From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

The situation in relation to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) continues to develop daily both domestically and globally.

 As a school, we are remaining calm but vigilant during this time as we continue to support NSW Health containment measures.

I want to reiterate the need to follow NSW Health recommendations and advice.

Earlier this week, I wrote to the school community about the following.

As at 11 March 2020, it is recommended by NSW Health that individuals with cold or flu-like symptoms should remain at home and are not to attend school until the symptoms resolve. NSW Health also recommends that schools also implement infection control processes and follow any advice, if provided, by NSW Health.

Individuals that have returned from a high-risk country or are a close contact of a confirmed case should be tested for COVID-19 if they are displaying symptoms. If tested positive for COVID-19, individuals are to be isolated in accordance with NSW Health requirements. Individuals who are close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are also to be isolated in accordance with NSW Health requirements.

Please also note that, based on the recent updated Australian Government advice, any student or staff member who has been in or transited through mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea (after 5 March) or Italy (after 11 March), must be excluded from work, school or childcare services for a period of 14 days after leaving China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy. These students or staff members are required by NSW Health to self-isolate from the community for a period of 14 days, as the COVID-19 incubation period can be as long as two weeks.

In addition, people who have been to one of the other countries at risk of COVID-19 listed below are also at risk of exposure to COVID-19:

  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Singapore

If students or staff have travelled (including transit) through any of the above countries at risk of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, schools and families should closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Note, however, that self-isolation for those that have visited these countries is currently not recommended by NSW Health.

I want to stress the importance of remaining calm as we work through the current and emerging situation with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

We are increasing the emphasis of good hygiene practice at school and ask that you also follow whilst at home.

In particular, our emphasis has been on thorough and frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with soap, and sneezing or coughing into your elbow or arm.

Additionally, I am requesting that all members of the school community review any forthcoming personal international travel plans that they have especially to countries deemed to be extreme or high risk.

I would also ask that members of the school community commence social distancing.

I request that all staff, students and members of the school community cease all forms of greeting that involve physical contact especially handshaking at this time.

Our goal is to keep all members of our school community well and to assist containment measures being undertaken by state and national health authorities.

Finally, the following poster and information from the World Health Organisation may be of assistance at this time.

You may also like to watch the short Facebook video below from the World Heath Organization on the 7 Steps to Prevent the Spread of the Virus.

Thank you again for your support.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Lindisfarne Cultural Audit Survey

At Lindisfarne, we desire to provide a world class education and engaging opportunities for our students. We are asking key stakeholders in the School to provide valuable feedback to help map our culture and guide our future direction. We have engaged the services of CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership) to help facilitate this important work. 

Earlier this term we held a number of focus groups for Lindisfarne stakeholders including teaching and non-teaching staff, school leaders, parents, students, alumni and the School Council. The next stage of this process involves inviting these stakeholder groups and the wider school community to complete the survey linked below. Completion of the survey will assist us to gather data and provide strategic direction for the School.

The survey comprises 25 questions in which you are asked to rate various aspects of the School and will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Comment boxes linked to each question provide the opportunity for more detailed feedback. Survey participation is anonymous and confidential, and the data will be used only for reporting to the school. Please complete and submit the survey by Tuesday, 24 March, at which time the survey will close. We appreciate your contribution to this process.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

Lindisfarne Bus Transport

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lindisfarne-owned buses are provided to transport our students who live in Queensland and south of Ocean Shores, to and from their residence to school. The demand in 2020 for bus seats for students who reside in these areas has resulted in the buses being near capacity. 

As such, the School is unable to provide transport to one-off requests as it is not possible to guarantee the seat is available and priority must be given to students registered for the bus. The School's buses are licenced to carry 57 seated passengers so it is not an alternative to have students stand up while travelling.

We appreciate your understanding with this matter. Should your child need to travel to a location other than their own home, alternative arrangements will need to be made. This will assist in preventing the situation where a student who is not registered for a bus, is prevented from travelling on the bus due to the bus being over capacity. 

Brett Dinsdale
Business Manager

Introducing STYMIE

Ahead of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday, 20 March and in line with Lindisfarne’s commitment to providing a Child Safe environment, we are introducing Stymie to the Middle and Senior School students on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.   

Stymie is an anonymous harm reporting tool that Lindisfarne is introducing to proactively support students to say something without fear. The idea is to connect students with their empathy and conscience so they can, in an empowered and courageous way, enhance or change the culture of care in their school.

Students make notifications about cyberbullying, bullying, illegal activity, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Reducing harm on all levels in schools makes for a safer learning space. 

Further details on this important program can be found via the links below:

During the launch day, sessions will be held by staff members from Stymie to each year level. Students will be shown how to use Stymie; told what it is for; and how it can benefit them in the school environment. 

If you have any questions regarding Stymie please contact Cassandra Gist, School Psychologist on

Cassandra Gist
School Psychologist

From the Chaplain


Parents & Friends

P&F Sponsorship Prospectus

The Lindisfarne Parents and Friends Association (P&F) has been supporting the vision of the School to provide friendship and fundraising activities to enhance the sense of community for all involved in our school.

The P&F aims to play a part in promoting and developing a spirit of cooperation and community support for parents, guardians, teachers and students. 

Each year the P&F organise numerous social events, family days and fundraisers in support of the School. Any help is greatly appreciated and you will be welcomed into a dynamic group of enthusiastic parents and friends. 

P&F events offer an opportunity for the wider Lindisfarne community to support the School through the provision of sponsorship or the donation of goods and services.

This prospectus outlines the upcoming activities of the P&F and how you can be involved in supporting our students by supporting your P&F.

Please click the Parents and Friends Sponsorship Prospectus below. 

Ramesh Sivabalan
Lindisfarne P&F President


The Lindisfarne Parents and Friends Association is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 7 April 2020 at 6.00pm in the Mahers Lane Library.

Stage 2 Cudgen Creek Beach Day

Year 3 and 4 families are gathering for a sunny afternoon at Cudgen Creek Beach from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday, 29 March.

If weather or creek conditions do not suit, we will head over to Kingscliff Beach Hotel (102 Marine Parade, Kingscliff).

We hope to see you there.

Ramesh Sivabalan
P&F President

Upcoming Events

P&F Trivia Night

ParentEd with Emma Murray - Mind Coach

Staff Bio

Whole School News

​BASE Leadership Men’s Youth Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have been named as finalists for the BASE Youth Leadership Men’s award.

Community Service & Citizenship Award
Patrick Brabant 

Sports Leadership Award
Jacob Sands
Oliver Churchill
Elliot Dowker 

Academic & Leadership Award
Nathaniel Bryant
Noah Chapman

All finalists were interviewed this week with the winner announced at the award breakfast at Salt Bar, Salt Village, Kingscliff on 20 March.


A large-scale Australian study in 2013 found that children perceive cyberbullying to be an inevitable consequence of using social networks. (2013, ACMA)

Leading research over the past decade has consistently shown that the prevalence of cyberbullying is around 20 per cent – 1 in 5 children aged 8-17 years being targeted in the last 12 months. That’s somewhere between 460,000 and 560,000 children each year.

However, it is important to acknowledge that for the first time, it looks like cyberbullying rates are falling. This is a great news story. However, it’s too early to celebrate this as fact, and we must admit that completely eradicating cyberbullying is unrealistic – like social media, it’s here to stay.

If your child reports they are being bullied via social media, please approach their classroom teacher or Head of House.

Cassandra Gist 
School Psychologist 

NDA and Harmony Day - Middle and Senior School

Next week, on Friday, 20 March, the National Day of Action (NDA) against Bullying and Violence will be held for the 10th time. This key anti-bullying event is themed for 2020 as “Take Action Together”. 

This week, at assembly, Mr Marquardt spoke about kindness and treating each other in a manner that meets with our school community’s expectations, values and, indeed, hopes. While this is a National Day of Action across Australia, it gives a timely reminder that we can all act to stamp out this type of behaviour throughout the year too. On this day, students are encouraged to wear orange in support of this great initiative. 

Also, in this edition of the newsletter is information about the school-wide launch of Stymie (on Tuesday, 17 March), an online reporting platform that allows students to report the perpetration of bullying and harmful behaviour within our school, anonymously is necessary. This additional avenue for reporting gives us another tool with which to work on addressing unkind, unsafe and bullying behaviours. 

Conveniently, and somewhat coincidentally, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence falls during Harmony Week. 

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.”

Harmony Week at Lindisfarne gives students, staff and friends cause to pause and reflect on the positive impact of diversity and difference within our community. It gives us the opportunity to take a look around at the vast and interesting backgrounds that our students and families are from and develop a deep understanding of their stories and contributions. We do this to ensure that we move through the continuum from tolerance to understanding to acceptance, and beyond, into the celebration of diversity and difference. In the words of Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same, we’d get tired of looking at each other.”

It is a great week to prompt discussion at home and look at how we interact with those in the world around us, in whatever format that may be, face-to-face or online and consider how our actions and words can have a lasting impact on others, both positive and negative. 

Have a great weekend.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Round Square

​IDEALS - Leadership

“For Round Square a Spirit of Leadership recognises that successful leaders are driven by a desire to be of service to others and to nurture, guide, develop and help them to improve and succeed.” 

‘Students are offered opportunities to explore leadership concepts, identify role-models and develop and rehearse a range of leadership skills in a supportive environment both inside and beyond the classroom.

Student-led initiatives and activities are key features in our schools and our conference programmes are largely designed and managed by the students themselves.

Through defining and promoting a Spirit of Leadership, Round Square schools empower students to actively engage in developing strategy, solving problems and leading teams, ultimately understanding their potential to be current and future leaders, and the responsibility that comes with that role.

A spirit of leadership is found in those whose convictions are rooted in personal responsibility, kindness and justice. It recognises that successful leaders are driven by a desire to be of service to others and to nurture, guide, develop and help them to improve and succeed.

A range of leadership skills are marshalled and employed to influence and enlist the support of individuals, teams or communities in the achievement of a shared objective.

Strategic thinking and analysis of both the current situation and the objective enable the creation of a route map for achieving that objective. Self-belief and an ability to gather and process ideas, set direction, and create and share a vision that is exciting and dynamic inspires others to take action and to share ownership. The capacity to generate a sense of belonging in others leads to team members feeling valued for their contributions and taking pride in their efforts and achievements.

A person living out a spirit of leadership demonstrates personal literacy in understanding and employing both their own skills and abilities and those of their team to the greatest effect. Self-confidence, determination, motivation, intuitive decision-making, persuasion and negotiation and creative problem solving are all in evidence as is the ability to spot opportunities and take calculated risks. Self-awareness and emotional-literacy allow for confident tempering, analysis and expression of emotions both for the leader and those that they lead.’

Please take a look at this Leadership link.

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

NDA and Harmony Day - Junior School

On Friday, 20 March 2020, Australian schools will stand united in their communities to celebrate the tenth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) and Harmony Day. This year the two important initiatives come under the one event of Harmony Week. Here at the Junior School, we are proud to be a part of this national initiative and stand united on this special day.

The National Day of Action is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and in 2020, schools are called to “Take Action Together” and imagine a world free from bullying. At the Junior School, we are participating in discussions, learning activities and role playing various scenarios to spread the message that bullying has no place in our school.

On Friday, 20 March, we are asking all students and staff at the Junior School to come dressed in at least one item of orange clothing or wear an accessory that is orange. You could choose to wear an orange shirt. You could wear some orange shoes. If you are lucky enough to own some orange accessories then wear them to school. This is to send the message that bullying is not accepted here and that we stand together as a school that is trying to make a world free of bullying. 

The NDA and Harmony Day is a positive day of action, bringing school communities together to help find workable solutions that address bullying and violence.

Let's "Take Action Together" at Lindisfarne.

Tony Cross
Assistant Head of Junior School - Curriculum

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team


Waste Free Wednesday

Eco Tip

Middle School

Community Garden and Ozharvest

Growing our own food can be one of life’s most satisfying experiences. Students learn invaluable skills and knowledge in growing and producing food at school. They explore their world, work collaboratively, think creatively and learn authentically. Learning experiences develop in students respect for food, food producers, living things and the environment. They learn how sustainable food production systems protect natural resources and maintain the agricultural capability of the land into the future. 

Through our Community Garden, we aim to develop and deepen knowledge and skills of sustainable food production practices, enabling our students to contribute to the world as informed sustainable citizens.  

The aim is to promote:

  • understanding of and skills in living and acting sustainably  

  • skills in working scientifically when investigating factors affecting plant growth  

  • skills in design and production relating to growing and producing food  

  • understanding needs of living things and their interrelationships  

  • understandings of food sources and food technologies 

  • emotional wellbeing through spending time outside and connecting to nature  

  • social wellbeing in sharing and working collaboratively  

  • physical wellbeing through gardening, preparing and eating seasonal healthy foods

As a part of Integrated Studies this term, Year 6 Students are learning about the issue of food waste in Australia and around the world in a unit of work supported by OzHarvest’s FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) Program. Creative cooking is combined with nutrition knowledge, healthy eating and food waste prevention to protect the environment and help everyone lead a fully sustainable life. Each week students prepare and cook simple snacks and meals from food that is typically left over in the fridge that would normally be thrown out and end up in landfill. To celebrate their learning, students will design their own recipes from left over foods and create a 'Year 6 Family Cookbook’.

Cathy Cox
Year 6 Coordinator

Year 5 News

One of the things that Year 5 students love about being on the Mahers Lane Campus is working with specialist teachers in Visual Arts, Music, PDHPE, French and Sport, and in various spaces beyond their Homeroom across the school.

Middle School Electives: Art, App Development, Creative Writing, Drama, Dumbledore’s Army, Entrepreneurship, Gardening, Problem Solving/Lasers/3D printing, Public Speaking, Small Motor Maintenance, Sound and Lighting, Spanish and Woodwork have also provided an exciting and valuable opportunity for our students to work with different teachers as well as a range of students from Years 5 to 8. Beside pursuing their personal interests, students have made connections with others who share similar passions and many have also broadened their friendship network.

Leadership has been a focus this term with Middle School Captains and House leaders recently being elected. Year 5 have engaged in the voting process by listening to some fabulous speeches and reflecting on not just who would make an excellent leader but also what makes a leader, a leader. 

This week, Year 5 also had an opportunity to put themselves forward for a leadership position with the Student Representative Council. It was pleasing to have so many students nominate themselves with a desire to lead their peers and wider school community. Year 5 SRC representatives will be announced very soon and we look forward to celebrating their success. 

All Year 5 students can lead the way by being a role model for their peers through demonstrating qualities and skills such as:

  • Care, kindness and patience
  • Commitment and passion
  • Integrity
  • Encouraging others
  • Perseverance
  • Initiative
  • Willingness to connect and communicate effectively with peers, teachers and the wider community
  • Ability to be inclusive of others
  • Ability to work through differences calmly and mindfully
  • Rising to a challenge
  • Wearing school uniform with pride

Year 5 students, our potential future Middle School Leaders, are encouraged to always strive for personal best and continue to build their leadership qualities and skills.

Lisa Price
Year 5 Coordinator

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Senior School

Year 9 - The Rite Journey

This year our Year 9 cohort have started their Rite Journey; a journey which assists the students in reflecting on their childhood, acknowledging the positives together with the challenges and giving thanks for the significant people in their lives. It is a many faceted program which has, at its core, the notion that this is a significant age and stage for our students. It is a time when they know they are no longer children but neither are they adult. Through the use of ceremonies, the students are encouraged and supported to take that step forward to becoming resilient, self-aware, responsible young adolescents. 

On Wednesday, 11 March at the aptly named “Calling Ceremony”, the students were asked to respond to “the call” to enter into the journey toward adulthood. This was followed by a very moving ceremony at dawn the following morning at Fingal where parents, staff and the chosen mentors of the students gathered to make public commitments to enter this process with open hearts and minds to support this Year 9 cohort to adulthood. As anyone present would testify, this was both a significant and beautiful ceremony; a very deliberate creation of a special memory to be treasured by all participants.

We look forward to continuing the journey with our Year 9 cohort, the joys and the challenges of which will be shared throughout the year.

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

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Careers Corner

On Monday, Year 12 students were given the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about life beyond school with ex Lindisfarne students, Jahla and Lucy. Jahla and Lucy spoke about their different experiences at Griffith and Southern Cross University and gave us insight into the field of health science, in particular occupational therapy. We were able to learn more about what to expect when we leave school and how to prepare for Uni life if that’s the path we decide to take. We also discussed the different subjects that are available in the occupation therapy course and how the units within the course work. This first-hand information was very useful and their advice was very much appreciated! As we embark on our final months of school, we are very grateful for valuable opportunities like these where we are able to discuss and ask any questions we may have about life beyond school. Thank you agai,n Jahla and Lucy! Also, a big thank you to Mr Woods for organising this talk!

Georgia Mossop and Mia Watson
Year 12 Students


Your UAC PIN will be emailed to the address you registered with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). 
Keep your UAC PIN in a safe and secure place and don't give it to anyone else. We recommend that you log in to your application and change your PIN after you've applied.
If your PIN doesn't seem to be working, check that you are using your UAC PIN and not your NESA PIN.


Are you in Year 12 and want to get a head start when it comes to getting into university? 
The Bond Business School Year 12 Extension Program is a two-day workshop where students gain an insight into university life to assist the transition from high school to university. Our world class academics will facilitate the opportunity for students to experience an enrichment of the senior school syllabus through real world applications and the use of 21st century skills.

Be part of the select group of students handpicked for the opportunity to receive an early offer into Bond Business School and the opportunity to be awarded a Year 12 Extension Program Scholarship. See brochure or click here:

University of Queensland

FEAST Residential Camp - Applications Open

Applications are now open for Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST). FEAST is a four-day residential program aimed at inspiring students in Year 11 and 12 about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries.

Students will discover what it's like to study these fields by participating in interactive workshops, meeting current UQ students and experiencing the social aspect of living on campus.

Date: Sunday, 28 June to Wednesday, 1 July
Venue: UQ Gatton
Cost: $495 (bursaries available)
Applications close: Monday, 30 March

Discover more

UQ Science Ambassador Program - Nominations Open

Raise the profile of science within your school and recognise high-achieving and motivated senior students by nominating them as UQ Science Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will champion science at your school by developing and delivering events, holding National Science Week activities, and encouraging other senior science students to share their experiences with students in all years.

UQ will provide support for ambassadors through regular communication including email updates, monthly quizzes, a closed Facebook group and invitations to attend events.

Discover more

Griffith University

Griffith University Aviation Flight School Camp 2020

The Griffith University Aviation Flight Camp is an exciting two-day non-live-in camp that offers Year 11 and 12 students a unique opportunity to experience what an aviation career has to offer.

On day one, students will take part in a range of hands on activities, connect with student mentors and hear from a variety of industry speakers. On day two, students will choose to attend one of the two behind the scene day trip tours. 

Bond Business School 

Year 12 Extension Program

The Bond Business School Year 12 Extension Program is a two-day workshop where students gain an insight into university life to assist the transition from high school to university. Our world class academics will facilitate the opportunity for students to experience an enrichment of the senior school syllabus through real world applications and the use of 21st century skills.

For more information click on the link below: 

Year 10 Natural Ability

A reminder that all Year 10 students should have started their Natural Ability program, all tests need to be completed by the end of week 6. Any questions please see me or email

The Natural Ability workshops for students will be on Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 March.

Parent Information Session: Thursday, 26 March 6.00pm Chapel

Thank you.

Barry Woods
Director of VET and Careers 


Mathematics Faculty


Science Matters

Boots and all brawling, staff being abused and police using taser, it is not a scene from a TV crime series, it is happening in the toilet paper aisle of a grocery store near you! Have people taken leave of their senses or has some sort of collective madness taken over our community?

To behavioural scientists it is an important phenomenon to understand so let’s see if we can make some sense of The Great Australian Toilet Paper Buying Binge.

The corona virus disease (or COVID) is something we need to take very seriously. Most people are not at risk of getting dangerously ill with the exception of the elderly, the very young and those with pre-existing medical problems. If any of these people got gravely ill or, worst of all, died it would be tragic for the families involved but the way in which most of us will be affected is through the disruption to our economy and society.

The virus is a new version (mutation) of the same one that was responsible for Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) some years ago. The fact that it is new means that our bodies have no resources (B and T Memory cells if you are in Y12 Biology) with which to fight it and, because it is a virus, drugs like antibiotics won’t work. This means that a great many people could get sick for a period of time as their bodies work out how to attack this new invader. In the meantime, systems like health care and education could break down if too many people are off sick at the same time. The only way to combat a viral infection is through a vaccination program but this takes time both to produce the vaccine and to administer it.

Sick people are required to stay home and isolate themselves to slow down the spread of the virus which brings us back to toilet paper.

When the advice was circulated that people should be prepared to self-isolate for two weeks, the idea took hold that people should stock up on essential grocery items. This was somehow transformed, possibly by social media, into the idea that toilet paper was going to be in short supply. This started the first episodes of bulk buying which led to stores being out of stock which reinforced the idea of shortage which led to more bulk buying when supplies came in which led to...I think you get the idea.

This is a phenomenon generally referred to as a “Herd response” when you see someone doing something and think that you should be doing it too regardless of rationality. A more correct way to describe this behaviour is as an example of behavioural economics. The simple fact is that people will respond in unpredictable ways to an economic stimulus like scarcity. In this case, there is no shortage, toilet paper is produced in both Australia and New Zealand so we don’t rely on imported product. The rush to bulk buy is purely a herd response to a perceived situation. So resist the impulse to race off to the shops and stock up on a few rolls, there is lots to go around.

The GATPBB has made us something of a laughing stock internationally but it carries an important lesson. What if environmental conditions resulted in a shortage of something critical like flour, meat or vegetables? How would people respond? Would everyone share in the available stock or would there be mob violence in supermarkets across the country? 

We live in a land of plenty and a (perceived) shortage of a relatively unimportant product reveals just how delicate the fabric of our society really is.

Just one more word on toilet paper. People forget that only three generations ago there was no such thing and newspaper, leaves and straw were popular alternatives. Just saying...

The Corona virus deserves our attention and action but not our fear. Wash your hands properly, stay home if you feel like you are coming down with a cold and, for goodness sake, be kind and generous towards each other.

Enjoy your week in Science and work hard preparing for your upcoming assessments.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator 


Visual Arts

Performing Arts


Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space



Sports Injury Clinic


Saturday Netball

All of the Lions Squads have been registered and entered into age and ability appropriate playing divisions for the Saturday season.
Tweed’s Grading Days are on Saturday 21 and 28 March. If necessary, the third grading day is Saturday 4 April.
Please see the Key Dates for Saturday netball attached.

Monday Night Netball

No matches this week, due to the weather, which means there are a few changes to Monday Night Netball: 
Postponed Round 1 = April 6
Postponed Round 7 = 27 April
Grand Final = May 4
A reminder will be sent closer to those dates.

Round 8 matches are as follows:

Netball Centre of Excellence Training

Squad training has started on Thursdays and Fridays during school sport time and will continue for the rest of Term 1. The 15s Squad and the Green Lions Team need to be picked up from Arkinstall Park at 4:00pm and the Opens Squads afterschool training is from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The bus, for the Opens players, will leave the Chapel Driveway at the end of the School day.

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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

​Harmony Week

Harmony week runs from the 15th to the 21st of March and is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.

Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live.

There are some fascinating statistics about Australia's diversity that can be good conversation-starters:

  • nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was

  • we identify with over 300 ancestries

  • since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia

  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia

  • apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi

  • more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

Harmony Week ties in seamlessly with the Lindisfarne School Values of compassion, wisdom and respect and is a topic that is covered in PDHPE when talking about inclusive, equal and respectful relationships. 

The PDHPE Faculty



The Lindisfarne and NCIS carnivals are obviously well behind us now. The next level is NSW Combined Independent Schools carnivals at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Our Primary contingent is gearing up for their carnival on 26 March, congratulations to the following students who will be down there competing:

  • Wil Anderson
  • Fletcher Bruhn
  • Emily Daniel
  • Isabelle Daniel
  • Matilda Daniel
  • Hunter Gaffney
  • Mia Gist
  • Riley Johnston
  • Kaimana Lowien-Britt
  • Jackson Mater
  • Eira Grace McGilligan
  • Sian McGilligan
  • Max Osmers
  • Hunter Whitrod

Wishing these competitors all the best, and hoping that some of them can get through to State level competition (NSW PSSA).  


The Primary NCIS Football Championships were down in Coffs Harbour this week. Lindisfarne was represented well by both a girls and boys team, who had been prepared rigorously on the training paddock. 

Our girls team had a massive day, making it through the rounds and into the semi-finals. The girls were knocked out in the semi-finals against Bishop Druitt College, but what a cracking match this was - going into double extra time, and in a format where they drop 2 players every 2 minutes. Our girls went painfully close to getting through to the final, with the ball literally 1cm from crossing the goal line. Bishop Druitt College went on to win the tournament in the girls division. Congratulations to the girls team:

  • Isabella Arghyros
  • Phoenix Carpenter
  • Matilda Daniel
  • Kiki Dorsey
  • Eliza Fahy
  • Madison Fernance
  • Ruby Lynch
  • Ivy Parsons
  • Lil Proart
  • Riona Wallis
  • Sienna Wright

Our boys team made it through the rounds with a draw and two wins. They then drew Emmanuel College, which was an exhilarating win after double extra time and a penalty shootout. In the final they drew Bishop Druitt College, who have won the tournament the last 4 years running. Our boys were clearly dominant in this match and came away with a resounding 3-1 victory. Here are the victorious Lindisfarne boys:

  • Lachlan Arghyros
  • Bryce Corcoran
  • Ajae Densley
  • William Gorrie
  • Lucas Greaves
  • Roadan Harper
  • James Letters
  • Jack McBride
  • Archie McColm
  • Tyler Mead
  • Oliver Muggeridge
  • Bowie Robinson
  • Miles Scheiwe
  • Evan Williams

We also had a handful of boys get nominated to represent NCIS in the NSW Combined Independent Schools Championships in Sydney on April 7. Well done boys:

  • Lachlan Arghyros
  • Bowie Robinson
  • Ajae Densley
  • Lucas Greaves
  • Tyler Mead
  • Miles Scheiwe

Primary Boys Championships


Our Interschool Equestrian team is continuing to build on its successful inaugural season.  Recent events have included the Wide Bay Regional Championships, held at Queensland Equestrian Centre, Caboolture.  Zali Greeney, Year 6 rode her new young Welsh pony Arajay Park Maverick and came away with consistent performances to now qualify for State in both primary preliminary dressage and show horse hunter.  A terrific effort for such a new combination. Also easily qualified for State dressage is Nicola Gee with her big Warmblood Steve. Nicola finished the weekend as Novice Champion overall rider. Congratulations Nicola!

For the uninitiated, Dressage is the art of training a horse to perform specific manoeuvres of strength, agility, balance, and willingness. horses move through their training in dressage, they perform tests in competition that measure their progress. It’s often called an art because it takes many years to learn, and many more to master.  There are 9 levels, with Grand Prix dressage at the pinnacle, as seen at the Olympics. 

As you can imagine, to be competing at Interschools is a massive commitment for the girls and special mention must be made of their wonderful families who fully support the time and effort dedicated to both training and competing.

Mrs Kathryn Leary - Teacher in charge of Equestrian

Nicola Gee
Zali Greeney

Cross Country

Our next whole school carnival is the Lindisfarne Cross Country carnival on April 9 on the Mahers Lane campus. Our wonderful maintenance staff are already on the job getting the course prepared. More details to come in the next couple of weeks. 

We are running complimentary training sessions here at Mahers Lane on Wednesday and Friday mornings to prepare any interested students.These sessions started this week. Meet at Mahers Lane Gymnasium at 7.00am.


Our Athletics program will begin in Term 2 on Tuesday, April 28. We will have our highly credentialed coaches onboard again:

  • Phil Newton
  • Callum Taylor 
  • Siddharth Paulraj

These sessions are open to any students from Years 3 to 12. There will be a $79 charge to attend any of the sessions for BOTH Terms 2 and 3. Please email your registration confirmation to Cherie Montford (





3.30pm to 5.00pm




Middle Distance

Mark Ladbroke

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj


7.00am to 8.00am


Middle Distance

Sid Paulraj

Matt Bedford


3.30pm to 5.00pm




Middle Distance

Mark Ladbrok

Phil Newton

Sid Paulraj


7.00am to 8.00am


Middle Distance

Sid Paulraj

Damien Clucas

Touch Football

We are running an open Touch Football training session with our elite Head Coach Danielle Davis every Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm -5.00pm. There are various teams that will use this session, as well as any keen Touch Football players from Years 7-12 that want to come along and learn from an outstanding coach. If this interests you, see you on Mahers Lane top oval on  Wednesday. 

Spotlight on Lily O’Sullivan

Lily O’Sullivan (Year 10) had some more outstanding performances on the weekend, this time at NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships at Swansea Belmont. In her first year of U17 competition too, up against some very talented athletes. She won gold in the Surf Race (Swim), bronze in the Board Race, gold in Board Rescue, bronze in the Board Relay with Ginger Allen (Year 11) and silver in U19 Tube Rescue with her teammates.

Ginger Allen (centre) and Lily O'Sullivan (right)

Spotlight on Sacha Melrose Cripps

Last weekend Sacha Melrose Cripps (Year 5) was invited to compete in the Junior Development Series Tweed Heads Tournament for Tennis.

The Junior Development Series are tournaments held across the year open to registered players of talent from Northern NSW and SE QLD.

Sacha played in Division 5 for U14 and younger. He competed in 8 matches against strong competitors from other districts and won the grand final 6-4, aged 10.

This was his first JDS tournament for the region. Well done, young man!


Students across Years K to 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 5 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 ex-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 obviously lifts our quality of coaching to one of the strongest in the country. 

Lindisfarne is fully supportive of Hockey Tweeds 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 the link above and if you have any questions about the competition, you can contact Margie Coleman on or on mobile 0413 622 950.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities

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