From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Monday evening I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Public Speaking finals for our Years 1 to 6 students.

The finalists presented speeches of a very high standard and it was pleasing to see so many parents, staff and supporters of the School in attendance.

A special thank you to Ms Amy Skene for her coordination of the finals and Head of English, Mr Paul Horvath for his expert adjudication.

On Wednesday evening a large group of the School Community and members of the wider community gathered at the Murwillumbah Arts precinct to record a collaborative work of Neil Finn’s Don’t Dream It’s Over.

This initiative of our school record label Germinate Records was a tangible way to demonstrate the commitment of the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School community to RU OK? day, raising much needed awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide. These are issues that as a society we often struggle to talk about and we hope that a day of awareness and positive action may lead to a more enduring commitment to those experiencing battles with mental health.

As part of the Mahers Lane Big Boys Breakfast I was able to talk with the Fathers and Grandfathers in attendance about making a commitment to our own families and children to take care of our physical and mental health and to reach out to friends, families and colleagues who may be battling health issues.

It was great to see the event so well supported with almost 300 people attending the Big Boys Breakfast.

Gathering as a community is very important in the life of our school. It is through these times of fellowship that we develop an enduring connection to the school and a real sense of place and belonging.

Next week we will celebrate an important rite of passage for our Year 12 students as we gather at HOTA on the Gold Coast for the 2019 Year 12 Formal. This much anticipated event is looked forward to all year by our Year 12 students as they prepare for final exams and life beyond school. Please keep our Year 12 students in your thoughts and prayers at this time of significant change in their lives.

Increasingly students from Lindisfarne are being invited to participate in major conferences and events. We have been invited to send 10 student delegates and two staff to the 6th biennial Global Wave and International Ocean Conservation event held for the first time in Australia on the southern Gold Coast in 2020. 

One of the students will be invited to be a speaker at the event.

Students who are in Years 7 to 12 and would like to be considered to attend the convention are required to complete the attached nomination form and return to Mr Dan Robins, Director of Science by Wednesday, 18 September 2019 to

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Parents & Friends

Big Boys' Breakfast - Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone who supported the Mahers Lane Big Boys' Breakfast, full detail and photos next week but here our raffle winners.

1st Prize: Beau McLeod
2nd Prize: Troy Dowker
3rd Prize: Paul Young

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

Whole School News

KIN Schools Day

On Friday, 6 September, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar celebrated their 4th Annual KIN Schools Day celebration. It’s all about "kids helping kids", raising awareness and much needed funds for a very special local charity, Kids In Needs Association, who have been supporting children with disabilities and serious illness since 1985.  

It was a day where students and staff came together to make it all possible and Lindisfarne's light was shining bright. There were bangers on the barbie, smiles on dials and cheers on the oval as the houses battled for the prestigious Kids In Need tug-o-war trophy - which saw St Barnabas House victorious!

A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated and put up their hands to help.  You were all part of something really special, each and every one of you came together and your efforts and contributions will change kids’ lives. Which I think is pretty cool. 

I am so grateful to each and every one for your unwavering support of my quest of kids helping kids and supporting this very special charity, Kids In Need Association.  

So many thanks.

Samuel Smith
Year 9 Student
Founder of KIN Schools Day 

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Getting WILD at Preschool!

This week the Pre-schoolers got up close and personal with some beautiful Australian wildlife with Miss Dionne from Wild Rangers Encounters. We learnt about different habitats, the different foods animals eat, how they camouflage themselves and how we can make a positive impact on our natural environment by reducing the use of plastic and keeping pets inside at night. 

Miss Dionne explained that these wildlife animals were her ‘pets’ and safe to touch but if we ever see wildlife out in the bush or around our gardens, we must not touch them as they can become scared of humans and defend themselves. We also learnt about what to do if we see a snake out and about- very important at this time of year as reptiles are waking up from their long winter sleeps.

We were lucky enough to meet and pat:
• Bubblegum the blue tongue lizard
• Spike the bearded dragon
• Shelly the long neck turtle
• Squeezy the python snake
• Twinkle the sugar glider
• Boris the tawny frog mouth and;
• Chewy the salt water crocodile

These early encounters with living animals are essential for children to develop an understanding and appreciation for the natural world. 

*Remember if you see any injured wildlife report it to Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers on 02 6672 4789. Save this number in your contacts list today!

Michelle Perkins
Preschool Possums Teacher

Please click 'Expand Article' to view more photos.

​Little Free Library

Got a book you don’t need!  Leave it here for some others to read.

A very Big Thank you to Beau and Jocelyn Guest for making the Preschool a gorgeous Little Free Library that we have positioned on the front verandah of the Preschool.  

The idea is that you drop off a book and take a book. It is a great way to share favourite books with the school community.

We would love to see our Little Free Library fill up with children’s picture books for families to take home and enjoy. 

  • Building Community 
  • Sparking Creativity                 
  • Inspiring Readers

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning

Junior School

Year 1 Excursion - Tropical Fruit World

Year One students and teachers enjoyed an outdoor learning experience last Thursday as part of our English unit of work titled ‘Journeys’. 

We journeyed to Tropical Fruit World at Cudgen to investigate different modes of transport and explore the wonders of our local area.

There we toured the stunning 165 acre farm via an enormous tractor trailer and our knowledgeable guides shared lots of interesting information about the exotic, unusual and rare fruit trees. Sampling the bananas was a big hit, along with cracking the macadamia nuts. Then it was time for a relaxing cruise to the fauna park, while feeding the ducks and turtles along the way.  We met the farm animals including donkeys, kangaroos and emus. Lunch was on the beautiful island in the midst of the rainforest- not to mention a wonderful playground!

At all times our students were beautifully behaved and respectful. This did not go unnoticed by both Tropical Fruit World workers and other visitors, who complimented them on their lovely manners. 

By days end, some children realised they had travelled via car, bus, tractor, boat and zipline!  

Year 1 Teachers 

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Junior School Sport News

Jump Rope For Heart

So far this term the Sunshine Avenue skippers have raised a whopping $6702. 

Every year level has been so excited to skip this term and the improvements from our students have been amazing. 

There is only 1 week left until we hold our school Jump Off Day on Thursday, 19 September at the Sunshine Avenue Campus, this will mark the end of the program and an end to our fundraising efforts. The afternoon will be a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills. 

Parents are welcome to join us from 1.50pm as each year level will get the chance to showcase the skills and tricks they have been learning and perfecting in our classes. 

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 Years K to 4 are welcome to come and join the fun. Skipping Club is all about FUN! Come and join the crew as we Criss Cross our way to a happy healthy heart. 

AFL Gala Day

The year 3 and 4 students of Sunshine avenue will be participating in the Tweed Heads District AFL Gala Day to be held on Friday, 20th September. Training will be held on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes on Arkinstall park. Students will play modified games of AFL in a non-contact and fun environment with their peers. Training will continue until Thursday, 19 September. 


Stage 2 students will have the opportunity to select Tennis for Sport in Term 4. The Tennis program will run for 7 weeks and cost $50. Students and parents have been notified to log onto the Parent Lounge to take advantage of this program. There is limited space available for the program so get in early to avoid disappointment. 

Nathan Croft 
PE Specialist P-4

​Year 2 Point Danger History Excursion

To bring the history of our local area to life, Year 2 students travelled to Point Danger to immerse themselves in the many monuments, plaques, land marks and memorials that are scattered across the point, discovering more about the area by observing changes over time. In small groups, with the assistance of parent volunteers, students focused on aspects of the past that they can still see today, answered true and false questions using different sources of information and identified a number of historical sites. Students made connections between known facts and new knowledge, all while asking questions and writing down their information. It was fabulous to build our understanding first hand in such a beautiful and historically rich area and the conversations the excursion prompted are proof of the power of hands on, real life learning. 

Year 2 Teachers

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​The Green Team @ Sunshine Avenue

Did you see the The Green Team Tent at Funfest? Did you get the chance to decorate a calico bag? Did you see the display of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations? Did you see the produce stall selling fresh produce and school-made products from the Mahers Lane Community Garden and the Sunshine Ave Stephanie Alexander Program.

The newly formed Green Team is a group of parents and teachers who are passionate about creating a sustainable future for our children.

We are super keen to do more in the Sustainability space but we need your help!!

Please join us for a catch-up in the Preschool playground at 3.00pm on Thursday, 19 September (children welcome) If you would like to contribute or be a part of this group and you are unable to attend at this time please email It promises to be a fun and fulfilling way to get involved with the school community to make a difference.

The Green Team @ Sunshine Ave 

​Bush Fire Relief for Wildlife

Green Heroes have been in touch with us as they are in urgent need of blankets to care for injured wildlife due to the fires.  If you have any old blankets at home please send them in to Jo Hetherington at Sunshine Ave and she will make sure they get to animals and carers in need. 

The Green Team @ Sunshine Ave 

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Senior School

Careers News

ATAR 2019

ATARs this year will be released at 1.00pm on Tuesday, 17 December – the same day as HSC results.

This is so students will have all the information they need on the day to make their future study decisions and have more time to finalise their preferences for December Round 2 (read 'Offer rounds for Year 12 students' below).

Remind your students to download and print their ATAR Advice Notices when ATARs are released in December. They only have free access until February; after that they will be charged for a digital or printed copy.

The most important offer rounds for Year 12 students are:

December Round 2 – Monday, 23 December 2019
January Round 1 – Friday, 10 January 2020.

Not all courses will be offered in December Round 2, and applicants should check UAC’s website for details of excluded courses before they finalise their course preferences.

Students whose results are not available in time for December Round 2 can be assured that they will not be disadvantaged – universities will still have places available to make offers to all courses in January.

Griffith University

Personalised Q&A sessions
If your students have questions about studying at Griffith, our study advisers are here to help this school holidays. Talk to us about Griffith degrees and what you can study, admission pathway options, support services and facilities, general admission information and how to apply. Book a 30-minute one-on-one Q&A session at our Nathan or Gold Coast campus, or over the phone. Excludes weekends and Public Holidays.
Where and when: Griffith University Nathan and Gold Coast campuses Monday, 23 September – Friday, 11 October 2019 10.00am – 4.30pm. 
To book a Q&A go to:

Parents and families guide
Parents and families provide essential support when their children are thinking about further study after high school. Knowing the available options and being well informed can help make the selection process and transition to tertiary education much less daunting for all involved. With that in mind, Griffith has created a dedicated website and downloadable online guide for parents. Full of tips and other useful information, the guide is a must-read for any parent or guardian helping their teen make the move to university.
To find out more and to view and download the guide visit:

BusinessPLUS scholarships now open
Griffith Business School has opened its suite of BusinessPLUS scholarships for students in Year 12 considering a degree in business or government from 2020. These scholarships reward potential as well as excellence, so students are encouraged to investigate their eligibility on a basis beyond grades alone. The three BusinessPLUS scholarships being offered are Academic Excellence (OP 1-8, worth $15,000-$20,000), Transition Scholarship (OP 9-14, worth $7,500-$10,000), and First Peoples Scholarship (worth $15,000-$20,000). Students are invited to contact us on 1800 677 728 for assistance with their application. Apply by Monday, 16 December (QTAC offer round 1) or Monday, 3 February (QTAC offer round 2) for Trimester 1, 2020. 
See for more information.

Admission pathway into engineering
Griffith University is offering prospective students an admission pathway into engineering by sitting the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment (AEA) this September. Successful applicants will be offered admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering.

The AEA is 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.

The exam, which costs $150 to sit, is open to both school leavers and mature applicants.
Register by: Friday 20 September
Where and when: Griffith University, Nathan and Gold Coast campuses Saturday 28 September 9.00am – 12.00pm.
Register and find out more at:


School holidays: see campuses and find out about getting into QUT
Students considering QUT can visit us during the school holidays to tour the campuses, collect course information and attend a seminar about applying to QUT, upgrading pathways, life as a university student, study costs and more. Register now for Get Ready for QUT. 

Help with decision making
It’s a big decision choosing what to study at university. To help with finalising QTAC preferences, students can attend a career workshop, take the Match My Skills quiz, complete the Kickstart Your Career online course, or make a face-to-face or phone appointment to get their questions answered. Find out more on the Need help deciding website. 

School holidays: See campuses and find out about getting into QUT
Students considering QUT can visit us during the school holidays to tour the campuses, collect course information and attend a seminar about applying to QUT, upgrading pathways, life as a university student, study costs and more.  Register now for Get Ready for QUT. 

Help with decision making 
It’s a big decision choosing what to study at university. To help with finalising QTAC preferences, students can attend a career workshop, take the Match My Skills quiz, complete the Kickstart Your Career online course, or make a face-to-face or phone appointment to get their questions answered. Find out more on the Need help deciding website.

Entry and support for difficult circumstances
The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) provides students who have faced difficult circumstances prior to studying at QUT with an OP/selection rank adjustment, which can help them gain entry to their chosen course. Once enrolled at QUT, there is free, confidential ongoing support relevant to their situation.

Apply for scholarships
Applications for many scholarships are now open. Now is the time for students to explore the opportunities and apply for any that are relevant. Take a look at QUT Excellence Scholarships (academic and creative industries), Sport Scholarships, Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship, Equity Scholarships for students facing financial hardship, or check out the full range.

Southern Cross University
Just a reminder to let you know the STAR Early Offer program is closing on Friday, 13 September. This is a great opportunity for all Year 12 students! 

The STAR Early Offer program enables students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University degree before ATAR results are released. Applications are free and only take around 5 minutes to complete. To apply, visit

“So, you want to be a Health Professional” 

Who: Year 11 Students
When: Friday, 25th October 2019
Where: 61 Uralba Street, Lismore

The Northern Rivers Rural Health day is on again this year. It is aimed at Year 11 school leavers for the year 2020, who are deemed to be pursuing professional careers in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Medical Imaging and or Surgical Careers to name a few. The event is held at the Northern Rivers Rural Health building located at 61 Uralba Street, Lismore (opposite Lismore Base Hospital), and arrival is at 9.30am for registration and commences at 9.45am sharp. 

The program consists of the following activities:

  •   A University Student Question & Answer panel session

  •   A lecture talking about the life in the day of a clinician

  •   Information on the UMAT Exam

  •   Interactive hands-on Workshops in the afternoon

Please see me for more information or check your emails.

Thank you

Barry Woods
Director of Careers/VET/TAS


Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

“The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up they were up,
And when they were down they were down,
And when they were only halfway up they were neither up nor down.”

Some of you (or your parents) may recognise this old nursery rhyme but do you know what it refers to? It had its origins as a little ditty used to mock the officials who were indecisive and ultimately useless in fighting the great fire of London. It seems like an appropriate time to resurrect it as a description of our own official’s inability to confront climate change.

Here in the Tweed Valley we live in one of the rarest ecosystems anywhere on the planet: a sub-tropical rainforest. In its mosaic of species are some that have journeyed with our continent since it was last joined to Antarctica some 80 million years ago. It is not supposed to burn and does not cope well with fire.
With fires burning in the Northern Rivers as Science Matters goes to print, Binna Burra Lodge destroyed and Angourie Rainforest Retreat evacuated it is fair to ask “What the heck is going on?” and “What will happen next?”

The answer to the first question is easy: It has been so dry for so long that even the fire- resistant species of the rainforest have become flammable. Anything will burn if it is dry enough. The answer to the second question is trickier. In a few years, months even, we will have the forest back and it will look as beautiful as ever. However, when the rainforest burns, it produces conditions that are less suited to the re-growth of rainforest species and ideally suited to growing sclerophyll (eucalypt) forest species. The forest that grows back will not be quite the same as the one that was burned.
We have to be clear here, there have always been fires in the sub-tropical rainforest but only rarely and not big ones. If the seasons continue to be drier than average (which is the trend) and there are hotter fires more frequently than there have been in the past, the species composition of the forest will slowly shift until it can no longer be classified as rainforest. It will have become a sclerophyll forest ecosystem.

What we are witnessing this spring is the ecosystem-wide impact of climate change on something that we know and love: our local version of “The bush”.
Years Eight and Nine both study ecosystems as well as Year Eleven Biology. All of these students should be able to understand the shift in species composition caused by changing abiotic factors and selection pressure. Better yet, they should be able to explain it to their parents and point out that, like the Duke of York, inaction is the one option that is unacceptable. 
It is worth remembering that we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; We borrow it from our children.

Science Excursions

This has been a week of excursions in Science. Year 7 went to the Queensland Museum in Brisbane for a day of Science and HSIE activities. It is important for our students to escape the Terranora Bubble (to paraphrase) and experience a fresh perspective on the subjects that they are learning at school. The Science presentation was based upon the principles of taxonomy and why a crocodile is more closely related to a bird than it is to a water monitor (ask your son/daughter to explain).

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 8 visited the Adventure Education Marine Museum and rock platforms at Hastings Point. This is an excursion we have done for many years and it has yet to disappoint. The staff at Adventure Education are passionate about marine conservation and pass on their knowledge in a lively, captivating manner. 
There is simply no substitute for finding a Sea Hare or an urchin in a rock pool and touching it with your own hands.

Have a wonderful week in Science and work hard on your assessment tasks!

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator 


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


​Private Tuition Reminder

Please be reminded that if your child is having private Instrumental, Vocal, Song Writing or Speech and Drama lessons it will be assumed that lessons are continuing from term to term. If you wish to discontinue lessons written notification needs to be submitted to the Performing Arts Administration Assistant at by the close of business on Monday 16 September otherwise the following terms fees will be charged.

Mr Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Public Speaking Finals

Did you know? Imagine this… The choice is yours.

The Public Speaking Finals were held in the Mahers Lane Chapel on Monday night.
Students from Years 1 to 6 entertained a receptive audience. They spoke on a range of different topics that had a clear main message. It was so lovely to see some fine young communicators sharing the passion for sharing ideas and speaking UP and OUT.

Congratulations to ALL students in Years 1 to 6 who spoke in the classrooms, then semi finals. Thank you to all of the classroom teachers who support the students along the way.
Mrs Kylie Rossington for adjudicating the Stage 3 semi finals.

Finally, Director of English Mr Paul Horvath, master adjudicator for sharing your wisdom to all levels at Lindisfarne.

Ayva Immisch (Year 1)
Macy Duggan (Year 2)
Rithika Sivabalan (Year 3)
Pearl Baker (Year 4)
Phoebe Robins (Year 5)
Ava Taylor (Year 6)

All Years 5 and 6 students are invited to compete in the AB Paterson Public Speaking competition. You can use your same topic! It is a very good opportunity to fine tune skills and represent Lindisfarne.

Please let me know ASAP if you would like to be included in this event that takes place on 15 October 2019.

Amy Skene 
Drama Teacher

Music Ensemble Rehearsals

Festival of the Guitar

To continue the impressive co-curricular Performing Arts opportunities offered to our students we will be presenting our very first Festival of the Guitar in October. The festival will consist of a series of Guitar workshops directed by our talented Guitar Tutor Alicia Charleston.

Alicia has worked for various artists in a wide range of music genres including pop, rock, folk, jazz, fusion, experimental, funk, metal, prog, techno and blues. Part of her music career also includes song writing commissions for independent films.  Alicia’s education highlights are Guitar Lecturer at Southern Cross University of Lismore, Head of Academy Music at Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Lismore, Head of Popular Music and Performance at JMC Academy in Melbourne and Freelance Curriculum Developer for TAFE.

The Workshops will culminate in our Festival of the Guitar Concert held in the Chapel on Thursday, 17 October at 5.00pm. 

All Guitarists in our Middle and Senior School are encouraged to attend this very special event. Please RVSP to

Mr Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Friends of the Arts Meeting

On Tuesday 15 October we have our Friends of the Arts Annual General Meeting starting at 6.30pm, followed by a General Meeting at 7.00pm in the Mahers Lane Library. All positions will be declared vacant and we would love to see parents with an interest in the arts support some of our successful arts events. Nominations for the Executive or General Committee must be in writing and received seven days prior to the Annual General Meeting. If you would like to nominate for an office bearers’ position and receive a nomination form, please register your interest to

Mr Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

OnStage Nomination - Murran Kain

Congratulations to Murran for joining the lofty ranks of the highest assessed works in the recent HSC Drama Performance Examinations, by receiving a coveted OnStage nomination. 

Well done and good luck Murran.

DramaWorks 2019

Last Tuesday saw Year 10 and 11 Drama students travel to the Byron Bay Community Theatre for DramaWorks 2019DramaWorks is produced by the North Coast Drama Collegiate and presents the work of some of the North Coast’s most accomplished 2019 Higher School Certificate Drama students.  It was a fabulous performance, highlighting the incredible quality of dramatic work that students on the North Coast are delivering.  

Among those performing this year were Year 12 Drama students from Lindisfarne.  Murran Kain, Ashleigh Budge, Sol Faint and Karli Worrad were invited to perform their comical rhythmic piece about four strangers who meet on a train, Chooga-Chooga Train

These students are to be congratulated on their tireless efforts in the play building and rehearsal process, their team work, their dedication to the task and for consistently working at a demanding and rigorous level of excellence.  They represented Lindisfarne proudly and gave exceptional performances. 

As well as extending performers to yet another level and exposing Lindisfarne Drama students to a wider audience, opportunities such as these also creatively inspire younger audience members and further encourage them to create at the highest level and to never give up pursuing eminence. 

Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records


On Wednesday evening Germinate Records held a community choir event at M Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah to get behind the R U OK? cause.  It was just fantastic to see so many people from the Lindisfarne community and from the wider community singing their hearts out for such a great cause. A massive thank-you to those who came down and helped to make it such a special night. 

Many people at the event came forward to share their experiences and stories with me making it clear that we had made a difference to their lives. We were able to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention in a way that was really fun.

I would like to thank our service learning students who worked towards this event over the past weeks and who really embraced their roles with enthusiasm, flexibility and commitment. Thank-you to Noah Gardiner, Oscar Veldhoven, Jemma McNicoll, Cooper Bridge Tough, Georgia Sweetnam, Mitchell Hawkins and Tayla Fawcett.

James O’Gorman from JOG Media and his team donated their time and worked tirelessly to provide a video package of the event which can be seen here. We will be sharing this video on social media as soon as we have clearance from Neil Finn.


Please keep this video within our school community for now. We were also very lucky to have photographer Ryan Fowler shoot some excellent photographs for us. 

To see more photos visit:
Germinate Records Facebook
Germinate Records Instagram

Brett Canning
Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

​Homestay families needed for Korea YMCA visit 2020

Lindisfarne International are seeking compassionate, kind and caring families from our school and within our local community to host a group of Korean male students ages 15- 16 years from the world renowned organisation, YMCA.

This group of students will be participating in class immersion program at Lindisfarne and require double placement accommodation from 2- 9 March, 2020.

As a homestay family, you will be required to:

  • Have another male child or parent in the household
  • Complete and submit a Working with Children Check
  • Participate in a Homestay inspection
  • Provide three meals, snacks, lunchbox/drink bottle
  • Own bed (shared bedroom with same gender is acceptable)
  • Private transportation to and from school each day

Homestay will be organised by myqueenslandhomestay (Margaret Imai).
Please contact her on 0408 078 023 for further enquiries.

Amy Fydler 
International Student Coordinator 

Digital Space



​September is Steptember Month

Steptember is an exciting new health and wellness initiative designed to improve your fitness and have a positive impact on the lives of people with cerebral palsy.

In teams of four, participants track their daily step count by wearing a pedometer, and record their results on the interactive Steptember website.

Steptember is not just about walking your way to better health – participants can run, cycle, swim or even play lawn bowls to reach their daily step target. There are more than 40 activities you can convert to steps including activities suitable for people with a disability. 

Each participant is challenged to walk 10,000 steps a day and as a team virtually climb the highest peak on each continent.

Steptember is an easy and a fun way to get fit whilst raising funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

The PDHPE Faculty

​Saturday Netball

Grand Finals write-up

We had four teams play in the Grand Finals on Saturday 7 September, the most of any of the clubs in the Association.

The White Lions finished a credible third. The Orange Lions were Minor Premiers and Runner’s-up. The Blue and Silver Lions also finished the season in second place. The Bronze Lions were crowned Champions with a nail-biting 37-35 victory.

Over to some of the players to sum up the game!

Our Netball Grand Final Lindisfarne Blue Lions

The netball grand final was amazing. Even though we lost, I still had a great time. Parents were screaming so loud, shaking pom poms and even jumping up and own. Our main shooter broke her arm so I filled in for her. There were no reserve players so we went all out to win. Centaur Hero’s had a couple of reserves and kept taking them on and off. We were exhausted but our coaches said “Fire up chickens!” so we did, and put all that hard work at training into practice. Our GA was nailing it. The ball was going swish, swish, swish. Mr Douglas was watching second quarter so the pressure was on. We were playing our little hearts out like it was the end of the world, it wasn’t, but it felt like it though! My favourite part of the day was when we celebrated each other. When we said who the player of the day was and gave presents to the coaches. We each got a rainbow flower from the coaches it was the best game ever. I will definitely be back next year. Go Lindisfarne Lions!
Evie Nowland

Our team has trained and played to the best of our abilities all year. As a team, we made it through to the grand final against Centaur Heroes on the weekend. We didn’t win but it was a close match (27-21). Our team played to the best of our abilities and we pushed Centaur to the end of the game. It was only in the fourth quarter that they got away from us. I’ve enjoyed my season and I look forward to playing again next year!
Isabella Arghyros

Saturday’s Netball Grand final was so exciting, we had matching ribbons, the Lindisfarne Lion running around, streamers, family and friends cheering very loudly! We got to run through a tunnel of our parents and coach’s arms onto the court, but not before we did our Lindisfarne cheer! It was a really tough game and we all tried our best, we were goal for goal until towards the end of third quarter. Centaur won the game but we made them work hard for it. I love our Lindisfarne Lions Blue team together we all have fun. 
Ava Mcintosh 

Lindisfarne Silver Lions Netball Grand Final

This year our team fought hard enough to make it to the Tweed Netball Grand Final! We had won the semi-finals versing Wildcats with a score of 21-11. Usually we train on a Thursday afternoon, but as finals came around, we trained extra hard and included an extra 3 more training sessions during finals week! Last year our netball team did not make the grand finals, since then we have improved and learnt so many more skills than we did last year. With a few bumps along the way, we lost some and we won some, but our team came close and obviously it would have been amazing to win the grand final. We were already so proud of how far we’ve made it already! In the first quarter, we were tied 4-4. As the game carried on were unable to stop the team from forming a gap in the score. They were a very talented team.

When time was up in the game, I’m not going to lie, I was sad we didn’t win, but I came off court knowing our team played the best we have ever played all year and that is the biggest achievement a team can aim for. I was very proud of our team and how we played this netball season. 

Bonnie Starling

On the weekend we played a tough, but exciting game against the Kingscliff Orbits. We stared out quite nervous but also determined. We’ve never beaten Kingscliff before, so we went in as the underdogs. We went out playing hard and we worked really well together as a team. At half time it was anyone’s game. By the third quarter Kingscliff started to pull away from us and proved to be the better team on the day. They were a strong team and showed great sportsmanship. We definitely had them on their toes in the first half! My teammates and I were very proud to represent Lindisfarne and to finish the season as runners up for 2019. It was very exciting to experience a Grand Final and it was awesome to have so much support from so many of the teachers on the day, our friends, other players, and parents. We could hear them all cheering for us from the court side!
It was a great season with some wins and losses (but mainly wins!). Thank you so much Mrs Maynard for being a great coach. Also, a huge thanks to Ms Watters and Miss Nichols for giving us some extra training sessions. All of the training really helped us improve our game and made us stronger on Saturday. A massive thanks to our manager Wayne Starling for getting us slushies and ice blocks at the end of each game! Thank you to my team for being really kind and supportive. I’m looking forward to the 2020 netball season.
Asha Thomson

Lindisfarne Orange Lions Netball Grand Final

Being in Lindisfarne Lions this year has made me a better netball player. Our wonderful coach Samantha, along with our team manager Rachelle, have been the most amazing people to take us through this journey and what a fun way to end it by being in the Grand Final of 2019! The final game of the season, Lindisfarne Lions Orange vs Seagulls Angelz was bound to be a fun one. Everyone was lined up cheering as the whistle blew and the game began, and then we were out, playing our biggest game of the year. In the first quarter we were all working very hard to start with a high score and by half time we were leading. In the third quarter it was very close with Seagulls catching our score. Unfortunately, though, by the end of the game we didn’t come out on top. But that didn’t matter, because we had a fun season and learnt some great skills for the future. ‘GO GO GO ORANGE’ See you all next year! 
Sienna Williamson

On Saturday we were in the Grand Finals against Seagulls. We were all so excited for it! We had beaten Seagulls before, but they have also beaten us, so we knew it would be a hard game. First quarter we tried our hardest and were winning and so excited. Second quarter was getting much harder and we were starting to get really tired. Seagulls were playing a really strong game and they really wanted to win.
By the last quarter, Seagulls were in front of us and we knew that they were going to win, but we kept on fighting. In the end, the Seagulls team won, but we were all still very happy that we came runners up. When the game finished, we all gave each other a handshake and cheer and were happy to finish a very successful season of netball. We all improved so much. It was so exciting at the Grand Final because we had so many people cheering for us. We all had ice-blocks at the end of the game, which were great because it was really hot! This season of netball was amazing and I would like to say a big thanks to Sam for being the best coach ever and Rachelle for being an amazing manager. I have really enjoyed being part of the Under 9’s Lindisfarne Orange Lions team and I can’t wait for next year. 

Ivy Thomson

Lindisfarne Bronze Lions Netball Grand Final

My heart was beating fast and was ready to go. When the umpires blew the whistle and we started the first quarter I had my ‘game face on’ - as my mum likes to call it. At half time, we were seven goals down but not giving in, and at the end of third quarter the score was 30-26. Our team was exhausted but Mrs Maynard, Miss Nichols and Mrs Watters were giving their best pep talks and advice and our fans (family and friends) were cheering their hearts out. We marched on and played like we had never played before. At the of the game the score was 37 – 35. We had beaten the undefeated team by 2 points! Celebrating the victory our team bounced up and down until we were all about to collapse. Overall the day was AMAZING! It was a well-deserved win and I can’t wait for next season. 
Jamie Mifsud

What Jamie and Asha both failed to mention in their awesome articles was that both of them were awarded the match balls as Grand Finals MVP’s, voted by the umpires! This is a fabulous achievement Ladies.
What a proud coach I am!

TAFE NSW Cup Netball

We have it confirmed! The Lions Kings will represent the Far North Coast region at the Genea Netball Centre, Olympic Park on Wednesday 25 September. Eight regions will be represented. Our Year 10 boys have already started training hard each lunchtime and in Thursday Sport time.

Monday Night Netball

We have four teams entered into the Monday night Competition starting this coming Monday September 16. In Division 2 we have a Staff, Parents and the Senior Rep girls Squad – The Lionesses. In Division 3 we have the rest of our senior girls playing as the Gold Lions. We have two Year 6,7, and 8 girl’s teams in the Junior 1 Divisions – The Red and the White Lions. This competition is all about having fun playing a game you love. Looking forward to some Happy Mondays!

Netball Presentation and Netball Centre of Excellence Launch

We are looking forward to the culmination of the season with our awards evening and the launch of the Lindisfarne’s Netball Centre of Excellence this Tuesday 17 September. We will meet at 5.30pm in the Ngahriyah. See you there!

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

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball

Pictured: Some of the Lindisfarne Lions reading the 'Netball Rules'.

Sport News


Lindisfarne Training Program
Please note that Athletics training is now scaled back to Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

There are NO more morning sessions. 

Athletics training will cease for 2019 on Thursday 19 September. A big thanks to the volume of students who have attended training, and thank you to our coaching staff:

  • Phillip Newton
  • Siddharth Paulraj
  • Mark Ladbrook
  • Callum Taylor

NSW CIS Athletics

Congratulations to our Primary contingent who competed at Homebush Athletics Centre (Sydney) yesterday against some very classy opposition:

  • Isabella Arghyros (4)
  • Rose Beddoes-Clarke (6)
  • Rodan Harper (5)
  • Cody Harris (5)
  • Thomas Horn (6)
  • Hannah Jocumsen (5)
  • Lachlan Marshall (6)
  • Thomas Maseyk (5)
  • Jackson Mater (5)
  • Archie McColm (5)
  • Eira Grace McGilligan (3)
  • Myles Scheiwe (4)
  • Charlotte Slack-Smith (4)
  • Thomas Spedding (5)
  • Uma Uprichard (6)

Phillip Newton (Head Coach) relayed back considerable good news relating to Personal Bests times/distances and consistent effort application for all our athletes. Well done boys and girls.

Pictured: (L-R) Charlotte Slack-Smith, Isabella Arghyros, Eira-Grace McGilligan, Hannah Jocumsen

We look forward to our Secondary contingent heading down to Sydney to compete on 24 September.


Year 5 and 6 Woolworths Blast Cricket Gala Day

Over forty Year 5 and 6 (boys and girls) competed in the Woolworths Blast Cricket Gala Day at Kingscliff on Wednesday. Our students have trained with our Head Coach Anthony Kershler on Tuesday lunch times for the last three weeks in preparation. Our 6 teams went through the day undefeated, except for when we played another Lindisfarne teams. Our students were outstanding on the day in terms of the behavioural and sporting standards that we would expect of our young boys and girls. Well done to all.

Years 7-12 Cricket

We have games looming early in Term 4, and are calling on our Cricket enthusiasts to present to training. The selection process for these games has begun.

Kershler Cricket Camp

Our Head Coach Anthony Kershler is running his October holidays Cricket Camp. Please read the flyer and get involved if you are a Cricket player preparing for the season ahead.


Spotlight on Miranda Rhodes

Tough day on the mats for our high flying Miranda Rhodes, tackling her first year in juniors at the National competition, losing her first fight of the day to a tougher competitor from WA. Final score 45:29. Taekwondo is a tough sport, but good athletes will always learn more from a loss than a win - with Miranda already pinpointing what she needs to do differently next time.

Miranda is very excited to have been asked to travel to Montreal and Las Vegas over the October school holidays to compete in the Canadian Open and Presidents Cup. 

Spotlight on Thomas Chong

Tom was part of a large team from Tans Taekwondo Currumbin that competed over the weekend at the Australian National Taekwondo Championship. 

Toms division is Redbelt, 12-14yrs - 37-41kgs was well contested from around the country. It was a long day of competition, with Tom receiving the bye for the first round due to his successful year.

His first fight was an awesome contest, in which he won 16-9, which put him in contention for Gold and the title. However it was not to be his year, narrowly being beaten by two points and earning Silver.

Tom has demonstrated excellent work ethic and commitment to training for this event, showing maturity and self reflection. Toms next goal is working towards acquiring his Black Belt.

Pictured above: Thomas Chong

Spotlight on Sian McGilligan

Congratulations to Sian McGilligan (Year 5), now a 2nd Dan Black Belt, who recently competed at the Nationals Taekwondo Competition for Sparring and won a Bronze Medal for her division.

In August, Sian competed in the Brisbane Open and won a Gold Medal in Sparring for her division.  Sian also won a Silver Medal for her Individual Poomsae and a Gold Medal for Pairs Poomsae (with her sister Eira-Grace).

In June, Sian competed in the Australian State Selection Competition and won a Gold Medal for Sparring in her division making her "Queensland State Champion" for her division.  Sian also won a Silver Medal for Individual Poomsae.

Sian also competed in the Caboolture Open in June and won a Gold Medal for Individual Poomsae and a Gold Medal for Pairs Poomsae (again, with her sister Eira-Grace), and a Silver Medal for Sparring for her division.

Pictured above: Sian McGilligan

Spotlight on Eira-Grace McGilligan

Congratulations to Eira-Grace McGilligan (Year 3) who recently competed at the Nationals Taekwondo Competition for Sparring and winning a Silver Medal for her division.

In August, Eira-Grace competed in the Brisbane Open where she won a Gold Medal in Sparring for her division, a Gold Medal for Pairs Poomsae (with her sister Sian) and a Bronze Medal for Individual Poomsae.

In June, Eira-Grace competed in the Australian State Selection Competition and won a Silver Medal for Sparring for her division and a Silver Medal for Individual Poomsae.

Eira-Grace also competed in the Caboolture Open and won a Gold Medal for Individual Poomsae and a Gold Medal for Pairs Poomsae (with her sister Sian), and a Gold Medal for Sparring for her division.

Eira-Grace is also Grading for her Black Belt on 14th September.  Good Luck Eira-Grace!

Pictured above: Eira-Grace McGilligan


Spotlight on Marlon Harrison

Marlon Harrison won the Queensland State title Under 16 Boys over the weekend. Congratulations Marlon, who is now heading to the Australian Titles which is in the first week of December in Western Australia.


A contingent of our Year 7 Girls won their AFL grand final on the weekend which was played at Metricon. Lily Alford, Shakyah Jordan, Bridie Bedford and Mia Harris are all part of this team and are officially the AFLGCJ U13s girls Premiers 2019 premiers -  well done girls!

Football with Total Football Academy

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School will be running an after School soccer program during Term 4 which will be delivered by Total Football Academy. The program is for Prep to Year 4 Pupils. Registration can be done at the Junior School Reception.

During the 7 week program games will be played inside an inflatable soccer field, which captures the imagination of students, giving them a great soccer experience.  Training will take place inside a skills square focusing on different skills each week, such as dribbling, turning and shooting. As part of the program players can also purchase a soccer kit (Top and Shorts).  

The program starts on Thursday 17th October for Prep to Year 4 pupils. 3.15pm - 4.15pm. No session will ever be cancelled as there will be an undercover area and class room sessions that can be delivered.

Dates - Term 4
Thursday 17, 24, 31 October - 7, 14, 21, 28 November - 7 Weeks

If you need any assistance from TFA, Danny Morton can be on 0473 344 778 or email Find TFA on Facebook for wet weather updates and special offers.

Damien Clucas 
Head of Sports and Activities


Uniform Shop

Holiday Trading Hours


OOSCH - School Holiday Program

Vacation Care - Spring 2019

Employment at Lindisfarne

Community News

Koala Community Fun Day

Book Launch - Parent Paul Letters

Author Paul Letters will be launching his latest novel in Brisbane this weekend. The central male character in Paul's new novel, The Slightest Chance, is from Brisbane and the story is set in wartime Hong Kong. Paul and his family - Joanne, who teaches maths at Mahers Lane and James, in Year 4 at Sunshine Avenue - are hosting a launch event from 12:00pm on September 14. More details in the link below.