From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have enjoyed a positive week of learning and achievement at Lindisfarne.

On Monday we welcomed Christine Anu to our school. Christine spent time working with our Senior Choir and also presented to our Year 11 and 12 students and members of our school community. The title of Christine‘s presentation was ‘Christine Anu in Conversation and Song.’ Christine told the story of her childhood growing up in Torres Strait. She shared aspects of language, culture, love of country and community. 

Christine shared the story of her inspirational primary school Principal Mr West who planted the seed when Christine was in Year 6 that she would perform at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, a feat Christine subsequently achieved. She has gone on to be a much loved member of the Australian community and a performer of international standing. We were blessed to have Christine spend time in our school and I thank her for the impact of her address and message.

This week Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students undertook annual NAPLAN assessments. For the first time Lindisfarne students were involved in the NAPLAN Online program. Like many of the schools across Australia we experienced some connectivity issues and have reported our concerns to NESA and ACARA. I am so proud of how our Acting Dean of Studies Dr Natalie Marriott and our staff supported our students throughout the week and how quickly they worked to resolve any difficulties experienced. We have exceptional students and staff.

This morning I enjoyed joining the Junior School students participating in the National Walk Safely to School Day. This was the 20th anniversary of this event in Australia where Children and families are encouraged to walk to school. In this age of commuting it’s refreshing to get back to walking to school. Some of our parents might like to continue this program in the future by walking across Arkinstall Park each day to our Sunshine Avenue Campus. It’s a healthy and delightful way to start the school day. Thank you to Ms Rebecca Hassell for all of her work to coordinate this special event for our children and school community.

Our Year 7 to 12 students will participate in camp week next week and this is a great chance to get beyond the boundaries of the classroom and the school to build lasting friendships and relationships, to work on the development of character and collaboration, to enhance resilience and problem-solving. Thank you to our staff for the work in preparing for camp and for supporting our students to have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop.

In a few weeks there will be two exciting events for the School Community to enjoy.

The evening with Darren Percival on Friday, June 7 is an opportunity see our students perform and to be entertained by Darren Percival who was the runner up on the first season of The Voice. There are some tickets still available via I look forward to joining you for a wonderful evening of entertainment. 

On Friday, 21 June the P&F Golf Day will be the place to be. Register at was a terrific event last year so please get your team together and support the P&F and enjoy the fellowship of parents and supporters of the school.

This week the first issue of the 2019 Grammar Gazette was distributed via the youngest in the family. If you have not seen this publication yet, please check with your student or contact

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F News and Events

A wonderful turnout for our Mother’s Day High Tea last Friday, with an enjoyable experience had by all. Thank you to Melissa and her team for arranging such a beautiful morning.

Sensational support also from our community at the Mother’s Day stalls that were held across both campuses. A huge thank you to Petria and her team for the tireless effort they provide each year to make this such a special day for all our Mum’s. Petria is looking for a new Lead on this event, so, if you are seeking a special activity where you can give back to your community, please get in touch with myself at or contact Petria direct.

Don’t worry if you think you’ll be pipped at the post, as we also need an organised person to take Lead for the Junior School Athletics Carnival that is fast approaching. We would love to hear from you to assist with this fun event. You won’t be left alone as our supportive P&F team are here to help with clear instructions on the process. 

Partner opportunities still exist for promotion of your services or products at our biennual FunFest to be held on 31 August. Festival Partner, Lead Partner, Event Partner and Event Associate options are up for grabs.

Please click on the brochure below for more details.

Contact either Ramesh on 0439 039 888 or Peta on 0410 669 073 if you'd like to be involved.

Get in quick to get up to eight weeks of promotion for your business. We would love to have you on board for this huge community event.

“Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others”. (Martin Luther King).

Kylie Potter
P&F President

P&F Golf Day

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Upcoming Events

Sports Academy Evening

Reminder to all Lindisfarne Sports Academy and Development Squad student to please RSVP to the Sports Academy Evening on 28 May.

Please click the link on the invitation below.

An Evening with Darren Percival

Tickets only $20. Get in quick before they're all sold out!

Dare to Dream 2019

RSVP to Mrs Kylie Wharton:

KIN School Day Charity Dinner

Join Australia's most popular talkback presenter, Alan Jones together with former Rugby Union Wallabies stars Dan Crowley and Brendan Cannon when they hit the Twin Town stage for the 2019 KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner - Champions Unite.

Proudly supported by Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School with all proceeds going to the Kids In Need Association.

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Host Families for International Students

Looking for host families for International students.

Families are needed to host a group of students from China in Term 3 for one week from August 10- 18. We are looking for kind, caring, friendly and compassionate families in our school and local community who seek to learn more about the Chinese culture and share their aussie lifestyle with these visiting children.
The students will stay in pairs (shared room with same gender ok, no shared bed) and are aged 10 to 12 years. The children go to a bilingual school in China, so they can speak English.  A hosting allowance of $630 in total will be paid for the week.
If you could help with hosting, please contact Margaret on 0408078023 for further information. 

Amy Fydler
International Student Coordinator 

Co-curricular Activities for Term 2 – 2019

Mahers Lane Campus

Any questions should be directed to the organising staff.

Bus Information

Reminder – Dropping off at Mahers Lane for Sunshine Avenue Bus

Please remember no Junior School students catching the bus to Sunshine Avenue from Mahers Lane should be left before 7.50am as supervision for this area is not available until 7.50am.

Thank you.

School Photo Days

Please note a slight change has been made to the scheduling of School Photos for 2019. Dates are the same as previously on the School Calendar just the campuses have changed to insure all preschool students' photos are taken.

Tuesday, 11 June – Sunshine Ave (previously Wednesday)
Wednesday, 12 June – Mahers Lane (previously Tuesday)
Thursday, 13 June – Sunshine Ave and Family Photos

An additional day, Monday 29 July (first day of Term 3), has been booked for whole year photos of Years 4, 8 and 12.

More details will be distributed in the near future.

Thank you.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday, 28 May in order to undertake stocktake.

Monday, 27 May - Open 7.45am to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 28 May - Closed

Thursday, 30 May - Open 7.45am to 4.00pm

Second-Hand Uniforms

Please note that due to high numbers of items available as second-hand uniform, the Uniform Shop is currently only accepting limited items. Please call the store to directly on 07 5590 5186 to check prior to bringing items into the store.

Round Square

Dean of Studies


This week our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students participated in the NAPLAN online National Assessment Program. 

Despite our readiness, planning and preparations for the day, on Tuesday morning we experienced a few technical difficulties with connectivity. These problems emanated from the NAPLAN website and it was widely published in the news that NAPLAN Online Australia-wide faced these difficulties. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), which is responsible for the tests, said it was investigating the "connectivity issues" and was working on rectifying the problems as soon as possible. 

Some students found that they were dropping in and out of the site. 99% of them found that they reconnected within 10 seconds and could continue. A handful found that it took a minute or so to reconnect, but they were credited with the time they lost. Most importantly, the assurance and calm handling of the situation by our staff was a credit to the school. They were aware that the situation may have been stressful to our students and all steps to reassure and provide support to our students were implemented.  

On Wednesday morning, the connectivity issues were significantly reduced and the Reading Assessment was much smoother. Following on from this the Conventions of Language Assessment ran relatively problem-free. Some of our students had trouble finalising the test, but our team of NAPLAN administrators were on hand to solve these issues. 

Fortunately, our NAPLAN experience on Thursday morning for the Numeracy assessment was seamless. All students were able to login and complete the task with no technical difficulties.

NESA has been advised of the issues that we experienced and is reviewing the situation. We are waiting on a response from NESA and how they will take this into considerations for all students doing NAPLAN online.

Rest assured, we have had the wellbeing and support of our students as a priority during this time, and have done all we can to re-assure them and guide them through the process.  We are really proud of our students as they showed their resilience and tenacity during the technical difficulties.

Dr. Natalie Marriott
Acting Dean of Studies

School Psychology


What is Self-harm?

Self-harm refers to a person intentionally causing pain or damage to their own body. This behaviour may be motivated by suicidal intent or non-suicidal intent (e.g. as a way of expressing or controlling distressing feelings or thoughts).

What a parent can look for?

Behaviours such as self-cutting; self poisoning; self-burning; are examples of self-harm.  Some adolescents may self-harm as an attempt to relieve, control or express distressing feelings. Research suggests that some people are more at risk of self-harming than others.  Some examples may include young people who have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or stressful family environments, and those suffering from mental illness, such as depression.

What a parent can do

  • Encourage your child to speak about it
  • Obtain medical assistance, e.g. see the family General Practitioner
  • Seek psychological assistance either externally or within the school.

Research shows that talking opening about issues such as self-harm and suicide can help the young person. Some people believe that speaking about these issues can encourage them to follow through or increase their thoughts on the issues.

Cassandra Gist
School Psychologist

Early Learning Centre

​Mother’s Day Morning Tea

Thank you to all the mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers who were able to join us for morning tea at Preschool. It was a lovely opportunity for your children to pamper you with massages and manicures, paint your portrait or make you a bookmark and flowers. 

Mother’s and mother figures play such an important role in their children’s lives and we hope that each and every day they feel appreciated for all that they do. A Preschool parent commented that it is a great way for the children to learn how to give and that it’s not always about receiving, which was certainly evident by the delight in the children’s eyes as they pampered their mothers! 

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning

Please click 'expand article' to see more photos form the Mother's Day Morning Tea.

Junior School

​Year 2 Open Classrooms

Year 2 started our week by inviting parents and guardians to join us for our Term 2 Open Classroom. Our Geography unit this term explores our place in the world and is titled ‘Me on the Map’. To begin the unit, students started by concentrating on and celebrating our family and our home. Over time, we will widen the focus and look at our place in our local community, the suburbs and states we live in, our position in Australia and our place on the globe. 

Our Open Classroom task invited students and parents to create a unique ‘Family Island’ that celebrated the family unit, the relationship between family members and the connection to the significant people, places, activities and events that are important to each family. The creative maps showcased not only the brilliant imagination of our students and parents but also our emerging mapping skills. 

It is always a pleasure to share our learning with our families. Thank you to the parents, grandparents and other adults who were able to join us and partake in the planned activities. We loved having you design and create with us! 

Year 2 Teachers

Please click 'expand article to see more photos from the Year 2 Open Classroom Day.

​Sunshine Avenue Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families,

The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair is Book Fair Beach, where we hope you will catch the reading wave! It’s a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. There will be a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Krissy Affleck
Teacher - Information Services & Digital Pedagogy

Year 1 Open Classroom

Fantastic Fruit Feast!

This term, the Year 1 students undertook a short mathematics investigation titled ‘Fantastic Fruit Feast’, which involved the planning and preparation of a morning tea for their parents and carers.

Each group was given a budget of $10 to plan what fruit to buy and calculate how much it would cost. Then, on Tuesday, Year 1 went to local Woolworths supermarkets to buy the produce. In groups, the students selected their fruit, weighed it to estimate the cost and used the self-service checkout to complete their transaction.

They also participated in the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour. This allowed students to get a behind-the-scenes look at the supermarket to see how fresh food is stored and prepared before it goes onto the shelves.

On Wednesday morning, the students excitedly prepared the fruit platters ready for the morning tea/ open classroom. Everyone had a wonderful morning sharing their fruit and completing a series of activities to reinforce the concepts of fractions and money, which were integral learning components of the investigation.

The students were motivated and engaged throughout the entire mathematics investigation and demonstrated that real life problem solving enhances student outcomes.

The Year 1 teachers would like to extend a special thank you to the parent volunteers who were able to assist on the day.

Kathryn Leary, Abbey Read, Linda Terry and Amy Williamson
Year 1 Teachers

Please click 'Expand Article' below to view more photos.

Tournament of Minds

Junior School Students

Tournament of Minds is a problem-solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Tournament's aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • The Arts
  • STEM
  • Language Literature
  • Social Sciences

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. It aims to develop creative problem-solving approaches and techniques; foster cooperative learning and team work; promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others; encourage experimentation and risk taking and expand and reward creative and divergent thinking.

This year, Lindisfarne Junior Campus is hosting the north coast regional finals on Sunday, 25 August.


We are seeking dedicated students in Years 3 and 4 who are interested in becoming part of a team, to design, perform, solve problems and create.

To register your interest, please see Mrs Williamson or Ms Peers next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (Week 4) at lunch time in the undercover area.

Amy Williamson

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Senior School

Year 12 Biology Incursion

On Tuesday, Mrs Farmer and Mrs Phillips Year 12 Biology students participated in a full day incursion where they were able to learn about and carry out the process of gel electrophoresis. Gel electrophoresis is a biochemical technology that has many implications in the fields of paternity testing, forensic testing and genetic counselling. The day included a presentation by Steve Garrett from BioTek Services, where the process was explained and demonstrated. In addition, we learnt about the applications of gel electrophoresis as well as other forms of biotechnology that will define our futures. Although the day was part of our assessment, the overall the experience was extremely rewarding and the hands on nature of it helped to increase our understanding of this complex technology.

Jaidah Fergus-Mackie 
Year 12 Biology student and Communications Leader

Please click 'expand article' to see more images from the Year 12 Biology Incursion.


Debating Update

Last Wednesday, our Junior Debating Team competed at Somerset College to argue a case against Marymount College. Our team made a strong argument that school should not start later. The team had clearly worked hard to develop their speaking and rebuttal skills and the adjudicator commended them for their performance and the closeness of the debate. However, the victory was awarded to Marymount’s Year 8 Team.  The team of Abbey Horvath, Thomas Cong, Billy Wardle and Ruby Dokmanovic  (pictured below) will debate again on 29 May.

Last Wednesday, our Junior Debating Team competed at Somerset College to argue a case against Marymount College. Our team made a strong argument that school should not start later. The team had clearly worked hard to develop their speaking and rebuttal skills and the adjudicator commended them for their performance and the closeness of the debate. However, the victory was awarded to Marymount’s Year 8 Team.  The team of Abbey Horvath, Thomas Cong, Billy Wardle and Ruby Dokmanovic  (pictured below) will debate again on 29 May.


Pictured L-R: Abbey Horvath, Thomas Chong, Billy Wardle and Ruby Dokmanovic

Heywire Competition

The ABC Heywire competition is now open. If you are 16-22 and from regional Australia you are eligible to share your story with the Heywire Competition. Forty winners will have their story featured on ABC TV or radio and win an all-expenses-paid trip to Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop ideas that make a real difference in regional Australia.

The stories can be in any format. The options are:

  • Text: 400 words

  • Video: 2-4 minutes

  • Photos: 10 images

  • Audio: 2-4 minutes

The competition closes on 16 September and more information can be obtained at:

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator

English - ​Carpe Diem. Seize the Day.

Mr Keating, an English teacher in Peter Weir’s classic film Dead Poet’s Society, inspired his students when he uttered the words: ‘Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.’ This view was reinforced with: ‘Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!’

In English, what we want our students to do is to find their ‘own voice’ and to think for themselves. We want them to devour literary texts. We want them to think about the composer’s message but more importantly, consider what the text means to them individually; to critically appraise it. They must develop a point of view. They must be able to able to justify their opinions. They must strive to be original.

Keating told his students that ‘words and ideas can change the world.’ However, he also told them to think for themselves; to ‘seize the day’. This clearly means that they must embrace every opportunity available to them. Not wait. Not disengage. Not follow the herd. Be proactive.

Hopefully, the study of English at Lindisfarne will illustrate the wisdom of Keating’s philosophy. A close study of literature can spark ideas, develop empathy, promote discussions on ethical behaviour, as well as inspire and motivate. However, to find their ‘own voice’ students must engage. They must embrace all of the opportunities provided to them – not wait. They must not be hampered by peer pressure or apathy. They must set goals and work to achieving them – despite any personal challenges that they might face.

Keating said that: ‘The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?’ We are hoping that our students will continue to take the challenge to contribute a worthwhile verse of them own. 

One such ‘verse’, was seen in the array of exciting imaginative writing that Year 10 English students submitted at the end of last term. It was heartening that so many of the cohort rose to the challenge and impressed us with their creativity, their effort and their level of improvement. Josie Davies was one student who actively embraced the task and found her voice. An extract from the beginning of her response, entitled Labelled, is provided below for your enjoyment.

Part One - The Past

Heavy footsteps hit decaying floorboards.
Arms covering eyes in vain.


Hiding in the corner of a dark room.
Fear coiling in my gut.
Rotting wood and rats’ faeces.
Whistling past my ear.


Shrapnel and debris littered the floor.
He stood before me with his menacing demeanour.
Short brown hair a rat’s nest,
Dark brown eyes, fuelled with insanity,
Boring into mine.

He spoke with the voice of an asp.
“Pathetic,” he hissed.
Palming a glass bottle,
Hurled it towards me.
No pain. Only impact.
Hyenas chuckled throughout the chamber.
“Weak,” one of them jeered.
There it was; my label, my brand.
Horrid beasts with long, elongated claws stood before me,
Evil smiles contorting their vile features.
Talons sliced through sinew and bone,
Leaving blood in its wake.
The words… engraved upon my forehead. Branding my skin.
They frowned upon those words.
Cold-cut glares,
Disgusted stares.
Female, they spat.
I’m trapped within thick glass walls. Ostracized.  
Confined to a tiny glass prison.
Hadean hellhounds feast on my feeble hopes and decrepit dreams. Weakening them.
Weakening me.
Through these crystalline walls, I can see freedom;
Freedom I can only gaze upon, yet never possess.

Paul Horvath
Director of English

Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

Year 7 studied Particle Theory during Term 1. The idea proposed by Democritus and pursued by the generations of scientists who followed that matter was made up of invisible, immortal and indivisible particles. It is an abstract idea and one that takes a lot of thought to get your head around especially when you consider that we are made of the same particles as the stars we gaze up to at night.

Bill Bryson summed it up nicely when he said:

“It is a slightly arresting notion that if you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you.” 

Science is more than facts and figures. It is about imagining what things are like that you cannot see and then trying to describe those things to others. The students in 7D were set a writing task, to describe what it would be like to be a particle in a dish full of water that was evaporating. Luckily, we have some imaginative students in Year 7 and none more so than Lily Hodges whose response was in equal measure fanciful and insightful. 

What was happening? It was like a clown head game that was speeding up. Little Jimmy next to me was speeding up and… disconnecting? Java was moving further away as well. What was happening? It hit me like a lightning bolt. We were changing state. My name’s Sage. I am a tiny, weeny particle. Everyone was spreading apart now. I just managed to cling onto little Jimmy’s hand. Java’s too. Everything felt hotter. We were all moving faster. What? Mid-Conversation with David, he just shot into the sky. Then Julie and Veronica. Slowly but surely, everyone was. It was so tempting to join them. It looked like fun, rather than being stuck with these annoying people. They were so… free. They seemed to be moving faster than the speed of light. Zipping around the room. Trying to even up the space between each other. You could possibly say chaotic. I had heard the older particles talking about this. They called it something like… entropy. Whee!! And there I was. With the others. This is called evaporation. Wait. Hold up. As soon as I fly over to David to continue our conversation, like a jet, he flies back to the dish where we came from. Wow. Rude. Then Martha, and George. What was happening? Oh no, the room was cooling down, someone has turned on the air conditioner. The strain of keeping up with everyone else is too great. On the dish. Holding hands. Organised. Urgh. Boring. Back to increased order and neatness. Liquid again.

Lily Hodges

I think Democritus would have been proud. 

Science tends to be consumed by the activity of the left-hand side of the brain but it is the intuitive, quirky and spontaneous right-hand twin that, more often than not, comes up with answers to the really difficult questions. As usual, Albert Einstein had it all figured out when he said:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Enjoy camp week and take a moment out of every day to appreciate the miracle that is you.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Performing Arts

Darren Percival comes to Lindisfarne

We are fortunate to have Darren Percival visiting our school in the coming weeks to work with our students and then present a performance for our community on Friday, 7 June.

Possibly best known for being runner-up on the first series of The Voice, Darren has had a successful career in Australia and abroad before joining team Keith Urban.

During his Artist in residence stay at Lindisfarne, Darren will be working alongside our senior music students, conducting clinics with our choirs, performing at Sunshine Avenue Campus as well as undertaking songwriting and technology workshops.

The culmination of his work at the school will be a very special concert being held in the Chapel on Friday 7 June. The evening will firstly showcase some of the great work from our Stage Band, Senior Choir and Senior Music classes and then Darren and his 8 piece band will take off the roof with his special tribute to the music of Ray Charles.

Tickets are available at the every reasonable price of $20.00 via and I would suggest this is a great night get a table of friends together, bring your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of great music.

A few high notes from our students

Congratulations to our Senior Choir students who performed with Christine Anu this week during her visit to our Mahers Lane Campus. Our choir director Stephanie Palmer arranged the backing vocal score for My Island Home and the ensemble had one brief run through prior to the performance.  Christine was blown away by the Senior Choir and their enthusiasm for her music.

Christopher Anderson (Year 7) had the opportunity to perform lead guitar with the local covers band Mangrove Jack over the Easter the holidays.  Christopher played Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” with the band to very receptive audiences at Burleigh Heads Tavern and Fingal Head Caravan Park  It was a fantastic opportunity for Christopher to perform to a public audience outside the school community and to perform with a professional rock band.

Special congratulations should also go to Georgia Sweetnam who attained honours in third grade AMEB theory. Georgia regularly attends our extra-curricular theory lessons with Mr Norton during sport time on Thursday. Any students who are interested in improving their music theory knowledge should contact Mr Norton to be included in these sessions.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Sound Design Project - Dungarimba Wandarahn

On Saturday, 25 May, Lindisfarne will be offering a bus service to Lismore for students, parents and staff who are interested in viewing this significant event. The bus will depart Mahers Lane campus at approximately 4.45pm and will return by approximately 9.15pm. A letter has been emailed to all parents and students from Years 5 to 12 with further details.

Bus seating will be limited.

Please come along and support the work of our sound design students in this significant community artwork.

Brett Canning 
Lindisfarne Recording Studio Producer

International Department

Digital Space



Sports News

NSW All Schools Swimming

Well done to Flynn Southam and Lily O’Sullivan in the NSW All Schools Swimming competition on Monday. Both competitors are through to the Nationals Championships.

Flynn Southam came 1st in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle - an outstanding effort. Lily O’Sullivan came 5th in the 50m and 100m Freestyle.


This is the current Athletics schedule, we meet at the Gymnasium at Mahers Lane. We have some outstanding coaches on board, so please feel welcome to attend the following sessions to prepare for our Athletics carnival on 4 July. All students across both campuses are welcome from Years 3 to 12.





3.30pm - 5.00pm  




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Mark Ladbroke

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj


7.00 am - 8.00AM




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Sid Paulraj

Matt Bedford


3.30pm - 5.00pm  




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Mark Ladbrok

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj


7.00am - 8.00AM




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Sid Paulraj

Damien Clucas

Touring English Schools and Homestay Families Required

The Sport Department are seeking assistance from our wonderful Lindisfarne families to homestay one or two visiting students from England for the following dates:

  • 6 and 7 July (Burford School)

  • 31 July (Gowerton School)

A cultural homestay is often one of the best experiences for travelling students, so if you can make yourself available, that would be great. The visiting male and female students range in ages from 14 to 18 and will require three meals a day, private transport to and from school by the Lindisfarne parent. The sports that are being played against our opens teams are:

  • Netball (Girls)

  • Hockey (Girls)

  • Football (Boys)

If you can be of assistance to us, please email Cherie Montford on

Spotlight on Dane Henry

Congratulations to Dane Henry (Year 7) who won the U14's and Marlon Harrison won the U16's Bede Durbidge Grom Shootout on the weekend and North Straddie.

Dane Henry picture above (right).

Spotlight on Eliza Fahy

Well done to Eliza Fahy (Year 5) for her CIS Hockey Trial on Monday. Two teams were selected for the P.S.S.A Championships in Newcastle in June this year as CIS are hosting.   Eliza was selected in the number 1 team which is an outstanding result.

Eliza Fahy pictured above.

Spotlight on Dylan Wise

Well done to Dylan Wise (Year 9) who has been very industrious on the Football and Futsal front:

  • He was offered a sport in Brisbane Olympic U14 National Premier League team

  • He was selected by the Football Connection Agency to represent them in Korea where he played against U15’s National Team, and played against other top K league Academies.

  • Dylan has also been selected to trial for both Queensland State team and NSW State Team (still going through the trial process)

  • Will be travelling to Orlando Florida in July to play in the Futsal World Championships


Saturday Netball

Round 5 is this weekend!

Good luck to all of the teams. Play with pride and Roar!

Please see the list of games, times, umpires and courts for this week.


Monday Night Netball

It was a very successful evening of Grand finals on Monday for the Lindisfarne Community:

Poppy Burdekin, (Year 8) playing for her TNA Rep team, the Jalapēnos, were on fire against their Rep peers, the Comets to take the Junior Division trophy.

Sophie Farmer's Lightning team took the Division 1 title by beating the Wildcat Bobcats.

And... The Lindisfarne Gold Lions are the Division 2 Champions, winning against the All Stars 39-24! Please congratulate Coach Dani and the squad - Daisy Ashton, Giselle Smith, Amber Orr, Jewel Orr, Ebony Richards, Shania Sealy, Mia Henry, Ruby Sullivan, Samantha Harvey and Ellie Engel. Jemma Hansen was away for last night's victory but has also been great in defence all season. All of the girls played their best game and made the supporting spectators very proud of our pride!

Monday, 18 May - Round 5


Lindisfarne Umpires Round 5 – Saturday, 18 May

School Netball

Trialling for Training Squads has already started. We have many competitions coming up over the next months for boys, girls, primary and secondary including:

The Vicki Wilson Cup for our senior girls’ team; games v a touring team from the UK; The Gretel Tippett Cup for our primary girls; The NSW Cup for boys and girls from Stages 3, 4 and 5; The Nicole Cusack Carnival for our club teams and the NCIS Championships hosted by Lindisfarne at Arkinstall Park for 15 and Under as well as Open Boys and Girls teams.

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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

Girls Football

Senior Girls Team

Our Senior Girls Football team had an excellent tournament at the recent NCIS Football Championship held in Armidale on the 7th May. They played six games to reach the final and came runners up after a narrow 1-0 loss to BDC. Along the way they scored fourteen goals whilst only conceding two. Furthermore, eight of our players were selected to represent NCIS at the CIS Football Championship to be held in Sydney later this term.

The Team:

Maddeleine Brooker
Isabella Dowd
Chloe Green
Meg Sales
Abby Frazer
Ella Bruinnenberg
Olivia Duindam
Tori Machiori
Georgia Sweetnam
Frances Watson
Jemma McNicholl
Summer Wise
Millie Prince
Bess Jarvis
Samara Skene
Olivia Kane

Bill Turner Girls Team

On Friday, 10 May the following students represented LAGS in the Bill Turner Football Tournament:

Jemma McNicholl
Summer Wise
Millie Prince
Sophie Beck
Riley Henderson
Bess Jarvis
Gracie Lynch
Olivia Copeland
Olivia Kane
Ava Stuart
Isobel Hombroek
Desiree Mahleka
Kiara Denny
Mia Harris

They performed admirably and came out 2:1 winners against a very good Mount Saint Patrick's team. Congratulations to all.

Robert Seguin

​Teenagers and lack of sleep

As our lives get busier and busier, it is important for our Lindisfarne students to reflect on their sleep hygiene. A teenager needs between 8 and 10 hours of sleep every night. Most adolescents only get about 6.5 – 7.5 hours sleep per night, and some get less. 

Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, leads to chronic sleep deprivation. This can have dramatic effects on a teenager’s life, impacting their mental wellbeing, increasing their risk of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. It can also affect academic performance at school. 

Causes of teenage sleep deprivation

Some of the reasons why many teenagers regularly do not get enough sleep include:

hormonal time shift – puberty hormones shift the teenager’s body clock forward by about one or two hours, making them sleepier one to two hours later. Yet, while the teenager falls asleep later, early school starts don’t allow them to sleep in. This nightly ‘sleep debt’ leads to chronic sleep deprivation.

using screen based devices – smart phones and other devices used around bed time reduce sleep time. Teens who put down their smart phones an hour before bed gain an extra 21 minutes sleep a night.

hectic after-school schedule – homework, sport, part-time work and social commitments can cut into a teenager’s sleeping time.

leisure activities – the lure of stimulating entertainment such as television, the internet and computer gaming can keep a teenager out of bed.

light exposure – light cues the brain to stay awake. In the evening, lights from televisions, mobile phones and computers can prevent adequate production of melatonin, the brain chemical (neurotransmitter) responsible for sleep.

vicious circle – insufficient sleep causes a teenager’s brain to become more active. An over-aroused brain is less able to fall asleep.

social attitudes – in Western culture, keeping active is valued more than sleep.

sleep disorder – sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnoea, can affect how much sleep a teenager gets.

Sleep tips for teenagers

The typical teenage brain wants to go to bed late and sleep late the following morning, which is usually hard to manage. You may be able to adjust your body clock but it takes time. Suggestions include:

  • Choose a relaxing bedtime routine.
  • Avoid screens such as computers, TV or smart phones, loud music, or any other activity that gets your mind racing for at least an hour before bedti
  • Avoid stimulants in the evening like coffee, tea, soft drinks and energy drinks.
  • Keep your bedroom dark at night. Try to avoid watching television or using smart phones right before bed. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.
  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
  • Start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual (for example, 10 minutes) after four weeks. Do this for one week.
  • Add an extra 10 minutes every week until you have reached your desired bedtime.
  • Get active during the day so you are more physically tired at night.
  • Set up a comfortable sleep environment.
  • Set up a regular wake-up time.
  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work.
  • Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference. However, it may take about six weeks of getting extra sleep before you feel the benefits.

Hopefully, this will help our students improve their sleep patterns and have a positive effect on their well being.

The PDHPE Faculty


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Employment at Lindisfarne

Position Vacant - Accountant


Full Time Permanent Position

Commencing June 2019

The successful applicant will:

  • Report to the Business Manager to support, maintain and complete high level accounting services to the School.
  • Provide expert technical assistance and advice to relevant staff and budget holders.
  • Work productively and effectively with team members to identify areas of needs and assist where necessary to achieve goals and deadlines.
  • Ensure the School meets in compliance reporting requirements.
  • Have a Tertiary qualification in Accounting, Business or Commerce discipline
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the Anglican Christian ethos of the School.
  • Hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (or be eligible to apply for one).

Applications should be forwarded to Mr Stuart Marquardt – Principal via

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

Please refer to this link for the the position description.

Applications close: Monday, 27 May 2019

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