St Mary's College

O’Shea Shield

O’Shea Shield is a public speaking Competition that is competed for each year by the 17 secondary Catholic Colleges in the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses.  Each year it is hosted by a different college over a weekend.

The competition consists of the following  events:

  • Debating
  • Religious Questions
  • Scripture Reading (English)
  • Scripture Reading (Maori)
  • Junior Prepared Speech
  • Oratory
  • Religious Drama


A great deal of work and effort goes into preparing for this competition resulting in a very high level of performance from all the students.  The students also experience great pride in their performance as well as experiencing a sense of being part of a wider Catholic community.