Great minds triumph in the Da Vinci Decathlon

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24 April 2024

Reward and recognition

Students from several public schools have excelled in the extraordinary difficult Da Vinci Decathlon competition.

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition where students compete in challenges across 10 disciplines - engineering, mathematics, code breaking, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography, legacy, art and poetry. 

Harrisdale Primary School students with the 'I love UWA' sign.

It’s designed to celebrate the academic gifts of school students from around the world. 

Sitting proudly on the leaderboards were: 

  • Harrisdale Senior High School’s Year 9 team placed first in engineering and cartography, as well as coming third overall in their division. 
  • Harrisdale Primary School’s Year 5 team placed first in science and second in engineering, while the Year 6 team placed second in creative producers. 
  • Shenton College’s Year 7 team came second in mathematics, and the Year 10 team placed first in code breaking.  
  • Carine Senior High School’s Year 8 team placed fourth in ideation.  
  • Nedlands Primary School’s Year 6 team came first in science and in art and poetry, as well as third in legacy, winning third place overall in their division.

Harrisdale Primary School Gifted and Talented teacher Jac Elborough said she was so proud of her students.  

“Witnessing my students placing first and second in the science, engineering, and creative producers disciplines was an incredibly proud moment,” she said.  

“It was a culmination of their hard work, dedication, and the support they received from both their peers and the school community.  

“What made this achievement even more rewarding was the journey leading up to it. The entire process, from the preparation and practice sessions to the actual competition day, was immensely fulfilling.  

“Seeing the enthusiasm and collaboration among the students, witnessing their opportunity to interact with peers from other schools, and being able to showcase their talents on such a platform filled me with pride.” 

Jac said competitions like the Da Vinci Decathlon provide a platform to celebrate and nurture the academic talents of our youth who are gifted and talented in a collaborative environment.  

“Participating in such events allows students to interact with peers from other schools, broadening their social and intellectual horizons,” she said.  

“It also instils in them a sense of pride and accomplishment, boosting their confidence and motivation.”

For more information about the Da Vinci Decathlon, visit it’s website.