Burnie High School

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.

Read the full story on The Advocate website.

Story by Emily Woods, 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

Grant will help Produce to the People

FOOD BASKET:  Produce to the People founder Penelope Dodd has welcomed a $30,000 grant to upgrade facilities.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

A $30,000 grant will provide Produce to the People's Burnie High School farm headquarters with a much-needed upgrade.

The non-profit organisation was one of 47 Australian individuals and organisations to receive funding from AMP's Tomorrow Fund.

Produce to the People had the bulk of its state and federal funding slashed earlier this year.

Organisation founder Penelope Dodd said the grant would be pivotal in enabling the group to grow its free food hub at Burnie High School.

"It's an amount that allows us not only to continue what we're doing but also gives us a chance to develop a business plan to generate our own income,"  Ms Dodd said.

Ms Dodd said the funding would go towards adding "things like a snazzy new fridge, insulation and blinds", to the organisation's headquarters.

She said the group planned to implement a profitable "vegie bag" delivery service in coming months.

AMP director of media and community relations Julia Quinn said the Tomorrow Fund gave a helping hand to Australians doing great things in their community.  "We don't want money to be an obstacle for talented people who have a commitment to something that will make a difference," she said.

Story courtesy of The Advocate.

Burnie teams all class at titles

IN CONTROL:  Burnie High School's Emmitt Smith in action at the State High School Basketball Championships at Kingborough.  Picture courtesy of Basketball Tasmania.

Burnie schools were the big winners at the state high school basketball championships held at Kingborough recently.

Marist Regional College took out two of the four titles on offer, starting with the grade 7-8 boys' division, where it was far too polished for local rival Burnie High School 43-16.

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Story by Brad Cole, The Advocate

Liam keen to honour Anzacs

PAYING TRIBUTE:  Burnie High School student Liam Grieve is this year's winner of the Frank MacDonald Prize.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

Entering the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize fuelled Liam Grieve's desire to learn more about the Anzacs.

The year 9 Burnie High School student was one of just six Tasmanian students selected to take part in a study tour of the Western Front in France and Belgium next year.

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Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate


Solving real issues makes science fun

TALENTED:  Burnie High Students who have been successful at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search awards with their chosen projects are (from left) Amy Hicks, Maeve Grieve and Lukas Pilkington.  Picture:  Meg Windram, The Advocate.

Burnie High School raked in the awards last week at the Tasmanian Science Talent Search awards in Hobart.

The awards ceremony is an initiative of the Science Teachers Association of Tasmania and promotes quality science education in schools across Tasmania.

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Story by Ben Hansen, The Advocate

Liam receives Anzac honour

TRIP AHEAD:  Burnie High School's Liam Grieve is a recipient of the Frank MacDonald Prize.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Burnie High School student Liam Grieve is a recipient of the 2014-15 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize.

Liam is one of six Tasmanian students who are recipients of the prize who will have the unique experience of walking in the footsteps of fallen soldiers for the centenary of World War I next year.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is named in honour of Tasmania's last surviving World War I veteran.

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said the prize played "a vital role in ensuring our young remember the stories of our old, and gain an understanding of the Anzac spirit."

Since the first competition in 2003, the year when Mr MacDonald died at the age of 107, more than 55 Tasmanian students have taken part in a study tour of the Western Front in France and Belgium taking in many of the areas where Mr MacDonald served.

Thousands more Tasmanian students who entered the competition have discovered more about Tasmania's military history and the spirit of those who left our shores for the war effort to protect those they were leaving behind.

"Taking students to the battlegrounds of Europe provides an educational experience that no classroom could provide and is something they will always remember," Mr Rockliff said.

The study tour group will also include Terry Roe, representing the Returned and Services League; Adam Brooks, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Trade; and two officers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet as tour leaders.

Liam will be accompanied on the trip by the other winners Jenna Carmichael, of Sacred Heart College; Alice Curtain, of Ogilvie High School; Lilah Gmelig, of Ogilvie High School; Jacoba Sayers, of Rose Bay High School and Olivia Toohey, of Calvin Christian School.

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Students display artwork at end of year

Burnie High School year 10 art students (from left) Leanne Butcher, Kristy Sonners, Madeline Johnston, Chloe McDairmid and Dakota Gallagher.  Photo courtesy of The Advocate.

Artistic minds were celebrated at Burnie High School's end-of-year art exhibition, which was opened by Burnie City Council mayor Anita Dow.

"Every year it gets stronger and this year is the strongest we've had," Burnie High School art teacher Patrick Grieve said.

"The benefit of having an exhibition is that younger students can aspire to get to this standard in year 10 and they can see what a top student looks like."

Mr Grieve said the students learnt all styles of art during their time at BHS and then chose the style that most-interested them, to create a substantial port-folio of work.

Most of the year 10 students would continue studying art at college next year, he said.

Graffiti about Melbourne streets was a huge inspiration for Chloe McDairmid's colourful large-scale pieces.

"I think graffiti gives towns and cities more character and it can be done really well," Chloe, 16, said.  "The scribbles give it character and I enjoy experimenting with colours," she said.

Trips overseas inspired Dakota Gallagher's water-colour art display.  The 16-year-old has travelled extensively, including to Turkey and the Philippines.

"I love getting all the colours to blend in.  They're simple colours but they blend in a certain way and it looks amazing." Dakota said.

Story courtesy of The Advocate.

Raeleigh Phillips, 321-GO's "hare"

Raeleigh Phillips, 321-GO's "hare" leader for the 7 and under boys race. Picture courtesy of The Advocate.

It takes a fit teenager to beat more than 200 excited young children.

The "hares" have the difficult task of not only leading each Health Care Insurance 321-GO race, and guiding all of the little athletes through the course, but also ensuring they remain in front of the competitors.

Raeleigh Phillips, 321-GO's "hare" leader for the 7 and under boys race, is a veteran of the kids' event.

"I always wanted to be the hare.  When I was younger I always thought 'I wish I could do that'," Raeleigh, 14, said.

The Burnie High School student finished her ninth, and final, 321-GO race last year, but was keen to come back and help this year.

"I have to stay in front and they chase me, so I have to make sure I keep a good distance," Raeleigh said.

"I was trying to help them along," she said, about leading the race. "I was a little bit worried they'd outrun me."

Raeleigh competed in the B&E Burnie Ten last weekend, and said her years in 321-GO had prepared her well for the larger race.

"It was hard, but I got through it," she said.

"It's good because they help you prepare for the Burnie Ten and you get free entry to it after you finish nine 321-GO races."

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate.

Cambodian eye-opener

(Back to front and left to right) Jack Cooper, Tobi Mason, Julius Greene, Ben White, Jess Beaumont, Gerry Davies, George Cooper, Min, Bora Cooper, Tori Crisp, Natalie Febey, Bailee Gillard, Carly Grey, Annika Duncan, Kheung, Jasmine Hodgetts, Brianna Clarke, Eliza Paul, Emma Duncan at the religious temple Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Twelve Burnie High School students went on a humbling trip to Cambodia and experienced how children live and learn in one of the world's poorest countries.

The students and their teachers volunteered at Soksan International School in the regional village of Soksan, to gain an understanding of what it's like to be less fortunate.

"It was to enhance the students' cultural understanding, to see how significant education is around the world and how some people are doing the most they can with very little," Burnie High School co-ordinating teacher Jessica Beaumont said.

"It was about opening the kids' eyes to the real world."

After the 16-day trip, the students returned home with a greater understanding of the world around them.

"We have all come back with more appreciation for what we have," Burnie High School grade 9 student Jasmine Hodgetts said.

"My leadership skills and my confidence and understanding of others' cultures have all improved," Tori Crisp, also grade 9, said.

Most students worked in the classrooms, assisting teachers and working with students to improve their knowledge.

The students raised funds for several months and Miss Beaumont said all the organising was well worth it for the experience that all received.

"Working with the Cambodian Kids Foundation at the Soksan International School was an enriching experience, not only for students but for the teachers as well," she said.

"We are so thankful to everyone who helped us get there."

It was the first time Burnie High School had sent students to Cambodia and the experience was something that everyone should do, Miss Beaumont said.

"I didn't see one of them unhappy the entire time - they didn't want to leave," she said.

"A lot of the students are thinking about doing more volunteer work now.  They've also brought back their knowledge here and are sharing with the school what life is like [in Cambodia] and what can be done to help them."

The students had made "lasting friendships" with their Cambodian counterparts, Miss Beaumont said.

Story by Emily Woods, The Advocate

Milbourne to serve up a feast


BIG PLANS:  Jane Riley, Madeline Johnston and Kristy Sonners prepare for the Burnie High School Garden, Art and Food Expo on Saturday.  Picture:  Grant Wells, The Advocate.

From the television screen to the pop-up kitchen, Ben Milbourne will delight audiences of the Burnie High School Garden, Art and Food Expo on Saturday.

The Ben's Menu star will provide a cooking demonstration for fans and food buffs alike at the annual expo - a day of entertainment, arts, gardening displays, food stalls and other cooking demonstrations.

"It is quite exciting for us, I have been to some of Ben's Ghost Rock evenings and he is absolutely wonderful," expo coordinator Ant Dry said.

The expo will be held from 9.30am until 4pm at the school.

"We have boutique nurseries featuring unique things, so those interested in gardening can see something new," Mr Dry said.

"Arts lovers will enjoy the range of different arts we have, from paintings to wood carvings to wire statues."

Foodies will have lots to enjoy with other food-based features including a Thermomix demonstration, a sausage-tasting competition where a curated panel rates local sausages, a pizza making competition where local pizza-makers battle it out to see who makes the best one, and a variety of food stalls.

Live music will run throughout the day with performances by the Burnie Brass Band, Burnie Concert Band juniors, Burnie Youth Choir, Burnie High School music program, among others.

Mr Dry said while the expo was a fundraiser for the school it was not about making money, with some of the proceeds to be given to the Make A Wish Foundation Burnie sub-branch.

Story by Damita Lamont, The Advocate