Tuesday, 17 May 2011

O'Shea Shield 2011

After the excitement of hosting the O'Shea Shield in 2010 this year's event presented new challenges as it took place in a whole other island. Thanks to Richard Marris for his report on proceedings.

O'Shea Shield was held in Nelson at Garin College which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

A team of 15 students accompanied by Mr and Mrs Marris and Mrs Blair travelled to Nelson on Friday and returned on Monday.

The debating team of Scott Busing, Rhodri Williams and Anthony Finnerty won their debate against St Joseph's College, Napier. The team was coached by old boy Sam Barrett and ex staff member, Christine Alexander.

The Religious Questions team of Jarrod Bakker, Jonathan Carey and Jonathan Ritchie performed very well and achieved a distinction grade.

Much pressure was on George Grainger who had won the Impromptu Speaking cup for the last two years to try and make it three in a row. This George was able to do successfully with his wonderful flair for impromptu speaking.

The Junior Speech this year was presented by Tanaka Utete who spoke on racism with great passion.

One of the highlights is always the Saturday night drama. Our team coached by Pascale Joines was right up with the top group this year. We had the most audience appeal and gained one of the four top distinction grades awarded that night. This would certainly rate as one of our best ever drama performances. We are yet to win the drama.

Sunday morning was devoted to Scripture Reading which earned a distinction grade for Chris Pearce and the senior oratory in which Tyler Fleming participated.

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