Dear Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon Supporters
Taking into consideration the new announcements and recommendations today from a number of Australian health authorities and government agencies concerning the ongoing developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the responsibilities we have as a school for the health of the people in our community, the TAS Executive have decided to cancel the Northern NSW da Vinci Decathlon event which was to run at TAS on 6- 9 April.
Inspired by one of the world’s greatest thinkers, Leonardo da Vinci, the Decathlon is an inter-school academic gala day designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students.
Monday 6 April – (Years 7/8)
Tuesday 7 April- (Years 9/10)
Wednesday 8 April – (Years 5/6)
Developed by Knox Grammar School and now held in regional venues across Australia, students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Mathematics; English; Science; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Ideation; Creative Producer; Art and Poetry; Cartography; Legacy.
Macquarie University has joined the Decathlon team as the first university partner. Macquarie University, Knox Grammar and inter-state chapter school academics will be developing tasks.
The Decathlon is held over three days with teams competing in year level groups in a Year 5 & 6 event, a Year 7 & 8 event and a Year 9 & 10 event. The School will organise teams of eight students for the desired day(s). These teams can be from a single year level or a combined team. For example, on the Year 5/6 day you could send a team of eight Year 5 students and a team of eight Year 6 students, or you could send a team of students made up of both Year 5 and 6 students.
A staff member will need to attend from each school and will be asked to assist with the marking of each discipline.
Cost is $300 per team of eight members. This will cover morning tea and lunch for students and staff, trophies, participation certificates, and administration costs.
For more information contact Ms Donella Tutt on [email protected] or (02) 6776 5819.