Term 3 No. 2 2006

Dear Parents and families,

Kit e rangatira Dame Te Ataairangi Kahu, Daniel Hansman and Mrs Watson moe mai ra. Otira koutou katoa kua huri ki tua, haere atu, haere atu moe mai ra.

It is with sadness that the College community notes the passing to eternal life of:

  • Te Arikinui, Dame Te Ataairangi Kahu, M?ѬÅori Queen and great New Zealand leader who died on 14th August;
  • Daniel Hansman (Old Boy 2004) who died tragically in Wellington on 11th August;
  • Mrs Lou Watson, mother of Brother Adrian Watson (Old Boy and former staff member), who died on 21 August.

Father, your Son declared “blessed all those who mourn
Knowing that no one can mourn unless they love very much.
Bring courage and strength to those who mourn
because they have loved greatly.
In your loving kindness
bring them healing and inner peace,
and lead those they mourn, Te Arikinui, Daniel and Lou,
into your kingdom of light, happiness and peace. Amen.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
Brother Peter


Congratulations to the following boys who were awarded College Colours for excellence during a special assembly on 31 July:

AcademicShaun Butler, Isaac Trevis, Martin Barrientos, Seamus Doyle, Greg Taylor, William Coulton, Lachlan Whelan and Joshua Lucas
Service Shaun Butler and Jamie Barrett
Sport Zac Wills, Darryl McDavitt, Brent Stevenson, Joshua Barrett and Nathan Coombes.

Congratulations to the following 2005 FDMC graduates who have been awarded scholarships for by the Taranaki Scholarships Trust Board to assist with their University studies: Matthew Bloomfield, Patrick Briggs, Reuben Costello, Scott Jackson, William Kyle, Jethro Neeson, Daniel Parker and Nicholas Sidler.

On 13 August Jason French was sponsored by the Pakeke Lions Club to compete in the Rose City Intermediate Speechmaking Contest in Palmerston North. Jason was the second youngest in the competition, which was open to 14-17 year olds. He received a very creditable 3rd place. Well done, Jason.

Congratulations to Kieran Orchard, 2001 Dux of the College – the photo and article shown were copied from the South Taranaki Star dated Thursday 17 August.


Fonterra Taranaki Science & Technology Fair
A number of students entered the Fonterra Science & Technology Fair held on 1 and 2 August 2006. The entries in the various categories were of a high standard.

The following students won prizes:

The NZ Statistical Association prize for the best Senior statistics-related exhibit Timothy Chainey
Scientific Investigation Yr 11 - 13 - Merit Timothy Chainey and Isaac Waite
Year 10 Quiz - First place for the Francis Douglas teamJosef Butler, Zachary Milner, Matthew Munro, Shane Rooyakkers and Matthew Westbury
Certificates for participation in Scientific Investigation David Chamberlain, Kishan Gunatunga, Amrit Singh and Andrew Crowe
Certificate for participation in Technological Development Yr 7-8Kurt Vickers
Certificate for participation in Observational Drawing Yr 11-13David Chamberlain

2006 Science Fair Quiz – Year 10
On the afternoon of Wednesday 2 August a group of Year 10 students consisting of Shane Rooyakkers, Zac Milner, Matthew Munro, Josef Butler and Matt Westbury participated in the 2006 Science Fair Quiz. The group led from start to finish thanks to good teamwork and quick on-the-spot thinking through six categories, including identifying scientific implements and distinguishing microscopic images.

The final scores were FDMC first with 64.5 points, Spotswood College second with 52 points and Hawera High School third with 50 points.

The team would like to thank the Science Department at the College, particularly Mr Rata and Mrs Marshall, who supported them through the entire event.

2006 International Competitions & Assessments for Schools
These competitions (formerly known as Australasian Schools Competitions) were held in June. Certificates were awarded for each year level as follows:

• High Distinction – the top 1% of entrants in NZ
• Distinction – the next 10% of entrants in NZ
• Credit – the next 20% of entrants in NZ
• Participation

Results from the English competition were:

Year 7
Andreas Thangam
Year 10
Isaac Mischefski and Matthew O'Neill
Year 11
Thomas Gray, David Hills and Ben Schaare
Year 12
Jason Senior and Simon Velvin
Year 13
Shaun Butler and Isaac Trevis
Year 7
Joshua Connolly, Dylan Erickson, Jonathon Ritchie and Daniel Sanders
Year 8
Nick Arnold, Scott Busing, Kieran O’Donnell, Daniel Phipps and Samuel Thomson
Credit Year 9 Samuel Easton, Shane Garner, Max Prestidge, Simon Gray and Andrew MacDonald
CreditYear 10Josef Butler, Matthew Munro and Liam Poppelwell
CreditYear 12 Nathaniel Macnamara

Results from the Science competition were:

High Distinction Year 7 Ken Imrie
Distinction Year 13Michael Hobbs & Joshua Naus
Distinction Year 11Ciaran Finnerty
Distinction Year 10Zachary Milner and Callum Tanner
Distinction Year 9Andrew McDonald
Distinction Year 8Christopher Pearce
Distinction Year 7 Andreas Thangham and Brendan Julian
Year 12
Brendon Berg, Kishan Gunatunga and Simon Velvin
Year 11
Andrew Barczak, Andrew Crowe, Tony Fiddis, Alex Gray, Benjamin Schaare and Tim Wood
Year 10
John Watters, Matthew Munro, Shane Rooyakkers, Josef Butler, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Nathaniel Grigg and Julius Maggs
Year 7
David Munro

Congratulations to all students who took part, and we look forward to even greater numbers participating next year.

HMNZS Endeavour
Regan Jordan (Year 13) was given the opportunity to participate on a three-day trip aboard the HMNZS Endeavour sailing from Wellington Harbour. After battling an initial bout of seasickness, Regan quickly got into the spirit of life on board, including 0300 starts! Highlights of the trip were the dolphins, the excellent meals, and the walk to Furneaux Lodge.

Navy Experience Week
Ashlee Kelly, Sam Connolly and Lachlan Whelan attended the navy experience week on board the Indian Naval Ship Tabar. The photo shows Lachlan Whelan at front left of a group including Commanding Officer, Captain HCS Bisht.

Ten students recently attended a 2-day Kevin Capon Photography Course entitled “Developing Creative Potential”. The course provided 4 credits. Congratulations to Mathew Barnard, Jack Burr, Scott Gawler, Kurtis How-McLean, John Julian, Nick Siffleet, Jared Wackrow and Jade Wilson.


College Haka
The Francis Douglas Memorial College haka had its inaugural performance on Founder‚Äôs Day, Friday 2 June. The haka was devised by Taare Ruakere, our M?ѬÅori Teacher, in consultation with the Kapa Haka group. It makes reference to our geographical position, our beautiful mountain, Maunga Taranaki and our coastal position. It alludes to our forefathers and also the religious philosophies that underpin our education system at the College. It has since been performed at an inter- school rugby match.

The music department has continued to be a hive of activity with the boys taking great pride in representing the school and sharing their talents at local and national events over the past few weeks.

Many will have already heard about the great successes of our Rockquest entrants. Six bands from the school entered the Taranaki heats. Three full FDMC bands and one combined school's band made it through to the Taranaki final on 5 August. The quality of musicians from Taranaki was outstanding and the competition was close.

From this stage of the competition Ruin were voted through to the National Rockquest final (one of just two Taranaki bands from the original 20+ bands which entered the heats), which will be held in Auckland on Saturday 7 October. The band have a number of tasks to complete and will be holding an evening gig in the coming weeks. Not only would they value your support but as National finalists it really will be a great evening.

All boys who's bands made it into the Taranaki Finals have been working with our Music Mentor, Peter Jefferies, gaining experience in recording a their tracks and learning about the music industry from him.

Back on the 4 August members of Fusion (our unconventional orchestra) combined their talents with Spotswood College and Sacred Heart's musicians performing at the Hamilton Festival (Waikato Itinerant Music Scheme Band and Orchestra Festival) bringing home a well-earned bronze award. Our rehearsals were a gruelling "short, sharp" challenge and the opportunity to join forces with other young musicians has been an inspiration to many of our boys. It is something that we look forward to continuing in the future.

On Sunday 20th August members of the Contemporary Combo, led by Robin Wellaway, performed at the Taranaki Jazz Club Day, which was held at the New Plymouth RSA. The Taranaki Jazz Club was kind enough to donate a share of the day's proceeds to us and we look forward to using this donation to help further build the Jazz at FDMC.

Coming up on Thursday 14 September members of the "Da Boyz" Junior choir and senior musicians will perform at the TSB Bowl with the New Plymouth School's Music Festival. The boys have been working very hard in preparation for this event, which promises to be very impressive.


First XI Hockey - Tournament Week – 14-18 August
The FDMC First XI travelled to Wanganui to compete in the Founders Cup tournament. The team was very successful in winning all the pool games with no goals scored against. The quarterfinal was won which put us into the semifinals. A very tense and physical match was played against Tararua College and unfortunately we came second.

In the playoff for third and fourth place we were beaten by Havelock North High School so ended up fourth for the week. This is a very good result and valuable experience for all the players to be involved in playoff matches under pressure. The players played some very good hockey and enjoyed their week. Thanks to the coach Andy Bedford, manager Ngaere Heal and all the parents who helped out with food or transport.

Taranaki Secondary Schools Pool 8-Ball – Stratford Club – 20 August
All players maintained a high standard of play during the tournament. In the semi-finals the college teams of Shane Sullivan / Travis Graham and Scott Murphy / Josh Hickford lost to the Hawera No.1 team. In the final we saw FDMC No.1 team play against Hawera No.1 with Scott Cameron and Paul Dodunski winning a close match to retain the TSS 8-Ball Trophy. Placings were:

1st Section 3 Scott Cameron / Paul Dodunski
1st Section 5 Scott Murphy / Josh Hickford
1st Section 6 Shane Sullivan / Travis Graham
Winner – Pool One Scott Cameron / Paul Dodunski
8-Ball Champions 2006 Scott Cameron / Paul Dodunski

Junior A Basketball
Central Region Premierships, Napier, 2006
From 14th – 17th August the ‘Junior A’ basketball team travelled to Napier to play in the Central Region Premiership Tournament held at the Centennial Stadium. The team played extremely well throughout the tournament and gave 100% in every game they played.

The team started the tournament in winning style gaining a huge win over Flaxmere College, 112 – 59. However they then came up against some hard competition from Palmerston North and Hastings Boys High, losing both games. The highlight of the tournament was the effort the team gave against a well-drilled Wellington College team, only just losing in the dying seconds by 2 points. The team finished in 8th position, losing to New Plymouth Boys High on the last day of the tournament.

Kale Joines played outstandingly well for the team and was rewarded for his efforts by making the tournament team comprised of the 10 best players of the tournament which is an outstanding effort. Other excellent contributions came from Richard Clough, Sam Wells and Jarred Crowley who shot some nice baskets.

Thanks to team manager, Mrs Hurley and Kale Joines for the excellent organisation. Thanks to the team for playing their hearts out and also having some fun in the down time between games.

Team members: Emmett Hurley, Richard Clough, Tom Siffleet, Jayden Hareb, Sam Wells, Jarred Crowley, Scott Crocker and Kale Joines

Squash – NZSS Nationals – Wellington – 11 to 13 August
Since the beginning of Term Two there has been up to 25 players attending Monday training sessions and a good number of boy’s have been involve in club and tournament play over recent months. It was pleasing to see that there was such good competition for places in the team of six to attend the Nationals, but difficult to make the close calls in selecting the final team of Zac Wills, Daniel Charteris, Brad Dobson, Jason Andrews, Gareth Buick and David Sunley to attend this year’s tournament.

The boys’ competition was keenly contested between 30 teams and some of the squash was of exceptionally high calibre. We were seeded 18th in the boys draw and finished the tournament with a ranking of 16th – our highest placing yet.

However, we were assisted by an unexpected win over Upper Hutt College in the first round after they were penalised for playing their team members in the wrong order. The downside of this was that it moved us into the top half of the draw and matches against some of the top seeded teams. It was tremendous to see the boys rise to the occasion and, despite the fact that they enjoyed little success against the top teams, most of the boys played the best squash that I have ever seen from them. Unfortunately, some of the very close matches just didn’t go our way.

After the first round we played matches against Mt Albert Grammar, Tawa College, Cambridge High School and Marlborough Boys College. Both Jason Andrews and Zac Wills had good wins. In fact, the performance of these to players, both on and off the court, was a real highlight for the weekend. Zac is looking certain to become as outstanding a squash player as he is at tennis and it is a pity that we will lose his services as he moves on to Victoria University next year.

Fortunately we do have a lot of young squash player coming through the ranks and many of them are showing tremendous potential. Next year’s tournament is to be held in Nelson and all players are encouraged to keep practicing throughout the year as we look build our player depth further and produce an even stronger team. The 2008 Nationals are to be held here in New Plymouth.

Soccer - Trident Trophy Tournament
The 1st 11 competed in the Trident Trophy tournament at Inglewood during the week 14-18 August. In their first two games (Hamilton Fraser HS & Wanganui Collegiate) the team lost through bad luck and not being really hungry for the ball. This soon changed and the team really started to play football. We had control of the ball for long periods and the team won all their next 6 games quite convincingly.

As the co-manager I saw the power of Raul Solis and Ryan Hall score powerful goals with their strong boots. Francisco was my MVP as his skill on the ball was truly impressive. He would take on the defenders on a regular basis, which would free up other players so they could finish off. I was also most impressed with Tomas Mosquera who has gained confidence and excellent control on the ball and in his ability to head the ball. The boys played as a team, with each player doing their job, good crisp passes, talking and supporting one another always.

Sadly we will lose our senior players this year, Ashley, Ryan, Seamus, Fran and Raul. Ashley brought to the team not only his skills on the ball, but his experience at playing for Team Taranaki. I thank the whole team for their effort and passion. Their behaviour was excellent and they were all fine ambassadors for FDMC.

The team players were: Michael Reive, Francisco Numes, Raul Solis, Stephen Kibby, Conrad Poi, Rory Garner, Ryan Hall (Captain), Andrew Crowe, Morgan Hall, Shane Garner, Ashley Reader-Nokes (Vice Captain), Stefan Walsh, Seamus Doyle, Tomas Mosquera, Edward Rawles, Sam Sutton, Jaden Hareb and Isaac Waite.

Rugby - FDMC 1st XV
The 1st XV had a very busy and tough finish to the season, starting with a semi final against a robust Okaiawa team in the Taranaki Under 20 competition, which we won convincingly 34 to 14. This was followed by a mid week game against Adams Grammar from Shropshire in England, another win 15 to 7. The Under 20 final was next and proved to be a tough game against a very good Stratford team. Our 1st XV held on to win 6 to 0, thanks to two first half penalties by Rick McKenna.

The team then had to pick themselves up to play a National Knockout game against Feilding on the Wednesday. They started very well playing some of their best rugby of the season in the first half, with tries to Rick McKenna, Adam Warner and Brendan Walsh, and then holding on to win 22 to 15. This meant another home game against a big Te Aute team who had been having one of their better seasons for some years. Again the 1st XV started well, with McKenna scoring another try and Liam Coltman also getting one, again holding on in the second half to win 18 to 13.

The team was then through to the top 16 to play the top Hurricanes Super 8 team, which was Gisborne Boys’ High. The firsts again started well with Rick McKenna kicking two early penalties, but some crucial errors proved costly with the big and very skilful Gisborne team able to counter attack and score three first half tries.

The FDMC firsts kept going to the end, but couldn’t close the gap with Gisborne scoring a fourth try to win 27 to 6. A very commendable effort against a team who has been winning many games by 40 or more, and with this year’s College team being relatively young and inexperienced at this level.

A group of students competed in Motocross on 30 July, with the following boys gaining good placings in their year groups:

Year 9 – Dorrien Neeson - 2nd
Year 10 – Jason Rickit - 2nd, Nikolaus Joyce - 4th
Year 13 – Tomas Bridgeman - 2nd, John Julian - 3rd


University Accommodation 2007- All students are reminded that you must have your accommodation applications for the respective universities in no later than 1 October. Please make them as informative as possible and ensure they are neat and tidy as they represent you! Confidential reports are required from the school on the appropriate form and these should be given to Br Peter Ryan or Mrs Milne as soon as possible so that they have time to complete them.

Introductory Shearing course – 4-7 December 2006
Huiroa woolshed, Makuri Road, Huiroa
Participants are to be 16 years of age or over and must be fit and capable of lifting and handling stock. There are specific requirements of equipment to be taken to the course. The course fee is $253.12, which includes lunch and travel expenses by van from the Taratahi/Stratford Demo Farm. Contact Caren Oliver at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre on phone 06 378 2115 for further details and to book a place.

Law Career Day - Otago University will be presenting information on Law as a career and discussing degree structures on Friday 8 September at Puke Ariki. You need to see Ms Land if you are interested in attending.

Scholarship information for 2007 - All scholarship information is available on each respective University website. There is a database available on www.newplymouthnz.com/scholarships, and further information is available on the Taranaki Careers website www.taranakicareers.co.nz. Students are encouraged to check these sites.

IPENZ Foundation (Institution of Professional Engineers NZ) Scholarships
These scholarships are offered annually to students in Years 12 or 13 who are enrolled to study towards an IPENZ accredited engineering degree at undergraduate level. One of the scholarships is targeted at Taranaki students. The scholarships cover a single grant of $5,000 towards the payment of university tuition fees. Application forms are available from the IPENZ Foundation Secretariat, P O Box 12 241, Wellington. For further information check the website www.ipenz.org.nz. The closing date for next year is 10 January.

CV's and apprenticeships: It is most important that students leaving school and looking for apprenticeships at the end of the year begin that process now. You must have a CV and there are a number of sites available on the net that can assist you with this. It is recommended that you get your CV out now and make contact with potential employers, offering to do work experience in the holidays. In the past this approach has led to many students being offered employment opportunities. Information about training and apprenticeships is readily available at www.kiwicareers.govt.nz

Unsure about careers directions and what subjects you need? Go to www.kiwicareers.govt.nz and click on online tools, where you can do an interactive career programme called PATHFINDER and also access information on jobs that match your skills, interests and subjects.

Christchurch College of Education –students interested in studying to be Physical Education Teachers or towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching Degree should apply asap as there are limited spaces available for 2007. Additional information and an application form are available from www.cce.ac.nz.


These fees are for both internal and external assessments and should be paid by August 31. The standard fee for a full course and up to three Scholarship subjects is $75. Cheques should be payable to the college. If you are eligible for financial assistance an application form is available from the school office. NZQA will charge late entries an extra $50.

We are compiling a list of College Head Boarders and Boarding Masters going back to the first year that Francis Douglas Memorial College opened, 1959. Despite all efforts at finding accurate records we still have a few gaps. Does anyone have accurate information relating to the earlier years, or is there a pre 1980 Head Boarder out there who could get in touch to set the record straight? A phone call, fax, or email to the office would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, Vivienne

The Dean Cup Centennial Committee have asked us to advise that the Cup Centennial will be held on Saturday 10 March 2007 at the Toko Domain. For registration and information please contact Ms Cathy Walker, Ohura Road, 22 RD, Stratford, Taranaki : phone (06) 762 7900 or email rod.cathy@xtra.co.nz

WANTED: Donations of black lace-up school shoes in reasonable condition. If your son has outgrown his, they can be dropped at the college office and will be put to good use.

College Calendar - SEPTEMBER 2006

1 Linkhorn Cup – Rugby vs Inglewood
2-3 NI Secondary School Skiing
3 TSS Cycling
4-8 Year 12 Retreat
4-7 NI Intermediate Skiing
6 Year 10 and 11 Option Evening
Boarders’ Rugby Cup
Excel School of Performing Arts
8 Winter Sport Photos
Linkhorn Cup Semi-finals
10 Youth Mass
TSS Road Relays @ Brooklands Park
11-15 Year 10 students at TOPEC
11 Year 9 Debate @ SHGC
12 TSS Junior Volleyball
13 Music Festival Rehearsal
14 Music Festival Perfomance
15 Linkhorn Cup Finals
17 TSS Rugby League, Waitara
17-20 NI Secondary Schools Snowboarding
20 TSS Indoor Rowing

22 End of Term Three

Term Dates for 2006

Term 3 17 July - 22 September
Term 4 9 October - 14 December

2006 Holidays

Labour Day - Monday 23 October