From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was a hive of activity at our Junior School this morning as we welcomed a lively crowd of 400, all ready to devour their Big Boys’ Breakfast barbeque organised by our P&F Association. Thank you to the P&F and our Lindisfarne staff members for their incredible efforts setting up and cooking from 6.00am. It was a fantastic event.

Our student leaders for the year ahead were put to a vote this week and it is with great pleasure that I announce the results for our School Captains and Vice Captains for 2018/2019. Our School Captains will be Chloe Green and Will Fitzgibbons, and our Vice Captains will be Abby Frazer and Luca Wright.

This announcement is the first step in passing the light of leadership from our current leaders; Holly Otto, Stuart Purcival, Lilli Dowker and Fraser Crane. I look forward to working with Chloe, Will, Abby and Luca over the year ahead and congratulate them on their appointment to these leadership positions in our school.

I’d also like to recognise the other students who nominated themselves for these roles but were unsuccessful. It takes courage to put yourself forward and, in doing so, you have proven that you are a true leader within our school – for this I thank you. We will soon move into selecting our other positions of leadership within our school and I wish all candidates the very best of luck.

This week, we bid farewell to Mr Graham Jones who has provided an outstanding and distinguished service as Business Manager at Lindisfarne for almost seven years. Graham has been a loyal and committed member of our staff regularly volunteering to help out at events like our Big Boys’ Breakfasts, FunFest and being the driving force behind the Kokoda Challenge programs we run here at the School. I am delighted for Graham as he takes this next exciting step into retirement and wish him all the best for his future travel plans.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Life, death and significance.

Yesterday, a number of people from Lindisfarne and St Cuthbert’s church travelled to Brisbane to pay or respects and honour the life of Canon Ron Dyson.

Canon Ron was the parish priest of St Cuthbert’s from 1966 through to 1981, and he was instrumental the process of starting our school. During his 60 years of ordained ministry, Canon Ron contributed to many communities across a number of different dioceses.   

When someone passes away, it quite often causes us to reflect on our own life meaning and sense of purpose. Quite often, it is difficult for us to see what might be in the future, but we can all look back and reflect on what we have done and who we have become.

However, in this area, I think we all have a tendency to “downplay” our own significance and impact on the lives of others, and it's a shame that we quite often fail to express our gratitude for the significance of others until they are gone. We should all be a little more deliberate in our expression of appreciation and gratitude for the good things and good people in life.

Mr Marquardt and I had the opportunity to visit Canon Ron back in 2016 as we were working toward our first Foundation Day. Canon Ron said at the time that he would never have expected Lindisfarne to grow to what it is today, but we certainly took the opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude for the significant contribution he made to the School we enjoy today.

I would like to encourage you to reflect on your life, and the lives of those you love and appreciate, and make a deliberate effort to express your appreciation and gratitude. The fact is that we won’t realise what we mean to each other if we don’t articulate it, and to share that impact spontaneously (at a time which is not a birthday or anniversary or eulogy) makes it even more precious and valuable.

This is one of those small things in life which doesn’t cost us anything, but can make the world of difference.


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F News and Events

Big Boys' Breakfast

What a wonderful morning we had at the Junior School Big Boys' Breakfast this morning. There was nearly 400 people booked in to enjoy some wonderful bacon and egg rolls in the company of their dads, grandparents and special friends in the lead-up to Father's Day.

(View photos are in the gallery below).

Thank you to Jane Daniel for her work in bringing the event together and the volunteers and staff at the Junior School for all their efforts.

Congratulations to our raffle prize winners.

  • Stone & Wood Experience: Chris Brown
  • Stone & Wood Beer: Wheatley Family
  • Stone & Wood Beer: Craig Buchan
  • Pro One Tennis: Craig Daniel
  • Pro One Tennis: Brad Greaves
  • Pro One Tennis: Rev Chad
  • SupaNatural Voucher: Troy Dowker
  • SupaNatural Voucher: Sophie Harnsworth

Melbourne Cup Day Luncheon

We are seeking support for the Melbourne Cup Day Luncheon on Tuesday 6 November. A seperate email has been sent seeking your support, for more information please download the attached information.

Melbourne Cup Day Luncheon Sponsorship Letter

Tickets are available at

Thank You Graham Jones

On behalf of the Lindisfarne P&F I would like to thank retiring Business Manager Graham Jones. A long-time supporter of the work of the P&F, Graham will be missed and we wish him all the best as he runs into retirement. Congratulations Graham.

Kylie Potter
P&F President

P&F Melbourne Cup Day Celebrations

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

KIN Schools Day

On Friday, 14 September 2018, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is going to celebrate a very special day called KIN Schools Day. The purpose of the day is all about “Kids Helping Kids” and a community coming together in support of a wonderful local charity, Kids In Need (KIN) which has been supporting Tweed and Gold Coast children for over 35 years. It is an opportunity for kids to experience that anything is possible and together, even in our youth, we can make a huge difference to lives of other kids.  

All funds from the day will go to the Kids in Need Association which was established to support local children with special needs and serious illness. One of the wonderful things about Kids in Need is that they help all children, regardless of their disability or serious illness. Disabilities and serious illnesses take many forms and Kids in Need have open minds and open hearts, providing support to all local Kids in Need. It is this variety of children that Kids in Need support that makes the perfect theme to celebrate KIN Schools Day a mufti day. The diversity and difference of students’ chosen clothing/outfits for the day is a reflection of the children we are raising money for. Every dollar raised goes to the kids.

The day will be full of activates, which may include, music, Tug of War Competition, raffles, guessing competition and the crowd favourite “Banga and Sauce Barbie”.

KIN Schools Day is an opportunity for students to see that a little bit of effort can make a lot of difference and to recognise the future of humanity within our society lies with us, the KIDS!

Nelson Mandela famously said: “There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.” I thank you in advance for your support of the great cause. 

Sam Smith
Year 8 Vice-Captain and KIN Ambassador

Message for Parents and Students

We have had a request from the family living opposite Mahers Lane Campus who owns the pony in the paddock.

Under vet’s instructions they have requested that we refrain from feeding the pony as he is overweight. The owners will be placing a sign on the fence if you could please respect their request for the health of the pony.

Pats are fine but no food please.

Stage 2 Musical - The Three Little Pigs

This is a FREE event however, due to the space/seating in the Chapel at Mahers Lane, tickets will need to be reserved for all of the following sessions:

  • Thursday, 6 September at 11.00am - Parents, students and community members are welcome to join us for our final dress rehearsal.
  • Thursday, 6 September at 1.30pm
  • Thursday, 6 September at 6.30pm
  • Friday, 7 September at 6.30pm

Tickets at

KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner

Round Square

Dean of Studies

Language Perfect NSW Championships 2018

This week during French and Japanese classes, students from Years 7 to 11 have been taking part in an Language Perfect NSW Championships online competition. Results to be posted next week.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

​Higher School Certificate Update

This week, Drama major projects were submitted. We wish the Drama students all the best for their performances next Monday, 3 September.

The Design and Technology students submitted their major works on Thursday.

Good luck to the French students will complete their oral examinations over the next week in Sydney and via Skype.

Visual Arts will submit their Major Works on Monday, 3 September.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Junior School Public Speaking Finalists

A big congratulations goes to all of the students from Years 1 to 4 at Sunshine Avenue for their diligent approach to this year’s public speaking competition. Students, teachers and parents were entertained with speeches about superpowers, life as an animal, solutions to pollution and many other interesting topics. 

The following students from Stage 1 and Stage 2 have been selected to compete in the Mahers Lane final on Monday 3 September. We wish all of the following students the best of luck for Monday night. 

Stage 1

  • Kobe Mundy
  • Ivy Thomson
  • Sienna Taylor
  • Malia Watson
  • Max Wanderer
  • Macy Duggan

Stage 2

  • Phoebe Robins
  • Kailash Sivabalan
  • Mitchell Buchan
  • Anna Haubek
  • Fletcher Bruhn
  • Emelie O'Neill

If you are wanting to attend the final on Monday night you are more than welcome to join everyone in the Chapel at for a 6:30pm start. We are all looking forward to an entertaining night of public speaking.

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Year 1 Play in the Park

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Stage 3 Disco

Students from Years 5 and 6 are invited to this year's looking '80s-themed Stage 3 Disco brought to you by the Lindisfarne P&F Association.

Please purchase student tickets via before 4.00pm on Wednesday, 12 September.

Pizza options available on FlexiSchools are:

  • Meat Lovers
  • Hawaiian
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free Meat Lovers
  • Gluten Free Hawaiian 

If there are any other dietary requirement not catered for in the above selections, please get in touch with P&F Representative Kiri Henry via or 0434 162 744.

Kiri is also looking for some parent helpers to bring this "groovy" night to life. If you're available, please get in touch with Kiri today.

Middle School Science

Do you believe in Unicorns? Here at Middle School Science we certainly do and, because we are scientists, we will prove that they are real!

Lots of people are interested in dinosaurs but for those of us at Middle School Science the most interesting animals of all are called the megafauna. They were a group of giant mammals that dominated the Earth during a time referred to as the Pleistocene from around 2.5 million years ago until the end of the last ice age. Significantly, this was the same time during which humans were evolving in Africa. It was a time of fantastic animals: a hippopotamus-size wombat called diprotodon, the terrifying sabre-toothed tiger, the woolly mammoth, a giant cow made famous in stories and fantasy movies called the aurochs, and, our personal favourite at Middle School Science, the “Demon Duck of Doom” a sort of horror movie casting of a satanic duck the size of a car!

The really cool thing about the megafauna which is different from the dinosaurs is that humans existed alongside of them for at least a few thousand years both in Europe and Australia at the end of the last great ice age. The aborigines left rock art depicting some of the megafauna and both diprotodon and mammoth bones have been found with characteristic butchering marks where tools have been used to remove the meat. Which brings us to the unicorn.

Do you remember the quiz question from Middle School Science a couple of weeks ago? It asked for the closest relatives of the rhinoceros and the answer was the tapir and the horse. Well, there was another member of the megafauna referred to as the “Siberian Unicorn” that went extinct around 29,000 years ago. It was one of the other relatives of both the rhino and the horse and looked a little bit like a mixture of both animals. It would have been truly impressive to behold: over 2m tall at the shoulders, 4m in length, weighing around 4 tonnes and...with a single long horn emerging from its head. It is one of the animals that clearly demonstrates the link between animals living today that we don’t necessarily think of as being related like the rhinoceros and the horse.

But here’s the thing, humans definitely would have seen this animal. It died out at a time when northern Europe was extensively occupied by humans and lived alongside the mammoths that were vitally important to our ancient ancestors as a source of food, bone for tools and hide for shelter and clothing. This brings up an intriguing idea: stories about unicorns are so central to human folklore, even back in ancient times, is it possible that they are based on the real stories that those ancient humans told around campfires sheltering in their caves tens of thousands of years ago? Back then, catching sight of a unicorn would have been quite an experience and one which could not have failed to impress the primitive humans. We can never know for sure whether unicorn stories are based on real life encounters but you’ve got to love science for proving that it is possible.

So, do unicorns exist? Well, not anymore and they never looked anything like the beautiful creatures we see depicted in fantasy books about imaginary places. However, the animal known as the unicorn certainly existed and people would definitely have known about it. Which leads to the most intriguing question of all: Do you suppose a little Neanderthal girl ever rode on one?

Enjoy your week in Science and never stop wondering.

Science Quiz

Well done to Tom who did some good research into Elasmotherium, to come up with an answer to last week’s quiz question “Are Unicorns real?”.

This week’s question: What do you get if you cross a lion with a kangaroo? This is not a silly question, you need to do a bit of research to find out what it means.

How do we raise competent adults if we’re always doing everything for our kids?

On Tuesday afternoon, staff were visited by creator of The Rite Journey, Andrew Lines. Amongst other authors, he referenced American speaker and writer, Amy Carney. Andrew presented Carney’s list of “8 Things You Need to Stop Doing for Your Teen” for consideration when thinking about developing resilience in our adolescent students.

Carney’s list (developed through her experience of having five children) of things she’s stopped doing includes:
  1. Waking them up in the morning.
  2. Making their breakfast and packing their lunch.
  3. Filling out their paperwork.
  4. Delivering their forgotten items.
  5. Making their failure to plan your emergency.
  6. Doing their laundry.
  7. Emailing and calling their teachers.
  8. Meddling in their academics.

Andrew elaborated on what was meant by each item and, in my role as Year 8 coordinator, number seven really resonated with me. Andrew described a conversation he had with his daughter whereby she requested that he contact her teacher to discuss an issue. He refused. Naturally, she was confused. But, he went on to say that his daughter spends one hour, five days a week with the teacher therefore giving her 300 minutes of opportunity for her to discuss the issues with her teacher.

So, it got me thinking. Are our students being encouraged to handle their issues or are we dealing with them for them? If we continue acting for them and being their voice, are we equipping them with the interpersonal skills they will inevitably need when they move into the workforce or onto further study? If we continue to navigate challenges on their behalf, are we raising competent adults?

As we move into the second half of the academic year and look to transitioning our Year 8 students into Senior School, I would really urge you to work with your student(s) to encourage them to collaborate with their teachers, Home Room teacher, and myself directly. We’re only too happy to help.

Kylie Wharton

Year 8 Coordinator

Senior School


Lindisfarne Public Speaking Grand Final

All the Public Speaking finalists have now been decided for Stage 1 through to Stage 6.

The Public Speaking Grand Final is on Monday, 3 September in the Mahers Lane Chapel commencing at 6.30pm.

Any interested family members or members of the wider Lindisfarne community are more than welcome to attend this exciting free event.

  • STAGE 1: Macy Duggan, Kobe Mundy, Sienna Taylor, Ivy Thomson, Max Wanderer, Malia Watson
  • STAGE 2: Fletcher Bruhn, Mitchell Buchan, Anna Haubek, Emelie O'Neill, Phoebe Robins, Kailash Sivabalan
  • STAGE 3: Fletcher Burdekin, Thomas Chong, Jamie Mifsud, Ava Taylor, Ella Zoffman
  • STAGE 4: Amity Chaffey, Ruby Dokmanovic, Oliver Greeney, Brodie McDowell, Alexander Ryan
  • STAGE 5: Heidi Chaffey, Tayla Fawcett, Tia Petersen, Abigail Rynehart
  • STAGE 6: Madeleine Brooker, Arabella Flynn, Brooke Marriott, Amy McEwen, Zoe Young

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

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



Sporting Highlights

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, 5 September – NCIS Tennis, Netball and Boys AFL
  • Thursday, 13 September – NSW CIS Primary Athletics Carnival
  • Wednesday, 19 September – NRCC Basketball Gala Day (U14 and U16 Boys and Girls)
  • Thursday, 20 September – Qld Secondary Schools Surf League
  • Tuesday, 25 September – NSW CIS Secondary Athletics Carnival

CIS Primary Boys Cricket Nominations Close Monday, 10 September

Open to primary boys in Years 4 to 6 (must be at least 9 and no older than 13 as of 31/12 current year).

Nominations are processed by the school and there is a limit of 3 nominations per school. If your son is interested in nominating, please contact Mr Nathan Croft (for students in Year 4) and Ms Kristy Bloomfield (for students in Years 5 and 6), providing your son’s cricketing details and skills. Please make contact by Wednesday, 5 September.

In the event of more than three interested students, a selection session will be organised at school. The CIS Selection Trials are held in on 17 and 18 September. More details are provided once nominated.


Congratulations to all of our Lindisfarne Lions teams for a great season of Netball. For some the season continues on this Saturday (September 1). Good luck to the teams playing in the finals: Lindisfarne Gold, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Navy, Green, Silver and White Lions.

It would be fantastic for you to come along and support our Lindisfarne teams. Please see the times below.


  • U10 Gold Lions on Court 8
  • U10 Blue Lions on Court 1
  • U9 Purple Lions on Court 2


  • U11 Yellow Lions on Court 4
  • 13-15 years Navy Lions on Court 11
  • 13-15 years Green Lions on Court 2


  • 12-14 years Silver Lions on Court 3
  • 12-14 years White Lions on Court 5

Lindisfarne Netball would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our volunteer coaches and managers who have been invaluable to the success and enjoyment of the season.

Reminder – Lindisfarne Netball Presentation is on Thursday, 20 September in the Chapel at Mahers Lane.


Bryce Corcoran (Year 3) had great success at the Futsal Northern State League Championships.  His U10's team won the competition and Bryce was awarded Player of the Final. An excellent effort for an almost 9-year-old.

Tae Kwon Do

Over the weekend Miranda Rhodes (who is in Year 8 and a member of the Lindisfarne Development Squad) and Hudson Rhodes (Year 6) competed in Brisbane Open event at Sleeman Sports Complex. Miranda won gold and Hudson a bronze.


Equestrian Queensland aims to promote equitation, education and equestrian sport via a range of Interschool competitions. Interschool provides a unique opportunity to compete against students from other schools in teams and individual events during weekends and holidays representing Lindisfarne. Expressions of interest are invited from both all students currently competing in Dressage,
Show Jumping, Eventing or Showing to be considered for the fledgling Lindisfarne team. Please contact Mrs Kathryn Leary on for further details and to register your interest.


Clinics with Tweed Coast Oztag and the Queensland Oztag Development Officers were recently held at Lindisfarne. Students learnt the basics of Oztag including the evasive manoeuvres of twisting and spinning along with how to make the perfect tag. Tweed Coast Oztag provides the students with the opportunity to participate in the local Tweed Coast Oztag Comp. More information is available at or an information and sign on afternoon is being held at Tweed Coast Junior Rugby League Club on Monday, 3 September 2018 from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.

Football Camps

Total Football Academy will be conducting two camps at Lindisfarne during the term break. The camps will be delivered over three days. The cost of the holiday camp is normally $160, however with our early bird special if you sign up before 10 September the camp is only $140.

Address: Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, 86 Mahers Lane, Terranora NSW 2486
Dates: Tuesday 2 October to Thursday 4 October
Time: 9.00am to 2.30pm

The Holiday Camp is for players aged between 5 and 12 years old. This holiday camp is fun based with development skills training in the mornings.
Sign up here: Holiday Camp

The Development Camp is for players in Under 8's to Under 11's. 
Sign up here: Development Camp


Uniform Shop


Employment at Lindisfarne

Community News

Cabarita Beach SLSC

Tani Tei En - Open Garden

Coolangatta SLSC

Total Football Academy

Total Football Academy is delighted to announce they will be running their popular football camps during the School holidays. The Camps are open to boys and girls from any School or Club.

Holiday Camp

The holiday camp is for players aged between 5 and 12 years old. The camps will be delivered over three days. The holiday camp is fun based with development skills training in the mornings. The cost of the holiday camp is normally $160, however with their early bird special if you sign up before the 10th of September the camp is only $140.

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

Address: Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, 86 Mahers Lane, Terranora NSW 2486

Dates: Tuesday, 2 October to Thursday, 4 October (3 Days)

Time: 9.00am to 2.30pm

Sign up here:  Holiday Camp

Development Camp (Under 8's to Under 11's)

TFA will be running a Development camp for players in Under 8's to Under 11's. The camps will be delivered over three days. The cost of the camp is normally $160, however with their early bird special if you sign up before the 10 September the camp is only $140. 

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

Address:  Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, 86 Mahers Lane, Terranora NSW 2486

Dates: Tuesday, 2 October to Thursday, 4 October (3 Days)

Time: 9.00am to 2.30pm

Sign up here: Development Camp


Tweed Little Athletics

Cudgen SLSC

North Kirra SLS