Last night saw the first in the round of end of year dinners and celebrations, The Sportsman's Dinner. It was held at the Quality Hotel and we recognised real quality in the range of students sportsman we have at the College.
Key note speaker and special guest was old boy and recent Olympian Dylan Dunlop-Barrett. Dylan gave an excellent presentation to those assembled on his recent Olympic experience and an insight in to what it takes to get to such an event.
Ricky Riccitelli (pictured above) took out the supreme award and was then featured in today's Daily News
The Main Awards were;
Sportsman of The Year: Ricky Riccitelli
Sports Team Of the Year: 1st XI Football
Contribution To Sport: Sam Fastier
It might be the last week of term but the boys at FDMC are continuing to excel. Yesterday saw three great, and dominant, victories on the sports fields of Taranaki.
Last Friday's MAD day saw the college's first "flash mob" event. The Youtube video above records this little piece of history. The observant among you will notice the late appearance of a physics teacher into the dancing mob - not something we would like to see become a tradition.
Old hands will be interested to know that the music was played across the school speaker system from a student's iPod - the times they are a changing!
Congratulations to old boy Kane Barrett on his signing with the Auckland Blues for next year's Super 15 rugby competition. It will add some real spice to the Blues v Hurricanes games if the two Barrett brothers are facing off against each other. It could be just like the back lawn at Pungarehu!
Photo lifted from the Daily News.
Friday was Mission Action Day (MAD) at FDMC. The day followed the same programme that has been in operation for a number of years with a liturgy, followed by inter house singing and then our sponsored walk. We will have more details of some of these events during the week but what we can say is that the day was held in glorious weather and produced an outstanding result.
The sponsored walk raised over $21000 on the day and we hope to get close to the $25000 mark when every thing is tallied and collected. Money that will be of real value to those folk working in the various missions we contribute to.
For the last two days we have had the Real Art Roadshow set up in the front car park at the College. As you can see from the photo it is one big truck and it contains close to 2 million dollars worth of kiwi art which has been great for staff and students to look and ponder on.
It got us wondering about our own artists. While we have lots of performance artist old boys, who from our number has gone on to success in the visual arts? Leave a comment if you have any thoughts on the matter.
Yesterday's semi-final game against the might of Opunake High School proved to be another win for our undefeated league team. The 26 to 10 win means that we will contest the final of the Taranaki Sec Schools League Competition against Hawera High School next Wednesday. We are waiting to hear whether it will be a home game but home or away the boys (and Mrs Wackrow) are well up for the challenge.
Last Friday our College Band traveled to Hamilton to take part in the National Secondary Schools Band Competition. They did very well, coming away with a silver medal and blooding a lot of band members for the future.
The photo above is from the 1990 magazine and proves we have been taking our music on tour for quite a while now.
Last week saw long serving staff member Richard Marris celebrate 25 years at FDMC. Richard started at the beginning of Term 3 in 1987 replacing the legendary Mrs Margaret Morrison as Head of English. He has gone on to play many roles at the college and contribute in many different ways.
Richard is pictured above with the 1988 Debating Team. We would have included a recent photo but it is a little scary how long term exposure to teaching can age us all.
We note with sadness the sudden passing last week of old boy John O'Sullivan who was a student at the college in the 1960s.
John had a recent connection with FDMC as he was a supervisor for Taranaki Associated Cleaners who have the cleaning contract for the college. John's son Samuel also attended the college in recent times.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John's family and friends at this sad time.
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