The Primary Competition …
The Secondary Competition …
The weather was fantastic for the annual schools orienteering competition held at John Muir Country Park near Dunbar. In the morning was the primary competition. Two trophies up for grabs: a P4/5 trophy for pairs of students of this age; a P 6/7 trophy where students were required to compete solo.
For the first time in this annual events history the competitors were able to have a printout of their results immediately thanks to electronic timing. One or two pairs of the first P4/5 competitors returned not having been to all controls but they had a great time finding the ones they did. Pretty soon competitors were returning to receive their results and able to compare immediately with each other. Fairly early in the day the current holders of the P6/7 trophy arrived – Gullane Primary. So confident were they that they had left the trophy at school – does it stay there?
Later on in the morning the last primary competitors returned to school leaving the outdoor education staff, rangers and other helpers able to feast (mostly on cake).
After 1pm the secondary schools began arriving registering for a score event. A score event is where each control has a certain value and the competitors have a certain length of time to punch as many controls as possible – in this case 40 minutes. The mass start began at 2:17pm The immediacy of results at the end of the 40 minutes meant that there was quite a buzz around the finish area. Most competitors realised that the penalties for returning late – after 40 minutes – wasn’t worth risking.
Abby D from Preston lodge deserves a mention as the highest placed finisher who clearly competed on her own.
The trophies will be going to the following schools for this year
Knox Academy Secondary trophy
East Linton P 4/5 trophy
Yester Primary P 6/7 trophy
These trophies have been calculated by taking a mean average of all competitors from each school that completed the course (primary) and the mean average score (secondary)
- Are there other ways that the results could be calculated?
- Does it give a different result?
- How can the results be presented differently?
Following on from this event back at school there are a myriad of ways that the pupils could chose to take their learning in line with CfE. Pupils could choose to: look at maps and mapping; land use and access; compass – history/use/types; health and fitness; numeracy – speed/ distance/time calculations; presentation of data – statistical manipulation.
Some schools are currently looking into the possibility of hosting their own events with the help of the outdoor education team – or indeed hosting a community orienteering event with all the aspects that this brings: marketing;hospitallity;course planning;access.
For more information on how orienteering links to a Curriculum for Excellence see the presentation delivered at the recent East Lothian TeachMeet.
Mr Al Paul
Mr Robin Strain
The school staff that brought the eager competitors
Regular users of John Muir Country Park
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