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NSW Schools Map a path to sporting success

Orienteering news article

Three small regional schools from NSW recently took the opportunity to integrate sport into their traditional combined camp at a rural property near Wee Jasper.

The camp provided a wonderful setting for 30 Kindergarten to Year 6 students to be introduced to orienteering through the Sporting Schools Program. Instructors from Orienteering ACT joined with the students for a day to provide foundational skills of the sport. 

Rugby, Rye Park and Wee Jasper Public Schools were then able to consolidate the program when the coaches visited each school for a further 2 days of education and activities.

Melody Thompson, Principal, Rye Park Public, was excited about the many options that orienteering and the associated skills presented for students to learn on the run.

“We were impressed with how versatile the maps could be for activities to be planned around the skills associated with orienteering.” Melody said.

Students of all ages enthusiastically learnt about orientation, direction, map interpretation and legends as well as using a range of different map types, including customised maps of the individual schools funded from our Sporting Schools grants.

Orienteering coaches use outdoor teaching techniques to engage all age groups and development stages to ensure every participant has a great time. Students learn everything from pattern matching and number recognition for the juniors, through to spatial geography and teamwork for the seniors.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run an orienteering programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Orienteering Australia page.