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Special Character

Celebrations, Memorials, Church Festivals, Feast Days

Our response to events and occasions is a way of developing, supporting and sustaining the faith and spiritual life of our College community. Many occasions are celebrations that lend themselves to goodwill, learning to get on with each other, learning about Jesus and his values, learning about significant Christian leaders who show us how to live out our Special Character. Other occasions support the Bedean community when things are not going so well, when friends, colleagues, students and their families experience loss, grief, sadness, sickness or just hard times. Special Character reminds us of what we are and how we can be a positive and friendly support to each other.

St Bede’s Feast Day

This important day in the school calendar is marked with a whole school liturgy and afterwards is followed up with activities that celebrate our Bedean identity: Fide et Opere – By Faith and Work.

Inter-house competitions begin with a Year 9 inter-house Haka competition. There is often an outdoor concert organised by senior students at lunch time and other year groups compete in sack races, tug of war and the infamous Mad Dash.

The Hogan Cup

A public speaking competition established in 1991 to provide Junior Bedeans with an opportunity to learn the skills of debating and public speaking. This competition now also includes haka, poetry reading and drama. The Hogan Cup originated as a Junior inter-class competition but in 2000 it changed and has now become an integral part of the inter-house competition.

Father Jack Hogan, after whom the competition is named, was a highly revered academic and intellectual Marist priest on the staff. It was considered a fitting manner in which to honour him.

Bishop Lyons Shield

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.

Service Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for student participation related to the Catholic character of St Bede’s, including CanTeen ‘Run for a Life’, the Daffodil Day collection visiting Nazareth House and the SVO Group. More information.