Burnie High School

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Making the Switch was all worthwhile

ENTREPRENEURS: Showing off their idea for an online clothing business called Switch at the Nextgen Business Team Challenge are Burnie High School grade 10 students (from left) Japheth Langerak, Jarred Hay, Jarod Lucas, Bill Matthews and Uriah Overton. Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Story by Rachel Freeman, The Advocate

It was a hectic week of planning and organising, but yesterday it paid off.

The five teams of grade 9 and 10 students from Burnie and Devonport high schools spent the week developing a retail idea before presenting their business yesterday.

The Nextgen Business Team Challenge is organised by Adam Mostogl of illuminate SDF.

Mr Mostogl said the students were being judged on their business plan, sales pitch, marketing package and trade displays.

The business ideas included a business selling fitness gear and equipment, an online clothes company where purchasers could haggle the price, a customisable clothing store and an online music store.

In Tuesday's edition of The Advocate one of the teams said they had a few ideas they were thinking about implementing. 

Yesterday they presented Switch, an online clothing company where users could upload images of their choice onto reversible T-shirts.

Jarred Hay, Switch's chief executive officer, said the team's presentation went well.

"We all took on a role and worked together," Jarred said.

When asked what the biggest lesson of the week was, Switch's Bill Matthews said it was definitely not to waste time.

The presentations and trade shows were judged by Gemma Lewis, of UTAS, and Stephen Cahoon and Sarah Casey, of the Australian Maritime College.


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Geography students put Burnie on the map


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Geography has proven to be a strong point for Burnie students.

Burnie High School students entered the 2013 Australian geography competition and did well.

Burnie High geography teacher Caitlin Midson said she was pleased with how her students went.

"We have a number of student geographers at our school who performed to a high level in the competition this year, with two gaining high distinctions, four distinctions and 12 credits," Mrs Midson said.

Grade 9 student Dakota Gallagher was the only Tasmanian from a field of 11 to qualify for additional testing for the chance of representing Australia at the 2013 National Geographic world championship in St Petersburg, Russia.

"He performed very well and received the best result in Tasmania.  While he was not selected for the Australian team, his results are a great achievement," Mrs Midson said.

"Its's nice to see him get the rewards he deserves."

Mrs Midson said the Australian geography competition was a good way for students to test their knowledge against other states and gain recognition.

"Every student gets a certificate to encourage their participation," she said.

Mrs Midson decided to help her students enter as she found there were a large number interested in geography but they didn't have a way to measure their knowledge.

"They enjoy being exposed to different types of questions in their tests and to broaden and display their knowledge," Mrs Midson said.


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Performers shine on stage


IN CHARACTER: Zima Anderson-McLachlan performing a character recital at the Burnie City Eisteddfod yesterday.  Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

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Standing backstage Zima Anderson-McLachlan's pulse quickens at the prospect of bringing her character to life in front of an audience.

The grade 9 Burnie High School student, who performed with an air of confidence, admits that she still gets nerves when she steps onto the stage, despite entering eisteddfods since she was six years old.

Zima was one of more than 20 grade 9 students from schools across the North-West who yesterday performed a character recital as part of the Burnie City Eisteddfod.

Dressed in a flannelette shirt and armed with a southern accent she proved her love of the stage when she gave it her best shot performing her piece titled The Audition.

"Just as I'm about to go on stage it's really nerve-racking and I still do get nervous but when I am up there under the lights I am starting to feel at home," Zima said.

"I picked this piece because it's difficult and it made me push myself."

Zima said the eisteddfod was an opportunity for many like her to show what they are capable of doing in front of an audience.

"I'm very pleased that there are eisteddfods offered here in the North-West," she said.

Zima will also be performing in the eisteddfod's music and dance sections and in the Burnie High School musical What's New Pussycat later this year.

"I know that I want to take my acting further," she said.

"I love being on the stage and want a career in the performing arts."

Students put on right path

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A select group of Burnie High School students collaborated at the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club last week for an informative session on life ambitions and goals.

Hosted by the Beacon Foundation, students under the Trainee and Apprentice Pathways Program were enlightened by various role models from the Burnie community.

Facilitator from Outside the Square Solutions and rising North-West Tasmania Tall Timbers Thunder Basketball Club star Tom Wright said the theme of the day was five important values - teamwork, courage, choice, opportunity and chance. 

"They learnt a lot of real world skills which they can act upon," Mr Wright said.

He said even he had little idea of his future prospects as a year 10 student.

"If a program like this had come up and given me some direction it would have been perfect," he said.

Burnie High School student Jesse Bakes said stories from guest speaker Senior Sergeant Ian Edwards resonated with him.

"I am looking forward to be a dairy farmer and then a cop," Jesse said.

"It was the way he had the guts to talk to us kids about the things that didn't go well for him."

Topics of self-respect, loyalty and discipline were covered.

Burnie High School teacher Brett Norton-Smith said the group of students started the day at their school working on various team-building exercises.

"They had to help each other through an elaborate course blindfolded, which helped to build them as a team," he said.

"They don't realise you're learning right throughout your life."


Marketing smart ideas


CHALLENGE: Taking part in the Nextgen Business Team Challenge at the UTAS Cradle Coast Campus are Burnie High School grade 10 students (back from left) Jarod Lucas, Japheth Langerak, Bill Matthews, (front) Jarred Hay, Ethan Franks and Uriah Overton.  Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Story by Rachel Freeman, The Advocate

It's a far cry from Mr Bouris's boardroom on Celebrity Apprentice, but perhaps equally intense.

The Nextgen Business Team Challenge sees teams of grade 9 and 10 students develop and refine an idea for a successful business venture.

The Burnie challenge began yesterday, with five teams of students from Burnie and Devonport high schools participating.

This is the third year of the challenge, organised by education consultancy business illuminate SDF, the University of Tasmania's faculty of business and the Australian Maritime College's maritime and logistics management department.

Event organiser and illuminate SDF founder Adam Mostogl said the students will learn many business skills including planning, marketing, social media, finance and logistics.

"They will work as a team to pitch and develop their business idea," Mr Mostogl said.

"The week culminates with the final presentation of students' work and an awards ceremony which is attended by business and government leaders."

Last year one of the teams was made up of Burnie High School students Jarred Hay, Jarod Lucas, Japheth Langerak and Uriah Overton.

This year they have returned with classmates Bill Matthews and Ethan Franks to once again benefit from the experience.

"This year we are using our time much more effectively," Japheth said.

The team had a few ideas it was considering developing further today before the return to school tomorrow to complete the project.


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Hitting the road for great cause

ON YOUR BIKE: Preparing for the Tour de Fight charity ride from Adelaide to

Shepparton are tour co-ordinator, Graeme Weatherley (right) with ride participants,

Jarrod Watling (left) and Tom Robinson. Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate


Story By Mark Acheson, The Advocate

The year 1989 is one Graeme Weatherley will never forget. 

In July that year his daughter Rebecca was diagnosed with leukaemia and shortly after his wife Jan was told she had breast cancer.

Having both died, Mr Weatherley will ride for Tour de Fight BACC (breast and children's cancer) from Adelaide to Shepparton with some 13 other participants in honour of his family members and other cancer patients.

Mr Weatherley said the seven-day, 905-kilometre bike ride between October 5 and 11 was nothing compared to the hardships faced by cancer patients.

"If we could help make a positive difference in the fight to eradicate cancer from the world, well then that's what we are about," Mr Weatherley said.

"We are trying to do our little bit to make a difference.

"My wife, daughter and everyone who is going through cancer faces one hell of a challenge and really a bike ride is minuscule compared to what they have to go through."

After a 16-year break from riding Mr Weatherley will once again don bicycle cleats.

Having moved to Burnie in recent years, Mr Weatherley will be partnered on the ride with sons-in-laws Dale Osborne and Tom Robinson.

Mr Robinson said the mental challenge he faced ahead of the ride was nothing compared to what those with cancer went through.  "It got to the point where I could not do it," Mr Robinson said.

"I met Deb (Mr Weatherley's other daughter) in 2004 and we were married in 2009.

"I formed a great relationship with Jan and got a much better understanding of the effects the disease can have."

The Burnie High teacher said all the inspiration he needed for the ride was through Mr Weatherley's wife, Jan.

"If there is a mental battle in the walks of life I think of her as an inspiration," he said.

All funds raised on the charity bike ride will go the Children's Cancer Centre Foundation, the McGrath Foundation and Children's Cancer Organisation Challenge.

- For information and to donate, visit: tourdefightbacc.com


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