2019 Term 1 Week 02B 8 Feb 2019

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Carers,

Preparations are in full swing for the 2019 School production of “Bring It On The Musical’.  Students and staff have been working with a great sense of purpose to bring to the school community a production that will be truly outstanding.

As part of the musical preparations, we will be seeking sponsors in the form of corporate partners for the production. Please click on this link to gain further information. We greatly appreciate any support that you feel you are able to give.

With the continual development of our school, we have made a number of changes to the organisation of sport at Lindisfarne. After 13 years as Director of Sport and PDHPE, Mrs Gay Maynard will focus on the curriculum leadership of the PDHPE Faculty as Director of PDHPE and also Teacher-in-Charge of our growing Netball program. We thank Mrs Maynard for her commitment to sport over the past 14 years and for her outstanding effort in the role.

Mr Damien Clucas has joined Lindisfarne as Head of Sport and Activities. He brings to the School considerable experience in the development of sport with over 14 years experience at leading Sydney school Kincoppal Rose Bay. 

Mr Clucas will be supported by Mr Nathan Croft who has joined the Junior School staff on a full time basis as the Junior School Sport and PDHPE teacher.

Mr Matt Fydler and Mr Matt Bedford will continue their important work as Directors of the Lindisfarne Sports Academy.

An Administration Assistant - Sport will be appointed to assist in the development of sport over the coming weeks to replace Kristy Bloomfield who has announced her resignation from the School.

Mr Joseph Coyne, who has been consulting to the School as Director of Athletic Development, will be moving back to China in March. He will be taking up a position as the Performance Director for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Performance Institute in Shanghai, China.  My congratulations to Joseph on his appointment. Joseph is assisting the School with handover during the month of February and we are interviewing suitable high-level candidates to continue the consultancy in athletic development at Lindisfarne.

It has been a rewarding start to the school year with excellent attendance at our parent information sessions and associated events.

I look forward to seeing you tonight at the 2019 Welcome Reception for our whole school community hosted by the Sunshine Avenue Campus.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

2019 Parent and Student Guide

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our 2019 Parent and Student Guide has been updated with important information for our Lindisfarne families. 

Please follow this link to read the full document.

The 2019 Parent and Student Guide can also be found on our school website under 2019 Resources.

Kind regards,

Adele Rowlands-Dealey
Communications Officer

From the Chaplain

Faith Formation at Lindisfarne

Senior School – Godly Mission

As our first fortnightly cycle comes to an end, all students in the Senior School have had an opportunity to hear about the specific focus of Godly Mission for their year group. Mrs Lush, the four Heads of House and myself have run an introductory session for each group addressing the issue of why this program is an important element of their holistic learning.  If you have not had an opportunity to talk to your child about this yet, I would encourage you to have a conversation about what is outlined below.

Year 9 – The Rite Journey

Andrew Lines was here on Monday and spoke to the students in the afternoon, and then a large contingent of parents in the evening about this exciting new program. Both sessions were video recorded, and by now, all of our Year 9 students and parents should have received a link to the relevant video so that if anyone was unable to attend in person, you can follow the link and watch in your own time. Students have engaged in two class based sessions so far, and the initial feedback and response has been very encouraging.

Year 10 – Mission in Action

Year 10 students were introduced to the idea of balancing focus on self with focus on others.  Later in the term and throughout the year, we will be encouraging our Year 10 students to explore ways of being “missional” in our approach to serving others, so their sessions for the rest of this term will be focused on understanding the self and answering the question of “Who am I” in order to move toward answering another question - “What do I have to give?”  

Year 11 – Servant Leadership

Year 11 experienced a similar presentation to Year 10, but with a specific focus on servant leadership, and the premise was, “You will not understand the concept of servant leadership if you do not have a desire to serve.”  As our Year 11 students transition into Year 12 where some of them will undertake leadership roles, our focus is on building servant leadership capacity in them so that leadership is about more than a position or a role or a title. 
A servant heart is usually at the centre of any great leader.

Year 12 – Leap of Faith

The time investment for Year 12 pastoral care and wellbeing is focused on giving them opportunities to continue to develop the personal skills; mental, emotional, spiritual; which will have the potential to serve them well long after their time as a student of this school has ended. A leap of faith is a term which can be used to think about a leap into the unknown in any area of life, so as we journey with our Year 12 students through their final year, we hope to equip them with the faith and strength and confidence to go into the world and share their gifts and abilities as they contribute to the global community.

If anyone has any questions about the process of Faith Formation please feel free to contact me anytime crynehart@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

Facebook Groups - Parent Representative Program

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) plays a vital role in the School, helping to strengthen our community and develop facilities. The Parent Representative Program is a P&F initiative encouraging active parent involvement and positive relationships amongst teachers, students and families in the School community. Under this program Facebook groups are created to facilitate communication and support between families. 

These groups are open to all parents and guardians related to the relevant year group at Lindisfarne. Please see the links below:

Preschool - Joeys



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

These groups are run by parents and supported by Lindisfarne. When joining these groups, we ask that you be mindful that our Parent Representatives are volunteers who give their time in support. Comments and posts should be in keeping with the School’s values of Respect, Compassion and Wisdom, and feedback for the School should be directed to the appropriate person, or can be sent generally to the Director of Community Engagement at community@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or via the Principal’s Office at principal@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Some of these groups are new this year and we are seeking support from parents willing to assist in moderating these groups. Some have been active and are well supported and I thank those people who have been active in this area.

Simon McKinley
Director of Community Engagement (on behalf of the Lindisfarne P&F)

Year 5 Parents' Coffee Catch Up

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Canteen - Flexischools

Canteen orders are placed through https://www.flexischools.com.au

New families should click on the link and use the 'Register' button. 

If you are an existing Lindisfarne family with a flexischools account, or are new to Lindisfarne and you have an account from your previous school, please log-in and select 'My Students' from the menu on the left. Under each of your students listed, then use the 'Change Class or School' link to update your details for 2019.

For support please visit  https://www.flexischools.com.au/support

Sunshine Avenue Canteen Menu 2019

Mahers Lane Canteen Menu 2019

2020 Enrolments

2020 Enrolments

Applications on file for entry in 2020 will start to be processed early this term. Current families are strongly urged to enrol siblings immediately for the 2020 school year.

Priority is given to sibling enrolments, however we already have significant enrolment applications for the 2020 school year. So, if you intend to enrol a sibling for 2020, now is the time to begin the application process by filling in the application forms.

Simon McKinley
Director of Community Engagement


Round Square

Dean of Studies

Dean of Studies Report

As the year starts there is no better time to get into good study habits. With that in mind students from Years 7 to 11 participated in a study skills program with Elevate Education this week. Students did a variety of different courses to help them further develop their study skills. Please take the time to ask your child what they learnt.

More information can be found on the website https://au.elevateeducation.com/

Assessment Schedules

Assessment schedules have been completed and below are the links to the different year groups. 

As Student Cafe and the Parent Portal continue to be developed the assessment tasks dates will appear in the calendar on these portals. The assessment schedules have also been emailed home today.

Academic Tutorials and Homework Help

During the week, there are a number of academic tutorials and Homework Help sessions which students can attend. Please see the timetable below for more information. Any questions should be directed to the organising staff.

Online Study Resources

Students also have access to a number of online resources to aid them with their study. 

Maths Online - Years 7 to12

ATOMI is an online revision tool for Year 11 and 12 students which uses videos and quizzesto aid in revision.

Edrolo is used in Science in Years 11 and 12.

Education Perfect in Years 7 and 8 all subjects.

Education Perfect is also used in Science in Years 9 and 10 and Languages in Years 11 and 12.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Co-curricular Activities for Term 1

Mahers Lane Campus

Any questions should be directed to the organising staff

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Playgroup 2019

Junior School

Head of Junior School Report

Each new school term creates a change in the logistics required for students to get to school on time and in the best frame of mind to allow them to succeed in their learning. The start of the school year magnifies this as children are older and can be in different parts of the School and even at a new campus. This can provide challenges to families and it is best to make the necessary adjustments as soon as possible.

Daily routines for school mornings, mealtimes and bedtimes are vitally important. Every parent, myself included, has had that morning disaster when breakfast, uniforms, school bags and lunch boxes has collided with getting to work, feeding the pets, an untimely phone call and a sibling argument. It can seem all too hard.

If students get to bed on time, they wake up on time. This starts the day on the right foot.  Having children get their own breakfast if they can also buys parents more time back. Many parents like to use a wall chart with routines to help those children who need to visually see what is next.

Children understandably feel self-conscious about arriving to class late and in a state of distress.  It is also challenging for teachers who may have already began their teaching and the introduction phase of the lesson is already completed. A solid morning routine will help everyone to make a perfect start to the day.


Co-curricular offerings will be made available next week and some have been already been announced such as Tuesday afternoon chess and the morning running club. If logistics allow, please take up the opportunities these clubs provide to give your child a broader school experience.


Our uniform policy is located in the student and parent handbook. I ask all parents to support these requirements. Some children can be upset when told they need to change their shoes, hairbands or jewellery. Please assist us in promoting a positive school experience by ensuring students are arriving to school in the complete correct uniform.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

School Banking in 2019

This week, parents with children in Kindergarten to Year 4 would have received information regarding the School Banking program.

Please note that any students wanting to do school banking will need to ensure that their banking envelopes are into the school office by Tuesday morning each week.

For more information about school banking please read the flyer below or head to commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.

Junior School House Captains Induction

At Monday’s assembly, our newest House Captains were inducted in front of the Lindisfarne community. The eight students that were elected by their peers recited the Lindisfarne Junior School House Captain pledge. The pledge reads as follows:

We, the House Captains pledge to uphold the school values of Compassion, Wisdom and Respect.
We pledge that we will fulfil the role of House Captain and ensure that we are excellent role models for all at school.

We will work with the staff, student and parents to ensure the Junior School is a beautiful place to be. 

Please join me in congratulating the Junior School House Captains for Term 1:

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

News from the Sunshine Garden

This summer has been the hottest and driest on record in 40 years, so the garden beds are very happy to see the rain this week!   

The Year 3 and 4 classes have been busy in the garden cleaning up the many piles of leaves and getting their wheelbarrow and tool licence.

We have harvested some blue mini popcorn and can’t wait to see if we can get them to pop and try some popcorn!!  We have also been learning how to collect seeds from the plants that have gone to seed and saving them for the next time they are in season for planting.

The students have been recording all the insects found in the garden and we will start to keep a catalogue of the identified insects.

We love parent and grandparent helpers in the garden, so if you are keen to help out please talk to your child’s teacher.

Jo Hetherington and Maria Roberson 
Director of Early Learning and Garden Assistant

SAKG Student Report

On Tuesday after recess we grabbed our gardening gloves and headed off to have our very first SAKG gardening lesson of 2019 with Mrs Roberson and our parent helper, Mrs Sarah.

Firstly, we grabbed our rakes and bear claws and tidied up all of the fallen leaves in the garden. We used our bear claws to grab up the leaves and put them on the cart

to carry them to the compost, and our rakes to make piles of leaves so they are easier to pick up.

Secondly, we had to get our tool licence and know how to carry them safely and correctly. The tools we learnt how to carry were, trowels, rakes and garden forks. We had to carry them with two hands so we didn’t hurt ourselves.

Thirdly, we checked the rain gauge, which was at zero, but the temperature was at thirty-three degrees Celsius.

Lastly, we did a fun wheelbarrow course to get our wheelbarrow licences. We had to learn how to move and steer the wheelbarrow. It was hot and humid but we managed.

Overall, I think that everyone definitely enjoyed our first lesson at gardening.

Alicia Brown
Year 4 Student

Check out more photos in the gallery below.

Green Team

Middle School

Year 8 Report

On Tuesday, the Year 8 cohort participated in a Leadership Day facilitated by the team from Character Builders. Students worked together to navigate a series of challenges and identified what a leader looks like and also what they sound like. The learning that occurred across the day was excellent and the ‘big ups’ at the end of the day were testament to the connection that was fostered. The photos here don’t really do justice to the buzz that was felt during the day! 

The next phase of the Leadership journey for some students is the expression of interest in a leadership role. Students will need to complete a short speech to the students of the Middle School as part of the process.

The dates are as follows:

  • 8 February - EOI due to Mrs Wharton (via Homeroom Teacher)
  • 14 February - Middle School Captain Speeches
  • 15 February - Middle School Captain Announcement 
  • 18 February - Middle School House Leader Position Speeches
  • 19 February - Announcement of Leadership Team during Middle School assembly 
  • 26 February - Leadership Induction Ceremony

Parents are invited to attend the Leadership Induction Ceremony where we will recognise all Year 8 for their leadership capacity and welcome them into their roles.

Best wishes to all the applicants!

Mrs Kylie Wharton
Year 8 Coordinator

Senior School

Head of Senior School Report

Meet the Tutor 

It was wonderful to see so many parents at our Meet the Tutor evening on Monday 4 February. It was an opportunity for parents to meet the tutor who will play an important part in the everyday journey of their child/ren throughout their time at Lindisfarne. 
These teachers have been selected because they are caring; because they are passionate educators who are able to monitor your child’s progress both academically and socially; because they are encouraging; because they are committed to maintaining the highest standards; because they are sensitive to the difficulties students face; because they are patient; because they are persistent, and because they are willing to listen without being judgemental. Yes, they are indeed very special people with a very special mission; to espouse the ethos of Lindisfarne each day to your children; compassion, wisdom and respect. They are the first point of contact for you as families. 

Senior School Swimming Carnival: Monday, 11 February

With the Senior School Swimming Carnival only days away, Monday 11 February, it is time to break out the House spirit. House shirts, school sports shorts and House colours are the uniform for this regular, but irregular, School day. Students need to arrive in good time at school; in good voice and action ready to support your House by either competing, assisting staff with the organisation, supporting their peers or encouraging from your designated House assembly area. We look forward to a fun day at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre at Murwillumbah which will commence with the traditional March-Past. All students are expected to attend. 

Valentine’s Day Roses

Next Monday, Year 12 will continue to sell roses for Valentine's Day (which is Thursday, 14 February). For those who are unfamiliar with the fundraiser, Mahers Lane students can purchase a rose for a person (or people!) of their choice, and it will be hand-delivered on Valentine's Day by our Year 12 volunteers. The gesture can be anonymous or known - it's completely up to you. Roses, $4 each, will be sold at recess and lunch from Monday to Wednesday, outside of the canteen. 

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School


Writing Competitions

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
- Benjamin Franklin

Throughout the year, there are many writing competitions that students should consider entering for their enjoyment and to enhance their writing skills. Some possible competitions that students could investigate are outline below:

What Matters? 2019

For the children of Australia … the answer is to involve the creative energies of our children and our youth in a creative, concerned community.
Gough Whitlam
The What Matters? 2019 writing competition, inspired by Gough Whitlam, is now open and any student interested in participating in this competition must do so before 10 May 2019. 

This competition allows students in Years 5-12 to respond to the question: What matters? Entrants may take any view on any issue they are passionate about and compose a written response. The response must be an original piece of writing between 400-600 words. It may be prose or poetry and either fiction or non-fiction. This competition actually forms the basis of our Year 7 Assessment for Learning Task this term. As such, all students are encouraged to consider entering!
Prizes of $350 are awarded in each of the four categories: Years 5-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10 and Years 11-12. Details about how to enter, past winning responses and prizes may be found at: https://www.whitlam.org/what-matters.

EJ Brady Short story competition 2018-2019

The Mallacoota Arts Council recently launched the 2018-2019 EJ Brady Short Story Competition. The categories are:

  • Gabo Prize for very short stories of less than 700 words.
  • Betka Prize for humorous short stories of less than 1000 words.
  • Mallacoota Prize for short stories of less than 2500 words.

The entry fee is: $8 to enter the Gabo Prize ($500), $10 to enter the Betka Prize ($1000) and $12 to enter the Mallacoota Prize ($2000). You can obtain more details about this competition, which closes on Thursday 28 February 2019, by looking at: https://form.jotform.co/EJBradycomp/e-j-brady-short-story-competition-2.

W.B Yeats Poetry Competition

The W.B Years Poetry Prize is open to Australian residents for their unpublished poems. Entries must not exceed 50 lines and the competition, which has a first prize of $500, closes on 31 March 2019. The entry fee is $10. Details about this competition may be obtained from: https://www.wbyeatspoetryprize.com/.

2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story first prize is worth $5000. Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. Entries must be a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words in length. ABR will publish the three shortlisted stories in the 2019 August Fiction Issue and announce the overall winner at a special event later that month. Entries close on 15 April 2019. Entries must be submitted online. Entry for students is $15.  Further details may be found at:

THE 48th Brinze Swagman Award 2019

The 48th Bronze Swagnan Award aims to encourage the writing of poetry. The poems must be in traditional Australian bush verse form (rhyme and rhythm) with an Australian theme.

Entries close on 30 April 2019. The entry fee is $20 and further details may be found at: http://www.bronzeswagman.info/index.php?p=1_50.

2018-2019 Henry Lawson Society Literary Awards

Entry forms are now available for the 2018-2019 Henry Lawson Society Literary Awards for: Traditional Rhyming Verse (maximum 50 lines), Short Story (maximum 1000 words), Free Verse (maximum 50 lines) and Wombat Award for poetry for children 12 years and under.  Entries, which cost $10, close on 30 April 2019. More details may be found at: http://henrylawsonsociety.org/poetry-competition/.

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

An important message from the English Faculty!

Punctuation Does Matter!

The validity, of the proverb ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’, was outlined in the newspaper Piqua Democrat, June 1867: ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover, see a man by his cloth, as there is often a good deal of solid worth and superior skills underneath a jacket and yaller pants.’  Whilst we might all agree with these worthy sentiments, unfortunately, we must remember that first impressions are hard to change.
The primacy effect indicates that what we see or hear first is very influential. Whilst there may be some worthwhile material inside the book, if the book is not deemed worthy of opening, then the superior content is inconsequential.

Similarly, if a student is applying for a job and his letter of application is littered with errors, why would an employer decide to select this applicant for a job interview?  Whether we like it or not, simple things like punctuation can have a huge impact on future success. 

In keeping with the philosophy of the English Faculty, punctuating as correctly as you know how to denotes effort! It suggests that a student has taken time to draft with care and has re-read their musings with some type of editing/critical eye. And this is key to success - not merely knowing how to punctuate but making the effort to do. Remember the maxim … From little things ... 

The Penguin Guide to Punctuations states that ‘[t]he problem with poor punctuation is that it makes life difficult for the reader who needs to read and understand what you’ve written.’ As the image below shows, ambiguity can be removed with the careful placement of a simple comma!

Paul Horvath
Director of English

Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

It is always wonderful to hear what our past students are up to. The following is an excerpt of an email from Zoe Crane (2015 graduate) re-printed with her permission:

Hello Mr Inksetter!

It has been a while since I was sitting in your Science class but I thought it was time for your long lost Biology student to email and say hi! 

I’m officially a Marine Biologist. December 2018 I completed my degree at James Cook University in Townsville just like I dreamed of in Year 11 and 12.

The past three years have been filled with the most marvelous adventures. I spent six months of my degree in Hawaii where I spent my days diving with tiger sharks, hiking to watch lava flow into the ocean and free diving with spinner dolphins. I conducted my own mini research project in Thailand where I was focusing on coral restoration by studying the various degrading reefs in Phuket. The highlight though was definitely studying in the Galapagos Islands for two months. Being in a school of 100 hammerheads, free diving with sea lions every morning and watching marine iguanas feed underwater are memories I will never forget. It really was David Attenborough come to life! My work on the islands was looking at areas open to fishing and estimating abundance of predatory and herbivorous fish along with abundance of sea urchins in the area. It really was an adventure and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to study in such a unique part of the world.

Two days upon sitting my last exam I was offered a job on a research vessel out of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. The vessels project is a Crown of Thorn Starfish removal and control program. I go out to the reef for 10 days and then back in Cairns for four days off. My days are filled mostly underwater where I conduct scientific dives to remove the COTS, coral reef health index surveys, plankton tows and data analyses. Such an incredible job on the front line doing what we can to restore, conserve and protect the reef. I am learning so many skills each day that I will be able to apply to my own research in the future. Life is good when you are greeted by a pod of dolphins while brushing your teeth on the back deck!

If you ever want me to come into Lindisfarne or have any students thinking about venturing into the scientific field or Marine Biology, please let me know. I am more than happy to help and share my tips and stories.

Hope the first week back is going off to great start and you are healthy and well!

Zoe Crane 

It is the sort of thing that reminds you why you enjoy teaching so much.

Have a wonderful week in Science.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Performing Arts

Music Ensembles

Music ensembles at Mahers Lane Campus have resumed this week, please refer to the timetable poster below for times. All students are encouraged to become involved in our co-curricular music ensembles and to take full advantage of the performance and workshop opportunities which arise throughout the year.

If you are unsure what ensemble your child should be a part of, feel free to ask any of the friendly music staff for clarification. 

Friends of the Arts Meeting 

On Tuesday, 12 February we will hold our first meeting for 2019. The Friends of the arts are a sub-committee of the P&F made up of parents and friends who support creative and performing arts within the school. If you have a have a passion for the arts and would like to be involved in an energetic team of like-minded parents we would love to see you at this meeting.

Meet the Music Tutors

On Monday, 18 February we will be holding our annual Meet the music tutors concert in the Chapel. This is a fantastic evening showcasing the talents of our music tutors and a great opportunity to meet and hear the talented staff who teach our students. Refreshments will be served by our Friends Of The Arts committee at 6.00pm before the concert starts at 6.30pm. 

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Excursion

Members of our Mahers Lane music ensembles and Year 9 to 12 Elective Music students have the opportunity to attend a very special performance of this world famous orchestra from New York City. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. An email will be sent to parents today and tickets are strictly limited and on a first priority basis.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Learning Enrichment

What is your Learning Style?

Visual learners best comprehend information by visualising relationships and ideas. Many visual learners need quiet time to themselves to study. They may speak fast and they may prefer to work alone rather than in groups.

You may be a visual learner if...

  • Your notes are covered with drawings.
  • You would rather read information than listen to it.
  • Reading maps and finding directions are easy for you.

Study tips for visual learners:

  • Take notes off the board or in google classroom
  • Translate your notes into charts, diagrams and lists.
  • Use colour coding to your advantage and study for exams with flashcards.
  • Auditory learners tend to prefer listening to information rather than reading it or seeing it visually displayed. They tend to be linear thinkers and may repeat things they hear out loud.

You may be an auditory learner if... 

  • You are easily distracted by noises.
  • You have difficulty working quietly for long periods of time.
  • You are a good listener and you remember what others say.

Study tips for auditory learners:

  • Read aloud when possible.
  • Discuss ideas with other students and your teacher.
  • Utilise videos for listening and review notes.

Kinaesthetic learners may get restless if they sit for long periods of time. Kinaesthetic learners perform well when they can participate in activities or solve problems in a hands-on manner. 

You may be a kinaesthetic learner if...

  • You excel at sports, art or drama.
  • You enjoy building, making or creating.
  • You have difficulties sitting still and like to play with objects while thinking.

Study tips for kinaesthetic learners:

  • Study in blocks of time with frequent breaks.
  • Use flashcards, games or activities to study.
  • Use thinking putty or fidget toy’s while you are thinking.

Reading and writing learners prefer to learn information by reading texts and can further absorb information by condensing and rephrasing it. 

You may be a reading/writing learner if...

  • You love making lists.
  • You prefer to have written directions and enjoy reading and writing.

Study tips for reading/writing learners:

  • Review your class notes afterwards.
  • Use printouts of presentations to follow along.
  • Rewrite ideas in your own words and translate visual information into statements.

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Lindsey Nolan – Debut Album

A big congratulations to our 2017 HSC student Lindsey Nolan.  Lindsey’s song ‘The Rabbit and the Tiger’ was recently featured on the ABC television show, Mustangs.

Lindsey’s debut album, The Rabbit and the Tiger was produced, recorded and mixed at the Lindisfarne Recording Studio.

Hardcopies of the album are available for purchase at the Mahers Lane reception for $10. All profits are donated to the wonderful charity Kids in Need Association.

Brett Canning Recording
Studio Producer/Manager

​Songwriters Circle

Thank you to all of the students who attended our first Songwriting Circle workshop, what a great turn out! Thanks also to those brave students who were first to put their ideas forward to the group. We heard some excellent electronic music from Kai Cusack and a fantastic singer/songwriter song from Anjali Dutton. Songwriters Circle will be held each Tuesday lunchtime in the recording studio. All are welcome!

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer/Manager

International Department

Japan Cultural Exchange

Year 11 students, Josh and Annabelle share their recent Japan cultural exchange stories with us.

My name is Josh Imbrogno and I am currently in Year 11 at Lindisfarne. I recently travelled to Fuji City on a month long school visit. I had the best time overseas and didn’t want to come back to Australia. We could see Mt Fuji from everywhere we stood and I had an amazing time. I learnt a lot about Japanese culture such as slurping noodles, weird toilets, heated tables and idolising pets.

I also improved on my Japanese vocabulary immensely as Annabelle and I were the only Australians in class. I would love to go back to Japan and visit Yoshiwara High School again someday soon.

Josh Imbrogno

Konnichiwa! My name is Annabelle Miller and I’m in Year 11. I went to Japan for a four week homestay. Josh and I both went to Yoshiwara High School for two weeks and two weeks on holiday with our families. Spending such a long time in Japan was super helpful in becoming more aware about Japanese culture and the language. 

My homestay family were the nicest people ever and I lived with two cute dogs. We took the dogs with us everywhere. We went to lots of different Shinto temples, an amusement park, shopping, ate delicious food, saw snow in Hakone and went to a lot of pet stores for dog accessories. Fuji was an interesting place to visit because it had a spectacular view of Mount Fuji and the ocean. I would love to go back again and stay for longer next time.

Annabelle Miller

More photos in the gallery below.

Digital Space



Total Football Academy

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School will be running an after School soccer program during Term 1 which will be delivered by Total Football Academy. The program is for Prep to Year 4 students. Registration must be made directly with the School by emailing Kristy Bloomfield at kbloomfield@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

During the nine-week program, games will be played inside an inflatable soccer field, which captures the imagination of students, giving them a great soccer experience. Training will take place inside a skills square focusing on different skills each week, such as dribbling, turning and shooting.  As part of the program players can also purchase a soccer kit (Top and Shorts).  

The program starts on Thursday, 14 February for Kindergarten to Year 4 students at 3.15pm to 4.15pm. No session will ever be cancelled as there will be an undercover area and class room sessions that can be delivered.

If you need any assistance from TFA, Danny Morton can be on 0473 344 778 or email bookings@totalfootballacademy.com.au. Find TFA on Facebook for wet weather update and special offers.

February is National Heart Research Month

Did you know, on average, that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia with one person dying from heart disease every 26 minutes?

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but it is also National Wear Red Day to honour those that have passed away from heart disease who were close to our hearts.

We actually have control over some of the risk factors associated with heart disease such as what we eat; how much physical activity we do, whether we smoke and how we manage stress. 

Heart Research Australia are the promoters of Heart Research month and more information can be found at: https://www.heartresearch.com.au/.

And visit the Green X website for ideas on how to reconnect and recharge: https://greenx7.com/.

The PDHPE Faculty Team

Sports News

Swimming Carnivals

Held at TRAC Murwillumbah on:

  • Monday, February 11: Years 9 to 12 
  • Wednesday, February 13: Years 3 to 8

May I commend everyone for their diligence in regards filling out Google Forms or hand-in notes and assisting with compiling the Seeded Heats and General Participation data. 

The 200m Individual Medley will be swum before the main school buses arrive. The pool will be open at 8.00am for warm-up, with an 8.15am start. There are no applications necessary for this, we will marshall and record all the times for this event, for all participants who present themselves on the morning. Points from the Individual Medley do contribute to Age Champion and for House Points.

Please note: we are running a 23 seat bus service if necessary for all students that have transport logistic issues leaving Mahers Lane campus at 7.30am SHARP, in order to be able to swim in the Individual Medley if they so choose. You must book your seat (if you need this service) directly through reply email to myself.

Inter-School Tennis Challenge

We are calling for suitably skilled tennis players to represent Lindisfarne at the Inter-School Tennis Challenge on Sunday, 24 February 2019 at Queens Park Tennis Centre, Southport.

Sporting Achievements

Gabriel Leitch

Gabriel represented Gold Coast U13’s at the State Cricket Championships in December and had a fantastic week. He made 220 runs and took 10 wickets - the highest scores for his team. Overall, he finished in the top 5 performers for the whole state. He also won two Man of the Match awards as voted by the umpires, and was voted for multiple times by other districts as part of QLD Cricket’s talent identification process. We are proud to say that Gabriel is trained by Lindisfarne Head Coach Anthony Kershler. 

Kodey Edgar Farrell

Kodey is to be highly commended for obtaining the illusive Cricket hat trick whilst bowling when playing for Ballina District (Coast) versus Lismore/Casino (Country). 

Isabella Arghyros

Isabella has had some recent sporting successes she is to be highly commended for. On 19 and 20 January, she competed in the Far North Coast Branch Championships for NSW Surf Life Saving held at Yamba. In the individual events, which were held on Saturday, she won gold medals in the Flags and Board event. She also won silver in the Beach Sprint and Surf Swim events. In the team events held on Sunday, her team won the the Surf Swim and the Board events and received silver in the Sprint Relay. 

On 2 February, Cudgen SLSC hosted the NSW Country Championships in which Isabella won two silver medals in the Beach Sprint and Board events. In the team events, she went on to win gold in the Surf Swim and silver in the Beach Sprint. 

Lachlan Arghyros

Lachlan also competed at Cudgen SLSC in the NSW Country Championships, which was a significant sized event with over 1400 competitors across all sections. Lachlan competed in the U10 age group and brought home a Gold in the Individual Male Board, Silver in Flags, Gold in the U10 Team Board and  Silver in the Team Surf Event. A massive achievement for Lachlan, vindicating his serious commitment to training.

Zane Wilhelm

Year 6 student Zane Wilhelm starred in a feature in last week’s “Totally Wild” aired by Channel Ten and Foxtel. Zane showed his wares to the Totally Wild team as an up and coming Kart racer and one to watch out for in future, showcasing his track skills, his training regime and what is required to compete at the highest level in his sport. Zane races at club, state and national level in the Cadet 12 class, his kart reaches speeds in excess of 100 kph and he has been racing for four years. The Cadet 12 class is the strongest and most competitive class in professional kart racing, often there are more than 50 karts in each series he competes in.

Here is a link: http://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/totally-wild


Saturday Netball

Due to a software issue, we have had to temporarily close the Lindisfarne Netball registration system. Whilst the Lindisfarne Netball system is down, we need all players to ensure they have registered with Tweed Netball Association and claim the Active Kids voucher if applicable, prior to our site being reopened for registration.

It is not sufficient to only register with Lindisfarne or Tweed, you must register with both. You will receive an email from Tweed Netball when you have registered with them correctly. 

Please be patient with the registration process. We do apologise for the inconvenience caused but assure you that the glitches are not a Lindisfarne issue!

Grading for the Saturday teams will commence next week:

  • Tuesday, 12 February Lindisfarne Grading Sunshine Avenue U9 and U10 3.45pm
  • Thursday, 14 February Lindisfarne Grading Mahers Lane Cadets 13-17 years 3.45pm
  • Friday, 15 February Lindisfarne Grading Mahers Lane U10 (Year 5), U11 and U12/13 3.45pm

For senior umpires who are looking to be badged this season, there is a Umpire Mentor Training at Arkinstall Park on Saturday, 16 February from 8.45am to 11.00am.

Don’t forget the Lindisfarne Netball Welcome BBQ at Mahers Lane on Friday, 22 February between 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Monday Night Netball

We have entered four teams in the Tweed’s Monday Night Netball League. Please contact me if you would like to sign up. Matches commence on Monday, 18 February and will either be at 6.30pm or 7.30pm for an hour.

Lindisfarne Netball Western Australia Tour 2019

Training has started on Monday mornings before School and everyone attended the first session in the Ngahriyah.

On Tuesday afternoon, The Tour Committee; Mrs Sophie Farmer, Miss Carys Nichols, Miss Danielle Watters, Mr Stuart Marquardt and TiC of Netball, Mrs Gay Maynard, met with players and their parents to share the trip itinerary, general information and training schedule. The excitement in the room was palpable! What an experience for all of the teams … and the staff!

Tweed Representative Netball

12-15 year old representative team players started their training this week at Arkinstall Park. Good luck to all 16-18 year olds who will trial for positions in Tweed’s Premier League squads next Wednesday. A full list of representative players will be published once finalised.

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball


Uniform Shop


Summer Vacation Care

The summer vacation care was jam packed with excursions/incursions and fabulous activities.

Some of the highlights were our visit to Rainbow Bay SLSC where the children had a beach safety workshop and tour around the club, our clue solving trip to Brunswick Heads to complete the trail was a fantastic team build activity.

The creative Mandala Christmas Art and our Spin Art workshop were popular activities where the children designed outstanding art works to take home.

Our music and movement workshop with Ms Louise was a fun filled hands on workshop.

Click 'Expand Article' to view more photos in the gallery below.

If you would like to join us for the next vacation care period  please contact gdixon@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au for enrolment enquires.   

Booking for Vacation Care open three to four weeks prior to the holiday period.

Employment at Lindisfarne

Administration Assistant - Sport

Part Time Permanent Position - Commencing ASAP

The role of the Administration Assistant - Sport (K-12) at Lindisfarne is to assist the Head of Sport and Activities with the planning, development, promotion and implementation of sport at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

Lindisfarne is looking for someone to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Head of Sport and Activities (coordinate calendar systems, sports events/carnivals, awards, badges, certificates and student involvement records).
  • Assist with the planning and organisation of co-curricular sport, inter and intra school carnivals, regional and state representation and the Lindisfarne Sports Academy.
  • Assist in the production, distribution of relevant documents such as information, brochures, permission slips etc.
  • Maintain databases, manage admin systems and implementing project management processes to ensure everything runs effectively.

The successful applicant will:

 Have the capacity to interact effectively with students and a range of school community members, including those acting in a voluntary capacity, ie. team coaches and managers. • Have the ability to manage a diverse workload independently and under pressure • Be able to work in a team as well as be self-motivated • Be highly organised with excellent attention to detail • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills  • Have excellent ICT skills including MS Office and database management • Have an understanding of and commitment to the Anglican Christian ethos of the School • Hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (or be eligible to apply for one).

Highly desirable:

  • Prior experience with organising sporting events and activities.
  • Preferably qualified or experienced in sports administration or related field.
  • Experience in assisting with the organisation of complex, large scale events

Applications should be forwarded to: Mr Stuart Marquardt – Principal via employment@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Please provide a covering letter addressing the above selection criteria, current resume and the names of two recent professional referees.

Please refer to this link for the position description.

Applications close: 11 February 2019

Student Administration – Casual

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is looking for people within our community who are interested in being trained in front office administration, to assist and relieve our current staff in the Student Administration area at the Mahers Lane campus.

Key Competencies: 

  • Have a friendly disposition.
  • Be a quick learner.
  • Have experience in front office administration and data bases.
  • Be able to multi-task.
  • Be calm under pressure.
  • Love children and young people.
  • Have a current First Aid certificate.

These roles are on a casual basis to relieve staff who are on leave or as needed.

Applications should be forwarded to: Mr Stuart Marquardt – Principal via employment@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Please provide a covering letter, current resume and the names of two recent professional referees.

Community News

Casuarina Beach Hockey Club

Sign On

Date: Sunday, 10 February 2019 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm 

New members welcome.

Address: Casuarina Hockey Club, Barclay Drive, Casuarina NSW

Gardiner Chess

Cudgen Headland Junior Rugby League

Weekend Surf Program

Walkin’ on Water Surf School

Walkin’ On Water Surf School, based at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta, have their nudie SurfGroms Term 1 Programs starting this weekend.

There is a Saturday afternoon Program and a Sunday morning Program. Both run for five consecutive weeks. These programs are specifically designed for 5 to 12 year olds and include learning and progressing surf skills as well as learning extremely important lifelong surf safety and surf awareness skills.

Surfers will also get an amazing SurfGroms pack included, with a Rip Curl ‘wetpack’ back pack and other goodies. Walkin’ On Water also run fantastic Surfing Birthday Parties as well as have regular Group and Private Lessons.

There is an Adults Surfing Program too! Check out www.walkinonwater.com or call 0418 780 311 for more information or go online to book programs or lessons.