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Academic Enrichment

Da Vinci Decathlon 2021

Da Vinci Decathlon 2021

Da Vinci Decathlon 2021 Wrap Up

On 4, 5 and 6 May, Waverley College entered teams in Years 5-10 into the annual Da Vinci Decathlon. This year’s theme was ‘Legacy’, and the competition ran online for the first time in its history – very different from previous years. All students showed great enthusiasm for the duration of the day, and participated in 10 challenges across each team ranging from: Art and Poetry, Creative Producers and Cartography to Code Breaking, Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

I would like to congratulate all students for their hard work and participation in the event:

  • Years 5-6 – Please see Junior School section of newsletter
  • Year 7: Ben Capaan; Aidan Carpenter; James Barber; Ben Cromer; Silas Whitehead; Alex Tarasov; Ethan Ooi; Mikayl Kershavarz
  • Year 8: Huon Groves; Yannick Hott; Harrison Thorpe; James Peate; Thomas Jackson; Rohan Baker; Hugo Perks; Zoltan Szabo
  • Year 8/9 Team: Ewan McDonald; Jack Tindale; Bailey Barker; Joel Hammerschmidt; Asher Thomasyu; Dom Schofield; Tom Donaldson; Christian Julian
  • Year 10 Team: Tom Hughes; Ben Stirling; Finn Stranix; Harrison Rimmel; Campbell Groves; Matt Woods; Jake Perks; Mitchell Marsh

I would also like to congratulate teams on coming in the top 15 categories for their respective challenges. Each year level had approximately 75 schools participating, so this is an outstanding achievement:

  • Year 5: 15th Place – Cartography
  • Year 7: 16th Place – Legacy
  • Year 10: 11th Place – Creative Producers

Well done to all teams!


Ethics Olympiad 2021

On 17 May two teams of students participated in the FAPSA Ethics Olympiad. This was the first Olympiad to be held online through Zoom, and is known as the Ethics Bowl in the United States. The event itself emphasises the importance of meaningful dialogue and discussion of a range of ethical dilemmas relevant in today’s society.

Some of the topics covered include: racial stereotyping in the media, gaming platforms and abusive speech, fast fashion, public safety during COVID-19, and ethical storytelling in documentaries. All students participated in a respectful manner. They had a wonderful opportunity to establish connections with professional philosophers and judges from all over the world, who provided them with feedback throughout the day.

Well done to James Garrop; Mitchell Marsh; Darius Hall; Hugh McDonald; Ben Stirling; Gabe Rutter.


University of Wollongong Winter School for Students in Years 11-12

The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation Winter School is an immersive two day on-campus experience that will give you an insight into studying the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation and the diverse career opportunities in the Liberal Arts. Open to high school students in Years 11 and 12, the program will include intellectually stimulating workshops led by academic experts as well as fun social activities. You will experience university life while staying in a UOW-managed residence. 

Click here to read more about the UOW-managed student residence.

By attending the UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation Winter School you will:

  • Engage with and expand your understanding of texts that are part of the English Advanced HSC syllabus
  • Be introduced to new great works that will help you develop a robust understanding of literature
  • Participate in a Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation application workshop that will provide insights into the course’s application process and the opportunity to hear from current UOW students about their experience
  • Experience real university life by staying in UOW student accommodation
  • Learn how to read and think at a university level
  • Improve your communication and presentation skills in a supportive environment
  • Engage in robust group discussions and debate with your peers, whilst being respectful of the views of others
  • Develop your critical thinking and reading skills essential for success in the HSC
  • Have fun and make new friends

The Winter School will run from 28-29 June 2021 – all costs associated with the program will be covered by UOW.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Ms Boyce or click here to read more about the Liberal Arts Winter School


University of Wollongong Ramsay Scholarship Opens for Year 12 Students on 20 July

The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation has generously donated thirty scholarship opportunities of $30, 000 per annum for up to five years. This scholarship is open to students currently in Year 12 who would be able to commence studies in 2022. This covers a full range of study options including; a three-year single degree; a three-year degree plus an honours year; or a full five-year double-degree program. Scholarship recipients will enjoy access to a dedicated study lounge, small class sizes, academic mentoring and an international return airfare for an approved overseas experience as part of your studies. 

You are strongly encouraged to apply for this scholarship if you are a high-achieving student applying to study the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation.

Applications are open 20 July 2021 – 19 August 2021.

Click here to see if you demonstrate the UOW Ramsay Scholar attributes and for scholarship application information

Students can also apply for the UOW Ramsay Scholarship by contacting Ms Boyce.


Ms Stephanie Boyce

Academic Enrichment Coordinator