Every year students at Catholic secondary schools in Canterbury compete in public speaking for the Bishop Lyons Shield.
It was established by Bishop Lyons in 1947, who was the Bishop of Christchurch at that time. The competition is between the seven Catholic secondary colleges in the Christchurch diocese and victory is highly coveted. The event involves Debating, Prepared Speech, Impromptu Speech, Scripture Reading and Religious Questions. Not only is the competition intense and the standard superb, it is also a wonderful opportunity for the young Catholic men and women, and also staff, from the competing colleges to socialise.
It dates back to 1945 and St Bede’s College has had a fine tradition of success in this competition, being the overall winners of the shield 24 times and most recently in 2010 and 2013 and 2014.