From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


In the March edition of the Grammar Gazette, I wrote about how Lindisfarne was working with teachers to encourage professional reflection through the use of a 360° tool called Educator Impact. The 30 staff who volunteered to be part of the pilot program have found it to be worthwhile and have now set their own goals for targeted improvement. During Term 3, Educator Impact will be rolled out to the rest of the staff. The measures used for teachers are self-reflection, lesson observations and student surveys, as a broad range of measures allow for better quality, balanced feedback for teachers from a variety of perspectives. From this feedback, teachers evaluate current practice in collaboration with a peer or mentor, and develop evidence-based goals to work on identified areas of improvement. Over the next few years, this process of 360° reflection will take place towards the end of Term 1 to allow for teachers to work on goals and then evaluate their success in reaching these goals towards the end of the year. 

Teaching is a complex task and even the best teachers can improve their practice. This complexity is often not well understood in the wider community; however, the quote below from Elizabeth Green’s book Building a Better Teacher provides some insights:

The question for teachers, as for doctors, was not, 'What is the best behaviour?' It was, 'How do I decide which of many behaviours to deploy for the case at hand?' It was a problem of diagnosis. Teachers had to locate their pupils’ pathologies, determine a best intervention, and act. … Since the pathologies - that is, everything the child didn’t know - were not physical but mental, how could teachers diagnose them? How could they understand what a child had failed to learn? And if they did manage to teach successfully, how could they confirm it?

There was also the problem of scale. "The teacher," Lee realised, "is confronted not with a single patient, but with a classroom filled with 25 to 35 youngsters." Even if a teacher could locate pathologies and somehow do it for all her students, how did she manage to deploy the correct interventions, all at once, to the entire group? “The only time a physician could possibly encounter a situation of comparable complexity," Lee concluded, "would be in the emergency room of a hospital during or after a natural disaster."

Teaching is even broader than this with many other social, emotional and behavioural challenges to contend with, as well as changing curriculum requirements and school initiatives. We should celebrate the great work our teachers do every day to help get the best from our students. An example of our teacher’s high level of commitment were the 45 revision workshops run over the recent school holidays for our HSC students as they prepare for the Trial HSC which commences next week. We wish our Year 12 students well as they complete their final school assessment tasks over the coming two weeks and then begin the final study grind towards the Higher School Certificate in October.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Sabbath Rest

As we begin a new term, many conversations have been focused on the topic of holiday activities. I have been surprised by the consistent theme of simplicity where people have said that they did very little during the July holidays.

The first 2 terms of this year were very busy and intense, and so it seems that everyone was ready for a break. However, in our modern context, holidays can simply mean a different form of busyness and hectic activity, so it was refreshing to hear that many people pulled back from the habit of substituting one form of busyness for another.

The need for true "rest from labour" is an ancient practice. The Jewish notion of Sabbath was about identifying that it is good and necessary for the body, the mind and the soul to stop.  

Even though we don’t necessarily refer to it as Sabbath, it’s as if our minds and bodies tell us when there is nothing left to give, and we simply need to rest. It is such an important discipline to weave into our weekly routine rather than simply relying so heavily on holiday breaks. I think it’s why the discipline of Sabbath was about stopping every seventh day, because if we only stop every 30th or 60th or 100th day, we are setting ourselves up for breakdown or burnout.

I hope and pray that many of us will use the feeling of refreshment and renewal that we are currently experiencing as a reminder to be more deliberate and intentional about "Sabbath Rest" on a regular basis to stop, breath, rest and renew before we expect our minds and bodies to "go" again.

Blessings for the week ahead. 

Rev Chad Rynehart
School 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

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

DisruptEd 2019

DisruptEd Day - Mahers Lane Campus

On 22 August, Lindisfarne will again host our annual DisruptEd Day where students in Years 7 to 12 will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with industry experts on Disruption in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Sport.

Lunchtime stalls will also be a hit with students selling amazing food and beverages with proceeds going charity - "Come prepared to spend big," they said.

We will also be hosting a DisruptEd Parent Session the day prior. Please see the flyer below for more details.

KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner 2019

Year 9 student Samuel Smith, founder of KIN Schools Day, would like to again invite you to this years annual KIN Schools Day Charity Dinner. Sam has again spent months in the planning of this event and it is guaranteed to be a night like no other.

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 Towns 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.

Tickets at

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please select the Donation Only ticket.

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Tournament of Minds

Request for Judges

Parents and Friends of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, do you have a particular interest in any of the following disciplines?

  • The Arts
  • Social Science
  • Language Literature
  • STEM

 If the answer is yes, then we need you!

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Junior Campus is hosting the Tournament of Minds regional competition on Sunday, 25 August 2019.

We are looking for volunteers to judge primary and secondary teams completing a challenge in one of the four mentioned disciplines.

The reason for this request is quite simple: If we don't have enough judges, then Tournament is not able to run. Our team has used a wide range of strategies to source judges of the appropriate quality, but there are many more people in our wider community who would make excellent judges.

The requirements of a judge are:

  • An adult or a year 12 student (year 11 students may be approved on a case-by-case basis - e.g. past State finalist; many years of participation.
  • Working with Children Check (for all judges 18+).
  • Attend judges' training evening on Monday 19 August 2019 @ Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School (Mahers Lane Campus).
  • Attend Tournament Day, including scoring teams and providing feedback.
  • Positive and friendly attitude.

All potential judges should be in contact with Amy Williamson, as soon as possible:

Note: While it is most beneficial to attend judges' training, we are willing to explore options for judges who would need to travel long distances.

Sports Injury Clinic

Parent Lounge

It is pleasing to see the uptake of parents making use of the Parent Lounge. The Parent Lounge provides parents with access to the School’s administration system (TASS) and streamlines access to important information regarding your child.

The Parent Lounge provide parents with online access to:

  • Update personal information and medical records
  • View Middle & Senior School student timetables
  • Access Daily Notices and the School Calendar
  • View current and historical Academic Reports
  • View absence details
  • Pay school fees and check current account balance
  • Book Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Access important information and links (eg Assessment Schedules)
  • Receive notifications relevant for your child
  • Approve and pay for Tours and Excursions

Some of these features will be rolled out over the course of Semester Two and parents will be notified as new features become available.

The Parent Lounge will significantly reduce the amount of paperwork sent home and will be the main form of communication for school activities and Academic Reports.  Parents are encouraged to access the Parent Lounge regularly to ensure key information is seen and actioned in a timely fashion. As always, please ensure you read the newsletter every Friday to be fully informed about everything that happens at Lindisfarne.

The following videos have been developed to assist you in using the Parent Lounge:

If you require assistance logging into or using the Parent Lounge, please contact either the Sunshine Avenue or Mahers Lane Reception.


Round Square

Dean of Studies

What's Coming Up?

Subject Selection Evenings for 2020

Subject Selection Evenings are designed to help further inform students of the subject selection process and the range of subjects that are on offer. Students and parents will also have the opportunity to talk to Faculty Directors and subject teachers about the course on offer. 

  • 6.00pm Wednesday, 7 August for students entering Year 11 in 2020
  • 6.00pm Monday, 12 August for students entering Year 9 and 10 in 2020

Higher School Certificate (HSC)

It was pleasing that many of our Year 12 and Accelerated students took the opportunity to attend workshops and revision sessions during the July holidays. I would like to thank the dedicated staff who came in to work with the students during this time.

Next week, the Year 12 and Year 11 Accelerated students will undertake their written trial Higher School Certificate Examinations. We would like to wish all the students all the best for these examinations. 

Higher School Certificate Supervisors 

This year we will need a few more supervisors for the Higher School Certificate examinations in October. Supervisors are paid by the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) and require a Working With Children Check. If you are interested in becoming a supervisor, please email by 12 August so your details can be passed on to the Presiding Officer.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Big Boys' Breakfast - Junior School

The Lindisfarne P&F Association will be hosting our annual Big Boys’ Breakfast at the Junior School campus on Friday, 23 August.

$8.00 per breakfast - bookings at

Note: for catering purposes, please ensure you book one ticket for each person eating breakfast (e.g. grandfather, father, son and daughter = 4 tickets).

Bookings will close on Tuesday, 20 August.

This event is for all students in Preschool to Year 4 to celebrate with the significant male role models (fathers, stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, etc.) in their lives. 

If you would like to assist the P&F on the day, please contact Jane Daniel on 0401 277 710.

On the Day

On the day, don’t forget your wallets! There will be two options to win great prizes:

Put your business card in a jar. A random business card will drawn on the day and winner receives a $50 gift voucher to Baked at Ancora; 

There will be a raffle= $5/ ticket and EFTPOS available. These prizes have been donated by generous members of our school community and include: 

  • A Stone and Wood Brewery tour for 5 mates tour valued at $250;  
  • A $50 gift voucher to Cubby Bakehouse, Chinderah,  
  • 2x male sun hats kindly donated by Seawish, Coolangatta
  • 4x green fees and 2 golf carts for a great day with mates at Murwillumbah Golf Course valued at $215

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Year 8 Q&A with Mrs Phillips

The Year 8 Captains sat down with our new Year 8 Coordinator, Mrs Phillips, to ask her some questions:

When did you know you wanted to become a teacher?
I was studying Aviation at university but still teaching ballet. I can clearly remember the moment when I was at ballet one day and I just thought, "Why am I doing something at university that I am not enjoying when I clearly love passing on all my knowledge to these young students?" The following semester I enrolled in my first of three teaching degrees I have gone on to study (Maths/IT, Geography/Dance, and Science).

What was your favourite subject at school? 
Maths. I was also lucky enough to study Ballet as an elective.

What is the coolest part about being a teacher? 
Ex-students sharing all the things they have achieved since leaving school.

What is your favourite pastime?
Fishing with my husband and son, Bastian – however this is not always achievable now that Bastian is one and wants to "help" fish.

What are three things you would need on a deserted island?
A good book, a fishing rod and chocolate.

What are some ideas or values you would like to implement in Year 8?
I have a passion for the environment and what we can do to leave any space in a better state then when we entered it. I would love to build some of these values into what we do as a Year 8 cohort. I would also like to start working with Year 8 on their legacy that they are going to leave behind for future Middle School students. This is ever so important because of the timing of the new Middle School precinct that will be built soon. 

Senior School


QUT News

Career workshops in Brisbane and phone appointments for regional students
QUT career educators are holding workshops in August and September to help with career decision making, and also have phone appointments available for regional students or others who can't attend the workshops.

Scholarships for academic achievement and creative performance
QUT Excellence Scholarships (formerly Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships), are our premier offering for school leavers with outstanding academic achievement or creative performance. 

QUT Sport Scholarships
In 2020 QUT Sport Scholarships are offered across three categories to support athletes at all levels of performance.

Entry requirements for teaching double degrees with creative industries
QUT offers double degrees for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with the creative industries disciplines of creative writing, dance, drama, film, screen and new media, music and visual arts. These courses have additional entry requirements.

Accommodation options for students
QUT's accommodation service provides students with information and advice on finding and securing accommodation. There are different types of student accommodation in Brisbane and identifying which is best for you is a very important step.

Visit QUT at their Open Day to talk to accommodation service staff and local accommodation providers.

Scholarship link

Griffith University News

Open Day - Sunday, 11 August
On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admission pathways, applying to study and scholarships. You can listen to information sessions, participate in interactive demonstrations, join a campus or lab tour, view displays and get your questions answered by our expert staff and student ambassadors.

Q&A sessions
Whether you are in high school, a mature age student or a professional, our study advisers are experienced in providing the support you need to achieve your goals.

Book a 30-minute one-on-one Q&A session to discuss your interests and circumstances either in person or over the phone. Explore your study options and get advice about the range of support services available at Griffith.

Engineering Aptitude Test
Griffith University offers Year 12 students a pathway into the Engineering through the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment Test - a two-and-a-half-hour multiple choice test that assesses a candidate’s aptitude to think scientifically, solve quantitative problems, critically analyse information and display interpersonal understanding. Successful students will be offered admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campuses or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Nathan campus.
Dates and Locations for 2019:

  • Brisbane: Saturday, 28 September from 9.00am to 12.00pm at Griffith University Nathan Campus, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan.
  • Gold Coast: Saturday 28 September from 9.00am to 12.00pm at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Parklands Drive, Southport.

If you are in regional Queensland or New South Wales, you are able to take the exam online.

Cost: $150

For more information and to register, visit: Registrations close on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Scholarship link

Explore your options
Monday, 16 December to Thursday, 19 December
If your ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

University of Queensland News

Help your child navigate their future,

Ensure your teen takes the opportunity to see everything on offer at UQ Open Day. They’ll have the chance to meet staff and current students, visit their preferred study area precincts, participate in our interactive activities, and experience student life.

Register for Open Day to receive the full event program.


Study payment options

Most undergraduate programs at UQ are Commonwealth-supported, which means the government pays part of a student's fees. This is a subsidy, not a loan, which students don't have to pay back. The student pays the remainder of the fees, which is called a student contribution amount.

Students can pay their student contribution amount upfront or they can apply for the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Once they begin working and are earning a certain level of income, the Australian Tax Office will take a small portion of their income each year to repay their loan. 

A complete list of indicative annual fees for UQ undergraduate programs is displayed on each program page.

Scholarship link

Southern Cross University News

Get ready for university with an Open Day scholarship worth $15,000!
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Southern Cross University, we are offering one lucky future student the chance to receive a scholarship worth $15,000. 

Open Day
To register for Open Day and the scholarship, click here or visit

STAR Early Offer Program
The STAR Early Offer program allows you to secure your place in a Southern Cross University degree before your ATAR/OP results are even released! The Southern Cross STAR Early Offer program is designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and provide another pathway directly into university study that is not based solely on your ATAR or OP.

Why should I participate?
This program allows you to gain an offer into the Southern Cross University course of your choice, based on your high school grades and your school principal’s recommendation. This means that STAR does not take your ATAR/OP into consideration. It’s free to apply through STAR and it’s a simple online application.

Why choose Southern Cross?
Southern Cross offers world-class degrees, recognised by professional bodies that have strong links to industry. In addition to great degrees and graduate outcomes, we offer 5 star student support, the opportunity to travel and go on exchange overseas and the ability to live on campus at one of our residential colleges {at Lismore or Coffs}. University study can be a life-changing experience, and at Southern Cross your experience will be so much more than just attending your classes.
We also have a wide range of scholarships which you could be eligible for, ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $32,000!

What can I study?
You can apply for any undergraduate degree program offered at Southern Cross University across our three campuses as well as online study.
With such a broad range of degrees on offer, it’s an amazing opportunity to think about your skills, your passions and your future. We can assist you to find the degree for you, and share all the exciting places it can take you!

How does it work?
All you need to do is lodge an application through this website between 1 May 2019 and 13 Sept 2019 nominating your degree and campus of choice. It’s an easy process that should only take you about 5-10 minutes! Your school will then assess your application and make their recommendation according to Southern Cross University guidelines.
There are three levels of the program that your school will use to guide their recommendation: STAR Platinum, STAR Entry and STAR Pathway.

Scholarship link


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Performing Arts

Term 3 is an action-packed term for Performing Arts, full of wonderful performance opportunities for our students and also the culmination of a great deal of work for our Year 12 Drama, Dance and Music students.

Co-Curricular Music Ensembles

There are a wide variety of music ensembles offered at Lindisfarne from K-12 directed by our talented Performing Arts staff. These ensembles rehearse regularly throughout the term, helping students develop ensemble skills. The ensembles also have the opportunity to perform at a range of school and community events. I would encourage all of our young musicians to be involved in our co-curricular music ensembles and take full advantage of the opportunities available to our groups. I would also encourage our instrumentalists to attend choir and enjoy the benefits it can bring to your overall musicianship.

If you are unaware of which ensemble you should attend, don't hesitate to contact myself or any of the friendly Music staff to point you in the right direction.

A few of upcoming performance events include:

  • HICES Music Festival - Sunday, 18 August 
  • Gold Coast Eisteddfod - Wednesday, 21 August (Senior Orchestra and Senior Stage Band)
  • Big Boys Breakfast at Sunshine Avenue Campus - Friday, 23 August (Stage Band)
  • HSC Music Showcase - Friday, 23 August
  • Fun Fest - Saturday, 31 August

FunFest Performances

To help add to the atmosphere and joy of FunFest, we will have a stage FunFest Performance Schedule. Students should arrive at least 30 minutes before their performance time in full school uniform.

10.00am Sunshine Avenue Choir 
10.20am Sunshine Avenue Stage Band and Rock Band
10.40am Senior School Dance
10.55am Sunshine Avenue Strings - Beginner/Senior
11.10am Senior Choir
11.30am Year 11 Music
12.00pm Senior Orchestra and Sunshine Avenue Concert Band
12.30pm Year 12 Music
1.05pm   Sunshine Avenue Dance
1.15pm   Senior Rock Band and Junior Rock Band
1.45pm   Year 10 Music
2.15pm   Senior Strings and Senior Guitar Ensemble
2.45pm   Year 9 Music
3.00pm   Auction
3.30pm   Stage Band

Friends of the Arts

On Tuesday, 13 August we have our Friends of the Arts AGM starting at 6.00pm, followed by a general meeting at 6.30pm in the Mahers Lane Library. All positions will be declared vacant and we would love to see parents with an interest in the arts and an interested in supporting some of our successful arts events.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Musical Bonds with Barker

This week, we have further developed our musical bonds with the Barker College following on from our Performing Arts Tour to Sydney last term. 

I was fortunate to be invited to work with Barker Jazz ensembles and Senior Music classes this week culminating with their annual performance extravaganza, Barker Swings, this evening. The concert will showcase over 180 students performing in eight school Stage Bands, a school Jazz ensemble, alumni band and Staff Big Band. The past three days have been packed with band rehearsals, improvisation workshops and HSC performance lectures.

Simon Smith, the Director of Music at Barker College, also visited Lindisfarne earlier in the week to mark our HSC Music trial exams and share valuable feedback with our Senior School students. Plans have already started for a Barker 2020 Music Tour which will include a visit to Lindisfarne. 

We look forward to building on the bonds between our schools.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

​Semester 1 Lunchtime Concert

During the final days of Term 2 some of our talent students once again graced the Chapel stage for the very last lunchtime concert of Semester 1. The setting was spectacular as students from Year 5 to 12 performed beautiful covers and original works on a variety of instruments to an enthusiastic crowd. Thank you to all those who participated in this great event on stage and behind the scenes.

Dale Norton
Music Teacher

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

Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

​Holiday Recording Sessions

During the first week of the school holidays, we conducted several recording sessions that were engineered by students. 

Students learned about the sonic properties of our recording space and prepared the space for recording. They set up microphones and learnt how sounds captured by a microphone are routed through our studio equipment and into the computer. Our student engineers used Pro Tools to record vocals and grand piano, ensuring that sound levels were not distorting and that the sounds being recorded were usable. We also covered basic audio editing and sound processing.  Some of our student engineers even had the chance to sing backing vocals for the forthcoming release by Chelsea Redman. 

I was very impressed by the level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by students during these sessions - our student engineers did a fantastic job. I would like to thank the following students for their involvement:

  • Chris Matew-Nellikkattu
  • Sarina Amoedo
  • Christopher Anderson
  • Kimiyo Tango
  • Cameron Davis
  • Chelsea Redman
  • Jemma McNicoll

Taasha Coates

At the end of term two, senior songwriting students were very lucky to be part of a songwriting workshop with multiple Aria award winning songwriter, Taasha Coates. Taasha has been very successful with her band The Audreys and as a solo artist. Taasha provided valuable, real-world advice and guidance to our senior songwriting students.

National Songwriting Competition

The Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF) is conducting its annual national songwriting competition. The competition is open to students and schools - entry is free and winners share in over $20,000 in prizes. I encourage any student or group of students to enter and will be very happy to review student entries before they are submitted.  Any students wishing to enter should click here

Students wishing to have their song entries reviewed can email Good luck!

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer

International Department

​Yoshiwara High School Study Tour

We are delighted to see a group from the Yoshiwara High School return to us again this year from Japan. The students and staff arrived on Wednesday afternoon and were warmly welcomed by their homestay families who are local community members and families from Lindisfarne. 

The group of 31 students aged between 16 and 17 years old are visiting Australia for two weeks; spending school time with their buddies in class as well as participating in ESL lessons with Mrs Ashton, excursions and specialist lessons. 

Keep posted for more of their adventures over the coming week.

Amy Fydler
International Student Coordinator

Our First Short Stay International Enrolments

We are very excited to welcome George and Cici Lou from Shanghai, China to our Sunshine Ave campus for five weeks this term. They are Lindisfarne International’s first short stay enrolling students who have travelled especially to our school to learn from our wonderful teachers and students. George is in 1L, Mrs Leary’s class and Cici is enrolled in 4T, Mrs Turnbull’s class. 

The siblings are accompanied by their mother and grandmother and will be staying in Coolangatta for the five week visit. This type of overseas learning is a marvellous opportunity for all involved and I am sure our students at the Primary school will love teaching George and Cici how to play their beloved Handball and welcome them into our kind, compassionate and caring school community. We look forward to more International students from various countries embracing this type of globalised learning and choosing to study at either of our campuses for up to a term as short stay enrolled students.

Amy Fydler
International Student Coordinator 

Lindisfarne Homestay

Lindisfarne Homestay families needed for Nabari High School visit 2020 

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 (same gender) 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 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 

Digital Space



Sports News

NCIS Athletics

We have the NCIS Athletics meet on August 20 at Coffs Harbour fast approaching. There has been solid numbers getting to training to continue their preparations. We can cater for all levels, and have some excellent coaches to assist students.

We meet at Mahers Lane Gymnasium at for ALL morning sessions, and the Bottom Oval for afternoon sessions. You do not need to have made the team to attend these sessions, any competitor from Years 3 to 12 can attend.

Day / Time




3.30pm to 5.00pm 




Middle Distance

Relays (changeovers and technique)

Mark Ladbroke

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj


7.00am to 8.00am


Middle Distance

Relays (changeovers and technique)

Sid Paulraj

Matt Bedford


3.30pm to 5.00pm




Middle Distance

Relay (changeovers and technique)

Mark Ladbrok

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj


7.00am to 8.00am


Middle Distance

Relays (changeovers and technique)

Sid Paulraj

Damien Clucas

Gowerton School 

We had the pleasure of hosting Gowerton School from Wales on Wednesday. We had robust games of Hockey and Netball with them, with Lindisfarne on the right side of the scoreboard for both fixtures. Then we shared a meal and had a presentation, before the Gowerton students experienced some Lindisfarne hospitality for the night with a homestay evening. A MASSIVE thanks to our community for opening up their doors for the night. We get set to do it all again next week with Burford School.


Lindisfarnes Equestrian team goes from strength to strength. State Reserve Champion at the Interschool Qld State Eventing Championships at Warwick for Nicola Gee (Year 8) and her trusty mount Steve.  They were leading after the Dressage and Showjumping, only to be 1 second too fast in the Cross Country, putting them into 2nd place.  This means they have gained a coveted spot on the Queensland Team competing at the Australian Interschool Championships in Sydney in late September.

Zali Greeney (Year 5) and pony Rory have also been offered a place on the team following their outstanding Dressage performance at the Interschool Championships held the week before at Maryborough.

Congratulations on your achievements Nicola and Zali! They are the result of much hard work and dedication. We wish you and your mounts a trouble free preparation in the lead-up to this prestigious event.

Pictured above: Mrs Kathryn Leary, Ariella Stafford, Saffron Anderson, Zali Greeney and Nicola Gee.

Pictured above: Saffron Anderson, Nicola Gee, Zali Anderson, Ariella Stafford and Mrs Leary.

Brisbane CDI International Dressage written by Nicola Gee (Year 8)

During the holidays the Lindisfarne Equestrian Team got the privilege of doing a behind the scenes tour at the Brisbane CDI International Dressage event. The event was held at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture. First off we went into the beautiful indoor arena that QSEC has on their grounds and watched some top riders do their tests. We then went walking around the grounds on our behind the scenes tour and we came to meet the on site vet that would look after any unwell horse, the stable manager that has her hands full looking after very precious horses and riders needs around the stable block and then a very exciting meet with one of the top riders best dressage horse; a stunning Friesian stallion (who used to be owned by the Queen of the Netherlands!) and last of all we got to see the view from the announcers box above the arena in the indoor. Ending our day with some coffee and lunch and a spot of retail therapy at some of the great saddlery stalls that were on site. Overall the team had a fantastic day and we would like to thank Kathryn Leary for organising this awesome experience.

This is what the other girls had to say about their excursion:

Saffron - "My favourite thing was being in the announcers room and being on the microphone and getting a lesson on all of the technology"

Ariella - "I really enjoyed watching the horses and riders compete. the riding was at a very high standard and the horses moved beautifully; it was fantastic to watch the bond between horse and rider."

Zali - "I enjoyed watching the grand prix dressage tests the most and it really cemented what I already thought dressage is what I want to specialise in. The other thing was meeting Jeremy Janjic’s stallion!"

Spotlight on Marlon Harrison

Congratulations to Marlon Harrison for being selected in the QLD surfing team and is off to the Aussie Titles at the end of the year in WA Margaret River. Marlon came second at the State Championships on the Sunshine Coast in the holidays and earned himself a position in the State Team.

Spotlight on Lucy Tunsted

Congratulations to Lucy Tunsted for taking out the U16 Doubles at the NSW Country Tennis Championships in Forster during the Holidays.


Four Lindisfarne students headed to Toowoomba during the holidays to compete in the U13 Queensland State Hockey Championships. 

It was a very chilly trip with the boys playing some games in 6 degree temperatures. Billy Wardle, Tate Marquardt, Charlie Evesson and Brodie McDowell (pictured above) were a part of the Tweed Border side who played in the Division One competition. It was a tough week for the boys being quite a young side, but they improved with each match and finished the week with a couple of wins. Congratulations to Brodie who was selected as a shadow for the Queensland under 13’s team.


Our Lindisfarne U10 Boys Futsal team (pictured below) competed in the State Championships in Brisbane on Monday, 29 July. They played 3 games in their pool, the first game was played against St Andrews Lutheran College and the boys won 7-2. Their second game was against Calvary Christian College which they won 7-4. In their final game, they played Kimberley Park. This was the team to whom they lost the grand final in the Regional qualifiers on the Gold Coast, 0-1. They went in strong, defended well and won 2-0. They qualified first for the semifinals. 

Lindisfarne competed against St Andrews in a tough match with a draw, 6-all. This game went into extra time and we won by a golden goal giving us a place in the Grand Final. The final was played against Kings Christian College. The boys were exhausted and couldn’t compete against the strong ball movement of their opposition. With heads held high they defended until the end but lost 6-nil. 

A huge thank you to the boys for their commitment and for giving up their holidays to train. A great result on the day. They should be proud of themselves because the boys have qualified for the Australasian School Championship in November.

Spotlight on Lily O’Sullivan

Lily O’Sullivan has been extremely busy, continuing her sporting program throughout the winter months. In the Australian All-Schools Swimming Championships in Melbourne on Monday, 29 July, she managed to secure 4th in the final of the 50m Freestyle. This is a phenomenal effort to make it through all the pathways to the pinnacle of the Australian School Championships.

Furthermore, Lily also had a couple of other successful meets over the holidays. Lily competed at both NSW and QLD state pool rescue championships received the below at both championships:

  • 1st Super Lifesaver 
  • 1st 100m manikin tow w fins (0.4 seconds off the Australian Record in both these events!)
  • 2nd 200m obstacle race 
  • 2nd 100m Rescue Medley 
  • 2nd 100m manikin carry w fins
  • 2nd 50m manikin carry

She has been selected in the NSW team to compete at Aussies in August and also in New Zealand in October.

Spotlight of James Campbell

James Campbell has been selected to play for Queensland Metro at the 13's National Football (Soccer) Championships which will be held in Coffs Harbour in Term 3 holidays. It’s been a tough trial process with 80 boys initially nominated by their clubs and then trial sessions running weekly from April to end of June gradually culling to the team of 16. James will now train with the team twice a week until Nationals, and will also play several trial matches against Brisbane Roar so it’s an amazing opportunity for him. Congratulations James and good luck.

Spotlight on Dane Henry

Dane just made the NSW State Surfing team and is off to the Aussie Titles again at the end of the year in WA Margaret River. He placed 5th at State in Maroubra today - just missing out on the finals by a small margin but otherwise surfed so well all weekend winning all his heats convincingly! 

He also had a few quarter finals finishes (at both the Occy Grom Competition and the Skullcandy Competition over the holidays - both comps had around 60 kids in his division.

Dane is an extremely focussed young athlete, well done Dane.

Spotlight on Cimarron Crawford

Cimarron Crawford competed at the Maroochy MAG Invitational Gymnastics Competition in the holidays. He successfully passed his Level 6 test and was awarded his Australian Level 6 Badge.

Cimarron had a great day and obtained the following results: 1st Pommel Horse, 2nd Parallel Bars, 2nd High Bar, 2nd Vault, 2nd Floor and 2nd on Rings. Placing 2nd overall in his Level 6 Division. Some excellent results from a gifted young athlete.

Little Athletics Sign-On

Sign on for Tweed Little Athletics is fast approaching and we would love to get the word out to your school families about this fun, family friendly sport. Participants learn new skills in running, jumping and throwing, while making friends and keeping fit!


Fundamental Skills Sessions

Over the first two weeks of Term 3, Year 8 will have the opportunity to be involved in 4 basic fundamental workshops with a view of improving their throwing, catching, hand-eye coordination, batting and fielding skills. These sessions will take place in their practical PDHPE lessons with the School's Head Cricket Coach, Mr Anthony "Kersch" Kerschler. Kersch has been working with the School's cricket teams and individuals for almost 12 months now and has been getting some great results. Year 8 will benefit greatly from this experience and will hopefully improve these basic skills in a fun and engaging way.

Last term, Year 8 had the opportunity to have three sessions with Mr Mark Ladbrook, Lindisfarne’s Athletic and Strength and Conditioning Coach. During these sessions, students focused on the fundamentals of movement. The lessons concentrated on:

  • effective running technique,
  • fundamental movement skills; and
  • plyometrics.

The students not only gained knowledge about these important skills but were then able to assess each other in what they had learnt and gave constructive feedback on their partner's skill level.

These specialist sessions will benefit the Year 8 students across a range of sports.

PDHPE faculty


Saturday Netball

Round 12 is this weekend.

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

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

The Nicole Cusack Carnival

We have six teams competing in the Nicole Cusack Carnival on Sunday. Good Luck to all of the girls. A full report will appear in next week’s article.

Lindisfarne Players at State Netball 

Well done Lindisfarne girls 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 for representing Tweed Netball Association in Brisbane at the State Netball Championships. It was a very successful and enjoyable trip for all of the 12 – 15year-old teams.

School Netball

Gowerton School, Wales vs Lindisfarne Lions Netball Game

On Tuesday, Lindisfarne versed Gowerton School in netball in the Ngahriyah. Both teams played really well and Lindisfarne managed to come away with a win (37-9). 

Lindisfarne netball players and the Gowerton School boys rugby team were invited to watch the match, providing us with some very loud cheer squads. The spectators created a competitive atmosphere whilst also encouraging both teams.

The team list was: Emily Lowns, Ellie Engel, Amy Limbourn, Phoebe Robinson, Grace Wagner, Cedar Maycock, Jemma Grant, Olivia Sweetnam and Rosie Taylor.

After the match finished, we made our way over to the Trades Skills Centre to have lunch with the netball and hockey teams.

We billeted the girls for the night and we hope that they enjoyed the experience. It was a great opportunity to get to know the girls and learn about Welsh culture.

We’d like to thank the netball faculty for arranging the game and the Gowerton School for including us on their tour of Australia and South Africa. 

Emily Lowns and Ellie Engel
Netball Captains

Vicki Wilson Cup

The same day, a team of Years 9 and 10 girls played in the Vicki Wilson Cup. Schools from South Queensland vied to compete for the region in the next round of the State Championships. Our team: Samantha Harvey, Daisy Ashton, Mia Henry, Jemma Hansen, Abby Pirotta (who only joined Lindisfarne on Monday!), Shania Sealy, Amber Orr, Jewel Orr and Ebony Richards; performed impressively throughout their 8 matches. Five of the games were within a few goals. Our victories were against Elanora High, Southport High and St Andrews.

NCIS Netball

Four teams played in the NCIS Secondary Netball Championships on Thursday. Lindisfarne hosted the 27-team tournament at Arkinstall Park. The Year 10 boys played against Year 11/ 12 peers as a training run for their NSW Cup venture in a fortnight’s time. They drew, lost and won so learned some valuable lessons throughout the day. Likewise, the Years 7 and 8 boys were playing in the 15 and under division. They lost to the eventual winners in the semi-finals. Both the Open girls and 15 and under girls were grand finalists. The younger squad had been scoring plenty of goals throughout the day, including the semi-final. They played well and hard against a Bishop Druitt, Coffs Harbour side who had also won their pool. Lindisfarne lost by 27-22. The open girls were second in their pool having lost to The Armidale School 19-16. They convincingly defeated EAC in the semi 29-10 to meet TAS in the final. The score was identical but Lindisfarne are the NCIS Champions!

Thanks to coaches Mr Smith, Ms Watters, Mrs Farmer and Mrs Douglas. Ms Watters and Mrs Farmer will now take the NCIS squads to the CIS Championships on August 19. Chosen in the travelling ten from Lindisfarne were: Abby Pirotta, Ebony Richards, Giselle Smith, Mia Henry and Ruby Stante for the 15’s with Daisy Ashton, Ellie Engel and Samantha Harvey for the Opens. All of these girls are 16!

Injured players Ruby Sullivan and Giselle Smith helped score and took plenty of photographs at the Firth Park and Arkinstall Park netball courts over the two days. So many snaps in fact, that they will take some time to edit! I will endeavor to include them in next week’s newsletter.

Burford School, UK

On Wednesday next week, we will have a squad of players and some netball supporters too, travel to Tallebudgera Indoor Courts to play touring team from Burford, UK. Roar Lions!


Training will resume for the NSW Cup Round 2 next week. Squads please watch out for emails and listen to the notices re: this. The Far North Coast Round will be played in Lismore on August 14.

If you have any questions re: netball, please do not hesitate to email me at

Gay Maynard  
Teacher in Charge of Netball

Junior Sport News

Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term for Sunshine Avenue students!

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for over 35 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $75 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started.

Kindergarten to year 4 students will be skipping throughout the term in PE lessons, during this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause.
We will hold our school Jump Off Day on Thursday 19th September at the Sunshine Avenue Campus, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.

Students in K - 4 will be given a Jump Rope for Heart pamphlet to take home in their diaries and a letter with more information will be emailed to parents. The email and pamphlet outlines what the program is all about and how to register online to fundraise. 
Our goal for the fundraising is for each student to raise $10 throughout the term. 

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

Skipping Club

To support the Jump Rope for Heart and to give our students and Parents an opportunity to work on keeping their hearts happy, we will be running a Skipping Club from 7.30am - 8.15am every Thursday morning this term. Parents and students from K - 4 are welcome to come and join the fun. Skipping Club will try to emulate the success of the Runners Club in term 1 and will be all about FUN! Come and join the crew as we Criss Cross our way to a happy healthy heart. 

Touch Football

Lindisfarne will be entering teams into a Touch Football Gala Day in Term 3. The Gala Day will be held in Murwillumbah, Willward Park on Friday, 16 August. We will be entering boys, and girls teams into the Gala Day. We have a fantastic coach Danni Davis who is helping us to train the students. Training sessions will continue on Wednesday 7th & 14th August at the Sunshine Avenue campus. Training will be in the mornings from 7.15am to 8.15am. Any student in Year 3 or 4 who is interested should come along and have a go. 

AFL Auskick

We will be running an AFL Auskick Program this term. The program will start in week 4 on Tuesday afternoons on Arkinstall Park. Keep an eye on the newsletter in the coming weeks 
for information on how to register for this.  

Nathan Croft 
PE Specialist P-4


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