Orienteering Islay

Port Ellen Primary School Orienteering Blog

June 28, 2017
by Matthew Campbell
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Endeavour Review by Matthew

 

Endeavour is a long term project that you get to choose what we do and we have to complete a project and I done comics for my endeavour I found it hard because I was not the best at drawing but now I would say I am decent at drawing now that I have been practising.

I found thinking of the comics hard because I couldn’t think imaginatively easily and now that I think about it it seems easy now when I don’t think about it and I also I found drawing the comics hard because I was not that good at drawing but now I am quite good at it now. I think this was quite out of my comfort zone. I also learned how to use a photo copier. Mrs Clark helped me by letting me use an online comic generator

 

June 2, 2016
by Sarah MacLennan
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Our Orienteering Day

IMG_0878On Wednesday 1st June our school invited Port Charlotte and Bowmore Primary School to come do Orienteering with us. We all went to the hall were we got sorted into four different groups blue, purple, orange and green. We were all mixed up so there was some Port Ellen Pupils, Bowmore Pupils and Port Charlotte Pupils in each group. After that each group was sent with a teacher. Every teacher had their own orienteering stage. We also had Lynn Walker from Scottish Orienteering to hep  us and we also had Rona Young, a P.E teacher that helped us. The courses we had were Make your own course, How to use a map / tour around our playground, a maze and a course with different stages. Everyone had lots of fun.

 

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Then today everyone was split into their Port Ellen school houses (Nave,Texa and Orsay) and then we were split again into teams of 3,4 or 5 and we were each given a map and an electronic dibber (which we also used in the maze). One person in each team would go to one of the tags located on the map, log it using the electronic dibber, and then when they came back to the team they would pass the map and dibber to the next runner.   They had to do odd and even numbers in turn and the big ones helped the wee ones to find the points.  At the end we all gathered in the hall and we were told which house won the competition. Texa was third, Orsay was second and Nave was first. Everyone had lots of fun and everyone gave it their best shot.

 

May 19, 2016
by Mrs Harrison
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World Orienteering Day

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We had a fantastic afternoon on Wednesday 11th May, World Orienteering Day.  There were courses available at all levels, from picture courses for nursery children, adding up sums courses for infants right up to tricky courses for our P5-7 orienteering experts. It was great to have such a good turn out of parents, who were very game taking part. Parents also had an opportunity to try out our i-orienteering course using our new ipads and it gave them a taster of what we hope to develop further around the village.

May 19, 2016
by Mrs Harrison
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Orienteering Bingo

The Orienteering club are trying out lots of different variations on orienteering themes – the latest was orienteering bingo.  The ten markers had different, random numbers on them and the children had bingo cards instead of the standard scoring cards, only punching their card if they had a number that matched the number on the marker.  Luck and skill combined.  Some of the runners were getting frustrated climbing to the top of the hill to find out that the number didn’t match.  Bronagh was still the champ with a grand total score of 27!!

April 20, 2016
by Natalie Logan
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What I Achieved Through The Holidays

oysterflyThrough the holiday I managed to achieve 2 walks up to Lagavulin with my mum and my dog both times , we didn’t meet anyone and 2 trips to the Singing Sands. The first time I went to the Singing Sands it was just me, my mum and my dog but the second time I went it was me, my mum, Emily, Eva, Charlet-Rose, Patricia, Eva’s Auntie Katie and Chloe. Eva’s mum and auntie brought their dogs as well and luckily there were no goats to chase!

 

I also managed to find a website called “plot a route.’’ It is where lots of people share different places to walk, cycle, run and many more activities. Its a great website:)

March 21, 2016
by Ruaraidh MacDonald
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Orienteering Club

On Monday afternoons after school ends Mrs Harrison takes orienteering club from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. It is for classes 4-7 it is a great way for the children to get fit and more healthy. We either do 3 courses or 1 course.  At the last club we did 3 courses, 2 timed ones and one just for fun.

The timed course had 3 different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. There were 10 numbers in all the courses you had to get as many numbers done in the fastest time you could. There was a tie for 1st place between Ruaraidh Macdonald and Bronagh Newman. In orienteering club we start 20 seconds after the  person in front so when you finish you take off your starting time. Today is the last orienteering class before the holiday.

We have all enjoyed it!

 

March 21, 2016
by Natalie Logan
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A Little Update On My Endeavour

The past few weeks I have been visiting quite a lot of places. So far I have been up to Ardtalla, Claggan Bay, Ardnave Point and many more, I have also been a couple of places on horse back. Me and my mum have taken the camera every place we go, which means I have been sticking and writing, sticking and writing in my Explorers Log!

I am also planning on making a little collage of photos on the laptop and will add some information of the places I have been.

So far my favourite place has been Ardnave because there is a beautiful lake, lots of sheep and when I was there what two beautiful swans were gliding across the lake.

We had to obey the countryside code and close all gates which you MUST keep shut unless you want chasing after you!!

 

 

 

January 21, 2016
by Natalie Logan
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My New Endeavour Project

Hi my name is Natalie and I am doing an Endeavour project, and I thought I would share it with the world. Endeavour is an independent project where you choose your own project and learn about it for eight months and in June we have a big fair and share our learning with friends and family. For my Endeavour I chose “Walks Around Islay.” I chose this project because there are ALOT of places on Islay I have never been, and I would like to find out some information/ history about Islay. So every so often I will share some information and history about place I have been on Islay.

The people that are able to help me are my family,  Walk Islay and mainly people that would like to go for a walk or another place that they have been before or a new place.

I planed my project with my mum and we had a wee chat about something she would be able to help me with and we could go places together in the holidays.

At the end of my project I will have an Explorers Book, A Collage of photos and maybe a book of information.

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