On Monday 23 of August my dad (Geoff) came to Pukeokahu school to show us how to use a compass and its degrees an easier way of saying it is orienteering.
Here’s what we did first, as soon as we walked out of the school doors we saw a big drawn out compass.
At each letter there was a cone and under the cones there were degrees like n is 0 degrees e is 90 degrees s is 180 degrees and last but not least w is 270 degrees.
Then we got into groups and had to go to the tennis court and draw our own compasses .
I suppose you could say we cheated by using a compass to draw a compass.
We also had to figure out how many degrees it is from the school tennis court to Aorangi and Puke hill.
We noticed that where you were standing changed the degrees so if you were standing in the middle of the court it would be different to at the back of the court or the front of the court.
Once we had done that we needed to do a course to see how well we had done.
We had to go round to lots of places. First we had to start with our backs against the old school.
Then we had to go to a tree on the side of the playground then across the field to another tree but this one was round by where we normally make huts. I ran most of the paces. After that tree we went to a fence line next to a heap of trees. The third to last stop was the gate into grasshopper land. Then we went back to the place we normally make huts to a different tree then ran back to where we started but this plate said end. So then we ran inside to figure out the jumbled word. It turns out the elephants favourite sport was SQUASH. Funny eh! By Grace