There is a tendency to think that every winter is colder and wetter than the last, especially in the dark times of June and July. This year it has certainly been wet but the article from our archives (circa 2009) reminds us that it has been worse, and that hockey players are pretty tough.
Good article in today's paper about old boy Paddy Gower's up coming speech at the Starlit Hope Dinner. You can read the full article here but we liked this particular quote.
Corridors are important because I spent a lot of time out in the corridor, having been thrown out of class by my teachers," he said.
We have received word from old boy Mark Chamberlain that his recent book release of With A Father Like Mine has gone very well. So well that all the copies in New Plymouth have sold out. If you are looking for a copy they are available at Fishpond or you can email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above is our Pasifika group representing the College at this weeks Pasifika Fusion Festival in Palmerston North. While we attended the last festival this is the first time we have performed and by the looks of things we brought plenty of energy and college spirit.
Pictured above is Paddy Gower beer drinker and hardened political editor. Paddy will be the guest speaker at the Starlit Hope Charity Dinner being organised by our college leaders on Friday the 31st of July. There are still a few tickets available (details on the poster to right) for those who want to give a little and laugh a lot. We believe Paddy's speech is being constructed under a working title of " from the hallways of FDMC to the corridors of power", so there is some potential for oral mayhem.
The photo is from either 1968 or 1969, and a fine body of young men they are. Our question is who is the Brother in the picture?
Recent old boy Cameron Meads features in today's Daily News. While Cameron is working hard on his music and media degree at Otago University he is also creating music that is starting to go places on the interweb. Some older old boys may have difficulty getting their head around a music style called Tropical House and we can't help thinking that winter in Dunedin might not be the perfect inspiration for Cameron, unless he is dreaming of sunnier places. Whatever the inspiration we look forward to following Cameron's exploits in the wide world of digital music.
You can listen to Harmony here.
The College might be closed for the holidays but our old boys are all out there doing their thing. An interesting article in this morning's Daily News on old boy Shannon Ryan who is giving up the booze for a month to raise money to help fight cancer. It is an even greater sacrifice given he is involved with the Brew Mountain brewery and brother Kelly is one of the countries top brewers. Still, it is only a month eh?
You can read the full article here.
Recent old boys will recall the Brain Bee competition that we have been entering as part of the College Gifted and Talented programme over the last few years. The following is a brief account from Mrs Marshall on yesterdays journey to Auckland.
We had a very enjoyable day yesterday at the second round of the Brain Bee Challenge in Auckland.
Last week saw our Law Mooting team go down fighting in the final of the National Sec. Schools Law Mooting Competition. Kurt Biesiek, Chris Heady and James Heerdegen came very close to swaying the judges but in the end the Hamilton BBHS team came out on top. It was one more chapter in our growing history in the competition with the icing on the cake being Kurt Biesiek being awarded the trophy for the best Mooter in the finals. Many of the students involved the programme will be back next year so we will look forward to coming out on the right side of the argument in 2016.
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