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Da Vinci Decathlon

On Monday, 20 May, a group of enthusiastic Year 7 students travelled to Camberwell Grammar School to participate in the Da Vinci Decathlon. This is an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with events of an academic rather than athletic nature designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Teams of students compete across ten disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. The members of the Siena team were Abbey Beckett, Lauren Brunacci, Shreya Kapitan, Scarlett Parnell, Lauren Quin, Eden Fraser and Calista Arief. 

The program was well organised and certainly provided the students with a wide range of exciting and thought-provoking tasks. The Siena team worked well together, sharing their knowledge and skills to complete each challenge. At the end of the day, the Da Vinci Decathlon was declared to be a wonderful experience and lots of fun.

Student reflections:

The Da Vinci Decathlon was an amazing experience to be a part of. It revolves around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths). This experience has made me be more confident in putting together ideas and not being afraid to ask questions of other people. I’ve learnt more about putting together concepts of ideas into a similar bigger idea. This experience has been amazing and I'm sure the rest of the team will agree with me when I say that going was not only fun, but we have many good memories also.
Lauren Brunacci 7C

The Da Vinci decathlon was a fun experience to be a part of. Going into it I knew we would need to cooperate and work as a team, but I didn’t realise how much until the day was over. It was a great opportunity to get to meet lots of girls, and am very grateful for the experience.
Abbey Beckett 7K

I had never heard of the Da Vinci Decathlon before and I don’t think any of the other girls had either. That made it a little confronting when we walked in and realised that there were teams there that had been preparing for this for some time. I didn’t really know many of the girls on my team prior to the decathlon but we all seemed to click and got on well. During the Da Vinci Decathlon we had to do many different tasks over a broad range of academic subjects, such as coding and cartography. We even had to do a creative producer’s task, where three people did a little skit. When we first looked at the booklets at the start of the day, we thought it would be too hard and that we wouldn’t get anywhere, but in the end we relaxed and realised we were able to work together using each of our individual strengths. I made some new friendships from the day and found it a great experience.
Shreya Kapitan 7K

The Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon was something I had never heard of. I had looked at the practice test and to be honest I had no faith in myself. I remember waking up early that Monday morning feeling determined and excited.  I made stronger bonds with other people and even though it was stressful at the start, we went home relaising how much we have yet to learn!
Calista Arief 7K

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