The Knox da Vinci teams in Paris.
Knox initiated and coordinated a very successful and innovative International da Vinci Decathlon and a ‘Race around the Renaissance’ in Europe during the October holidays.
The opportunity to compete in places where the Renaissance flourished and to meet students from around the world was enriching for all of the students.
Schools from Australia, Scotland, India, South Africa and America competed physically or virtually in the da Vinci Decathlon in Milan on the 2, 3, and 4 October. The competition, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, demanded higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity. Students working collaboratively in teams were challenged by tasks that encompassed Engineering, Mathematics, Philosophy, Code Breaking, Cartography, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Science and Creative Producers.
Sydney Girls High team came first, Knox Grammar School Year 10 team second, Knox Grammar School Year 8/9 team third and Mira Model School team from India fourth. Only 20 points separated first and second place.
The ‘Race around the Renaissance’ competition that was held in Paris, Rome, Urbino, Florence, Vicenza and London featured cryptic clues related to art, architecture, history and key Renaissance figures. This competition immersed the students in the great art, writings, philosophy and architecture of the Renaissance period. The students visited famous museums, art galleries and locations such as the Louvre, the Vatican, the National Art Gallery in London and the Musee de Orsay. They also attended a spectacular performance of Macbeth at the Globe Theatre in London. Knox Grammar School Year 10 came first, Sydney Girls High School second, Knox Grammar School Year 8/9 third and St Andrew’s from South Africa and Knox Grammar School Year 8 came equal fourth.
Year 10 student Michael Eaton said, “It was an unforgettable experience. One of the highlights was meeting students from different schools and countries.”
His team mate Chris Skellern stated, "The International da Vinci Decathlon was an amazing experience. It provided an opportunity to experience the history of the Renaissance first-hand as we travelled to cities that had major significance in this period, such as Milan, Florence and Urbino. I was able to meet like-minded people from many other countries who shared similar interests."
In 2014, the International da Vinci Decathlon will be held in Sydney and a ‘Race around Sydney’ will be conducted. The European tour will take place in 2015.