From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

VALE - Caitlin Ambrose 2014

Today many members of our school community gathered at Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens to celebrate the life of Caitlin Ambrose (2014).

Caitlin battled Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer with great courage over the past 16 months. Caitlin inspired our school and wider community with her bravery and grace as she fought like a true warrior leaving no stone unturned in trying to find a cure, including travelling to Houston Texas for experimental treatment.

Despite the enormous pain and suffering, Caitlin always had a smile on her face and a kind word for others. She was part of establishing a Young Adults Cancer Support group determined to help others until the end and leave a legacy for the future. 

Please continue to keep Caitlin’s parents, Gary and Mellissa, her brother, Dale and sister, Tia (2017), their extended family and many friends in your thoughts and prayers.

We will continue to honour and remember Caitlin by speaking her name often and sharing her courageous story.

Rest in peace, Caitlin.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Future-focussed education involves using the best tools and resources available to inspire and engage students and to facilitate deep learning.

To ensure all students have equal access to high quality devices, industry leading software and a safe and secure learning platform, Lindisfarne is moving to a one-to-one school-owned device program - ConnectEd. This will allow the use of technology at school to move beyond the role of enhancement and collaboration to transformation; enabling real-time assessment, personalised learning, innovations with pedagogy and the potential for experiential learning through virtual and augmented realities.

To find out more about ConnectEd and to ask questions about this initiative you are invited to parent information sessions taking place over the next two weeks.

  • Senior School (Years 9 to 12) - Wednesday, 15 August - 6.00pm to 6.45pm
  • Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) - Wednesday, 22 August - 6.00pm to 6.45pm
  • Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) - Wednesday, 22 August - 7.00pm to 7.45pm

To assist with our planning for the evening, it would be helpful if you filled in the linked RSVP. We hope you can join us for this information session.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Most Likely to Succeed

Lindisfarne is working hard to ensure our students are prepared for life in the 21st Century. There is an opportunity next week to learn more about how some schools have been reimagined to meet these future-focussed challenges.

Paul Taylor, Principal of Banora Point Primary School, has arranged for the showing of the highly acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed on Friday, 24 August from 6.30pm to 9.00pm at the Salt Village Common.

This is a great opportunity to continue the dialogue about what a future-focussed school should look like. A lot of the film focusses on the work taking place at High Tech High and the CEO of the San Diego High Tech High, Larry Rosenstock, will be at the screening for a question and answer session.

The flyer above has more information. I encourage you to attend.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain


“Rest eternal, grant to her O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.”

Today, the family and friends of Caitlin Jessica Ambrose gathered at Melaleuca Station Chapel to say farewell. Caitlin’s family and friends gathered on mass to show their support, pay their respects and process their own grief.

It was a lovely ceremony, and a fitting tribute to a wonderful young woman who had such strength, determination and character.

The Lindisfarne community rallied to support the family in a variety of ways. We had a great team working on the details and the practicalities for today’s service. I would especially like to acknowledge the contribution of our choir ensemble; Hayley Myers, Chelsea Redman, Tori Aston, Lotus Casuarina, Ashleigh Budge, Georgia Bantoft and Murran Kain. 

Caitlin’s family had requested the choir to sing 'I Was Here' by Beyonce because they had heard it performed at last year’s graduation service, and thought it was a fitting tribute to Caitlin. These wonderful young women stepped up without hesitation and delivered moving tributes, along with the other tributes from family and friends.

Caitlin had quite a battle over the last year and a half, and she conducted herself with dignity and determination all the way from diagnosis to death.

Caitlin’s family repeatedly mentioned how overwhelmed, blessed and supported they have felt by the Lindisfarne community, especially during these last few months of treatment. It is such a joy to witness the kind of godly compassion and respect that have been on display in recent days, and while today was a very sad and emotional occasion, I believe we all rest a little easier knowing that Caitlin doesn’t have cancer anymore. Caitlin is at peace, enfolded by the peace of God which passes all understanding.

I leave you with a poem which was read at today’s service.

Her Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of her as gone away 
her journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets 
this earth is only one. 

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of her as living
in the hearts of those she touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost 
and she was loved so much.

E. Brenneman


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

Big Boys' Breakfast - Sunshine Avenue

Big Boys' Breakfast - Mahers Lane

P&F Melbourne Cup Day Celebrations

P&F News and Events

Things are heating up for the P&F. We’ve just met to discuss and plan for our Melbourne Cup Day event in November and reminisced about our previous event. Same venue, same great food and even better entertainment. Save the date of 2 November in your calendar now for this outstanding day of fun and networking. If you’re keen to sponsor, get in touch with me at

A reminder from Jane Daniel that Flexischools is OPEN for ticket purchase for the Junior School Big Boys' Breakfast on Friday, 31 August. If you can spare some time on the day from around 6.30am to 9.30am, your help is sincerely appreciated. We have a lesson from Pro-One Tennis Academy at South Tweed and a Golf Voucher from Tweed/Coolangatta Golf Club are up for grabs in the raffle, yet we are seeking more prizes. If you have a prize you’d be willing to donate, have a business connection, or would like to volunteer, please contact Jane on 0401 277 710.

This week’s quote from Sanford Bishop captures the spirit of what community is all about, regardless of what the evening news has to say: “Although we’ve seen the worst that nature has to offer, … the community spirit has displayed the best that human nature has to offer”.

Enjoy your weekend, Lindisfarnians.

Kylie Potter
P&F President

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Round Square

Dean of Studies

Cocurricular Activities

School Psychology

13 Reasons Why: What Every Parent Needs to Know

13 Reasons Why was one of the most talked about series streamed on Netflix Australia last year, quickly cementing itself as a cult hit -especially with young people. It comes as no surprise, as young people find it easy to connect with a compelling and suspenseful story.

We need to be aware that popular media portrayal of these complex issues can be taken out of context and may pose risks for young people that are vulnerable, impulsive, or have been experiencing issues with mental health and distress. For these reasons, it is important that young people are not only aware of serious issues such as self-harm and suicide, but also that parents check in and keep the lines of communication open.

It is no secret that the release of 13 Reasons Why sparked concerns from mental health experts in Australia, and around the globe. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the series yourself, the story centres on a female teenage suicide and her “13 reasons” for doing so. Headspace ( do an excellent job at explaining why these portrayals can cause serious impact on vulnerable young people - extensive exposure to this type of content in popular media can not only lead to a potential contagion effect but can also cause desensitisation to the severity and finality of suicide.

Last year, concerns prompted the esafety commissioner’s office to approach Netflix in Washington, D.C. to open up a conversation about the crucial role we can all play in creating a safe and supportive environment for young people, especially those that are vulnerable. Being new territory for Netflix, I was encouraged to see their team jump on board and collaborate with leading Australian mental health organisations, Headspace and Everymind, to develop support materials for young people to access once season 2 of 13 Reasons Why airs in Australia.

Should negative emotions be triggered by either viewing the series or negative conversations at school, work, or within the media, the resources offer guidance and support to young people, detailing where to go for help and actions that can be taken. With season 1 and 2 of 13 Reasons Why available on Netflix Australia, we encourage parents, carers and teachers to have a look at the resources available at, familiarise yourself with them and share them as appropriate. It is important that we, as parents, carers and educators, are engaged with our children and keep the lines of communication open. Even if your child is unlikely to watch the show, they might be able to offer support to a friend at school who they may be worried about.

While there is no panacea for protecting young people from harmful online content, the esafety commissioner is a national coordinating online safety body that will continue to engage and encourage industry to offer better safety approaches and safeguards to protect our young people.

Julie Inman Grant
eSafety Commissioner
May 2018

Early Learning Centre

Uncle Boomerang Visits Preschool

This week, the Preschool students and teachers welcomed Paul Craft (Uncle Boomerang) from Burrabun Aboriginal Cultural Services (BACS). BACS are a local group of aboriginal people who visit educational centres delivering experiences aimed at leaving young children with a broader understanding and appreciation of Australian Aboriginal culture (

Uncle Boomerang told the traditional story, How the Black Snake Got its Red Tummy, played the didgeridoo and clapping sticks imitating various Australian animals, led the students on a kangaroo dance and taught them some local Bundjalung language. The students were enthralled!

“The songs that he sang were great!” said Raphael.

“I loved it when he played the music!” said Kinley.

“The snake story was the best, the snake fell in the fire!” said Annabelle.

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning

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Kindergarten Camp Day

The Kindergarten students had a marvellous morning in the shade of the gum trees. We invited parents and grandparents to join us in our exciting adventures as we roasted marshmallows on the fire, created Yarning Sticks and made music to Dream Time Stories. It was so lovely to see the students enjoying the outdoors and engaging in creative play.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who made our morning extra special by coming along. The excitement continued as we were then joined by Uncle Boomerang who shared stories about the local Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation and showed us tools and animals he had made. We learnt to count to five and even had a go at playing the digeridoo. What a super day we all had together enjoying the outdoors!

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning

Junior School

Rethinking Homework

The Junior School staff are currently in the process of reviewing our Homework Guidelines and it has been interesting to learn that according to several studies, there is no evidence that homework benefits achievement during the early school years. US educator Alfie Kohn, likens homework to cod liver oil, asking why teachers and parents continue to administer it in the absence of any proven benefits.  

Kathy Walker, Melbourne education consultant and early childhood expert opposes homework in the early school years unless it is reading at home.

For parents, when it comes to homework there are three camps: those who are passionate about it, those who don’t see any point to it and those who simply go along with whatever system operates at a particular time.   

We would be very interested to hear our Lindisfarne Junior School parents’ views on homework. Please email any comments to

Michele Chandler
Head of Junior School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

SAKG Gets a New Pizza Area

Our new pizza area is starting to take shape with two brand new gas pizza ovens being installed along with resurfacing of the area with pavers.

Our Year 4 students were the first to try out the new ovens in their kitchen/garden lesson this week. Mrs Roberson taught them how to make a pizza dough, green papaya salad and fresh orange and passionfruit juice. They harvested some huge carrots from the garden.

Year 3 will be trying out the ovens next week. Thanks to all the parents who were able to come along and give a hand with the cooking and cleaning.

A HUGE thank you to the P&F for funding this new area!

There are still more great things to come, so keep your eye out for the changes.

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning

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Green Team

Middle School

Year 5 Happenings

Over the past few months, the Year 5 and 6 teachers have been engaged in a professional development course online called Mathematical Mindsets with Professor Jo Bauler from Stanford University. The course work links closely to the growth mindset research and findings of Carol Dweck.  Recently, teachers have shared a short video with their students that gives four key messages around learning and mindset in Maths but can also be applied to student’s approach to learning generally. I think this would be a great video for parents to view as well because it provides great discussion points for you to have further conversation with your children. Check out the link below:

This week, Year 5 have been cooking up a storm! We were all very excited to work in the Trades Skills Centre with Mrs Foyster and our lovely parent volunteers. Using vegetables harvested from our community garden we cooked zucchini slice, spinach pastries and shallot pancakes along with tomato and chilli relish and a yummy salad. Special thanks to Mrs Foyster for organising a wonderful experience and feast for us all to enjoy. Thanks also to Mr Le Ping Wong and Mrs Melissa Leistra for hosting us. 

The countdown is on for Year 5 camp. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you have registered your child on the Lake Ainsworth Camp website. You can also find details about what to pack on their website and on our Year 5 class blogs.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

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Goal Setting in Year 7

For the past two weeks, Year 7 have been working on establishing some achievable goals to work towards over the coming semester.

Goal setting is a very powerful process that allows you to really focus on what you want to achieve and then put steps into place allowing the goals to become reality. The focus for reflection was the Semester 1 report. 

Our first step was to look at the goal setting process and we used the acronym SMART to help us identify what our goals should look like.

Once we had established how to write a goal, students were asked to re-read their report with their parents. From this we identified strengths and then looked at areas where improvement could be made. Using the SMART process, all of Year 7 have identified two goals that they will work toward over the coming term. These will stay with them in their diary and can be accessed by parents, teachers and themselves if they feel they are losing focus.

We look forward to revisiting these goals in the last week of term and see just how much we have achieved.

And Remember:
Don’t wait to until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of EACH STEP you take toward reaching that goal.

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

Middle School Science

Break out the balloons and party hats, Australia has just reached a population of 25 million. The news story was not only that Australia had reached this milestone but that it had done so about 30 years earlier than the people counters (statisticians) had predicted.

For some, this may be cause for celebration and a portent of economic growth but for others (like Middle School Scientists) it brings up all sorts of questions like: How many people can live in Australia? How many people can live in the world? How many people can live in the world with the lifestyle we enjoy in Australia?

Population is a really tricky subject but studying it is vital in order to understand what is going on in the world and to plan for the future. As far back as there are any records the world’s population was steady at around 0.8 billion (800 million) people. This is based on old census data (the Romans and Egyptians both kept really good records) as well as estimates based upon the size of ancient towns and other archaeological evidence. Between 1920 and today, the population of the world has gone from 1.5 billion to 7.5 billion. Just think about that for a minute. Over many centuries (millennia) the world’s population was stable and in less than 100 years it has increased 400%. It doesn’t take a scientific genius to work out that something is not right.

So, what’s going on? There have been lots of advances in medicine (vaccinations and antibiotics) and public health (water and sewage treatment) but the really big change has been our use of energy. 

People tend to think of energy as being the stuff that makes the lights turn on or the car go but energy is present in many other forms that we don’t see. Our food is grown with fertiliser that is made with a chemical called ammonia that in turn is made from Hydrogen produced from natural gas (a fossil fuel). The materials we use to make our lives so much easier like plastics and metals require enormous amounts of energy to produce.

If you live a subsistence lifestyle (that means just doing what you need to survive) as many people still do today, you use the materials of the earth, sea, plants and animals to build a shelter and grow whatever the energy of the sun and the nutrients available in the soil allow you to grow. This strictly limits how many people can live in an area. However, if you input an almost endless amount of energy into the same system, it can support many more people. This is what humans have been doing for the past one hundred years.

The problem is that this energy is limited (it is non-renewable) and using it brings its own problems (the Earth is rapidly heating up as we add gases like carbon dioxide to the atmosphere). So, eventually we will have to work out how many people the earth can support without using all of this extra energy.

Here in Australia, the problem is more specific. We have a limited supply of fresh water and during the millennial drought of 2000 to 2002, some of our towns (like Toowoomba) and even some our cities (like the Gold Coast) almost ran out of water. When the rain falls normally, nobody worries about where their water comes from but when the rain stops, the fragility of our society becomes apparent.

If everybody used energy equally, we would all enjoy the same quality of life but the reality is that some countries (like Australia) use a staggering amount of energy per person compared to other countries. This means that living standards vary enormously from place to place.

Precisely how many people can live in Australia is difficult to calculate but somewhere there is a limit. There is also a limit to how many people can inhabit the Earth. It would be nice if we could arrive at a number that allowed everyone to live their lives comfortably and peacefully by sharing equally in the Earth’s resources.

Science quiz

The closest relatives to the rhinoceros are a strange animal called a tapir and... the horse. All three are members of an ancient group of herbivores with an odd number of toes. The rhinoceros and tapir have three toes on each foot and the horse has one. That is just one more thing that is wonderful about science, it allows us to work out the connections among living things. Next time you watch magnificent horses running around a race track, remember that they are really just rhinoceroses dressed up.

This week’s question is: Why could more people live on Earth if everybody was vegetarian?

Senior School

Byron Writer’s Festival

On Thursday, 2 August, 19 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 were fortunate enough to attend the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival with other local school groups. The two marquees, Greenstone Partners and Southern Cross University, showcased the talents of known writers (Anne Aly, Tristan Bancks, Jesse Oliver, Shastra Deo, Ben Hobson, Tom Keneally, Miriam Lancewood, Hyeonseo Lee, David Ritter and Lemn Sissay) who gave enthusiastic young writers top tips, from how to find inspiration for the creation of their very first published novel to writing and performing meaningful slam poetry. 

As the two marquees showcased interviews with a different writer at the same time, it made it difficult to decide who to listen to and it often came down to whether you wanted to hear the story behind the pages or advice to help you come up with creative ideas to better your writing. Some top tips from the writers I listened to included:

  • To find a source of inspiration, start with a word or phrase you find particularly interesting and build your poem/story around what it means to you.
  • Keep doing what you are doing and perform it to the best of your ability. You are always learning so you are always improving.
  • Begin with small tasks like writing an article for a newspaper and grow step by step to reach your ultimate goals such as writing your first novel.
  • Allow the words you use to paint a visual image in the reader’s mind.
  • Read lots to gain inspiration and knowledge.

The highlight of my day was hearing author of teen novels, Tristan Bancks and slam poet, Jesse Oliver, as they both provided the audience with tips and insights about having a writing and performing career in a captivating manner. It was a day which definitely provided us, as students, with a thorough, new-found knowledge of how to improve our writing. I would highly recommend this day to any student who is given the opportunity and I can’t wait to see and hear what the writers have to offer next year.

Heidi Chaffey
Year 9 Student


English in Years 7 to 12

Grin and Tonic

To complement their study of drama, Year 10 and 11 English students had the opportunity to view a live performance of Livid. This production by David Burton is a "fast, fun and furious look at some of the great tragic heroes of Shakespeare’s works". The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe interwove segments from Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello providing a modern look at the issues raised in each play. Of note, was the opportunity that students had to ask questions of the actors regarding their interpretation and depiction of the plays. This was very timely considering Year 10 have just started their study of Macbeth!

Emma Matusch (Year 10) shared her reflections on this exciting event after the performance:

I enjoyed the Grin & Tonic company’s Shakespearean performance. The inclusion of video explanations, modern interpretations, audience involvement and comedic asides made the performance engaging and interesting for the audience to watch.

Lindisfarne Public Speaking Competition - Heats

It is not too late for interested students in Years 7 to 12 to enter into the Lindisfarne Public Speaking Competition. All that is required is a five-minute speech, that has not been used before in this competition and that is suitable to school environment. Heats for the high school entrants in this Public Speaking Competition will be on the following dates:

  • Stage 4 – Thursday, 9 August

  • Stage 5 – Thursday, 16 August

  • Stage 6 – Monday, 27 August

Any interested student should email Mrs Walker to ensure that they are included in the scheduling of the heats.

Heywire Competition

The Heywire Competition is open to students in Year 10, 11 or 12 from regional Australia. It allows students to recount what is like in ‘their part of the world’. These true stories can describe any aspect of what it is like in regional Australia and students have a choice of the following formats:

Tell your story. Improve your writing skills. Learn to express yourself. This competition closes on 16 September. Act now.  To check your eligibility to enter and obtain more information at:


The Write4Fun writing competition is now open. Interested students can enter either the poetry or the short story sections of this competition. The poems must be sixteen lines or less and the short story is five hundred words or less. This competition is open to all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and entries close on Friday 31 August 2018.  More details about how to enter this competition and the prizes can be found on:

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Friends of the Arts

What a great night of entertainment and what talent! The Senior School Stage Band and Senior Choir absolutely shone last Friday night and showed us what professional performers they all are.

Dan Barnett Big Band continued to delight the packed audience well into the night. It was thanks to the generous sponsorship of Ivory Tavern that around 140 parents and friends crammed into the tavern’s function room to enjoy the night’s festivities.

Friends of the Arts (FOTA) gratefully secured a variety of donated items from local businesses which were raffled on the night as the inaugural fund raising activity. Items such as a massage, a haircut and blow dry, seafood and coffee vouchers, an eye beauty treatment, make-up, an art book and more formed the main prize, with three Naito beauty packs for the other prizes. FOTA are pleased to announce that over $600 was raised in raffle ticket sales as a result of the enthusiastic support of the guests. A big thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets, those funds will aid future arts activities organised and supported by FOTA.

The opportunity to display 12 Pop Art style paintings by Years 10 and 11 art students added to the night’s professional presentation. Liaising with the art department, FOTA presented an intimate display of high calibre artworks showcasing the creative talents of the art students. The artworks were greatly admired by the guests while queuing to enter the function room.

Friends of the Arts were very pleased with the night’s success and look forward to many more enjoyable and successful arts events in the future.

Amanda Anderson
Friends of the Arts

Artistic Excellence Shines Post-Graduation

We would like to congratulate past student Milah Cannon on her artistic achievement, she is currently exhibiting at Cafe D’bar Gallery with her first solo art exhibition. The exhibition is running until 5 September with the offical Opening Night from 4.00pm to 6.00pm this Friday, 10 August.

Milah granulated from Lindisfarne in 2016 and is now at university studying Architecture. She has also been busy developing her artmaking practice over recent years. Milah also performed extremely well in the HSC Visual Arts course, she was selected for Artexpress and her work travelled across NSW and was on display in various galleries during 2017.

Please support Milah and pop into the gallery to view her latest Body of Work. We would like to wish Milah all the best in her future artistic endeavours.

Belinda Hope
Visual Arts Teacher

Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts

Over the past month, many of our performing arts students performed and competed in the annual Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts. The Festival is in its 87th year and has a rich history in our area, providing an opportunity for students to perform to an appreciative audience and receive feedback from professional adjudicators. It is also an excellent opportunity for our students to observe other students with similar interest performing from other schools in the area.

This year our Junior Orchestra, Stage 2 Choir and Stage 3 Choir performed at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts with our Stage 3 Choir not only winning their section, but also taking out the "Choir of Choirs" award for the entire Festival. Congratulations to all of the Stage 3 Choir members and their director, Mr Alex Warr (pictured below).

Many of our students also performed in other Music, Dance and Speech and Drama sections, congratulations to the following students:

  • Ryan Harris of Year 8 who competed with the Murwillumbah "Whopping Big Band" that came first in the Big Band category, conducted by Jesse Edwards.
  • Ryan Harris and Drew McGlinn both of Year 8 competed in a Saxophone Duet and came fourth.
  • Georgia Sweetnam of Year 9 came second place in solo woodwind and third place in duet woodwind.
  • Eve Lambie, Olivia Forde and Alex Greaves of Year 5A came second place in 1013 Group Drama 10 Years and Under.
  • Emily Coleman of Year 9 competed in 11 Speech and Drama Sections and won six first places, four second places and a third place. She was awarded the JJ Richards award for 14-year Age Championship and Murwillumbah Theatre Company Award for Senior Drama major award.
  • Jade Gordon of Year 6 came first for under 11 vocal solo character and first for under 11 vocal solo.
  • Lucy Gordon of Year 3 came third for under 8 vocal solo character and Highly Commended for under 8 vocal solo.
  • Emma Gordon of Year 1 came first for under 6 vocal solo character and first for under 6 vocal solo.

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

Yoshiwara High School Visit

We have been having a great time this term welcoming our new friends and their culture and experiences from across the seas. Our two groups, while both from Japan, have highlighted the vast differences in lifestyle and culture, even within one country.

This week we have been fortunate to be host to students and staff from Yoshiwara High School in the Shizuoka Prefecture, just to the south of Mt Fuji. Once again, I would like to thank our school buddies for their outstanding representation of our school and our community as they have forged friendships with our visitors.

Our school will be host to two more groups during the 2018 school year. Next week, we will be visited by staff and students from Yuanqing High School, Hangzhou, China. This half day visit is a part of a wider tour for the group as they explore various parts of Australia’s east coast. I was fortunate to visit Yuanqing High School in April and am delighted to be able to showcase our wonderful school to them in return.

Term 4 will see us host primary school students from Nanshan Chinese International School. These students will be joining our school for community for an extended stay of seven weeks. Their visit will include two days per week of classroom observation and immersion, a sports day, an excursion day and intensive English Language lessons. These students will be accommodated during their visit in homestay families which provides an exciting and rewarding cultural experience beyond the school yard. For the first time, our students at Sunshine Avenue (Years 3 and 4) will have the opportunity to be cultural buddies to our visitors as the group will be shared across both campuses. We look forward, once again, to the great cultural experience and friendship formation that comes from such a program. 

We are pleased to be working with My Homestay Queensland as our managing agent for this process. Please see the information below if you are interested in hosting students.

Host Families Required in Term Four

Families are needed to host a group of students from China for seven weeks from October 10. The students will stay in pairs, and are aged around
10 years and can speak some English. A hosting allowance of $574 per week will be paid to assist you with the additional costs incurred by your family. There will be two students per host family and a shared room is fine. Host families are asked to provide three meals a day and transport to school.

As the students are under the age of 18, host families will need to hold a current Blue Card, which is a police check. This is free to apply for and is
valid for three years. If you can host, please email or telephone Margaret on 0408 078 023 for any further information.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

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Digital Space



Upcoming Sporting Events

Far North Coast Regional Finals Netball Day


NRCC Netball Gala Day – U14/U16


AFLQ Schools Cup QF


NCIS Athletics


NCIS Tennis


NCIS Netball




NSW Touch North Coast All School


CIS Primary Athletics Championships


CIS Primary Boys Cricket Trials 


NRCC Basketball


Lindisfarne Netball Presentation


CIS Secondary Athletics Championships


Lindisfarne Sports Academy

On Wednesday morning, the Sports Academy and Senior Development Squad members had the opportunity to start working with Abra Garfield, who is a Sport and Performance Psychologist. He is facilitating a 10-week program which will be run before school to improve the mindset of these students in preparation for their sports.

Abra is a performance consultant, therapist, educator, writer and mental coach for professional and amateur athletes, performers, coaches and leaders. He works as a wellbeing consultant for the AFL Players Association, as a guest speaker and workshop facilitator and also in private practice with individuals, teams and organisations.

Throughout the sessions, students will gain resilience to cope with challenges and setbacks such as anxiety, injury, bad habits, burnout and other stressors. They will develop a greater quality mindset and the ability to perform under pressure to reach their peak potential.

Over the 10 weeks, the athletes will learn what a central part the mind plays in their performance.

On Wednesday evening, the Sports Academy held an information session for students and their parents and were introduced to Lindisfarne's new Director of Athletic Development, Mr Joseph Coyne. As a part of Joseph’s role in the school, he will be monitoring and working closely with our Academy athletes, parents and their coaches.

He explained that the four pillars of any successful athlete are: Movement, Mindset, Nutrition and Recovery. Joseph will be improving the education of our athletes in all these areas to maximise their performance.

Joseph’s background is impressive as he still travels the world delivering seminars on strength and conditioning. He was the Physical Preparation Coach for the Chinese Athletics Association in 2016-2017. He took athletes to the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 London World Championships. Some of his industry accreditations are: Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Elite Coach, Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and Certified Sports Nutritionist to name a few of his qualifications.

Lindisfarne is extremely fortunate to have someone with such a high calibre of expertise as a part of the team and the students will really benefit from Joseph’s knowledge.

Matt Fydler
Director of Sports Academy

Sporting Highlights

Surf Life Saving

Another win for Lily O'Sullivan taking out the 200m obstacle race at the QLD State Pool Rescue Championships during the holidays. Lily also received the silver medal in the 50m manikin pick up.


Well played all of the Lindisfarne teams who competed on Saturday in the TNA League and then again at the Nicole Cusack Carnival on Sunday at Arkinstall Park. It was a long day in the sun, but all of the teams achieved some pleasing results and had so much fun!

Mountain Biking

Well done to the Lindisfarne team of Sven Loemker, Harrison Bedford, Joshua Cargnoni, Patrick Leary, Jacob Sands, Jules Loemker, Flynn Howarth and Ben Stone-Ott who competed in the Mountain Bike Australia Schools Championships held in Nerang this last weekend. 

Proud Team Manager, Carsten Loemker wrote in with the following recount of the weekend:

Friday: Sven Loemker (Year 7) made the round of 16 (out of 80+ kids) in the Time-Trial / Eliminator XC. First up was a single time trial, then the first 16 kids make it straight to the round of 32, the next 32 were placed in heats of four ranked on their TT time. A quick dash around a tricky 1km track and a sharp incline to the finish line, the first two make it through to the next round the other two are out. Unfortunately for Sven he was a bit too far back after the descent in his last heat and couldn’t catch up until the finishing line.

Flynn Howarth (Year 7) made it into the last 32, Jules Loemker (Year 5) one of the youngest in the field made it into the 64 round, where he
lined up against Year 8 boys and he hung in there but the boys were just too fast.

Patrick Leary, Josh Cargiony and Hazza Bedford made it to the round of 64, but the fruits were hanging quite high in the Yr 9/10
Intermediate boys category.

Saturday: Olympic format XCO event followed by the Observed Trials over obstacles. This event was three laps of a 4km track
for the Year 7/8 Junior Boys and four laps for the Year 9/10 Intermediate Boys. Unfortunately for our Year 9/10 boys, the going was tough
including mechanical failures, punctures etc. Justin Leary and our team manger were working overtime in the pits to support the kids.
The Year 7/8 Junior Boys showed stamina and endurance finishing with encouraging results: Sven (34th), Flynn (35th) and Jules (54th).

At the completion of the XCO the boys were given a short moment to catch their breath, and then line up for the skills test / obstacles of
the OT (Observed Trials). Flynn Howarth showed great mental composure, resilience and confidence to match his bike handling skills
and placed equal 9th out of 80 plus kids. This was a remarkable effort. The obstacles were ‘next level’ tricky.

Sunday: This event consisted of a four-hour Enduro Team Relay event – racing one at a time, the team of three or four riders rode the 7km lap as many times as possible in the four-hour period as they could. Juniors/Intermediate/Senior teams all on the course together. Again the Year 9/10 Intermediate Boys (Patrick, Josh, Hazza and Jake) had a crack at the course, experienced a few technical challenges, but all the time loving the challenge and enjoying the experience of something new.

The Year 7/8 Junior Boys Team (Sven, Flynn and Jules) were able to complete seven laps in total - all doing consistent times and finishing an
amazingly 11th place in their category. Just to give you an idea how close racing was after four hours, they were just 20 seconds in front of
Palm Beach Currumbin High and not far off Glasshouse Mountains CC.

Overall, it was a really fabulous, positive and rewarding event. Very professionally run, with an inclusive, supportive atmosphere. We learnt a great deal about perseverance, resilience, preparation and challenging ourselves. The event has been confirmed to be held at Nerang again next year, (dates TBC) so would be amazing to use this experience to build on something bigger and better for our the Lindisfarne School team for 2019.


Congratulations to Saffron Anderson, and her Riding Pony Gelding “Langtree Like A Toy”, who was placed in the top four overall placing (being two fourth places and one fifth place) in the Junior Preliminary Section for the Pony Club NSW Zone Dressage Championships at Murwillumbah on August 5.


Congratulations to our Lindisfarne boys in the finals of the Tweed Indoor Cricket Competition at Chinderah. The Juniors were crowned champions this year – having been runners-up last. The Under 15's lost in a very close super over! Well done gentlemen!


Planning is well-underway for the Sydney International Cup 8-a-side competition at school. Lindisfarne will be sending a squad of 12/13-year-old boy to this prestigious event.

Congratulations to Olivia Kane who has been selected by Northern NSW Football to play in the NNSWF SAP State Championships for Girls.


The Annual Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Tennis Championships was held on Tuesday afternoon at Tweed Heads Tennis Centre at Arkinstall Park.

More than 60 students battled it out across eight divisions to be crowned Tennis Champion for their division.

Congratulations to the students below and a big thank you to Mr Croft and Mr Smith for their organisation on the day.

Selected students will now represent Lindisfarne at the NCIS Tennis Championships in Grafton in early September.

Senior Boys

Senior Girls

Intermediate Boys

Intermediate Girls

Junior Boys

Junior Girls

Primary Boys

Primary Girls


Well done to Jade Reid who represented NSW in the National Schoolgirls Under 16 Hockey Team on the Gold Coast this last weekend.

The Lindisfarne community are also really proud of Alumni students and siblings Madison and Savannah Fitzpatrick who played for the Hockeyroos in the World Cup in the UK over the past weeks. With the help of our girls, the National team finished fourth.


Lindisfarne are looking to enter Oztag teams in the South Tweed Monday (5-10-year-olds) and Wednesday (11-15-year-olds) evening competitions. If you are interested, please sign on the sheet in Student Administration at Mahers Lane or contact me via email (

Rugby Union

If you were wondering what to do in the next holidays, how about the:

Surfers Paradise Rookies2Reds Holiday Clinic
Address: 32 Fremar Street, Broadbeach Waters 4218 QLD
Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018.   Time: 9:00 - 2:30pm
Ages: Under 5 to Under 12-years

All safety and training will be provided by QRU staff and as such protective gear including  mouth guards and headgear (if worn) is required.

Cost: $60 and includes a Rookies2Reds Participant Pack and a Free Family Pass to a 2019 Reds Home Game.
Rookies2Reds Centre Coordinator: Henry Bradford ( or 0451 874 693)

To find out more and register please visit:

Touch Football

Lindisfarne is looking to enter touch teams in the South Tweed Friday evening competition, as we did in the 2017/2018 season. If you are interested, please sign on the sheet in Student Administration at Mahers Lane or contact me via email (

Gay Maynard
Director of PDHPE and Sport


Uniform Shop


Employment at Lindisfarne

Community News

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 April Henry from Year 2.

What are you reading? The 104 Storey Treehouse

Who is the author? Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton illustrates.

A brief review of the book: The 104 Story Treehouse is a book about getting Andy’s tooth back after he and his friends pull it out because he has a toothache. Then it is stolen by a bird! Terry invents a stupid type of toothpaste made with "Polly-wolly-doodah-hydroxy-foxy-ethyl-methyl-ketone-dichloro-beryllium-boron-moron-lythiate (1%), and marshmallows (99%)", which gives Andy a really bad toothache. It has some crazy things in it like a Burp Bank and a Stupid-hat Level. It will make you laugh out loud. It’s got funny jokes at the bottom of the pages.

Who would you recommend read this book to? Anyone who loves jokes and funny stories.

Favourite quote or passage from the book? My favourite joke of all time in the book is:
"Q: Why did the plane crash?
A: because the pilot was a loaf of bread."

Thanks for sharing, April.

Road Safety

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers Workshops

Parents and supervisors play a vital role in providing young drivers the experience they need to be safe on the roads. This course has been developed to help them teach with confidence so they can help learner drivers be safe on the road.

The free two hour workshops include information about license conditions for learner and P plate drivers, tips for using the learner driver log book and the importance of providing constructive feedback.

The course also reinforces the important role families play in providing ongoing support for young motorists in their early years of driving.

Parents and supervisors who have attended the course found it boosted their confidence and helped them better plan driving lessons, while also giving them the opportunity to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors.

  • TWEED HEADS - Monday, 6 August 2018, 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Tweed Heads Civic Centre (South Sea Islander Room) Brett Street, Tweed Heads
  • MURWILLUMBAH - Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 6.00pm to 8.00pm - Murwillumbah Community Youth Centre, Nullum Street, Murwillumbah
  • MULLUMBIMBY - Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 6.00pm to 8.00pm - Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, Dalley Street, Mullumbimby
  • BYRON BAY - Thursday, 9 August 208, 6.00pm to 8.00pm - Byron Community Centre (Verandah Room) Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Road Safety for Older Road Users Workshops

A free two hour workshop to learn about changes to licensing rules and other matters that will help older road users safely stay on the roads for as long as possible.

  • TWEED HEADS - Monday, 6 August 2018, 10.00am to 12.00pm - Tweed Heads Civic Centre (South Sea Islander Room) Brett Street, Tweed Heads
  • BANORA POINT - Monday, 6 August 2018, 2.00pm to 4.00pm - Banora Point Community Centre (Coolamon Room) Cnr. Leisure & Woodlands Drive, Banora Point
  • MURWILLUMBAH - Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 9.00am to 11.00am - Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, Murwillumbah
  • POTTSVILLE - Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre (Sandbar Room) Elizabeth Street, Pottsville
  • MULLUMBIMBY - Wednesday, 8 August 2018, 3.00pm to 5.00pm - Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, Dalley Street, Mullumbimby
  • BYRON BAY - Thursday, 9 August 208, 10.00am to 12.00pm - Byron Community Centre (Verandah Room) Jonson Street, Byron Bay

Please register your interest in attending the workshop/s by calling 02 6764 6623 or emailing

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