — This grand prize was great in keeping with our theme. — All participants had fun and discovered that faith is a lifelong — journey and there are many roads one can take, yet we have to keep in mind our final destination which is heaven.


The students involved were : John Briesman, Alex Crossan, Rangi Duthie-Sullivan, Scott Gawler, Mitchell Gregg, Joshua Hickford, Michael Hobbs, Liam Hurley, Kerry Instone, Russell Keegan, James Lawn, David McDavitt, Peter McDavitt, Scott Murphy, Hugh Peterson, Liam Richardson, James Selby, Matthew Stephens, Michael Dolan, Michael Wilson, Conor Yardley.


Congratulations to the following Years 7 and 8 boys who have gained Dean's Awards for Diligence and Attainment:

Diligence :

Finlay Neeson, Toby Gray, Philip Radford, Daniel Osborne, Jonathan Carey, Hayden Murray, Jonathan Morgan, Samuel Davie, Bradley Townsend, David Lepper, Cameron Betts, Jason French, Sandie Hura, Daniel Mosquera, Patrick Forsyth, Kent Sutton, Travis Judd, Thornton Davies, Sam Easton, Ciaran King, Jan Coetzee, Samuel Thomson, Nick Stretton, Andrew Hindle and Anthony Finnerty

Attainment :

Finlay Neeson, Philip Radford, Jonathon Carey, Bradley Townsend, Cameron Betts, Patrick Forsyth, Samuel Thomson, Andrew Hindle and Jan Coetzee


Medallion Ceremony

La Sallian Medallions are awarded to boys who show outstanding behaviour in the following criteria; spirit of forgiveness, spirit of generosity, Christian attitudes, courteous behaviour and good manners. — The boys who have received medallions this term are :

Year 8

Thomas Connolly, Thomas Fahy, Joe McCalman, Aniket Mehendale, Thomas Smith, Matthew West, Ben Wilson, Thornton Davies, Sam Davie, Nick Stretton, Lance Molyneaux, Simon Gray and David Bryan

Year 7

Lyle Major, Joshua Walsh, Chris Gawler, Hadley Northcott, Andrew Hindle, Jono Carey, Bradley Townsend, Phillip Radford, Chris Senior and Ben England.



N Z Secondary Schools' Cross Country - 16 June 2005

Report from Peter Rawles, Parent Manager

Six FDMC boys took part in this competition on the weekend and performed very well. — The course, marked out around the Wanganui Collegiate School, was more undulating than hilly but became a greater challenge as the day progressed with showers of rain turning the course into a muddy skating rink. — The starts of each age group race were particularly spectacular with over two hundred of the nation's best runners sprinting from the start line and funnelling into a narrower section of the track.

The FDMC Year 9 team of Beauden Barrett, Edward Rawles, Jared Gray and Dylan Dunlop-Barrett finished 7th, 22nd, 82nd and 97th respectively and together finished a creditable 7th in the teams competition. — In the Junior boy's race Nathan Coombes was always in touch with the frontrunners and finished 7th. — In the Senior race, Gwylym Gibson finished in midfield with 110th place.

Congratulations to the boys for running so well.


The College 1st XV would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship for 2005 from the following sponsors :

Taranaki Farmers Hawera, Abacus Group Ltd., Hughson & Associates Accountants, Bradley Livestock Taumaranui, Kissick Fencing Contractors, Timberco Ltd., Kevin Davis Panelbeating, Tukapa Rugby Football Club, Ross Fraser Panelbeaters Ltd, McDonalds Real Estate, Morrisons Caf— Bar Hawera, Seaview Motels Onaero, Milemaster Tyres Ltd, FBT Inglewood RFC, O'Dea Honda Hawera, McDonald Everest Insurance Brokers Ltd, Parker Drilling Co, Todd Wolfe Bounceback Physiotherapy, Health 2000 Hawera, Taranaki Farmers First National Real Estate, FDMC Farm, Ross Whitmore @ Vanburwray Accountants, Stars Travel International Ltd, Topstitch, Egmont Seafoods Ltd & Kieran Dolan Electrical Ltd.


Soccer First 11 squad update.

The FDMC 1st 11 has been accepted into the Trident Trophy in Levin on August 29 — September 2. — A meeting is being held at school Monday night, 7pm in the board room to make arrangements and discuss any issues. — All parents and players are expected to be present. — On behalf of the team I would like to thank 'Garner Holdings' for sponsoring a set of jackets.

Taranaki Soccer Assistant Referees

Several FDMC students are members of the Taranaki Referees Association. — They all show great promise for the future and together they make up 50% of the association's total youth membership. — The following comments have been forwarded to us by Norm Briggs from the Taranaki Referees Association. — All of these students are a credit to the College.

  • Isaac Trevis (Year 12) - a very promising Referee and Assistant Referee. — He is rated as a definite refereeing prospect for the future by New Zealand Soccer Referees Coaching Committee. — Is currently working on his Level 2 Refereeing Course and has been selected to attend a National Referee Development Programme in Napier later this year. Isaac is a first choice as an A/R for Team Taranaki Federation matches.
  • Campbell Waugh (Year 12) - Like Isaac, a definite Referee and Assistant Referee of the future. — Campbell has been recognised by the Central Soccer Referees Committee as having a promising future as a match official. — Campbell is regularly appointed to Team Taranaki matches as well as refereeing Women's Federation matches.
  • Gareth Sheehan (Year 13) - Although only in his second season as an Assistant Referee, Gareth has already been identified by NZ Referee Instructors as an excellent prospect for the future. — He is currently sitting Level 1 Referees Course. — As an A/R he is rated just behind Isaac and Campbell.
  • Seamus Doyle (Year 12) - Another good A/R, and has also passed the Level 1 Refereeing Course. — Very capable at local Premier Grade level as an A/R and has successfully refereed women's matches.
  • Torran Lepper (Year 13) - Torran was one of our first recruits from FDMC and has been with the Referees for the past 4 years. A good A/R on local Premier Grade matches.
  • Dale Michielsen (Year 11) - Another valuable member of our young group of A/R's. — Dale is very keen and is currently sitting the Referee Level 1 Course. — Currently officiates as an A/R up to local Premier Grade and has refereed local women's matches.
  • Ethan Motion (Year 9) - One of our latest recruits from FDMC, Ethan is in his first year as an A/R. — He is very keen and I am sure he will prove a very good A/R in seasons to come.
  • Chris Murray (Year 12) - Chris has proved to be a very competent A/R over the two years he has been with us.
  • Ashley Reader-Nokes (Year 12) - This is Ashley's first season as an A/R and he has proved to be very capable.
  • Stewart Richdale (Year 9) - Stewart is in his first season with the Referees and has shown great promise for the future
  • Kawana Waugh (Year 8) - Although still quite young, Kawana is now in his second season as an A/R, and has shown he is very capable and should get better as he matures.


ACC Thinksafe Agriculture Team Challenge

The Francis Douglas Memorial College Year 11 team are the champions with 318.5 points. — Congratulations to John Julian, James Lawn, Jordy Whelan and Jade Wilson. —

Runners up are the FDMC Year 13 team with 317.5 points. — Well done Simon Bourke, Shane Cleaver, Scott Clark and David McDavitt.

The ACC challenge is contested annually by secondary school agriculture students throughout Taranaki. — The challenge involves demonstrating knowledge and skills of safe practices in agricultural situations and involves seven practical modules

  • Tractor Operation (new — New Holland tractor supplied by Norwoods)
  • ATV Operation (ATV supplied by Energy City Honda)
  • Animal Handling (Agriculture New Zealand)
  • Firearms Safety (New Zealand Police)
  • Chemical Safety (Agriculture New Zealand)
  • Safety at Heights (OSH)
  • Workshop and Chainsaw Safety (Paul Drury & Ross Redpath).

The final challenge is a 10-minute quiz on safety and first aid.

The defending champions, Hawera 1, were a distant third with 302.5 points followed by Stratford (292.5), Inglewood (284.5), Waitara (271.5) and Hawera 2 (267). — A special thanks to Young Farmers Club members for the tractor and ATV modules and their general organisation. — Also thanks to Agriculture NZ, OSH and Police personnel. — Thanks also to the sponsors; ACC, Norwoods, Energy City Honda and Agriculture NZ.


Free Learners Driver Licence Programme

Do you need help to understand the Road Code? — VLS can help you study for the test. — For more information contact Jos on 06 758 1760 or text to 021 265 1063.

University Study?

You are invited to discuss study opportunities and career options with Massey University Liaison Advisers and careers services staff on Tuesday 28 June. — They will welcome all school students and their families, mature students, students of all ages and at all stages. — The venue is the Ballroom at the Quality Hotel, Plymouth International, corner Courtney and Leach Streets, New Plymouth. — You can visit between 3pm to 8pm on the 28th.

Otago University Scholarships 2006

  • Otago University Development Society "First In Family Scholarships" close on 1 October - $5,000.00
  • Dux Scholarships for one year - $3,500.00. — Close on 1 December. —

For more details and application forms go to www.otago.ac.nz/study/scholarships

Otago University

Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Sciences handbook 2005 is now available at the Careers Centre.

Hillary Scholarships 2006 — Waikato University

Students who excel academically and in sports or creative and performing arts — can be school leavers or current tertiary students:

  • Full fees to study at Waikato University
  • Personalised academic support
  • Leading coaches/tutors in your area of sports and arts
  • Life skills and personal development coaching
  • Free gym membership

For further information contact Glenn Berry, High Performance Manager, on 07 838 4264 or 027 221 1145, or check out the website : www.waikato.ac.nz/hillary.

University Open Days

  • University of Canterbury Open Days — 8 and 9 July. — See Ms Land for details.
  • Victoria & Massey

A letter has been sent out to the families of Year 13 students who indicated an interest in these open days. — Payment must accompany your return slip to the school office before 30 June. —

Massey — 3 August — - Depart FDMC at 5:45am - Return approx 7:00pm - Cost $24.00

Victoria/Massey, Wellington — 19 August - Depart FDMC at 4:00am - Return approx 9:00pm - Cost $34.00

If you have not received a letter, please contact Ms Land at the Careers Office.

Taratahi Open Days - Friday 14 October (by appointment) and Saturday 15 October from 10am to 3pm.

Auckland University Scholarships 2006

  • Excellence for top achievers — 30 awards @ $2,500 to $5,000
  • Chancellors Awards for top scholars — M?ѬÅori and Pacific achievers — Closes 10 September 2005
  • Access awards to students who have potential to succeed at university study and who would find it financially difficult without assistance — close 10 September
  • Alumni scholarship for students who, because of financial hardship, may not be able to attend university
  • A range of endowed scholarships and prizes for school leavers in specific subjects and for specific areas of study.

For more information contact the Scholarships office (09) 373 7599 extn 87494 or email scholarships@auckland.ac.nz or the website http://www.auckland.ac.nz/.

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre — Taster Courses 2005

Students 16 years of age or older are invited to attend 4-day taster courses to experience first-hand farming. — The cost is $40.00 which includes the course, meals and accommodation. — The dates available are: — 11-14 July, 26-29 September and 12-15 December. — Contact Jackie on phone 06 378 2116 extn 705, or check the website at www.taratahi-ag.ac.nz.

Beyond the Camera Course

Students interested in a career in TV, Film or drama, whether in relation to performance, technical or production aspects, BTC are offering a 6-day course at St Andrews College, Christchurch. — Details are:

Cost : $375.00 plus accommodation

Dates : 25 September to 1 October 2005

Contact : Simon Williams, BTC Television, St Andrews College, Christchurch

Phone : 03 940 2065 —————————————

Email : swilliams@stac.school.nz —————————

Website : www.stac.school.nz

National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care

Wanganui Veterinary Services hold a NZQA accredited full-time 36 week course. — Applications for 2006 intake close 26 August 2005. —— For further information call (06) 345 5864



Hot Tips on Growing Boys / Hot Tips on Raising Girls Seminars

With Ian and Mary Grant of Parenting with Confidence. — On Wednesday and Thursday 10 & 11 August at the Northpoint Centre, 116 Mangati Road, Bell Block.——The cost is $12.50 per person per night, or $20.00 per couple. — For more information phone 06 755 2371 or email info@northpoint.org.nz. — You can also visit Ian and Mary's website, www.parenting.org.nz. — There is some sponsorship available to parents and caregivers who would like to attend but cannot afford it. — Please phone the FDMC School Counsellor, Carol Land, on 753 6149 extn 842.


In this picture we see 7R science students fair testing their Giro-copters. The boys were investigating scientific testing as part of the year 7 program.

In the picture Patrick Forsythe shows the class how successful he was.




Toby Gray with Jonny Wilkinson

Toby Gray (Year 7) and his family, who are huge lions fans, went to New Plymouth airport to meet the Lions team when they arrived. — Toby asked for signatures in his scrapbook so the coach took the scrapbook on the bus with the team, and arranged for Toby to pick it up again from the hotel. —— When Toby picked his scrap book up with the team's signatures, he was lucky enough to have his photo taken with Jonny Wilkinson. —— Way to go Toby!



Sunday 12 June saw FDMC host the Taranaki Secondary Schools Teams chess championships. — Five schools, FDMC, New Plymouth Boys High, Stratford High, Spotswood College and Inglewood High competed over seven games to decide the outcome. — We placed two teams:

The A Team = Liam Poppelwell, Travis Judd, Te Riu Adams-Smith-Warren and Daniel Phipps

The B Team = Callum Scott, Daniel Poutu, Isaac Dolan and a player from NPBH

All but Liam (Year 9) — and Daniel Poutu (Year 11) are year 7 students. — NPBH took out both first and second places with Stratford High coming third. — Our B team managed to beat the A team in the early rounds, which gave them a lot of confidence and the A team came 4th overall. — Thanks to the parents and librarians for their assistance in hosting this event. —— Expect a strong showing next year.


Model United Nations

Ten students, 4 Year 12 and 6 Year 13, attended the Model United Nations held in Wellington over three days last weekend. —— Each student represented a different country and did a lot of work and research in preparation for putting the issues affecting their country in front of various committees. — On the Sunday a General Assembly was held where the issues were debated. — The students found this a great learning experience and the Year 12 students all want the opportunity to be involved next year.

The students were: — Zenek Zurakowski, Joe Bradley, Matthew Warner, Nick Sidler, Brock Roberts, Reuben Costello, Shaun Butler, Greg Taylor, Seamus Doyle and Jamie Barrett.


Year 9 Camp

Year 9 camps were held in the second week of this term. — The Camps were held at Te Wera and we were incredibly lucky with the weather. — The days were fine and warm, however the nights were very crisp! — This year the new facilities had been finished and what a difference it made, especially for meal preparations and meal times. —

The boys were able to experience a wide range of activities as a part of a team and to cement new friendships with boys they may not have previously known so well. — It was also a time for the teachers to get to know the boys a little better and it is great to report what a outstanding group of boys they were.

Our thanks go to the wonderful parents who supported our camps, either visiting through the day or staying overnight. — Without parent help we could not run these camps and the boys would miss out on a wonderful opportunity to participate in activities outside of school.





After months of planning and preparation it was time to compete at the TSB Showplace on Monday 20 June.

Our last practice at the school went well on Sunday and we waited for Brother Will to come and transport the props. — Uh oh! Big Red had broken down. — Fortunately Gregg Whitham came to the rescue and organised a Hooker's removal truck for 7.45 the following morning. — Not all was going to plan as the truck's wheelbase was too long to negotiate the driveway to the Gym. — Backstage crew were put to their first task of the day carrying the props to the truck. — We felt we'd endured a day of competition before leaving the college.——

Down at the Showplace the boys were checked off the roll and ushered into their domain for the day. — The production meeting was the first to begin with lots of noise, interaction, dancing and rivalry being established between the competitors. — The college song had its first of several airings for the day! (If only they sang it with such gusto at assembly.)

First to rehearse, we had our three run-throughs completed and our video and lighting set for the night. — The students then watched the other schools going through their paces. — The boys had the competition ranked and always were impressed with the quality of Opunake's performance.

Meetings were attended, lunch eaten and hair and make-up began to be applied. — Pizza delivery by Paul Coulton at 5.30 p.m. marked the final countdown. — Jeanette Hasell, Ruth Marris and Megan Briggs began applying the final make-up after costumes were donned.

7.00 pm came all too quickly, and with voices hushed the queuing for our performance began. The 127 boys involved performed their "Space Race" excellently. — In previous years we had been the first to rehearse and the last to perform, so this year we broke with that tradition and were the first to perform behind Tawhiti's 'Showcase'. — The 7 minute 58 second production was soon all over and it was time to relax backstage, transport the props back to school and await the judges' decisions.

Opunake proved to be tough competition and came first. — Hawera and Stratford came second and third. — We were disappointed that this year we were not finalists, but were pleased with the 9 Awards of Excellence we were given. — These were for areas where we gained over 8 points by the judging panel.

A big thank you to the wonderful cast who practised for months during their Wednesday lunchtimes and Sunday afternoons. — We are all proud of our performance and already students are speculating what would be good themes for the next "Challenge".

Morgan Davies must be credited for his endless energy and wonderful organisational skills. — He was inspirational with his dedication toward driving our Stage Challenge production. — No doubt he will be pleased to have his lunchtimes, after school hours and weekends available once more. — Daniel Parker and Torran Lepper ably assisted Morgan much of the time, and the College appreciates their input too.

To the staff who were actively involved in the rehearsals; Chevonne Liddle, Renee Woolaston, Tina Ladbrook and Jane Aitken Connolly, your guidance and dedication helped to keep 'Stage Challenge' alive. — Thanks must go to Suzee Freeman for tightening-up the boys' stage use and movement. — Again this has been a voluntary effort for which we are always grateful.

Behind the scenes, Dan Keegan helped to construct props from very vague instructions. — He magically created structures we could only dream about. — Dan was also responsible for constructing the portable staging that the College now possesses. — After borrowing this in previous years Brother William Harnett generously donated the timber, and Dan built the blocks to enable us to have a range of options for productions and performances. — This has been awesome.

Father Joe kept our spirits lifted when tiredness set in. — Thank you for spoiling us with Pizza, and for keeping an eye on weekend building and painting sorties. — Your company was greatly appreciated.

This year our participation levels were much larger than in previous years. — Without help from supportive staff, parents and College community we would have struggled financially. — Thanks must go to all of you who supported our Repertory fundraisers and contributed with product or donations.

A big thank you to our supporters:

  • PIHMS (Tony Gray)
  • The ZM Brand
  • INTRIGUE KITCHEN DESIGN (Mal Corboy and Family)
  • MERIT CARS (Paul Butler and Family)
  • Joy and Pat Hills, Linda and Richard Crowe, Lynne and Roger French, Tracy and Keith Monk, Jane and Chris Connolly, and Cody Billing.

Click here to view pictures of Stage Challenge 2005.

FDMC Boys on Stage

The New Plymouth Operatic Society is staging a production of "Oliver" which features three FDMC pupils - Christopher Murray, Scott Murphy and Thomas Landrigan in the on stage company. — Also in the production is a past pupil from a couple of years ago Kieran Callaghan in a lead role as The Artful Dodger. — The show runs from 8 to 16 July at the TSB Showplace and bookings can be made through Ticketek.

For further information please contact Jenny Murray on 027 244 2644



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).


Office Closures during holidays

During the first week of the July school holidays — 11 to 15 July — — the College office will be closed. — During the second week — 18 to 22 July — the office will be open 8:30am until noon. — The uniform shop and bookshop will be closed during both weeks of the holidays.

NZQA Financial Assistance and Exam Fees

A newsletter from the NZ Qualifications Authority will be sent out with mid-year reports to all parents and caregivers of years 11, 12 and 13 students explaining what financial assistance is available, how to apply for it and which sections on the form need to be filled in. —— Exam fees must be paid by 31 August. — For further information check http://www.nzqa.org.nz/qualifications/ssq/financialassistance.html

Liston College Anniversary

Liston College in Onehunga, Auckland is celebrating its 30th birthday this Labour Weekend and is trying to track down as many old boys as possible. — Matthew Gray, of the Old Boys Association, — has asked us to pass the information on to our College community in case anyone has an association with Liston. — Anniversary events will include a Mass, social activities and a range of sports competitions. — A new administration block will be officially opened during the celebrations. — For more Information and registrations phone Matthew on (09) 838-9350 or check out the Liston College website at : www.liston.school.nz .

Meningococcal B update

The following update has been forwarded to us by the Taranaki District Health Board Project Manager. —

Dose one of the school based vaccinations has been completed in all 107 schools throughout Taranaki. — There has been an excellent response to the programme which reflects the high level of commitment within the school community to the fight against meningococcal B disease.

For those parents who needed more time and information before making an informed decision it is not too late to start vaccinations for your child/children. — Consent forms are available from the school office or your Public Health Nurse. — If your child has missed dose one at school they will still be able to get their first dose at the next scheduled dose two clinic.

It is anticipated all three doses will be completed in schools by the end of September. Follow up clinics at school are planned for any children who miss a dose. — If you need further information, please contact 0800 20 30 90, or visit www.immunise.moh.govt.nz and www.tdhb.org.nz .

An interesting thought

One hundred years from now, it will not matter ——

What kind of car I had. — What kind of house I lived in. How much I had in my bank account or whether I won an Olympic Gold. — But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child

Quote from Dr David Mollet, Waldorf/WideHorizon Education Resources, USA

Term Dates for 2005

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