From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

The importance of “voice” has been reinforced within our school over the past week.

Last Friday saw an incredible opportunity for our male students in Years 9 to 11 to gather at the Boathouse for Young Men Using Their Voice - a wonderful musical experience hosted by singer, songwriter and Lindisfarne’s artist-in-residence, Darren Percival. Aimed at encouraging our young men to use their voice for real purpose, the day saw staff, students and fathers working together on vocal resonance, improvisation and ensemble harmony underpinned by character-building activities. Thank you to Mr Hardy for organising this wonderful musical experience for our students.

On Sunday, I invited a number of members of the Lindisfarne community - including representatives of the Diocese of Grafton, School Council, Parents and Friends Association, school leadership team, staff, students and the wider school community - to a special workshop with Dr Phil Cummins from Circle Group (Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education) to continue our strategic planning process. As part of our drive to further develop Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School as a world class education for the children of the southern Gold Coast, Tweed Coast and northern New South Wales, the workshop provided a platform for discussion surrounding the School’s strategic intent document, ‘The Lindisfarne Way’. After reviewing the progress we have made over the past three years of the document’s development, we collectively began planning the process for our next steps forward. We continued this process throughout the week with Dr Phil Cummins and I leading smaller groups and targeting specific areas of ‘The Lindisfarne Way’ with a 30-year whole school view. I particularly enjoyed working with our student leadership team who voiced their opinions and give great insight to the School’s Honourable Traditions, their significance within the School, and how they endorse our school values of compassion, wisdom and resect. Thank you to everyone involved.

Last Wednesday evening, I was privileged to watch members of our Stage Band perform with one of Australia's most well-known jazz bands, Galapagos Duck. Our young musicians played at Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast in front of some 400 attendees with pride and poise. Congratulations on an outstanding performance.

On Thursday evening, Year 8 Drama students took the Chapel stage with a collection of performances they’d been rehearsing this term. Hilarious, frightening and clever were just some of the words the audience used to describe the number of performances. Kudos to Ms Visser for providing encouragement, guidance and support to our Year 8 Drama students and allowing them to let their lights shine.

On Wednesday evening next week, I hope you join me for the Stage 3 Showcase. Titled Once Upon Another Time, the musical is a culmination of work our Years 5 and 6 students have undertaken in the areas of Music, Drama and Dance. From what I’ve seen in rehearsals, the showcase is sure to be full of energy and an event on the Lindisfarne calendar not to be missed. 

Next Friday, we will be hosting our 2020 Year 7 Orientation - a day of fun, learning, collaboration and social interactions for our current Year 6 students and the new Year 7 students who will be joining Lindisfarne next year. I sincerely welcome the new students of 2020 to our school and look forward to seeing some new friendships begin to form with our current Year 6 cohort.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Urgent vs Important: A Constant Wrestle

One of my all-time favourite TV shows is The West Wing; a drama series set in the late 1990s and early 2000s around the life of a fictional President of the United States and his senior staff.

In one particular episode, The Administration is in the midst of a great deal of chaos; conflict in the Middle East, a leadership challenge, one of the senior staff is in hospital after a heart attack, and the rest of the senior staff are all just trying to figure out what to address first.

While all of this is going on, one of the staff has scheduled a meeting with a junior member of Congress on the issue of Homelessness and Mental Health. One of the other staff questions the wisdom of having that meeting when there are all of these other “urgent” priorities which need attention. The response to that query was: “We can’t keep letting the urgent crowd out the important.”

That one line in one episode of a TV show which produced more than 160 episodes over seven seasons has always resinated with me, and I think it is because there is so much potential in our fast-paced world to be overwhelmed by the urgent issues in life, at the expense of things which are held to be important.

Just take 60 seconds right now... put your phone down, or look away from your computer, and reflect on how that might apply to you.

Urgent and important sometimes complement each other, and you will find yourself working on something urgent because it is important. However, there can also be a variety of issues, circumstances, concerns, agenda items, relationship issues, which are presented as urgent, which keep you very occupied and busy, and which actually take you away from being able to give attention to things that are important.

This can happen in the workplace, in a family unit, or in any club or organisation. Every time I attend a funeral, I observe family and friends saying to each other, “We should get together more often. Why do we only ever see each other at Christmas or funerals?” 

Quite often, people will articulate these laments because they realise in those moments that connecting with family and friends is important to them, but at the same time, the busyness and urgency of day to day life absorbs most of their time, leaving little to give to family and other things which would be deemed important.

There is a delicate balance required here. If we are deliberate and intentional about our priorities, there is room for both. There is also the possibility that some of what we call urgent isn’t actually urgent, and we need to reassess or triage our priorities in a different way so that the urgent doesn’t “crowd out” the important.

Whatever the case might be for you and your loved ones, I would encourage you to wrestle with these issues. Rather than simply submit to urgency and busyness, be deliberate about making time and space for what’s important and valuable and precious.


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

Upcoming Events

Stage 3 Showcase

Once Upon Another Time

Please join us on Wednesday evening for the Stage 3 Showcase, Once Upon Another Time, a culmination of the work that our Year 5 and 6 students have undertaken in the areas of Music, Drama and Dance.  

Stage 3 students have been busily rehearsing with great energy and enthusiasm and their display of talent on the night will be a wonderful result of much hard work during the year. 

Refreshments are available from 5.30pm and doors will open at 6.15pm.  

Notes for Year 5 and 6 performers: All students to arrive at 5.30pm in preparation for their performance. Year 6 to assemble in changing areas in Ngahriyah and Year 5 to report to their classroom.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Visual Arts and Major Works Showcase

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

​Kindergarten Transition Program

During Term 4, the Preschool students have begun their formal transition to "big" school through our Kindergarten Transition Program. It has been an exciting time meeting new friends and teachers, exploring the Kindergarten rooms and engaging in fun school activities and story times.

We provide Kindy Transition sessions to orientate children with the new and sometimes daunting new environment of the big school, reassuring them of all the wonderful learning that will be taking place next year. The Preschool Possums, Koalas and Echidnas will be joined by many new students in the new year and they all look like they are super excited to get started!

Michelle Donohue
Preschool Possums Teacher

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Junior School

Year 1 Excursion

As part of our Integrated unit of study “Bush Tucker Basics”, students are investigating how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ ways of living were adapted to local resources. Students are beginning to understand the conservation methods and usage of plants and animals by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and learn how they rely on the land and sea for all of their food supplies. 

To support this unit we planned an excursion to Fingal Heads which was guided by Indigenous Cultural Educator, Uncle Franc, along the Dreamtime Pathway and Bush Tucker Walk. Uncle Franc discussed the traditional uses of plants for food, medicine and tools. He shared Dreaming Stories from the local area, as well as interesting facts about our region’s local history.

The bush tucker garden allowed students to use their senses and experience some of the traditional local bush tucker. 

Linda Terry 
1T Teacher 

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Year 2 Open Classrooms

Wednesday morning saw Year 2 host our Term 4 Open Classrooms. Together, families completed a variety of 'Working with Words' activities and played educational games, each connected to what we have been learning in class. We explored contractions and compound words, used prefix and suffix dominoes to expand base words, wrote sentences using time connectives, investigated plurals and past tense, sorted antonyms and synonyms and matched homophones with their pairs. 

It was lovely to bring our learning outside the classroom and share it with others. 

Year 2 Teachers

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Green Team

Healthy Bake Sale

The Green Team is very excited about the Healthy Bake Sale to be held next Wednesday morning from 8.15am at the front gate at Sunshine Ave.  There will be lots of healthy snacks that can be purchased for lunch boxes and also a display of Plastic Free Alternatives to purchase.  If you would like to contribute to our Healthy Bake Sale please email with the recipe.  We will be including a print out of the recipe with purchase.

If you would like to purchase a coffee from the coffee van, please bring along your re-usable cup or you can purchase one on the morning.

Bin Monitors

This week has seen the introduction of Bin Monitors at morning tea and lunch time. Students from Years 3 and 4 are in charge of making sure all food scraps are placed in the correct bins. The scraps are then taken over to the compost tumbler or fed to the chickens and worms. Our goal is to keep all school food waste on site and out of landfill. Thank you to Mrs Maria Roberson for all her work in garden classes to get this program up and running.

We have also introduced some battery and mobile phone recycling bins near the front entrance to the Administration building at the Junior School. Please feel free to leave your old batteries and phones in these bins and we will dispose of.

Green Team Meeting

The next Green Team meeting (and final one for 2019) will be held on Thursday, 21 November at 3.00pm in the Preschool playground. Everyone is welcome.

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning 

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Middle School

Ad Astra - Advanced Academics Program

Due to the sustained and continued growth that Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is experiencing, we are excited to be able to offer the Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program. The name “Ad Astra” is derived from the Latin phrase “Per Ardua Ad Astra” which means “through adversity to the stars,” this is also the motto of the Royal Australian Air Force. This program will commence in 2020 for Years 6 and 7.

The introduction of this program provides the School with additional opportunity to support and enhance the academic achievement of our high performing and high potential students. The aim of the Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program is to recognise outstanding young students who have consistently demonstrated advanced academic abilities and provide them with opportunities to extend themselves in fields that are of interest to them, whilst developing thinking skills and being exposed to experiences that expand their horizons in all areas of their school life.

Key features of the Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program are curriculum compacting, which allows students to move through the curriculum at a much faster pace, above-level testing, future-focused problem solving and access to a wide range of national and international academic and problem solving competitions. 

The program involves slight to major modifications of the curriculum through adjustments to content, processes and skills. It provides a planned, documented and challenging curriculum that matches the ability of high performing students to:

  • learn at faster rates;
  • find, solve and act on problems more readily; and
  • manipulate abstract ideas and make connections to an advanced degree.

The program includes enrichment and extension activities. Enrichment refers to the broadening of the curriculum to develop knowledge, application, thinking skills and attitudes to a degree of complexity appropriate to the students’ developmental levels. Extension activities involve the deepening of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.

The Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program will provide students with opportunities to further develop and extend their academic abilities. They will work with like-minded and similarly capable students, in a challenging environment to enable each of them to attain their highest academic potential. 

Students selected for the program will have demonstrated, through results and data, the ability and motivation to work above their current year level. The staff associated with the Ad Astra Advanced Academics Program will monitor student performance, progress and attendance to ensure positive learning results are achieved by the students involved in the program. Participation in the program will be offered on a one year tenure and reentry into the program each year will be based on achieved results, sustained commitment and diagnostic assessment data.

A number of students have been selected on their current academic performance to participate in the program. An opportunity exists for any student who will be entering Years 6 or 7 in 2020 to apply for this exciting program. Further details regarding the application and selection process will be provided directly to relevant families. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me via or our Middle School Learning Enrichment Coordinator, Jodie Duggan, via

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Year 7 Masterchef Challenge

Last Friday, Year 7 Design and Technology – Food competed in their Masterchef challenge which was the culmination of a term’s work. The students were tasked with creating and presenting a dish which could be suitable for the canteen, utilising some produce from the school garden. The judges were treated to a variety of dishes and the voting was very close.

The winning team will have their dish showcased in the canteen, so keep your eye out for the culinary delight on the menu.

Melissa Leistra

​Year 7 Bush Dance

This term, we have been working with Year 7 on giving and empathy and working to show them the importance of being there for others and appreciating all that they have. We watched a few documentaries on the dire situation that our farmers are facing and decided we needed to be proactive. From many discussions about how we can give to best suit the needs of our struggling farmers the idea of a bush dance was formed. This event will be an opportunity for Year 7 and their families to come together and celebrate what has been an amazing year. It will reinforce the work we have been doing on disconnecting to reconnect and most importantly we will raise much needed funds for the farmers.

  • Date: 20 November 
  • Time: 6.30pm (NSW time)
  • Venue: Ngahriyah
  • Cost: $10 includes pizza and a drink (payable through parent lounge)
  • Further details on the permission note that was sent home

We cannot wait to teach our parents some of the dances that have been taught in Year 7 PDHPE this year, make special memories together and support our farmers.

See you all there with your boots and flannies.

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator 

Senior School


All Year 11 students will be attending a RRISK program conducted by the Northern NSW Local Health District, NSW Roads and Maritime Services and other external authorities on Monday, 18 November. This program aims to provide all Year 11 students with the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about driving, alcohol and drug use. risk taking behaviours and safe partying.

The key messages of the seminar are Plan Ahead, Know the Facts, Make Informed Decisions, Reduce Risks and Look After Your Friends.  The students are challenged to think about their own behaviour, evaluate the personal risk, acquire practical skills and are encouraged to make future decisions based on this information.  

Paul Dillon, from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia will be the keynote speaker, providing information on how to look after your friends when celebrating/partying and dispelling myths regarding alcohol and drug use.  Paul will also be presenting an additional session with a focus on mobile drug testing. The day is also targeted towards increasing safe driver and passenger behaviour, as well as vehicle safety information.

Information has been sent to all Year 11 parents.  

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

Please click the links below to read the relevant articles discussed at the RRISK program.

Why are young drivers (aged 17-15) at risk?

The Rite Journey - Year 9 Homecoming Ceremony


Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

Do you know your family’s history? Are you descended from a convict who arrived on the First Fleet? Perhaps your relatives immigrated to Australia after the Second World War or did they arrived only recently from overseas? Researching family history and genealogy is a popular and fascinating pastime. But what if you keep on going back beyond grandparents and great-grandparents? How many ancestors can you have?

Everyone must have had two biological parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great-grandparents and so on. Do you see where this is going? In no time at all (33 generations actually) you would have more ancestors than there are people on the planet today. This is called a paradox, a logical idea that leads to an illogical conclusion. You can’t have had eight billion ancestors because there weren’t that many people in the world!

The resolution to the genealogical paradox lies in the reality that many ancestors overlap: your great-grandfather could be many other people’s great-grandfather as well. The further you go back in time, the greater the overlap becomes. Which leads to our next question: how closely are all people on Earth related to each other? The answer is pretty astonishing. If your family has any whiff of European ethnicity at all, from Turkish or Scandinavian to Spanish, German, or British, then less than 1000 years ago, or 30 generations, you had a direct common ancestor with all the people alive today who are also of European heritage. If we keep going, if we add in Chinese, Indian, Mongolian, and Canadian Inuit how far do you have to go back to have a direct common ancestor? Well, not that much further as it turns out, only about 3000 years or 100 generations ago, you would have had a direct link to all of the people living in China today as well as all the citizens of India and, yes, the Canadian Inuit and Australian Aborigines as well.

A group of international scientists led by Australian researchers were heralded recently in the scientific community  when they proved conclusively that modern humans all came from an area about the size of New Zealand overlapping the borders of modern day Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Students in Year 11 and 12 Biology will recognise the term “Mitochondrial DNA” which is how the location of our ancestral home was worked out. Each of us carries DNA in our cells that is not ours but our mother’s who in turn inherited it from her mother and so on back in time. As populations become isolated, they accumulate the same tiny changes that occur naturally in this DNA but the changes are different from other isolated populations (ethnic groups). By knowing how frequently the changes (mutations) occur and how many differences there are between ethnic groups, biochemists can work out how long it has been since two groups separated from each other. The Kalahari people who still live in the area of our ancestral homeland in Botswana are the only direct descendants of those first humans and they still carry the original Mitochondrial DNA markers of our earliest relatives from 200 000 years ago. 

The rest of us are the descendants of two tiny groups, likely no more than a few dozen individuals, who left their homeland for the first time about 130 000 years ago and again around 110 000 years ago probably in search of a better life...

What does it all mean? Well, next time you feel intolerant or lacking in empathy towards someone who seems intractably different from you, just pause for a moment. Try to imagine a group of fifteen or twenty people, hungry and fearful, tentatively moving beyond recognisable landmarks into unfamiliar country. Imagine the toddlers getting tired and not wanting to walk any more, the mothers anxious about the approaching nightfall and the fathers wondering how the heck they were going to find something to eat. Imagine what they would have thought days or weeks later when they came to the top of a hill and saw the ocean for the first time, the first time any human eyes had seen an ocean. Those people were your direct relatives as are those towards whom you feel intolerance. They were the  first of countless waves of migrants who have moved across the world ever since.

Science can prove the degree of relatedness among individuals but only individuals can relate to one another.

Have a wonderful week in Science and be kind to each other.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Stage Band Performance with Galapagos Duck

Last Wednesday evening, members of our Stage Band travelled to HOTA on the Gold Coast to perform alongside iconic Australia Jazz Ensemble, Galapagos Duck. The students wowed the jazz loving crowd with swinging tunes from Benny Goodman through to Jazz fusion from Joe Zawinul. The sold out concert was presented by the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club with over 400 people attending. Congratulations to each of the Stage Band members who played up a storm to a most appreciative audience.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

​Young Men Using Their Voice

A group of wary and slightly nervous young men from Years 9 to 11 gathered at the Boathouse last Friday ready to face the music. What had they done? Well, as it turns out, they had signed up for a male vocal session, entitled Young Men Using Their Voice with the multi-talented and highly acclaimed singer, songwriter and musical tribal elder, Mr Darren Percival. 

Not long after the session began, they were standing in a circle and shouting, “FREEDOM” across the still waters of Cudgen Creek. From then on, it was a day of laughter-filled vocal and personal challenges. Having a go and putting themselves way out of their comfort zone, the group, aided by some equally brave teachers, with even a dad in the mix, had an amazing experience.

The day finished singing a song they had composed only minutes before and being awe-struck by Darren’s vocal magic as he conjured up beats before their eyes. Applause and cheers filled the Boathouse and again spread across the waters. The magpies even joined in. A great day was had by all. 

These young men did indeed ‘find their voice’ as the flyer promised, but having been a witness to their participation, I can attest they found a whole lot more. Thanks to Mr Darren Percival for running the show and Mr Todd Hardy for creating this opportunity for everyone involved.

Nick Westhoff
A ‘not so’ young man finding his voice… and teacher

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Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Recording Studio News

It has been a busy week in the Lindisfarne Recording Studio. We had Darren Percival and the Senior Choir recording a special performance in preparation for speech night as well as the winners of the Year 8 Battle of the Bands who each recorded demo versions of their compositions. Our Year 10 service-learning students have been busily working towards the first Germinate Records release (due out very early next year) and a major collaborative recording project in support of the R U OK? cause.  

Entries for the Lindisfarne Songwriting Competition have been rolling in steadily. Those students yet to enter are reminded that entries close on Monday, November 25.  Please send MP3 entries to to be eligible for the prize of a $200 Robina Town Centre gift card. Entries will be judged on the quality of songwriting and not the audio quality of the recording.  

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer 

International Department

Digital Space



Sports News


Yesterday we had a squad of Years 5 and 6 students representing Lindisfarne at the NCIS Primary Basketball competition. Our Boys were really unlucky not to progress to the Grand Final, with a 50/50 after the buzzer shot landing by Emmanuel College that sunk their chances. They still finished third and are to be commended for the manner in which they competed.

Boys' team

  • Ashton  Baxter
  • Jackson Makaio
  • Mater Jackson
  • Milroy Tex
  • Telford  Blaise
  • Watson Finley
  • Wilhelm Zane
  • Woods-Jones Robert

The Girls were very competitive, making the grand final and going down to Bishop Druitt College. They have improved exponentially in the last few weeks of training. 

Girls' team

  • Ellis-Crawford Evie-Ray
  • Hepi Seneisha
  • McKimmin Zhola
  • Richards Danika
  • Starling Bonnie
  • Thomson Asha


There was a great turnout today at the Casuarina Cup for Primary students despite the scorching heat. Lindisfarne was represented with two Sunshine Avenue teams, and two Mahers Lane teams.

Congratulations also to the Sunshine Avenue students for their solid contribution throughout the day as well. Mr Croft will deliver an in-depth report next week for your cohorts. 

The Year 5 and 6 Girls contested extremely well pushing forward with determination and working well as a team, which resulted in scoring some fantastic tries in three very close games. They were up against some very physical types, and didn’t take a backward step; however, they weren’t able to make their way through the rounds.

Girls' team

  • Seneisha Hepi
  • Ruby Lynch
  • Zhola McKimmin
  • Jamie Mifsud
  • Evie Mills
  • Evie Reid
  • Sunny Skene
  • Bonnie Starling
  • Sabra Tangye
  • Asha Thomson

The Year 5 and 6 boys drew their first game, and lost their second game. They managed to scrape through to the semi-final, and came up against Kingscliff who were too good for them on the day. 

Boys' team

  • Baxter Ashton
  • Fletcher Bruhn
  • Cruz Dangerfield
  • Eli Hargrave
  • Cohen Hodge
  • Jack Keane
  • Mani Lopez
  • Max Mater
  • Campbell McLeod
  • Tex Milroy
  • Max Osmers
  • William Roberts
  • Mitchell Smith
  • Blaise Telford
  • Robert Woods-Jones

There is definitely the talent and scope moving forward to build a robust boys and girls team in 2020 and beyond.

Spotlight on Giselle Smith

Giselle competed in the Little Athletics Summer Carnival  at QSAC in Brisbane on Sunday. She achieved some great results. Gold in 90 metre hurdles ,Gold in 300 metre hurdles, Gold in Shot Put, Silver in Javelin and Bronze in High Jump. She is a wonderfully talented and focused athlete across many sports, congratulations Giselle.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


Monday Night Netball

Round 6. The White Lions had a bye this week, although we have to thank Mia McKinley for coming to the courts in case she was needed, scoring and assistant coaching the Red Lions. The Red Lions had a good match against the Twelvies – The 12-year-old rep team including Asha Thompson and Ella Mitchell. The Gold Lions lost for the first time this season to top of the table, TMF. It was a close match which may have gone our way if Birthday girl Shania Sealey hadn’t rolled her ankle and had to visit the hospital! The Lionesses played a great game against the CC’s who were victorious over top of the table SWS in Round 5. It means that this team are now leading on the ladder. Good luck in Round 7 ladies! I am afraid I am HSC Marking so will not be able to cheer you on!

Tweed Representative Netball

The TNA trials start this week on Tuesday 12, November, with another evening on 19 November. Good Luck to all of our girls who are challenging themselves to play at this level.

The Netball Centre of Excellence

The trials for the new program started this Thursday during sport time and later in the evening. Further trials are: For students going into Year 8, 9, 10 or 11 in 2020 - Thursday, 14 November 2019 1:00pm to 2.40pm (school sport) - Thursday, 21 November 2019 1.00pm to 2.40pm (school sport) For students going into Year 5, 6 or 7 in 2020 (including all new enrolments) - Thursday, 14 November 2019 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

If you are unable to trial but still wish to be considered for a place in the program, please let Miss Watters or myself know.


All students who wish to officiate in 2020, please contact me so you can start during the holidays.

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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

​Staff Profile

Hi everyone,

My name is Isabel Topper, but I prefer Izzy (I only get called Isabel when I’m in trouble). I am currently one of the PDHPE team teaching Stage 3, as well as one of our school’s hockey coaches. I have been working here at Lindisfarne since 2016 and absolutely love my job!

Like many people, getting to this point hasn’t been a direct route or necessarily a life long ambition. Funnily enough, during my insightful years of teenage wisdom, I vowed that the two things I would NEVER do would be to become a teacher (I think because my mum was a teacher) or do anything in sport (because I was always associated with sport and teenage rebellion had set in). I wanted to be a “business woman” … whatever that meant.

My educational journey led me to study a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) at UNSW. It was during this time, as a poor university student needing to make rent, I took a job doing some sports coaching at Kambala Girls School in Rose Bay, Sydney. It was through doing this that I realised my true passions… teaching and sport! (Sorry teenage Izzy!) I made the decision the following year to transfer to a Bachelor of Education (Human Movement and Health Studies) at the University of Sydney and have never looked back!

I began my teaching career at Wollumbin High School, Murwillumbah, teaching a mixture of PDHPE, Music, HSIE and Visual Arts. After teaching there for some years I was offered a wonderful experience to go and play hockey for Royal Antwerp Hockey Club, in their Dames 1 team during 2007/2008. I grew so much during my time in Belgium, having to navigate living alone in a foreign country, learning a new language - Flemish, attempting to coach hockey in Flemish and challenging myself to play at a consistently high level.

On my arrival back to Australia, I began working for Nortec Youth Services in Case Management, helping young people re-engage with education and not long after starting that job I got an opportunity to also teach PDHPE and Music as a primary specialist teacher at Chillingham Public School, a school of only 35 students. It was this experience that again left my heart singing and further honed my passion in teaching to the primary years.

Throughout this time, I began my gorgeous family and completed my Masters of Education (Mathematics) at the University of Newcastle. Then in late 2015, when I was ready to expand my career opportunities, I was fortunate to secure a role here at Lindisfarne as the P-4 PDHPE and Dance specialist at our Junior School. I loved every minute having fun with our smallest Lindisfarne students! However, after the arrival of my third baby, Ollie, I asked to return to work in a smaller part time position, which has led me to my current role as Stage 3 PDHPE teacher and hockey coach.

I can honestly say I am in my absolute element right now, combining my skills and passions in one and feel so lucky to be in what I would call my dream role; maintaining a balanced family life whilst working with a group of talented and motivated young people here at Lindisfarne.

Izzy Topper

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