From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today I visited Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina to discuss their approach to International Education and students. As our approach to Global Education strengthens at Lindisfarne, we are increasingly looking at ways to engage our students with children and schools from around the world - particularly the Asia/Pacific region. As we project beyond our own boundaries, we look at ways to engage students in global learning within the classroom, beyond the classroom, across the curriculum and beyond the school.

Our focus needs to be on preparing young people for their future, not ours. Children who have commenced at Lindisfarne in Kindergarten this year will graduate from school in 2030. Their working lives will draw to a close towards the back end of the 21st century. We only need to look at the technological advancements over the last century to realise what a vastly different world our children of today will live and work in tomorrow. We are excited about our future-focused approach to teaching and learning at Lindisfarne.

In a few weeks time, we will host the Wimbledon Charity Ball for Terranora Tennis as they work towards rebuilding the Joan Nicoll clubhouse. We share an important partnership with the Terranora Tennis Club as they provide excellent facilities to our Lindisfarne Tennis program, emerging and elite players. The club is working towards three surfaces being available; Rebound Ace, classic clay and lawn courts, being one of the few Tennis Centres in Australia to offer this option. Please consider attending the Wimbledon Charity Ball on Saturday, 30 June here at our Mahers Lane Campus. Greg Richie has generously offered to MC and Pat Rafter will be joining us as our special guest for the evening. Tickets can be purchased at

Finally, a reminder that it is a long weekend in NSW with a public holiday on Monday, 11 June for the Queen’s birthday.

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, 12 June.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


My reflection for the newsletter this week is an excerpt from Sue Monk Kidd’s book, When the Heart Waits.

This is a reflection I shared with our staff on Monday morning on the benefit of stillness. I hope you find it useful. 

One afternoon, as the children watched television and I folded washing, we heard a terrible thud against the verandah door. I turned in time to see white wings falling to the ground. A bird had flown into the glass. None of us said a word. We looked at one another and crept to the door. The children followed me outside. I half expected the bird to be dead, but she wasn’t. She was stunned and her right wing was a little lopsided, but it didn’t look broken; bruised maybe. The bird sat perfectly still, her eyes tiny and afraid. She looked so fragile and alone. But I sat down beside her. I reached out my little finger and brushed her wing. A voice came from behind me, “Why doesn’t it fly off momma.” “She’s hurt”, I said. “She just needs to be still.” We watched her. We watched her stillness. Finally, the children wandered back to the television, satisfied that nothing was going to happen for awhile. But I couldn’t leave her. I sat beside her, unable to resist the feeling that we shared something, the two of us: the wounds and brokenness of life, crumpled wings, a collision with something harsh and real. I felt like crying for her, for myself, for every broken thing in the world. That moment taught me that while the postures of stillness within the cocoon are frequently an individual experience, we also need to share our stillness. The bird taught me anew that we’re all in this together; that we need to sit on one another’s stillness and take up corporate postures of prayer. How wonderful it is when we can be honest and free enough with one another to say, “I need you to wait with me” or “Would you like me to wait with you?” I studied the bird, deeply impressed that she seemed to know instinctively that in the stillness is healing. I had been learning that too. Learning that stillness can be the prayer that transforms us. How much more concentrated our stillness becomes though, when it’s shared. The door opened again. “Is she finished being still yet”. “No, not yet”, I said, knowing that I was talking as much about myself as the bird. We went on waiting together, twenty minutes, thirty, fifty. Finally, she was finished being still. She cocked her head to one side, lifted her wings and flew. The sight of her flying made me catch my breath. From the corner of my eye, I saw her shadow move along the ground and cross over me. Grace is everywhere I thought. Then I picked myself up and went back to folding washing.  

What a blessing…

I hope we might all be able to learn something from this story and find some time and space for stillness in the midst of our busyness.

Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F News and Events

A crisp cool change has arrived and the P&F team are still busy organising a wonderful Golf Day event for our community.

Arnold Palmer said, "I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser."

Regardless of whether you have a handicap or not, you only need to get a team together and join us for a day of fun on 22 June. Or join as a single and we can team you up.

If your business, or someone you know, would like to take this opportunity to sponsor a hole and gain a little extra exposure, we still have a couple of holes left for sponsorship. Contact myself or Simone Gadd at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The P&F would also like to extend a loud CONGRATULATIONS to all the participants in the recent Kokoda Challenge - what an achievement!

On a final note, a warm invitation to our community to attend the P&F general meeting at the Mahers Lane Campus at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 12 June. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Kylie Potter
P&F President

P&F Golf Day

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Junior School

Junior School Poetry Recitation Competition

Congratulation to our Stage 1 and 2 finalists for the annual Poetry Recitation Competition. We wish them the best of luck for the finals at Mahers Lane on Wednesday, 20 June beginning at 6.00pm. 

Thank you to our Senior School adjudicators, Natasha Bitancurt and Ciara Blum. They had the difficult task of choosing only eight finalists from our 18 semi finalists. 

Year 1 
  • Isabelle Daniel
  • Floyd Nowland
  • Lillian Bate
  • Malia Watson
Year 2
  • April Henry 
  • Ivy Thomson
  • Charlie Buchan
  • Wallace Thompson
Year 3
  • Anna Haubek
  • Siara Travaglia
  • William Gorrie
  • Pearl Baker
Year 4
  • Sunny Skene
  • Sabra Tangye
  • Leo Lush
  • Isaiah Leo 

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

Year 2 Open Classrooms

Year 2 started our week by inviting our parents and guardians to join us for our Term 2 Open Classrooms. Each class showcased different learning happening across the grade. 2R used their powers of persuasion to develop advertisements incorporating the many literary devices they have been exploring. 2M created beautiful pieces of art using their knowledge of colour, line and pattern while in 2SR, students utilised their emerging mapping skills and imaginations and designed ‘Family Islands’ – creative picture maps celebrating each families’ uniqueness. 

It is always a pleasure to share our learning across all subject areas with our families. Thank you to the parents, grandparents and other adults who were able to join us and partake in the planned activities. We loved having you work with us! 

Year 2 Teachers

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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Winter in the Garden

Needed – Locally grown honey 

Winter Solstice is on Thursday, 21 June 2018 and the Year 3 and 4 classes will be celebrating this with some fun outdoor wintery activities in the garden.

We will need some parent helpers to help with supervision of some of these activities (all very simple and no special skills required!). Please let your child’s teacher know if you can help out.

  • Year 4 classes will be at 11.00am to 12.30pm on Tuesday, 19 June 2018.
  • Year 3 will be at 11.00am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

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Green Team

Middle School

Year 8 Decathletes take first place in Engineering

Last Thursday, a team of highly motivated Year 8 students attended the da Vinci Decathlon at A.B. Paterson College. 

Tasked with problem solving, answering general knowledge questions, developing products and even writing poetry and creating a matching artwork, our Decathletes worked collaboratively to present their responses. 

The Year 8 team; Thomas Leach, Matthew Lowns, Ryan Harris, Alexander Ryan, Drew McGlinn, Harry Townend, Olivia Greenslade, Mercy Taylor and Briony Hombroek, took out first place for the Engineering section. It was an incredible effort to win this section from a field of 27 teams from across Queensland and Northern New South Wales! 

Of the da Vinci Decathlon experience, Matthew says:

"As a Decathlete, I learnt how to work as a team effectively and efficiently. The most challenging part of the da Vinci Decathlon was the Ideation concept. My favourite part of the day was Section 2 (Engineering and Mathematics).The skills I was able to contribute to my team included mathematics, science, engineering, general knowledge and teamwork."

Thank you to Mrs Jodie Duggan and Mrs Kim Denny for preparing these students for their da Vinci Decathlon experience!

Kylie Wharton
Year 8 Coordinator

Year 6 Report

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the busy term. With so much still to do I thought it a good time to reflect on what has happened over the term with a particular focus on the last two weeks.

During Senior camp week, Year 6 re-invented the timetable and enjoyed a time of discovery. The study and then construction of bridges created some fantastic looking designs and some more practical shapes that could carry quite heavy weights.

Breathe workshops allowed our students to take time they would not normally have and redirect back onto themselves, to breath and reflect.

Our Science Factory visit was amazingly popular and included virtual reality experiences, the chance to build robots then do battle as well as 40 other challenges and science problems to solve.

Day of Wonder was a challenge in itself, the film touched on so many emotions for the students and then provided the opening to some fantastic and insightful discussion as we unpacked the themes from the story.

I also need to mention the Lip Sync Battle that occurred last Tuesday. All the students were involved throughout the term in preparing their routines and it certainly provided for a fantastic performance. Even the guest act was not too bad – if I do say so myself.

On Friday, the students participated in the Poetry Recitation and those that made it through to the next stage will be performing again at the semi-finals on Thursday, 14 June.

Preparations for the Year 6 excursion to Melbourne are well under way and medical and behaviour forms should now have been returned to the class teacher. If you have not done this yet could you please have them returned no later than Monday, 11 June.

Busy times are ahead so enjoy the long weekend.

Mike Lush
Year 6 Coordinator

​Kokoda Challenge

On Saturday morning, 56 Year 7 students and another eight Year 8 students took a very early bus (4.45am) to the North Side of Brisbane where they competed in the Brisbane Kokoda Challenge and raised valuable funds for the Kokoda Foundation.

The Kokoda Foundation was established in 2004 by Doug Henderson OAM after he heard a story of an ex-serviceman's time on the Kokoda Trail. Mr Henderson was determined to keep the spirit alive so, the Kokoda Foundation was started. Each year, the Kokoda Foundation supports Australian teenagers from 12 to 17 years old through a variety of programs, camps and activities.


Years 7 and 8 tackled the course demonstrating all of these qualities. The walk was steep with a steady incline all the way to the turnaround point. They supported each other and were more than encouraging to students participating from other schools. There were lots of High 5s with other students and support for each other as some found the walk quite hard. It was so wonderful to see Year 7 out in the fresh air, chatting to their friends as they hiked and even carrying their mate’s backpacks if they were doing it particularly tough.

Year 7 crossed the finish anywhere from 3 to 4 hours with Year 8 (who completed the 30km) crossing the line in 7 hours and 30 minutes. Most went home with weary legs and sore feet but I’m sure they were also feeling a great sense of accomplishment and pride for what they had achieved.

Can't wait for 30km next year!

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

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Middle School Science

The theme for this week is: “Get rugged up, get out there and get gazing!” The winter sky is so unbelievably gorgeous that every minute spent indoors on your iPad is a minute wasted.

Last week we had a quick tour around the Southern Cross and, in tune with our theme of keeping it simple, this week we will visit two of our personal favourites here at Middle School Science, Scorpius and Orion, which are also easy to find. Orion can be seen in the western sky and is easily recognisable by the three bright stars that make up his belt. These stars are also part of the formation referred to as the Saucepan in Australia. If you swing around to face the east you will see the huge constellation Scorpius. It is a long winding star formation with a distinctive three pronged head at one end and a sharply curving tail at the other.

Like all of the constellations, Orion and Scorpius are characters in a wonderful story that people told to one another thousands of years ago in ancient Greece. Orion was a skilled and boastful hunter who said that he could hunt and kill any animal in the world. Gaia, the Earth Goddess didn’t like this so she sent Scorpius (the scorpion) to kill Orion. There was a mighty battle that Scorpius eventually won but the fight was so fierce and spectacular that it had caught the attention of Zeus. To commemorate the battle, Zeus placed Orion on one side of the sky and then placed Scorpius on the other side to forever chase Orion. This was supposed to remind people not to be arrogant or boastful whenever they looked up and saw the eternal chase going on overhead.

Orion’s belt is the easiest way to spot the constellation but once you have it, look directly below the belt to a line of fainter stars. This is the sword of Orion. If you look up from the belt on the left hand side (if you are looking up and to the west) you will see a very bright star. This is called Betelgeuse (pronounced beetle juice) and, even to the naked eye, you can see that it is big, bright and red. This is a huge star called a red super giant and one day (maybe even at the very moment you are looking at it!) it is going to explode in a spectacular “Supernova”. Just don’t wait too long, it could also be another 10 thousand years or so…

Like Orion, Scorpius also contains a red super giant called Aldebaran just a little below the three pronged head on the body of the scorpion. If you drew Aldebaran on a piece of paper about the size of a cricket ball, our sun would just be a tiny dot made beside it with a very sharp pencil. It is a seriously big star and it, too, will one day explode into a super nova.

If you look up from Scorpius, above the three heads, you will see another very bright light in the sky. This is Jupiter, the largest planet in our very own solar system.

It is fun knowing some of the constellations just because you can point them out to people but the best thing is just looking up at the sky. It is so big, so beautiful and so full of stories told by people around campfires in every country of the world to wide-eyed children who passed them on to their children until, like the story of Orion and Scorpius, they reached us here at Middle School Science, thousands of years later.

Science Quiz

Proxima Centauri is about four light years away from the Earth. That means that when you look at it, the object you are seeing is actually four years old. If the star exploded and disappeared it would go on looking just the same for another four years as viewed from Earth.

This week’s question is: It took a long time before astronomers realised that our sun was a star just like the ones in the night sky. How bright is the sun?

Send your answers into and get out there and look at the night sky.

HSIE Museum Expo

Senior School

Dare to Dream

Our young men and women are part of an increasingly fast paced world. Choices about lifestyle and career paths are at the fore of their decision making and it is imperative we support the future leaders of our community by providing them with tangible opportunities to develop real world connections. For women, very thankfully, long gone are the narrow career pathways of bygone eras. Our girls graduating from school can look forward to varied and fulfilling pathways.

To that end, Dare to Dream, a program run by women for young women, is built on the three pillars of inspiration, aspiration and motivation. A panel of female speakers who have overcome challenges to celebrate success in their lives will this year, address the key messages of resilience, wellness, forward planning and understanding. These personal values will form the basis of the conversation.

We extend the invitation to all Senior School girls (Years 9 to 12) to attend this highly anticipated event on Monday, 23 July from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Further information and application forms will be emailed home early next week.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Visual Arts

Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts students joined photo-realistic muralist Guido Van Helton as he discussed his artistic development and creative process, including his explorations across the globe. He also discussed his latest works including the 10-storey mural at Southern Cross University overlooking Kirra Beach and his artist career since graduating from SCU (Lismore Campus) in 2008 where he completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in printmaking.

Student discovered his earlier years as a graffiti artist leading to producing large scale murals on tall buildings across the globe. Guido described his move from using spray paints to acrylic pints to gain a greater colour range for creating artworks that enhance and blend into the surface of the building he produces his work on. They also learnt how he persisted in developing his portrait drawing skills over time and his passion for investigating the area and people for each mural to symbolise cultural identity – he saw this as his job!

This was an exciting opportunity for our senior art students to hear from a practicing professional artist. The excursion was highly relevant to current class work on contemporary artist practice and art making process.

Ursula Nash
Creative Arts Coordinator

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).

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space



Athletics Carnivals

Athletics Fun Day - Preschool to Year 4

The Junior School will be holding a P-4 Athletics Fun Day on Friday, 6 July 2018, the last day of Term 2. The emphasis on the day will be participation and FUN. All students from P-4 will be encouraged to come along and get involved in a great day to end the school term. A timetable of events will be published in Week 9 so parents and carers can come along to join in and watch some of the events. 

If you are available to assist on the day please email Mr Nathan Croft at 

Athletics Carnival - Years 3 to 12   

Lindisfarne will be holding an Athletics Carnival for Years 3 to 12  on Thursday, 5 July 2018. This will be a competitive carnival with selection for a Lindisfarne Athletics team to progress to the District competition. 

Due to the competitive nature of this carnival, trials to select Junior School 8, 9 and 10-year-old students to attend and compete at the Years 3 to 12 Athletics Carnival will be held at the Sunshine Avenue Campus on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.  

Trials will be held in the following events:
  • 100m
  • 200m
  • 800m
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Discus
  • Shot Put 

Students wishing to trial for any of these events will need to ensure they bring appropriate clothing in which to compete and be on time as per the event schedule. A timetable of events for the trials will be published and shared with parents and students prior to the day. 

Once finalised, the list of students selected for the Years 3 to 12 Athletics Carnival will be posted on the Sports Noticeboard outside the Kindy Dolphins’ classroom and on Google classroom, as well as published in the school newsletter.  

Please talk to your child if you think they would be interested in trialling for any events and make sure they attend the trials. 

Please note only students selected will be attending the Years 3 to 12 Athletics Carnival. For all other Junior School students, classes will be as per usual on Thursday, 5 July 2018.

Sporting Highlights

Important Dates and Reminders

  • Northern Rivers AFL Primary Schools Cup – Byron – Wednesday, 6 June
  • Gretel Tippett Primary Netball Trophy – All Saints – Thursday, 7 June
  • Billl Turner Trophy – Byron – Thursday, 7 June
  • CIS Cross Country – Sydney – Thursday, 14 June
  • Tweed Netball Round 7 - Arkinstall Park - Saturday, 16 June
  • CIS Secondary Touch Football Championships – Sydney – Monday, 18 June and Tuesday, 19 June
  • Primary Athletics Trials - Sunshine Avenue - Wednesday, 20 June
  • Last Years 7 to 10 Rec Sport Session - Thursday, 21 June
  • Last Years 5 and 6 Rec Sport Session - Friday, 22 June
  • Tweed Netball Round 8- Arkinstall Park - Saturday, 23 June
  • Year 10 Rock and Roll Assessment – Ngahriyah - Tuesday, 26 June
  • Athletics Trials Years 7 to 10 - Mahers Lane - Thursday, 28 June
  • Athletics Trials Years 5 to 6 - Mahers Lane - Friday, 29 June
  • Lindisfarne 8 to 18-Year-Old Athletics Carnival - Cudgen - Thursday, 5 July
  • Junior School Fun Athletics Carnival – Sunshine Avenue - Friday, 6 July

Cross Country

Good luck to all of the Lindisfarne athletes who continue with their training sessions preparing to compete at Eastern Creek, Sydney on 14 June for the School and NCIS: Siara Travaglia, Eva Cusick, Zara Cusick, Zhola McKimmin, Olivia Kane, Marcus Williamson, Lachlan Marshall, Thomas Horn, Kobe McKimmin, Poppy Burdekin, Makayla Sekac, Summer Wise, Georgia Sweetnam, Amber Orr, Olivia Lancaster, Daniel Lamb, Finley Neylan, Oliver Churchill, Quinn Butel and Kipp Freeman.


Good luck to Bill Turner Trophy Boys on Thursday. The squad, and Coach Cadman, will be travelling down the coast for the fourth round of the competition, taking on Byron Bay High School. A win would match our best ever result and book us a place in the regional final. The Region includes all schools between Tweed Heads and Casino. The players are: Ryan Simpkins, Quinn Butel, Finnegan Wagner, 
Brodie Copeland, Will Edwards, Gus Edwards, Flynn Curtis, Nathaniel Bryant, Jake Frazer, Dylan Wise, Corban Thomson, Hayden Brims, Lachlan Bantoft and Julian Sim-Sing.


Congratulations to Joshua Mammen who currently heads the JDS Tennis Points Table in the Under 16 age group, having won the last two tournaments held in Tweed and Grafton. Keep up the high-level performances, Joshua!


Congratulations to our Primary School teams at the Northern Rivers competition at Byron Bay on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the girls were pipped by just two points by Kingscliff Public, 11 – 9 in the grand final, but the boys defended their 2017 title beating St Anthony’s to be Champions again in 2018.

Well done to Nilaya Cannon who represented CIS this week at AFL. 


Good luck to all of our Primary Lindisfarne Netball players on Thursday at the Gretel Tippett Trophy at All Saints.


Congratulations to all of our six touch teams who represented the School on a wet day in Lismore on Monday. This was 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. Both the Primary Girls and Primary Boys teams were crowned NCIS Touch Champions for 2018, with the Under 15 and the Open Boys team finishing Runner’s Up to Kempsey and Tweed Valley Adventist, respectively. Ebony Richards, Saige Conquest, Logan Webb, Corban Thomson and Jacob Sands were all selected to represent the region at the Under 15 CIS competition this term, with Nicola Gee and Makayla Sekac named as shadows.

Gay Maynard
Director of PDHPE and Sport


Uniform Shop


Term 2 at OOSHC

Employment at Lindisfarne

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 Mr Jamie Sullivan, our Groundskeeper at the Junior School.

What are you reading?The Beginner'$ Guide to Wealth

Who is the author? Noel Whittaker, James Whittaker

A brief review of the book: A basic beginners guide to creating a positive lifestyle, a positive outlook on life, understanding shares, investments, goal setting and how to create the successful life you desire.

Who would you recommend read this book to? Anyone who wants to look at life cup half full, not half empty. For people who want to get a positive attitude towards life and be financially secure and happy.

Favourite quote or passage from the book? Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, spent years trying to find the secret. Once a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 10 thousand times?” His answer was, “I haven’t failed 10 thousand times – I now know 10 thousand ways not to do it.”

Thanks for sharing, Mr Sullivan.

Year 1 Parents Coffee Catch Up

Year 7 Parent Lunch

Year 4 Parent Lunch