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da Vinci Decathlon

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Week 8,
Term Two, 2016

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The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic inter-school competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics and Chess, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge.

Somerset College students attended the Queensland Years 5 and 6 gala day held on Wednesday 25 May at AB Paterson College.

Congratulations to the Year 5 team of Ava McCarthy, Niamh Rogers, Hugo Chan, Phoenix Kyaw, Luke Shirley, Ashlee Park, Ruby Jay, and Megan Cattell for receiving a first place in creative producers, a first place in general knowledge, and second place in art and poetry. Their 3D art and poetry piece will be on display in the KIP over the coming week.

The Year 6 team, composed of Hamish Folliott, Riley Davenport, Amy French, Jorminna Ma, Jackson McMonagle, Hugh Munro, Thomas Gray, and Anna Georgeson did not go away empty-handed, either. Congratulations for placing third in cartography, a most challenging subject!

Reflections on the da Vinci Decathlon by Anna Georgeson, Year 6 Decathlete

The key to the da Vinci Decathlon was for all eight decathletes to work together and collaborate to achieve the highest result possible. These students have worked hard, practising at the meetings each lunchtime and at an additional practice one Sunday. Each lunchtime they discovered and decided their strengths and created sub-groups so that when the day came, they had organised groups to work on multiple subjects at a time.

Although Somerset College has not placed in the Top 3 in Queensland this decathlon, there will hopefully be more opportunities over the coming years. Next year, some of the current Years 5 and 4 students may have a chance of beating Somerset’s new personal best. Go Somerset College!

Reflections on the da Vinci Decathlon by Ruby Jay, Year 5 Decathlete

I was part of a team from Somerset College that participated in the Queensland Da Vinci Decathlon 2016. This was the first year that teams from our school had participated in the event.

The Decathlon requires students to be able to think with all different parts of the brain and to work cooperatively as a team. Our team members had very different skills and abilities but we showed respect for each other and worked exceptionally well together. We also received wonderful support from our teachers, Mrs Millican and Mrs Blackburn, during the two weeks leading up to the competition and on the day.

The Decathlon event was challenging, as we were under pressure to think quickly and creatively within strict time limits in a competitive environment. Despite this, we had a great day and we’d all love to compete again next year.

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