The da Vinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is always a wonderful event for the students in particular, but also for the teachers who attend. During the training leading up to the day, and on the day of the event, the excitement the students feel is tangible, and I know this is one of those events the students will remember for a long time. Knowing that during the Decathlon sessions the students will be significantly intellectually challenged, exposed to ten disciplines in one day, working under pressure for time – with people they haven’t worked with for long – and will be ‘thinking on their feet’ in creative situations, is very satisfying for an educator. Both teams worked wonderfully well throughout the whole process and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the experience. For the first time in my time taking teams to da Vinci, one of our teams – Tintern Red – has made it to State Finals! This team won first place in both the Mathematics and Science disciplines, and will return to MLC on Tuesday 24 May to compete. We wish them all the best.

by Anthea Watkins, Horizon Centre Co-ordinator

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