Academic success at da Vinci Decathlon

Posted 27 July 2017 8:58pm

Here at Canberra Girls Grammar School, we aim to be an example of educational excellence by delivering outstanding academic programs. And while ATAR and NAPLAN scores go part of the way in measuring our success, seeing our students shine in academic competitions like the annual da Vinci Decathlon demonstrates the depth of talent we have within the School.

Last month, teams from both the Junior and Senior School competed in the ACT da Vinci Decathlon at Canberra Grammar School.

The decathlon is an academic competition held annually. CGGS regularly enters teams in both the primary and high school competitions, where they compete across ten disciplines:

  • Code Breaking
  • General Knowledge
  • Ideation
  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Creative Producers
  • Cartography; and
  • Art & Poetry

Our Year 5 and Year 6 teams competed against 56 other teams from around Canberra and surrounding regions and enjoyed some outstanding results:

  • The Year 5 team came 1st in Art and Poetry, 1st in English, 1st in Philosophy, 2nd in Cartography – placing them 1st overall!
  • Our Year 6 team came 3rd in Science, 3rd in Creative Producers, 3rd in Philosophy, 2nd in Code Breaking and came 2nd overall.

Year 5 student, Muntaha Siddique said of the experience, “When I first heard I could represent my school for da Vinci Decathlon, I was so excited. I had no idea of how it would be…I found it was really challenging but my team was really encouraging and we worked together so well.”

The Year 7 and Year 8 teams competed the day before their younger counterparts – and despite fierce competition from 28 other teams, the Year 8 team secured a win, and subsequently, a place at the nationals.

As the ACT Year 8 champions, the team travelled to Knox Grammar School in Sydney. In addition to competing in the same ten disciplines, they took part in a Great Race around Sydney where they visited historic Sydney locations such as The Rocks, Goat Island and Hyde Park Barracks.

Once again the competition was tough, with teams from all around Australia, but CGGS achieved outstanding results, gaining 1st place in Engineering, Ideation and English and 2nd place in Creative Producers, Cartography and Art & Poetry – and ultimately securing 2nd place overall! Thanks in particular to teachers Mrs Crawford and Mrs Patterson in the Junior School and Kerry-Anne Kwong in the Senior School for making this all possible.


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