Date: Friday, 14 August 2015

Kia ora tatou

The 72nd Annual Otago and Southland Catholic Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition, known as the Bishop’s Shield, was hosted by Verdon College in Invercargill last weekend.  The competing schools were Verdon College, St Kevin’s College, Kavanagh College and St Peter’s College who were all supported by a number of parents and teachers, along with Bishop Colin Campbell and Mr Tony Hanning, Director of the Catholic Education Office in Dunedin. Points were awarded across eight competitions including debates, dramatic performances, impromptu and prepared speeches, and scripture readings with attached study questions.  Well done to all the students who participated in the Bishop’s Shield and a huge thank you to Mr Brendan Terry (Director of Religious Studies) and his team of coaches who prepared the students for this weekend.  Congratulations to Verdon College who won the competition with 31 points and St Peter’s College came a well-deserved 2nd with 26.5 points. Next year’s competition will be held in Oamaru at St Kevin’s College and I encourage students who have an interest in public speaking to consider being part of the team for 2016.


Senior Drama: 2nd Jarrod O’Connor, Morgan Edwards, Zara Lawlor, Ciara Doncaster, Alex Parish

Junior Scripture: 2nd Grace Turipa

Senior Scripture: 1st Erika Burdon 

Senior Scripture (Study Questions) Bishop Kavanagh Cup: 1st Erika Burdon

Senior Scripture (Psalm/Sight Reading) Nora Brophy Cup): 1st Erika Burdon

Impromptu Speech (Dowling Cup): 1st Mackenzie Nicholson

Best Leader Senior Debates (Karen Austin Cup): Finn Callaghan

Runner-up for the Bishop’s Shield (Marist Centennial Plate) St Peter’s College

Other participants:

Prepared Speech: Esperanza Stuart

Junior Debating: Ruby Young, Dakoda Conroy and Lucy Swain

Senior Debating: Finn Callaghan, Bliss B Legayo and Mare Murrell

Junior Drama: Philip Chisholm, Ryan Watkins, Mitchell Popplewell, Maggie Nicholson and Thomas McKenzie.

New Soroptimists

On Tuesday evening three of our senior girls, Maddison Chamberlain, Tiana Hape-Crammond and Destiny O’Connor, were inducted into the Gore branch of Soroptimists International. The Soroptimists International work towards giving a global voice and ensuring equality for all women throughout the world. I am very pleased that these girls have put themselves forward to help make a difference in this area and, in this way, are living out the Gospel values that underpin our College. Well done, girls!

Netball Finals

This Saturday see the finals of the Eastern Netball Competition being played out. The draw for Saturday is on the following page. It would be wonderful to see plenty of support at the stadium on the side-lines tomorrow. Best of luck to all these teams.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

          Romans 15:13


Kate Nicholson


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Postal Address: P O Box 94, Gore 9740
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