2018 Term 4 Week 33A 2 Nov 2018
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We were delighted to welcome the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), David de Carvalho to Lindisfarne this week. On Wednesday, David visited our Mahers Lane Campus as part of his school consultative tour. During his visit, David discussed the NSW curriculum review with members of our Executive Team before taking a tour of our classrooms where he was able to interact with our students and have meaningful discussions with staff. We were also able to share with David a sneak preview of the Senior School Art Exhibition which opens tonight, 6.30pm in the Mahers Lane Chapel. David was impressed with the creativity and artistic talent of our students. It was our pleasure to be one of the regional schools to be invited to meet with David and we welcome him back any time.
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Today I announced the appointment of Mr Mark Douglas as our Head of Junior School (P – 4) effective from 1 January 2019. Mark joins us from Ipswich Grammar School where he has had a significant impact on creating a contemporary learning culture and rapidly lifting enrolments as the Head of Junior School. Mark has worked in a number of leading Australian schools and his impact has been transformational - improving results, building positive staff culture, creating a warm and supportive environment for students and introducing a range of highly successful new initiatives. Mark is looking forward to sharing his considerable expertise with our school community as he builds on the outstanding work of Mrs Michele Chandler over the last 13 years and leads our staff and students at Sunshine Avenue into the future. I am confident that the Junior School will continue to thrive and flourish under his leadership.
Lindisfarne Netball has had a highly successful season this year. With the annual general meeting next Wednesday, 7 November, I’d like to thank Netball President Lisa Burdekin and the team of coaches, managers and committee members who have supported Lindisfarne Netball and made the club a strong network for our players. We will continue to build on this success through 2019 and beyond. I would also like to encourage both familiar families and new faces to join us for the AGM where the netball committee will be formalised as a support group for netball at the School. This is a role that the netball committee has fulfilled with distinction for a number of years and official recognition of the netball committee as a support group will further enhance the development of netball at the School.
2019 and 2020 Term Dates have been released ahead of schedule to give our families plenty of time to plan their holidays over the next 24 months. Please see the link below:
We urge our families to please be mindful of booking holidays during term time and ask, where possible, to please schedule time off during school holidays to assist with continuity of learning for our students.
The KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner is only two short weeks away. Year 8 student, Sam Smith is once again the driving force behind this important community event and has engaged former AFL star and Gold FM breakfast radio host, Peter “Spida” Everitt as well as dual-code international rugby legend, Mat Rogers as the guest speakers for the evening. Australian television presenter and model, Chloe Maxwell will also join Mat and Spida on stage as MC when the charity dinner hits Twin Towns on Friday, 16 November. There are still tickets available at www.trybooking.com/417860 if you would like to attend. We are looking forward to a great community event and hope to raise awareness and much-needed funds for local charity Kids In Need who support children and families with special needs or who are suffering from serious illnesses.
From the Deputy Principal
2020 Scholarships Open
From the Chaplain
Parents & Friends
Year 4 Parent Christmas Lunch
Whole School News
Arts and Service Colour Awards
Congratulations to the following students who received colours at the assembly this week.
- Choir – Tori Aston, Heidi Chaffey, Murran Kain, Brooke Marriott, Jemma McNicoll, Abigail Rynehart, Madeleine Warner
- Debating – Heidi Chaffey, Brooke Marriott, Tia Petersen, Madeleine Warner, Connor Wilson
- Instrumental – Emily Coleman, Cedar Maycock, Georgia Sweetnam, Madeleine Warner
- Service to the Academics – Abby Frazer, Chloe Green, Jemma Wilson
- Service (Kokoda) – Luca Allan, Kodey Edgar Farrell, Arabella Flynn, Abby Frazer, Nicholas Gersbach, Hannah Jarvis, Lily Morrison, Ryan Parsons, Amy Pitt, Samuel Rudland, Jade Stoddart, Thomas Tatchell, Luca Wright
- Vocal – Tori Aston, Ashleigh Budge, Murran Kain, Jemma McNicoll
- Choir – Ashleigh Budge
- Instrumental – Kaden Blum, Tristan Hill
- Service (Kokoda) – Luca Allan, Arabella Flynn, Abby Frazer, Nicholas Gersbach, Samuel Rudland, Luca Wright
Art Exhibition - Senior School
The Visual Arts Department a delighted to present the Senior School Arts Exhibition that features the HSC Bodies of Work created by our talented Year 12 students. Opening Night is tonight from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in the Chapel at the Mahers Lane Campus. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, 3 November from 11.00am to 2.00pm for viewing.
While the HSC artworks are the highlight of the evening, Year 9 to 11 Visual Arts and Photography and Digital Media students will also be displaying their artworks created throughout the year.
The whole school community are welcome to attend a relaxing evening viewing various art pieces to support our students’ creative journey. Food and beverages will be served thanks to the Friend of the Arts committee.
There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes and a Popular Choice Prize where all visitors can vote for their favourite artwork in each year group. The student in each year group with the most votes will be awarded an art pack and certficate.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Arts Coordinator
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KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner - Champions Unite!
Ticket sales close on Monday, 12 November.
PINK Day 2018
PINK DAY - MONDAY, 5 NOVEMBER
Did you know one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer? It is estimated 141,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
Most people in our school community have a connection in some way to cancer, in particular breast cancer. We have had staff members and parents fight this condition and, unfortunately, some have lost their battle.
That’s why Lindisfarne will have the opportunity to acknowledge the people fighting the cancer, to help raise awareness, and to fundraise to hopefully make a difference in research on Monday, 5 November. One of our school values is compassion, and PINK Day certainly shows compassion towards Lindisfarne’s families and friends who have been affected by the impact of breast cancer.
Returning to Lindisfarne for its 14th year, PINK Day will feature PINK Mufti Day at both campuses (for a gold coin donation) and a Baking Competition at Mahers Lane with the best cakes auctioned in the staff room and the rest sold to students.
So, if you can, please support this great cause by dressing in pink on 5 November, bringing a gold coin donation and baking delicious sweet treats!
PINK Day Coordinator
Dean of Studies
Academic Assistance for Term 4
Mahers Lane Campus
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Cocurricular Activities for Term 4
Mahers Lane Campus
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Early Learning Centre
Google Classroom - Parent Survey
This year the Junior School teachers moved away from using class blogs to using Google Classroom as a way of sharing information with parents and carers. This has proved to be a valuable resource for not only teachers and students, but parents and caregivers alike. As we move forward, we value your feedback around systems and structures we have in place.
As such, I invite you to complete the following survey about the use of Google Classroom in your child’s class. Please click on the link to share your views.
Acting Assistant Head of Junior School
Author Talk - Year 3
Today we watched author Jessica Townsend live from the Sydney Opera House. All of Year 3 were able to watch the live stream on our iPads together and at the end we all had a big photo. The live stream interview went for about an hour. We all learnt about her first book Nevermoor and her new book, Wundersmith, that came out yesterday.
For her first book it took about five years to write but the next book only about one year! It turned out that her books were so popular that she went for a tour around the world. That is why we saw her live from Sydney via a YouTube live stream. During the interview, Lindisfarne was mentioned as we were able to submit a question, and our question was one that was chosen to ask Jessica. That was really cool!
We were all really lucky and grateful that we could see Jessica Townsend live streamed from the Opera House at our school.
Year 3 Student
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Year 1 Camp
There was plenty of laughter at the Year 1 Evening Camp last Friday!
Drace the Magician kept us entertained – there were looks of amazement as coins were coming out of children’s ears and a green dove appeared as if by magic. Well, it was magic!
The drizzle of golden syrup over freshly cooked damper was delicious and riding around on a train was a new way of traversing the back playground!
Ernie explained the significance of the didgeridoo and how to make fresh ochre and, using Aboriginal symbols, everyone painted a story on some colourful rocks which will be placed in the school garden.
The games tent provided an opportunity to experience some old fashioned play and then, as the sun dipped behind the trees, camp was over already!
Year 1 Coordinator
Fresh Produce Stall
Each Thursday morning a team of eager Garden club students will be selling produce from our beautiful Kitchen garden.
Make sure you bring your wallet on these mornings to help support our garden club. All proceeds go towards purchasing chicken food and other items for this area.
Some of the items on offer will be fresh eggs from the school chooks, worm castings fertiliser for your gardens, other seasonal produce from the garden.
Outdoor Classroom Day - Year 4
To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, Year 4 students made the most of the sunny weather and utilised our beautiful outdoor learning spaces, such as the Kindergarten deck, the shade of the trees and the undercover seated areas.
4H and 4A enjoyed taking their ‘Aussie Optimism’ session with Miss Susi outside. The students explored first aid for feelings and learnt different strategies and coping skills for dealing with uncomfortable feelings.
As part of our Term 4 English unit, 4A and 4N applied their understanding of characters and used a playground setting to brainstorm traits and actions for a new character in an upcoming narrative.
4H enjoyed their History lesson outside, completing a convict challenge as part of our Australian History unit, identifying key words for each letter of the alphabet.
It was exciting to take our learning beyond the classroom walls and to see our students thriving in an outdoor environment.
Year 4 Teachers
Lindisfarne Reading Challenge
Congratulations to all students who have already completed the 2018 Lindisfarne Reading Challenge. What a wonderful achievement! For all those who are still reading their way through the 30 books, the challenge closes next Friday, 9 November.
Please encourage your child to complete the challenge and return their challenge booklets to their class teacher or to the Library before Wednesday 14th November.
I look forward to acknowledging all students who have completed the challenge at Assembly.
Acting Head of Junior School Report
As the sun came out for longer periods of time this week so did our shining stars down at the Junior School. This week has been filled with incredible learning opportunities for all students ranging from Preschool to Year 4.
This week Year 4 invited parents into the school to enjoy the fruits of their labour. The smell from the Year 4 classroom lured many staff members and passing parents into towards the kitchen to find delicious gyoza and japanese pancakes. The students, staff and parents are to be congratulated for their efforts in the kitchen this week. If you haven’t had a chance this term to view our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden I highly recommend coming into to have a look.
While participating in various school tours this I got to thinking about the garden at school and how it is a great representation of the teaching and learning journey that occurs in the Junior School. The process that a gardener goes through to get to harvest is one that takes careful consideration and time. This is exactly the same as the process of teaching a student at the Junior School.
A teacher needs to ensure that the classroom environment is perfect for that student to thrive. Secondly, the teacher constantly checks in and collects information about how the student is going, adjusting the teaching and learning to ensure that student will achieve ultimate success. Finally, the teacher celebrates the growth that has occured in the student and looks to start the process all over again. You can relate this process back to the garden thinking about the steps that go into growing produce.
As we look to celebrate all of the learning in 2018 I invite parents to email through any feedback around the learning journey this year and offer any recommendations that we can aim to cater for in 2019. This includes preferable classroom learning environments, peer relationship groupings and any other information to ensure that the Junior School provides the best opportunity for all of our students. Please send through this information to email@example.com
Acting Head of Junior School
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Reduce Risk – Increase Student Knowledge Program (RRISK)
On Monday 19 November, all Year 11 students will be attending a RRISK program at Southern Cross University. This program is conducted by local council, Police and other external authorities aimed at increasing students’ knowledge and awareness of issues relating to drugs and alcohol and driving and developing skills to make responsible decisions.
Keynote speaker Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for 25 years. He is the founder of the Drug and Alcohol research and Training Australia (DARTA) and works with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.
In order to achieve a comprehensive whole school approach towards drug and alcohol and road safety education, this year a Save a Mate group session will be delivered in school by classroom teacher as part of the overall RRISK program.
Head of Senior School
Thursday, 13 December - for Year 12 students and teachers.
This event will commence at 9am at the Trade Skills Centre and will be an opportunity for students and staff to come together to celebrate the HSC results of this cohort.
Please email Tania Wilhelm at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending or have any dietary requirements.
Middle and Senior School Speech Night
On Wednesday, 5 December the Annual Speech Night for Middle and Senior School will be held in Ngahriyah commencing at 6.30pm. All students are expected to attend dressed in formal uniform.
- Year 11 RRISK: Monday, 19 November.
- Year 10 Surviving the Senior Years: Monday, 19 November.
- Year 10 Dinner Dance: Friday, 23 November.
Head of Senior School
Year 10 Dinner Dance
All Year 10 students have received an invitation to the 2018 Dinner Dance to be held on Friday, 23 November in the Visions Room of the Twin Towns Services Club.
It promises to be a dignified occasion where students are asked to dress formally for this important annual event. Parents are most welcome to attend for the first hour to take photographs, however we will have a professional photographer for the evening which all students will have access to the photos taken.
I look forward to welcoming the Year 10 cohort to this formal event to mark the end of this year of their study.
Head of St Barnabas House
Year 9 History Excursion
9A and 9B History students travelled to Mudgeeraba to visit the Gold Coast War Museum on Wednesday, 27 March. This field trip to an extensive collection of military artefacts complemented their Stage 5 study of Australians at War. Students viewed war memorabilia that enlivened recent classroom studies. Vietnam Veteran, Mr Robert Meehan, OAM, spoke to students of World Wars 1 and II. His insights helped students appreciate interesting exhibits. He also talked openly of his Vietnam tour of duty. The classes were given a compact sample of a 24 hour Army food pack, used by modern troops. Mr Meehan's time and anecdotes were appreciated by all.
Mr Robert Meehan OAM, with Year 9 History students Lydia Walker, Ginger Finlay-Jones, Lucy Tunsted and Laura Downey.
Caitelyn Butler and Tom Robson in the cockpit of a helicopter.
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Ask Gran Not Google – Feros Care Visit
On Monday, our fortunate group of Year 9 students travelled to Feros Care to visit with the residents as part of the Learning Enrichment Program. The Year 9 Music students had been rehearsing several songs in preparation for a performance for the residents – including individual pieces from Cedar Maycock: ‘I Don’t Want To Be You Anymore’; Jemma McNicoll: ‘People Help the People’; Georgia Sweetnam: 'Hard Rock Blues’ and Tori Aston: 'On My Own’. As an ensemble, the Year 9 Music class performed the Beatles classic ‘Let it Be’.
After the performance, we had the immense privilege of meeting and speaking with the residents. They shared touching and fascinating stories of their youth, travels and life experiences. The visit was also enriching for many of the residents with one gentleman remarking that our visit was not just the highlight of his day, it was quite possibly the highlight of his year! It is interesting to reflect that our one hour together could create so much joy and happiness. We left the residents with smiles on our faces and, hopefully, smiles on theirs.
We all hope to be back soon!
Year 9 Student
Musical Theatre Workshop
On Sunday, 4 November and Monday, 5 November we will offer our students a fantastic Musical Theatre Workshop with performing artist Monica Trapaga and experienced musical director Sean Peter.
The two-day workshop will cover performance techniques, ensemble work, choreography and a vocal solo masterclass. This workshop has been organised two weeks before the 2019 Musical auditions which will be held on Sunday 18 November 9.00am to 3.00pm.
It is not essential for students to prepare anything to be involved in the workshop, however any students considering auditioning for a principal role in the 2019 Musical are encouraged to prepare a solo vocal piece to perform as part of the masterclass session. The solo piece should be in a musical theatre style and clearly display the vocal ability of the student. Please bring a backing track or piano accompaniment sheet music for your solo performance. Lunch will be provided on the Sunday session.
Any interested students who are currently in Year 7 to 11 should RSVP to Creative and Performing Arts Assistant Vanessa Nixon via email@example.com.
Director of Creative and Performing Arts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Middle School) and Kim Denny email@example.com (Senior School).
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Nabari Seiho High School Visit 2019
The Lindisfarne Japanese Sister School, Nabari Seiho High School will be visiting the Mahers Lane campus again in 2019. The group will arrive Sunday, 10 March and depart Sunday, 17 March.
Therefore, we are seeking expressions of interest from our Lindisfarne families to bring one or two students into their homes and look after them during this week long visit.
If you would like an Application Form and or more information, please email Mrs Fydler on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday, 5 November – NRCC U14 Cricket Day
- Thursday, 8 November - NCIS Primary Basketball
- Thursday, 8 November - Casuarina Cup
- Friday, 16 November - Wiburd Shield Round 2
- Friday, 30 November – Smithy Sprint
Lindisfarne Netball Annual General Meeting
This meeting will be held in the Library at Mahers Lane commencing at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 7 November.
For further details, please see the letter below.
Achievement – Cricket
Congratulations to Gabriel Leitch. Recently Gabriel was selected in the Gold Coast State Championship U13s Cricket Side. Well-earned selection when considering his recent accomplishment, an epic 86 runs from 64 deliveries last weekend.
Wiburd and Douglas Shields
Congratulations to The WIburd Shield Team that defeated Bishop Druitt College from Coffs Harbour last Friday in Murwillumbah. Lindisfarne was able to dismiss BDC for 111 in 38 overs. The chief destroyer was Rupert Fahey (3 wickets for 4 runs) and was ably supported by Lewis Koppel, Tate Marquardt, Nicholas Purcival and Fletcher Koppel taking one wicket apiece. In reply, Lindisfarne was able to reach the target for the loss of 4 wickets in only 15 overs. Lewis Koppel top scored with a quick fire 27. Lindisfarne now moves on to play St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why in November. We wish them all the best in their upcoming clash.
Unfortunately the tables were turned in the Douglas Shield match with Bishop Druitt advancing to the next round by defeating Lindisfarne by 87 runs. A notable performance was made by Ethan Sekac in the field taking 3 for 51 of his 8 overs. Bryn Richards also made a beautiful 45 with the bat during Lindisfarne’s run chase.
Lord Taverners’ T20 Cricket Competition 2018
Hot and sunny conditions prevailed for the annual Lord Taverners’ T20 Cricket Competition in Lismore on Wednesday. Lindisfarne was represented by a team in both the Phelps (Years 7 and 8) and the Gilchrist Shield (Years 9 and 10). The format saw each team play two matches against other schools from the Northern Rivers.
In the Phelps Shield, our team (3/105) was narrowly defeated by Trinity Catholic College (6/106) and also beaten more soundly by St John’s College Woodlawn who accounted for Lindisfarne’s 10/73 for the loss of 2 wickets.
However, mention must be made of Daniel Lamb (2/13) and Max McDonnell (2/16) taking wickets in the earlier game and Brodie McDowell (26 retired and 25 retired), Max McDonnell (25 retired) and Rupert Fahey (20) making valuable contributions with the bat.
In the Gilchrist Shield, Lindisfarne also experienced defeat by St John’s College Woodlawn scoring 8/86 in reply to the imposing total of 7/187. Unfortunately, their second match was forfeited by their opposition and the boys played a spirited match against each other to further hone their competitive skills in readiness for the upcoming second round Wiburd Shield match against St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why.
Notable performances on the day included Fletcher and Lewis Koppel’s all-round contribution with bat and ball. Lewis, taking 2/16 with the ball and scoring 15 while Fletcher took 1/10 and contributed 32 valuable runs with the bat
It was a great day of cricket all round. Thanks to all the boys who attended and once again gave of their best for the school.
NCIS Secondary Basketball
Lindisfarne was solidly represented by an enthusiastic group of Lindisfarne students at the NCIS Basketball Day in Coffs Harbour. It was great to meet other students from various schools in the region and was an awesome experience for all. The Open Boys team played with sheer determination and managed to secure a win in the initial stages of the day yet suffered three close losses as the day progressed. The U15 team played with intensity and grit and managed to remain victorious throughout the whole day. Congratulations to the U15 Boys for taking out the Grand Final in a nerve wracking 19-17 win. All teams played with tenacity and overall it was a great day for all.
By Ned Sacks
The Open Girls team started out the day strong but were unlucky to miss out on a place in the semi-finals on a points count back. The girls showed wonderful team spirit and enthusiasm. The U15 team under the direction of Coach Paloma (Year 9) showed fine form and secured a place in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Bishop Druitt College were too strong for them but not before Jewel Orr pulled off an amazing three pointer.
Under the skilful coaching of Mr Bedford, a team consisting of some ex Lindisfarne students (Meg Whiticker, Lucy Turney, Shania Myers) and Mr Bedford stunned the opposition on Sunday at the BYRON AFL 9s competition winning the grand final match...for second year in a row.....along with the winners cheque.
On Friday, 26 October, students from Years 3 and 4 went on a bus to Dave Burns Field in Tweed Heads South. We represented our school against many other schools in the area. There were two teams, team one played six games and team two played five games.
Team One played Centaur first and had good play with the ball, then we played Banora Point Primary. Our team got a few kicks in and made some good marks. We then played Terranora Primary and they were short on players so some of our players had to play for them. Lastly, we played a combined game with Lindisfarne Team Two and it was an astounding game.
Thank you to Mr Croft for organising the lunchtime training sessions and for us to take part.
We had a very successful day and but most of all we had fun!
Liev Tuckwell, Oscar Pecht and Miles Scheiwe
Year 3 Students
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Lindisfarne Netball AGM
Employment at Lindisfarne
Classroom Teacher – Stage 3
Full Time Permanent Position
Commencing Term 1, 15 January 2019
Due to continued expansion and growth in student numbers Lindisfarne is looking for a passionate and committed educator for our Stage 3 (Years 5 & 6) students. Experience in teaching the NSW curriculum will be viewed favourably. It is expected that the successful candidate will demonstrate the following
- High quality, innovative and evidenced based approach to pedagogy.
- Well-prepared and varied lessons which cater to the range of student abilities and interests.
- Great relationships with students, parents and colleagues.
- Knowledge, competence and confidence across all Key Learning Areas.
- Demonstrate high levels of professionalism in all activities.
- Experience in teaching high potential learners would be an advantage.
- Have an understanding of and commitment to the Anglican Christian ethos of the SchoolHold a current NSW Working With Children Check (or be eligible to apply for one).
Applications should be forwarded to Mr Stuart Marquardt, Principal: email@example.com.
Please provide a covering letter addressing the above selection criteria, current resume and the names of two recent professional referees.
Applications Close: Monday, 12 November 2018.
Billabong Swim School
WIN! Smile Street Giveaway
Book in today for your chance to win this amazing Christmas hamper!
The team at Smile Street are a not only part of our Lindisfarne family, they are the generous Major Sponsor of the Lindisfarne P&F Melbourne Cup Luncheon on 6 November and the KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner - Champions Unite on 16 November.
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