The O’Shea Shield is an annual public speaking Competition for the 17 Catholic secondary schools in the Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses.
The competition includes the following events:
- Scripture Reading (English)
- Scripture Reading (Maori)
- Junior Prepared Speech
- Religious Drama
- Religious Questions
The Drama section is always performed on the Saturday night, with a crowd made up of all the other participants from other schools. Each year there is a new selection of passages from scripture that each school must base their piece on. There is usually a great mix of serious and comedic pieces, and pieces that combine music, drama and dance. A definite highlight of the competition.
In 2019 our piece was about building upon the rock, and the students created a humorous piece that included song and dance to help support our message.
The competition was cancelled in 2020, 2021 and 2022 so we are looking forward to 2023.
I believe O'Shea Shield is a very worthwhile event to participate in. Not only do you grow your knowledge and your speaking skills, but you get to spend time with people you may not otherwise. No matter how you feel you did in your event, the sisterhood is always there to support you and the memories you make will last a lifetime.
Emma Theelan - Religious Questions Participant 2019