Staff CLPL and Pupil Winter skills weekends 2015

winter skills

We’ve scheduled two Winter Skills weekends for 2015, both staying at self-catering accommodation in Badaguish in the Cairngorms.  Both weekends leave from the Outdoor Learning Service base , meeting on the Friday at 2pm, returning on the Sunday evening.  All technical and outdoor equipment, transport and catering provided.

Staff CLPL Winter Skills  – Fri 27th Feb – Sun 1st Mar 2015 – £95 ELC (£150 external)

This course is aimed at providing ELC teachers and community leaders with the skills and experiences required to journey in the Scottish mountains in winter. If you’re working with groups, or working towards a walking or navigation award this course will help you gain experience and challenge you to operate in an environment beyond the scope of your current award.

For teachers this course can contribute towards your GTC Professional Update , specifically your Professional Action to help ‘understand and develop the most appropriate contexts and environments for learning including outdoor learning, and be able to apply appropriate pedagogies for these environments.’

To book yourself on a Staff CLPL course please download a booking form from here and return to outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

Pupil Winter Skills – Fri 27th Mar – Sun 29th Mar 2015 – £95

This will give pupils the chance to experience the Scottish hills in winter; providing them with a range of skills and experiences including use of ice-axe and crampons, assessing snow conditions and planning and journeying in Winter.  The course if aimed at 6th year pupils, specifically those who want to be challenged and learn the fundamentals needed to safely enjoy the Scottish mountains in winter.

To book your pupils on this course, or if you would like to join the course and help with the pupils from your school please contact aduff@elcschool.org.uk.

Bring on the snow!

Local Orienteering Events

East Lothian Orienteers are putting on a local orienteering event at North Berwick Lodge Grounds.

This small, friendly event will be an ideal introduction for all interested in orienteering; young people that have previously engaged in orienteering through school and Outdoor Learning training events; all staff that have recently undertaken (or are about to) Teaching Orienteering 1 through Outdoor Learning; in fact anyone of any age with an interest in a fantastic competitive sport.

It will be a great event for those with no previous experience of the wonderful sport of Orienteering. Further local events are on the poster below.

ESOA Spring flyer

Look forward to seeing you there.

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 (mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk) 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
 
 

Fancy a run in the Woods?

Over the next two days your Outdoor Learning Service is hosting Primary and Secondary Orienteering Competitions at John Muir Country Park.

You, yes you, are invited to come down and join in on Friday anytime between 1100 and 1400. The course is a Score Orienteering course and will take no longer than half an hour. You are required to visit as many controls (particular points in the woods) as possible within half an hour. Come on down and challenge your colleagues or just enjoy a Friday lunchtime strolling through John Muir Country Park with a purpose.

There is no cost for entering the event, however if you wish you may make a donation towards a local Outdoor charity –Beyond Boundaries East Lothian.

Come along to John Muir Country Park near Dunbar and look for the Outdoor Learning flags in the car park – brief instruction will be given. Enjoy the end of the week with a quick run (or walk) around one of East Lothian’s gems.

Any queries concerning this event please e-mail Martyn (mpegg@eastlothian.gov.uk)

 

Primary School 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

 

Forest Schools Burns Gathering

Please click on the link below to view your invitation to the East Lothian Forest Schools Cluster Group’s “Burns Gathering” on 21st January 2011. We are hoping to gather as many FS practitioners together as we can so that we may begin to develop East Lothian’s Woodland Network.

I look forward to seeing you there

Tina Misselbrook (aka Tina the Tree Frog)
Chair, East Lothian Council Forest School Cluster Group

Please email your RSVP
By Friday 14th January 2011

Burns Gathering Invite

Would YOU like to take pupils Canoeing or Kayaking?

A fantastic opportunity to become a paddlesport coach – all easily accessible within East Lothian

BCU/UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport coaching course

12 & 13 March 2011 0900-1700 (weekend)

This course is being run at the Outdoor Learning Service base here in Musselburgh by the Scottish Canoe Association

The cost of the 2 day course will be £25 (normally £100 but subsidised by 75% for SCA members)

Please click here to view the coaching pathway for paddlesport

Pre-requisites

2 star paddlesport award – Syllabus here. Free from you Outdoor Learning Service. Certification costs of £5

Dates of training and assessment you can access if needed. These only need to attended if you need your 2 star award

26 Nov 2010 1300-1700

10 Dec 2010 1300-1700

15 Jan 2011 1000-1500

11 Feb 2011 1300-1700

25 Feb 2011 1300-1700

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Course – free from your Outdoor Learning Service. Certification costs (£10?)

27 Nov 2010 0900 – 1600

Be a member of the SCA (Scottish Canoe Association) £30

Before the course you will require to register for the award at a cost of £39

Total cost approx £110 plus your time and effort. This is fantastic value to become a UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate) level 1 coach in paddlesport.

The 2 day course will run here at your Outdoor Learning Base at Musselburgh. The FSRT course will be run here at Musselburgh. Training and Assessment for 2 star paddlesport will be held at various locations across East Lothian: River Tyne; River Esk; Whitadder reservoir; Musselburgh Lagoons; Prestonpans swimming pool.

With guidance/ observation and further experience you will be able to use boats from the outdoor learning service at specific venues (Musselburgh Lagoons/ Seafield Pond – West Barns/ River Tyne at Haddington/ Prestonpans Swimming pool) to coach your own pupils or indeed fellow staff. As a level 1 coach you will receive frequent invites from your Outdoor Learning Service to assist on paddlesport course and expeditions. See some of our expedition reports and photos on the Outdoor Learning Website

In the first instance please get in touch with Martyn Pegg as soon as possible

Please note that this is for teaching staff only (evidence of teaching qualification required) and for those that have some experience of paddlesport and an interest in coaching/teaching others in the sport.