Toowoomba Grammar School

Orienteering News

Orienteering – Highfields – Sunday, 13 October 2019


Hello orienteers

Congratulations to Oliver who competed at the Oceania champs over the holidays. You got some great results Ollie. Fantastic effort!


There is orienteering at Highfields on Sunday afternoon. See attached flyer.


Don’t forget to register if you are coming, thanks.

Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

Orienteering: Interschool Sprint Challenge


The Interschool Sprint Challenge is on this Sunday at the new Pittsworth SHS map starting from 1.30pm.  FYI new members, this is an ideal event to bring your friends from school along to try the sport.  Everyone who completes their course unassisted will gain a point for their school.  There is also a public event of course!

NOTE: entry for students is via the google doc (link on the flyer and on the website) as I need your school please.  Public can enter via the google doc if they don’t have an Eventor login, or via the web

Orienteering: 50 Yrs of Orienteering, WIN TV – Sunday, 18 August 2019

We are celebrating 50 Yrs of Orienteering in Australia at Harristown State Primary School, South St, this Sunday, 18 August 2019.  There will be a mass start at 11:00am.  Enter online here .  There will be a BBQ afterwards.  Proceeds will be going towards our 11 Qld Schools team members including our own Oliver Schubert.


WIN TV is coming. It would be great to have a big turnout to show how popular the sport is J

The plan is to mass start each class separately, starting at 11am (to give them something to film), then mass start the Qld team members altogether after everyone else.


Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

Spatial Orientation and the Brain: The Effects of Map Reading and Navigation



The human brain is a remarkable organ. It has the ability to reason, create, analyze, and process tons of information each day. The brain also gives humans the ability to move around in an environment using an innate sense of direction. This skill is called spatial orientation, and it is especially useful for finding routes in an unfamiliar place, following directions to another person’s house, or making a midnight raid of the refrigerator in the dark. Spatial orientation is crucial for adapting to new environments and getting from one point to another. Without it, people will walk around in endless circles, never being able find which way they want to go.

The brain has a specialized region just for navigating the spatial environment. This structure is called the hippocampus, also known as the map reader of the brain. The hippocampus helps individuals determine where they are, how they got to that particular place, and how to navigate to the next destination. Reading maps and developing navigational skills can affect the brain in beneficial ways. In fact, using orientation and navigational skills often can actually cause the hippocampus and the brain to grow, forming more neural pathways as the number of mental maps increase.

A study by scientists at University College in London found that grey matter in the brains of taxi drivers grew and adapted to help them store detailed mental maps of the city. The drivers underwent MRI scans, and those scans showed that the taxi drivers have larger hippocampi when compared to other people. In addition, the scientists found that the more time the drivers spent on the job, the more the hippocampus changes structurally to accommodate the large amount of navigational experience. Drivers who spent more than forty years in a taxi had more developed hippocampi than those just starting out. The study shows that experience with the spatial environment and navigation can have a direct influence on the brain itself.

However, the use of modern navigational technology and smartphone apps has the potential to harm the brain depending on how it is used in today’s world. Map reading and orienteering are becoming lost arts in the world of global positioning systems and other geospatial technologies. As a result, more and more people are losing the ability to navigate and find their way in unfamiliar terrain. According to the BBC, police in northern Scotland issued an appeal for hikers to learn orienteering skills rather than relying solely on smartphones for navigation. This came after repeated rescues of lost hikers by police in Grampian, one of which included finding fourteen people using mountain rescue teams and a helicopter. The police stated that the growing use of smartphone apps for navigation can lead to trouble because people become too dependent on technology without understanding the tangible world around them.

Orienteering: Charles Paddock – Sunday, 11 August 2019

Orienteering at Charlies Paddock, north of Dalveen on Sunday 11 August

Terrain: Undulating, semi-open to open grazing land with areas of scattered granite.

Map: Charlies Paddock; 2015; 1:10,000; 5m contour interval

Courses: Hard 1 – 7.3km; Hard 2 – 5.3km; Hard 3 – 4.2km; Moderate 1 – 4.4km; Moderate 2 – 3.6km; Easy – 2.6km; Very Easy – 2.0km

Course setter: Ken Laws

Sportident will be used for this event so make certain you bring along your SI stick or hire one for $2. New sticks can also be purchased for $40.

Entries: Enter online via Eventor by Wednesday 7 August to ensure enough maps are available.

Cost:  Members:  Adults $10;  Juniors $ 7 ; Families $27  ;   Non-members:  Adults $12;  Juniors $ 9 ; Families $30  ; Beginners $5

Starts: 9 -11am Courses close: 1pm Facilities: Bush toilet; drinks for sale


From Warwick, travel approx. 37km south on the New England Highway and turn off at Dalveen. Go past the shop and take the first turn on the left and then left into the Stanthorpe/Warwick Road. Follow for approx. 12km and turn left into the Woodlands property as signposted. Follow signs through to the assembly area. Alternatively, from Warwick take the old Stanthorpe/Warwick Road from the roundabout near the saleyards and travel for approx. 25km before turning right into Woodlands as signed.

From Stanthorpe, take the New England Highway 20km north and turn left towards Dalveen village under the Highway. Turn right at Jim Mitchell Park and left into the old Warwick Road and follow for approx. 12 km before turning left into the Woodlands property as signposted.

Inquiries: 0421 287 529 or


Congratulations to Oliver Schubert, Gabriel Schubert and Will Barnes who represented the Darling Downs at the Queensland Orienteering Championships last weekend in what is possibly the toughest competition we’ve seen in recent history with students from 44 schools entering the competition. All three boys did a terrific job, running three courses including a sprint, a relay and long bush event. Congratulations also to Oliver for his selection in the Queensland Schools Orienteering Team. The team will compete at the 2019 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships, which will be held in Wagga Wagga in October as part of the Oceania 2019 Carnival.

Orienteering: Passchendaele State Forest – Sunday, 9 June 2019

Orienteering Next Sunday at Passchendaele State Forest, NW of Stanthorpe

                         Sunday 9 June 
Terrain: Undulating, pine plantation with some scattered to detailed granite; thicker areas of native vegetation on the rocky hills.

From 9am -11pm    Close: 1pm

Courses: Very Easy (1.5km); Easy (1.8km); Moderate 1 (3km); Moderate 2 (2.3km); Hard 1 (5.7km); Hard 2 (4.6km); Hard 3 (3km)

Cost:  Members:  $10 for adults; $8 for juniors; $27 for families    Non-members: $12 for adults; $9 for juniors; $5 for beginners

: Bush toilet; drinks for sale.

Online Entries: Please enter online by midnight on Wednesday, 5 June at to ensure enough maps are available. If you can’t manage this, please email me and let me know what course you would like to do.


From Stanthorpe, take the Texas Road (Connor Street) off High Street (the main road through town) about 750 metres north of the Post Office. Follow westwards until you pass under the Stanthorpe by-pass and then take Amiens Road to the right. Proceed 12,5km towards Amiens and then turn right at the top of a hill into Bapaume Road. Follow for 8km (past the forest station) before turning right into the pine plantation and following signs to the assembly area. Allow 25 minutes from Stanthorpe.

From Warwick, take the New England Highway south from Warwick approx. 47km to the Thulimbah turn-off. Turn right here at the Big Apple and cross the railway line and then take Amiens

Road (signposted to Passchendaele Forest) west for 11km before turning left into the forest and follow signs to the assembly area. Allow 50mins from Warwick.


Inquiries: Liz Bourne   Ph 4683 6374 or

Orienteering – Goomburra and Qld Sprint Champs


On Saturday, there will be coaching at Goomburra between 11.30 and 3pm, (following the TGS Cadet orienteering at 9am) and Sunday morning is the Qld Sprint Champs at UQ Gatton.

Entries for Goomburra close on Thursday night at or just email me so I can print you a map.

QLD Sprint Champs – entries also close Thursday night.  NO LATE entries, no enter on the day.  Also note – ALLOCATED START TIMES – start list will be put up on Eventor on Saturday.


Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

Orienteering – RROC Event Information




Dear Gents


Firstly, congratualtions to Oliver, Gabriel and Will for your selection into the Darling Downs Orienteering team and good luck with your training.


There are some great upcoming events I would like to being your attention to.


  • This Wednesday, 15 May, we are celebrating World Orienteering Day at Laurel Bank Park.  There are Very Easy and Easy courses, as well as 3 short (1km) courses around the beautiful gardens.  Courses will be open from 4pm – 5.30pm.  See attached flyer.  Enter online here  or let me know by email if you have trouble entering online.






If you would like to attend any of these events, don’t forget to register. I will be at Laurel Bank Park and Goomburra events and would love to see some of you there.

Best wishes

Mrs Nottle