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by Bernadette Shaw - Saturday, 25 October 2014, 8:56 AM
Tuesday, 28 October: As a school we will prepare for Parihaka Day (November 5) with a showing of the film 'Tatarakihi', presented by Maata Wharehoka from Parihaka. Year 10 will view it P1 and 2, Year 9 will view it P3 and 4. Senior students may attend either session if their teachers wish.  Parents are also welcome to come.

A gold coin koha is requested.

Students are also encouraged to wear a feather for the day as an act of standing along side the people of Parihaka.
More information and a movie trailer can be obtained by clicking this link:

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by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 24 October 2014, 11:12 AM

We have been given the exciting opportunity to have the “Fanfare Marquette" - a 60cm diameter model of Fanfare and a talk by the artist Neil Dawson . The  model of Fanfare will be available to view between 1.00 and 1.30 today in the Library

This year SCAPE PUBLIC ART are running a campaign for Fanfare, a bold, contemporary, large-scale sculpture with 360 rotating pinwheels which has been created by internationally renowned Christchurch sculptor, Neil Dawson, and will be installed on State Highway 1 at Chaney's Corner. Fanfare will be New Zealand's largest work of public sculpture and its installation will elevate Canterbury onto the global arts stage in recognition of this extraordinary and visionary sculpture. The campaign can be seen here:

They are still trying to raise funds and staff//parents//students who want to contribute by joining fanfare can do so here:

A 60cm model of Fanfare will be available to view between 10.00 and 1.30 today in the Library.

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by Bernadette Shaw - Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 8:31 AM

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Year 9 Maori Student WHAKAPAPA
by Sandra Sidaway - Monday, 20 October 2014, 7:53 PM

Kia ora tatou

On Wednesday, 22 October, Year 9 Maori students will have the opportunity to work with Terry Ryan who is a recognised expert on Maori whakapapa. Terry will be able to help students explore their family connections and history.

North and South Division Year 9 Maori students will attend in Form Time and Period 2 and West Division Year 9 students in Period 3. 

The whakapapa sessions will be in the seminar room in the library and students are asked to bring a piece of paper with their mothers' maiden name (her name before she was married), names of grandparents if they know them and any information about their Marae or where their family came from if they know it, written down.

Students are also asked to bring a gold coin as a koha to thank Terry for his time.

Nga mihi nui, Mrs Sidaway

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by Bernadette Shaw - Monday, 20 October 2014, 7:09 AM
L to R (Hannah Sutton, Robin Wan, Eddie Wu and Owen Wong)
Robin Wan (9NTHW) has been awarded a Medal for Outstanding Performance in the recent Australian Mathematics Competition. The Competition is sat annually by hundreds of thousands of students from over 40 countries. This year there were only 4 medals won throughout New Zealand, and Robin was the only medallist from outside Auckland.
Owen Wong (9WJAE) and Eddie Wu (10WANH) also did extremely well in the competition, earning a Prize for their efforts. In addition, Hannah Sutton (9NTHW) was awarded the Prudence Award (and a High Distinction) for getting the most questions correct in a row (22 out of 30). Congratulations to all of these students on their excellent achievements.
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by Bernadette Shaw - Saturday, 18 October 2014, 2:54 PM

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You are invited to 'A Night of Comedy'
by Nigel Roberts - Thursday, 16 October 2014, 1:15 PM

The PTA are having a spring social this year and invite all of the Burnside High School Community to a night of comedy with the Scared Scriptless improvisation team from The Court Theatre. What else do you need to know?

  • The show is one night only - Wednesday 19th  November 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Aurora Centre.
  • This is a social opportunity for everyone (R13) - students, staff, parents, friends & family.
  • Scared Sciptless is Australasia’s longest-running comedy show.
  • The Court Jesters will bring their peculiar brand of comedy and skills to Burnside High School.
  • The bar will be open, so if you are fortunate enough to still look under 26, please bring ID.
  • All tickets are $15 and only available from the student office.
  • When you buy a ticket you will be asked to nominate a form class - the class that sells the most tickets will be rewarded with a pizza lunch and 200 divisional points, the runners up get class ice creams and 100 divisional points!

Get a group together (or come alone and make friends) and buy your tickets, then get ready to laugh the night away.

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Mashup Competition 2014 Entries open
by John Creighton - Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 8:33 AM

So What’s A Mashup and Why Should I Get Involved?

Mashup 2014


Your Approach

A mashup is just like a project. We expect you to think and plan what you are going to design/build to solve a problem or better understand your chosen subject matter. You might design/build some software/a mobile app/a machine, tell a story, use sensors to measure things, use government data to analyse and explore things or create a website for collecting/sharing information.

Visit to register. See Mr. Creighton in X Block if interested

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Important Truck Safety Message for Schools
by Marinda van Vuuren - Monday, 13 October 2014, 4:45 PM

Stay safe around trucks

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Bright Sparks 2014
by John Creighton - Sunday, 12 October 2014, 9:23 PM

Congratulations to Nathan James Year 11 and Daniel Coats Year 13 for being named as 2014 BrightSparks finalists. The Awards ceremony is in Auckland at the Waipuna Conference Centre

The annual Bright Sparks Competition sees school students develop a prototype using electronics, electrical engineering or programming elements over the course of a year, and send it in to be judged by our panel of industry experts. Finalists have their profiles featured on the website, and winners receive great prizes and can go on to achieve further success with their projects. 

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