During the term 2 holidays, 16 St Leonard’s students travelled to Sydney to compete against the country’s best and brightest in the national finals of the da Vinci Decathlon.
Held at Knox Grammar on Sydney’s Upper North Shore, the College was represented by two teams of eight students each – one from year 7 and the other from year 9. Across four intense days of competition our students completed challenges across the 10 disciplines of art and poetry, cartography, philosophy, creative producers, science, mathematics, general knowledge, English, code breaking and engineering.
At the conclusion of the competition we were delighted to learn that both our year 7 and 9 teams had placed first in their respective divisions – an outstanding result that deservedly acknowledges them as some of the brightest, most academically talented students in Australia.
Our 2016 year 9 team were already familiar with the demands of the competition, having competed at the national finals in 2014 as year 7 students. In that year they placed second behind Knox Grammar, however in an impressive display of their academic development, they were able to pull ahead of their Knox Grammar peers this time to win the division. St Leonard’s College was also the only school to win in more than one age division.
At St Leonard’s College the da Vinci Decathlon is run as part of our Talent Development Program. Selected students participate in a range of extension activities, including internal subject-based enrichment programs and the opportunity to participate in regional, state, national and international competitions.