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Founders Day at Francis Douglas Memorial College

Posted by Anna Zsigovits-Mace on 3 July 2020
Founders Day at Francis Douglas Memorial College

As with many other events this year our annual celebration of Founder's Day looked significantly different to recent years.

We kept the tradition of providing for our community Foodbank and the gifts were very generous from families who themselves are dealing with the current situation which is turning many lives upside down. It was our Lasallian Love in action which was gratefully received by the New Plymouth Foodbank.

Usually we would all travel down to St Joseph's and celebrate the life of our Founder and the gift of education with a Mass before returning to school for the Haka competition and the time honoured pie. Normally we would have visitors from our sister school and our sibling Lasallian Colleges but once again normal has changed. We had a lovely day celebrating the life of John Baptist de La Salle.

Sir Brother Patrick Lynch spoke to the boys about the gift of education and encouraged them to make the most of every opportunity. The Brothers also added an ice cream to the traditional pie, an announcement that was received with delight!

The Foodbank sent a representative to our liturgy and she explained to the boys that their donations are very welcome especially in the current climate with so many losing jobs due to Covid-19.

We were also able to farewell Mr Mike Ingram and thank him for his 19 years of service here at Francis Douglas Memorial College. He was presented with a certificate for long service to Catholic Education. We wish Mike well in his retirement.

Manaakitia koutou e te Atua

Live Jesus in our Hearts Forever

Author: Anna Zsigovits-Mace
About: Director of Religious Studies, Francis Douglas Memorial College
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