2020 Term 1 Week 06 6 Mar 2020

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been an exciting and progressive start to 2020 for our School with a number of new students commencing their educational journey with Lindisfarne in Term 1. 

In Week 4, our transition building was put in place at our Mahers Lane Campus providing four additional learning spaces for our Middle and Senior School. In Week 5, we marked the official start of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School’s new Middle School Building as members of the School Council, staff, parents, students and representatives from the building and architect teams celebrated the first turning of the sod.

Pictured: Ian Morrison (iQ Construct), Principal Stuart Marquardt, Chair of School Council Dominique O'Neill, immediate past-Chair of School Council Chris Goldstone, Year 8 Middle School Captains Desiree Mahleka and Bodhi Neylan, Chad Brown (Thompson/Adsett Architects).

Pictured (L-R): Year 8 Middle School Captains and Vice Captains Bodhi Neylan, Mia Harris, Dane Henry and Desiree Mahleka.

This is a significant step in the history of the School and is the first major project to commence under Lindisfarne’s latest Master Plan. There has been significant work to bring the project from concept and planning to now commencing the building works on the ground and I am very grateful to everyone who has assisted with bringing these plans to fruition and continued to support Lindisfarne in becoming a world class educational precinct.

I would like to thank our Year 8 Middle School Captains, Desiree Mahleka and Bodhi Neylan, for their words at the Middle School Building Commencement Ceremony. I have included Desiree and Bodhi’s speech below:

“It is very exciting to be standing here as the first soil is turned for the new state-of-the-art building which will be our Middle School precinct. There are many people who come together to make sure such an ambitious project takes place. Firstly, as the 2020 Middle School leaders, and on behalf of the School, we would like to thank everyone who has helped this project come to life. We thank our forward-thinking School Council for supporting the decision to build on this site and continue to support the educational experience for Lindisfarne students. 
We would also like to acknowledge the architects and consultants who have, through meaningful engagement with our school community, created a design to inspire and encourage our learning to flourish in rooms and spaces that will be inviting and well considered. We would like to thank, in advance, the project managers and builders who will see this building through to completion, realising our community’s vision and enabling this facility to be used by our students for years to follow. 
Finally, we would like to thank our Principal who continues to have a vision of growth and progress for our school in the development of learning spaces and programs that will allow our students to do extraordinary things. A quote Mr Marquardt often references is: “If you want students to do extraordinary things, you must give them extraordinary things to do.” Mr Marquardt has taken that one step further and has given the students of Lindisfarne an extraordinary space in which to learn and grow.
This is a wonderful opportunity for students, especially for learning. The new Middle School will be honoured to have the opportunity to utilise the state-of-the-art facilities and to build upon the learning culture here at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School. There is certainly a buzz that surrounds our Middle School as this project begins, and we are excited to commence the journey with everyone here today.”

The Middle School building is the first of three major projects that will be completed in the first phase of the School’s Master Plan this year. Plans are now in effect for a new Early Learning Centre (ELC) set to be built at the Junior School and a development application has been lodged with Tweed Shire for this project. We are also looking forward to unveiling our plans shortly for our second project at the Mahers Lane Campus — a purpose-built Senior Centre.

As a school, we are proud of the progress we have made so far as we continue to strive to improve the learning facilities for our students right across their learning journey at Lindisfarne.

Kind regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

Sibling Enrolments - 2021

As we commence the enrolment process for the 2021 school year, priority is given to enrolling siblings of current students. 

Each year Lindisfarne attracts more enrolments as families look to take advantage of the opportunities that are provided as part of a Lindisfarne education. This means that wait lists for enrolments will occur in many year levels.

Interviews for 2021 enrolments will commence this term, so current families must have their enrolment application for siblings submitted before the end of Term 1. Applications from current families after this date will move through the standard enrolment process. 

To enrol, simply fill out this online application.

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

Change in Family Circumstances

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We understand that sometimes family circumstances can change. Should this occur in your family, the School requests that both parents please contact the Lindisfarne Enrolments Department via enrolments@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au to let us know as soon as possible.

Should you require further assistance, please call 07 5590 5099 to speak to our Registrar, Jenaya Mulley.

Thank you.

From the Chaplain


Diocesan School Network at Lindisfarne

Over the past two days, Lindisfarne has hosted the Diocesan Schools Network. The network comprises of our Diocesan Bishop, Murray Harvey, along with the Chairs of School Councils, Principals, Business Managers and Chaplains of our five diocesan schools.

For those who are new to Lindisfarne and the Anglican School system, the Diocese of Grafton has schools located in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Ballina, and here in Tweed Heads. 

The network meets once a term to collaborate, talk about operational and educational issues, and build our common understanding around what it means to be Anglican schools in the 21st century. 

It is always a fruitful and beneficial time to share, encourage and support one another in our work and ministry. We have a general meeting with everyone involved as well as break out meetings where the Chairs of School Councils, Principals, Chaplains and Business managers can talk through issues which are specific to each area of the life of the School. 

We also like to invite members of our school communities from different departments each time we meet, and for this meeting, the Heads of Junior School at each school were invited to be a part of the networking and collaboration. 

The next meeting will be at St Columba in Port Macquarie during Term 2.

Blessings for the week ahead,

Rev Chad Rynehart
School 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.

Upcoming Events

P&F Trivia Night

Staff Bio

Whole School News

​Elevate Study Skills Program

Earlier in the year, Elevate Education delivered study skills programs to Years 7 to 11. 

Sessions were:

  • Year 7 – Study Skills Kick Start
  • Year 8 – Junior Time Management
  • Year 9 – Memory and Mnemonics
  • Year 10 – Study Sensei
  • Year 11 – Time Management and Ace Your Exams

As a followup to these sessions, Elevate Education provides an online portal for students and parents. The portals are accessible through these links: student and parent. The portal password is “rondo”.

​Upcoming Parent/Teacher Evenings for 2020

Mahers Lane

Monday 9 March – Year 11 Accelerated and Year 12 

Bookings for this evening are open until 8.00am on Monday 9 March. Bookings are to be made through the Parent Teacher Interviews link on Parent Lounge.

Junior School 

Monday 23 March, Wednesday 25 March and Tuesday 31 March – Years 1 to 4.

Bookings for these evenings will open 9.00am on Monday 9 March. Bookings are to be made through the Parent Teacher Interviews link on Parent Lounge.

International Women's Day - Junior School

“Have you ever wondered why you are here?”

Such a simple but profound question that opens the poignant picture book by Kobi Yamada and one that shaped my musings for IWD 2020. I was both humbled and proud to be invited to speak at the annual Lindisfarne International Women’s Day high tea with our Year 4 students and their mothers. And, between sharing my personal story with the future female leaders and their mentors, I explored the links between purpose and happiness.

As women, we always aim to be the best at everything we do and be everything to everyone, we sometimes lose sight of our personal connection to our own innate purpose. Through reading Yamada’s picture book Maybe, I implored the mothers to lead by example – to craft a purpose that shapes their happiness so that our future generations of females live fearlessly and powerfully and, I encouraged our female graduates of 2028 to be curious, seek answers and be brave.

Because, “one thing is for sure, you are here. And because you are here… Anything is possible”.

Kylie Wharton

International Women's Day - Middle and Senior School

Today, Lindisfarne celebrated International Women's Day echoing the theme 'An equal world is an enabled world'.

We started the day with a beautiful breakfast spread at the Trades Skills Centre (TSC) for our female staff and students in the Middle and Senior Schools whilst we heard from Miss Bronwyn Dann (our new Art Teacher). Miss Dann shared stories of her rich past — which extends far beyond the teaching context to include being a business owner, university lecturer, PhD candidate, art gallery consultant and full time mum — as she shared moving tales about being raised by a single mum who is a strong feminist and how Bronwyn actually moved to the Northern Rivers from Darwin when her daughter fell critically ill. 

From the TSC, we moved to Ngahriyah where we heard from a panel of female staff members — Jane Brennan, Ella Evans and Amy Blinco — and two guest speakers in an informal Q'n'A lead by Mrs Kylie Rossington. Our guest speakers were:

  • Mrs Rose Wright - Ex-Lindisfarne parent and Managing Director of Regionality Pty Ltd
  • Dr Swapna Sebastian - Current-Lindisfarne parent and Neurologist practising on the Gold Coast

Rose Wright

Dr Swapna Sebastian

Lindisfarne Teachers: Jane Brennan, Ella Evans and Amy Blinco.

Our panel shared their personal inspirations and passions; stories of triumph in the workforce; and discussed what it means to be female in a contemporary world. We also had a special video message from Kate Vale - one of Google's first employees in Australia and Managing Director at Spotify.

We give many thanks to all of our guest speakers today for celebrating women's achievement, inspiring our students, raising awareness against bias and helping Lindisfarne take action for equality.

Adele Rowlands-Dealey
Communications Officer

Esports - FUSE cup

This year, Lindisfarne will be entering two teams to compete in the FUSE Cup. The FUSE Cup is a nationwide network of schools connected in providing students with an opportunity to participate in a safe, supportive and structured national esports competition while developing positive gaming behaviours and digital wellbeing. The teams of four will be competing this term in Mario Kart at schools around the Gold Coast area. More information about FUSE Cup can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kZjP-OWKeA4Jyf1whFKysbAdfdIQ1qpluckCp5hpIrs 

I am looking forward to seeing the students engaging in the competition.

Stephen Henderson
Director of Technology and Applied Studies (TAS)

Round Square

Spirit of Service

Starting this week will be a focus on each IDEAL of Round Square. These are the ‘lifeblood’ of what it is to be Round Square.

This week we begin with Service.

Please also remember there is an information evening next Wednesday evening. Further information is below.

“For Round Square a Spirit of Service celebrates personal development through practical experience that brings sustainable support & benefit to others.”  

A key feature in Round Square schools is the expectation that all students will engage with local and wider communities through voluntary service activities.

Through defining and promoting a Spirit of Service, Round Square schools promote responsible social action that is based on a deep understanding of challenges and issues faced by individuals and communities in need of support throughout the world.

In our schools we offer service programmes and projects, both individually and collaboratively, that engage large numbers of students and role-model positive, sustainable community partnership both locally and further afield.

Round Square also offers International Service Projects that bring together students from member schools in different countries to work in truly intercultural teams in support of communities in need throughout the world.

A spirit of service celebrates personal development through practical experience bringing sustainable support and benefit to others. Keenness and ability to learn in real-world contexts delivers meaningful and lasting value to others as well as to the primary learner. An understanding and respect for cultural difference develops through shared experience and partnership.

Co-creation of knowledge is underpinned by a genuine desire to work collaboratively to the benefit of individuals, a neighbourhood, city, nation or internationally. Practical experience provokes an emotional and intellectual response, and periods of reflection develop personal literacy through mindful consideration of ability, motivation, beliefs, perceptions, goals and ambition.

A person living out a spirit of service considers the opportunity, in all aspects of everyday life, to provide for the needs of others and take social action. They seek to ensure that their impact, and the difference they make in the world, are positive. Socially-responsible decision-making infuses every area of life from employment and business to personal, financial and domestic decisions.

Knowledge of how wealth is created, earned, used and managed by individuals and organisations enables consideration of the ethical and social impacts of financial decisions. This develops understanding of how the right application, investment and donation of financial resource can positively impact an individual, community or wider society.’ 

Please view this link - Spirit of Service

Round square Information Evening 

The Round Square Information Evening will be held at 6.30pm (NSW time) on Wednesday, March 11. For those with children in the Middle and Senior School, this will be an opportunity for you to discover more about Round Square and the opportunities that are open to our students. 
Please RSVP to roundsquare@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you wish to attend.

Mike Lush 
Round Square Coordinator

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Year 1 Bugs Ed Visit

Our Term 1 Science Unit, Schoolyard Safari, focuses on the similarities and differences among living beings, and helps us appreciate how we are all part of a single, amazingly complex ecological system. And right now, there is nothing Year 1 likes more than amazing insect information. Megan, entomologist from Bugs Ed visited us recently and did not disappoint. For instance, did you know that there are estimated to be 10 quintillion, or 1 followed by 18 zeros, bugs in the world? Or that bugs are found all over our planet, including Antarctica. But their favourite by far was learning about the Bombardier beetle, who ejects a boiling hot noxious water bomb from its abdomen to deter predators. Sadly, Megan didn’t have one of those for us to meet but instead she gave us close up access to Stick Insects, Rhino Beetles, Harlequin Bugs and Leaf Insects, in order for us to study how they move, feed and protect themselves.  

Year 1 Teachers

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Compostable Vs Biodegradable

Waste Free Wednesday

Eco Tips

Middle School

Head of Middle School Report

This week, we had the pleasure of inducting our 2020 Middle School Leaders. We spoke of leadership as both opportunity and burden as well as the notion of legacy and leaving a positive mark on the world around us. I was happy to share a personal story that, I hope, provides a simple, yet meaningful, piece of advice to carry forward.

Leave it better than you found it!
I can still remember the first time I rented my own place. I had been around for a little while and had done my time in the Army and it was time for me to settle into what was to become a fantastic time in my life. I moved to the Gold Coast and started looking for places to rent. Unfortunately, I had limited funds and the best apartment I could afford was something that I wouldn’t even let my cats live in now. But I signed the lease and moved on in. I had some help from my parents to move in my meagre possessions. I can still remember the look on their faces when they saw what I was moving into. That look quickly faded from my Dad’s face and transitioned into a kind of interesting smile. When I asked him what he thought was funny, he simply said, “Just make sure that you leave it better than you found it.” He saw the opportunity and he saw the lesson. 
See, a place that dodgy would have been easy to just use and abuse and not care for. But it turned into one of my best life-lessons, so far. I moved in and began to make it my own. I scrubbed things that obviously hadn’t been scrubbed in years, I made repairs to the kitchen and bathroom, just little stuff, but it made it mine, even just for a little while.
I weeded and replanted the tiny little garden out the front so that every time I came home there was something nice, something mine waiting for me. Strangely, the real estate agent didn’t even notice, until one day, she turned up and the neighbours on each side of my little hovel had weeded and re-planted in their front gardens. They had swept and cleaned their little patios. Someone had even pruned the vine that was growing wildly over the communal mailboxes. I was only in that apartment block for a few months when I moved out to a place much closer to my work. I never got a thank you, or a discount off my rent, but whenever I drove back past that little place at Stanhill Drive on Chevron Island and saw the gardens neat and the mailboxes visible I knew I had left it better than I found it.
Today we have, essentially, asked our Year 8 leaders, elected or otherwise, to “leave it better than you’ve found it.” To find a way to make your mark, to leave an impression and to inspire others to do the same. To leave your legacy.
A leader’s legacy is established by leaving something of enduring quality behind for the organization and its people. Effective leadership occurs when the leader strengthens others’ capacity to learn, to reflect and to extract meaning from their learning, their environment and their colleagues. It’s not solely up to the CEO or, the Principal, or those students with the badges to create a legacy; everyone has this opportunity based on their own experiences and insights. However, to do so requires a new way of thinking, a mature way of thinking, and an intention to leave value and have a positive impact. 
So as we conclude today’s proceedings, I encourage you all to look deep within you and ask a question that so many of you have heard before, “How can Lindisfarne become a better place for having me in it.” And if you find it, I guarantee, you will leave US all better than you found US.
Thank you again, I cannot wait to be a part of your legacy.

Thank you to all of the parents who attended and thank you to Mrs Kellie Douglas for the organisation.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School


During Elective Club time this week, Middle School students who are members of the Garden and Sustainability Club, installed the first five Subpod worm composting systems into the existing garden beds in the Community Garden.

We received a grant from the Environmental and Protection Authority and have been also supported by the P&F to install 41 Subpods between the Mahers Lane and Sunshine Avenue Campuses.

The organic waste produced by the School will be diverted from landfill and used to feed the Subpods. Rich compost soil will be created which will then naturally nourish and fertilise the garden beds throughout the school. The remainder of the Subpods will be installed in the coming weeks.

Tracy Foyster
Year 6 Teacher and Garden and Sustainability Club Coordinator

Middle School Leadership Induction Ceremony

It was an honour this week to be able to lead our Middle School Leadership Induction Ceremony to recognise our Middle School Leaders for 2020. Our Year 8 cohort were celebrated and also encouraged to look forward to a year that promises so much. During the service, our students were asked if they were “ready to uphold our school values and lead our Middle School.” The students replied with: “The Year 8 Cohort of 2020, leaders of the Middle School pledge to uphold our school values of Compassion, Wisdom and Respect. We will act as role models to students young and old and throughout this year we will endeavour to make our school, parents and ourselves  proud of our actions and achievements. We will strive to forge a legacy where achievement and the encouragement of others go hand in hand. We will let our light shine.” 

This pledge is quite a commitment to Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School and one that is not taken lightly. I am very proud of our students who are committing to the values of Compassion, Wisdom and Respect and wanting to achieve the best they can in terms of achievement and through their actions. This was also echoed by our leaders, Desiree Mahleka and Bodhi Neylan who also stated: “Our goals for this year, as we lead the Year 8 cohort, are to foster teamwork and a sense of pride in our school as well as our year group. We want to lead in a way that encourages all students to forge a unique legacy. We want to be known as the year group that encourages achievement in all that we do. We want to foster a love of learning but also the desire to be the best sportspeople, mathematicians, artists, musicians and people that we can be.

According to Bill Bradley, “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. We hope, through our leadership and modelling, that all students in the Middle School will strive to achieve their very best. We want students to push beyond their capabilities as by coming out of your comfort zone and trying new things, greatness will follow.”

Acting Year 8 Coordinator Kellie Douglas, Head of Middle School Jeremy Godden and Principal Stuart Marquardt with Lindisfarne's 2020 Middle School Captains.

Lindisfarne's 2020 Middle School House Captains

We wholeheartedly believe in our cohort of 2020 and their ability to lead our Middle School. I would also like to thank the many parents who attended the ceremony and morning tea after the event. We look forward to working with our Middle Leaders in various committees throughout the year.

Kellie Douglas
Acting Year 8 Coordinator

Senior School

BASE Youth Leadership Awards

BASE Youth Leadership Awards

Time: 6.00am
Location: Salt Bar and Bistro
Fuel: Coffee and sheer adrenaline
Mission: Celebration of women’s achievements.

The day kicked off with a bang with hilarious Mandy Nolan as M.C, welcoming us to the BASE Leadership Awards, which was founded by Rebecca (Bec) Hogan.

We were entertained, educated and inspired by a panel of incredible females, who have achieved astounding things. The guest speakers included Yasmin Grigaliunas (founder of The World’s Biggest Garage Sale), Sharon Buchanan (one of the greatest hockey players in the world’s history) and Lily Harrison (founder of the Period Pack). 

Congratulations to all the finalists representing our school. Jade Reid received the BASE Youth Sports and Leadership Award. She was recognised for her leadership as our School Captain and her achievements in Hockey. Trixie Meeves was recognised for her amazing work in the community and awarded $300 towards her project of Caring Boxes. Georgia Sweetnam should also be congratulated for her incredible saxophone performance.

This event was a celebration of womanhood and recognising young women in our local area, who are making waves of positive change.


Neave Butler
Year 11 Student and BASE Leadership Women’s Finalist


Round Square - GAP Year Opportunity 

(For Year 12 students 2020)
GAP at Rockport School, Northern Ireland

The GAP year student role requires a committed and flexible individual who possesses the ability to work with and within several different departments at Rockport School. Along with teamwork skills, a successful GAP year student should demonstrate good communication skills, leadership potential, resilience and a positive outlook.

We expect our GAP Year students to embrace our Round Square IDEALS and be enthusiastic and positive role models for our students.

In addition to joining the Boarding team as resident staff and contributing a minimum of x2 set evenings of Boarding Supervision per week and being on duty every third weekend, a GAP year student can also expect to play an important role in the life of day school. A GAP year student will be required to assist within the Early Years Department as a classroom assistant and also in Rockport’s Daycare facility, which provides after-school care.

Other 1:1 tutoring roles may also feature during your time at Rockport along with assisting within the PE department, Grounds and Maintenance, Housekeeping, Catering and Administration departments of the school. Your final timetable will be created upon your arrival and we will take into account where possible your areas of strength and interest.

You will be required to commit to being resident within Rockport’s Boarding Department and you are expected to be in attendance at school during school ‘in session’ days.

You may take the opportunity to travel widely throughout Europe during your weekends off.

In return for your dedication to the role of GAP Year student Rockport School will supply full board accommodation with meals during term time and a weekly maintenance allowance of £120/week during term time.

In addition, you will also receive an allowance of £120 per week for all school holidays except for the July and August holidays. Accommodation at these times is strictly by negotiation with The Bursar as the premises may be let to a third party.

We recruit annually for Gap Year students. Currently we have x2 positions which start January 2021 through to December 2021 (male and female applicants welcomed).

Two Overseas Full Time Teaching Assistants Required (Formally known as Gap Year Student)

January 2021 – December 2021- Closing date for applications 31 May 2020 to assist with boarding and all aspects of sports and outdoor education at the school.

Gap students will be involved in taking sports teams/coaching as well as accompanying expeditions. You will help with boarders trips, recent trips have been to the theatre, go karting, the Shard and shopping on Oxford Street, London. There is a monthly salary along with a final payment on successful completion of the year.

Box Hill School is an 11-18 co-educational day and boarding school of 425 pupils, situated in Mickleham, a small village 45 minutes train journey from London and close to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The staff are helpful and friendly and there are social opportunities.

This is a fantastic opportunity for post graduates or sixth form leavers who are looking for a career in teaching or seeking a useful experience before starting university. The school has lots to offer and there are plenty of opportunities for outings and expeditions.
Please contact me via bwoods@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au for more information as soon as possible.

General Gap Year Programs

Defence Force Gap Year: A one-year paid program in the Defence Forces. Many different jobs are available in all three services. 

Year 13: Highlights many different gap year programs from other organisations.

Antipodeans Abroad: A range of educational travel and volunteering programs.

Projects Abroad: Offers volunteering, internship and exchange programs.

LetzLive: A range of different programs and working holidays.

Snowskool: Has ski and snowboard instructor courses and paid internships.

EA Ski and Snowboard: Has ski and snowboard instructor courses followed by paid work.

Work and Travel USA: Offers opportunities to work, train and travel in the USA.

Study Abroad: Looks at opportunities to travel, study, work, intern and volunteer in a range of locations.

EF Australia: Offers a range of study and exchange programs.

Bush Recruitment: Finds positions on farms and stations across Australia.

Volunteering Programs

All of the following organisations offer volunteering opportunities in a range of different countries.

Lattitude Australia

Seek Volunteer: Basically a search engine of volunteering opportunities.

World Youth

Real Gap

Volunteer HQ

Volunteering in Australia

The Red Cross

St Vincent de Paul

Australian Volunteers


Gap Year Volunteering

Involvement Volunteering International

GVI Australia

Conservation Volunteers Australia: Work on conservation projects across Australia and New Zealand.

Teaching / Au Pair / US Summer Camp Gap Year Programs

One World 365: Teaching English in many different countries.

Year 13: Teaching jobs in a number of different countries.

Smaller Earth: Teaching and Summer Camp jobs.

LetzLive: A range of positions in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Real Gap Experience: Teaching positions in a wide range of countries.

Camp Counselors USA: Summer camp job opportunities in the USA (plus other opportunities as well).

Camp America: US summer camp jobs.

IEP: US summer camp jobs, plus many other work opportunities in other countries.

Cultural Care AU Pair: Au Pair jobs in the US.

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

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. Click the flyer below for more information.


Bond University

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, go to: https://bond.edu.au/extensionprogram

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 robert@naturalability.com.au

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

Parent Information Session: Thursday, 26 March at 6.00pm in the Chapel.

Barry Woods
Director of VET and Careers


Mathematics Faculty

​Year 8 Algebra

When being introduced to algebra, many students will ask us “why do we need to learn this?”

In truth, most people will not be solving algebraic equations on a day to day basis in their lives beyond school, but it helps students develop critical thinking skills, including problem solving, logic, patterns and reasoning. 

Recently students in Mrs West’s 8F Mathematics class were learning about factorising, and rather than spend an afternoon practising their factorising skills on a long list of algebraic expressions, they were introduced to the game of dominoes, but in the form of “factoronimoes”. The students were thoroughly engaged in the task of matching up pairs of equivalent expressions and many healthy debates were had in the pursuit of winning the game.

A great learning lesson through play, collaboration and interaction.

Karen West
Mathematics Teacher

​Year 9 Financial Mathematics

Presently, all of the Year 9 students are working on an assignment on Financial Mathematics.

This assignment allows the students to research different industries and compare and contrast different occupations within that industry.

Hopefully, the students have been going home and asking lots of questions and starting some family discussions about household finances. We ask the parents to please share their wisdom and experience with our budding investors and future workforce.

It would be great if you could enquire about the progress of this assignment. 

This assignment is due on Thursday, 2 April with the students doing an in-class task on that day.

If you have any queries in regards to either of these areas, please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter’s teacher. 

Frank Malone
Director of Mathematics


Why are we using Mathspace?

Our aim is for all students:

  • To transfer what is being taught into new and different situations. Mathspace gives students an opportunity to be assessed and to revise a number of topics/strands at one time.

  • To target essential questions, concepts and working.

  • To allow timely feedback for students and staff, i.e was the concept understood? Do the students need further instruction? 

  • To empower the students to utilise the Mathspace resource for individualised learning. (i.e review past tasks/questions with improvement in mind.) Whilst teachers will be setting tasks for students linked to their current learning, students are not limited to these assigned tasks and are encouraged to investigate all areas of the curriculum.

  • To allow students to target problem areas and revise accordingly.

  • To give the students some variety in their revision and assessment. 

  • To lessen the impact and pressure of 1 test per term.

Frank Malone
Director of Mathematics


Science Matters

“Yesterday I had a body and a tail,
Body and a tail,
Body and a tail.
Yesterday I had a body and a tail,
Today I’ve got two legs as well”

Some of you may have fond memories of this iconic children’s song which describes the transformation of a tadpole into a frog from the tadpole’s perspective. Brilliant.

After the recent heavy rains, tadpoles have been appearing everywhere. In dams and billabongs, certainly, but also in birdbaths, buckets and dog bowls left lying about in the garden. Many of these might be cane toads and should be disposed of as quickly and humanely as possible but many of them will be native frogs deserving of our care.

Cane toad tadpoles are best identified by their behaviour. They form a mass at the edge of whatever body of water they are in and move around in a single group whereas frog tadpoles swim independently. If in doubt, err on the side of caution and assume that they are frogs. The beautiful Great Barred tree frog and the Emerald tree frog are often tragically mistaken for cane toads.

It is one of life’s great experiences to watch the transformation of an animal from a fish (tadpole) into a terrestrial animal (frog) and one that never fails to enter.

If your tadpoles are in a small container like a bucket, give them some food (frozen spinach is their absolute favourite) and shelter from the midday sun. However, they must have some sun exposure to stimulate the change into frogs. A small container should also be aerated occasionally. This is best done by rainfall but a garden hose can do the job as long as you don’t wash the tadpoles out with the water!

Just now, Mrs Moose is like a one armed paper hanger tending to her many and varied containers of tadpoles. You can see the partial shade provided in the photos.

If you control cane toads (pick them up with a plastic bag over your hand and put them in the freezer) and nurture your tadpoles, you will see an immediate change in the ecosystem around your house.

Native frogs are not only beautiful to look at, they are clever little characters who are entertaining to observe. We once watched in amazement as a white lipped green tree frog climbed halfway up a ceramic verandah ornament and then made a huge leap which carried it past a spider’s web suspended between two verandah posts. As it fell past the web, the frog’s tongue flashed out and snatched the spider from the middle of the web as the frog crashed onto the floorboards well pleased with itself.

However, who are we to know which life form is more enjoyable? It is possible that the song is right when it concludes:

“I’m not very happy and that’s because
I liked the way I was.”

Have a wonderful week in Science and revel in the small miracles.

Hamish Inksetter 
Science Coordinator 


Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Senior String Orchestra

The Lindisfarne Senior String Orchestra is an ensemble of eight students that are dedicated to pursuing the enjoyment of music. 

This orchestra has been steadily growing in size and ability over the past three years due to the shared culture of ensemble playing. We perform music from the 16th century onwards, exposing students to a broad history and variety of music over the centuries. By performing such music, the students gain a comprehensive understanding of music origins and evolution of music and culture. 

Our first performance of the year will be at the full school assembly on the 10th March. We will be proudly performing an arrangement of the National Anthem and a Baroque dance ‘Bransle’ arranged by Queensland composer Stephen Chin. 

We look forward to performing for you throughout the year and sharing the deep culture of classical music.

Alex Warr
Music Teacher

Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre Redevelopment Opening Event

This afternoon, three of our elective music students had the opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians at the official opening of the refurbished Tweed Civic Centre. Gabriela Hill (Year 11), Jemma McNicoll (Year 11) and Tia-Deshe Quagliata (Year 10) performed a 30-minute set of jazz standards and soul classics to an appreciative audience including Local, State and Federal politicians.  

Chris Welsh, local jazz musician commented 'quite a professional performance all round,  Jemma knew how to alter the melody in a Jazz song and fit-in with the band'

Many thanks to Tweed Shire Community Development Officer - Cultural Planning, for inviting our students to be involved in this performance opportunity. 

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts


Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Songwriting Circle Workshop

A very big thank you to those students who have been attending the Songwriting Circle workshops on Tuesday lunchtimes.

These sessions have been a big success with students from across the year levels collaborating on a song addressing the issue of bullying.

All students are welcome to attend the Tuesday lunchtime sessions in PA11.

Brett Canning
Producer - Germinate Records

Germinate Records Debut Release

We now have a date for our first release on the school record label, Germinate Records. Year 12 student, Chelsea Redman, will be releasing her debut single, 'Throw Some Dice', very soon under her artist name, Chelsea Valarie. We will be announcing the exact date next week. 

The song has been a huge collaboration between Lindisfarne students, staff and music professionals. In the lead up to the release, we would greatly appreciate your support! You can follow Chelsea on Instagram HERE, on like her on Facebook HERE and you can follow our Germinate Records Instagram account HERE

Stay tuned for more next week!

Brett Canning
Producer - Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

​Aoyama Gakuin University Visit - Final week

Last week, the Aoyama Gakuin University students were fortunate enough to experience many exciting Australiana activities off campus. These included a fabulous day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where they particularly loved feeding the kangaroos and taking photographs with a koala. They also travelled to Seabird Rescue at Ballina to learn about how Australians care for and protect our native and endangered wildlife. The third excursion involved a visit to the BUPA Retirement Village at Banora Point. The students sang Australian and Japanese songs to the residents and the elderly wholeheartedly enjoyed the different entertainment. The student’s visit was very much appreciated by the BUPA staff and the residents. 

During the week, the Year 11 Japanese class and Aoyama students joined together with all students being given the unique opportunity to practise their Japanese and English. This one one conversational lesson helped our students practise their skills, particularly in the lead up to their Trial exams.

Last Wednesday evening Mr Marquardt and Mr Godden attended the farewell dinner with all of the Aoyama Gakuin University students and their homestay families at the Banora Point Uniting Church. “The Hub” provided a wholesome meal, which was then followed by lively singing and bush dancing. It was such a lovely night and helped to end the three week visit with such positivity and happiness. 

The students from this university have been wonderful ambassadors for their family, school and country and from the feedback received, we know that the homestay families and students have all created friendships and memories which will stay forever in their hearts.

We have also thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr Peter Hudson, Dr Sue Hudson and Ellysa Hudson over these past three weeks and we look forward to discussing future partnerships and cultural exchange opportunities with Aoyama Gakuin University and Lindisfarne.

‘I played a fun game with my host family. It was very interesting and my host family is also very kind’. (Manami)

‘Australian sea is very beautiful, it has beautiful sky and white sand’. (Rina)

Amy Fydler 
International Student Coordinator

Digital Space



​#EachforEqual - Advancing Women in Sport

With the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day #EachforEqual, it is hard not to think of the long running quest for equality in sport. As momentum for the conversation around equality in sport grows it cannot be denied that our Australian female competitions and athletes are making significant strides. From the electric 2019 AFLW grand final, which broke crowd records, our beloved Matildas who were recognised as the team Australians’ feel most connected with to the likes of Ash Barty (Tennis), Sally Fitzgibbons (Surfing) and Hannah Green (Golf) who all rose to the top in their respective sports within a matter of weeks of each other last year.

However, the quest still continues and rather than further add to the debate around equal pay and coverage for athletes, I chose to search for some fantastic initiatives that are aiming to empower women in their careers within the sporting world. Not everyone woman trying to succeed in the sporting arena is aiming to become an elite athlete and the promotion of women within the remainder of the sector is just as important as championing for our female stars to become equally valued. 

This search first led me to the Advancing Women in Sport Platform which is an online collaborative learning group created by the International Olympic Committee, which aims to connect and inspire women in sport and provide useful resources for leaders who support gender equality. The platform includes a discussion feed, career tools section, a gender equality essentials toolkit to assist leaders in championing gender equality within their own organisations and inspirational stories to provide powerful examples to move us. It can be joined at https://www.hivelearning.com and accounts are free.

The second initiative I found is the Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) program, which is an Australian Government initiative managed by Sport Australia and the Office for Women. It aims to provide women with development opportunities to reach their leadership potential within the sporting industry.  It’s two main focuses are on Leadership Workshops as well as Development Grants for both individuals and organisations. A new round for applications should be open around August 2020, for anyone interested and can be accessed at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/women_leaders_in_sport

Hopefully our wonderful school can continue to assist in producing the next generation in elite female athletes and sporting leaders and that this conversation is longer required to be had.

Isabel Topper
PDHPE Department


Netball Parent’s Support Group

Thanks to all of the Netball Parents who attended a meeting to discuss the 2020 calendar of events on Tuesday in the Mahers Lane Library. It was a really positive vibe regarding an exciting new chapter in the Lindisfarne Netball Club’s story book!

Monday Night Netball

It did not rain! It was so hot! It sounds like I am complaining but I am not!

A great game was played by the Red and White Lions with only one goal difference in the Red’s favour.

Round 7 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 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.


Congratulations to new umpires who passed their practical test on Saturday at Arkinstall Park. Maya Fairweather, Sienna Phelps, Ella Mitchell and Sian McGilligan discussed rules, blew their whistles and practiced their hand signals. They were given a whistle, pencil case, hair tie, pen and coin and are ready to officiate! Ava and Claudia Arghyros were at State Nippers but have completed their theory examinations.

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

Gay Maynard
Teacher in Charge of Netball

Sports Injury Clinic



Our Lindisfarne representative swimming squad converged on Alstonville Aquatic Centre yesterday to compete at the North Coast Independent Schools (NCIS) carnival. Unfortunately it was the second straight year that we had a clash with the NSW SLS State Titles in Newcastle which meant that numerous senior competitors were missing. Nonetheless, there were some excellent results across the board. A full list of Age Champion results and Winning Schools can be viewed here.

In terms of our performance in the overall point score, Lindisfarne came 1st in the Primary, and 3rd in the Secondary. A very solid effort indeed, well done everyone. 

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the Age Champion points:

  • Junior Boys: Riley Johnston - 3rd
  • 11 Girls: Kiamana Lowien-Britt - 2nd, Matilda Daniel - 3rd
  • 11 Boys: Lachlan Arghyros - 1st, Fletcher Bruhn - 2nd
  • 12/13 Primary Girls: Sian McGilligan - 2nd, Emily Daniel - 3rd
  • 12/13 Primary Boys: Wil Anderson - 1st
  • 12 Girls Secondary: Tiggi Groves - 2nd, Maddison Oliss - 3rd
  • 13 Boys Secondary: Harrison Gray - 2nd
  • 14 Boys: Cash Cratchley - 3rd
  • 15 Girls: Emily Kearney - 3rd
  • 16 Girls: Ruby Meehan - 1st
  • 17 Girls: Emily Lowns - 3rd
  • 18 Boys: Matthew McPhee - 2nd

An overall NCIS Meet summary can be found here with competitors times and placings. 

Cross Country

Our Cross Country training officially starts next week for any student from Years 3 to 12. We meet at Mahers Lane gymnasium from 7.00am to 8.00am every Wednesday and Friday up until the Cross Country carnival on April 9. 

Touch Football

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


The Far North Coast NSW Rugby 7’s regional qualifiers were held on Thursday in some very wet conditions at Casuarina. 

The U12 Boys enjoyed some excellent exposure to Rugby with three teams entered. The Lindisfarne 1 team won three from four matches and made it through to the next level in Casino. 

For the U10’s mixed squad, Lindisfarne 1 and Lindisfarne 3 made the cut to progress to Casino for the next round. Well done Sunshine Avenue boys and girls who entered three teams in this competition, Mr Croft will write a detailed report for next week's newsletter. 


Three of our Lindisfarne Cricketers had the opportunity to trial for the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) U15 Cricket team. The three boys, in Years 8 and 9, have been a regular part of the Lindisfarne Cricketing Program run by Anthony Kerschler at school and were fortunate enough to be put forward by the North Coast Independent Schools (NCIS) region to attend the trials. Kai Croft, Gabe Leitch, and Brodie McDowell traveled to Sydney on Sunday in preparation for the trials on Monday and Tuesday. The weather in Sydney had been very wet and this restricted the trials to an indoor facility in Penshurst. Monday started with approximately 60 boys from all the Independent schools around the state in attendance. At the completion of the day the squad was cut from 60 to 30 players, Brodie and Gabe were outstanding and were called back to the day two trial. Kai was also very good but unfortunately missed out narrowly on making the day two cut. Tuesday began with 30 players, this would be reduced to 13 at the end of the day. Brodie and Gabe again put in their best efforts. Gabe received fantastic feedback but narrowly missed out on making the team, Brodie was selected to represent the CIS at the All Schools Championships to be held later in March. Congratulations to the three students, they performed extremely well and have shown they were up to the very high standard of the trials. They were fantastic ambassadors for our school and learned a lot in the process. All of the boys are eligible to attend the trial again next year. Congratulations to Brodie and we wish him the best of luck at the All Schools Carnival. 

Nathan Croft
PE Specialist - Junior School

Spotlight on Isabella Arghyros

Isabella Arghyros competed in the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships held at Blacksmiths beach last weekend, which hosted more than 6,000 participants. Isabella and her teammates won a gold medal in the U10's Female Board Relay, which was a phenomenal achievement given the high calibre opposition. Congratulations to you and your team Isabella (below right).

Spotlight on Giselle Smith

Giselle competed in the Regional Athletics Championships in Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast recently and did exceptionally well. She won gold in Javelin, gold in Shot Put, silver in 90m Hurdles, bronze in 300m Hurdles and bronze in High Jump. 

She also competed in the Heptathlon in the combined event championships at QSAC last weekend and came away with the gold medal finishing an astonishing 774 points ahead! Giselle is a very talented athlete across a range of sports (including Touch Football and Netball), well done Giselle. 

Spotlight on Isabella Tate and Ava Arghyros

Congratulations to Isabelle Tate (Year 7) and Ava Arghyros (Year 7) at last week's NSW State SLSC Titles in Newcastle. Both girls picked up some bronze medals in the board relay. Well done ladies!

Below: SLS Isabella Tate (far left) and Ava Arghyros (far right).


Years 7 to 9

Congratulations to the Junior Girls AFL Team who won the Northern Rivers Division of the AFLQ Schools Cup in Byron Bay on Wednesday.

The girls played well across all four of their games and ran out winners in the grand final against Mout St Pats by 8 points. Standout performers for the girls were Lily Alford and Makayla Sekac. The girls progress through to the next round to be held in August at Ormeau AFL Complex. A big thanks to the girls coach Grace Moodie!

 The junior boys finished 4th overall in the AFLQ Schools Cup Northern Rivers Division. The boys battled hard all day and played some very good football. Unfortunately they weren't able to get the result they deserved but battled hard all day.

Years 10 to 12

Congratulations to the Senior Boys AFL Team who today won the AFLQ Schools Cup Northern Rivers division. The boys played some great football all day with the highlight being a 60 point win over Byron Bay in the round matches.  The boys qualified for the grand final against Mount St PAts and in a very close affair eventually ran out winners by 2 points. Well done to Ethan Sekac, Elliot Dowker and Jack Smith who played exceptionally well all day. The boys progress through to the next round in August.

The Senior Girls weren't as successful as the boys but still battled hard all day. Losing Nilaya Cannon in the second game meant they were without their first choice ruck and this greatly affected their ability to win the ball in the middle. Teagan Woods worked hard all day in the backline repelling many attacks from the opposition.

Matt Bedford


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 are 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 margaretcoleman@bigpond.com or on Mobile 0413622950.


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Vacation Care - Autumn 2020

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