2019 Term 3 Week 24B 16 Aug 2019
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We started our Book Week celebrations early this year with the Book Character Parade at our Junior School this morning. As always, this is a great day of fun on our calendar. It is an opportunity for our community to gather and for our parents and families to enjoy the colours and excitement as our students celebrate literature. I am grateful for these opportunities to come together as a community in support of our students.
This week, our school also celebrated National Science Week. Running each year in August, the annual celebration of science and technology provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage our students to be fascinated by the world we live in. During our celebrations, we welcomed back 2015 graduate Zoe Crane who spoke to our students on her work as a Marine Biologist. We thank Zoe for making the trip and hope she enjoyed her time at Lindisfarne as much as we did. Students were also involved in a number of activities which used big picture thinking in science to solve problems. Using innovative technology, engineering and mathematics to design new solutions for global complexities, this new generation of students will help forge future paths in the areas of space operations, space science, Earth observations, positioning systems and communications. What exciting time they have ahead.
Next Friday, our Junior School community has the opportunity to gather for the Big Boys' Breakfast. This day gets bigger each year and allows our fathers, grandfathers, friends and significant people in our students' lives to enjoy quality time together in the lead-up to Father's Day. Tickets for this event are available via www.flexischools.com.au for $8 per person. The Parents and Friends Association do a wonderful job at this event in organising a fantastic breakfast so we can take some time from the busyness of life to enjoy each other's company, and to spend time with our children.
FunFest is coming quickly and is the major fundraiser for our Parents and Friends Association and our largest event in Term 3. Ride tickets have been released and are available via www.flexischools.com.au for $40, or you can purchase these at the gate on the day for $50. This pass gets you unlimited rides for the day from 10.00am to 4.00pm. It is also important to recognise the hard work that has gone into this event by our Parents and Friends Association, staff, students and volunteers; all to get ready for the day. An event like FunFest occurs through the spirit of generosity, and I take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for the event:
- Dynamic Pool Designs
- Imagine Education Australia
- Coastal Pumps & Irrigation
- Mortgage Choice - Jo Croft
- Coastal Orthodontics
- Raine & Horne Banora Point
- Fusion Accounting Solutions
- Bili Kids Bilambil heights
- Travel Associates Tweed City
- Tweed Chamber of Commerce
We were fortunate to work with the team at Volkswagen Tweed (Frizelle Sunshine Automotive) again this year who have helped us with our Major Raffle prize - a brand new VW Polo valued at $21,490. For your chance to win the car, head to www.trybooking.com/516655 to purchase your tickets.
I would also like to thank Stone & Wood Brewery for their continued support with the Lindisfarne FunFest 2019. We also have a large range of businesses and parents who have donated goods for our Giant Auction and these will be taken right up to FunFest on 31 August. So, if you would like to support the event in this way, please let our Parents and Friends Association know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Deputy Principal
From the Chaplain
FunFest Ride Tickets
FunFest Ride Passes
Ride passes can now be purchased via www.flexischools.com.au (canteen service) at a cost of $40 per ticket. This allows each pass to be used for unlimited rides on day.
Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day for $50 per ticket.
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.
FunFest Needs Your Help
One of the biggest events on the day is the Mega Auction. We are calling for donations of goods and services. Big ticket items to wow the crowd are needed to bring in the big spenders, items that appeal to a broad range of bidders are a must. Maybe you have some unique skills or services that can be offered in support of FunFest. If you can assist, please email email@example.com.
Can you bake in support of FunFest? We need your help for the Cake Stall. Cakes can be baked, iced and decorated ready for FunFest and dropped off to Sunshine Avenue on Friday, 29 August ready for the Cake Stall. They must have a list of all ingredients included.
We need some help with cooking the egg and bacon rolls and turning the snags. The BBQ is a big fundraiser on the day and Mr Cross (Executive Chef) and Mr Dinsdale (Sous Chef) need some support during the day. If you can assist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set-up and Pack-Up Help
We need to 'rally the troops' as it is all 'hands on deck' to get everything set-up on the morning of FunFest ready for the big day. Then of course at the end of the day we need to get everything packed away so our students are back to learning on Monday. If you can assist, please email email@example.com.
Parents & Friends
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.
Indigenous Literacy Day - The Great Book Swap
Indigenous Literacy Day is a national celebration of indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. Through activities on the day, we focus our attention on the disadvantages experienced in remote communities and encourage the rest of Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities.
Lindisfarne will be participating in the The Great Book Swap at both Mahers Lane and Sunshine Avenue Campuses. It is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote communities.
How it works:
- Students are to bring in a book in good condition before the event (can start now).
- On the day (4 September), books will be displayed in the Library and purchased for a gold coin donation.
- Monetary donations also acceptable even if not purchasing a book.
All money raised will help develop pre-literacy skills and familiarity with books, supply books that aim to interest and engage the community in reading and help publish stories written by indigenous people.
We need to help close the literacy gap; only 34% of indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 95% for non-indigenous students in major cities, according to the 2017 NAPLAN results. The situation is improving but there is still a long way to go and the challenges are immense.
Apart from the historical, health, social, and educational disadvantage issues, many remote communities don’t have many, if any, books. Most of the remote communities report there are fewer than five books in family homes.
Low literacy levels is a major issue affecting indigenous communities today. Being unable to read and write is a significant barrier to education, employment, health and wellbeing. Remote indigenous communities are the most disadvantaged. According to the Closing the Gap Report released in February 2019, only two of seven targets are on track. Indigenous literacy and numeracy targets are still outstanding and there has been little to no improvement since 2008.
We need to do our part in Closing the Gap.
Head of St Barnabas House
KIN Schools Day - Kids Helping Kids
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 www.trybooking.com/503763.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please select the Donation Only ticket.
Whole School News
Happy Science Week!
This is the time when communities right across Australia celebrate Science and the things it does for us that we take for granted every day of the year.
What better way to kick off a week of Science celebrations than by welcoming back one of our own graduates, Zoe Crane, to give a presentation on her work as a Marine Biologist?
Zoe addressed our Year 11 Biology students and told them what steps she had taken to get one of the most sought-after jobs in the world: an underwater researcher working for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. She talked about the importance of volunteering (with seabird rescue and turtle rehabilitation in her case) and accumulating as many skills as possible to make yourself attractive to a potential employer.
Zoe augmented her presentation with stunning underwater images (all taken by herself) from Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Thailand and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef while she spoke about the problems of over-fishing, climate change, and, her own area of expertise, Crown of Thorn infestation.
It was a spell-binding presentation and a rare chance for our students to hear from a recent graduate who is forging a career in Science.
After her presentation at Maher’s Lane, Zoe was off to Sunshine Avenue and a wildly enthusiastic audience of much younger students as Year 1 teacher, Kathryn Leary describes:
"133. That’s the number of Years 1 and 2 students who put their hands up when asked if they would now like to be a Marine Biologist when they grow up! Such was the level of enthusiasm following a totally captivating multi-media talk from very special former student Zoe Crane, recently graduated from James Cook University. And while her presentation may have looked like a David Attenborough documentary, the amazing videos of hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, seals, pelicans, stunning reefs, etc, etc, etc were all filmed by Zoe during her studies and travels around the world. She also very patiently answered around 100 wonderful questions (give or take). It was wonderful to see Zoe return to the Junior School for a stimulating start to Science Week here." - Kathryn Leary
Zoe wrote to us shortly after her visit and said it was her "absolute pleasure" to come back to her old schoolyard stomping ground.
"Thank you again for the opportunity, it was wonderful to be back. They [the Junior School students] were so cute! Lots of "wonderings" from all the little ones. Was an absolute joy!"
The Great Construction
Each student had prepared a panel to represent one element and all of the panels were brought together and assembled into the periodic table during Period 6. A festive atmosphere prevailed and there was much hilarity as mistakes were identified and corrected during the process.
Meanwhile, in and out of Science classes this week, many of our younger students are having a go at answering questions in the Education Perfect Science Week Challenge. This is a general knowledge, age-appropriate competition with fantastic prizes that is open to anybody. If you haven’t already done so, just go into Education Perfect for your Science class, click on the Science Week Challenge and answer as many questions as you can before next Monday. You can see how many questions your year group and school have answered. As of Wednesday evening, Lindisfarne was ranked 55th overall globally and 27th for schools the same size as we are. So get in there and answer some Science questions!
Wouldn’t it be nice if every week was Science Week?
Roadworks - Fraser Drive
See below information from Tweed Shire Council relating to works on Fraser Drive.
Terranora: Fraser Drive, from Vintage Lakes Drive roundabout for three weeks starting on Tuesday, 13 August 2019. The five-minute detours will not be signposted as multiple streets are used but northbound motorists can turn left at Vintage Lakes Drive, right at Champagne Drive, continue through Hillcrest Avenue, on to James Road, Acacia Street and left back on to Fraser Drive. Vice versa for southbound. Expect delays.
Parent Lounge and Excursions
Throughout the rest of the year, we will be introducing the use of parent lounge for the approval and payment of excursions. At this stage only selected excursions will be processed this way.
Parents will receive an email notifying them that an excursion is being processed through parent lounge. If you receive one of these notifications, please login to parent lounge to approve the excursion. During the process you will be asked to review the medical details on file and make changes as necessary.
If you have any difficulties, please contact reception for assistance on 07 5590 5099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Injury Clinic
Co-curricular Activities and Academic Assistance
Co-curricular Activities for Term 3 – 2019
Mahers Lane Campus
Any questions should be directed to the organising staff
Academic Assistance for Term 3 – 2019
Mahers Lane Campus
Any questions should be directed to the organising staff
Dean of Studies
Early Learning Centre
Code Camp at the Junior School
Code Camp is coming back to Lindisfarne these school holidays, ready to help your child get ahead of the digital curve!
As one of the highest-rated school holiday activities in Australia, Code Camp is a great way for to kids to spend time over the holidays having fun with their friends whilst learning how to think logically, problem-solve creatively and code their own app. This Spring, join over 85,000 kids in Australia who have already built their own games and websites with us!
Lindisfarne will be hosting Spark on the 2 to 4 October. Bookings start on Wednesday, 14 August - enrol now and get $20 off with the Early Bird Discount (code: EARLYBIRD if you enrol before Sunday 18th) here: www.codecamp.com.au/lindisfarne.
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum
DisruptEd at the Junior School
Next week, something special will happen at the Junior School. DisruptEd is an initiative where students in the Senior School delve into challenging the curriculum and taking an in depth look into entrepreneurial skills. In the Junior School, we’ve decided to take this leap and provide 21st century learning opportunities for all students from Kindergarten to Year 4.
A big highlight of DisruptEd is the entrepreneurial week for all Year 4 students. I won't give too much away in this article but expect to see big things from the mighty minds of our Year 4 students at their Entrepreneurial Showcase on Friday after the Big Boys' Breakfast. All Lindisfarne community members are invited to attend this showcase.
For a comprehensive outline of the week and a detailed timetable please click the link below. https://bit.ly/2yW3Dz6
I look forward to a very engaging week in the Junior School. If you would like to find out more about this initiative, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Year 6 Camp
Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful trip to Melbourne and Ballarat. The cold did not curb the enthusiasm of the students even when it quickly approached negative numbers at night on the goldfields.
Year 6 Coordinator
Year 12 QTAC/UAC Information Evening
Date: Tuesday, 20 August QTAC/UAC Information Session
Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Who: Year 12 students and parents
- B Business/B Design (Fashion)
- B Business/B Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
- B Design (Fashion)
- B Design – International (Fashion)
- B Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
Apply to QTAC and register and submit portfolio with QUT by 5.00pm, 20 September 2019.
- B Business/B Design (Fashion)
- B Business/B Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
- B Design (Fashion)
- B Design – International (Fashion)
- B Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
Dance and music majors must register with QUT for an audition by 5pm, 20 September 2019. Visual arts major must register and submit portfolio with QUT by 5pm, 20 September 2019.
- B Education (Secondary)/B Fine Arts (Dance)
- B Education (Secondary)/B Fine Arts (Music)
- B Education (Secondary)/B Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
- B Fine Arts (Acting)
- B Fine Arts (Dance)
- B Fine Arts (Dance Performance)
- B Fine Arts (Music)
Apply to QTAC and register for an audition with QUT by 5pm, 20 September 2019.
Griffith University (Musical Theatre, Music all types, Acting)
- B Music- All types
- B Musical Theatre
Applicants must apply to QTAC and pay their audition fee to Griffith University by 6 September 2019 to be guaranteed an audition in the first audition round.
Year 10 Careers News
All Year 10 students have had their subject selection meeting, if you need a follow up meeting please email me so we can schedule another meeting.
If you indicated you wanted to do a TAFE subject you need to return the EVET Expression of Interest as soon as possible so I can complete your application. I can withdraw you at a later stage if you change your selections.
Director of Careers/VET/TAS
Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe
Year 8 English
Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe: Romeo and Juliet Can’t Die
The course of true love never did run smooth. But it could change the future.
Romeo and Juliet is one of the fastest love stories ever told. They don’t even make it to a week! So why should their families and friends take them seriously, let alone approve of their marriage? Two star-crossed teenagers defy their families’ hatred and fall in love. Secretly marrying, they set a course for terrible disaster and doom. But by sailing the waves of love and passion they find great hope in small places. In this ‘best of’ exploration of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, we ask - can love really heal all wounds?
The Year 8 students watched an engaging and dynamic presentation that cleverly blended digital media with traditional acting methods explored the enduring nature of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
Being exposed to live theatre complements the Year 8 study of the play and Shakespeare’s time effectively allowed students to see how Shakespeare’s plays live on through the ages. Part of their study has been an exploration of context, including the way Shakespeare’s plays endure. The performance certainly reinforced that the work is not ‘narrow’ or ‘medieval’ and that Shakespeare is accessible when we accept the challenge of trying to understand his values and characters, rather than be confused by the language.
Students enjoyed a question and answer session with Brooke and Alex at the conclusion of the performance and covered topics from how best to understand Shakespearean English and how to pursue a career in acting.
Years 10 and 11 Advanced English
Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe: Super/Natural
Brooke and Alex from Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe presented Super/Natural that explored Shakespeare’s heroes – flaws and all.
Super/Natural examined the role of the tragic hero in our modern world. Using the great tragic texts of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello, the multimedia performance guided us through the inner/outer worlds of the ambitious, the paranoid and the jealous. What started out as a rocket ride to superstar celebrity, quickly transcended into a revelation of human nature and all its faults.
Through viewing live theatre, students have the opportunity to consolidate their working knowledge and understanding of Shakespearean drama. Importantly, the performance also highlighted the richness of Shakespeare’s characters. The depth of his characterisation is a key aspect of adaptations which are studied in Stage 6 English.
The English Faculty would like to publicly acknowledge Brooke and Alex and their excellence.
Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe
Absurd Theatre Master Class
Last Thursday, Years 9 and 10 Drama students spent the morning working with Ms Kellie Lazarus from The Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe participating in intensive Absurdist Theatre master class.
Students were taken on a journey, examining the difference between the ‘well-made’ play and elements of the Absurd Theatre Tradition. By utilising ‘normal’ scene work, students explored the contrast between cruelty and playfulness in order to examine the existential aspects of the human experience.
Students manipulated pause, space, movement, language, characters and content in order to make their audiences feel uncomfortable in order to get them to question more about ‘what’s happening’.
Kellie’s expert tutelage provided for the students an array of techniques and ideas to further enhance their repertoire of dramatic devices and to help students express their ideas even more clearly and creatively to audiences.
Whilst learning about the influence of renowned dramatist, Bertolt Brecht, students engaged in a well-known narrative to assist them in learning the subtle art of theatrical subversion in order to provoke an audience in to action. Students also gained an understanding of Brecht’s intention to use the theatre as a force to help bring about necessary and difficult social change.
The students had a wonderful afternoon full of fun but also deeply reflective as they refined their understanding and ability to present works with confronting subject matter through the use satire, parody and other Epic Theatre techniques.
Head of St Andrew House
HSC Music Showcase
Next Friday, 23 August, our talented Year 12 musicians will showcase their HSC performance repertoire in a concert being held in the Mahers Lane Chapel. The evening will cover a wide variety of genres and include some unique arrangements of works from Prokofiev, Corinne Bailey Rae, Frank Sinatra and Guns and Roses.
Please join us from 5.00pm to celebrate the talents of senior students.
The Performing Arts Faculty have organised a smorgasbord of festive entertainment for FunFest this year. There will be student performances from 10.00am to 4.00pm, followed by the uber-funky Root Down covers band who will get the party started from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Students who are performing should report to the Junior School Music room 30 minutes prior to their performance time and wear full formal uniform, with the exception of the Senior Stage Band who will wear their performance blacks and blue tie. Students who are unable to attend should contact their ensemble director or classroom teacher.
Director of Performing Arts
Homework Help and Skills for Learning
...with the Learning Enrichment Team
Every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm the Learning Enrichment team will be running Homework Help and a Skills for Learning session for students in Years 5 to 12 in the Mahers Lane Library.
Students can work on their organisation, how they research, exam preparation and study skills. All students are welcome to come along if they are requiring assistance with homework or assessment tasks. Please register your interest via email to Jodie Duggan: email@example.com and Kim Denny: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Denny and Jodie Duggan
Learning Enrichment Coordinators
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
George and Cici Lou thriving at Lindisfarne
We are so proud to update you on our short stay enrolled students, George and Cici Lou, and the progress they have both been making during the past three weeks of their study at our Junior School campus.
The siblings have settled in very easily and comfortably with our Australian way of life, living on the beach at Coolangatta and thoroughly enjoying being Lindisfarne students. George and Cici’s peers and teachers have also helped welcome them into their our relaxed and caring community, thus making this cultural exchange a positive and successful one for all involved.
"Cici has seamlessly settled into 4T and Lindisfarne, so much so, you could be excused for thinking she had been in our class all year. Every new day is met with a smile and her willingness to try everything and give her absolute best throughout the school day is a credit to her. In the few short weeks Cici has been here, she has also formed some strong friendships that will more than likely last a lifetime." - Mrs Turnbull, Cici’s teacher.
"There is never a shortage of 1L buddies to help George navigate through each day! Not that he has needed much assistance. George has settled in so quickly and embraces absolutely everything with enthusiasm. George especially loves when we incorporate little snippets of China into our day. For instance, comparing Shanghai's weather with Tweed Heads using the AccuWeather app on our iPads. It has been touching to see the warm welcome 1L has extended to George and I know they will find it hard to say good-bye." - Mrs Leary, George’s teacher.
International Student Coordinator
Lindisfarne Homestay families needed for Nabari High School visit 2020
Lindisfarne International is 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 (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 email@example.com if you would like to open your homes and hearts and have a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience you will never forget.
International Student Coordinator
PDHPE and Sport
My name is Kerule Cram and, over the past three weeks, I have had the privilege of completing my teaching practicum at Lindisfarne. I have had the opportunity to teach Year 5 PDHPE, Years 9 and 10 PDHPE and Years 9 and 10 PASS. Although my time was short in these classes, getting to know the students and watching them enjoy learning has been more than valuable to my own learning.
In these classes, we looked at a range of topics and had many valuable discussions. Year 10 PDHPE has been looking at the myths and facts surrounding drugs and alcohol. As a pre-service teacher I was impressed and empowered by the way these students thought, their self-awareness and their desire to learn more around this topic in order to be an educated member of society. One of the highlights of my practicum has been the discussion in class and through this watching the students develop their critical thinking skills. As a society, it is my belief that we must foster the development of more objective critical thinkers. To think openly, passionately and respectfully and have the ability to discuss different viewpoints rather than argue, is an invaluable skill which I believe Lindisfarne is fostering and something that we should all be excited about!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at this school and hope to be back sometime soon!
Junior School Sport
Jump Rope For Heart
So far this term, the Sunshine Avenue skippers have raised a whopping $3,918!
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 continue 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 have some fantastic students that have already started to raise some funds. Take a look at our school homepage to track our school progress.
We will hold our school Jump Off Day on Thursday, 19 September at the Junior School 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.
Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!
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 to 8.15am every Thursday morning this term. Parents and students from Kindergarten to Year 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.
NAB AFL Auskick
NAB AFL Auskick is the national AFL introductory program for primary school kids and their families.
Students were lucky enough to have Julian and Conor come to our assembly this week to kick off the program. Conor is a Lindisfarne Old Boy now employed as a trainee at AFL Queensland.
Auskick is on again during Term 3 for Lindisfarne students. The Program will kick off on Tuesday, 20 August outside back school gate on Arkinstall Park from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. This program will run for six weeks and is open for students from Kindergarten to Year 4.
BONUS: Students who register and pay online before Sunday, 18 August will receive a family pass to the Gold Coast Suns last home game.
Find out more at play.afl /Auskick.
Junior School PDHPE Coordinator
We wish our large contingent of 137 Athletes all the best at Coffs Harbour next week. All the training is now complete, and we hope that students are able to bring their ‘A-game’ to their track and field events.
There will be no training on 20 and 21 August, due to the NCIS competition. We are hoping for a significant volume of competitors that can continue to train for CIS in Sydney.
Years 5 and 6 AFLQ Schools Cup
Last week saw the quarter final rounds of the AFLQ Schools Cup at Ormeau. As a result of both our boys and girls teams winning at Byron in June, Lindisfarne was well-represented in both divisions.
It was an early start for our grade 5 team members who were collected from Lake Ainsworth at 7.00am to join the rest of the team at school by 8.00am. The quarter finals were a collection of all the regional winners from Northern Rivers and South East Queensland. This meant that the standard of competition was very high. Lindisfarne battled hard all day but unfortunately couldn’t quite impact the scoreboard. Our boys and girls should be very proud of their efforts. The boys in particular who played all day two players short.
Open Boys AFLQ Schools Cup
Lindisfarne fielded its strongest team for the quarter final round of the AFLQ Schools Cup last Thursday. Our first game was against Marymount College and it was a closely fought game. Marymount raced out of the blocks with three goals in the first quarter. Lindisfarne responded in the second quarter to only trail by four points at halftime. The intensity increased after halftime and our boys slipped a little. Marymount was able to record the win by 21 points. Probably not a true reflection of our ability but the scoreboard doesn’t lie. The boys battled hard all day and were unlucky to be on the end of a few interesting umpiring decisions that seem to always go against you when you are playing catch up football. Once again, they represented the School with pride and should be happy with their efforts.
Head AFL Coach
On Tuesday, Lindisfarne set off to the NSW Rugby 7’s Gala Day at St John’s College Woodlawn in Lismore. Lindisfafrne was represented in the U13, U15 and U17 Boys competitions. Although the teams did not win the day we did win loads of respect for our willingness, team spirit and never say die attitude. The players gave their all for their team, their mates and their school. Thank you to all the students involved for your efforts and to the parents who supported and assisted us on the day.
Head Rugby Coach
We had an early dose of spring weather at Murwillumbah for our Primary Touch Football Gala Day today. We had eight teams entered for both boys and girls across our Years 3 to 6 students. Both campuses were fortunate to be coached by our Head Coach Danni Davis, and this showed on the field with Lindisfarne winning most of their games throughout the day.
For those interested, Danni is playing is the NRL Touch Football Grand Final at the SCG on Sunday. You can tune in and watch on Fox Sports if you have access to pay TV.
Spotlight on Nicola Gee
Nicola qualified for the Interschool Nationals last weekend at the QLD State Championships at Warwick, and is now State Reserve Champion. Nicola and her horse Steve missed out by only one second on winning the whole competition. Congratulations, Nicola.
Spotlight on Saffron Anderson
It takes time to build a harmonious relationship with a horse. For Saffron Anderson to be named Preparatory Dressage Champion at the recent Zone Pony Club Championships in Lismore on her new mount Nandeye Solitude (Soli), is nothing short of exceptional given that Soli is returning to the competition scene following a long period recovering from injury. Well done to Saffron and Soli.
Spotlight on Jack Stafford
Jack Stafford qualified for the Champion of Champions JDS tennis event in Grafton on the weekend in the Under 12's age group. He has been playing Tournaments all year to make it to this event.
He was also selected in the North East Regional Squad Program. The Program identifies regionally based athletes and provides them with a quality program, giving them the best opportunity to develop along Tennis Australia’s national athlete development pathway model. We look forward to seeing Jack play at Lindisfarne Championships which are fast approaching.
Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Rowing Club
Lindisfarne has a partnership with Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Rowing Club and would like to extend its welcome to all Lindisfarne Students in Year 7 and above to try the sport of Rowing. Rowing is a fantastic low impact sport, utilizing nearly every muscle in your body. Rowing can be enjoyed as an individual and also in a crew and team environment.
With the return of Head Coach Garry Annand, we are offering Lindisfarne students easy access to this exciting sport. We also invite anyone interested in joining the club as full members. Membership is available for $275/year or $175 for 6 months. The club is also Active Sport registered so NSW residence students can apply for the $100 active Sport contribution.
Training days are Saturday morning at 6:45am, Monday and Wednesday afternoons at 4.00pm. We are hopeful to start up a Lindisfarne school rowing Team to compete at local schools and Club Regattas, with the vision to potentially go on to State and National Titles. We currently have 5 students in training and numbers are increasing fast.
Please contact Garry for any information on 0412 344 826. Students are encouraged to come down on Saturday mornings at 6:45am for a no obligation lesson for free.
If Saturday mornings are not suitable Sunday mornings are available upon request.
Head of Sport and Activities
Round 14 is this weekend!
The last matches for the Lindisfarne Black, Crimson and Pink Lions Net Set Go teams. They will have a presentation at the courts at the end of their games. Well done all of the players and parents, coaches and managers this season. It has been a joy to come and watch our future players enjoy the Saturday sport. Thanks also to the beginner umpires who have helped officiate each week.
Good Luck to all of the teams in the final round. For some of the Lions it will also be their last match as only the Top 4 advance to the Finals. Before you pack away your dress ready for next season, reflect on what you have achieved this. You may not have won as many games as you would have wished but you have not lost unless you haven’t learnt something about yourself. Be proud of your sportsmanship, persistence and progress this year. Some of the teams were in tough divisions but you have gained respect and admiration from all involved at Tweed at the weekends. You have been awesome ambassadors of the School and we thank you.
Please see the list of games, times, umpires and courts for this week. Go Lions! Roar!
School Netball - NSW Cup
Winners of the NSW Cup Phase 1 at Mullumbimby last term, were invited to play in the Far North Coast Phase 2 Competition in Lismore on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the Year 6 mixed team had to relinquish their spot as they were on camp, but Lindisfarne had teams in each of the Secondary categories. The competition was always going to be testing but each of our Lions teams represented the School with spirit and sportsmanship.
The Year 7/8 Boys squad – the Red Lions – started slowly, losing their first match to the eventual winners, but steadily improved throughout the day to finish a commendable fourth overall. The Year 7/8 Girls were winning by massive margins all day until they hit the semi-finals. The White Lions lost by one goal in an absolute thriller of a match.
The Year 9/10 girls played some beautifully clean and flowing netball during the day and finished a credible 5th. The story of the competition surrounded Courts 2 and 3 where all of the Lion Kings’ matches were played. In the pool rounds, everyone was beaten by a Trinity team who boasted 6ft 7 GK and GS, including the Year 10 Lindisfarne Boys.
The two squads met again the grand final. The Trinity boys were confident. Our Lions were hungry! Each player contributed to undermining their opposition’s complacency. Corban Thomson having a massive impact in the mid-court stopping the balls being played into their shooting circle and feeding the sneaky bounce passes into our shooters. The Lion Kings were down by a goal at half-time but became Far North Coast Champions by two goals by the end of full-time.
Congratulations to Jacob Sands, Oscar Veldhoven, Corban Thomson, Ethan Lonsdale, Oliver Churchill, Jayden O’Rourke, Connor Wilson, Fletcher and Lewis Koppel. Unfortunately, Nick Purcival was too ill to compete. Captain Oliver Churchill accepted the shield and the team accepted the challenge of representing the region against seven other zone winners in Sydney at the end of the term.
The talk on the bus on the way back to Mahers Lane was about everyone being part of the Lion Kings cheer squad, as 'We are the Champions' was played … a number of times!
Good luck to the NCIS players travelling on Sunday with Coach Dani Watters and Manager Sophie Farmer to represent the region in the CIS Netball Championships on Monday: Ellie Engel, Sam Harvey, Mia Henry, Abby Pirotta, Giselle Smith, Ebony Richards and Ruby Stante.
Netball Presentation and LENA Launch
Please save the date for the culmination of the season with our awards evening and the launch of the Lindisfarne Elite Netball Academy: Tuesday, 17 September. We will meet at 5.30pm in the Ngahriyah.
A friendly reminder for all coaches and managers to nominate for the awards.
If you have any questions re: netball, please do not hesitate to email me.
Teacher in Charge of Netball