‘Smallest school’ wins shield

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St Peter’s College has claimed bragging rights after winning the Bishop’s Shield at the weekend.
About 20 St Peter’s College pupils competed in drama, impromptu speaking, prepared speech, scripture and debating at the 73rd Otago and Southland Catholic secondary schools’ public speaking competitions held at St Kevin’s College in Oamaru.
St Peter’s College head girl Jenny Mitchell said the competition was an annual event between the four Catholic schools in the Dunedin diocese.
St Peter’s College received a total of 39 points, 16 points ahead of Dunedin’s Kavanagh College, which received 23 points, while St Kevin’s College, Oamaru, received 19.5 points and Verdon College, Invercargill, received 18.5 points.
St Peter’s College principal Kate Nicholson said the school had won a double-header this year, claiming the shield and victory in the Catholic secondary schools’ sports tournament.
‘‘It’s quite an achievement as the smallest school out of all of them,’’ Mrs Nicholson said.
The school had competed in the Bishop’s Shield since 1969 and has won it 10 times.
St Peter’s College placed first in the prepared and impromptu speech competitions, junior and senior drama, and the junior and senior debates, winning 10 of 14 trophies.
Finn Callaghan (17) won best leader in the senior debate and Mare Murrell won best speaker in the senior debate. The topic of the senior debate was ‘‘China is a better neighbour for New Zealand than the United States of America’’.
Frances Bote (14) won best speaker in junior debates and Hendrick Easton (14) won most promising junior dramatic performance.