On Friday 12th May, 16 students and five staff headed to Lower Hutt’s St Bernard’s College for the annual O’Shea Shield competition.
This hotly contested event involves students from the 17 Catholic colleges of the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses vying for individual trophies in debating, oratory, junior prepared speech, religious questions, religious drama, scripture reading in English and Te Reo and impromptu speaking. The points awarded for each discipline are aggregated before the overall winner of the O’Shea Shield is announced at the final prizegiving on Sunday, following Mass. All of our students represented SHC with dignity and prowess and as staff, we were immensely proud of each performance. We gained a creditable 7th placing in the competition and I am confident that the girls enjoyed the experience of competing against other students. In the brief periods between events, they also enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with their Catholic sisters and brothers from other schools.