Teaching Orienteering CPD

New dates for Teaching Orienteering 1 have now been set for the New Year. A great course for all school staff to help develop orienteering on your school site. More information and booking available here. A short Prezi highlighting some aspects of the course can be found here.

Give your CPD some va va voom!

Stop Press (mennan) S1 Challenge

The annual East Lothian S1 Outdoor Challenge Day 2011 took place on Friday 18th November. Aimed at S1 students from all secondary schools across East Lothian it encourages students to compete for the S1 trophy provided by the Outdoor Learning Service.















For more photos please click here

The pupils are split into teams of six and journey across a range of terrain (forest track;woodland; open moorland; exposed summit of Deuchrie Dod by map. Each team encounter various challenges on their journey which they are required to overcome by a variety of methods requiring initiative; perseverance; patience; stamina; memory; teamwork; observation; knowledge; empathy. It is always fascinating to see how pupils cope with these demands in occasionally challenging weather conditions. All pupils end the day on a confident high all having been effective contributors, successful learners and, as with all work through the outdoor learning service, showed a healthy respect and care for the environment (our outdoor classroom).

A competitive element is always present in the competition and there was only one winning team on the day who were from Preston Lodge. Congratulations to all teams but in particular Preston Lodge who appear to have quite an aptitude for many of these Challenges!

Next Challenge is the S6 challenge taking place on the 2 December at Yellowcraig. If your school would like to enter a team then please get in touch with Martyn

Once again many thanks to all the school staff who bring the pupils along these challenges and help to support and supervise the day. These Challenge days could not happen without their support.

Go for It Girls



It was a pleasure to attend the presentation and awards afternoon of the Go for It Girls. A select group of girls from East Lothian who have spent the past year working towards their John Muir Explorer Award. The girls gave an excellent oral presentation on their work; produced a wall display of captioned photos of themselves at work; were presented with certificates; presented certificates to staff that had worked with them to support them in achieving their award. A fantastic afternoon was topped off with a wonderful buffet.


The girls have been working hard over the past year challenging themselves through adventurous activities in wild places; gaining increased environmental knowledge whilst picking up knowledge and skills to do with their topic of mammals;sharing experiences;teamwork skills;incresing confidennce through sharing their experiences to a wider audience. The Awards were well deserved and the girls had been required to work very hard to achieve this – often in quite challenging outdoor environments.


Go for It? – too right they did and they are all ready to begin on their next challenge in life.

EVOLVE – New Offsite Approvals system.

A fully managed online service specifically designed to enable the efficient planning, processing, monitoring and reporting of all off-site visits.  Designed for use by Education, Children’s Services and Community Wellbeing departments.

A little bit more information about its history and implementation can be found here – EVOLVE introduction

The current EEF(Educational Excursion Form) system, will be phased out over the coming year. Why not come along to this Thursday’s event (1630 – 1800 at the Outdoor Learning Base, Musselburgh) if you are involved in organising off site trips, and join our pilot groups in testing and shaping the new system. A great opportunity to find out how the new system works and all the features and benefits of using it.

Please let us know if you will attend. email wstephen@eastlothian.gov.uk


British Schools Orienteering Championships

Pupils from Preston Lodge travelled to Linlithgow on Sunday 20th November to compete in the British Schools Orienteering Championships with the help of the Outdoor Learning Service. All the athletes came away from the event with a creditable performance to their name and are looking forward to undertaking more events. It certainly gave the pupils an impetus to carry on with their own orienteering training with the hope that they can compete again with pupils from all over the UK next year.

We will be meeting up with the athletes soon to analyse their performance through Routegadget – a superb analysing tool.





For all the results and some photos from the event please click here and navigate on the BSOA website.


This is part of the ever expanding orienteering programme at Preston Lodge. An after school orienteering club will begin in the New Year with local orienteering events programmed into this club. It is an embedded part of the curriculum – with shared lessons between departments – Maths and PE.

This has all come about due to an initial CPD run by the Outdoor Learning Service – Teaching Orienteering 1 – please see our staff development pages for details on the next course – and a very enthusiastic member of PE staff at Preston Lodge.


Coming soon – details of the annual East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition 2012