Term 3 No 3 2005

Dear Parents and families,

The Year 11—13 students are currently sitting their Preliminary Examinations and with the end of this term, they are left with 5 weeks until their final examinations. For students in Years 7—10 there is a little more time until the end of the school year. It is perhaps opportune to take some time to reflect on what we can do to support our young men in attending school and in their learning. I would like to share with you a reflection I came across written by the Headmaster of a Boys' College:

—I often have parents asking advice about what they can do to support their sons in attending school and in their learning. The first and most important thing to is support them and work with the school. I often talk of the three-legged stool - the school, the parents, the student each being a leg. We all need to work together (even-length legs) and we all have to do our best (make the legs as high as possible) to ensure that the seat (the success of the student) is as high as possible. The school and parents are also like the wind beneath the wings of their student sons.

While the following list is by no means exhaustive, those of you who do wonder how to help may find some of these suggestions helpful:

  • always be positive and supportive about learning
  • encourage a good work habit and all those qualities that students can develop in preparation for life and work after school
  • tell them stories about the valuable things you got from secondary school that contributed positively to your life. Conversely, telling your sons you hated school does nothing for their confidence in schooling
  • support them getting things right, particularly with regard to school and societal rules and laws ie uniform (correct, tidy and clean), be at school on time, correct vehicle usage, absence notes, informing the school of absences, tidy appearance etc.
  • promote healthy living in your home - healthy regular meals, attend to health issues, regular sleep, drug and alcohol education
  • support your son in career and life planning
  • be active in attending school functions, parent report evenings, prize givings etc
  • provide a suitable space for home study
  • support and monitor home study and motivate and encourage your son to always do his best
  • help your son identify his personal strengths and weaknesses
  • assist the development of his strengths and minimise the weaknesses
  • teach him resilience, to be able to enjoy successes and to learn from failures.
  • Praise the good and help overcome the bad

It is an onerous task we have but it can be enormously rewarding when all three legs are tall and even.—

Feast Day of the Blessed Brother Martyrs of Valencia - Today we celebrate the feast of five De La Salle Brothers who were martyred in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. When religious persecution began in Spain, they were working peacefully in the schools of the Lasallian District of Barcelona. Because of the religious persecution there, they fled to Valencia in order to continue their ministry of education. It was in Valencia that the Lord called them to a radical witness. When they were found to be religious Brothers, they were arrested and executed

All-powerful and ever-living God, turn our weakness into strength. As you gave the blessed Brother martyrs of Valencia the courage to suffer death for Christ, give us the courage to live in faithful witness to you. May we deepen our vocation such that we may be examples to others of a life well lived. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Snr_boarders_copy.jpg

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Brother Peter Ryan, FSC



Congratulations to the following boys who have received Deans Awards:

Year 10 — Attainment

Thomas Burrows, Andrew Crowe, Thomas Dravitzki, James Fastier, Shehan Gunatunga, Tyler Maindonald, Benjamin Schaare, Ben Sullivan-Brown, Timothy Wood

Year 10 — Diligence

Thomas Burrows, Samuel Buttimore, Jacob Dent, Thomas Dravitzki, Ryan Fabish, Warwick Fleming, Shehan Gunatunga, Tim Holland, Mark Jennings, Anthony Morgan, Benjamin Schaare, Simon Squire, Ben Sullivan-Brown, Thys van der Poel, Joshua Wackrow, Daniel Andrews, Timothy Wood

Year 9 — Attainment

Matthew Westbury, Shane Rooyakkers, Edward Rawles, Mathieu Stevenson

Year 9 — Diligence

Zach Fearn, Matthew Westbury, Michael Putt, Louis Grainger, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Michael Bowe, Beauden Barrett, Nathaniel Grigg, Timothy Watters, Regan Stanners, Melvin Hong, Benjamin Allen, Edward Rawles, Kale Joines, Troy Collier, Mathieu Stevenson, Jared Gray, Callum Neeson

Year 8 — Attainment

Thomas Smith, Aniket Mehendale, Tim Apps, Fraser Hall, Tom Siffleet

Year 8 — Diligence

Tim Apps, Ryan Warner (x 2), Sam Easton, Ashley Phillips

Year 7 — Attainment

Aaron Ang, Khieng Tang, Chris Pearce, Seb Baker, Cameron Betts, Philip Radford, Brooke Neale-Cleaver, Hadley Northcott, Toby Gray

Year 7 — Diligence

Jamie Floyd, Joshua MacDonald, Aaron Ang (x 2), Jonathon Carey, Chris Senior, Cameron Betts, Ryan Davis, Scott Busing, Tyler Fleming, Richard Alty, Brandan Hartigan, Jack De Luca


Congratulations to the following boys who received Deputy Principal's awards in September:

Year 10 — Thomas Dravitzki, Shehan Gunatunga, Benjamin Schaare and Simon Squire


To Ben Schaare — Year 10 — who was selected to umpire the Secondary School Boys A-Grade hockey final, placing him as one of the top two junior umpires in Taranaki. He has been selected as a Taranaki Umpire representative for the Hatch Cup National Under 13 Boys Tournament in October.

Ben was voted "Player of the Day" by an opposition team while at the Sports Week Tournament in Tauranga. He won the overall "Player of the Day" award from all 15 teams for Monday's play.

Well done Ben.



Taranaki Secondary Schools 8-ball Championships were held in Stratford on Sunday 21 August. The competition consisted of ten secondary schools from around Taranaki. FDMC was represented by four teams, three of whom qualified, which was a great achievement.

The players were:

  • Thomas Burrows and Stuart Russell - Finished 1st
  • Scott Murphy and Josh Hickford - Finished 3rd
  • Daniel Parker and Travis Graham - Finished 4th
  • Paul Dodunski and Trent Willis - Acquitted themselves well

The final was a very close match with Hawera High School winning the first frame and Thomas and Stuart replying by winning the second. The final frame was very close until the opposition accidentally fouled by potting the black, to give our team an amazing win. My thanks to all the players and parents, and a special thanks to our boys who represented FDMC with pride. Mark Walsh


History has been made! On Monday 12 September the Year 9 boarders rugby team beat NPBHS for the second year in a row (8-5) on their home ground! Well done boys.

FDMC under 15 composite team vs Sunnybank Under 15 Rugby at Clifton park 17/9/05 - A composite team of E, D, C and 3rd IX players was hastily put together on the invitation of Clifton Rugby club to compete against an under 15 yr team from Sunnybank Rugby Club (Brisbane). The team management commented on the fact that their boys had not played on a good surface in five years and that they had to go out and buy long sprigs as they have had an extended drought for the last six years.

We arrived with only 13 players and managed to borrow a player from Waitara High. A quick scout around the playing ground revealed an additional two FDMC players, who had brought their boots. Many of our team had just got back from TOPEC the night before and were still a little tired from their adventures.

We started the game with two quick tries and managed a 12 point lead by half time. We were playing into the wind for the second half and it was mainly due to tenacious work from all the forwards and the backs taking advantage of every loose ball that we came away with a 33-17 final score. The team played extremely well considering we had only one reserve as opposed to a full strength touring team. Tries were awarded to William Rowland, Jamil Signal, Tim Gilmour and Reece Furness (2 tries and 4 conversions)

Players of the day were Rikki Little-Feakins and Jamil Signal. The Captain was Brad Dobson. Thank you to Tim Gilmour and Jason Burrows for joining the team.— (For pictures of the match click here.)


The North Island Primary & Intermediate Ski Races were held on Whakapapa Ski Field, Mt Ruapehu on 5-8 September. The event attracted 320 athletes from approximately 70 schools. The course was a Giant Slalom held on spring snow conditions and a dual slalom the following day.

Although we did not have a full team of five competitors, our combined top four athletes' points managed to place us third overall in the Intermediate division. Congratulations to Finlay Neeson (Yr 8), Thornton Davies (Yr 8), Scott Busing (Yr 7) and Jamie Hareb (Yr 7). Well done to Finlay Neeson who won Gold in the individual division for the fastest time out of the whole event. John Neeson, Team Manager


Taranaki Road Relays, New Plymouth, 11 September - The energy City Harriers sponsored road relays were held in fine, sunny conditions on Sunday 11 September at the Kaimata circuit (by the top entrance to Brooklands Park in New Plymouth). FDMC entered four x 4-person teams — one Juniors (years 7 and 8), one Intermediate (years 9 and 10) and two Seniors (years 11, 12 and 13).

All students ran exceptionally well and were a credit to themselves and to the College. The results were:

  • The Junior team of Casey Reihana, Callum Stachurski, Ryan Bishop and John Paul Koenig finished first to retain the trophy. They were over a minute ahead of the second placed team.
  • The Intermediate team of Jake Blanks, Max Williams, Russell Spiers and Adam Bridgeman finished second.
  • The senior team of Griffin Hunt, Reuben Costello, Larz Corry and Thomas Bridgeman finished out of the top three, while the team of Nathan Coombes, Sean McCallum, Isaac Trevis and Gwylym Gibson won back the trophy which was last won by the College in 2001. The team beat NPBHS Senior "A" team by 3 seconds.

A big thanks goes to Energy City Harriers for organising and hosting the event, and to Stirling Sports and Pak 'n' Save for sponsorship.

Lakes Relay, Wanganui, 12 September - Two teams of athletes travelled to Wanganui on Monday 12 September for the 27th running of the "Round the Lake" relay, hosted by Wanganui Collegiate School Cross Country Club. We arrived in a fine and sunny Wanganui early enough to allow the team plenty of time to familiarise themselves with the course. The circuit, around Virginia Lake, was a little different this year because on-going maintenance around the Lake forced a slight change in the route that the runners would take. Teams from as far afield as Wellington and Napier had entered teams in the various categories — Intermediate school students, year 9 boys and girls, junior boys and girls and senior boys and girls.

Both the senior (under 19) and junior (under 16) teams ran in the same race, making for some confusing but interesting racing. The junior team of Edward Rawles, Matthew Fowler, Sean McCallum and Nathan Coombes ran a creditable fourth place while the senior team of Gwylym Gibson, Larz Corry, Isaac Trevis and Russell Speirs had to contend with teams containing NZ representatives. The team performed extremely well against this sort of competition and finished in the middle of the field.



Victoria University of Wellington - (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/home/studying/scholarships_prizes.html) :

M?ѬÅori & Polynesian Higher Education Scholarships — up to 15 per year awarded on academic merit to M?ѬÅori and Polynesian school leavers who have passed bursary or scholarship examinations and who wish to study full-time at a recognised tertiary institution. Closing date 25 February 2006. Additional information is available at www.m?ѬÅorieducation.org.nz

Victoria Te Waharoa Equity Scholarships — for academically able students are either M?ѬÅori students, Pacific students, students educated at decile 1 to 3 secondary schools, students with disabilities, or students who are the first person in their immediate family to attend university. Closing date 14 November 2005. For further information email scholarships-office@vuw.ac.nz

WITT — School Leaver Scholarships 2006 - These scholarships apply to the first year of study and are only available for the following programmes of study:

Eligible Degrees : Bachelor of Applied Information Systems, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Visual Arts

Eligible Diplomas : Accounting Technicians' Diploma, Diploma in Applied Science, Diploma in Art (Fashion), Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Diploma in Business, Diploma in Industrial Electrotechnology, Diploma in M?ѬÅori Language — Te Tohu Mohiotanga, Diploma in Sports Development (Rugby or General), National Diploma in Architectural Technology, National Diploma in Social Work. For further information please contact Wynn Parker on phone 06 757 3100 extn 8767, fax 06 757 3233 or email w.parker@witt.ac.nz .

Massey University — Food Technology Course (B.Tech) - New entry requirements: NCEA Level 3 in Physics (16 credits), Mathematics with Calculus (16 credits) and Chemistry (14 Credits). Intending B.Tech students who believe they may not meet these requirements are strongly recommended to enrol in the relevant summer foundation paper, on offer extramurally from mid-November to mid-February: 124.100 Foundation of Physics, 160.103 Methods of Mathematics and 123.103 Introducing Chemistry. Further information can be found on the website www.masseyfood.ac.nz .

Get a taste of WITT — 3-6 October 2005 - Campus Tours, Free BBQ — activities designed for students aged 16 and over. Lots of options to check out, discounted hostel accommodation available, and free transport between New Plymouth and Hawera will be provided if numbers warrant this. Check out www.witt.ac.nz or 0800 WITT WORKS (0800 948 896.

Genisis Energy Apprenticeships open now. Applications close 2 October. Contact 0800 600 901 for your application pack

ESITO (Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation Inc.) - ESITO run taster courses, pre-trade courses and modern apprenticeships for students wishing to undertake a career in the energy industry.. Check out www.esito.org.nz for information on $60,000 worth of scholarships for electrical trades courses, or for more info contact Cindy O'Brien on 0800 4 ESITO or cindyo@esito.org.nz .


Taranaki Careers Website www.taranakicareers.co.nz - This website was launched at the Taranaki Careers Expo and contains up-to-date, concise career information for local students, including the Taranaki Top 20 Careers

National Bank Tertiary Plus Account - The complete banking package for students : 0800 267 726 — www.nationalbank.co.nz

Step Up Scholarships www.studylink.co.nz - Over 400 scholarships available for students who are eligible for a Student Allowance and who are about to start degrees in various science or technology subjects, including architecture, engineering, agriculture, human or animal health. Applications close 24 February 2006. For more information call 0800 889 900.

Student Job Search www.sjs.org.nz - SJS office opens Friday 11 November on the Ground Floor, WINZ Building (Gill St, next to Top Town Cinema). Office hours for students are 10am to 3pm. ONLY Year 13 students planning to study at a tertiary education institute may use the service. From 11 November the website will be available for your to view jobs and enrol.


Street Talk — Driver Education Programme — YMCA - Street Talk is a new/novice driver education programme. Completing this programme can reduce the period of time spent on a restricted licence by six months. Attendees should have held their Restricted Licence for at least 4-5 months prior to attending the course. This is a 9-hour programme, based on interactive group sessions, including a one-hour practical session. The next course dates are Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30pm on 12, 19 and 26 October and 2 November. The course fees are $100 to the YMCA prior to starting the course, plus a $45 fee to the driving instructor for the one-hour practical component. For further information or to register for the course contact the YMCA on phone/fax 06 758 3666.

Text Bullying - If someone is picking on you via your mobile, call NetSafe on 058 NetSafe (058 638 723) and they will help you out. Don't feel you have to deal with it by yourself — tell your friends and parents or call NetSafe.

Two key suggestions to help stop TXT bullying:

  • Be super careful about who you give out your number to (and don't give it to people you don't know)
  • If you get a TXT of PXT from an unknown number do not reply to it.

Parents can help — they really can! If there is a problem with someone constantly sending you messages that upset or offend you, tell your parents or a trusted adult. Together, you should be able to work out how to knock any problem on the head before it gets out of hand.


Friday, 21 October is Mission Action Day where we participate in an 8 kilometre walk as a statement of solidarity for those fellow Lasallian students throughout Papua New Guinea who have to walk these sort of distances every day just to go to school. All students were last week given sponsorship forms and are asked to use the holidays to raise sponsorship for this cause. Our target this year is $18,000, which means that we need to average at least $25 of sponsorship per student. Please encourage your son(s) to give generously of their time to work towards this very worthy cause. It continues the magnificent sense of service that has been very evident in the College community throughout 2005.


National Bank Junior Maths Competition - Twenty students from years 9 to 11 entered the above competition. There were 10,000 entries from some 200 colleges. We would like to congratulate the following students who performed particularly well:

  • Callum Tanner — Year 9 — Top 200
  • Andrew Barczak — Year 10 — Top 200
  • Simon Velvin — Year 11 — Top 200
  • Declan Doherty-Ramsay — Year 10 — Merit (Top 15% nationally)

Years 7 & 8 Retreat Day - This term the students from YeaReflection_Day_1_copy.jpgr 8 and Yr 11 participated in a retreat day that was an opportunity for sharing faith, prayer, food, games and discussions.

Their theme was —Touching Hearts— using St. John Baptist de la Salle as a role model and how they as students at FDMC can —touch hearts— in their family, school and community.

Br. Mark McKeon from Sydney was here for one week to facilitate the Year 12 Leadership Programme.

TRANZLINK Coachlines — bus update

The following information has been received from Tranzit Coachlines. Any further enquiries should be directed to them on Phone/fax 06 765 5843 or 06 757 5783 or email michelled@tranzit.co.nz .

Paid services from Urenui to New Plymouth and Eltham to New Plymouth: Due to overwhelming enquiries relating to the above services, we wish to relay the following information:

From Term 4 seats will be allocated firstly to students who hold year and term passes. Once the bus or busses are full, no further passengers will be taken. Please note that this may mean there will not be seats available to casual users (i.e. those who pay ride-by-ride and/or 10-ride concession card holders who travel casually, i.e. boarders on Mondays and Fridays). Tranzit will endeavour to provide enough coaches to cope with the demand but seats will have to be booked and paid for prior to the start of Term 4 in order to guarantee passage. Bookings can be made by phone either to New Plymouth (06) 757 5783 or Stratford (06) 765 5843.

Bus Service Eltham to New Plymouth — Term 4, 2005 - Servicing; St Mary's Diocesan School, Inglewood High School, Highlands Intermediate, Francis Douglas Memorial College, Spotswood College, Devon Intermediate, Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth Girls High School, New Plymouth Boys High Schoolk WITT Bell Street Campus







New Plymouth














New Plymouth




Please note: These times are dependent on traffic. Please make sure you are waiting at least 5-10 minutes prior to departure time.



Term 4


Single trip

Eltham to New Plymouth




Stratford to New Plymouth




Stratford to Inglewood




Eltham to Inglewood




Eltham to Statford




Inglewood to New Plymouth




Urenui to New Plymouth Service — Term 4, 2005 - Servicing; Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth Girls High School, New Plymouth Boys High School, WITT Bell Street Campus, Highlands Intermediate, Francis Douglas Memorial College, Spotswood College, Devon Intermediate






Kaipakari Road (sub station)


NPBHS (collect kids from town run), SHGC


Urenui School


NPGHS — Mangorei Rd

Onaero Motel


Arrive Waitara

Turangi Road


Arrive Urenui

Motonui School

Cnr SH3 and Bailey Street


Depart Princess Street — bus stop

Chatterton's Corner

Caltex Service Station

Bus Stop cnr Brixton & Raleigh Streets

Top Turf (just before SH3A)

Allied Petrol Station — opp Wills Road

Warehouse Bell Block


Arrive NPGHS, then to SHGC and NPBHS

Please note : these times are dependent on traffic. Please make sure you are waiting at least 5-10 minutes prior to departure.



Term 4


Single trip

Urenui to New Plymouth




Urenui to Waitara




Waitara to New Plymouth




Bell Block/Airport to New Plymouth




Payment options : Year, term concession passes and single fares can be purchased direct from the Tranzit Coachlines office by cash, mail order or credit card) or purchased from the driver.

COLLEGE PHOTOS w_081_copy.jpg

Sport and group photos were taken over the last week or two by Mr Roger French. Proofs are on display on the College notice board and copies may be ordered through the office. Order forms are available at the College office.

Costs are $10.00 for an A4 laminated photo with class/team names, or $5.00 for a 6 x 8 laminated photo without names.















Holiday office closure - During the school holidays the college office will be open from 9am until 3pm for the first week only — 26 to 30 September. The office will be closed for the second week of the holidays 3 to 7 October.

Wanted: Black school shoes - If your son has outgrown his shoes after the winter and you would like to donate them to the school, they would be gratefully received. We like to have a few pairs on hand for emergencies.

Plastic Supermarket bags - Always welcome for the uniform shop. If you have spare, clean supermarket bags that you would like to drop off at the college office, or give to your son to bring in, they would be much appreciated.

Printer Cartridge re-cycling - Help to raise funds for the College and keep plastics out of landfills, by recycling your printer cartridges with us. We can recycle all Hewlett Packard inkjets, Canon inkjets and Lexmark inkjets, along with any standard commercial printer cartridges you may have. These can be dropped in to the College office at any time. Thanks for your help with this project.

Puke Ariki Study Centre - A new 'Study Centre' for school aged students will be formally opened in the Discover it! area at Puke Ariki on September 19 2005. The Centre, which has been made possible by a grant from the TSB Trust, will provide New Plymouth District's school aged students with free "after-school" access to computers, a range of current software, and limited free internet. The Centre will be open specifically from 3-6 pm for Homework use, with assistance of Discover it! staff, and will be available during the day for pre-booked sessions and workshops. Please contact Danae Etches, Team Leader Customer Services, Puke Ariki on Ph (06) 759 6060, Fax (06) 759 6072 or email etchesd@npdc.govt.nz for further details. Website: www.pukeariki.com

Chicken manure - For anyone who did not get their chicken manure order form in on time, there is still some manure available through the Japan Trip fundraising group, or to ring Ross Wood phone 7551229.


Term 4

Monday 10 October 2005 — Friday 9 December 2005

NCEA examinations commence Tuesday 15 November 2005