From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Welcome back to Term 2. We have had a positive start to the term with students and staff quickly settling into school routines. 

This week, there has been quite a deal of national media coverage on the "Gonski 2.0" Report. The official title of the report is Through Growth to Achievement – Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

The report has identified three priorities for Australian schooling:

  • Deliver at least one year’s growth in learning for every student every year.
  • Equip every student to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world.
  • Cultivate an adaptive, innovative and continuously improving education system.

The report made recommendations across five areas to address them:

  1. Laying the foundations for learning.
  2. Equipping every student to grow and succeed in a changing world.
  3. Creating, supporting and valuing a profession of expert educators.
  4. Empowering and supporting school leaders. 
  5. Raising and achieving aspirations through innovation and continuous improvement.

In reviewing the report the following key themes emerged:

  • Focus on ‘individual student’ needs
  • Revised National Curriculum
  • Teachers to prioritise literacy and numeracy
  • Better transition between early childhood and school
  • Extending “brighter students”
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Creation of a research and evidence institute.

At Lindisfarne we are well placed to implement the findings and recommendations of the report. Our work over the last two years with leading educators Lee Watanabe Crockett, Lane Clark and Phil Cummins has seen our school embed many of the concepts highlighted in the report in our Strategic Intent and commence implementation as part of our drive to provide a world class education for the children of the southern Gold Coast, Tweed Coast and northern New South Wales.

I trust families enjoyed taking in the Commonwealth Games action on the Gold Coast over the recent school holidays. 

Congratulations to school parent Bill Chaffey on his bronze medal in the Men’s Para-triathlon, and past student Savannah Fitzpatrick on a silver medal in the Women’s Hockey. We are amazed by your commitment to your respective sports, your great courage in pursuing your sporting dreams and the sacrifices you have both made to represent your country with pride and dignity. Congratulations Bill and Savannah!

One of the values we look to our young people to carry through life is that of "service before self". Congratulations to members of our Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School community - students, parents, staff and school community members who volunteered as Games Shapers at the 2018 games. Along with the 15,000 people who gave freely of their time with generosity of spirit, you helped to pave the way for a successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

I am delighted to advise that we have appointed Mr Brett Dinsdale as our next Business Manager following a thorough recruitment process. Brett is well qualified for the role and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Adelaide University, is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant (FCPA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). 

Brett has been at James Cook University since 2007 as the Executive Officer, Division of Services and Resources. In this senior management role, Brett has had duties covering management and financial accounting, project development (including student accommodation) and strategic planning. He is the Chair of JCU Early Learning Centres and works closely with the Deputy Vice Chancellor Services and Resources. Brett’s extensive experience in the university context across all key areas of engagement of a Business Manager in a school makes him ideally suited to be the next Business Manager of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

Thank you to our community who are coming together for the Caring for Caitlin Trivia Night held in the Chapel tomorrow evening. Caitlin Ambrose is a former student of Lindisfarne who is suffering with a rare form of bone cancer. After 17 rounds of chemotherapy, surgery and seven weeks of radiation, Caitlin's cancer has refused to subside. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to Caitlin and her family to help fund medical treatment in America. If you'd like to support Caitlin, please donate to her Go Fund Me page:

A reminder about the P&F Mother’s Day High Tea next Friday, 11 May. Final tickets can be purchased at until the box office closes this Sunday.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain

Foundation Day

Yesterday we celebrated Foundation Day. Students and staff from Years 1 to Year 12 along with about 30 people from St Cuthbert’s in Tweed Heads gathered in Ngahriyah to celebrate our school’s history, present and future.

There were many contributors to our service and ceremony, however, I would especially like to thank Brooke Bishop (formerly Brooke Heenan) who was our female School Captain in 2000, having completed her entire school journey with Lindisfarne. Even though Brooke couldn’t be with us in person, she prepared a video slideshow with audio commentary which was a very powerful depiction of her school experience and life beyond Lindisfarne.

Special thanks also go to Mr Matt Bedford, who spoke of his memories of the development of the Mahers Lane Campus. Matt’s Dad, Father John Bedford was the rector of St Cuthbert’s Church from 1988 to 1996, so he was instrumental in the planning and development of Mahers Lane as the school grew out of Sunshine Avenue.

We also had a message from the leader of our Anglican diocese, Archdeacon Gail Hagon. Gail is the diocesan Administrator and oversees the running of the diocese while the process of selecting a new bishop continues. Gail was unable to attend but wrote a message to be shared on the day, and that message is below.

"Today I bring you greetings from across the diocese as you gather to celebrate your Foundation Day.  My hope for you all, is that it will be a day: of remembering where you have come from;
a day of giving thanks for whom you are now as a School community; and a day of looking forward to what you can still become in the future.

Stopping to honour and celebrate your Foundation Day is, I believe, very important. Firstly, it gives you a sense of history as it invites you to stop and reflect on where you have come from as a significant branch of the life of the Anglican Church and also of the Tweed Valley.

You are pausing to honour the visions and dreams of all those who have gone before you to make today a reality.  You are invited again to recapture something of their struggles, passions, joys and pain in making their dream and your school become the fantastic place that it is today.

Secondly, Foundation Day enables you to see and to celebrate who you are now, and to reflect upon how you are currently living into your mission and purpose. Look around you. You are placed in a beautiful part of the world, with wonderful facilities. You are in a community of faith, where there are endless opportunities to grow and become who you have been called to be. Today is a time to celebrate the joy of learning as you develop in mind, body and spirit. Foundation Day is a day when you as a school community speak about the things you value and your commitment to them. It is a time to be proud of yourselves and to recognise and celebrate all that is good in this place.

Third and lastly, Foundation Day is also a day of looking forward and to dream about what is yet to be.  The early pioneers of Lindisfarne School could not help but be amazed at how their dreams have already evolved. Could they have possibly imagined that Lindisfarne would become the largest Anglican School in Diocese, with the fabulous variety of opportunities that are available to you all?

The challenge therefore is to keep dreaming, to keep visioning, to keep seeking God’s desire
for us as individuals and as a School community. So here you are gathered to celebrate your Foundation Day. Remember the past; recognise who and what you have become; reach for your dreams, hopes and possibilities for the future to which God can lead you to fulfil the great potential that still lies ahead for the Lindisfarne school community.

God’s richest blessings be with you all today as you remember the journey of your school’s history, all that you have already become, building more solid foundations for a brilliant future.

Prayerfully yours, Archdeacon Gail - Diocesan Administrator."

Reverend Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F Golf Day

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 get in quick! The box office will close at 5.00pm this Sunday.

Don't miss out!

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Uniform Shop

Sports anklet socks are now back in stock. $18.00 for a pack of three.

Uniform Shop Trading Hours:

  • Monday: 7.45am to 1.30pm
  • Tuesday: 1.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Thursday: 7.45am to 1.30pm

Phone: 07 5590 5186

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

Writing Competition

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing competition is open to students in Years 7 to 10 and closes on 28 August 2018. You have to write a short essay on ‘Technology and Tomorrow’ and you could win a $500 UNSW Bookshop voucher, a subscription to the Australian Book Review and a trip to the Bragg Prize award ceremony and the launch of The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 in Sydney.

The competition asks you, in 800 words or less, to describe the impact of a particular technology on society. You can look at a technology of the past (even ancient past), describe a technology in use today, a new technology that is being developed, or outline your predictions for technology in the future. Your 800 word response could consist of:

  • A news story on technology that is being developed now and its predicted impact.
  • Your own ideas for new technologies that will need to be developed in the future.
  • An essay on what the impact of a particular technology is on different parts of society.

Details about the competition and sample responses can be found at:

What Matters? 2018

The What Matters? 2018 writing competition is now open for interested students in Years 5 to 12 and closes on 11 May 2018. The Whitlam Institute states: "This is your chance to express your ideas about society and the world. Enter the What Matters? competition and tell us what you're really passionate about. Students are to submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, of either fiction or non-fiction."

More information about this competition and specific entry guidelines may be obtained at:

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

The Dorothy Mackellar Poetry Awards competition is now open and entries close in June 2018. The following sections are available to Years 7 to 12 students: Junior Secondary (Years 7 to 9), Senior Secondary (Years 10 to 12), Assisted learning Secondary Poetry, Multicultural NSW Award. Each section has a $500 first prize. Poems on any subject are accepted and the annual theme is optional. The optional theme is: 'I Have Promises to Keep'. More details about the competition and prizes may be found at:

2018 Adelaide Plains Poets Competition

The 2018 Adelaide Plains Poets Competition requires entrants to write a poem on the theme of ‘truth’. This competition is open to primary and secondary students. There is no entry fee for students. The closing date for the competition is 6 July 2018.

Further information may be found the Poetic Pause website:

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

Save the Dates

Subject Selection Evenings

  • Monday, 18 June for students entering Years 9 and 10 in 2019
  • Monday, 25 June for students entering Year 11 in 2019


A reminder that NAPLAN will take place in Week 3 on 15, 16, 17 May 2018.

Students need to bring their own pencil, eraser and sharpener. If you have any concerns or questions about the upcoming NAPLAN tests please contact

The School will be providing breakfast for Years 5, 7 and 9 on the first morning of NAPLAN.

Test times will be published in next week's newsletter.


Years 11 and 12 reports will be emailed home next week. If you need a hard copy, can you please contact Reception via

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Breathe Project

Lindisfarne is excited to host Kat and Bodhi from the Breathe Project on Monday, 21 May.

Kat and Bodhi are on their way around Australia in their bus teaching workshops about their simply stress busting approach. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will participate in a 45 minute workshop that teaches a three minute diaphragmatic breathing technique. Teachers are also participating in a workshop after school. Many of our teachers already include mindfulness, relaxation and mediation activities as part of their day as we know there is evidence to suggest this helps children learn to reset, regulate emotions, as well as reduce anxiety and stress symptoms. Years 5 and 6 students will have their sessions during the middle session and the Kindergarten to Year 4 workshop will be in place of Chapel commencing at 2.00pm.

Kat and Bodhi share on their website that research demonstrates significant body-mind changes in the simple process of diaphragmatic breathing. Each breath, millions of sensory receptors in the respiratory system send signals via the vagus nerve to the brainstem. Fast breathing pings the brain at a higher rate, triggering it to activate the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response), turning up stress hormones, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, sweat production, and anxiety. On the other hand, slowing your breathing induces the parasympathetic
response (rest and digest – relaxed state), dialling down all of the above as it turns up relaxation and mental clarity.

If you’d like to find out more, check out

Carley O'Connell
Educational Psychologist

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Staffing Update

As many of you would be aware, Mrs Melissa McCabe, our Preschool Possums teacher, will be commencing maternity leave on Friday 18 May in preparation for the birth of her second child. We are fortunate Mrs Michelle Perkins, who was our Kindergarten Geckos teacher last year, will be re-joining our team as the new Preschool Possums teacher. Michelle’s first day will be Monday 14 May, allowing for a period of time where she can work with Melissa in order to facilitate a smooth transition.

Congratulations to Jess Newham, our Year 4N teacher, who was married over the vacation period, Jess is now Mrs Nixon.

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

Caution: ​Popular Game App, Fortnite

Many of our Junior School students are excited about a new game App that they have been playing at home called ‘Fortnite’. I thought it would be prudent to share information that is available from the Australian Government eSafety Commission’s website about this App.

Fortnite is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, but you do not need to provide your age to be able to play online. These age ratings provide guidance to consumers, parents in particular, to help them decide whether or not to allow their children to use a product. It should be noted however, that these ratings do not take into account the actual content of the game.

Players have direct contact with other players and may be exposed to offensive or inappropriate language or unwanted contact through the chat of voice function. Further information about this App can be found at

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

Life Education

The Life Education Program will begin on Monday, 7 May 2018.

Children from Preschool (Possums and Koalas) to Year 4 will participate in the program. The program is a valuable learning experience and covers many important health and lifestyle issues appropriate to each year level.

Each child will receive a book and will attend a session in the Life Education van. The cost is $10.00 per child will be added to your child's school fee account.

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Learning Conference Feedback

From 26 to 28 March, teachers at the Junior School met with students and parents in our first Learning Conference for 2018.

The conversations, work samples and goals set by all stakeholders were of high value and continued to build a strong sense of community in our school.

For new families to Lindisfarne this was their first experience of our Learning Conferences. Although, families that have been in our community for some time would have noticed that the format was changed in order to allow our teachers to target key areas of strengths, key areas for development and finally key areas to focus on outside of school. Traditionally the Learning Conferences were led by our students, not our teachers. These changes were made from feedback given in the 2017 Lindisfarne School Survey.

At our Junior School, we aim to ensure that we reflect on all that we do and strive to provide the greatest learning experiences for all. I am seeking feedback about the structure of the Learning Conference from Term 1 and invite parents to send in their feedback to

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum


On the 25 April, students from our Junior School represented Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in the Tweed Heads Anzac Day March. It was excellent to see such caring students show their respect by marching in the parade and participating in the ANZAC Day ceremony. Also, I would like to that this opportunity to thank all the parents that organised their sons and daughters to arrive promptly for the march and also for participating in the day’s events.

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

​NAPLAN in Week 3

NAPLAN is coming up in Week 3.

“It is important to remember that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing, but about assessing learning progress. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.”

It is also important to keep in mind that the testing is completed over three days, providing
a snapshot in time of just a very small component of a child’s overall academic development. There is very little that students can do to prepare for NAPLAN other than practise reading and answering the NAPLAN style questions, and rehearse the different tests in a set time frame to assist them with time management.

Over the next two weeks, Year 5 students will have an opportunity to practise sitting the tests as well as discuss the interpretation of questions and justify answers. How the students perform will be the result of all their years at school not just what they did in the weeks leading up to the test.

Making NAPLAN a big deal is unlikely to increase a student’s performance, instead it is more likely to increase anxiety and consequently reduce their performance. As with any task on any day at school, Year 5 students are encouraged to try their best and have a go.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

Middle School Science

Did you go to an ANZAC Day march during the holiday? Did you pause for a minute of silence on April 25? It is important to do these things lest we forget the sacrifices made by the original ANZACs some of whom were about the same age as you are now (did you know that the youngest ANZAC was just 14 years old?). We know about the First World War because as a society we make an effort to remember but other events are easily forgotten as time passes by. Here at Middle School Science the events that followed the First World War are even more significant than the battles fought by those original Aussie Diggers and not many people know about them.

The year was 1918 and people around the world were relieved that the terrible war was finally over. Ships were beginning to arrive back in Australia bringing the first of the servicemen home when a few soldiers in American army camps in Spain began to get sick. They had a new kind of influenza (“Flu”) and it was no ordinary sniffle.

It soon became known and feared as the Spanish Flu and would go on to infect the whole world in the first true pandemic (a disease that spreads throughout the world). The Spanish Flu is not a very good name because it certainly did not originate in Spain. It probably started in America where the virus jumped from pigs into humans but it is hard to determine exactly where it came from. What we do know without doubt is how lethal it was.

The First World War was a pretty nasty business and by the time it was over approximately 40 million people had died (counting all the soldiers and civilians together) but by the time the Spanish Flu disappeared in 1920, between 80 and 100 million people had died worldwide in less than half the time that it took to fight the war. The actual number is difficult to determine because many people died in developing countries where few records were kept. Of all the wars and plagues throughout history, the Spanish Flu remains the single most deadly event. People would be fine in the morning, feel unwell in the afternoon and die during the night. Coming so soon after the war, it was almost too much for people to bear. To make matters worse, this flu didn’t seem to affect the elderly or the very young like most flu bugs do, instead it struck hardest at the healthiest men and women.

The really dangerous viruses are the ones that can move between species. The most lethal virus in Australia today is the Hendra virus which can move from bats to horses to humans where it is almost 100% fatal but, luckily, it is rare for humans to get infected. The influenza virus can move from both pigs and poultry into humans and because pigs and poultry are both farm animals, it has ample opportunity to do so. Once in humans it can spread easily by people sneezing and coughing.

Nowadays, a group of scientists called virologists are always on the lookout for the next pandemic. There have been a couple of close calls: the Asian Flu of 1957, the Hong Kong Flu in 1968 and the Swine Flu of 2009 but none of these really got going like the 1918 Spanish Flu. Whenever a new outbreak of influenza is reported (in either people or animals) the virologists respond by quarantining patients, killing farm animals if necessary and collecting samples of the virus to see what it is like. You see, it is new or mutated forms of the virus that are so dangerous to humans. We are better prepared today than we were in 1918 but an influenza pandemic would still be a devastating event closing schools and shutting down businesses. It would come as a great shock because people have forgotten the last pandemic.

Pay close attention in your History classes. The past has lessons to teach us.

Science Quiz

Bailey was first in with an answer to the brainteaser, responding almost as soon as the newsletter was uploaded! If you substitute numbers for the letters of the alphabet you get a series representing multiples of seven. Continuing the series gives you DI as the next two letters. Well done, Bailey (and Thomas of course).

This week’s question: What is the difference between a virus and a bacteria?

Senior School

Head of Senior School Report

Welcome back. I hope the holidays held that delicate balance of work countered by relaxation, especially for our senior school students.

As we start the new term I encourage all students to utilise their tutors. Their wealth of experience in pastoral care, academic profiling and leadership are the reasons they have been placed in these roles, so do not waste this valuable “resource.” Over the past term I have met with each senior school tutor to discuss their tutees and how they are tracking. This term the focus is to ensure tutor time is well utilised so please arrive on time ready to participate in these important sessions. 

And speaking of reminders: I remind students they are to be at school no later than 8:15am for an 8:20am start. 

I look forward to seeing parents at the interview sessions planned for Weeks 2 and 3: Wednesday, 9 May; Monday, 14 May; and Wednesday, 16 May.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

Year 10 Geography - Saving the Mangroves Solution Fluency

Year 10 Geography students spent a day immersed in the field last term learning about the importance of mangrove environments for their Environmental Change and Management topic. The purpose of their assessment task was to use their strengths and capacity to make mangrove environments sustainable the future.

Students came up with many wonderful creative solutions. Some examples include:

Chelsea Redman planned an entertainment event at Lindisfarne’s Boat Shed to showcase the products from Lois’ SoapBox at Casuarina Commons – a new store selling environmentally friendly products that have low impact on mangroves and our local Boat Shed environment.

“I did not anticipate amount of things that would need to be done to open a new business when talking to my mum and her friends or plan an entertainment event of this size. I found the assignment engaging because it worked with music and event management- a career that I might consider in the future.” - Chelsea Redman.

Emma Matusch combined her love of music and english to write an audio book to ignite a deeper understanding of the effects of habitat destruction on animals living in mangroves. This could be used by environmental organisation on their website, be available for download and to teach deeper empathy.

“The assignment enabled me to work with my passions and medium I wanted to work with to think deeply and critically. I really enjoyed working on this assignment.” – Emma Matusch.

Patrick Brabant created a Youtube clip at a mangrove field visit explaining his process he used and the waste plastics found at the site. He used this process to add to his blog at so that he can receive real world feedback. Patrick has 500 hits on his website each week and links these posts to all of his social media connections.

“I enjoyed the flexibility of the assignment and I was able to work with something that I am extremely passionate about”- Patrick Brabant.

Solution fluency activities allow students to apply a common process to inter-disciplinary tasks right throughout the school. It allows them to think deeply, critically and engage in real-world problems with empathy. These are skills for their employment future. I look forward to seeing students apply their solution fluency skills to our next topic on Human Wellbeing.

Melinda Rowe
Geography Teacher

HSC Exam Timetable

HSC Timetable

The Higher School Certificate timetable was released to students this week. Please refer below for details.


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


​34th Havana International Jazz Festival 2019

Confirmation paperwork and deposit for the 34th Havana International Jazz Festival is due
next Friday, 11 May.

If you have any queries regarding the tour, please do not hesitate to contact me on

Todd Hardy
Director of Creative and Performing Arts

​ANZAC Day Marching Band

Congratulations to our Senior Orchestra members who were involved in the Kingscliff ANZAC Day march on 25 April. This was a first for many students playing an instrument while trying to stay in step and follow directions at the same time. They did our school proud.

More photos below.

Todd Hardy
Director of Creative and Performing Arts

HSC Art Taking Shape

During the holidays, our HSC Art students were involved in a five-day intensive Art Workshop which was run by the talented Mrs Nash and Ms Hope. This is an essential step in preparing HSC major works and a fantastic opportunity for our students to work uninterrupted with their teachers, who are accomplished artists themselves.

The HSC works are now starting to take shape and we look forward to viewing the completed works in November.

Ursula Nash
Creative Arts Coordinator

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

  • Tweed Netball League Round 2 and Duty Day 1 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 5 May
  • Indoor Cricket League Round 1- Chinderah – Monday, 7 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
  • CIS 15 and Under AFL Trials – Sydney - Thursday, 10 May
  • Years 7 to 10 Sport begins - Thursday, 10 May
  • Stage 3 Sport Begins – Friday, 11 May
  • UQ Secondary School Surf League Championships – Mooloolaba - Friday, 11 May
  • CIS Primary Hockey – Sydney – Monday, 14 May
  • Scuba Dive 2 – Monday, 14 May
  • NCIS Cross Country Championships – Ballina – Friday, 18 May

Cross Country

Well done all Cross Country runners who have trained during the holidays in preparation for the NCIS event in Ballina on May 18. Training will be on Thursdays before School and Monday’s after school on the Top Oval, Mahers Lane.

Surf Life Saving

At the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth, we had a haul of medals: Lily O’Sullivan won three gold in the U14 Girls Swim, Board and Iron woman! 

Beau Meehan was awarded a Bronze in U15 Ironman and a Bronze in U15 Board race and Gold was the colour for Joe Engel in the Taplin Relay. Ruby Meehan has also to be mention for finishing just off the podium in all of her events, as do Elliot Dowker and Ginger Allen for making finals.


Good luck to Lily O’Sullivan in the State Secondary Swimming Championships next week. Flynn South has a slight injury and is not competing although he was selected to do so.

The Bill Turner Cup

A convincing display of talent and finishing in front of goal saw the boys progress past St Josephs College 3-0. It was a solid defensive performance when needed, and our passing through the midfield was poetry in motion. Quinn Butel earned Man of the Match honours with two goals, including a top corner howler.

Ryan Simpkins added the insurance late and had this to say: "Beautiful teamwork from the boys. They played hard and strong to get the 'W'."

Special thanks to Peter Sullivan and Peter O'Keeffe for lining the pitch and bringing up our shade tents. Thank you also to Sol Hashimoto, Lachlan McEwen and Mr Seguin for their help as referee and linesmen respectively. A final thank you to all parents, teachers and students who came up to support the boys.

Next round we will play at Mt St Patrick College in Murwillumbah (date TBC), our perennial rivals. The boys hope to continue their strong performance and go deeper into the competition.

John Cadman
Coach and Teacher

NCIS Primary Soccer

Well done Jake Beck and Hugo McAteer who represented the NCIS at the Primary Soccer Championships in Glenwood in the first week of the holidays.

Both boys wrote about their experience:

"Hugo and I flew down to Sydney to play soccer for NCIS. It was a great experience. It was a huge amount of fun there and we played against other teams from all around NSW. We had some tough games but got through them. We came fifth overall which is great. It was the hottest April day in Sydney in history 38 DEGREES! We played at the place where Sydney FC train as well! I also met lots of people from different schools at Sydney. It was the best thing ever! Jake Beck.

I was lucky enough to get selected to take part in the NCIS Soccer Championships in Sydney to compete against other Independent schools across NSW. What a day it was...the weather was so hot and we played off against the other teams during the day and had some great results as we went. We finished up in fifth place out of nine teams so we were all proud of our efforts. What was really good, was the opportunity to spend more time getting to know new friends and coaches and playing the sport we love so much. I was also very fortunate to get selected to compete in a final game amongst 22 boys who had been selected from the approx. 130 boys taking part and after a very hot and tiring last game, I was told the amazing news that I had made the final state team. I couldn’t be happier and I am so grateful that the School and my parents gave me the opportunity to go. Hugo McAteer.

Total Football Academy

We were very fortunate to have one of the Total Football Academy (TFA) Soccer Camps on the Mahers Lane Top Oval during the holidays. The TFA are going to be working closely with the School in the future, offering soccer and futsal programs at both campuses.


Congratulations to Lachlan Arghyros and Lucas Greaves who competed in the Futsal Federation Victorian (FFV) Cup Titles in the holidays.

They played six matches and went into the grand finals undefeated. The U9 team won the grand final 3-0 against Ballarat FC. Lachlan was also voted U9

MVP by the referees for the tournament. Bryce Corcoran also played and his team finished in sixth place.


During the Easter holidays, Callum Wines competed in the April Junior Classic at Windaroo Lakes Golf Club. He finished in third place in the 8 and Under category with a gross score of 47, a single shot behind the winner. At the Junior Golf Queensland nine-hole challenge at Tamborine Mountain Golf Club, Callum won the Division 2 Gross event with a gross score of 47 and also claimed the nearest the pin prize. He also competed in the NRDGA nine-hole completion at Ballina Golf Club. He posted a two under par nett score of 35 and finished in third place. Callum’s result at Ballina lifts him to second place in the NRDGA order of merit rankings. Well done, Callum.


The National Futures Program has announced the 2018 Futuroo Hockey squads. The selection is a reward for the performance of young athletes at the Under 18 National Championships in Launceston and are selected by the Hockey Australia National Junior Selection Panel. Congratulations to Kendra Fitzpatrick and Jesse Reid who have been chosen in this prestigious program.


The Netball Season officially started on April 28, the last Saturday of the holiday. Games were played in the most challenging conditions and one round was even called off at the end of the third quarter due to the wind blowing the torrential rain horizontally! Mixed results on the courts too with some resounding victories and some narrow losses. The new netball dresses looked SO smart! Well done to all of the beginner umpires too!

Round 2 is also Lindisfarne’s first duty week. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help in the canteen and around the courts.

Indoor Cricket

The Tweed District Junior Cricket Association Indoor Competition for Under 13 and Under 15 boys held at Chinderah on Mondays after school in Term 2. The first round will be held on Monday, 7 May. Good luck to our Lindisfarne teams.


Good luck to Nilayah Cannon, Sophia Squires, Paige Williams, Harrison Kirkwood, Klyde Milroy and Finley Neylan at the CIS AFL trials in Sydney.

The Commonwealth Games Athletes

Hopefully some of you would have been fortunate enough to enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in the first week of the holidays. We had Sports Academy Ambassador, and also Amity and Heidi’s father, Bill Chaffey win Bronze in the Triathlon. Plus, ex-student and Kendra’s sister, Savannah Fitzpatrick won silver in the women’s hockey. Potentially, we have many future Commonwealth Games athletes at Lindisfarne and we will support you follow your dreams in your
chosen sport. Riley Wagner certainly enjoyed the experience, pictured here with Aaron Brown who
came third in the 200m.

Gay Maynard
Director of PDHPE and Sports


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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:

Backhouse and the Backroaders concert

The Anglican Parish of Mullumbimby is very excited to be hosting the Backhouse and the Backroaders concert this May!

Called "a feast for the senses, guaranteed to inspire", the sensational musical event will be held at St Martin’s, Mullumbimby on Friday, 11 May 2018 with two sessions available: 4.00pm and 7.30pm.

Tony and his choir are on a tour of love and giving. All proceeds for their concerts are donated back into the local community. The proceeds from these concerts in Mullumbimby are going to our Parish Pantry and More than a Meal Ministry Outreach Programs.

We are assured of a night of sublime gospel, acapella and soul music but there are limited tickets available.

Tickets are $15.00 and available for purchase online at

Or contact the Anglican Parish of Mullumbimby direct on 02 6684 3552 (between 9.00am and 3.00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays).

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