Last week SMGS’ Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 teams travelled to Canberra Grammar School to compete in the 2019 da Vinci Decathlon.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across ten disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code-breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.

Of the day’s tasks, Year 7 student, Jethro Baker, said, “The engineering challenge was really fun, but challenging. It was hard to decide on the design for our scales. I think what we created was pretty good!”

To be successful at this competition, students must not only call upon academic knowledge, but also key 21stcentury skills such as creative and critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, self-efficacy and resilience. Of the importance of teamwork, Year 7 student, Sam Stynes-Garratty, said, “We really needed to work together as a team to make sure we all knew what we needed to do. If we didn’t work as a team we would not have accomplished anything.”

Our students had a fantastic time at this year’s event, with an outstanding effort from all students at such a high-level academic competition, with many top ten places!

Year 8 – English 4thplace, Ideation 4thplace, Art & Poetry 5thplace (22 teams in competition)

Year 7 – 5thMaths, 9thplace overall (19 teams in competition)

Year 6 – placed 3rdin Creative Producers.