Burnie High School

Workshop with jazz supremo


OPPORTUNITY: Burnie High School senior music students (from left) Anna-Lee Smith, Rhiannon McGuire, Curtis Poke, Dakota Gallagher, Burnie High School music teacher Bronwyn Darvell and senior music student Conner Donnelly, are all looking forward to renowned jazz musician James Morrison holding a workshop and concert at the school's Performing Arts Centre.  Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Jazz legend James Morrison will give local students the opportunity of a lifetime when he presents a workshop in May.

The international star is renowned for his workshops, which not only guide participants in the art form of jazz but also offer insight into his fascinating life and career.

The workshop will be held on May 16, from 2-3.30pm, at the Burnie High School performing arts centre, and is aimed at primary and high school students, but is open to adults too.

Morrison will also perform a concert at the school in the evening, which is open to everyone.

"I took along some of my students to a workshop in 2012 and we were just blown away," Burnie High head music teacher Bronwyn Darvell said.

"He talked a lot about his experiences in high school, discovering what sort of music he liked and how he made it into the music industry, which is very challenging to do.

"He has this inspiring attitude of if you like it, you can do it."

The workshop is suited to wind instruments, which are Morrison's forte, such as the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute and clarinet, but Miss Darvell said any musician would benefit.

"Even if you are a drummer, guitarist, singer, come along as he is so talented he can do anything," she said.

Miss Darvell said she was looking forward to her own music students broadening their horizons by experimenting with jazz.

  • James Morrison will hold a workshop on May 16, from 2-3.30pm, at the Burnie High School performing arts centre.  Cost is $10. To reserve a place call the school on 6431 2744.
  • James Morrison will perform that evening, with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  To book tickets call the school on 6431 2744.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Oh holy cow, they won!

MILKING THE WIN: Four of the six Burnie High School team members (from left) Jasmine Hodgetts, Hannah Watkinson, Tori Crisp and Lawrence Beckley, receive their award in Geelong last week.

Students win national film prize

Creative Burnie High School students have shone under a national spotlight.

A group of six year nine students won a film-making competition called Moo'in Transfer, beating six other teams from across the country.

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Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Gold Medallists

GOLD MEDALLISTS: Burnie High School students Joshua Ross and Erin Cooper with their gold medals from a University of NSW competition. Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Students' performance in university competition pure gold

Two Burnie High School students have ranked in the top 1 per cent in Tasmania.

Grade 9 student Joshua Ross topped the state in maths and grade 10 student Erin Cooper in English.

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Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate

Students raise funds

Burnie High School students with the Street Swags are (from left) Jesse Streets, 13, Dylan Marshall, 15, Sebastian Leaman, 14, teacher Anne Newman, Natayla Williams, 14, Vin Hindmarsh of St Vincent de Paul and teacher's assistant Edwin Wood.

Students raise funds for homeless shelters

A dedicated group of students from Burnie High School have worked tirelessly to raise money to support homeless people.

The students washed cars to raise $240, enough to buy four Street Swags.

Burnie teacher Anne Newman said the group saw an advertisement on TV about a homeless lady who had been given a Street Swag and the difference it made to her life.

"Teachers would book in their cars to get washed.  We try to do things for people in our community every year," Ms Newman said.

Fifteen-year-old Dylan Marshall said the experience would make him want to help with other causes.

"I feel sorry for people living on the streets, it's good to help them," Dylan said.

The project to raise money was championed by teacher's assistant, Edwin Wood.

"We loved to help people out that are less fortunate than us . . .  the students loved it," Mr Wood said.

Mr Wood said the Street Swags were made out of durable, waterproof material with an in-built mattress.

They can also be used to hold clothes and personal belongings and a flap can be unfolded and used like a tent.

The group of students presented the four swags to St Vincent de Paul Society state president Vin Hindmarsh last week.

Mr Hindmarsh said the connection with the school community was important.

"If you've got something you can throw over your shoulder it's great," Mr Hindmarsh said.


  • What is a Street Swag?

A carry bag by day and a basic bed and shelter by night.
It was designed to be discreet so as not to identify people as homeless.
Has two layers of canvas under a person's feet but no foam, so the user has a thicker mattress under their body, with extra room for belongings.
The cover sheet can be used as a blanket or strung up like a lean-to style tent.
Street Swags can be made into 'double beds' by placing two side by side with one upside-down, so that both cover sheets come inwards.
A light weight canvas called Coolabah and high density foam are used to make the Street Swags.
Most of the swags are distributed to the homeless by organisations including, The St. Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army and Mission Australia.

Story by Holly Monery, The Advocate


Giggle for a good cause


FUND-RAISER: Teachers Sam Wells, Mathew Smart, Geoff Davis and Sam Johnstone grew real moustaches while students Connor Bracken, Charlotte Austin-Lund and Jake Blight raised funds for Movember.  Picture: Courtesy of The Advocate.

BHS community gets behind Movember for men's health

The students of Burnie High School are finding fund-raising a laugh.

Several teachers have grown moustaches to raise money for Movember in support of men's health.

Year 7B class captain Charlotte Austin-Lund had the idea of a school Movember.

Charlotte said men's health did not often get the attention it deserved.

She thought it would be funny to see her previously clean-shaven teachers grow a hairy upper lip.

"Some of them are really clean cut," Charlotte said.

She said men's health needed attention before things changed.

"It's becoming more prominent," she said.

A lack of awareness added to the issue, Charlotte said.

She is one of several year 7 class captains who have organised fund-raisers this year.

Olivia Ollington, the 7C class captain, did not reveal what she or the other year 7 class captains had in store for her peers and teachers.

Olivia is also getting involved with Movember.

"We are having a competition between each class to see who can raise the most money," Olivia said.

One of the home classes had raised $97 on Wednesday.

Charlotte's class last week was winning, although Olivia admitted she would compete until the last whisker was shaved off.

The Movember drive at Burnie High School had raised almost $700 recently.

The school hopes to reach $1000 before the end of the month.

As a grand finale, the teachers will shave their moustaches on Friday at a school barbecue.

The girls said teacher Geoff Davis had the best moustache and Mathew Smart was a contender for the silliest moustache.

Burnie High School students will vote for the silliest moustache at the grand finale shave-off.

"It'd be pretty tight," the class captains said.

The Movember challenge has been one of several fund-raising efforts at Burnie High this year.

Teacher Sam Wells said he was not sure how much money the school had raised this year but said it would be a significant amount.

The school's causes have included the RSPCA, Care Interact, Sids for Kids and Tim Blair's running efforts.

Everyone is welcome to support Burnie High School's Movember drive by donating at http://au.movember.com/team/1104097.

Story by Jason Thomas, The Advocate

Michelle Nicolle Quartet



Michelle Nicolle Quartet

Featuring: Michelle Nicolle - Vocals, Ronny Ferella - Drums, Geoff Hughes - Guitar & Tom Lee - Bass

Where: Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

When: Friday February 28th, 2014

Time: 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start

Cost: $20 per head (no concessions)

Tickets available from the school (6431 2744)
Or limited sales at the door

Bar opens at 7:00pm


Burnie artist land national acclaim

FEATURED: The book The Land and it's Psyche: Macquarie Group Collection features works by Burnie artist Patrick Grieve. Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Burnie artist Patrick Grieve has caught the eye of one of Australia's largest art collectors, the Macquarie Group Collection.

The collection features about 700 works and Mr Grieve, who has four of his works among that number, was one of 100 artists chosen to feature in the book The Land and it's Psyche: Macquarie Group Collection.

Grieve spends half his time working as a professional artist and the other half teaching art part-time at Burnie High School.

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Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Liam's plans to expand

Plans to expand: Liam Grieve with the machine he used to measure the nutrient content in his "Troubled Waters" project, which took him to a national science competition this week.

Aspiring Burnie scientist Liam Grieve has returned from a national science competition in Melbourne with ideas for his next big project.

Liam wants to expand the scope of his "Troubled Waters" project that got him one of 26 places in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards 2014.

His project looked into how native vegetation can lower the amount of nutrients in water.

"There's still some unanswered questions," Liam said at school yesterday.

In Liam's previous experiment, he found plants could absorb nutrient-rich water before it runs into a body of water.

In Melbourne the Burnie High School student came up against others from some of Australia's better-known schools.

During the visit Liam visited reputable universities like RMIT and Melbourne University and visited a CSIRO laboratory.

"I learned loads," Liam said.

At RMIT, the students were shown a high-end engineering machine that can design titanium parts to replace cancer-affected areas of bone.

After his trip, Liam said he was not sure what kind of science he might pursue after school, but hinted his favourite might be biology.

Burnie High School staff said they were proud of Liam.

Story by Jason Thomas, The Advocate

Burnie's budding scientists

TALENTED: Burnie Primary and Burnie High School students who have been successful in recent science competitions are (clockwise from left) Riley Flynn, Zane Adams, Jennifer Wild, Lauren Wild, Joe Fryett, Liam Grieve, Lukas Pilkington, Liam Chamley, Maeve Grieve and Taya Eyles. Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Burnie Primary and Burnie High School children cleaned up at the recent state science competition.

They are now sweating on the results from the BHP national science competition, which will be decided in late December.

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Story by Jonathan Mallinson, The Advocate

Young scientist

This year's most promising young scientist, Liam Grieve, of grade 8 at Burnie High School. Picture: Neil Richardson, Launceston Examiner.

Some of the state's brightest young minds were yesterday rewarded at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search prize presentation.

More than 1400 students from early childhood to grade 12 entered this year's competition, with work centred on the theme Australian Science through the Ages.

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Story by Launceston Examiner


Tim Blair's Fundraising Run

BATTLING TIMES: Tim Blair and Shane Taylor are joined by Burnie High students during part of their charity run. Picture: Courtesy of The Advocate.

Horrendous weather made Tim Blair's 120 kilometre fundraising run "pretty trying" yesterday and has led to today's stage of the run being cancelled.

Mr Blair and mate Shane Taylor, who ran from Devonport to Burnie and back to Devonport yesterday in heavy rain and wind, postponed today's Run For Kids event until next Saturday at 9am at the Devonport High School oval.

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Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate