The start of the new year also saw the beginning of Br Mark McKeon's time as Brother Visitor for the De La Salle Brothers in our region.
Br Mark spent three years on the staff of FDMC in the mid 1990's as well as 4 years at De La Salle Mangere and we look forward to seeing him back from time to time.
He will however be a busy man as his new role makes him responsible for 44 schools, 36,000 students, 3210 teachers/administrators and 128 Brothers across the very wide region of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. He will be a Visitor, but never gets to stay too long in one place.
The Daily News highlighted today something we already knew - that this year's Head Boy Scott Murfitt is pretty quick off the mark.
Scott spent a week with other Lasallian leaders in Australia, returned home to win two beach flag titles on Saturday and then lead the school into it's first school week on Monday.
Scott's high aerobic rate will be tested as the year progresses but we are sure he is up to the challenge.
The 2013 school year got underway today with the juniors beginning Period 1 and the seniors popping in after lunch. Tomorrow is business and classes as normal with the prospect of a full and successful year ahead of us.
We began the day with a powhiri to welcome all new students/parents/staff to the college. The photo above shows the new comers being marshalled for their entry into the gym and college life. It was a good way to kick things off with this year's in take being a capacity number at Year 7 and a close to capacity group of Year 9 students.
As always, it won't be long before they are old hands.
School might be out for the summer but there has been plenty going on at FDMC. Work men have been very active in a number of areas, one of the biggest being the boarding hostel roof. This is being fully replaced as you can see in the picture above.
The corridors are also changing colour and coverings as the carpet layers and property staff work their magic, as evidence below.
Now that the new year is with us we have made some plans for the FDMC Foundation in 2013. It is time to "kick things up a notch", which means getting more old boys involved and putting together a few old boy events that will give old boys the chance to get together and tell a few stories.
As always we would love to hear your ideas on what you would like to see happen so why not drop us an email with your cunning plan.
We are slowly building the number of registered old boys and we welcome the following recent additions to our register.
Terry Richardson - 1967 - living in Victoria
The more we have registered the easier it will be to arrange events and get people involved. So if you are not registered please do so, and chase a few of your old mates up at the same time.
Congratulations to old boy Ethan Bolstad on his unbeaten 183 in last Saturday's Premier club match. It was Ethan's last innings as he is off to Sydney to take up a surveying job.
We wish him well across the ditch and hope he finds time to play some cricket.
As always the Daily News has provided the details of the innings which can be read in full here.
Former Taranaki all-rounder Ethan Bolstad signed off in style with a blazing, unbeaten 183 for his club side in a Taranaki premier grade match on Saturday.
There is a reason why Mr D (Martin Dravitzki) has a silly smile on his dial. After 15 years as Deputy Principal at FDMC he is stepping back into the classroom as a full time teacher in 2013. He is smiling but the students might not be quite so happy that they are about to get his undivided attention.
It did not take long for an FDMC old boy to distinguish himself in 2013. Today's Daily News headlined with an article on the annual New Years Day carnival at Oakura. We will let them tell the story.
Getting just as much attention from the audience for doing significantly less prancing around were the Taranaki Man of the Year contestants.
Never let it be said that FDMC men aren't quick on their feet and multi talented.
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The FDMC Foundation exists to keep old boys aware of their old school and give them the chance to stay connected.