Every year St Catherine’s fields an exceptional team for the O’Shea Shield Competition, and every year we bring home trophies for the various individual sections. This year, though, we have brought home the main prize – the O’Shea Shield itself! We shared the overall honour of winning the Shield with St Patrick’s College, our brother school, and we are proud to share the success with them.
Over the weekend of May 18th/19th, St Catherine’s competed in the O’Shea Shield, held at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. As always, we put forward the strongest team we could muster, and the girls have done us proud once again.
Congratulations go to our team: Caela Heke, Ella Jansen, and Julie Vidal (Debating); Petala Elama (Impromptu); Nera Tautau (Oratory); Elisha Prasad (Junior Prepared Speech); Anna Cacace, Sophie Halliday, Petula McPhee, Rebecca Moriarty, Saasha Riddell, and Clare Sullivan (Drama); Lagi Aukusitino (Scripture Reading); Karishma Patel, Liana Roberts-Letiu, and Kaysee Savali (Religious Questions); and Julia Ryan, Emily van Voornveld, and Amy Campbell (Debating – we were asked to put forward a second team to make the total number of teams even).
Our results were tremendous. Both debating teams won their debates; Petala was second in the Impromptu Speech; the Drama team won the Society of Mary Cup for Religious Drama; Lagi won the Peter Chanel Cup for Scripture Reading; and the Religious Questions team won the Mercy Cup for Religious Questions. All of our competitors performed superbly, contributing consistently excellent marks to our final total score to win the O’Shea Shield overall.
The last time we won the Shield was in 1999. Since then, the College has never been outside of the top five placings, in most years achieving second or third place. We work so hard for this competition every year, and this year, all that work has paid handsomely! Many thanks to the coaches who have helped the girls to achieve to such a high standard: Jenny O’Brien and Deirdre Walsh (Religious Questions), Gill Willis (Scripture Reading), Victoria Casey (Debating), Chris Jarratt (Junior Prepared Speech), Martin Kaulback (Oratory), Claire Hewitt (Drama) and Kathy Ryan (Impromptu Speech and Debating, and overall O’Shea Shield Co-ordinator).
Fantastic effort, girls! We are so proud of you all!!