Canterbury Schools orienteering festival 2021

Day 1: Saturday 6th November – The Groynes (From 1.30 p.m.)

Day 2: Sunday 7th November – Bottle Lake (From 10:00 a.m.)

This festival is open to all school aged children (from years 1 to 13) who are new to orienteering, beginners or experienced. You can enter both days or just one.

Cost: $10 per child per day. 
Includes hire of a Sportident stick/dibber for using at each control/check point (no need to bring your own)

Entries: Entries open on August 6th via google form.
Entries will close on Friday October 29th. Sorry no late entries can be accepted. 

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Payment: via online banking or a school can request an invoice for all of the children entered for that school.
Bank account: 03 0823 0425931 00 in the name of Peninsula And Plains Orienteers Incorporated (PAPO)
If paying for an individual, please reference CSOF and your child's name.
If paying as a school, please reference CSOF and school name or invoice number.

 

Which grade should I enter?

Depending on your experience and whether you want to compete as an individual or team you can chose from the following grades:

Competitive Grade – for individuals only with some orienteering experience.

Fun Grade – for beginner individuals, teams of two or more or those who want to be shadowed.

Orienteering requires competitors to visit a number of checkpoints (controls) in the correct order.  Orienteering in New Zealand uses a system of colour coded courses based on their navigational difficulty.  For the Competitive Grade, the course difficulty for each school year is summarised in the following table. For the Fun Grade, children will run a course one level of difficulty less as shown in the table:

School Year

Competitive Grade

Fun Grade

Year 1,2,3,4,5,& 6

White

White

Year 7 & 8

Yellow

White

Year 9

Yellow

White

Year 10 & 11

Orange

Yellow

Year 12 & 13

Red

Orange

Difficulty levels:

White Course  Courses follow linear features such as tracks, fences, streams, etc.  Controls are placed at decision points.
Yellow Course  Control sites are near linear features.   This gives the opportunity to follow handrails or to cut across country.  
Orange Course  Controls are located further from linear features. This requires cross-country navigation. Prominent features such as track junctions, bends or hills are located within 100m of the controls. Compass strongly recommended.
Red Course  Navigation is as difficult as possible with controls located away from linear features. Ability to use a compass is essential.

 

Coaching: There will be plenty of after school training opportunities around Christchurch starting four weeks prior to the festival, to practice your orienteering skills. See https://papo.org.nz/events/view/3975

Final details: The final event programme and start times will be sent out to all entrants by email on the Wednesday before the festival.  

Questions?: Any questions regarding the festival please email PAPOschools@gmail.com

Coaching events for school students: From Monday 18th Oct

Monday 18 October 2021
Map:
Various parks and reserves around Christchurch
Event Type:
Coaching and training practise
Coaching and practise is offered to all school-aged children at all levels from 4-5pm on various afternoons over the weeks leading up to the Canterbury schools orienteering festival.  Navigation and map reading practise for beginners with hands-on training.
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Canterbury Schools day 1 - The Groynes

Saturday 6 November 2021
Map:
The Groynes
Event Type:
Sprint
Planner:
Paul Humphreys
Controller:
Peter Cleary
Co-ordinator:
Sarah Wright
Haere mai! You’re invited to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival 2021.
more info

Canterbury Schools day 2 - Bottle lake

Sunday 7 November 2021
Map:
Bottle lake
Event Type:
Forest
Planner:
Christina Freeman
Controller:
Dylan Owen
Co-ordinator:
Sarah Wright
Haere mai! You’re invited to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering Festival 2021.
more info