2020 Term 1 Week 11 9 Apr 2020
From the Principal
It’s hard to imagine a more challenging school time than Term 1 2020.
A period of prolonged drought was followed by devastating bushfires that burnt much of Australia. In the Tweed, the drought and bushfire threat was broken by prolonged and flooding rains. A few weeks after emerging from the threat of the wet weather, we were in the midst of a global pandemic and the resultant health and economic crisis presented by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.
And whilst I believe the School and our staff, students, parents and the wider community have responded with courage, grace and dignity in the face of adversity, it is without a doubt we have all been put to the test. We are doing our very best to reimagine the School in the face of rapid change, to provide continuity of learning for our students and to help hold our community together in a cohesive fashion during a time of great difficulty. We continue to prepare for the term ahead and to support those experiencing financial hardship on a case-by-case basis. Over the holidays, our attention will continue to be on what else we might be able to do to support our school families and community at this time. I appreciate that a time of distress, heartache and uncertainty is upon many in our community and we are committed to do all we can to keep our school a stable, safe and welcoming place for all as we face this crisis together. While most learning at this stage will continue through remote, online and home-based approaches, I remind all families that the School is open and should any parents need to send their children to school you are able to do so.
In contemplating the many changes that we have all faced, I’ve been reflecting on other times of hardship faced by our nation no more so than at the end of World War I when a young nation, devastated by the hardship of world war, mourned the loss of a generation of young people grappled with the profound injuries, shortage of food, only to face the devastation of the Spanish Flu pandemic that followed almost immediately. As a nation, we rose from those dark and difficult days and, as a nation, we will rise from these most recent challenges brought about through COVID-19. Our school will continue to respond to the present and prepare for the future with resolve.
As I’ve wrestled with many matters over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about books I’ve read over the years — stories of people surviving and navigating challenging times, and hardship. A couple of books you may find interesting at this time include Polio survivor Alan Marshall’s I Can Jump Puddles, A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life, and Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes are a few that come to mind.
As we move into the Easter weekend, my thoughts and prayers are with all members of the school community as we wrestle with the current situation.
May the time in self-isolation, some rest and reflection coupled with the hope of the resurrection sustain you this Easter and always.
From the Deputy Principal
We're Here to Help
Dear Parent and Guardians,
From Tuesday, 14 April, our dedicated Accounts and our Enrolments teams will be available through the term break to continue to help our families with their questions and queries.
Please contacts us on 07 5590 5099 or via the emails below:
Accounts enquiries: email@example.com
From the Chaplain
2020 Easter Message
Parents & Friends
Whole School News
Join our STEM Challenge over the term break.
Simply follow the link to test your wits:
There are some great opportunities to test your creativity and ingenuity, and there are great prizes to be won!
You can work individually or with your families, the choice it yours.
Sign up by joining our Google Classroom using the code: mui2kf4
Dean of Studies
Important Assessment Information
Years 5 to 11 Term 1 Interim Reports
Interim reports are based on how a student has approached their learning during Term 1. They are designed to give an indication of the effort students have displayed this term.
These reports are now available via parent lounge.
Years 7 to 12 School-based Assessment Tasks and Schedules
There were some minor changes to some student assessments tasks towards the end of this term. Any further changes which are required will continue to be notified to the school community by Faculty Directors.
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
Students in Years 11 - 12 have been notified of any changes NESA has made due to COVID-19 as soon as announcements have been made.
It is essential that you please ensure that child/children only read information about the HSC from provided by NESA as conflicting information from other states and news outlets does tend to cause increased anxiety.
NESA’s latest information is provided below.
As always please feel free to contact me about any issues or concerns. I would also like to thank the school community for their support during this term.
Dean of Studies
NESA Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Last updated: 7 April 2020
NESA is continuing to work closely with the NSW Government to ensure a continuity of learning for students, along with ongoing safety and health of students, teachers and parents.
Our current advice is below. We are updating this advice daily and as circumstances change, in line with NSW Government announcements.
Higher School Certificate
The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is going ahead in 2020.
A COVID-19 Response Committee is addressing developing issues as a matter of urgency.
A Technical Advisory Committee of assessment experts and stakeholders is working on a fair and equitable way to calculate a mark for cancelled components of the HSC.
Key dates and deadlines currently listed on the NESA website are subject to change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. NESA will continue to update you with exceptions and changes to relevant deadlines.
Advice to students
Keep learning, do your assessments.
Look after yourself, whether you are at school or at home.
Reach out to family, friends and your teachers if you need to.
Go to UAC COVID-19 updates for information about entering university in 2021.
School-based HSC Assessment
Schools must follow social distancing requirements when planning or undertaking school-based assessment tasks.
NESA has given principals and system authorities the power to determine the number, type and weighting of tasks for HSC and Year 11 school-based assessment.
This includes making determinations about all mandated tasks that are internally assessed in the following courses:
Community and Family Studies
Design and Technology
English (English Studies, English Standard, English Advanced, English EAL/D, English Extension 1 and English Extension 2)
Language in Context Stage 6 (Chinese, Japanese and Korean)
Mathematics: Mathematics Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Environmental Studies, Investigating Science – depth studies, and Science Extension)
NESA’s principles of assessment continue to apply. Wherever possible, school-based assessment should continue to be:
based on a range of syllabus outcomes
based on measures made throughout the HSC course
informed by the components identified in the assessment and reporting documents for each of the syllabuses
inclusive of and accessible for all students.
The mandatory group performance exam in Drama and the mandatory ensemble performance exam in Music Extension have been cancelled for 2020.
Other performance exams will be modified if they breach mandatory social distancing requirements.
Detailed advice about these components is now available.
Language oral exams
Students should continue studying for the language oral exams and completing school-based assessments.
This Thursday’s (9 April) meeting of the COVID-19 Response Committee will focus on major projects for Visual Arts, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Textiles and Design, English Extension 2 and Society and Culture.
Science Extension Scientific Research Project
Students should continue to maintain a Scientific Research Portfolio and formulate a Scientific Research Report.
The final Scientific Research Report is still due to be submitted to Schools Online in Term 3, 2020.
Mandatory work placement in VET
Students are no longer required to undertake NESA-mandated VET work placements.
Learn more about VET work placement in 2020.
Early Learning Centre
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Is Your Easter Eggs Sustainable?
Healthy Hot Cross Buns
(Provided by Sarah Whitrod from the Green Team)
- oil spray
- 250ml reduced fat milk or dairy-free milk of choice
- 1 (7g) sachet of yeast
- pinch of salt
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 400g wholemeal plain flour or gluten-free flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 8 medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped (optional)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 30g wholemeal plain flour or gluten-free flour
- 80ml water
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (356 °F) and line a large baking dish with baking paper. Spray it lightly with oil spray.
- Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour the milk into the saucepan and heat it for a few minutes until it is lukewarm (do not let it simmer or boil). Remove it from the heat immediately and add the yeast, salt and maple syrup. Stir until well combined, then set aside for 10 minutes. The mixture will start to foam - this means the yeast is active.
- Meanwhile, place the flour, ground spices, orange zest and medjool dates, if using, into a large bowl and mix gently to combine. Add the yeast mixture, coconut oil and egg and mix until a sticky dough begins to form. Mould the dough into a ball with your hands.
- Place the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for 5-10 minutes until it is smooth.
- Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a damp tea towel and set it aside for 1 hour to allow the dough to rise.
- When the dough has doubled in size, place the dough on a floured surface and knead for another 1-2 minutes until smooth. Divide the dough into 12 round buns and place them into the prepared baking dish (they can be touching). Cover the dish with a tea towel and set it aside to rest for another 20 minutes.
- To make the crosses, place the flour and water in a small bowl and mix until it becomes a smooth paste. Fill a piping bag with the paste and decorate each bun.
- Bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.
- Brush with the maple syrup for a shiny glaze.
- To serve the Healthy Hot Cross Buns, cut them in half and spread them with your favourite topping or simply eat one fresh from the oven. Enjoy!
Year 5 Report
If ever there was a time to dig deep, individually and collectively, it would be now. Now is the time to draw forth the care, the compassion, the responsibility, the persistence to meet this time of great uncertainty and challenge. To find deep within you an unshakable faith and strength to greet each day determined to live it as best you can — respectfully, honourably, kindly — for your own sake and the sake of your fellow humans. We are all in this together, so let’s all do our best to dig deep and do what we can to see this crisis through — not just to make it through intact, but to come out the other side stronger, wiser, kinder than we’ve ever been before.
Gena McLean – Author, Life Coach, Facilitator – Positive Psychology, Choice Theory, Reality Theory, Secondary Teacher and my amazing little sister!
Year 5 students have certainly been "digging deep" over the past few weeks and we are so proud of them. They were so excited to finally take their iPads home, three weeks earlier than anticipated thanks to COVID-19! However, for many of our students, the novelty of working from home with iPad at hand for the most part of the day started to wear off when they began to realise that connection means more than an iPad. One of our students made a rather perceptive observation when he mentioned that online learning was okay but he realised how much he misses the movement; the movement from homeroom classroom to specialist lessons, to the library, to Ngahriyah, to the Chapel and in doing so, you get to be outside, chat to your classmates on the way and interact with different teachers and peers.
The Year 5 Self Portrait Gallery below (click expand article) depicts the ever-changing moods and emotions felt by the students in response to their new online learning situation. Enjoy, they are brilliant!
There has been so much learning beyond the usual curriculum learning for both students and teachers. And, so many positives outcomes: discovering new ways to communicate, up-skilling technology expertise, sharing that expertise with others, increased appreciation for each other, development of resilience and persistence, valuing connection and camaraderie, ability to find humour in the face of uncertainty and last but not least, the Grid View of the Google Meet screen resembling the opening of The Brady Bunch TV show — one of my all-time favourites (showing my age), although singing the theme song to Year 5 was totally wasted on them!
Parents, thanks again for your wonderful support and patience. We appreciate you and your efforts. I’m sure there have been some challenging moments as you juggle family life whilst trying to nurture everyone’s wellbeing, possible changes to your employment situation, as well as the navigation of online learning with your kids.
It has only been a few weeks since life as we know it turned upside down but in that short time, students, teachers and families have rallied and I feel confident that together we will come out the other side stronger, wiser, kinder than we’ve ever been before.
Year 5 Coordinator
Head of Senior School Message
It is hard to believe our end of term holiday is nearly upon us. It will be a break like no other with the challenges we all face, but a break is what we all need.
During this time of rest and renewal, we hope our students celebrate their recent academic achievements, the progress they have made over the term and the dedication they have shown to their studies as they worked hard to develop new learning habits and overcome challenges like none other before.
Thank you to the many parents who have communicated their appreciation of how well the online platforms are working and of the dedication of the teams of teachers. Some students are finding this new reality an opportunity to push on with their major works whilst others may be finding some of the volumes of work a challenge. Over the next week and holiday period, we will be continuing our evaluation of what is working and what needs further refinement. In order to keep improving our offering to students, we need your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you.
With the abundant digital learning of the past two weeks, this break is a time to get away from screens for a while and to focus, from our respective “bubbles”, on family, friends and, at this Easter time particularly, our faith.
May you all have a safe and happy Easter.
Head of Senior School
Students Becoming the Teachers
In our recent move to online classes, there were many instructional videos and resources to be produced within the Performing Arts Department to help students at home with their classes.
For the Year 5 Band Program, we wanted to provide step by step instructional videos on the Brass and Woodwind instruments that were being taken home by students. Tyson Bennet (Year 9), Cassandra Hill (Year 9), Georgia Sweetnam (Year 11) and Gabriella Hill (Year 11) kindly offered to film instructional videos for our Year 5 classes.
Many thanks to these talented young musicians for their time and efforts.
Director of Performing Arts
Plenty of Great Music in Term 1
Congratulations to all of our student musicians who were involved in performances during first term. Our Stage Band and Senior Choir were fortunate to perform at our annual Meet The Tutors concert in the Chapel and there were other performances from our ensembles as well as a Jazz collaboration with local artists to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Tweed Civic Centre.
I would like to thank our dedicated team of talented music tutors who have recently moved their private instrumental and vocal lessons online. We have received lots of positive feedback from parents and students regarding online music lessons and as a faculty, we are pleased that our students can continue their development.
If your child is interested in starting online music lessons, please follow the link below to register your interest. Private Music Tuition
Director of Performing Arts
Germinate Wrap Up
Aged Care Video Package
Thank you to the following students who submitted video performances for our aged care video package:
- Charlotte Slack-Smith
- Christopher Anderson
- Tyson Bennet
- Jemma McNicoll
- Callum McNicoll
- Evie Reid
- Chelsea Redman
- Ronan Green
- Cinnamon Cleary
Students and members of the community were invited to film themselves performing a song and wishing well to those in aged care. In addition to the great submissions we had from students there were guest submissions from Golden Guitar award winning artist, Darren Coggan and ARIA award winning artist, Josh Cunningham from The Waifs. Aged care facilities usually have regular visits from musicians and entertainers. As it has been necessary to stop all non-essential visits to these facilities, we hope that this video package will bring some joy to those who may be feeling particularly isolated at the moment. A second video will be compiled early in term two.
Germinate on Connect Ed
A Germinate Records page can now be found on the ConnectEd remote learning tab on the Lindisfarne website. You can click here to view the page. As well as new original music from our students I have uploaded some tutorial videos on music theory for songwriters. Further original music, songwriting tutorials and music production tutorials will be added regularly. The video tutorials will provide an opportunity for existing songwriting and music production students to reinforce and expand knowledge and for other students interested in songwriting and music production to learn the basics and build knowledge.
Chelsea Redman Acoustic Performance
We were so fortunate to have two of Chelsea’s songs played on ABC radio two weeks ago. In addition to Chelsea’s single ‘Throw Some Dice’, Julie Clift played an acoustic version of a new song by Chelsea called ‘Take You Anywhere’ – the recording came from a video that was shot during the holidays late last year featuring Chelsea and our guitar tutor, Alicia Charleston. You can watch this live in the studio performance here.
Big Ears Podcast
‘Big Ears’ is a new music review podcast hosted by Roger Lock and myself and can be found on the Podcasts page of ConnectEd. Each episode we review songs from a wide range of eras and styles, discussing any number of aspects relating to the music from songwriting and composition, music production, musicianship and theory, recording techniques, record labels, historical context and more. Songs reviewed in our initial episodes pertain directly to the current song list for our HSC students and will broaden out to include more great music as we progress through term two. I encourage all music students and appreciators of music to tune in to our weekly episodes. You can click here to listen now.
Producer - Germinate Records
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Wellbeing Over Easter
The PDHPE Faculty would like to share the advice sent from the AISNSW regarding wellbeing at home.
- CONNECT: Connect with family and friends around you both on and offline. Invest in these important relationships now and for the future.
- TAKE NOTICE: Be present online and offline. Notice what is happening around you and how you are feeling. Reflect, pray or practice mindfulness to help appreciate what matters most to you.
- BE ACTIVE: Step outside, play a game, do yoga or a fitness workout. Discover a new activity to suit your space and fitness level. Variety is the key.
- KEEP LEARNING: Try something new, fix a bike, do a puzzle, read a book, create, learn a song or play a musical instrument. Set a goal and work towards it. Learning develops confidence.
- GIVE: Do something nice for a family member or friend, or talk to your neighbour. Thank someone or smile. Being kind helps us feel better and creates connections – real and virtual.
In view of these five strategies, please see:
the flexibility workout attached and encourage each other to continue to note all of your exercise and physical activity in the Personal Training Journals;
some Easter colouring-in sheets which you can download, complete and give to or share with a member of the family; and
Please stay safe and well.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Term 2.
The PDHPE Faculty
We are so very proud to announce our 2020 Netball Captains:
Emily Lowns and Samantha Harvey
Emily and Sam’s first role will be to work together and find ways to keep our spirits up in this extended off-season.
Tweed Netball Association have announced that when the season starts, we will have at least 10 rounds plus finals. We have let the executive know that we are raring to go!
Our Netball Centre of Excellence athletes continue to focus on their strength and power these past weeks. They have been set workouts to complete over the Easter break too.
If you are interested in working out like our Lindisfarne Elite Netball Athletes (LENA), here is the second session:
Please also see the photos in the gallery below (click expand article).
We are also working on a netball video and can’t wait for you to see it! The holiday challenge is a tiktok!
We are keeping in touch with our friends from the Rugby School too. Unfortunately, they had to cancel their July tour to Australia but they are looking forward to hosting our visit in 2021!
Remember we are here if you need, so please reach out and stay connected.
Gay Maynard and Danielle Watters
Teacher in Charge of Netballand Head Coach
The Sports Department wishes everyone in the Lindisfarne community a happy Easter. Hopefully everyone uses the holiday period well, rejuvenating and taking stock of the surreal world that has been thrust upon us. We have all the carnivals set up and ready to go when given the green light to start normal operations, and very much look forward to this moment.
The professionals at the Surfing Australia High Performance Centre are running Video Analysis Package. If anyone in our surfing community is interested, please make contact with them directly.
If you need some motivation or tips to stay active over the break, jump over to the Sport - Be Active page on our Lindisfarne ConnectEd website.
Head of Sport and Activities