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by Bernadette Shaw - Friday, 24 November 2017, 2:45 PM

Congratulations to Sami and Felix Donnelly for representing NZ at the Oceania Track Cycling championship in Cambridge.  Sami, pictured on the start line, was part of the NZ U19 Womens Team Pursuit that won gold and Felix, pictured middle in the top, row won bronze in the U19 Mens Team Pursuit.

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by Marinda van Vuuren - Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:20 PM

This is a reminder to parents, caregivers and families that school will be closed for instruction for a Teacher Only Day on Monday 20 November for staff professional development.

There will be no classes for Year 9 and 10 students but NCEA examinations will proceed as normal.

Should any families have difficulty over the supervision of their students, the Library will provide a supervised space for independent study from 8.30 am to 2.40 pm (the end of the school day)

School will reopen on Tuesday 21 November.

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Brightsparks Successes!
by John Creighton - Thursday, 16 November 2017, 2:19 PM

Congratulations to the Burnside finalists and winners!

Vincent lee, Jack Breurkes, and Felix Backhouse.

Results from Bright Sparks. Burnside dominates again nationally.

2017 ASB Bright Sparks Winners

Senior Engineering (Sponsored by MIT)
1st place | Michael Hann - TEMS
2nd place | Felix Backhouse - Bird’s iView
3rd place | Angus Lynch - The Runner Project

Senior Software (Sponsored by MYOB)
1st place | Jack Breurkes - Mobile Physics Game
2nd place | Ryan King - CodeRace
3rd place | Angus Lynch - The Runner Project
Science (Sponsored by Michelle Dickinson)
1st place | Bill Campbell - Gamified Beep Test
2nd place | Dylan Townsend - Concussion Conundrum
3rd place | Jack Breurkes - Mobile Physics Game
Environment (Sponsored by A-Ward)
1st place | Felix Backhouse - Bird’s iView
2nd place | Zach Preston - Sentinel
3rd place | Ben Fletcher - Image Recognition Rat Trap

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by Marinda van Vuuren - Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 2:53 PM

In 2018, the Waimairi-iri cluster of schools will host four Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA's) from China. These are Chinese university students with very good English skills, who will deliver Chinese language classes at local schools. The students are generally around 22-23 years old.

The MLA's need accommodation for the whole 2018 school year. The maximum that the MLA's are able to pay for their homestay is $250 per week. One family may host a maximum of two MLA's.

The host family should be genuinely interested in hosting an MLA from China, who will regard the MLA's presence positively, communicate with the MLA and treat the MLA as a member of the family.

The host family should provide 3 meals (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) and a bedroom with a bed, desk, chair and adequate lighting and heating.

If you think that you may be interested in hosting an MLA for the 2018 school year, please contact Kevin Grounds grk@burnside.school.nz for more information.

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Former Burnside student wins 2017 Japanese Language Contest
by Bernadette Shaw - Thursday, 9 November 2017, 11:59 AM

Congratulations to former Burnside High student Amanada Deacon (who currently studies at the University of Canterbury) who last month won first place at the 2017 JSANZ Tertiary Japanese Language Contest

Each finalist was nominated as a representative of their institution through a rigorous selection process, and 12 finalists from eight tertiary institutions in New Zealand competed in the final round.

Many thanks to the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education and the Japan Foundation for their generous financial support and to Air New Zealand for offering a return airfare from New Zealand to Japan for Amanda.

Amanda’s winning speech can be viewed on 


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by Bernadette Shaw - Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 10:50 AM

Left to Right: Justine Lee, Linda Wang

Dux of the School and this years’ recipient of the Peter Bryant Memorial Award for 2017 is Justine Lee.

Justine came to Burnside High School from Westburn School and before that, Ilam Primary School.

Her time at school has included an extremely wide ranging involvement in extra-curricular activities, proving herself to be a talented musician with involvement in Big Sing, Senior Chorale and Bel Canto.

She has offered her time in School Service as a Year 9 Student Support Prefect, as an International Student Leader...

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Physics Game Development
by John Creighton - Sunday, 29 October 2017, 10:38 AM

Goldberg Physics - Educational Physics Game

Congratulations to Jack Breurkes on his Bright Sparks Entry where he developed a study resource to help teach Physics concepts.

Download and try by following the link or clicking the image below.

Physics game

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2017 Sports Awards
by Bernadette Shaw - Sunday, 29 October 2017, 10:32 AM

Sportswoman of the Year:

Tsubasa Nisbet (Basketball and Volleyball)

This is Tsubasa’s 2nd year to be nominated as Sportswoman of the Year.  Tsubasa was part of the winning Volleyball National Title team in 2015 and 2016. As well as playing, she coached a Junior Girls volleyball team this year.

Tsubasa has been the Girls Basketball Most Valuable ...

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