Burnie High School

Hitting the road for great cause

ON YOUR BIKE: Preparing for the Tour de Fight charity ride from Adelaide to

Shepparton are tour co-ordinator, Graeme Weatherley (right) with ride participants,

Jarrod Watling (left) and Tom Robinson. Picture: Stuart Wilson, The Advocate

 

Story By Mark Acheson, The Advocate

The year 1989 is one Graeme Weatherley will never forget. 

In July that year his daughter Rebecca was diagnosed with leukaemia and shortly after his wife Jan was told she had breast cancer.

Having both died, Mr Weatherley will ride for Tour de Fight BACC (breast and children's cancer) from Adelaide to Shepparton with some 13 other participants in honour of his family members and other cancer patients.

Mr Weatherley said the seven-day, 905-kilometre bike ride between October 5 and 11 was nothing compared to the hardships faced by cancer patients.

"If we could help make a positive difference in the fight to eradicate cancer from the world, well then that's what we are about," Mr Weatherley said.

"We are trying to do our little bit to make a difference.

"My wife, daughter and everyone who is going through cancer faces one hell of a challenge and really a bike ride is minuscule compared to what they have to go through."

After a 16-year break from riding Mr Weatherley will once again don bicycle cleats.

Having moved to Burnie in recent years, Mr Weatherley will be partnered on the ride with sons-in-laws Dale Osborne and Tom Robinson.

Mr Robinson said the mental challenge he faced ahead of the ride was nothing compared to what those with cancer went through.  "It got to the point where I could not do it," Mr Robinson said.

"I met Deb (Mr Weatherley's other daughter) in 2004 and we were married in 2009.

"I formed a great relationship with Jan and got a much better understanding of the effects the disease can have."

The Burnie High teacher said all the inspiration he needed for the ride was through Mr Weatherley's wife, Jan.

"If there is a mental battle in the walks of life I think of her as an inspiration," he said.

All funds raised on the charity bike ride will go the Children's Cancer Centre Foundation, the McGrath Foundation and Children's Cancer Organisation Challenge.

- For information and to donate, visit: tourdefightbacc.com

 

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Duke Deconstructed

Duke Deconstructed

A Modern take on a selection of Ellington's compositions, placing focus on improvisation, motific development, unconventional harmony and freedom in jazz.  Dbl bass (Enzo Ruberto)

WHERE: Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

WHEN: Thursday May 30 2013

TIME: 7.00PM for a 7.30PM start

COST: $20 per head (no concessions)

Baritone saxophone, Bass clarinet (Danny Healy)

Duke deconstructed explores the musical vision of composer Duke Ellington, focusing on an ensemble of low-register instruments.  Drums (Alf Jackson)

This is what jazz used to be about - simple melodic tunes used as a vehicle to create music that is above all else fun.  Trombone (Hayden Dare)

The instrumentation is far from conventional, but is amazing how much chordal melodic depth can be created with three bass instruments.  Piano accordion (Matt Boden)

From the freedom of Ornette Coleman to the harmonic obscurity of Sun Ra.  The contrapuntal melodies of Gerry Mulligan combined with the rhythmic nonconformist approach of Eric Dolphy.  Tuba (Tim Jones)

 

Students put on right path

Story by Mark Acheson, The Advocate

Picture by Grant Wells, The Advocate

A select group of Burnie High School students collaborated at the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club last week for an informative session on life ambitions and goals.

Hosted by the Beacon Foundation, students under the Trainee and Apprentice Pathways Program were enlightened by various role models from the Burnie community.

Facilitator from Outside the Square Solutions and rising North-West Tasmania Tall Timbers Thunder Basketball Club star Tom Wright said the theme of the day was five important values - teamwork, courage, choice, opportunity and chance. 

"They learnt a lot of real world skills which they can act upon," Mr Wright said.

He said even he had little idea of his future prospects as a year 10 student.

"If a program like this had come up and given me some direction it would have been perfect," he said.

Burnie High School student Jesse Bakes said stories from guest speaker Senior Sergeant Ian Edwards resonated with him.

"I am looking forward to be a dairy farmer and then a cop," Jesse said.

"It was the way he had the guts to talk to us kids about the things that didn't go well for him."

Topics of self-respect, loyalty and discipline were covered.

Burnie High School teacher Brett Norton-Smith said the group of students started the day at their school working on various team-building exercises.

"They had to help each other through an elaborate course blindfolded, which helped to build them as a team," he said.

"They don't realise you're learning right throughout your life."

 

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Adrian Cunningham

JAZZ GOES TO SCHOOL

Presents

Adrian Cunningham

Australian-born New York-based Multi-instrumentalist (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Vocals)

Accompanied by Viktor Zappner on Piano, Nick Haywood on Bass & Alf Jackson on Drums

Where:

Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

When:

Saturday 23rd March 2013

Time:

7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

Cost:

$20 per head (no concessions)

Tickets available from the school (6431 2744) Or limited sales at the door

Bar opens at 7.00 p.m.

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Jazz Goes To School

Jazz Goes To School

Presents

JUDY CARMICHAEL

Grammy nominated New York Jazz Pianist/Singer

Accompanied by U.K. Guitarist SAM DUNN

WHERE: Burnie High School's Performing Arts Centre

WHEN: Saturday 23rd February 2013

TIME: 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

COST: $20 per head (no concessions)

Tickets available from the school (6431 2744) or limited sales at the door

Bar opens 7.00 p.m.

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