18 June 2018

The da Vinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition where students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science and English. This year's competition took place at Wesley College on April 1, and 25 schools from around Perth were involved.

This year's Scotch Year 8 team consisted of Jack Adams, Tom Allan, Owen Goodliffe, Thomas Hodge, Lewis Miller, Lewis Orr, Nathan Thomas and Lucas Triglavcanin. The boys gave up many lunch times in preparation for the event, and were consistently enthusiastic and committed to the competition.

On the day of the competition, Lewis Miller was sadly unwell, but Blake Costello is to be commended for his enthusiasm and maturity in taking Lewis' place at the last minute.

The boys worked so well together and remained focused and diligent throughout the event. They were slightly disheartened when their team failed to win any of the top three positions for each event - however they did secure first place for Code Breaking. The boys were not feeling confident as the top ten positions were announced, but were thrilled when their team in fact secured fourth place, out of 25 teams, proving that they were consistent throughout the event.

I was so proud of the boys during their preparation and at the event itself. As well as being bright, talented young men, they proved themselves to be resilient, enthusiastic and committed. The boys should feel very proud of their efforts, as we at the College certainly are.

Ms Andrea Goodison

Middle School Teacher