From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal

Bullying. No Way! Be an Upstander

Bullying is unacceptable at Lindisfarne and it was wonderful to see the whole school get behind today’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Over the past few weeks we have focussed on the role of bystanders to help develop a school-wide culture that won’t tolerate bullying. Bystanders are those who watch bullying happen or hear about it. They neither bully, nor are victims. They know it is wrong but unless they are asked for help, or are made to feel they have a responsibility or duty to act, their silence is perceived as collusion. 

This week on the Mahers Lane campus, Year 12 students Hannah Jarvis and Will Fitzgibbons gave an impassioned plea for the student body to not simply be bystanders but to be upstanders - people who recognise when something is wrong and take action to make it right. The concept of being an upstander fits in well with Lindisfarne’s graduate profile, a document that outlines the character traits we are working to develop in our students. These attributes are grouped under our core values of Compassion, Wisdom and Respect and many link directly to being an upstander. These include:
  • Our graduates build genuine relationships through their generosity of spirit and care for others.
  • They are assured in their moral compass and support others with kindness and selflessness.
  • They become increasingly aware of their potential to be an influence for good and an understanding of their purpose.
  • They use their gifts and advocate for the benefit of others.
  • They are aware of themselves and have a strong sense of what is right and wrong.
  • Our graduates appreciate all within our environment and leave an honourable legacy for those who follow.
  • Our graduates equip others with hope, clarity and direction.
  • They take initiative with adaptability and resilience, and act with courage and decisiveness.
  • They model and stand up for the values and culture of the school.
  • They have a strong sense of community and accept responsibility for their behaviour within it.
  • They are committed to working with others to address and solve problems for our local, national, and international communities through their creativity and their voice.

One of the reasons many families choose Lindisfarne is for the safe environment and strong pastoral care. Schools are communities of many different people and inevitably incidents will arise. When they do, we are determined to quickly respond and to stamp out bullying. It is everyone in the school community’s responsibility to work together to develop a school environment where each person feels safe and is able to flourish as an individual. I encourage you to speak with your family about how they can be an upstander. 

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

Bus 1214 - Salt/Casuarina/Kingscliff

A number of parents have contacted the School concerned about overcrowding on bus 1214, particularly in the mornings. Earlier this week I spoke with Martin Hall, the General Manager of Surfside Buslines, and his team are looking into solutions to the problem. Unfortunately route changes need to be approved by Transport NSW so it is not a fast process. Mr Hall’s advice was for the School, and parents, to raise our concerns directly with Transport NSW through their online complaints portal - https://transportnsw.info/contact-us/feedback/bus-feedback. Online complaints will be correctly logged and also passed on to Surfside formally which will help to ensure they are followed up.

It is also important that students do not avoid using the bus due to overcrowding. If the driver deems it is unsafe, he is able to call another bus to pick up students. They will not be left on the side of the road indefinitely. I will speak with the bus driver to ensure no young children are left to wait. I know this is not ideal; however, avoiding the bus sends a message to the bus company that there is no longer a need for the bus and we need to keep the pressure on Transport NSW and Surfside to improve the service.

I will continue working with Surfside to ensure a solution is found. If you have concerns or additional information, please send me an email via the address bus@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal

Lindisfarne Bus Transport

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lindisfarne owned buses are provided to transport our students who live in QLD and south of Ocean Shores to and from school. The demand in 2019 for bus seats for students who reside in these areas has resulted in the buses being near capacity. 

As such, the School is unable to provide transport to one-off requests as it is not possible to guarantee the seat is available and priority must be given to students registered for the bus. The school coaches are licenced to carry 57 seated passengers so it is not an alternative to have students stand up while travelling.

We appreciate your understanding with this matter. Should your child need to travel to a location other than their own home, alternative arrangements will need to be made. This will assist in preventing the situation where a student who is not registered for a bus, is prevented from travelling on the bus due to the bus being over capacity. 

Brett Dinsdale
Business Manager

From the Chaplain

​The Rite Journey Calling and Departure Ceremonies

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, our Year 9 students travelled to Fingal Head for their first Rite Journey ceremonies known as the Calling and the Departure.

Both ceremonies were held at the Fingal Lighthouse. The students and Rite Journey staff were present for the Calling Ceremony on Wednesday evening, which was simply an opportunity to respond to “the call” to enter into the journey toward adulthood.  

The Departure Ceremony was held at sunrise on Thursday morning, and was attended by students, parents, mentors and Rite Journey teaching staff. The Departure Ceremony was an extremely moving experience and ritual for all involved. Students, parents, carers and staff made public communal commitments to enter into this process with open hearts and minds as we journey with our young people from childhood to adulthood.

Throughout the year, students will continue to think and reflect on who they are, where they are going and what they have to give. These ceremonies were deliberate and intentional opportunities for students to look back; to celebrate and express gratitude for their childhood with all its joys and challenges, but also look ahead to the path of adulthood, which includes greater responsibility, accountability, authenticity and maturity.

We were so pleased that parents, carers and mentors committed to this process wholeheartedly.  It was so special and significant for our students to have someone in attendance to support them, and it required everyone being at Fingal Head by 6am, which was a huge effort and commitment.

We look forward to continuing to share the milestones, the challenges and the successes of the Rite Journey in 2019.

Reverend Chad Rynehart and Cathy Myers
School Chaplain and Head of St Stephen House

Reflection

Compassion

I wonder what this word means to you?

During this term, our Junior School students and Stage 3 students are exploring the meaning of our school values in both chapel and Rave lessons.

Compassion is derived from the Latin word “compati” which means “to suffer with.”  To show compassion means that you allow yourself to willingly enter into the suffering or sadness of another.  It sounds simple enough, but in a society and culture which is largely addicted to the pursuit of happiness, facing our own suffering and sadness can be terrifying enough, let alone entering into another’s pain.

The act of compassion was explained to Stages 1, 2 and 3 in three progressive steps, and those steps are:

  1. The courage to see.
  2. The courage to feel.
  3. The courage to act.

These three steps were so beautifully modelled through the stories about the life of Jesus, and also through the stories which Jesus told as parables about how to engage with each other in meaningful ways.

Suffering and sadness are realities of life, and one of the most authentic ways to live with sadness and suffering is to live into them rather than trying to run from them. When a child sits with another who is sad or hurting, the one showing comfort and compassion cannot necessarily take the pain or sadness away, but through being willing to share in it, they make the experience a little easier to bear for the other.

We all see sadness, suffering and grief, but the key to living into compassion is to allow ourselves to also feel, and then be inspired to act, even if that act is to simply join with someone in bearing something difficult.  

We can’t always fix things or resolve situations or make others feel better, but somewhat paradoxically, when we see, feel and act, and enter into the sadness of another, it can make it feel better anyway.

Blessings,

Reverend Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain

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Harmony Day

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Harmony Day being celebrated in Australia. This year this event has been renamed Harmony Week to include 21 March which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Week is a time to recognise the diversity of our nation. Today there are over 24 million people living in Australia who all contribute different ideas, religions, languages and customs to our country, from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world. 

This is an important event on our calendar and represents many of the characteristics that we value at Lindisfarne: compassion, respect, tolerance and understanding. Throughout the week, students and staff will be involved in activities promoting inclusiveness and fostering a sense of belonging for all. These activities are designed to highlight the diverse backgrounds we come from and the rich heritage this brings to our nation and school community.

Marg Gula
Teacher

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

One in four people are bullied at some stage in life.

Year 5 and 8 students suffer the highest rate of bullying with 32% and 29% of students
respectively experiencing bullying.

20% of young Australians are the victims of cyberbullying.

50% of students who are suffering the effects of bullying don’t reach out for help.

85% of students who act as onlookers in bullying situations, yet, stand back and do and say
nothing.

100% of bystanders do nothing and thus reinforce the bullying.

If these statistics sound familiar to you, that’s because these were the statistics involved in the interactive visual presentation delivered by Will Fitzgibbons and Hannah Jarvis on Tuesday at Assembly. This week, the Lindisfarne community has come together to raise awareness for the impacts of bullying. In addition to the anti-bullying themed assembly, students took a stand against bullying in PC where there were activities, such as the creation of an orange anti-bullying paper chain that was wrapped around the balustrades around the Mahers Lane Campus. Each link of the chain had an anti-bullying message written on it by a student and the orange colour represented our stand against bullying. Thebweek culminated on Friday, in an orange coloured mufti day and a Bullying. No Way! Day café held by the Year 12 students where students were able to show their support for the cause.




Jaidah Fergus-Mackie
Communication Prefect

Round Square

Dean of Studies

NAPLAN 2019

This year NAPLAN will be done online. 

The tests at Mahers Lane for Years 5, 7, 9 will take place starting on Tuesday, 14 May.   Students will take part in a practice test  before the end of term so that they are familiar with the test platform.

For more information about NAPLAN please see the parent information below.



Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

HSC Minimum Standards Test update

Over the past two weeks, Year 10 students have completed their HSC Minimum Standards Tests in Reading, Writing, Numeracy.

The HSC Minimum Standards are the levels of literacy and numeracy the NSW government would expect a student to reach by the end of Year 12.

Our Year 10 students should be proud of their achievements with the whole cohort reaching the standards in Reading and 98% reaching the standard in Numeracy. The writing results take a little longer to be processed but we should have the results by the end of term.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Head of ​Junior School Report

This week I made a point of asking our Junior School staff if, at this point in the term, they are making an effort to look after themselves. Healthy, happy teachers provide better lessons and more enjoyable learning environments. To ensure teachers are physically and mentally up to the task of working at an optimal level they need sleep, exercise and healthy nutrition.  This is not just for teachers though.

With Week 8 upon us, I invite all of our families to pause for a moment and take stock of school routines and processes at home. Are children’s lunchboxes providing adequate food and are bedtimes suitable? Are students arriving on time or do some actions, such as packing school bags, need to happen the night before?

Children are very important but so are parents! I encourage all of our Lindisfarne parents and guardians to please look after themselves too. Being a parent usually means putting the needs and wants of our children before our own and, while these selfless actions are very honourable, parents should be mindful that they also need to recharge.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

Year 1 Open Classroom


Year 1 have been investigating mini beasts as part of our Science unit ‘Creature Features’. 

Our Open Classroom this term was centered around this topic. We paired this with the visual thinking routine ‘See, Think, Wonder’ to stimulate thinking and create wonder about the insects that were chosen. 

Both students and parents were engaged and wrote insightful comments about the creature presented to them. 

Year 1 Teachers

Please click "Expand Article" below to see more photos from Year 1 Open Classroom.

Hiromi Tango Brings Peace and Connection


During this week’s Junior School staff meeting, world renowned artists Hiromi Tango led the teachers in the creation of beautiful orange paper flowers. Hiromi is known for her work with textiles and her spiritual connection while creating art.

The flowers represent connection, peace, joy and harmony. All students across K-4 will be creating these pieces of art in a display of harmony for both National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (today) Harmony Day (next week). As a school, we will create a large collection of orange flowers in a display of connection. 

I would like to thank Hiromi for her generous donation of time and resources to make this creation such a beautiful one. We are grateful and richer for this experience. 


Junior School Staff

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Year 5 Girls Celebrate International Women's Day


Year 5 girls participated in their first International Women’s day as Middle Schoolers last Friday.  They particularly enjoyed being with all of the Lindisfarne girls from Year 5 through to Year 12 for breakfast and then coming together as an audience for two special guest speakers. Mrs Rossington hosted the session, conducting interviews with past students, lawyer, Dominique O'Neill and international concert pianist, Ayesha Gough. There was also a Q&A session where I was proud of our Year 5 girls who asked some very thoughtful questions. At the same time, Mr Lewis led the Year 5 boys in a discussion about International Women’s Day and its significance for all.

Today is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Throughout this week, Year 5 students and teachers have been exploring the theme 'Be kind, lend a hand' and the importance of being an upstander, not a bystander. Highlighting Lindisfarne’s stance against bullying this week has enabled our students to make connections with the ongoing digital citizenship lessons they have been engaging in since the beginning of the year. Our students are developing an essential awareness of cyberbullying and the impact it can have on self and others. For example:

  • Cyberbullying can happen at home in your personal space e.g. your bedroom.
  • Some kids may feel they can’t escape, where if it happens at school then it is isolated to the one place.
  • Cyberbullying can happen any time. Bullies can write or say mean things at any hour of the day.
  • A cyberbully can be anyone of any age.
  • Cyberbullies can follow you everywhere you go especially if you have a phone and you can check what bullies are saying.
  • Messages, images or content is permanent.

Digital Citizenship and expected use and care of technology devices will continue to be embedded through pastoral care sessions as well as curriculum. During the coming weeks, Year 5 students will complete and must pass a Digital Citizenship Quiz in order to obtain their Digital Technology Licence.  Students who demonstrate consistent responsibility for their iPad will then be allowed to take it home.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

Please click on "Expand Article" below to see more photos from the International Women's Day event.

Senior School

​Service Based Learning Immersion to Vietnam

Lindisfarne is pleased to offer the opportunity of a Service Based Learning Immersion to Vietnam in the 2019 Term 3 holidays for students in Years 9, 10 or 11.

Students have the privilege of learning first hand just what it means to be a citizen of the world and to be closely interconnected with another culture. They will assist in the construction of simple hand built homes; veritable palaces to those people who had been displaced and rendered homeless by devastating monsoonal rains. The assistance of our students in this project afford life changing experiences not only to the people of the Mekong Delta but also to themselves. 

The program includes special visits to significant sites in Southern Vietnam, engaging in a school and tourism to understand the Vietnam culture.

Please register your expression of interest by completing the form at the bottom of the letter that was emailed to all parents of students in Years 9, 10 or 11 and return to Student Administration by Friday, 22 March 2019.  

Further information and deposits will be called for after this date. If you have any questions please contact Tania Wilhelm, twilhelm@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

BASE Youth Leadership Young Men’s Awards

BASE Youth Leadership is recognising, honouring and celebrating the remarkable achievements of young men in Years 11 and 12 in the Tweed and Byron Shires. All Lindisfarne male students in Year 11 and Year 12 achieving great things in their area of expertise/interests 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 Youth Leadership Men’s Awards. All finalists will receive an email congratulating them and outlining their interview details and information for the Awards Breakfast. The Awards Breakfast will be held at the Salt Bar at Salt Village, Kingscliff on 5 April. 

Finalists as follows: 

Academic and Leadership Award

  • Will Fitzgibbons
  • Luke Hewitt

Community Service and Citizenship Award

  • Samuel Rudland

Sports Leadership Award

  • Isaac Outridge
  • Micah Margieson

Creative and Performing Arts Award

  • Lewis Watson
Charlotte Lush

Head of Senior School

Careers

As a way to support our students and parents to gather information to assist students in their career planning Lindisfarne Grammar is proud to work with Options Careers Newsletter. This fortnightly edition will provide information on a large number of career areas including Local and Interstate University Admissions and Events, RTO and Vocational Educational and Training Updates, Key events in the South East Queensland and Northern NSW regions, Defence Force Recruiting and much more.

Please click here to view our first edition of the Options Careers Newsletter. 

Please keep a look out for our other Career initiatives which will be coming soon including the Lindisfarne Careers Website and Our Lunchtime Career Series.

 

Defence Force Recruiting – Gap Year Programs Now Open

Gap years in the Defence Force can be an excellent opportunity for students to experience life in the Armed Forces (Navy, Air Force, Army) without a four year commitment. Successful applicants receive training and are paid a very attractive wage throughout the Gap Year. Applications for these programs are now open and will close once all positions are filled. It is best to get your applications in as soon as possible.  

Check your eligibility.

To be eligible to apply, students need to be an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 24 on completion of military training (dates vary by job). They will also need to have completed Year 12 (subject passes required vary by job) and have passes in Year 10 English and Maths. Refer to individual job pages on the website for more information.

Applications for all roles are now open – and will close as positions are filled.

Please click here to view the Defence Force Gap Year positions.

Kellie Douglas
Teacher

English

Lions Youth of the Year Reflection

Last Saturday, I competed in the third round of the Lions Youth of the Year competition. Unfortunately, I didn’t win. However, I had an amazing time. 

The competition consists of a 20-30 minute interview, two two-minute impromptu speeches and one five minute prepared speech. Although it can seem a bit daunting, it is such a wonderful experience and the judges are always lovely people. As for the impromptu questions, two minutes goes faster than you think and thanks to Mrs Walker I was well practiced. Some of the questions I received were: “Can news be fake?” and “Imagination is more important than knowledge, is there any truth in this statement?”. 

Throughout the process I made friends from all over; from Kingscliff to Casino and from public schools to catholic schools. Everyone was so supportive and it was a great learning experience. Aside from the social aspect, the competition is great to put on your resume and is a great way to practice important skills such public speaking and interview skills.

Lions Youth of the Year is a truly priceless opportunity and I would encourage you all to try it next year.

Image: Jaidah Fergus-Mackie at the Regional Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.

Jaidah Fergus-Mackie
Year 12 Student

Youthful Creativity and Perspective

What does a bicycle tyre have in common with a toothbrush? Ask Performance Poet Sarah Kay and she will tell you that it is about the polarities of relationships; the cleansing and the mess. After viewing her recitation of ‘A Love Letter: A Toothbrush to a Bicycle Tyre’ (Google it, you won’t be sorry), 10A were inspired to write their own love letters between inanimate objects. The response I got back from them was fantastic. Their writing was a testament to the possibilities of youthful creativity and perspective.

Last week, my colleague John Cadman wrote about the origins of Performance Poetry and, as we have a burgeoning culture of it in the School, this week I thought it fitting to share some samples with you. These are only first draft selections and not complete pieces but definitely promising. So, come on a whimsical journey with me and ask yourself what are you in your relationships?


'A Shoe and a Key' – by Georgie Hughes

Sometimes I peer through the key hole and see your insoles, ebony like polish. 
Or your soul black with ash. 
The metal I am made of is a conductor of your heat. 

You hold me by the collar.
Your fingers lace around my throat, coiling around. 
Your words thick as leather, are too stubborn for my blade to cut through. 

… my existence slips your mind but other times I find myself safe in your pocket. Where I belong. 
You need me.
I heel you. 
I will sew your bursting stitching back together. 
And just as an individual footprint remains everywhere you tread, unique and intentional are my bumps and coarse edges.


‘A Crush: A Projector to a Fire Extinguisher’ – by Neave Butler

… Yet you stand by,
Hidden in plain sight. 
Fiery in colour, it is your presence that catches my eye.
Twitterpated by your curves,
I am in awe of the striking softness that you embody …

To me it seems,
That you are forced to be
The safety net of every situation,
The saving grace if things go wrong.
But do you dream of dancing with the wind
Imitating the lights that you extinguish.
Does it hurt you to see it all go up in smoke?
Do we share that reckless desire
To succumb to the inferno,
To the intensity and excitement. 


‘A Photograph to a Painting’ – by Tori Marchiori

They say opposites attract, 
But we weren’t opposites.
We both liked to capture the moment and share it with the world.

… You came and went in a flash,
To capture your next moment.
You always analysed everything through a negative lens
And yet you still couldn’t see the complexity within me.
Still you couldn’t understand the bigger picture.

They say opposites attract.
What they don’t tell you is that opposites are still opposite.
They attract but do not work.

Kylie Rossington
English Teacher

Mathematics Faculty

Science

Conoco-Philips Science Experience

NEWSFLASH! The Conoco-Philips Science Experience which is normally hosted by Griffith University in September has been changed to July 2 to 4 this year.

The Science Experience is for students in Years 9 and 10 who want to immerse themselves in three days of Science. The program includes laboratory practicals, demonstrations and lectures on current issues in Science. The atmosphere is relaxed with barbecues and excursions organised as part of the three day event.

If there are sufficient numbers, the school will be providing bus transport to and from Griffith University in conjunction with Tweed Heads Rotary Club.

Registration is on a first-come-first-in basis so visit the website below and register your son or daughter if they are interested.

https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/

This is an excellent event and students who have attended in the past have really enjoyed it.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator

Science Matters

Last week, during our study of evolution, some of our Year 10 students were presented with the discussion question: Could a human turn into a seal?


Once the laughter had died down and one student had said that she didn't think so but wished she could, the class got to work researching the Sama Bajau people of Indonesia. These "Sea gypsies" have no clearly defined nationality and live entirely on the water between the Philippines and Indonesia. They have been observed diving to depths of over 60 meters on a single breath of air and remaining submerged for up to 13 minutes while they hunt for fish and octopus. These are not trained free divers, rather a group of people with unusual physiological adaptations and a cultural heritage of living on the water.


The Bajau people have enormously enlarged spleens, roughly 50% larger than normal, and an enhanced diving reflex that slows their heart rate and directs blood away from the periphery of their body. These adaptations are exactly the same ones we find in the marine mammals like seals and sea lions.

Communities that live at high altitude, like the Nepalese Sherpas and the Andean people of Chile, have also been shown to have enlarged spleens which helps them to cope with low oxygen levels in the air.

As for the question, no, humans are not going to turn into seals (not anytime soon, at least) but people like the Sama Bajau remind us of the immense variation that exists among individuals and the subsequent power of selection.

Have a fabulous week in Science and take a moment to quietly contemplate the unfolding miracle that surrounds you.

Hamish Inksetter 
Science Coordinator 

French

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

CAPA

Learning Enrichment

Healthy Brains

The Brain Foundation is a nationally registered charity that funds high quality research in Australia for neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries. They provide information about disorders including brain and spinal injuries and guidelines to maintain a healthy brain. The Brain Foundation believes research is the pathway to recovery.

The Brain Foundation has contributed over $3,000,000 to fund research by Neurosurgeons, Neuroscientists and Neurologists.

Pointers for a healthy brain:

  • Exercise and challenge your brain.
  • Nourish your brain with a healthy diet.
  • Enjoy physical activity.
  • Learn to manage stress and depression.
  • Relax and sleep well.
  • Have regular checks with your doctor for blood pressure, diabetes, heart rate and cholesterol.

If you wish to support this amazing research please see the link below.

https://brainfoundation.org.au/donation/

You could also exercise and challenge your brain by trying to answer the different brain games on the website. Here are some questions to try.

  1. Name the crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
  2. On what part of the body would you wear a snood, commonly worn in the Middle Ages?
  3. To which Greek goddess is the Athenian Parthenon dedicated?
  4. Lily has a daughter who is 22 years younger than her. Lily’s granddaughter is 27 years younger than Lily’s daughter. The three females have a combined age of 106. How old are they?
  5. In Biology, what term is used to describe the process of cell division, whereby one cell splits into two identical cells, both of which contain the same number of chromosomes as the original cell?

Email the Learning Enrichment Team with your answers.

Kathy-Lee Peers, Jodie Duggan and Kim Denny
Learning Enrichment Coordinators

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space

PDHPE

Sport

​Brain Awareness Week

Every year we get busier and busier. We spend more time on devices and less time relaxing and enjoying some “down time”. As a generation we are also living longer and so the prevalence of brain disorders is increasing.

Do we ever stop to wonder the implications for our brain with all this extended activity? 11-17 March is Brain Awareness Week (BAW). It is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the benefits of brain research and an opportunity to let people know about the progress being made in brain research regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, schizophrenia and depression.

Our PDHPE programs often draw attention to the impact of screen time and the importance of sleep, fresh air and physical activity. Through our involvement in the Green X program we are constantly looking at ways to alleviate stress, take time out from technology (disconnect to reconnect) and give our brains a chance to rest and recover.

The Brain Foundation and Headache Australia recommends the following steps to maintaining a healthy brain

  • Exercise and challenge your brain – don’t be a couch potato.
  • Nourish your brain with a healthy diet and drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Enjoy physical activity.
  • Make “safety” a priority: Wear a helmet, drive safely, take any head injury seriously.
  • Learn to manage stress and depression.
  • Relax and sleep well.
  • Have regular checks for blood pressure, diabetes, heart rate, cholesterol.
  • Do not smoke or use illegal drugs.

So during Brain Week, take a moment to stop and think about your brain. What steps can you take to make it healthier. Try the maze below as a good starting point.

PDHPE Department

​Saturday Netball

The Saturday season started last weekend with TNA Grading games. Seven of our Lions teams played in extremely uncomfortable conditions on the courts. Temperatures exceeded 30 degrees at 9.00am!

The Division 2 Lions; Cadets – Navy, Green, White and Red Lions and the Junior Aqua and Silver Lions all played some promising netball.

Please see the full list of Coaches, Managers and training details below.

Thanks to all of our coaches, managers, scorers, umpires and tent erecters! In true Lindisfarne style, everyone pitched in and helped.

Due to the heat, all of the matches have been scheduled for earlier starts this week.
Please see the list of games, times, courts and umpires.

Remember that the first junior umpire’s course for Lindisfarne is on Monday, 25 March. This is for complete beginners - 12-year-old girls and above. Please let me know if you are interested.

Thursday Sport Netball

On Thursday, we played 4 matches against St Andrews during Sport time. It gave us the opportunity to see that training is paying off! Please see some photographs of our girls in action.





The WA Tour

Not many more sleeps now before the Squads make some magical memories on the Netball Tour. The girls have been writing a brief profile for the Tour Brochure … and the word most frequently used is “excited”. There has been an excellent attendance record at training. Please see some training photos from Wednesday morning this week.

On Thursday 21 March, we have organised for Lyall from First Aid Gold Coast to teach us how to tape and strap ankles and fingers. All Touring girls will be invited but if you would also like to attend then please contact me.

Monday Night Netball

Congratulations on some fine Netball on Monday. 

The Red and White Lions went head to head with the Red Team winning the first half and the White Team winning the second! Overall the Red Team were victorious!

Thanks so much to Rosie Taylor and Olivia Sweetnam for filling in for the White team. The Blue team showed some solid performances against a Cudgen Ladies team. They only just lost 3 of the quarters which meant a close final result.

This week:

The Blue Lions play the Dominators on Court 10 at 6.30pm. Also, at 6.30pm, the Red Lions play the Comets on Court 2. The White Lions will have to forfeit this week as a number of the team are representing the School at Basketball. Please see me if you would like to get a game with the Red Lions! Gold Lions play at 6.30pm against the Classics on Court 3. Roar Lions!

If you have any questions re: any of these events, please do not hesitate to email me via gmaynard@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball


Junior School Sport

Cross Country 

The school Cross Country is fast approaching. This year Year's 3 to 12 event will be held in Thursday, 11 April (Week 11). Students from Years 3 and 4 will travel up to the Middle and Senior School campus this year to compete on the hilly Mahers Lane course. Students will be preparing themselves in PE lessons and also in sport time, these sessions will ensure they are primed and ready to run. Cross Country for Years 3 to 12 will be competitive and our top runners will be selected to represent the school at the NCIS Carnival Later in the year. 

Our Preschool to Year 2 Cross Country will be held on the Junior School Campus on Friday, 5 April from 9.00am to 12.00pm. This will be a fun run and participation based event. We would love to see lots of supporters at the P-2 Cross Country. If you are coming along and are happy to assist in some way please email me via ncroft@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.


Runners Club

For those students wanting to get some training in for the Cross Country we are still running our Runners Club on a Tuesday and Thursday morning at Sunshine Avenue from 7.15am. So far this year, we have accumulated well over 1200km as a group and some students have ran the equivalent of a marathon. The Runners Club is not compulsory and is tailored to suit every individual level. We have a large number of parents who are joining us in the morning with their students for a little extra activity and the students are having a ball. If you are interested please come along and join us for the rest of the term.

Nathan Croft  
PE Specialist P-4

Sport News

Rugby 7’s

Last Wednesday, Lindisfarne sent three Rugby Union teams to the Far North Coast Primary School 7’s Tournament at Casuarina.

The U10 teams consisted of Years 3 and 4 players, with mixed ability and knowledge, the one consistent factor was the enthusiasm. We called the Teams Team 1 and Team 2, not because they were graded just because they were the easiest names to remember. 

Team 2 kicked off their campaign with a solid win over St Ambrose 30 to 25. Lots of tries and free flowing rugby and we thought we could be a chance for the finals. Team 1 had a much tougher start going down 25 to 5 to St Ambrose in their pool. Game number two and the results reversed with Team 1 winning convincingly 30 to 0 and Team 2 going down by the same score. Both teams had losses in their third pool game which led to the teams finishing in 3rd and 4th position on the table. This meant that the 3rd v 4th play off would be an all Lindisfarne affair. The game started at a fierce pace and didn't let up. There were great runs, awesome tries and just great rugby played all round. Team 1 were the better team on the day winning 15 to 5. All students were a pleasure to coach and to have as part of our teams. They were great sportsmen both on and off the field, well done young men. I would also like to thank the groundsmen who made sure we had tents for shade and a special mention to Mr Luke Mundy who assisted with both the Junior teams on the day.

Mr Nathan Croft
Years 3 and 4 Coach


Lindisfarne entered a team into the Under 12’s draw made up of students from Years 5 and 6. For most of these students it was their first experience of Rugby 7’s. The team trained hard in preparation for the event and performed admirably on the day, showing significant improvement with each game. The team finished the day in 4th place, going down to Cudgen Public 20 to 10 in the 3rd place playoff. It is worth noting that Lindisfarne had the highest number of female participants on the day, something we are keen to do again next year.

Mr Scott Lewis
Years 5 and 6 Coach

Secondary School Surf League

There was some tremendous Lindisfarne talent being showcased at the Secondary School Surf League at Kurrawa this week. This is a Surf Life Saving event, and allowed for all our students to compete as a team versus numerous other private and public schools in our local demographic.

There were some very strong results, here is a brief overview:
  • All Age Beach Relay Final: 3rd (Ryan Muggeridge, Lily Alford, Cimarron Crawford, Riley Henderson, Jacob Sands, Lily O’Sullivan)
  • U13 Beach Mixed Relay: 1st (Cimarron Crawford, Lily Alford, Caillie Eriksen, Olivia Kane)
  • U13 Girls Flags: 1st (Lily Alford)
  • U13 Girls Beach Sprint: 2nd (Lily Alford)
  • U13 Boys Flags: 1st (Cimarron Crawford)
  • U13 Boys Beach Sprint: 1st (Cimarron Crawford)
  • U15 Girls Beach Sprint: 3rd (Riley Henderson)
  • U15 Girls Board: 1st (Lily O’Sullivan)
  • U16+ Cameron Relay: 4th (Lily O’Sullivan, Jayden O’Rourke, Jacob Sands, Fletcher Koppel)






Spotlight on Will Roberts

Congratulations to Will Roberts for making the CIS AFL team. This is an extremely difficult accomplishment, with 90 eager students from all over the state trying to make the top 22. He will represent CIS in the State Championships in May.


Spotlight on Ruby Meehan

Ruby Meehan competed in the QLD State Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the weekend just gone at Burleigh Heads and received the following:
  • U15 Ironwoman: Gold 
  • U15 Board: Silver  
  • U15 Cameron Relay: Gold
  • U15 Board Relay: Bronze 

Spotlight on Lily O’Sullivan

Lily has some fantastic results at NSW State Surf Life Saving in Swansea Belmont in some tough and tight racing. Lots of sprint finishes for Gold
  • U15 Board Race: Bronze in a photo finish
  • U15 Surf Race: Bronze
  • U15 Ironwoman: Silver
  • U15 Board Relay: Silver
  • U15 Board Rescue: Silver

Spotlight on 

Cimarron had some highly commendable results at the QLD State Youth Surf Life Saving Championships on the weekend. A very gifted beach sprint talent, as evidenced by the following results:
  • U13 Beach Sprint final: 7th (out of 118)
  • U13 Beach Flags final: 8th (out of 118) 
  • U13 Male Beach Sprint Relay: 2nd 


Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities

AFLQ Schools Cup Report

Lindisfarne competed first round of the AFL Queensland Schools Cup last week, and had teams in all divisions with the Juniors Boys and Girls (Years 7 to 9) and the Seniors Boys and Girls (Years 10, 11, and 12) competing in their respective divisions.

Our Junior teams played well all day and were able to secure third place for the girls and 6th place for the boys. It was a great effort across all their matches against some bigger opponents. The Senior girls only lost one game all day, their first one against Mount St Patrick's. Unfortunately this was the deciding factor in them competing in the playoff for 3rd and 4th. Once again the girls represented themselves and the School with pride.



The big news for the day was the performance of our Senior boys’ team. The boys faced the highly fancied Mt St Patrick's in their first game and were able to come away with a very hard fought win. This set them up for the rest of the day as they recorded wins against Byron High School and Kingscliff, setting up a rematch against Mt St Patrick's in the final. Great performances from Sol Hashimoto, Fraser Carpenter (first time playing), Jack Robson, Ethan Sekac and Noah Chapman throughout the day set up a tense grand final match. In the grand final, Lindisfarne stood tall and recorded a two-goal win. A standout performance by Harrison Kirkwood was the difference between the two teams. The Senior boys’ now go on to play the Queensland State Qualifying Finals in August. 

Matt Bedford
AFL Coach

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