Orienteering Australia

Event information: 2019 Southern Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championship

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You are invited to compete in the 2019 Southern Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championships.

All courses are of ‘easy navigation’ difficulty: Courses are set along “handrails” such as tracks and fences. Controls are located either on or adjacent to handrail features. Grade 5 and 6 students are provided with route choice challenges: “will I take the short track that goes over the hill, or the track that goes the long way around the hill?”
“Pairs” age classes are provided to encourage and support less confident students.

Each student may only enter ONE category

Schools can enter the championship using the online form located on our website:


Once entries have closed, schools will be emailed:
• Event Information
• Start Lists
• A blank competition map
• An invoice

On the day of the championship schools will pick up their map pack from registration. Each student will receive a competition map of their course. Each map is labeled with their name, school, age class and SportIdent number (timing chip number).
At the start students are given their SportIdent card (timing chip), a demonstration on how to use it and a safety briefing before commencing their course.

On completion of their course, students return to their school groups.
Presentations will be held at 1pm. Awards are presented to the top 3 placings in each age class, the best overall school, the best boys school and best girls school.


“My teaching schedule is tight - will I be required to do much preparation for the day”?
All orienteering requirements will be prepared by Orienteering Victoria. This includes allocation of start-times, preparation of competition maps, control descriptions and results. Your responsibility is to enter your students and then get them safely to and from the event! Familiarisation with the map and basic orienteering procedures will assist your students in approaching the day confidently.
“What are the basic map reading skills required”?
Students should know how to orientate their map to north. Know that the triangle shows them the START and the double circle the FINISH. The controls are found in the centre of the circle drawn on their map. Controls must be visited in order.

“What happens on the day?”
Each student is allocated a start-time. At their appointed start-time, students use their pre-marked map to navigate to all the control points in sequential order until they reach the Finish. Based on previous Championships, teachers can expect most students to complete their courses in 25-60 minutes. Results for each student are calculated and then displayed.

“Will there be presentations?”
The Award Presentation will be held at approximately 1.00pm.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters in each age category will be presented with an award.
There is an award “Best School” (overall), as determined by points which are allocated to the top ten place-getters in each age category.

“Can I take photos of my students?”
You are welcome to take photos of your own students on the day (assuming you have received permission from parents and guardians). Orienteering Victoria may take photos or video of competitors to be published on the OV web page and in the media to celebrate their achievements.
OV will publish the names of individual place-getters with their school names on the OV web site.
If you wish to have a student’s name and/or images withheld you can inform OV via the column provided on the entry form. This is an opt-out process as is consistent with School Sport Victoria policy.

For more information, feel free to contact the OV Schools Officer:
Rob Fell
0428 358 588
Office hours 9-4 Mon, Thu, Fri

General information
Event 2019 Southern Metro Primary Schools Orienteering Championship
Organiser Orienteering Victoria
State Orienteering Victoria
Status completed
Date Friday 1 November 2019 at 10:30 EDT
Event form individual
Event classification Club event
Race distance long
Time of event day
Discipline FootO
Punching system Sportident
Class information
Classes 3 Girls, 3 Boys, 3 Pairs, 4 Girls, 4 Boys, 4 Pairs, 5 Girls, 5 Boys, 5 Pairs, 6 Girls, 6 Boys, 6 Pairs
Contact details and main officials
Website https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/get-involved/schools/primary-schools-champs/
Contact phone number 0428 358 588
Contact email

Start times


Entry is closed.

Enter on the day is not available.

Documents and links

Location of the event

Please obey directions provided by the organiser.

Driving directions from Google Maps (Always make sure to follow the organiser's driving directions.)

Create a KML file with the location of the arena