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Leonardo da Vinci

 

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the world’s greatest thinkers. da Vinci demonstrated an ability to perceive the interconnected nature of knowledge and embraced learning with a lifelong passion and determination to uncover the unknown.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across ten disciplines including engineering, mathematics, code breaking, art and poetry, science and general knowledge. The Decathlon competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity.

When selecting the teams for the Decathlon, we considered the program’s criteria and the skills the girls demonstrated through a series of problem solving challenges and a written application as to how they could contribute to the team and evidence of when they had displayed great team work. Our aim was to provide an eclectic balance of skills that contributed to the synergy of a creative team.

This week we sent two teams of students from Years 5 and 6 to participate in the da Vinci Decathlon competing alongside 115 schools at Knox Grammar School. The energy was electric as they worked vigorously through the activities. Both teams performed extremely well, displaying excellent teamwork, time management and perseverance.

The Year 5 team consisted of Chelsea Gleeson, Alexis De Zotti, Alexandra Gessner, Annelyse Seymour, Errin Conlin, Zoe Henville, Phoebe Zammit, Laura Nutt and Tahlia Moses. The Year 6 team included Molly Hanly, Estelle Kyriazis, Elyse Stephens, Lara Granelli, Indianna Cane, Sam Rajesh, Gabrielle Milkins, Abigail Mayer and Alex O’Brien.

Elyse, Sam, Abigail and Estelle reflected on the day and said, “The da Vinci Decathlon was a fun and challenging experience. Based on the theme of ‘Power’ we were given tasks to complete as a team. Some of the tasks consisted of: ideation, creative produces, engineering and art and poetry. We really enjoyed the mini challenges in between. One of them was to create a slogan to get household families to reduce power. Our slogan was: Less power to Save a Flower. Although we didn’t win, it was a great challenge to work and cooperate as a team and get to know each other.”

Congratulations to all students for participating and thank you to  Miss Ball and Mrs Dwyer for assistance in preparing the girls for the event.

The excitement has been growing in the Primary School in the lead up to Loreto Day. Year 6 have been sharing their stories from last year with Year 5. In preparation, the Student Council have planned a series of activities for each day next week culminating in Loreto Day. These include:

  • Monday Mania – Zumba in the gym at lunchtime
  • Tasty Tuesday – Cake stall at recess to raise funds to support Loreto Rumbek
  • Wacky Wednesday – Funky Freedom Dancing with skipping and bubbles at recess
  • Throwback Thursday – TV series in the Curran Theatre at theatre at lunchtime
  • Loreto Day – a fun filled day of generosity and community to support our cause Loreto Rumbek

 

It is sure to be a wonderful week.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary