There are very places in NZ you can go and not find FDMC old boys gracing the local sports teams. A good example will be the national U19 rugby tournament in Taupo next week where there will be college men playing for a number of the teams there. Pictured above (from left to right) Logan Crowley, Ethan Perrett, Cameron Keech, Riki Riccatelli and Nathan Clough. The photo taken after a recent battle of the south between Canterbury and Otago but they and quite few other old boys will be strutting there stuff next week - get along if you can.
It has been a week of awards, with last night seeing the annual Sportsman's Dinner take place at the Plymouth Hotel. It was a glittering occasion, further embellished by a very good keynote speech from old boy Mike Sandle, who attend FDMC in the 1970's.
Mike is the current manager of the NZ cricket team and gave some great insights into the type of sportsman he deals with on a daily basis and the wide range of places and situations he finds himself in. It was greatly appreciated that Mike should make time to come and speak in what is a very busy schedule leading up to next year's World Cup.
A great many college sportsman were recognised on the night with the big three awards being made as follows.
Contribution to Sport at FDMC: Nick Tipler
FDMC Team of the Year: 1st XV Rugby
FDMC Sportsman of the Year: Jordie Barrett
We will have more photos from the awards next week.
Congratulations to old boy Simon Gray who is featured in an article in today's NZ Herald with other members of his Auckland University robot building team. They are off to Sydney for a robotics competition based around robots in agriculture - perhaps not a topic taught too often in the college Agrodome over the years. Full details in the article - here.
"You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows". Despite that it was great to welcome old boy Jim Hickey back to FDMC today, where he gave a key note speech and presented the Sport, Service and Culture Colours Awards. Jim spoke very well to the assembly about his time at the College and the twists and turns that have led him to where he is today.
It was a big event with around fifty students being recognised for their contributions. We will provide more details at a later date as to who got what.
Br Peter Smyth, Brad Hall, Scott Peacock, (Rev) Pat Bradford, Mark Klenner and Br Michael McCabe. All old boys from Year 13 2003.
Thanks to Br Peter Smyth for this photo which was taken at old boy Patrick Bradford's ordination as a Deacon of the Church. Congratulations to Patrick and good to see he had support from his peers. We are sure that the College will be even better represented next year when he is ordained as a priest.
Br Peter Smyth is back visiting the College at present (photo at a later date). He is here for a few days, one of which will be our Mission Action Day (MAD Day) on Friday. This is quite appropriate given that it was Br Peter who set up the current format for the day. We are hoping that with his inspiration we will be able to reach our $30,000 target - money that will be well used by the Missions.
Old Boy politician Steven Joyce was in town yesterday, touching base and projecting a Mister Fix It profile. He is pictured above at the Build a Bach youth training scheme but also had time to call in at his old school for a quick tour of inspection. Steven has made himself available to attend a Colours Assembly at the College next year - we will know sooner than that whether he will be representing the Government or the Opposition.
We gave this a go a couple of years ago, without to much success. Send us your business card and we will display it on this web site (for free, of course). Each week we will choose one of the cards to take pride of place on our blog page, which is the page that gets most of our traffic.
The strength of many alumni groups is their ability to interact and support one another, so while we won't guarantee anyone's goods or services we would like to give people the opportunity of supporting their own.
Trees are cut down, holes are dug, fences are up and the new science labs are well and truly underway. If the weather stays as good as it is we might (?) get an early completion date!
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