Burnie High School

Legends to celebrate centenary


100th BIRTHDAY: Staff of Burnie High School show off their 100th anniversary T-shirts.  The school celebrates its centenary this year.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

FORMER cricket legends will line up to bat against students next month to commemorate Burnie High School's centenary.

The legends versus students cricket match is just one of the events that the school will host throughout the year to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Burnie High School assistant principal Jeremy Norton said the organising team had been collaborating with the community and past and present students.

"We asked them how they want to celebrate.  They told us they don't want just one day but a whole year of events.  So we worked together to be able to narrow down a few," Mr Norton said.

The soft launch of the centenary will be held at the conclusion of the cricket match at The Point.

Mr Norton said legends such as Shaun and Claye Young, Phil Blizzard and Chris Lynch had been invited to take a swing against up and coming sports players.

Principal Judy Fahey said she had been speaking to current students and asking what they would like to see. 

"They wanted commemorative badges, the centenary logo on their diaries and a day for themselves," she said.

"They wanted to learn about the history of the school, so we will connect kids with former students."

Mrs Fahey said it would be a chance for people across the decades to reunite.

She said that as a high school, celebrating a centenary was a major achievement.

"Devonport is the only other Tasmanian high school to have reached that milestone, so it is a really big deal," she said.


Monday, March 21
BHS centenary launch (cocktail party) at The Point from 6pm until 8.30pm.
 BHS centenary cricket match at West Park Oval from 4pm until 7.30pm.

Wednesday, April 6
BHS 100 year-assembly at BHS assembly hall from 10am.

Thursday, April 7
BHS centenary celebration day for students at BHS from 8.40am until 2.40pm.

Monday, September 5 - Friday, September 9
BHS centenary drama event at BHS performing arts centre.

Thursday, September 15 - Wednesday, October 5
BHS centenary old scholars and teachers art exhibition at the Makers Workshop.
 BHS centenary assembly at BHS assembly hall from 9.30am until 10.30am.

 Saturday, September 17
BHS centenary open day from 10.30am until 2pm.
BHS centenary gala event from 6.30pm.

Saturday, October 16
BHS centenary garden and arts expo at BHS.


To register your interest in any of these events, contact Burnie High School on 6431 2744.

Story by Rachel Cocard, The Advocate.