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2019 da Vinci Decathlon

This year, PCS entered into two divisions of the da Vinci Decathlon, held at Knox Grammar School. On Tuesday 28 May (Years 7 and 8) and Thursday 30 May (Years 5 and 6), our teams braved the early morning to meet at Penrith Station to catch the 6.41 am train to the city; the first of three trains that our teams would catch both to and from Knox.


Upon arrival, we were greeted with the sight of approximately 1300 students, from many different schools, all eagerly awaiting to begin this year’s challenges. Over the course of each of the days, out teams completed tasks in the categories of English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Poetry, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography, Engineering, Code Breaking and General Knowledge.


Despite the immense challenge of the vast majority of the set challenges, Mr Gee, Mrs Brady and myself, along with our wonderful parent helpers, witnessed both of our teams actively engaged in all tasks, demonstrating fantastic teamwork and camaraderie. At each break, we were greeted with an enthusiastic re-telling of the challenges which they had just completed. The smiles (and chatter) remained all throughout the day, even until our return to Penrith Station at 5.30 pm.


In the end, we didn’t place in any of the subjects; however, both our Years 7 and 8 team, and our Years 5 and 6 team received special acknowledgement for the contribution to the table display competition. Our Year 7 and Year 8 team was one of the teams chosen to have their table display shown on the big screen at the end of the day, whilst the Year 5 and Year 6 team, whose table slogan on the topic of landscapes was, ‘Save the world before there is no world to save’ was recognised as the winning table slogan of the day.


All in all, it was another great couple of days at the da Vinci Decathlon, with PCS entering and competing in two age categories. I look forward to what our 2020 teams will do. They have a developing strong legacy to uphold.


Danial Ollis

Teacher Librarian, iCentre Manager


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