St Mary’s College has won the 2018 Pompallier Shield, a prestigious competition for Catholic secondary schools in Auckland diocese. Principal Bernadette Stockman said they were “thrilled” to be this year’s winners. “This is an outstanding achievement — a tremendous amount of preparation is required for this event and we acknowledge and thank Mrs Catherine Lipski, Mrs Fleur Lowery McCombe and Sr Leona Garchow for their dedication and
talents to bring the team together,” she said.

The event held on May 24 was hosted by Marist College and 15 colleges from throughout the diocese participated.

Marist College principal Monica Johnson said the event “was a wonderful gathering of young people and their supporters proud to celebrate being Catholic.

Over 400 people enjoyed the competition and collegiality that culminated in a non-competitive singing fest”. There were seven areas in the competition. The judges gave the contestants in each area a score out of 100. St Mary’s, gaining the most points overall, won the shield.

Sancta Maria College came in second while Marist College placed third. Individual winners were: Senior Oratory: Kasi Valu (Marcellin College); Senior Scripture: Jack McConnell (St Peter’s College); Junior Oratory: Scolastica Filipo (Marcellin College); Junior Scripture: MaryAnne Lei Sam (St Mary’s College); Māori Scripture: Arabella Urwin (St Mary’s College) and Religious Drama: St Dominic’s College.

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