Adventure Challenge Venues confirmed

The venues and themes for this years Secondary Adventure Challenges have now been confirmed

S1/S2 Challenge – TYNE – ‘Run of the Mills’ – meet Aubigny Sports Centre car park

S3/S4 Challenge – ESK – ‘Survival Instinct’ – meet Outdoor Learning Base, Musselburgh

S5/6 Challenge – FORTH – ‘Sea to Summit’ – meet Yellowcraig

All meeting times are for 9.30am.

Thu 28 Sep 2017  S1/2 Outdoor Challenge
Wed 25 Oct 2017  S3/4 Outdoor Challenge
Tue 21 Nov 2017  S5/6 Outdoor Challenge

Please email confirming your attendance if you have not already done so.

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Outdoor Challenges

Outdoor Challenges for secondary pupils are back for 2017/18. These days are for teams of pupils from each high school to compete in a series of outdoor and adventurous challenges over the course of a day to achieve glory for the pupils and school (and a wonderful trophy). Each challenge will require resilience;cooperation;dedication; teamwork.


The days are organised and staffed by the outdoor learning service.

  • Teams of up to 6
  • 9.30am arrival. 2.45pm prizegiving
  • All teams will be required to navigate between tasks
  • There will be a variety of tasks – wet and dry.

It is always great to have at least one team from each of the six secondary schools.

The dates and year groups of the challenges are

  • Thu 28 Sep 2017  S1/2 Outdoor Challenge
    Wed 25 Oct 2017  S3/4 Outdoor Challenge
    Tue 21 Nov 2017  S5/6 Outdoor Challenge


Please confirm your schools participation with a confirmation email to outdoorlearning

Look forward to seeing you there.


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Staff Opportunities – CLPL calendar

A wide variety of CLPL opportunities are available to all through your Outdoor Learning Service

  • Further information on each course can be found under the staff development tab at the top of this page
  • The courses listed are just the scheduled ones – there are many other courses which will run on a request basis – again please refer to staff development tab
  • The courses are open to all
  • Booking information at the bottom of the embedded document below.

Make 2017/18 your year of adventures for you and your pupils.

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Pupil Adventure Events 2017/18

Adventure Award Days

  • Below is a table of scheduled ‘Adventure Award Days’ and other pupils events including Secondary Challenges.
  • These opportunities are mostly free and open to all age ranges.
  • This list is not exhaustive of the offers from your Outdoor Learning Service. If your class/school has ideas on how to embed outdoor learning opportunities and require some specialist help from an Outdoor Learning Teacher then please get in touch.
  • Please don’t miss: the Festivals – Orienteering and Watersports; Residential – fieldwork and winter/summer adventures
  • Bookings for the scheduled dates below to be made through Keith Christie (

Happy planning for adventures 17/18

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Further Orienteering Success

On Friday the 2nd June some 17 youngsters from East Lothian competed with other athletes from across Scotland at the 2017 Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition.

All results are available to view here  However a summary is given below of our outstanding athletes here in East Lothian

1st place – Scottish Schools Champion – for Maja Robertson in P5/6 girls  Longniddry PS
1st place – Scottish Schools Champion – for Angus Wright in P7 boys  Law PS

2nd place to Colin Riley in p5/6 boys, of Pencaitland PS
3rd place to Joel Atkinson also Pencaitland PS (only 2 seconds behind Colin)
11th place to Innes Wright also in P5/6 boys Law PS – and that is out of 80 boys.

P7 boys
19th Mackenzie and Josh from Whitecraig PS
33rd Alex and Ross  Macmerry PS
35th James from Athelstaneford PS
36th  Findlay and Emily also from Athelstaneford PS

P7 girls
19th Maja  from Athelstaneford PS
23rd Emberlee and Erin from Macmerry PS
33rd Sammy and Mia from Whitecraig PS

For more photos please click on photo above.

Many thanks to Hanne Robertson for all her hard work as A Pe Teacher embedding Orienteering as part of school sport across East Lothian and thanks for parents who supported their child to partake.

See below for comment from one of the athletes on the day

Thank you for arranging to take us to the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival in Drumpellier Country Park in Glasgow. It was great fun meeting other P6s and P7s from other schools in East Lothian who like to go orienteering and we had lots of laughs travelling together on the bus and chumming each other when we got there.  I felt kind of nervous when we got there and there were lots of big buses with kids from schools all over Scotland.  It was good to feel part of a team from East Lothian as I was the only one there from my school. It was good doing a warm-up together cheering each other in and afterwards playing football and having our packed lunches. I hope next year there might be some more friends from my school with me.
It was really funny when we were all standing at the start, feeling a bit nervous watching what to do and one of the boys shouted, “You’ve got to be kidding me, he is never a P7, that is not right!”,  pointing at a really tall guy at the start and my teacher said, “No, no, he will be a 5th or 6th year!”  We couldn’t stop laughing! We all thought it was only for primary school kids, but the competition is for P5/6/7 all the way up to 6th at High School.
I would still like to do this when I get to High School and I hope I meet these guys again and they keep going from all the different High Schools they will be going to.
Thanks again,

Best wishes,


Next years Scottish Schools event – usually first Friday in June – save the date!


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