Burnie High School

Students map career path


Year 10 students Alex Rubens and Trent Crawford working on their miniature weather station. Picture: Jason Hollister, The Advocate.

Students from Burnie and Parklands high schools put their programming and circuitry skills to the test by building miniature weather stations at a two-day workshop at Burnie High School.

Eight year 9 and 10 students from each school programmed the weather stations to record changes in light, temperature and humidity.

The students programmed their stations to turn their lights on and off and even sent emails and text messages to them when they recorded a change in condition.

Conducted by industry figures Rob Vernon, of 41st Degree Software, CSIRO and Sense-T's Greg Timms and Peter Wilson, of the University of Tasmania's science and engineering department, the workshop gave students an understanding of what it is like to be involved in the science and technology industries.

Burnie High School student Trent Crawford, 15, said the workshop had been an invaluable experience.

"I'm learning how to extend my programming and electronics skills to help with my future career," Trent said.

The year 10 student was challenged by some of the programming involved in the workshop.

"I knew how to program but not how to program in a command and make the weather station do things," he said.

Burnie High School principal Judy Fahey said the program provided a fantastic opportunity for students.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate


Burnie boys in cricket spin


HOT-HIT WONDERS: Burnie High School's winning cricket team (front, from left) Oliver Fryett, Matt Jordan, Shaun Redman, Nathan Hayes and Ryan Marmion, and (back) Riley Miller, Liam Grieve, Adrian Peach, Ben Donaldson, Beau Blizzard and Jackson Berne. Absent: Jackson Brown and Linden McCarthy.  Picture: Jason Hollister, The Advocate.


A Burnie High School team featuring only four regular cricketers recently conquered the best school players from across the Coast.

For their efforts in winning the North West High Schools cricket final at Acton in March, the team has been named the monthly winner in the male team category for The Advocate-IGA Junior Sports Awards.

The grade 9-10 team won its way through to the semi-finals of the competition after being in the top two of the opening round action, which featured Parklands and Wynyard high schools.

It was in the semi-final where the boys were given a big test, with the game going down to the wire, and the team overhauling the Leighlands team's total with two overs to spare.

The Burnie boys were convincing winners in the final against Parklands, chasing down a total of 94 for the loss of only one wicket.  Batsmen Jackson Brown and Oliver Fryett were key contributors in pursuit of the runs, each putting together knocks of 30 not out.

"It was great to get the win as it was our first time playing as a team and only a few of us play club cricket," captain Shaun Redman said.

"It was an all-round team effort,"

Coach Matthew Smart said the team, which featured two basketballers and mostly soccer players, was a pleasure to coach and showed great sportsmanship.

Smart said the team had shown great imrpovement from its first game to the final, which it won so convincingly.

Grand final scores:

Burnie High School 1-96 (Jackson Brown 32 ret, Oliver Fryett 30 ret, Ben Donaldson 12 not out) defeated Parklands 94 (Jackson Berne 2-11, Oliver Fryett 1-7, Jackson Brown 1-8, Ben Donaldson 1-13, Shaun Redman 1-8).

Story by Cameron Whiteley, The Advocate


Students shine in challenge

TOP THINK TANK: The winning Burnie High School team of Jacob Bugg, Jorja Turner, Jessica Whitehouse, Abbey Payne, Blair Challis, Hayden Bramich and Caleb Beamish. Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Schools all along the Coast put their scientific skills to the test last week.

The North-West heat of the Science and Engineering Challenge was held at Reece High School in Devonport on April 10 and 11.

The challenges had students exercising their problem-solving and lateral thinking skills.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate


Southern Gospel Choir

Jazz Goes To School


Southern Gospel Choir


Contemporary jazz, funk, soul, house and hip hop.

In the spirit of traditional jazz.

Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

Friday 27th June 2014

7.00 pm for 7.30 pm

$30 Per head

Tickets available online click here
or from the school office - 6431 2744

Bar opens at 7.00 pm


West Park Plants Plus

West Park Plants Plus employees Brendan Griffiths (left), 18, of Burnie, and Shaye Roberts (centre), 17, of Somerset, are enjoying their chosen pathways into horticulture with West Park Plants Plus manager Matt Bond after taking part in the Trainee and Apprentice Pathway Program. Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Jobs from outside the box at West Park Plants Plus

Among the doom and gloom of recent youth unemployment statistics in the North-West, one business is giving greenthumbed students an opportunity to improve their employment prospects.

West Park Plants Plus, in Burnie, has been offering Trainee and Apprenticeship Pathway Program placements to students with an interest in nursery horticulture, retail or landscaping for the past three years.

Two apprentices have gone on to secure full-time work at the centre: Brendan Griffiths, 18, and Shaye Roberts, 17.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Vanessa Desloires, The Advocate

The Fault in our Stars

A Burnie High School Fundraiser for the Cambodia Trip

Burnie Metro Cinema
Thursday 5 June, 2014

Tickets: $15
Purchase from the school office

For more information click here



Students taste mining life


Burnie High School students on an excursion to Savage River mine.

Savage River visit an eye-opener for future careers

Burnie High School students got a good dose of mining life after a recent visit to Grange Resources' Savage River.

It was Burnie High School's third visit to Savage River as part of the Trainee and Apprenticeship Pathway Program (TAPP).

TAPP is a program designed to assist students wanting to pursue a career in a trade or vocational education as well to engage students who are at risk of disengagement from education due to social and/or domestic circumstances and/or diverse learning needs.

Grange Resources' OHS and training manager John Fox said the latest visit by students was another great success and a mutual enjoyment and benefit for students and Savage River staff.

"Students were provided with a detailed insight into the mine and concentrator operations and importantly talking with our people who make the mine operate safely, efficiently and productive," Mr Fox said.

"Students were escorted around the mine site experiencing the working environments including mobile maintenance workshop, geology, concentrator operations and having a go on the Training Simulator for Haul Truck, Dozer and Excavator which was a great experience for all the students.

"In addition this year the students were all given a ride in a 789 Dump truck to see and feel the real working environment of a mine operator driving the largest mine trucks in Tasmania," Mr Fox said.

This was well-received by the students, Mr Fox said.

Grange Resources is a popular place for students on the North-West Coast to opt for work experience.

"A student's mother recently said that her son, who is part of TAPP and wants to be a mechanic, now loves going to school and did not want to come home from Savage River - This is great to hear, " Mr Fox said.

"Students learn that mining can provide jobs across all skills and trades that benefit our community directly and indirectly through the local economy.

"Students can recognise that working in their trade now is great in the short term, but also how mining might address their future and be supporting in their lifelong learning by as well as the flow-on effect in other industries including further vocational education and training and university qualifications," Mr Fox said.

Story and photo supplied by The Advocate


Morrison inspires students with music masterclass

JAZZ MASTER: James Morrison performs for students during a workshop at Burnie High School. Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Forget about instruments, mouthpieces and brands, they do not make the sound you want, you do.

Just listen to songs by the world's music greats, then recreate it.

This is the only way to succeed in the jazz world, according to internationally-renowned jazz performer James Morrison.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

James Morrison

Jazz Goes To School


An intimate evening with


and his band featuring

Hetty Kate on vocals, Gordon Rytmeister on drums and Phillip Stack on bass

Where: Burnie High School Performing Arts Centre

When: Friday 16th May

Time: 7.30pm Bar opens at 7pm

Cost: $55 (no concessions)



or in person at the BHS office



Jazz singer drawn to North-West's artistic community


COMING BACK: Melbourne jazz singer Hetty Kate is eager to perform with James Morrison in Burnie soon.

Melbourne jazz singer Hetty Kate has a connection with the North-West Coast, like no other region.

"I know there is a great artistic community in Tasmania so I understand why I feel welcomed here," Hetty Kate said.

"I love Tasmania, I will take any excuse to come.

"It's very green and lush, I find it to be a very peaceful and a very artistic place to be," Hetty Kate said.

Hetty Kate will perform with jazz artist James Morrison at Burnie High School on May 16.

"James is an extraordinary musician and I am excited for the school to enjoy his music," Hetty Kate said.

"We will be playing a wonderful selection of jazz from the Great American Songbook and there will be a mix of styles."

Hetty Kate was influenced by the swing singers from the 1940's but said there would be some beautiful ballads as well.

"Often we see how we are feeling and take it from there on the night - it's always very spontaneous," Hetty Kate said.

She said she was looking forward to sharing music with the students at the workshop held before the concert and hoped to inspire some budding musicians.

Burnie High School principal Judy Fahey said it would be great to host "one of the country's long-term, great virtuoso musicians".

The Burnie High School Concert Band was particulary excited to be playing with someone of Morrison's calibre, Ms Fahey said.

"The performing arts is a great way for children to express themselves and develop their creativity," Ms Fahey said.

Ninety-eight students from across the Coast will participate in the workshop before the concert.

"It's realising their aspirations and the story of these performers is you can be what you want to be - follow your dreams," Ms Fahey said.

  • James Morrison and Hetty Kate will perform on May 16 at 7.30 pm at Burnie High School.  To book tickets call the school on 6431 2744.

Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate


Info app is cool for school


COMMUNICATION TOOL:  Burnie High School's ICT co-ordinator Ben Lohrey displays the Skoolbag app, a resource to keep students informed.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

An innovative mobile phone app is providing communication between a North-West Coast school and its students.

Burnie High School is embracing modern technology through the use of the Skoolbag app, which is a resource for important information and reminders from the school to students and parents.

The app, which is available on an iPhone, iPad and android, features the school's newsletters, calendar, policy documents and other information.

It also offers push notifications, which are messages sent to the device with new or updated information.

"If a sport training is on or an event is cancelled it lets people know straight away," information communication technology co-ordinator Ben Lohrey said.

The app also provides links to the BHS and The Advocate Newspaper websites, when relevant documents are uploaded, and students just have to tap on the link on their device, which will lead them to the website.

"You don't have to sit down at a computer and type in the website, which people aren't as likely to do," Mr Lohrey said.

"This improves communication as more people will know what is going on."

The app was developed by and Australian company and is used by more than 1100 schools across the world.

BHS pays a small price for the app and has it tailored to use the school's information and suit its needs.

"It is very cost effective, just $1 per student per year after it is set up."

Mr Lohrey said utilising the app was just one way of staying up to date with modern technologies and engaging effectively with students.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate