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On 30 May a team of Year 7 boys represented St Peter’s College in the South Australian da Vinci Decathlon.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. The competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity. 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.

Congratulations to our Year 7 team that came first in general knowledge, second in science and third in mathematics. Overall, we came fifth place out of 23 schools.

The 31 May, our team of Year 9 boys worked incredibly well together as a team, placing second in in mathematics and code breaking, and third place in cartography. We are very proud to have come third place overall out of 19 schools.

The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Program for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar School, Sydney.

The questions and stimulus materials are unknown until each session begins. Each session runs for approximately 1.5 hours and requires students to work together amongst their team to determine what disciplines can be completed amongst the team. All team members can check, contribute and provide solutions to every paper ensuring that they work together understanding their own strengths and trusting their group members’ strength.

Congratulations to all students who worked so well together on the day.

Carmen Bester
Coordinator of Students with Diverse Learning Needs