2022 Hunter Region da Vinci Decathlon Competition

Tue 5 Apr 8:00am - Thu 7 Apr 4:00pm

2022 Hunter Region da Vinci Decathlon


Theme: Causation


Tuesday 5th April, – Years 7 & 8

Wednesday 6th April – Years 9 & 10

Thursday 7th April – Years 5 & 6

Venue: Francis Batty Hall, Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, 256 Minmi Road, Fletcher, NSW

Time: 8:45am Arrival for a 9:00am start. The day will conclude at approximately 4.00pm

Entry Fee: The total cost will be $220 per team (Inc. GST).

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students, who compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines.

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 School. 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.

Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College is pleased to collaborate once again with Knox Grammar School by acting as a host or “Chapter” school to offer this exciting “Decathlon with a Difference” to schools in the wider Hunter Region and Regional NSW.

Each team of eight students competes in the following disciplines:

Mathematics – problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles
English – spelling, word origins, definitions, textual analysis and writing tasks
Science – engage with higher level scientific concepts and test your ability to apply them
Code Breaking – decipher complex, mysterious codes
Engineering Challenge – a design task that tests problem solving skills, creativity and ingenuity
Ideation – The process of creating NEW ideas
Creative Producers – create and perform a 60sec drama or 30sec commercial to promote a product
Art and Poetry – develop an original poem and a connected art work on a given theme
Cartography – interpret spatial information, decipher and create imaginative maps
Legacy – A new category in 2021, replaced the task previously known as 'General Knowledge' with a focus on honouring significant people, inventions and events from the past and the present.

All tasks in the da Vinci Decathlon emphasise higher order thinking skills – assisting students to develop their abilities in analysis, synthesis and creativity.  Knox Grammar School has collated some excellent resources and practice papers to assist with training your teams, these can be found at www.davincidecathlon.com/davinci/resources

The Hunter Region da Vinci Decathlon is open to teams of eight students in Years 5 through 10.  Schools should aim to select students who are able to complement each other in the various disciplines.  One staff member is required to accompany each team and will be expected to assist with marking on the day.


For  further information about how your school can become involved in the 2022 Hunter Region da Vinci Decathlon, or if you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive notification when registrations open, please contact Kim Hugo via events@btac.nsw.edu.au