Our Year 7 da Vinci Decathlon team stood out at the airport when they returned from competing at Nationals in Sydney in the mid-year break for two reasons: they couldn’t stop smiling and they were proudly wearing bronze medals on their chests. This is the first time that CHAC has placed overall nationally, being awarded Third Place, but the third year in a row that a College team has won a state title and represented Queensland at da Vinci Decathlon Nationals.
The team placed third in the Ideation discipline (collaborative problem-solving) but also performed at a consistently high level across all subjects in order to win their bronze medals. This is even more impressive, given the fact that two of the team who won the Queensland title were unable to attend due to previously booked overseas holidays, so they were replaced for the event by other members of the da Vinci Decathlon Training Squad.
Held over four days at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, the home of the event, the National da Vinci Decathlon is a challenging competition that demands teamwork, flexibility and excellence in a range of ten disciplines as varied as Code-breaking, Engineering, Ideation, Art and Poetry and Dramatic Performance. At National level, the team competed against other leading schools from around the country and also participated in a day out in the centre of Sydney where they collected clues to compete in a “Race Around Sydney” and also did some sightseeing.
Congratulations to our bronze medal winning Year 7 da Vinci Decathlon team: Thomas Wood, Zoe Billings, Daniel Greenaway, Audrey Davidson, Sarah Leonard, Sanjay Hingorani, Johannes Goossen and Charlotte Theil.
Again, special thanks go to College staff who helped prepare the teams so well this year, and to the two girls who prepared as our reserves (Annelies Roduner and Kaya Lurie).
Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Education