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Ruth Forrest MLC Speech - Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves


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Speech courtesy of Hon Ruth Forrest MLC, Independent Member for Murchison, Parliament of Tasmania



Bacteria Busters

Burnie High student Amy Hicks discusses her experiment with judge Craig Morris.  Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

PURSUING science as a career offers plenty of opportunities to help people, says Burnie High student Amy Hicks.

The year nine student presented an investigation titled Bacteria Busters to judges at the University of Tasmania's Science Investigation Awards.

After taking out one of the awards last year with a project looking at growing bacteria in swiss cheese, she wanted to go further into the world of bacteria. 

"I wanted to look at the different types of natural and commercial products which may stop the growth of bacteria," Amy said.

This gave her an opportunity to explore areas of microbiology, which gives her more insight into another field of science.

"I've always loved science because it has endless possibilities.  You can go absolutely anywhere and you can help people," she said.

Amy is still considering where a career in science may actually lie, but is enjoying exploring the different possibilities.

"We haven't covered anything like this in science at school so its been a great learning curve," she said.

Story by Luke Sayer, The Advocate.

Students steal show in Ali Baba musical

CUTTING EDGE:  Kaisey Maclaine-Cross, left, with Brianna Clarke and Rebekah Diprose at a rehearsal for the Burnie High School production of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Burnie High School's musical comedy, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, is a hit and a hoot.

Literally, hundreds of students, staff, parents and friends were involved in Ali Baba - on and off stage - and they have every reason to be proud of the high quality of their work.  There was a well-deserved buzz of excitement and appreciation at Saturday evening's performance of this terrific musical.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Review by Sid Sidebottom

Resilience brings rewards

NEVER GIVE UP:  Burnie High School students (from left) Liam Gale, Mac Rowe, Jhy Payne and Joab Philpott with Beacon facilitators Rich Morrow and Talitha Devadass.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

Students told determination essential

Michael Jordan, Eminem and Walt Disney have at least one thing in common, Burnie High School students attending a work transition forum learned yesterday.

The NBA great, rap legend and animation genius each came back from failures to dominate their field, and showed resilience, students heard.

A workshop, led by youth not-for-profit group the Beacon Foundation, taught students the value of determination.

Facilitator Rich Morrow told students the importance of bouncing back.

"You're going to fail at things and you have to learn from that," he said.

"Learn to love the challenge. 

"It's about pushing yourself to get past [failures]."

Burnie High student Liam Gale, speaking at the workshop, said it taught teens to give a chance to new people they met.

Some students already worked but others were preparing to look for jobs, according to lead Tasmanian facilitator Talitha Devadass. 

The program prepared them with skills needed to enter the workforce.  These skills included personal presentation and manner, and things as simple as handshakes.

First impressions were made quickly making good habits important, students learned.

Students have also attended the workshop at Yolla District High School and Parklands High School.

Story by Doug Dingwall, The Advocate.





Science Investigation Awards 2015

Best Investigation Award (grades 9 and 10) Amy Hicks.

YOUNG scientists from across the Coast have again amazed judges at the University of Tasmania's Science Investigation Awards.

The best young minds from 14 schools across the region converged on the Cradle Coast campus yesterday to show off months of work, which chief judge Anna Paice said was again of very high quality.

"What I am noticing is it is becoming more responsive to real-life applications for their science," Ms Paice said.

"They are starting to think about the problems they see in the media and responding rather than just finding a problem in a science textbook and reproducing it."

This was reflected in the winners of the two major awards at the event, which boasted prizes valued at $13,000 this year.

Read the full story on The Advocate website

Story courtesy of The Advocate

Pictures by Stuart Wilson, The Advocate

 Best Investigation Award (grades 7 and 8) Maeve Grieve.

 Arnaka Bourn, Sharalyn Walter and Georgie Blake.

 Rayne McCreadie, of Direct Edge Manufacturing, and Liam Grieve.

 Cheryl Wells, of the Emu Bay Lions Club, Isabella Kidd, Apryl Radford, Avalon Starick and Riley Kirkland.


Leonie Hiscutt, Taylor Rand and Laura Smith.

Taylah Williams, Zoe Dallas and Rachael Stitz.

Ashley Cumming, Amber Hodgetts and Katie Saltmarsh.

Zac Ollington and Mathew Kemp.


Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves


Street party to end war memories exhibition

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: Burnie High School grade 9 students Avalon Starick and Tom Hoare look at some of the scrapbooks inspired by World War I and created as part of their studies.  Picture: Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

When guns fell silent and World War I ended, people celebrated with street parties as a special treat for children. 

Burnie will recreate those gatherings to mark the end of its museum's exhibition of 100 objects bringing to life the war for visitors.

The street party will resemble those in Britain's past, with homemade lemonade, scones with jam, sponge cake and games of hopscotch and knuckle bones.

Burnie Regional Museum community engagement officer Cass Gladwell said there would be fun and frivolity, with Union flag bunting draped about and impromptu performances. 

Ms Gladwell said Burnie Regional Museum's 100 Years: 100 Objects exhibition drew visitors by appealing to all fives senses.

"It's been a huge success," she said.  "People find it really easy to engage in, which is what you want from an exhibition."

Visitors could smell trench foot and eat Anzac biscuits, taking them 100 years back to the war. 

"If you can smell trench foot, you can almost imagine being in the trenches," Ms Gladwell said.

The museum has also exhibited grade nine students' World War I scrapbooks of poem and reflections.

Teacher Anne McCulloch said students had the chance to think about the war from a personal perspective.

They looked at photos from the war and created a trench in their classroom, holding part of their lesson in it.

Grade nine student Tom Hoare said the scrapbook project challenged him to think outside the box.

"I personally loved researching and writing about the battles of the Western Front."

Student Avalon Starick said it was amazing to learn what people went through in the war. "For me, making the scrapbook was great as it was hands-on and required elements of creativity which made learning about the war much more enjoyable."

The World War I street party will be held on Saturday from noon at Burnie Regional Museum.

Entry for adults is $12 and for children $8, while a family ticket for two adults and three children costs $30.  The 100 Years: 100 Objects exhibition closes the day before.

Story by Doug Dingwall, The Advocate.

Geography win puts Sophie on the map

KNOWS HER STUFF:  Burnie High School's young geography genius Sophie Burns.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Burnie High School's Sophie Burns has taken out top honours in the 2015 Australian Geography Competition, placing first in the state for the junior level.

The modest grade 8 student said the win came down to the right pick in multiple-choice questions, but her excellence in Maths, English and the Performing Arts has her teachers thinking otherwise.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate

Ali Baba and the 200 Burnie students

DRESS REHEARSAL:  Belly dancer Jessica Franks shows her moves under the gaze of Ali Baba (Ben White) and Sheikh Meshammy (Connor French). Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

When it comes to school productions at Burnie High School, every student is given the opportunity to have a go.

That's the reason the school's latest production, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves will involve close to 200 students onstage, in the orchestra and behind the scenes. 

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Ben Hansen, The Advocate


School seeking ideas for 100th celebration

LEGACY:  Preparations for Burnie High School's centenary celebrations next year have started.  Pictured looking through the old school record books are (from left) current student council co-presidents, Chloe Lynch and Oliver Fryett, former students Courtney Greisbach (2002) and Nick Probert (1987) and chairman of the school's association Ant Dry.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson.

More than 14,000 students have received an education at Burnie High School in the past century.

Next year Burnie High will celebrate its 100th birthday and the school wants the help of past and present students and staff to assist with organising the celebrations.

So far the school has locked in September 17, 2016 at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre for an event, but what that looks like has yet to be decided, principal Judith Fahey said.

"We really want to keep it open and wait to hear the ideas from the community," Ms Fahey said.

The format of the event and any subsequent activities have not been decided.

Ms Fahey said people were encouraged to share their ideas and there were no expectations for people to join the working committee or be involved in all aspects of the celebrations.

The aim of the celebrations is to:

  • Celebrate how Burnie High has served the community and students
  • Allow past students, staff and anyone that has had a connection with the school to reconnect
  • Highlight the impact the school has had on the community
  • Create an enjoyable and memorable anniversary

An ideas meeting will be held next week and following that meeting volunteers can elect to be involved in various aspects of the organisation of the celebrations.

The first meeting will be held from 7-9pm tomorrow, July 1, at Burnie High School.  Light refreshments will be served.  To RSVP or for more information contact Cheryl King on 6431 2744 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Story courtesy of The Advocate.