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Teacher Only Day - Friday 29 May
by Marinda van Vuuren - Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:34 AM

This is a reminder to parents and families that school will be closed for instruction for a Teacher Only Day tomorrow, Friday 29 May, for staff professional development.  School will reopen on Tuesday 2 June after Queen's Birthday holiday.

Should you have any difficulty over the supervision of your student; the Library will provide a supervised space for independent study from 8.30am to 2.40pm (the end of the school day).

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UC Education Mud Run 2015
by Carl Johnston - Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:20 AM

The UC Education Mud Run invites secondary school students and teachers to take up a unique mid-winter challenge – the only event of its kind in New Zealand. Get a team of two, three or four mates together, dress in your craziest costumes then take on a five kilometre obstacle course full of fun, challenges and plenty of mud.

- Keep an eye on the notices or talk to Miss Roberts to enter your team.

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One Act Play
by Carl Johnston - Thursday, 28 May 2015, 8:33 AM

The 4th annual One Act Play Festival took place in the Aurora Centre on Friday 22 May. 14 Year 13 drama students directed eight plays involving a cast of 50 from all year levels. They were ably supported by 8 senior student led tech crews.

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Waterwise Camp
by Marinda van Vuuren - Wednesday, 27 May 2015, 11:02 AM

Two Burnside High School students, Jess Scarsbrook (13PZS) and Jacob Appo (12WUP), recently attended the week long Waterwise camp, run by Untouched World and Ecan along with 18 other students from various high schools around the wider Canterbury region.

They both learned a lot about water and environmental issues focused on the Te Waihora area.  The main thing that Jacob said he took away from this trip was a better understanding of the environment and the multiple opinions around it.  Jacob said 'talking to farmers around the Selwyn region made me realise that dairying is extremely important to New Zealand's economy and we need to find a balance between caring for the environment whilst still maintaining a competitive economy'.

Jess also commented saying, 'I learned the importance of all forms of activism and humans' effect on the environment.  I also realised how important it is to educate the farmers and wider community on water and environmental issues'.

They both thoroughly enjoyed their trip and would highly recommend it to Year 11-13 students next year who are interested in Geography and Biology.

Jess Scarsbrook and Jacob Appo

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Triple P - Positive Parenting Programme Group
by Marinda van Vuuren - Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 4:16 PM

A free, five session, parenting course is being held at the Pukemanu-Dovedale Centre, Dovedale Avenue, commencing Wednesday 17 June from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.

This course aims to equip parents of teens with strategies they can implement straight away, with a focus on positive engagement and a solution focus.

For further information and booking details, please see the flyer attached.

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by Bernadette Shaw - Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 9:03 AM

Left to right: Natalija Petrovic, Kaitlin Burke, Rose Lee and Claude Tellick

The Burnside High School Amnesty International group are a Human Rights group, appealing to governments who violate Human Rights.  They raise awareness to help with gathering information about what goes on when the world is not watching.  They choose to express their views by campaigning against torture and the death penalty.  Currently they meet once a week and have about a dozen members.

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TechHub Careers Expo
by John Creighton - Sunday, 24 May 2015, 12:28 PM

TechHub Careers Expo

This is a free event for Year 9-12 students and their parents includes presentations in the theatre starting at 6.30pm and the opportunity to talk with local IT organisations in an expo style setting before and after the presentations.
REGISTER ONLINE at to be included in the spot prize draw!

TechHub Careers Expo is a careers expo specifically aimed at showcasing careers in the IT industry – we are talking about such diversity there is a career to suit absolutely everyone – entrepreneurs, software engineers, web developers, web designers, network engineers, ...

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by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:06 PM

(Brittany Wyatt)

Two Year 12 students Liam James  and Brittany Wyatt have been selected for the New Zealand Cadet team for the 2015 Australian Championships to be held in Sydney.  Brittany has also been selected for the New Zealand Cadet and Under 20 team for the Fencing Commonwealth Championships 2015 to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in July this year.

Well done to both of these students.

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by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:44 AM

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by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:35 AM

From the 15th - 17th May, Burnside High School Scholarship English students travelled up to Auckland to attend the annual Writer's Festival. Students were treated to a variety of interviews, discussions, plays and readings by world-famous writers. Highlights included seeing literary giant Haruki Murakami, hearing poems by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, meeting the charming Anthony Horowitz, watching a poetry slam competition, and visiting the Special Collections at Auckland Library to view 14th Century Medieval Manuscripts and first editions of Jane Austen, William Blake, and Shakespeare's First Folio! Students met a plethora of other novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and actors and left feeling inspired and laden down with signed books!