From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


Preparing Students for the Future of Work

In 2018, as part of the School’s strategy to prepare students for life beyond school, we ran our inaugural DisruptEd. DisruptEd is a day where we provide activities for students to learn about disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship. The purpose is to challenge thinking with regard to taking risks, and to help students build these future focussed skills and perspectives. Disruption is a term used to describe the changes taking place in many businesses, often caused by new technology.

This year, DisruptEd 2019 will be taking place on Thursday, 22 August and once again we would love for members of the wider Lindisfarne community to be involved on the day. We are aware that many parents and school contacts have expertise in areas that would help our students understand the changes and disruptions that are taking place in the workplace. If you would like to be involved in the day by sharing your expertise and experiences with our students, please complete the Google form linked here - DisruptEd 2019 Expression of Interest. Lindisfarne would love your support for this initiative. It is hoped that the shared experiences on the day will inspire our students to develop bold and courageous dreams for their learning, and for life after school.

In 2019, we will also be hosting a Parent Session as we launch DisruptEd on the evening of Wednesday, 21 August. Internationally renowned educator and futurist Lee Watanbe Crockett will be speaking about the shifts required in education to best prepare students for their future. Additional information will be distributed closer to the date.

This week, I am also excited to announce the employment of Navdeep Pasricha (pictured above) as our Entrepreneur in Residence at Lindisfarne. Navdeep will be working with the School in several key areas to build a world class entrepreneurship program to support the work begun with DisruptEd. Navdeep will be working to embed entrepreneurship into key curriculum areas to provide all students with the opportunity to develop important skills that we would like our graduates to exhibit. He will also provide support for students wanting to develop their wonderful entrepreneurial ideas and take them to market. Navdeep has completed a Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Bond University and was a recent recipient of a Changemaker of the Year award from Channel 7. Navdeep is CEO of iYouth Global, a purpose-driven startup which mobilises young people to serve the disabled and elderly. Through iYouth, he has also developed Teachflix to provide professional development support to rural and remote educators. This work has given him the opportunity to speak internationally and network with a range of schools and startups. We look forward to the opportunities this partnership will provide to our students over the coming years.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

​School Photos at Mahers Lane – Revised Schedule

Information packages have been distributed this week through homerooms and tutor groups.

Due to the large number of photos that need to be taken at Mahers Lane, a second day has been scheduled for individual and class/tutor group photos.

The approximate times for the photos are:

Wednesday, 12 June (Mahers Lane Campus)


Year Information

8.40am to 9.35am

Year 6 Individual and Class Photos

9.35am to 10.30am

Year 5 Individual and Class Photos

10.35am to 10.55am

Recess Break

11.00am to 11.45am

Andrew House Individual and Class Photos

11.45am to 12.45pm

Cuthbert House Individual and Class Photos

12.45pm to 1.25pm

Lunch Break

1.30pm to 2.25pm

Stephen House Individual and Class Photos

2.20pm to 2.35pm

Family Photos

Friday, 14 June (Mahers Lane Campus)


Year Information

8.40am to 9.40am

Year 7 Individual and Class Photos

9.40am to 10.30am

Year 8 Individual and Class Photos

10.35am to 10.55am

Recess Break

11.00am to 11.50am

Barnabas House Individual and Class Photos

11.50am to 12.45pm

Family Photos

Family Photos for Sunshine Avenue/Mahers Lane

These photos are scheduled for the morning of Thursday, 13 June. A bus will take Mahers Lane students to and from Sunshine Ave leaving at 8.40am. Alternatively, students can meet at Sunshine Ave.

Please register your children’s names at the Mahers Lane Student Administration Office if a family photo is required on this day.

Noelene Wright
Head of School Operations

From the Chaplain


Road Safety Message for Year 12 – Melissa McGuinness

Our Year 12 program under the Faith Formation framework is called “Leap of Faith – the place between now and not yet.” The rationale and structure to our fortnightly session this year is to equip our Year 12 students with some practical, mental, emotional and spiritual skills and tools which we hope will benefit them well beyond their time at Lindisfarne. 

The theme for this term is - Proactive prep for “not yet”.

This week, our Year 12 students heard a very courageous, emotional and passionate message from local Gold Coast resident, Melissa McGuinness. Melissa shared her testimony and story of living with the tragic story of the death of her eldest child, Jordan.

Melissa lost her 18-year-old son in a horrific car accident back in 2012. Not only did Melissa’s son lose his life, but he was responsible for the deaths of four people in another car which he hit.  

Melissa is six years into her journey of what she calls “eating a grief elephant” and feels that she owes it to herself, her son, and a generation of young people to share her story in the hope that it will be a cautionary tale which might save lives. Melissa pleaded with our Year 12 students to make good choices when it comes to being both a driver and a passenger of motor vehicles.

Probably the most striking phrase to be uttered during the presentation was, “Please don’t allow your car to become your coffin.”

Melissa courageously and authentically shared the very sad and painful story of losing her son, and also talked about the process of learning to live with the loss and grief associated with what happened in 2012. While it was a very emotional session, it was a timely message for our Year 12 students, many of whom are just still in the early stages of their driving experience. 

This relevant and compelling presentation was another example of our commitment to provide our students with a holistic education, including learning how to experience sadness, grief and loss, while also learning valuable lessons from the experiences of others.

At the end of the session, I said to our students that they were given a very special gift by Melissa, and I would imagine that we all hope that our students would learn from Melissa’s story, and use Melissa’s advice to inform their thinking, their choices and their driving habits.  

There were lots of tears, lots of hugs, and lots of students hung around to express their appreciation to Melissa (even though we didn’t finish until 10 minutes into lunchtime).

I wish to thank Melissa on behalf of the Lindisfarne community for her brave and inspiring presentation.


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F Golf Day

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FunFest Sponsorship 2019

Partner opportunities still exist for promotion of your services or products at our biennial 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

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Darren Percival

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

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Round Square

Dean of Studies

HSC Examinations

Our HSC examinations Presiding Officer is seeking expressions of interest from parents or grandparents who are willing to help supervise the upcoming HSC exams in October and November. This would require a commitment of three to four hours a day for four days a week, allocated on a on a roster system for the duration of the exam period.

You would be paid an hourly rate for your efforts and a current Working With Children Check is required. Relatives of any student currently sitting the HSC are not permitted to apply.

If you are interested in helping with this task, please contact Belinda via email or mobile 0434 355 468.

Natalie Marriott
Acting Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Reconciliation Week Celebrations

This week was Reconciliation Week, a special week celebrating and building on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This year's theme is 'Grounded by Truth' and a variety of learning experiences were prepared to help the children to gain an understanding of the purpose of reconciliation week and develop a respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Our Preschool students have been learning about the Indigenous flag colours and meanings, Aboriginal symbols, songs, stories, words and how we can all care for and enjoy Country together.

The students chose their favourite designs from a chart of symbols that Russell Smith (an Indigenous Educational Consultant) left after his visit last term and we used colours from the Aboriginal flag to paint the designs on their faces.

Stop by and see our Reconciliation garden where we placed our handprints under the sign reading:

We show respect.
We share this land.
We walk together,
Hand in hand.

Preschool Teachers

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​Dr Erin Visits Preschool

Cold and flu season is upon us!

On Tuesday, we were lucky to have had a special visitor to Preschool. Dr Erin, a GP from the Tweed Medical Centre, visited to introduce and explain a number of concepts of medical care and hygiene practices to the students.

Dr Erin told the Preschoolers about why it is so important to wash our hands regularly, especially after using the bathroom, handling animals, before eating, and catching coughs, sneezes and runny noses in tissues. We learned about why doctors always seem to check our ears, nose, throats, eyes and chests when we visit them and Dr Erin showed the students the instruments used to do so. The students knew which was a stethoscope, but were interested to learn the names of the otoscope, pulse oximeter, reflex hammer, tongue depressor, and how each was used.
It was then time to have a try!

Thanks Dr Erin, your visit went a long way towards demystifying and normalising situations for our children that are genuinely encountered in real life.

Tim Pettit
Preschool Koalas Teacher

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Junior School

Progressive Online Reports and Access to Wabisabi

In the Junior School this year, we have reimagined the way we provide feedback to our students and parents. Our Online Progressive Reporting system has seen teachers open the classroom doors wider and give a lens into the progress of individualised students. 

We have now been using this system for over 10 weeks and want to check in with parents to gauge how the initial implementation has been from a home point of view. I would appreciate if parents could complete this quick feedback form. This will give the Junior School Executive vital information to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our parent body. 

Finally, we are encouraging all parents to comment on the work samples that are being posted. This bring the students learning and work samples to life allowing students to understand that there is a greater audience viewing their progress. You can do this by simply leaving a positive or constructive comment to indicate that you’ve seen the sample and to encourage the student.

As always, if you need any assistance with the setup and login of Wabisabi, please do not hesitate in reaching out to me at school or via email on

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Practical Information Session to Support Reading at Home

On Wednesday, 5 June, Parents of Kindergarten to Year 2 students are invited to attend an informative session to support the love and joy of reading at home. The session will begin at 8.45am and run for approximately an hour. 

During the session parents will gain valuable information on how to best support the development of reading at home. Parents will leave with a tool box of new strategies that run parallel with the teaching methods of our Kindergarten to Year 2 classroom teachers. 

This will also be an opportunity to understand the intensive research program our teachers have embarked on this year through the guidance of professionals from the Australian Independent Schools New South Wales.

If you are able to join us during this session please complete the brief Google Form  to indicate your attendance. 

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Year 3 Camp

What we did at Year 3 School Camp!

First of all, we loaded the two buses. All of 3MC and 3A boys went on Miss Arnold’s bus and all of 3H and 3A girls went on Miss Susi’s bus.

It took an hour and 10 minutes to get to Tyalgum Ridge Retreat. The first thing we did there was see where our rooms were and who was in them. I had Aurora, Ivy Mc and April in my room. After that, we had morning tea.

My first activity was archery. We got to load our bow by ourselves and shoot. After, we had bush detective. In bush detective you go on a bush walk and look for unusual plants and animals. Then we had lunch.

After lunch, we made damper over a fire. First, we made our own fire. Everyone had to have a damper stick. My group didn’t have enough hot coals and so we had to cook our damper on Jye’s fire. It was really yummy, especially with syrup.

Then we had dinner. After dinner, we had free time outside. Then we had the reptile show. There were four lizards and three snakes. I held one snake and two lizards. Then we went to bed.

In the morning, we packed our bags and cleaned our rooms. We even had a competition for tidiest room. Then we headed upstairs for breakfast.

After breakfast, we lined up in our activity groups. My group, Group 3, was going to initiative games and baby animals.  Our initiative games were:

  • Heads and Tails: when Mr Cross flipped a coin we had to pick if it was going to be heads or tails;
  • Rats and Cats: when there is a rope and one side is rats while the other is cats;
  • Scream Run: you have to run out of breath and fall to the ground; and, last but not least,
  • Balloon Ball: there is a huge ball and you have to keep it in the air by hitting it.

Then we went to see the baby animals. There was an alpaca, goats and donkeys, but I didn’t go see the donkeys, I stayed with the goats. 

After that, we had morning tea and after morning tea we went to the flying fox. We had to wear a harness because it was 12 metres high! First, we climbed a ladder and some steps to get up the top where the instructor was. Then he put a bunch of ropes on me and pushed me down. When you got to the bottom, Mr Cross would lower you to the ground and we had to run the harness back up to the instructor. 

After the flying fox, it was time to leave. The buses were already loaded. When we got home I was both happy and sad. I would miss camp but I was glad to be home!

By Hannah 3A

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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Year 5 Cooking Experience

Recently, Year 5 enjoyed the wonderful facilities of the Trades Skills Centre for the first time.

After harvesting lots of zucchinis, spring onions and parsley from the garden last week, students enjoyed cooking zucchini muffins. Many of the students demonstrated excellent kitchen and cooking skills; a testament to the terrific gardening and cooking program that occurred in Year 4, cooking experiences at home and for many, an enthusiasm for Master Chef!

The verdict on the tastiness of the muffins was varied but everyone enjoyed the opportunity to work as a team and have fun in the kitchen.

Thank you to Mrs Foyster and Le Ping for organising the lesson. Thank you also to the parents who came along to assist on the day, your support and interest are always appreciated.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

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Year 7 Camp

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, a camping we did go...

Year 7 went on their first real “rough it” camp - think tents and drop toilets - for our adventurous camp week.

Located at the base of Mount Warning, Outward Bound was our host for the week. We started with a rainy Monday but it didn't dampen our spirits. Rain jackets were peeled out of the bottom of cases, hiking bags packed and away we went. It didn’t take long for the sun to shine and the remaining days were stunning.

Half of Year 7 ventured out for a camp night on their first night and the other half stayed at base camp. This was reversed on the second day and on the third night we all enjoyed a night at base camp. Over the four days, Year 7 learnt to work together and complete various challenges - most included big heights, climbing walls and stacking crate stacks. Other activities included hiking, mountain bike riding and raft building. It was great to watch the students, who were not in home group classes, quickly make new friends and be inclusive of all in their groups.

Our nights were filled with fabulous food including chicken schnitzels, potato bake, sticky date pudding, spaghetti and then running it off in a game of Nemo or dancing to a Bush Band. Those groups on camp out cooked their own dinner and enjoyed campfire stories under the stairs.

It was a privilege to spend the week with Year 7 who continue to impress me with their resilience, maturity and willingness to get in and have a go. I hope they have returned home with great memories that they will talk about for a long time to come.

A special thanks to all the Year 7 homeroom teachers as well as Mr Warr, Mr Norton, Mrs Chandler and Mrs McCreery who gave up their comfy beds and time with their families to allow Year 7 to have this opportunity.

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator

Year 8 Camp

Our annual trip to Tyalgum started with a lot of rain this year. It marked the beginning of our focus on resilience and definitely highlighted the importance of collaboration (supporting each other in the slippery mud and huddling for warmth became high on the priority list!).

The rain quickly cleared and gave way to two perfect days of warm, autumnal days with sunny blue skies. Students pushed through fear to get involved in the high ropes course and aimed high with the crate stack. It’s with great pride (and a tinge of competitive happiness!) that it can be reported that Lindisfarne now holds the Tyalgum Ridge Retreat record for the highest number of crates that were stacked! 

Camp is a wonderful opportunity for students to get out and about to really connect with students from across their year level and enjoy learning in an outdoor environment. I have no doubt that the memories formed this year will last a life time.

Kylie Wharton 
Year 8 Coordinator 

Senior School

Year 9 Camp

Camp Kokoda, Rathdowney

What a week. 79 intrepid students and 11 staff arrived at Camp Kokoda amid cloudy skies and the uncertainty of the next four days. The only thing that was certain was that comfort levels would soon be tested. Not long after breaking into groups, filling backpacks and water bottles and getting under way, a light rain began to fall – all the better for those heading up ‘the hill’- at least once they got use to the heavy mud boots they gathered along the way. Not so good for those who had to manage the disappointment of a cancelled element (Que Será, Será). Even worse for those who had to postpone their apprehensions regarding heights… that would wait.

Students settled into the damp evening in varying degrees of comfort. All were warm and well fed - if you like a repast of arguable origins, ‘chockas’ - with fresh vegetables prepared creatively by you and your peers, followed by a nice cosy tent.

The next morning students awoke to blue skies, a warm sun and the excitement of the new day - and breakfast. Same deal but, “You do the washing up this time, I’m cooking!” Then after packing their bags, folding tents and cleaning the toilet, off they went to their next hill, high-rope or perhaps an initiative exercise.

And so the rhythm continued for the next four days. Nothing occurred without team work, effort or consideration for each other. Nothing occurred as easily as it did at home. Each student set about doing what is often done for them, or taking responsibility for challenging their own level of comfort. Each student set about travelling towards their own private destination of young adulthood - not far away now.

Famed American playwright Henry Miller once said, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

It’s amazing what a few days living in a tent, going without and getting to really know others can do for one’s view. 

Well done, Year 9.

Simon Leach
Head of St Andrew House

Year 12 Camp Week

Our Year 12 students had a very productive week with many opportunities to listen to talks from a number of universities. Students attended workshops from HSC markers in English and Mathematics and had time to focus on specific subjects and work on upcoming assessments tasks and major projects. A number of students also completed their Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Students participated in a Vison Workshop run by Southern Cross University where they focused on their goals and values as they start the transition to post-school options. Friday was a day the Year 12 cohort came together for some bonding and group work, which included a fitness boot camp.

Students also made good progress on their career transition plans and post-school options discussed during their careers meeting. The interviews will continue this week until all students have had a meeting with me.

The focus for Year 12 should be the upcoming four weeks of this term and developing a study plan for the holidays in the lead up to the HSC trials.

Thank you.

Barry Woods
Director of Careers/VET/TAS


Tuesday marked the third annual DARE TO DREAM (D2D) event. The number three seems to have more weight to it than first or second, don’t you think? Three suggests continuity. Three suggests longevity. Three suggests that the dream is real. And the young women in year 9 and 10 plus some of our year 11 and 12 students, got to live it, breathe it and be it!

This year, the panel of women who graced the D2D stage are no strangers to the journey of dreaming. And dreaming big! They have all worked (and continue to work!) hard to make sure they remain true to their goals. I was beyond delighted to introduce Sam Laura Brown, Emily Duggan and Taryn Williams, who all recognised the importance of the D2D vision, to the dreamers at Lindisfarne.

Gratitude and appreciation is extended to Osteria for their hospitality and Hampton Event Hire for making the venue feel extra special for our students. Thank you to all of the staff at Lindisfarne who worked to bring this event to life.

Kylie Wharton
DARE TO DREAM Coordinator


Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

Humans are strange creatures. It has been said here before in Science Matters but some things need to be repeated.

Our developed society has become almost devoid of essential challenge. The struggle to find food and shelter or to defend ourselves from competitors. As a result, people look for challenge. We try to find things to replace the essential struggles of ancient times and to “prove” ourselves worthy... of something.

As we accumulate wealth, our choice of available challenges becomes proportionally larger and more exotic. The ultimate challenge for the wealthiest is, of course, to climb to the top of the world, Mt Everest. To physically reach the very top is an irresistible metaphor for success to many. It doesn’t matter to these challenge deprived individuals that the challenge itself has virtually disappeared since Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to climb the mountain in 1953.

Today, the crevasses are bridged, the difficult traverses have static lines and, most important of all, the local porters take the biggest risks and do the hardest work carrying the bulk of food and equipment for the “Challenge Seekers”.
What is the result? Queues of climbers stuck in human traffic jams in one of the most remote parts of the Earth. It would be comic were it not so tragic.

Humans are not meant to be on Mt Everest and we are not adapted to its conditions. Our bodies scream out that our cells need more oxygen. If we were patient and spent some months or years living at altitude or, better yet, if we were born above 4000 metres we would produce the extra blood cells and enlarged spleens needed to cope. Instead, all we can do is frantically increase blood pressure trying to shift more blood cells to our lungs trying to pick up what little oxygen there is. 

The consequences are disastrous. The increased pressure forces fluid (plasma) into our lungs. This is called edema and it is quickly fatal. Just over 300 people have died climbing Mt Everest, including 11 in the past few weeks. On average, the death rate ticks over at about six people per year.

Anyone who spends more than a few hours above 8000 metres without oxygen is susceptible to pulmonary edema but people from low altitudes who have ascended rapidly are practically guaranteed to succumb to it if their oxygen runs out.

So, sounds like fun, doesn’t it? The thing is, these people are seeking personal fulfilment through challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could find that fulfilment by helping to transform electricity production and distribution, making life a little bit better for someone who is not as well off as they are, or using their money to purchase land to conserve biodiversity?

Year 7 were on camp last week where they explored the idea of comfort zones, stretch zones, panic zones and challenge. You don’t need to spend $150,000 (the average cost for one climber to go to Mt Everest) just to find a challenge worth conquering. Our world is faced with so many challenges that we are spoilt for choice.

If you want a challenge, try choosing something that will be of benefit to you, others and the world we live in. Let's make it truly worthwhile.

Oh yes, and have a good week in Science.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Friends of The Arts Meeting

We will be holding our next Friends of The Arts meeting on Tuesday, 4 June at 6.30pm in the Mahers Lane Library and I would encourage any parents who are interested in being involved to join us.

Friends of The Arts was formed last year as a sub-committee of the Parents and Friends Association to focus on supporting Creative and Performing Arts events at Lindisfarne.

Mr Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Lip Sync Battle Finals

Congratulations to our 11 groups of finalists who entertained us on Tuesday during lunchtime in Ngahriyah.

The audience was so supportive and a big thank you to our judges. Mr Westhoff, Mr Miller, Mr Leach and Mrs Visser.
A BIG thank you to Mr Jackson and Miss Casey who make up our Performing Arts team in Year 6.

The prizes went to the following groups:

Best Overall
‘Mamma Mia the Movie’
Jamie Mifsud, Evie Prince, Zara Cusick, Summer Wardle and Ava Arghros.

Most Entertaining
Zane Wilhelm, Robbie Woods and Tex Milroy.

Best Choreography
‘I’m a lady’
Uma Uprichard, Mackenzie Caton , Zoe Marshall and Lilly Warman.

Best Lip Syncing
‘Drag me down’
Hannah Ellis, Imogen Hanson, Sarina Amoedo and Eve Lambie.

Amy Skene
Drama Teacher

Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Dungarimba Wandarahn

Dungarimba Wandarahn took place last weekend at the Lismore Quad arts precinct and was a huge success.

It was so great that our students could take part in helping Aunty Irene Harrington tell her important story. The project coincided with both the United Nations Year of Indigenous language and National Reconciliation Week.

The Installation was extremely well attended with Lindisfarne staff and students coming along on Saturday night. 

Dungarimbah Wandarah received much positive feedback and attention from the local community and from the press. In an exciting development, an excerpt from the work was played on last Saturday night’s Awaye! program on ABC Radio National.

I would like to thank the following students and staff who were involved in the project:

  • Sarina Amoedo
  • Jaxson Broxup
  • Jackson Coleman
  • Kai Cusack 
  • Cameron Davis
  • Ronan Green
  • Cohen Henderson 
  • Makaio Jackson
  • Chloe Latham
  • Addison Lunny 
  • Chris Nellikkattu
  • Jamie Mifsud
  • Evie Mills
  • Luca Santic 
  • Kimiyo Tango 
  • Ava Taylor
  • Cobie Tuckwell
  • Lachlan Wisler
  • Mr Bryan Malone 
  • Year 7B History students

Check our Facebook or Instagram page for more photos.

Brett Canning
Lindisfarne Recording Studio Producer

International Department

Digital Space



Lindisfarne Sports Academy Induction Evening

The third annual Lindisfarne Sports Academy Induction Evening was held on Tuesday with over 140 guests in attendance. This night allows us to not only recognise new members but also acknowledge the achievements of our existing members.

Pictured above: Lindisfarne Sports Academy Development Squad
Pictured below: Lindisfarne Sports Academy members

The new look High Performance Team (pictured below) was also introduced to the audience and we look forward to working with Dr Joanna Parsonage, Mr Mark Ladbrook, Jonathan Freeman and Rory Davies from the Athletes Workshop, sports psychologist Abra Garfield and sports dietician Bonnie Hancock.

The guest speaker for the night was Mrs Sharon Buchanan OAM (pictured below), who spoke about her journey in sport from local representative teams to Olympic success. Sharon’s message of making the most of every training session and striving to learn from every coach she ever had is one that our Academy athletes should take on board.

We were also lucky to have three more of our ambassadors in attendance, Mr Bill Chaffey, Mrs Samantha Riley and Mr Duncan Free OAM (pictured below with Sharon Buchanan OAM and Principal Stuart Marquardt). 

The Lindisfarne Sports Academy has a number of events planned for this year and we look forward to the continued support of the parent body.

More photos in the gallery below as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Matt Bedford
Director of Lindisfarne Sports Academy

Introducing Thomas Plater

My name is Thomas Plater and I am a professional experience student from Southern Cross University conducting my first placement here at Lindisfarne. I specialise in PDHPE and Mathematics. During my placement I will be focusing on PDHPE and have been enjoying my first professional practice teaching Years 5, 6 and 9 PDHPE and Year 9 PASS, as well as watching the incredible Rock ‘n’ Roll unit Year 10 is undertaking.

Camp week saw me head to Beaudesert with Year 9. The students of Group 2 and all teachers involved made camp week especially enjoyable. This was an entertaining initiation to my placement.

My time here at Lindisfarne will come to an end on 24 June. Until then, I thoroughly look forward to the rest of my first professional experience at this incredible school.

Thomas Plater
Southern Cross University Professional Experience Student
The PDHPE Faculty

Sports News

Futsal Gold Coast Regional School Titles

Lindisfarne sent teams to the Gold Coast Regional School Futsal Titles at state of the art Coomera Indoor Complex on Monday, 27 May. The event was a very professional operation, and one that we will plan for and build on in 2020 and beyond.

We entered eight teams in total, four from each campus. Some very encouraging results were accumulated by our students against a very large pool of quality competitors. The Mahers Lane Campus results included:

  • Under 16 Boys Runners up

  • Under 14 Boys Semi Finals

  • U12 Girls third place

  • U12 Boys knocked out after rounds

NCIS Touch Football

Last year's NCIS Touch Football sojourn to Hepburn Park at Goonellabah was a cold and rainy affair, this year was a beautiful clear Autumn day. Lindisfarne played some spirited Touch Football, with most teams making the semi-finals as evidenced with the brief wrap:

  • Open Boys 2-1 loss in semi-final

  • Open Girls 5-1 loss in semi-final

  • U15 Boys knocked out after the rounds

  • U15 Girls 11-2 WIN in the final

  • Primary Boys 4-1 loss in the semi-final

  • Primary Girls 3-2 loss in the semi-final

The U15 Girls were unstoppable yesterday, and played some dominant Touch Football blitzing their rivals with skill and stamina.

We recently acquired an outstanding touch football coach who began working with us a few weeks ago. Her name is Danielle Davis (pictured below), and she is a current Australian representative who won the World Cup in early May in Kuala Lumpar. We have more tournaments looming for certain age groups, and we want to ensure some prolonged training sessions to give our students the best possible chance of success.

Bill Turner Cup

Our young highly skilled U15 squad played against a much bigger St Joseph’s College team in Round 3 of the Bill Turner Cup and came away victorious. Great goals from Declan Ryan and Toby Shapland gave us a 2-0 lead. We lost our momentum towards the end of the game; however, Will Chapelle scored a superb goal running half the pitch and tapping past the goalie to consolidate a dominant performance. In Round 4 we play Byron Bay Public School in an away match. Well done and good luck boys.

Spotlight on Laura Downey

The QLD State Championships for Skipping were held last weekend, and Laura Downey (Year 10) was excelling in multiple events as evidenced below:

  • 1st -  15+yrs Double Dutch Pairs
  • 2nd - 15+yrs Double Dutch Single
  • 3rd - 15+yrs Four Person Freestyle

Congratulations Laura on your results.


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 in Years 3 to 12 are welcome.




Tuesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm  




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Mark Ladbroke

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj

Wednesday 7.00am - 8.00am




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Sid Paulraj

Matt Bedford

Thursday 3.30pm - 5.00pm  




Middle Distance

Cross Country continuers

Mark Ladbrok

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj

Friday 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

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


Saturday Netball

Round 7 is this weekend!

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

Each week, the umpires are being assessed and mentored by the TNA Executive. Congratulations to Cedar Maycock who this week was identified as a talented umpire.

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

Netball Round 7, Saturday, June 1 

Lindisfarne Umpires Round 7 – Saturday, 1 June

Please note that I am trying to re-arrange Lindisfarne Aqua Lions’ match vs Saints due to the Kokoda Challenge. I will keep you posted. Otherwise we will have to forfeit.

School Netball

Those players selected to train for the Inter-School competitions coming up over the next 2 terms have training at the following times:

  • 9/10 Boys - Monday mornings 7.00am - 8.00am
  • 9/10 Girls - Monday mornings 7.00am - 8.00am
  • 5/6 Girls - Tuesday mornings 7.00am - 8.00am
  • 7/8 Boys - Tuesday lunchtimes
  • 7/8 Girls - Wednesday mornings 7.00am to 8.00am
  • 5/6 Boys - Thursday lunchtimes

If you have any questions regarding netball, please do not hesitate to email me via

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

​Gold Coast School Futsal Titles

Venue: Coomera Indoor Sports Centre 
Date: Monday, 27 May 2019

We would like to give a big thank you to School Futsal Association for organising this competition. We would also like to thank to Coomera Indoor Sports Centre for hosting the event, and a big thank you to all the schools who were involved and participated on the day. 

The students at Lindisfarne's Junior School campus have been training very hard each week on Monday and Thursday at lunchtime getting ourselves ready for this tournament. We have trained really well and and worked very hard to reach the level we did. 

Lindisfarne had six teams enter the U10 tournament, with four boys teams and two girls teams. The girls ended up playing each other in the last game of the day, as they were the only two girls teams entered it was promoted (mainly by Mr Croft) as the Girls U10 final. Lindisfarne Team Purple were victorious in a hard-fought battle winning the game 1-0. Both teams played with lots of enthusiasm and had a great time. 

Three of our four boys teams made it to the semi final round. This saw Lindisfarne Team Pink take on Kimberley Park State School and Lindisfarne Team Green take on Lindisfarne Team Blue. Kimberley Park were too strong for our Pink team and headed to the Final to face the Lindisfarne Blue team. Again it was a tough match with Kimberley Park taking home the Trophy winning 2-1.

It was a great to see everybody having a fun day, competing hard and enjoying both the wins and losses. 

Miles Scheiwe, Lucas Greaves, Lachlan Arghyros, Evan Williams, William Gorrie and James Letters. 
Year 4 students


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