Term 3 No 1 2005

Dear Parents and families,

As you read this newsletter, you will see that there has been much to celebrate over the past few weeks — academic achievement, individual and team sporting achievements and the organisation of a major Rugby tournament. — I would like to offer my congratulations and thanks to all who have been involved in these many and varied activities, parents, team members, and especially the staff who are quite humble in the acceptance of accolades but without whom none of these achievements would have been possible. — I am continually in awe at the incredible generosity of College staff who after a full day in the classroom give up many more hours of their own time to provide so many opportunities for our students.

Term 3 is a 'big Term' for Year 11, 12 and 13 students and, in welcoming all to the start of this Term, I assure the senior students of our best wishes and support as they face its special challenges — in particular the completion of internal achievement standards — and, of course, at the end of this term, the Prelim Examinations which provide an opportunity to practise exam-taking skills and techniques. — I encourage all of our senior students to be focussed and organised, to be sure to attend all classes and to keep approaching their teachers for assistance and advice, both leading up to and especially after the Prelims.


Resignations - Towards the end of term 2, Brother Raymond Khan resigned from the teaching staff of the College. — This has been necessary because of a recurrence of a condition related to rheumatoid arthritis. — He has returned to Sydney for specialist treatment. — We wish Brother Ray well and assure him of our prayers for his return to full health.

Daniel Morath (PE/Health) has also resigned from the staff, effective Friday 5 August. Daniel has accepted a position playing Rugby in the United Kingdom. — We wish him every success in his sporting endeavours.

Appointments - We welcome the following staff to the College:

Mr Peter Ingram — Maths, Religious Education

Mr Marc Wales — Geography Social Studies

Mr Tim Stuck — PE/Health

I wish everyone a successful and enjoyable Term 3.

A reminder that 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!


I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and boys of the importance of personal presentation. — The school is judged, and rightly so on the appearance of its pupils. — Most members of the public come into contact with our students in the public domain when boys are on their way to and from school. — It is essential that boys wear their uniforms correctly and neatly from the time they leave home until the time they return. — Some gentle reminders from the school handbook:

  • Shoes are to be either black or brown sandals or black polished laced up shoes. (Shoes need to be polished);
  • Soft leather skate style shoe is not acceptable;
  • Sandals are to be worn with the back-straps up;
  • Shirts must be tucked in at the waist and buttons done up;
  • No visible t-shirts are to be worn under the school shirt;
  • If a student is wearing long trousers he must wear grey socks;
  • If a student is wearing shorts they must sit on the hips not —low—. Socks must be up;
  • All jackets worn must be school approved only;
  • All hats worn must be school approved only;
  • No jewellery is to be worn.

Any boy in violation of the uniform code will receive a warning in the first instance. — Following that any hats, jackets or T-shirts worn will be confiscated and handed to Mr Moller. — The items can be collected after school on a Friday. — Please ensure that your son leaves home in the correct uniform and if there are any problems that he has a note explaining the reasons for these.

The second area I would like to discuss is that of personal appearance. — Since my arrival I have generally been impressed by the high standards of personal appearance of the boys. — However, there are a few who need to attend to some issues. — Once again a 'refresher' from the student manual:

  • Hair must be clean, tidy, clear of the face and, in length, not below the shirt collar line. — Extremes in style are not permitted and could lead to a boy being sent home;
  • No hair must be less than a —number two— cut;
  • Students must be clean shaven;
  • No jewellery is to be worn.

The conditions outlined here give us all guidelines to work within. — If you could help by checking your son when he leaves for school in the morning and ensuring he is neat and tidy it will reflect positively on the family and the school alike.

We all know that Francis Douglas Memorial College is a fantastic school. — By making an effort to ensure that the small things are done well it will continue to be so.



Congratulations to the following Year 9 and 10 boys who have received Dean's Awards

Diligence—- Matthew Westbury, Louis Grainger, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Shane Rooyakkers, Ezra Low, Jared Crowley, Beauden Barrett, Brendon Bevins, Timothy Watters, Matthew Munro, Chad Saunders, Tim Fleming, Troy Collier and Mathieu Stevenson, Kane Barrett, Jacob Bourke, Jason Burrows, Scott Corboy, Andrew Crowe, Brad Dobson, Jayden Duthie, Eugene Judd, Tyler Maindonald, Tomas Mosquera, Stuart Russell, Royce Toopi, Halen Tui, Shehan Gunatunga, Benjamin Schaare, Thomas Dravitzki, Rory Garner

Attainment —-—— Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Ezra Low, Jake Boulton, Matthew Westbury, Nathaniel Grigg, and Shane Rooyakkers, Tony Fiddis, Nick Price, Simon Squire, Hamish Till, Thomas Dravitzki, Rory Garner

Well done boys.


The following Year 7 & 8 boys have received Deputy Principal's Awards:—

Travis Judd x 2

Cameron Ryan

Ciaran King

Jason French

Finlay Neeson

Samuel Thomson

Andrew Hindle

Patrick Forsythe

Samuel Easton

Shane Garner

Philip Radford

Cameron Betts

David Lepper


A very generous donation has recently been made by the TSB Community Trust to the College to assist with setting up ICT infrastructure. — The donation is very much appreciated and will be put to good use with developing our ICT infrastructure to benefit our current and future students.


To Josef Konlechner, Taylor Brien and Sam Vanner who were selected to participate in the army Technical Apprenticeship Experience at Trentham Camp during the holidays.



Nathan Coombes represented FDMC at the NZ Secondary Schools Duathlon event in Christchurch on Saturday 16 July 2005. — He had an outstanding result receiving a silver medal for 2nd place in the Intermediate boys section. — This event involved a 3.5km run followed by a 15km cycle and a further 2.5km run.









The FDMC 11th grade rugby team experienced their first win of the season on Saturday 2 July with a score of 37-15 over Tukapa. — It was the ultimate team effort with our boys finally having parity in set possession, physically contesting ruck, maul and the breakdown and setting our backs alight to score some great team tries. — The boys and their supporters were stoked. — Neat to see the smiles on the faces of everyone once the final whistle blew. — A great deal of credit for helping the team to 'turn the corner' this season goes to Paul Coulton who helped instil some self-belief into the players coupled with a dramatic transformation in their application of the basic skills of the game.

The boys, coaches and parents passed on their thanks for the two skill sessions Paul took for the team. — The boys thoroughly enjoyed the drills and pleasingly were able to transfer their knowledge into game-time. —

Mike Clarke - Co-coach FDMC 11th Grade Team


Francis Douglas Memorial College 1st XV travelled to Feilding High School to play in the National Knockout on Wednesday 6 July. — This was always going to be a tough game against a team who have dominated everyone they played against this season, winning 13 games in a row. — — As expected, Feilding started strongly, playing with a slight breeze. — They dominated the early field position. — Excellent defence held them out, though, until a good break down the blindside by their captain and hooker led to a converted try. — FDMC responded well, gaining a penalty after some strong runs from centre, Simon Bourke. — A tap was taken and our dynamic prop, Shane Cleaver, was driven over for a try, converted by David Hughes. — These being the only scores of the first half — 7-7. —

With a strengthening breeze, FDMC gained early field position from good kicking by second five Andrew Tonks. — This led to an early score to blindside flanker, Jake Ward. — Feilding responded quickly with a line-out drive, which led to a penalty try for collapsing the drive, which was converted. — David Hughes and Tonks again provided good field position through mature kicking and with ten minutes to go Captain and No.8 Ben Siffleet dived over for a try in the corner, sealing the victory 17-14. —

The 1st XV also played in the Under 20 Final on Saturday 23 July on the No.1 Field atP1000087_1.jpg Yarrows Stadium in the curtain-raiser to the Senior a final. — The 1sts had gone through the competition with only one loss during the first round to Clifton, winning fourteen games. — The final was a repeat of last year, against Spotswood United. — They started well, gaining early field position and scoring first out wide. — FDMC responded quickly through some very good forward drives to put over Liam Coltman, followed by good backs tries to Shaan Davis and David Hughes and then another forward effort put Ben Siffleet over, with David Hughes kicking two conversions to go into half time 24-11 up.——

Spotswood started the second half well with their forwards getting into theP1000052_1.jpg game more and scoring two tries. — FDMC responded with two further tries of their own through Jake Ward and Brent Stevenson, and another conversion to Hughes. — A last minute try to Spotswood narrowed the gap, but FDMC finished worthy winners 36-30, retaining the trophy they won for the first time last year. — Well done to the whole squad and a big thank-you to all the sponsors, parents and supporters.

The next big game will be against the Wellington champion school on 13 August in Wellington in the National Knockout.

The FDMC Under 15 team also had a hard-fought win against Feilding by 24-20. — The scorers were:


— Ethan Bolstad (2 tries) and Tim Gilmour


— Beauden Barrett (2) and Thomas Landrigan


— Beauden Barrett

North Island Catholic Under 15 Rugby Tournament

Francis Douglas Memorial College hosted the North Island Under 15 Rugby Tournament at the college on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July. 2005. — The teams participating were, De La Salle College, Mangere, St Bernard's College, Lower Hutt, St Patrick's College, Silverstream,, St Peter's College, Auckland, St John's College, Hamilton, St John's College, Hastings, Francis Douglas Memorial College and Spotswood College who were issued a special invitation.

FDMC won all their pool games:

FDMC 22 v St John's College, Hastings 19, (tries, Ethan Bolstad 2, Andrew Kelly and Tim Hills, conversion, Thomas Landrigan)

FDMC 22— v Spotswood College 0 (tries, Tim Gilmour, Todd Curtis, Scott Cameron and Scott Jensen, conversion Beauden Barrett)

FDMC 17 v St Bernard's College 5 (tries, Caleb Mawson, Kane Barrett and Ethan Bolstad, conversion Beauden Barrett)

In the final against De La Salle, FDMC displayed great character against a much bigger team in loosing 5 (try, Beauden Barrett) to 24. — DLS scored 12 points in the last two minutes. — Ethan Bolstad was the FDMC Player of the Tournament. — The final placings were ; 1st De La Salle, — 2nd FDMC, — 3rd St John's, Hamilton, — 4th St Bernard's, — 5th St Pat's, — 6th Spotswood, — 7th St John's, Hastings, — 8th St Peter's.


The interest in squash has certainly grown this year with a significant number of new players getting involved. — Over 20 players have been attending our Monday night trainings at the Kaweroa Park Squash Club last term. — Some of the boys have been making tremendous progress with their games. — I know this because more and more often I am on the receiving end in practice matches! 2005_0623SecSch001_1_.JPG

Central Squash, in conjunction with Sport Taranaki, also ran an inter-school tournament during the term. — We had four teams enter in this keenly contested competition and the FDMC Aces (pictured) were successful in winning the tournament and bringing home a very impressive trophy. — The team consisted of Jason Andrews, Daniel Charteris, and David Sunley and they beat NPBHS by a convincing 3-0 in the final. — Well done guys!

During the last couple of weeks in Term 2 we ran a Tournament for the FDMC players. — Chris Charteris is an outstanding player and won the final against his brother, Daniel, who was runner-up.

We also had nine boys enter the Taranaki Secondary Schools Squash championships, which were held at Okato on June 26. — The results indicate FDMC's domination of the tournament and were as follows;

Division 1:

1st — - — Chris Charteris

2nd — - — Nathan Zieltjes

3rd — - — Daniel Charteris

Division 1:

2nd — - — David Sunley

3rd — - — Jason Andrews

Division 1:

2nd — - — Gareth Buick

Each year there seems to be increasing competition for places in the team to represent FDMC at the NZSS Squash Nationals. — This year Chris Charteris, Nathan Zieltjes, Daniel Charteris, Zac Wills, Richard Squire and Kyle Crowley have been selected. — The tournament is being held in Tauranga on 12 to 14 August. — The team continues to practice this term and has practice matches scheduled against NPGHS and NPBHS. — Best of luck to these boys.

Once again, thanks to Mrs Caroline Charteris for the substantial amount of time and effort that she contributes to squash.


Soccer success

The following students have been selected as Taranaki representatives in their various age groups:

—12th Grade —————— - Patrick Forsythe, Hayden Murray, Aled Jones

13th Grade —————— - Nickolas Stretton, Lance Molyneaux, Conrad Poi, Stephen Kibby, Shane Garner

14th Grade —————— - Morgan Hall, Lachlan Mclean

Congratulations to these students and we wish them a successful season.

Shell Todd Oil Services Taranaki Secondary Schools Duathlon Champs

The Duathlon Champs were held on Sunday 12 June 2005 at the Hurworth circuit in New Plymouth. — Eight FDMC students competed in the event which comprised of a 2km run, a 10km bike ride and another 2km run. — The results were:

Senior Boys

1st — Nathan Coombes

33.47 minutes

3rd — Daniel Coombes

36.55 minutes

4th — Nathan Zieltjes

37.30 minutes

5th — Greg Taylor

40.57 minutes

7th — Isaac Trevis

41.42 minutes

Junior Boys

1st — Edward Rawles

38.10 minutes

Teams: Senior Boys

2nd — Gwylym Gibson and Brock Roberts

31.44 minutes


Taranaki Soccer Assistant Referees

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We now have photos of some of our young assistant referees who were mentioned in last month's newsletter: Campbell & Kawana Waugh on the left, and Isaac Trevis in action on the right.




























Y11 & 12 students considering CPP, Career pathways Programme 2006

Parents and students are invited to a meeting in the Theatrette on 25 August @ 5:30 to 6.30 pm. — It is important that students who are considering this programme attend this meeting.

University Accommodation Applications for 2006

Students are advised to work on these early in the term as they require considerable effort and time. — All universities have different requirements. — DON'T LEAVE THEM UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!! — Common confidential forms must be given to Brother Peter Ryan or to Mrs Simpson before the end of Week 3 — 12 August. — Every care must be taken to fill these in fully and accurately so the represent you well. — If they are not handed in by this date, there is no guarantee they will meet the deadline.

New Agricultural Scholarships

Two x $4,000.00 scholarships are available for students intending to study for a B.Ag, B.Ag.Sci, B.Com (Ag), B.Ap. Science or B.Sci at Lincoln or Massey University. — Contact FMG 0800 366 466 or sarah.vining@fmg.co.nz.

Hands-on Science — University of Otago — 15-20 January 2006

A week long programme offering hands-on experience in research science. — Open to all students with a strong interest in science entering Years 11, 12 or 13 in 2006. — The registration fee is $510 which includes tuition, accommodation and all meals. — Brochures will be available in August. — For more information please contact Rose Harrison, University of Otago — rose.harrison@stonebow.otago.ac.nz or www.otago.ac.nz/hand-onscience.

Victoria University

School Leaver Scholarships - Victoria is now offering 100 School Leaver Scholarships for 2006. — Applications are due by 14 November. — Information on all scholarships is available from the website, www.vuw.ac.nz/scholarships or by contacting the Scholarships Office on (04) 463 5113 or email scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz. — Application forms can be downloaded from the website.

Digital Media Design - A new specialisation in the Victoria University Bachelor of Design degree, this programme will explore contemporary theory and practice, while focusing on the creative and expressive potentials of digital media. — For more information on Digital Media, contact Marcia Lyons, Programme Director for Digital Design on email Marcia.lyons@vuw.ac.nz.

Engineering Industry Open Evening for Schools — Parents and Students

6:30pm on 12 August at Fitzroy Yachts — Please register your name with Ms Land at the Career Centre so that an invitation can be sent out to you.

Taranaki Careers & Training Expo 2005 - Sunday 21 and Monday 22 August at TSB Stadium

A record number of exhibitors will present information and advice, including universities, technical institutes, private training establishments, the military, career education and youth-related government departments, as well as a number of industry training organisations. — The following Seminars will also be run on Sunday 21 August only:

10:30 to 11:00am

M?ѬÅori and Allied Health Careers

12:00 to 12:30pm

Taking the Mystery Out of Apprenticeships

1:30 to 2:00pm

Health Careers (medicine, nursing and other specialisations)

3:00 to 3:30pm

Combined Army, Navy and Air Force presentation.

The Expo opening hours are Sunday 21 August 10:00am to 4:30pm and Monday 22 August 9:00am to 3:30pm.

In conjunction with the Careers & Training Expo, Shell Todd Oil Services are running a Career Plan Competition. — Two prizes of $1,000 each have been made available by Shell Todd Oil Services, to be used to fund tertiary education either in paying course fees or course related costs. — Entrants must be intending to study full time in a recognised course offered by a university, polytech, technical institute, wananga, private training establishment or college of education. — Entrants must be New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status. — For further information see Ms Land at the Careers Office.

Auckland University Courses and Careers Day - Saturday 27 August from 9am to 3pm

Careers in Agriculture Breakfast

Massey University, Lincoln University and Dexel extend an invitation to interested Year 11 to 13 students to join them for breakfast on Monday 22 August to hear Taranaki-based graduates and current students of Ag-based degree courses talk about their careers in areas such as rural finance, technical field offices and the dairy industry. — Contact Ms Land at the FDMC Careers Office if you would like an invitation.

Massey University bursaries

Massey University is offering a number of $3,000 bursaries to good secondary school students planning on full-time study in 2006 at one of their campuses; Auckland, Wellington or Palmerston North. — Students who have done well academically and have contributed significantly to their school or community in sport, culture, service and leadership in Year 12 and up to the end of Term Two in Year 13 should contact Massey direct for an application form — phone 0800 MASSEY or email contact@massey.ac.nz.


in the June newsletter, an article on Hot Tips on Growing Boys / Hot Tips on Raising Girls Seminars was included, however the phone number given was incorrect. — If anyone is interested in attending the workshop, the correct phone number is 06 755 2374.


Year 8 D.A.R.E. Programme

Over the next term all Year 8 students will be working on the Police Drug Education module "Dare to Make a Choice". — It aims to help young people make responsible choices about their use of drugs and to give them skills to carry out these choices.

The module will be taught by your son's Homeroom Teacher and the local Police Education Officer, Anna Duncan. — Constable Duncan has had special training to work with the teacher in this way. — Constable Duncan is well known to our students here at FDMC, having taught the D.A.R.E. programme for the last three years, and also through her continued involvement in the Year 12 Driver Education Unit.

To be most successful, the activities the Year 8s do in the classroom will be reinforced with homework tasks. — Parents or caregivers may be required to have some input into some of these homework activities. — If parents of Year 8 students have any questions or concerns regarding the D.A.R.E. programme, they should contact Mrs Sjaane Simpson, the FDMC Health Co-ordinator, or Constable Anna Duncan.


Project pride: Francis Douglas students presentation to Puke Ariki

Stone, flax, a broom handle and plenty of balsa wood came in handy when a year nine Social Studies class were asked to build objects from Pre-European history.

The school group presented their projects at Puke Ariki, under the guidanceFDMC_at_Puke_Ariki_1.bmp of teacher and deputy principal Chris Moller. — "It was a study of local pre European history" he said. — "How people lived within the natural resources of the land using natural products."

The students were given eight weeks to research and build an object from M?ѬÅori/pre-European history. — Some poured over history books to get inspiration, others talked to local kaumatua or called in the help of their grandparents. — What they came up with was a collection of objects covering a wide range of pre/European history from bird traps through to taiaha, a model pa, patu and poi. —— Harekeke, papier-mach— and popsicle sticks were popular as building materials, along with a few imaginative inclusions - shoe polish and a broom handle. — It was obvious that some boys had spent hours working on their projects.

At Puke Ariki the students visited Te Takapou Whariki o Taranaki (the sacred woven mat of Taranaki) gallery, and learnt more about their projects. —

After visiting the museum the objects were displayed in the foyer of the College administration block.

—This article was published with the permission of Puke Ariki — check out their website for further projects and information about events there : www.pukeariki.com

Geography Field Trip to Rotorua

Over the last three days of Term two, 35 students of Year 13 Geography, escorted by Ross MacNicol, Head of Geography, — were in Rotorua studying and experiencing tourism development. — The students stayed at Holdens Bay, well out of the city and away from the sulphur gas smell. — Keswick Convention Centre has well-maintained facilities in park-like grounds. — Speakers from Rotorua Museum on the historical development of tourism, and the Rotorua District Council tourism marketing group provided valuable insights and details — useful for the upcoming NCEA exams.

Experiencing tourism was a highlight — white water rafting on the Kaitura River with its series of rapids and 4-metre waterfall — this was action tourism. — The Skyline Gondola and luge are another popular experience, with the half-built new gondola set to open for the summer peak, this was an example of the growth of tourism facilities.

Thanks very much for the excellent support of Tony Grey and the positive behaviour of the students.

2005 Mathematics Spectacular

As part of the 2005 Mathematics Spectacular, which was held in the last week of June, FCMC had teams representing the College at the Mathematics Quiz Night. — The following teams were selected:

Year 9A

Isaak Mischefski, Callum Tanner, Michael Putt and Dylan Dunlop-Barrett

Year 9B

Nathaniel Grigg, Ezra Low, Jake Boulton and Edward Rawles

Year 10A

Andrew Crow, Shehan Gunatunga, Cairan Finnerty and Tony Fiddis

Year 10B

Robert Crow, Ben Sullivan-Brown, Nicholas Price and Scott Corboy

At each Year level there were about 20 teams competing from various secondary schools from around Taranaki. — Despite the intense competition, all teams performed very well and a special mention must go to the Year 9A team who gained a second placing. — Well done boys.——

There were a number of entries in other divisions of the Mathematics Spectacular and the following placings were obtained——

Year 7

Maths in the Workplace Project


Scott Busing

Year 7

Individual Project


Jamie Floyd

Year 7

Three Dimensional Artwork


Patrick Forsythe

Year 7 & 8

Class Project

Second =

The Dream Team

Year 7 & 8

Class Project

Third =



NZQA Financial Assistance and Exam Fees

A reminder that exam fees must be paid by 31 August. — For further information check http://www.nzqa.org.nz/qualifications/ssq/financialassistance.html

Blood Donation — 17 August

The New Zealand Blood Service will be collecting blood at Francis Douglas in the College Gym on Wednesday 17 August from 9am to 12 noon. — The following information is supplied by the blood service for parents, guardians and Whanau: — The Guardianship Act 1968 allows people 16 years of age and over to make their own decisions about whether they wish to give blood or not. — Students may choose to donate blood at this session. — The NZ Blood Service recommends donors to discuss their blood donation within their families. — If parents, guardians or Whanau have any particular objections to students choosing to make a donation they should make those issues known to the student and to the school before 17 August. — More information will be available on the day, or from 0800GIVEBLOOD, or from www.nzblood.co.nz.

Donors must weigh 50kg or over, and must be in good health.——

No-one can donate who:

  • Has a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection
  • Has recently had a tattoo or body piercing — you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure
  • Has visited the dentist for a minor procedure within the 24 hours prior to donating. — After major dental procedures you must wait a month before donating blood
  • You cannot donate blood if you have lived in the UK for 6 months or more between 1980 and 1996.

Each donation can help up to three people — blood donors are literally lifesavers. — Parents are welcome to come to the College to donate blood at this collection.


"Stand Up Taranaki Silent Art Auction"

This silent art auction will run in conjunction with Stand Up — Taranaki, a Christian youth performing and visual art event. — There are two sections, Michelle's Dream and Nathanael's Vision, with the profits from each section going to a different charity. — Artists may either donate their works or set a reserve price.

Venue: Powerco Alexandra Room at the TSB Showplace Complex — (Please note: Not all artworks on display are included in the auction) — Date: 27th August 2005 ——— Time: 1pm to 8pm

Tickets are on sale at Ticketek - — $7 plus service fee. There will be some door sales.

The guest band is Mozelee - www.mozelee.co.nz . — For more info contact Verenna Isbister, phone 753 6556 ——— Email: — standuptaranaki@yahoo.co.nz

Pacifica Pride Advisory Group are celebrating the open day of VAIMOANA PASIFIKA O TARANAKI 94.8FM at Rangiatea South Road (Opposite Caltex next to Spotswood College) On Saturday 30 July 2005. — The programme commences at 10:40am, with Radio Station viewing — 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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