21st May 2015

Da Vinci Decathlon

On Tuesday 19 May two teams of 8 students from Nagle College travelled to Gippsland Grammar (Sale) to compete in the annual regional final of the Da Vinci Decathlon.

The 'decathlon with a difference' is an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with events of an academic nature and this year centred on the theme of “Place”.

Year 7 students participated in activities in the following disciplines:

  • Mathematics – emphasis on problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles
  • English – word origins, definitions, spelling, grammar, and writing
  • Science – students were provided with higher level scientific concepts and challenged to apply them
  • Code Breaking – in the spirit of World War II, students aim to decipher several codes
  • Engineering Challenge – a building task designed to test creativity and ingenuity
  • Philosophy – dealing with logic, observations and evidence
  • Creative Producers – a sub-group from the team had ten minutes to develop and present a 30 second performance on a given topic.
  • Art and Poetry – the team developed a poem plus a complementary work of art on a given theme
  • Cartography – map making and reading
  • General Knowledge – current affairs, issues, history, science, entertainment, sport and world facts.

Nagle Teams comprised the following students: Isabelle Anderson, Min Min Bao, Kelby Bartlett, Jack Buchanan, Ayla Etheridge, Trinity Fordham, Jackson Paterson, Claire Garbutt, Nigel Laity, Emilie Lancaster, Chloe Matthey, Ieshiea Miller, Bree O’Neill, Jessica Ralph, Tori Starr and Bethany Wealands.

After putting their combined talents to the test in the various disciplines, Nagle Team 2 were the overall winners of the General Knowledge section. Congratulations to all students who represented our school and acquitted themselves exceptionally well in what is a difficult and challenging activity.