Schools Orienteering Competitions

School Championships occur throughout the year in Victoria. These events involve students competing against each other in local parks and forests. Typically in each event between 100 and 900 students (from 5 to 15 schools) participate. Events include:

  • Park Street Schools Orienteering Competition (February) – The Slade/Wilson Trophy (in memoriam – Roger Slade and Gordon Wilson)
  • Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championship (May 24 at Brimbank Park)
  • Victorian Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship
  • Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championship (November)

To find out more about Schools competitions, contact the OV Schools Officer at OV Schools

Victorian Team Selection For National Schools Championship:

Held in conjunction with the Australian Orienteering Championships, Orienteering Victoria supports a full team of both junior and senior secondary school students to compete at the Australian schools champs. The team will comprise of up to 6 competitors in each of 4 age categories up to a maximum of 20 students. The 4 categories are:

  1. Junior girls and boys: 15 or younger at 31 Dec.
  2. Senior girls and boys: 16 or older at 31 Dec.

 

The selection criteria for the 2024 Orienteering Victoria National Schools team can be found HERE.

 

Victorian Secondary Schools Championships 2024

Friday 24 May
Brimbank Park, Keilor, VIC

Information flyer

OV Schools selection policy

Start Times: Students will start at 1 – 2 minute intervals. First Start 10:30am.

Finish Time: Courses will close at 12:45pm – 1pm, at this time, all students still in the field will be directed to the finish.

Presentations: The Award Presentation will be held at approximately 1:30pm, and aim to be completed by 2pm.

Final Event Bulletin: Further information including car and coach parking information, individual start times (if needed) and course notes will be sent out in the middle of May.

Entry Categories:  There will be a separate age category for each year level. For state selection purposes, junior year levels (7, 8 and 9) and senior year levels (10, 11 and 12) will run the same course. The expected winning time for each course will be 25 min.

For each age group there are two categories: ‘Beginner’ and ‘Competition’.

  1. Beginner courses will all be set at an ‘easy navigation’ difficulty and can be completed by those who have never experienced orienteering. Controls are located on very easily distinguished Two students from the same school may start at the same time.
  2. Competition courses will be set at a ‘moderate navigation‘ difficulty for both junior and senior categories. Courses are set along handrails such as tracks and fences but include the option to navigate ‘across country’. Participants may need to choose from a range of possible routes between controls. Controls are located either on or adjacent to easily distinguished landmarks.
ENTRY CATEGORIES Girls Boys
Junior Competition

Year 7, 8 and 9

Approx. 3.0km

Moderate navigation

Approx. 3.5km

Moderate navigation

Junior Beginner (Solo/Pair)

Year 7, 8 and 9

Approx. 2.5km

Easy navigation

Approx. 3.0km

Easy navigation

Senior Competition

Year 10, 11 and 12

Approx. 4.0km

Moderate navigation

Approx. 4.5km

Moderate navigation

Senior Beginner (Solo/Pair)

Year 10, 11 and 12

Approx. 3.5km

Easy navigation

Approx. 4.0km

Easy navigation

INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES:

Individuals who are familiar with Eventor (link here) are now able to enter and pay for the VSSOC event using this page (you do not need to email the excel spreadsheet). When you see the Customer Details box under your entry information, please replace the “COUNTRY” text question in your address with your “SCHOOL” name, as you will be competing for your school, not your orienteering club.

SCHOOL ENTRIES:

For teams of students organised by a school coordinator/teacher, please download the excel spreadsheet and complete before returning by email by the 10th May entry deadline. To register for the event, please complete the separate entry form (xlsx file) linked below. Once your entry list is received, each school will be contacted individually to complete the entry process.

To complete the entry form (xlxs spreadsheet), enter individual students’ names in each row and select the entry category from the dropdown list. Please do not copy-and-drag to fill multiple cells.

For pairs’ entries, enter the first student’s full name in the first column. Enter the second student’s full name in the second column.

Once your entry has been confirmed, an invoice will be provided for payment of entry fees. The entry fee is $15 per individual (inc GST). Please process payment promptly once invoiced. All changes to entries (e.g. change of course) must be provided BEFORE the event. Ensure you choose suitable courses for each student when submitting entries.

Entries close on May 10.

‘Champion School’ Scoring

  • The top 3 finishers in each competition age category will be recognised.
  • The top 10 finishers in each competition age category can score points towards the “Champion School” competition: 1st place 10pt, 2nd 9pt, etc.
  • A maximum of 5 finishers from a school may score points in each age category (only the top 5 finishers from each school are counted).
  • A “Champion School” will be awarded for each age category, as well as for all the age categories combined.

Victorian team selection for the Australian Schools Orienteering Championship (ASOC)  

Orienteering Victoria supports a full team of both junior and senior secondary school students to compete at ASOC. The team will comprise of up to 6 competitors in each of 4 age categories, up to a maximum of 20 students. The 4 categories are:

  1. Junior girls and boys: 15 or younger at 31 Dec 2024
  2. Senior girls and boys: 16 or older at 31 Dec 2024

The 2024 Victorian Secondary Schools Championship is one of the  selection races for this team.  More information about nominations for the team and how to get involced will be available at the event, for all students.

For more information about any of the above, contact

Rob Preston
Schools Officer, Orienteering Victoria schools@vicorienteering.asn.au

 

Park Street Schools Orienteering Competition 2024

Schools may compete in a Park and Street Orienteering Championship every February, as part of the Wednesday Summer Series.  There are generally four events in the series, with points and prizes awarded to individual students and to the winning School.  Schools compete for the Slade-Wilson Trophy.

If your school would like to be part of this exciting competition for all levels of secondary students, contact enquiries@drocorienteering.com.au

In 2024, the competition was unable to be completed due to several weeks of extremely hot weather.  Camberwell Grammar School are the current holders of the Slade-Wilson Trophy, after retaining it in 2023.

Victorian Primary Schools Championships 2023

Friday 17 November
Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale, VIC

Access via main gate Somerton Rd, Greenvale.

DETAILED INFORMATION SHEET

Start Times: Students will start at 1 or 2-minute intervals. First Start 10:30am.

Finish Time: Courses will close at 1:00 pm, at this time, all students still in the field will be directed to the finish.

Presentations: Presentation will commence from 1:30pm and aim to be completed by 2:00pm.

Entry Categories: There will be a separate entry category for girls and boys in each year level for individual entries.
Pairs/mixed entries will be grouped as 3/4 and 5/6.
All courses are beginner’s courses, individual entries are strongly encouraged (orienteering is an individual sport).
Prizes will be awarded to individual entry categories, placegetters in all categories will receive a certificate.

Entries close: 27 October

Please contact Richard Goonan, Schools Officer, Orienteering Victoria (schools@vicorienteering.asn.au)
for an entry form

Victorian Secondary Schools Championships 2023

Friday 19 May
Westerfolds Park, Templestowe, VIC

EVENT PHOTO GALLERY

DETAILED INFORMATION SHEET

Start Times: Students will start at 1 – 2 minute intervals. First Start 10:30am.

Finish Time: Courses will close at 12:45pm – 1pm, at this time, all students still in the field will be directed to the finish.

Presentations: If held, the Award Presentation will be held no later than 1:30pm.

Entry Categories: There will be a separate age category for each year level. For state selection purposes, junior year levels (7, 8 and 9) and senior year levels (10, 11 and 12) will run the same course. The expected winning time for each course is 35-45 minutes.

 

For each age group there are two categories: ‘Beginner’ and ‘Competition’.

  1. Beginner courses will all be set at an ‘easy navigation’ level and can be completed by those who have never experienced orienteering. Controls are located on very easily distinguished Two students from the same school may start at the same time.
  2. Competition courses will be set at an ’easy’ navigation’ level where an option to navigate away from main tracks etc may be a faster route Participants may need to choose from a range of possible routes between controls. Controls are located either on or adjacent to easily distinguished landmarks.

 

 

ENTRY CATEGORIES

 

Girls

 

Boys

Junior Competition

Year 7, 8 and 9

15 or Younger at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 3.5km Approx. 4.0km
Junior Beginner

Year 7, 8 and 9

15 or Younger at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 3.0km Approx. 3.5km
Senior Competition

Year 10, 11 and 12

16 or Older at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 4.5km Approx. 5.0km
Senior Beginner

Year 10, 11 and 12

16 or Older at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 4.0km Approx. 4.5km


‘Champion School’ Scoring

  • The top 3 finishers in each competition age category will be recognised.
  • The top 10 finishers in each competition age category can score points towards the “Champion School” competition: 1st place 10pt, 2nd 9pt, etc.
  • A maximum of 5 finishers from a school may score points in each age category (only the top 5 finishers from each school are counted).
  • A “Champion School” will be awarded for each age category, as well as for all the age categories combined.

Victorian team selection for the Australian Orienteering Carnival

Held in conjunction with the Australian Orienteering Carnival, Orienteering Victoria supports a full team of both junior and senior secondary school students to compete at the Australian schools champs. The team will comprise of up to 6 competitors in each of 4 age categories up to a maximum of 20 students. The 4 categories are:

  1. Junior girls and boys: 15 or younger at 31 Dec 2023
  2. Senior girls and boys: 16 or older at 31 Dec 2023

The 2023 Victorian Secondary Schools Championships is the first selection race for this team. more information about the other races and selection criteria will be available at a later date.

FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Richard Goonan
Schools Officer, Orienteering Victoria schools@vicorienteering.asn.au

 

 

Victorian Secondary Schools Championships 2022

Friday 13 May
Macedon Regional Park, VIC

PHOTO GALLERY

Start Times: Students will start at 1 – 2 minute intervals. First Start 10:30am.

Finish Time: Courses will close at 12:45pm, at this time, all students still in the field will be directed to the finish.

Presentations: If held, the Award Presentation will be held no later than 1:30pm.

Entry Categories: There will be a separate age category for each year level. For state selection purposes, junior year levels (7, 8 and 9) and senior year levels (10, 11 and 12) will run the same course. The expected winning time for each course is 25 minutes.

 

For each age group there are two categories: ‘Beginner’ and ‘Competition’.

  1. Beginner courses will all be set at an ‘easy navigation’ level and can be completed by those who have never experienced orienteering. Controls are located on very easily distinguished Two students from the same school may start at the same time.
  2. Competition courses will be set at an ’easy’ navigation’ level where an option to navigate away from main tracks etc may be a faster route Participants may need to choose from a range of possible routes between controls. Controls are located either on or adjacent to easily distinguished landmarks.

 

 

ENTRY CATEGORIES

 

Girls

 

Boys

Junior Competition

Year 7, 8 and 9

15 or Younger at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 3.5km Approx. 4.0km
Junior Beginner

Year 7, 8 and 9

15 or Younger at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 3.0km Approx. 3.5km
Senior Competition

Year 10, 11 and 12

16 or Older at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 4.5km Approx. 5.0km
Senior Beginner

Year 10, 11 and 12

16 or Older at 31 Dec 2022

Approx. 4.0km Approx. 4.5km


‘Champion School’ Scoring

  • The top 3 finishers in each competition age category will be recognised.
  • The top 10 finishers in each competition age category can score points towards the “Champion School” competition: 1st place 10pt, 2nd 9pt, etc.
  • A maximum of 5 finishers from a school may score points in each age category (only the top 5 finishers from each school are counted).
  • A “Champion School” will be awarded for each age category, as well as for all the age categories combined.


Victorian team selection for the Australian Orienteering Carnival

Held in conjunction with the Australian Orienteering Carnival, Orienteering Victoria supports a full team of both junior and senior secondary school students to compete at the Australian schools champs. The team will comprise of up to 6 competitors in each of 4 age categories up to a maximum of 20 students. The 4 categories are:

  1. Junior girls and boys: 15 or younger at 31 Dec
  2. Senior girls and boys: 16 or older at 31 Dec

The 2022 Victorian Secondary Schools Championships is the first selection race for this team. more information about the other races and selection criteria will be available at a later date.

COVID-safe protocols: More information on event specific COVIDsafe protocols will be provided closer to the event pending any changes to the current COVIDsafe Settings.

FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Richard Goonan
Schools Officer, Orienteering Victoria schools@vicorienteering.asn.au

Victorian Secondary Schools Championships 2021

The Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships (VSSOC) 

Friday 7 May 10am
Hawkestowe Recreation Reserve, South Morang, VIC

START TIMES:
Students will start at 1 – 2 minute intervals, starting at 10:30am.

FINISHING TIME:
If held, the Award Presentation will be held at approximately 1:30pm

Further information including car and coach parking information, individual start times and sample maps will be sent out at the end of April. 

CATEGORIES:
There will be a separate age category for each year level. For state selection purposes, junior year levels (7, 8 and 9) and senior year levels (10, 11 and 12) will run the same course.

For each age group there are two categories: beginner and championship.

  1. Beginner courses will all be set at ‘easy navigation’ difficulty and can be completed by those who have never experienced orienteering. They can be completed in pairs.
  2. Championship courses will be set at ‘moderate navigation’ difficult for both junior and senior categories. Courses are set along handrails such as tracks and fences but include the option to navigate “across country”. Route choice will be a feature, with participants choosing from a range of possible routes between controls. Controls are located either on or adjacent to handrail features. 
ENTRY CATEGORIES Girls Boys
 

Year 7, 8 and 9
Championship

 

Approx. 3.0km
Moderate navigation

 

Approx. 3.5km
Moderate navigation

 

Junior beginner category (Solo/Pair)
15 or Younger at 31 Dec 2021

 

 

Approx. 2.5km
Easy navigation

 

Approx. 3.0km
Easy navigation

 

Year 10, 11 and 12 Championship

 

 

Approx. 4.0km
Moderate navigation

 

Approx. 4.5km
Moderate navigation

 

Senior beginner category (Solo/Pair)
16 or Older at 31 Dec 2021

 

 

Approx. 3.5km
Easy navigation

 

Approx. 4.0km
Easy navigation

 The expected winning time for each course is 25min

ENTRIES:
The entry form can be found HERE. Please download and fill in for all the students from your school, then send to schools@vicorienteering.asn.au.

Once your entry has been received you will be sent an entry invoice. The entry fee is $11 per individual student, $16.50 per pair (beginner category only). Entries are due by Thursday 29 April, 2021 at 5pm. Payment is due by no later than 30 April, 2021. A “no payment, no map” policy will be followed.

SCORING:

  • The top 3 finishers in each championship age category will receive an award
  • The top 10 finishers in each championship age category will score points towards the “Champion School” competition: 1st place 10pt, 2nd 9pt, etc.
  • A maximum of 5 finishers from a school may score points in each age category (only the top 5 finishers from each school are counted).
  • A “Champion School” will be awarded for each age category and as well as for all the age categories combined.

Preparation For VSSOC 2021

In 2021, Orienteering Victoria is providing further opportunities for schools and students to prepare for the event:

  • A coaching session at 10:00 am on the event day to provide some basic tips – free of charge.
  • Prior training or coaching at your school earlier in Term 2 – costs negotiable with OV.
  • Access to the new national secondary school resource kit that you can use to prepare attendees prior to the event – free of charge.

If your school is interested in any of these options please contact the OV Schools Officer at schools@vicorienteering.asn.au or 0498 008 392

 

Victorian Primary Schools Championships 2021

More information about the 2021 Victorian Primary Schools Championship will be posted closer to the date

Victorian Secondary Schools MTBO Championship

More information will be posted closer to the next Championship in 2025.

2019 School Championships Results

Southern Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Western Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, Truganina Park

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Eastern Metro Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, Westerfolds Park

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships (State Final), You Yangs Regional Park

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Southern Zone,  Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Eastern Zone, Maroondah Reservoir Park

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Loddon Mallee & Western Zone, 
Hanging Rock Reserve

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

2018 School Championships Results

Cobaw District Schools Orienteering Championships
Hanging Rock

Individual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Western Zone, Hawkstowe Park

Individual Results                School Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Eastern Zone,  Cardinia Reservoir Park

Inidividual Results             Individual Split Times             School Results

Victorian Schools Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, Kurrajong Plantation

Individual Results      Splits Results       Schools Results

Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, The Balt Camp

Individual Results            Schools Results           WinSplits

2017 School Championships Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Western Zone, Brimbank Park
Individual Results               Individual Split Times               School Results

Victorian Primary Schools Orienteering Championships – Eastern Zone, Maroondah Reservoir Park

Individual Results               Individual Split Times               School Results

Cobaw District Schools Orienteering Championships
Hanging Rock

Individual Results

Victorian Schools Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, Woodlands Reserve
Individual Results               School Results and Placings

Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, Plenty Gorge West
Individual Results

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on the day?”

Each student is allocated a start-time. As they start, students are handed a pre-marked map to navigate to all the control points in sequential order until they reach the Finish. The winning time for each course is expected to be 25min. Most competitors will take around 45min to complete the course. Results for each student are calculated and then displayed in the arena.

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.

“Will there be presentations?”

The Award Presentation will be held at approximately 1.30pm.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters in each age category will be presented with an award.
There is an award for the “Champion School” (overall), as determined by points which are allocated to the top 20 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 website. If you wish to have a student’s name and/or images withheld, you can inform OV via the comment box provided on the entry form. This is an opt-out process as is consistent with School Sport Victoria policy.

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