Burnie High School

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.

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.

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.

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



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.





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





Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves


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

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.