Burnie High School

Student's thoughts of missing soldiers

Emotional Day:  Burnie student Liam Grieve (back centre) and other members of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize 2015 hold the wreath they laid at the Villers-Bretonneux, France, Anzac Day dawn service.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Laying a wreath at the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux, France, was an unforgettable experience, according to Burnie High School student Liam Grieve.

The grade 10 student was on the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize tour of France and Belgium, visiting World War I sites of significance.

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Students rise to occasion

Amy Hicks, of Burnie High School, watches as Tony Wilson, from Wynyard Rotary, releases the trolley.  Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Students gnawed finger nails and gripped seats tightly as their bridges flexed under increasing weight.

This year's Tasmanian Science and Engineering Challenge series found itself at Burnie's Marist Regional College yesterday, and about eight schools watched anxiously during the last activity for the day.

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Maths success continues to add up

A NATURAL WITH FIGURES:  Burnie High School Grade 10 student Josh Ross has topped the state in the recent ICAS mathematics competition for a third year.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

One of Tasmania's brightest young mathematical minds, Josh Ross, of Burnie, is not fazed by being named the best in the state for a third year.

"It [winning the awards] hasn't fazed me, my parents get more excited about it than me," he said.

Josh received the joint-highest score for year 10 maths in Tasmania, shared with a student from Hobart, in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools.

Talented students were honoured at the ICAS Medal presentation ceremony for Victoria and Tasmania on Monday in Melbourne.

The Burnie High School student said maths came naturally to him.

"Maths is less boring than other school work," Josh said.

It's the third year in a row Josh has received a top mark and medal in an ICAS competition.  Last year he won the mathematics award for year 9, and he won the ICAS computer skills medal in year 8.

Out of 980,000 entrants in Australia, Josh was one of 68 students to win the maths medal for a second year.

The year 10 student is not nervous about starting college next year, he's already planning life post-university.

"Computer science is what I'm thinking of doing [at university], I'd like to do programming of some sort...I might go into game development," Josh said.

Assistant principal Gillian Hodgkinson said Josh's win was an honour for him personally and for his school.

At a time when public education in Tasmania is suffering from budget cuts, Ms Hodgkinson said the award highlighted its importance.

"It's fantastic for public education because it highlights that we can succeed and do succeed at the highest level," she said.

"Josh is a good role model for other students, and it's good for others to see him succeed.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate

Frank MacDonald prize winner to vist great uncle's grave

PAYING RESPECT:  Joan Wylie, deputy tour leader for the trip to Europe, and tour participant Liam Grieve, both from Burnie, prepare to head out of Tasmania yesterday afternoon.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Only last year Liam Grieve discovered he had a great uncle who served in the World War I.

It was the 16-year-old's win in the prestigious Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize which revealed his family's history.

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Burnie teams all class at titles

IN CONTROL:  Burnie High School's Emmitt Smith in action at the State High School Basketball Championships at Kingborough.  Picture courtesy of Basketball Tasmania.

Burnie schools were the big winners at the state high school basketball championships held at Kingborough recently.

Marist Regional College took out two of the four titles on offer, starting with the grade 7-8 boys' division, where it was far too polished for local rival Burnie High School 43-16.

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Ultrafox with Hetty Kate


Solving real issues makes science fun

TALENTED:  Burnie High Students who have been successful at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search awards with their chosen projects are (from left) Amy Hicks, Maeve Grieve and Lukas Pilkington.  Picture:  Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Burnie High School raked in the awards last week at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search awards in Hobart.

The awards ceremony is an initiative of the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania and promotes quality science education in schools across Tasmania.

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World's Greatest Shave


Students display artwork at end of year

Burnie High School year 10 art students (from left) Leanne Butcher, Kristy Sonners, Madeline Johnston, Chloe McDairmid and Dakota Gallagher.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Artistic minds were celebrated at Burnie High School's end-of-year art exhibition, which was opened by Burnie City Council mayor Anita Dow.

"Every year it gets stronger and this year is the strongest we've had," Burnie High School art teacher Patrick Grieve said.

"The benefit of having an exhibition is that younger students can aspire to get to this standard in year 10 and they can see what a top student looks like."

Mr Grieve said the students learnt all styles of art during their time at BHS and then chose the style that most-interested them, to create a substantial port-folio of work.

Most of the year 10 students would continue studying art at college next year, he said.

Graffiti about Melbourne streets was a huge inspiration for Chloe McDairmid's colourful large-scale pieces.

"I think graffiti gives towns and cities more character and it can be done really well," Chloe, 16, said.  "The scribbles give it character and I enjoy experimenting with colours," she said.

Trips overseas inspired Dakota Gallagher's water-colour art display.  The 16-year-old has travelled extensively, including to Turkey and the Philippines.

"I love getting all the colours to blend in.  They're simple colours but they blend in a certain way and it looks amazing." Dakota said.

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Three tie for dux at Burnie High School

THREE OF THE BEST:  Burnie High School prize winners at presentation night rehearsals (from left) Riley Fletcher, Josh Downey and Jane Riley.  Pictures:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Attending Burnie High School speech night are Jackie (left) and Janine Reid, of Somerset.

At speech night are, from left, Lawrence Beckley, of Cooee, Brodie Styles, of Burnie and Renee Blachford, of Burnie.

A TRIPLE treat - three Burnie High School students have tied for Year 10 dux this year.

Riley Fletcher, Josh Downey and Jane Riley all received the same scores and the school named all three school dux at the school's presentation ceremony last night.

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Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate

Cambodian eye-opener

(Back to front and left to right) Jack Cooper, Tobi Mason, Julius Greene, Ben White, Jess Beaumont, Gerry Davies, George Cooper, Min, Bora Cooper, Tori Crisp, Natalie Febey, Bailee Gillard, Carly Grey, Annika Duncan, Kheung, Jasmine Hodgetts, Brianna Clarke, Eliza Paul, Emma Duncan at the religious temple Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Twelve Burnie High School students went on a humbling trip to Cambodia and experienced how children live and learn in one of the world's poorest countries.

The students and their teachers volunteered at Soksan International School in the regional village of Soksan, to gain an understanding of what it's like to be less fortunate.

"It was to enhance the students' cultural understanding, to see how significant education is around the world and how some people are doing the most they can with very little," Burnie High School co-ordinating teacher Jessica Beaumont said.

"It was about opening the kids' eyes to the real world."

After the 16-day trip, the students returned home with a greater understanding of the world around them.

"We have all come back with more appreciation for what we have," Burnie High School grade 9 student Jasmine Hodgetts said.

"My leadership skills and my confidence and understanding of others' cultures have all improved," Tori Crisp, also grade 9, said.

Most students worked in the classrooms, assisting teachers and working with students to improve their knowledge.

The students raised funds for several months and Miss Beaumont said all the organising was well worth it for the experience that all received.

"Working with the Cambodian Kids Foundation at the Soksan International School was an enriching experience, not only for students but for the teachers as well," she said.

"We are so thankful to everyone who helped us get there."

It was the first time Burnie High School had sent students to Cambodia and the experience was something that everyone should do, Miss Beaumont said.

"I didn't see one of them unhappy the entire time - they didn't want to leave," she said.

"A lot of the students are thinking about doing more volunteer work now.  They've also brought back their knowledge here and are sharing with the school what life is like [in Cambodia] and what can be done to help them."

The students had made "lasting friendships" with their Cambodian counterparts, Miss Beaumont said.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate