Term 2 No.2 2006

Dear Parents and families,

St John Baptist de La Salle, in writing to the early Brothers said that to touch the hearts of your pupils and to inspire them with the Christian spirit is the greatest miracle you can perform, and one which God expects of you. Francis Douglas Memorial College is fiercely proud of its Catholic and Lasallian tradition and it is appropriate that we report on the Catholic life of our College.

YOUTH MINISTRY - It's been a busy term for youth ministry at Francis Douglas Memorial College. Fifteen Lasallian Youth Leaders have been commissioned at the College. They are; Shaun Butler, Jamie Barrett, Greg Taylor, Alex Nicholas, Seamus Doyle, Martin Barrientos, Isaac Trevis, Scott Murphy, Nick Siffleet, Chas Carroll, Matthew Easton, Tim Hills, Josh Hickford, Liam Coltman and David Freeman. These are senior students who have taken responsibility for overseeing the Faith, service, and community aspects of the College. They have initiated an awards scheme which identifies boys from years 9 to 13 who have displayed true Lasallian characteristics of fair play, diligence, hard work and leadership.

Once a term the Lasallian Youth Leaders will acknowledge boys nominated by other staff and students; those chosen will be recognised at an Assembly for their contribution to the College with a certificate, a tuck-shop voucher and their photo in the office foyer. These boys have also started painting a college crucifix which will be hung in the College yard, they help with the training of Eucharistic Ministers, and they run social evenings for younger students in years 7 and 8 to help them develop leadership skills.

Congratulations to the following boys; Chas Carroll, Scott Corboy, Seamus Doyle, James Fastier, Tony Fiddis, Josh Hickford, James Lawn, Scott Murphy, William Rowland, Greg Taylor. These boys have volunteered their time freely to attend training sessions and on Thursday 15 June were commissioned in the College Chapel by Father Joe Riordan as Eucharistic ministers. These boys have offered their services as Eucharistic Ministers for both the College and their parishes.

Twenty one boys from FDMC were confirmed on Sunday 11 June at St Joseph's Parish. These boys attended seven weeks of sessions and a camp, all of which were expertly organised and run by Glenis and Kevin Macdonald.

FOUNDER'S DAY – 2 JUNE 2006 - On 2 June the College community celebrated the life and vision of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, the Founder of the De La Salle Brothers. The day commenced with Vertical Form, followed by Mass in the Gym, house singing and a Kapa Haka performance that saw a specially composed Haka for the College performed publicly for the first time. This year the prizewinning O'Shea Shield presentations were made to the assembled boys, much the everyone's enjoyment. Congratulations to La Salle House who won the Founder's Trophy for House Singing.

In the spirit of service to the wider community, boys are asked to contribute canned or packaged food for the New Plymouth Foodbank, with the collected groceries being donated to a representative from the Foodbank on Founder's Day. There is fierce competition amongst the houses to win the Vertical Form Shield for Founder's Day food contributions. This year thanks to a most generous effort by Juner Baker, who spent $279 from his own savings, LaSalle 2 was the winner.

Pictured are Juner, along with Abe Naus, Tim Grant and Ronshi Perera who helped carry the bags of shopping. Congratulations to all the students who made Founder's Day 2006 such a success with their generosity and enthusiasm.

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held in the College Gym on Wednesday 26 July, 2006 @ 3.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

Br Peter - Principal



The following Year 7 and 8 boys were awarded Lasallian medallions at assembly on Wednesday 24 May. These boys were considered by staff to have fulfilled the following criteria both in the classroom and in the playground:

  • Spirit of forgiveness
  • Spirit of generosity
  • Christian attitudes
  • Courteous behaviour and good manners

Year 7:  Tane Butler, Samuel Fastier, Daniel Sanders, Nicholas O'Neil, Sam Fiddis, Cody Sowman, David Munro, Andrew Jane, Jayden Crowley, Joshua Connolly, Matt Hau, Alistair Murray, Benjamin Sofeni, Andreas Thangam, Trent Dravitzki, Kieran McLean and Jonathan Ritchie

Year 8:   Ryan Churchman, Joe Clarke, Joe Bracegirdle, Daniel Osborne, Dylan Solomon, James Adams, Daniel Green, B J Monk, Joel Stachurski, Mitchell Cocker, Andrew Dolan, Aaron Cavey and Patrick Forsythe


Congratulations to Samuel Fastier, Year 7, who is the first student to receive a Dean's Award for Attainment this year.

Congratulations to Joseph Gaston and Matthew Westbury in Year 10 on receiving Deans Diligence cards.



ACC Think Safe Taranaki Agricultural Team challenge - FDMC again hosted this ACC sponsored event at the Agridome facility on 9 June. The challenge is open to all secondary schools in Taranaki and involves teams of four students safely operating tractors, ATV's, stock handling, working at heights, workshop and fire arms. There is a quick quiz to finally assess their safety knowledge. This year FDMC teams finished 1st, 2nd and 4th.

The winning teams were :

1st - 275.5 points2nd - 273.5 points4th - 263 points
Benjamin AbbottAdam BridgemanBeauden Barrett
Kane BarrettMatthew FahyPaul Hawkes
Daniel HealWarwick FlemingCole Mackle
Joseph GrayDaniel MacDonaldMathieu Stevenson

A very special thanks to our sponsors; Norwoods, for the New Holland Tractor, Agriculture New Zealand for the stock handling and ATV equipment, the Labour Department for Working at Heights training, the NZ Police for firearms training, and YFC for the quiz and record keeping.

Thanks also to students Chris Lord, Nathan Payne, Robert Buchanan, Kieran Clough, John Julian and Richard Beckett for their hard work on the day.

Chess - Last Sunday FDMC entered two teams in the Taranaki Secondary Schools Chess Competition. There were seven teams in the competition. Both FDMC teams played extremely well with the A Team gaining 3rd place and the B Team, which was full of year 7s, gaining 4th place against many teams with players up to three years older than them. Our A Team's 3rd place was the highest placing that FDMC has gained in many years. With lots of young talent coming through we will be better placed to win in future years. I would like to thank Mr Coulton for organising our teams, and also a big thank you to all the parents who watched some amazing games of chess. Contrary to popular opinion there were some riveting games of chess, with the outcome of the whole tournament unknown until the very last round.         Report by Liam Poppelwell – Year 10

The Chess Team members are:

A TeamLiam Poppelwell (Captain), Hamish Till, Isaac Dolan and Alex Dolan
B TeamFraser Walker, Daniel Morris, Connor Ferguson and Sam Fiddis

Methanex Maths Fair - Congratulations to the following Year 7 students who were awarded places at the Maths Fair:

Maths in The Workplace1st - Aydan Mitchell,   2nd - Daniel Sanders
Individual ProjectMerit - Thomas Doherty
Class Prize

2nd - Mr Coulton's Maths Class - Water Rocket Project - This was a whole class project looking at speed, angles, volume, capacity and height.  The class researched the maths relating to using water propelled rockets (made from coke bottles)



RATS IN THE LAB... - No, there were no 'Rat Bags' in the Biology class, only future surgeons from Year 12! The boys were investigating the anatomy of the mammalian transport system in their study of Animal Diversity in form and function. They did not take long to get to the heart of the matter.



FDMC CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – further to last month - The final results of the House Competition of the cross country were:

1stSolomon11,736 points
2ndLaSalle11,401 points
3rdLoreto10,956 points
4thBenildus10,068 points


TSS CROSS COUNTRY – HAWERA – 2 JUNE - Well done all the boys who represented FDMC on the TSS Cross Country in Hawera. Congratulations to Lance Molyneaux for achieving 1st place in the Junior race, Nathan Coombes for achieving 2nd place in the Intermediate race and Gwylym Gibson for achieving 4th place in the Senior race.

DUATHLON - Once again Francis Douglas Memorial College was very well represented in the Taranaki Secondary Schools' Duathlon Championships. These were held in near perfect conditions, at the Hurworth circuit on Sunday 11 June. The event consisted of a 2 km run, a 10 km cycle followed by another 2km run. A number of students, from various Year levels, entered the event as two person teams or as individuals – all performing very well.

The Duathlon Results were:

Senior Boys Teams - 1st John Froude and Gwylym Gibson

Senior Boys Individual - 1st Nathan Coombes 5th Kieran Horton

Junior Boys Individual - 1st Edward Rawles 3rd Nick Sutton 4th Denay Cottam


Ross Brown Primary Schools Rugby Tournament 2006 - The following boys have been selected to play for the West Taranaki team, which is to compete at Yarrows Stadium from 30 June to 2 July: Benji England, Kieran O'Donnell, Joe Clarke, Nick Arnold, Callum Scott, Phillip Radford, Ryan Bishop and Daniel Churstain. From this tournament, a primary schools under 60kg team will be selected.

FDMC 1st XV vs NPBHS 1st XV – annual college fixture - NPBHS came out the winners on the day after a well-fought match, with the final score 22-13. Boys' High dominated the early forward exchanges and were able to utilise their new Centre, P Perez, who went in for two first-half tries, one of which was converted by C. Rei who also kicked an early penalty. FDMC scored a solitary penalty which was kicked by Rick McKenna. The half-time score was 3-15.

In the second half the FDMC forwards lifted their game, but a breakout from their own 22m led to another converted try to NPBHS. FDMC never gave up and were rewarded with a well-worked try to right winger Adam Warner and a last minute try to hard-working prop and Player of the Day, Todd Curtis.

Our 1st XV will now concentrate on the 2nd round of the Under 20 competition and the National Knockout game against Fielding in August.


FDMC 1 - 13th grade - What a season so far! 39 goals for and only 3 against in 5 games. Each week I try to take the boys outside their comfort zone by swapping positions or asking them to try new things on the field and each week they respond as if they have been playing for years. My focus as a coach is to improve the boys' skill range and teach them positional play. Winning all our games so far this year is a bonus. The beauty of this side is that there are no individualists and no weak links, just a bunch of young men who work hard and are totally committed at training and during the games. I would also like to acknowledge the parents who are all there rain, hail or shine to watch the boys every weekend.                                                      Graham Reive (coach)

FDMC 1 Youth Team - The youth team started the season well, winning all their games so far and conceding only 2 goals. But it is a long season and the team has to keep focused and keep playing as a team as that is the key to our success. Tomas Mosquera and Steven Kibby have been controlling the mid field. Andrew Crowe has been sensational up front scoring some real important goals. Jaden Hareb and Rory Garner have shown great positional play and great determination in wining possession for their team.

Youth Grade Soccer - FDMC Studs - The FDMC Studs had a mixed start to the season but things are settling down quite well now. After the first few games we were graded into the 2nd Division. Since this division started the team has won both of their games. The boys are starting to play some really constructive soccer and as long as they continue to demonstrate their current level of commitment and enthusiasm, they should have a very good chance of finishing the season near the top of the competition.

Some players are beginning to stand out within the team for various reasons. Thomas Dravitzki is playing consistently well in his role in defence. Tim Lloyd has to be one of the best goalkeepers in the whole youth grade and is a real asset to the team. Alex Gray, Danny Hall, James Morrison and John Bull play very strong defence. John Bull, despite this being his first season playing soccer, has improved tremendously since the start of the season. The midfield of Amrit Singh, John Brieseman, Matthew Easton, Scott Morrison and James Finnerty is combining well to link the defence and the forwards. Chris Reive and Aaron Huesser are working well together up front.

The boys work hard for themselves and for each other. This is what a team sport is all about. As long as they continue to do this the team should have a very enjoyable and satisfying season

Goalkeeper Training / Identification Clinic - Run by Taranaki Goalkeeper Coach, Graham Reive   -  Venue - Francis Douglas Memorial College

Dates / Times / Cost - No charge to FDMC students.

Monday 3rd July 9.30am – 3.30 pm 9th Grade to 12th Grade (One day Course) $25 Tuesday 4th July 9.30am – 3.30 pm 9th Grade to 12th Grade (One day Course) $25 Wednesday 5th July & Thursday 6th July 9.30am – 3.30pm 13th grade – Youth Grade (Two day course) $45

Each course is limited to 20 participants.  For more information or to enrol, contact Graham Reive on Home phone (06) 756-8857 (after 6.00pm please) or Email reivefamily5@xtra.co.nz.


Le Cordon Bleu hospitality management school in Adelaide, South Australia is offering a NZD $24,000 tuition scholarship to support young New Zealand students who wish to pursue a world class career. The Daniel Shanahan Memorial Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship program, available exclusively to New Zealand students, and will be awarded to one New Zealand Student annually. Students will undertake the Le Cordon Bleu Bachelor of Business in either International Hotel & Resort Management or International Restaurant & Catering Management. Students will study full time in Adelaide, South Australia.

Launched in recognition of the late Daniel Shanahan, the first New Zealand student to graduate from the Le Cordon Bleu Bachelor of Business, the scholarship program aims to provide passionate young New Zealanders with the opportunity to gain excellent international qualifications and a fast-track to hospitality industry employment. For further information check the website: http://www.lcbaustralia.com, Email: sdavies@cordonbleu.edu or phone: +61 8 8348 3055 (Adelaide, Australia)

University of Canterbury Information Days – 4 & 5 July 2006 – Accommodation - Accommodation is available for students and parents at the University of Canterbury during Information Days. Three halls are participating, University Hall, Rochester & Rutherford Hall and Bishop Julius hall. Bookings will be administered by the Accommodation Office. Further information is available from Danni Mariner : Ph (03) 364 2655, Fx (03) 364 2940 or email Danni.marriner@canterbury.ac.nz

Massey University – Top Achiever Arts and Sports Scholarships - Massey University is offering a number of Top Achiever Scholarships to first-year students planning full or part time study at Auckland, Wellington or Palmerston North campuses in 2007. The scholarships are worth up to $3,000 for full time students or $1,500 for part time students. For more information check out the website http://awards.massey.ac.nz/next_step_table.htm.

University of Auckland – Entry-level Scholarships - Up to 35 scholarships are available for study starting in 2007. Selection is based on Year 12 academic results as well as all-round ability, leadership potential and extra-curricular activities.

Scholarships include:

  • Chancellor's Awards for Top Scholars to top M?ѬÅori and Pacific achievers
  • Access Awards to students who have the potential to succeed at University but who would find it financially difficult to attend without assistance
  • Alumni Scholarships to assist students who because of financial hardship may otherwise not be able to undertake a university degree
  • A range of endowed scholarships and prizes for school leavers in specific subjects and for specific areas of study.

The closing date for applications is 10 September 2006. For further information phone the Scholarships Office on 09 373 7599 extn 87494 or email scholarships@auckland.ac.nz.


How to help your kids when you separate - An information programme available to parents going through or considering separation who want to support their children through this difficult time.

When there is a relationship break up, everyone in the family has to come to terms with many changes. There are hurt feelings, new living arrangements, and financial adjustments. While the adults have their own issues, any children involved have feelings and emotions they may not be able to understand or deal with. If parents manage the separation well, children have a much better chance of being ok.

The programme also highlights the advantages of parents reaching agreement for themselves in the arrangements for their children without the need to go to Family Court. The programme is free and takes place over two sessions of about 2 hours. To find out more or be directed to a programme provider call 0800 211 211 or go to www.justice.govt.nz/family.


Please note that due to reduced demand the Uniform Shop hours are now 12:45 to 1:30pm during term time until further notice.

Summer Sports Photos may be ordered at a cost of $10 for 8x10 and $5.00 for 6x8. Order forms are available at the College Office.

University Entrance Requirements 2007 - Below are printed the common entrance standard requirements for all New Zealand univeristies. In addtion to these requirements, some course also have specific entrance requirements.

College Calendar - Term 3

17Term 3 Begins
22Senior Ball
26Parent/Teacher Interviews
10Showcase - 7pm to 9pm
11Official opening of the Design & Technology Centre
6Years 10 and 11 Option Evening
8Winter Sports Photos
15Subject option forms due to be returned
22End of Term 3

Term Dates for 2006

Term 3           17 July to 22 September

Term 4           9 October to 14 December

2006 Holidays

Labour Day - Monday 23 October