McLeod supports Dalbeattie High School’s Da Vinci Decathlon bid

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SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Dr Aileen McLeod added her support to Dalbeattie High School’s team in the international Da Vinci Decathlon during a members’ business debate on the subject at Holyrood last night.


The academic competition, which will be held in Milan in October, will see Dalbeattie’s team of eight students and two reserves compete in Art and Poetry, Cartography, Code Breaking, English, Engineering, Mathematics & Chess, Philosophy, Science and General Knowledge as well as being tested on whether or not they are “Creative Producers”.


Speaking following the debate, Dr McLeod commented:


“I was delighted to add my support to Dalbeattie High School’s team in this year’s Da Vinci Decathlon. They are currently the only school in Scotland to compete in this tough academic challenge – effectively they will be representing the whole of Scotland in Milan this year.


“The Da Vinci Decathlon is a very challenging event, with every team member required to participate in every task. Add to that the fundraising the students have had to undertake to allow them to go to Milan and it is altogether a very impressive project indeed and a real credit to the staff and students at Dalbeattie.


“I was particularly pleased to be able to invite the Education Secretary Michael Russell to visit Dalbeattie High School with me and I hope we will be able to do that in the near future. And of course I wish Dalbeattie High School’s team the very best of luck for October.”


Notes to Editors: Dr McLeod’s speech in last night’s debate can be found here:


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