Dubbo’s Newest School Triumphs in Central West da Vinci Decathlon

Both of the Central West Leadership Academy’s Year 6 and 7 da Vinci Decathlon teams have taken first place in the inaugural Central West Region da Vinci Decathlon held in Bathurst last week.

The da Vinci Decathlon is a national academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.

The regional qualifying competition was held 3-4 April between schools from all around the Central West including Kinross Wolaroi, Scots All Saints, Dubbo Public, Dubbo West Public School, St Mary’s, Macquarie Anglican Grammar School and St John’s College among others.


The Academy’s Captain of Academics Noah Randell described the experience; “The atmosphere in the room was intense. Every single task was a challenge in its own way and while we were intimidated in the beginning, we pushed through our fears and excelled as a team.”

Excel they did; the Academy’s Year 6 and 7 students have brought home 14 strong placings with Year 7 placing in nine of the 10 domains:

  • Year 6 Academy Placings:

    • 1st: Code Breaking, Ideation, Cartography, and Art and Poetry

    • 3rd: Science and Engineering

  • Year 7 Academy Placings:

    • 1st: Ideation, Engineering, Code Breaking and General Knowledge

    • 2nd: English, Creative Producers and Science

    • 3rd: Cartography

Ms Mandi Randell, Principal of the Academy added “The Academy loves to challenge our students to push themselves in a well rounded academic setting. The da Vinci Decathlon is a great way to showcase the broad range of high ability in our students and teaches them to work together as a team to harness each individual’s strengths.”

Next up for Dubbo’s victorious team is the State competition held in May at Knox Grammar School in Sydney. Ms Randell commented, “I could not be more proud of our students for their hard work and success. Furthermore, I am proud of the achievements of all of the Dubbo schools who put in a strong representation at the event.”

Fred Randell