From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”

The holidays are upon us after a long term, and what a fantastic term it has been! Students began work on the musical Bring It On two weeks before classes commenced, alongside teachers as they prepared for the new year. The musical was a huge success and reflected the professionalism and passion of the staff and students involved. Term 1 included two of our major sporting carnivals, swimming early in the term and Cross Country this week. We have hosted visiting schools from Japan, China and Armidale and this week we have four netball teams on tour in Western Australia. Next week Mr Godden and other staff are taking a group of students on a cultural tour to Hangzhou in China, a fascinating city of 9 million people. The school executive continue to work with the architects Thomson Adsett in the development of the School Masterplan and it is expected the initial two buildings in the Masterplan will be ready for DA approval in May. We have had many CAPA and sporting events, open classrooms, Easter and ANZAC Services and importantly, productive time in the classroom making progress in learning. 

We were fortunate today to have Lindisfarne parent, Major Matina Jewell, speak to our Mahers Lane students about the significance of ANZAC Day to her. Matina also reflected on the life of Stanley Savige who served in The Great War and went on to found Legacy. Year 12 student Grace Matthews spoke to the assembly about the Australian Victoria Cross winners at Archangel, an outpost of the war in Russia where over 500 ANZACs went after serving at Gallipoli in Turkey. I encourage our students and families to get involved in ANZAC Day marches during the holidays. Details are included in this newsletter.

I think we are all ready for a well deserved break! The quote I included above by Roman poet Ovid is a timeless reminder that we can only be at our best if we take time out of the busyness of life to stop and rest. In the Christian calendar, Easter is a key opportunity to pause and reflect on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says to his listeners: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” These are life-giving words that can bring light out of darkness. I hope and pray that you have a wonderfully joyful and relaxing holiday break, surrounded by friends and family. 

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal

ANZAC Day 2019

ANZAC Day ceremony Tweed Heads and Kingscliff

This year Lindisfarne students will be participating in three of the local ANZAC Day marches during the upcoming school holidays on Thursday, 25 April. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present. The spirit of ANZAC, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

To help us acknowledge students attending the marches, it would be helpful if you completed this form to register your child’s intended participation – Lindisfarne ANZAC Day March Attendees. Although staff will be in attendance at each event, students will remain under the supervision of their parents. The details for each event are outlined below.

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Dawn Service

  • Meet with Mr Hardy & Mrs Lush, under the School banner, on the pathway/boardwalk behind Chris Cunningham Park, Tweed Heads at 5.40am. A short, wreath laying service will be held at the Memorial in Chris Cunningham Park at 5.55am

  • Monty Lush from Year 9  will be playing The Last Post and Reveille at the Dawn Service.

  • Students in the Junior School and Middle School should remain with their parents for the Dawn Service.

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Main Ceremony

  • All students from P-12 are encouraged to attend this ANZAC Day March if available.

  • Meet Mr Douglas, Mr Lancaster and other staff next to the Children’s playground in Jack Evans Boat Harbour Tweed Heads (corner Boundary and Coral Streets) from 10:00am. March off at precisely 10.30am ending at the Memorial in Chris Cunningham Park for the ANZAC Day Service at 11.00am.

  • School Captains will lay a wreath and all student leaders are expected to attend.

  • The Junior School Choir will be singing the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems under the supervision of Mr Edwards.

  • Grace Matthews from Year 12 will be speaking about the Australian Victorian Cross Winners at Archangel.

  • Students march with the school group and remain with the school group during the ANZAC Day Service. Parents do not march with the students but are encouraged to be with the school group during the service.

  • Students are provided with food and drink at the end of the service.

Kingscliff Main Ceremony

  • Lindisfarne’s Senior Orchestra will be playing at this service.

  • Meet Mrs Lush  on the Southern end of the Bowls Club on Marine Parade from 10:00am for march off at 10.30am. Service at the Kingscliff Cenotaph at 11.00am.

  • Students march with the School groups and remain with the school group during the ANZAC Day Service. Parents do not march with the students but are encouraged to be with the school group during the service.

All students are expected to wear full school uniform, including ties and blazers for Senior Students. As a sign of respect, please ensure shoes are polished and the uniform is worn neatly. Students wishing to wear medals awarded to a relative should wear the medals on the right hand side of their chest. It would be wonderful to have a large representation from Lindisfarne for ANZAC Day 2019.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Easter Celebrations for 2019

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we had a focus on Easter at both Sunshine Avenue and Mahers Lane. On Monday afternoon, the students and staff at Sunshine Avenue gathered to learn about the meaning of Easter which lies beneath all of the modern practices and symbols. We read a story called “Making Room” which was all about stopping to take time to focus on the traditional meaning and practice of Lent and Easter.

On Tuesday at Mahers Lane, we held a service and ceremony known as the Stations of the Cross.

Stations of the Cross is a reflective and meditative practice observed by millions of people around the world every year as a way of entering into the mystery of Easter. 

And Easter IS a mystery. What I mean by that is that Easter is not simply some kind of magical formula or dogmatic ideology which we need to be convinced of in order to qualify as good people. Easter isn’t something that we can rationalise or “figure out.” 

For most of human history, sacred stories have been told to convey meaning rather than facts. Too often, in our modern, western setting, we listen to stories in order to hear fact rather than truth, and they are different in many stories. 

Stations of the Cross recounts the last day of the life of Jesus. It is quite a dark and troubling story, but I explained to everyone present that if we do not enter into and engage with the challenging and troubling events which led to Jesus’ execution, then the mystery of Easter Day loses its context and power in the same way that you wouldn’t appreciate the power and context of a good book if you only read the last 10 pages. 

Part of the mystery of Easter, and part of the potential beauty of Easter is that we have the opportunity to enter into the heart of the story and learn something about how we can choose to live and respond to life’s challenges, even when those challenges might seem like they are as extreme as facing death. 

However, part of the power of the story of the cross is that death was not the end of the story. New life has always been a part of the natural world, and the resurrection of Jesus on Easter day points to that reality. The resurrection story also has the potential to give us hope; not only in the reality of God which is accessible to every one of us every day, but also hope in ourselves and our future when we choose to respond to the world around us with the same kind of love that was modelled and lived by Jesus himself.

I hope and pray that our term 1 holiday allows you to rest and renew in body, mind and Spirit, so that you will be encouraged and inspired to continue to meet and overcome life’s challenges in positive and restorative ways.

May you be inspired by the love of God and the life of the risen Christ to continue to become all that you have the potential to be.

Have a happy, safe and holy Easter.

Rev Chad
School Chaplain 


Parents & Friends

P&F Report

As we draw our term to an end, we can congratulate our P&F on successfully filling most executive positions on the committee. A big welcome to our new members for the general committee, Paul Letters and Rachel Mead and our new Vice President, Ramesh Sivabalan. We also welcomed many new faces to our general meeting, allowing a more diverse set of ideas and opinions. Other positions remain as in the previous year. Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to sharing many more moments with you throughout the year.


Our Mother’s Day High Tea will be held on 10 May 2019 at the Trades Skills Centre with delicious morsels (savoury and sweet), champagne on arrival and wonderful entertainment from our talented music department. Keep an eye out for the details and book your tickets fast.

While on the topic, the lovely Petria and her team have organised some sensational gifts for our children to spoil their mum on this special day. These Mother's Day Stalls will be held over a few days:

  • 7 May in the Joeys' room.
  • 9 May for Preschool to Year 4.
  • 9 May at Mahers Lane for Years 5 and 6.

In the event that somebody misses out on the day, 10 May will see Petria available to avert any catastrophes with a small selection of gifts. Remember, prices this year are predominantly $10 and IOU’s are not available. 

A final note to congratulate all of our families who organised, prepared and successfully got their children to school during Term 1. We acknowledge that some days can be hard, but hey, you’ve made it. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday and well-earned rest. Looking forward to returning in Term 2 with a fresh start.

Kylie Potter
P&F President

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Preschool Reading Experiences

An advantage of sharing a campus with Lindisfarne’s Junior School is that we can participate in whole school activities on a regular basis. This means that our Preschool students are familiar with the layout of the Junior School and some of the teachers they will interact with once they begin their first formal year of schooling. 

Our Preschoolers also get to interact with the older students as they participate in various planned and impromptu activities throughout the year. On Monday, for example, the Koalas invited a group of Year 4 students to visit their classroom to share the stories that the older children have been writing, and read some picture books for us. 

It was a really valuable experience for the Preschoolers and the older students too, as when children share picture books together, it prompts meaningful conversations about what might be happening in the story, what the characters are feeling, meanings of words and how what's happening might relate to the children themselves. 

The experience also brought context to and inspiration for the art of reading and writing for the Koalas, helping to develop excitement and curiosity about themselves as beginner readers and writers. Reading and writing is within my reach!

Tim Pettit
Preschool Koalas

Please click "Expand Article" to view more photos from the Preschool reading experience. 

Junior School

Year 3 Open Classroom

Last Wednesday, Year 3 conducted tours at the Junior School's Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) for their Term 1 Open Classroom. Year 3 is the first year level to experience formal lessons, in the garden, following the SAKG program. From the start of the year, students have worked hard to learn as much as they can about all the elements of running a sustainable garden. Some of these elements include: native bees, garden beds, chickens, rain and temperature gauges and the bird and butterfly garden. 

Each week, our garden expert, Maria Roberson, immersed the students in learning experiences which allowed them to observe, explore and inquiry about these fascinating topics. Students formed expert groups and with their new found knowledge were asked to prepare a two-minute presentation. Students wrote speeches, created posters and visual presentations using Slide on their iPads. Each expert was separated into a tour group and students led their family members around the garden on a highly informative tour. 

Congratulations to all Year 3 students who presented with such passion and enthusiasm for their area of expertise. A big thank you to Maria, we always love our weekly gardening lessons and cannot wait to do cooking next term! Our appreciation also goes to the parents, grandparents and friends who made time out of their busy days to come along and support the students in their learning. 

Rebecca Hassell
Year 3 Teacher

​Zebra Day 2019

Zebra Day this year was a fantastic success with $584.85 being raised at the Junior School Campus alone. All the funds will be collected, banked and the total will be presented to the IDFA conference in Brisbane, this Saturday, 13 April.

It was great to see the sea of black and white clothes especially at the Mahers Lane Campus. Thank you to all the students and families that help support this event. Your support provides hope for all CVID patients.

Our local radio stations GOLD FM and Hot Tomato did live crosses from both campuses which helped raised awareness all over the Tweed and Gold Coast.

Junior School Teachers

Year 2 QR Code Quest - Open Classroom

Year 2 parents and guardians were invited to share in our learning by attending our first Open Classroom for the year. Together, students and adults completed a ‘QR Code Quest’, investigating different animals and their remarkable adaptations, a topic we have been exploring during our Term 1 Science unit. Students used their iPads to explore a specially designed Google site and completed challenges, all accessed by scanning QR codes hidden around the Junior School Campus.

We are proud of the learning we do at school and enjoyed showcasing how we incorporate technology and our iPads into our daily teaching to enhance learning. It was a brilliant afternoon of exploration and collaboration. 

Year 2 Teachers

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Junior School News

“As your kids grow, they may forget what you said, but won't forget how you made them feel.” Kevin Heath.

It has been a wonderful week to be part of the Junior School. Parents have provided considerable support with events including the Twilight Music Concert, Year 2 Open Classrooms, Zebra Day, the Easter Hat Parade (with guest appearance from our furry friend) and the Cross Country Carnival for our 8 year olds and above.

Throughout each of these events I have witnessed enormous hugs of support, high fives and waves, kind words of encouragement and infinite patience.  We have had hundreds of parents attend the various happenings with their presence leaving a positive mark every time.  Many members of our community commented on how inclusive and welcomed they felt and this is a result of everyone’s efforts - parents, staff and students.

This week  we had a visit from Mr Kevin Cheetham from the Tweed Valley-Murwullumbah Sub Branchof the National Serviceman’s Association of Australia.  Mr Cheetham was joined by Reverand Graeham and Wendy Hodgekinson who generously donated two ‘Great War Bears’, to our school. The two bears, Trooper Jones and Sister O’Meara, are accompanied by a story card to help teachers to build on each bear’s story. Trooper Jones and Sister O’Meara will make their way around classrooms over the next few weeks.

It has been a very busy term and I know many of our families are looking forward to the rest, relaxation and family time that this break offers.  Please enjoy a safe Easter vacation and I look forward to seeing well-rested young students back on campus next term with plenty of stories to share.  I am sure I will see plenty of students at our Anzac Day march and look forward to seeing our Junior School Choir perform the Australian and New Zealand national anthems on this special occasion.

Mark Douglas 
Head of Junior School

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Middle School

Middle School Wrap Up

What an amazing term it has been! 

I am well aware that in this edition of the newsletter there will be numerous mentions of Bring It On The Musical and I would like to add my own message of congratulations and thanks to all staff, students and parents who were involved in bringing it to life. I had the privilege of working front-of-house for all four of the shows which gave me the wonderful opportunity to not only experience the show but to experience the reactions of the 1700(ish) patrons who attended. The overwhelmingly positive feedback was delivered by countless beaming smiles and joyfully teary eyes as our school community celebrated the determination, commitment and teamwork of the cast and crew. I couldn’t help but share in this pride, especially for those Middle School students who were able to share in the wonderfully collegial process with their senior counterparts.

I would like to mention the moment of the show series that warmed my heart and highlighted the truest benefit of a production such as this. 

Standing at the back of the centre-section, near the sound and lighting tables, towards the end of the closing night show, I turned to watch Jade Stoddart (Kylar) exit the arena following one of her final scenes. Waiting patiently to receive their next set of instructions were the year 5 and 6 boys who made up the front-of-house team. This band of Middle-Schoolers quickly became affectionately known as “Black Ops”. A well-earned title due to their ability and proclivity to work behind the scenes to get stuff done! They delivered generous and deserving applause to Jade who then stopped, high-fived and warmly embraced each of the boys in a true gesture of gratitude, care and connection. For me, witnessing this caring and humble act from one of the superstars of the show towards crew members, six years her junior, epitomised the culture of teamwork and camaraderie that this school musical has built within our student community. 

Jade, and all of the other senior cast members, I personally thank you for the leadership and care you showed towards your Middle School team members as you supported, included and cared for them throughout the entire musical process. You have helped to create memories that will last a lifetime. To (roughly) quote “I Got You” from the final act, “ twenty years it's not a shiny trophy that [they’ll] miss, but [they’ll] always smile when they remember this.”

I will also take this opportunity to remind parents/carers about the upcoming parent/teacher interviews. These meetings are a wonderful way to check in with teachers, deepen your understanding of the curriculum and build relationships. I look forward to seeing you on Monday 6 and Wednesday 8 May for the Middle School meetings.

I am thoroughly looking forward to the adventure ahead with the 21 Middle School students who will be participating in our first Middle School International tour to Shanghai and Hangzhou in China. The experiences ahead of us will, no doubt, give us all an opportunity to experience schooling and culture that is so different from our own. I would like to thank the staff of Wenlan School in Hangzhou for their very kind invitation and we look forward to hosting them on the reciprocal leg in August.

I hope you are able to enjoy a well-earned break over the Easter period and return in Term 2 refreshed and ready to continue with our amazing year.

Jeremy Godden 
Head of Middle School

Year 7 News

We made it.

Well after 55 days of school and some 330 different classes we are almost at the end of Term 1 and what a busy one it has been.

Year 7 has dived head first into all that Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School has to offer and have fully embraced a multitude of opportunities. As a cohort they have mastered new teachers, a new timetable, lockers and stairs. They have enjoyed their first term of sport, embarked on a three-day camp to get to know each other better. They have completed 10 assessment tasks, some of which were exams, others involved research and some were hands on projects. From these they have learnt a lot and will be able to use the feedback given to further guide their learning into the second half of Semester 1.

Students have also  participated in a plethora of activities; surf life saving, swimming, Cross Country, soccer, cricket, hockey and so much more. Some have been involved in debating. Others chose to pursue the excitement of the school musical Bring It On.  We’ve had students sign up for choir, music lessons, Kokoda Challenge and put some put their hand up for SRC. The list goes on...

Most importantly all have taken on the challenges that starting Year 7 brings with a smile and a positive outlook. We can’t ask for anymore than that.

So now it’s time to rest, relax and rejuvenate for next term. Enjoy family and friends over the Easter break. Congratulate your child on all they have experienced and achieved and we will see you all in Term 2.

Ms McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

​Year 8 End of Term 1 Wrap Up

What a distant memory the first week of Term 1 has now become! 

At the start of the year, I touched base with the families of the Year 8 students about my Year Coordinator philosophy and outlined my vision for the students - a philosophy anchored in student centered development and a forward-thinking approach to the way students handle their education.

I have been fortunate this term to work with students who are increasingly developing their self-awareness and taking ownership of their actions. I have watched new students settle into their new schools. I have seen new friendships be formed. I have seen the pride of students’ faces when their hard work is rewarded. I have seen the flickers of determination to do better next time. I have seen students come into their own through their participation in all facets of the school production of Bring It On The Musical. I have also been fortunate to work with parents who are dedicated to supporting their student with both the challenges and triumphs of this transitory year. 

So, when it comes to writing this article for the final week of this term, the word to sum it all up is GRATEFUL. I’m grateful that I get to be part of this journey. And whilst I am also very grateful for a two-week vacation, I look forward to Term 2 and continuing to work with the Year 8 cohort.

Thank you to the Year 8 homeroom teachers who have been integral to the seamlessness of the term and all teachers of Year 8 who dedicate their time to helping our students be the best version of themselves.

Kylie Wharton
Year 8 Coordinator

Senior School


Year 10 Natural Ability Careers Program

This week all year 10 students received their login to start the Natural Ability Careers Program. Students would have registered in their English class this week and should complete the testing by Week 1 of Term 2. 

Natural Ability Careers Program

“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.”

This will be followed up with workshops for students in Term 2, Week 3 on Tuesday, 14 May and Wednesday, 15 May with a parent workshop on Wednesday, 15 May starting at 6.30pm. If you have any questions please call or email me via 07 5590 5099 or

Year 12 Career News

All Year 12 students would have received their UAC pin last week, as discussed with the students, they will need this pin to access their ATAR in December. The School does not receive a copy of the pin so it is important that it stored safely. If students prefer, they can also forward the UAC email to me and I will also keep a copy of the UAC pin. 

Year 12 interviews will start in Term 2, Week 1 in the lead up to the Year 12 camp. All students need to have an action or transition plan for exiting the School and moving into the workforce or further study. This is something that will be a focus for the last two terms of schooling for Year 12.

Year 12 Camp Week

The focus of the camp will be on consolidating the academic progress of the students. There will be an opportunity to have tutorials in most subjects with specialised help in the majority of subjects. I have also organised a guest speaker and a number of other activities including visits from universities to assist with post school planning. The camp will run from Monday to Friday with no early sign-outs for students.

Thank you.

Barry Woods
Director of Careers/VET/TAS

​Geography Fieldwork

Fieldwork is work undertaken outside the classroom, so that knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom can be applied in the real world. David Job from Cambridge University states: “ is through our senses that we come to care deeply about [the earth’s] well-being ... There is a growing sense that places and environments have a meaning beyond what can be measured and quantified.” Fieldwork also promotes higher order thinking skills. 

This semester, fieldwork has been an integral part of assessment tasks in Senior Geography and in Years 9 and Geography. On Monday, 11 March, Year 10 Geography students travelled to various sites along the Tweed coast for their field trip. The purpose of the study was to examine a number of beaches from Cabarita to Kirra. Each beach had their own dynamic dune profile and unique biodiverse ecosystem. There was evidence of coastal management processes such as longshore drift at work and the impacts that humans have had on the coastline. Students identified and sketched native and introduced flora and fauna. Several field sketches were constructed, including a sketch of the wave conditions at Kingscliff Beach and a sketch of the key landforms observable from Point Danger. Students measured the height of the dunes and the depth of the ocean to create transect diagrams of the coast. Data was also gathered on the rate at which sediment moves along the coast. These valuable observations were completed in a field work booklet, which is then used by students when they are writing their final report back in class. Students were asked to consider the impact of climate change on the long-term sustainability of the coastal environment and how governments, groups and individuals need to respond.

Year 10 Geographers examine features of our coastlines

On March 22, Year 9 Geography students visited ‘The Farm’ in the farming hinterland district of Byron Bay and Cape Byron Conservation Area. Tiff and Ruth from ‘The Farm’ provided the students with a good understanding of how an agritourism farm production unit operates with its inputs, throughputs and outputs. They gave an enlightening presentation on the importance of knowing where your food comes from and how livestock are farmed on the property. A tour of the property was insightful and the daily activities of the property were explained to the enjoyment of the group. They also look at the organic farming of vegetables and its use of small-scale irrigation. Excellent information was provided on problems faced by farmers in the area and how such properties can be sustainably managed into the future. Ruth also looked at the significance of the Northern Rivers as a Food Bowl for Australia. We would like to thank Ruth and Tiff for their generous hospitality and informative presentation. At Cape Byron Conservation area, students looked at the management strategies needed to sustain 1.2 million tourists per annum to this protected zone and the role that indigenous people play in us understanding ‘Caring for Country’.

Year 9 students at ‘The Farm’ looking at sustainability, recycling waste and the ‘Paddock to Plate’ philosophy.

On March 29, Year 11 travelled to Byron Bay to look at contrasting ecosystems and their biogeographical features. They assessed the potential issues for these ecosystems and possible strategies for the future management of the sites. They also looked at the impact of fire on a wildlife corridor at Arakwal National Park and its potential effect on a rare coastal heathland community. Other sites examined include the littoral rainforest at ‘The Pass’ and the riparian ecosystem at the Belongil Cumbebin Nature Reserve. Students also viewed the Cape Byron Marine Park from different vantage points and discussed the importance of zoning in offshore waters.

Year 11 students examine the loss of biodiversity at the wetlands and trying to avoid mosquitoes…

We would like to thank the additional staff for assisting us on each of these days with breakout groups: Mrs Kellie Douglas, Mr Bryan Malone and Mr Richard Gazal.

Luanne McIllhatton and Ella Evans
Geography Teachers


Gold Coast Debating Competition

The first round of the Gold Coast Debating Competition was held at Somerset College on Wednesday evening, 3 April. Our team entered the Junior B division - a division for Year 7 and eight students. The Lindisfarne team, comprising of Thomas Chong, Ruby Dokmanovic, Abbey Horvath and Billy Wardle, had to argue that Pirates were better than Ninjas. Whilst our team was defeated by the St Hilda’s team, Lindisfarne performed creditably and the margin between the two teams was only one point.

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

Short Story Competition

The Lindisfarne Short Story Competition has been launched! The competition is open to Lindisfarne students who are in Years 5 to 12. The word limit for the short story is 600 words. The visual image in the flyer below and the theme Life, Or Something Like It are to be used as a source of inspiration.

Entries are to be typed. On the cover sheet, entrants must indicate their name, their class and the title of their short story. The typed submission must be given to Mrs Walker by 3.45 pm on Monday, 6 May 2019.

All students are encouraged to enter. The submitted piece can be completely original or a re-working of an assessment piece from this term.

Good luck!

Paul Horvath
Director of English

Mathematics Faculty


Student Profile - Jaidah Fergus-Mackie

This week’s student profile is of Jaidah Fergus-Mackie. Jaidah is a familiar face in the newsletter due to her extensive involvement in our school community through debating, Lions Youth of the Year and the Model United Nations to name but a few of her activities. In addition, we have all enjoyed her virtuosity on both piano and cello on many occasions but it is through Science that Jaidah hopes to shape her career and make a difference in the world. 

She is undertaking a meta-analysis (a statistical tool for combining data from multiple studies) of existing research on the prophylactic use of antiretroviral pharmaceuticals to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies via breast milk.

Jaidah, you have a lavish array of talent, do have any idea of what you would like to do after Year 12?

JFM: Yes, I really want to be able to study medicine in the hope of becoming a doctor.

Is this why you chose your research topic?

JFM: Yes. I am interested in medicine and how specific diseases and drugs work. So when I read an article about broadly neutralising antibodies as a treatment for HIV in the newspaper, I decided to do a literature review on the topic for my first assessment task. I found it so interesting that I chose another experimental HIV treatment for my research topic. The transmission of HIV from mother to baby is a particularly tragic event and if there was a way to prevent it, it would make a massive difference to so many lives.

You are obviously passionate about Science, is this why you chose Extension Science in Year 12?

JFM: Sort of. I didn’t need the extra unit but thought it would be great preparation for university as well as an opportunity to spend time researching things that I am really interested in.

You joined the first accelerated Science class when you came to Lindisfarne. Do you think this affected your approach to Year 12 or your decision to do Extension Science?

JFM: Yes. Knowing that I would have so much extra time after finishing Chemistry allowed me more freedom in the subjects I chose. I wouldn’t have done Extension Science if I hadn’t finished Chemistry because I wouldn’t have had the time to give the subject my best effort. Knowing that I already have extra units means that I don’t have to stress out about my marks and I can do the course simply to gain more knowledge in my field of interest.

Going to school to learn as much as you can about a topic you are interested in without worrying about marks, what a novel idea! We are blessed with many excellent students at Lindisfarne and maybe, just maybe, one of them, like Jaidah, may make a critical breakthrough that will actually make the world a better place.

Have a wonderful holiday and look forward to all the things you are going to learn in Term 2.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator

Science Events

National Youth Science Forum

The holidays are the perfect time to consider applying for some of the Science events that are available. Students in Year 11 who are passionate about Science are encouraged to consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum held over 12 days in January 2020. This is an outstanding event if you are considering a career in Science. Details of the program are summarised below and visit the website to find out more about this unique opportunity.

Year 11 students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to expose students to the diverse study and career options available in STEM fields. The Program includes lectures, workshops and labs run by established scientists, facility tours, social events, skills building activities and so much more.

The Program will run three times in January 2020 in Canberra (Australian National University) and Brisbane (University of Queensland).

Application process:
Students applying for NYSF 2020 are required to submit an application through the NYSF website. Read more at:

If you have any questions please contact the NYSF office on 02 6125 2777 or

Sleek Geeks Competition

Now is the time to put the finishing touches on your Sleek Geeks video presentation. A three-minute film about Science could bring you fame and fortune! 

Details are available at:

Conoco Philips Science Experience

Round up some of your mates in Years 9 or 10 and get yourselves registered for this three day Science fest at Griffith University July 2 to 4. Hopefully, there will be bus transport running between Mahers Lane and Griffith University jointly sponsored by Lindisfarne and Tweed Heads Rotary Club. 

Details and application form are available at:

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator 


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Performing Arts


Performing Arts News

Bring It On The Musical

What a huge success!

Congratulations to all in our community who helped make this musical the huge success it was. With four sold out performances, over 1700 people had the pleasure of seeing our talented students Bring It On… and they certainly did! The quality of performance across the entire cast, orchestra and crew was top shelf which was a reflection of the hours of rehearsal that had taken place during just one term.

Special thanks should go to our talented Performing Arts team for their dedication and commitment to bringing this production to life. Our team were able to provide a framework for our students to reach their goals and work at a professional level.

Many thanks should also go to the numerous members of staff across both campuses and parents who helped behind the scenes; from props to catering, costumes to parking and fire wardens to popcorn makers.

I hope all involved in this production and all who were lucky enough to attend were touched by the significance of this project and the high standards achieved by each and every student involved.

Festival of the Piano

On Thursday, 9 May we will be hosting a piano recital to help welcome our beautiful new Kawai Grand Piano to the Chapel. This concert will feature concert pianist and Lindisfarne alumnus Ayesha Gough and some of our own students.

Ayesha conducted the first of three Piano workshop/masterclasses this week with our piano students and will continue to work closely with our students leading up to the performance in May.

This is a free event and an excellent opportunity for our community to hear our own students and the pianistic excellence of Internationally renown Ayesha Gough.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Twilight Concert

On Monday, Mahers Lane hosted the very first Junior School Twilight Concert in the Chapel. The concert featured a variety of musical performances from our Sunshine Ave students including individual solo pieces and a funky arrangement of Valery by the Junior School Stage Band. The level of professionalism and atmosphere was increased by moving the concert indoors, a production crew to assist the students with equipment setup and sound opposition, stage lighting and practice and warm up rooms. 

The new venue and later start time created a massive improvement for staff and students. This has created amazing benefits and opportunities for the students, providing them with adequate time to rehearse prior to the performance, the chance for a sound check to ensure they all sound their best as well as giving all the students the opportunity to perform with the use of professional equipment.

The concert proved to be a massive success, and most importantly the students had fun in the process. We would like to congratulate all of our performers for their professionalism and dedication to practice, rehearsals and performance. The joy that the Junior School students experienced was evident from the big smiles on their faces as they performed under the bright stage lights of Mahers Lane Chapel. 

Jesse Edwards
P-4 Music Coordinator

Lunchtime Concerts

This week we had our end of term music lunchtime concerts in PA11 featuring a range of instrumentalists showcasing their progress during Term 1. Due to the interest in this event we needed to hold the concert over two days and we had over 15 students involved. Congratulations to all students who performed.

Dale Norton 
Music teacher

Learning Enrichment

Learning Enrichment Team

At Lindisfarne, we are fortunate to have a team of experienced and dedicated Learning Enrichment Assistants (LEA’s) as part of the Learning Enrichment team. The role of the LEA is extremely dynamic and flexible and can look different across our sub-schools. The most integral role of the LEA is to aide teachers in supporting our students in the classroom. This may be working with individual students, small groups or the monitoring of the whole class whilst the teacher is target teaching for particular skills or concepts with nominated students. 

Some of our LEA’s have been specifically trained in intervention programs that run across the School. This allows for a greater number of students to access intensive intervention and therefore impact a larger number of students across the School. Learning Enrichment Coordinators provide professional development for the assistants which is tailored to our school and our students. This capacity building continues to develop our team and strengthen the myriad of ways we support and enhance the lives of our students at Lindisfarne.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the role of our Learning Assistants.

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

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space



World Health Day

Every year World Health Day was celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for WHO.

World Health Day is a global campaign, inviting everyone – from global leaders to the public in all countries – to focus on a single health challenge with global impact. Focusing on new and emerging health issues, World Health Day provides an opportunity to start collective action to protect people’s health and well-being.

Over the past 50 years, this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. The celebration is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health.

Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal in 2019. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.

Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world, but millions of people still have no access at all to health care. They are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home. This is why WHO focused on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day.

The PDHPE Faculty

Sport News

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Free Rhythmic Gymnastics classes to return to Lindisfarne in Term 2. Thursdays 4.00pm to 5.00pm in Ngahriyah. Ages 5 years and over and equipment is supplied. Sports uniform may be worn, or leotard/t-shirts and bike pants.

Please contact Stacey Bech for more details. 

Ph: 0418 640 200


Recently one of our Year 5 students, Zali Greeney, represented Lindisfarne at the Interschool Queensland Wide Bay Regional Equestrian Championships.

Having never competed before in an Interschool Queensland event, Zali attended her first event with low expectations for herself and her mount, Willowcroft Jester, who is better known as Rory. After two beautiful workouts in the Show Horse events, Zali was surprised to learn there was also a led component to the event (meaning the rider leads the horse on foot). After the judge explained she would lose points for not having prepared for her led class, Zali with a reassuring kiss and whisper in Rory’s ear (as seen below) set off to complete the workout. Zali had a fabulous time competing at the State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture, and for her first ever Interschool event was greatly surprised to learn she had been awarded second overall. Congratulations Zali!

Zali, along with Saffron Anderson (Year 7) and Nicola Gee (Year 8) all plan to compete with their horses over the upcoming holidays in their new Lindisfarne Equestrian uniforms at both the Tweed Valley Equestrian Group Dressage competition and the South East Queensland Regional Championships. Good luck girls!

Kathryn Leary
Equestrian Interschools Coordinator


We transition to Athletics now from the Cross Country base training program that was offered in Term 1. Please note that we will also continue Cross Country training specifically targeting those students who are representing Lindisfarne at NCIS. All students from both campuses in Years 3 to 12 are invited to attend any of these sessions below which begin on Tuesday, 30 April:




Tuesday, 3.30pm to 5.00pm  


Mark Ladbroke
Phil Newton
Sid Paulraj

Wednesday, 7.00am to 8.00am

Middle Dist
(and Cross Country continuers)

Sid Paulraj

Matt Bedford

Thursday, 3.30pm to 5.00pm


Mark Ladbrok
Phil Newton

Friday, 7.00am to 8.00am

Middle Distance (and Cross Country continuers)

Sid Paulraj
Damien Clucas

Spotlight on Miranda Rhodes

Miranda recently competed in the Queensland Taekwondo State competition and won Gold in a heavier division than her own. Winning her first fight 23/0 and the final 31/21.

Miranda’s brother Hudson and other Lindisfarne students Sian and Eira Grace McGillian, who also competed in the comp, all doing very well and taking home medals.

Miranda flies to Adelaide on Friday with her coach and other Team members from Tans Currumbin to compete in the South Australian Taekwondo Festival. Best of luck.

Hudson Rhodes (Back R), Miranda Rhodes (Back L), Eira Grace McGilligan (Front L), Sian McGilligan (Front R)

Cross Country Carnival

We had a tremendous volume of students participate in our Cross Country Carnival on the gruelling Mahers Lane Campus course. Well done to all runners, here are the results:

18+ Boys

1st - Will Smith
2nd - Will Fitzgibbon
3rd - Jack Bennetts

18+ Girls

1st - Olivia Lancaster
2nd - Jemma Wilson
3rd - Lily Tarantini

17 Years Boys

1st - Kipp Freeman
2nd - Enzo Wurtele
3rd - Matthew McPhee

17 Years  Girls

1st - Abby Frazer
2nd - Madeleine McCloskey
3rd - Katisha Luff

16 Years Boys

1st - Oliver Churchill
2nd - Beau Meehan
3rd - Noah Chapman

16 Years  Girls

1st - Nilaya Cannon
2nd - Charlotte van der Weegen
3rd - Tori Marchiori

15 Years Boys

1st - Jake Frazer
2nd - Finley Neylan
3rd - John Spedding

15 Years  Girls

1st - Ruby Meehan
2nd - Summer Wise
3rd - Chloe Maguire

14 Years Boys

1st - Jye Walker
2nd - Rupert Fahy
3rd - Jesse Freier

14 Years  Girls

1st - Kira Bucknall
=2nd - Niamh Williams
=2nd - Charli McLennan

13 Years Boys

1st - James Campbell
2nd - Axel Hollis
3rd - Ryan Muggeridge

13 Years Girls

1st - Bridie Bedford
2nd - Shakyah Jordan
3rd - Etienne McDonald

12 Years Boys
1st - Jules Loemker
2nd - Dane Folpp
3rd - Kalan Bond

12 Years Girls

1st - Phoebe Link
2nd - Bonnie Starling
3rd - Amy Cronk

11 Years Boys

1st - Lachlan Marshall
2nd - Thomas Horn
3rd - Cody Harris

11 Years Girls

1st - Ava Arghyros
2nd - Eliza Fahy
3rd - Eve Daniel

10 Years Boys

1st - Marcus Williamson
2nd - Lachlan Arghyros
3rd - Ari Cusack

10 Years Girls

1st - Isabella Arghyros
2nd - Siara Travaglia
3rd - Eva Cusick

8/9 Years Boys

1st - Benjamin Vickery
2nd - Kobe Mundy
3rd - Max McColm

8/9 Years Girls

1st - Eira McGilligan
2nd -  Sana Rice
3rd - Isabelle Daniel

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


Monday Night Netball

Well done to the Red Lions who once again had a tough match against KNC. In last week's match, however, the result was in our favour 23-17. The White Lions held the rep girls - Jalapenos – to a 15-18 result … with just six players!

The Gold Lions were victorious over the Blues. All Monday, 8 April, night matches we forfeited due to the Netball Tour.


NCIS Primary Netball

Lindisfarne hosted the NCIS Primary Netball Championships at the TNA’s Arkinstall Park courts on Wednesday, 3 April. Our Primary Lions represented the School with pride and determination. We are so very proud of them. All showed exemplary behaviour, respect, kindness and sportsmanship throughout the day and it did not go unnoticed. And then they showed talent and flair on the court too. Thanks to all of the parents too for allowing play in pretty yucky conditions and also being the best support team ever! They "mopped" the courts, scored, helped before they were asked, cheered and braved the rain! We also provided all of the umpires for the event. They thoroughly deserved their sushi and subs for lunch! Thank you girls! It was an awesome day with the Lindisfarne Lions receiving runners up medals after coming second to EAC and the Lionesses being crowned NCIS Champions for the third year running.

If you have any questions re: any of these events, please do not hesitate to email me.

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

The WA Tour

We’ve been having a great and busy time on tour in WA. Many great wins, and a couple of crushing defeats. The girls have been absolute champions both on and off the court.

Our squad has dropped from 14 fit and gung-ho Juniors to 10 mostly court ready players, with three nursing sprains, one a broken finger and a few dodgy knees. They are still super keen and dominated on court today, with some girls playing four games of netball. The Seniors have been playing like consummate professionals, with each game feeling like a grand final showdown. We have dropped from 18 fit and fast players, to 17 girls who are icing after each game with enough strapping tape to hold together a small city.

Nevertheless, we went completely undefeated yesterday against two big schools: Bunbury Cathedral Grammar and Guildford Grammar School. Also pleasing to note that we won three out of four games at Great Southern Grammar; much to the disgust of the staff and students there who felt that Mr Marquardt and Miss Nichols were slightly traitorous!

We are looking forward to a big finish to the netball side of our tour today with a round robin competition at Darling Range Sports Academy, before taking some down time to explore King’s Park and Fremantle Markets on Saturday.

Final results from today's matches will be available on our Facebook page.

Stuart Marquardt, Sophie Farmer, Danielle Watters and Carys Nichols
Principal and Netball Coaches

Magic United / TFA Soccer Camps

Holiday 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.  

To register; view the TFA website,   email or call Danny Morton on 0473 344 778.


Library Is Open

The Mahers Lane Library will be open from 8.00am ato 3.00pm every day of the April school holidays - excluding exception public holidays.

Uniform Shop


OOSHC School Holiday Program

Employment at Lindisfarne

Community News

Rookies 2 Reds

Athletic 4 Life


​US Open 2019 Tennis Terranora Package

It is now with great excitement that Tennis Terranora has announced an fantastic Tennis Package on offer travelling to New York in August/September 2019.

Inclusive of this package are Ground Passes for three days and the Free Fan Day to attend the US Open and much, much more. A full day to day itinerary has been attached, with included must do activities while in New York. 

If you would like to join Joan Nicoll and other likeminded tennis lovers on this once in a lifetime trip, booking form is attached or contact Kylie Bantoft at All about Travel on 0409 904  787 for anymore information. 

Click here for more information.

Click here for the booking form.

One Fun Day

One Day Fun Day™ is a free day of fun for disadvantaged, sick or at-risk kids and their carers across Australia, coast to coast. It is the first major Impact Event from and our major Impact partner

Please click the image above for more information.

Gardiner Chess - Term 2

Richmond Tweed Regional Library Holiday Program