Burnie High School

Leigh Barker & The New Sheiks


Performing at this year's Parents & Friends Cocktail Party

Where Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre
When Friday 22nd November 2013
Time 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.
Cost $25 Per head (including complimentary beverage)
Dress Semi-Formal

On with the show

Getting ready for tomorrow's Burnie High School Garden, Art and Food Expo are (back, from left) students Shania Murphy, Jodi Catlin, Zima Anderson-McLachlan, Jake Jones and Chole Last, parents and friends members Lisa Robinson and Leon Richardson, student Kathryn Bitt and En Vogue Modeling Academy owner Giovanna Simpson, with (front, from left) students Thomas Crawford and Shaye Beswick, holding Ragout and Rendang, the lambs being raffled at the expo.  Picture: Meg Windrum, The Advocate.

MasterChef's Cook to stir up fun for all tastes

It's all in his last name.

Beau Cook, 2012 MasterChef contestant, will have his eyes peeled for the best pizza come Burnie High School's Garden, Art and Food Expo tomorrow.

Cook will undertake a pizza cook-off against students and local identities.

Read the full story on The Advocate website

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate


Hart is on board fund-raiser

GOOD CAUSE:  Helping to organise Tour de Fight BACC fund-raising dinner are tour participant, Graeme Weatherley (fourth from right) and SRC members, (from left) Shania Whiteroad, Grace Gaby, Austin Pullen, Jarod Lucas, Ethan Franks, Kirsten Britton, Bill Mathews, Samantha Phillips and Morgan Neasey.  Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate. 

Former Brisbane Lions premiership player Shaun Hart will be the guest speaker at a charity event in Burnie later this month.

Mr Hart, who now works as an assistant coach with the Gold Coast Suns, will visit Burnie on September 27 to speak at the Tour de Fight BACC (breast and children's cancer) fund-raising dinner.

The dinner is being held in association with the Tour de Fight BACC bike ride from Adelaide to Shepparton in Victoria. 

Story by Emma Graham, The Advocate

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Acting in their best interests

AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE: NIDA tutor Shane Anthony directs Rex Guest and Georgia Hogge during a week-long acting workshop being held at Burnie High School.  Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.  

NIDA tutor brings his expertise to Coast

Shane Anthony has directed productions across Australia and internationally, and is bringing his expertise to the Coast.

Anthony, who is also a NIDA tutor, is running a week-long NIDA acting workshop with local high school and college students, based out of the performing arts centre at Burnie High School.

The focus of the school holiday workshop is to learn NIDA acting techniques, other associted performance skills to add depth to their acting and to devise a performance which will be performed on Friday night.

"At NIDA we focus on the Stanislavsky method, which is analysing the script to understand the character and create a truthful and realistic performance," Anthony said.

"We are also looking at the other skills you need like voice, movement and improvisation.  It is like training with your instrument to use it the best you can."

Anthony said the students had been split into three groups who would each perform a 10 to 15-minute act on Friday.

He said the opportunity to devise an act from scratch was essential to developing students' acting techniques.

"It definitely helps them to understand the dramatic structure," Anthony said.

"I hope when they go back to their drama classes they will be taking these extra skills with them that will enhance their performance."

Anthony completed under-graduate studies in acting, directing and writing at the Queensland University of Technology and post-graduate studies in directing at NIDA, before becoming a tutor at NIDA and a freelance director.

"Directing was always a clear pathway to me from my early years, I love helping the actors to find pathways into their best performance," he said.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate.

Burnie pair quick to think on their feet


Burnie High School grade 10 students Erin Cooper and Jonno Rubock dress in their Switzerland outfits for the National Rotary Model United Nations Assembly in Canberra.

Burnie High School grade 10 students Erin Cooper and Jonno Rubock are basking in their success from the National Rotary Model United Nations Assembly in Canberra.

The pair travelled to the nation's capital on August 15 to take part in the UN-style conference.

More than 30 school teams competed as part of a greater project to increase international understanding and goodwill.

"It was amazing," Erin said.

"It was amazing to talk to many like-minded individuals.

"Everyone got on spectacularly."

Erin and Jonno received the encouragement award for their efforts.

The grade 10 student now has her sights set upon becoming a journalist.

"I decided at the ripe age of nine that I wanted to be a foreign affairs journalist," she said.

Having travelled to various countries, Erin wants to blend her love for the world affairs and the news together.

"It's probably the fact that I've travelled out of the country many times," she said.

Erin said there were so many social impacts that altered the way people perceived the news.

"I want to deliver unbiased news so people do get the facts that aren't influenced by a nation's stance," she said.

No matter the amount of practice, the Coastal students were quick to think on their feet at the national assembly.

Cue cards went out the window as the two Tasmanian students spoke last to represent Switzerland.

"Being a neutral country we played the morality card," Erin said.

"A lot of people did read directly from their papers.

"We adapted our argument to suit the situation."

Out of 11 resolution topics, six were debated.

The situation in Syria, nuclear disarmament and lethal auto-robotics were some of topics covered.

Both students competed at the Tasmanian Rotary MUNA, held in May at Deloraine, before heading to Canberra.

Burnie High School was represented at the Tasmanian MUNA by three teams: Erin and Jonno for Switzerland, Bill Matthews and Uriah Overton for Australia and Tamar Campbell and Jake Wyllie for Syria.

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate



Actors learn new skills

Representatives from Burnie High School, the Rotary Club of Burnie, Hellyer College, Burnie City Council and Parklands High School show their appreciation for the acting efforts of Parklands student Lachlan Roberts.  Lachlan is warming up in readiness for a NIDA workshop to be conducted at Burnie High School.

Talented director to hold workshop for secondary students

An experienced drama teacher from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art arrived in Burnie on Sunday, ready to teach young people advanced performing tips.

Talented director Shane Anthony, who has been involved in a range of stage performances, also helped actors with movement in the Australian feature film Sleeping Beauty.

Mr Anthony said learning drama skills can empower people to learn about themselves and their world.

"It gives students a voice and allows them to reflect on their own experiences," he said.

He said some skills would be learnt in the first week, while other skills would take time to sink in and become second nature.

Mr Anthony said acting was more than a job.

"To me, I love working with actors and problem solving, and finding a way for them to create the most interesting characters," Mr Anthony said.

He also said a lesson in drama was a lesson for life.

"At some point [in every class] there's a discussion of human behaviour," Mr Anthony said.

"We look at why characters do certain things."

Mr Anthony said the skills students would learn are essential to actor training.

He said the first step was learning acting skills, like performance movement, and the second was to apply that to the work the students will create.

Mr Anthony said the learning experience would not be a normal scenario where a playwright tells actors what to do, but a chance for them to get involved with the direction and choreography of the performance.

"Thery're coming up with the ideas in what they're interested in," he said.

The workshop is being held at Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre, where school principal Judith Fahey said 20 students from Burnie's secondary schools would learn about acting.

Following the intensive training sessions, the students will perform their play in front of their families, friends and program sponsors.

Ms Fahey said having the workshop at the school would be a cost-effective way for the students to access classes that might have otherwise cost between $300 and $500. She said the program was made possible by donations from the Rotary Club of Burnie, Burnie City Council and the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast Campus.

Story by Jason Thomas, The Advocate.

School production plans purring along

GETTING INTO CHARACTER: At rehearsal for Burnie High School's production of What's New Pussy Cat are (from left) Ruby Austin-Lund, Amy Pearce, Zima Anderson-McLachlan and Austin Pullen with Laureli the camel operated by Lauren Wild. Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

The Burnie High School production of a rom-com loosely based on the story of Puss in Boots will have audiences laughing and singing.

Production director Ben Lohrey explained the plot of What's New Pussy Cat as an evil witch trying to take over - as an evil witch usually does.

All the while, a family squabble has an older brother taking over family operations after the death of his father and kicking his younger brothers out.

This is where the character of Puss comes in.  Pet of the youngest brother, Puss starts talking and interacting with his master and comes up with a plan to make him a millionaire. 

"The story is woven around a whole series of popular songs from the 50s through to present day," Mr Lohrey said.

Mr Lohrey said there would be high-energy dance numbers, bright and colourful costumes, slapstick and corny comedy.

"Audiences will get a really good night of entertainment, they will hear songs they are familiar with and get to see a cast of 130 having a blast," Mr Lohrey said.

With only a month to go, preparation is going well, according to Mr Lohrey.

"It's just a matter of bringing everything together and there is a feeling of excitement among the cast."

What's New Pussy Cat will be held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on September 12 at 7 pm, for $10 and September 13, 14, 19 and 20 at 7.30 pm and September 21 at 1 pm and 7.30 pm.  Tickets:  adults $18, concession is $15, children under 16 are $12.  Tickets are available at Burnie High School office, www.burniehigh.org or call 6431 2744.

Story by Aryell Sargent, The Advocate.



Garden, Art & Food Expo


Saturday 19th October

9.30 am to 5.00 pm

At Burnie High School

Specialist Plant Nurseries, Fashion Parade,
Arts & Crafts, Pottery Demonstrations,
Celebrity Chef, Food and Beverages,
Cooking Demonstrations, Jumping Castle,
Cake Stall, Competitions & Prizes, Face Painting

Musical Items - Including URSINE, Burnie Brass Band,
School Band & Choirs, Annette Dawes & Burnie Youth Choir

Coaches to swap rivalry for unity in fund-raiser

Change of Focus: NTFL Wynyard coach Tom Robinson and Smithton coach Jarrod Watling will participate in the Tour De Fight BACC, a charity bike ride in October to raise funds for breast and children's cancer.  Picture: Jason Hollister, The Advocate.

Enemies today, joining forces for a great cause in two months' time.

That's the scenario for Wynyard coach Tom Robinson and Smithton coach Jarrod Watling.

Their football clubs battle it out this afternoon, however, in October, the pair will ride in the Tour de Fight BACC (breast and children's cancer) from Adelaide to Shepparton.

The 905-kilometre ride will be held from October 5-11, with all funds going to the Children's Cancer Centre Foundation, the McGrath Foundation and Children's Cancer Organisation Challenge. "I love doing things for great causes," Watling said.

For more information or to donate, visit tourdefightbacc.com/

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Woah, it's an adrenalin rush


FANTASTIC FANTASY: Performing in Burnie High School's production What's New Pussycat are Erica Wild as Pussycat and guards (from left) Austin Pullen, Conor Irish, Julius Greene and Japheth Langerak.  Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

DELIGHTING AUDIENCES: Burnie High School students pussycat Erica Wild and witch Ruby Austin-Lund discuss change of ownership of the camel in What's New Pussycat?  Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.


THE PALACE, Doctor Eve Taylor, Nurse Molly Imlach, King Jordan Flynn, Queen Erin Cooper and Princess Zima Anderson-McLachlan. Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate.

FLAUNTING works of art rather than costumes, Burnie High School students had yesterday reached the half-way mark of their drama production, What's New Pussycat?

More than 170 cast, backstage and band members revelled in the weird and whacky fantasy directed by drama teacher Ben Lohrey.

After a successful performance of Judith Prior's Rockin' Robin two years ago Mr Lohrey said he wanted to relive a strong storyline and theme that audience members could relate to.

"It was really successful so we jumped at the chance to go down that path again," Mr Lohrey said.

"The story is based on Puss in Boots but also some new characters are introduced and some twists and turns that the audience wouldn't normally expect."

Having held more than five shows at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre already, Mr Lohrey said the large audiences were receptive to a lot of first-time cast members.

"For a lot of them it's their first time to tread the boards, so to speak," he said.

"They have been working together as a team to achieve what has been a really significant goal.

"It's terrific to witness that growth."

Year 10 Burnie High students and cast members Amy Pearce, Ruby Austin-Lund and Erica Wild described the feeling on stage as being largely an adrenalin rush.

"Opening night was wicked and I was pumped," Ruby said.

"It has really improved my confidence and it is really fun."

All three students said they were grateful for the experience that had bought all members closer together.

  • Performaces will be held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on Thursday and Friday at 7.30 pm and on Saturday at 1 pm and 7.30 pm.  For more information call Burnie High on 6431 2744.

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate.

Fundraising Dinner

Tour de fight BACC

Breast & Children's Cancer Fundraising Dinner