2019 Term 2 Week 21A 5 Jul 2019

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From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


Several years ago I read a book called Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. He studied a large number of highly successful "experts" in their fields to try to determine the magic formula as to what makes a person successful. The people studied had excelled in fields ranging from hockey players to lawyers and computer programmers. The story I found most interesting, and remember most clearly, was about the Canadian ice hockey players.

Gladwell’s research found that 70% of professional hockey players were born in the first six months of the year. He thought this was unusual, as you would expect that 50% were born in the first half of the year and 50% in the second half. He identified the reason for this aberration was that the cut-off birth dates for age groups for hockey in junior years was 1 January and that the older children, whose birthdays were earlier in the year, were always a bit bigger and stronger than their peers and therefore made the representative teams or were selected for special development squads.

Because they played more games and trained more regularly, their skills developed. He showed that rather than natural ability, perhaps the most defining factor for these athletes was their birth date, which meant they had more opportunities and worked harder to improve than their slightly younger peers. Many of the slightly younger players eventually gave up playing, even though statistically some of these players had the potential ability to play the sport professionally.

A key message I took from the book was the need to continually challenge all students to not give up if they aren't immediately good at something, or they see others succeed when they don’t. We are not always on an equal playing field and never really can be. However, this shouldn’t be accepted as an excuse. Just because you found Geography or Science difficult this semester, doesn’t mean you will always find it difficult. We talk a lot about Growth Mindsets at Lindisfarne - the power of the word “yet”. Changing our mindset so that instead of saying “I don’t understand algebra”, saying “I don’t understand algebra, yet” shows a lot about our attitude to learning. 

As we come to the end of a busy semester, we should celebrate the achievements of our students. Academic reports highlight some of the academic achievements, but we should celebrate the progress our students have made over the past semester in many different areas. Many students, particularly in Kindergarten and Year 7, have settled into a new school, built new friendships and worked hard to develop new learning habits. Others have been involved in the School Musical, Bring It On, or challenged themselves in new environments at camp. Others have pushed themselves to achieve incredible feats in sport, some of which was showcased at this week’s Athletics Carnivals. A positive “can do” attitude and working hard to improve are the most important ingredients for success in any field.

I hope and pray that you have a wonderful, relaxing and refreshing semester break.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Win a VW Polo

Tickets are now available in the major raffle for FunFest.

Tickets can be purchased at both Mahers Lane and Sunshine Avenue Receptions and online via www.trybooking.com/516655.

Tickets cost $50.00 and are limited to 1,000 total tickets.

Thanks to our supporting partner Tweed Volkswagon, part of Frizelle Sunshine Automotive.

  • 1st Prize - VW Polo Valued at $21,490.00
  • 2nd Prize - Flight Centre Vouchers to the value of $2,000.00
  • 3rd Prize - Mantra Vouchers to the value of $1,000.00

Tickets will be drawn at FunFest on 31 August 2019 at 4.00pm.

Parents & Friends

Year 5 Parents Lunch

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

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

​Year Group Photos for Years 8 and 12

These photos will be taken on the first day of term Monday, 29 July commencing at 8.30am with Year 12 followed by Year 8.

P-12 Mufti Day - in support of the P&F FunFest

On Friday, 2 August, a Mufti Day will be held to raise funds for the FunFest. A gold coin donation is requested. Monies will go towards supplies for stalls such as drinks, chocolates, ice cream, milk, etc.

​NAIDOC Assembly

This week’s assembly was dedicated to celebrating NAIDOC week, which actually falls between the 7th-14th July. The School will be on holidays during this time, so Tuesday was our last assembly for the term to acknowledge this significant event in our school calendar. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origin can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920’s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The Assembly was opened with ‘Welcome to Country’, spoken by local elder Uncle Victor Slockee and accompanied by didgeridoo player Brent Slockee. Uncle Victor then went on to share a beautiful Dreamtime story that engaged everyone in attendance. 

During the assembly, we were privileged to view a performance by ‘Blakboi’ who entertained the audience with songs and stories and even invited students on stage to help play the didgeridoo and play the clapping sticks.

Blakboi is an Indigenous singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, activist, surfer and poet. He is from the Gumilaroi peoples of central NSW now living on the Bundjalung Nation. Blakboi has played alongside Archie Roach, Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Yung Warriors, Wolfmother and Dubmarine. We were very honoured to have him share his story.

Every year there is a different theme chosen to reflect on important issues and events around indigenous matters. This year it was 'Voice Treaty Truth: Let’s work together for a shared future'.

I encourage everyone to engage with and deepen their knowledge of Indigenous Australia and proudly celebrate that they are the world's oldest continuous living culture. I want people to use NAIDOC Week to not only learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history but to also acknowledge and address past injustices.

Matt Fydler
Head of St Barnabas House

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Year 3 FunFest Stall

Round Square

Dean of Studies

From the Dean of Studies

July Holidays 2019 HSC Study Workshops

The trial HSC examinations for our students who are undertaking Year 12 subjects occur in the second week of next term, 5 to 16 August 2019. The exam block is a formal set of exams, and we try to set up the conditions of the HSC as much as possible so that students can get a sense of what the final examinations will be like.

To that end, we are encouraging the students to start their study plan now and to utilise the holidays for some revision time. We appreciate that a work/life balance is of importance to our students, and so the holidays must be a mix of rest, recovery and preparatory study.

During the holidays our teachers offer some extra tutorials and workshops for our Year 12 students. These tutorials are purely voluntary and students can choose to attend as they see fit. No school uniform is required however appropriate attire is expected. The timetable for these tutorials has already been sent to the students, but is also outlined below:

Library hours from 7.45am to 3.15pm 

Please sign in at Top Administration (Reception)


Morning Session 

Afternoon Session

Week 1

Monday, 8 July 2019

PDHPE, 9.00am-12.00pm (PE13)

Japanese, 10:30am-12.00pm

English Tutorial Available (Library)

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Mathematics + Ext1, 9.00am-11.00am FM  (C1)

Extension One English 12.00pm-3.00pm

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Dance, 9.00am-12.00pm (Shed)

Studies of Religion, 9.00am-11.00am (RC12) - JMcC

Visual Arts all day 10.00am-3.00pm

Biology, 12.00pm-1:30pm (RC12) - AP

Visual Arts all day 10.00am-3.00pm

Thursday, 11 July 2019

English Tutorial Available (Library)

English Tutorial Available (Library)

Friday, 12 July 2019

Week 2

Monday, 15 July 2019

PDHPE, 9.00am-12.00pm (PE13)

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Ancient History, 9.00-11.00am (M4)

Visual Arts all day 10.00am-3.00pm

Visual Arts all day 10.00am-3.00pm

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Biology, 9.00am-10:30am (RC12) - SF

Extension Science, 11.00am-1.00pm (RC12)

Dance, 9.00am-12.00pm (Shed)

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Business Studies, 9.00am-12.00pm (RC12) - BM

Engineering Studies, 9.00am-12.00pm (Green Rm) RM

Legal Studies, 1.30pm-3:30pm (RC12) - BM

Friday, 19 July 2019

Chemistry, 9.00am-12.00pm (Lab 2) - DR

Physics, 9.00am-12.00pm (RC12) - AS

Investigating Science, 9.00-12.00 (Green Rm) - RM

Japanese, 7:30am-9.00am

Modern History 9.00am-12.00pm (Blue Room) NWE

Week 3

Monday, 22 July 2019

Dance Practical Trial Examination (Shed)

PDHPE, 9.00am-12.00pm (PE13)

SDD 10.00am-4.00pm (ia13) JH

French Beginners 1:30pm-3:30pm S2

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

History Extension, 9.00am-11.00am (M4)

SDD 10.00am-4.00pm (ia13) JH

1.30pm-3.30pm Music Aural Session

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Visual Arts all day 10.00am-3.00pm

Standard Mathematics, 9.00am-11.00pm  (RC12) - NM

Japanese 11.00am-12:30pm

Visual Arts all day 10.00am-3.00pm

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Dance, 9.00am-12.00pm (Shed)

Music rehearsals (Chapel) 10.00am-3.00pm

IDT 10.00am-4.00pm (IA13) JH

Business Studies, 9.00am-12.00pm (RC12) - BM

Music rehearsals (Chapel) 10.00am - 3.00pm

Legal Studies, 1.00pm-3:30pm (RC12) - BM

Friday, 26 July 2019

Mathematics + Ext1, 9.00am-11.00am FM  (C1)

Japanese 10.00am-11:30am

IDT 12.00pm-4.00pm (IA13) JH

Dr Natalie Marriott
Acting Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Preschool ​Community Donations

One of our thoughtful Preschool Possum children initiated an inquiry about ways we could help the homeless after they had recently seen some people who were homeless in some public spaces in the community. This sparked group discussions and suggestions about what kind of things may be useful if we didn’t have a permanent home to live in. 

We then reached out to a local organisation 'You Have A Friend' which supports the homeless, marginalised and single parents in the local community. It is a 100% not-for-profit organisation and the volunteers were very grateful for any support we could provide. 

Over the past few weeks, the whole Preschool community came together to collect a variety of food items, cloths and toiletries and add them to our collection basked located in the foyer. 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who reached out and made a contribution. The items will be kindly donated over the holidays and we look forward to continuing to support the ‘You Have A Friend’ organisation in any small way we can.

"Although we are small, we can still make a big difference!"

Michelle Perkins
Preschool Possum Teacher

Junior School

Head of Junior School Report

Term 2 Wrap Up

10 weeks has quickly passed us by and the Junior School students have enjoyed a broad range of activities and events all of which they have approached with gusto. Camps, incursions, excursions, open classrooms, conference presentations, poetry recital competitions, eisteddfod, sporting gala days, the Athletics Carnival and, today, a slightly wet fun sports day; it certainly has been an event-filled term.

Many children have spoken to me about their holidays plans and I am sure they will all come back with exciting stories to tell. Holiday periods are a chance to make memories with your children and this three-week break will offer an ideal chance to enjoy some quality family time.

A whole hearted thank you to all of our parents for their support of the Junior School this term. Our events have been well attended and our staff greatly appreciated the support that was given to them by our parent community.  

Have a safe and relaxing holiday.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

Year 4 Camp

Despite the wet, cold and extremely muddy conditions, Year 4 enthusiastically participated in all of the camp activities offered at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat without a single complaint. 

Many students faced their fear of heights, their aversion to mud and their dislike of cold, wet weather as they walked slippery, steep sloping tracks on their trek to the freezing yet beautiful waterfall; waterlogged grass fields covered in squelchy mud while bike riding; torrential stinging rain while kayaking; thick, sticky shoe stealing mud on the low ropes course and a blanket of fog while completing the high ropes course. 

No doubt many pairs of socks and shoes would have been disposed of upon opening backpacks and bags back in the warmth and comfort of home. Well done everyone on a challenging yet successful and fun camp. It was fantastic to see all of you cooperating, encouraging and helping your teammates. No doubt it will be a camp to remember!

Linda Howarth
Year 4 Teacher 

Please click 'Expand Article' to view more photos from the camp.

Celebrating All Things French - Stage 2

On Monday, 1 July, Stage 2 had a fantastic opportunity today to celebrate their French learning by eating a French breakfast. They enjoyed croissants with butter and jam alongside un chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) or un jus d’orange (orange juice). C’était vraiment délicieux!! (It was really delicious).

Afterwards, Year 4 learnt to play la pétanque. This is a French sport where the goal is to throw your boule closest to the target.

Experiences like these are so fun, educational and motivational for students learning French.

Madame Jo Cronk
French Specialist (2-6)

​Junior School Choir and String Ensemble

Over the month of July, our Junior School Choir and String Ensemble put all of their hard work to the test at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts with both groups taking out 3rd place. The Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts is always a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their skills, hard work and practice as well as a great place to get much valued feedback. Students in both of these ensembles demonstrated a high level of professionalism and dedication whilst representing Lindisfarne and should all be extremely proud of their performances.

Jesse Edwards
Junior School Music Coordinator

​Celebrating 100 Days of School

On Wednesday, the Kindergarten students celebrated 100 days of School. The day began with an Open Classroom so that parents and guardians could join in the celebration of this very special milestone. Students wrote sentences about what they would do when they are 100 years old, threaded 100 beads to make necklaces, made Lego 100 numbers, filled bags with 100 items, put 100 fingerprints on a tree art piece, and guessed which jar held 100 items.

After the Open Classroom, the commemoration continued with a range of activities based on the number 100. Congratulations to all the Kindy students who have grown so much and learnt so very much in your first 100 days of school, you brighten our classrooms with your joy and enthusiasm for everything you do. May this continue for many more hundred days of your education.

Emma Blaikie
Kindy Turtles Teacher

Please click 'Expand Article' to view more photos of the Kindergarten activities. 

​Year 4 Open Classroom

This term, Year 4 have been investigating the reasons behind the great journeys of exploration. They learnt about significant individuals of the Age of Exploration (circa 1400–1800) and closely examined the journey of one explorer, trader or navigator 

On Tuesday, they opened up their classrooms for family and friends to participate in a STEM Challenge. Each student was given a bag of materials and they were required to plan and make an explorer ship that would float with additional weight. It was fantastic to watch the students and parents approach the task with enthusiasm and excitement and every boat created had its own unique design. Thank you to all our families that attended.

Year 4 Teachers

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

​Year 8 Reflection

The end of the term is always a timely reason to reflect on the achievements, successes and challenges that were experienced over the past 10 weeks. For me, this reflection is particularly poignant as I step aside from my role as Year 8 Coordinator at the conclusion of this week.

Throughout Term Two, your students have achieved so much. Sometimes, without even realising. Their commitment to their academic development, their School sporting teams, their Club teams, their friends, even wearing the correct uniform in the correct way are all indicators that they are living the Lindisfarne values of compassion, wisdom and respect.

The last 18 months of my tenure has shown me that the little wins should always be celebrated. I have become highly aware of the brilliance of many of our students that, whilst largely not publicly recognised, is the reason that Lindisfarne is such a great school. Report cards will be distributed soon and I urge both parents and students to acknowledge the work that went into achieving the results and the comments from the class teachers. Obviously, there will always be scope for future goal setting but in this particular moment, look for moments to celebrate.

It is also timely to recognise the team of incredibly gifted staff at Lindisfarne who support all of the Year 8 students - Mr Godden, the Home Room teachers, the administration staff and of course, the many classroom teachers who are so passionate about sharing their subject knowledge with our students. The staff work tirelessly together to ensure that our students enjoy their school experience.

So, I step aside from this role with a sense of pride in all that the Year 8 cohort has achieved thus far. I look forward to watching their growth over the next six months under the leadership of the new Year 8 Coordinator.

Kylie Wharton
Year 8 Coordinator

​Brainstorm Productions presents “Verbal Combat”

Last week, Brainstorm Productions presented Verbal Combat to our Stage 4 students. As part of the Middle School's ongoing commitment to raising awareness of the impact of bullying, the presentation was chosen for its ability to contextualise the issue in a way that resonates with students. The aim of Verbal Combat is to: 

  • Reduce the incidences of bullying in schools;
  • Provide support and guidance for students experiencing bullying and cyber bullying;
  • Help students develop a greater understanding of cyber safety;
  • Provide students with the tools and confidence to support their friends and peers;
  • Aid in the improvement of student mental health and wellbeing; and
  • Foster positive relationships at school, at home and in the community.

Post production, students joined their Home Room teacher to discuss the relevance and importance of awareness of the issues associated with bullying, in particular, cyber bullying with their classmates. The production was a timely reminder for students to be aware of their actions and words.

Kylie Wharton
Year 8 Coordinator

​Halfway… Year 7

Wow! In the blink of an eye, we have almost reached the halfway point of Year 7 and what a busy six months it has been. Year 7 has quickly settled into high school life, adapting to the many challenges and obstacles that it entails. The students have grasped every opportunity that has come their way from public speaking and museum displays to sports, Kokoda walks and Tournament of Minds... and this is just scratching the surface.

This holiday break will bring much needed rest and recovery. A chance to recharge the batteries, enjoy precious family and friend time, maybe travel or even just down time at the local beach. Whatever this holiday entails for you and your family, just enjoy. Make the most of carefree (lunchbox and uniform free) days and return to school recharged and ready to give the second half of the year the same efforts on Monday, 29 July.

This holiday will also see Semester 1 reports sent home. For our Year 7 cohort this is our first report and the first opportunity to get a bigger picture of how your child is travelling across all subject areas. When reports do arrive, take the time to read both the marks as well as the comments. Sit with your child, discuss the comments and have a look at the report as a whole picture of their performance and effort across all subjects. Next term we'll take time to focus on our reports and set some goals for the remainder of the year. As we constantly strive to be the best version of ourselves we can use our reports as a tool to assist with both academic and personal growth, maintain what we are doing well and grow in areas where we may be lacking.

Have a wonderful mid-year break and please take time to congratulate your child on all that they have achieved so far this year.

Kind regards
Julie McDowell

Senior School

Google Headquarters Visit

Last Friday, Lindisfarne’s Computer Science students were invited to visit Google’s Head Office in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Mrs Hanson, Mr Woods and 21 students ranging from Years 10 to 12 took part in this once in a lifetime opportunity which truly exceeded all our expectations.

With 70% of all global internet searches and with over 50 products and services in their broad product portfolio, Google is considered to be one of the top four most influential companies around the world, and for the past six years, Google has earned Fortune Magazine’s top spot for the best company globally for employment.

Lindisfarne students were able to meet Google employees from various countries and business areas, ask them questions, tour the eccentrically decorated offices - where tables and chairs hung from the ceilings, scooters and sleep pods were available for all. For many, it was their first opportunity to see the Technology Industry from the inside. Google were extremely impressed by the caliber of our students and the questions which included areas such as Quantum Computing and Google’s entry into the gaming and music markets.

En route back to the airport, students were further inspired at The Powerhouse Museum, enjoying a sneak preview of the new Apollo 11 exhibit, opening this week. This included typed copies of the Luna Landing breaking code, to virtual reality simulations of inside the Luna Module.  Alan Turing’s Enigma Machine from World War 2 was also on loan from Bletchley Park, England, and an exhibit on the history of Apple hardware, from the first ever Apple computer through to Apple’s products today.

This truly was a day of inspiration (and much laughter) for our students and an opportunity to learn resilience and leadership as we conquered challenge after challenge using Sydney’s public transport system. From cancelled flights to fires on the light rail, our day was filled with adventure making it more memorable as we collaborated as a team. The leadership roles were shared amongst students at various points, depending on their natural abilities to overcome significant travel delays. This united us all creating strong community spirit!

Throughout the travel challenges, our parent community support was ever present and we graciously acknowledge and appreciate all the support and positive feedback received both on the day and subsequently.

Google and the exhibitions certainly proved to be a motivating and inspirational example for our students as they embark on their Software Design and Development and Information and Digital Technology Higher School Certificates.

Mrs Hanson, Mr Woods and 21 happy Googlers


Mathematics Faculty


What Can’t Science Do?

That’s not an expression of incredulous wonderment, it is a real question as in: “What CAN science do and what CAN’T science do?”

Science can make bunnies glow bright green in the dark but it can’t make a judgement about whether that is a worthwhile thing to do.

Science can put a car into orbit around Mars but it can’t find an enormous commercial jet that went missing in mid-flight here on Earth.

Science can make multiple photocopies (clones) of sheep but can’t eradicate cane toads from Australia.

Science can prove conclusively that Israelis and Palestinians have identical ethnic genetic markers and are, therefore, the same people but it can’t resolve the impasse in their beliefs.

Science can explain what is happening to the world’s climate but it can’t make people change their minds about the kind of society we want to live in.

Science can figure out how the immune system works and use that knowledge to eradicate small pox from the world but it can’t make people vaccinate their children.

Science can predict, using mathematical modelling, how quickly a bacteria colony will adapt to a new antibiotic but it can’t change people’s conviction that evolution does not apply to humans.

There is a popular sentiment that science will save us from bad things and give us good things to use and to play with but there are a couple of problems with that. Firstly, people love science when it discovers something that makes our lives easier or more fun but they don’t like science when it tells them something that they don’t want to hear.

Secondly, science can’t determine what people will do with the things it discovers. Alfred Nobel invented trinitrotoluene (dynamite) which was a wonderful product for mining and construction. However, its major use turned out to be for the detonating high explosive in artillery shells and aerial bombs.

Our students are taught from Year 7 that Science is a way of thinking. A process of observation, hypothesis, investigation and conclusion that is repeated endlessly. How people use the knowledge provided by Science is up to them.

Have a wonderful, restful holiday and use the time to discover your inner scientist.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


​Spontaneous Improvisation Showcase - Year 8 Drama

Congratulations to those Year 8 Drama students who volunteered to present their spontaneous improvisation skills to the Year 6 Performing Arts students on Tuesday 2nd July. Over periods 5 and 6 the students worked in teams to undertake performance games such as Space Jump, Freeze Frame and Expert Double Figures, showcasing their skills in making and accepting offers, working towards an audience and ensemble participation. 

A special congratulations to Sofia Keane and Finn Smith who received the Best Actors Awards and to the winning team consisting of Finn Smith, Thomas Ellis, Brodie McDowell, Trishul Sivabalan and Lewis Churchill. Thanks also to our judges Ms Skene, Ms Moore, Mr Jackson and selected members of the Year 6 audience. This was the first time we have held this event and we look forward to repeating the experience next year. 

Mrs Loretta Visser
Drama Teacher 

Stage 6 Dance and Drama Showcase

What is there to say about the students involved in the 2019 Stage 6 Dance and Drama Showcase?

We sincerely commend you for your hard work and dedication in these subjects. As teachers, it is a privilege to teach and work along-side you. Your energy, enthusiasm, commitment and passion for the art forms, despite the inherent risks and fears, is always inspiring.  

Thank you.

Simon Leach and Loretta Visser 
Drama Teachers 

Vocal Students Rise Up to Perform

On Wednesday, around 20 students who study singing and vocal performing under Lindisfarne’s vocal coach, Marisa Lee, put on a stellar show in the Chapel for parents and peers.

The theme of this semester’s show was 'Rise Up', and the students performed solo renditions of songs ranging from the Beatles classic 'Here Comes The Sun' to more contemporary hits like Alicia Keys' 'Girl On Fire'.

Marisa Lee described the standard as exceptionally high, and said there is some great talent emerging from amongst the young performers.

"I felt all the students had improved - you could see their development and their growth since the performances they did at the end of last year," she said.

"The thing we’ll be working on over the next six months is to ensure they continue to improve technically but they’ll also be doing more work on stagecraft."

Learning Enrichment

Write a Book in a Day Competition

Have you ever wanted to be part of a team that writes and illustrates their very own book in just 12 hours??

The Write a Book in a Day competition is a team writing competition open to writers and illustrators from Years 5 to adult. All books are written by a team in a consecutive 12 hour period on one day. Teams will consist of students in Years 5 to 6, Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12. 

The cost to participate in the competition will be $52.00. The competition raises money for the Kids Cancer project and all completed books will go into hospitals around Australia to entertain children receiving treatment. 

We will hold our Write a Book in a Day on Thursday 29 August from 8am to 8pm in the Mahers Lane Library.

If you are a budding author and/or illustrators and would like to participate in this fun and exciting competition please email jduggan@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au by Friday, 12 July to secure your spot.

Jodie Duggan 
Learning Enrichment Coordinator 5-8

Mahers Lane Homework Club

Homework Help with the Learning Enrichment Team

Homework Club will continue next term and will commence again in Week 2 in the Mahers Lane Library. Please note there will be no Homework Club in Week 1.

Jodie Duggan
Learning Enrichment Coordinator (5-8)

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Recording Studio News

Recording sessions are underway for the first Germinate Records release due in Term 3.

This week, students assisted with the recording of percussionist Reuben Bradley for a song by Chelsea Redman.  Vocal recording sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Students interested in sound production are welcome to attend and assist with one or more of these sessions. Sessions will begin at 10.00am and conclude at 2.00pm. Students interested in coming along should email bcanning@lindisfarne.edu.au to book a place.

Pictured above: Finojet Rudd and Oscar Veldhoven

Brett Canning 
Recording Studio Producer

International Department

​Upcoming International visitors in Term 3

We have a very exciting Term 3 ahead of us with four International groups from Japan and China visiting and staying with us throughout August and September. The students range from 10-17 years old and they are all looking forward with anticipation to meeting our students and families. The groups will participate in various activities such as: 

  • Class integration with their allocated school buddies.
  • Excursions.
  • Specialised classes in Aussie baking, Indigenous art, Bush dancing and Aussie sports.

It is quite daunting to visit a foreign country for the first time and when English is not our visiting students first language, it can sometimes make our visitors shy and unconfident. We want them to feel welcomed and engage in our wonderful Lindisfarne community. So, if you see any of our visitors on either campus, say hi and take the time to stop and have a chat. You might be surprised at how much you learn about yourself and a student from a country very different from our own.

Amy Fydler 
International Student Coordinator 

Nabari Homestay Families Fequired

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 15 to 22 March 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 international@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you would like to open your homes and hearts and have a once in a lifetime cultural experience that you will never forget.

Amy Fydler 
International Student Coordinator 

​Dr Catherine Memorial School visit

Last Friday, we had a group of 32 students from Hong Kong visit our Mahers Lane Campus for the day. The students were excited to meet their Lindisfarne buddies from Years 5 to 8 and they all had a wonderful day being immersed in their buddies classes, playing ping pong, handball, singing aussie songs and eating a delicious fish and chip lunch catered by Paul and Mary. A massive thank you to all of our Lindisfarne representatives and especially Amber Jones, our International Prefect for being so gracious, kind and helpful during this visit.

Amy Fydler 
International Student Coordinator 

Please click 'Expand Article' to see more photos of the Dr Catherine Memorial School visit.

Digital Space



Junior School Sport

Tennis Program - Stage 1 Sport

In Term 3 there will be an opportunity for those interested students to participate in a nine week Tennis Program for Years 1 and 2. Children will experience professional tennis coaching from the Pro-One Academy in a fun environment with their peers. This program will occur during regular sport time. Students not participating in the program will be involved in sports back at school. 
Dates:                      9 x Wednesdays – 31 July to 25 September 2018.

Where:                    Tennis Courts, Arkinstall Park, South Tweed Heads.

Time:                       Departure School: 1.30pm
                                Arrival  School:     2.50pm

Transport:               Students will walk to Arkinstall Park accompanied by Stage 1 Teachers.

Cost:                       $50.00 to be charged to your school fees account.

Uniform:                 School sports uniform and hat.

Miscellaneous:        Own tennis racquet is preferred clearly named/labelled, sunscreen already applied, full water bottle named/labelled.
Permission forms are due back by Tuesday, 30 July 2019.    

Jump Rope For Heart

Sunshine Avenue Campus will be participating in the Jump Rope For Heart program next term. Students in K - 4 will be given a letter at the beginning of Term 3, outlining the program and important dates throughout the term. We will also be running some before school sessions for the students and their parents to get fit and active. Let’s get excited and get ready to skip our way through Term 3. 

Touch Football

Lindisfarne will be entering teams into a Touch Football Gala Day in Term 3. We will be entering boys, girls and mixed teams into the Gala Day. We have a fantastic coach Danni Davis who is giving us her time to come and help us with the training sessions. Training sessions will start in Term 3 on Wednesday, 31July 2019. Training will be in the mornings from 7.15am - 8.15am. Any student in Years 3 or 4 who are interested should come along and have a go. 

Nathan Croft 
PE Specialist P-4

Junior School FUN Athletics Carnival

The Junior School was filled with laughter, colour and cheer today as we celebrated the end of Term 2 with our FUN Athletics Carnival.

Although the weather wasn't in our favour, house spirit was still at an all time high as our Preschool to Year 4 students worked their way around a rotating course of running, ball games, rocket throwing, hurdles, high jump, long jump, egg and spoon races, three-legged races and sack races.

The all-inclusive event is aimed to foster community engagement and peer support, whilst providing a platform for the development of our students' movement and fine motor skills in a fun and encouraging environment.

Thank you to all of the staff, parents and student helpers who worked together to put on such a great FUN Athletics Carnival this year.

Please click 'Expand Article' below to view some great photos from today.

Sport News

Years 3-12 Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 4 July at Walter Peate Oval, Sunshine Avenue Campus and Mahers Lane Campus students converged for our collective Years 3-12 Athletics Carnival. The weather forecast was for showers; however, for the most part of the day we were spared significant rain.

Thanks to everyone involved, it is a massive logistical exercise to get a carnival this size up and running. Thanks to ALL the competitors for participating with such enthusiasm. We were lucky to witness some fine young athletes showcase their talents. Here is a brief snapshot of some of the highlights:

Champion House:

1st: St Barnabas House (1569 points)
2nd: St Cuthbert House (1394 points) 
3rd: St Stephen House (1338 points)
4th: St Andrew House (1306 points)


Olivia Copeland: U14 800m 2:46.16
Oliver Churchill: U16 400m 56.09
Bonnie Starling: U12 200m 30.09
Jye Walker: U14 Boys 200m 28.26 AND High Jump 1.70m AND Long Jump 5.23m
Kodey Edgar-Farrell: U17 Boys 200m 25.53
Phoebe Link: U12 Girls High Jump 1.35m
Kiara Denny: U13 Girls Long Jump 4.80m
Cruz Dangerfield: U12 Boys Shot Put 9.62m
Rose Beddoes-Clarke: U12 Girls Shot Put 9.45m
Giselle Smith: U15 Girls Javelin 29.50m 

March Past results:

1st: St Andrew House
2nd: St Barnabas House
3rd: St Cuthbert House
4th: St Stephen House

Please see gallery below for more photos from the Athletics Carnival

Spotlight on Cimarron Crawford

Cimarron Crawford competed at the Men's Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) QLD State Clubs Championships at Caloundra over the weekend with his fellow teammates from Gold Coast Gymnastics Club. This was a team event where each Club competes on all six apparatuses, with the highest three scores on each apparatus being used to calculate the scores. 

Cimarron’s team (level 5/6) placed 1st on Vault, 2nd on Floor, 3rd on Pommel horse, 4th on Rings and 5th on Parallel Bars. Gold Coast Gymnastics placed 3rd Overall in the State. It is a very rigorous competition, with only 7.86 points separating the top five clubs. 

All the Gymnasts displayed exceptional sportsmanship and skill. This is Cimarron’s first competition for the season and was good for him to see where he needs to improve before his next competition at Maroochydore, where he will be hoping to earn his Australian National Level 6 badge. Well done Cimarron.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Three of our Year 7 girls competed in the RG Schools competition at Marymount college last weekend. Amara Pearson, Matilda Johnston (who also placed 1st overall), and Taylor Kane. They entered as a trio representing Lindisfarne school and placed 1st! They will be off to State Championships in the near future. Congratulations girls. 

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


Year 10 Rock and Roll

The Rock and Roll dance unit assessment day on Monday was truly spectacular. The students really immersed themselves into their routines and it could be said that it was one of the most enjoyable assignments they have had! It is certainly the most entertaining for all of us PDHPE staff. 

Many of the younger spectators were wowed by the performances and Stage 6 students relived fond memories. Thank you to the site staff for organising the venue, Miss Rowlands-Dealey for the super snaps, Elliot Dowker (Year 11) for partnering Jemma McNicoll, all of the parents, grandparents and siblings for supporting the cohort, Jo Creaser for bringing the beautiful Harley Davison for photograph opportunities and, once again, to our fabulous Heart-Beat Rockers, Rob and Kathy Llewellyn.

Please see gallery below for more photos. 

Year 12 Assignments

The last Assessment Task for the 2019 graduates before their Trial exams, saw the HSC students having to “teach” their peers about one of Australia’s National Health Priority areas. Working on Einstein’s theory “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough,” the Year 12 used 'Kahoots'; practical games; family-feud type-team games; moving documentaries and even a 'Survivor' event to share their knowledge with the rest of the class. 

PDHPE Faculty


Saturday Netball

Due to the 12-15-year-olds State Netball Championships, there are no Saturday matches this weekend. The Bronze Lions have a make-up match v Terranora at 2.00pm on Saturday, 20 July and then normal Netball resumes on Saturday, 27 July, which is the weekend before we return to school. PLEASE can you let your manager know if you are unable to play in Round 11. Just a reminder that the Nicole Cusack Carnival is the following weekend - 4 August.

Good luck to Ella Mitchell, Bonnie Starling, Asha Thomson, Zara Cusick, Sienna Phelps, Poppy Burdekin, Annie Hammond, Mia Henry, Gracie Lynch, Ruby Sullivan, Giselle Smith and Ebony Richards who are all representing Tweed Netball Association in Brisbane at the State Netball Championships. 

School Netball

The Green Lions (Year 7/8 Boys) and the Lion Kings (Year 9/10) played a match on Monday at lunchtime in preparation for a busy few weeks on our return to Term 3.

July 31 - Gowerton School match/ Vicki Wilson Cup 
August 1 - NCIS Secondary Netball Championships at Tweed
August 7 - Burford School
August 14 - NSW Cup Round 2

If you have any questions regarding netball, please do not hesitate to email me on gmaynard@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball

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