Sunshine Coast school claims victory at inaugural regional da Vinci Decathlon competition

Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Regional da Vinci Decathlon at Sunshine Coast Grammar School saw scores of teams from across the region come together to participate in the first regionally hosted competition.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School placed strongly in the Secondary School divisions, being crowned first overall in Year 8 and 9, second in Year 10 and third in Year 7, with the teams now progressing to the State Finals in Brisbane later in the month.

The competition places a particular emphasis on higher-order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity. The purpose of the event is to connect like-minded peers from different schools, celebrate students’ passions, and make friendships that last beyond the competition.

‘Providing this opportunity is a significant milestone towards equity in education for regional children and highlights the importance of a rich, varied, broad and inclusive co-curricular program,’ said Sunshine Coast Grammar School Principal, Mrs Anna Owen.

‘Schools are about more than what happens in the classroom and where the school is located and we are proud to be championing regional education opportunities for our students,’ said Mrs Anna Owen.

What began as a local competition in Sydney, has flourished and grown to be a national and global phenomenon, involving thousands of students from Years 5 to 10 across Australia. 

The two-day event is an academic competition designed to stimulate the minds of young students across a variety of disciplines including engineering, mathematics, code-breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and legacy.

These connections are not only for the students. This event is also an incredible benefit for our teachers to meet and connect with like-minded colleagues.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School had the great privilege of hosting The da Vinci Decathlon and will continue to welcome Queensland regional schools annually for the next four years.