From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We were grateful to receive much needed rain over the past 10 days.

Of course we are a nation of extreme weather and the relief from the threat of bush fires and the initial breaking of a prolonged drought in some areas brought the fear and threat of floods to other areas including some of our local communities.

We have appreciated the support and flexibility of our staff, students and our Lindisfarne school community this week as events were postponed, wet weather navigated and programs modified.

At our Mahers Lane assembly this week, both Reverend Chad Rynehart and I spoke of the damage that racism does to our society and at times even members of our school. I shared a story of my much loved home town and some of the racist attitudes that were experienced in my own childhood. Often, the excuse of ignorance was used to somehow justify the racism and such excuses were not acceptable then and are not acceptable now.

When my eldest son was at university, I was both proud and sad when he joined a group of students against racism and appeared in an educational video designed to change racist attitudes and behaviour on campus. I was proud that he was prepared to be one of the students to take a stand against racism but sad that he had to!

In the over 50 plus years since Dr Martin Luther King shared his profound ‘I have a Dream’ oration with the world, the wheels of change have at times turned all too slowly. The good news is that the power to change is in our hands. We all have control of our behaviour, the words we use in person and online and control of our actions as we extend love to all people.

It’s a shame we don’t share more often the second verse of our National Anthem:

'For those who've come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;

I ask all families to take a stand with me against racism and to help all of our young people to grow in compassion, wisdom and respect and live out the two great commandments:

  • Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind; and
  • Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Stuart Marquardt

Welcome Reception 2020

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From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Below is the text of a message that I delivered to all of our Middle and Senior School students at assembly on Tuesday. We have had a few isolated instances of racist comments recently, so that provided an opportunity to speak to everyone about our values and behaviour.

“Today, I want to talk to you about a serious topic. It’s a topic that is unfortunately prominent in our society and our culture. It’s modelled and often celebrated as a way of life in many forms of media, and yet it has the potential to destroy people. 
I’m referring to prejudice, especially in the form of racism.
Prejudice takes many forms. Any preconceived ideas, opinion or judgment that you hold based on any number of things including race, religion, gender, skin colour, sexual orientation; they’re all forms of prejudice, discrimination and intolerance. When you choose to put down or belittle someone for their appearance or position on something rather than respecting them for it. Some of you may claim that you’re only joking... well this is no joking matter. 
It’s bad enough that it’s in our wider culture, but it’s also happening in our school, and that’s not okay. 
Prejudice and judgment in the form of racism or sexism or religious intolerance or any other form for that matter, are not compassionate, or respectful or wise, which means they run counter to our values and to The Lindisfarne Way, so we’re going to do everything within our sphere of influence to try to eliminate these forms of intolerance and judgment from our school community.
Every student matters every day, and it’s not okay that this is happening when we are trying to build a positive, tolerant and inclusive culture in our school.
Look at the screens... this is a photo of a human heart.  You cannot tell from this image what type of person this heart belonged to. All human hearts look very similar, because we are all human. We all possess an organ just like this one.  And you know what... they’re all the same colour. 
  • You can’t tell whether the owner of this heart was Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or atheist.
  • You can’t tell whether the owner of this heart had light or dark skin; whether they were indigenous or European, American or Asian or African.
  • You can’t tell from looking at this heart what sporting team this person might have followed, what kind of music they liked, what kind of food they ate, what their body shape was.
All of the categories I have just mentioned are external factors; superficial criteria upon which we too commonly judge one another, and yet, beneath the surface of every person on the planet beats a heart just like this one. 
All of our hearts are beating right now, pushing the same kind of blood through the same kind of veins and arteries, to distribute oxygen and nutrients to the same kind of cells. We are all sitting here breathing the same air, using the same kind of lungs.
We share a common language and a common desire to be loved, respected, noticed, cared for and accepted.
We have a lot in common as a species, and yet, we potentially spend so much of our time judging one another... and alienating one another... and categorising or labelling one another on the basis of race or religion or ethnic background or skin colour or sexual orientation or any number of other superficial criteria.
People who promote and inflict judgment and prejudice usually do it from a place of insecurity or ignorance or both.  They make themselves feel good about themselves by putting others down, and it’s a crying shame to think that there are people who have to resort to those kinds of tactics in order to feel good about themselves.
I’ve worked in this space for a long time, and I still can’t understand why people are so obsessed with issues of skin colour when the colour of every internal organ is identical in every person irrespective of race.
So, to the perpetrators of intolerance and judgment in our school, please get help, and I mean that sincerely. Judging and hurting other people doesn’t make you tough or funny or superior. To those of us who find this kind of behaviour intolerable, you actually come across as sad and weak, and you’re sprouting ignorant and ill-informed opinions about issues you don’t understand.
You need to find other ways of engaging with people, or at the very least, exercising some selfcontrol.
You wouldn’t like it if it was happening to you, so why in God’s name would you think it was okay to do it to others.
To the victims of intolerance and judgment in our school, please speak up. Let someone know. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a teacher, but find someone to talk to who might encourage and support you to do something about it. Everyone is entitled to feel safe at school and to be treated with respect, and if the opposite is happening, it’s difficult for us to deal with it if we’re not aware of it. 
To the by-standers and observers of intolerance and judgment in our school, please do something other than just watch or walk away. You wouldn’t like it if it was happening to you, so you shouldn’t be prepared to let it happen to others. The behaviour you walk past is the behaviour you have to accept. It might not be happening to you right now, but it could be you in the future if you don’t play your part in eliminating it from our school. 
Wouldn’t it be great to live and learn in a place where there were no victims and there were no bystanders to address because there were no perpetrators?
I believe that scenario is entirely possible if we ALL play our part to resist different forms of prejudice and intolerance. If we all have the awareness and the courage to live into the values of our school and The Lindisfarne Way, then it shouldn’t take very long to stamp out the impact and effect of these kinds of attitudes and behaviour, because anyone who tries it out should be met with a very swift, “Hey, that’s not how we treat people here.”
We care about all of you. Every one of you matters to us, and what we’re trying to teach you, and what I’m proposing today is that you should matter to each other.
You should value and treasure one another, not because of any of the practical, physical, superficial stuff I highlighted before, but because we’re all partners and brothers and sisters and family on this crazy ride called life.
The hearts that beat within us are keeping us alive, but it’s up to each one of us how much we make of the life we have to live. 
I hope and pray that our hearts learn to beat in time and in sync with one another as we embrace an attitude of inclusion and tolerance, and as we continue to become more compassionate, respectful and wise.”

Reverend Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


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Staff Bio

New Staff

Lauren Brake - Secondary Teacher of PE

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Lauren Brake and I am thrilled to be working at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in 2020 in the PDHPE department.

I graduated from Griffith University in 2009 where I studied a Bachelor of Education in Health, Physical Education and Drama. Since then, I have worked in a variety of different schools including two years out west in the rural town of Tara. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to live and work abroad in London for another two years of my teaching career, which spans over 10 years. Many of my previous teaching positions have been within the Associated Private Schools system on the Gold Coast. Over the past three years, I have been employed by Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School as a casual relief teacher and I am very excited to have my own classes this year.

I am a passionate advocate for health and a very keen netballer. I love the beach and being involved with many water sports including boating, water-skiing and scuba diving. I am a mother to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter Sienna. My goal as a PDHPE teacher is for all students to actively participate in, enjoy and engage in all lessons, regardless of physical ability and experience. Physical Education is an extremely important subject where students can develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to help students become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens.

Angela Harvey - Secondary Teacher of Science

I am grateful for the rich experiences that my career as an educator have brought to my life and those around me. Armed with a love for the environment, my journey began initially as an ecologist. My involvement in various service opportunities, including a Koala hospital and Environmental Education Centers, focussed my attention to the importance of education around sustainability. Since completing further studies to qualify as a Secondary Science and Biology teacher, I have taught in Australian schools in QLD, NSW and the NT. More recently, I spent about ten years teaching in international schools in China and Hong Kong. I have held various leadership roles in this time, including pastoral care and service. I have also worked with the International Baccalaureate Organisation for several years in the roles of examiner and examination author. I see my role as helping to support and shape the thinking and learning of the next generations as one of absolute privilege. I believe in the incredible potential of our young people, and am amazed by them on a daily basis! It is a pleasure to be a member of the Lindisfarne community and I look forward to connecting with you soon.

Georgia King - Lab Assistant

I have recently graduated from a Bachelor of Science (honours) from Griffith University, where I researched an invasive crayfish species within the Lake Eyre Basin. I am currently in the process of working with the Australian Rivers Institute in Brisbane and the Lake Eyre Basin Scientific Advisory Panel to rework this research for publication within a scientific journal. I aim to continue my research of the ecology of this devastating species and hopefully establish a management plan to prevent further invasion. I am extremely excited to be joining the Lindisfarne community, and hope I can contribute to the fantastic science department, encouraging and assisting students, staff and parents wherever I can. During my weekends I enjoy birdwatching and photography, as well as training and riding my rescue horses.

Whole School News

Sports Injury Clinic Open

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Green Team

Eco Tips

Waste Free Wednesday

Last year saw the launch of waste-free Wednesday at both the Mahers Lane and Sunshine Avenue Campuses. Waste-free Wednesday shows that big world problems sometimes have simple solutions that we can all take part in like not wrapping our lunch in plastic. After its launch at Lindisfarne, I was pleased with the progress it was making as people ditched plastic on Wednesdays and some people even doing it every day. When I walk around the school I often get stopped by students which tell me how they do waste-free Wednesday everyday. I also often hear students yelling out "WASTE FREE WEDNESDAY" when I walk past. Last year I surveyed some lunch boxes on Wednesday and 46% of them had no disposable items in them. This is better than what I thought it would be but we still have a lot of room for improvement. Let's make waste-free Wednesday even bigger in 2020!

Having a plastic-free lunch is a lot easier than many people think. It is all about replacing disposable items with things that can be reused over and over again. Reusable containers are fantastic. So many things can be put in them like sandwiches, biscuits, chips, chopped up fruit and veggies, yoghurt and as so much more. Beeswax wraps are also great for sandwiches. This eliminates the need for glad wrap, zip lock bags, disposable plastic containers, chip packets and so many unnecessary plastic items. You can get water for free from the school bubblers, some of which have cold water, or you can refill a reusable water bottle. Plastic water bottles are just so unnecessary. Plastic cutlery can be replaced by reusable cutlery from home. It can be used at school and taken back home to be washed and reused again. 

Reducing our plastic usage is one of the many ways that we can reduce our environmental impact. This year will be a big year for sustainability at Lindisfarne so watch this space!

Patrick Brabant
Sustainability Prefect

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.

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Support A Reader

Online System for Pick Up Arrangements

In 2020, the Junior School has initiated a new way to inform classroom teachers and administration staff of your student's pickup arrangements. In the past, parents were asked to nominate in the school diary how their student would be leaving the School at the end of the day. With the launch of Parent Lounge, the Junior School has initiated an online system to notify the school about the end of the day arrangements.

The benefit of the online pickup form means parents can select the arrangements for their students at the beginning of the year and preset them for every school day. This means if you always pick your student up, you can select this once and it is set for the year. If your student always catches the bus, then this can be selected for the entire year as well. However, parents can choose to make a selection every day. Please keep in mind that making a selection and setting it for the year will save you time and hassle.

Furthermore, if you need to make a change in the arrangements you can log onto Parent Lounge and make that change at any time. It is important to note that the admin staff will be printing off pick up forms at 2.00pm every day. This means a selection after 2.00pm will not be included and a phone call to the school office will be needed to ensure your student knows how they are heading home.

Our SMS reminder service will start in Term 2. An SMS will be sent to parents that have not completed the pick-up arrangement for that day. This will be a friendly reminder around noon to ensure that the School has been notified about the day's arrangements. If you have forgotten to make a selection you will be able to press through a link on the SMS to enter your selection.

To manage this change with our parents, we will have a transitional phase where parents will be able to continue to fill out the school diary for the first four weeks. Beginning Week 5 of Term 1, we will completely move over to the online process where all parents will need to select the arrangements through Parent Lounge.

Click the link below to see how easy it is to make this selection on Parent Lounge.

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

From the Head of Junior School

What seems like many years ago, I was teaching in London and had been there for a number of years when I, like many antipodeans who stay long periods over there, began to feel the draw of home. I had been asked to choose a poem for our Year 6 students to study for a poetry unit and I chose the famous Dorethea Mackellar poem, My Country. Listening to the lyrics of the poem while looking out at the cold grey London winter sky, brought feelings of pride and appreciation of the country that we live in.

"I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror The wide brown land for me!"

As I have gotten older, I appreciate a new aspect of this poem. The people of our country who not only endure the highs and lows of our Australian climate, but in fact wear the trials and tribulations as a badge of honour. Having been in various Australian communities during serious floods and cyclones, many of which devastated the physical resources of the area, I am in constant awe of how adaptable we are.  Resilience and stoicism is part of our national make up.

The last week we have seen our area traverse two extremes. From water restrictions to torrential downpours. A water crisis to wonderfully full dams.  From "droughts to flooding rains". On the school front we have had some small challenges and inconveniences due to the inclement weather. I am sure there have been many shoes taken home wet and uniforms that needed soaking from mud stains but these things are part of the growth journey that make us resilient people.

Not that our children have minded at all. I have overheard more than one child walk around this week claiming it was the best day of their life. The students continued lessons as normal, cheerfully ignoring the pooling water at our front gate. I believe that many of these small experiences result in helping to develop the character traits that make us Australian. Where we compare flood sizes and cyclone tales rather than let it get us down with concern. 

I leave you with the link to Dorothea Mackellar’s 1908 poem. It is an iconic poem and if you can spare the time, well worth getting reacquainted with.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

Year 7 Mateship Camp Postponed

Dear Parents and Guardians of Year 7 students,

The recent, ongoing wet weather has had a significant impact on a number of events and programs, our Year 7 Mateship Camp is, unfortunately, another such event.

While we prioritise the safety of our students and staff, we also want this camp experience to be positive and memorable, for all the right reasons. 

Currently, the forecast for next week is not favourable and this may result in a number of the activities being unavailable. With this in mind, I have made the decision to postpone the camp to the 18 March. 

All other details remain the same. We will be in touch with any other relevant information as it comes to hand.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me ( or Mrs Julie McDowell ( We look forward to a fun and successful camp in a couple of weeks' time. As the song by Garry Allan goes, "Every storm runs out of rain."

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Year 5 News

A typical parent and child after school conversation often goes like this:

“What did you do at school today?”



“How was school today?”


It has been far from boring in Year 5 and there has been plenty to do for both students and teachers. The first three weeks of Term One have absolutely flown by! And there have been so many new experiences:

  • Adjusting to a different campus and new classrooms
  • Discovering appropriate places to play and where to hang out with friends
  • Learning about and understanding behaviour expectations
  • Meeting new peers; many are new to the school
  • Working with a new homeroom class cohort
  • Meeting and working with specialist teachers
  • Adjusting to different procedures re canteen, student admin, library, assembly, chapel, garden
  • Being part of the Middle School Voting process to elect Captains and House Captains
  • Communication of notices and information via email
  • Sport
  • Nominating personal sport choices
  • Middle School Electives
  • Formal uniform and Sport uniform being worn on different days
  • Navigating a 10 day timetable – this has definitely kept Year 5 on their toes but they have embraced it with enthusiasm and patience

 Along with all of these new experiences, we have commenced units of work in all Key Learning Areas and there has also been class assessment; an opportunity for students to demonstrate skills in some specific numeracy and literacy areas which assists teachers and student future planning. There is plenty happening! So, if your child says they are bored, then perhaps that is code for they don’t like doing some of the new things they have been exposed to or may even be finding some of these things a challenge and so default to a negative or indifferent response. We do need to monitor these sorts of retorts but be careful not to overreact and perhaps try asking more specific questions that might elicit more specific responses that could prompt more candid, positive thoughts.  For example, what made you smile today? What was the best thing that happened today? What kind of person were you today? What is something you saw or did that made you think?

Year 5 teachers are working hard to build relationships and develop a positive rapport with each student in their class as well as endeavouring to get to know all of the Year 5 cohort, in order to nurture and support them socially, emotionally and academically as they commence their exciting Middle School journey.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

Some Year 5 thoughts:

"I love the way all the students and teachers are making Year 5 feel welcome.  I love the new experiences at Mahers Lane." Sofia Wilson 5D

"I love how we have a large variety of food in the canteen.  Changing classrooms to go to different lessons is making me feel independent." Lucas Greaves 5D

"I’m really looking forward to doing Surfing on Fridays for Sport.  I’ve made new friends plus I still get to hang out with my old friends.  I am also enjoying playing an instrument in my music lessons." Sabrina Harris 5C

"I like how there are more options for Sport and all the specialist lessons are fun.  Everyone is really nice at our school." Kahu Shaw 5C

"I’m enjoying the library and I really like the space especially the view.  Going to the Art room is enjoyable because it’s quiet and has a soothing waterfall nearby." Alicia Brown 5B

"I like the way I get to be around the older kids.  When you play soccer, the older kids let you join in.  There are lots of places to play.  I’ve made friends playing handball as well." William Gorrie 5B

"There is a really good variety of books in the library especially for Year 5 and 6.  I like the playground equipment because it is fun and challenging.  I like being in 5A because it is such a positive classroom." Sienna Williamson 5A

"I’ve made some best friends already.  It’s different to my old school because it is so much bigger!  I like the way I get to move around for different classes." Jack Williams 5A

Senior School

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 have been emailed the relevant information.

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 & 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.

Any student who did not receive the postcard issued at Thursday’s meeting can collect one from Student Administration. 

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

Careers Information

Tweed Youth Council

Alexander Ryan and Trixie Meeves attended the Tweed Youth Council in Murwillumbah. They gained knowledge and experience of how the Tweed Council operates and how it makes a difference in our community. The students discussed issues in the Tweed Shire with fellow councillors and have focussed on youth homelessness and teen mental health. And a forum where teens in the Tweed Shire could put forward more ideas and issues to the Tweed Youth Council. 

Trixie Meeves and Ryan Alexander
Year 11 student and Year 10 student

Year 10 and Year 11 Students interested in going to College in the USA

(Academic pathway and/or athletic scholarship)

The USA Pathways Program here at The Southport School once again welcomes students from all neighbouring schools to take advantage of the College USA testing opportunities offered here and regularly has students from your school on our SAT roster, accordingly the following might be of special interest to your Year 10 and Year 11 students.

In addition to offering the SAT and ACT entrance tests for Year 12 students, our international accreditation also encompasses the PSAT which is a standardised test directed at both Year 10 and Year 11 students who have aspirations of completing Year 12 here in Australia before heading on to college in the USA via an academic pathway and/or athletic scholarship. It remains the single most beneficial means of preparing for the SAT. 

Recommended timeline is as follows: 

  • YEAR 10: First PSAT
  • YEAR 11: Second PSAT
  • YEAR 12: SAT (usually taken twice in Year 12)

The PSAT (Pre-SAT) is literally as its name suggests – a preliminary version of the SAT. It is designed as a practical resource to assist students in preparing for the SAT proper, with most students taking the PSAT twice: once in Year 10 and then again in Year 11 in readiness for the SAT in Year 12. All students who complete the PSAT receive a results portfolio from College Board designed to give them an indication of potential college readiness by the end of Year 12; it also provides comprehensive feedback to highlight areas of study which could benefit from more concentrated focus as they head into SAT preparation. Test-takers can also rest assured that PSAT scores are not shared with any prospective US colleges, it is tightly held as a practice tool for the SAT.

The Southport School is an accredited testing centre for College Board USA and is offering the PSAT on Saturday, 18 April, 2020.

Test session will commence here at TSS at 8:30am and conclude at approximately 12 midday; test fee is $133 AUD.

Note: there will be a second opportunity to take the PSAT in October 2020 (date yet to be confirmed).

We recommend that any of your Year 10/11 students considering USA as a real option for tertiary study invest some time in their SAT preparation by taking the PSAT. In order to register for the April PSAT the following information will need to be provided via reply email, then payment process should be completed at:

  • Name: 
  • Date of Birth: 
  • Email address: 
  • Current Year Level: 
  • Current School:

Students are advised to create an account with as test scores are accessible through this portal.

There are some practice tests available on the College Board website which may also be helpful in preparation for the PSAT:
Online educational organisation Khan Academy also works jointly with College Board to provide video tutorials and interactive exercises covering all facets of preparation for both the PSAT and SAT. This includes a free service to students to link their PSAT scores to their Khan Academy account which results in students receiving personalised practice based on areas of most difficulty identified in the PSAT – this can be a very valuable tool in preparing for the SAT.

Information regarding the PSAT score report and linking scores to Khan Academy Account can be found in following tutorials:

Women in the Defence Force

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Defence Force Recruiting is hosting I can, You can luncheon on Sunday 8th of March at the RACV Club Benowa. The aim of I can, You can is for young women (16 years old) to network with current serving female Defence members to highlight their experience and share insight into the Defence Force.

Event Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020
Event Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm (QLD time)
Location: RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast
RSVP by Monday, 2 March 2020 to

Friends and family are welcome to attend.

University Showcase

Next Friday, 21 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.

Please add the University Showcase to your calendar. No early sign-outs on that Friday.

Year 10 Natural Ability Program

Soon all Year 10 students 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. The test is based on 90 years of research and is the number one aptitude test in the world and is used by leading schools throughout Australia. There will be an email sent to parents with all the information. Students will receive a login and I will explain the process in their Careers lessons.

Young Endeavour 11 Day Adventure in a Tall Ship

Aged 16 to 23 and looking for a new challenge? Join tall ship Young Endeavour for an unforgettable adventure!   

Test yourself as you learn to navigate, set sails and climb the 30-metre mast.  Develop your confidence, teamwork and communication skills and make new friends. Apply now to sail in 2020.

Barry Wood
Director of Careers, VET and TAS





Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Swing at the Tweed Seniors

On Wednesday morning our Senior Stage Band performed for the official opening of the Tweed Seniors Festival at the newly refurbished Tweed Civic Centre. The ensemble performed for a very receptive crowd who had gathered to open the festival as  well as take part in  an official awards ceremony.

Professional musician and  local identity Mr John Gardiner remarked “What a swinging band, these cats sound so professional”. The local member for Tweed Mr Geoff Provest also remarked at how tight the band sounded.

Congratulations to all students involved who played a large part in this community event.

Band Rocks Assembly

The Lindisfarne Senior Rock Band had their first performance for the year during Week 3 assembly. The band performed a rocking version of Joker and the Thief by Aussie band Wolfmother. The band has lots of new members and is looking forward to playing some of the most iconic rock songs of all time throughout the year. The Senior Rock band is one of many ensembles offered here at Lindisfarne and if anyone is interested in coming to check it out, come to the music department and say hello. Rock on!

Meet the Music Tutors Concert

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

Photography and Digital Media


Science Matters

Here at Science Matters, we like to celebrate our scientist heroes. However, they are not always the famous ones that other people celebrate. For example, this week we acknowledge the ground breaking work of Peter Nicholson.

"Who?" I can hear you asking. Galileo, Newton, Einstein, perhaps Mr Robins but Peter Nicholson??? You see... way, way back in 1960, young Peter was in Year 9 - that’s right, Year 9 - at Geelong Grammar School where all of the students spend the entire year at the school’s famous wilderness campus, Timbertop. 

During the school year of 1960, Peter John Nicholson, or PJ as he was known to his friends, began secretly visiting wombat burrows in the forest around the camp. He would even  sneak out of his dormitory at night sometimes to make his observations and would have been in all sorts of trouble had he been caught. He wrote an article based upon his patient observations that was first published in the Geelong Grammar school newsletter and was eventually reprinted in scientific journals around the world. No one had ever observed wombat behaviour in the wild before let alone explored and mapped their burrows and Nicholson’s paper became the definitive work on the subject. It is still quoted today by modern ecologists who are studying these gorgeous animals.

It is proof, if any is needed, that you don’t need to be a professor or a research student to do ground-breaking science. You just need to be a keen observer and meticulous note-keeper.

PJ didn’t even go on to study Science. He became a successful businessman in Melbourne and considers his great work to have been done in that one wonderful school year at Timbertop.

We shouldn’t underestimate the capacity of our students to do great things. Listen to them, encourage them and, most important of all, provide them with the opportunities to discover their passions.

James Woodford has written a marvelous, albeit sometimes depressing, book “The Secret Life of Wombats” in which he refers constantly to Nicholson’s work. It is well worth a read.

The following is an excerpt from Nicholson’s original Year 9 paper:

“After about three months of knowing me he followed me out of the burrow as I was leaving it*. I sat down near his sit and he in it. The day was overcast and very dull. He then came up to me and examined me very closely, putting his forepaws up on my legs. After this he would usually follow me out on a dull day. I never attempted to feed him and it seemed he was only inquisitive. He gave the impression of being an intelligent, one-track-mind person. He used to love to be scratched.”
Peter Nicholson, 1960

*Note: Nicholson used to crawl down wombat burrows to map them and visit the animals in their dens. This is a VERY dangerous thing to do as the burrows are a favourite home for snakes, they are prone to collapse and wombats themselves can be vicious when they are cornered.

Enjoy your week in Science and seek out the undiscovered and overlooked.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator

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Learning Enrichment

Round Square

Round Square Ideals

Round Square is built around six themes, or "ideals", drawn from the educational theories of Kurt Hahn. The Lindisfarne Way shares much with these ideals, so for us, joining Round Square and "being" Round Square was a natural conclusion.

The history of Round Square is as rich as the IDEALS themselves. Follow this link to learn more.

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator

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Introducing Louise Zanol Northfleet

This week, I would like to introduce our first long stay enrolled International student, Louise Zanol Northfleet. 

Louise Zanol Northfleet with Principal Stuart Marquardt in the Mahers Lane Library.

Louise comes to us all the way from Brazil and will be living and studying at Lindisfarne this year. She is living with her aunty, uncle, and cousin Frederico who is currently in Year 3 at our Junior School. I asked Louise a few questions this week to see how she has been settling into our beautiful area and Australian lifestyle.

Why did you choose to study and live in Australia?
Australia is a beautiful place and my aunty lives here. She talks about how great Lindsfarne is and how the people here are very friendly. Tweed Heads is a very safe place. 

What other places have you visited in Australia so far?
Noosa and Airlie beach 

What is so great about living in Tweed Heads?
Here there are more opportunities to study and work. Living here is healthy and not polluted. 

What is your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subject is Art.

Who have you made friends with at school?
Talulalah and Amity.

What do you hope to achieve during your time in Australia this year?
  1. Learn in a new culture 
  2. Learn English 
  3. Make new friends 

As you can see from the photo’s below, not only is Louise’s favourite subject Art but she is an amazing Photorealist artist. 

This is a genre of art that encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic media, in which an artist studies a photograph or a subject and then recreates the image as realistically as possible in another medium. I am sure under the wonderful guidance of Louise’s Home Tutor and Art teacher, Miss Hope, together they can continue to expand Louise’s artistic repertoire and the sky's the limit for this lovely, kind and intelligent student.

Louise Zanol Northfleet with Miss Belinda Hope.

Also a massive thank you to Louise’s buddies, Amity Chaffey and Talulah Blay who have been so supportive and patient in helping Louise to class everyday and making sure she always has a friendly face close by when she needs it. They both embraced the buddy role wholeheartedly and have been wonderful positive ambassadors for our school. 

Louise Zanol Northfleet with Amity Chaffey.

If you see Louise around the Mahers Lane campus, please make her feel welcome and say “hello”.

Amy Fydler
Lindisfarne International Student Coordinator

Aoyama Gakuin University Visit

This week, we welcomed 23 university students from the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo. AGU has established a worldwide reputation for the quality of its teaching and its international ambience, and is widely recognised as one of the leading private universities in Japan. 

Aoyama Gakuin University aims to educate students with a strong sense of social responsibility and morality in order to contribute to society and today's world in accordance with its educational policy based on the Christian faith. Hence when this exchange opportunity arose, we felt this aligned perfectly with our school values as well.

The Aoyama Gakuin group will be visiting both campuses over the next three weeks. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and teachers to engage with learners from a totally different culture and practise patience and compassion towards learners where English is not their first language. 

The first few days saw our visitors immerse themselves in classes from Pre-school to Years 2. This enabled our visitors to practice their English by presenting interesting topics on Japanese culture such as the bamboo helicopters, the string game, paper balloons, face art, fortune cookies and the significance of paper fans.

The Junior School students loved every minute of these fun and interactive sessions. The university students then ate their morning tea and lunch out in the playground surrounded by our lively, curious students who were confident in approaching these visitors and took the initiative to sit with, talk to and play with our visiting students. It is in these moments of unfiltered spontaneous play where we see true connections being made in the playground and a reciprocal learning being experienced by all. Lots of fun was had by all, smiles and laughter abound- who could ask for more.

The rest of the week was spent in intensive ESL lessons and an excursion to the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The students are having a wonderful time so far and we look forward to more memory making moments.

Amy Fydler
Lindisfarne International Student Coordinator

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Junior School Sport

Junior and Middle School Swimming Carnival 

Our first major carnival for the year will be the Years 3 to 8 Swimming Carnival to be held this Monday, 17 February. 

Information relating to the carnival has been published in last week's newsletter and again in this week's newsletter in the Sport section below.

8-year-old Year 2 students are invited to compete, however these students should have a high level of swimming ability, swimming regularly or in a swimming squad as they will be competing against 8-year-old Year 3 students.

Have a read of the information and if you have any questions please contact Lindisfarne Head of Sport and Activities Damien Clucas or Junior School PE Specialist Nathan Croft.


Junior School Runners Club

Cross Country Training at our Sunshine Avenue Campus

The Junior School Runners Club will be starting up in Week 4 due to the wet weather. The purpose of the Runners Club is to assist in the running development of our school students. Last year, the Runners Club was a great success with both students and parents joining in to improve their running, fitness or just to spend time with each other doing a physical activity.  

Any student in Years 1 to 4 are welcome to attend. Training days will be Tuesday and Thursday morning. The training sessions will begin at 7.30am (sharp) and will conclude by 8.30am. Students will be required to bring along their school uniform to change into after the completion of the session. Students will be given time to change and have something to eat before the first bell at 8.45 am. Parents and carers are more than welcome to come along and join in. 

Rugby Union

Play Rugby Union at Casuarina

Enquiries - Danielle Hevers (Junior Registrar) -

Please see the flyer in the Sport section below.

Far North Coast Rugby 7s

Our Junior School will be entering the Primary School Regional Rugby Union 7s Gala Day to be held on 4 March at Casuarina Rugby Union Club.

Interested students from Years 3 and 4 should attend a meeting with Mr Croft at Lunchtime in 4H on Tuesday, 18 February.

Training will be held during Lunchtimes on Tuesday and Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr Croft at


Nathan Croft
PE Specialist - Junior School



After the significant dry spell the region endured recently, the rain is very welcome. We will adapt our plans around mother nature, and therefore look forward to the Senior School Swimming Carnival on 25 February (with 28 February as a backup).

The forecast looks favourable for the Junior and Middle School Swimming Carnival on 17 February (with 24 February as a backup). 

The overview of the Swimming Carnivals is here for some more detail. Please note that the 200m Individual Medley is only for students in Years 7 to 12, as is reflected at NCIS and beyond.


Lindisfarne’s Interschool Equestrian team has had a brilliant first full season. Fabulous results have been achieved at local, state and national level competitions against other prestigious schools from NSW and QLD. Dedication, commitment and camaraderie are the hallmarks of our small but successful team.

If you would also like to be considered, expressions of interest are invited from both junior and senior students currently competing in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing or Showing. Please contact Mrs Kathryn Leary on for further details and to register your interest. 

Kathry Leary
Teacher in Charge of Equestrian


Congratulations to numerous students in our community for making the U15 Gold Coast Suns Academy squad. Well done to Bridie Bedford, Charlie Kirkwood, Lily Alford and Makayla Sekac, Trishul Sivabalan and Lawson Shirley.


We have 16 doubles teams registered heading to Southport this Sunday for the Gold Coast Inter-schools Tournament. Good luck to everyone competing.

Lindisfarne Representation

There are lots of different pathways to represent Lindisfarne in a variety of sports. Students are encouraged to pay special attention to homeroom 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 3 we took student registrations for:

  • U15 Boys Football
  • U15 Girls Football 

In Week 4 (next week) we will announce registrations for:

  • Open Boys Rugby Union squad
  • Primary Boys and Girls Rugby Union 7s


Students across Kindergarten to Year 6 have been actively involved in a hockey unit in their PE lessons. This program is presented by qualified and experienced coaches from Tweed Hockey, and covers all the basic skills that are needed to play the game. 

The Year 5 and 6 students participate in The Fitzpatrick Shield every year in Term 1 which involves schools from all over our region. Lindisfarne sends five teams to this event which is more than any other school. The Year 3 and 4 students have a Gala Day in Term 4 which hosts about 30 teams from the region. 

Hockey is very robust in our region, with the Tweed producing several state and national players, including four former Lindisfarne students. We are fortunate to have many ex-internationals who now reside in, or have returned to, the region and are keen to contribute back into the game. This will be a tremendous lift to our quality of coaching making ours one of the strongest in the country. 

Lindisfarne is very supportive of Hockey Tweed's new Super 6's School Competition. It is very beginner-friendly and we are trying to enter as many teams as possible.

Please register your child using this link and if you have any questions about the competition, you can contact Margie Coleman on or on mobile 0413 622 950.

Laurie Lawrence Swim School

Laurie Lawrence Swim School at Banora is now offering a complimentary bus service to Lindisfarne students participating in before school swimming sessions. There will be a 7.50am and 8.20am departure time from the swim school to service both the Mahers Lane and Sunshine Avenue Campuses. If you do not currently swim at the centre you can contact them on 07 5523 3177 or email. Prior to commencing lessons children require a free assessment so they can be grouped into classes according to their ability level. 

Rugby Union

The winter season registration is in full swing for various sports. If you would like to consider the rugby union pathway, there are many from our Lindisfarne community involved down at Casuarina Beach Rugby Club, including the Head Coach, Nathan Croft (Lindisfarne Junior School PE teacher and Sports Coordinator).

You can register online, and any girl or boy 6 years of age or older are welcome to join. 

Enquiries to Danielle Hevers (Junior Registrar).


Lindisfarne has a partnership with Tweed Coolangatta Rowing Club if there are any interested Lindisfarne students in Year 7 or older. 

Contact Head Coach Garry Annand at Tweed Heads & Coolangatta Rowing Club on 0412 344 826 or via email:


Spotlight on Indiana Crawford

Last weekend, Indiana Crawford (Year 7) competed at the QLD Beach Series which was held at Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club. Competitors on the day came from as far south as Wanda Surf Life Saving club (Sydney) and as far north as Bribie Island Surf Club.

Indiana placed 1st in the U12s Female Beach Flags, 1st in the U12s Female Beach Sprint, 1st in the U12s Female Beach Relay, and their All Age Relay team placed 3rd (with her brother Cimarron). 

Well done, Indiana, very exciting results as the State and Australian Titles are starting to loom.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Netball Coaching Day


The Saturday Netball Squad selections for Sunshine Avenue players will be at Arkinstall Park on Tuesday, 18 February, 4.00pm to 5.00pm. 

Monday Night Netball

What is it with Mondays?! Apart from the miserable conditions, there were some excellent performances this week

Round 4 matches are as follows:

Let’s hope it stays dry!

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

Netball Centre of Excellence

Save the Date! – Tuesday, 25 February in the Chapel at 6.30pm. RSVP by clicking this link.


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.

2020 Saturday Season

It’s time to register for Saturday Netball and we would love to see you back at the courts for another great year of netball as a Lindisfarne Lion or roar as a new player!
Registrations are a two-part process using the mynetball app:
  1. Register with Tweed Netball Association
    • Active Kids - if you are planning to use this voucher you MUST use it when you register with Tweed.
    • Deadline for this registration is FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2020
  2. Register with Lindisfarne Netball
    • Only once you have completed the Tweed Netball Registration should you proceed to Lindisfarne’s Registration through the mynetball app
    • We anticipate Lindisfarne Netball’s registrations will open on Saturday, 15 February
    • Deadline for this registration is FRIDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2020

Please ensure that you use the mynetball app on your phone to complete these registrations.  Details about how the use the app can be found in the Week 2 Newsletter.

If you experience any trouble please contact

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.

See the Week 2 Newletter for further information.

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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

Netball Centre of Excellence Induction Evening 2020

Be Sun Smart during PDHPE

Even though at present we haven’t seen much of the sun, it is important to remind ourselves to be sunsmart. That means we must have our hats with us for PDHPE lessons. Sunscreen is always provided at each lesson. Students need to make sure they have a hat.

With the high prevalence of skin cancer in Australia, we, as a department, thought it was important to remind everyone of the dangers of this disease.

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells are damaged, for example, by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

There are three main types of skin cancer:

Both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancer.

Approximately, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australians. In 2015, 13,694 Australians were diagnosed with melanoma.

Every year, in Australia:

  • Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
  • The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.

So please make sure you pack a hat and wear sunscreen everyday for your PDHPE lessons.

The PDHPE Team


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