There wasn’t a school book in sight but there was plenty of learning at the South Coast Schools Orienteering Day at Croom Sporting Complex.
The fifth annual Gala Day featured 75 Year 5 and Year 6 Primary School students who enjoyed a school trip with a difference.
Nowra Public (NP) made a return attendance this year while Flinders Public (FP), St Georges Basin Public (SGB) and Aurora Steiner School attended for the first time in a day of problem-solving, map reading and geography in navigating a designated course.
Following a short briefing at Croom Stadium, the students enjoyed challenging themselves plus learning new skills.
Few of the students had read maps before, so it was quite a new experience for them.
In the individual competition the students charted courses going through the bush and open areas of the Croom Sports Complex.
The students acquired their new skill very well, running the courses in quick times.
The day finished with a relay event consisting of teams of three with each team member having to complete a different course.
All first runners started together and from then until the last runner finished, excitement levels were high.
The placegetters on the day were:
Year 5 Girls: 1st Kate Broome (SGB), 2nd Nadia Pizany (SGB), 3rd Maddison Rudd-Roberts (NP)
Year 6 Girls: 1st Charli Ryan (FP), 2nd India Bellhouse (FP), 3rd Georgia Conroy (FP)
Year 5 Boys: 1st Jason Tattersall (NP), 2nd Rhys Pierson (NP), 3rd Blair Wyber (SGB)
Year 6 Boys: 1st Connor Robson (NP), 2nd Andrew Kotevski (FP), 3rd Caleb Crockett-Christen (NP)
The placegetters received a personal invitation to the NSW Schools Orienteering Championships on August 19-20 at Wollongong Uni (Sunday) and at the Cataract Scout Park (Saturday).
The competition is open to any other school students who feel confident to participate. Further details can be found at www.onsw.asn.au
The South Coast Schools Orienteering Championships have been run at Croom Rd since 2013 and organised through the Illawarra Kareelah Orienteers which conducts orienteering competitions in the Illawarra area and up to Sutherland.
Orienteering is a sport which challenges the mind and body, is fun and promotes teamwork along with self-confidence.
There are no age requirements, it can be done as a group or an individual and does not require special equipment. Illawarra Kareelah Orienteering Club serves orienteerers in the Illawarra and South Coast.
New members including juniors are most welcome, with enquiries through firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year Illawarra orienteers held four events called the SummerGong Series to promote the activity.