Posted on June 13, 2017 / Girls' Junior
Orienteering at Jells Park was the perfect way to put our navigational skills into practice after several weeks of learning with maps, directions and co-ordinates. Maths has never been so much fun!!! The Year 5 boys and girls enjoyed a glorious day on Monday 22 May, pitting our map reading skills against the clock whilst getting fit in our beautiful bush surrounds. Peta, Carl and the team from Orienteering Victoria instructed us about the legends and protocols of the sport and the teams were off on various courses, finding control points, occasionally getting lost, but most importantly practising the essential skills of communication and teamwork. Many thanks to the parent helpers on the day who made sure everyone was accounted for and no one ended up in the lake!
by Ms Green and Mrs Thompson
Here are some recollections of the experience.
Important skills you need to be able to navigate effectively are knowing where north is and communicating and co-ordinating well with your partner, because if you know where North is, then you will be able to find south, east and west. Anika
Challenges I faced when orienteering were keeping up with my team and navigating. I overcame these by understanding the team and working it out. Sarah
Thinking back over the excursion, what I valued was using landmarks, scale and symbols with Drishya. Challenges I faced when orienteering were finding the direction and the checkpoint, and I overcame these by reading the map. Helen
Challenges I faced when orienteering were finding certain places I had to go and finding my way back to the main starting point. I overcame these obstacles by following my map carefully. Audrey
True challenges I faced were finding which direction to go in and how to orientate our map. I overcame these by reading the map and trying to find out where we were on the map by finding landmarks around the park. Yuellyn
Thinking back over the excursion, what I valued the most was that my group and I calculated where north would be and kept on leading ourselves to the checkpoints during our orienteering. Nesreen
Important skills you need to be able to navigate effectively are reading legends, you need to have a sense of direction and you need to be persistent. Charlotte De Blét
Thinking back over the excursion, what I valued the most was having good communication with my partner. Joanne
Thinking back on the excursion, what I valued most was Ava because she was an exceptional partner, a fantastic navigator and she was always full of energy. Ananya