by NZ CATHOLIC staff
AUCKLAND — For the sixth time in as many years, Sacred Heart College has won the Pompallier
Shield Speech Competition among the 16 Catholic secondary schools in Auckland.
The competition, hosted this year by Carmel College, is an annual event.

Members of the winning Sacred Heart College Pompallier Shield team.

This year the competition also included an exhibition drama section, as well as
Scripture reading in Maori.
Members of the Sacred Heart College team were Adam Chappell, highly commended in Junior
Scripture; Lemeki Namoa, first equal in Junior Oratory; and Ben Gatting and Daniel O’Donnell, first places in senior categories. The combined total of the five categories placed the college at the top.
Sacred Heart director of special character, Michael O’Donnell, said the school’s “secret recipe has to be the talent of the boys, mixed with outstanding grounding and support offered
by highly dedicated staff”.
Margaret Ward coached Junior Scripture, Senior Scripture and Maori Scripture readers, Adam Chappell, Daniel O’Donnell and Daniel Haurua-Clubb, respectively.“Coaching the boys for the Pompallier Shield is hard work, but with the calibre of the young men putting themselves
forward for it, it becomes a joy,” she said.
The Pompallier Shield competitions began in 2008.