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2015 Start Dates
by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:35 AM

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Student Success
by John Creighton - Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:23 PM
Nathan James recently attended the Realise the Dream awards ceremony at Government House last Friday.
It was a fantastic opportunity, and was amazing from the venue, to the line up of speakers and presenters, as well as the calibre of students that were selected. The Governor General, Head of the Royal Society, the British High Commissioner, the US Ambassador, Heads of the Engineering Professional Body as well as UNESCO and the CEO of Genesis Energy presented and spoke in what was a very important evening. 
Nathan was very successful and won a fully funded trip to the United States for a week and will compete in the INTEL Technology and Science Fair in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. This is the largest Technology and Science Fair in the world, so the exposure for Nathan is enormous.
Amazing for a Year 11 student. 
Realise the Dream
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by Nigel Roberts - Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 10:48 AM

If you need a uniform then the PTA uniform sale is the place to come.  This year we have a wide variety of second hand and some new uniform items available at very reasonable prices.  The sales are being held in the Cross Gymnasium (behind the swimming pool):

  • 11-1 pm on Saturday 13th December 2014 and 
  • 3-5 pm on Thursday 22nd January 2015.  

We hope to see you there.

(Edited by Bernadette Shaw - original submission Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 8:55 AM)

(Edited by Bernadette Shaw - original submission Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 10:46 AM)

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by Bernadette Shaw - Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 8:32 AM

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by Marinda van Vuuren - Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 8:27 AM

The Year 9 Prize Giving will be held in the Aurora Centre at 8.30 am on Wednesday 10 December.  All students are expected to attend and should report to their form room at 8.15 am.  Year 9 students will be released for holidays at 10.00 am.

The Year 10 Prize Giving will held in the Aurora Centre at 10.30 am on Wednesday 10 December.  All students are expected to attend and should report to their form room at 10.15 am.  Year 10 students will be released for holidays at 12.00 pm.

Parents who are attending prize givings should be seated in the Aurora Centre ten minutes before the start time.  Thank you.

School reports are being sent to parents' email addresses and will be available on the Parent Portal on Moodle.


(Edited by John Creighton - original submission Monday, 8 December 2014, 5:04 PM)

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National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships
by John Creighton - Tuesday, 9 December 2014, 8:26 AM

A team ten students attended the National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships in Whanganui over the weekend. 
The photo is of our winning Road Race team
Angus Bailey in his first year as a senior led the 3 man road race team to a gold medal. The team of Angus, Daniel Coats and Nick Findlay won gold comfortably from a large field in the 6km Road Race. 
Angus then went in to finish creditably in the final of the 1500m on the track while Nick went on to finish well in the Steeplechase.

In other Athletic news Sean Eustace has been awarded the Brian Taylor Scholarship. The National scholarship was set up after Brian's death in the Christchurch Earthquake to enable young talented athletes to stay in New Zealand to further their running careers. This scholarship is for three years. It was awarded based on his performances over the past 12 months. He is the second recipient of the scholarship. This is a great legacy for Brian and an honour for Burnside High School and Sean.
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by John Creighton - Sunday, 7 December 2014, 10:20 PM

Congratulations to the Burnside Teams that took part in the Electric Car competition run last week at Ruapuna. The students developed a very competitive vehicle and placed well over all. Michael Perry, Josh Lowe and Jonathan McKay all drove on the day, through a series of obstacle courses, speed trials and endurance races.

Michael Perry did well and placed 5th and the Josh Lowe, Jonathan McKay entry placed 9th respectively out of a field of 16. We would have done better but had a major gear failure which took us out of one event.

The movie entry of Tony Lee and Armand LeRoux was enough to give us a first place in the movie section.

It was an enjoyable day and a different way to learn about mechanics physics and engineering. Pictured are the students with Eva Håkansson the fastest woman on wheels (242mph on machine she built herself!)


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CodeWorx Programming
by John Creighton - Sunday, 7 December 2014, 9:46 PM


The 2014 Codeworx challange for 2014 has come to a conclusion. This National premiere programming competition for students from 9-13 was entered by a large number of students.

SECOND PLACE   (INDIVIDUAL)     Nathan James from Burnside High School 
THIRD PLACE        (INDIVIDUAL)     Tom Wright from Burnside High School

SECOND PLACE   (TEAM ENTRY)   Niko Tainui, Jacob Woods, Cameron Giddens and William Withers from Burnside High School

What they had to do...

  • Solve a real world problem
  • Be useful in someone's everyday life

  • User-friendly design
  • Process-driven computer programming
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Technology Successes!
by John Creighton - Sunday, 7 December 2014, 9:36 PM

Nathan James from Burnside High School is one of sixteen students have been selected to attend the Genesis Energy Realise the Dream event organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

The week-long road trip event starts in Auckland on Saturday 6 December and concludes in Wellington Saturday 13 December. 

During the week the participants will be hosted by the Liggins Institute and the Photon Factory at the University of Auckland and also Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

Genesis Energy will be hosting the students at the Huntly power station and the students will also be hosted by DairyNZ in Hamilton.

In Wellington they will visit NIWA, Acme Engineering and will be given a special tour of Matiu Somes Island.  

The week culminates with an award ceremony at Government House where there will be some special awards presented which include international travel to science events and education scholarships.  

For more about the students selected and their project summaries, visit

Nathan James

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French Exchange Students
by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 5 December 2014, 1:36 PM

On Monday 3 December ten of our Year 12 French Exchange students left Christchurch to spend six weeks in Paris as part of an exchange between Burnside High School and La Source . Tash Wilson, Emily Hughes, Tanu Srivastav, Ayaka Archer, Brooke Rakowitz, Petra Garratt, Megan Goodrich, Hannah Miles, Kate Garner, and Rosa Elliott all hosted their French exchange students in July and are returning to live with them in Paris. They will spend Christmas and New Year there with 2 weeks of holidays and 4 weeks at school.

 We wish them bonnes  vacances and look forward to their many stories when they return.