2019 Term 4 Week 36B 22 Nov 2019

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

One of the things I love about this time of the year is the opportunity to join in significant events with our students, staff, school and wider community.

It was a real pleasure to join parishioners of St Cuthbert’s Anglican Parish Tweed Heads last Sunday afternoon for the Commissioning of Reverend Dway Goon Chew. We warmly welcome Dway and his wife Leeza to the Tweed Coast and look forward to them visiting both campuses of Lindisfarne in the near future.

On Monday evening, we were able to host the Registrars and Finance Managers from Anglican Dioceses across Australia for a Chapel Service at Mahers Lane led by Bishop Murray Harvey and a shared meal at the Trades Skills Centre. The delegates greatly enjoyed their visit to Lindisfarne.  

During the week we hosted five male role models from our school community for a forum with our Middle and Senior School boys as part of International Men's Day. Thank you to the following speakers for so openly sharing your stories of your journey into manhood and the wisdom you have gained as your journeyed in your own lives and careers:

John Imbrogno - CEO at MEN2B & The Rite Connections

Adam Wallace-Harrison - Queensland Reds, Brumbies & Wallabies Rugby Union player

Ian Nussey - Psychologist working in some very disadvantaged communities

Keane Fletcher - Past student and member of the Ten Tenors

Joel Parkinson - World champion surfer

The Opening Night of the Visual Arts and Major Works Exhibition last night was a great success. It was a chance to celebrate the exceptional work produced by our students, the expert tuition provided by members of the Faculty and the support of parents and the school Arts community.

The Exhibition will remain open on Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm and I would encourage all members of the school community to visit the Chapel at Mahers Lane to view the exceptional display of student work from our Senior School students.

Tonight, I look forward to attending the Year 10 Dinner Dance. This is a much anticipated event for our Year 10 students as they take the step into their HSC studies next year and culminate their work experience undertaken this week.

Over the next week ahead, I look forward to seeing parents and supporters of the School at the following important community events:

  • Monday, 25 November, 2.00pm - Junior School Christmas Chapel - Sunshine Avenue Campus 

  • Wednesday, 27 November 9.00am - ELC Concert - Sunshine Avenue Campus

  • Friday, 29 November 9.30am - Christmas Service - Mahers Lane Campus, Ngahriyah

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

School Fees

The 2019 school fees are to be finalised by Monday, 25 November 2019. 

Please contact our Account Department via accounts@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or phone 07 5590 5099 if you have any queries.

2021 Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the 2021 school year are now open. 


  • Academic – Based on a high-level of academic merit.
  • General Excellence – For students who demonstrate strength in a range of areas.
  • Music – High level of music capacity is required combined with satisfactory academics.
  • Sport – For students who are competing in at least one sport at state level or above combined with satisfactory academics.

Year Levels:

Academic Scholarships are available for all students entering Years 5 to 11 (2021), inclusive of students new to Lindisfarne and currently enrolled students.

General Excellence, Music and Sport Scholarships are available for all students entering Years 7 to 11 (2021), inclusive of students new to Lindisfarne and currently enrolled students.

For more information on Scholarships and the criteria and application process visit the Scholarships page on the Lindisfarne website.

From the Chaplain


Please Give to the Giving Tree!

This time next week, I hope that my article will be full of photos from our Christmas service which takes place next Friday morning.

The staff team from the Tweed Women’s Refuge will be in attendance to celebrate with us, and also to receive the gifts that our community has collected and donated.

I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a generous community, and I thank you in advance for contributing to this worthy cause.  

The staff at the refuge have said that the ‘Gift Cards’ are a very simple and effective way of contributing, partly because it gives the families a little bit of autonomy in being able to purchase some of the things they need, so even if you just add a multipurpose gift card to your regular shopping over the weekend, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please try to have your donations in by next Thursday, 28 November so that we can have everything prepared for Friday morning.

Our Christmas Worship Celebration is open to any members of the Lindisfarne community who would like to attend. It will be held in Ngahriyah, commencing at 9.30am.


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

Year 8 Parent Dinner

Upcoming Events

Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) Family Christmas Party

Years 3 and 4 parents and students are invited to celebrate the Stage 2 Family Christmas Party!

Kingscliff Bowls Club 
Sunday, 24 November
12.00pm to 6.00pm

As well as a celebratory Christmas lunch, there will be Barefoot Bowls from 12.00pm 'til 1.00pm, followed by jumping castle fun, face painting and raffles.

Please RSVP to Ramesh via: Ramesh.sivabalan@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or text 0439 039 888.

Staff Bio

Whole School News

Round Square

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Yesterday the Preschool students and their Year 3 buddies gathered together for the last time this year for a Teddy Bears' Picnic! We had lots of fun reading the story, 'It's the Bear', singing 'When you go out to the woods today' and spending some time playing in the Preschool playground.

Many friendships have been formed and memories made in preparation for the Kindergarten and Year 4 Buddy program in 2020. 

Jo Hetherington
Director of Early Learning 

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Junior School

​Year 4 Leave their Hearts at School

This week, all Year 4 students worked with clay to make a heart to leave at the Junior School so that we never forget them!

The students enjoyed the process of imprinting the clay hearts with foliage from the garden.

The hearts will be fired and painted and hung around the chicken coup as a memory of our wonderful Year 4 class of 2019. 

The Green Team 

K-2 Fun Swimming Carnival

This has got to be the best carnival of the year by far. Fires raging around the state and a hot day predicted looked ominous for a cancellation or postponement of the day, however the winds eased and turned on shore (coming off the ocean) and blew the smoke away from our carnival. The day reached a comfortable top of 27 degrees with perfect blue skies. Our Kindergarten to Year 2 students were buzzing and ready for action. 

The day again ran like clock work with rotations through the pools and grandstand every 15 to 20 minutes. The teachers and teacher aides of our K-2 classes are just simply amazing, and made the day - they were organised, flexible and spot on time with everything. They were also a barrel of fun, thank you for all your hard work. 

Students were excitedly laughing and hyped for each rotation, and there was just so much energy in every pool. The parent helpers were outstanding (as they are every year), each lane in the big pool had at least two volunteers and the learning pool was well manned all day. Thank you so much to our volunteers, the day works so well because of you and I know the students enjoy jumping into the lane that mum or dad are in. Thank you to our groundsmen who set up and packed up all the tents and BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, what a way to end the day - each student walking away with a sausage sandwich and full belly after a great work out in the pool. Thank you to Mr Douglas for putting the sausages on and to the P&F for helping to cook and serve them all. 

It is a little sad to know that the carnivals are all done for the year, but what a time we have had with our Fun Carnivals. We will see you all back again next year bigger and better for some great, fun days. 

Nathan Croft
Junior School PDHPE Coordinator

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

​Rethink That Bottle of Water

In a country that has easy access to clean drinking water, it seems absurd that we are paying to get water in plastic bottles. But this is happening every day. Plastic water bottles are just unnecessary in a country like Australia that is blessed with safe drinking water. We really have no excuse. Just like straws, bottled water is a convenience that the world of plastic has brought to us. But it comes at a cost.

Plastic water bottles are an environmental disaster with over a billion being purchased in Australia every year. Beverage containers are a major source of litter. Millions of these bottles are ending up in creeks, waterways and the ocean which threatens vulnerable wildlife. At the end of last term, I went down into the rainforest which the Mahers Lane Campus backs onto and removed a full clean up bag of rubbish. This had been blown down there from our school grounds. I found a lot of things. P plates, chip packets, straws, bar wrappers and, of course, a lot of plastic water bottles.
Most people jump straight to recycling when they want to reduce their waste. While this is a tool that we can use to battle our way out of the waste crisis, it is not the sole solution. At school, we have a bottle and can bin as well as a couple of recycling bins. As a result of the limited amount of them, most of the School’s plastic water bottles are sent to landfill, littered or blown down into the rainforest. On top of this, bottle caps cannot be recycled in Tweed kerbside recycle bins because of their size and they are made out of a different type of plastic to the bottle itself. The first step to reducing waste is to avoid it in the first place. By avoiding waste, we are also saving energy and resources as a lot of this is used to manufacture plastic.
As well as being horrible for the environment, plastic water bottles are not great for us either. Many people believe that by buying bottled water they are getting water that is far superior and cleaner than what comes from the tap. Our plastic addiction has become so bad that last year scientists found out that a single plastic bottle of water contains thousands of microplastic that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Drinking plastic cannot be good for our health. Plastic bottles also contain many harmful chemicals like BPA.
Many people talk about saving money but what they don’t realise is that ditching bottled water is one of the easiest ways to save money! We are so hooked on it that, around the world, we spend over $100 billion on bottled water every year! The companies that make them have clever marketing campaigns to get us to buy it with the demand for bottled water increasing by 6.5% from 2011 to 2012.
It is easy to avoid plastic water bottles. There is an endless selection of reusable bottles out there. The beauty of these is you only have to buy a bottle once and then you can just reuse it over and over. This is much better than continually buying bottled water which is costly for the planet, you, and your pocket. Throughout Lindisfarne, there are multiple bubblers and even some with cold water. Two of these are located outside the Library at our Mahers Lane Campus. So, why would you pay for cold water when you can get it for free? These bubblers can be used to refill your reusable water bottle throughout the day. Kicking our plastic addiction is easy with so many alternatives out there. Ditching plastic water bottles is a no brainer.

Patrick Brabant 
Sustainability Prefect

​The Green Team News

We are very happy to report that we have donated $536 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and $536 to the charity – WIRES

“Your generous support will help us in our work to support the surviving wildlife in the bushfire areas and the tens of thousands we continue to assist each year.”



Thank you for your support in helping us raise this amount of much needed funds for these very worthy causes. 

The Green Team 

Middle School

Staff Updates

It has been another whirlwind term in the Middle School! We have had the pleasure of spending some wonderful time welcoming our new students to our community through our transition programs and orientation days as well as meeting and welcoming the new parents to the school and the Mahers Lane Campus. I mentioned, during the transition services and information evening that the benefit and excitement of arriving at a new school or new campus need not be reserved just for the students. This tremendous period of growth also sees us welcoming new parents to our school. New parents who will, no doubt, be sharing some of the trepidation of new beginnings with their children. This is a great opportunity for existing families to reach out in welcome and support to our newest community members. I’m sure they will all be made feel genuinely welcome.

At the end of this school year, Mr Lush will be concluding his role as Year 6 Coordinator. He will remain on the Year 6 teaching team as he undertakes a brand new leadership role as the Round Square Coordinator for our whole school. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Mike for his tireless commitment to the role and, indeed, to the students and families of Year 6. 

I am excited to announce that Mr Lush will be succeeded as Year 6 Coordinator by Mrs Cathy Cox. Cathy has been working in Stage 3 this year and brings a wealth of experience in educational leadership from a number of high level independent schools in Brisbane. 

It is also a pleasure to announce that Mrs Amber Phillips, and her husband, Adam, are expecting their second child early in the new year. Amber will be taking maternity leave for the duration of Semester 1. Mrs Kellie Douglas will be undertaking the Acting Year Coordinator role during Amber’s absence. I have already enjoyed working with Kellie as we have been preparing the events and processes for the beginning of the 2020 school year.

I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming Cathy and Kellie to their new roles.

Jeremy Godden 
Head of Middle School

2020 Year 6 Coordinator

My name is Cathy Cox. It is with great pleasure that I have accepted a full-time role in the Middle School in 2020. My teaching career hails from across the maroon border. My experience spans both co-educational and single sex independent schools where I have held various teaching and leadership roles.   

Strengthening the learning capacity of each individual is at the heart of Lindisfarne’s curriculum focus and I look forward to continuing this proud tradition of education. I have been impressed by the care and compassions of teachers and their constant professionalism as they strive to provide dynamic and engaging learning experiences.

Thank you to those families who have connected with me and made me feel welcome. I look forward to meeting many more of you, next year, as both a teacher and parent of Lindisfarne. My family is looking forward to our imminent relocation. My two youngest children will be starting in the Middle School, next year.

Cathy Cox
Year 6 Coordinator

2020 Year 8 Coordinator

I am very excited to be working with the Year 8’s both new and existing in the 2020 school year. While the wonderful current Year 7s who I have taught and coached this year will know me well, I will give a quick introduction for those students who I am yet to meet.

I came to Lindisfarne at the beginning of 2019 and have taught HSIE and Learning Enrichment this year. In my two previous schools I was a member of Middle Management as the Head of Department for Careers and Vocational Education and Training as well as teaching in a range of subject areas in both the middle and senior school. I love all sports, especially netball and NRL (watching of course!) and I have just taken up surfing to try and keep up with my two sons who are much better on the board than me.

I am very much looking forward to working closely with our families and students next year and I’m certain we will have a very productive and enjoyable semester one. I am looking forward to meeting with many of you at our many orientation and other events at the beginning of the year. I hope you all enjoy a restful and safe Christmas break and relish in family time which is so important at this time of year.

Kellie Douglas
Acting Year 8 Coordinator

Year 4 Transition Service

Recently, Year 4 students from our Junior School, other schools in the district, and even as far away as Sydney came together for the day at the Mahers Lane Campus. 

The students participated in a formal celebration of transition whereby the current Year 5 students officially welcomed them to Middle School. The Liturgy led by Rev Chad was a special occasion because it also marked the end of student’s time in the Junior School. The Year 4 students mingled with our current Year 5 students and enjoyed eating and playing together. The students also ventured out on a Selfie Hunt led by the Year 8 Leaders. They had a fabulous time visiting all corners of the Mahers Lane Campus, meeting and chatting with many of the staff along the way and finishing with a very informative Question and Answer session led by the individual Year 5 classes. 

An enjoyable time was had by all.

There are sure to be mixed emotions next year from excitement to feeling overwhelmed as the students adapt and manage changes such as navigating new buildings and facilities, moving to various classrooms in one day, working with new teachers, forming new peer groups, increased expectation of academics, self-reliance and responsibility. Now that Year 4 have had a taste of the ‘big school’ and made connections with our soon to be Year 6 students as well as many Maher’s Lane teachers, I am certain that the transition in 2020 will be a positive one. And if any moments of uncertainty or worry should arise, the students now know from first-hand experience that they will be welcomed and supported whole heartedly.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

Stage 3 Showcase

A big shout out to our awesome Year 5 and 6 students and talented Performing Arts Team for putting on such a fabulous 2019 Stage 3 Showcase. The students had loads of fun performing and the audience thoroughly enjoyed Once Upon Another Time!

"We really enjoyed the Stage 3 Showcase because it was the first show that many of us had ever performed in that way. It took us ages to prepare but the actual night went really quickly because it was so much fun performing in front of an audience. The way that all of Year 5 and 6 were incorporated into the show enabled us all to have fun together. After the lights went out at the end, we all enjoyed the feeling of knowing we had done an amazing job because of the wonderful, loud applause of the audience." -
 Bijou Roberts, Olympia Brewster, Kimiyo Tango, and Holly Pratt.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

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Year 6 Beach Excursion

Last Thursday Year 6 enjoyed their annual trip to Currumbin. The aim of the excursion was for the students to record their experiences at the beach, their thoughts, feelings and concerns. It was an inspiring day out, culminating in a sand sculpture contest. Great fun!

Mike Lush 
Year 6 Coordinator

Senior School

Head of Senior School Report

The transition for our Year 8 students into the Senior School has begun. Over the past few weeks the cohort has been joining house meetings with Years 10 to 12 and meeting with the Heads of House: Matt Fydler in Barnabas, Simon Leach in Andrew, Cathy Myers in Stephen and Natalie Marriott in Cuthbert. This has been a great opportunity to get to know the other students in their House and also to meet with their new Head of House; someone who will be their lynchpin in the journey through the Senior School.

Looking and planning ahead, please note the following:

Year 8 to 9 Transition Service

I am looking forward to seeing parents at the Year 8 Transition Service on Monday, 25 November commencing at 8.40am in Ngahriyah. The morning tea at the Trade Skills Centre following this service will be a good opportunity for us to meet parents.

Senior School Cocktail Evening: 

In the New Year on Monday the 3 February at 6.00pm,  I will be hosting a Senior School Cocktail Evening which I encourage you to attend as this is the first opportunity we have as a Senior School to come together to meet key staff. Parents will gain an understanding of the important role the House Tutor plays in the life of Lindisfarne . This is also an opportune time for networking with other parents and guardians.

The Rite Journey Information Evening

Following this event, Year 9 parents will gather in the lecture theatre at 7.00pm to hear the details for the Rite Journey program. The Rite Journey is a program which is deliberately and specifically targeted toward students in Year 9 to help them on their journey from childhood to adulthood.  One of our goals is to provide an holistic approach to education for your children. The Rite Journey is a programme which fits seamlessly in to that framework.


In 2020 the blazer will be compulsory for all students in the Senior School (Years 9 to 12). They will be expected to have this as part of their formal uniform from the first day of School next year. Bookings for sizing can be made through the Uniform Shop. Other changes from Year 8 to 9 in uniform include the option of trousers for the girls.

Tutor Groups and Classes 2020

Further information about this will be communicated to parents in January next year. House Tutors will be contacting you in the first weeks of the new school term to talk directly with you.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

Surviving the Senior Years

.....With Graham Hyman

Surviving and succeeding in the senior years of high school requires a specific set of skills. These skills can sometimes remain a mystery for many for much of its duration. By the time you work it out, you can be nearly out the door and ‘up the stairs’ for the last time. Learning the tricks and pitfalls early and being reminded of what’s important to us and what sustains us, at the end of Year 10 is a perfect time to reflect.

Graham Hyman from Youth Specialties Australia made it simple for Year 10 last Monday. With a friendly face, jovial nature, and years of experience working with teens all around Australia, Graham highlighted for students that succeeding in Years 11 and 12 really only requires us to go back to a few basics.

Chief amongst these are the relationships we foster. Looking after and respecting each other as well as respecting the relationships that lift us up is absolutely essential.

Recognising the importance of this transition as a community is also critical. Students in Year 10 can sometimes feel a little lost or unmotivated as they feel their younger, simpler years of schooling wrap up and sense the perceived daunting challenges of Stage 6 ahead.  

Graham’s enthusiastic, motivational and informative seminar marked the first of an important series of rites of passage held for Year 10 at this time of the year as we as a community acknowledge the significance of this important transition and celebrate their achievements and the significant potential each student possesses. 

This moment in time points out to students the new and exciting opportunities associated with young adulthood, emerging responsibilities and positions of leadership within our school community.  

Inspired with hope, confidence and resilience, students ended the day motivated for their week of work experience ahead, ready to celebrate at the Year 10 Dinner Dance and eager to take on the challenges of Stage 6 head-on in 2020.Inspired with hope, confidence and resilience, students ended the day motivated for their week of work experience ahead, ready to celebrate at the Year 10 Dinner Dance and eager to take on the challenges of Stage 6 head-on in 2020.

Charlotte Lush 
Head of Senior School

RRISK Seminar

On Monday, 18 November, Year 12 students from Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Banora Point High school, St Joseph’s College and Kingscliff Highschool attended the RRISK seminar at Southern Cross University. These seminars aim to Reduce Risk and Increase Student Knowledge by educating and informing students about safe partying and driving practices. RRISK teaches us to plan ahead, know the facts, make informed decisions, reduce risks and look after our friends.

We heard from many knowledgeable experts including Paul Dillon, the founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) and seasoned RRISK presenter. 

Paul shared important partying tips for a safe and enjoyable time including; eating a small snack equivalent to the size of your closed fist before drinking, and making sure your first drink of the night is a glass of water. 

We also heard from a representative at the RMS who discussed the importance of checking the roadworthiness of your vehicle, that the seat belts are not cut or frayed, that your tires remain correctly inflated and that your windscreen wipers and tail lights are fully functional.

To finish off the day we heard from Australian Paralympic Champion Sam Tait. 

Pictured above: Sam Tait competing at the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea. (Supplied: Paralympics Australia)

Sam shared his story of his adjustment into living in a wheelchair after his motorbike accident six years ago and the determination and resilience, which ultimately allowed him to become a Paralympic Alpine Skier. While Sam never discouraged the purchase or riding of a motorbike, as “they’re so much fun”, he focused on the importance of always being aware of the risk at hand and evaluating your options accordingly. 

Overall RRISK was a very interesting and helpful seminar. We were all grateful to learn valuable information that will remain relevant and useful as we begin to transition into adulthood. 

Emma Matusch
Year 12 Community Prefect

Year 10 Community Service - Beach Cleanup

As our final week for community service for our Year 10 students advances quickly, it is an opportune time to reflect on the community service experience for our Beach Cleanup team aka Environment in Action. About 20 students went to the coast every fortnight and spent an hour and a half cleaning up the beach and adjacent creek foreshores. Whilst the majority of the material we found was glass and bottles, we also had some surprising articles turn up: an engine from a lawn mower, some Ugg boots, blankets, fence palings and a shopping trolley!

In all, our team cleaned up a total of 151.5 kgs during Terms 3 and 4. Great effort Year 10!

Surfrider Foundation have met us at the beach every fortnight and have provided information on which debris should be cleaned up and what should be left.

They are organising a clean up event in Tweed on Sunday, 1 December: 


They are seeking volunteers to join the clean up - so if you have an hour or two spare on the day, they would be very appreciative. 

Natalie Marriott
Head of House - St Cuthbert


Please click this image above to read this week's Careers Information Newsletter.


Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

Sometimes I need a break from Science.

I know, I know, this is Science Matters where we champion the scientific method and all things rational but sometimes I just need a break.

You see, on Tuesday evening I spent a magical hour watching three yellow-tailed black cockatoos eating coastal banksia cones from the tree just off our front verandah. They were fewer than ten metres away and it is a sight without description capable of doing it justice: The birds’ wonderful clown faces with big orange eyes and comical, powerful beaks; Their movement in the tree, one moment right-side up and the next upside down without apparent awareness or care of the difference; The technique they use to snip the iron-hard cones from the branch and then transfer them from beak to claw; The strangely familiar way that they eat, reminiscent of a human enjoying a cob of corn; The quiet contact call they make inscently as they eat, letting each other know that they are there and all is well.

It is important to take time to be immersed in nature and not try to analyse or explain it. The black cockatoos are simply perfect and we should allow ourselves to dwell upon their perfection.

Amid the chaos of Year 12 assessment marking and report writing, I think Walt Whitman is who we will turn to this week to write the Science Matters column:

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick
‘Til rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

— Walt Whitman

Have a wonderful week in Science and have the courage to enjoy poetry as well as Chemistry.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Visual Arts and Major Works Exhibition

On Thursday evening, members of the school community gathered together to celebrate the achievements of students in the annual Visual Arts and Major Works Exhibition. Approximately 200 student works are on display in the Mahers Lane Chapel from Stage 5 and 6 Visual Arts, Textiles and Design and Technology students. Highlights of the exhibition included an array of impressive HSC Visual Arts Body of Works and Major Projects by Textiles and Design and Technology.

The exhibition is open on Saturday, 23 November from 10.00am until 2.00pm. Bring family and friends to see the extensive selection of works on show.

Opening night attracted members of the local creative community including artists Ian Tremewen, and Arna Baartz who opened the exhibition who addressed the guests about the importance of creativity and the historical importance of Art. 

Attendees voted for their favourite works through a People’s Choice Prize on opening night through an iPad system. Student prizes were kindly donated by local businesses, Yellow Brick Studio and Boardwalk Books. Prizes winners are listed below:

  • HSC Body of Work - People’s Choice:

     Awarded to Shayna Cassone for her work Urban Night Aesthetics: Colour and Light Dissolved

  • Stage 6 Highly Commended - People’s Choice:

     Awarded to Grace Moore for her Textiles Major Project Pink Slip Dress

  • Stage 5 Highly Commended - People’s Choice:

     Awarded to Georgie Hughes for her sculptural piece Miso Soup 

Year 10 Visual Arts students also have work available for purchase as a part of their Public Art unit. Some works for sale include, ceramics and pottery, lino prints, paintings and drawings.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Friends of the Arts Committee for their support and organisation in helping prepare for the exhibition and opening night. Also a big thanks to event sponsors Emmanuel’s Wine Shop and Blossoms of Tweed Banora for their donations to the event.

Congratulations to all students involved. Your hard work, commitment, creativity and determination is evident in the array of exceptional artworks produced. We look forward to seeing what you produce in the future in the Creative Industries.

Lastly, tremendous appreciation goes out to the amazing Visual Arts staff, Belinda Hope, Jemma Peisker and Jacqueline Damon for their passion and commitment to our students and the huge effort they put in to ensuring students were ready to exhibit and their assistance with hanging of the exhibition. 

Jane Brennan
Acting Director of Visual Arts

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Performing Arts

Year 8 Drama Evening

Dazzling designs and one act plays were the flavour of the night at the inaugural Year 8 Drama Evening, held on Thursday evening in the Chapel. The crowd enjoyed perusing the set and costume designs on display which ranged from Romeo and Juliet appropriations to Hansel and Gretel and Orphius and the Underworld.

Five one-act plays were presented, one by each class. Diverse in theme and tone, this mixed bag included comic tales about gossiping and summer camp, a creepy horror set on Halloween night, a peek inside a Broadway audition and an Agatha Christie Who Dun It. Audiences were entertained by enthusiastic and talented Year 8 student actors and production crew. Thank you to Performing Arts Captain, Chelsea Redman who hosted the event and to the parents and students who supported this entertaining night.

Loretta Visser
Drama Teacher

​Broadbeach Mall Performance

Today, our Senior Orchestra, Middle School Orchestra, and Junior Jazz Band performed at Broadbeach Mall as part of the Summer Performance Series. The ensembles performed a wide variety of repertoire from Beethoven to Queen and were well received by the large audience gathered. 

Congratulations to all students involved, the ensembles are developing a cohesive and professional sound.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

P-4 Speech and Drama Performance

The Junior School Speech and Drama students performed some delightful plays for an afternoon of drama this past Tuesday. With the theme ‘A Little Bit of Magic’ and over two different sessions, we saw nearly 100 students take the stage at Mahers Lane Chapel. 

Every play related to magical happenings, creatures,  and characters. Our talented Speech and Drama teachers Miss Kim and Ms. Rosie have been working with students from pre-school to year 4 mostly devising their own scenes for the students to perform. It was lovely to see so many students perform clearly and confidently with the majority being their first time on stage. A great example of our mini students of Lindisfarne having the opportunity to let their light shine. 

Amy Skene
Drama Teacher

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Junior School Studio Concerts

It is that time of the year when all of our students and teachers are in full swing with their final end of year preparations. We would like to acknowledge all of the hard work and effort our Junior School Performing Arts students have put in this semester. 

On Monday, the Junior School hosted its end of year Vocal Studio Concert led by vocal teacher Miss Jessie. This concert was a big success, with a whopping 40 students gracing the stage. This concert gave every vocal student undergoing lessons at the Junior School the opportunity to showcase their talent in a fun supportive environment. 

On Wednesday, Miss Louise also hosted her end studio concert for piano in the Junior School Music room. This intimate piano concert left smiles on both performers and audience members faces alike, featuring 48 students performing throughout the evening.

It’s so fantastic to see the ever growing number of Junior School Performing Arts students gracing the stage. The would not be possible without the hard work and dedication from our peripatetic staff and we would like to thank them for all of their hard work inspiring our performers of tomorrow. 

Jesse Edwards
Junior School Music Coordinator


Big Band Blast

On Monday, the Chapel came alive with the sound of wind instruments as Years 4 and 5 graced the stage in a variety of ensemble groups. Each class performed orchestral scores that they have been working on throughout the semester to a packed audience, which included 'High Adventure', 'Power Rock', and 'Let’s Rock'. 

Huge thank you to Jesse Edwards, Dale Norton, Todd Hardy, Cameron Jackson, our studio tutors and our senior helpers who made the inaugural Big Band Blast an exciting experience for all involved.

Dale Norton
Music Teacher

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Learning Enrichment

Maths Olympiad

This year we had over 60 of our Middle School students participate in the Australasian Problem Solving - Maths Olympiad. The competition is open for students in Years 5 to 8 from all over Australia and New Zealand. Students participate in five separate contests over the 12 months period. Each contest involves each student independently answering five very challenging questions in a 30-minute period. Well done to all of the students who participated this year and a special mention to the award winners pictured. A very special congratulations to Rachel Robbie who scored 23 from a possible score of 25 and being ranked in the top 2%.

Jodie Duggan 
Learning Enrichment Coordinator (5-8)

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Songwriting Competition

A reminder that the Lindisfarne Songwriting Competition closes this Monday, 25 November.  Students must submit their work to brett@germinaterecords.com on or before 25 November to be eligible for the $200 gift card from Robina Town Centre. 

Winners will be chosen in two categories;

  1. Singer Songwriter or Band
  2. Electronic Music

Winners will be announced on 2 December.

Brett Canning 
Recording Studio Producer

International Department

Digital Space



National Skin Cancer Action Week

Living in this beautiful part of the world and having such outdoors lifestyles, puts us all at risk of developing skin cancers if we don't look after our skin.

Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder to use sun protection and of the importance of early skin cancer detection for all Australians.

More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.

However, most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection. That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week, all Australians are urged to use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:

  • slip on sun-protective clothing
  • slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
  • slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  • seek shade
  • slide on sunglasses.

So … please make sure you look after your skin.

The PDHPE Department

Lindisfarne Netball

Monday Night Netball

Round 8 was pretty successful for the Lions Ladies! Both Junior Teams won their matches. The Red Lions started the game with 6 players but were still in front against Saints when Mia McKinley kindly donned the WD bib. The White Lions had a closer contest against the Cudgen Cockatiels with Annie Hammond playing right out of position at WD but showed what an adaptable and adept netball player she is. The Gold Lions were short of shooters but still managed a draw against Centaur. The Lionesses played a great second half against the only team to have beaten them to secure another win and remain at the Top of the Table! 

Good luck in Round 9 ladies! 

Tweed Representative Netball 

Congratulations to all of the players who have trialled for the Tweed Representative Squads this year. 

Keep your fingers crossed for the Tweed 19’s team. Coached by Miss Watters and captained by ex-student Georgia (my daughter!) Maynard to a silver medal at the State Championships; they have been nominated for an award at the Tweed’s Australia Day Ceremony.

The Netball Centre of Excellence 

The trials for the new program continued this Thursday during sport time. Nicole Cusack, Miss Watters and myself are so pleased to see the present performances and also the potential of all the players who will take the court as Lindisfarne Lions in 2020. Ladies will be notified and invited to sign a contract to be part of the Netball Centre of Excellence before the end of the term.

All Lions Netballers who have played this year or who are new to the School Club, will also get the opportunity to train and play as a Lion in 2020. We are looking at having 20 teams!


Thanks to all of the students who have contacted me as they wish to officiate in 2020. Please still let me know if you are keen. If you are a beginner, you can start during the holidays by passing (70%) the on-line Foundation Course. Please log-in to mynetball for further information.

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

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball

Lindisfarne Sports Injury Clinic


Hockey Super 6s

Last week, our Year 3 students had the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Hockey Super 6s held at the Murwillumbah Hockey Centre. 

Every Gala day we have been a part of this year has been well supported and this one was no different, with three teams of boys and girls signed up and ready to play. It was a very hot day, however the teams got the opportunity to play on the wet turf pitches and after every game or two the big sprinklers were put on to water the turf. This was definitely a highlight for all of the Lindisfarne teams. Our students again showed their versatility and flexibility taking to the game really well without having played and having only a handful of training sessions. 

It was also fantastic to see our Senior School students at the event. They were the coaching and official staff of the carnival. Each team was allocated a student teacher coach and the junior teams were paired up with a Lindisfarne coach to assist them on the day. Our young students were in awe of the big kids and we were all very thankful for their help on the day. 

Every team competed well and had a ball. Thank you to Margie Coleman, Nathan Eglington, Shania Myers and Madison Fitzpatrick who visited our teams prior to the day to assist with coaching and skills.

Nathan Croft
Junior School PDHPE Coordinator

Douglas Shield Cricket

Last Tuesday, the Lindisfarne Senior Cricket Team set off for an over-night trip to play in the first round of the state-wide Douglas Shield competition, against The Armidale School (TAS) at Armidale.

After a good night’s rest, the Lindisfarne team arrived bright and early at TAS for a warm up and pitch inspection. The Lindisfarne boys felt honoured to be given the opportunity to play on The Armidale School’s beautiful turf wicket, a real privilege given the TAS boys themselves have not played there this year due to the drought in Armidale.

After winning the toss, Lindisfarne sent TAS into bat. After some initial tight bowling from openers Kodey Edgar-Farrell and Lewis Koppel, the TAS team began to slowly compile runs. The steady performance of one TAS opener staying in for 28 overs and tallying 120 runs pushed the Lindisfarne team to the limit amid the 36-degree heat. After the second drinks break, Lindisfarne doubled their efforts in the field - no doubt inspired by the athletic fielding efforts of rookie player Ethan Sekac and the bowling of Hamish McFie, Noah Chapman and Lewis Koppel, who ended his spell with the dynamic figures of 4 for 32 off 10 overs.

In response to The Armidale School’s 7/257, Lindisfarne was held steady and potentially tracking towards a victory, as Bryn Richards knocked up an attractive 39 and Fletcher Koppel scored a hard fought 50, amid difficult conditions. The boys were ably supported by a lusty 28 from Jye Conquest and a solid 14 from Lewis Koppel late in the innings. 

In the end though, Lindisfarne were all out for 181 - a very respectable total for the touring team and an effort to be proud of none the less.

Senior Cricket Team 

  • Zach Archer
  • Noah Chapman
  • Jye Conquest
  • Kodey Edgar Farrell
  • Fletcher Koppel
  • Lewis Koppel
  • Hamish McFie
  • Matthew McPhee
  • Bryn Richards
  • Ethan Sekac
  • Jack Smith

Simon Leach
Cricket Coach

NSW All Schools Touch Football State Finals

Lindisfarne’s Years 7 and 8 Girls’ Touch Football team qualified through the Ballina regionals for a coveted spot in the NSW All Schools State Finals in Sydney. The tournament was held today in some hot conditions in Penrith, and there was a perpetual smokey haze from the bushfire activity. Unfortunately, the smoke gave one of our strike weapons, Grace Denny, some environmentally induced asthma prior to the tournament which exacerbated itself into a trip to the doctor’s whilst game one was underway.

The middle positions were obviously shuffled around, and the team played with determination; however, they lacked their normal flow and fluidity. They represented Lindisfarne with pride, and were up against some quality opposition with each match being a close contest. Well done and thanks to the following students:

  • Zhari Boal
  • Naiya Boschma-Wagner
  • Grace Denny
  • Kiara Denny
  • Ruby Dokmanovic
  • Nicola Gee
  • Jaala Imbrogno
  • Charlie Kirkwood
  • Eve Nussey
  • Kate Sands
  • Anika Smith


  • Lindisfarne v Terrigal: 0-3 (loss)
  • Lindisfarne v Westfield: 3-2 (loss)
  • Lindisfarne v Taree: 0-2 (loss)
  • Lindisfarne v Stella Maris: 0-4 (loss)

Pictured above: Lindisfarne's NSW All School Touch Team

Spotlight on Dane Henry and Marlon Harrison

Dane Henry competed in the Billabong Parko Grom Stomp on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend in both the U14 and U16 divisions. He made the quarter finals in the U14 and the finals in the U16 where he came third overall. 

Another Lindisfarne gun surfer, Marlon Harrison, won the U16 division. Both Marlon and Dane are good mates and were rapt to surf against each other in a final for the first time.

Far left - Marlon Harrison, 2nd from the left - Dane Henry, and far right, World Championship surfer and Lindisfarne parent - Joel Parkinson.

Spotlight on Ari Cusack

Ari Cusack’s Byron Bay Basketball team won the North Coast Shield Grand Final which was played last Sunday. This was a high level competition drawing teams from all over northern NSW. A very commendable effort. Well done, Ari.

Spotlight on Benjamin Dowker

Benjamin Dowker scored a free flowing 41 from 39 Balls last Sunday for the Gold Coast versus the Tweed Coast in a local cricket match. Daniel Lamb and Tate Marquardt also represented the Tweed Coast in this game.

This game was a warm up for the forthcoming QLD U13 Cricket championships with Benjamin selected to open the batting for the Gold Coast. Congratulations Benjamin on your representative selection, and your commendable batting strike rate!

Pictured above: Benjamin Dowker

Rhythmic Gymnastics

In 2020, Stacey Bech is offering Rhythmic Gymnastics at Lindisfarne Mahers Lane Campus: 

  • Monday and Thursdays 4.00pm to 5.00pm FREE for Lindisfarne students.
  • Higher level girls from 5.00pm to 7.30pm (these will include Lindisfarne students who want extra training and want to compete at a higher level).
  • Also Wednesdays 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Please contact Cherie Montford via email (cmontford@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au) for registration forms. 

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


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Employment at Lindisfarne

TAS Teacher - Computer Science

TAS Teacher - Computer Science

Full Time 1 Year Contract Position

Commencing Term 1, 20 January 2020

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is seeking to appoint a dynamic digital technology teacher with the ability to teach computing subjects across Years 7 to 12.

Key Competencies:

  • Have passion, expertise and experience in teaching a range of digital technologies and design such as:
  • Senior Software Design and Development (SDD) - Stage 6

  • Information and Software Technology (IST) - Stage 5

  • VET - Information and Digital Technology (IDT) - Stage 6

  • Technology - Mandatory - Stage 4

  • Ability to inspire students to explore STEM technologies and help to lead and showcase technological innovation across the school

  • Ability to maintain a positive and effective learning environment through well prepared and varied lessons, which cater to the range of student abilities and interests

  • Set realistic and challenging academic standards of student performance

  • Provide prompt and comprehensive attention to student work submitted for marking

  • Demonstrate high levels of professionalism in all activities

  • Experienced with teaching the NSW Syllabus is an advantage

  • Have an understanding of and commitment to the Anglican Christian ethos of the School

  • Hold a current NSW Working With Children Check (or be eligible to apply for one).

Applicants with a passion for technology and other relevant subjects are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be forwarded to Mr Stuart Marquardt – Principal employment@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Please provide a covering letter addressing the above selection criteria, current resume and the names of two recent professional referees.

Refer to this link for the position description.

Applications Close: Monday, 2 December 2019

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Pictured: Director of Heartlight Music, Melissa Stanton

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