Knox Grammar School would like to invite you to enter a team or teams in the third International da Vinci Decathlon and Race around the Renaissance to be held in Europe from the 22 September 2017 to the 9 October 2017. This exciting and memorable event includes students in Years 7-10 from across the world. We visit Rome and Italy’s other beautiful cities such as Siena, Florence and Venice, as well as Paris and London.
The da Vinci Decathlon is named after Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), one of the world’s greatest thinkers and scholars. Whilst 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. Very little preparation is required prior to the event other than learning to work as a team and understanding the concept that is the focus of the competition.
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, Ideation, Code Breaking, Cartography, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Science and Creative Producers.
This exciting initiative starts in Paris and ends in London. The students will be given clues related to the Renaissance at each location.
The dates and places that we will be visiting could change.
|22 September||Australian schools depart for Rome|
|23 September||City tour of Rome
|23-24 September||Rome: Race around Renaissance: Places such as: Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, the Forum, Colosseum and Santa Maria delgi, St Peter’s Basilica and Castel Sant Angelo|
|26 September||Coach to Florence (hoping to be based in Florence). Stop at Siena on the way – walk on the wall around city and through city; visit the Opera Della Metropolitan|
|27-28 September||Florence: Race around Renaissance and site-seeing: Uffizi, San Marco Museum, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio, Florence lookout Dinner included|
|29 September||Coach to Lucca: Race around Renaissance and site-seeing: Dumomo di San Martino|
|30 September||Coach to Vinci and the International Decathlon begins. Race in the Leonardo da Vinci Museum and a walk to da Vinci’s home
|1 October||International Decathlon full competition - Florence|
|2 October||Travel by coach to Venice: Race around renaissance and site-seeing: St. Mark's Basilica, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge, taxi canal ride
|3 October||Depart Venice for Paris
City tour and rest-time
|4-5 October||Paris: Race around Renaissance and site-seeing: Musee d’ Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, shopping and relaxation time
|6-7 October||Eurostar to London.
Race around Renaissance and site-seeing: Tower of London, St Paul’s, National Museum, London Dungeon, Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey…
Accommodation and Transport: Approximately $8000 for students and $9,500 for teachers (single rooms). This includes accommodation, bus transport in Italy, airfares, rail fares, metro transport, all museum entries, breakfast, performance at the Globe in London and five formal dinners. All hotels are centrally located. The international exchange rate of the Australian dollar may impact on the final cost.
Not included: Meals not stated on the itinerary and spending money