Our Year 9 team has emerged victorious as Queensland Champions and our Year 8 team (last year’s State Title holders) were Runners-up.

The da Vinci Decathlon Challenge represents the highest level of team academic competition available to students in Australia and, as such, is an event we look forward to enormously every year. Last week, the College exceeded our own expectations to achieve our best overall performance yet in the highly-regarded competition, with our Year 9 team emerging Queensland Champions and our Year 8 team (last year’s State Title holders) coming Runners-up. Our Year 9 team now proceeds to represent the College and Queensland in the da Vinci Decathlon Nationals in Sydney over the mid-year break.

We entered teams in each level from Years 5 to 10, and each eight-person team competed across the ten disciplines of the competition: Maths, Science, English, Art and Poetry, Cartography, Engineering, Creative Production, Code-Breaking, General Knowledge, and Ideation. CHAC teams competed against 48 other leading schools from around Brisbane and Queensland, including most of Brisbane’s GPS schools, as well as leading schools from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

We wish our Year 9 team the best of luck in the National da Vinci Decathlon Competition over the holidays and look forward to their report in Term 3.

Barbara Mossman
Coordinator: Gifted Education