For the third year in a row, John Paul College from Rotorua won the Chanel Shield, an inter-school Catholic cultural competition in Hamilton diocese.  Both Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe and JPC principal Patrick Walsh congratulated the winning team on their excellent performance.

Mr Walsh also thanked JPC director of religious studies, Karen Bloomfield, for her leadership.

“Apart from the competitive element, it [Chanel Shield] is a unique opportunity for young Catholics to engage in our Catholic Faith, which is at the core of all of our Catholic high schools,” Mr Walsh said in their school newsletter.

The competition was held on August 10 -11 and was hosted by the school.

The event began with a welcoming powhiri and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Lowe.

The students competed in a variety of speech, Bible reading, drama and debating
competitions as well as in a quiz based on the Gospel of John.

Sacred Heart Girls’ College came in second while St John’s College finished third overall.

The results in each of the categories were as follows: Junior Prepared Speech – John Paul College; Senior Oratory – Aquinas College; Māori Perspective – John Paul College; Junior Poetry – Aquinas College; Senior Poetry – Sacred Heart Girls’ College; Junior Bible reading – St John’s College; Senior Bible reading – John Paul College; Impromptu Speech – tie between St John’s College and John Paul College; Debating – St John’s College; Drama – Aquinas College; and Bible Quiz – Sacred Heart Girls’ College.

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