Friday saw the most recent edition of the on going rugby series between brother schools FDMC and De La Salle. We took the part of good hosts a little too far in coming a fairly close second in both games. The 1st XV came back well in the last 20 minutes to close the scoreline to 26 to 19 while the 2nd XV tied their game up at 17 all only to concede a late try, going down 24 to 17.
The spirit of the occasion was evident with lots of support for both schools and we will look forward to next year's installment of this long running drama.
As mentioned early in the week the annual De La Salle takes place this Friday. Kick off times for the two rugby games are:
2nd XV at 10 am
1st XV at 12 noon
All old boys welcome.
After 15 years of dedicated service to the College as a teachers aide Gary Simmons retired at the end of Term 1. He is pictured receiving a little something from Jeanne Marshall at his staff farewell.
Gary was a quietly spoken character who gave great service to the boys he helped and there are many recent old boys who would have appreciated his support and good humour. Gary also made the best tea of any one in the staff room.
Term 2 is underway, although by the looks on the faces of some of the students at our first assembly not every one has quite got their head around it just yet.
We have a very busy term in front of us. This Friday sees the 1st and 2nd XVs play De La Salle at FDMC - matches postponed because of the windy weather last term
On the cultural side lots of work is going in to our preparations for the Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival, the O'Shea Shield and Stage Challenge later in the term.
More details as things settle down to a normal working hum.
Our rugby tourists to Canada returned on Sunday having gone through the tour undefeated. The last game saw our 1st team defeat Shawingan Lake by 45 points, a great effort given that the local side is rated one of the best in Canada.
Simmo and Stucky report that the boys were outstanding tourists and greatly enjoyed their taste of a foreign culture. We will have more details, and some photos, when school gets back next week.
We heard today that Br Geoff Kennewell, who taught at the College in the 1990's is currently in town on a visit. Not that great a timing with the College closed for the holidays but Br Geoff is hoping to catch up with some familiar faces. If you would like to make contact you can email him by clicking on Br Geoff.
Many recent old boys are on holiday at present with most home university students home for a break. Two spotted on Easter Monday were Josh and Teihorangi Walden, who both turned out for their dad Kevin's Spotswood United rugby team. They went down in a very close finish with Tei showing plenty of old school spirit in his defence.
We counted at least 8 former pupils playing on the day - as always our guys kick on.
Today is the last day of the term and a very busy one it has been. The Easter Liturgy assembly was of it's usual high standard and a reminder of what the Easter period is all about - photos next week.
The afternoon saw a visit from two of our old boys Conrad Smith and Beauden Barrett. With several of their Hurricane team mates they toured the junior classrooms talking to students and then gave a presentation to a school assembly. Always good to have old boys come back and share their positive memories of the College.
Saturday dawned bright and clear and the Gala Day proved a great success for all those in attendance. There was a big turn out of people with most food stalls selling out before lunch was over - we will have even more food next year. The bills are still being paid but we estimate we will make a profit of around $27000 - an excellent effort on the part of the FDMC PTA.
The following are a few scenes and faces that might look familiar to Gala Day goers of the past.
An Old Boy's Card
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