Burnie High School

Exciting experience

GOING HOME:  Japanese exchange student Kanari, 16, will be heading home today after spending time with her Burnie host family Phil and Jodie Hudson and their children, Taylor, 15, Jarrod, 14, Mika, 5, and Halli, 2.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Imagine getting up at 6am, commuting for an hour, studying from 8am until 4pm, commuting for an hour home, then studying all evening.

Then imagine doing all of this throughout the week, as a teenager.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Spider's special name

RACING STRIPE SPIDER:  Burnie boy Robert Beeton with a framed print of the spider he discovered in the Central Highlands.  He named it Paruwi to remind him of his father who died suddenly four years ago.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Burnie High School student Robert Beeton became famous overnight when he discovered a new genus of spider.

The 12-year-old took part in a nature program called Bush Blitz in February, where he went spider finding one night at Gowan Brae, in the Central Highlands.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate

Heavenly sounds are heading to the coast

IN ONE ACCORD:  From directing the top US hip-hop gospel acts to Hobart's Southern Gospel Choir, Andrew Legg will bring his extensive expertise to the North-West Coast next week.

Six months of the year Andrew Legg works with two of the world's best hip-hop gospel artists in New York.

The other six he is based out of Hobart where he directs the acclaimed Southern Gospel Choir and the UTAS Conservatorium of Music, boasting the creme de la creme in Australian gospel voices.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate


Dakota making mark on history

WELL-DESERVED:  Burnie High School student Dakota Gallagher was named the Australian History Competition senior state champion.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Dakota Gallagher is making his own history.

The Year 10 Burnie High School student achieved outstanding results to be recognised as the state champion in his age group of the Australian History Competition.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate

Our junior sports stars

TAKE A SHOT: Rhiannon McGuire, playing for Burnie High 2 in the match against Burnie High 1.  Pictures:  Jason Hollister, The Advocate.

Junior netball competition at the Burnie Netball Centre.

Sharni Rushton, playing for Burnie High 2 against Burnie High 1.

Teegan Townsend, of Burnie High 2, in the match against Burnie High 1.



Family ties in cultural journey

On Tuesday evening Burnie Mayor, Steve Kons and the aldermen welcomed our guests with a Civic Reception at the Council Chambers. 

Polite, gentle, studious and with an amazing work ethic, Kanari Maeda, of Japan, has already impressed her host family.

Jodie and Phil Hudson, of Burnie, welcomed Kanari into their home on Saturday, and will provide her with a "safe, loving and happy family environment" while she completes her one-month student exchange at Burnie High School.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Best friends get claws out


GETTING INTO CHARACTER:  Charlotte Austin Lund and Georgia Gray perform during the Burnie eisteddfod character duologue, grades 7 and 8.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Character duologue hits close to home

Clothing, tissues and catalogues strewn across a living room floor signalled the beginning of a fight.

When an apartment owner, played by Abbi O'Connor, came home to the mess caused by her friend, played by Shanlyn Palmer, a catfight ensued.

The two Burnie girls, who are best friends in real life, performed a character duologue at the Burnie City Eisteddfod yesterday afternoon.

The Burnie High School students proved you can get the claws out for a stellar on-stage performance.

The girls said the story hit close to home.

"My bedroom is a bit messy sometimes," Shanlyn said with a giggle.

To prepare themselves for their duologue, the girls had their practising method down pat.

"One would act out their lines, and the other would listen, then swap," Abbi said.

The girls offered one another constructive feedback to help get their characterisation right.

The speech and drama section began on Monday and finishes tonight.

The music section begins on Saturday.

The eisteddfod is held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.

View more Burnie Eisteddfod photos on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate










Make the transition a smooth one

The change from primary school to high school can be a stressful time for both children and parents.

The change from primary to high school requires families to be organised

The transition from primary to high school should be a time of excitement and happiness, as students reach this important milestone in their lives.

Ensure the process is as stress-free as possible, by helping your child to prepare for it.

With new surroundings, increased teachers, classes and resources, and a different approach to education, there is a lot for students to familiarise themselves with.

Consider the following when preparing your child for high school.

Preparing for multiple classes

At high school, there are usually more items that you will need to bring to each class than you had to bring for a whole week at primary school.

You might have as many as five or six different subjects a day, and each lesson will have its own books, textbooks and homework.

To ensure you are adequately prepared for each class, consider the following:

  • To ensure you remember what you need to bring to each class, write it down.
  • Most schools will have a student diary or planner as part of its school book list, so make sure you are using this every day.

Handling more homework

You may get a homework timetable in your first week at high school and this may involve doing a litle bit of homework every night.

Planning when and how long you will spend on homework will ensure you complete it all, and by the deadlines required.

  • Use your school diary to create a weekly plan, listing the times of an evening that you have extra curricular activities and the times when you will do homework.  Try to allocate at least half an hour to one hour every day.
  • If you fall behind, have trouble completing your homework or don't understand something, talk to your teacher straight away.
  • Each school may have a different homework policy and it is important to familiarise yourself with it.

Expect more teachers

It is common at high school to have different teachers for some or all of your classes.

Each teacher will have their own rules and way of teaching their classes.

However, your home group teacher will be the same and you will have regular times in home group where they will take attendance and share important information.

  • If you have a problem that you can't discuss with your subject teachers, try talking to your home group teacher about what to do.

Information was sourced from www.education.tas.gov.au

Image and article supplied by The Advocate.


Burnie High School will be holding an Information Evening for parents who would like their children to join our school community in 2015, on Tuesday June 24, at 7.00 pm in the School Hall.  Future students are welcome to attend with their parents.


Students planning mission to Cambodia


VOLUNTEERS: Cambodia trip are (front, from left) Jasmine Hodgetts, Natalie Febey, Brianna Clarke, Eliza Paul, Bailee Gillard, Annika Duncan, and (back) Tori Crisp, Emma Duncan, Julius Greene, Tobin Mason and Carly Grey.  Absent: Ben White.  Picture: Caitlin Midson, Burnie High School.

For the first time at Burnie High School, students will take part in an invaluable experience by volunteering in Cambodia.

Twelve students from grade 9 and 10 will be travelling to rural areas of the country.

The students will be there for 16 days, volunteering with the Cambodia Kids Foundation.

Teacher Caitlin Midson said the trip would provide educational opportunities for the students.

"We want students to come home being aware of not just local issues but global," Mrs Midson said.

"I want them to know they can make a difference and that they understand Cambodia's current situation and the complexities of giving help."

Students will be taking part in activities with younger pupils such as music, sport, dance and literature.

Support the students by making a donation while they cycle on Saturday June 21.

  • Donations can be accepted via cheque which can be sent to the school office at Fidler Street, Cooee.  Donations can also be made in person, and all funds will go to the students travelling.

Story by Ellie Simpson, The Advocate

Students on track to raise funds for Cambodia mission

RIDE ON:  Clockwise from bottom left, Burnie High School students Annika Duncan, Jasmine Hodgetts, Brianna Clarke, Emma Duncan, Julius Greene, Tobin Mason, Carly Grey, Bailee Gillard, Eliza Paul, Natalie Febey, Ben White and Tori Crisp.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Determined students from Burnie High School are ready to put their legs to the test as they ride closer to their trip to Cambodia.

Twelve students from grade nine and 10 will travel to Cambodia in October, where they will be volunteering at the Cambodia Kids Foundation for two weeks.

Until they leave for their unforgettable experience, the students will hold fund-raisers and collect donations for their trip.

Today, students will take part in a cycling challenge where they will ride 735 kilometres on stationary bikes.

This is the major fund-raising event for the Cambodia trip and students have created a "sponsorship wall".  This enables corporate businesses to print their logo on to an A4 "brick", where it will be publicised at upcoming events.  It will eventually be transported to Cambodia.

Teacher Caitlin Midson said donations would be divided between the 12 students to help offset flight costs.

"Students have already collected individual sponsorship," she said.

"We will also be seeking donations from shoppers on the day."

  • To make a donation contact Caitlin Midson at Burnie High School on 6431 2744.


Story by Ellie Simpson, The Advocate

All about youth

ALL ABOUT YOUTH: Mahalia Lovell (left) and the team of the My Vision project who are working on a newspaper for youth produced by the youth of the North-West Coast.  Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Written by youth, for youth, about youth. 

That's the exciting message behind The Advocate's soon to be launched publication.

Eleven students from Yolla District High, Ulverstone High, St Brendan-Shaw College, Don College, Burnie High, Parklands and Circular Head Christian School are the masterminds behind the soon to be named, youth orientated magazine.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate