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Students achieve in da Vinci Decathlon

The NSW da Vinci Decathlon 2015 was held recently at Knox Grammar School and Central Coast Grammar School sent student teams from Years 5-10 to participate in the competition with some outstanding results.

The NSW da Vinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Named after Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s greatest thinkers and scholars, the Decathlon competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.

Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including Engineering, Mathematics, Code breaking, Art and Poetry, Science and English. During the competition our students competed against teams from 100 schools in a vibrant and energizing atmosphere of over 1000 students each day.

Each of the 10 disciplines are scored separately based on the nature of each task. The competition was especially challenging this year, with Macquarie University joining in partnership for the first time in writing the Decathlon.

Year 5 and 6 teams

“It has been quite some years since The Junior School has participated in the daVinci Decathlon and it was an exciting time to have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful day!” said Voni Howard, Deputy Head of Junior School. “Our Year 5 and 6 Team have been meeting several times a week as a team to engage and discuss and work through potential decathlon exercises. These were wonderful times where team skills were learnt and shared. Our Year 5 and 6 team represented our school so well and we can be very proud of their efforts,” continued Voni.

The Year 5 team came away with some outstanding results:

  •     Year 5 team placed 1st in Mathematics
  •     Year 5 team placed 3rd in Science

The Year 5 team

Year 7 - 10 teams

“Along with 247 other teams from various schools all over the state we set out to challenge ourselves and do the best we could. It was a fun and challenging day, and although we weren't the best at all of the topics we tried our best and worked together fantastically,” said Declan Tancred from the Year 10 Team.

“The senior teams participated with great diligence and good humour and were excellent ambassadors for CCGS,” said Jenny Fleetwood, Head of Learning and Support at CCGS.
CCGS senior teams also came away with some outstanding results:

  • Year 10 Team 1st in Cartography
  • Year 8 Team 2nd in Cartography

Year 7 and 8 teams hard at work in the competition