East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Competitions 2012 (Primary and Secondary)

Photos from both primary and Secondary competitions available by clicking on the photo above.

A wonderfully mild and sunny day welcomed the two days of East Lothian School’s Orienteering competition.



Approximately  250 pupils came and competed at John Muir Country Park. Thank you to all pupils who took part and the staff who brought and supported the pupils in taking part. It was great to see a local school taking a green and free approach to solving a transport issue. Over 30 pupils from Dunbar Primary School cycled down to the event in groups of eight throughout the day, competed and then cycled back to school. Many thanks to the school for overcoming what can be viewed as a barrier to outdoor learning – transport.

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Yester Primary School have achieved a wonderful double in winning both the P4/5 trophy and the P6/7 trophy.

Full results available through the links below.

Primary Comp-P6/P7
Primary Comp-P4/P5


Another wonderfully clear day allowed for some high scores with our 35minute score competition for secondary students.

Pupils from Ross High; Musselburgh Grammar and Knox Academy all made the trip and posted some excellent scores (see link below). The winning school was calculated on the basis of the summ of the top 5 competitors from each school.

The total scores of the top 5 from each school are: Ross High – 2120 points; Musselburgh Grammar – 2480 points; Knox Academy 2550 points.

Knox Academy are the 2012 winners of East Lothian School’s Secondary Orienteering Compeition.

Special mention must go to the fastest individual times however – Danny Gillies (male) from Musselburgh Grammar School – 540 points and Robbie M (female) from Knox Academy 530 points.




Primary Orienteering Competition

East Lothian’s Primary School Orienteering Competition 2012

Thursday 1st March 2012


Please come along and have your school represented at East Lothian School’s premier Orienteering Event.

  • Entry Free to all East Lothian Primary Schools
  • Two courses – P4/5 (compete in pairs) and P6/7 (compete as individuals)
  • John Muir Country Park (map)
  • Registration open from 10am to 2pm
  • Course closes at 3pm

Please give notification of numbers and approximate arrival time to Martyn mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk as soon as possible.

For reports on previous years orienteering competitions please click here

The accompanying staff with the children will only be needed to supervise the children in the registration area – not any orienteering. Please be aware that this is a competition and there will be no time for teaching of basic orienteering skills during the day. All competitors must have previous orienteering experience.

If you are a member of school staff that would like to know more about teaching orienteering in school then please book onto the Teaching Orienteering Course


Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition

Great orienteering event for P5 upwards to S6. To be held at Scone Palace, Perth.

Scottish Orienteering logoBritish Schools logo

  Scottish Schools’ Orienteering Festival
2011 – Friday 3rd June

Scone Palace, Perth

The Festival is aimed at pupils who have been introduced to orienteering through their school and the courses will be set at a level that will allow success for all pupils who have grasped the basic skills. Courses will be set for Primary 5 and upwards.

The Festival will be held on Friday 3rd June with the closing date for entries being 23rd May 2011.

Click on the link below for more details and how to enter.


British Schools Orienteering Championships 2011


The 2011 British Schools Orienteering Championships will be taking place in Linlithgow, West Lothian on Sunday 20th November 2011.

The British Schools Orienteering Championships (BSOC) is designed to suit pupils from a wide range of ages and abilities.
It is supported by the British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA), whose objective is to boost participation in orienteering in as many British schools as possible.
The BSOC is held annually and is aimed at school teams comprised of junior orienteers of all standards and also reward performance in school’s orienteering by providing a good level of competition.

Please see the British Schools Orienteering website for entry details and requirements.

Preston Lodge are going to be represented at this event form East Lothian. If there are any other schools across East Lothian that wish to partake then please get in touch with Martyn (mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk) as we may have some transport spaces available.

If after reading all the information concerning the championship you would like a crack team of orienteers from your school to have further training please contact your Outdoor Learning teacher (Bill;Martyn;Liz)

For details of local events that pupils can take part in proir to the Championships please see details here

Primary Orienteering Competition

Primary Orienteering Competition 2011

  • Date 9th February 2011
  • Time 1000 to 1430 (registration opens 0930)
  • Venue John Muir Country Park
  • Courses P4/5  course (compete as pairs); P6/7  course (solo)
  • Prizes School trophy for P4/5 and for P6/7

How to enter

  1. Sign up your school for an approximate arrival time here
  2. Complete registration form (P4/5and P6/7) and return to Martyn at the Outdoor Learning Service address
  3. Contact your Outdoor Learning Teacher (Martyn; Liz; Andy) for some orienteering development within your school
  4. As a Teacher sign up to the Teaching Orienteering Part1 course taking place in February 2011.

The course itself may only take a short while – very dependent upon ability of students – however will require a little time to register (1min per pupil) and to get to and from the start/finish (3min)
For previous years times – winning and otherwise – please click here

Please note – as usual at this annual event there is no time for teaching of pupils in the skills of map reading – all competing pupils need to know how to set a map and recognise basic symbols as minimum. The courses are open to primary pupils all day 0930 – 1430.
You will be allocated a start time before the end of January – please make your preference known at the link above (number 1) (please be aware that you are merely stating a preference – please do not confirm transport booking times until you have received confirmation arrival times toward the end of January.)

It would be fantastic to have every East Lothian Primary represented at this event – even if you are only sending a crack squad of a handful (or a handful is your whole school – e.g. Humbie! – please make every effort to share transport and staff to get to this event).

If you have further questions regarding this event then please email Martyn.