Students find their way at the ‘Big Orienteering festival’

Students find their way at the ‘Big Orienteering festival’

One hundred and sixty Year 5 pupils from primary schools, including Radipole, St Nicholas & St Laurence, Bincombe Valley, St Johns and St Andrews spent the day at the Wey Valley School with student leaders and staff as part of the annual Big O Festival.

Whilst the day was bitterly cold, pupils thoroughly enjoyed the competition, navigating the campus grounds with support and guidance from Wey Valley Year 9 outdoor adventure leaders.

Mark Salmon, PE teacher and lead for Outdoor Education at Wey Valley praised all the pupils for their endeavour and team work under challenging condition, ‘the commitment and team work from the pupils was fantastic with all the primary schools completing the course and having a great time with their friends.’


Mr Salmon added, ‘our Year 9 leaders were a credit too as the day formed part of their level 1 orienteering leaders’ award.   This involved students being team leaders, marshalling routes, runners, guides, downloaders, result organisers , organising prizes and awards – all part of the experience of running a large event.’


Sara Adams, Principal at The Wey Valley School also commended pupils on a superb day adding, ‘there was lots of energy, teamwork and outdoor skills on show from the Year 5 pupils and student leaders and I would like to thank all who took part – we look forward to another great Big O Festival next year!’