Sea to Summit with Prestonpans Primary

Prestonpans Primary have a reward system in place for those students who make that extra effort in all aspects of school life. It was a pleasure to help deliver one of those reward lessons by accompanying the students from ‘Sea to Summit’ at North Berwick – just a little way along the coast from their school.

The students were tasked with looking after themselves and each other for trhe day whilst exploring closely the coastline and striving to reach the summit of North Berwick Law all within the school day.

Resilience; stamina; empathy; supportive were all qualities and behaviours that were evident throughout the day.

Seashore explored; Summit achieved; resilience shown – a very successful day.

Waves of Empathy with Longniddry Primary

Longniddry Primary School P5 follwed up work that they had previously done on the seashore by joining the creatures and plants in trying to survive and thrive in the impact zone. ‘Littoral-ly a great day!’

The pupils took to the seashore armed with all their previous knoweldge which they shared with everyone and marvelled at the power of the sea and how the plants and creatures of the intertidal zone cling to the rocks day after day. On a relatively calm day the students were amazed at how difficult it was not to get swept off the rocks!

The students adapted themselves to surviving in this environment by spending time and effort getting into wetsuits; wetsuit boots; gloves; buoyancy aids; helmets. All participants agreed that this had been time well spent.

The pupils showed great responsibility in looking after one another in such a harsh and unforgiving environment.

Well done all

“Just wanted to say thanks very much for taking P5 Coasteering this week.  They all had a great time and a really positive experience.  Just gutted I didn’t get to come!”

More photos below

NBHS S3 Highland Adventure

20 North Berwick S3 pupils are using their activity week to further explore their own country around Moidart and Lochaber.


They successfully travelled the length of Loch Shiel by canoe and foot- camping wild on the shores along the way.
Thursday was been spent up high on the flanks of Ben Nevis – viewing it from sides less explored. Still a considerable amount of snow on the tops in May.
Friday was an ace day with all adventuring on two wheels – some on Mountain Bikes and some on Segways. The afternoon was then spent in the very large fridage that is the ice climbing wall in Kinlochleven – with a little bit of high ropes thrown in for good measure.
Saturday was the return journey back down south and an afternoon spent swinging amongst the trees at GoApe in Peebles.

A cracking week (requiring hard physical effort; organisation; resilience; coping with fears and often enjoyable) – many thanks to Miss Ritchie and other staff from North Berwick High for the organisation. A really powerful week in lots of ways. As one pupil quoted during an end of week review and slideshow – “I chose this trip because I wanted an experience – not an holiday”. They certainly got what they wished for.


Orienteering Competition 2013

The annual East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition will take place at

 John Muir Country Park on Friday 22nd March 2013

 We hope to see as many schools as possible represented at this great competitive event. Make the most of the last day of term. Please get in touch direct with Martyn ( with any questions or queries. The most pertinment information is displayed below.

The competition has four entry classes.

  • P4/5 – must compete as pairs. 1.6km line course
  • P6/7 – must compete solo. 1.75km line course
  • S2 Challenge – must compete solo. Score course – 35 minutes allowed
  • Staff Challenge – as S2 but with separate trophy and honours

Schools and staff may arrive at any time from 0900 – 1500.

Registration will take place in the main field. The competition area is in the woods. Toilets; playpark; a beautiful beach; all within two minutes walking time of the registration field.

Please could each school give an indication of likely numbers and approximate arrival time (to Martyn) at the car park field (registration field – look for the banners) of John Muir Country Park.

Please ensure that all pupil competitors have done some previous orienteering training. There will be no opportunity for any input from Outdoor Learning Staff on the day.

Entry is available on the day and all that we require is a written list of children for regiatration – forms are available below.

Forms for event available on links below
Pupil list Primary 4/5
Pupil list Primary 6/7
Pupil list Secondary

S1 pupils Walk the Line

Not a pupil tribute to country music legend Johnny Cash but a reference to some amazing slacklining completed by S1 pupils during the annual S1 Outdoor Learning Challenge.


The annual S1 Challenge took place at Pressmennan Woods on Friday 23rd November. It dawned a bright and breezy day and stayed dry throughout.

Deuchrie Dod

It was wonderful to see all secondary schools represented at this Challenge. This amounted to around 80 S1 pupils competing for school pride and the much sought after S1 trophy.

The pupils journeyed throughout Pressmennan Woods and to the summit of Deuchrie Dod – completing a series of challenges across the day. These challenges consisted of fire making; canister retrieval (with fiendish puzzles within); becoming knotted (from overhand to butterfly);map memory running up and down a hillside; accurate use of a compass at the viewpoint challenge; orienteering; slacklining.

The winning team on the day was from Knox Academy.

Knox S1 Challenge Winning Team 2012

Knox Academy have now won all of the challenges in this academic year so far. Will this running streak continue? See you at the S6 challenge event in December to find out.

The next all school Outdoor Learning Challenge happens on the Friday 7th December. We look forward to seeing all schools represented once again at this event.

More photos from the day available here