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Free Māori Night Classes at Burnside High School in Term 4
by Marinda van Vuuren - Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 3:39 PM
Regan Stokes, an English teacher at Burnside High School, will be running a free beginners night class in Te Reo Māori next term in the Burnside High School Staffroom. Details are as follows:

Ako Tuatahi
  • No prior knowledge necessary, everybody is welcome - students, parents, grandparents, friends, colleagues 
  • Classes are on Monday nights from 7.00 - 9.00 pm for 5 weeks, starting on Monday 20 October

More information is available at or feel free to email Regan Stokes at

If you are interested in attending or would like to be on the email list, please fill out the following form:
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by Bernadette Shaw - Monday, 29 September 2014, 2:14 PM


School will continue to start at 9.00am on a Monday morning during Term 4.  The staff will be continuing their professional development around E-learning


Summer Uniform will be compulsory for all students Year 9-12 from the start of Term 4.

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Year 13 Tourism
by John Creighton - Thursday, 25 September 2014, 6:57 PM


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by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 25 September 2014, 1:09 PM

Congratulations Tim Hansen on being elected as the new Student Representative on the Board of Trustees.

Tim will attend his first Board meeting on Wednesday 15th October.

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Success on the German front
by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 25 September 2014, 1:09 PM

In 2009 the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany launched a world-wide programme PASCH-Schulen (Partner School Project) to promote and support the teaching of German at schools of excellence throughout the world.

Burnside High School is one of the 4 schools in New Zealand to be part of this programme.

The Goethe-Institut offers scholarships to the school’s best students of German to attend language courses in Germany. We congratulate the two students from Year 12 German who have been selected to attend a 3-week German language course in Frankfurt in January 2015:

Kirsten Warnock 12 WTAW, Carrie Coster 12 SGLJ

Herzlichen Glückwunsch Carrie und Kirsten und viel Spaβ!





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by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 25 September 2014, 9:12 AM

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by Sandra Sidaway - Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 12:44 PM

It is with much pleasure that Mr Roger Carruthers, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, has announced the appointment of Mr Phil Holstein as the new Principal of Burnside High School.

Mr Holstein is well known in Christchurch, having been a well-liked, respected and successful Principal of Riccarton High School for the past nine years.
The Board believe that he is the right person to further establish Burnside High School as the recognised leader in quality, innovative education and student achievement in New Zealand and are thrilled that he has accepted the position.
Mr Holstein will take up his position in Term one 2015.

(Edited by Bernadette Shaw - original submission Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 12:37 PM)

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by Bernadette Shaw - Monday, 22 September 2014, 11:49 AM

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by John Creighton - Monday, 22 September 2014, 11:03 AM
Congratulations to the U20 Boys Basketball team on their solid win over Christchurch Boys High School in the CBA U20 grade Grand Final on Saturday. This win meant the boys have been undefeated in this comp all season. We wish the boys well for the BBNZ National Secondary Schools Championships next week in Palmerston North. 
Congratulations to Shou Nisbet who was named MVP of the final. 
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by Bernadette Shaw - Monday, 22 September 2014, 7:49 AM

We are having our annual Dance Showcase in the Aurora Centre at 7:00pm on Tuesday 23 September (last week of term 3). Entry is a gold coin donation. Come and enjoy a great night of performances!