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16 June 2022

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da Vinci Decathlon

Last week, Emmaus Christian College sent three teams over three days to compete in the annual da Vinci Decathlon Competition held at St Peter's Girl's College. Teams of eight students competed against 23 other schools from across Adelaide in the full day academic competition. They competed in: Science, English, Engineering, Creative Producers, Art and Poetry, Legacy, Code Breaking, Mathematics, Ideation and Cartography.

Our teams worked well together, encouraged one another and gave their best.

Congratulations go to our:

Year 5/6 Team

  • Third place in Engineering
  • Students had to construct a free-standing bridge out of paper and straws that could hold a golf ball, using a repeating pattern in its design (pictured)

Year 7 Team

  • First place in Code Breaking
  • Second Place in Ideation
  • Second Place in Creative Producers
  • Fifth Place in Cartography

Year 9 Team

  • Third Place in Cartography
  • Third Place in English

All three teams were publicly commended with their attitude and respectfulness, with our Year 7 winning the "Community Tidy Team" award.

Debating SA Competition

Students participating in Debating have testified that their confidence has grown in being able to speak in front of an audience and that they have increased their understanding of how to write persuasive essays. We have over 60 students participating in this 2022 season.

Thank you to our amazing parent body for supporting your children and their teams with rebuttal practice, transport and enthusiastic applause. A team effort!

Round Two

Venue: Cabra Dominican College

  • Congratulations to Pasquale (Year 7) for winning Speaker of the Night.

Venue: Pulteney Grammar School

  • ECC Blue 5 defeated Parkside Primary
  • ECC Yellow 6 (Brooklyn Park Team) defeated St Catherine's School
  • ECC Maroon 7 defeated Blackwood Primary School. Thank you to Greg and Janice for filling in
  • Congratulations to Elise (Year 7), Amelia (Year 5) and Diana (Year 5) for being awarded speaker of the night in their respective teams.

Venue: Adelaide High School

  • Our Senior Gold team are currently holding first place. Well done.
  • Congratulations to Rachel (Year 11) for winning speaker of the night.

Venue: Glenunga International School

  • Year 10 Black defeated Glenunga International School

We could not have so many teams without support and coaching from our team of teachers who give up extra hours to coach our students.

Thank you to Madame Neven Daoud, Mrs Sarah Grieger, Mr Nigel Eaton, Mr Max Dal Santo, Mrs Jude Potter, Mr Andy Malcolm and Mr Richard Heath for supporting our teams. You are appreciated.

Photos courtesy of Debating SA.

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition

The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12-14 years.

Both, Ben and Bradley (Year 9) have been meeting weekly since Term 1 to work on their prepared speech on one of Legacy's values: Social Justice, Compassion, Personal Sacrifice, Voluntary Service and Mateship. The second component of the competition was the impromptu speech where they had 15 minutes to prepare a two minute speech on the topics : "What makes me happy" and "Making a difference".

Both boys spoke with confidence and demonstrated strong presence as they spoke.

Congratulations to Bradley for progressing through to the State Final that will be held in August.

Science and Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) is a nationwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematcs) outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle. Through the SEC, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment (The University of Newcastle).

Our Year 10’s had a great time at this year's Science and Engineering Challenge. They all worked incredibly well as a team and placed 3rd in the heat. Congratulations to all students involved, as they worked incredibly hard and challenged themselves in this prestigious competition.

These extra-curricular competitions allow students to grow their God-given gifts and develop confidence as they step out of their comfort zones outside of the classroom. Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved!