St Joseph's Primary Wauchope win junior Da Vinci Decathlon

TROPHY WINNERS: (back) Grace Keena, Ella Hurrell, Isabel Cusato, Matilda Shields, Alannah Steele, Lily Cook (front) Keiran Copeland, Charli Paine.
TROPHY WINNERS: (back) Grace Keena, Ella Hurrell, Isabel Cusato, Matilda Shields, Alannah Steele, Lily Cook (front) Keiran Copeland, Charli Paine.

Students from St Joseph's Primary in Wauchope are celebrating after winning the junior title in the prestigious Mid North Coast Regional Da Vinci Decathlon.

Eight students travelled to St Columba Anglican School in Port Macquarie last week to stretch their brains in the competition.

They were Grace Keena, Ella Hurrell, Isable Cusato, Matilda Shields, Alannah Steele, Lily Cook, Keiran Copeland and Charli Paine, along with their teacher, Miss Danielle Bryant.

Throughout the day, on Thursday May 9, the students worked collaboratively, to solve various challenges across a range of academic disciplines, including science, creative producers, English, ideation, mathematics, engineering, art and poetry, cartography, code breaking and general knowledge.

The 10 challenges are a chance for students to extend what they learn in class and test their skills against schools from Coffs Harbour to Taree.

19 teams from across the Mid North Coast took part.

"Our students performed admirably, taking out the Da Vinci Challenge Trophy. Our Year 6 team placed first in the Ideation challenge, second in Code Breaking and third in Engineering, and we are very proud of them," said Miss Bryant.

The team will now travel to Sydney at the end of May to compete in the State Da Vinci Challenge.

St Columba Anglican School's director of professional learning Chris Delaney said the program was a chance for students from all different schools to come together in some friendly competition.

"The decathlon is a chance for students from all over the Mid North Coast to come together for a bit of fun and to stretch their learning in new ways," Mr Delaney said.

"Most of what they see is new information so they need to use teamwork and their existing knowledge to find a solution.

"All of the students have a bit of fun and it is also a chance for students from all different schools to mix."

Hugh Robertson from MacKillop College also said he enjoyed the different type of questions.

"In the engineering section we have to make a pinball machine which is awesome but pretty hard," Hugh said.

"It is a lot of abstract thinking which is cool to be able to do."

Across the three days the winners were St Paul's Kempsey for years 7 and 8, Mackillop College for years 9-11 and St Josephs Wauchope for the juniors.

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