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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

Burnie High student heads youth council

Burnie High School students, Chloe Lynch, elected deputy youth mayor and Oliver Fryett, elected youth mayor.  

This year's Burnie Youth Council elections took place late last month, with candidates from Burnie High School and Burnie Primary School taking out the top jobs.

The Burnie Youth Council has been running for 14 years and is made up of two representatives from each school and college in the Burnie Municipality.

Every year an election is held to determine the leadership roles within the youth council.

As part of the election process, Burnie Youth Council members prepare a short speech and present it to the group.

From this, the councillors then vote on who they believe will best fulfil the roles of youth mayor, deputy youth mayor and junior deputy youth mayor.

This year Oliver Fryett, of Burnie High School, was elected youth mayor, Chloe Lynch, also of Burnie High School, was elected deputy youth mayor and Alec Mollison, of Burnie Primary School, was elected deputy junior youth mayor.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said the Burnie Youth Council was a fantastic initiative as it provided members with a unique opportunity to participate in civic education and gain a greater understanding of local government.

"The Burnie Youth Council also provides council with valuable links and insight into the strengths and challenges of Burnie's young people," she said.

"I would like to pass on my congratulations to Oliver, Chloe and Alec on their appointments and I look forward to working with them in the future."

Last year Kate Brett, 16, of Marist Regional College, was announced as youth mayor; Riley Gray, 14, of Parklands High School, as senior deputy youth mayor; and Ruby Eglington, 11, of Montello Primary School, as junior deputy youth mayor.

Story courtesy of 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.

Student's thoughts of missing soldiers

Emotional Day:  Burnie student Liam Grieve (back centre) and other members of the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize 2015 hold the wreath they laid at the Villers-Bretonneux, France, Anzac Day dawn service.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Laying a wreath at the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux, France, was an unforgettable experience, according to Burnie High School student Liam Grieve.

The grade 10 student was on the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize tour of France and Belgium, visiting World War I sites of significance.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate

Siblings shine at eisteddfod

TALENTED PAIR:  Siblings Maeve, 13, and Liam Grieve, 16, both had a successful Burnie eisteddfod, winning in several of their performance categories.  Picture:  Jason Hollister.

Liam and Maeve Grieve dominated their categories after the brother and sister from Burnie High School placed first in almost all the categories they entered at the Burnie City Eisteddfod.

The music and drama sections of the eisteddfod wrapped up with an awards ceremony at the weekend after performances from more than 1000 entrants.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Jess Black, The Advocate



Students rise to occasion

Amy Hicks, of Burnie High School, watches as Tony Wilson, from Wynyard Rotary, releases the trolley.  Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Students gnawed finger nails and gripped seats tightly as their bridges flexed under increasing weight.

This year's Tasmanian Science and Engineering Challenge series found itself at Burnie's Marist Regional College yesterday, and about eight schools watched anxiously during the last activity for the day.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate

Burnie Eisteddfod Action

RECITAL: Abbi O'Connor in the humorous recitation.  Pictures: Grant Wells, The Advocate. 

Skye-Lee Burke performs on stage.

Bethany Lovell

From left Blaide Howard, William Smith and Max Williams

Impromptu conversation, Grade 9: Charlotte Austin-Lund and Finlay Poke

Eva Wright and Skye-Lee Burke

Gemma Neasey and Maeve Grieve

Luke Groves

Maeve Grieve

Maverick Scott and Connor French during their impromptu conversation.

Max Williams





Frank MacDonald prize winner to vist great uncle's grave

PAYING RESPECT:  Joan Wylie, deputy tour leader for the trip to Europe, and tour participant Liam Grieve, both from Burnie, prepare to head out of Tasmania yesterday afternoon.  Picture:  Stuart Wilson, The Advocate.

Only last year Liam Grieve discovered he had a great uncle who served in the World War I.

It was the 16-year-old's win in the prestigious Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize which revealed his family's history.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate


Become a Tassievore


IT'S ALL GOOD:  Penelope Dodd, from Produce for the People, with Burnie High School students Leigh Howard, Connor Wright and Shaun Thomas.  The group is urging people to think local when sourcing their fruit and vegetables. Picture courtesy of The Advocate.

Local produce is good for the health of people and the economy

Tasmanians eating locally-grown and sourced produce is a growing trend.

For the past three years, Lissa Villeneuve and other volunteers have pushed for Tasmanians to become Tassievores, where they make conscious decisions on where they shop and what they put in their stomachs.

Held annually in March, the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge is a not-for-profit program which partners with the Heart Foundation, Eat Well Tasmania, Tasmanian School Canteen Association and Produce to the People, among many other organisations.

Ms Villeneuve said the challenge was about supporting a strong local economy and farmers making a living of growing and producing food.

Full article published in The Advocate, Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Page 35

- For more information about the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge or Sustainable Living Tasmania, visit www.slt.org.au/tassievore.

Story by Ben Hansen, The Advocate

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