Garin College has competed in the O‘Shea every year since 2002. This weekend I am looking forward to travelling with Mr Mellor, Ms Butler, Mrs Pope and our wonderful team of 15 students to the O‘Shea Shield being held at St Bernard‘s College, Upper Hutt. The O‘Shea Shield is a public speaking competition that is competed for each year by the 17 secondary Catholic Colleges in the Wellington and Palmerston North Diocese. Our students will participate in Debating, Scripture Reading (English and Māori), Junior Prepared Speech, Oratory, Religious Drama and Religious Questions. I wish our team every success in the competition. Thank you to our parents and staff who have supported and prepared our students for this event. Wellington is certainly the place to be this week for Garin Students! With our Year 12 and 13 Geography teachers and students crossing Cook Strait on Monday for their field trip followed closely by our Senior Philosophers on Wednesday. The opportunity for our students to be challenged and extend their learning is valued. Once again it is the participation and collaboration of our dedicated staff and parents that make such outside of the classroom learning opportunities happen. We look forward to sharing the photos, stories and successes from these trips and events being reported in our newsletter next week. With the launch of our school wide Reading Challenge last week, students and staff are engaged in extensive reading. The competition for house points is warming up as the records build for the most pages read. We look forward to the competition and challenges of Geek Week next week along with our book character dress up day on Friday. Thank you to our librarian Mrs Ditzel, our student librarians, Academic Leaders and House captains for leading and promoting this event throughout the College. Welcome to our new students who have begun their schooling at Garin this term - we do hope that you feel part of our school and that you, like others, engage with and experience the lived gospel values that serve our College. Have a wonderful weekend.