Inspiring Midlothian Bike Festival 2017

13th June 2017 what a day!  250 pupils from 10 Midlothian Primary schools took part in the Midlothian Bike Festival 2017 at Beeslack High School.  Well done to all pupils at the event you really impressed with your skills.  Congratulation’s to Mauricewood Primary School who were the overall team winners. The results can be found here  –  Mid Bike Fest 2017 RESULTS   

Sean Fallon (Midlothian Council Outdoor Learning Teacher) the event organiser commented that “Midlothian have some seriously talented and resilient P6 and P7 cyclists” after watching some impressive action on the skills and cross country competition courses. 
The event was organised by the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service and supported by a host of partners including Ikea, Tesco, Alpine Bikes, Endura and others.  We are confident that pupils and staff will enjoy cycling more as a result and encourage others to get out and pedal too. 
Jonathan Stranberg from Ikea, one of our sponsors “was impressed with the set up” and remarked that “all the pupils were having a great time”.  This is testament to all the hard work and effort of all the volunteers and staff from a wide range of organisations supporting the event.  We would like to say a HUGE thanks from the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service to everyone who helped.
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If you were inspired by this amazing event get in touch with Midlothian Outdoor Learning Service for support with cycling activities. Its never too early to sign up for next years event which takes place on the 13th June 2018.
Well done to all our Endeavour and Resilience nominees:
 Kelsie  Paradykes PS
 MacKenzie K   Paradykes PS
 Liam H  Sacred Heart PS)
 Rodrigo G  Kings Park PS
 Murrin M  Kings Park PS
 Isla S  Kings Park PS
 Alastair B  Roslin PS
 Brodie C  Mauricewood PS
 Adam W  Mauricewood PS
 Josh N  Mauricewood PS
Aiden M Mauricewood PS
Katie M Mauricewood PS
Kian W Mauricewood PS

Midlothian Primary pupils compete at the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival

The Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival on the June 2nd 2017 was a great success for the Midlothian Primary School squad.  This is the first time a Midlothian squad has participated in this event which was very exciting.  It was made up of 20 athletes from P5, 6 & 7  from 5 different schools.  They were selected through the Midlothian Outdoor Learning Develop and Achieve Orienteering squad who have been taking part in training sessions over the last few months.  After all successfully competing at the Midlothian Primary Schools event in Vogrie they were very keen to compete at the National level against Scotland’s best young orienteers.

Sean Fallon the team coach would like to thank all the school staff, parents and ESOC volunteers for their support.  He said “that he was proud of how all the pupils conducted themselves and importantly gave 100% effort in pursuit of glory”

Results can be found on the Scottish Schools Orienteering Association website – HERE.

If you want to find out more about Orienteering then visit Midlothian Outdoor Learning website HERE.

Outdoor Learning Inspires Leaders of the Future

003   After the success of last years Outdoor Learning leadership training, another team of S6 pupils from Lasswade High School took part in a team building exercise.  The group made up of the Head boy, Head Girl and four deputes took part in tasks designed around the activity of canoeing.

They spent two days training to enable them to plan and organise an overnight canoe trip.  This took place in June 2016 at Whiteadder reservoir and St Marys Loch led by teachers Sean Fallon and Eoin Keane from the Midlothian Councils Outdoor Learning services.  After an action 009packed 2 days of training the group set about planning an expedition along the Union Canal from the Falkirk Wheel to Ratho Bridge.  This took place in August 2016 with extra support from  three members of staff from the school Mr Marr, Mr Murray and Mr Dinwoodie.

005It was a rewarding see the pupils develop their individual skills and learn how they can then contribute to a team aim.  Well done all involved.  All pupils were awarded with a 1 star British Canoe Union certificate in recognition of their hard work and effort.


To find out more about how Outdoor Learning could inspire your pupils please get in touch with us by clicking-  HERE.

Mid Bike Festival 2016 Powers into Action

Limbo bars IMG_9438

Wheelie good IMG_9622There were 165 red smiling faces after competing in the various cycling activities at the inaugural Midlothian Primary Schools Mountain Bike Festival.   Riders in Primary 6 and 7 proudly represented their schools.  90 riders competed in the XC course and 75 in the skills event, all showing great skill and enthusiasm for the sport. 
The organiser Sean Fallon a teacher from the Midlothian  Council Outdoor Learning Service would like to thank all the school staff and participants for taking part in difficult conditions with great sprit and showing massive amounts of energy.  
This event would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our partners from Sustrans, Midlothian Active School, Beeslack High School, Midlothian Mountain Bike Club , Scottish Cycling and the Midlothian School Travel Plan Co-ordinator.  A big thanks to you all!
We were very fortunate to have a large number of prizes donated thanks to our sponsors from Halfords Straiton, Sustrans, Transgression park and Midlothian Council. 
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Competitors with Goodie bags from sponsors

Gordon Burt (Midlothian I-bike officer) would like to add that this was”a great way to get schools together for a bike festival. This was a magnificent effort by all.”


TEAM RESULTS – Combined XC and Skills Events
Roslin                 1st
Loanhead          2nd
Paradykes         3rd
Lasswade          4th
Lawfield            5th
Sacred Heart    6th
St Matthews     Not a full team.
Individual Results Skills Course
School Class Name Time Boy/Girl Individual ranking
Loanhead 6 Kyle mcclay 00:54.1 Boys 1st
Roslin 6 David Hulton 00:59.4 Boys 2nd
Loanhead 6  Max wyllie 01:00.1 Boys 3rd
Roslin 6 Evie Black 1:02.17 Girls 1st
Loanhead 6 Kirstie Lang 01:03.0 Girls 2nd
Loanhead 6 Eliza Ralph 01:03.1 Girls 3rd
Sacred Heart 7 Ross Bryant 00:51.1 Boys 1st
Loanhead 7 Ryan turner 00:54.1 Boys 2nd
St Matthews 7 Callum Myers 00:59.6 Boys 3rd
Loanhead 7 Lana Kennedy 01:01.0 Girls 1st
Roslin 7 Mia Gray 1:02.47 Girls 2nd
Paradykes 7 Ellie Cummings 1:05.19 Girls 3rd
 Overall boys winner IMG_9451   XC action IMG_9513
Individual Results XC Course
School Class Name Time Boy/Girl Individual rankings
Roslin 6 David Hulton 2.49.00 Boy 1st
Lawfield 6 Dylan Kenny 2.59.93 Boy 2nd
Loanhead 6 Cameron Cairncross 3.05.94 Boy 3rd
Roslin 6 Evie Black 2.50.60 Girl 1st
Sacred Heart 6 Isabel Bovo 3.01.28 Girl 2nd
Paradykes 6 Kayleigh Gordon 3.18.09 Girl 3rd
Sacred Heart 7 Ross Bryant 2.30.19 Boy 1st
Paradykes 7 Euan Walkingshaw 2.40.88 Boy 2nd
Lasswade 7 Josh 2.54.21 Boy 3rd
Tynewater 7 Verity Kinch 3.04.16 Girl 1st
Loanhead 7 Yasmine Foreman 3.15.37 Girl 2nd
Lasswade 7 Jessica Thomson 3.17.00 Girl 3rd
A FULL list of results can be found here –  Mid Bike festival 2016 results.
 500m Sprint challenge Mike IMG_9455
500m Sprint Challenge
P6  Girl-Amy Robertson-33.9-Loanhead
P6 Boy-Fergus Jones-34.0-Paradykes
P7 Girl-Yasmin Foreman-31.6-Loanhead
P7 Boy-Calum Evans-32.2-Paradykes
Honourable mentions to Elena Clark 32.0-Lasswade and
Verity Kinch-31.8-Tynewater
A certificate for all riders can be printed by clicking here >>  Participants certificate Bike Fest 2016.
If you would like to cycle more please get in touch with your local club the Midlothian Cycle Club.
The Outdoor Learning team will again be organising our very popular Discover Mountain Bike sessions in 2016-17 .  Information on last years discover event can be found HERE.