From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to thank you for the outpouring of support for the work of the staff and students as we transitioned to online and home-based learning this week, and your own efforts to support your children during a time of rapid change for us all.

One of the areas of working in schools that has always resonated strongly with me has been the adaptability, agility, resilience and solution focus of children, staff and parents. As is our Lindisfarne Way, we have got on with what we have needed to do in times of immense change, truly living out our school values of compassion, wisdom and respect. We have upheld our commitment to our culture of leadership, standards and collaboration to quickly and efficiently move to a new way of learning — at least for the immediate future.

I am humbled by the commitment of the staff, by the resilience of the students and the support of the parent community. As per my video message this week I also deeply appreciate that this is a time of great hardship for some members of our school community as economic circumstances literally changed in an instant. Please contact the School if you need assistance of any kind.

I would ask that all members of our community strictly support social distancing, personal hygiene and self-isolation measures, and do everything possible to support the containment of COVID-19. Our movements should now be restricted to essential work and gathering supplies to sustain our families. Otherwise, we must be at home and spread this message of containment to our families and friends.

There is light at the end of the tunnel if we individually and collectively do all we can to assist wth containment measures. The length of the tunnel will only be shortened by our individual and collective actions to navigate the difficult journey that our local, national and global community is on.

Finally, I’d like to share a letter from 9 August 1937 that a colleague sent to me from a different era and a school’s experience of remote learning at that time. The author of the letter was the then Headmaster of Mentone Grammar Victoria C.C.Thorold MA and the challenge was an outbreak of Infantile Paralysis (Poliomyelitis).

Mentone Grammar successfully navigated that difficult time in the history of the School to become one of the renowned co-educational in schools in Australia today. They used that extraordinarily difficult time as a launch pad to build a truly remarkable place of learning and so, too, will we, the Lindisfarne School Community of 2020.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Week 1 of Online Learning

Lindisfarne staff, students and parents have certainly risen to the occasion for the introduction of online learning this week. Thank you to all of the parents who have sent through emails and comments of support as we begin innovative new ways to deliver lessons and engage students in a different context. Keep the feedback coming in as it really helps to lift morale and keep our community connected.

I have been so impressed by the work of staff. As I have wandered around the School, I have seen teachers catching up with small groups of students in online chats as well as teach full lessons live through Google Hangouts Meet. Mrs Gilmour ran her class wearing goggles with an underwater background, Ms Affleck in the Junior School ran a live Library lesson for all of the Kindergarten students and Mr Horvath ran a livestream lesson for all Year 10 English. I teach Year 11 and Year 12 Software Design and Development at the same time, so I had two separate Google Hangouts running and jumped between them both. Our staff and students have quickly learnt new skills that will continue to benefit learning long after the current season of online education.

So many staff have also been preparing incredible videos and engaging lesson plans to help the students stay connected, entertained and learning. I think we have a few budding Play School presenters and actors across the School. One of the fun videos today was Mr Scott’s bike ride to school - keeping his class connected.

Each day, we ask the Middle and Senior School students to fill in an Exit Form to reflect on their learning for the day. The first question asks them to rate the quality of their work for the day from one (Not very good) to five (I did my personal best). The results below show how wonderfully our students are engaging with their learning.

We have also asked students to reflect on what worked well for them today and what would have made their learning even better. I have included only a very small sample of the 1500+ responses, which are so encouraging and helpful for our planning too.

What Worked Well

What would have made your learning even better?

  • Studying in a personally controlled environment 

  • The online, face to face interaction and clear communication of what needed to be completed

  • My whole family got involved in the cardio activity which was great.

  • The Google meets worked better than I expected. I enjoyed the freedom of being able to take small breaks in the comfort of my room. 

  • There was the perfect amount of tasks for the amount of time we had and having the flexibility to work on other things when you've finished work in the timetabled class was good.

  • All of my classes were great, and I actually got more done at home than in class!

  • I think that have freedom to get the work done to have time off worked well 

  • Everything was easy to understand and I knew what I had to do.

  • It worked really well as we could learn at our own pace and that helped majorly 

  • I liked how all of my classes at the start of the lesson we did a quick google meet to catch up on some things 

  • I got straight into my work, there was no hassle with the communication between students and teachers and it was really well organised.

  • That I got all my work done quicker than I normally do.

  • Being able to work at my own pace while also following the timetabled schedule

  • I got a sleep in so I did not get as tired while I was working.

  • I mean I understood maths for once and got heaps of English done so I'm happy.

  • Having my Mum & Dad to help me

  • Some things were hard but I enjoyed it

  • I liked doing Google meets, they really allowed me to ask questions. It made me feel as if I was still at school and I really liked it. Thank you very much. 

  • I went for a run for my pdhpe practical.

  • What worked well today is how organised the teachers are. So I was able to complete what I had to complete. 

  • I was organised so that made everything work out well.

  • I didn't have my friends as distractions so I could get more done. 

  • My pets were sitting in my room with me and this made me feel more comfortable and focused.

  • Not having access to a fridge

  • The internet was slow, better wifi would help

  • Better food at home

  • If I had all my classmates to help me if I had trouble. 

  • It would be good if every teacher used Google Meets to address the class and explain the task (even if it's just for 5 minutes) so that the instructions can be clear without misunderstanding.

  • Social distancing from my brothers!

  • If mum left me in my room and I could work in silence 

  • If I concentrated a bit more

  • Being at school

  • A finger bun

  • I probably should've checked my emails more

  • If my dog was less clingy 

  • If it was a bit more organised

  • When teachers set us things they make sure it can be done.

  • Putting my phone in the bin 

  • If I had more time to complete each task before the different calls it would've made working more easy

  • Probably being at school, it's kinda hard to be at home with lots of distractions and having the choice to do anything instead of being in a classroom. Another thing that would have been easier is at school we have to walk up stairs and walk around where at home I couldn't really do that.  

  • Nothing, doing the video calls are fun!

  • A better internet connection 

  • Nothing that could be achieved as a result of online learning.

  • If my neighbours didn't think school hours was the best time for mass construction

  • I’m not sure, it was pretty cool.

  • Maintaining my focus throughout the entire school day 

  • Not deciding to place myself in the hot sun for the 1.5 hour test

Civil rights activist Maya Angelou, in a letter to her daughter, wrote: "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." This quote so eloquently embodies the way that our community has responded to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Our students, staff and parents have all shown how agile and capable they are to step up when needed. We should all feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful school community.

Geoff Lancaster
Deputy Principal - Learning and Innovation

Important Information

From the Chaplain


Below is the text or “script” for a video reflection I have done for our community this week, but I am mindful that not everyone will be able to easily access video resources.

Hello Lindisfarne,
I’m coming to you today through a very different forum. This is one of many creative forums the School will be using in the near future in an attempt to keep our community connected even though we’re geographically isolated.
As I sit here on the hill at our top oval, the landscape looks much the same as it does any other day. The sun is still providing light and warmth, the ocean is still beautiful, planes are still taking off and landing (even though a lot fewer), the breeze is cool and calm, the birds are flying and singing, and as I look up toward Surfers Paradise and down towards Byron Bay, I know that many of you are spread across the coast and the valley in your homes coming to terms with a very different way of life.
We are all faced with social isolation in a way that most of us have never experienced before. No sport, no movies, no pubs, clubs or restaurants, no beach, no café breakfast, no church. Many forms of gathering that we have been used to and relied upon, and that we’ve probably taken for granted, are not available to us at the moment.
As a School Chaplain and a Christian leader, I quite often find myself in conversations with people who say things like “I’m not religious BUT...”. And they go on to describe a form of connection, meaning and purpose — a description of a form of gathering which is important to them.
Most people don’t realise that the etymology of the English word “religion” comes from the Latin word “religare” which means to gather or to bind. In our culture, we tend to only think of religion in terms of organised religion and specific church activities… but the original meaning and intent of the Latin word was a description of gathering for a purpose.
So, really, by definition, we are all religious because we all need to gather, we all need community, we all need a sense of connection and a common purpose which brings contentment and satisfaction. 
Our culture uses the word “religion” as a noun but, really, we should understand it as a verb because we need to meet, we need to gather, we need to feel connected.
In some ways, our usual gatherings and meetings have been suspended and we have been asked to isolate ourselves for the common good. But we are also provided an opportunity to get creative when we think about how we stay connected, even though we are geographically isolated. Our school community continues to gather online for classes and learning — I’m sure many of you are continuing to connect through social media. Many of us have resources available to us which allow us to remain connected, but can I encourage you to also spare a thought for our elderly, many of whom either don’t have the technology or have it and don’t know how to use it? There are vulnerable people in our communities who will feel socially isolated to a greater extent, so we need to think creatively about how we reach out to them too.
There’s another aspect of this, too, that I think is important, which isn’t only about human connection and community.
As I sit here alone, on top of the hill and talk to you through this medium, I am also overwhelmed by the beauty of creation all around me. So, while in one way I feel isolated from all of you, I also feel incredibly connected. Connected to the natural beauty around me, connected to the beauty within me, and connected to all of you in your homes out there as we all play our part in the global community to adapt and improvise as we overcome these unprecedented circumstances.
While we are isolated by distance and location, if we are open to it, we can remain very connected to each other and to the world around us.
May you know God’s rich blessings in the midst of these uncertain times.

Rev Chad Rynehart
School Chaplain


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Round Square

Wacky Round Square Glasses

Last week, I wrote about cards that students in the Round Square elective created for residents of the Bupa aged care facility in Banora. The students of 6A also took part and all the cards were very well received.

Danielle Taylor from Bupa wrote: 

“Oh, this is so lovely.
Thank you for even thinking of it.
In times like these it is very hard for residents in nursing homes to not be able to see their family for any length of time, for the health of them all of course.
However, as they age and their memories fade a little they do not understand the severity of the situation, especially for themselves.
We have to monitor depression on their part in this time and be their “safety net” people as those who usually bring light to their days are no longer at their disposal, so our love is tripled.
The residents often ask about the children from Lindisfarne, the parents and school should be and I am sure that they are, very proud of them, they are certainly a beautiful bunch.
 Thank you once again for thinking of our residents.”

It is a timely reminder to keep a keen eye on our local community, that elderly neighbour, and ourselves. A small act of kindness, a deed that seems so inconsequential, can mean so very much.

To break through the bleakness and have a little fun, I am asking students and parents alike to design and make a pair of wacky Round Square glasses. You can then wear them for a selfie or take a picture of them being modelled by someone - or something - in your household.

This would be a great family activity and a good way of connecting with others and having fun. This link will take you to a template for creating wacky glasses. If you can't print it off at home just design and make them from scratch.

Once your creations have come to life, take a photo of yourself wearing them, or something or someone else and email to

It would be great to make a huge collage of these and post it on the Round Square website for the world to see. 

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator

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School Psychology

​Preparing for Homeschooling

With the increasing spread of COVID-19, countries around the world are implementing preventative measures. For some it means the closure of schools and a movement towards homeschooling with children transitioning to online lessons.

For parents, this can appear to be a daunting task. However, it does not necessarily mean that the parent is now the teacher. Whilst schools will strive to meet a child’s academic needs, parents and carers will need to play a key role in providing structure and on-going support. Some young people will transition seamlessly, whilst others may struggle. Offering reassurance and being vigilant for signs of anxiety and depression will be essential for adult carers.

ACT Companion: The Happiness Trap App

Russ Harris has released his app, ACT Companion: The Happiness Trap App, available free of charge for the next few months. This is a resource for individuals who are having a hard time at the moment as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Just download the app from the Apple app store or Google Play store and then enter the code TOGETHER on the subscription page to unlock all the app content for three months (until the end of June).

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Henny Penning Hatching at Preschool

Over the past two weeks, the Preschool students have been overjoyed waiting and watching chicks emerge from their shells right in front of their eyes!

This thrilling educational experience has enabled the children to observe and interact with chicks as they grow and change. It has stimulated lots of discussion about how a baby chicken develops in the egg, the life cycle of a chicken, what animals come from eggs and inspired lots of creative artworks.

In small groups group, students visited the chicks daily spending time observing and discussing the pen, the developing chicks, the incubator and the eggs. The students were very curious and excited to witness chicks pecking their way out of their shell. They used their observation skills to notice body features and changes in the chicks as they grew. We used quiet voices and gentle hands so as not to frighten the chicks and learnt how to care for them. The students were involved in role playing the life cycle of a chicken, drawing baby chicks, painting/collage of chicks and nests, imaginative play, singing, dance and sharing book experiences following this interest.

Preschool Team 

Junior School

Head of Junior School Report

It is amazing what can be achieved when we’re in a situation whereby we have to get it done. The transition to remote learning is now upon us. Flexibility, resilience and a willingness to take small risks have all been shown by our dedicated students this week and I could not be prouder of students and staff as we have entered uncharted territory. 

I have watched teachers dressed up as Captains and Crayons, visited underwater worlds and bike races. This new teaching paradigm is a chance to get creative. The early morning classroom meet is much anticipated and, although we would all rather be meeting in person, I thank all members of our community for the positive way they have adopted this new approach.

We will continue to refine and improve our approach. Great things are seldom achieved in the first attempt and we expect to improve with practise — as will our students working diligently at home. Thank you for your support and patience during this learning curve.

The announcements on Seesaw will provide regular updates from class teachers and our leadership team. Please continue to check these each day. Remember to stay safe at home and follow the social distancing guidelines that have been outlined.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School Report

I sat down to write this week's newsletter message with intent to not focus on COVID-19. Unfortunately, it seems that our lives are currently inextricably linked to this virus, its impact and the actions being taken to combat its relentless spread.

The advice from the inimitable Fred Rogers to "look for the helpers" provides positivity and comfort in difficult times. At Lindisfarne, the helpers are everywhere! We have seen our teachers lean in together and shoulder the burden of transition to online learning to ensure that our students are supported and helped through this disruptive period in their education. Our parent community, while carrying heavy burdens themselves, have provided amazing help and support for our school community with beautiful messages of thanks and praise for the work of the teachers. Our students have risen to the challenge brilliantly and have engaged with their new reality with commitment, diligence and good humour. Seeing their smiling faces in their Google Meets has been a genuine highlight of my days this week.

For now, as we move into the weekend, put the iPad on top of the fridge, close the laptop, and disconnect. You have all done an amazing job! 

I can't wait to see you next week.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Year 7 Report

Adjusting to being at home for students and parents

In the unprecedented times where we have moved to online schooling, I thought I’d share a few parent/student tips I have enjoyed reading of late. They are all aimed at making the process a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable for all families. The sooner we all stay home the sooner we will flatten the curve and hopefully resume normal lives.

1. Set an alarm and get up at the same time every day. Encourage your child to make their bed and get dressed. Students should start their remote school day with the same enthusiasm and effort that they would start a normal school day.

2. Establish a routine but be flexible. Students thrive on routine but this is also an opportunity for them to be of assistance at home and learn some life skills. There are opportunities within the timetable for them to be engaged on the home front. 

3. Students adapt very quickly, so the “new” will become routine very quickly

4. Stick to normal daily eating habits, recess and lunch breaks are essential but don’t use the fridge and snacking as a distraction during the day.

5. Do something for yourself — parents AND students — every day. You might read a few pages, sit in the sun. put headphones on and listen to some music, or do a mindful relaxation exercise. Whatever it is, step away from the desk and be in the moment.

6. Explore something new each day — build, grow, tidy, create — what can you do that’s new? Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Bake cookies.
  • Make cards to send to family and friends.
  • Learn to cook something new.
  • Grow herbs and veggies.
  • Write a journal or keep a blog.
  • Move in a way you haven’t before.

7. Read, read, read. What a wonderful opportunity to catch up on a favourite book or magazine.

8. Keep screen time for school work but then pack it away and engage with your family. Devices will be used more than ever before so, when you can, totally pack it away and get out the board games, trivia, games and cards… There are so many options.

9. I really liked this tip from “treehuggers”: Children’s attitudes and behaviour can reflect what they sense in their parents, so, be careful in what you say and how you exhibit anxiety during these times.

10. Social distancing is all we can currently do so model it, reinforce it and do it at every opportunity.

Please stay safe. Your children are deeply missed at school. It is just not the same without them. Let’s all work together with love and support to get us back in track as soon as we can.

Julie McDowell
Year 7 Coordinator 

Senior School

Head of Senior School Report

Who would have thought when we started our 2020 school year we would be delivering online lessons in a virtual classroom? But here we are and from all I have been able to observe whilst watching these lessons roll out this week, is that students are engaged and are adapting to the new processes. Please be assured I am here to assist parents and students with this new way of learning as are all the Lindisfarne staff. 

Senior School tutors and Heads of House, together with Mr Woods, are checking in with students daily and remain available for additional support. There may be speed bumps in our road, but we will negotiate these with your assistance with the priority being to keep our students and Lindisfarne community safe.

Throw Some Dice – Out Now!

We are proud to announce the release of 'Throw Some Dice' by Year 12 student Chelsea Redman.

Please support Chelsea’s music by clicking this smartlink and listening to it on your digital platform of choice.   

You can also watch the music video for 'Throw Some Dice' on our Germinate Records YouTube channel by clicking here.

Production of 'Throw Some Dice' was a huge collaboration between Lindisfarne students and staff as well as professional musicians. Thank you all for your superb efforts and for being an important part of this project.

ABC Radio Interview

Chelsea will be interviewed about the release on ABC Gold Coast's Drive program at 6.30pm NSW (5.30pm QLD) today. Click here to tune in or listen to the catch-up at

Charlotte Lush
Head of Senior School

Geography in the Field!

Before the School moved to remote learning, we had a busy couple of weeks in the Geography department with our Years 9, 10 and 11 geographers all participated in field excursions.

As part of Year 9’s study of Food Security, students visited The Farm in Ewingsdale. Students were able to experience, first-hand, the range of strategies used at The Farm to minimise food miles, the carbon footprint of food and the entire "paddock to plate" philosophy. Students are now bringing this primary data together with secondary research to complete a stimulus sheet to use as part of their essay on providing sustainable food security to the Northern Rivers Region.

Our Year 10 geographers enjoyed an incredibly successful field excursion last week to assess coastal management strategies being used on our local beaches. Students were lucky enough to see dolphins surfing the waves at Fingal Beach as they collected their data. They used a wide range of field techniques at four different sites along the coast. The data collected was shared with all students and analysed to complete a report. The report assesses the sustainability of the current defences, whilst also asking students to make justified proposals for the future management of the coastline in light of global warming, rising sea levels and a growing population.

Our Year 11 Preliminary HSC students travelled up to Tallebudgera Creek to survey the habitat. As part of their first unit of study on Biophysical Interactions, students worked together to collect a wide range of data from in and around the river channel to assess the human impact on the natural river processes. Students are now analysing this data and compiling a field report.

All students should be commended on their hard work and diligent fieldwork skills. Any students from Year 10 that missed the excursion can still complete their report using the data we collected, this has been uploaded to their Google Classroom page.

My thanks are extended to Ms Evans, Mr Campbell and Mrs Douglas for their invaluable assistance in running the trips.

Nathalie Newton-Walters
HSIE Teacher



At its meeting today, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Board confirmed that the Higher School Certificate (HSC) is going ahead in 2020, along with a commitment to providing clear and regular advice to the community about the HSC as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

While we recognise some families may be worried as we face these unprecedented situations, we want to assure you that our students will be able to get their HSC certificates this year and that the certificate will facilitate access to university, further education and employment just as it has done for students over the past 50 years.

Keep learning, do your assessments as advised by your teachers, make progress on your major projects where you can and, most importantly, look after yourself whether you are at school or at home. Reach out to family, friends and your teachers if you need to.

If you get sick, the School and NESA have provisions to ensure you are not disadvantaged.
The NESA COVID-19 Response Committee is aware of and will urgently provide advice on the following issues:
  • work placements for VET students;
  • students working on a group drama, dance or music performance; and
  • students completing projects and major works.


Year 12 students will be emailed their UAC PIN on 1 April, also as scheduled. Further advice regarding special arrangements for Year 12 students will be made available in the coming weeks and months as we work with universities, NESA and other stakeholders to ensure that no student is disadvantaged in relation to university entry in 2021.

Barry Woods
Director of VET and Careers

Year 10 Service Learning

This is a difficult time for so many in our community and it is important that we reach out to help others as much as we can. It is with this in mind that Year 10 considered their community service commitment this week.

Whilst self isolation is new to us, there are others who went into self isolation weeks ago, and these people are no doubt beginning to feel the effects of loneliness. Loneliness makes people feel alone and unwanted. So on Wednesday afternoon Year 10 were asked to consider someone in their circle of family and friends who may be feeling lonely. A grandparent, aunt, uncle or elderly friend perhaps. The students called them to brighten their day.

The students then posted online who they contacted and why.

From Amelia Kucharski:

“It’s so lovely to talk and to know someone out there still remembers I’m here, I love you.”

Today I called my nan (Leonie). We hadn’t talked for about 3 months. This call really meant a lot to me and it hit home. Knowing that older people cant go out because of the risk of getting the virus is just appalling. It’s not appalling because we haven’t stopped the virus its appalling because a lot of people are still not staying home when told to. As young people, we always get told to respect our elders. So why does this change when a world pandemic happens? Nana and I chatted for only 20 minutes but those 20 minutes changed her day.

The coronavirus is huge and it’s going impact a lot of people. Some people will be angry with the government, some will be happy that schools over, some will start to feel like they are trapped in Jail and others will grieve the loss of a loved one. But it's important to stay strong.
So even though we're trapped inside for 6 months, it's 6 months out of 22,075,000 Joyful seconds we get to live. So for the sake of our elders, community, family, friends and loved ones. Just stay home and be happy, For those who cannot in this crisis.

From Zahli McCusker:

Person contacted: Grandad (Richard)

My Grandad is and has always been an extremely kind and caring person, especially for my family and I. We hadn't heard from him in a while because of how busy we have been. When he answered the phone he told me that he'd been waiting to speak to us again and see how we are handling the current situation with the coronavirus but didn't know when to call us because he didn't want to interfere with our daily routines. He's been staying safe and has been trying his best to avoid the virus by staying indoors and isolating himself from public.

It was really great to hear from him again because there was so much that I needed to tell him about because there has been so much which has happened since we last spoke to him. By the sound of his voice and the fact that he was laughing and sounded happy, I assume that by me giving him a call and talking to him and then letting the family talk to him after I had, that it made feel less lonely as he lives by himself now after Grandma sadly passed 9 years ago.

I hope that he enjoyed some company from my family and I through his isolation as he doesn't get to socialise as much as he used to, and isolation makes it even harder to socialise with others.

From Ryan Harris:

The person I contacted was my grandmother. She has been self isolating for the past few weeks. She thoroughly enjoyed her chat with me and talked about how she has been dealing with the crisis. I believe this was very beneficial not only for her, but also for me.


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'Throw Some Dice' by Chelsea Valarie

Further to Mrs Lush's Head of Senior School Report, we are proud to announce the release of Germinate Records' first single, ‘Throw Some Dice’. The song was written and performed by Lindisfarne Year 12 student Chelsea Redman (aka Chelsea Valarie) who, in these unprecedented times, summed up the perfect words for her debut.

"I wanted to write a song celebrating the strength required to overcome challenging situations by making difficult personal changes." — Chelsea Valarie.

Click this smartlink to listen to the song on your digital platform of choice or head to the Germinate Records Youtube channel to watch the full video.

I would like to thank the following student audio engineers who attended several recording sessions and recorded tracks for this song:

  • Kai Cusack
  • Chris Mathew-Nelikkattu
  • Oscar Veldhoven
  • Noah Gardiner
  • Sarina Amoedo
  • Cameron Davis
  • Kimiyo Tango
  • Christopher Anderson

I would also like to thank our student backing vocalists:

  • Jemma McNicoll
  • Kimiyo Tango
  • Sarina Amoedo

Thanks also to James O’Gorman from Jog Media for his work in putting together the music video.

Brett Canning
Producer — Germinate Records

Community Music Project

This week, we have reached out to the school community and the wider community to ask musicians of all levels and types to film themselves performing a few minutes of music so we can compile a music video package to send off to aged care centres and to those who are feeling particularly isolated at this time. 

So far, the response has been tremendous with some truly moving performances. I would encourage all Music students and musicians in the school community to use your gifts for the good of others and submit some music to this project.

You can email submissions to

Brett Canning
Producer — Germinate Records

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Anthony Kershler Works with Year 7

The Fundamental Skills of Throwing, Catching and Striking

The past two weeks of Year 7 PDHPE have been really active and exciting, as every lesson has been a practical session with the School’s cricket coach, Mr Anthony Kershler. Despite some awful weather conditions, Mr Kershler managed to plan engaging sessions and provide excellent tips and feedback on correct technique. 

The first session focused on catching technique for low, mid level and high balls. Mr Kershler and the PE teachers were busy turning "snapping crocodiles" into "soft hands" capable of absorbing the impact of a ball and securing the catch. The session finished with a high ball challenge that the kids loved. The winners of each challenge, taking catches from over 20 meters high (tennis balls not cricket balls)

In the following sessions, Mr Kershler went on to share tips and techniques for distance throwing, target throwing and hitting balls. The final session encompassed all skills in a series of games. 

Some students came into these sessions with clearly developed skills in all the areas. However, many students were not proficient in these fundamental skills and benefited greatly from the sessions. No matter the skill level, all students were very active and enjoyed the sessions. Bellowing calls of "Thanks" could be heard as the students left after every session.

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Resilience and Positivity

In PDHPE lessons, we constantly refer to the term “resilience” (the ability to bounce back in times of adversity), and encourage our students to be robust and strong in this department. 

Now more than ever, resilience and positivity are so important and ensure we stay upbeat in this current period of social isolation. This week, the teaching staff were encouraged when we received many photos and videos of Years 7 to 10 students participating in a range of activities in Sport time. It was refreshing to see evidence of our students finding ways to get active and clear their minds — all safely within the Government mandated requirements. 

With the very serious pressures that members of our community are facing during this period, no matter how difficult the pathways are, moments of clarity can come with trying to keep all our components of health in reasonable alignment. For example, finding that 30 minutes to get the heart rate up and exercise, and finding something enjoyable to do can restore some balance and clarity to an otherwise strained mental state.

Wishing everyone all the best for good health, happiness and wellbeing in this period of uncertainty. Take care with your health actions and precautions, and look forward to keeping our community’s spirits high.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


All Netball Players


Below are points that impact Lions Netball this season:
  • All formal netball activity at all levels, inclusive of competitions and programs, have been suspended until Tuesday, 30 June, 2020.  
  • Until then, we need to keep ourselves active and fighting fit.
  • Please attempt to complete at least one workout a week – not just in your PDHPE lessons, and enjoy some past netball matches on YouTube. All of the Workouts have been designed to be completed with no equipment needed. 
I have provided a couple of links/ examples to get you started:

The Name Challenge Workout:

A Cardio Workout

A Strength Workout

A CrossFit Workout

One of my favourite matches!

These are challenging times and now more than ever we need to stand together #NetballUnited. Keeping mentally and physically healthy is just so important as we find our way through, and always remember - we will get through this! 

The app will be available for download now and is free to Netball Queensland members.

Netball Centre of Excellence Training


Below are points that impact the Netball Centre of Excellence players this season:
  • Netball Queensland State Age has been rescheduled to 26-29 September, 2020.
  • Queensland Premier League (QPL) and associated competitions will commence no earlier than July 1, 2020.
  • Preliminary rounds of the Vicki Wilson Cup (VWC) have been cancelled.

All senior LENA (Lindisfarne Elite Netball Athletes) have an individual netball fitness program to follow in this extended pre-season. They will follow the instructions through Google Classroom.

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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball


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