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da Vinci Decathlon success

da Vinci Decathlon success

Author: Suzie Alexander
Author Role: Primary Curriculum and Gifted Education

The da Vinci Decathlon is an annual academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. This years event was held on Wednesday 29 May at St Joseph’s Nudgee College with students from Years 5 and 6 representing the College. 

Leading up to this rigorous and demanding competition, 30 students from Years 5 and 6 participated in the da Vinci Club to prepare them for the range of academic disciplines in the Decathlon. The students enthusiastically attended these lunchtime practices, hoping to make the team of eight for their year level. To help them prepare, the students were lucky enough to have support from a variety of teachers across the College. Special thanks must go to Mrs Barbara Mossman and Mr Robin Laisby for their dedication in assisting the students.

For the second year in a row, CHAC Primary entered a Year 5 and Year 6 team.  Attending their first da Vinci Decathlon, the Year 5 team (Eric Lonergan, Rosie Wood, Joshua Baker, Liam Clark, Peter Elliott, Noah Davis, Ryan Collings, Sebastian Steele) were awarded second place in Science, and third place in Code Breaking and Cartography. Our Year 6 team (Nicholas Anderson-Bond, Edward Anderson-Bond, Sacha Newberry, Anna Robbins, Edward Hambling, Ratan Belle, Brydee McClure, Lucas Collings), with some with experience from last year’s da Vinci Decathlon, amazed us with first place in Ideation, Creative Producers and Code Breaking, only just missing out on an overall place.

Our CHAC Primary teams were wonderful ambassadors for our College. They represented CHAC with pride and were full of excitement and enthusiasm after the day. We are looking forward to continuing our success in next year’s da Vinci Decathlon.


Student Reflection

"On Wednesday 29 May, 16 students from Years 5 and 6 attended the da Vinci Decathlon. They worked collaboratively on solving multiple tasks in ten disciplines: Mathematics, Science, English, Art and Poetry (like normal school subjects) as well as Cartography, General Knowledge, Ideation, Creative Producers, Engineering and Code Breaking. It was amazing how difficult some of the tasks were and how little time was given to complete each task.

"Although we enjoyed all the subjects, the highlights of the day for us were Code Breaking and Cartography. For Code Breaking, there were multiple codes we had to decipher and we had a lot of fun doing it. For Cartography, the questions were very clever and well thought out, and there was a joke at the end that included a twist, which we got just before time ran out!

"Our Year 5 team received a second place in Science and third place in the disciplines of Code Breaking and Cartography. The Year 6 team did really well, receiving first place in the disciplines of Code Breaking, Ideation and Creative Producers.

"We greatly appreciate the teachers (Mrs Suzie Alexander and Mr Robin Laisby) who helped prepare us in the leadup to the competition at St Joseph’s Nudgee College. It was such a blast, and we would do it again."

Sacha Newberry and Edward Anderson-Bond, Year 6