From the Principal

Safe on Social

From the Deputy Principal


First term is well underway with a plethora of exciting activities taking place over the past week. Our two Swimming Carnivals were a huge success and the split into separate Years 3 to 8 and Years 9 to 12 carnivals resulted in many more senior students competing as well as more efficient running of the events. Despite the heat, the students showed great House spirit and levels of participation. It was a welcome addition to have the waterslide running! It was wonderful to have so many parents attend the carnivals and I thank our new Head of Sport and Activities, Mr Damien Clucas, and his team for coordinating these events.

We had a great turn out for the P&F Welcome Reception last Friday evening at the Junior School, and the Middle School Meet the Tutor evening on Monday. Our information session for the China tour to Hangzhou in April was also well attended and I encourage you to get the paperwork in as soon as possible for students wishing to participate in this wonderful opportunity. Lindisfarne welcomed our first International contingent for the year as 17 students from a variety of regions in China spent the week in our classrooms with buddies in Years 8, 9 and 10. 

Year 8 students who aspire for Middle School leadership roles have been through an application process followed by speeches in front of all of our Years 5 to 8 students. Listening to their speeches reminded me what a privilege it is to work with young people. All of the students spoke eloquently about why they want to be a leader and how they can give back to the school community they are part of. To hear students reflect on leadership qualities such as kindness, being a role model, helping others, as well as the school’s core values of compassion, wisdom and respect convinces me that the future for Lindisfarne is definitely bright. I thank Mrs Kylie Wharton for her work with the Year 8 students and congratulate our new Middle School Captains, Naiya Boschma-Wagner and Trishul Sivabalan, and Vice Captains Sabina Dempsey and Brodie McDowell.

House Captains will be elected next week and this will be followed by a formal Middle School Leadership Induction assembly at 8.20am on Tuesday, 26 February that members of the School Community are welcome to attend. At this assembly we will recognise these leaders as well as the entire Year 8 cohort as they begin their final year in the Middle School.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Parents and Friends

P&F News and Events

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” And with poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s words, the P&F team offer a huge welcome back to our Lindisfarne community and a warm welcome to new families to our school. We trust it has been a smooth transition for everyone.

This year is our biennial FunFest year, so if you’ve been thinking about helping out in anyway, whether that be with your time, or with a service or product, let us know as soon as possible. You will see information in the coming months in relation to sponsorship opportunities, so keep those options free!

Our first meeting of the year is to be held on Tuesday, 19 February in the Junior School Library. Everyone is welcome to attend and have their say in how those P&F levies are distributed. We would love to see you there for a cuppa and a chat about how you can be part of a great bunch of people, dedicated to making our school shine.

Kylie Potter
P&F President

Year 5 Parents' Coffee Catch Up

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 or via the Principal’s Office at

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)

Upcoming Events

Student Voice

Staff Bio

Whole School News



School Psychology

Lindisfarne Psychology

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is privileged to have a psychology team in the Junior School and Middle/Senior School. Susi Meyers heads the Junior School at Sunshine Avenue while Cassandra Gist resides at Mahers Lane Campus.

If you believe your child requires well-being support please follow these referral pathways:
  • Junior School – via student’s teacher or directly to Learning Enrichment Co-ordinator.
  • Middle School – via student’s teacher or Year Level Coordinator.
  • Senior School – via student’s tutor and/or Head of House.

As it’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children we have decided to launch an online well-being platform for parents, to help you understand and support your children. SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more.

SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.

Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.

You can access SchoolTV via these links:

Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 4):

Middle School (Year 5 to Year 8):

Senior School (Year 9 to Year 12):

Thanks and regards,

Cassandra Gist and Susi Meyers
School Psychologists

Green Team

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Head of Junior School Report

Do you teach your children to laugh? This may seem a silly question but learning to laugh is a very beneficial life skill. By this I do not mean teaching different types of laughter, this too is a skill set that we develop as we get older. I am sure you have all been at the movies and your child has broken into an embarrassingly loud belly laugh much to the delight of others in the room when maybe a quieter chuckle would have been more appropriate. The laughter that I support being taught is a different type, situational and related to positive mental health.

For many years Art Costa and Bena Kallick, in their Dimensions of Learning framework, have promoted ‘finding humour’ as one of the 16 problem solving and life related skills needed for being successful in adult life. This disposition is achievable for everyone and certainly more outwardly fun and less intense than metacognition, another of the Habits of Mind. 

Finding humour is a willingness to laugh and finding that moment in everyday situations. I see this a lot at school during playtimes as I walk around and see children bursting with laughter at things that at first glance are not funny in the slightest. Finding humour in a situation changes the way that you view it. This can lighten up even the most difficult situations and assists in building resilience and coping skills.

Teaching children to laugh at themselves is very important. Even young children can take themselves far too seriously resulting in undue stress and pressure placed upon them. I am sure every parent has had the pleasurable experience of laughing at our child as they sternly demand us to stop and tell us that ‘it is not funny!’ Of course it is … and they need to see that side too!

Laughter helps strengthen relationships and is a powerful icebreaker when new friends are needed. It was Victor Borge who was credited with the quote “laughter is the shortest distance between two people” but this approach to friendship and bonding is promoted by many.

This weekend I challenge parents to teach their children to laugh and while this task will no doubt at first be taken up by children trying to emulate Monty Python’s A – Z of funny walks but with laughter instead, persist and teach them to find humour in the situations they face and the activities they do. Our children’s mental health is worth it.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

Head of Middle School Report

It has been another great week in Middle School with our Swimming Carnival and Year 8 leadership speeches and voting. Thanks and congratulations must go to Mr Damian Clucas and all of the staff for their work on preparing and delivering a fantastic swimming carnival. Being slightly warmer than most school days, the students made the most of the pool and should be proud of their participation and effort throughout the day. The waterslide was huge hit and proved to be a fun way for everyone to keep cool (teachers and parents too).

I was delighted to witness the emergence of our Middle School Student Leadership group as 17 year 8 students delivered some strong, and often funny, speeches highlighting their own understanding of leadership and how they will use those skills to lead and help to improve the day-to-day lives of Middle School students. Each of the nominees is to be commended on their efforts and courage. Speaking to an assembly of more than 400 is no easy task. Congratulations to the elected leadership group, I look forward to working with you throughout 2019. 

We have had strong interest in the up-coming Hangzhou cultural tour from our year 6 - 8 students. To those families who have expressed interest I encourage you to action the deposit and visa process promptly as place are limited. This cultural tour is an exciting opportunity for our Middle School students to gain understanding and experience of other people and cultures. 

The year 7 classes are abuzz with excitement for next week’s Mateship Camp at Thunderbird Park, Tambourine Mountain. This will be an awesome opportunity for the students to get to know each other and their teachers and build teamwork and leadership skills that they can apply throughout 2019.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Year 7 Camp

It’s almost Week 4 and that means it’s time for Year 7's mateship camp. We, the teachers and students, are very excited about the upcoming week. We all got to see this camp in action last year and it exceeded all of our expectations in regards to mateship, bonding and the formation of strong friendships. We returned a closer knit cohort with many wonderful memories.

This year our mateship camp takes us to Mount Tamborine, in search of a little more shade and some cooler temps. We have been promised mud challenges, equine therapy, high ropes courses, rafting and a multitude of other activities to allow us to get to know each other.

Camp always brings uncertainty and for some this can lead to anxious days and nights in the lead up.

Here are a few tips to share with your child if they are feeling a little anxious in the lead up:

  • Talk to your child. When the topic of school camp comes up, ask your kids how they feel about it. What makes them nervous or anxious.
  • Reduce the sense of unknown. Give them as much information as you can and fill their minds with all the positives.
  • Practise 'independence' skills at home, allow them to go through the list and see what they should take, encourage them to get themselves organised in the morning so it’s not such a shock on camp.
  • Prepare, make lists, and pack together. Allow them to take something that gives them comfort (they won’t be alone).
  • Keep the communication open with your Home Room teacher and myself. Share any concerns so we can assist you in making it a wonderful experience for your child.
  • Keep positive and remind them that it’s only three days. They will have the BEST time.

I look forward to sharing stories and photos with you upon our return.

Ms McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

Senior School

Senior School Report

This week started with the annual Swimming Carnival which this year was only for Years 9 to 12 - the Senior School. Our Year 12 students and the Sport staff, ably directed by Mr Damien Clucas are to be congratulated for the way in which they united to lead this event where team and house spirit were truly (and loudly) celebrated. 

Focus on Academic Progress

Over the next few weeks Heads of House and tutors will be working with students to consolidate their goals for Semester 1.  With assessment schedules having been circulated to parents and students, now is the time to get down to the detail of planning in order to be “on that front foot.” The sooner this organisation is done the better.

This is particularly important for Year 12 students for whom, right now, this planning should be their primary focus. Staff will be working closely with this year group to ensure maximum outcomes as they work towards their HSC. Here at Lindisfarne we are fortunate to be able to work as a cohesive team to assist our students.  The care, support and communication from home to school is a vital part of that structure. Individual teachers offer pastoral and academic care with the overarching insight and guidance being provided by tutors with whom students meet each day.  I am very grateful to our parent community for the generous way in which they work with us to ensure excellent outcomes for our students; their children. 

BASE Leadership Awards

BASE Youth Leadership is recognising, honouring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of young men and women in Years 11 & 12 in the Tweed & Byron Shires.  Lindisfarne students in Year 11 or Year 12 in 2019 achieving great things in their area of expertise or making a difference in their community, were invited to nominate for a BASE Youth Leadership Award.

Congratulations to the following students from Lindisfarne who have been named as finalists for the BASE Women’s Youth Leadership Awards. All finalists will receive an email congratulating them and outlining their interview details and information for the Awards Breakfast. The Awards Breakfast will now be at the Salt Bar at Salt Village, Kingscliff on 8 March. 

BASE Youth Men`s Awards Nominations for Year 11 & Year 12 male students opened on 11 February 2019. Nominate online at  Men’s Youth Leadership Awards will be held on 5 April, 2019.

Finalists as follows: 

Academic and Leadership Award
  • Jaidah Fergus-Mackie
  • Abby Frazer
  • Chloe Green
Community Service and Citizenship Award
  • Emma Matusch
  • Ella Kinneally
Sports Leadership Award
  • Shayna Cassone
Performing Arts Award
  • Mia Watson
  • Murran Kain
Creative Arts Award
  • Madeleine McCloskey

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

Kokoda Youth Program

Can you imagine walking in the footsteps of our Aussie soldiers in Papua New Guinea to honour the legacy of the Kokoda Campaign fully funded by the community? 

Then you’ve got to watch this:

If you’re aged 15-17 apply for the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program to go on a life changing adventure, build confidence, self-belief, learn valuable life skills, improve fitness and belong in a team!

Kokoda Challenge Youth Program applications now open:

Don’t miss out, positions filling up fast. Apply today or contact for more information.

You may also click the program below for more details.

Careers Information

Griffith University Aviation Flight Camp

Griffith University will be hosting an exciting three-day non-live-in Flight Camp for students in years Year 11 and 12.
The camp offers students a unique opportunity to experience what an aviation career has to offer. The camp will run from Monday 8 April until Wednesday, 10 April 2019. Key highlights include:
  • Simulator session in the Griffith Flight Procedures Lab undertaking a virtual flight.
  • Mentor lunch and presentation by industry pilots.
  • Tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Service hangar.
  • Behind the scenes tour of Qantas at the Brisbane Airport.
  • Drone Quidditch activity
  • Airbus Helicopters tour.
  • Tour with BASAIR at the Archerfield airport.
  • Free introductory flight with BASAIR for one lucky male and female student.

 For a full itinerary and details on how to apply, visit:

Year 10 Information

Year 10 students, I am looking forward to this year as we progress throughout the year and learn about all of the options that will become available to you throughout your senior years. For those students who are new or may not be aware I look after the Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) faculties and obviously the careers program.

I have all Year 10 students in careers lessons this year (In your English lessons) and we will be able to discuss and develop your knowledge of careers. You will learn about your skills and interests and how that may relate to potential career options.

Students will start the term with a simple one lesson personality test, which will help you recognise the skills that you may have and help you to make more informed choices.

In Term 2, Week 3, all students will be involved in a Careers program call the Natural Ability. Principal Stuart Marquardt implemented this program which was very positively received by many students.

"This powerful program helps identify what makes a person unique and where their best fit is in school and the working world. The test is based on 90 years of research and is the number one aptitude test in the world and is used by leading schools throughout Australia."

More information will be sent out about the program and dates involved later this term.

We will spend the majority of Terms 1 and 2 learning about the structure of the HSC.

  • Different types of HSC subjects
  • Board Developed Courses
  • Board Endorsed Courses
  • Traineeships
  • VET Courses - Vocational Educational Courses
  • Traineeships
  • TAFE
  • ATAR
  • Applying for university
  • UAC- University Admission Centre
  • QTAC- Queensland Tertiary admission Centre

There will also be a Careers Expo on Friday, 2 August (Week 1 Term 3). This will then lead into subject selection in early Term 3, in which all students will be interview by me. There will also be a parent information evening with the date to be confirmed soon.

We will continue to build on your knowledge in Term 3 and you will also have an opportunity to participate in work experience in Term 4.

Year 11 Information

I have already met with a number of students to discuss subject choices and options, remember you can email me anytime for a meeting to discuss or clarify anything you may need. For any new year 11 students that are unsure or have come from a different school system I am happy to meet with you to ensure a smooth transition to the HSC.

Year 12 Information

University Showcase on Friday, 22February

There will be a university showcase with 5 universities, QTAC and TAFE attending. There will be general information about applying to university, scholarships, accommodation and general university life. It is then followed up with an opportunity to discuss and meet with individual universities representatives.

When: Friday, February
Where: Ngahriyah
Time: 1.25pm to 3.00pm

The Changing World of Career Options

QUT is the first Australian University to offer scholarships to Esport athletes as part of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Elite Athlete Program. (Electronic sport, or organised video game competition). According to research, eSports revenue will reach $906 million worldwide in 2018. By 2019, that number is expected to surpass $1 billion.

For more general information about eSports there is a link below to an article on CNN.

What is eSports?

Barry Woods
Director of VET and Careers

Around the Houses

We are now into Week 3 of the academic year and the Heads of House have been busy welcoming our new students into our houses and planning and preparing for the swimming carnival - a great House event. Last year our House Captains started choreographing the march past for the carnival, and we have fine tuned it in the past 10 days in preparation for Monday. We then had our swimming athletes step forward to go into the competitive events, and our house teams contributed to the carnival by swimming in the friendly events. And what a carnival it was! Lots of House spirit, house colours flying, great swimming and some cool moves in the March pasts.

On a pastoral note, we have implemented a new program for Year 9s - The Rite Journey. It is a program to support and nurture our Year 9 students as they grow into adults, offering challenges and events throughout the year which celebrate these rites of passage. Many of our Year 9 parents came along last week to learn more about how they will be involved in this journey with their son or daughter. The students had a presentation by Andrew Lines, the founder of the Rite Journey, to get a sense of what is ahead in the program. We have since had discussion on the anticipated “challenges” which are ahead. The Year 9 cohort has been split into six groups and they have spent the past week getting to know each other, and building team rapport.

Years 10,11 and 12 have been introduced to their pastoral theme for the year:
  • Year 10 - who am I and what do I have to give?
  • Year 11- Preparation for leadership.
  • Year 12 - Preparation for the future.

To that end, Years 10, 11 and 12 have embarked on a pastoral program of discovery about themselves. They will analysis the enneagram, look at psychometric testing, goal setting and look at how to live intentionally - all activities which will require an introspective look at themselves. 

Natalie Marriott
Head of Cuthbert House

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Effort, Application and Positivity

Last week I visited some Year 7 English classes to introduce myself and tell the students about the English Faculty here at Lindisfarne. The central message to my visit was that at Lindisfarne, English should not be a subject where students feel they cannot have some sort of success. That is not to say it is easy … for many kids it certainly is not. But learning about our subject should be an experience where students feel supported and feel they can, at the very least, have a go at things. As I have spoken about many times, effort is crucial to success. Whether it is the grit and determination needed in the HSC or the willingness to attack an issue through a speech in Year 7, engaging with study requires effort and application. Later in the week, Mrs Walker shared the following article she penned. Needless to say, it is further validation of what we believe studies in our subject should be about. Of course, we will not always get it right - we are human after all. But effort, application and being positive in our mindset certainly make a huge difference to the success kids feel they could have.  

Paul Horvath
Director of English

Positivity is Critical

"A self-fulfilling prophecy is an assumption or prediction that, purely as a result of having been made, cause the expected or predicted event to occur and thus confirms its own 'accuracy." - Paul Watzlawick

Allan N. Schwartz, PhD, indicates that parents who believe that their children will not do well in school "tend to make it come true by reducing emphasis on the importance of school work to their children and accepting poor grades from them. On the other hand, parents who believe their children can excel in school will create a home environment suitable in promoting reading and knowledge, emphasise the importance of school work and generally will not tolerate poor grades." Schwartz's comments reflect the concept of self-fulfilling prophecy that was introduced in 1948 by Robert Merton to describe "a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the originally false conception come true." (Merton 1968:477)

The self-fulfilling prophecy, also known as the 'Pygmalion Effect' can be seen in the diagram below:

Schwartz indicates that what you expect of yourself can be made "by you to come true".

Therefore, it is critical that our English students have a positive attitude about their ability to succeed. They must truly believe that they can succeed. All they need is a positive mindset and considerable effort. They must avoid negative comments such as "I'm no good at English." Additionally, the focus must always be on what they can do to succeed – we must continually think about self-fulfilling prophecy. They must be encouraged to continually strive; to never give up in their conquest for self-improvement. They must have positive self-talk.

In English students will have to take risks. There will be times when they don’t go as well as expected. However, they must be encouraged to accept that we all make mistakes and grow from these experiences.

Dr Gregory Jantz states that "[p]ositive self-talk is not self-deception … One of the fundamental truths is that you will make mistakes. To expect perfection in yourself or anyone else is unrealistic … positive self-talk seeks to bring the positive out of the negative to help you do better, go further, or just keep moving forward."

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

Debating and Public Speaking





Performing Arts

Photography and Digital Media


Science Competitions

Do you really love Science? Do you enjoy your classwork but wish there something more for you to get involved in? If you are one of These people, competitions are an ideal way to extend yourself in Science. There are two currently available for entry and students are strongly encouraged to consider entering and to speak to their Science teacher for more information.

The Sleek Geeks competition is a fun one. It is for anyone from Years 7 to 12 and all that it involves is making a video (minimum one minute and maximum three minutes) on a Science topic. In the past students have documented an experiment or demonstrated some principle of Science. You can visit the website below to find out more about Sleek Geeks and to view some past winning entries. Finished films are due in early May and there are great cash prizes on offer for the winners in each category.

The Brain Bee is for students in Year 10 who have an interest in neuroscience, psychology, and brain function generally. It is embedded in Education Perfect and involves studying resource material on the brain and doing an online test. From there, if your test results are high enough, you progress to the next round. The competition continues right up to a national final with amazing prizes and travel opportunities to be won. Visit the website and check it out and then tell your Science teacher that you want to give it a go!

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator

Science Matters

Why do we study Science?

Everyone goes to school and studies different subjects because they are part of the curriculum. Your teachers are required to teach them and you are required to study them. However, have you ever asked yourself why we really study something? A group of our Year 7 students were asked the question: “Why do we study Science?” and these were some of their unprompted answers:

"It is important to study Science because Science is a very important thing in life. With no Science we wouldn’t be able to understand the universe and lots more. If we didn’t learn Science we wouldn’t understand so many things in life." - Ella Zoffmann

"It is important to study Science because the world needs Science. Without Science we wouldn’t be able to cure disease or find out important information or invent things. The world wouldn’t be the world without it. It is the closest thing we have to magic." - Luca Daniel

"It’s important to study Science because it completes me. Because I love to do it! It makes my day. It is one of the reasons I go to school." - Charlee May Hunt

"I think it is important to study Science so that we understand why we don’t float off into space, why and how we got here and why did we evolve. If we don’t, we would never have discovered medicine. If people didn’t study Science, we would be utterly clueless and probably wouldn’t be alive today." - Jayden Tomet

"We come to Science to learn how to be responsible for ourselves and to learn about how our planet works. It also sets us up for the future by getting us into the habit of thinking deeply. And it’s fun!" - Xavier Meulet

"It is important to study Science because everything we do is Science just like even getting up in the morning everything is Science." - Aquila Day

"So we can learn about how many different parts of the world work. So we can learn about the things around us. Because Science is in everything." - Callie

"We study Science because then we should understand how things work and to ask questions about things so that we can discover things." - Lexi D

"It is important to study Science to figure out the questions we don’t understand or wonder. You can figure out why trees are green or why is the sky blue? It is a way of thinking in future times we might find a way to get to the bottom of the ocean or further into space." - Connor Jackson

All of the answers are terrific and it is hard not to be struck by some of the ideas and questions that emerge. “How did we get here?” is a question that has haunted humankind for the past two hundred thousand years. To think deeply and to be responsible for ourselves are vital qualities in today’s society and the fact that the world needs Science is realisation yet to dawn on some of our leaders.

As the old saying goes, “Out of the mouths of babes”.

Sometimes, just sometimes, it is possible to imagine that the world is in safe hands.

Have a wonderful week in Science and let your teacher know that you want to enter either Sleek Geeks, the Brain Bee or BOTH!

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square

First Nations



Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Record Label

We are very excited to announce that our school record label now has a name - Germinate Records. The word Germinate, to come into existence and begin to grow, reflects the key aim of the label and recording studio - to nurture the talents of students through recording projects that are based in philanthropy and give back to the community. Moving forward, these projects will present opportunities for students in a range of areas including; music business, visual arts, audio engineering, music production, songwriting, composition and performance.

A very big thank you to all of the talented students who came along to the Name That Record Label brainstorming sessions. These sessions were an extremely important part of the process. Student contributions helped us to narrow down concepts and ideas into a shortlist of names that tied in with the aims of the label and, most importantly, were available across all platforms.

Stay tuned for more exciting news as we launch the label and begin work on our first projects.

Brett Canning
Record Studio Producer/Manager

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

Digital Space

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


Sports News

Swimming Carnival

What a wonderful two days of Lindisfarne culture were experienced at TRAC Murwillumbah. All staff were resoundingly pleased with the enthusiasm and behaviour of our students. Here are the results collated from the carnival. 

Age Champion and Runner-Up

**For the purpose of creating Age Champion, we have collapsed the Primary and Secondary results and times; however, for the next levels of representation, these groups swim in their own pathways.**

8-10 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Matilda Daniel
  • Runner-Up: Eira McGilligan

8-10 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Lachlan Arghyros
  • Runner-Up: Fletcher Bruhn

11 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Ava Arghyros
  • Runner-Up: Sian McGilligan

11 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Wil Anderson
  • Runner-Up: Jackson Mater

12 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Lily Hodges 
  • Runner-Up: Layla Rose

12 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Jules Loemker
  • Runner-Up: Fletcher Burdekin

13 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Poppy Burdekin
  • Runner-Up: Claudia Arghyros 

13 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Cash Cratchley
  • Runner-Up: Ryan Muggeridge

14 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Nicola Gee
  • Runner-Up: Jesse Starling

14 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Flynn Southam
  • Runner-Up: Baxter Fitzgerald

15 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Lily O’Sullivan
  • Runner-Up: Ruby Meehan and Ginger Allen

15 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Finley Neylan
  • Runner-Up: Monty Lush

16 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Ellie Engel
  • Runner-Up: Emily Lowns

16 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Beau Meehan
  • Runner-Up: Elliot Dowker

17 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Madeleine McCloskey
  • Runner-Up: Maddison Jones

17 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Matthew McPhee
  • Runner-Up: Isaac Outridge

18/19 Years Girls

  • Age Champion: Hannah Frank
  • Runner-Up: Karli Worrad

18/19 Years Boys

  • Age Champion: Will Fitzgibbons
  • Runner-Up: Samuel Rudland

Record breakers!

Flynn Southam

  • 14 Years Boys 50m Freestyle: 25.49 (previous record held for 20 years)
  • 14 Years Boys 50m Backstroke: 31.53 (previous record held for 16 years)
  • 14 Years Boys 100m Freestyle: 1.00.06 (previous record held for 20 years)

Lily O’Sullivan

  • 15 Years Girls 50m Butterfly: 32.26 (previous record held for 3 years)
  • 15 Years Girls 100m Freestyle: 1.04.27 (previous record held for 7 years)

Invitational 50m Freestyle 


  • Lily O’Sullivan


  • Flynn Southam

House Champion

This is a cumulative point score based on results from both carnivals. 

The results from the Years 9 to 12 Carnival were:
Barnabas (525)
Cuthbert (431)
Andrew (285)
Stephen (275)

The results from the Years 3 to 8 Carnival were:
Stephen (497)
Barnabas (479)
Andrew (393)
Cuthbert (301)

The FINAL Championship House points are:    
Barnabas (1004)
Stephen (772)
Cuthbert (732)
Andrew (678)

Senior School March Pass

Cross Country

This starts in Week 4 on the Mahers Lane Campus; however, the enthusiastic Sunshine Avenue Campus training has started this week. Students are highly encouraged to bring water bottles, towel and some breakfast. Please note the training times, with ALL students of ALL abilities welcome:

Mahers Lane: 
Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday morning from 7.15am to 8.00am
(We meet at the Gymnasium and Sunshine Ave students welcome)

Sunshine Avenue:
Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7.15 to 8.00am

Kingscliff Hockey

In preparation for the 2019 Hockey season, the Kingscliff Hockey Club is looking for new and old playing members (Juniors 5 to 16 years), and also Juniors playing Seniors (i.e. under 17 years). The Hockey season starts early April and any interested students can obtain further details from the Club’s Secretary Ross Salmon on 0421 489 921.

Visit the Community section of our newsletter below for sign on details. Note: sign on is tomorrow.


Our Head Cricket Coach Anthony Kershler runs training at Mahers Lane every Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Lindisfarne is very close to consolidating a series of games for students from Years 7 to 12, and therefore encourage Cricket players to attend training.

Spotlight on Trishul Sivabalan and Barlow Telford

Congratulations to these two young men for their selection in the Gold Coast Suns Academy Under 13 squad. Best of luck as they head into the winter sports season.


Netball in the Sport session started on Thursday at Arkinstall Park. The first practice games for the touring teams will be against St Andrew’s on Thursday, 21 February and 14 March during this time.

Grading sessions for the Saturday Season were held on Tuesday at Sunshine Avenue and Thursday and  Friday after school at Mahers Lane. We are very impressed with the quantity and quality of players representing the School this year.

On Saturday, 16 February, any experienced umpires have been invited to attend a workshop at Tweed in the morning. The beginner’s course will be coming up soon for all novices and for girls who started officiating in 2018.Samantha Harvey, Amber Orr and Jewel Orr will be there.
Four teams will be representing the School in Tweed’s Monday Night Netball League, starting this coming week:
  1. The Gold Lions team of Daisy Ashton, Ebony Richards, Ellie Engel, Giselle Smith, Jemma Hansen, Jewel Orr, Mia Henry, Ruby Sullivan, Samantha Harvey and Shania Sealey play in the Ladies Division 2. Their Round 1 match is against CC’s on Court 11 at 7.30pm.
  2. The Blue Lions of Cedar Maycock, Emily Lowns, Georgia Pikos, Georgia Sweetnam, Grace Wagner, Paris Carpenter, Rosie Taylor, Georgie Hughes and Molly Fitzgerald will also play in the Ladies Division 2 but this week will have a bye.
  3. The White Lions of Gracie Lynch, Lily Alford, Olivia Sweetnam, Ruby Stante, Tallulah Morrison, Annie Hammond, Claudia Arghyros and Keeley Hughes will play in the Junior Division 1 against the Comets this week. Their game is on Court 2 at 7.30pm
  4. The Red Lions squad consists of Daisy Allen, Desiree McPhee, Ella Mitchell, Lilly Hodges, Maddie Sweetnam, Mia McKinley, Olivia Gorrie and Yasmin Scott. They will also play in the Junior Division 1 and their first match is against Centaur on Court 1 at 6.30pm.

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

The Benefits of Exercise

As our lives become more and more sedentary, it is important that we still allow some to time to exercise every day. This doesn’t mean vigorous training for hours at a time, it can be as simple as taking the dog for a walk or going for a surf. 

Practical PDHPE lessons are not daily. Some students don’t have timetabled lessons at all and need to find their own time have some physical activity each day.

There are many benefits of being active or exercising. All benefits, which are related to all of the dimensions of health, have been scientifically proven.

Here a few key benefits from the PDHPE department:

1. Reduces your risk of a heart attack
2. Lowers blood cholesterol level.
3. Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
4. Blood pressure can decrease.
5. Increases strength in bones, muscles and joints and lowers the risk of develop-ing osteoporosis.
6. Lowers your risk of falls.
7. Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries. 
8. Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact. 
9. Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns. 
10. Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones. 

Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to at least 30 minutes a day. Try and avoid long periods of sitting by breaking it up with some movement. Exercising with others can be great fun.

Reconnect with nature, your friends and with yourself. Let’s get moving!

The PDHPE Faculty



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