2019 Term 2 Week 17A 7 Jun 2019
From the Principal
This morning I was able to join our Year 6 parents, students and staff for their annual Science Fair. The Science Fair was a culmination of the unit of work undertaken by the Year 6 Students on the changes of states of matter.
Each student had undertaken an individual research project that required them to apply their knowledge of the scientific processes involved to create a product.
I was impressed by the confidence of the students in presenting their findings and their understanding of the content and processes involved. It was also pleasing to see the learning personalised for each of the Year 6 students in the cohort.
Last weekend I enjoyed seeing our students learn beyond the classroom as 120 Year 7 and Year 8 students ventured out on course as part of the 2019 Kokoda Challenge.
Whilst the hills of the almost 18km course were gruelling at times the students, staff and parents embraced the challenge with a 100% completion rate.
Thank you to Year 7 Coordinator Julie McDowell for her leadership in coordinating our Lindisfarne Teams for this event.
During the week we welcomed Darren Percival to our School to work with a number of our talented musicians. Darren was also able to visit the Sunshine Avenue Campus and perform for our Junior School students.
Tonight the culmination of this work will take place as our students perform with Darren Percival at the Mahers Lane Campus. We look forward to a terrific evening of quality entertainment.
A reminder for all Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School families that it is a long weekend in NSW with the annual Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday on Monday 10 June.
We look forward to students, staff and families returning to school refreshed on Tuesday, 11 June.
From the Deputy Principal
From the Chaplain
Parents & Friends
Year 3 Parent Dinner Invitation
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).
Lindisfarne Sports Academy Injury Symposium
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Whole School News
Photo Day Reminder
Dean of Studies
HSC Study Guides
Developed in partnership with the Sydney Morning Herald, NESA have announced that the 2019 HSC Study guide is now available online. The guide can be found at https://hsc-study-guide-2019.smh.com.au/
This study guide is packed with interesting articles including:
- Analysing a modern history source
- HSC tips for Entertainment Industry
- How reading can help your Maths EXtension 1 and 2 mark
- Marking centre guidelines for Engineering studies and Software Design
- A story of the student who cam first in Music 1
- How moderation works
- HSC at a glance
- How to obtain your results
- How to cope with stress
And, one for all students:
- vital advice on how to prepare for HSC English.
I encourage all Year 12 students to take the time to read some of these articles as they help with mindset and confidence for your HSC year.
University of Sydney HSC Preparation Courses
The University of Sydney is running one and two-day HSC preparation programs for high school students. These have been designed for the new curriculum, and are facilitated by HSC markers. Several of the courses are run during the upcoming July Holidays which makes them more accessible to our students. If you would like more information, please see their HSC website: https://cce.sydney.edu.au/courses/hsc-preparation
Dr Natalie Marriott
Acting Dean of Studies
Early Learning Centre
Bee-Bots in the Preschool classroom
Lindisfarne Primary has recently purchased a number of Bee-Bots. Bee-Bots are little robots that can be programmed by the user to follow a course, grid or map, by manually entering coordinates. Essentially, they are the perfect tool for the introduction of coding to young children. We thought that they would be terrific to make use of in Preschool Koalas, and what better way to introduce them to our children than by utilising the natural teaching skills and enthusiasm of a group of slightly older primary children!
We asked Mrs Williamson and her class if they would host us for an introductory session, and I’m not sure which group was the most excited! Mrs Williamson planned three rotation stations (BeeBots, Bee Bot iPad app and tower building) of ten minutes each, and after we had buddied the children together, they got straight to work.
Peer led teaching and learning is of immense value. I was incredibly proud of the way that our children conducted themselves, their enthusiasm, level of responsibility and interaction was wonderful. Well done Koalas and thanks to Mrs Williamson and 1W.
Teacher Preschool Koalas
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Runners Club - Sunshine Avenue
At the start of the year it was decided to implement a Runners Club. This was a fantastic idea and incorporated a number of benefits not only to those elite runners but for our health-conscience community members. Regular training times, varied programming for beginners to elite, social outlet for like-minded people, a reason just to be active and probably the best of all an opportunity for parents to exercise with their kids.
Members of the Runners Club work on a 1km track. The runners accumulate 1km for every lap they completed. These laps are tallied and carried over to the next training session. Awards are given for the tallied scores of recognised competition running distances: 21km (half-marathon), 42km (marathon), 50km (ultra marathon) distances and then if required 100km (ultra marathon). There is no requirement to run the whole way, it can be broken into walk/run parts, thus catering for the beginners or younger runners and everyone is welcome to join.
To say that the Running Club was a success is a massive understatement. To give you an idea of its popularity, here are some statistics on what we achieved at Sunshine Avenue:
There were 91 people who attended one or more sessions, of this 19 were parents or family of the students. The runners averaged a combined total of 130 km per 45 min session. Over the nine weeks that Runners Club was held, the runners amassed an amazing 2,217 km. The furthest individual total was 79 km by a Year 4 student and 77 km by a Dad. There were 40 students who completed over 21 km, 15 who completed over 42 km and 11 who completed over 50km for the term.
The training and effort were also rewarded when the students travelled to the NCIS Cross Country at the end of Week 3. A significant number of Lindisfarne runners in the 8/9, and 10 years age groups recorded top ten finishes and the Lindisfarne won the Primary Shield.
It was truly amazing to see so many young people take the time to add a little activity in their lives and to be so overwhelmingly successful in their own right. Well done to those who participated - both students and parents, and we hope to see you all return when Runners Club fires up again next year. The highlight would have to be the catch cry of nearly every student at the end of a gruelling training session “can I do 1 more lap?”
Year 1 Aboriginal Incursion
Last week Year 1 were most fortunate to be visited by Uncle Boomerang (Paul Craft), a Bundjalung-Yugambeh descendant and active member of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in south east Qld and northern NSW. His extensive knowledge and passion proved most engaging as he shared his art, music, dreamtime stories, language, games, totemic beliefs, artefacts and cultural heritage. The children were absolutely fascinated and asked many wonderful questions, patiently answered by Paul. As a marvellous adjunct to our Reading the Landscape unit, he also gave a unique perspective as we walked around our beautiful playground, explaining the many traditional bush tucker and medicinal uses for different plants.
Footnote: Paul made a point of saying we should be extremely proud of our Year One students, as their manners and conduct were amongst the best he had encountered on many, many school visits.
Year 1 Teachers
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Courage - endurance - mateship - sacrifice are the pillars of the Kokoda Foundation.
Established in July 2004 by Doug Henderson the Kokoda Youth Foundation was established to keep the story of the Kokoda alive in today’s youth and inspire young people to do inspiring things. Walked by Soldiers in the later part of World War II, the 39th battalion fought hard over the 96km track to protect Port Moresby from the advancing Japanese army. Mr Henderson believed that by introducing youth to trekking we could remember what the soldiers endured and at the same time raise money for at risk youth in Australia.
The 96km course is based on the length of the Kokoda trail and the 36 hour completion time is based on the 36th battalion that worked to protect Port Moresby. Since 2004 further events have been added to the schedule, a 48km, 30km and 15km event.
At Lindisfarne we believe the Kokoda experience offers students an opportunity to experience all that Doug Henderson set out to achieve some 15 years ago. We love his motto of inspiring young people to do inspiring things.
Last Saturday Year 7 had their first taste and Year 8 returned for a second year. All completed the 15km event in the Mount Coot-tha National Park north of Brisbane. Students were assigned to a team of four with an adult leader and set off to walk the 15km together. We reminded them that it's not a race but an opportunity to show mateship and help those in their team that may struggle at longer endurance event. The goal was to work together, stay together and finish together.
The day was an overwhelming success, dog tags were wrapped around necks and students wore their Kokoda shirts with pride. Sleepy children with sore feet vowed to return next year and test themselves at the next distance.
We look forward to seeing this program continue to grow at Lindisfarne and we are excited to have Year 6 join us next year and our Year 8s take the big step to the 48km.
A huge thanks to all the parents and teachers that joined us for our walk. I hope you too had an amazing day.
Year 7 Coordinator
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Year 10 Camp – Moreton Island
Only 25kms off the coast of Brisbane lies the world’s third largest sand island. Home to turquoise waters, wild dolphins and rolling sand dunes Moreton Island is considered one of the truly natural treasures of Australia. And it was about to be our base for 100 or so Year 10 students!
This year, the Year 10 Camp shifted from the cold of Canberra to the sub-tropics of Moreton Island. Students spent four days exploring the inland tracks, swimming in the crystal waters and bonding by the campfire. With a focus on Service Learning students also gave back to the Moreton community by building a new campfire station that established a firm tradition of Lindisfarne Service Legacy.
Led by Characters Builders, students had the opportunity to develop their teamwork and leadership skills as they applied problem solving to a range of activities set against a backdrop of endless horizons and rolling sand dunes. Stand-out activities included King of the Mountain – a challenging climb to one of the highest points on Moreton Island which captured the true spirit of peer support – and sand tobogganing, an adrenaline rush of high speeds. Snorkelling around the wrecks of Tangalooma resort was also an anticipated highlight.
Despite the beauty of the Island, students pushed their limits and faced certain challenges. Of note would have to be the steroid-induced sandflies that could penetrate two layers of clothing and a chemical barrier of Deet! A close-second would have to be nature’s sinister, terrifying (and let’s face it, completely useless) inhabitant – the spider! These evil creatures were so vindictive they saw one staff member evicted from their tent! But students rose to the challenge and accepted their surroundings. Truth be told, they probably found the cold showers more confronting than any insects!
Spending time away from creature comforts and the hyperstimulation of modern society, camp afforded students the opportunity to reflect and reconnect. Such may not be easy for everyone who participates – but therein lies the reward.
Chief Milk Pourer, Camp Moreton
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Year 7 Creative Writing Challenge
For their assessment this term, the Year 7 cohort were tasked with writing a short story in 40 minutes. To make the task more challenging, they were provided with the following extract and told that they had to continue to story. If you had to do the task, what would you write?
The flames in the range flickered and danced before his eyes, crackling in sudden bursts though not in a venomous way. He felt that it was a friendly crackle. He turned to look for something that was missing. He stood up and moved towards the shelves under the side window. There, he was being bad again, putting his nose in where it didn’t belong.
He knelt on one of the chairs at the front window and peered out. Graves didn’t look so scary as she had made out. But there was something missing. What was it? A bird chirruped in the garden. Of course, that was it! He couldn’t hear traffic and banging and shouting. He looked at the room again. His eyes rested on the stool where the woollen scarf lay. He’d go outside. He picked up the scarf, and wrapping it round his neck he stepped out the front door. The scarf protected him from the cold wind. But it could not protect him from what was about to happen.
William Faulkner said:Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
Our Year 7 students certainly took some chances and there was an array of plots. Some were excellent and others were works in progress. Below are a few extracts to show how they continued the story from the stimulus above.
The cold flooded his body as soon as the oak door creaked open. It was deathly silent. He tiptoed through the cemetery, smooth stone occasionally brushing his exposed fingers. He did not stop to breathe in the scent of the moss coated graves. Steadily strolling, purposeful, he reached the usually overcrowded main street. The place was deserted. He could not smell the fresh bread of the bakery, nor see the townspeople bustling down the cobblestones. A few metres away a streetlight flickered, and for a minute he was lost, taken back. Twelve again, and watching his father, clad in a silk suit, laughing into the podium’s mic. Racious laughter filled the auditorium as his mother stepped onto the stage. He squeezed his eyes shut, all too familiar with this memory. A single gunshot sounded, followed by deafening silence. He was back on the street, the warm light shining on his back, the only thing illuminating the barren wasteland of the town. Picking up his feet, he resumed his walk down the street, determined to find the source of silence. Abbey Horvath
He stood silently, hair swept forward over his face, the glacial breeze trying in vain to push him forward. Frosted grass crackled mercifully under his soot black boots, frozen stems snapping helplessly. Grey headstones jutted out at odd angles before him, a reminder of the hundred no longer living. Thick trunked trees danced there eerily, as if telling him a secret message. He moved slowly but surely through rows upon rows of rotting, cracked headstones, reflecting years of neglect. His thoughts drifted back to dark memoires of the past years. Clouding his eyes and shaking his gentle breath. The wind howled suddenly, as if crying out in pain and sorrow for the boy. But the wind didn’t know the truth. Luca Daniel
Stealthily, he crept towards the nearest headstone. It was an almighty, beautifully carved marble statue of, well, something. Grayson could tell it would have once been an intricate, shining statue that stood proudly over whatever was laying beneath the soil he was standing on. He could tell there was writing on it. However, it was too worn away to be readable. Slowly, Grayson brought his small, gloved hand down on the stone. It was rough, worn with age. Half of it was covered in ivy that had taken over half of the garden. He became mesmerised as he traced his tiny, bony fingers over what once was written. Ariella Stafford
Eerie gusts blew up Gisepy’s face and chilled his spine like the stick on a cold, sweaty thawing popsicle. He was confounded by what he saw, or imagined, he wasn’t sure. It was a formless black entity. He urged his body to run but he was stiff as a board. For a long silence he stood there in fear staring face to face with something too fake to be real and too real to be fake. Hudson Rhodes
The ground began to tremble violently as if an earthquake was occurring. The soil around the grave began displacing. A hand emerged from one of them, grasping at the air. Another hand appeared from another grave, then one more, then another after that and soon the whole graveyard was filled with the undead. Connor Otto
He saw something strange and mysterious, it was a shadow. The shadow was not ordinary in the slightest though, it was sort of floating and looked like it was some sort of smoke or mist but still a shadow. He was puzzled by this being of unknown origin. The shadow took on an almost humanoid form and began to mumble something. The mumbling turned to sharp whispers, sounding familiar to the boy but seeming to mean nothing at all. The shrill whispers seemed to echo through the graveyard eerily. Gianna Dunlevy
Each student was asked to reflect on their performance in this task. The aim was for them to note their successes, the challenges they faced and how they could improve their response; to set themselves individual and achievable goals. A goal might be to revise how to punctuate dialogue correctly. Other goals might be to avoid so much recount and use more imagery in their response to engage the reader.
Writing like any other discipline, requires practice. Students are urged to regularly plan, draft and edit responses to hone their skills. Harlan Ellison stated: People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in front of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.
Debating Success - NAPLAN is worthwhile!
Our Lindisfarne Junior team, arguing against an All Saints College team, easily convinced the Gold Coast Debating adjudicators that NAPLAN is worthwhile. They were commended for their valid arguments of accountability, the provision of national benchmarks from objective tests, the transparency of results and the benefits to both parents in choosing schools and aiding students to rectify individual needs. As well as having structurally solid arguments, the adjudicators commended the team on their competent rebuttal. Congratulations to Thomas Chong, Ruby Dokmanovic, Abbey Horvath and Billy Wardle.
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: https://www.abc.net.au/heywire/
Visual Arts Year 11 Paintings
Paintings from our Year 11 Visual Arts students.
Please see below.
The da Vinci Decathlon
Lindisfarne had three teams of students from Years 9 and 10 compete in the da Vinci Decathlon on 28 May. The competition was held at AB Patterson college and involved teams solving problems from 10 different disciplines. Engineering, Mathematics, Chess, Code breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge. This is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate minds. There were over 50 teams competing in each year level from schools all over Queensland.
Mrs Duggan, Mr Horvath and myself were very proud of the effort the teams displayed. Our teams showed wonderful teamwork and were great ambassadors for our school. One of our teams received a place which was a wonderful achievement.
Pictured above: Year 9 Second place in General Knowledge
Pictured above: Year 9
Pictured above: Year 10
Learning Enrichment Coordinator - Senior School
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Nabari Homestay families required
Lindisfarne International are looking for support from our wonderful Lindisfarne families to homestay students from our Japanese sister school, Nabari High School for March 2020. The students will be in Australia from March 15- 22 and will require double placement in a kind, compassionate and welcoming home.
The homestay families will need to provide: own bedroom, three meals, private transportation to and from Lindisfarne each day. A homestay inspection will be conducted prior to the group’s arrival. A donation of $200 will be offered to all families for the week visit.
Please email Mrs Fydler via email@example.com if you would like to open your homes and hearts and have a once in a lifetime cultural experience that you will never forget.
International Student Coordinator
Student Sporting Achievement
Thomas Chong from Year 7 has advanced to the National Competition later in the year for Taekwondo. Thomas won two fights at the QLD State Open, winning the gold medal in his division to secure a place on the QLD State team.
Congratulations to Thomas on this outstanding achievement!
Enjoy the long weekend everyone. No netball at Arkinstall Park this week.
Training is going very well for the Gretel Tippett Trophy and the NSW Cup competitions. Two Stage 3 Squads will travel to All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac on June 13 for a South Queensland Schools Netball Tournament hosted by Gretel Tippett’s High School. In the past, Gretel has been able to attend to present the Trophy to the winning team and to have photographs with all of the players. Hopefully she will be able to return to the Gold Coast and we will be able to congratulate her on her Diamonds call-up.
We have 10 teams entered in the NSW Cup held at Mullumbimby on June 19. Should be a huge day of fun and fabulous netball!
Just a reminder that training is 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 about netball, please do not hesitate to email me.
Teacher in Charge of Netball
AFLQ Schools Cup Primary
Our Year 5 and 6 students competed in the AFLQ Schools Primary Cup on Wednesday, 5 June at Byron Bay. The weather was a fine, albeit a tricky day with the south easterly breeze that was a constant throughout.
Both teams had to finish on top of their four team draw, to play the winners of the other draw. After some tight contests, both teams managed to win all their pool games and progress to the final.
The Boys team managed to cling to victory by a solitary behind (point), and the Girls ended up winning with conviction. It was a very successful day with both teams now heading for the Queensland State Qualifying Finals.
We had some outstanding student coaches from Year 10 assisting the students throughout the day. Harrison Kirkwood and Lukas Wilson coached the boys, and Paige Williams and Sophia Squires called the shots for the girls.
Mount St Patricks Hockey friendly
On Thursday, 6 June, we played the first of three Hockey matches versus Mount St Patricks College Murwillumbah at Barrie Smith Fields. Both of our Boys and Girls played concurrently against opposition that were transparently going to field more senior players than our teams. We have some outstanding Hockey talent moving through the ranks at school, albeit a very young team on paper. The Girls went down 5-0, and the Boys were very resilient in coming away with a 1-1 draw.
The Athletics Carnival is fast approaching, and we need your nominations for the events you wish to enter. The carnival is on July 4 at Walter Peate Oval, Murphy’s Road, Kingscliff. The Sports Department have released information to all parents and students through email. We also have sent event nominations either through a Google Form (students email inbox for Years 5-12) or a hard copy attachment (students Years 3 and 4). Please carefully read the information and endeavour to complete this form ASAP or by 8.00am next Tuesday, 11 June at the latest.
Tuesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Cross Country continuers
Wednesday 7.00am - 8.00am
Cross Country continuers
Thursday 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Cross Country continuers
Friday 7.00am - 8.00am
Cross Country continuers
Last weekend one of our Lindisfarne Equestrian Team riders, Zali Greeney (Year 5), competed in the 2019 Scots PGC College Interschool Extravaganza in Warwick, Queensland. On the Friday, against more than 16 competitors in the Primary School Dressage competition, Zali came first in both of her dressage tests and was awarded overall Champion.
Zali didn’t stop there. She competed on the Sunday in the Show Horse competition and again took home Champion! Over the past few months, Zali has successfully competed with her partner in crime, Rory and so together they will be representing Lindisfarne at the Interschool QLD State Championships at Maryborough in July. Good luck Zali and Rory!
In breaking news, thanks to a great performance against massive competition this weekend at Burpengary One Day Event (Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping), fellow team member, Nicola Gee (Year 8) and Steve have now qualified for the QLD State ODE Championships at Warwick, also in July.
Congratulations to both girls on their fantastic Interschool achievements and we wish them all the best in their preparations for States.
Below are Zali and Rory at Warwick (top photo) and Nicola and Steve at Burpengary.
Touring English Schools & 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 August (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:
Hockey (Mixed boys and girls)
If you can be of assistance to us, please email Cherie Montford on firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Sport and Activities