2018 Term 1 Week 09 29 Mar 2018

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From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


We all love a long weekend and after a busy term I am sure everyone is ready for a break from the routine of work and school. Long weekends and holidays are an important time to reconnect and are essential for our wellbeing in a busy world. Hopefully we can all enjoy our wonderful environment, catch up with friends, escape the demands and distractions of technology and reflect on life.

This term we have begun the roll out the Green X7 wellbeing program, the focus of which is to “reconnect to yourself, others and nature for everyday wellness”. It is a wonderful program and has already been of benefit to our staff, students and the wider community. One of the seven aspects of the Green X7 wellbeing program is recognising purpose in our lives.

Easter is a particularly apt time to reflect on purpose as we are reminded of the Good News of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Jesus states that his own purpose was “to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). Unfortunately modern society doesn’t always like truth and truth is often reduced to “what makes me feel good” or “what works for me”. Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus bears witness to the truth of what God is like, the truth of what God thinks about humanity, the truth of our heart of rebellion and the truth of God’s love for us.

In developing the Westminster Catechism, a group of Christian theologians in 1646 concluded that the chief purpose of mankind is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. This requires us to stop and be present in the moment, to reflect on life and show gratitude for the blessings we, and others, receive. This Easter, I encourage you to meditate on the true meaning of Easter and I hope and pray you find peace amongst the busyness of life to reflect on your true purpose.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain

Easter Reflection

Many people in our school community will be looking forward to this weekend; Easter holiday break after what has been a very busy and successful term. Sadly, many people in our society embrace the holiday break with little or no consideration for why we have the holiday in the first place.

The historical events of some 2000 years ago which form the basis of what we refer to as “Holy Week” continue to be retold, reenacted, and reimagined by billions of people of faith around the world. An incredible and extraordinary life which modelled love, kindness, inclusion, generosity, compassion, respect and wisdom, was cut short by people who were driven and motivated by a desire for power, greed, selfishness, judgment and bigoted hatred.

Fortunately, that was not the end of the story. Love overcame death, and that love, which is from God, the source of love, continues to motivate people around the world to respond to God’s love in humility and service to others.

I hope and pray that you might make some time and space during the break to be thankful and grateful for all of the blessings we enjoy.

For those in our school community who wish to participate in any of the services and celebrations which take place over the weekend, there will be service times and details for all denominations in the local papers, and the service details for St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Tweed Heads are in this newsletter.

May you all have a happy, safe and holy Easter weekend.

God Bless.

Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain

St Cuthbert's Church Easter Service


Parents & Friends

Mother's Day High Tea

Last chance to get your tickets to our Mother's Day High Tea next Friday, 11 May.

Tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/369125 but the box office will close at 5.00pm this Sunday.

Get in quick!

P&F Golf Day

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Parent/Teacher Interviews for Years 5 to 12

Years 5 and 6

  • Wednesday, 9 May – 3.40pm to 7.30pm
  • Monday, 14 May – 3.40pm to 7.30pm

Years 7 to 12

  • Wednesday, 9 May – 3.40pm to 7.30pm
  • Monday, 14 May – 3.40pm to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday, 16 May – 3.40pm to 7.30pm

An information letter and login details will be emailed during the last week of the holidays. Please watch out for this information. 

Mathematics Learning Logs

The Mathematics department has purchased a durable display folder to use as a learning log for the students. Originally, we were only going to use them in Years 7 to 9. However, due to positive feedback, we have given them to all students of Mathematics in Years 7 to 12.

Learning logs are a graphic organiser that encourage students to articulate, reflect and summarise their learning. Students will be asked to keep their learning logs each year so they can reflect upon their prior learning before building upon it. This process will help students consolidate learning and connect concepts from one year to the next.

Students will receive an organiser at the start of each unit. It is templated with the key concepts for that particular topic. Throughout the unit students should be recording relevant information for each concept. This might be an example, diagram, formula or explanation. Students are encouraged to spend a couple of minutes at night or after learning a new concept to organise their learning, by filling in their organiser. Teachers will encourage students to have it next to them when doing work so that if they have any ‘aha’ moments they can record it or make a note of a recurring errors or list helpful hints or shortcuts etc. If students do a little each night then it does not become onerous to complete at the end of a topic. 

Can I ask parents to please remind the students to fill in their organiser? We are allowing students to bring these organisers into examinations or to aid in creating separate examination reference sheets. Some Years 10 to 12 classes are also using these organisers. These students are also including past exam papers, worksheets and anything they feel will assist with their learning.

Thank you for your support in helping the students prepare for the future.

Mr Frank Malone
Director of Mathematics

Aleesah Darlison: Author Visit

On Wednesday, award-winning children's author Aleesah Darlison came to Lindisfarne to share her love of reading, writing and Australian animals. Her much-loved picture books, chapter books and novels promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes. Aleesah has published over 40 books including Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, the Netball Gems Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, the Totally Twins Series, Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix, Puggle’s Problem, and Mama and Hug.

Our students in Years 1 and 2 participated in a workshop that focused on the uniqueness and diversity of Australian native wildlife and the preservation of animal species and habitats. Aleesah shared unique experiences of her childhood growing up in the country and showed how she uses those experiences to write her books. Using soft toys, puppets and loads of audience participation, Aleesah brought her picture books, Puggle’s Problem and Warambi, to life.

Her workshop with our Years 3 and 4 students, ‘Fun, Fantasy and Fractured Fairytales’, had oodles of audience participation. Students explored traditional and fractured fairytales, participated in group character creation and word building exercises, as well as learning how to build and map a brand new fantasy world for their next story. It was a very interactive experience with some of our students having the chance to perform their very own fractured fairytale complete with costumes and props.

Aleesah also made her way up to Mahers Lane where she spoke about creative writing and some of the processes involved in constructing picture books and narratives. The Years 8 and 11 Extension English students were treated to a masterclass from this wonderful author. Aleesah spoke passionately, engaging the students in brainstorming ideas and narrative arcs. Afterwards, she generously gave her time to have conversations with individual students, especially the Extension students. Most importantly, however, was that Aleesah was able to publicly recognise Year 8 student Briony Hombroek. Briony’s artwork is used in Aleesah’s new book, Yay! It’s Library Day making Briony is a published illustrator! This is such a fantastic achievement and you can see her artwork in the above.

For further information about Aleesah’s picture books, novels and series please go to Aleesah’s website: http://www.aleesahdarlison.com. Families wishing to purchase any books, can use the website or contact Wombat Books on 07 3245 1938 or wombat@wombatbooks.com.au .

Mrs McGovern and the English faculty would like to thank Aleesah for her time – it was a wonderful opportunity for all our students. We hope to see Aleesah back later in the year!

Erin McGovern and Paul Horvath
Teacher Librarian and Director of English

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Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours

Bus Route Changes - Last Week of Term 1

Change of schedule to Lindisfarne North Buses from Tuesday, 3 April to Friday, 6 April 2018.

Due to road closures and traffic conditions for the first week of the Commonwealth Games which coincides with the last week of Term 1, the School has made a few small changes to the Lindisfarne North Bus stops for this period.

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Morning stops for Tuesday, 3 April to Friday, 6 April inclusive:

The first stop will be Tooloona Street (next to Hungry Jacks, Tugun) scheduled for 7.46am and then will proceed to the stop at Corner Winston and Miles Street scheduled for 7.55am and proceed on to our Mahers Lane Campus.

The bus will not be going to Thrower Bridge – Currumbin Park, Currumbin Beach SLSC stop or the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary stop during the last week of Term 1.

Afternoon stops for Tuesday, 4 April to Friday, 6 April inclusive:

After following normal route to Tugun Catholic Church-Golden Four Drive stop (schedule 3.55 pm) the bus will proceed direct to The Pines Shopping Centre (schedule 4.10pm). From there, the bus will proceed on the normal route to Robina Town Centre.

The bus will not be going to Currumbin Bird Sanctuary stop, the Currumbin Beach SLSC stop or Thrower Drive Bridge stop for this week.


Morning stops for Tuesday, 3 April to Friday, 6 April inclusive:

Richard Gibson’s bus will commence normal scheduled from Robina at 7.20am, to Tsipura Drive Burleigh scheduled for 7.33am then The Pines Shopping Centre scheduled for 7:38am. He will then continue straight to Mahers Lane.

Friday afternoon, 6 April

From Sunshine Avenue departing 3.45pm the bus will proceed direct to Kirra Stockyard-Miles Street stop (schedule 3.51pm) and then proceed to the Tugun Catholic Church Stop-Golden Four Drive stop (schedule 4.00pm).

The bus will not be going to Corner Winston/Miles Street-Kirra or Winston Street-North Bound stops.


We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, however, it is beyond our control and we will do our best and hope there is not too much further congestion at this time in the morning.

Zebra Day

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

SHINE Awards

The goal this fortnight, set by Rev Chad at Chapel last week, has been to focus on enacting each of our School Values: Respect, Compassion and Wisdom.

Congratulations to the following children who were ‘caught in the act’ of demonstrating our School Values and presented with the SHINE Award:

  • Lyndsay Patterson KT
  • Brayden Travaglia KF
  • Sunny King 2R
  • Campbell McLeod 4H

The following students were also acknowledged for demonstrating Respect, Compassion and great sportsmanship at lunchtime soccer:

From 3T 

  • David Wallis
  • Riona Wallis
  • Rishabha Archer-Sharma
  • Lucas Greaves
  • Frank Crewe

From 3A

  • Thomas Butcher
  • Carter Costello

From 3H

  • Miles Scheiwe
  • Ava McIntosh
  • Isabella Arghyros
  • Noah Hawkins
  • Luken Brownlee
  • William Gorrie

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

​Wearing Uniforms with Pride

Students were reminded at Assembly this week that we can show pride and respect for our School Lindisfarne, in the way we wear our uniform. Ensuring shirts are tucked in, socks are pulled up, shoes are polished and hair is neat and tidy, goes a long way in demonstrating School pride.

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

Sunshine Avenue Easter Celebrations

ELC Easter Hat Parade

On Wednesday, our Sunshine Avenue Campus came alive with Easter spirit as Lindisfarnes’s Kindergarten and Preschool students donned their most lavish holiday-inspired headwear and marched onto the stage at the annual ELC Easter Hat Parade. After a few sing-alongs with Mr Jesse Edwards, the students were delighted with a very special visit from the Easter Bunny. Morning tea on the Kindergarten deck went down a treat for parents (thank you Mr Le Ping Wong) as the Easter Bunny posed for photos and handed out chocolate eggs to all the Lindisfarne boys and girls.

Junior School Easter Chapel Service

On Thursday, Sunshine Avenue took part in a special Easter chapel service led by Rev Chad. Students were joined by parents and community members as they celebrated the true meaning of Easter with lots of singing and creative story telling.

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2017 Design a Shopping Bag Competition

Students who were in Year 3D last year entered in a Design a Shopping Bag competition with Coles.

Coles would like to thank all the students in 3D for taking the time to enter their designs in the Coles Bag Design Competition. 

They had hundreds of entries from students all over Australia and 14 designs have now been selected to feature on reusable community bags to be sold at Coles stores from June. 

This new range of bags will not only help the environment, but will also support four organisations that are important to local communities – Clean Up Australia, Little Athletics, SecondBite and Guide Dogs Australia.

As a token of their appreciation, they wanted to send you a certificate. This certificate will be in the Junior School Administration office.

Kim Denny
Learning Enrichment Coordinator - Senior School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Cultural Buddies

On Wednesday this week, students from Years 5, 7 and 9 had the pleasure of serving as Cultural Buddies for 16 students from the Osaka region of Japan. While the visit was only brief, it was great to see the effort and dedication of our Lindisfarne students as they made sure their buddies were welcomed to our great school. The day culminated with a “Selfie Hunt” which provided a great way to showcase our school in a fun and engaging way and then a delicious afternoon tea provided by Mr Le Ping Wong. Take a look at some of the great shots that highlight the great connections being made and fun being had!

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Calling All Expressions of Interest for Japanese Homestay Students in Term 3

At the beginning of Term 3 this year, we will be hosting another group (22 students) from Hokkaido, Japan. This group will find themselves even more closely connected to the Lindisfarne community as they undertake a homestay program too. At this stage I am seeking expressions of interest from families who are keen to support this international/cultural development program by accepting a homestay student (or two). Our preference is for the homestay families to cater to pairs of visiting students but your expression of interest/availability for a single student will certainly be welcome also.

The dates for the homestay are Sunday, 22 July to Sunday, 29 July. If you are willing and able to support this great program, please email me at jgodden@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au and include the following details.

Family Name:
Parent/Guardian Name(s):
Lindisfarne Student Name(s)/Year Level:
Suburb where you live:
Number of places available:

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your support of this great opportunity for our school and community.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

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Year 5 Library Visits

Our school library is a wonderful resource and flexible learning space, and Year 5 love spending time there. Year 5 classes spend one period each week in the library.  Student activities include browsing and borrowing, being read to by their teacher, researching topics for integrated studies, creative writing, responding to texts, note taking as well as a variety of literacy activities. We also use our library time as a quiet place to reflect and recharge. Students and teachers alike enjoy the relaxed feel and change of environment in which to work.

Besides the fabulous books and resources available to the students, the library provides services that support and enhance teaching and learning in the school. From forever-changing Visual Art displays and lunchtime craft experiences to after school chess and Homework Help, there is always something extra on offer.

When Year 5 students are asked about how they feel about spending time in the library, their eyes light up! This is what some of our students had to say:

The library is a quiet place to relax, read and work. Sometimes we go to the library for DEAR (drop everything and read) time and other times we work on English activities in our books or iPads. The library ladies are really nice because they help us to find books and give us tips about authors. 
Jamie Mifsud 5B

I like to go to the library because it is quiet. I love to read especially about history and war.  I go to the library all the time.  On Library Lover’s Day I received a mystery book and it was about Mermaids. My favourite author is David Walliams.
Sarina Amoedo 5C

Lindisfarne library is fabulous.  It has a big range of books with lots of different genres.  I love the big windows, the view, and how the telescope and the puns and book quotes around the room are interactive.  Spending time in the library is fun for all ages.
Eve Lambie 5A

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

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Middle School Science

Happy Easter! Enjoy your long weekend, may the bunny be kind to you and may your basket runneth over with chocolate eggs. Actually, we’re not big fans of the Easter bunny here at Middle School Science. The big friendly furry fellow that gives out the chocolate reminds us about all the things that have gone wrong in the Australian environment.

As soon as humans began arriving in Australia, they brought new animals with them. The dingo came with some of the very first Aborigines around 60 thousand years ago and quickly drove the Tasmanian tiger out of mainland Australia (it hung on in Tasmania where there were no dingoes until European humans arrived and finished it off) but this was minor compared to what would happen when the First Fleet arrived in 1788. A few rabbits had been kept on board the ships as a source of fresh meat and they escaped soon after the fleet arrived in Botany Bay. Later, 24 (that’s right, only 24) rabbits were released to make the Europeans feel “more at home” in their new land. Within a few short years, rabbits had overrun most of Australia in their hundreds of millions and were eating all of the plants that the native animals needed to survive.

The good old humans weren’t finished yet, not by any means. Quick to follow the rabbits were foxes, cats, rats, pigs, goats, water buffalo, camels, brumbies, banteng, cane toads, carp, fire ants, crazy ants, pigeons…and this list is not even close to complete. There are introduced arthropods and fungi as well and I haven’t even mentioned the plants yet!

These introduced species quickly established feral populations that preyed upon, competed with or simply out-reproduced our wonderfully unique Australian animals including the bilby, which brings us back to that darned Easter bunny. The bilby is a beautiful rabbit-like marsupial that is really suffering due to competition from rabbits and predation by feral cats and foxes. Everyone can do their bit in trying to help our native animals and one thing you can do is ask your mum or dad not to buy chocolate Easter bunnies and buy Easter bilbies instead. They are now widely available and buying them raises awareness about Australian threatened species. Besides, they’re made of chocolate just like the bunnies and all chocolate tastes good, right?

Some of the more radical conservationists have even suggested that cats should be outlawed and people be allowed to keep bilbies as pets (right now you are not allowed to keep wildlife without a special permit) which raises some questions that need to be debated. It is, however, an intriguing idea.

Enjoy your Easter long weekend and, if you are going to an Easter party, take along a chocolate bilby and then tell your friends why you don’t like bunnies any more.


Science Quiz

We had lots of responses to our density question (well done to Yaffa, Tyson and Thomas who were first in) but the question was not worded properly. Well done Thomas for pointing this out. The mass of the object is still 30g in the water. The question should have asked “what is its weight?” which is effectively 25g (or 0.25N) because of the mass of water displaced.

This week’s question is: What order do Australian animals, like wombats and koalas, belong to and what does it mean in English? Send your answers in to hinksetter@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au and don’t eat too much chocolate!

Senior School

Year 11's "Fruitful" Business Excursion

Recently Mr Coverdale and Mrs Rowe’s Year 11 Business students, accompanied by Mrs Gray, toured local agribusiness and tourist attraction Tropical Fruit World.

Students enjoyed touring the enterprise, tasting the fruits and feeding the kangaroos and farm animals. After the fun, came the business aspect of the excursion. Sales and Marketing Manager Mrs Patterson ran an informative Q&A session regarding tourism target markets, value added fruit products, marketing strategies, external economic factors and internal monitoring of the business units within Tropical Fruit World.

The information gained during this excursion will be useful in several of the units to come such as business planning, operations, marketing and human resources.

Our thanks are extended to all of the Tropical Fruit World staff for providing our students with such an informative and enjoyable experience. 

Pictured above: Year 11 Business Studies students enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Pictured below: Ned Sacks Year 11, sampling a tropical fruit sundae at Tropical Fruit World.

Bryson Coverdale
HSIE Teacher

Year 9 Excursion to the Gold Coast War Museum

9C and 9D History students attended the Gold Coast War Museum at Mudgeeraba on Tuesday, 27 March. Their excursion to this extensive collection of military artefacts complemented their Stage 5 study of Australians at War.

Students viewed and handled vintage items that enlivened their recent classroom studies. Vietnam Veteran, Mr Robert Meehan, OAM, offered insights into relics of World Wars 1 and II. He guided interested students through the exhibits and talked openly of his Vietnam tour of duty.

Each class returned with a sample food pack, used by modern troops. Mr Meehan's time and recounts were appreciated by all.

Pictured above: Noah Gardner (using trench periscope) and Mitchell Hawkins.

Pictured above: Kelly Chen and Zarley Woodge at a model trench simulation.

Pictured above: Lewis Koppel and Bailey Gadd at the Viet-Cong display.

Jan Makepeace
History Coordinator

Study Skills with Elevate Education

Last week, students in Years 7 to 11 partook in study skills sessions run by Elevate Education. These sessions offered tips and tricks for forming effective study habits, creating a “school-life” balance, and setting and achieving goals. Following on from these sessions, I’d like to offer some of my own tricks for creating and following an effective study timetable.

1. Start by mapping out the content you need to revise for each subject.

Before an exam, teachers will inform you of which content will be tested, either verbally or in the written form. If unsure, you can always ask your teachers to advise you of which content to study. Once you have an understanding of which topics you need to revise, write or type a list for each subject. 

2. Identify and make note of “weak” topics/areas.

Using the list you have made, identify and mark any areas of difficulty, so these are not overlooked during revision. Using Maths as an example, you may like to address a weakness by repeating a specific exercise, rather than only completing the Chapter Review.

On the other hand, you can also identify areas of competence and pay less attention to them during revision. Make sure, though, that you are not just deeming things “competent” to lessen your workload! Diligence is the key to success.

3. Make a list of the material you hope to complete.

Though mapping out revision content is a good start, it’s important to know how you are going to revise each topic. Going back to your list, write specific things you plan to do beside each topic. For example, I would look at ‘Circle Geometry’ on my revision list and write ‘Chapter Review 1’ beside it.

4. Identify both realistic and non-realistic opportunities for study.

This one kind of goes without saying, but you need to recognise when you can and cannot realistically study. For example, if you work all night on Wednesday and have soccer practise every Monday, then those afternoons may not be the most conducive to effective study.

5. Transfer your list into a colour-coded timetable, spreading the work across at least two weeks.

This point is pretty self-explanatory. Start by allocating a colour to each subject, then creating a table with the days of the week along the top and the school weeks down the lefthand side. Insert simple instructions in the relevant colour, like ‘Essay Introduction’ or ‘2016 Past Paper’ and tick off each item as it is completed.

I have included a snippet of my current timetable (above), so you can get a better idea of how to structure your own.

Ultimately, the trick is to know what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how you are going to get it done. It’s also about striking the perfect balance between school and home. We are not machines; we need to stop every now and then to regroup.

Ciara Blum
Communication Captain

Careers Information

Gold Coast Career Expo 

The Gold Coast Careers Expo will be held on Wednesday, 2 May at Gold Coast Event Centre.

It is an ideal opportunity for Years 11 and 12 students to meet with qualified representatives to see the range and diversity of courses and careers available. There will be representatives from Universities, TAFE, Vocational Education and Private Providers.

Date: Wednesday, 2 May Venue: Gold Coast Event Centre, Bundall Departure Time: 8.40am from the Mahers Lane Campus Return Time: 1.30pm at the Mahers Lane Campus Transport: School bus Cost: Nil Refreshment: Students to bring own recess/lunch Uniform: Formal School Uniform - no sports clothes

Permission notes available from Mr Woods or student admin. Numbers are limited so, if you are interested in attending this event, please return the form to Student Administration by Wednesday, 4 April.

Thank you.

Natural Ability

All Year 10 students should have now completed their natural ability testing and the workshops will be on Tuesday, 3 April and Wednesday, 4 April in Periods 1 to 4.

Parent Information Session 

Date: Tuesday, 3 April
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Chapel
RSVP: bwoods@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Barry Woods
Director of Careers and VET/TAS


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Havana Information Evening

Just to confirm that the Havana Information Evening for the 2019 Music tour to Cuba will be held Thursday, 5 April at 6.00pm. Members of the Senior Choir and Jazz band are encouraged to come along and bring their parents to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

Todd Hardy
Director of Creative and Performing Arts

Performances Coming Up Next Month

Sunshine Avenue Twilight Concert

Next week, we will be featuring our Sunshine Avenue musicians with our Twilight Concert starting at 3.30pm on Thursday, 5 April. Our Twilight Concerts will take place at the end of each term so I encourage any keen musicians to get involved in the future.


During the holidays our Senior Orchestra will transform into a full blown marching band and perform as part of the ANZAC day march and service in Kingscliff on the 25 April. The Orchestra members have been working on their marching repertoire and rehearsing their marching in the school carpark. Congratulations in advance to all of the students involved who are giving up part of their holiday for this special community event.

Todd Hardy
Director of Creative and Performing Arts

​Recent Concerts

This week, we have had two lunchtime concerts which showcased some exceptional solo performances from our students at the Mahers Lane Campus. Congratulations to following talented musicians for showcasing a high level of professionalism and maturity during the Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime concerts in the Music room: Jade Stoddart, Chris Anderson, Bailey Keay, Ben Stockwell, Sam Goodman, Harry Townend, Chloe Latham, Olivia Gorrie, Brooke Morris, Georgia sweetnam, Max Van Vorst, Monty Lush, Daniel Bartosh, Hudson Dellar, Kayla Wright, Anjali Dutton and Quinn Butel.

These lunchtime concerts will take place at the end of each term and I encourage all keen musicians to get involved next Term. 

Toddy Hardy
Director of Creative and Performing Arts

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This term, a recreational sport choice for students was Theatresports.

Theatresports is improvised drama that promotes teamwork and quick thinking.

It has proved to be a great creative outlet which has provided an opportunity for students to get involved, act and have fun. For a few of our sessions we were joined by Cam from Impromafia. She is an expert on improvisation and gave some great tips for linking spontaneous thought with the spoken word in an entertaining way.

The students involved this term will present ‘Theatresports by Stealth’ in the Chapel next Thursday at lunchtime. 

Amy Skene
Coordinator of Performing Arts (P-12)

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Learning Enrichment

Homework Help with the Learning Enrichment Team

Every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, the Learning Enrichment team will be running a Homework Help session for students in Years 5 to 12 in the Mahers Lane Library.

All students are welcome to come along if they are requiring assistance with homework or assessment tasks. Please register your interest via email to Jodie Duggan jduggan@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au (Middle School) and Kim Denny kdenny@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au (Senior School).

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space



Sporting Highlights

Important Dates and Reminders

  • NRCC Touch Competition – Ballina – Tuesday, 3 April
  • NSWCIS Secondary Swimming Championships - Sydney Olympic Park - 4 and 5 April
  • LAS Cross Country Carnival – Sunshine Avenue and Mahers Lane – Thursday, 5 April
  • NSWCIS Primary Boys Football/Soccer – Glenwood – Monday, 9 April 
  • Tweed Netball League Round 1 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 28 April
  • NCIS Touch Championships – Lismore - Friday, 4 May
  • Sports Academy Induction Evening – Mahers Lane – Monday, 7 May
  • Miami State High Rugby 7’s – Miami – Wednesday, 9 May
  • NSW Secondary Swimming – Sydney – Thursday, 10 May
  • NSW Primary Netball Schools Cup – TBC - Thursday, 10 May
  • FNC Waratah Cup – TBC – Friday, 11 May
  • CIS Primary Hockey – Sydney – Monday, 14 May
  • NCIS Cross Country Championships – Ballina – Friday, 18 May

NSW Touch Cup

The Lindisfarne Lions Years 9 and 10 boys touch team headed down to Ballina last Thursday to compete in the NSW Touch Cup. The round robin event saw the Lions take on schools from Woodenbong, Ballina, Kingscliff and Tweed. During the competition the Lions only dropped one game to Tweed River High School meaning that the two schools were destined to meet again in the grand final. Lindisfarne’s Lions performed valiantly, conceding their first point over halfway through the match. The rest of the game was hotly contested, the Lions only just going down 3-0. Both teams were utterly exhausted after the competitions end. 

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NSWCIS Swimming Championships

Good luck to all of our swimmers competing in the Olympic Pool for the NCIS next week on 4 and 5 April: Ginger Allen, Zhari Boal, Poppy Burdekin, Nicola Gee, Annie Hammond, Brianna Kurtz, Matt McPhee, Lily O’Sullivan, Flynn Southam, Ruby Sullivan and Rosie Taylor who are all going for gold.

Last Thursday, we had Rishabha Archer-Sharma, Ava and Lachlan Arghyros, Samuel Butler, Emily and Matilda Daniel, Eira and Sian McGilligan, Jamie Mifsud, Ryan Muggeridge (pictured) and Rachel Robbie gaining many personal bests and memory-making experiences at the CIS Primary competition. The highlight was the 10 and under girl’s relay team finishing eighth in the final.

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Well done to Mya Henry, Ella McDonald, Ronan Smith, Wilson Curtis and Sol Hashimoto who have all been called up to join Summer Wise and Ryan Simpkins in the NCIS Soccer teams competing in the NSWCIS Championships in May.

We are very fortunate to have one of the Total Football Academy Soccer Camps on the Mahers Lane Top Oval during the holidays. Please consider these fantastic football opportunities. (More information in the flyer below).


The Netball season officially starts on 28 April, the last Saturday of the school holidays.

In the blistering heat and the torrential rain, six of our Lions teams valiantly played in the grading matches last weekend. All signs are pointing towards a very successful 2018 season with all teams remaining in their nominated divisions for Weeks 1 and 2 anyway! Training will be organised by your coaches and managers before this day.


Congratulations to Jade Reid (pictured back 3rd from the left)who has been selected to represent NSWCIS in the 16’s and Under Girls team. Tori Marchiori (pictured front left), Madison Tunstall (pictured back 4th from left) and Jade also helped the NCIS team finish third in the CIS Hockey Championships.

Jade was also one of the six present and alumni students who represented Queensland at the National Hockey Championships played in Launceston, Tasmania last week. Shania Myers, who graduated last year, and Jade’s 18’s B team finished fifth overall with Kendra Fitzpatrick and Jesse Reid’s A team finishing third. Oliver Conroy and Joe Sandor’s first team lost 2-1 in a thrilling grand final against Victoria.

50 Stage 3 Hockey players represented the School at the Fitzpatrick Shield on Monday. The Division 2 teams of Red, Yellow and Blue, all played so well and learned so much about the game. The Blue team were undefeated all day. The Division 1 team of Jake Beck, Bridie Bedford, Thomas Chong, Amy Cronk, Thomas Cunnah, Caillie Eriksen, Charlie Evesson, Jaxon Jordan, Shakyah Jordan, Stroud Kinneally, Kobe McKimmin, Polly Meehan and Kate Sands, took out the title for the second year running. Thanks to all of the parents who supported the teams and all of the keen coaching from the sidelines too!


Congratulations to Flynn Howarth and Oliver Jeffrey from Terranora Tennis Club on winning the Tweed District Tennis Association Division 3 Grand Final on Saturday, 24 March. After a long, very hot and humid season of weekend tennis matches, the Terranora Division 3 Team were leading the competition heading into the grand final match against a “very hard to beat” Pottsville Team made up of Tennis Academy players from around the district. Flynn and Oliver, along with their team mates Toby and Josh, fought hard in both doubles and singles matches to take out the grand final.  All are welcome to compete in the holidays in a Round Robin Tennis Tournament: When: 16, 17 and 18 April Venue: Tweed Heads Tennis club. Time: 8.30am to 11.00am Cost: $60

Please direct all enquiries to Bev Peck at 0401 901 048.


With the 2018 equestrian competition season kicking off, many NSW Pony Club members from Zone 15 (covering the border, down as far south as Grafton and west to Bonalbo) met for the Cabarita Pony Club Gymkhana. Enjoying a very successful weekend competing for Murwillumbah Pony Club were current Lindisfarne students Saffron Anderson (Year 6) and Nicola Gee (Year 7), along with Year 12 2017 student Annika Leary, now studying at Southern Cross University. (photo)


Well done Klyde Milroy and Finley Neylan. The boys have been selected to attend the Gold Coast Suns' Academy Training Days in Byron Bay next week and during the holidays. 

Indoor Cricket

There will be an Indoor Cricket competition for Under 13’s and Under 15’s boys held at Chinderah on Mondays after School in Term 2. More information will follow as soon as it is received.

Lindisfarne Cross Country

Just a reminder that the Cross Country is on Thursday next week. For those students subsequently selected to represent the School, there will be training during the School holidays and in Term 2 before the NCIS Championships in Ballina. Dates, times and venues of the holiday training will be confirmed in next week’s newsletter.

Gay Maynard
Director of PDHPE and Sport


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Celebrating 100 Years of ANZAC

This year our nation celebrates 100 years of ANZAC and Lindisfarne students will be participating in three of the local ANZAC Day marches during the upcoming school holidays on Wednesday, 25 April. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present. The spirit of ANZAC, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. 

To help us keep track of students attending the marches, it would be helpful if you completed this form to register your child’s intended participation – Lindisfarne ANZAC Day March Attendees. Although staff will be in attendance at each event, students will remain under the supervision of their parents. The details for each event are outlined below.

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Dawn Service

  • Meet with Mr Lancaster and Mr Malone, under the school banner, on the pathway behind Chris Cunningham Park, Tweed Heads at 5.45am with the march off at 5.55am. A short, wreath laying service will be held in Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta at 6.30am.
  • Year 12 student Natasha Bitancurt will be speaking at the dawn service.
  • Parents may march with their children.

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Main Ceremony

  • School Captains will lay a wreath and all student leaders are expected to attend.
  • All students from P-12 are encouraged to attend this ANZAC Day March if available.
  • Meet Mr Lancaster, Mr Cross and other staff next to the Children’s playground in Jack Evans Boat Harbour Tweed Heads (corner Boundary and Coral Streets) from 10.00am. March off at precisely 10.30am ending at the Memorial in Chris Cunningham Park for the ANZAC Day Service at 11.00am.
  • Students march with the school groups and remain with the school group during the ANZAC Day Service. Parents do not march with the students but are encouraged to be with the school group during the service.


Kingscliff Main Ceremony

  • The Senior Orchestra/Marching Band will be playing at this service. The Band will be meeting Mr Hardy, Mr Norton and Mr Jackson at the Northern Carpark at 9.30am. Students not in the band but marching should meet from 10.00am for march off at 10.30am. The ANZAC service is at the Kingscliff Cenotaph at 11.00am.
  • Students march with the school groups and remain with the school group during the ANZAC Day Service. Parents do not march with the students but are encouraged to be with the school group during the service. 

All students are expected to wear full formal school uniform, including ties and blazers for Senior students. As a sign of respect, please ensure shoes are polished and the uniform is worn neatly. It would be wonderful to have a large representation from Lindisfarne for this Centenary ANZAC year.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Car Wash Fundraiser

Caitlin Ambrose is a former Lindisfarne student who graduated in 2014. In her final year of school, Caitlin was a Cuthbert House Vice Captain and was admired by all. She has a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma. Caitlin has been undergoing treatment for her cancer for several years and is battling this disease bravely.

There is a car wash being held at BP Murwillumbah on Saturday, 14 April, Saturday, 21 April and Saturday, 28 April from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Any money raised will go to Caitlin's family who need financial assistance for Caitlin's treatment.

Please support this fundraiser if you are able to by coming down to the carwash or heading over the  Caitlin’s GoFundMe site https://www.gofundme.com/caitlin-kicks-cancer to donate.

Every little bit helps.

Natalie Marriott
Head of St Cuthbert House

Rotary Youth Camp

Ages 14 to 16 years
25 May to 27 May

Do you like a challenge? Do you like making new friends?

If so, you will enjoy the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) three-day camp.   

This camp aims to assist young people aged 14-16 challenge themselves, participate in team-building and develop positive behaviours in a fun supportive environment. The camp runs from 1pm Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May at Camp Bornhoffen in the Gold Coast hinterland. (NB. Lindisfarne’s camps conclude Thursday 24th May.)

Applications close Thursday, 10 May 2018.

Further details can be accessed via the Rotary District 9640 website at http://rotary9640.org/sitepage/rypen or pick up a flyer at Mahers Lane Student Administration.

Bryson Coverdale

Total Football Academy

Kingcliff Football Club