Burnie High School

School gets party started

PROGRAM LAUNCHED: Burnie High School Principal Judy Fahey launches a year long program of events for the school's centenary. Picture: Brodie Weeding, The Advocate

NOT too many things turn 100 years old, so Burnie High School is making the most of their birthday and celebrating all year long. 

The festivities were offically launched last night at West Park Precinct with a T20 cricket match between current and former students, also known as All Stars versus Legends. 

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Story by Rachel Cocard, The Advocate

Party to kick off centenary year at BHS

CENTENARY CELEBRATION: Olivia Ollington, Teeny Brumby, Melanie Murphy and Mason Waller ready for the centenary celebrations. Picture: Cordell Richarson, The Advocate.

A COMBINATION of cocktails and cricket will launch the celebrations for the centenary of Burnie High School on Monday.

The site of the early days of the school at West Park will play host the the first major event for the centenary year. 

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Story by Luke Sayer, The Advocate

Legends to celebrate centenary


100th BIRTHDAY: Staff of Burnie High School show off their 100th anniversary T-shirts.  The school celebrates its centenary this year.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

FORMER cricket legends will line up to bat against students next month to commemorate Burnie High School's centenary.

The legends versus students cricket match is just one of the events that the school will host throughout the year to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Burnie High School assistant principal Jeremy Norton said the organising team had been collaborating with the community and past and present students.

"We asked them how they want to celebrate.  They told us they don't want just one day but a whole year of events.  So we worked together to be able to narrow down a few," Mr Norton said.

The soft launch of the centenary will be held at the conclusion of the cricket match at The Point.

Mr Norton said legends such as Shaun and Claye Young, Phil Blizzard and Chris Lynch had been invited to take a swing against up and coming sports players.

Principal Judy Fahey said she had been speaking to current students and asking what they would like to see. 

"They wanted commemorative badges, the centenary logo on their diaries and a day for themselves," she said.

"They wanted to learn about the history of the school, so we will connect kids with former students."

Mrs Fahey said it would be a chance for people across the decades to reunite.

She said that as a high school, celebrating a centenary was a major achievement.

"Devonport is the only other Tasmanian high school to have reached that milestone, so it is a really big deal," she said.


Monday, March 21
BHS centenary launch (cocktail party) at The Point from 6pm until 8.30pm.
 BHS centenary cricket match at West Park Oval from 4pm until 7.30pm.

Wednesday, April 6
BHS 100 year-assembly at BHS assembly hall from 10am.

Thursday, April 7
BHS centenary celebration day for students at BHS from 8.40am until 2.40pm.

Monday, September 5 - Friday, September 9
BHS centenary drama event at BHS performing arts centre.

Thursday, September 15 - Wednesday, October 5
BHS centenary old scholars and teachers art exhibition at the Makers Workshop.
 BHS centenary assembly at BHS assembly hall from 9.30am until 10.30am.

 Saturday, September 17
BHS centenary open day from 10.30am until 2pm.
BHS centenary gala event from 6.30pm.

Saturday, October 16
BHS centenary garden and arts expo at BHS.


To register your interest in any of these events, contact Burnie High School on 6431 2744.

Story by Rachel Cocard, The Advocate.


Hail Goodfellow, Tasmanian students well-read

PRIZED POET:  Geoff Goodfellow, with 2nd place winner Areej Hassen and Daniel Howard from the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English. Picture:  Grace Goodfellow.

Three girls have emerged as the winners of the inaugural Geoff Goodfellow Competition for Free Verse Poetry.  

Held for first time last year, the competition was an initiative of the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE).  Entries closed in December.

Tasmanian high school students in Grades 9 and 10 were invited to enter free verse poetry with a social justice theme. 

A total of 43 entries were submitted by 25 young poets.  Ten schools were represented and support was provided by 15 teachers. 

"Topics and themes addressed by entrants included homophobia, racism, domestic violence, refugees, poverty and mental illness," TATE secretary Daniel Howard said. 

The entries were judged by poet Geoff Goodfellow and an awards ceremony was held at the Hobart Bookshop during Goodfellow's annual visit to Tasmanian high schools and colleges last month.

The winner and placegetters read their work to an audience of about 40 people. 

Winners: Freya Cox, The Friends' School, for Dyeing; 2nd: Areeji Hassan, Burnie High School, for Not funny any more; 3rd: Samantha Burr, Montrose Bay High School, for We need to change, society needs to change; Honourable Mention: Areej Hassan, Plea of a Muslim immigrant. 

Mr Howard said TATE intended to run the competition again this year. 

Story courtesy of The Mercury. 


Solo student scientist in search of success


HAVING FUNGI:  Burnie High School grade 8 student Maeve Grieve is a finalist in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

A BUDDING young scientist from Burnie High has impressed judges with her science, investigation and research skills.

Maeve Grieve, a grade 8 student, has been named as a finalist for the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards.

Maeve said she entered the same project into the UTAS Science Investigation Awards and won the Best Environment prize and then decided to adjust her work to tailor it to suit the BHP awards.

She is no newcomer to science, having previously won other local and state science awards, the same project received an award at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search.

The grade 8 student said she conducted her own research in order to complete her investigation which involved using fungi isolates to remediate heavy metals from the environment. 

"What happens when the remediation happens is the organisms use contaminants as a food source.  When I looked at how they grew I could determine whether that process was ocurring - some didn't grow at all because the contamination level was too high and some thrived completely and grew from the edge of the petri dish," she said.

"I've always been really interested in the environment and these particular subjects are really important to the North-West Coast," she said. 

She said winning a trip to the US would be an amazing experience and one to add to her resume.  Burnie High Science Leader Simone Summers said she was thrilled to hear that Maeve had been named as a finalist but she would face tough competition, going up against more senior applicants. "Her investigation was really interesting," she said.  "It's not something we teach in school so she has gone off on her own bat and has been very proactive."

Story by Rachel Cocard, The Advocate.

Logistics company to offer program


CAREERS: (Back L-R) Vlad Jotic, Skye-Lee Burke, Isabella Kidd, Brian Gillespie, Judith Fahey, Nataliya Nikolova, Finlay Poke, Connor Bracken, Wade Weller, Dwight Wescombe and Mitch Hawkins; (front L-R) Avalon Starick, Abbi O'Connor, Georgia Cooper, Mason Waller and Liam Evans.  Picture: Cordell Richardson, The Advocate.

EDUCATIONAL roads to a career in global logistics will soon be available to Burnie High School students, despite the planned DP World global shipping container port still awaiting coastal shipping reform before construction can start. 

Electrician Mitch Hawkins spoke to students of Burnie High School about career opportunities in global logistics and the unexpected career turn that took him from Essex to the Middle East, Spain and finally to the ports of Australia. 

Completing an apprenticeship in London and later working as an electrician at Dubai's Jebal Ali port and Tarragona in Spain, Mr Hawkins told students "attitude and values" are more important than skills.

Mr Hawkins, who was selected for sponsorship by DP World Australia to complete a Bachelor of Business (maritime logistics management) through the Australian Maritime College, said a career in logistics was one that was often overlooked by people.

"At any one time there are about one million people at sea in the world so it is an absolutely huge and relevant industry," he said.

DP World chief corporate development officer Brian Gillespie announced his company would be offering an education and skills program in conjunction with Burnie High School and the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania in Launceston. 

Mr Gillespie said the program was about showing students real job opportunites and giving them awareness of the opportunities to work as a global employee.

The long-term program will result in two students to be drawn from Burnie High School, Parklands High School and Hellyer College receiving a full four-year paid apprenticeship in Cert III in Engineering and Cert III in Electro-technology.

Story by Baz Ruddick, The Advocate. 

Writing a path to battlefields


PLAQUE:  Amy Hicks of Burnie High wrote about how battles on the Western Front ought to be commemorated.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Year 9 history students will reflect on the Western Front

The trials and horror of war were a serious eye-opener for two North-West students who have been awarded the Frank MacDonald Prize for 2015.

Caitlin Argent of Devonport High and Amy Hicks of Burnie High were among six winners of the annual prize announced this week by Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff.

The Frank MacDonald Prize was established to honour Tasmania's last surviving World War I veteran, who lived at Ulverstone before his death in 2003.

For Amy it was a chance to learn more about a period of history she knew little about.

"I learned a lot about how real it was and how tortuous it was for the soldiers," Miss Hicks said. 

"In one campaign 500 soldiers went into a battle and at roll call only 43 returned."

She said the opportunity to travel overseas  with five other young Tasmanians was fantastic.

"The trip can only help to get us further into World War I and I have probably only learned a third of what I might so far."

Caitlin Argent began writing the essay thinking that winning was really only a fantasy.

"It was something I didn't really think would happen, but it's such a privilege to be chosen," Miss Argent said.

She said she was amazed by the impact the war had on Tasmania and Australia, including the population and workforce and then the ongoing psychological problems for veterans.

"It was quite amazing to learn about the impact on Australia and I even discovered some family ties through great-great uncles who went to war."

Mr Rockliff said the Government was dedicated to preserving the memory of current and ex-service men and women who had fought to protect our freedom, values and way of life.

"The horror and tragedy of war is a difficult, but no less important  subject to fully understand the foundations of the society in which we currently live," Mr Rockliff said.

The prize is open to Tasmanian Year 9 students from government and non-government schools, as well as home-schooled students in the same year level.

The remaining winners for 2015 are from Ogilvie High, St Mary's College, Sacred Heart College and Taroona High.  They will be accompanied by teacher's Emma Jenkins from St Patrick's College and Karen Pape from Sacred Heart and Graham Deacon from the RSL.

Story by Luke Sayer, The Advocate.

No danger to Don College: Rockliff

ASSURANCE: Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff and Braddon MP Roger Jaensch with Burnie High year 9 students Elly Donohue, Max Williams and Piper Triffitt alongside principal Judy Fahey.  Picture: Brodie Weeding, The Advocate.

THE Don College will not close or shrink despite the extension of years 11 and 12 into most of its feeder schools, Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff has predicted.

The government on Friday announced that years 11 and 12 would be extended into both Devonport state high schools - Devonport High and Reece High - as well as Latrobe High, Ulverstone High and the Sheffield School, plus Burnie High and Yolla District High from 2017.

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Story by Sean Ford, The Advocate

Oliver outshines all in state English test

TOP AWARD:  Burnie High School student Oliver Fryett leads the state in the UNSW-administered ICAS English test.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

Burnie High School student Oliver Fryett had a big surprise when he arrived at school yesterday.

An academic all-rounder, Oliver went to school to the news that he was the top performing student in Tasmania for the UNSW-administered ICAS English test. 

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Story by Baz Ruddick, The Advocate.


First grade experience an advantage for McCulloch

CONFIDENT:  Tasmanian under-15 co-captain Jack McCulloch is looking forward to the state school championships in Queensland.  Picture:  Paul Scambler, The Advocate. 

BURNIE'S Jack McCulloch is ready for the challenge that being co-captain of the Tasmanian under-15 team that will compete at the state school championships in Queensland later this month will deliver. 

The 15-year-old said he can't wait for what he expects will be a "competitive" tournament. 

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Story by Alex Fair, The Advocate. 

Students' studies come alive


SCIENCE STUDIES:  Burnie High School students Laura Smith (grade 8) and Riley Kirkland (grade 9) will be taking part in BioBlitz in the Tarkine Forest with Paul O'Halloran.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Working with nationally recognised scientists, 30 students from Burnie High School will get a chance to participate in citizen science in the Tarkine forest next week.

The students from grade 7-10, were selected for their excellence in the Scientific Investigation Awards earlier this year, senior science teacher Simone Summers said.

The "BioBlitz" will provide students the chance to use the latest scientific technology to assist scientists find and classify species at Dempster Plains in the Tarkine.

The students will rotate through three groups and find animal tracks, spot bats and mammals with camera traps and identify footprints and tracks of invertebrates and birds.

"It is a great opportunity for school and kids," former Greens member for Braddon and teacher Paul O'Halloran, who organised the school participation, said. 

"We are really lucky to have so much natural history in such a small area," Mr O'Halloran said.

"And kids flourish in the outdoor learning environment."

The whole day would help students improve their scientific literacy and open students to the job opportunities in the scientific field.

Laura Smith is a grade eight student and is passionate about biology.

Tracking animals in the wild will be an "eye-opener," she said.

The excursion would be her first opportunity to visit the Tarkine and she looks forward to enjoying the scenery of the Tarkine and learning all about it she said.  Riley Kirkland, a grade nine student, has dissected a heart and an eye in science class, but never had the chance to track animals.

He likes anything to do with science and maths and he said he will be fascinated to use the trap technology and to find out about animals in the Tarkine.

The Tarkine is home to a number of endemic species - flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world but Tasmania.

The four-day Bio Blitz is funded by the Bob Brown Foundation and aims to deepen the scientific data on the Tarkine.

  • Tarkine BioBlitz will run from Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22.  For more information on the BioBlitz or to sign up to get involved contact Jenny Weber, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Story by Lucy Swinnen, The Advocate.