2017/18 School Orienteering Underway

Yesterday saw the start of this years East Lothian Schools Adventure Award Orienteering days. These session culminate with a inter-schools competition on 23rd May 2018 (World Orienteering Day).

There are still spaces available for more schools wishing to get involved – See here

Longniddry Primary School P6 & 7’s began the season down at Musselburgh Lagoons where they displayed great enthusiasm and vigour. Their accurate course completion rate was of the highest standard and have set the bar for others to follow.

Wallyford Primary 3’s attended todays session and gave a spirited performance. There is a lot to be learnt from this activity and the children showed a fantastic ability to listen and absorb information before heading off and applying it.

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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 outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk 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 @elcschool.org.uk

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 (outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk)

Happy planning for adventures 17/18

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