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da Vinci Decathlon


On Thursday 31 May, eight Mary MacKillop College students from Year 9, accompanied by Mrs Angelina Ranaldo, attended the South Australian da Vinci Decathlon at St Peter’s Collegiate Girls' School.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of secondary school students. Students from all over the state participated in this competition and the theme for 2018 was ‘The Unexpected’.

Students competed in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including; Engineering, Mathematics, Ideation, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge. The tasks were varied and carried out under strict time frames. While some tasks were academically driven, others had more of a creative flair. This allowed the students to show off their many and diverse talents. Students enjoyed code breaking, writing poetry, creating a working jack in a box, preparing and performing a 90 second skit and much more.  

The Mary MacKillop College participants met for a number of preparation sessions prior to the competition in which they attempted some practice questions in the various disciplines and learnt how to play chess. On the day of the decathlon, they were very enthusiastic and worked brilliantly as a team.

The students upheld the values of MacKillop girls by displaying pleasing behaviour and effort throughout the day. The competition gave the girls the opportunity to meet students from other schools, be academically challenged and work on developing their time management and team building skills.

Next year, we hope to offer this unique learning opportunity to another group of students. I offer thanks to our Principal Mrs Kath McGuigan for allowing our students to be a part of such a wonderful event and extend my thanks to the students who participated so generously on the day.

Chloe, Felicia, Amelia, Tess, Nicola, Jana, Gwyneth and Maeve


Angelina Ranaldo
Inclusive Education Co-ordinator