Today saw us honour our current academic achievers in our annual Academic Colours Assembly. We were fortunate to have old boy Matthew Bell give the keynote address which was well received by all. Matthew attended FDMC between 1974 and 1979 and knows a little about academic achievement as he was the College Dux in 1979. Matthew is currently living in Wellington where he is a Senior Analyst for the Treasury, specialising in areas such as the impact of taxes and future budgeting.
We are currently on the lookout for old photos from the College's past. This page is from the Photo News in 1966 showing our cadets on parade. If you have old photos of the College (up until the very recent past) we would really appreciate you emailing them to us here so they can be added to our archive database.
Last week saw our 1st XI cricket team defeat NPBHS in a Gillette Cup knockout game which proved to be a real test of character. Our guys now go one to play Wanganui Collegiate in the next round which will also require some strength of character, but we know they are up to it.
Thanks to John Willoughby for this reflection on the passing of old boy Jim Stuart.
Just prior to Xmas I learnt of the sad passing of Jim Stuart with a brain tumour.
Last week of the year always has us saying farewell to some staff. The four pictured here have all given great service to the College in their respective areas and been part of the fabric of our life and culture.
Mr John Wilcox is off to the Orkney Islands to teach, Mrs Ruth Marris is retiring and looking to head home to the Nelson region, Mrs Jenny Sherriff is also retiring and looking to spend more time with whanau and friends while Mr Neil Imrie is off to Europe for a camper van adventure.
We wish them well wherever they may travel and thank them for all that they have done for FDMC and it's students.
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of recent old boy Zac Power, who passed away in a diving accident earlier this week.
Zac was a Y13 student at FDMC in 2011 where he was Captain of Benildus House and active in many aspects of college life. Zac was a talented sportsman and student but will be best remembered as a wonderful and supportive character who was a great mate to all.
We can assure all of Zac's family and friends of our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
Friday was the last day of Term with the highlight being our Colours Assembly recognising senior students who have made an outstanding contribution to service, sport or culture.
We welcomed Br Sir Pat Lynch as our keynote speaker and he did justice to the occasion and the 40 plus students who were honoured.
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