Published on: 19 July 2016

Two teams of motivated and talented Christ Church boys recently attended the National da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar in Sydney.

The boys performed very well across a number of disciplines, showing great team work skills throughout the competition.

The Year 10 team, comprising of Akio Ho, Amitabh Jeganathan, Oliver Terry, Henry Pemberton, Charles Ruan, Matthew Hamdorf, Albert Smith and Joshua Hora, won the Mathematics, Science and English events, placing them a close second behind Knox Grammar.

The Year 7 team, comprising of Daniel Zhou, Nicholas Tan, Emil Ong Ee Zy, Orlando Phillips, Brady Vidler, Bill Warner, Harry Davison-Petch and Isaac Ching, placed second in the Art and Poetry event after composing a poem about the significance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a building of a scale model.

The tour also included a day of sightseeing around Sydney (on the coldest day it had experienced in 21 years), during which students visited Fort Denison and explored the Rocks area and the Botanic Gardens to solve cryptic problems.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition in which boys compete across 10 different disciplines, including Art and Poetry, English, Mathematics, Science, Creative Producers, Engineering, Code Breaking, General Knowledge, Cartography and Ideation – which was a new event this year that involved students working together to solve real-world problems.