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Da Vinci Decathlon – Congratulations on St Pius X Wins!

Well done to the 56 St Pius X students who represented the College across 7 Da Vinci teams in the 2018 da Vinci Decathlon Competition, held at Knox Grammar School across three days in May.

With superb teamwork, pooled knowledge and creative-thinking skills, St Pius X secured First Place in General Knowledge (Year 10-11) and Third Place in Ideation (Years 5-6).

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students from Years 5-11. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. It is all about getting students to problem solve, and is a testament to inquiry-based learning, with creativity and innovation skills being developed as these are the learning strategies and skills that all students need to take into the 21st Century in order to thrive as outstanding global citizens.

The overall theme of the 2018 Decathlon was “The Unexpected” and the St Pius X Year 7-8 division rose to and won an impromptu challenge on the opening day of the Decathlon. It was to develop an anti-chocolate slogan and the team came up with the winning slogan “It’s nothing more than the sweet sensation of manipulation”.

Over 1300 students participated across the three days with teams undertaking challenges designed by ex-decathaletes to test their critical and creative thinking skills. Each team member equipped with a speciality tackled tasks ranging from Engineering, Maths, Drama (called ‘Creative Producers’), Philosophy (called ‘Ideation’), English and Spelling, Art and Poetry.

Overall, the Competition was a fun and challenging experience that reinforced skills such as, teamwork, creativity and cooperation.

Congratulations to all teams, and special thanks to their coaches – Mrs Spanyik, Mrs Waterson, and Ms Raheb-Mol.