Outdoor learning on sunny Bennachie

Methlick School who were the winning team in the Meldrum Network orienteering festival at Bennachie.
Methlick School who were the winning team in the Meldrum Network orienteering festival at Bennachie.

Around 100 pupils experienced outdoor learning in the spring sunshine when they took part in an orienteering festival at Bennachie.

Four schools in the Meldrum Network navigated to different unique control points marked on a map.

The aim of the festival was to reach all of the controls in the shortest time.

The fastest couple in each school were presented with a medal and the best team, based on the top three teams in each school, received a trophy - on this occasion Methlick.

The sessions and festival were organised by Active Schools Coordinator, Erica Jones, with the help of both Grampian Orienteering Club and Marr Orienteering Club. Grampian orienteering volunteers were there to offer their expertise.

Each school provided their pupils with up to four sessions of orienteering in curricular time prior to the festival.

The provision was either by class teacher, specialist PE teacher or a paid coach. A level 1 training course was organised to enable the teacher to deliver the sessions with confidence.

Leaflets were distributed to pupils giving advice on how to join the local club if they wanted to take their interest further.

More information on this project or other activity in your area can be obtained by email to Erica.jones@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or text/phone 07917 267222.