Local o-Heroes

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Some breaking news …. Longniddry Primary School’s Maja Robertson competed in the W10A in The Scottish Championships at Balmoral Castle at the weekend. She finished second to a girl from Bristol, who had recently won the W10 British Championships. However, as she did not fulfill the eligibility criteria, Maja took the Scottish Champion title.

Her brother Calum did not badly too. He came third in M10B and got a bronze medal but was more taken with the packet of soor plooms he chose as an extra prize.

(Thanks David for the abridged text)

East and MidLothian Orienteering Festival – The results!


Thanks to all the East Lothian and Midlothian schools who made this such a great day.

First, some top stats …

  • We had over 500 entries-  made up of pairs, teams and solos.
  • A total of over 900 pupils – up on last year.
  • A total of 24 primary schools. 12 from ML, 12 from EL – well up on last year.
  • Several schools brought OVER ONE HUNDRED pupils – amazing.
  • The pupils really went for it, they were challenged and they were buzzing.
  • It didn’t rain!

Now the Results . Having crunched the East Lothian numbers (and the judges decision is final) we are very pleased to announce the following  …

P5 Course
Fastest finisher – Joel, Pencaitland Primary School
Fastest school – Pencaitland Primary School

P6 Course
Fastest finisher – Angus – Law Primary School
Fastest school – King’s Meadow Primary School

P7 Course
Fastest finisher – Josh,  Direlton Primary School
Fastest school – Dirleton Primary School

We have trophies for each of the fastest schools, and we will be getting these engraved and sent out to Pencaitland, King’s Meadow and Dirleton shortly.   If you want to examine the details,  then the full results are here … results_2016

Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped from East Lothian Orienteers,  Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club,  East Lothian Rangers Service Volunteers, MidLothian Active Schools, Venturing Out CIC – and again an especially big thanks to Robin and Sheila Strain for all their input , and especially keeping the IT running!

One last thing – this really is a great event , amazing to see this many pupil;  active, engaged and learning – really competing against others (or just with themselves).  If you want to get your pupils more involved in orienteering don’t forget that next Wednesday is World Orienteering Day 2016.

Let’s make it over 1000 pupils next year …

Longniddry Primary pupil tops Scottish Junior orienteers

Maja ESOC 7-2-16

Maja Robertson, (Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club) of Primary 5 at Longniddry Primary School, took first place in the 10 years and under category of the Scottish Orienteering Sprint Championships 2016 at South Queensferry on Sunday the 7th February.

Maja ran two races on the day covering a total of 3.2k and having to visit 36 control points in order located throughout the town. She now leads the Women Young Junior 12 and under category of the Scottish Orienteering Urban League after two events, having taken third place in last years competition.

Literacy through Orienteering

At a recent Teaching Orienteering 1 course we experimented with the use of Sport Ident timing controls for a literacy focused activity. the activity was well received by participants who then looked at how with a little tweak the same activity could be used for a whole host of curriculum areas whilst still managing to raise the heart rate through physical activity and look at how to navigate through use of a simplified map.

All Sport Ident equipment is available for any East Lothian school to borrow from your Outdoor Learning Service

Sport Ident literacy

The activity can be run in a very small space indeed. For this and more ideas on how to integrate orienteering into your curriculum please contact Martyn (mpegg@elcschool.org.uk)

Next Teaching Orienteering Course 3rd (evening) and 5th (afternoon) February 2016. For further information and booking click here


More details on the activity from Sport Ident can be found here


Adventure Award Days

Adventure Award Days from Outdoor Learning. Foundation or Progression sessions. All open for booking. Develop your class through the outdoors. For more information concerning Adventure Award Days click here

The sessions listed below are open to all schools in East Lothian – unlimited days – will not affect any other allocation with Outdoor Learning. First to book a day chooses venue. Watersports (Kayak;Canoe;SUP;Sail), Climbing (Indoor and Outdoor), Orienteering all available.

Contact Andy or Martyn to book – aduff@elcschool.org.uk or mpegg@elcschool.org.uk