We had a great time yesterday leading an English workshop with pupils from schools across Dumfries & Galloway as teachers and course leaders gathered at Browne House, Crichton for a warm-up day for the Da Vinci Decathlon Challenge in October which will take place at Easterbrook Hall, Crichton.
The winners from the Dumfries Challenge will then go on to compete in Milan.
The Dumfries and Galloway da Vinci Decathlon Challenge is organised by Lesley Sloan and the Curriculum and School Improvement Team at D&G Council. It is both a bi-annual schools based competition and a way of working with schools in the region to develop skills for learning, life and work. The da Vinci Decathlon Challenge concept was developed by Knox Grammar, Sydney, Australia originally a regional and national venture in their home country.
Knox Grammar has since broadened the scope of the Decathlon, and we are the first Scottish, British and European Country not only to develop our own programme of learning but to sponsor young people to participate in the International da Vinci Decathlon Challenge also developed by Knox. In 2015/2016 and beyond, we are working with schools in Dumfries and Galloway to develop skills and attributes in our young people and select a team to compete in Italy 2017 at the International Challenge event.
Here are a few photos we managed to take between finding out the meaning of ‘polysyndeton‘, analysing poetry, investigating word meanings and origins and ensuring our teams are as mentally fit and ready to face the challenge ahead!