Almost 2,900 students come together for state-wide academic decathlon


More than 2,800 girls and boys from Years 5 to 11 participated in the NSW da Vinci Decathlon 2015 at Knox Grammar throughout last week.

The Decathlon, which was created by Knox Grammar in 2002, celebrates the academic gifts of young people by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.

Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including engineering, mathematics, code breaking, art and poetry, science and English. 

The overall winners for the competition were:
  • Knox Grammar Prep School (Year 5)
  • Trinity Grammar Prep School (Year 6)
  • Pymble Ladies’ College (Year 7)
  • Sydney Girls’ High School (Year 8)
  • Knox Grammar School (Year 9)
  • Canberra Grammar School (Year 10)
  • Canberra Grammar School (Year 11)
What began as a small local competition, with public and private schools invited to the experience, has grown to be a national and global phenomenon, involving many thousands of students across Australia.

The growth has been so enormous, and interest so high, that chapter schools in regional NSW, Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland now run individual local and state competitions, with a national final held in June each year at Knox Grammar School.

Overall winners

Year 5
1st place                Knox Grammar Prep School
2nd place               St Aloysius’ College 
3rd place                Moriah College
Year 6
1st place                Trinity Grammar Prep School
2nd place                Moriah College
3rd place                 Newington College
Year 7
1st place                Pymble Ladies’ College
2nd place               Trinity Grammar School
3rd place               Sydney Girls High School
Year 8
1st place                Sydney Girls High School
2nd place               Knox Grammar School
3rd place               Ravenswood School
Year 9
1st place                Knox Grammar School
2nd place               James Ruse Agricultural High School
3rd place               Abbotsleigh School
Year 10
1st place               Canberra Grammar School
2nd place             Pymble Ladies’ College
3rd place              Loreto Kirribilli
Year 11
1st place                Canberra Grammar School
2nd place               Redlands School
3rd place               International Grammar School

For more information, please see the Da Vinci Decathlon website,