From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

One of the areas I enjoy each week is catching up with students, staff and families across our School. It was a pleasure to join the Junior School students this week for their first assembly of the year accompanied by Sustainability Prefect Patrick Brabant who shared some really important information with the children of the Junior School about reducing the use of plastic and how Waste Free Wednesdays can play a role in educating us to make different decisions around the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives.

On Tuesday morning, I was delighted to see 20 of our Year 8 students step forward as candidates for the role of Middle School Captains in 2020. The students spoke with conviction about their aspirations for the School and the qualities that they would bring to the role as a Middle School Leader. I was heartened by the passion and professionalism of our students.

It was also pleasing to see so many parents attend the Senior School Information Evening and the Year 9 The Rite Journey Parent Information Evening. There was warm and generous conversation between staff and parents as we introduced tutor teachers and key staff of the Senior School.

Today, we did some further work with Dr Phil Cummins from Circle Group on our strategic direction. Phil met with parents, staff and student leaders in a series of focus groups that will help inform the next stage of our Strategic Intent. Tomorrow, Dr Cummins will do some further work with school staff, the Senior Leadership Team and members of the School Council. Later this term, we will undertake a whole school cultural audit and data capture that will go to all families for comment, feedback and input.

This is an exciting time as we continue to plan for the future of our School and start to consolidate the enormous amount of work over the last few years to introduce new initiatives and opportunities for our students and school community. We remain committed to a culture of continuous improvement over the years ahead.

Finally, a quick reminder that the P&F 2020 Welcome Reception will now be held on the evening of Friday, 21 February 2020 due to the arrival of much needed rain over that last few days.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

NSW School Vaccination Program

Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program. 

In 2020 the following vaccines will be offered: 




Year 7

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

2-doses at least 6 months apart

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine

Single dose

Years 10

Meningococcal ACWY vaccine

Single dose

Parent Information Kits
that include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement will be sent home to parents/guardians. To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:

  • read all the information provided;
  • complete the consent form, including signing their name next to the vaccine/s  they would like their child to receive;
  • return the completed consent form to their child’s school; and 
  • ensure that their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.

Please note that to improve vaccination completion, students will be opportunistically offered any missed doses during Year 7 or 8 (for HPV and dTpa vaccination) and during Year 10 or 11 (for Meningococcal ACWY vaccination). 

Parents/guardians who do not wish for their child to be vaccinated for any reason are not required to return the consent form.  No child will be vaccinated without a signed consent form.

A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at each clinic either as a physical card or a text message sent to the mobile number recorded on the consent form. Details about vaccinations given at school will also be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) to support complete vaccination histories.


Term 1

  • Wednesday, 11 March - 1st dose HPV and Boostrix to Year 7 (catch up Year 8)

Term 2

  • Wednesday, 3 June - Meningococcal Year 10 (catch up Years 7 and 8) 

Term 3

  • Wednesday, 16  September - 2nd dose HPV Year 7 (catch up Years 8 and 10)


From the Chaplain



John 15:1-2

Jesus said, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”

Sometimes we can be fearful or feel threatened by the concept of pruning or cutting back or change in general, but it's a necessary part of being fruitful in life.

Anyone who is passionate about gardening will tell you that if you allow a plant to continue to grow and grow out of control, it will cease to be as fruitful. If a garden in general is left untended, before long it will be out of control and overgrown, and the plants have to compete for sun, oxygen, water and nutrients.

Simply adding more and more to our lives, our routines, or our diaries is like allowing the garden to grow out of control. Many of us may struggle to say “No” especially when our kids want to explore new things and new opportunities, but if we continue to add without considering any pruning, it's a recipe for burnout.

If you find yourself thinking that you’re too busy, over committed, over extended, and don’t get a moment to yourself, maybe take an inventory of your diary; your obligations and commitments and engagements, and honestly ask yourself if it's ALL necessary. Sometimes we need to stop and take stock of our lives for everyone’s sake and well-being; especially our own.

Even Jesus said that God cut off anything about him that didn’t bear fruit, and the parts of . him that DID bear fruit were pruned so that they could continue to bear even more fruit. We might be tempted to shy away from making tough decisions and avoid a process that might be painful or challenging, but it’s quite often through the tough situations and choices in life that we learn the most, and GROW the most.

As this school year gets going, and you ponder all of the dates, times, appointments, engagements and events that you are trying to fit into your personal, work or family routine, be open to the pruning possibilities that this year might provide, so that the things you choose to do, you do with excellence, and bear much fruit.


Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


Parents & Friends

Parents & Friends

Welcome to the 2020 school year.

First P&F Meeting

The Parents & Friends Committee (P&F) will hold the first meeting of the year on Tuesday, 18 February at 6.30pm at the Sunshine Avenue Campus. I invite all interested parents to attend the meeting and assist the P&F to support our students and school.

Parent Rep - Facebook Groups

I would like to thank all of our P&F Parent Reps whom help to communicate important information to our community and also arrange opportunities for parents and students to gather socially. If you haven't yet joined the Facebook groups relating to your students, then please click on the relevant link below.

Pre Joeys - Lindisfarne Class of 2034 (New Group)
Preschool - Lindisfarne Class of 2033
Kindy - Lindisfarne Class of 2032
Year 1 - Lindisfarne Class of 2031
Year 2 - Lindisfarne Class of 2030
Year 3 - Lindisfarne Class of 2029
Year 4 - Lindisfarne Class of 2028
Year 5 - Lindisfarne Class of 2027
Year 6 - Lindisfarne Class of 2026
Year 7 - Lindisfarne Class of 2025
Year 8 - Lindisfarne Class of 2024
Year 9 - Lindisfarne Class of 2023

If you have trouble with any of the links then just search for the name of the group via Facebook.

Welcome Reception

Whilst the rain is much needed, it has meant that the planned Welcome Reception has been moved to Friday, 21 February at the Sunshine Avenue Campus. I encourage all parents to join staff and members of the P&F on what is always a wonderful event. It is important as current parents that we encourage new parents to attend so we can welcome them into our community. The P&F will launch our Sponsorship Prospectus at this event, so I urge you to attend and see how you can support the School through supporting the P&F.

Enjoy your weekend.

Ramesh Sivabalan
P&F President

Upcoming Events

Staff Bio

New Staff

Stephen Henderson - Director of Technological and Applied Studies (TAS)

I am honoured to have been appointed Director of TAS this year and to have been so warmly welcomed into the Lindisfarne community. I have over 10 years of teaching experience on the Gold Coast and in Beijing. After completing my Bachelor of IT (Software and Mathematics) at Bond University, I have been involved in several industries ranging from a financial programmer to a Great Barrier Reef tour guide.

Whilst these experiences were great, I have always had an affinity for the education and learning sector which encouraged me to complete my Diploma of Education through Griffith University. I have taught IPT and Mathematics at Saint Stephens College where one of my most memorable highlights outside of the classroom environment was to inspire a mix of young men and women to complete the Kokoda Challenge.

Keen for new experiences and professional growth, I took up the offer to be Computer Science Coordinator at an IB school in Beijing, China. Upon my return to Australia, I was involved in a start-up app to teach English in Japan, where we were able to secure the Advance Queensland grant of $100,000. Once again, my passion for teaching came calling and I put down my entrepreneur hat to return to the classroom, where I have been employed as a Computer Science and Design teacher at Somerset College for the past four years.

I am also in the process of currently finishing my MBA (Technology) via correspondence through UNSW. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach at Lindisfarne and adding to the positive culture at the School. I look forward to working alongside many colleagues and students to make the best STEAM experiences possible. In my spare time, you can find me either at the beach, attempting to be a cyclist, or on my yoga mat. If you see me around campus, feel free to stop and have a chat, I'm genuinely interested in getting to know you all.

Rebecca Wilson - School Assistant - Junior School - Kindergarten

My name is Rebecca Wilson and I am hugely excited to be working alongside the team of incredibly inspiring teachers on the Junior School Campus. My family and I have been a part of the Lindisfarne community for five years now after moving to this beautiful part of the world from the Sunshine Coast. 

You will find me in a Learning Support role with Tina Callendar in the Kindergarten Dolphins room. Each of the children in this class have already captured my heart (we have only been together a week!) and I cannot wait to watch them learn and grow throughout the year as a group but also as confident and compassionate individuals.

On the weekends you can find me at the beach with my husband, two boys and our Cavoodle, Huxley. As a family we enjoy making music, reading and doing puzzles but I am often sprung rearranging the furniture and getting my hands dirty in the garden.

Nathalie Newton-Walters - Secondary Teacher - HSIE

I am delighted to be returning to Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar as a full-time teacher of Senior Geography and HSIE, having previously worked here as a relief teacher in 2018. In late 2018 I accepted a teaching position at St Andrew's Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast, where I was fortunate enough to gain valuable experience as a Head of House and introduced the new senior geography curriculum.

My career began in Cornwall, England where I worked for five years teaching geography from Years 7 to 12 in large rural comprehensive schools before emigrating to Australia with my husband in 2016. I am grateful for the opportunity to develop my career here at Lindisfarne and inspire our young geographers to be valuable global citizens. 

In my spare time, I hope to explore the area once again and take opportunities to travel abroad when I can. 

Whole School News

Round Square

Round Square News

Electives began this week in the Middle School and it was wonderful to welcome students into Round Square. It was an exciting session and it became obvious that the students involved are already living many of the IDEALS and are passionate to explore and action these further.

Next week I will be asking for an expression of interest from students aged 16 and above that would like the opportunity to be part of the Lindisfarne delegation to the Round Square International Conference later this year. It is being co-hosted by Ballarat Grammar, Ivanhoe Grammar School and Scotch Oakburn College. The theme is sustainability with the tagline Take Less, Be More.

Lindisfarne will be hosted by Ivanhoe Grammar School from Saturday, 19 September to Thursday, 24 September. The initial stages will take place in and around the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the spiritual heart of the City of Melbourne. The majority of the Conference will be held at Ivanhoe’s two main campuses, northeast of Melbourne. It promises to be a truly memorable Conference with Barraza groups competing in a sustainability themed, design thinking competition which will culminate on the final day of the Conference. This should allow our delegates to return to Lindisfarne with an array of well thought ideas that have the potential to help communities worldwide be more sustainable.

I encourage you to view the RSIC 2020 link with your child as it gives a brief overview of the conference. 

Round Square Conferences and Exchanges Information Evening

A reminder that this is happening on Wednesday, 12 February 6.30pm in the Chapel.

Please remember you can always contact me regarding anything Round Square at

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Head of Junior School Report

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the smiling faces of students this week as they have exited our library while avidly discussing the books they have borrowed. I am sure at home many parents have had a blow by blow recount of the decision-making process their child undertook when deciding whether to borrow Roald Dahl’s The Twits or The BFG. What a great discussion to have!

Reading at home is immensely important. A nightly routine of both listening to children read as well as reading to them makes a significant impact on both their love of reading and the rate of acquisition. The University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government recently released a paper, 'Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life'. The paper sets out the connections between parents reading to their young children and their child’s later reading and other cognitive skills.

Key findings were:

  • Reading to children at age 4 to 5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy and cognition) later in life.
  • Reading to children three to five days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older.
  • Reading to them six to seven days per week has the same effect as being almost months older.

These differences in reading and cognitive skills are not related to the child’s family background or home environment but are the direct result of how frequently they have been read to prior to starting school.

We enjoy a well-resourced library at Lindisfarne and children get the opportunity to borrow every week. Should you want any advice or support in borrowing books that might be suitable for reading please see our wonderful teacher librarian Miss Affleck.

In short…

Congratulations to our Term 1 House Leaders: Barnabas; Eira-Grace McGilligan and Ben Vickery, Andrew House; Ivy Thomson and Dylan Marshall, Stephen House; Finn Juric and Asha Hargrave, and Cuthbert House; Koby Mundy and Audrey Schapowal. A busy and exciting term awaits.

Thank you to all parents for so quickly adapting back to our school routines. The rain in the morning has added a little extra fun for us all. A reminder that Sullivan Street is not a drop-off zone. The council enforces this and the school risks fines if this entrance is used as a drop off zone by parents each day. Thank you in advance for parking in either Ark Park or Sunshine Avenue.

The new music tuition rooms in the undercroft look amazing and are now officially up and running.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

Support A Reader

School Banking

Are you hoping to make 2020 a great year for savings?

Please note that any students wanting to do school banking will need to ensure that their banking envelopes are into the school office by Tuesday morning each week.

For more information about school banking head to

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Waste Free Wednesday

Eco Tips

Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program

Give the gift of sight - donate your old glasses to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program and help those in need. Lindisfarne will be collecting glasses at both campuses during Term 1.

Eco Waste Tips - What Plastics Can We Recycle?

Middle School

Head of Middle School Report

Week 2 has been yet another successful step in the introduction to 2020 for our Middle School students. The election of our 2020 Middle School Leaders has provided some fantastic insight for our students into the democratic process and will provide a great platform for our Middle Leaders to showcase their skills and care for our school. Their first order of business has involved meeting with school strategic planning consultant, Phil Cummins, to add their voice and perspective to the strategic direction of Lindisfarne, an opportunity that I’m sure they have relished  

This week we also commenced our Middle School Electives (Clubs) program. It has been great to hear such wonderful feedback from students who had the opportunity to develop their (soft) skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking as they acted, drew, built, gardened, designed and dismantled in their chosen classes. This program will continue to grow and will, in the not too distant future, include particularly interested and passionate students as teachers of their peers. I know that my own class, Zen and the Art of Small Motor Maintenance, has already focussed on much more than just the repair of whipper snippers. We have identified the key elements in problem-solving strategies, the sustainability benefits of repair versus replace, the mindfulness approach that one can take during the process and, of course, the satisfaction of a job well done by one’s own hands. 

The next couple of weeks will continue to whiz by as we challenge ourselves at the annual swimming carnival and then the Year 7s will be challenged and bonded at their Mateship Camp at Thunderbird park. 

I look forward to seeing you at Meet the Homeroom Teacher on Monday evening next week.

Have a great weekend.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Year 6 News

With Week 2 well underway, it is wonderful to see all students settling into new routines, in new year levels, being taught by new teachers and interacting with new classmates. Consequently, this is an opportune time to begin to think about setting new learning goals.

Goal setting is an incredibly important factor in improving performance in nearly every aspect of life. Goals motivate us, they focus our efforts and help us make decisions along the way. Goals make us think about how we want to improve.

Most students do not reflect on their own learning naturally. It is not an innate skill that students have when they come to school; it is something that needs to be taught. The process of setting goals allows students to choose where they want to improve their performance in school and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, students can identify what they have to concentrate on in order to see growth. 

By setting goals and measuring their achievements, students are able to see what they have done and what they are capable of. Seeing their results gives the confidence and assurance that they need to believe they can achieve higher goals.

When we talk to our children about setting goals we need to ensure we encourage our children to think about:

  • What exactly do they want to improve

  • Ensure it is something they will need to work hard to achieve

  • Set a time for when they want to have it achieved by

  • Discuss how they will know when they have achieved their goal

Each step in the goal setting process is significant and it is important to note that all goals should be expressed positively. Sometimes our children will set aspirational goals and they may not meet their goal. This is okay. We then need to talk with them about how to adjust their goal, understand the reason/s for why they were not able to achieve it and what their next actions should be; however, if they have achieved their goal, this accomplishment should be celebrated.  

Please be aware, our dedicated teachers are committed to giving our students the learning tools they need to reach their full potential. Our students, with their teachers, will set individual learning goals across academic and non-academic areas. 

These goals will be identified and set in a variety of meaningful ways. For example, through individual conferencing where the teacher discusses personalised learning targets and assists the student with setting a goal. Conferencing is regularly carried out to ensure students feel connected with their learning and have the opportunity to provide evidence that they are progressing toward their mutually agreed goals.

Please take the time to talk to your children about some of the goals they are going to work towards in 2020. 


Middle School Swimming Carnival

  • Monday 17th February

  • Please ensure your child has a House shirt,  School sport shorts and hat

Garden Club (run Mrs Tracy Foyster)

  • Tuesday - Thursday lunch times

  • Please bring your garden gloves

  • All are welcome


  • Please ensure iPad and iPad crayon stylus come to school, fully charged each day

  • Correct school uniform must be worn each day (check with your child’s Home Room teacher for which days sports uniform can be worn); please adhere to hair, make-up and jewellery expectations

Cathy Cox 
Year 6 Coordinator

Year 8 Leadership

This week, 19 of our Year 8 students nominated themselves for consideration for Middle School Leader positions. I am very proud of our students’ willingness to put themselves forward for leadership positions. This process can be very overwhelming for students.

Presenting a speech on how they will uphold the values of compassion, wisdom and respect to over 400 students in our middle school is no easy feat.

Leadership is not easy. As said by Vince Lombardi ‘Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow’. The Middle School Captains for 2020 have set themselves a challenge to lead their cohort but also to inspire those around them to also uphold the values of our school in a mature and responsible way. Working with the leadership team within the Middle and Senior School, I am sure these students will be very successful and inspiring leaders.

Our Middle School Captains for 2020 are:
Captains: Desiree Mahleka and Bodhi Neylan
Vice Captains: Mia Harris and Dane Henry

I congratulate these students on their appointment. Leadership does not end with just our Middle School Captains. House Captain Speeches were held today and these positions will be announced on Monday, 10 February. Following this is our Middle School leadership Induction will be held on Tuesday, 3 March. I encourage all parents to attend this wonderful event.

Kellie Douglas
Year 8 Coordinator

LOTE - Japanese

“The ogre’s pants are good pants! They are strong! They are strong!
They are made from tiger fur. They are strong! They are strong!”

Students in Year 6 Japanese classes, and even some Year 7 and 8 students, will be very aware of these lyrics. In fact, they will be more familiar with the Japanese lyrics than the English version!

Music and language learning can work well together. Students can sing their way to fluency! Melody and rhythm have power when it comes to memory. Year 6 students will have the music and lyrics of 'The Ogre's Pants' playing in their minds and perhaps they are even singing the song to themselves at times, without even realising. How fabulous!

Why 'The Ogre's Pants'? Well, Japan has many interesting traditions and celebrations and this Tuesday, 3 February was Setsubun in Japan. Setsubun is an old celebration of the end of winter and start of the New Year, according to the traditional calendar. Bad luck or evil (symbolised by the ogre) is sent away and good fortune is welcomed in during a bean throwing ceremony. 

This week the Year 6 students enjoyed learning about Setsubun and viewing Japanese children throwing beans and shouting Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! at the adults dressed up as ogres. Interestingly, an iconic part of the ogre’s outfit is his tiger-skin pants (or loin cloth). This humble piece of ogre clothing is what inspired the ‘ear-worm’ of a song Oni no Pantsu -  'The Ogre's Pants'.  

Maybe you have heard this song by now? If not, this could be a great opportunity for your child to share some fun language learning with you!

Louise Godden
Japanese Teacher

Senior School

Year 9 The Rite Journey - Calling and Departure Ceremony

As part of the Rite Journey program for our Year 9 students, we have organised the first event of the Hero’s Journey - The Calling and Departure Ceremony.  This will consist of a two day experience at Fingal Head and Kingscliff. 

This ceremony is a significant step on the Hero’s Journey, and an important element of that process is the public affirmation and recognition of the commitment to the path ahead. Part of the intentional approach to this journey is having family support present during meaningful milestones along the way, so we would appreciate you making the Departure Ceremony a priority.   

Year 9 parents were emailed the relevant information on Thursday.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

BASE Youth Leadership Awards

Further to the meetings with the Year 11 and 12 students on Thursday, 30 January, we are writing to let you know that nominations for the BASE Leadership Men’s and Women’s Awards are now open! All students in Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to enter. Entry is free. Finalists are recognised and winners of each award receive $500, a trophy and a shield for their school. All finalists will be considered to receive one of two university scholarships offered by Southern Cross University.

The goal of BASE Leadership is to identify and celebrate Year 11 and 12 students in their respective areas of excellence and to support them in their future endeavours.  They aim for the young men and women in our community to strive for excellence and to be socially conscious young leaders.

The five categories for nomination are:
  • Academic and Leadership
  • Performing and Creative Arts
  • Sports Leadership
  • Youth and Community Service and Citizenship
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Youth Spirit

Apply online at Further information including FAQ can be found online.  

Women’s nominations close 10.00pm, 18 February and Men’s nominations close 10.00pm, 3 March 2020.

Please be aware when nominating, all finalists must be able to attend the Awards Breakfast on 6 March (Women’s) and 20 March (Men’s).

Students can contact their House Tutor Teacher or Head of House for assistance with completing the application form.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School


Year 10 Careers

Natural Ability Careers Program 

In Week 9, Term 1 (26 and 27 March), your child will begin the testing portion of the Natural Ability program which is part of the careers and personal development program for Year 10 students this term. This powerful program helps identify what makes a person unique and where their best fit is in school and the working world. They base the test on 90 years of research and is the number one aptitude test in the world and is used by leading schools throughout Australia. More information will be emailed directly to parents and students next week.

Year 11

If any Year 11 students have any concerns or questions about their subjects, please email me to book a meeting so we can discuss the options for you. 

Year 12

University Showcase- Friday 21st of February 

In Week 4, Term 1, on Friday, 21 of February, there will be a University Showcase for Year 12 students during Periods 5 and 6. The format will be short panel discussions where a representative from each university will discuss a different facet to university life and then students will discuss and ask questions with individual universities representatives.

Year 12 Interviews

Year 12 Interviews will start Week 4 of this term, you will need to have access to your transition plan as we continue to plan for your future pathways. I will also discuss your progress in Year 12 and areas to work to maximise your ATAR. University applications will open in Term 3 and will need to be completed by the end of Term 3. This process and other post-school options will be discussed in further detail in our meetings and interviews.


TAFE will begin Monday, 10 February.

  • Students leave Period 4 at 12.40pm

  • Students sign out at Student Administration with Clare

  • Bus leaves at 12.50pm with Mr Gabb

  • Meet outside the canteen near B block (refer to map and instructions emailed to you)

  • Classes will finish at 5:30 pm

  • Organise transport home

Email me if you have questions.

Barry Woods


Mathematics Faculty

Math Help

Please see details for support from the Maths Faculty for students in Years 7 to 12.


Science Matters

It is admirable to keep up to date with the big scientific issues of our time. We should all inform ourselves about the facts surrounding climate change, understand the complexities involved in recycling and know why we can’t just suddenly switch to Hydrogen for a source of fuel. However, it is just as important to understand what is happening in your local community in terms of science. Not only is it commendable to be an  informed member of society but it is also just fun to know stuff.

If you live near Murwillumbah or if you were out for a drive in the area in the past fortnight, you might have observed something rather strange. The Tweed River, which is normally tinted dark brown because of all the silt and mud it carries, suddenly went brilliant blue/green and beautifully clear. From the bridge which leads into town it was like looking down into a mountain stream somewhere in Switzerland or the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

It was beautiful to look at but what the heck was happening?

After a lengthy dry period, Murwillumbah received over 200mm of rain in a wonderful storm that replenished tanks and dams across the Tweed. The water soaking into the sugar cane fields and surrounding hills naturally turns acidic due to the unique chemistry of the Caldera soils. The phenomenon is particularly noticeable when tilled soil has been exposed to the air for a long period of time as in the recent drought. This acid goes on to do some more nifty chemistry releasing aluminium compounds in the soil and washing them into the river. One compound in particular, “Alum”, is an effective “flocculating” agent that pulls sediment out of water by binding it into big clumps that fall quickly to the bottom. It is even used by water treatment plants to make your water crystal clear.

The result? Murwillumbah was treated to almost a week of sparkling, blue/green water until the Alum was washed away. The downside to this natural event is that fish don’t like acidic water and are very sensitive to something called pH which measures how much acid is in the river much the same as your swimming pool or fish tank. Luckily, in this most recent event, the stormwater seems to have produced mainly Alum without very much excess acid so the fish were ok (there was a minor fish kill near Uki) but, in the past, heavy rainfall events have resulted in devastating fish kills in the Tweed River.

Involve yourself in the science that affects your community by seeking answers to observations that you think are unusual. It is interesting and leads to a greater appreciation of the region in which you live.

Have a wonderful week in Science and be curious about what is happening around you.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator


Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Meet the Music Tutors

On Wednesday, 19 February we will present an evening concert to showcase the talents of our studio music tutors and music staff.

This concert is a great opportunity for students to hear our music staff perform in a professional setting and will feature a variety of styles from Rock to Classical.

This event will be a great opportunity for parents and students to meet and chat to our studio music tutors. Any new students to the school with an interest in music are encouraged to attend this concert to gain an appreciation of the ensembles and programs on offer.

This year we will also include performances from the Senior Choir, Stage Band and senior students.

Starting at 6.30pm, the 90-minute concert will be hosted by our Friends of the Arts committee. Drinks and canapes will be available from 6.00pm.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

New Ensembles for 2020

Year 7 and 8 Dance Studio

This year we are pleased to have Casey Tangye from Industry Dance directing a new Dance ensemble which is open to all students in Year 7 and 8. 

Dance Studio will rehearse every Wednesday lunchtime in the Chapel and all students are encouraged to attend.

Mahers Lane Ensemble Program

Junior School Ensemble Program

Friends of the Arts

Friends of the Arts Meeting

Friends of the Arts (FOTA) is a sub-committee of the P&F created in 2018 for parents and friends interested in supporting the Arts at Lindisfarne. FOTA has actively supported a number of events over the past two years including our evening with Bring It On The Musical, Darren Percival concert, the Visual Art and Major Works Exhibition. All interested parents and friends are invited to join us for our first meeting for 2019 on Tuesday, 11 February in the Mahers Lane Library at 6.30pm.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts


Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Homestay Families Required

Hokkaido Australia Visit in July

We are fortunate to have our lovely Hokkaido Australia Japanese students visit us again in 2020. These students are from a very rural area of Hokkaido, where there is no tv, internet or phones in the household. It is a big honour for these students to get chosen to visit Australia as part of the charity organisation, Hokkaido Australia Society. We are seeking assistance from our staff and Lindisfarne families to volunteer their time and welcome these students into their homes for a week.

Dates: Sunday (afternoon) 26 July - Sunday (morning), 2 August

Placement: Single or double (depending on families choice)

Age of students: 13 to 16 years male and female 

Families will be compensated with a $50 gift voucher as a thank you gesture for accepting and looking after a student from a charity organisation.

Please contact Amy Fydler on if you would like to volunteer to be a homestay family for this visiting group of students.

Amy Fydler
International Coordinator

Digital Space




Swimming Carnivals

We are looking forward to our Carnivals which begin this week. The programs for the Senior Swimming Carnival on Thursday, 13 February and the Junior and Middle School Carnival on Monday, 17 February are linked below. 


Both carnivals are at TRAC Murwillumbah.

Lindisfarne Representation

There are lots of different pathways to represent Lindisfarne in a variety of sports. Students are encouraged to pay special attention to Home Room messages in the mornings. This is the predominant communication medium to relay the roll out of these events to students. There are desks set up at Student Administration for students to register their names. Once names are collected, students can then be emailed further specific information such as possible trial dates and times.

Week 2 we took student registrations for:

  • Open Boys AFL
  • Open Girls AFL
  • U15 Boys AFL
  • U15 Girls AFL
  • Primary Boys (Years 5/6) Football - Trials concluded
  • Primary Boys (Years 5/6) Football - Trials concluded
  • Open Boys Basketball
  • Open Girls Basketball
  • U15 Boys Basketball
  • U15 Girls Basketball
  • Year 9 and 10 Boys Touch Football
  • Year 9 and 10 Girls Touch Football

There are lots of trials and training programs starting this week. You must register your name at Student Administration on the sheets provided to be on the mailing list for the sports you are interested in. 

In Week 3 - next week-  we will announce registrations for:

  • U15 Boys Football
  • U15 Girls Football 


Inter-School Tennis Challenge

We are calling for suitably skilled Tennis enthusiasts to represent Lindisfarne at the Inter-School Tennis Challenge, Sunday, 16 February 2020 at the Queens Park Tennis Centre in Southport.

This is a DOUBLES format competition, and students are encouraged to make their own partnerships, and submit their entries directly using the entry form on the link. Please cc Damien Clucas ( if you are entering.  

If there are students looking for partners, please email me and we will try and find you a partner. 


Our Cricket program was due to start in Week 2, but was washed out. If you want to register for this, please contact Cherie Montford. This is open to all interested students from Years 5 to 12.

There is a $79 per term charge which includes three guaranteed one on one sessions per term with our elite Head Coach Anthony Kershler. This also includes the net sessions on the Bottom Oval on Wednesday afternoons starting at 3.30pm until 5.00pm. 


Mrs Tracy Foyster (our resident elite triathlete) is running Triathlon training on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7.00am (meet Mahers Lane Gymnasium). All students from Years 5 to 12 are welcome, we have a small squad of students who are training for the Kingscliff Triathlon on March 22. For more information please contact Mrs Tracy Foyster on


Lindisfarne has a partnership with Tweed Coolangatta Rowing Club. If you are a student in Year 7 or older and would like to have a trial, contact Head Coach Garry Annand at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Rowing Club on 0412 344 826 or via email:

Spotlight on 

Tahlia Evans

We welcome Tahlia Evans (Year 10) who brings a variety of sporting talents to Lindisfarne. Her U15 team won the Queensland Oztag Championships last weekend and are officially State Champions. We look forward to Tahlia taking the field with our Touch Football squad. Tahlia also participated in a National Outrigging Championships and came second which qualified her for a spot in the World Titles in Hawaii. 

Lily O’Sullivan

Outstanding results from Lily O’Sullivan who has been in fine form with her Surf Life Saving events. Over the weekend she competed in both the U17 and Open events (even though she is only 15) at the Country Championships at Cudgen Headland.

She won Gold in: Open Swim, U17 Swim, U17 Board, U17 Ironwoman, U17 Board Relay, Open Board relay, U17 Taplin Relay, U17 Board Rescue and Open Board Rescue. There were also some Silver and Bronze medal results as well. Exciting times for Lily as we start the countdown to the Australian Titles.

Archie Loemker

At the Country Championships Surf Life Saving event at Cudgen Headland last weekend, Archie Loemker and Lachie Arghyros won the U11 Board relay event. Well done boys!

Lachlan Arghyros

Congratulations to Lachlan Arghyros for his achievements at the Country Championships Surf Life Saving event at Cudgen Headland last weekend. He finished 3rd in U11 Ironman, 1st in U11 Board Relay and 1st in U11 Beach Sprint Relay. 

Spotlight on Ava Arghyros

The Lindisfarne Surf Life Saving domination continued at Cudgen Headland with Ava Arghyros achieving some outstanding results. She came 1st in the U12 Female Board,

1st in the U12 Female Swim, 3rd in the Female Ironman, 2nd in the Board Relay and 3rd in the Swim Relay.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


Unfortunately, we have had to postpone some of our netball this week due to the weather. We will, however, re-arrange the Saturday Netball Squad selections and let you know the new date and times ASAP.

Monday Night Netball

The second timeslot matches were abandoned in the third quarter this week due to a spectacular, yet scary, storm. Round 3 matches are as follows:












Gold Lions





Blue Lions





Red Lions


White Lions


 Please be at the courts in time to warm-up and sign on.

Thursday/ Friday Afternoon Sport

It is an expectation that all Centre of Excellence and Emerging Talent athletes will choose Netball for Sport on a Thursday and stay after School at the Arkinstall Park courts. Other netball players may join the training sessions within sport time and will be transported back to the Mahers Lane Campus for a 3.20pm end of the day.

The Friday Year 5 and 6 Netball players, including those in the Centre of Excellence will train at the Arkinstall Park courts during Sport time but will all return to School for 3.20pm.

Netball Centre of Excellence - Dates for the Diary

Netball Centre of Excellence - Year 5 and 6

  • Friday, 14 February
  • Thursday, 13 February
  • Thursday, 20 February
  • Tuesday, 25 February
  • Thursday, 27 February
  • Thursday, 13 February
  • Tuesday, 25 February
  • Thursday, 27 February
  • Full Centre of Excellence training continues each week until the end of term.
  • Senior Swimming Carnival - due to the Senior Swimming Carnival on this day the Netball Centre of Excellence training will NOT occur during school sport or after school.
  • Netball Centre of Excellence - will operate during school sport but NOT after school. Students will again be back at school to catch buses etc.
  • Full Centre of Excellence Training - training will commence during school sport and conclude at 4:00pm. Students will need to be picked up from Arkinstall Park at this time.  This will continue for the remainder of the term.
  • Senior Swimming Carnival - due to the Senior Swimming Carnival on this day the Netball Centre of Excellence training will NOT occur during school sport or after school.
  • Full Centre of Excellence Training - Training will commence at 4:00pm and run through to 6:00pm. A bus from school will pick students up and take them to Arkinstall Park. Students will need to be picked up from Arkinstall Park at 6:00pm. This will continue for the remainder of the term.
  • Tuesday, 25 February
    • Netball Centre of Excellence Induction Evening. 6:30pm in the Chapel. Invitation to follow.

Netball Centre of Excellence - 15s Squad

    • Netball Centre of Excellence Induction Evening. 6:30pm in the Chapel. Invitation to follow.

Netball Centre of Excellence - Opens Squad

    • Netball Centre of Excellence Induction Evening. 6:30pm in the Chapel. Invitation to follow.



All novice umpires need to pass the Foundation Umpiring On-line Examination with 70% or above and attend the Beginners Course at Tweed on Saturday 29 February (see attached flyer). I will provide you with a pencil case, hair tie, pen etc… to keep your umpiring equipment together.


Netball Club AGM

The AGM was held on Thursday evening. The 2019 committee was thanked for their work and dedication. It was explained how the Netball Club was to be different from other Netball Clubs at Tweed Netball Association. Lindisfarne will have a Netball Parent’s Support Group who will assist the School staff with ideas for the future direction of Netball at Lindisfarne, events, duties, fund-raising days etc… The School staff, in conjunction with the P and F, will be in charge of the administration, liaising with TNA and State competitions, and the budget, led by Teacher in Charge of Netball - Gay Maynard and Head Coach, Danielle Watters.

Congratulations to the Netball Parent’s Support Group of the 2020:

  • President – Lisa Burdekin
  • Vice-President – Narelle Hodges
  • Secretary – Simon McKinley
  • Treasurer – Sue Hammond
  • General Committee Members: Carmen Sullivan, Lauren Taylor, Tracey Tester, Andrew Thomson and Aleisha Weston.

Any other netball parents, who feel they are able to contribute to our Netball Community, please do not hesitate to contact any of the committee members or myself.


2020 Saturday Season

The 2020 Netball season is fast approaching and the Lindisfarne Netball Staff are hard at work preparing for the year ahead.

We welcome all returning coaches from the 2019 season and would like to invite anyone who may be interested in volunteering their time to coach a team to please get in contact via or 

As per Tweed Netball Association regulations, all coaches will be required to have: 

  • Current NSW Working with Children Check - Free for Volunteers (apply online)
  • Current QLD Blue Card - Free for Volunteers (apply online)
  • Foundation Coaching Course - online course (Lindisfarne Netball Club to reimburse)
  • Beginner Umpire Online Course (Lindisfarne Netball Club to reimburse)

At this stage we are only seeking confirmation of your willingness to coach a team and we will assist you with any of the above requirements once we have confirmed all of our teams and allocations for 2020.

We are pleased to announce NO change in the Netball fees:


  • 5 to 6 years - $110
  • 7 to 8 years - $215
  • 9 years+ - $235

Games Times:

Saturdays at Arkinstall Park Netball Courts

  • 11.00am (7 to 10)
  • 12.30pm
  • 2.00pm

Age Divisions:

  • 5 to 6 years – Net Set Go (NO Uniform required)
  • 7 to 8 years – Play on the Grass Courts
  • 9s, 10s, 11 years – All players must play within their correct age group.
  • 12 to 13 years – Juniors B
  • 12 to 14 years – Junior A
  • 14 to 17 years - Intermediates A and B
  • Divisions – 14+
  • Please Note: 7 to 8-year-old age groups do not play finals series. 


Available for purchase in the uniform shop:

Dress: $70 compulsory

Bummers: $25 compulsory

Visor: $15 optional

Pre loved dresses are also available for purchase in the uniform shop.


All NSW residents will be able to claim the $100 per child Active Kids Rebate and need to organise this before they register with Tweed Netball.

Please follow these prompts to register with Tweed Netball by Friday 14 February. We will then open the Lindisfarne Registrations.

1. Please use the mynetball app on your phone! It is far more complicated using the website. Click on Tweed Netball Association Inc. If your child is a new player, please click the looking glass and search for Tweed Netball Association Inc.


2. Select Tweed Registration 2020. 

3. Click “Get Started” then select “Tweed registration junior 2020”

4. Follow the prompts by logging in or creating a new log in.


1. Select “Tweed 2020 NetSetGo”.

2. Follow the prompts by logging in or creating a new log in

Please contact us if you have any problems.


Term 1 Dates for your Diary


Monday, 20 January

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 1

Monday, 3 February

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 2

Tuesday, 4 February

Saturday Competition Selections – 8-10 years (postponed)

Thursday, 6 February

Saturday Competition Selections – Years 7-12

Thursday, 6 February

Lindisfarne Netball Club Parents Support Group Meeting

Friday, 7 February

Saturday Competition Selections – Years 5-6

Friday, 7 February

Tweed Registrations open

Fortnight Beginning: Monday 10 February

Saturday Competition Selections – 8-10 years

Monday, 10 February

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 3

Friday, 14 February

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Monday, 17 February

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 4

Thursday, 20 February

Centre of Excellence Training Years 8 – 10 (in sport session)

Friday, 21 February

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Friday, 21 February

Lindisfarne Registrations open

Monday, 24 February

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 5

Thursday, 27 February

Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12

Friday, 28 February

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Saturday, 29 February

Beginner Umpire Training 9.45am – 1pm at Arkinstall Park

Monday, 2 March

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 6

Thursday, 5 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12

Friday, 6 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Monday, 9 March

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 7

Thursday, 12 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12

Friday, 13 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Saturday, 14 March

Tweed Netball Grading Round 1

Monday, 16 March

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 8

Thursday, 19 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12

Friday, 20 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Saturday, 21 March

Tweed Netball Grading Round 2

Monday, 23 March

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 9

Thursday, 26 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12

Friday, 27 March

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Saturday, 28 March

Tweed Netball Grading Round 3

Monday, 30 March

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Round 10

Thursday, 2 April

Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12

Friday, 3 April

Centre of Excellence Training Years 5 – 6 (in sport sessions)

Saturday, 4 April

Tweed Netball Grading Round 3

Monday, 6 April

Monday Night Competition Season 1 Grand Final

Wednesday, 8 April

NSW Cup Regional Round

Thursday, 9 April

No Centre of Excellence Training Years 7 – 12 (rest day)


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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball


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