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MUFTI DAY - Tomorrow, Thursday 31 July
by Sandra Sidaway - Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 3:27 PM

A city wide mufti day is being organised for secondary school students in Christchurch, tomorrow, Thursday. Burnside High School is one of the schools participating in this.

It is being organised by the "One School Network" which is made up of all the Head Prefects in all the schools across the city.

The theme is Red & Black - ie. support Canterbury.

A gold coin donation is required if you are in mufti and this will go to a worthwhile charity.

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Return of Sports, Cultural and Academic Cups and Trophies
by Marinda van Vuuren - Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2:49 PM

It would be appreciated if all sports, cultural and academic cups and trophies could be returned to the Student Office by Friday 15 August. Please ensure these have been cleaned before they are returned, and if you have a brother or sister who has left school and has one from last year, please return it for them. Thank you.

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Art History Trip
by John Creighton - Monday, 28 July 2014, 11:09 AM

Art History trip to Melbourne

Art History

During the holidays 17 excited, passionate Art History and Visual Arts students spent four days exploring the galleries and streets of central Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia.  Accompanied by Art History teacher, Ms Mentink, and parents, Gordon and Johan Dalkie, the students were treated to the wealth of traditional and contemporary art on show at the National Gallery of Victoria, ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), the Ian Potter Centre and Melbourne Museum, including an excellent guided tour of key 19C works...

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School Production
by John Creighton - Monday, 28 July 2014, 10:02 AM

Don't miss the unique chance to see a Burnside High School original production, the hilarious, action-packed murder mystery, Murder on The Mediterranean, coming to the Aurora Centre this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now, $10/$5, and only available through the Student Office.

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Fencing Success
by John Creighton - Thursday, 24 July 2014, 9:40 AM

Wai Ling Chan recently travelled with the New Zealand team to Australia and competed in Sydney for the Australian National Cadet Championships. 
She was  placed first in the Individual Women's Epee event, beating Rachel Aistrope from South Australia with a score of 15-3. For the team event NZ placed 2nd, losing to New South Wales A.

Fencing Success

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Reminder that all students will be released at 12.45 pm on Thursday 24 July
by Marinda van Vuuren - Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:29 PM

A reminder that all students will be released at 12.45 pm on Thursday 24 July to enable students to attend the Years 11 to 13 Parent Teacher Conferences.

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by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 18 July 2014, 3:31 PM

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 (7.00pm - 9.00pm)

Thursday 24th July 2014 (1.45pm - 3.15pm and 3.45pm - 5.15pm)

Bookings can be made at using the event code CWC26.  Bookings will close at 8.00am on the day of the conferences.

(Edited by Marinda van Vuuren - original submission Friday, 4 July 2014, 1:54 PM)

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week - 21 to 25 July
by Marinda van Vuuren - Friday, 18 July 2014, 3:31 PM


  1. Interdivisional Poi Competition, 6 - 8 girls from each Division - Making Poi and practice in G5 today - final tomorrow
  2. Interdivisional Kiorahi Competition with mixed team of 12 from each Division - Practice day Monday 



  1. Final Poi Competition on Whare Porch
  2. Interdivisional Kiorahi Competition continues - North v Senior Semifinal



  1. Staff v Senior Debaters in the Quad - Topic: “We should not train or employ teachers who cannot speak Te Reo Maori”
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2014 Youth Talent Quest Auditions Now Open
by Marinda van Vuuren - Monday, 14 July 2014, 12:12 PM

YMCA Talent Quest

Youth Talent Quest auditions are NOW OPEN - go to and...

1. Video the audition. No need to spend a lot (if any) money on the video. The panel will be able to see the talent.
2. Post the audition to YouTube. Alternatively the audition can be sent to the YMCA on DVD or Flash Drive (memory stick).
3. Email the filled out application form to Ensure the URL of the YouTube clip is on the Audition Form.
4. Save the date - 27 September 2014, 7.00pm. Note the change of venue, the live Final will be held at the Cashmere High School Auditorium. Come and be involved.

This year we are working with Papanui Youth Development Trust ( and Christchurch Educated ( to make this year's event bigger and brighter than last year.

If there are any questions please check out or email

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School Internet connection down
by godfreya admin - Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 9:38 PM

There was some work being done outside the school this afternoon that resulted in the school internet connection going down.

This will prevent any staff and students from logging in to Moodle or Google Apps (unless using a chromebook).

I apologise for this inconvenience and we hope that the technicians will have the problem fixed tomorrow morning.