Toowoomba Grammar School

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Orienteering Event

Hi Everyone

Our last event for 2020 is the postponed Toowoomba Grammar sprint this Sunday afternoon, starts from 3.30pm – details below.  It’s predicted to be hot so please make sure you bring a water bottle.

Entries from the previous date have been carried over.  If you can no longer come, either go in and take yourself out, or email me and let me know.


Mrs Nottle


Toowoomba Grammar School Orienteering event – from the Pavilion

Date: 15/11/20 

Courses:  Very Easy, Easy, Short, Long  

Starts anytime between 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Entry fees:

Individual member/non-member: $5/$8

Family member/non-member: $15/$25

Free entry for TGS students wearing their sports uniform, only pay for SI hire

SI hire: $2

Orienteering – OY in Bris this weekend and Chinchilla next weekend

Congratulations to everyone who made it to the Middle Distance last weekend, in these uncertain times.


There’s an OY in Brisbane this Sunday,


For our South West members, there will be 2 sprint events in Chinchilla the following Sunday, 13th September.  Flyer attached.


Mrs Nottle



Orienteering: Dalveen – Sunday 23 August

From Mrs Nottle

With considerable difficulty (including having to change venue at short notice because the “Over the Border” map was no longer usable when the borders closed….

Anyway, BBB have persisted and are running an event at Brooklands, near Dalveen.  This is a great map, and will be a good event with Liz controlling.  NOTE: the shortest way (about 25 mins from Warwick, some good gravel) is along Old Stanthorpe Rd past Morgan Park Raceway.  DON’T turn off to Cherrabah, and turn right just after passing under the railway bridge.


Orienteering at Dalveen – Sunday 23 August

Terrain:    Undulating semi-open to open grazing land with some areas of open forest; scattered granite

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

Courses:    Hard 1 – 5.6km; Hard 2 – 4.2km; Hard 3 – 2.9km: Moderate 1 – 3.5km; Moderate 2 – 2.5km;  Easy – 1.8km; Very Easy – 1.8km

Entries:    Enter online via Eventor by Wednesday 19 August to ensure enough maps are available.

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

Note: To minimise money handling, entrants are asked to enter online and pay their total fee owing, including SI Hire ($2) by bank transfer to:
Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Club Inc    BSB: 638-010      Account No: 9628118

Starts:    9 -11am         Courses close: 1pm                  Facilities: Bush toilet

Directions:    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 Old Stanthorpe Road. Follow for 9km and turn left into paddock. Allow 40 mins from Warwick.

NOTE: Please comply with all current Covid restrictions. Do not attend this event if you have any symptoms of a cold, fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath or if you have travelled from a designated Covid hotspot. Observe social distancing at the event and sanitise your hands frequently.

Orienteering – Upcoming Events

Dear Orienteerers

Welcome back to life after lockdown. Let’s hope we don’t have to go back into lockdown again this year-or ever. There are some bush orienteering events running this term but not much close to Toowoomba (see below for events). I will continue to let you know what is on and hopefully you will be able to get to some events. At the end of term, I will offer orienteering as an option during the House Carnival Day – probably using smart phones instead of Sportident if it is okay with Mr Anderson. Next term, we will have a street-o series around Toowoomba.


I will modify the requirements to have orienteering listed as a co-curricular activity this year so please keep coming to as many events as you can.


Below is also some information about regional and state trials/selection this year.

Best wishes

Mrs Nottle


Upcoming Events

Please remember to comply with all Covid-19 restrictions and familiarize yourself with the OQ Covid-Safe Guidelines.


Entries are now open for the training session at Opossum North (Springfield Lakes). It’s primarily aimed at Juniors (10-20 yrs), from Easy courses up to Junior Elite level. Younger children, and children who are not yet confident with Easy courses, are welcome to participate in junior training if they are accompanied by an adult.
Coaches: Su Yan Tay (Hard, Moderate); Felicity Crosato & Marion Burrill (Easy).
Plus training for adults
There will also be 3 DIY training courses open to all (flags only, some coaching available depending on numbers).
– Moderate (approx 3km),
– Hard Short (3km)
– Hard Long (5.5km).

FREE ENTRY: Funding provided through Sport & Recreation Qld. All participants MUST pre-enter.
BYO water bottle (no water on the course).


Now that the Qld Orienteering calendar for the rest of the year is firming up, here is a news bulletin about the plans for Schools Orienteering July-Sept, including:

  • Sun 26 July – Junior Training at Springfield Lakes;
  • Sat-Sun 19-20 Sep – Qld Schools Orienteering Medal races;
  • Selection races for the Qld Schools Orienteering Team (Honour Team) – minimum of 3 OY events in 2020.

Changes have been made to the Selection Policy to adjust for the situation in 2020.




The dates for the QLD Long Distance Championships have been changed to Sat 5 and Sun 6 September.
Challenge yourself in the fascinating country in Broadwater National Park near Stanthorpe.
These fearsome rock goblins ought to get you running faster!
Entries open soon and more information will be available at

Armchair Orienteering

Hello Gents

In the great sport of orienteering, all moderate and hard courses use international symbols for control descriptions rather than English (or another language). See attached.

The link below will gives you some armchair orienteering opportunities thanks to Scottish Orienteering – in some of the puzzles, you will use international symbols.

Control Descriptions explained


Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

Orienteering: Bush Orienteering this Sunday – entries close Wednesday night

Dear Gents

The first Bush OY event is being run by Boulder Bounders (the Warwick club). Details below. NOTE: Pre-enter and Pre-pay only by WEDNESDAY night. Note – if you would like to enter this event and have any difficulties registering through Eventor, let me know. You should pay member fees as TGS is a member of Queensland Orienteering.

Best wishes
Mrs Nottle

Orienteering this Sunday at TSHS

Hello gents
Well done to those who participated in the OY at Gatton last Sunday, particularly Cas as this was his first OY event. And I will say, I am very impressed with the Schubert’s who managed to run Peak to Park prior to coming to Gatton.

There is one more sprint before we get into the bush season – Toowoomba SHS, Stuart St on Sunday 8 March. Starts from 3.30pm. Parking is in Stuart St, with a couple of parks inside (turn right after going in the gate).

Event – Toowoomba SHS
Organiser – Range Runners Orienteering Club
State – Orienteering Queensland
Date – Sunday 8 March 2020 at 15:30 EST
Event classification – Club event
Race distance – sprint
Punching system – Sportident
Class information – Very Easy 1km, Easy 1.3km, Short 1.8km, Long 2.5km

Enter online – – or email me and I will do it for you. Remember that all TGS students are members of O! and should pay member rates.

Best wishes
Mrs Nottle

Orienteering – Valuable learnings from the Glennie event



Dear Gents
Read below some great coaching tips from Felicity. Maps are attached.
Best wishes
Mrs Nottle

Hi RROC members
Even if you didn’t get to run on Ellie’s great courses at Glennie yesterday, there are some valuable tips relevant for everyone. There is so much to know in this great sport, it is good to have the opportunity to learn little bits at a time, and at local club events where you don’t actually get disqualified or punished in any way! 

The first thing you need to know is that if you arrive at a sprint event via any way other than the advertised entry, you are at risk of disqualification. This is because the organisers will have worked out a way to get you to the assembly area that limits the area of the map which you are able to see before you do your course, in keeping with the rule of fairness for everyone. Glennie was extremely crowded due to the booking of their indoor sports centre, making it even harder to find the assembly area if you didn’t enter via the advertised gate which had signs up.

Different types of starts – Ellie presented a great example of a ‘hidden’ start triangle. In big competitions, the start triangle should be hidden from view of where you pick up your map. This is so you can’t watch the person in front of you run off, giving you an advantage as to which direction to go first. There is so much to take in when you first pick up your map, it is a real advantage if you are able to watch which way the person in front of you goes, and just start running in that direction as you study your map.

The long course had a map change. In this case, it was inside the plastic bag and you just had to flip it over at control 10. Sometimes a map change will require placing your used map in a box, and taking a new map from another box. There may be a taped route marked showing how and where this will happen.

Lots of great route choices in these courses for some armchair training – watch for those uncrossable items! 


Orienteering: Sunday, 23 February 2020

This Sunday’s event will be at The Glennie School. It is a fun map with some tricky challenges.

Don’t forget to register if you are able to attend. I will be away in Brisbane this weekend but will be sure to check the results and see how you got on.

Date/Time: Sunday 23rd Feb 2020 15:30 – 15:30 EST
Classification: Club event
Discipline: FootO – Park/Street Orienteering
Classes: Very Easy 0.9km, Easy 0.9km, Short 1.7km, Long 2.1km
Punching system: SI
Event form: Individual
Status: Entries opened
Organiser: Range Runners Orienteering Club
Meet in the western carpark off Vacy St, starts from 3.30-4:30pm. Newcomers very welcome! Compasses may be borrowed if required. All ages and fitness levels catered for, coaching available. See attached flyer for more information.
Map flip for short and long courses

Click here to view the latest details on Eventor and enter the event

Best wishes
Mrs Nottle