STUDENTS from Kellyville Ridge Public School are heading in the right direction — well let's hope so.
Armed with a map and an electronic swipe card, the children set out on foot as part of the Sydney West Primary Orienteering Championships.
However, the day was focused less on the competitive element and more on introducing those involved to the sport.
Rudi Ahi was hoping to claim a top-10 finish.
"I'm fast, but I need to calm down and read the maps properly," he said.
"I think it [orienteering] is interesting because it's to do with maths and [I] like maths.
"I really like maps and adventurous things and it's also a race."
His year 6 counterpart Daniel Hu had a different take on the event.
"I came so I can take the day off school," Hu said. "I didn't even know what [orienteering] was."
Nevertheless, more than 100 students attended the championships.
Kellyville Ridge teacher and Primary Sydney West Orienteering convener, Michael Kirwan, said interest in the activity continued to grow.
"It has been running three years and the numbers have steadily increased to 140 this year," Mr Kirwan said. "It [is] an opportunity to try something new and use the things they have learnt [in the classroom] and apply them in a practical situation."