The Gift of O’Shea

What an amazing time we had at the recent O’Shea Shield competition, in the beautiful setting of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth, and its surrounds. This annual Catholic school competition brings together 17 secondary schools from the Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses and focuses on skills of Religious Questions, Debating, Public Speaking, Oratory and Scripture Reading, both in English and in Te Reo Māori. While I am delighted that St Mary’s gained a very creditable fourth place, with only a point separating each of the Colleges in the first band of place getters, my greatest delight was in witnessing the dignified, supportive team behaviour of our girls. Their delight in making new friends and appreciating the skills of the other competitors was such a credit to them. With these students also heavily committed to almost daily Stage Challenge practices, Sporting events and Debating rounds, their participation in the O’Shea is very commendable. Thanks must go to the dedicated teachers and to Sister de Porres  for their wonderful support and wisdom shared with the team. Roll on next year at St Bernard’s College in Wellington!