St Peter’s Girls’ School will again host South Australia’s da Vinci Decathlon. Schools from across Adelaide are warmly invited to participate.
The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Program for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar, Sydney. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.
We warmly invite your school to enter a team in this year’s competition. The dates for 2017 have now been set.
Years 5–6: Tuesday 30 May 2017
Year 7: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Year 9: Thursday 1 June 2017
The Decathlon is named after Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), one of the world’s greatest thinkers and scholars. While his career spanned an enormous range of disciplines: art, architecture, poetry, academics, anatomy, hydrodynamics, mechanical and military engineering, mathematics and astronomy, he demonstrated a superior ability to perceive the interconnected nature of knowledge and embraced learning with a lifelong passion and determination to uncover the unknown.
Thus, the competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity. Students working collaboratively in teams are highly stimulated by competing in tasks that encompass engineering, mathematics, code breaking, games of strategy, art and poetry, Science, English and forensic sleuthing. There is a need, therefore, for a well balanced team with students whose abilities complement rather than replicate each other.
Schools are invited to enter one team of eight in each year group. Registration fee of $300 applies for each team. Registrations close Tuesday 2 May 2017.
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
Phone: +61 (08) 8334 2261