UPDATE – Wednesday 25 May: Following very competitive regional and state finals, a group of our year 7 students has topped Victoria in the da Vinci Decathlon, placing ahead of teams from Melbourne Grammar School, Bialik College, Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Scotch College.
The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition design to challenge and stimulate the minds of gifted students. Teams of eight year 7 students work together to complete challenges across the 10 disciplines of art and poetry, cartography, philosophy, creative producers, science, mathematics, general knowledge, English, code breaking and engineering. The Decathlon aims to extend high-achieving students and celebrate their academic gifts by providing a challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.
On Thursday 19 May St Leonard’s College hosted the Regional Finals of the da Vinci Decathlon. At the conclusion of the day our two teams placed first and second. Both teams qualified for the State Finals, where the St Leonard’s Yellow team placed first and secured a position in the National Finals to be held at Knox Grammar School in Sydney. To place first against some of the highest-achieving year 7 students in Victoria is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work and talent of these students.
The da Vinci Decathlon at St Leonard’s College 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.