Over 200 Year 5 pupils have just spent an exciting day on the Wey Valley campus, taking part in a special orienteering festival arranged by the PE department at Wey Valley School.

Pupils from St Nicholas & St Laurence, Radipole, Southill, St Andrews and Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary Schools all spent the day developing a host of new skills, guided by PE teachers and student sport leaders from Wey Valley School.

Mark Salmon, head of PE said: “Orienteering is an exciting outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a detailed map and sometimes a compass.  

“The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time.

“The Year 10 Outdoor Leadership Students are running the festival as part of their Level 1 British Orienteering Federation Leaders Award. 50 leaders will be in charge of the event using an electronic orienteering system kindly borrowed from Wessex Orienteering Club. Today’s visit has provided many aspiring young explorers with an introduction to this activity.”

Lucy Horton, PE teacher at Wey Valley said: “The Year 5 pupils were fantastic throughout the day showing great team work and initiative to complete the course.”

Mrs Rowely, teacher from Beechcroft added “the pupils had a wonderful time, the student leaders from Wey Valley were a credit to the school”.

Mr Cain, teacher from St Andrew’s said “the festival was superb and our pupils had a great time, the activities have complemented their Orienteering that takes place in Years 4 and 6 at the school”.

Mrs Price and Mr Hargreaves, teachers from Radipole said “the festival was very enjoyable, good organisation and the Year 9 student leaders were very helpful throughout the day”

Mrs Neale, teacher from St Nicholas & St Laurence added “ the pupils loved the Orienteering activities, just what they needed! The Year 9 students were great role models for the younger children, polite, helpful and knew their roles well”.

Phil Thomas, principal at Wey Valley said: “It is always a pleasure seeing so many pupils visiting the Wey Valley Campus again for another great festival.

“The teams demonstrated great co-operative values and qualities to work together on such a large campus.  The festival was also an opportunity for our student sports leaders to support the teams as part of their Sports Leader Award accreditation”.

The Wey Valley School will be hosting two primary tennis festivals in the spring at the Wey Valley Indoor Tennis Centre.