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Northern New South Wales Da Vinci Decathlon Year 6 Winners

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The inaugural Northern NSW Da Vinci Decathlon was held during Week 8 at The Armidale School. A team of 8 students was selected from 5/6 R to compete in this event. It is an academic inter school gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon with events of an academic nature.

The selected students - Jack Bell, Riley Doak, Asher Clark, Sam Watson, Annie Worthing, Kate Jones, Xinyue Li and Rhoie Collins - were selected as a team who were able to complement each other in the various disciplines and work cohesively as a team. The team took out first place in the disciplines of English, Maths and Chess, Science and Creative Producers. Second place in Cartography, Philosophy and Art and Poetry while also scoring highly in Code Breaking, Engineering and General Knowledge.
This meant that they were the overall winners in the Year 6 division.

Our team competed against teams from The Armidale School, PLC, St Johns Junior School, St Mary's, Carinya Christian School, Holy Trinity Inverell and Macquarie Anglican College in Dubbo. The ACPS team utilised their individual subject strengths as well as their ability to work as a team to achieve an excellent result. They are also to be commended for the outstanding manner in which they represented the school.

North West Film Festival Environmental Documentary Winners

Official photo taken at Bingara North West Film Festival.


During Term 2 & 3 Year 5/6R was involved in studies of local government. We decided to enter a competition run by the Community Mutual Group called MAD at Heart Community Challenge. The idea was to join with a local group, in our case the Air Quality Group at Armidale Dumaresq Council, and create a five minute documentary on what we can do to make our community a better place to live. We chose to work on the issue of wood smoke pollution and set about collecting information and visuals for our project. With the help of Carol Davies from the Council, we were able to script our documentary. We also had to create an original piece of music and take all photos and video ourselves.

The completed documentary was entered in the competition in the Environmental category against students from high schools and TAFE. Last week we received an invitation to attend the North West Film Festival in Bingara. On Friday night Beth Do and Lucy Cook accompanied Mrs Russell to Bingara for the screening of our documentary and to receive our award for first place in our category. The prize included a certificate presented by Alethea Jones, the 2012 Tropfest winner, and a cheque for $2,500 dollars. Another $2,500 will be given to a local environmental group of our choosing.

We would like to acknowledge several students who put in many extra hours to work on the documentary. Thank you to Henry and Jesse for the original music, Malakye for the smoking chimney footage, Kate and Jesse for the voice overs, Margaret for the competition poster and the students willing to film themselves and appear in the video. Thanks also to those who had to script and rescript each section of the documentary. It was a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

The competitive arena awaits students with the chance to excel in public speaking, debating, web design, student newspapers, environmental management and much more.

Explore the DET arts unit's website to find out about state-based and national debating, public speaking and spelling events.