2003 O'Shea Shield

The Francis Douglas team of fifteen students enjoyed a very successful competition in Speech and Drama over the weekend of 10-11 May. We were placed 3rd out of eighteen competing schools. St Patrick’s, Wellington and St. Patrick’s, Silverstream were placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

Junior Speech

Seamus Doyle represented FDMC in this section, and although unplaced, was well up in his section with a speech on "Why I would Fight for my Country". Seamus’ speech certainly had some of the best audience appeal.


Our debating team of Sam Barrett, Jean-Pierre Le Prou and Blake Dunlop was successful in defeating Cullinane College Wanganui, negating the topic "That international organisations serve us well." The team was impressive with JP taking part in his first school debate in a number of years, and Blake taking part in his first inter-school debate. Mrs Gaffney, who accompanied the team to Wellington, was their coach.

Religious Questions

The team of Thomas Hills, Cory Avison and Robert Rawles were placed 2nd and gained a mark of six, which is a High Distinction. All were able to answer their questions thoroughly. They are probably one of the best teams we have entered in this section. Mr Mustchin was their coach.


Scott Peacock gave an excellent performance in the oratory and provided the audience with a very positive oration. He was unplaced but was well up the group, gaining a five which is a Distinction. Scott received a number of personal congratulations from people who thought he gave an excellent speech. His coaches were Mrs Harding and Mr Marris.

Religious Drama

Our drama team of Daniel Burkett, Jeremy Clark, Finn O’Keefe, Cameron Muggeridge and Chris Wicky made a very good effort in putting across the message of "Brothers helping each other." Mrs Milne and Mrs Langton coached the Drama.

Scripture Reading

Nic Carey gave an excellent reading and was placed 1st equal. This was Nic’s first time at O’Shea Shield. We appreciate the work put into coaching Nic by Mrs Margaret Wright.

Impromptu Speaking

Chip McCabe gave an excellent performance, speaking on the topic of "Furry Animals". He received a High Distinction and was awarded the Impromptu Speaking Cup jointly with another student. Mrs Marris put time into helping Chip prepare for the competition.

Overall, the students were well-prepared, well turned-out and a credit to themselves and the College.