On 6-7 May, a team of Sacred Heart students competed in O'Shea Shield 2023. O'Shea is a competition between Catholic schools from the Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. In total, 17 schools competed in eight different sections – Debating, Junior Prepared Speech, Te Reo Scripture Reading, Oratory, English Scripture Reading, Religious Drama, Religious Questions, and Impromptu Speaking.
Our team consisted of Emila Nowak, Jess Devery, Eleanor Penno, Jane Doyle, Reremoana Gillies-Walker, Bella Penman, Emeline Pusa, Tamanna Amin, Rylie Pemberton, Mackenzie Richards, Isabella Candy, Jahna Lelei, Annie Watson, Gabrielle Cabauatan, Hailey Elya, Erin Simmons and Arabella King. A big congratulations to Bella Penman who was a joint winner of Scripture Reading.
Our team placed consistently well and ended up first overall, tied with St Patrick’s Silverstream.
O'Shea Shield proved to be an amazing experience for our team. The interactions we had with other schools, both in the competition setting and also when we had free time, enabled us to create a sense of community that isn’t usually found in this type of event. As well as catching up with friends we already had, it was easy to make new ones. Throughout the weekend we bonded over shared experiences and schooling, and of course over the competition itself.
We would like to say a big thank you to all the teachers who coached the Sacred Heart team and looked after us over the weekend. We couldn’t have had such an amazing experience without your help and guidance. We know it's not easy ferrying 17 of us back and forth all weekend. Thank you for donating so much of your time and enabling us to succeed the way we did.
We can’t wait for our Sacred Heart students to win again next year in Napier.
Eleanor Penno and Gabrielle Dominique Cabauatan
More information about O'Shea Shield 2023 can be found on the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington website here