Burnie High School

Grant will help Produce to the People

FOOD BASKET:  Produce to the People founder Penelope Dodd has welcomed a $30,000 grant to upgrade facilities.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

A $30,000 grant will provide Produce to the People's Burnie High School farm headquarters with a much-needed upgrade.

The non-profit organisation was one of 47 Australian individuals and organisations to receive funding from AMP's Tomorrow Fund.

Produce to the People had the bulk of its state and federal funding slashed earlier this year.

Organisation founder Penelope Dodd said the grant would be pivotal in enabling the group to grow its free food hub at Burnie High School.

"It's an amount that allows us not only to continue what we're doing but also gives us a chance to develop a business plan to generate our own income,"  Ms Dodd said.

Ms Dodd said the funding would go towards adding "things like a snazzy new fridge, insulation and blinds", to the organisation's headquarters.

She said the group planned to implement a profitable "vegie bag" delivery service in coming months.

AMP director of media and community relations Julia Quinn said the Tomorrow Fund gave a helping hand to Australians doing great things in their community.  "We don't want money to be an obstacle for talented people who have a commitment to something that will make a difference," she said.

Story courtesy of The Advocate.

Liam keen to honour Anzacs

PAYING TRIBUTE:  Burnie High School student Liam Grieve is this year's winner of the Frank MacDonald Prize.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Entering the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize fuelled Liam Grieve's desire to learn more about the Anzacs.

The year 9 Burnie High School student was one of just six Tasmanian students selected to take part in a study tour of the Western Front in France and Belgium next year.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate


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Liam receives Anzac honour

TRIP AHEAD:  Burnie High School's Liam Grieve is a recipient of the Frank MacDonald Prize.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Burnie High School student Liam Grieve is a recipient of the 2014-15 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.

Liam is one of six Tasmanian students who are recipients of the prize who will have the unique experience of walking in the footsteps of fallen soldiers for the centenary of World War I next year.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is named in honour of Tasmania's last surviving World War I veteran.

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said the prize played "a vital role in ensuring our young remember the stories of our old, and gain an understanding of the Anzac spirit."

Since the first competition in 2003, the year when Mr MacDonald died at the age of 107, more than 55 Tasmanian students have taken part in a study tour of the Western Front in France and Belgium taking in many of the areas where Mr MacDonald served.

Thousands more Tasmanian students who entered the competition have discovered more about Tasmania's military history and the spirit of those who left our shores for the war effort to protect those they were leaving behind.

"Taking students to the battlegrounds of Europe provides an educational experience that no classroom could provide and is something they will always remember," Mr Rockliff said.

The study tour group will also include Terry Roe, representing the Returned and Services League; Adam Brooks, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade; and two officers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet as tour leaders.

Liam will be accompanied on the trip by the other winners Jenna Carmichael, of Sacred Heart College; Alice Curtain, of Ogilvie High School; Lilah Gmelig, of Ogilvie High School; Jacoba Sayers, of Rose Bay High School and Olivia Toohey, of Calvin Christian School.

Story Courtesy of The Advocate.


Ready to ride

READY TO RIDE:  Vanders Ute, Trays and Metal Works owner-manager Dean Vanderwerf and Burnie High School grade 10 student Matt Last with Matt's trike.  Picture:  Meg Windram, The Advocate.

SIXTEEN-year-old Matt Last is champing at the bit to test ride hs custom built trike on Wednesday.

Vanders Ute, Trays and Metal Works owner-manager Dean Vanderwerf said the Burnie High School grade 10 student had grown exponentially during the Developing Regional Interest in Future Technologies (DRIFT) program.

With less than a week until the program's completion day activities, Matt said there were just a few finishing touches to make before his slider was race ready.

"We've got to fix the seat on, and we've got to do a little bit of work with the back axle, but otherwise it's pretty ready to race," Matt said.

Matt's got big aspirations ahead of his trike's racing debut.

"I'm hoping for a win, that would be nice," he said.

From 11am on Wednesday at Penguin, competitors will take part in time trials and drift bike challenges, and a number of the bikes will be on display.

Industry partners and supporters will also be in attendance to speak to students about pathways into a number of different industries.

Mr Vanderwerf said Matt had shouldered the majority of the work.

"We had to show him how to use some equipment like the grinder and the guillotine press, but otherwise it's all been his ideas and we've just helped to guide him," he said.

Matt said the DRIFT program had made him more certain he wished to work as a sheet metal fabricator in the future.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate

Raeleigh Phillips, 321-GO's "hare"

Raeleigh Phillips, 321-GO's "hare" leader for the 7 and under boys race. Picture courtesy of The Advocate.

It takes a fit teenager to beat more than 200 excited young children.

The "hares" have the difficult task of not only leading each Health Care Insurance 321-GO race, and guiding all of the little athletes through the course, but also ensuring they remain in front of the competitors.

Raeleigh Phillips, 321-GO's "hare" leader for the 7 and under boys race, is a veteran of the kids' event.

"I always wanted to be the hare.  When I was younger I always thought 'I wish I could do that'," Raeleigh, 14, said.

The Burnie High School student finished her ninth, and final, 321-GO race last year, but was keen to come back and help this year.

"I have to stay in front and they chase me, so I have to make sure I keep a good distance," Raeleigh said.

"I was trying to help them along," she said, about leading the race. "I was a little bit worried they'd outrun me."

Raeleigh competed in the B&E Burnie Ten last weekend, and said her years in 321-GO had prepared her well for the larger race.

"It was hard, but I got through it," she said.

"It's good because they help you prepare for the Burnie Ten and you get free entry to it after you finish nine 321-GO races."

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate.

Science Investigation Awards

Sherrie Jaffray and Lukas Pilkington, Picture courtesy of Cordell Richardson Photography.

Environmental Award Grade 7 - Lukas Pilkington Sponsored by Cradle Coast NRM.

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Milbourne to serve up a feast


BIG PLANS:  Jane Riley, Madeline Johnston and Kristy Sonners prepare for the Burnie High School Garden, Art and Food Expo on Saturday.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

From the television screen to the pop-up kitchen, Ben Milbourne will delight audiences of the Burnie High School Garden, Art and Food Expo on Saturday.

The Ben's Menu star will provide a cooking demonstration for fans and food buffs alike at the annual expo - a day of entertainment, arts, gardening displays, food stalls and other cooking demonstrations.

"It is quite exciting for us, I have been to some of Ben's Ghost Rock evenings and he is absolutely wonderful," expo coordinator Ant Dry said.

The expo will be held from 9.30am until 4pm at the school.

"We have boutique nurseries featuring unique things, so those interested in gardening can see something new," Mr Dry said.

"Arts lovers will enjoy the range of different arts we have, from paintings to wood carvings to wire statues."

Foodies will have lots to enjoy with other food-based features including a Thermomix demonstration, a sausage-tasting competition where a curated panel rates local sausages, a pizza making competition where local pizza-makers battle it out to see who makes the best one, and a variety of food stalls.

Live music will run throughout the day with performances by the Burnie Brass Band, Burnie Concert Band juniors, Burnie Youth Choir, Burnie High School music program, among others.

Mr Dry said while the expo was a fundraiser for the school it was not about making money, with some of the proceeds to be given to the Make A Wish Foundation Burnie sub-branch.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Students inspired to act out dreams

Actor Joe Clements watches on as students Zima Anderson-McLachlan (left) and Nekeishah Carey rehearse their parts for yesterday's final performance.  Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Inspired Burnie High School and Marist Regional College students acted out their interpretation of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech" on the last day of their NIDA workshop yesterday.

The five-day workshop, where 24 high school students learnt about acting through a range of games and improvisation, was facilitated by television star Joe Clements, of Home and Away, Neighbours and Blue Heelers fame.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate

School Expo to bring community together


CELEBRITY chef Ben Milbourne will be the special guest at this year's Burnie High School Garden, Art and Food Expo.

The expo is in its fifth year and focuses on bringing the community together, rather than fund-raising for the school, according to the president of Burnie High School Parent's Association Ant Dry.

"It's a community event, rather than a school event.  It's not meant to be a fund-raiser, it's meant to be an open day and to show what's happening at the school," Mr Dry said.

"We don't make a huge amount from it and we will share a lot of the proceeds with charity."

The event will feature 40 stallholders, including plants and garden products, arts and crafts, entertainment and a cooking demonstration by Milbourne.

"We've got eight nurseries, a whole series of artists selling their work, and some will be working onsite making stuff, spinning, weaving, painting," Mr Dry said.

"Our celebrity guest Ben Milbourne will be doing a couple of demonstrations and judging the sausage tasting competition.

"He'll be there to talk about cooking and give advice to people."

Six local butchers will be put to the test with a blind sausage tasting and the winner will take home the Burnie High School sausage trophy.

The Garden, Art and Food Expo will be held on Saturday October 18 from 9.30am to 4pm at Burnie High School.

Admission to the event is by gold goin donation in support of Make-A-Wish Foundation Australia.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate

Acting lessons from a pro

IT'S SHOWBIZ:  Australian television, film and stage actor Joe Clements shows Burnie High School and Marist Regional College students the ropes of acting.  Picture:  Meg Windram, The Advocate.

The key to success in the performing arts industry is to not fall for the "Hollywood star system".

Australian television, film and stage actor Joe Clements understands the phenomenon all too well - where people assume they have to be self-focused to succeed in the spotlight.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate