Burnie High School

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



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.

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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

Ultrafox with Hetty Kate


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.


World's Greatest Shave


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.

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Story by Aryelle Sargent, The Advocate

Three tie for dux at Burnie High School

THREE OF THE BEST:  Burnie High School prize winners at presentation night rehearsals (from left) Riley Fletcher, Josh Downey and Jane Riley.  Pictures:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Attending Burnie High School speech night are Jackie (left) and Janine Reid, of Somerset.

At speech night are, from left, Lawrence Beckley, of Cooee, Brodie Styles, of Burnie and Renee Blachford, of Burnie.

A TRIPLE treat - three Burnie High School students have tied for Year 10 dux this year.

Riley Fletcher, Josh Downey and Jane Riley all received the same scores and the school named all three school dux at the school's presentation ceremony last night.

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Story by Emily Woods, 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.

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Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate

Maths success continues to add up

A NATURAL WITH FIGURES:  Burnie High School Grade 10 student Josh Ross has topped the state in the recent ICAS mathematics competition for a third year.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

One of Tasmania's brightest young mathematical minds, Josh Ross, of Burnie, is not fazed by being named the best in the state for a third year.

"It [winning the awards] hasn't fazed me, my parents get more excited about it than me," he said.

Josh received the joint-highest score for year 10 maths in Tasmania, shared with a student from Hobart, in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools.

Talented students were honoured at the ICAS Medal presentation ceremony for Victoria and Tasmania on Monday in Melbourne.

The Burnie High School student said maths came naturally to him.

"Maths is less boring than other school work," Josh said.

It's the third year in a row Josh has received a top mark and medal in an ICAS competition.  Last year he won the mathematics award for year 9, and he won the ICAS computer skills medal in year 8.

Out of 980,000 entrants in Australia, Josh was one of 68 students to win the maths medal for a second year.

The year 10 student is not nervous about starting college next year, he's already planning life post-university.

"Computer science is what I'm thinking of doing [at university], I'd like to do programming of some sort...I might go into game development," Josh said.

Assistant principal Gillian Hodgkinson said Josh's win was an honour for him personally and for his school.

At a time when public education in Tasmania is suffering from budget cuts, Ms Hodgkinson said the award highlighted its importance.

"It's fantastic for public education because it highlights that we can succeed and do succeed at the highest level," she said.

"Josh is a good role model for other students, and it's good for others to see him succeed.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate