2019 Term 1 Week 08B 22 Mar 2019
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have enjoyed a busy and rewarding week.
Our focus on Harmony Week has been especially important given the terrible events that unfolded in Christchurch last week as members of the Muslim community went about Friday prayers. Any of us, regardless of our faith, should be able to attend a place of worship without fear. As Christians we are called to create communities where all can live in dignity and peace. We need to change some of the rhetoric that we hear all too often through social media and other forums that normalise a fear of difference and promotes racial hatred as being acceptable.
I hope through the conversations we are having in our school that Lindisfarne students will help to create a future world of love, tolerance and inclusion based on our values of Wisdom, Compassion and Respect.
I pay my respects to the victims of the Christchurch Massacre, their families, the people of Christchurch and New Zealand.
The next fortnight will be a busy one for our school community as we commence final preparations for our 2019 School Production Bring It On the Musical. The students, staff and school community have worked tirelessly to bring this production to life. The hard work is just about done and soon the pain and sacrifice of rehearsal will give over to the joy of performance.
So, what is our role from here on in? Essentially, to tell all of our family and friends to get their tickets. Over 1,300 tickets have now been sold for the four performances with only 400 tickets left. It would be amazing if we could sell out the show to thank our dedicated students and staff for the huge sacrifice that it takes to put together a World Class school production.
Tickets to Bring It On The Musical can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/468796.
Please join us for some of the most enjoyable entertainment for the whole family that you will ever have the good fortune to be a part of.
It was a special day today as I presented our Lindisfarne Netball teams with their tour jackets for our inaugural school netball tour to Western Australia. The students have trained for many weeks and are looking forward to testing their skills against some of the outstanding netball players in WA. Students gain a great deal from touring in terms of skill development and personal development. We look forward to developing a touring culture across a range of sports in due course.
From the Deputy Principal
Parent/Teacher Evenings for Mahers Lane Campus
Please add the following dates to your calendars.
- Monday, 6 May – Years 5 to 8
- Wednesday, 8 May – Years 5 to 12
- Wednesday, 15 May – Years 9 to 12
A letter detailing these evenings will be distributed before the end of term.
LOGIN and PIN details for the booking site will be sent via email on Tuesday, 29 April and the site will be available on this day from 9.00am.
From the Chaplain
Responding with Compassion in the Face of Violence
A couple of weeks ago I wrote in the newsletter that I had been talking to our students about compassion. When we allow ourselves to authentically enter into the suffering and sadness of others, we live into compassion, which allows us to respond with compassion. The events which took place last Friday in Christchurch, NZ were horrific and disturbing. Unfortunately, much of what is evidenced through news media and social media in the wake of a situation like this, fuels the kind of responses which are not helpful and lead many people to respond out of judgment, condemnation, bigotry, prejudice, blame and finger pointing.
While I understand the cultural gravitational pull of those thoughts in the midst of something so horrible, those responses also seem to cause more trauma than comfort, and serve to fuel the anger and rage which many people are trying desperately to release. Forming a compassionate Christian response to a tragedy like this motivates me to focus on one big question; “What must have gone on in that man’s life for him to arrive at that point?” I wonder what kind of tragedy, sadness, grief, violence or alienation must have formed a part of his life experience? There are many questions I do not have answers for when it comes to speculating about what happened in Christchurch and why. One thing I do know, is that the perpetrator was not born with a desire to do what he did. What happened, it seems to me, was the result of a culmination of learnt behaviour which was manifested in a killing spree; the sort of thing which is far too common in our world today.
While responses like blame and judgment and calls for justice might make us feel better in the short term, they will not bring any healing or peace to our souls or our world. Jesus; hanging from a cross, looking down upon the very people who put him there responded by saying, “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they’re doing.” That is such a hard example to follow in times like this, and thinking about situations like this, but there is such potential for your heart and mind to be freed and liberated from the anger and frustration of conventional responses, which don’t tend to solve anything anyway. Choosing to live into a compassionate response to a situation like the one in Christchurch is an extremely hard (and somewhat counter-cultural) choice to make. However, I point out to our students all the time that if we want to get better at forming godly responses to ungodly behaviour, we need to practice. Only then will our compassionate thinking to turn into compassionate action, so that our compassionate actions might form compassionate habits. May God’s grace and peace be with you as you wrestle with this difficult situation.
Reverend Chad Rynehart
Parents & Friends
P&F Golf Day
P&F Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Mahers Lane Campus
The weeks have flown past and it seems we only have a few weeks left until the holidays. Before you relax, take some time to consider nominating for a role on the Parents and Friends Association. On Tuesday, 2 April 2019, we hold our Annual General Meeting, followed by our general meeting, starting at 6.30pm in the Mahers Lane Library.
Every role is up for grabs, with a few nominations already in. Come along and join us for light refreshments, a chat and also get to meet the team of volunteers that are instrumental in bringing so many wonderful events, activities and features to our school community.
Download the nomination form by clicking this link and send it to email@example.com.
“And suddenly you know... it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings”. Anon
See you there.
An Evening with Darren Percival
Tickets only $20. Get in quick before they're all sold out!
Whole School News
Parent Challenges of Technology use at Home
As parents we often feel challenged in our competence, role and authority with regards to our children's use of technology in the home. In order to provide support that is tailored to the specific needs of our Lindisfarne families, you are invited to complete a
Thank you in advance for your comments and stay tuned for helpful upcoming parent information and support.
Head – Centre for Professional Practice
Christine Anu In Conversation and Song
Limited free tickets available - first in, best dressed.
Bring It On The Musical
Dean of Studies
Special Report: Christchurch
The Christchurch massacre is one of the most extreme acts of terrorism the world has seen in recent times. For New Zealand, it was a loss of innocence.
Unfortunately, this will impact on many children and adolescents throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and care givers may struggle to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world.
It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. The distressing nature of this event will never be forgotten, but at the same time we should not allow it to permanently disturb or destroy our future generations.
In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk their children in a reassuring manner. It will also highlight the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the School for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report https://senior-lindisfarne.nsw.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/christchurch.
Early Learning Centre
Preschool Koalas Cultural Experience
The Australian School Curriculum gives special consideration to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures: ‘to ensure all young Australians will be given the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of histories and cultures, their significance for Australia and the impact they have had, and continue to have, on our world’ (ACARA, 2010, p. 20).
In support of these aims, this week the Preschool Koalas were extremely fortunate to have been visited by a friend and colleague of Hugo’s grandmother. Russell Smith came to share some of his people’s culture and tradition. Russell (who played in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games) brought a couple of didgeridoos. He showed us how they are played, and used them to mimic the sounds of a number of Australian creatures. We were surprised to be able to feel the sound as it emerged from the mouth of his instrument and tickled our bare feet.
Next, Russell introduced us to the idea of art serving to tell a story. He showed us the paintings on his didgeridoo, featuring a variety of symbols commonly used in Aboriginal art and the way in which they can combine to a form a narrative, before inviting the children to have a try. The paintings that the children created were wonderful, and each said something different.
Finally, Russell treated our Koalas to a “sound bath” as we lay on the floor. It was amazing to feel the deep, soothing vibrations emanating from the instrument as he moved around the children lying on the floor.
Thank you so much Russell and Susi (Mimi) for the opportunity to share this important cultural experience.
Preschool Koalas Teacher
Please click 'Expand Article' to see more photos from the Cultural Experience.
Year 3 Excursion to Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Firstly, we met Deidri and Yami who taught us the mosquito dance. Deidri played music and Yami showed us the dance. We also learnt the welcome and farewell dance. Most people got ochre on their faces. The boys got a line across their nose and the girls got dots across their nose.
Secondly, we went to the Cultural Museum with Mrs McGovern. There, we got a little booklet which we filled out. We saw heaps of really old things like shields and little models of shelters.
Finally, we went on a big boardwalk with Brent. We saw different coloured crabs and puffer fish. Brent told us about different types of plants. Then we saw a Bora Ring. It is where men talk about men stuff. Then we got back and Brent played the didgeridoo.
At the end of the day, Year 3 had a great excursion. The highlight for me would be the dancing. I am really excited for the next excursion.
By Audrey Schapowal
Please click 'Expand article' to see more photos from the Year 3 Excursion to Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Harmony Day, also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, symbolises the diverse and multicultural aspects of our nation. Australia has people from over 190 different countries and over 300 separately identified languages spoken at home.
In the Junior School, we have utilised this opportunity to discuss the importance of being kind, how to include one another, and how to love and respect one another and our diverse backgrounds. Lindisfarne is an inclusive school, fostering the core values of respect and belonging in all that we do. We embrace the immense cultural diversity in our community, and embed it holistically in our school environment.
At last week’s staff meeting, one of our Lindisfarne mum’s – Hiromi Tango – shared her artistic talents by demonstrating how to create beautiful orange paper flowers. These flowers are symbolic of connection, peace, joy, and harmony. This week, as each student created their own unique flower, these were then connected in an elaborate collection of orange flowers in a large-scale display of our connection to one another. It was a truly inspiring experience to show how all of students, staff, and the broader community embrace the wonderful cultural and linguistic differences that make us all so unique.
Learning Enrichment Coordinator K-4
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Year 7 Have a Voice
On 15 March 2019, tens of thousands of students from over 80 countries including Germany, United States of America and Malaysia skipped school to take part in a world wide protest. This was not to protest excessive homework or school days that run too long rather a plea to the Government and Business leaders to intervene and take immediate action against climate change.
16-year-old Greta Thunberg started the movement almost eight years ago after watching a video on the impact of climate change on our oceans and marine life. Plastic killing sea life and polar bears starving left her unable to forget the images she had seen and so she decided to become a voice for change.
Her movement group #fridaysforfortune follows her journey as an activist. She now spends four days a week at school and on the fifth day she sits at parliament waiting for the Swedish Government to take action.
Having a voice can make change possible. It is often very easy to think we can’t make a difference or wonder what difference can one person make? Greta is a shining example of what one person can do.
Here at Lindisfarne, we want Year 7 to have a voice. In our upcoming wellbeing lessons we will follow Greta’s story and look at what change can we bring in our community. At a school level we encourage Year 7 to share their concerns and worries. We want them to use the voice of the SRC to bring about change throughout the School. They can use their leaders voice to action and champion for change and they can also have their own voice and speak with myself or their homeroom teacher to bring about change.
Together we can achieve the unimaginable.
Year 7 Coordinator
Last Thursday, 14 March was Pi Day! Pi is a mathematical constant referring to the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It's an irrational number, which means that it goes on forever and never shows a repeating pattern. Every year it's celebrated on 14 March (3/14) because the first three digits of Pi are 3,1, and 4.
Students in Dr Marriott’s maths classes made pi bracelets to celebrate Pi Day. They assigned each digit of Pi to a certain colour and made bracelets from beads of those colours. It was a fun and easy way to demonstrate that there are no repeating patterns in Pi.
Happy Pi Day to everyone!
Head of House - St Cuthbert
Queensland Women in Business Summit: Empowering and Connecting Female Leaders
On 7 and 8 March, Year 11 students Annaleisse Griffin, Alysha Shields, Katisha Luff, Amy Pitt, Ella McDonald, Mia Johnson, Ruby Wardle, and Hannah Carroll attended the Queensland Women in Business Summit. This was held in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.
Karen Phillips, the Executive Director of the Summit and a leader in strategic women’s initiatives, opened the Summit on Thursday and provided the students with much to reflect on. Linda Biumaiwa welcomed us to country. She currently represents indigenous people on a number of boards and she has always worked and volunteered with her mob, the Mununjali people.
Each day started with icebreakers or breakout sessions. Thursday speakers included Hetty Johnston, Kylie Blucher and Sallyanne Atkinson. These speakers reflected on leadership and what it means to be a female in business today. On Friday, students from all attending schools were thrown together to bond over play-dough. Their mission: to create representations of women empowerment. The results were inspiring. Many of the group’s messages were about the strength that comes from diverse groups of women working together.
Attending school students - referred to as “future leaders” by summit MCs - then joined business women from across Queensland for the remaining sessions. In one session students learnt about stress resilience from presenter Sharon Kolkka, successful General Manager at the international award winning Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. The highlight of the summit was an open question forum focused on managing leadership in male dominated sectors. Panel guests included Louise Pole, the first woman President Australian Federal of Air Pilots, and Jennifer Wittwer, who has broken many ceilings for women in the Australian Navy. Their stories of triumph over discrimination were equal parts harrowing and inspiring. Students also appreciated hearing from a panel of Male Champions of Change, which included Andrew Bell, the CEO of Ray White Surfers Paradise.
This summit and similar events are an integral part of the HSIE department’s aim of increasing awareness of the unique challenges that women face in business and providing strategies for navigating these challenges. This led to some lively discussion on the way home!
Miss Ella Evans and Mrs Luanne Mclllhatton
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School aims to provide its students with access to the latest up to date information regarding careers, pathway planning and life beyond school.
Lindisfarne has partnered with Career Tools to provide a website for the School community that aims to manage all career information in one easy to find location, click on the webpage image below to view information on university options, VET opportunities, gap year, defence and police careers, UAC and QTAC applications and much more.
Te Rangimarie (Peace)
Sometimes it is impossible to write about something happy.
After the despicable events in Christchurch this week, we have to take a good long look at ourselves in the mirror and ask the question: As a society are Australians racist? Is there something about Australia or Australians that pushed a madman over the edge and into acting as he did?
It is an uncomfortable question and one that is difficult to answer objectively so, as always, when a question needs answering we call upon the scientific method. In this case it was Professor Paul Frijter, an economist from the University of Queensland, who embarked upon a scientific investigation to determine if Australians were racist or not using actors and the Translink system in Brisbane.
He sent out actors of different genders and ethnicities to board buses at locations across the network. Each actor had either a damaged, inoperable Go-card or a card with no credit on it. Upon boarding the bus and presenting an invalid card, the actors then asked the driver if they could travel to their destination anyway without paying. In the end the actors boarded or attempted to board 1 500 buses.
The results were staggering, incendiary and ultimately damaging to Prof Frijters. A person with light coloured skin got a free ride 73% of the time while people with dark skin were allowed on the bus only 35% of the time. The experiment was repeated with the same people dressed in office clothes, grubby shorts and thongs, and military uniforms. The numbers varied each time but the ethnic difference remained largely unchanged. A summary of the findings was released and then promptly retracted and the full report has never been published. The University of Queensland quickly distanced itself from the report while Translink complained that its drivers had been unfairly targeted. Prof Frijters was disciplined and ultimately chose to leave the university.
It is important that the scientific method is used responsibly and students should be able to identify areas in this method where the validity of the result was compromised. However, it remains one of the few objective measures of racism ever attempted in Australia.
Is Australia inherently a racist society? Probably no more or less than most societies. There is only one way to effectively eliminate racism and that is to stop referring to “us” and “them”, to “those” people and “that” religion and to refer instead to “my colleague and I” and “our neighbours and their church”.
It is much harder to hate someone when you know their first name.
Finally, contemplate the famous Pale Blue Dot photograph of the Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from the far side of Saturn and allow the words of mission scientist Carl Sagan to seep deeply into your conscience:
“Look at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
Have a wonderful week in Science and be kind to each other.
The Conoco - Phillips Science Experience
The Conoco Phillips Science Experience is on from July 2 to 4 at Griffith University. It is three days of total immersion in Science with lectures, experiments, demonstrations and fun. Get a couple of friends to go with you to make it even more enjoyable.
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 and tell your mum or dad that you want to go.
This is an excellent event and students who have attended in the past have really enjoyed it. Drop me an email if you want some more information about the Science Experience.
Celebrating All Things Multicultural
This week Lindisfarne staff and students celebrated all things multicultural. The School promoted participation, inclusiveness and a sense of belonging for everyone as we all joined together to push the message “Everybody Belongs”. Throughout the week, normal bells were replaced with national anthems and music representing our school’s cultural heritage. This proved a huge hit with everybody trying to guess which country was represented each time. Food is a key element in many cultures, and our school canteen had daily lunch specials from around the world, which proved very popular.
21 March is the official date for Harmony Day which coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On Thursday, in recognition of the traditional landowners, celebrations began with the welcome to country performed by Uncle Victor Slockee and Russell. Our rich and diverse heritage was reflected as students and staff indicated their place or places of origin on a large world map displayed in the library.
Throughout the week, students participated in activities and discussions focusing on multiculturalism and exploring their ancestry and heritage. In a show of support for the tragedy that occurred in Christchurch last Friday, students displayed hands and made paper chains offering messages of hope and support to our New Zealand neighbours.
Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. Unfortunately, whilst we had many helping hands and Amy Limbourne (Year 11) as the origami instructor, we fell short of the target of 1000 cranes. However, we will give it another shot next year!
The week ended on a more light-hearted note, with students wearing ‘funky socks’. Whilst, orange is the official colour for Harmony Day, staff and students displayed acceptance and inclusiveness by acknowledging that it is okay to be different and that at Lindisfarne “Everybody Belongs”.
Please be reminded that if your child is having private Instrumental, Vocal, Song Writing or Speech and Drama lessons it will be assumed that lessons are continuing from term to term. If you wish to discontinue lessons written notification needs to be submitted to the Performing Arts Administration Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on Monday, 1 April otherwise the following terms fees will be charged.
Bring It On The Musical has a sassy script catchy songs. Brought to you by co-composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda who has had many moments of genius on and off the stage.
Most notably penning and starring in the smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Moana and starring in Mary Poppins Returns, just to name a few!
The ability to step out from literally from page to stage sees Miranda as a true artist and master of musical theatre.
In the week leading up to penultimate week and tech week in musical theatre land it’s been a time when we consolidate scenes, clean dance moves, refine vocals, run a costume parade and set the stage ready for an orchestra. This week too we are reminded by the bond that we have as a school as we celebrate difference and harmony. We will leave you with a quote from Mr Miranda himself.
Amy Skene and Loretta Visser
Year 10 Photography
Year 10 Photography students got in touch with nature this week taking their skills outdoors. The excursion allowed students to explore the nature of contemporary artistic practice using a full range of media and concepts involved in creating installation works.
They created and documented a series of site - specific sculptural installations that came into existence through a process of defining and addressing the space, location and scale of the art object and surrounding environment. The students then captured their installation works through the medium of digital photography.
Their images will be used to develop a Digital Photo Portfolio. Please click 'Expand Article' below to view some of Year 10's great photography.
Gifted Awareness Week – March 17 to 23
To celebrate Gifted Awareness Week this year, the Learning Enrichment Team is keen to promote awareness in our broader community. This year, the topic is ‘belonging’. We feel that gifted students will feel a sense of belonging, when there is a greater understanding of their diverse needs.
The field of gifted education is complex and multifaceted. These identified students require specific provisions to align with whole school policy around diverse learning needs. A common myth that exists, is that gifted students are consistently high achievers, and do not experience academic struggle. This misconception is potentially causing a spiral of further underachievement, as their educational, social, and emotional needs are often overlooked, or not fully understood. At Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, we realise that, just like other learners, gifted students must be identified, and specific differentiated adjustments should be made in order to meet their unique needs.
The process for identifying gifted students should be multidimensional, and is a critical element in formalising appropriate adjustments to meet their educational needs. At our school, quantitative data regarding general intellectual ability is obtained through a Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V). Gagne’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT) has been adopted to identify those students who are among the top 10% of their peers. At this point, a support plan is then developed, in order to monitor the student’s unique affective characteristics, track their academic performance compared to their potential, and ensure that appropriate curriculum strategies are utilised. The Learning Enrichment Coordinators then carefully monitor the students who identify with a high potential, or aptitude, but are not achieving at a level expected.
Understanding the Profiles and Affective Characteristics of Gifted Learners
For some gifted students, social adjustment is challenging, which results in a myriad of concerns. These students begin to norm-reference and compare themselves to other students at an early age, which if not appropriately managed, can lead to concealment of intelligence, behavioural problems, or social isolation. Additionally, there is a significant correlation between low self-esteem and underachievement. Often gifted students will mask their intelligence if they feel they are bored, do not feel valued or like they belong. Gifted students’ self-concept is often associated with how ‘accepted’ they feel from their peers and teachers. When they feel estranged or unaffirmed, their self-concept and level of achievement diminishes. It is important to recognise that these students tend to have emotional excitability, which leads them to speak rapidly and compulsively. This trait can be incorrectly interpreted in the classroom as poor behaviour, leading to further confusion of their self-concept; and ultimately impacting their performance.
A valuable way to understand these affective characteristics and needs of gifted students has been developed by Betts and Neihart (1988) in the form of six different ‘Profiles of the Gifted and Talented’, and later updated in 2010. Five of the profiles are particularly advantageous for all stakeholders (including parents) to understand giftedness:
- Type One: Successful, are often well-behaved and constantly seek approval form their teachers and other adults. They often do not take risks, and whilst they may ‘achieve’, there is a significant discrepancy between their achievement potential and results.
- Type Two: Challenging, are often overlooked for their level of giftedness, as they are often observed as rude, arrogant, and sarcastic. This is typically due to their level of boredom, anger, or resentment – which leads to ongoing underachievement, if not reversed.
- Type Three: Underground, often want to feel accepted by their peers, and may conceal their ability. By hiding their gifts, these students may be left with feelings of guilt, insecurity, or anxiousness.
- Type Four: Dropouts, are students who have intellectually and emotionally removed themselves from the classroom. This is typically caused by a cycle of the ‘system’ not meeting their needs, causing them to feel rejected. This causes complete withdrawal, refusal to participate, or defensiveness in the form of anger. These students often have severe low self-esteem and performance.
- Type Five: Double Labelled, are often overlooked in the identification process, as they are students with a physical, emotional, or learning disability, who are also gifted. The risk is to only focus on the disability, and ignore the gift.
If you have specific questions about gifted education, please do not hesitate to contact your Learning Enrichment Coordinator.
Learning Enrichment Coordinators
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Sound Recording Project for Community Installation
Thank you to all students who have attended the first few sessions working on the sound design project. Last week, students recorded school yard sounds and the sound of typing on a keyboard using studio equipment. Students are also learning to use industry standard audio production software Pro Tools, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. These recordings will be collated and used as part of a community installation that will take place at the Lismore Quad this coming May. Any students wishing to be involved in this very special project are welcome to come along. Please email me for details at email@example.com.
Lindisfarne Recording Studio Producer
Nabari Seiho High School Visit
Last week our Japanese sister school, Nabari Seiho High School visited Lindisfarne for the ninth consecutive year. We organised the Homestay component for this cultural exchange and were so appreciative of the ten Lindisfarne families who volunteered to homestay these visiting students for one week. On Sunday, 10 March, we gathered to welcome one male and eleven female students who were aged between 16-17 years old.
The students had a wonderful time studying ESL, participating in various classes with their Years 8 to 11 school buddies and making boomerangs with Mr Wright.
We highly value the relationship that our Senior Japanese teacher Mr Miller has cultivated with Nabari High School over the years and we look forward to more cultural exchanges between our schools. I am sure our Lindisfarne students are excited about the upcoming trip to Japan in December of this year and being Nabari family house guests.
I would like to share with you a few words from some of our Lindisfarne Homestay families;
We thought you might be interested in our week so far. We have been treated to a Japanese tea ceremony every evening after dinner and beautiful music with the both girls playing the keyboard and violin. We’ve been lucky enough to have a koala and a wallaby in our yard. We did have to explain not everyone gets koalas in their yard in Australia! - Mr and Mrs Sutton
Rena’s favourite Aussie food was chicken sandwiches. - Mr and Mrs Veldhoven
We look forward to sharing more funny and interesting stories from our homestay families in future newsletters. All students and families had a wonderful time hosting and sharing their lives with their visiting student. I am so grateful to our families who volunteered and look forward to working with them all in the future.
These experiences are helping us all to become more compassionate, sensitive and respectful to cultures vastly different from our own and we are all emotionally richer for these unique shared moments.
International Student Coordinator
Please click "Expand Article' to see more photos from the Nabari Seiho High School Visit.
Year 9 PASS
The cohort have been participating during their double lesson on Thursday Week A at Club Banora. The students have learnt some of the basic skills needed and then transferring them into game play. The games have been extremely competitive and impressive displays of teamwork have also been evident.
The PASS course compliments the PDHPE course at Stage 5 and Stage 6. It is recommended that HSC students elect this popular class in Year 9 and 10 although it is not a prerequisite.
Dynamic Athletic and Performance Sessions
This week saw the commencement of the Dynamic Athletic and Performance sessions for the Development Squad. Every Tuesday at Lunchtime, Mark Ladbrook (our new High Performance and Athletic Coach) will coach those enthusiastic students wanting to gain the edge in their chosen sport.
The sessions will cover:
- Running dynamics and technique
- Build explosive speed and first step acceleration
- Improve agility
- Improve conditioning for court and field sports
- Power development for their sport
The first few sessions will focus on technique with the aim of establishing a sound and concrete foundation upon which to build the athlete.
Tuesday’s session was very educational and engaging for all 15 students who attended.
Mr Matt Fydler
Director of Sports Academy
Junior School Sports
The Cross Country for 8 to 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds will be held at Mahers Lane Campus this year. Our 8-year-old students in Year 2 will be joining us for this carnival.
Students participate in the age category of the age they turn in the 2019 calendar year. All 8, 9 and 10 year olds will be running a 2km race. Practice has already started in PE classes and at Runners Club on a Tuesday and Thursday morning.
On Thursday, 28 March, we will be taking all participating students up to Mahers Lane Campus to walk and run the course. This will help them to become familiar with the route and to make them aware of the terrain that they will face on the day. Buses will transport the students between campuses for sport on Thursday afternoon. Students will be returned to Sunshine Avenue prior to the bell for the end of day.
P-2 Fun Cross Country
We will be holding the Preschool, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 Fun Cross Country day at the Junior School on Friday, 5 March, however their races will be in year levels.
If you would like to volunteer your help on this day, please let me know ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
A meeting was held this week for those students interested in competing in a one day Futsal Tournament. Sunshine Avenue are looking to enter teams into the Gold Coast School Titles to be played at Coomera on Tuesday, 28 May. This is Week 5 of Term 2. The age groups are 10 year boys and 10 year girls. Any interested students will have to register their interest by coming to see Mr Croft at school. There will be a meeting held later this term with more information for parents once we have finalised all the details.
Sunshine Avenue will be holding a Rookies to Reds Rugby Union Program after school in Term 2. Rookies to reds is a fun, non-contact skills and games program to introduce the Wallabies of tomorrow to the game of Rugby Union. Please read the information below for times and dates and registration details.
Centre Name: Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School
Address: 36/52 Sunshine Ave, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
Time: 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Program Dates: Tuesday, 7 May – Tuesday, 4 June (five-week program)
- Little Legends U5 - U7 Years
- Junior Champs U8 – U9 Years
- Future Stars U10 - U11 Years
Rookies2Reds Coach: Henry Bradford (0451 874 693 or email@example.com)
Cost: $60.00 also includes Rookies2Reds participant pack and free family pass to a 2019 St.George Reds Super Rugby Game
To register please follow the link below.
PE Specialist P-4
Inter-School Cricket Tri-Series versus St Andrews (Game 2)
Last Thursday, the Lindisfarne Years 7 to 9 Cricket Team again defeated St Andrews in the second round of the Inter-School Tri-Series. Tight bowling from Tate Marquardt, Oliver Greeney, Charlie Evesson, Jack Furness and Gabe Leitch restricted St Andrews to 118 runs from their 15 over innings. Lindisfarne fought strongly and made the run chase in the final over of the game, thanks to some bold efforts with the bat from Charlie Evesson - 24 runs off 25 balls (retired), Rupert Fahey 23 off 25 balls (ret.) and Gabe Leitch 32 off 25 balls (ret.).
Thanks to all the boys for a great game, played in the right spirit and we are looking forward to the next match where we hope to take the series 3 nil. Go Lindisfarne!
Expressions of interest are invited from ‘horsey’ families who may be interested in representing Lindisfarne at Equestrian Interschool competitions in both NSW and Queensland.
Interschool provides an excellent opportunity to participate and compete in a range of disciplines; Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Show Horse, Showman and Combined Training. We presently have a small but very keen team and welcome any horse and rider combinations currently attending Pony Club and/or competing.
If you are interested in joining our team, or would like further information, please contact Kathryn Leary, Equestrian Coordinator via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NCIS Basketball in Coffs Harbour
We had four teams travel to Coffs Harbour for the NCIS competition. Most teams were able to get some solid preparations in the month leading up to this, and we felt well confident as a squad travelling down on Monday afternoon. We had a hearty meal, and stayed in the Budget Ibis to give us all a good night's rest and help to maximise our performance on the Tuesday. Here is a brief overview of the results:Round 1
- Open Girls: 24-16 Win (vs Kempsey)
- Open Boys: 55-16 Win (vs Bishop Druitt)
- U15 Girls: 35-8 Win (vs Emmanuel)
- U15 Boys: 18-15 Win (vs Kempsey)
- Open Girls: 46-10 Loss (vs Bishop Druitt)
- Open Boys: 33-13 Win (vs Kempsey)
- U15 Girls: 22-15 Loss (vs Cape Byron)
- U15 Boys: 28-21 Win (vs Emmanuel)
- Open Girls: 52-2 Win (vs Clarence Valley)
- Open Boys: bye
- U15 Girls: bye
- U15 Boys: 38-5 Win (vs Clarence Valley)
- Open Girls: No semi, straight final
- Open Boys: 39-38 Loss in overtime (vs Bishop Druitt)
- U15 Girls: 57-17 Loss (vs Bishop Druitt)
- U15 Boys: 42-22 Win (vs Bishop Druitt)
- Open Girls: 66-15 Loss (vs Bishop Druitt)
- U15 Boys: 47-34 Win (vs Emmanuel)
The Open Boys were very unlucky not to get through the semi-final and challenge for the Championship - as can be evidenced by their overtime result. A big thank you to our Basketball Captains Holly Vonhoff and Ned Sacks, who were great leaders throughout the tournament.
Spotlight on Jye Walker
Well done to our Jumps specialist Jye Walker who competed in the QLD State Championships recently and achieved third place in the High Jump.
Spotlight on Lily Alford
Some more fantastic QLD State Surf Lifesaving results have come through, with Lily Alford attaining some magnificent results. She came away with a Silver in the the Beach Sprint, Gold in the U12 Beach Relay, Bronze in the All Age Relay and 4th in the Flags (136 starting competitors). A very gifted young athlete in the making, well done Lily.
Spotlight on Blaise and Barlow Telford
Well done to Blaise and Barlow Telford for their feats at the recent QLD State Surf Lifesaving Championships, with Barlow collecting a 3rd place in the U12 Flags, and Blaise obtaining a 2nd in the U11 relay. Well done gentlemen.
Spotlight on Jake Beck
Congratulations to Jake Beck who attended last week's NCIS Football tournament in Coffs Harbour with a broken arm and couldn’t play. He was selected for the NCIS team predicated on his outstanding performance for the same coach/selector the year before. All the best for Sydney Jake.
Head of Sports and Activities
The Saturday TNA Grading games were cancelled on the weekend. It means that this weekend the games will start at 7.30am. Good luck to the Division 2 Lions; Cadets – Navy, Green, White and Red Lions and the Junior Aqua and Silver Lions teams.
Thanks in advance to all of our coaches, managers, scorers, umpires and tent erectors!
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 and those who would like a refresher. Please let me know if you are interested.
The WA Tour
On Thursday, 21 March, we organised for Lyall from First Aid Gold Coast to teach us how to tape and strap ankles and fingers. All Touring girls were invited.
More photos in the gallery below.
On Friday, Mr Marquardt presented the Touring girls with their Team Jackets. It was good to see some of the other Sports stars in the school to support their peers. Not long now.
Monday Night Netball
No games were played on Monday night this week due to the thunder and lightning.
Following the Umpiring Course this week, we will have:
- The White Lions playing Centaur on Court 2 at 6.30pm
- The Blue Lions playing Lit Lemons on Court 3 at 6.30pm
- The Gold Lions playing All Stars on Court 10 at 7.30pm
- The Red Lions playing Starlights on Court 1 at 7.30pm
If you have any questions re: any of these events, please do not hesitate to email myself.
Teacher in Charge of Netball
Magic United / TFA Soccer Camps
Total Football Academy (TFA) will be delivering football (soccer) camps in the School holidays at various locations. TFA have camps for all ages including a social holiday camp from 5 years to 12 years, development camp for Under 8's to Under 11's and a week of a pro camp for Under 12's to Under 16's.