From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week, our Years 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 students have been away from the school experiencing new challenges and opportunities through our program of school camps and outdoor education.

School camp is a time to physically project beyond the boundaries of the school and also personally project beyond our own limitations, and at times, reservations.

For many young people and indeed parents our annual school camps can be a time of both excitement and heightened anxiety.

Through attending the camp capacity to face new challenges, unfamiliar environments and situations is built and our students return with greater confidence, resolve and in many cases a real sense of achievement.

Team building, problem solving, social skills, independence and collaboration are just a few of the areas of development that I have observed our Lindisfarne students embrace during the camp week program.

I am grateful to our dedicated and loyal staff who have been on 24/7 duty and have supported our students throughout the week.

At our Year 7 camp, I reminded students that we can all do the easy things, but facing challenges and conquering the things we find hard to do builds our capacity to grow and develop into the young people we are meant to be.

Congratulations to all of our students on a job well done!

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

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​Cyber-Safety and Digital Education

Last week, we wrote to parents about a series of workshops on Internet Safe Education to be held on Tuesday, 29 May. So much of my work focuses on working in this space. We are all, parents and teachers, operating in a completely different world to the one in which we grew up. As ever education is key.

I urge parents of students in Middle and Senior School to attend the parent session from 5.00 to 6.00pm in the Mahers Lane Chapel; a session which will be delivered by a former undercover internet detective and leading expert in this area. He will be covering the online experience giving the opportunity to witness the real-life dangers and responsibilities when online; offering help for parents to discover how essential and important their role is in social networking; sharing information about the law online; identifying what cyber- bullying looks like and showing what can be done to protect students.

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn from an expert in this field, to gain vital insight to support our children as they navigate these uncharted waters.

Please notify Tania Wilhelm at if you will be attending this parent session.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

School Photo Days

Please add the following dates to your calendar:

  • Tuesday, 5 June – Mahers Lane Campus
  • Wednesday, 6 June – Sunshine Avenue Campus
  • Thursday, 7 June – Sunshine Avenue Campus and Family Photos

Students will shortly receive a letter detailing the arrangements for the photo days as well as details concerning the ordering procedure for the photos. 

Please note:

  • Sibling photo envelopes will be available from each of the Student Administration offices.
  • To assist with planning we request students to register for sibling photos next week.
  • If all the siblings are in Years 5 to 12, they will have their photo taken on Tuesday, 5 June if time permits.
  • If siblings are from both campuses, photgraphs will be taken at Sunshine Avenue on Thursday, 7 June. A bus will be organised to take Mahers Lane students to Sunshine Avenue at 8.30am on Thursday morning and will return to Mahers Lane in time for sport.

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Breathe Project

On Monday, 21 May, Kindergarten to Year 6 students participated in the BREATHE PROJECT workshops.

Students were welcomed to the session peacefully by the flute and were taught when to JUST BREATHE. Kat and Bodhi have been travelling the East Coast teaching students and teachers a three-minute diaphragmatic breath to apply when they are needing a little calm.

After learning the technique students shared when they can JUST BREATHE:
‘when my little brother is annoying’
‘when I am feeling mad’
‘before a test’
‘out in the surf’
‘when I am sad’
‘when I miss my dad’
‘when it is all too much’
‘when I get stressed’
‘when my head hurts’
‘when I don’t know how I feel’
‘when I am about to rage’

Students learnt how to calm their nervous system, identify how they feel and take some deep breaths to re-centre. After the workshop students in Ms Rolfe’s Year 2 class shared the following: 

"I really enjoyed it when Kat played the signing bowl and made the sound vibrate."
- Lorenzo

"I enjoyed it when Bodhi played the flute. It made me feel calm."
- Jay

"The beat boxing was awesome because it made me feel cool!"
- Jude

"The whole assembly was really calm and quiet when we were breathing. We had our eyes closed and our hands on our chest and bellies."
- Rithika

Junior School teachers also enjoyed an afterschool workshop addressing personal self care and a way to integrate the technique into our everyday activities within the classroom. Many teachers already include relaxation, mindfulness and breath into their classroom routine and this is one more tool to utilise.

When was the last time you stopped to JUST BREATHE?

Carley O'Connell
Educational Psychologist 

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

National Simultaneous Storytime

On Wednesday, 23 May at 11.00am in more than 4500 locations such as libraries, schools, bookshops, hospitals and homes, hundreds of thousands of children read together, the same book, at the same time in the Australian Library and Information Association's (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS). Now in its 18th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

The book chosen for this year’s event was Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood. This story is for anyone who has ever wondered just why the mouse was running up and down the clock as it struck one. The rhyme has been told and song sung for generations and, in Hickory Dickory Dash, Tony Wilson and Laura Wood share with us just what could have happened in the preceding few hours to cause a mouse to behave in such a way. With her children vanished, and a cat in hot pursuit, the tension builds as the valiant Mother Mouse continues the frantic search for her missing babies. What will happen to cause her to take up clock-running at the appointed hour, and will she find her children, evade the cat, and manage to get them all safely home? Woods’ illustrations mesh seamlessly with Wilson’s verses to take readers both young and old along with them on a danger-filled adventure with a satisfyingly happy resolution.

Mr Marquardt kindly volunteered as our mystery reader for the event at our Junior School. Students were enthralled and entertained with his lively reading of the book, especially when reciting the onomatopoeic items throughout the story. Thank you Mr Marquardt. We can’t wait until the 2019 National Simultaneous Storytime.

The Lindisfarne Reading Challenge

The 2018 Lindisfarne Reading Challenge kicks off next Monday, 28 May. All students from Kindergarten to Year 4 are encouraged to participate in the challenge, which aims to boost children’s literacy skills by encouraging students to read widely for pleasure and learning, develop their imagination and cultivate a passion for literature.

The goal of the challenge is to read 30 books from a wide range of categories before Friday, 9 November. Your child will come home with a Reading Challenge Booklet, which we ask that you sign off or initial after your child has finished reading a book. All other details about the challenge will be in the booklet.

I look forward to seeing as many of our students as possible embrace the 2018 Lindisfarne Reading Challenge.

Erin McGovern

Year 1 Morning Tea

This term, the Year 1 students undertook a mathematics investigation titled ‘Buddy Morning Tea’, which involved the planning and preparation of a morning tea for their Year 5 buddies. The students had to decide on the location of the morning tea, what games they would play and the timeline of events in the lead up to the day.

Each group were given a budget of $10 to plan what fruit to buy and calculate how much it would cost. Then, on Tuesday, Year 1 went to Coles supermarket at Tweed City Shopping Centre to buy the produce. In groups, the students selected their fruit, weighed it to estimate the cost and used the self-service checkout to complete their transaction.

The students excitedly prepared the fruit cups ready for the morning tea on Wednesday. Everyone had a wonderful morning sharing their fruit cups, playing games and reading a book especially chosen for their Year 5 buddies. The students were motivated and engaged throughout the entire mathematics investigation and demonstrated that real life problem solving enhances student outcomes.

Amy Williamson, Linda Terry, Kathryn Leary
Year 1 Teachers

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Senior School

Camp Week

This week has been camp week, details of which will be included in the newsletter next week. The broad overview is that every year group has been away from the campus - from Canberra to Tambourine Mountain and a lot of places between! This past week, I have been privileged to work with the two Senior cohorts in their time away from the classroom.

As Head of Senior School, I have a unique perspective of working with our Year 11 students as they prepare to take on new leadership roles within our school, preparing to move towards this important rite of passage of becoming leaders later in the year. This is a wonderful cohort who show real potential. They have worked hard together whilst enjoying and appreciating each other’s company which is an example to us all about working as a community.

Our Year 12 students, while preparing to complete their HSC examinations and leave Lindisfarne, are in a time of transition deciding on new pathways. They have engaged in HSC focused sessions balanced with wellbeing programs including yoga and other opportunities to come together as a cohort.

They are well supported by a dedicated team of teachers who, while continuing to support the students in pursuit of their academic goals, are now working on encouraging that greater independence and autonomy needed in life beyond school.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School


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Visual Arts

Performing Arts


​Year 6 Lip Sync Extravaganza!

Tuesday, 29 May from 1.00pm to 3.00pm in Ngahriyah.

In Performing Arts, Year 6 have been battling it out, lip sync style! We would like to extend an invite for you to watch this spectacular showcase.

Big Chill - Performing Arts Winter Concert

On Thursday, 21 June, Lindisfarne will hold our Performing Arts Winter Concert, the Big Chill.

The concert will showcase the amazing talents of our school Music and Drama ensembles as well as a limited amount of performance spaces for students from Year 7 to 12 which will be left open for auditions.

Auditions will be held at lunchtime on 14 and 15 June in the Chapel. Any interested acts should add their name and details to the list on Mr Hardy's office door.

Start preparing your item now and be a part of the Big Chill.

Todd Hardy
Director of Creative and 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).

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Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space



Sporting Highlights

Important Dates and Reminders

  • FNC NSW Primary Netball Cup (Years 4 to 6) – Mullumbimby – Friday, 25 May
  • Tweed Netball League Round 5 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 26 May
  • CIS Football (Soccer) Championships – Sydney – Monday 28 and Tuesday, 29 May
  • FNC NSW Secondary Netball Cup (Years 7 to 10) – Lismore – Thursday, 31 May
  • Tweed Netball League Round 6 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 2 June
  • NCIS Touch Championships – Lismore – Monday, 4 June
  • Gretel Tippett Primary Netball Trophy – All Saints – Thursday, 7 June
  • DNK Primary Rugby Trophy (TBC) – All Saints – Thursday, 7 June
  • Tweed Netball League Round 7 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 9 June
  • CIS Cross Country – Sydney – Thursday, 14 June
  • CIS Secondary Touch Football Championships – Sydney – Monday, 18 June and Tuesday, 19 June

Cross Country

Congratulations to all athletes who represented the School on Friday at the NCIS Cross Country Championships. As always, the sportsmanship, talent and behaviour on show were amazing! Lindisfarne were second in the Primary Points Score this year... but managed to once again secure the title and the Secondary Shield. The following students have now been selected to represent the region in Sydney:

Siara Travaglia (third), Isabella Arghyros (fourth), Eva Cusick (seventh), Ava Arghyros (second), Eliza Fahy (fifth), Bonnie Starling (first), Zara Cusick (second), Zhola McKimmin (fifth), Olivia Kane (fifth) Marcus Williamson (second), Bryce Corcoran (fourth), Lachlan Marshall (first), Harry Kane (fourth), Thomas Horn (fifth), Kobe McKimmin (fifth), Poppy Burdekin (second), Zhari Boal (fifth), Olivia Copeland (first), Makayla Sekac (seventh), Ruby Meehan (fourth), Lily O’Sullivan (fourth), Summer Wise (sixth), Emily Lowns (first), Georgia Sweetnam (third), Amber Orr (sixth), Jade Reid (second), Maddison Jones (seventh), Piper Harrison (first), Olivia Lancaster (second), Lucy McFie (fourth), Max Bruinenberg (third), Daniel Lamb (fourth), Kai Croft (fifth), Jake Frazer (first), Finley Neylan (third), Oliver Churchill (first), Quinn Butel (third), Beau Meehan (fourth), Brodie Copeland (fifth), Jayden O’Rourke (sixth), Kipp Freeman (third), Will Smith (second) and Bailey Copeland (second). 

We will continue to have training sessions for those of you competing at Eastern Creek on June 14. Well done all runners and good luck to all of you who take on the next challenge.



Good luck to Summer Wise and Ryan Simpkins who represent NCIS at the CIS Secondary Football (Soccer) Championships next week.


Congratulations to Joe Sandor who has been selected for Queensland Men’s Hockey U21 squad.


Good luck to all of our Lindisfarne netball players over the next weeks. Not only are they playing on Saturday’s for the School, but have the opportunity to perform at the NSW Netball Cup at Mullumbimby (Primary), NSW Netball Cup at Lismore (Secondary) and the Gretel Tippett Trophy at All Saints (Primary). Well Done to all of our Tweed Netball Rep players who also have the opportunity to enjoy their sport for the School and for their association at carnivals and Premier League Matches: Lily Alford, Poppy Burdekin, Gracie Lynch, Mia Henry, Ruby Sullivan, Giselle Smith,
Chloe Maguire, Amber Orr, Jewel Orr, Jemma Hanson, Samantha Harvey, Ellie Engel and Georgia Maynard.


At the FNC Schools Surfing Competition at Lennox Head on Friday. Piper Harrison finished second in the U19 girls – having won the NCIS Cross Country! Marlon Harrison won the U16 boys and was 2 nd in the U19 boys. Micah Margieson was third in the U19. Micah then competed in the FNC Regional event over the weekend and won the U18 Title. Great results Lindisfarne surfers!

Good luck to all of our six touch teams who represent the School at Lismore on June 4. This is not just a Championship Carnival but also a trial for the Secondary teams to represent the NCIS region at the CIS event later in the month.


As recently reported, Caspian Tuckwell competed at the NSWPSSA Tennis Championship in Albury, representing the Combined Independent School as the number one player for the boys’ team.This event was a State Teams Carnival of 13 teams across NSW with some of this State’s finest junior tennis players participating.

This year was the 50 years celebration of the Don Moon Trophy. Caspian lead his team to be victorious as the champions. The new news is that, as a result of outstanding performances, good sportsmanship and Caspian's personal results throughout the week, Caspian was subsequently selected to represent NSW at the Nationals – The Bruce Cup -which will be in held in South Australia late in October. Congratulations Caspian!

Martial Arts

Well done Miranda Rhodes! On Sunday, she competed in The YunHap open at Capalaba. She had two other girls in her division 47-51kg. Each fight in black belt division is three two-minute rounds and very high intensity. First round was a tough one for Miranda (13) as the girl she fought was 16 and she had lost to her in the past. However, Miranda won with a final score 22:12. In the final, she was well matched in age and height and won by point gap 30:8.

Gay Maynard
Director of PDHPE and Sport

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Community News

Celebrate... on top of the world!

Guaranteed to create lasting impressions, Ardeena and Summergrove Estate are two wedding venues only dreams are made of.

Owned and operated by one of our Lindisfarne families, Ardeena and Summergrove Estate are situated only a few minutes apart, high amongst the clouds atop Mt Carool’s magnificent hillside.

Their stunning outlooks creating infinite photo opportunities whilst tranquil rainforest surrounds radiate an intimate atmosphere of magic and romance. It’s no wonder both venues are two of Australia’s most picturesque and enchanting wedding destinations.

Join their Wedding Open Day this July and see how you can celebrate your special day on top of the world.

Thank you to Ardeena and Summergrove Estate for their support of our up-coming Dare to Dream event. 

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 Mrs Mary-Ellen Jackman, our Director of Human Resources. 

What are you reading?Fire and Fury

Who is the author? Michael Wolff

A brief review of the book: This easy-to-read, tell-all page-turner captures the chaos of political life under President Donald Trump. This book provides a great “fly on the wall” perspective on the blood sport that is politics in the Trump White House.

Who would you recommend read this book to? People interested in understanding the fragility of democracy…and political tragic.

Do you have a favourite quote or passage from the book? "It was in fact the sort of carelessness that almost everyone in Trump’s world, including the president and his family, was guilty of. They lived with parallel realities in which, while proceeding with the presidential campaign, they also had to live in a vastly more likely world-rather a certain world- in which Donald Trump would never be president. Hence business as usual…It certainly is an odd circumstance if you live your life without regard for being elected and then get elected-quite an opportunity for your enemies."

Thanks for sharing, Mrs Jackman!

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