Orienteering is a popular sport at St Andrew's School. All children learn the basic skills during a weekly Enrichment activity session in their first term in Year 3, using a specially drawn map of our 54-acre grounds. They are then invited to come along to a real event organised by our local club, the Berkshire Orienteers (BKO), on a Saturday or Sunday morning somewhere in the Berkshire countryside.
Those girls and boys who opt to continue with orienteering will be able to enter one of a series of ‘colour-coded' courses, graded according to difficulty, and as they complete each level they earn a badge which is proudly worn on their tracksuit. In the early years, many children choose to run in a pair, and teamwork and co-operation are fostered, in addition to learning the all-important map and compass skills. Later on, most will choose to run solo whilst enjoying the challenge of the course around a beautiful forested area, both locally and further afield.
St Andrew’s School was one of over 2,000 locations hosting the first ever World Orienteering Day in May 2016, when the world record for the number of children and young people worldwide taking part in an orienteering event on the same day was well and truly broken.
Every year, St Andrew's School takes part in the British Schools' Orienteering Championships. The venue for this prestigious event moves around the country each time: in recent years, we have visited Northumberland, Hertfordshire, Scotland, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Norfolk. For three of the last four years, we have been British Middle/Prep School champions. We are now looking forward to a weekend in the West Midlands when we compete in the BSOC in November 2016.