2018 Term 4 Week 38B 7 Dec 2018
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As the 2018 academic year draws to a close, we reflect on what a full and rewarding year it has been. It was wonderful to see so many members of our school community gather this week for the Junior School Speech Night on Tuesday, and the Middle and Senior Speech Night on Wednesday to celebrate student, staff and school achievement in such a meaningful way.It was with great pleasure that I announced the Proxime Accessit and Dux of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School for 2018 awarded to the students with the second highest and highest overall achievements in their academic studies:
- Proxime Accessit of Year 12: Ciara Blum
- School Dux: Stuart Purcival
These awards are the result of tremendous effort from Stuart and Ciara and I commend their hard work.
Congratulations to all our award recipients from the Junior, Middle and Senior School. The full results can be viewed via the links below.
Thank you to our Lindisfarne families, staff and students for the support and encouragement shown at our Speech Nights and right throughout 2018. As our school continues to grow, it is heartening to see and feel that the spirit of our community is growing too.
May you all enjoy a safe and joyous Christmas and a very happy new year. We look forward to seeing you in 2019.
From the Deputy Principal
From the Chaplain
Have you ever tried to explain the real meaning of Christmas to one of your children? It isn't easy. There is so much tradition mixed up with spiritual truth that it's sometimes hard to set apart Jesus from Santa Claus or the Wise Men from the snowmen. Sometimes our children (and some of us) have a hard time understanding what it all means.
I saw a cartoon called Marvin that illustrated this well. In the first frame a young mother has just finished reading the Christmas story to her young son. The boy had a puzzled look on his face as he sorted his thoughts. Then he thought to himself, "Let me see if I've got this straight ... Christmas is baby Jesus' birthday, but I get the presents?"
Christmas has a long and complicated history, with many practices, traditions and rituals being observed and celebrated over the centuries, but one central truth permeates all practices, traditions and celebrations. God’s love became real, and human, in the person of Jesus. Born in humble circumstances, to humble parents, in a normal little town, and yet the amazing love of God was lived out in such an authentic and genuine way that we continue to remember and celebrate the birth and life of God’s son over 2000 years later on the other side of the world!
However, Christmas has the potential to be much more than remembering an historic event. The love of God that was perfectly lived and modelled in the person of Jesus is available to every one of us if we are open to that potential. I give thanks at Christmas that God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, wisdom and respect continue to be lived out in the lives of people who choose to be faithful to God, and are inspired to share that love with others.
As a school community we have made a significant difference in the lives of the clients at the Tweed Women’s Refuge through the generous donations to the Giving Tree. We have brought Christmas to life for some of these people who are doing it tough, but can now experience a little joy and celebration through what is otherwise a very tough time.
Scroll down to see a message of thanks from the staff of the Refuge in appreciation of your generosity and kindness.
This Christmas, I hope and pray that one of the “presents” you might receive on Jesus’ birthday is a renewed awareness of God’s love, peace and joy being ‘birthed’ and renewed in you, so that you can share that present with others.
Every blessing for a safe and Holy Christmas.
Rev Chad Rynehart
A Message from the Tweed Women’s Refuge
At the Tweed Women’s refuge, we work with women and their children who have fled domestic violence and don’t have a safe or suitable accommodation option.
Approximately one woman per week is murdered by her current or ex-partner, and these statistics sadly show no signs of slowing. For the women who flee, homelessness is a very real issue as domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women.
Due to its nature, the Refuge is an undisclosed location where the women often express sentiments of feeling a bit lost, especially if they have had to seek safety within the refuge by leaving an area where they previously had other forms of support.
The generosity of the families and staff at Lindisfarne sends a loving message to these women. You have collectively said: “We think about you and we want you and your children to have a good Christmas”. It is a powerful message for these deserving families.
When we told the clients staying here that the Refuge would be receiving gifts from Lindisfarne, the reaction was one of surprise and gratitude. The sentiment expressed was “How lovely that we have been thought of”. This powerful message is very affirming.
For most people, Christmas is a time for friends, family and collective sharing of lovely food and gifts. For those who are homeless or facing homelessness, the reality is a stark contrast.
The pressure to buy gifts so your children do not miss out can be very stressful and guilt inducing.
Again, the gifts kindly provided by all of you means that the families in refuge will all receive a beautiful gift for Christmas. We can restock out ‘children’s cupboard’ so that when a child has a birthday during the year, there is a gift for them. And what is left will be given to Indigenous Homelessness clients via our Wharf Street office. All the generous gift cards give autonomy back to our clients to choose what they or their children need. Autonomy is not readily experienced when you are poor.
There are so many lovely, creative and generous gifts which have been given with way too many to mention, however when we were unpacking the many bags out of the car, we noticed in one bag there was a pair of boys size three Christmas pyjamas.
We currently have a gorgeous three-year-old boy staying here and we had asked his mum a week ago if she needed anything from the small collection of donations that we keep in our garage. She said she did not want anything for herself but her son needed a pair of pyjamas.
We only had a second-hand well-worn pair for him, and now he has new PJ’s!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The Refuge Staff
Carols on the Hill
Parents & Friends
Whole School News
ConnectEd Device Collection Dates
Please be advised of the following schedule for collection of ConnectEd devices from the Mahers Lane Library in January 2019. Where possible, please stick to the allocated time slot for your child - this will reduce any waiting times to a minimum. We do not expect families to make two trips if you have more than one child who are in different year levels - you will be able to collect all devices in one trip. Additionally, if you cannot make your allocated time slot below, please do come in one of the other slots - we are simply just trying to spread the load so that you don't have to wait too long.
- Tuesday, 22 January 9.00am to 12.30pm - Year 6 Students
- Tuesday, 22 January 1.00pm to 5.00pm - Year 8 Students
- Wednesday, 23 January 9.00am to 12.30pm - Year 9 Students
- Wednesday, 23 January 1.00pm to 5.00pm - Year 10 Students
- Thursday, 24 January 9.00am to 12.30pm - Year 11 Students
- Thursday, 24 January 1.00pm to 5.00pm - Year 12 Students
- Friday, 25 January 9.00am to 5.00pm - Year 7 Students
Note: Year 5 students will begin their school year with the ConnectEd devices in charging cabinets in the classroom and transition to take-home during Term 1. Therefore, no collection is required for those students.
On these days, students and/or parents/guardians will collect their devices, and sign a form which contains the serial number of their device and a short agreement which states they will abide by the School's policies and return the device when required by the School. It is our preference that students are present to collect their devices, but where necessary a parent/guardian can collect on their behalf. Please note that only the student or their parent/guardian will be able to collect the device and sign for it - you will not be able to collect a device for another student.
If you and your child are away and cannot make one of the allocated time slots, students will be able to collect their devices from the Library on their first day to the School.
We look forward to a very positive launch of ConnectEd and want to stress the importance of collecting the device so that students are ready for a great start on Day 1, and a reminder that students will not be permitted to bring their own devices to school from 2019 onwards.
Sincere thanks for your support with the above. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
or 07 5590 5099.
Director of Information Services
Administration Holiday Hours
The Administration and Accounts Departments at Mahers Lane will be open until Friday, 21 December 2018. The office will reopen on Monday, 7 January 2019. Please direct all account enquiries, including Parent Accounts by phone 07 5590 5099 or email email@example.com.
Dean of Studies
Early Learning Centre
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Year 7 2018
In a blink of an eye, Year 7 has finished what has been a very busy, exciting and eventful year. The year started with early nervous days of new friendships, confusion and feeling lost, overwhelmed and thinking lockers were something that would never be mastered. Throughout the year, Year 7 student were guided by their amazing Home Room teachers and team of dedicated subject teachers to work their way through a diverse curriculum, assessment tasks and examinations. They’ve met new standards and continued to push the bar higher. They ventured out for two camps to promote friendship and teamwork, they have worked together to support the local community and stretched their friendship circle to meet new friends who have helped provide a year of wonderful memories.
As the holidays approach, I applaud our Year 7 students for their perseverance and dedication to being a better version of themselves. Their personal growth has been rewarding to watch and they enter Year 8 as confident young adults ready to start another year.
Change doesn’t happen overnight and I am forever grateful for the team of Year 7 teachers and in particular the Home Room Tutors, Mrs Gula, Ms Makepeace, Mr Smith, Mr Inksetter and Mr Dwyer who have guided your children. Along with Mrs Duggan, they have worked together to provide the utmost in wellbeing.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very safe holiday.
Year 7 Coordinator
That’s a Wrap!
It has been an extremely busy but fulfilling year with lots of learning as well as many fabulous opportunities and achievements for all.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays… and, students, don’t forget to check into your Greenx7 portal from time to time.
Holidays are the perfect time to consider M.E.E.T.C.U.B - Movement, Environment, Earthing, Time, Connection, Universal and Breath.
Best wishes from the Year 5 team.
Lisa Price, Dana Dowker, Nicola Jamison
Year 5 Coordinator and Year 5 Teachers
Empowering Our Future Business Women – Bond University
On Monday, 3 December, eight female students from Year 12 descended upon the coveted Bond University to attend a seminar gearing towards empowering the business women of the future. Accompanied by Lindisfarne's very own walking, talking "girl power" ambassador, Mrs Kylie Wharton, we listened to Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Dr Libby Sander, discuss the changing structure of management in conjunction with an increased awareness for employee wellbeing present within a business. As well as this, Lisa Shaw (Transformer Program Manager) introduced us to the "Transformer Room" - Bond's entrepreneur hub, and invited us to question current students on the presence of technology (e.g. coding) present in the evolving work force. We enjoyed the opportunity to discuss and workshop the reality of future career paths and were enlightened by the motto introduced by the Director of Beyond Bond, Kirsty Mitchell “Be brave! Just give it a go!”.
Year 11 Student
It was my pleasure to accompany Grace, Summer, Lily, Charlotte, Isabella, Madeleine, Sofia and Kaitlin to the Bond University “Empowering Our Future Business Women” event on Monday. The students were exposed to some thought-provoking ideas around their role in the workforce and a discussion around the skill sets that will make them a valuable asset to businesses in the future.
Whilst Professor Jeff Brand, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Society and Design explored the distinct trend moving towards humanoid technology, it is well worth noting that soft skills including attitude, communication, creative thinking, work ethic, teamwork, networking, decision making, positivity, time management, motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, critical thinking, and conflict resolution are all still prized by employers. Further, key take out messages included being brave enough to take risks and being resilient in failure.
It was impressive to see the Bond philosophy “the student comes first, second and third” being displayed in real life and proved that the University is certainly a place that fosters human connection and takes pride in providing their students with not just a degree, but a skill set that will be a platform for the future.
Thank you to Robyn Kronenberg (General Manager, Partner Schools), Shelley Martain (Manager, Future Students), Stephanie Bryan (Manager, Future Students) and the Bond team for facilitating a brilliant experience.
Year 8 Coordinator
Student Representative Council News
The final Student Representative Council meeting for 2018 saw our 2019 Vice Captains, Luca Wright and Abby Frazer welcome two guests from Tweed Shire Council, Sylvia Roylance, Development Officer, and Jodie Hewett, Open Space Officer.
They made a presentation to students, seeking input on Council’s Draft Open Space Strategy 2018-2028. There followed a hands-on activity in which students, depending on their home addresses, worked with maps of their profile areas, to propose hypothetical action plans for future use of open spaces. The exercise was informative and enjoyed by all.
Photo: TSC Open Space Officer, Jodie Hewett, working with members of the SRC on Council’s draft Open Space Strategy.
Student representatives were thanked for their contributions to enhancing student environment and opportunities this year and were wished a safe and prosperous holiday.
Student Representative Council Co-ordinator
Tweed Shire Council’s Secondary School Environmental Leadership Program Graduation
On Friday, 23 November, we were very proud to witness the graduation of Year 10 student Patrick Brabant from the Tweed Shire Council’s Secondary School Environmental Leadership Program. Patrick delivered a presentation on his initiatives to improve waste management at the Mahers Lane Campus to the gathered guests.
During the program, Patrick and fellow students from other Tweed schools initially spent three days with Outward Bound and Environmental leaders from the Tweed Shire Council in Kunghur, developing their leadership skills and planning their initiatives. This was followed up with other sessions over the ensuing months.
Patrick’s passion and leadership in this area were on display and the school is very proud of his achievement, with more to come in this space in 2019.
Director of Science
Photos in the gallery below.
Base Youth Leadership Award
CAPA News and Events
Congratulations to our talented students who have recently performed a significant role in a huge variety of school events during the final weeks of this term. These events have been ably supported by our energetic CAPA staff. Both students and staff have been busy performing roles on and off the stage and consistently presented performances to a professional standard.
It has been a stellar year for the Creative and Performing Arts Department with exceptional performances and results from our Drama, Visual Arts and Music departments. I would also like to thank the Friends of the Arts parent group who have come on board this year to support our department.
Senior Choir performing at Kingscliff Carols in the Park
Next Tuesday 11 December our Senior Choir will be performing as part of the annual Lions Club Carols in the Park at Kingscliff. This event will start at 6:30pm in Rowan Robinson Park in the heart of Kingscliff. Please feel free to bring a picnic along and enjoy our Senior Choir under the direction of Stephanie Palmer and the other entertainment on offer.
Festival of the Saxophone 23 and 24 January
On 23 and 24 January, we will have renown saxophonist Joern Harris and ll Marta Baartz conducting a 2 day intensive saxophone workshop for our budding saxophonists. The workshop will be held from 9.00am to 1.00pm each day at Mahers Lane Campus Studio in PA11 and include saxophone ensemble rehearsals and solo masterclass sessions. Students are encouraged to bring along a prepared solo piece and piano accompaniment sheet music to be involved in the masterclass session, although this is not essential. The festival will conclude with a 30-minute concert at 1.00pm on Thursday, 24 January in PA11. Joern Harris is an accomplished Sydney saxophonist who has performed in the Opera and Ballet Orchestra, recorded on the soundtrack of the Great Gatsby and recently returned from a tour of Europe. Martha Baartz studied at Southern Cross University and the Brisbane Conservatorium and is well known for her solo jazz recordings and performances within Australia and abroad.
This opportunity is open to any level of saxophonist enrolled at Lindisfarne. Please email your intention to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Creative and Performing Arts
Private Tuition Application for 2019
At Lindisfarne, we enjoy a professional partnership with a number of excellent external contractors and teachers who make up our private tuition team. Students develop specific skills that enable them to perform individually and in ensembles. We offer lessons to students from Pre-school to Year 12 for the following:
- Speech and Drama
- Instrumental including Guitar, Strings, Keyboard/Piano, Percussion, Drums, Brass, Woodwind and Songwriting
Lessons are not rolled over at the end of each year, and all students wishing to enrol in private tuition for 2019 are required to complete the online application form on the School website under the 'Co-Curricular' tab, or by following this link: Private Tuition Form.
Lessons will be allocated on a first in priority basis. Please note that some lessons are in demand and may need to have a waiting list should maximum numbers be reached.
Lessons will commence in Week 2 of Term 1, 2019. Individual tutors will contact parents in the new year to give further information regarding lesson days.
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Nanshan Chinese International College
What an wonderful seven weeks we have had with our 40 students from Nanshan Chinese International College. Alongside the class immersion with our Years 3- 6 Lindisfarne classes, the Chinese students experienced so many ‘Aussie’ activities including Tenpin bowling, Catch a Crab, swimming lessons, gardening, Minjungbal Cultural Centre, cooking Anzac biscuits and Putt Putt golf, to name just a few.
We are so proud of the way our staff and students on both campuses welcomed our overseas visitors with an open mind and a friendly, helpful manner. In particular, the Years 3- 6 students represented themselves and our school so positively and we thank you all for being such wonderful representatives during this visit.
We would also like to thank all of the homestay families who opened their homes to our visiting students for 7 weeks. The cultural exchange, learning and relationship building between us all has been established and we are so happy to have created a successful program where friendships have been formed and a more profound cultural understanding and respect between two very different nations has emerged.
We will be welcoming more groups next year from various countries and we look forward to making an even more successful 2019 International Program.
From the International team, Mr Godden and Mrs Fydler, we wish you all a relaxing, fun and re-invigorating Christmas with your loved ones.
Head of Middle School
Congratulations to Joshua Mammen and Alexander Robertson. Joshua and Alexander recently competed in the NSW State Finals for Tennis in Sydney. Joshua finished third in the U16 boys main draw event and Alexander won the U14 consolation boys event. A good result for both boys. Joshua plays in the state teams event in Brisbane starting on 15 December.
Congratulations to Ella Kinneally and Shayna Cassone. Ella and Shayna competed in the World Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide recently achieving some outstanding results. An overall point score of 127 placed in second place for the championships. Also, bringing home the silver in the IRB racing, placed them second best in the world.
Stunning efforts on the waves this week at the Australian Junior Surfing Titles in South Australia.
Dane Henry made the finals in the U14 and placed third overall, whilst Micah Margieson was crowned the new U18 Australian champion taking out the top spot. Micah will now have the chance to compete at Worlds!
Congratulations to both Dane and Micah for their triumphant efforts.