St Bernard’s College: 2017 O’Shea Shield Winners

WelCom June 2017: St Bernard’s College hosted and won the O’Shea Shield this year held 13‒14 May. The annual competition includes debating, impromptu speeches, scripture reading in English and Te Reo Māori, junior prepared speech, oratory, and religious drama.

Since the O’Shea Shield began in 1946, this is the first time St Bernard’s has won the competition. St Patrick’s, Wellington, came second and St Catherine’ College, Kilbirnie, came third. St Catherine’s host next year’s competition.

The O’Shea Shield is for the Catholic secondary schools in the Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. This year, 17 colleges took part.

The Marist Brothers began teaching at St Bernard’s College in 1946. Significantly, 2017 is the bicentennial year of the founding of the Marist Brothers in France, in 1817.

The 2017 O’Shea Shield full results’ table is on St Bernard’s website (

2017 O’Shea Shield winners – students, staff, Br Kieran Fenn fms (centre) and principal Simon Stack (far right). Photo: Frank Wafer