Thanks to Br Declan for responding to yesterday's post. We have been able to give Mark Chamberlain some contact details and he is very grateful.
We received a recent communication from Br Greg Kennedy who many students from the 1990/2000s will remember driving them around. Br Greg is in the Villa La Salle Retirement Villa in Southport in Queensland which is also home base for Br Olliver.
Br Greg tells us things are going well, despite the health problems that are attendant on old age and Br Ollie doing well in his 99th year.
We had an email from old boy and past staff member Mark Chamberlain recently in which he asked the question;
"I am looking to contact the family of a former old boy, Paul Goddard. Paul was a Columban missionary priest who died a few years ago. Can any one give me a contact for the family?"
If you are able to help with Mark's search you could leave details as a comment or email us.
This year's FDMC Staff photo illustrates an amazing fact. In all over 100 people are employed in some way or another at the College and at the end of 2011 only 2 of that number had left the staff - a genuinely stable staff!
It does mean that the aging process can be tracked by looking at photos over the years and you can put names to faces a little easier by downloading the named staff photo beneath this post. The photo definition is not that great but for some of us that is not a bad thing.
The Gala Day is always a feature of Term 1 at the College. This year it will be held on Saturday March 31st.
The PTA is hard at it planning the big day and will be out and about looking for sponsorships and contributions. If you are able to help please look kindly on the poor workers. If you are not approached but would like to contribute goods, services, time or support you can contact the PTA Secretary Heidi Griffin or Treasurer Mark Parr.
It goes without saying we would love to see you on the day if you are in our neck of the woods.
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Despite the bravado from La Salle, Benildus and Loreto, Solomon proved too strong in this year's swimming sports. They were able to bounce back from the Green machines surprise(?) win in 2011 to win by a few hundred points. It was a great day, with great weather and you can anticipate more photos from the event during the week.
Introducing Jon Wilcox, our new teacher of agriculture. He is pictured here surveying his new domain, or perhaps wondering what he has let himself in for.
Jon originally hails from Cornwall in England but he and his wife are well settled in NZ. He tells us he is looking forward to the challenge of upgrading the profile of agriculture in the College and we have every confidence that he will do just that.
The investiture mass saw more than just the new College leaders invested. Long serving staff member Graeme Mustchin has moved to being a part time teacher at the College but has picked up another role, that of Lasallian Chaplain. Graeme was recognised in his new role at the mass and is seen being congratulated by Br Declan who knows a thing or two about Lasallian Chaplaincy himself.
Graeme brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine feel for the Lasallian traditions to his new role and we are sure the students will benefit greatly from his work.
Friday's Investiture Mass went very well with the Leaders for 2012 making their pledge to serve their community and the College pledging to support them.
Father Tom Lawn conducted the mass with his usual aplomb and down home wisdom, while it was great to have Brothers Declan, Adrian and Colin there to support the boys.
This week we build to the next big college event on Friday - the swimming sports.
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