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Ready to ride

READY TO RIDE:  Vanders Ute, Trays and Metal Works owner-manager Dean Vanderwerf and Burnie High School grade 10 student Matt Last with Matt's trike.  Picture:  Meg Windram, The Advocate.

SIXTEEN-year-old Matt Last is champing at the bit to test ride hs custom built trike on Wednesday.

Vanders Ute, Trays and Metal Works owner-manager Dean Vanderwerf said the Burnie High School grade 10 student had grown exponentially during the Developing Regional Interest in Future Technologies (DRIFT) program.

With less than a week until the program's completion day activities, Matt said there were just a few finishing touches to make before his slider was race ready.

"We've got to fix the seat on, and we've got to do a little bit of work with the back axle, but otherwise it's pretty ready to race," Matt said.

Matt's got big aspirations ahead of his trike's racing debut.

"I'm hoping for a win, that would be nice," he said.

From 11am on Wednesday at Penguin, competitors will take part in time trials and drift bike challenges, and a number of the bikes will be on display.

Industry partners and supporters will also be in attendance to speak to students about pathways into a number of different industries.

Mr Vanderwerf said Matt had shouldered the majority of the work.

"We had to show him how to use some equipment like the grinder and the guillotine press, but otherwise it's all been his ideas and we've just helped to guide him," he said.

Matt said the DRIFT program had made him more certain he wished to work as a sheet metal fabricator in the future.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate

Spider's special name

RACING STRIPE SPIDER:  Burnie boy Robert Beeton with a framed print of the spider he discovered in the Central Highlands.  He named it Paruwi to remind him of his father who died suddenly four years ago.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Burnie High School student Robert Beeton became famous overnight when he discovered a new genus of spider.

The 12-year-old took part in a nature program called Bush Blitz in February, where he went spider finding one night at Gowan Brae, in the Central Highlands.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate

Science Investigation Awards

Sherrie Jaffray and Lukas Pilkington, Picture courtesy of Cordell Richardson Photography.

Environmental Award Grade 7 - Lukas Pilkington Sponsored by Cradle Coast NRM.

View the UTAS Science Investigation Awards gallery on The Advocate website.



Dakota making mark on history

WELL-DESERVED:  Burnie High School student Dakota Gallagher was named the Australian History Competition senior state champion.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Dakota Gallagher is making his own history.

The Year 10 Burnie High School student achieved outstanding results to be recognised as the state champion in his age group of the Australian History Competition.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate

Students inspired to act out dreams

Actor Joe Clements watches on as students Zima Anderson-McLachlan (left) and Nekeishah Carey rehearse their parts for yesterday's final performance.  Picture: Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Inspired Burnie High School and Marist Regional College students acted out their interpretation of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech" on the last day of their NIDA workshop yesterday.

The five-day workshop, where 24 high school students learnt about acting through a range of games and improvisation, was facilitated by television star Joe Clements, of Home and Away, Neighbours and Blue Heelers fame.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate

Family ties in cultural journey

On Tuesday evening Burnie Mayor, Steve Kons and the aldermen welcomed our guests with a Civic Reception at the Council Chambers. 

Polite, gentle, studious and with an amazing work ethic, Kanari Maeda, of Japan, has already impressed her host family.

Jodie and Phil Hudson, of Burnie, welcomed Kanari into their home on Saturday, and will provide her with a "safe, loving and happy family environment" while she completes her one-month student exchange at Burnie High School.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Acting lessons from a pro

IT'S SHOWBIZ:  Australian television, film and stage actor Joe Clements shows Burnie High School and Marist Regional College students the ropes of acting.  Picture:  Meg Windram, The Advocate.

The key to success in the performing arts industry is to not fall for the "Hollywood star system".

Australian television, film and stage actor Joe Clements understands the phenomenon all too well - where people assume they have to be self-focused to succeed in the spotlight.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate



Make the transition a smooth one

The change from primary school to high school can be a stressful time for both children and parents.

The change from primary to high school requires families to be organised

The transition from primary to high school should be a time of excitement and happiness, as students reach this important milestone in their lives.

Ensure the process is as stress-free as possible, by helping your child to prepare for it.

With new surroundings, increased teachers, classes and resources, and a different approach to education, there is a lot for students to familiarise themselves with.

Consider the following when preparing your child for high school.

Preparing for multiple classes

At high school, there are usually more items that you will need to bring to each class than you had to bring for a whole week at primary school.

You might have as many as five or six different subjects a day, and each lesson will have its own books, textbooks and homework.

To ensure you are adequately prepared for each class, consider the following:

  • To ensure you remember what you need to bring to each class, write it down.
  • Most schools will have a student diary or planner as part of its school book list, so make sure you are using this every day.

Handling more homework

You may get a homework timetable in your first week at high school and this may involve doing a litle bit of homework every night.

Planning when and how long you will spend on homework will ensure you complete it all, and by the deadlines required.

  • Use your school diary to create a weekly plan, listing the times of an evening that you have extra curricular activities and the times when you will do homework.  Try to allocate at least half an hour to one hour every day.
  • If you fall behind, have trouble completing your homework or don't understand something, talk to your teacher straight away.
  • Each school may have a different homework policy and it is important to familiarise yourself with it.

Expect more teachers

It is common at high school to have different teachers for some or all of your classes.

Each teacher will have their own rules and way of teaching their classes.

However, your home group teacher will be the same and you will have regular times in home group where they will take attendance and share important information.

  • If you have a problem that you can't discuss with your subject teachers, try talking to your home group teacher about what to do.

Information was sourced from www.education.tas.gov.au

Image and article supplied by The Advocate.


Burnie High School will be holding an Information Evening for parents who would like their children to join our school community in 2015, on Tuesday June 24, at 7.00 pm in the School Hall.  Future students are welcome to attend with their parents.


Exciting experience

GOING HOME:  Japanese exchange student Kanari, 16, will be heading home today after spending time with her Burnie host family Phil and Jodie Hudson and their children, Taylor, 15, Jarrod, 14, Mika, 5, and Halli, 2.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Imagine getting up at 6am, commuting for an hour, studying from 8am until 4pm, commuting for an hour home, then studying all evening.

Then imagine doing all of this throughout the week, as a teenager.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate

Students on track to raise funds for Cambodia mission

RIDE ON:  Clockwise from bottom left, Burnie High School students Annika Duncan, Jasmine Hodgetts, Brianna Clarke, Emma Duncan, Julius Greene, Tobin Mason, Carly Grey, Bailee Gillard, Eliza Paul, Natalie Febey, Ben White and Tori Crisp.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Determined students from Burnie High School are ready to put their legs to the test as they ride closer to their trip to Cambodia.

Twelve students from grade nine and 10 will travel to Cambodia in October, where they will be volunteering at the Cambodia Kids Foundation for two weeks.

Until they leave for their unforgettable experience, the students will hold fund-raisers and collect donations for their trip.

Today, students will take part in a cycling challenge where they will ride 735 kilometres on stationary bikes.

This is the major fund-raising event for the Cambodia trip and students have created a "sponsorship wall".  This enables corporate businesses to print their logo on to an A4 "brick", where it will be publicised at upcoming events.  It will eventually be transported to Cambodia.

Teacher Caitlin Midson said donations would be divided between the 12 students to help offset flight costs.

"Students have already collected individual sponsorship," she said.

"We will also be seeking donations from shoppers on the day."

  • To make a donation contact Caitlin Midson at Burnie High School on 6431 2744.


Story by Ellie Simpson, The Advocate