Brother Peter Bray, is the 8th Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, the first university established in Palestinian and the only Catholic university in the Holy Land and of course a long serving past Principal of our College.
We had an email from Br Peter this week and thought we would share part of it with you.
Greetings from this beautiful, holy place! I hope this finds you well and coping with what I hear is a rather brisk winter. We are in the midst of summer here with some wonderful weather.
We welcomed to the staffroom today recent old boy Scot Crocker, pictured above. Scot is finishing his degree at Otago University and thinking about taking up teaching, so he has wisely decided to spend a couple of days at the chalk face to see if it is for him.
The results have just come through from today's sports exchange with St Bernard's in the Hutt Valley. They read as
1st XV - 49 to 3 win
Senior A Basketball - 61 to 32 win
1st XI Football - 5 to 2 loss
So at least 2/3rds of the bus will be happy on the way home this evening.
We have just got our hands on this photo from Brother Oliver's 100th. Pictured are all the Kiwi Brothers in attendance - Br Adrian, Br Jack, Br Will, Br Pat, Br Steve, Br David and, of course, Br Oliver. All these fine gentlemen have done significant "time" at FDMC and it was great that they could be there for the great occasion.
Past Principal Br Peter Ryan is in town for the first few days of this week and is busy catching up with lots of people, including a few old boys. Br Peter is currently the Principal at Oakhill College in Sydney and it is his first trip back to NP since the 50th Jubilee. If you se him around be sure to stop and say hello.
After days of short lunch hors and closed sports fields the weather gods relented this morning and blessed us with a vista of the snow covered ranges. No wonder it is now so damn cold!
For those of you in the "warmth" of a Northern Hemisphere be grateful that you can see but not feel this vision.
Great article in the Daily News this week on old boy Martin Quicke - click here.
Martin is living his dream of being a professional actor and will be back in Taranaki this month doing his thing.
Currently based in Wellington we will keep our eyes peeled for more appearances on stage and screen.
Having been given the day off from training it was good of Conrad and Beaudy to pop up to their old school and say hello. Having spent morning tea with the staff they did an impromptu classroom tour with Acting Principal Chris Moller which was greatly enjoyed by the students.
Tomorrow it is back to the grindstone for the two but they can be assured there will be plenty of support on the sidelines come Saturday, no matter what numbers they have on their backs.
Sad news in this morning in the Daily News with the notice of old boy Claude Wuest's death. Claude was at the college in the 1980's and left us at the far to young an age of 44 years. He has been farming in Winton.
Please keep Claude and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Conrad Smith was probably not the only one who was out there celebrating Beauden Barret's first try for the All Blacks (there would have high fives in many sitting rooms across the country) but it was great that another FDMC old boy was the first there to congratulate him.
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