Term 4 No. 2 2006

Dear Parents and families,

Over the past month, the College has had the opportunity to come together on a number of occasions to celebrate the year that was. Occasions such as the Leavers' Dinner and Mass, the Senior Prizegiving and various awards ceremonies serve as an opportunity to look back on the achievements of the year and to give thanks to so many generous parents, staff and students who have contributed so much to the very fabric of our College.

As we come to the end of another year, I would like to share this Christmas blessing with you:

May God bless us with the gift of inspiration and create us anew each day.

May we experience each day the rush that comes with knowing we are loved.

May we be convinced deep in our souls that we are a source of light to a world too often in darkness.

May God bless us with the gifts of courage and strength to face the pain that only we can name.

May God bless us with the ability to see more clearly not that which divides, but that which unites.

May God bless us with the gift of connecting the past with the future and of seeing that we are living sacraments of God's love.

May the Christmas star be the beacon that leads us to newfound joy and a renewed commitment to the Gospel.

May the blessings of Christ's peace be ours as we grow and journey together in the spirit of our common mission.

During this season of blessings, may our hearts be cradles for the living word.

At the senior prize giving on 10 November, the following students were named as Prefects for the coming year:

Head Boy

Shaun Butler

Deputy Head Boy

Greg Taylor

Boarders' Captain

Brent Stevenson

Boarders' Vice-Capt.

Brendon Walsh

Sport's Captain

Brent Stevenson

Cultural Captain

Jamie Barrett

Benildus Captain

Brendon Walsh

La Salle Captain

Seamus Doyle

Loreto Captain

Alexander Nicholas

Solomon Captain

David Freeman


Martin Barrientos


Travis Graham


Matthew Hawkes


Isaac Trevis

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Brother Peter



Diligence — Year 7

Bradley Townsend, Sam Thomson, Andrew Dolan, Aled Jones, Patrick Forsythe, Kane Anderson, Daniel Phipps, George Grainger, Jacob Kogut, Isaac Dolan, Toby Gray, Brooke Neale-Cleaver, Hamish MacMullan, Joshua Brophy, Aaron Ang

Attainment — Year 7

Bradley Townsend, Sam Thomson, Andrew Dolan, Aled Jones (x 2), Patrick Forsythe (x 2), Daniel Osborne, James Adams, Jacob Kogut, Te Riu Adams Smith Warren, Isaac Dolan, Casey Reihana, Jack de Luca, Joshua McDonald, Kent Sutton, Aaron Ang, Jamie Hareb, and Wesley Knock

Diligence — Year 8

Nicholas Stachurski, Rory Fearn (x 2), Andrew MacDonald, Jan Coetzee, Thornton Davies and David Lepper

Attainment — Year 8

Nicholas Stachurski, Andrew MacDonald, Jan Coetzee and Jeremy McCracken

Diligence — Year 9

Beauden Barrett, Jared Crowley, Carlos Hildred, Zachary Milner, Liam Poppelwell, Matthew Westbury, Cody Billing, Troy Collier, Jacob Eden, Tim Fleming, Bjorn Fowler, Nathaniel Grigg, Thomas Johnson, Stephen Kibby, Luke Lister, Bradley McCormack, Guy McCormack, Zachary Mooney, Ethan Motion, Callum Neeson, Reuben Perry, Jason Rickit, Kaya Schimanski-Hunt, Brett Vickery, Drew Whitehead, William Gray (x 2), Christopher Waldvogel (x 2), Benjamin Bull (x 2), Callum Tanner (x 3), Jacob Gopperth, Louis Grainger, Melvin Hong, Scott Jensen, Nikolaus Joyce and Michael Putt

Attainment — Year 9

Beauden Barrett, Brendon Bevins, Matthew Bound, Michael Bowe, Scott Cameron, Jared Crowley, William Gray, Carlos Hildred, Kale Joines, Ezra Low, Christopher Mathys, Zachary Milner, Liam Poppelwell, Shane Rooyakkers, Christopher Waldvogel, Matthew Westbury, Callum Tanner (x 2), Matthew Glentworth, Nathaniel Grigg, Louis Grainger and Jared Gray

Diligence - Year 10

Andrew Crowe, Jacob Dent, Thomas Gray, Morgan Hall, Thomas Ingram, Tyler Maindonald, Daniel Malili, Jamil Signal, Hamish Till, Steven Warner

Attainment — Year 10

James Fastier, Simon Squire


The following boys have achieved Level 3 in the Quest Awards: Timothy Apps, Jonathan Carey, Joshua Walsh, Kheing Tang, Finlay Neeson (x 2), Aled Jones, Patrick Forsythe, Scott Busing, Daniel Phipps, Jacob Kogut, Te Riu Adams-Smith-Warren, Jacob Dent, James Fastier, Tyler Maindonald, Beauden Barrett, Troy Collier, Jared Crowley, Tim Fleming, Jared Gray, Kale Joines, Zachary Milner, Sean Mooney, Liam Poppelwell, Shane Rooyakkers, Callum Tanner, Christopher Waldvogel, Jack de Luca, Joshua McDonald, Aaron Ang, Jan Coetzee, Matthew Glentworth, Louis Grainger and Nathaniel Grigg.


Finlay Neeson and Jan Coetzee have achieved Level 4 in the Quest Awards.


The Lions Clubs International District 2020 Junior Speechmakers Contest was won by Jason French this year. Jason gained 1st place out of 47 students. Congratulations Jason.

Congratulations to some of our students who have received sacraments recently at St Joseph's Parish - Finlay Neeson who was Baptised, and Patrick Forsythe, Kurt Leuthart and Callum Ireland who received the sacrament of 1st Reconciliation.



The College softball season has started again with a keen bunch of boys training on Tuesday nights and playing on Wednesdays. So far we have played; Spotswood College, New Plymouth Boys High School, Waitara High and Opunake High. As we are a new team we have been concentrating on learning the basic skills of the game and practising the use of a glove, which some converted cricketers have trouble with. We have also been working on developing our pitchers and we have been fortunate to have Jared Martin, the Black Sox captain, come to training and help us out with this. Our long term goal is to compete at the Secondary School national championships and gain a top 10 placing.

Some of the highlights so far have been a fearsome pitching display form Junior O'Brien against Spotswood College taking 8 strike-outs. Also our junior team played very well against Waitara High to lose 4-3, and had a comprehensive win against Opunake High 15-4. Many boys batted well with Scott Jensen, Daniel Malili, and Jason Rickit hitting home runs and William Rowlands bunting and running very well to score a home run from a bunt. The main aim of the Softball is to have fun and learn the skills properly so that we can progress individually and the team results will follow.


Congratulations to the Junior Volleyball team of Kane Barrett, Tom Ingram, Ethan Bolstad, Nick Henderson, Caleb Mawson, Russell Speirs and Reece Furness who competed at the North Island Champs last week in Palmerston North. They finished 2nd in Division 2, with an overall placing of 18th. An outstanding effort.


FDMC Youth Grade Soccer 2005 - What a great end to the season. Three all at full time against Boys High, ten minutes into extra time and still no goals. I start to think who are my penalty takers would be, when Ashley follows up on the keeper who drops the ball, gets a toe to it and a goal. Soon after Ashley beats the defender to the back line and crosses the ball for Thomas M to head it into the back of the net. Two minutes later from no-where Ashley gets the ball, crosses to Stephen Kibby and sets up Thomas to complete his hat trick and earn Player of the Day. To see three goals in ten minutes is a great feeling as a coach, and to see the boys put into practice what they have been taught throughout the year.

The team improved at every game and the inclusion of Ryan Hall's composure and Ashley Reader-Nokes' class the team believe they were a class act. Congratulations to Campbell Waugh for leading so positively as Captain and leading his team to victory. (Glenn Hooper — coach)

Youth Grade Player awards

MVP trophy

Best goal

Player of the Year

Top goal scorer (15)

Most improved

Players player

Thomas Mosquera

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Thomas Mosquera

Seamus Doyle

Ryan Hall

FDMC First 11 - Tournament week this year took place in FDMC 1st 11 Soccer_1.jpgLevin for the Trident Trophy which was made up of 16 teams with 9 games to be played. The accommodation was great as well as the facilities. After the first day of games the boys new what the tournament was about and how tough it was going to be, physically as well as mentally. Day two and three for me, were where the tournament slipped away from us. We played outstanding soccer in the morning and had nothing for the afternoon games. But to finish the tournament with three wins in a row was very pleasing. It was also pleasing to finish 9th and only lose 1/0 to the team that came 2nd. Players of note were Stephen Kibby, Morgan Hall and Conrad Poi who all stepped up a level, Liam Tanner and the team Captain, Campbell Waugh, who showed consistency throughout the tournament, Seamus Doyle and Ronshi Perera who showed a lot of promise. The totally outstanding players of the tournament were Ryan Hall and Ashley Reader-Nokes. But the players to be congratulated the most were the subs bench as they encouraged and urged their team mates on to score, track and tackle the opposition.

I look forward to coaching next year and get the older boys into a high grade and identify the talent and develop for the future.

Pictured is Campbell Waugh, Captain, receiving the Youth Grade Competition shield on behalf of the team.

15th Grade Tornadoes - This was a difficult season for the Tornadoes. The results didn't always go their way but they never gave up and trained diligently week in and week out. Some of the players were new to soccer and some players were asked to play in new positions. Despite these challenges the players all made individual progress and all the signs are there for a successful season next year. Neil Imrie, Coach

15th Grade Tornadoes Team Awards

Goal of the Year

Midfield Player of the Year

Trainer of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Striker of the Year

Patrick Mosquera

Matthew Bound

Troy Collier

Jamie Woller

Michael Putt

13th Grade Cheetahs - I have enjoyed this season as much as the Team has, they are a good bunch of kids and the school should be as proud as I am for the way they conducted themselves on and off the field. On more than one occasion they kept their cool and didn't respond to taunting, for that the school and parents should be proud of these boys. Paul Hartigan, FDMC Cheetah's Coach

13th Grade Cheetah Team Awards


Player of the Year

Most Improved Player

Most votes for any category

Most Goals


Team-mate of the Year

Supporter of the Year

Most Player of Day Awards

Cameron Ryan

Cameron Ryan

Aniket Mehendale

Shaun Gordon

Sam Easton (5)

Caleb Knuckey

Cameron Ryan

Shaun Gordon

Scott Morrison (4)

FDMC Tigers — 2005 - Once again we arrive at the end of another season of soccer and it has been a very successful season for the Tigers in many ways. We started very strongly and stayed in contention for the competition title for most of the season, unfortunately falling off the pace towards the end. Despite only finishing in 5th place, we took points off all four teams that finished above us during the grading rounds and competition games. In fact we were the only team to inflict a loss on the eventual league winners, Western Park Rangers, during the competition and with a convincing 4-0 scoreline.

The boys played well as a ream all season and I commend them on their efforts. It was a hard season in the fact that we had a very young and probably not very skilled squad overall compared to other teams in the competition. However, the effort and attitude displayed in trying to perfect the basics of the game is a credit to them all. Combine this with the determination shown and you have a very positive outcome.

I have enjoyed this season and I must thank the boys for making my job a lot easier with their positive attitudes and enthusiasm. The team spirit has been excellent and the good attendance at training has been a real bonus. I would also like to say a special "Thank you" to the parents who have supported and encouraged the team and helped in any way throughout the year. We do appreciate it. Also, a special thanks to Mr Crow for all he does for the soccer fraternity at the school.

I believe that FDMC soccer is in a very strong position now and hopefully can keep moving forward in 2006. What is needed is to strive to play at as high a level as possible. This is called achievement. I believe that there is the possibility to climb higher towards this goal next year, let's not lose that chance. Congratulation on a good season, guys and I look forward to seeing you all again next year. Gary Brieseman

FDMC Tiger Team Awards For 2005 are

Most Improved Player

Stuart Richdale

Dedication To Team

Tim Lloyd

Most Versatile Player

Andrew Crow

Player Of The Year

Shane Garner

Most Enthusiastic Player

Mark Jennings

Fair Play

Edward Rawles

Dedication to training

Danny Hall

Christopher Methven

Alex Gray

Brendan O'Neill

FDMC Soccer Federation players - FDMC can be very proud for the following boys who have been selected in the Central Federation teams: Soccer_Federation_players.JPG

14th Grade

13th Grade

Morgan Hall

Shane Garner

Steven Kibby

Conrad Poi

These players travel to PN regularly to train on Sundays and towards the end of the term they have a tournament against the other Federations. I wish the boys the very best for the tournament and know they will do there best. Good luck.


Certificate of University Preparation - Students who do not achieve university entrance via NCEA should not despair. A student who gains at least 14 x Level 3 credits in one approved subject, performs reasonably well in another two subjects, and who has satisfied the literacy and numeracy requirements for university entrance may be admitted into the Certificate of University Preparation. Taught at all three Massey campuses, successful completion of this Semester One programme provides an entry level qualification (recognised by all New Zealand universities) and is an excellent preparation for degree study starting in Semester Two. And — there are no tuition fees! (this applies only to Massey). Further information is available from 0800 MASSEY or any Student Liaison Adviser. All of the universities offer a similar programme. For information on costs and criteria of their Certificate of University Preparation, check out the university website of your intended place of study.

Taranaki Electricity Trust - This scholarship is presented by the Toko and Districts Lions Club and the Urenui & Distructs Lions Club in association with the Taranaki Electricity Trust. It is for students who live between Waitara and Pukearuhe, and southward including Waitara to Inglewood, Stratford, Eltham, Kaponga, Te Wero and Whangamomona areas. The value of the scholarship is governed by the nature and number of applications. Electrical and Agriculture degrees or courses are excluded from the scholarship as substantial assistance is available from other sources. For further information and an application form, if you reside in the Stratford District and South Taranaki District contact Mr Colin Lees on colin.june.lees@xtra.co.nz. If you reside in the Northern area, the contact is Mr Jim Tulloch on j.tulloch@clear.net.nz.

Meat & Wool New Zealand — Undergraduate Scholarships now available

— Agribusiness and Diploma Scholarships — for one year's study leading to the achievement of a National Certificate in Agriculture qualification at Telford, Taratahi and Eastern Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln and Massey Universities. One x $4,000 scholarship at each institution, but may be split amongst more than one applicant.

— Undergraduate Scholarships — Up to 4 years study (including an honours year) at a New Zealand university to undertake a bachelor degree programme. 4 x $4,000 per annum scholarships. Applications close on 16 December 2005.

— Undergraduate Scholarship for Overseas University — Up to three years study at an overseas university offering an approved textile science bachelor degree programme. Currently approved universities are in the UK, Belgium, India, China and the USA. One every third year to a value of $40,000 per annum minimum. This provides for travel, tuition and accommodation. Applications close on 16 December 2005.

Further details, including application forms, are available on the Meat & Wool New Zealand website, www.meatandwoolnz.co.nz. Further enquiries can be made to Allan Frazer, Manager Skills and Education, Meat and Wool New Zealand — phone 04 474 0840, 027 450 3861 or email allan.frazer@meatandwoolnz.com.

M?ѬÅori Education Trust Scholarships 2006 - Nga mihi o te wa kia koe, Tena koe me o tatou mate tairorii nui kua poto atu nei ki te kapunipunitanga o nga Wairua I Paerau. Heoi ano ra, ki nga mate, waiho I runga I te korero ra, ko te hunga mate ki te hunga mate, ko tatou nga kanohi ora o ratou ma ki a tatou, tihei mauri ora!

Students and parents are advised that application forms can be downloaded from www.m?ѬÅorieducation.org.nz as from 1 November 2006, or you can contact the Trust on phone 04 499 8014.

Transfield Services apprenticeships - Transfield Services are offering 25 Telecommunications and 10 electrical apprenticeships — an opportunity to earn as you learn with an internationally recognised industry leader. The successful applicants will be given the opportunity to gain a NZQA qualification which is internationally recognised. Applicants may be required to attend a two-week pre-employment taster course before selection for employment. APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 2005. Call 0800 663 786 for more information or forward your CV to email training.admin@transfieldservices-et.com or post to Transfield Services E&T (NZ) Limited, Training & Development Services, Private Bag 93313, Otahuhu, Auckland

Hotter Engineering, Eltham — offering Engineering Trade apprenticeships for 2006 - Toolmaker/Engineering machinist and Heavy Fabrication Engineer — 4-year apprenticeships including on-job training and Industry Training Provider courses. Contact the College Careers Office for more information and an application form. Applications must be made by 15 December 2005.


Lego Investigation - In these pictures Class 7R students are using the Technical Lego which the PTA brought at the beginning of the year. In the first picture Khieng Tang and Andrew Hindle are investigating how pulleys work. In the next picture we can see Sam Thomson and Bradley Townsend are busy putting their ideas into practice.




MISSION ACTION DAY WALKATHON - The annual walkathon onMAD_Day.JPG the Friday before Labour weekend was once again a highly successful and enjoyable day. After the uplifting liturgy prepared by Mr Graeme Mustchin in honour of Fr Francis Douglas, the weather remained fine enough for students to amble, walk and run around the Frankley Rd block. Too much rain and the threat of more meant that we were not able to do the full walk around the farm. The wonderful generosity of our college community and the wider local community saw nearly $15,000 raised, a record amount for this appeal. This generous spirit is greatly appreciated by our fellow Lasallian institution at Hohola Youth Development Centre in Papua New Guinea and the Lasallian schools in Sri Lanka, India and New Orleans affected by recent natural disasters. Special thanks and congratulations go to Sunil Rhodes for raising $396, Tyler Fleming $297 and Daniel Malili $200 in sponsorship. (Click here for more photos of MAD Day)

BROTHER OLLIE'S ROSES - Those parents who visited the CollBr_Ollie_1.jpgege for Prizegiving couldn't help but notice Brother Ollie's roses, which are looking particularly spectacular this year. Brother Ollie is 92, and is still our Head Gardener, ably assisted by Brother Greg. Between them they and their gardens contribute a huge amount to the beautiful surroundings of the College. The roses are much appreciated by all staff, and I am sure the boys enjoy them as well. (click here to see more pictures of the roses)

NIE QUIZ - On Wednesday 19 October four teams from FDMC entered into the annual NIE Quiz held at Devon Intermediate. The NIE Quiz is run by Taranaki Newspapers and is based on current affairs. This year for the first time entry was open to Year 9 and 10 students.

Our Year 7 team of Kurt Leuthart, Nick Arnold, John Paul Koenig and Bryce NIE_Quiz.jpgPompos was placed a well-deserved 2nd. Our Year 8 team of Christian McSweeney-Novak, Jason French, Rhys Williams and Nicholas Stachurski, earned 4th place in their intermediate grade. In the Junior Secondary School division our Year 9 team of Callum Tanner, Shane Rooyakers, Matthew O'Neil and Brendon Bevins finished a creditable 3rd and the Year 10 team of Scott Corboy, James Fastier, Ben Schaare and Thomas Dravitzki (pictured) took 1st place. The winning team earned a trophy, books for the College library, individual prizes and their photo in the newspaper.

FDMC can be very proud of the performance of all students on the night. Special mention and thanks must go to Mrs Joan Coles and Mr Neil Imrie for their coaching and help during the lunch hours in the weeks leading up to the event.

I, personally, was very proud to again be part of this special annual event and am very keen to see the high level of participation and success of FDMC teams continue. James Fastier, Scott Corboy and Ben Schaare

HOSTEL CHRISTMAS DINNER - Brother Peter and the HHostel_Xmas.JPGostel Staff invited the Boarders and special guests to a Mass and Christmas Party in the Hostel on Tuesday 8 November 2005. A good time was had by all, and the food prepared by Head Chef Steve and his able elves was enjoyed by everyone at the event.

Pictured are Heather, Steve and Carol serving up dessert.


Uniform Shop and bookshop hours - The shops will be open the following hours prior to the commencement of Term 1 2006. It is expected that students will have their stationery and uniform organised before the start of term.

Monday 30 January

Tuesday 31 January

Wednesday 1 February

Thursday 2 February

Friday 3 February

10:00am to 12:00 noon

5:00pm to 7:00pm

10:00am to 12:00 noon

5:00pm to 7:00pm

10:00am to 12:00 noon

Breaking the Ice - Police are set to "break the ice" by raising community awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine (also known as "meth", "P" and "burn". There will be a public presentation on 5 December at Sacred Heart College, Pukaka Street at 3:45pm, and at Spotswood College, South Road at 7pm. The presentation will show how drug dealers trick school children into using the banned substance, and will inform people of the dangers associated with this drug. The presentation will be given by Officer Gordon Rongonui from Palmerston North. For more information go to www.fade.org.nz.

Meningococcal B Programme — final advice - The meningococcal B programme has now been completed in our school. The team would like to thank all the students, parents and school staff for the tremendous support that was given to the programme. This support was critical to the success of the programme. Within Taranaki, over 80% of all eligible students consented to the programme. If your child has missed doses at school then this is what you can do:

If your child has missed the 2nd or 3rd immunisation: Arrange to get these dose(s) from you GP, or Community Catch-Up Clinics in the larger centres.. These will be advertised in your local paper.

If you missed out on any of the immunisations and you are moving to another area in New Zealand: Ring the Meningococcal B Help Line 0800 20 30 90 to find out programme contact details in your new area

If you have recently arrived at the school: You can go to your family doctor to complete the course of three immunisations. Even if there is quite a long time gap between the immunisations, you do not need to start again.

To be protected against meningococcal b disease you need to have three immunisations. If you need further information please contact the Meningococcal B programme team at Taranaki Base Hospital, via the Team Administrator, Teresa Venables, on 06 7536139 ext 8332

Waitara Inter-School River/Sea Sports Day - This is an alternative sports extravaganza to be held on Sunday 19 February 2006 At 11:00am. All events report to Clifton Rowing club @ 10:30am. Events will include:

  • River swim (1km)
  • Rowing - (a) if you have access to a boat and experience, or (b) on a rowing machine as per TSS event
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Waka
  • Yachting

Many events will allow children to —Have a go—. There will also be demonstrations of parachute jumping, rescue helicopter action and jet boat displays

SALE OF THE HILL @ FDMC — for the information of the College community, we are printing this letter from the Chairman of the Trust Board of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in New Zealand.


JAPAN TRIP FUNDRAISING - Many thanks to everyone involved for their effort with Its in the Bag on Friday night. We are very grateful to our sponsors, and also to Peter MacDonald for being such a brilliant compere.

Please support our generous sponsors- Andrea Kelly, Bay Engineering, Beauty Box hairdressers, Benchmark Building Supplies, Big Jims Garden Centre, Briscoes, Busing Russell and Co, Caf— Cabana, Challenge Petrol Station, Cobb & Co, Dimocks Retravision, Eagars Stratford, French Photography, Goodyear Tyres, Just Rubbish, Lenise Young Pharmacy, Levenes, Life Sync, Mason Appliances, New Plymouth Golf Club, New World Supermarket, Noel Leeming, Oakura Pharmacy, Office Furniture First, Pace Engineering, Pack Centre Ltd, RD 1, Repco, Seasons Cheapskates, Selectrix Stratford, Strandon Pharmacy, Taranaki Powder Coating WR Twigg, United Travel Ltd, Vogeltown Pharmacy, Wishing Well Flowers and Zanzibar Cafe.

PTA NEWS - The PTA would like to wish all past, present and future families of the college a safe and happy Christmas and holiday break.

Thank you to so many who have helped in so many ways to make 2005 another very successful year. A special thank you to Jill Warner and John Gordon who have been hard working members of our PTA for many years. Their sons are leaving College and so are they. Good luck to you both.

New members are always welcome at any time. Our meetings are normally held the 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Boardroom above the Office.

Dates to mark in your Diary for next year:

7 February

PTA/ Gala Meeting @ 7.30pm - All Stall co-ordinators should attend please.

13 February

Wine and Cheese Evening for families new to the College, 7-8.30 pm

25 March

Gala Day-Please start collecting items now at home for the Garage Sale - used clothing, books etc.

Any enquiries please phone either Jan Forsythe (753 8010) or Robyn Hickford (753 3303) Co-Secretaries.


Term 1

Tuesday 7 February to Thursday 13 April

Term 2

Monday 1 May to Friday 30 June

Term 3

Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September

Term 4

Monday 9 October to Thursday 14 December

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