Covenant has been involved in the Decathlon for the last 3 years. This year we selected 2 teams. One team from Year 8 and one team from Year 10. Due to last minute sickness the Year 8 team had to compete with only 7 members, but this did not stifle their enthusiasm and positivity.
The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of primary and secondary school students. Students compete in teams of 8 across ten different disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, philosophy, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. The Decathlon competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity.
During the day each team was given a number of tasks to complete for each focus area. Some of these involve the whole team and others only two or three members, who might consider these subjects their areas of expertise. It was challenging to complete a number of tasks at once with the clocks ticking away on screens above. As each session came to a close there was a tense countdown and a large gong to finish. Envelopes were sealed, collected by the officials and given to the adjudicators or markers.
Such an intense tournament of the minds was a brilliant opportunity for our team to shine, using their God-given gifts to His glory. It was wonderful to see every team member assisting with each problem and encouraging one another as they worked together.
This year our team was awarded Third Place in the Engineering section, which is a significant achievement with over one thousand students in attendance! They were given the difficult task of designing and creating a model of a solar powered satellite inspired by the structure of a seed.
A BIG congratulations to Julia Ryan, Joshua Stanwell, Daniel Read, Rebecca Asikin, Rachael Lin, Joel Murray and Jamilla Kwan.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”. Colossians 3:23