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.
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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.