Middle School News
Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon
De La Salle College fielded a team in the Da Vinci Decathlon for the first time this year. It involved a squad of 8 boys coming together over a number of weeks prior to the event and preparing to compete with Year 7 students from over 21 schools across Melbourne.
The categories of competition are as follows:
- Mathematics – emphasis on problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles.
- English – word origins, definitions, spelling, grammar, and writing.
- Science – students are provided with higher level scientific concepts and be 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 has ten minutes to develop and present a 30-second performance on a given topic.
- Art and Poetry – the team develops 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.
We travelled with a group of seven boys on the day. Unfortunately, having a member short, at late notice, had a negative impact on the results as he was the designated person for creative performance, poetry and general knowledge. Despite this, the result was a most commendable 16th.
Overall it was a good day out for the boys and gave competitors a chance to flex the most important muscle of the body. Their response at the end of the day was that we should do this again, have two teams next year and be more strategic in preparations for next year’s competition.
A big thank you to Mr Kaneria for spearheading this initiative, organising the team and making all competition day preparations. We look forward to seeing our involvement grow in coming years.
Mr Mark Gustincic
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching