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Da Vinci Decathlon

Leonardo da Vinci was a musician, poet, scientist, engineer, architect, artist, cryptographer… an all-rounder by any definition. The da Vinci Decathlon aims to foster that in our young students, with 10 contests of “intellectual athleticism”.

On Monday 18 May eight Year 7 students travelled to Overnewton Anglican Community College in Keilor to compete in the Da Vinci Decathlon. The theme was ‘Place’ and the questions were all about that.

There were ten topics we competed in throughout the day such as cartography (map reading), philosophy, art and poetry (create your own poem and a poster to illustrate it), mathematics, and creative producers (create a mini show and perform it).

We were in the main hall with twelve other teams from schools around Victoria. It was interesting to see so many different students all working on the same questions. In engineering we placed first, creating a model house that resists the wind.

At recess there were lots of yummy cakes and skewers with fruit on them. It was a long day and we had to think the whole time. It got very tiring. As Tania said near the end, “My mind’s stopped. I can’t think any more.”

We really enjoyed the day and we would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Alistair Killick who gave us the opportunity to compete and took us to the venue, and thank you also to Mr Philip Jan for coming along with us on the day and helping with the marking.

Charlotte Brook