From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal

Is NAPLAN worthwhile?

With NAPLAN tests taking place for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 next week, there are always a range of opinions in the media and at the school gate about the validity of the exams and the impact they have on schools and students. I actually don’t have a problem with testing students - not for the purpose of comparing them to others, but to find out what they know and then to cater teaching to help them make their next step on the learning journey. This is actually evidence-based teaching - using data to inform practice. Many of us sat in a one-size-fits-all classroom and we don’t want that for our students. We want to know each learner’s strengths and weaknesses and help each child improve.

The aims of NAPLAN are good - to make sure students aren’t being overlooked and are reaching minimum standards in Literacy and Numeracy. You may have seen the letter to parents from Robert Randall the CEO of ACARA outlining the purpose of NAPLAN - AN OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS: NAPLAN 2018. Mr Randall correctly points out that NAPLAN is only a small part of the educational puzzle, but it is important that our students take it seriously and try to complete the tests to the best of their ability.

Teachers have spent some time in class helping students to familiarise themselves with the types of questions asked in the exams, however it is counterproductive to “hothouse” the students. We want our students to do their best but not to be worried about the tests. I think the best way to help our students not to worry about exams, whether it is in Year 3 or Year 12, is to be open about their purpose, ensure they know what is coming by working through a few examples and most importantly to remind them that an exam does not define you as a person.
We love our kids irrespective of their level of achievement and it is important they know that. So if you are a NAPLAN parent this year, help your kids by having a chat about the tests. Let your child know you want them to do their best, but only because we should put a really good effort into everything we do. Make sure they get a good night's sleep before the exams and most importantly, remind them it is just an exam on one day of their lifelong learning journey.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F News and Events

A big warm hug to all the mums out there who will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday. All those little (and not so little) things you do make a difference in so many ways.

The P&F have had a busy week helping your children to prepare with Mother’s Day stalls and also spoiling mums a little more with our special Mother’s Day High Tea event.

On that note, the P&F would like to extend a enormous thank you to the team of mums whose collaboration was instrumental in the preparation for such an excellent Mother’s Day stall, not to mention the lovely mums who helped at the stalls each day. They know who they are and our appreciation is in abundance.

Thank you to all the mums and special guests who came along to the Mother's Day High Tea held on Friday. It was a wonderful occasion and I would like to thank the staff and students for their efforts in making the day such a success.

Thank you also to both Sea Wish and Oxley and Moss for their generous contributions to the event. We are lucky to be part of such a united and big-hearted community.

Don’t forget to book in for a fun day of golf – I haven’t played since I was 18 (poorly) and I’m getting in on the fun and networking opportunity. Get a team together and come along for the big day in June!

Kylie Potter
P&F President

P&F Golf Day

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Writing Competition Awards

It is so pleasing to reveal that some of students who have entered the advertised writing competitions this year have been awarded places for their literary efforts. 

The 2018 Youth Literary Award is sponsored by Norman McVicker’s Estate. This competition was available for students up to 18 years of age who have an original short story (maximum of 2000 words) or poem (maximum of 100 lines). 

Two of our students, Grace Matthews, in Year 11, and Bailey Keay, in Year 7, both entered the poetry section of this competition. Grace’s poem ‘A Memoir of a Stolen Boy’ was placed third in the competition and Bailey’s poem ‘The Rebellion’ was Highly Commended.  Their poems are attached below for your enjoyment.

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

A Memoir of a Stolen Boy

How? How in God’s name did I end up here?

These helpless boys lined up in front of me

marching like cattle

waiting to be slaughtered.

The whistle sounds.

Echoed by the gunshots of children who don’t know better.

I hear the screams.

The grating resonance of thousands of tortured souls

vibrate through my mind and slowly crush my conscience.

Numbers so many it turns the air into nothing but a violent hum.

The line moves up.

Why? Why me? What did I do so wrong?

I shouldn't be here.

My heart is at home

a thousand miles away.

I pray it kept my family safe.

I pray it can stroll amongst gum trees,

fly with the galahs.

I wish to let my soul wander back through the gates

of the home that once kept me whole.

But I can’t.

I am in pieces

alone on this foreign beach of hell with only a crumpled letter and a photograph

to subdue me

as I march to my death.

The whistle sounds.

The guns laugh like a bloodthirsty maniac.

Another row of helpless souls wasted.

The line moves up.

Now? Is this it?

I know it as soon as my heavy boots drag those fateful steps forward.

I’m next.

I turn the cold ring of metal around my fourth finger and pray.

Pray that god will keep her protected.

Oh, now I can feel it. The air over the trench is heavier.

It tastes like death.

I feel like my lungs are trying to inhale smoke.

Please, by some miracle, let this suffering mean something.

I don’t want to die to only become another lifeless body littering the sand.

To be forgotten.

My mind is somehow chaotic and completely absent,

Hearing only the static drone of a young generation being


Running my fingers through the crowded sand grains

I will soon call home, I know.

This is it, my last moment thousands of miles from where I

should be.

Surrounded by the stench of lost life.

I am one of them.

The whistle sounds.

By Grace Matthews

The Rebellion

Walking through the charred trees, fighting off the cold.

Heading down the dusty trail, in search of precious gold.

My wife, two kids and pa along, preaching and praying that before too long,

The ground will part and I'll see a shine,

A nugget of gold that's mine, mine, mine!


I'm hunting and digging, but the day just gets bleaker,

All day, I'm forced to hear men shout EUREKA!

From Ballarat to Bathurst, my luck has run dry,

I'm starving and bleeding, I’m scared we might die.


My pickaxe is broken, my shovel is too.

I hate all the food here, the dysentery, the flu.

At least now it's normal, I almost have a grin.

What’s that? A rebellion? Good man, count me in!


We swear by the Southern Cross,

To stand together in this field of moss.

For the right to vote, and the licence to go,

We miners will stand together through rain and snow.


The soldiers came on Sunday night,

We were asleep, there was barely a fight.

I ran through the bodies, left, right and center,

Then I found a tent, I decided to enter.


T'was for the Chinese, who recently came,

I introduced myself, by first and last name.

They led me home, and as we walked all the way,

I noticed it looked like a great mining day.


We caught the first cart, to the trials the next day,

The miners were innocent, we cried out hooray!

We got all our rights, the licence was gone!

And as for the lost, we had two days to mourn.


Then I found the ticket, a huge nugget of gold!

We owned a nice tent, now that tent's been sold.

I've quit my mining, got a good job and wage,

But that only happened, ‘cause of that great Stockade.

By Bailey Keay

Mahers Lane NAPLAN and School Reports

NAPLAN Mahers Lane

Session Times

Tuesday 15 May – Language Conventions and Writing

Period 1 - Language Conventions

Period 3 - Writing

Wednesday 16 May – Reading

Period 1 and 2

Thursday 17 May - Numeracy

Period 1 and 2

Year 5 and 7 NAPLAN will take place in their home rooms and Year 9 NAPLAN will take place on the top floor of M Block.

On Tuesday 15 May breakfast will be available between 8.00am and 8.20am

Students need to bring a pencil, eraser and pencil sharpener.

A Calculator is only needed for Year 7 and 9 on Thursday.

School Reports

This year we will be emailing out student reports. The first to be emailed home were  

the Year 11 Interim and Year 12 Mid Course reports which were emailed out on Tuesday of this week.

Year 5 -10 reports will be emailed home at the end of the term. If you need a hard copy please contact reception at

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Academic Assistance for Mahers Lane Campus

Cocurricular Activities for Mahers Lane Campus

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

From the Head of Junior School

Preferred Times for Clubs

We are very keen to continue to offer a wide range of extra curricula activities for our Junior School students. Currently we have various clubs running before school, at lunch breaks and after school. In order to access the maximum number of children we would be keen to gain your feedback on which time would be most preferable to families for any new clubs we would like to introduce. If you have particular preference for before, during or after school, please either let your child’s class teacher know via the diary or email

P&F Pictureplate Fundraiser

The children have now created their artworks for the P&F Pictureplate fundraiser. These have been uploaded to Kindergarten to Year 4 Google Classrooms for you to view or emailed to parents of Preschool children. Should you wish to go ahead with ordering a Pictureplate that will capture your child’s creativity for a lifetime, please follow the directions included in this letter to place an order.

How to order:
1) View your child’s artwork their class via Google Classroom.
2) Choose how many of the Pictureplates, at a cost of $28.00 each, you would like.
3) Place an order via
 Order forms and payment due Monday, 14 May 2018
 We expect to be handing out the finished products by Monday 3 September 2018

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

House Captains

During assembly in Week 3 our newest House Captains will be presented with their badges. Congratulations to the following students that will represent their houses this term.

St Barnabas – Leo Lush and Emily O’Neill

St Stephen – James Sabey and Kimiyo Tango

St Andrew – Harry Kane and Ella Garten

St Cuthbert – Fletcher Bruhn and Tilly Mahone

I would like to place an emphasis on the high calibre of leaders we have in Year 4. All students that spoke during the House Captains speeches blew both staff and students away. I feel confident that all students in Year 4 are displaying their leadership every day at school.

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Junior School NAPLAN

A reminder that NAPLAN will take place in Week 3 on 15, 16, 17 May 2018. It is important that our students in Year 3 have a healthy breakfast that fuels the brain and gives the body plenty of energy. A great breakfast lays the foundation to an excellent day.  

The assessment schedule is as follows

  • Tuesday: Language Conventions, Writing

  • Wednesday: Reading

  • Thursday: Maths

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

It was such a great occasion on Tuesday as we recognised and rewarded our term 1 Achievement and Effort Award recipients at our Middle School Assembly. The pride shown on the faces of the recipients was mirrored by their peers in the audience. It was a great opportunity to showcase the diversity of learners, and their skills and attributes, that we have the privilege of working with our Middle School.

At this assembly I also reminded students of the need for punctuality, particularly in the mornings, and attendance. We, as a school, place significant value on the pastoral care and support programs provided to students. One of the key elements of this program is the homeroom time provided each morning. This 20 minute session is far more than role marking and notices. It is the proactive time for building positive relationships between students and teachers. It is time we use to settle and focus on the day ahead, ensuring our organisation and preparedness for our timetabled day ahead is addressed. It is the invaluable time that we reflect on our own self-awareness and self-care through the Green X7 program. I ask parents (and students) for your support in ensuring that this time is cherished and valued by also ensuring that students are arriving at school with plenty of time to get to Homeroom before the official 8:20am start time. I thank you in advance for this support.  

During the mid-semester break I travelled to China and visited schools in Shanghai and Hangzhou with a group of other principals from independent schools across New South Wales. It was an honour to represent Lindisfarne on this tour and, in particular, it was an honour to represent our emerging Middle School. In preparing for a presentation (about collaborative and interactive teaching and learning practices) I made at one of the symposiums, I was drawn to reflect on the beginnings of our Middle School and reconnect with the overarching philosophy and beliefs that frame our day-to-day efforts. The very first statement within our philosophy is “Middle school students are rewarding, fascinating people to work with”. This has certainly be affirmed during the first term and beginning weeks of term 2. Other statements that I reflected upon and shared were, “We are committed to creating situations in which students work to help others,” and “We value relationships between and among teachers and students that are close and multi-faceted.” In sharing some of our “pearls” I was also fortunate enough to hear and receive some thoughts and ideas from the great principals of the region in which we travelled. A couple that have catalysed some serious thought for me are, “We need to look at the world through the future-eyes of our children, and certain we are pleased with what we see,” and “In order to get the best out of our students, we must do the best for our students.”  

What great ways to think about the work we do.

Above: At Fudan Primary School, Shanghai

This term has seen the introduction of our outdoor table tennis tables which been frenetically used during breaks since their placement around the school. Not only has it been great to be able to provide another opportunity for physical activity, it has been truly heartening to witness the manner in which our students have interacted with one another as they navigate the development and implementation of their own set of “rules” and sharing processes. Keep an eye out for future tournaments and championships!

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Middle School Science: Writing Competition

Do you like Science? Silly question, if you are reading this column then the chances are pretty good that you do. What about English? Some people who love Science claim that they don’t like English but here at Middle School Science we are just as enthusiastic about writing as we are about Science. There are so many great stories in Science that it is a really good field to find inspiration for writing. The other thing about Science writing is that it gives you a nice feeling of accomplishment when you can explain something new to someone and get them to understand it.

Scientists who like to write are hard to find and the good ones often become well known. People like Dr Karl from the ABC or Carl Sagan in America made names for themselves by telling stories about Science and scientists that their readers find easy to understand.

The late professor Stephen Hawking wrote a book called George’s Secret Key to the Universe about two fictional Middle School astronomers who explain some of the most difficult concepts in cosmology to students the same age as they are.

If you like Science and you like to write, here is a great way to get started. Click on the link below to find out about the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing Competition. It is really easy to enter and both your Science teacher and your English teacher would be happy to help you get started. edia&utm_campaign=96a2f68757-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_20dc88b9ea- 96a2f68757-148839513&mc_cid=96a2f68757&mc_eid=a6c3af5845

The theme for 2018 is 'Technology and Tomorrow' which covers just about anything your imagination can come up with! Did I mention there are some juicy cash prizes to be won as well

Take a moment to visit the site, try writing a few sentences about something in Science that interests you and then see what happens. Sometimes the words just start to flow and you can’t stop them!

Enjoy your week in English classes and tell your teacher you want to be a Science writer.

Science Quiz

We had a few correct responses to last week’s question. A virus is not alive while a bacterium is a single celled living thing. When a virus gets inside a cell it causes the cell to make more viruses.

In honour of the Bragg writing competition, this week’s question is based on a famous book: According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, what is the meaning of life?

Please send your answers to:

Homework - To Help or Not to Help?

As we move into Week 2, Term 2 the next round of assessments tasks are just around the corner. With this in mind I thought it was a good opportunity to examine “What is the role of the parent when it comes to homework?”

While we know our role as parents is to provide an environment that is conducive to study/homework and to ensure our children are rested and well fed but what about the actual task?

How much guidance is too much guidance and when do we need to step back and say “This is your work not mine?” We are all guilty of it, helping them make it prettier, building the model or rewriting a sentence here and there to make it “make sense” but how much is TOO MUCH?

As students get older the level of support should be decreasing. By Year 7 we should be encouraging students to self-manage their time and their assessments and offering help when they request it. By overtaking the assessment and completing it to a level that we see as appropriate we set the child up for failure in the future when they have to replicate the work in an in-class task or assessment.

By the time a child enters Senior School we want them to be self-motivated and in control of their own work. This can’t be achieved if they are not responsible for work completed outside of the classroom.

So what should we be doing? An online article in “the Conversation” in Feb 2016 suggested the following valuable tips

  • Show an interest in your child’s schooling but avoid being more interested in their schoolwork than they are – or it risks making it “your thing” and not “their thing”.

  • Set rules about homework (when and where it should be done), particularly in their younger years.

  • Try not to offer your help before they ask; let them ask you. This will boost their confidence in completing schoolwork without constant adult help.

  • Make sure you are coaching and not doing. Don’t fix every mistake or act as an editor. Get older children to ask you specific questions only, like, for example: “Is my conclusion clear?”

  • In junior school, get homework done before fun things. Then prompt rather than remind them, eg: “What needs to be done before you watch TV?”

  • With this must come the child accepting responsibility for homework and teacher-delivered consequences should they forget to do homework or to bring it to school. Remember these remain a reflection of your child’s current organisation and motivation, not your parenting.

  • Finally, remember a golden rule – your actions as a parent should not be primarily about making them successful now, but about building the life skills that will enable them to be successful in the future without your help.

I think the last point is very important and crucial. We are all a part of your child’s educational journey and setting them up for what lies ahead. Let’s start early to produce independent self-motivated learners of the future.

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

Senior School

Year 10 Subject Selection

All Year 10 students will begin the planning for their upcoming subject selection for Year 11 during Term 2. 

Students have been given access to publications from UAC and QTAC. The booklets focus is for students choosing their subjects for Year 11 and Year 12. The aim is to help students think about the next two years and make the best decision for successful study in senior school and beyond. 

There will also be a parent information session for Year 10 students and parents on 25 June. Further information will be supplied closer to this date.

Thank you

Barry Woods
Director of TAS/VET and Careers

Year 12 Careers

Year 12 Careers Information

In the leadup to camp week and during camp week, I will be conducting Year 12 interviews to assist with the planning for post-school transition. Many students have been booking regular interviews and I would encourage everyone to keep doing that.

University applications do not open until 1 August for most states with a few exception (Bond University  Opens Term 2).

Bond Scholarships applications for Year 12 students will open on 1 June, 2018, most other scholarship will open Term 3.

UMAT closes 1 June for students interested in dentistry and medicine. Please see me for the list of universities that use the UMAT.

Date Claimer

Term 3 Week 1

Wednesday 25 July - Student/Parent Information sessions QTAC/UAC

6.30pm in the Chapel

Thank you.

Barry Woods
Director of TAS/VET and Careers

Gold Coast Careers Expo

The annual Gold Coast Careers Expo is the largest and most comprehensive careers event on the Gold Coast. 

The Expo brings together educators, high schools students, parents, career advisors, prospective students, job seekers, and anyone who wants to explore their study options, career pathways and employment opportunities in an interactive and dynamic environment. 

A number of Year 11 and Year 12 students took the opportunity to seek out more information on variety of future career options and also participated in events during the day.

Barry Woods
Director of TAS/VET and Careers

National Moot Trial Competition

As part of our HSC Legal Studies program at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, our students are invited to participate in the National Moot Trial competition. The Moot Trial involves students taking on the role of an appellant or respondent in an appeal being heard in the High Court of Australia. A Moot Trial is not a speech but rather 20-minute examination from a panel of judges.

Yesterday, three HSC students: Jaime Coetzee; Shogi Fanayan; and Jared Van Wijk, participated against a team from ISIS Public School (a school from northern Queensland). Our students excelled, they were able to answer a range of probing questions from the presiding judges in an extremely complex case that involved alleged negligence from police officers in a search and rescue of 17-year-old girl. They represented the School with passion and commitment.

Bryan Malone
Director of HSIE


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Sing, Sing, Sing

On Monday and Tuesday of this week our School Choirs were lucky enough to work alongside Australian renowned Choral Director, Elizabeth Scott at a vocal workshop hosted in the Chapel at the Mahers Lane Campus.  

Elizabeth graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1995 as a flute major having earned the prestigious Student of the Year Award and the Reuben F. Scarf Scholarship for academic and musical excellence. Elizabeth is also a graduate of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program and was awarded the Sydney Choral Symposium Foundation Choral Conducting Scholarship in 2008.

 All of our choirs will be performing at either the Gold Coast or Murwillumbah Eisteddfods later in the year and were able to work on new repertoire for these upcoming events. Our students and music staff came away with a range of very valuable skills from this intensive music opportunity.

 Special mention should also be made of the Sunshine Avenue Choir and their show stopping performance of Diamonds by Rhianna as part of the Foundation Day Service.  This was the first performance from the Choir under the direction of Mr Jesse Edwards and certainly a great way to start this term. 

Todd Hardy
Director of CAPA

NIDA Workshop

Last Friday, Year 11 and 12 Drama students took the opportunity to spend a full and intensive day working with NIDA tutor and professional actor and writer, Julian Curtis.   

The focus of the workshop was on different ways to devise physical theatre and investigated how movement can convey meaning.  Students explored  a variety of techniques for devising group performances from a range of different stimulus material.  

Learning opportunities included:   Strategies for devising physical theatre, an introduction to the concept of character viewpoint, skills in developing characterisation, developing techniques for collaborative practice, openness and playfulness and how to apply dramaturgical practices to hone performance.

These are all critical skills in drama performance and we look forward to students utilising these skills as they embark on developing their own Group Devised performances this term.

Once again, we are grateful to NIDA, Australia’s premier performance school, for providing us with the opportunity to work closely with one of their tutors and to gain a real insight into the inner workings of the acting profession.

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 3 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 12 May
  • Indoor Cricket League Round 2 - Chinderah Monday, 14 May
  • CIS Primary Hockey – Sydney – Monday, 14 May
  • Scuba Dive 2 – Monday,14 May
  • NCIS Cross Country Championships – Ballina – Friday, 18 May


Any Primary girls and boys touch players who would like to trial for a spot in the CIS Squad, please contact Mrs Maynard via ASAP. The event is in Sydney on May 28 and nominations have to be received by May 23. More information is on the CIS Sports website.

Cross Country

Well done all Cross Country runners who have continued training on Thursdays before school and Mondays after school on the Top Oval, Mahers Lane, in preparation for the NCIS event in Ballina on Friday, 18 May.

Rugby 7’s

Good luck to past student Lily Dick as she travels to Canada with the Australian Pearls. We may have some young ladies follow in Lily’s footsteps as Lindisfarne Rugby took to the field at Miami State High School in its inaugural girls Rugby 7's Tournament. Lindisfarne fielded a new Under 14 team in the competition. 

First up, they faced a well drilled host team. The girls started a little tentatively and paid a high price. After some stern words by their coach Mr Wright during the half time break, they came out in the second half to play with much more conviction.

In their second game, the team came up against Kingston State High. The girls came out and played some entertaining rugby, with both teams going try for try. Unfortunately, the girls came up one try short of their first win. However, an outstanding improvement from their first game. 

In their final game, they came up against a spirited Merrimac team. There were some outstanding performances from Giselle Smith, who was best and fairest in each of the three games. She was well supported by Brooke Gadd and a new up and coming player Indi Grey.

The girls enjoyed the tournament and are looking to improve their skills in the coming weeks with the Southern Cross Rugby Academy Thursday Rec Sport Program.


Following on from last week’s Futsal article, congratulations to Bryce Corcoran who competed in the Futsal Federation Victorian (FFV) Cup Titles held in Melbourne during the holidays. It was only in February this year, that Bryce was playing Under 8's Futsal for his Gold Coast Club, when he was asked to trial for the Galaxy Under 10's team. Bryce was very excited to be accepted into the team, where he would play against older and more experienced opponents. With some of the players being more than two years older than Bryce, he found it a bit daunting at first but says he has learnt to be a faster and stronger player. Bryce's team finished in 6th place in Melbourne, coming up again some very strong opponents. Bryce loved the trip away; bonding with his team and learning so much from the coaches. Bryce says, "I really hope that the School introduces Futsal as a sport because many of the kids would love the game and it is great to play during the hotter summer months when the outdoor soccer season is finished."

So, Bryce will be pleased to hear that Total Football Academy will be running a Futsal program with Year 3 and 4 students on Thursday afternoons in Term 3!


Congratulations to Isaac Outridge who has been playing his top game at the NSW State Golf Championships in Forster. Isaac came first in the CIS Event and fourth overall so is now playing match play. Isaac was also selected this week the NSW state junior golf development Squad so will have a few trips to Sydney in the next six months. A big and exciting week for Isaac. Well done.

Above: Isaac Outridge (left).


Good luck to hockey players: Polly Meehan, Kate Sands, Bride Bedford, Charlie Evesson, Zoe Marshall, Olivia Forde and Uma Upritchard who are trialing for the CIS Primary Hockey teams in Sydney on Monday.

Unfortunately, Shakyah Jordan will not be representing NCIS this year due to a foot injury.


Congratulations to Dane Henry who competed in the Bede Grom Shootout Competition at North Stradbroke Island over the weekend. He placed second in the Under 14 division. A great result, especially as Dane is only 11.

Above: Dane Henry (centre).


Good Luck to Lily O’Sullivan in the State Secondary Swimming Championships on Thursday.

Indoor Cricket

The Tweed District Junior Cricket Association Indoor Competitions for Under 13’s and Under 15’s boys were held at Chinderah on Monday after school. Great to have Lindisfarne fielding 3 teams. Enjoy the season Gents!

Equestrian Events

Congratulations to Nicola Gee who over the weekend represented Lindisfarne at the QLD Regional Interschool Championships. She had a fabulous and successful weekend competing on her 8-year-old warmblood mare, AWP Royal Harmony (aka Lola) qualifying for the State Titles in July.


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


Caspian Tuckwell recently featured in a NBN newscast about his success in tennis. Nice little drop shot to win the point at the end of the article, Caspian.


Congratulations to new student Laura Downey. Laura was recently victorious at the State Skipping Competition in Sydney. She won the Overall Female Trophy and the Freestyle Trophy. Her team also claimed five medals. Laura is representing Australia at the World Championships in Shanghai this year.

Gay Maynard
Director of Sport

Ready, Set, Table Tennis!

This week we had some new table tennis equipment delivered. In true form, Head of St Barnabas House, Matt Fydler was first out the gate to try out the new gear with Year 9 student, Jett Stocker.

2018 Sports Academy Induction Evening

Our 2018 Lindisfarne Sports Academy Induction was held on Monday evening with 38  Lindisfarne sporting prodigies stepping up to the plate.

Thank you, Sports Captain Lucy McFie who was profoundly professional in her sole Master of Ceremonies role. In the final moments before the main event, fellow prefect Jesse Reid was unable to attend due to hockey commitments however Lucy took the role with grace and provided and evening without a hitch.

Lindisfarne Sports Academy Ambassador and World Champion Swimmer Samantha Riley was the chair speaker for the evening and captured everyone’s attention with stories of her formidable success, as well as her proudest moments along the journey.

With honesty and wittiness, Samantha shared something that resonated for everyone recognising that "parents of ALL children – not just the sporty ones – should be awarded with gold medals for their achievements every day!"

For the athletes, they will never forget Samantha's mention of "power of the rain", nor that "athletes don't make sacrifices, they make choices".

Together with Samantha and Principal Stuart Marquardt, 2018 Commonwealth medallist and fellow Lindisfarne Sports Academy Ambassador Bill Chaffey presented new and existing Development Squad and Sports Academy students with their badges and certificates.

Congratulations to the following students:

2018 Lindisfarne Sports Academy Members

  • Lily Alford
  • Oliver Conroy
  • Rupert Fahey
  • Kendra Fitzpatrick
  • Marlon Harrison
  • Piper Harrison
  • Georgia Maynard
  • Beau Meehan
  • Ruby Meehan
  • Lily O’Sullivan
  • Jade Reid
  • Jesse Reid
  • Joseph Sandor
  • Flynn Southam
  • Caspian Tuckwell
  • Lucy Tunsted

Development Squad

  • Jake Beck
  • Michaela Bryant
  • Baxter Fitzgerald
  • Jake Frazer
  • James Griffin
  • Jorja Hibberd
  • Oliver Jeffrey
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What Are You Reading?

Every staff member and student at our school is a member of our wonderful Lindisfarne community. We are also a community of readers. Each week, we will feature a ‘What Are You reading?’ section to discover what we're reading for pleasure. Perhaps you will discover your next favourite book too!

This week, we spoke with Ella Kay from Year 3T.

What are you reading?Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Who is the author? Ransom Riggs

A brief review of the book: This book is about some children who each have a different peculiar power. They all lived in an orphanage called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children back in 1940. That is until a bomb dropped on the roof of the house during World War Two but, they are still alive somewhere. 

Who would you recommend read this book? I am 9, but I like to read more difficult books. So, maybe I would recommend this book to anyone in Year 5 or above. That includes you, too, adults! It is one of my teacher’s favourite series. 

Do you have a favourite quote or passage from the book? There is so many good ones I couldn’t choose just one.

Thanks for sharing, Ella!

Gig for Caitlin

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:

We Raised $14,000 for Caitlin!

A huge thank you to all of our community members who joined us last Saturday at the Caring for Caitlin Trivia Night in celebration and support of one Lindisfarne Alumni in need. 

Former Lindisfarne student, Caitlin Ambrose (2014) was sadly diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma in March last year.

After 17 treacherous rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and seven weeks of radiation treatment, Caitlin's cancer refused to subside.

Having exhausted every medical option available in Australia, Caitlin and her family made the decision sign up for a trial treatment in the US which specifically focuses on Ewing’s sarcoma.

Luckily, Caitlin was accepted into the trial, however, the cost of the treatment plus accommodation and general expenses are estimated to reach a whopping $180,000.

So, when Caitlin’s friends and family reached out to Lindisfarne, our school was happy to help in any way possible.

Meredith Meeves, one of the event organisers and Ambrose family friend, said the Caring for Caitlin Trivia Night at Lindisfarne was “such a huge success” raising over $14,000 through ticket sales, auctions, raffle tickets, bar sales and donations.

Caitlin was thrilled that her school community could support her and expressed her sincere gratitude for everyone involved on the ‘Caitlin Kicks Cancer’ Facebook page.

“Thank you to everyone who organised or attended the Trivia Night fundraiser at Lindisfarne last night it looked like so much fun I’m really sad that I missed it!” she said.

If you’d like to support Caitlin on her quest to kick cancer, please head to the GoFundMe page:

Adele Rowlands-Dealey
Communications Officer