Essentials for Schools
The Orienteering Sporting Schools program teaches kids orienteering skills using a variety of active, fun and inclusive games. Some of the skills the children will learn are reading maps, map symbols, orientating the map (cardinal points/NESW) and route choice, and concludes with an orienteering line course around the school.
The Sporting Schools orienteering programs are customised according to age & experience of the children, as well as the number of lessons required.
PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAM
Orienteering Sporting Schools programs offer a range of ten different packages to suit the needs of your school and help students develop skills and confidence in Orienteering in a fun, safe environment. An essential part of orienteering at school is that the school has an up-to-date orienteering map, so if your school has never been mapped or needs to be updated, choose a pack that includes mapping.
Registered school contacts can login to their Sporting Schools account to access the Booking System and view all the packages available in more detail. You can also visit the Sporting Schools Help Centre for further information.
COVERAGE BY STATE/TERRITORY
ACT: Orienteering ACT can provide services for all of the ACT and the surrounding region of SE NSW. Services include coaching for schools, mapping of the school and adjacent ovals and parklands, and professional development for teachers.
New South Wales: Coach-led programs are available in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast, Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Southern Highlands. Teacher-led programs are available state-wide with mapping services and BOSTES-accredited Professional Development in partnership with the NSW School Sports Unit. Orienteering NSW also provide Level 0 Coaching to teachers who are members of ONSW.
Northern Territory: Please contact Top End Orienteers for current availability of services.
Queensland: Orienteering Queensland (OQ) provide mapping, coaches and teacher training to many areas in South East Queensland, and some parts of Wide Bay, Cairns and Townsville. Contact OQ for Qld services.
South Australia: The area broadly covered for sporting schools in SA is Adelaide metro area and Inner Hills.
Tasmania: Orienteering Tasmania can service the greater Hobart region, Launceston and the Tamar valley, and the Devonport region (the south, north and northwest of the state).
Victoria: Orienteering Victoria (OV) can service coach-led programs, including mapping, to metropolitan Melbourne (boundaries are eastern Geelong, Bacchus Marsh, Woodend, Healesville, Narre Warren and Mornington, and up to 50km from Ballarat). Please contact OV for availability in Bendigo. Teacher-led programs, including mapping and Professional Development, are available in metropolitan Melbourne (as above) and up to 50km radius from Ballarat and Bendigo.
Western Australia: Please contact Orienteering WA (OWA) for current services in your area. In general, OWA will not provide orienteering services north of Geraldton or east of Kalgoorlie.
The essential requirements for teaching orienteering is a school map and a qualified orienteering coach. If your school doesn’t already have a map that can be used for orienteering, then this can be organised. An orienteering map of the school is a great resource beyond this program – it will be of use to social science, maths, PE, and gifted and talented classes. It’s also a handy planning tool if the school wants to add new buildings! The cost of mapping a small primary school starts at around $250 – $350. A larger school may cost around $600 to map. More information is available by viewing the Orienteering Australia website.
Equipment and Resources
Orienteering NSW has developed an OK-GO schools kit and companion booklet (suitable for Years 2-6) which includes all the necessary materials and an explanation each of the weekly activities. The kit includes soft copies of all the materials needed so it is a one-off purchase. Compasses are not used as the emphasis is on learning how to read a map and becoming familiar with the features on it.
OK-GO kits can be purchased for $210 (including GST). Pin punches and tree markers for your control (checkpoint) locations can also be purchased - a set of 15 costs $160 (inc GST). Visit Orienteering NSW for more information on ordering equipment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some other state orienteering associations also have well developed lesson plans which have been used for some years. Orienteering Australia is developing an updated Level 0 Coaching Curriculum and Manual to include on its website with videos and other coaching and information resources for the Sporting Schools program.
CAN TEACHERS DELIVER?
Yes, teachers can deliver orienteering in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below.
You will need to:
Sporting Schools Manager: Janet Fletcher