From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Caitlin Ambrose (2014) is a much-loved member of our Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School family and was a proud Vice-Captain of St Cuthbert’s house during her school days. In March 2017, Caitlin was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone and soft tissue cancer. After 17 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery and weeks of radiation her cancer refused to go away.

Caitlin’s last chance of treatment is immunotherapy, which is not covered by Australia’s PBS scheme. This is a very expensive treatment and a group of Lindisfarne school mums, past students and staff are assisting with urgent fundraising so Caitlin can access this treatment. 

If you feel you can help, please donate to Caitlin’s GoFundMe site or get behind the car wash and trivia night initiatives.

All support large or small makes a difference.

Today we hosted Zebra Day at Lindisfarne. Zebra Day was founded by Gail and Emily Dixon (2016) and their family to raise awareness of Primary Immune Deficiency.

Emily was diagnosed with CVID – Common Variable Immune Deficiency and she is receiving monthly treatment at John Flynn Hospital.  This year the Dixon family are hoping to raise awareness of the importance of plasma donations. The link to Zebra’s is that no two Zebra stripes are the same and neither are the patients with CVID. Emily completed all of her schooling at Lindisfarne (P-12) and completed Year 12 with great courage in 2016 despite serious ill health throughout her final year at school.

Finally, thank you for a busy and rewarding term of learning at Lindisfarne. It is certainly an exciting time on the Gold Coast as the eyes of the world are shining on the Commonwealth Games and associated festivals and activities.

On behalf of the Lindisfarne school community, I extend best wishes to past student Savannah Fitzpatrick (2012) and school parent Bill Chaffey who will represent Australia with pride in the Hockey and Paratriathlon respectively.

I trust their memories of competing in a home Commonwealth Games will last a lifetime.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F News

Following the AGM on Tuesday evening, it is with great pleasure that I announce the new P&F committee for 2018. Positions filled with returning members Shahn Williams as Secretary, Madonna Kucharski as Treasurer and Simone Gadd as Public Officer. We also have a committee of general members returning – Peta Fahy, Kiri Henry, Robyn Butel, Meredith Russell and welcoming Danielle Beddoes to our busy team. I was proud to take on the role of P&F President. We are seeking to fill two more positions, Vice President and Vice Treasurer, and calling out to our fabulous community to put their hands up. Please feel free to contact me on 0427 295558 if you would like to know more about either role. I look forward to hearing from you.

This week’s quote is by Robert Ingersoll who said, "We rise by lifting others". It’s great to talk about community service in theory, but actually doing it takes it a small step further.

Wishing everyone the very best over the holiday period and hoping everyone gets a chance to experience the excitement and atmosphere of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Kylie Potter
P&F President

Mother's Day High Tea

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

Tickets at 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

Term 1 English

As Term 1 comes to a close, the English faculty would like to congratulate our students for their engagement, sense of adventure and willingness to embrace the opportunities afforded them. It has been a very busy term, the last few weeks culminating in different assessments. Whilst assessment tasks cause a small number of students anxious moments, it is important to remember that in English, assessment for learning tasks offer the chance to experiment, to explore, to learn and invent. And students should do so without fear of failure – often the greatest risks earn the greatest rewards. Below are samples of the work our students have been involved in. You will see form these samples that the education in English at Lindisfarne is not only meaningful, but great fun!

Year 7 students focused on honing their persuasive speaking skills. They had the opportunity to select a focus, research, present and convince an audience of their chosen contention. The aim was to embed pathos, ethos and logos into their speech in order to convince their audiences of their viewpoints. Some snippets from a few Year 7 speeches showcase the maturity that these students have brought to their work:

Rosa Parks was an African-American woman who changed the future of racism in her country. Back then on a school bus, there was a section for the ‘white’ Americans and a ‘coloured section’. One day the white section was full and Rosa was told to move out of her seat. She didn’t move, even though that was the law back then. She was arrested. The reason she didn’t move was because she wanted to be treated equally. She took a stand to let people know what she thought.   

To fix the biggest problem still facing Australia, racism, we must each take responsibility for our actions. We must each be the Rosa Parkes in our family, school and community. We must treat each other equally. We must demonstrate this to young people. We must show that one person can make a difference. There is only one thing that should be sorted by colour. Laundry.
Mia McKinley 7E


I climb into a dark hole with a candle lighting my path. As I crawl through the tunnel my heart races, my tummy churns - the cold and dark is terrifying. I begin chipping and hacking with a large metal pickaxe at the walls of the tunnel looking for gold. The roof of the tunnel touches my head; there is little room to move. What if the walls were to collapse and crush me? I have this fear but I know I have no choice. My family depends on the small amount of money I earn to feed our family of ten hungry mouths. Each day I have to go to work – no school for me.

This is true child labour. This is the real deal. It’s oppression – it deprives them of a childhood, an education and their future. It must stop. It’s time to say NO!
Hester Clarke 7 E


As Nelson Mandela once said: ‘Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.’

We need to stop being idle about this and as a nation we need to focus our attention and resources on halting the cycle of poverty, not only in Australia, but everywhere else in the world. Poverty is not only detrimental to individual families and communities but also to countries as a whole. It leads to increased crime, poorer health, a higher unemployment rateand a lower national productivity rate.
Bailey Keay 7D

Year 8 English focused on Australian poetry and the ability to create a visual representation of a poem in the form of a picture book. They also had to deliver a short presentation to the class about the choices they had made, as well provide a written analytical response.


By Briony Hombroek


Grin and Tonic Performance

Year 7 and 8 students were then given the opportunity to experience live drama on Wednesday, 28 March. The performance, entitled ‘Ghosts Down Under’ focused on Australian Poetry and Literature. The Grin and Tonic Troupe and provided a fantastic opportunity for students see performance poetry, terrifying tales, myths and legends all skilfully interwoven into an enjoyable show.

The Year 9 students explored conflict and how this concept is represented in a variety of texts. Students had the opportunity to polish their creative skills as they transformed a visual image into an imaginative response. Additionally, they refined their notetaking skills to present their contextual research on a poet, deconstructed a poem and then drafted an analytical essay that discussed how literature provides the reader with an understanding of conflict in the world.  This is the start of Tia Petersen’s imaginative response based on the image below: 

Dear Mama,
My cries go unheard, my tears go unseen. 

                                                            I’m immersed in so much guilt, that I can barely breathe.


We are manipulated mama. Forced to kill and raid.               

                        I tell them… I tell them I'm only eight. I tell them I don’t know how to use a gun. 

They don't care mama. 

            Mama… They don't care. Do you hear me, mama? Do you hear me? 

They consider us vulnerable. Marionettes mama. They call us marionettes. 

                                                                          Dare I show any emotion, dare I step out of line. 

If I do mamma. Mamma, if I do…

                        I will end up like to boy laying dead next to me. 

We were all so innocent… Innocent mama, innocent.
We were free spirited.
But now we have been deprived from our childhood, mama.

                                                                          Our innocence has been depleted from our soul.

I am scared for you mama…

                        Mama, I’m scared for me. 

I am scared for our generation, the new generation.

                                                                        Dehumanised mama.

Mama we are not human. 

            Look me in the eyes mama.                                                       Mama, look!

Mama if you look into each child eyes you get lost in the sea of brown,

our stomachs are tightly bound,

                        our mouths wound shut by our fear,

                                                            each telling a silent story.                      


Year 10 have been working hard on their study of identity and how it is represented in both poetry and film. This culminated in a reading and writing task that asked students to transfer their knowledge to respond to a variety of unseen texts that represent identity, Additionally, students had to draft an analytical essay that discussed how an individual’s identity is influenced by others. Textual evidence from both their film and a poem were needed to support their views. These works are being finalised as we write this.


Year 11 have been engaged in the first study of the new Stage 6 course – Reading to Write. This has transformed into a wonderful exploration of many different types of texts. The work students have produced in this study has just simply been exceptional. From Absurdist plays and musings on philosophy to Performance Poetry, personal reflections and picture books, students have embraced an assessment that had a very simply requirement…present 700 words.  But Year 11 soon discovered that what they thought was complete freedom, was indeed a little trickier than imagined. We could have included a sample from every single student but space does not allow it…below are a couple of snippets:



From The Bone Book by Chloe Green – a picture book aimed at explaining the bones to kids. If you are a publisher, you need this book. It is simply brilliant.

And here is snippet from Abby Frazer’s absurdism inspired play titled from Sunset on PearlsAn Anti-Play.

Can you spot the deliberate mistake to create a pun and the play on the names? 

Act Two

Echlo: Some said he had no direction
He needed a hand to guide the way
A power to give him purpose
Day after day
To hold his… his…
[begins to walk pace back and forth thinking hard]

Byab: They took a map to show them life
This peace of paper
Held their

Byab and Echlo: [Simultaneously. Byab just talks normally. Echlo exclaims like she just thought of the word.]
Piece of mind!

[Both freeze. They didn’t hear each other but they somehow realize the significance of the moment. Both stop and look around.] 

Byab: [Shrugs]
He followed it to Timbuktu
The lines were hills the dots were countries
There he met his mate France
[ laughs bitterly] 

Soon his map showed the next stop
A travelling array of states
They never knew him
Yet he called them home

Last the map
Pointed one last direction
Across wind, sand, sea he travelled
It led them home
Home they never were contented to call home… 

If you would like to see other works samples from any of the task, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Horvath or Mrs Walker.

Paul Horvath
Director of English

Ask Gran Not Google

On Wednesday, 4 April, Lindisfarne hosted an ‘Ask Gran Not Google’ event. As part of Seniors’ Week, the event encourages students to seek advice from seniors rather than Googling.

In 2016 and 2017, Years 2 and 3 Lindisfarne students were involved in this wonderful initiative and, this year, Feros Care are launching the program nationally. Lindisfarne’s Mahers Lane Campus was lucky enough to hold a space for this initiative, led by Mrs Kim Denny, and two groups of Year 9 students rose to the occasion.

Some residents from Feros Care joined us, as well as students’ grandparents and seniors from the Lindisfarne community. In addition to offering a space for students to engage in meaningful conversations with "gran", the Lindisfarne choir and music ensemble provided toe-tapping entertainment, and Feros Care hosted a fun-filled silent disco.

We are extremely grateful to Feros Care for the opportunity and would also like to graciously thank those ‘grans’ who made the experience what it was. A massive thank you also to Mr Todd Hardy and the Lindisfarne students involved in the choir and music ensemble, who delighted us all.

We look forward to collecting stories and photographs from the event to share with the Lindisfarne community next term. In the meantime, here are just a few photographs from the day that capture the spirit and heart of the experience (click 'Expand Article' to view photos).

We would love to encourage you to draw on the sentiment behind ‘Ask Gran Not Google’: Where could you engage in conversation with a grandparent or senior in the community to enhance your understanding and broaden your interactions?

Jessica McKenzie

Zebra Day 2018

Today, Lindisfarne students and staff donned their black and white outfits and spread monochrome merriment over both campuses in celebration of Zebra Day.
Now in its second year, Zebra Day is designed to raise awareness and support for the Immune Deficiencies Foundation Australia (IDFA), a not-for-profit health promotion charity caring for people who suffer with Primary Immune Deficiencies (PIDs).
Students at our Junior School were also delighted to have some special guests from Gold FM's Street Patrol visit before school for a live broadcast to raise further awareness of this great cause.

Thank you to everyone who donated and showed their support.

Click below to see more photos.

Foundation Day

Japanese Homestay Students

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 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. 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 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

Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Term 2 Uniforms

As we move into our cooler months in Term 2 and Term 3, please remember our Stage 2 students are to wear their school ties with their formal uniform.

A reminder also that Years 3 and 4 students winter uniform includes the following:

  • Tracksuit pants (sport only)               
  • Tracksuit jacket (sport only)
  • Navy tights (formal uniform only)
  • Woollen jumber
  • Flight jacket

Winter uniform for Preschool to Year 2 includes:

  • Fleecy jumper
  • Fleecy tracksuit pants (formal and sports uniform)
  • Flight jacket (K – Yr 2)
  • Navy tights (formal uniform only)

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

Cash Limits at Sunshine Avenue

Students should not bring more than $5.00 to school for the purchase of food or drinks from the Canteen.

If students need to have more than $5.00. parents are required to write a note in the diary. If a note is not provided, money in excess of $5.00 will be taken for safe keeping and returned at the end of the day.

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

​2SR Open Classroom

This week, 2SR parents and guardians were invited to share in our Term 1 learning by attending our first Open Classroom for the year. Together, students and adults completed a ‘QR Code Quest’, investigating different animals and their remarkable adaptations. Students used their iPads to explore a specially designed Google Site and completed challenges, all accessed by scanning QR codes hidden around the Junior School campus. 

We are proud of the learning we do at school and enjoyed showcasing how we incorporate technology and our iPads into our daily teaching and learning.

Sarah Rolfe
Year 2 Teacher

Year 3 Make Prosperous Gardens

Each week, Year 3 have been enjoying a 45-minute gardening session through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The students have learnt about many components which help to make a prosperous garden. These include; quality compost, native bees, attracting native birds and butterflies, maintaining a chicken coop and monitoring temperature, rainfall and the pH level of the soil. This week we welcomed the parents to join us on a tour of the Sunshine Avenue Garden. The students took on roles as experts and spoke confidently in front of their peers and the parents to explain all of their new found information. Please enjoy the student account below:   

The manager of each tour group took the students and parents to the first station, which was the chickens and straight after the first stop everyone had a big smile on their faces! The next station was the bird and butterflys’ garden, here Siara explained that the bees couldn’t go because it was only designed for birds and butterflies. She showed everyone the plants and bird baths as well. Next was the compost, Kobi showed all the things you need and use to make compost. I then shared some facts about the bees, such as, there are over 3000 bees in the hive! Next Sienna E taught us all about how plants grow and she told us all the names of the plants in our garden bed. Last but not least, Thomas told us about the rain gauge and thermometer to test the temperature and we tested the pH level of the soil.
By Matlida Daniels

Rebecca Hassell
Year 3H Class Teacher

Click below to view more photos.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Year 8 Leadership Induction Ceremony

On Tuesday, the Year 8 students were officially recognised as leaders of the Lindisfarne Middle School. The morning was opened by Mr Godden who then introduced Mr Marquardt for the Principal’s welcome. Mr Marquardt shared his personal insights into leadership and inspirational leaders through relaying his experience of being in the United States at a rally for Nelson Mandela. Rev Chad shared a blessing for our Year 8 leaders and then the process of recognising our leaders individually took place.

Middle School Captains, Elise Matusch and Alexander Ryan, highlighted the importance of a shared vision and collaborative approach to leadership within the sub school.

These are excerpts from their first formal Captains’ address:


Here, at Lindisfarne we lead by example.
We learn in an environment where we celebrate effort and challenge as much as we celebrate success.
Here, at Lindisfarne, there are no problems, just solutions and finding these solutions means striving to do our best.
Here, at Lindisfarne, our school values of wisdom, compassion and respect are part of our daily lives. Each day we are surrounded by positive, compassionate people who support and respect each other.
Here, at Lindisfarne, our character is defined by our actions.


“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” This is a powerful quote by Ken Blanchard. … Everybody has a voice and we are here to help you project that voice and to let your light shine. We are always open to hear what you have to say and to learn from you, as hopefully you will learn from us, because we can’t help you if we can’t hear what you have to say.     

The Middle School Leadership team for 2018:

Middle School Captains: Elise Matusch and Alexander Ryan

Middle School Vice Captains: Tia Quagliata and Samuel Smith

House Captains:

- Saint Andrew House: Elli Neal and Marlon Harrison

- Saint Barnabas House: Ruby Meehan and Klyde Milroy

- Saint Cuthbert House: Millie Prince and Hudson Dellar 

- Saint Stephen House: Giselle Smith and Jamie Lamont

Our captains have already started working together to create a difference within our School and are looking forward to creating a legacy for the future leaders of the Middle School.

Mrs Kylie Wharton
Year 8 Coordinator

Year 7 Recap

We made it. 

As we approach the end of Term 1 with some very tired and weary Year 7 students, we encourage them to take a look back at all the have learnt, achieved and adapted to over the past 10 weeks.

  • A new school for over 55 students;
  • Lockers that require a combination to open;
  • IPad that required knowledge of email, passwords and log ins;
  • Getting lost in-between different classes;
  • New teachers - (up to 8 of them);
  • New friendships;
  • A new camp to get to know everyone;
  • Swimming and Athletics Carnivals;
  • Rules and expectations;
  • Exams and assessments.

Year 7 have worked hard and there have been some anxious and stressful moments but overall, they have achieved great success both in the classroom and outside. We have had athletes succeed, debaters achieve success and two of our Year 7 cohort were named SRC representatives. Six assessments were completed including both research and exams and while it’s been a steep learning curve I think they have all learnt some valuable lessons in regards to time management, expectations and perhaps even had a moment to reflect on what have been there strengths and weaknesses. This will give them direction and focus for their learning over Term 2.

Moving forward to Term 2 we hope that all of Year 7 will come back revitalised and ready for work. The expectation in regards to behaviour and manners have been clearly outlined and we are grateful for your ongoing support in your child’s Middle School journey.

Have a fabulous well-deserved break, stay safe, relax and we will see you all in Term 2 complete with your tie. 

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

Middle School Science

Congratulations. You have completed your first school term of 2018 and can now enjoy a well- earned break. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to go to the Commonwealth Games! Watching elite athletes perform in their events is thrilling but there is more to sport than being really strong or fast. Our favourite sport stories here at Middle School Science are the ones about athletes who think their way to a personal best or even a gold medal.

In the 1960s, Dick Fosbury was a good high jumper but not good enough to make his American college track and field team let alone go to the Olympics. He realised that his only chance was to think of an entirely new way to jump.

The aim in high jumping is pretty simple, you have to get yourself over the bar but Dick Fosbury knew a lot about physics and so he concentrated on a thing called the “Centre of mass”. Your centre of mass is the point from which all of your mass is distributed equally. When you are standing up it is located roughly at your belly button but it can change. When you put your arms over your head, it moves up a little bit, squat on your heels and it moves down nearer your feet. Fosbury realised that if you bend over with your hands and feet on the ground (people who do Acro call this a “Bend Back”) your centre of mass is located at a point in mid-air somewhere between your bottom and the ground. He worked out that if he jumped over the bar in this position, his centre of mass would actually pass under the bar.

He tried it and, not only did it work, he went on to first earn a place on his college track and field team and then win a gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games astounding everyone who watch him jump. By the next Olympics, all of the high jumpers were doing the “Fosbury Flop”.

There are lots of athletes who have thought up new ways of doing events using science. At the Melbourne Olympics a Japanese swimmer dove into the pool at the start of the 100m breast stroke…and didn’t come up again! He swam the whole event underwater because he knew it was faster than swimming on the surface. Disturbing the water on the surface uses up a lot of energy and the more you splash the slower you go. Now the rules have been changed to stop people doing this, partly because swimming underwater is dangerous.

In the 1970s, an American called Brian Oldfield surprised spectators and officials by spinning around inside the circle before putting the shot (he also had long hair and a beard and smoked cigarettes between rounds but that is entirely beside the point). The spinning action increased his kinetic energy prior to releasing the shot and Oldfield improved his personal best by almost 20%. Now all shot putters use this fast spinning technique to increase their kinetic energy. At the turn of the 20th century the record for the men’s shot put was 11.2m, now it is 23.1m and most of that incredible improvement is down to science.

Science has not only helped athletes improve performance it has done things like invent new kinds of grass so that NRL and AFL don’t have to be played on dirt (just look at those old videos from the 1980s) and create a new fabric for swimsuits that was so good it had to be banned but that’s a story for another day.

Enjoy your school holiday, soak up the atmosphere of the Commonwealth Games, work on your Sleek Geeks video and keep your eyes open for the impact of science on just about everything you see. We will be back in Term 2 with more science stories, quiz questions and interesting stuff.


Science Quiz

Congratulations to Thomas and Tyson who were the first to answer last week’s quiz and welcome aboard the Middle School Science Quiz train to Emily from 7B. Wombats and Koalas belong to an order of mammals called the Diprotodonta meaning, literally, two front teeth which refers to the prominent front teeth these gorgeous animals have.

This week’s quiz question is a brainteaser. You’ve only got three weeks to work on it so you better get started! What is the next pair of letters in the sequence:


Hint: This is a math puzzle. Send your answers in to

Senior School

Let’s Disconnect to Reconnect

As we eagerly anticipate the ending of this very long first term, we can begin to plan for the multiple opportunities these weeks provide us with to spend quality leisure time with our loved ones. While it would be wise for Senior students to factor preparation and study into their holiday break, particularly those studying major works for submission early in August, it is called a “break” for a reason. This is the time to reconnect with family and friends, re-energising and gearing up for Term 2. Strive for that balance between work and play!

Our students are all digital natives with technology woven into their lives. Holidays are the time to reconnect and unwind with people, enjoying that personal interaction, so let’s disconnect to reconnect!

I wish you all happy and safe holidays and look forward to welcoming refreshed students back on Monday, 30 April. 

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

‘To Do Good in the World’ - Rotary Model United Nations Success

From Casino to Coomera, 30 student teams of the region’s most bright and talented senior high school students gathered in Tweed Heads recently for the Rotary District 9640 Model United Nations Assembly. Lindisfarne fielded three teams representing the countries of Pakistan, Norway and Sweden.

The overall theme of the event was ‘To do good in the world’. The lively debates included taking action to reduce climate change, solving irregular migration, pressuring Syria regarding its human rights abuses, and an emergency resolution condemning weapons testing by North Korea.

Students enjoyed debating these topics in a United Nations forum, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with other like-minded students and Rotarians.

Pictured above: Lindisfarne’s Model United Nations teams representing respectively Pakistan, Norway and Sweden (L-R) Will Fitzgibbons, Will Griffiths, Brooke Marriott, Imogen Hodda, Atharve Sehgal, Ashleigh Marriott, Jaidah Fergus-Mackie and Abby Frazer.

Pictured above: Representing Sweden, Abby Frazer Year 11.

Our thanks are extended to the Rotary Club of Tweed Heads South for their sponsorship of Lindisfarne’s Model United Nations Teams.

Bryson Coverdale

100-Year Anniversary. The liberation of Villers-Bretonneux, France.

During the World War 1 ‘Spring Offensive’ of April 1918, the Germans knew that to win the war, they had to reach the rail head at Amiens in the Somme to gain access to the French coast and break the British naval blockade.

The village of Villers-Bretonneux, 16 kilometres east of Amiens was thought to be just a stepping stone. On April 4, the Germans attacked, but were repelled by British and Australian forces. Then, on April 24, the Germans swept into Villers-Bretonneux using tanks. The British responded with their tanks, the first ever tank on tank battle. Orders to recapture the village were given immediately and on the night of April 24 1918, it was Australian battalions that counter-attacked German defences and liberated both the village of Villers-Bretonneux and the surrounding woods. The Australian government later claimed the victory as a turning point in the war against Germany. 

Australians are held in high esteem in Villers-Bretonneux. The local Victoria School is named in response to the gift of funds for its construction from school children in Victoria. The Australian and French flags fly side by side. The school building has a plaque commemorating the sacrifice of Australian soldiers during the liberation of Villers-Bretonneux and in the playground is a large sign stating “DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA”.

The significance of Villers-Bretonneux was such that the Australian National Memorial was located nearby, dedicated by Queen Elizabeth on July 22 1938, in remembrance of Australians who fell in France and Belgium during World War 1. So too, from the nearby Adelaide Cemetery, the remains of Australia’s Unknown Soldier were exhumed on 2 November 1993 and now rest in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Photo 1: Annabelle Miller (at front), and Jemma Wilson, lay a poppy at the grave of an Australian soldier during the 100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, 26 September 2017.

In 2017, students had the opportunity to travel to Belgium and France to commemorate the Western Front Centenary. During our Homestay in Amiens, our sister school Lycée St-Riquier afforded our students the opportunity to visit and pay their respects to the fallen at battle, in and around Villers-Bretonneux. It was particularly poignant for the students to hear from the local community of the love and respect that the French have for the ANZAC’s who fought to free them. The students also travelled to Polygon Wood to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres. They were joined at this ceremony by Governor General Peter Cosgrove and representatives from throughout the world.

Photo 2: Lindisfarne students commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood with the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

In 2013, a significant component of Lindisfarne’s ‘Culture and Study’ tour to France and England, was visiting and learning about many of the key sites on the Western Front in Northern France. As a culmination to the tour, students and parents attended the commemorative ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, followed by a visit to the École Victoria school and museum. A touching message from a group of French students in the visitors’ book at the museum read, “Lean Down, Watch Around, Don’t Forget”.

As an integral part of their learning, students at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School are taught the significance of commemoration throughout their studies. It is important to celebrate the sacrifice these men and women made in the name of values and traditions.

Photo 3: The playground of Victoria School, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Bryson Coverdale, Bryan Malone, Marg Gula


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


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 (Middle School) and Kim Denny (Senior School).

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space



Sporting Highlights

Important Dates and Reminders

  • 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

Lindisfarne Cross Country

Well done all competitors who took on the Cross Country Challenge on Thursday. The new Mahers Lane course was probably even tougher than before with the Heartbreak Hill climb featuring twice in the 3km course!
Congratulations to all of the students who finished in the top 5 and have already been invited to the NCIS event in Ballina on May 18.

The Age Champions and Runner’s Up were:


Age Champion




8/9-Year-Old Girl


Arghyros (C)


Cusick (S)

8/9-Year-Old boy 


Williamson (S)


Corcoran (B)

10-Year-Old Girl


Arghyros (A)


Fahy (A)

10-Year-Old Boy


Marshall (A)


Telford (B)

11-Year-Old Girl





11-Year-Old Boy





12/13-Year-Old Girl





12/13-Year-Old Boy





12-Year-Old Girl





12-Year-Old Boy





13-Year-Old Girl





13-Year-Old Boy





14-Year-Old Girl





14-Year-Old Boy





15-Year-Old Girl





15-Year-Old Boy





16-Year-Old Girl





16-Year-Old Boy





17-Year-Old Girl





17-Year-Old Boy





18-Year-Old Girl





18-Year-Old Boy





St Stephen House were victorious in the Years 2 to 6 Carnival followed by St Barnabas, St Andrew and St Cuthbert.

St Barnabas took the honours for the Years 7 to 12 event, followed by St Andrew, St Cuthbert with St Stephen.

Dates, times and venues of the holiday training will be advertised on the School’s Facebook page and via email to all of the School team members. The sessions will start in the second week of the holidays.

NSWCIS Swimming Championships

Well done all of our swimmers competing in the Olympic Pool for the NCIS on Wednesday and Thursday: Ginger Allen, Zhari Boal, Poppy Burdekin, Lewis Churchill, Nicola Gee, Annie Hammond, Brianna Kurtz, Matt McPhee, Lily O’Sullivan, Flynn Southam, Ruby Sullivan and Rosie Taylor. We should be very proud of these competitors, as Lee-Anne Dobson - the NCIS Manager said we should! They were a credit to the School and the Association. Lily O’Sullivan swam a personal best of 27.82secs in the 50m freestyle to win bronze. She is also reserve for the CIS team in the 100m and 50m butterfly as she was fourth in both of these events. Flynn Southam also managed a personal best in his 50m freestyle race but was knocked from a podium finish by 0.04 seconds! However, Flynn also collected a bronze for his 50m butterfly swim. Both Lily and Flynn will represent CIS at the NSW All Schools Championships next term.


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 (see flyer in the Community section of our newsletter).


Congratulations to our Alumni student Kobi Enright. Our super surfing star beat local hero Sally Fitzgibbons in Round 2 at Bells Beach, to meet ex-World Champion Carissa Moore in Round 3. Kobi was unlucky not to progress further, losing her second spot in the heat with just a minute to go.

Image credit: World Surf League at


The Netball Season officially starts on April 28, the last Saturday of the holiday. Training and umpires will be organised by your coaches, managers and I before this date and confirmed in the holidays.


Date for your diary!
All are welcome to compete in the holidays in a Round Robin Tennis Tournament 

  • When? Mon 16th Tues 17th Wed 18th April
  • Where? Venue Tweed Heads Tennis club.
  • Time? 8 30am to 11am.
  • Cost? $60

All enquiries to Bev Peck at 0401 901 048.


The NCIS Touch Championships is in Week 1 of Term 2! There will be training the first day of term for all of the six Lindisfarne teams at lunchtime on the top oval.

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. The first round will be held on Monday, 7 May. Teams will be confirmed in the first week back.

Coles Vouchers

THANK YOU! We have literally collected “boxes” of Coles Vouchers over the last month and both campuses will enjoy the new equipment we will be able to order for the School. If you still have any vouchers in your wallets and handbags, please bring them into the Mahers Lane office over the holidays, as we still have a week or so to finalise the collection.
Thank you… again!

The Commonwealth Games

Enjoy the spectacle, sportsmanship and sensational performances over the next weeks at the “Friendly” Games. We will have the opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest athletes on our shores, including Hockeyroo Savannah Fitzpatrick – Lindisfarne Alumni and Cuthbert House Captain. I hope that you will be inspired to take up a new sport … or dedicate more time and effort to the one you are already passionate about.
After the promising performances of our Lindisfarne sport stars in Term 1 this year, we may be watching more ex-students on the world sporting stage in the future.

Gay Maynard
Director of PDHPE and Sport

Sports Academy Evening


Uniform Shop


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Meet Pat Rafter at the Wimbledon Charity Ball

Special guest speaker, Pat Rafter with Greg Richie as MC!

Don't miss out! Tickets only $99 available at:

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

Hockey Fun Day

Gardiner Chess - Sunshine Avenue Campus

Gardiner Chess - Mahers Lane Campus

Total Football Academy

Kingcliff Football Club