Burnie High School

Skills day offers insight

NEW SKILL: Connor Whitton-Lowe, of Burnie High School, tests his skills on the virtual reality welder as Mark Todd of Elphinstone watches on.  Picture: Brodie Weeding, The Advocate.

ABOUT 500 students were given the opportunity to try their hand at a trade and other professions at the Try'aSkill day at Burnie Arts and Function Centre on Wednesday.

The event was aimed at year 9 students, with more than 20 schools participating.

Although a number of the schools were based on the North-West, others came from further afield, including Queenstown, King Island and Flinders Island. 

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Story by Patrick Fahy, The Advocate


Grade nine student Pippi Maynard aiming high and creating change

Aiming high: Pippi Maynard with some of her artwork and two t-squares she made in a woodworking class. Picture: Kathryn Bermingham, The Advocate.

Fifteen-year-old Pippi Maynard dreams of travelling the world as a flight attendant, and she's got a clear idea of how she'll get there.

"I've read a lot about it and it says I need grade twelve finished and good customer service skills," she said. 

"I applied at Woolworths so hopefully I'm going to get a job there and I'm planning on going to college."

There's no shortage of options for Pippi, who is currently completing grade nine at Burnie High School.

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Story by Kathryn Bermingham, 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. 


Burnie High School celebrates 100 years

Centenary celebration: Burnie High School staff and students at the 100 Year Student Assembly last Wednesday.  Picture courtesy of The Advocate.

Students and staff at Burnie High School had one big party last week to celebrate the schools' 100th birthday.

Events have been planned throughout the year, as the school celebrates its centenary in 2016, with a cricket match and cocktail party held last month.

Last week, the school wrapped up term one with a 100 year student assembly on Wednesday and a Centenary Celebration on the Green gala day on Thursday. 

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Story by Patrick Fahy, 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. 

All Stars get the job done against Legends in T20

BIG HIT: All Stars batsman Sam Johnstone goes big with a massive shot straight down the ground on Monday. Picture: Brodie Weeding, The Advocate

THE All Stars held on for a 14 run victory in Burnie High School's centenary celebration Twenty20 match at West Park on Monday.

The All Stars posted 8-134, with the Legends finishing at 7-120 from their allocated 20 overs. 

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Story by Alex Fair, 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

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

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. 

Read the full story on The Advocate website. 

Story by Alex Fair, 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. 

Read the full story on The Advocate website. 

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.