After the mud, sweat and tears of House Cross Country, House Orienteering was the next event where the houses locked horns. Combined teams from Years 7 and 8 competed on Monday and combined teams from Years 9 and 10 on Tuesday. Officially, three people per House were meant to be in each team, however due to the excitement surrounding the event, numbers went beyond this. House Orienteering would not only pose the physical challenges of pace and power like House Cross Country, but also those of tactical awareness and geographical knowledge.

Teams gathered in N11 and were met by Mr Davies who provided them with their task. Each team was given a map of the school with locations dotted around in a random order. At each of the ten locations there would be a letter to find, and these letters would eventually spell out the name of a country. Once the teams had realised what that name was, they were in a race against time to get back to N11. Here Mr Davies would adjudicate and, once he confirmed that the country they found was correct, he would give out a sheet with ten Geography-related questions on it. The team that could could find the country and answer the questions the fastest would win. However, if any answers were incorrect, it might allow rival teams to overtake and win more crucial points for their House.

On Monday, N11 was filled with tension as the competition was set to get under way. Competitors departed swiftly, charging out of the room. Despite Pearson’s small army, Newman were the first house to return. They had realised the country was ‘Azerbaijan’ within eight minutes of starting. After finding the correct spelling of the country, they began on the questions. More teams followed. A mad scramble commenced, with students looking at maps around the room to help with the answers. Newman were first to hand in their answer sheet. Mr Davies gave them nine out of ten on the questions as they had missed off Iceland as one of the countries of Scandinavia. This was enough to give them the win, as none of the other teams could better their score. Thorne and Foxell followed Newman.

Years 9 and 10 took a more relaxed approach but the spirit of competition was still fierce. Newman and Holman handed in their question sheets almost simultaneously. Holman reigned over all, as they answered the most questions correctly. Newman came in second with Foxell in third.

Several positive results for Newman means they are now leading the overall standings with 25 points, with Holman second on 23. Rayner are last by some distance already, on 16 points. Well done to all the students and a special thanks to Mr Davies for organising and refereeing the event.

Current House Scores