Over two exciting days in May, selected students from Years 7, 8 and 9 proudly represented Hills Grammar at the 2017 da Vinci Decathlon. This rigorous, fast-paced and challenging competition is held annually at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga and is designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of gifted and talented students.

The da Vinci Decathlon can be best described as an inter-school academic gala day. Over the course of two days, students compete in teams of eight across ten disciplines: Science, Creative Producers, English, Ideation, Art and Poetry, Mathematics, Engineering, Cartography, Code Breaking, and General Knowledge.

The theme for the 2017 Decathlon was “Power” and this was reflected in the plethora of challenges, questions and activities that the students participated in. The Hills Grammar representatives were impeccable in their attitude and enthusiasm throughout the day. Their teams worked together cohesively to engage in each task and within the tight deadlines that were given.  The dedication shown by the representatives can be further seen through their committed weekly practice sessions in the weeks leading up to the competition.

We congratulate all representatives for their commitment to making this an excellent experience, and look forward to further nurturing the minds of students in next year’s Decathlon.

Sarah-Jayne Dooner | English and History Teacher

Image caption: Competitors in the Great Hall, Knox Grammar School | Year 7 team: Luke Sheridan, Shermaine Tan, Andrew Zhang, Brent Mei, Yifu Wu, Darren Yan, Christy Ju, Joanna Zhong | Year 8 team: Idhant Das, Judy Chen, Cleo Christie-David, Roger Tan, Shikhar Gautam, Lavan Murali, Sarah Wilson, Teague Lilley | Year 9 team: Jarrod Dearden, Madeline Kemp, Emmanuel Shahho, Cai Lilley, Nicholas Lautre, Shannen Tan, Emma Zou, Emma Godfrey