Here we are at the end of Term 2 after what has been quite an extraordinary time for us all. Not very much of what we had planned for 2020 has worked out the way that we thought it would. The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting community restrictions have certainly reminded us that as a school community we need to be resilient, flexible, innovative, courageous and adaptable.
As we move forward there is no certainty as to what Term 3 might hold. The recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in Victoria remind us that we will need to remain vigilant and responsive to whatever comes along. The teaching staff at BHS have worked extraordinarily hard to maintain learning for our students during Term 2, our Administration team and IT staff have supported teachers, students and parents to manage our Learning from Home program, our Facility staff have kept our learning environment hygienic and safe for us, and our Specialist Support Staff have supported the wellbeing of our students. Personally, and on behalf of the wider BHS community, I thank them all for their commendable efforts.
This Friday July 3, we say goodbye to Mrs Dorota Hamon. Mrs Hamon has been successful in winning a position at Devonport High School. We thank Mrs Hamon for her many years of dedicated service to our Science Department and wish her well in her new school. We know that this move will cut down considerably on Mrs Hamon’s daily commute to work. We welcome Mrs Lynette Dent to BHS as our new Laboratory Technician.
Miss Brittany Turner has been greatly appreciated this term in her role as Grade 7 Humanities teacher. Miss Turner will be returning to her studies for Term 3. We look forward to welcoming Mr Stephen Willcox back to our school to fill this role for Term 3.
As most of you will know already we have a set of 4 Values at BHS. These values guide how we all operate and behave in our school. If you have not noticed they are displayed proudly in great big letters on the front of our school Administration building. Today I want to spend a few minutes giving you my take on the Value of Integrity. To me Integrity means following your moral convictions and doing what you know is the right thing in all circumstances: so that means even when you know that no one is watching.
So what might everyday integrity look like at school on a daily basis? It might look like……..
- Keeping promises even if it takes extra effort
- Not making excuses to cover up for our mistakes or laziness
- Never betraying a friend's trust
- Not gossiping or talking badly about someone else behind their back
- Not letting someone else take the blame for something you did
- Being responsible and doing what you say you will do
- Following expectations even when the teacher is not looking
- Supporting the team for the greater good, rather than always putting your own interests first.
This is a short story that I shared with our students in assembly that exemplifies Integrity…..
A very successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued, “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.
Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil. He so wanted the seed to grow.
A year went by and the CEO asked the young executives to bring their plants to work for inspection.
When Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot, she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.
When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful – in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He asked Jim to come to the front of the room. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed. Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive Officer — Jim!”
Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. “How could he be the new CEO?” the others said.
Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.
“All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!”
"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."
I wish to take this opportunity to wish staff, students and their families a safe and happy holiday.
- Hellyer “Taste of College Day” Term 3 - Friday August 21
- Grade 10 students must reply to an email they have been sent with their subject selections for this day
- See Miss Banfield with any queries
- Hellyer Triad Meetings Term 3 - Monday September 14 Tuesday September 15
- Parent/Guardian, Grade 10 student and Hellyer staff meeting to start Year 11 enrolment process
- More information to come
- Grade 10 Farewell Shirts – Orders DUE by Friday July 24
- Students must place their order by visiting this website: www.ctclothing.com.au
- See Miss Banfield or Miss Crocker if there are any questions
Mind Body & Soul
Mind, Body & Soul girls had the task of creating a paper outfit. They were given strict guidelines and limited resources. This is what they came up with!
Health & Physical Education
Grade 10 Student Support
Year 7 Printmaking
The year 7 Art students have been creating their drawings into lino prints during term 2.
They have produced some fabulous results, as shown below:
Artwork featured is by the following students
Angus Butterfield, Bella Cartledge, Delayna Dennison, Ellie Sushames,
Jackson Groenewege, Jarman Lee, Lluka Gardam,
Nathaniel Smith, Noah Ranson, Oliver Morgan and Oscar Young
Dave Paul & Jacklyn Poke
During Term 2 students in Future Pathways have been undertaking a First-Aid unit. Students have looked at various first-aid scenarios and the appropriate way to treat patients with these injuries/illnesses. On Monday June 29 Eric Smith was able to visit the school to assess students on their practical CPR skills. Students had to complete 4 consecutive minutes of CPR on an adult manikin and then also a baby manikin. Eric was extremely impressed with the knowledge and behaviour of all students that participated.
Year 10 Transition into Year 11 for 2021
Year 12 completion and the attainment of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) is the minimum standard of education we aspire to for all Tasmanians.
The extension of Year 11 and 12 into all high schools provides students with the opportunity to choose a course of study that meets their learning needs and careers goals in a place that works best for them.
Students begin the process of thinking and planning for Year 11 in their early high school years through the My Education Program. Some of this planning is reflected in their subject choices, career exposure programs, part-time work, extracurricular activities.
In the second half of Year 10, all extension schools across the Hellyer Regional Collective collaborate with Hellyer College to ensure that students are supported to make informed choices about the subjects they will study and the best location for them. Schools work in partnership to ensure that students receive information and experiences to support their transition and to ensure that they are reassured and look forward to Year 11 with confidence.
Due to COVID–19 we have had to adjust some timelines and approaches for this year’s program.
The steps in the Transition Program are outlined below.
- On Friday 19 June Hellyer College Assistant Principal, Amanda Muruste, will provide information about subject options across all schools in the Hellyer Regional Collective. This information will be presented to class groups and provide time for question and answers.
- A Taste of Hellyer Day will be held on Friday 21 August. We remain optimistic that by this date we will be able to bring year 10 students from across the Hellyer Regional Collective to Hellyer College to experience a “taste” of their preferred subjects for 2021. Students will be able to select four courses to experience during this day.
- A Parent Information Evening will be hosted between 5.30 – 7.30pm Wednesday 2 September at Hellyer College. COVID-19 restrictions on crowd sizes, which are likely to remain in place for some time, may mean that this event will be held virtually. More information will be provided early in Term 3.
- Hellyer College staff will visit our school between September 7 & 25 for a personalised course counselling meeting with you and your child.
- Hellyer College will host its Orientation Day for 2021 students on Thursday 3 December.
We will be working with the College and other extension schools to make sure that students who require additional information or more extensive support to make their transition are well supported.
Your child will continue to explore their future options through our
My Education Program.
The following resources are available on Hellyer College’s website, under the FUTURE STUDENTS tab https://www.hellyercollege.education.tas.edu.au/ to support you and your child begin to plan for these next and important steps in their education.
- Two videos - one about A Day at Hellyer College and the other about the Hellyer Regional Collective.
- The 2019 Student Information Guide. (This will be updated for the start of Term 3) All Year 10 students across the Hellyer Regional Collective receive a personal copy of this publication.
- Learning Area information. English and Mathematics each contain a video explaining the different courses of study within these disciplines.
Forensic Science students were excited to be back in the lab this week. We learned about the three main types of fingerprints, arch, whorl and loop as well as how fingerprints are unique to each person. Students were able to successfully capture their own fingerprints using a traditional method. As the unit continues, students will undertake a lesson where they will need to solve a ‘staged’ crime by dusting for prints at a crime scene.
Forensic Science Teacher
Grade 9 Maths & Science
Grade 9 Mathematics students have been working to improve their understanding of Measurement this Term. So far our students have developed and applied formulae for calculating the area of 2D shapes and the surface area of various 3D prisms. When all students have returned to learning in the classroom they will begin to apply this knowledge to more advanced geometry, including volume of prisms, Pythagoras’ theorem, and trigonometry ratios.
In Science, Grade 9 students have completed an ecology unit during the first half of Term 2 while learning both onsite and at home. Students produced some wonderful posters on invasive species in Australian ecosystems, which are now on display in the Grade 9 Plaza. When all students are learning back on site we will moving into a Chemistry unit with a focus on atomic structure and radioactivity. This Chemistry unit will continue in Term 3, when students will investigate chemical reactions with acids.
Grade 7 students in the kitchen for the first time this semester. Basic kitchen safety and hygiene, making stewed apples in preparation for apple crumble.
Grade 9 Support Leader
Home Economics Co-ordinator
MDT Projects while in isolation
One of our Grade 9/10 Woodwork tasks while students were at home was pallet furniture.
Check out some of the great things which have been achieved at home.
Mark Saint-John & Nathan Wells
Music Students Appreciation
A HUGE thanks to all students who helped Miss Darvell with filming this week – particularly those who stayed after school, or arrived extra early before Home Group. With COVID-19 restrictions we have had to scale back/cancel/postpone our rehearsals for different ensembles and I am really looking forward to being able to start these up again next term!
More information about rehearsals will be published in the morning notices in Term 3.
Post COVID-19 Update
Burnie High School has a very robust School Farm Program with 58 Grade 8 students electing to study an Introduction to Agriculture class.
25 students from Grade 9 and 10 studying an Advanced Agriculture Studies class (primarily Project Based learning) and 14 students electing to enrol in the Agriculture Studies class. During the COVID-19 lock down and subsequent staggered students return to school various programs were kept afloat with the skeleton crew of students and the help of volunteers, but now it is all systems go with a variety of daily activities for the Grade 8 students and Project Based activities for senior students.
Grade 8 students have been completing activities in the DPI Student Workbook called AUSTRALIAN HAMBURGERS which delves into where our food comes from and focuses on the value of Agriculture to Australia as well as completing the “Unpack the Big Mac” activities in the UTAS / TIAR STEM for Agriculture Students. By the next edition our final infomercials & news reports will be ready. Students have had a great time making movies and posters about the processing, transporting and packaging of raw ingredients in the context of deconstructing the famous and popular burger. We have had some funny “bloopers” to share of students trying to re-create the famous two all-beef patties promotion from the 70s as well as what we have on our school farm that does NOT belong in a Big Mac.
Grade 8 students also engage in activities relating to soil health composting and worm farms as well as growing food without soil (hydroponics). Thanks to our amazing volunteer Maryanne MacDonald for all her assistance with these smaller scale activities.
Senior students have been busy around the farm researching poultry production, looking after our plants, animals and facility including planning and building new enclosures. Thanks so much to Bryan Cunningham who supervises building projects and Edwin Wood our TA with his Alpaca House crew.
We have hit the ground running with a lot of time to make up as the 2 month break means the wet and cold has come upon us and our goals for Term 1 and 2 have been set back.
We are looking forward to a more settled Terms 3 and 4 as well as getting to know and grow some calves with the annual Cows Create Careers Program.
Agriculture Studies Teacher