Published on: 16 July 2015

In the final weeks of Term 2, a team of Year 10 boys travelled to Sydney where they won the National Da Vinci Decathlon. Following their success in the State competition held at Wesley College in April, the boys were invited to the national competition at Knox Grammar School.

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition in which students compete in teams of eight across ten different disciplines. The competition consisted of several paper based tasks as well as a cartography task that involved a ‘Race around Sydney,’ taking in many of the city’s scenic and historical features.

The Christ Church team finished first in the Mathematics and Science tasks, second in the English, Art, Poetry and Philosophy tasks and third in Cartography and Engineering tasks. The successful team included Alex Lindsay, Alexander Shearer, Keaton Wright, Daniel Robbins, Gary Song, Edward Galluccio, Kohsuke Sato and Zac Hevron.

Dr Claire Molinari, CCGS Science Teacher said it was a very close competition during which the boys narrowly beat teams from MLC in Melbourne and Canberra Girls Grammar.

“The boys worked exceptionally well as a team, with their individual strengths complementing each other,” said Dr Molinari.

“Interestingly, six of the eight boys in the team were also part of the Year 8 team who won the National Decathlon in 2013.”