World Orienteering Day 2016

Posted on 18 May 2016

Orienteering at Carbrooke

88 Pupils at St Peter and St Paul Primary Academy took part in World Orienteering day on Wednesday 11th May and were the only Norfolk School to do so!

A photo orienteering course was set up using 26 obscure images from around the woodland, quite area and field such as padlock numbers, corners of signs and parts of the wooden benches. Teams of three were set off with a map, image and answer card and tasked to find a control where the image was taken. On finding it they had to record the letter displayed and return to base to be given a new image.

This was a real test of teamwork, observation and recording skills with the winning teams gaining 20 out of 26 check points in the time allowed.

The children worked their socks off and with out being told to spent the session sprinting between check points to try and gain the most! There was a real buzz about the field with teams working hard to figure out where the images were taken as Miss Reidie made it very tricky and even photographed the '91' on the snakes and ladders board which was very hard to find!

The day was part of a world wide Olympic Record attempt to try and get as many children and adults participating in orienteering activities in one day and to beat the 2003 record set in Switzerland of 207,979. To be part of the record our pupils used the same check points, score cards and course plan as those round the world. The number of participants, gender split and images of them competing have been submitted to the event officials to be included in the final count...our fingers are crossed to see if we broke the record!!

After the event all pupils received a World Orienteering Day Diploma from the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and were sign posted to the Norfolk Orienteering club and Active Norfolk taster days where they can be part of weekly orienteering events.

Well done to all involved

Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. Company no: 8737435.