From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been uplifting to have the majority of our students return to school at various times throughout the week.

As communicated earlier this week, we return to full face-to-face learning next week albeit in a heavily restricted fashion as we continue to support COVID-19 containment measures.

I want to share a few important messages regarding COVID-19.

  1. If, for any reason, you or a member of your immediate household needs to be tested for COVID-19 at any time in the weeks ahead, please ensure you advise me in confidence and self-isolate at home with members of the household until test results are returned.
  2. Privacy laws still apply to COVID-19 so we have to ensure we do not knowingly identify a person publicly who has tested positive to COVID-19. This means that if we have a positive test result at any time, you will only hear me refer to the situation in the following discrete way: “A member of the school community has returned a positive test to COVID-19 and we are working with the relevant health authority etc. We, of course, will cooperate and follow through fully on the directives of the relevant Health Authorities if this is required at any time in the future.” 
  3. I continue to encourage members of our school community to download the COVIDSafe App if you feel comfortable to do so. This will support containment measures and allow rapid tracing of close contacts in the event of a positive test for COVID-19. 
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Please read my most recent COVID-19 update here if you haven’t already done so.

I am also sharing the news today that our Deputy Principal Geoff Lancaster will conclude his service to Lindisfarne on Friday, 12 June. This is a little earlier than expected and will allow Geoff  a short break before a handover process at St Luke’s Grammar during the June/July holidays prior to commencing as the next Principal of St Luke’s Grammar at the start of Term 3.

We will all miss Geoff at Lindisfarne where he has made a most valuable contribution. I have found Geoff to be a person of great intellect and his ability to lead us through the rapid transition to online learning so seamlessly is something that I will always deeply appreciate. I have also greatly appreciated Geoff’s deep care for people and our community, his visibility and engagement with our wider community, and his passion for learning and for the School.

We look forward to remaining in contact with Geoff over the years ahead and extend our love and prayers to Geoff, Katie and the Lancaster family as Geoff takes up this appointment.

With COVID-19 restricting public gatherings, we will invite Geoff back to Lindisfarne for a more official farewell in the future.

Geoff has started a handover with Mrs Charlotte Lush who has graciously agreed to commence duties as our Deputy Principal as of Monday, 15 June. I extend my gratitude to Charlotte on being prepared to bring her appointment forward so that the smooth operations of the School can continue. 

As always, thank you for your ongoing support.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

From the Chaplain


As our Year 1 to 10 students arrived in their Houses this week, there were many smiles from students and parents as a level of familiarity and normality returned.

However, I think we have all come to terms with the fact that we face a new normal; not everything will return to the way it was before COVID-19.  

What became evident through the discussions and stories that people shared with me was that isolation has provided time to reassess and reflect on what is truly important and why. 

It seems that before COVID-19, many of us had been hypnotised by the busyness and complexity of our modern first world society, and as a result have been hamstrung by obligations and commitments which we have all survived without.

Some of the reflections which have been shared with me this week include the following;

“It’s been so nice to have quality family time over the weekends rather than racing from one event or engagement to another.”
“What a difference we’ve noticed in the afternoons, not having to take three different children to three different training or rehearsal sessions. We feel like more than a glorified taxi service!”
“We’re having dinner together as a family instead of one or all of us being out every night of the week.”
“For the first time, I haven’t felt guilty about my kids being at home in the afternoon. They were enrolled and signed up for a whole lot of things because that’s what everyone else was doing and I didn’t want my kids to miss out. Life is so much simpler at the moment and part of me doesn’t want it to end.”

It seems there has been a communal perspective shift, and there have been common themes around being overcommitted and overextended. That is not to suggest that there is anything wrong with having clubs, sports, events, training, activities to attend, but that we might need to reassess how many things we say “yes” to and how we might find a healthier balance in who we are and how we choose to invest our time.

Many people have rediscovered the joy of simplicity, and that quantity doesn’t necessarily equal quality. As you reassess and reimagine what your weekly routine will look like as restrictions are lifted, please remember the balance you have discovered during these challenging times, because every challenge will reveal new learning, new appreciation for the things you had been taking for granted, and new perspective.


Rev Chad Rynehard
School Chaplain


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Upcoming Events

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Whole School News

Welcome Back!

On Monday and Thursday this week, younger year levels were welcomed back by Year 12 students, House Leaders and staff to fanfare, music, cheering and house colours. 

Renewed by a sense of purpose, senior students lined the stairs with signs and smiles, grateful for the return of our community — almost back to normal.

“We rise by lifting others.” - Robert Ingersoll

Simon Leach, Cathy Myers, Matt Fydler and Natalie Marriott 
Heads of House

Tweed Council's Draft Climate Change Policy

The Tweed Youth Council has been requested by the Tweed Shire Council to comment on the Council's Draft Climate Change Policy.

As the Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School representatives on the Tweed Youth Council, we would really appreciate any input or ideas that any students would like to put forward.

The Council's Draft Climate Change Policy can be read on

The information will also be emailed directly to students.

Please email any comments or suggestions to us both by Wednesday, 27 May 2020 via the addresses below:

Thank you.

Alex Ryan and Trixie Meeves
Tweed Youth Council Representatives

National Reconciliation Week 2020

In 2020, Reconciliation Australia marks 20 years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.

2020 also marks the 20th anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.

As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.

We look forward to celebrating National Reconciliation Week next week, from 27 May to 3 June, as we work together to further that national journey towards a fully reconciled country.

Adele Rowlands-Dealey
Communications Officer

Round Square

Cultural Cookbook

As part of the Spirit of Internationalism Challenge, Round Square is compiling a Cultural Cookbook of recipes from around the world. I encourage you to get your children involved l by choosing a dish that you feel is the best expression of our country’s culture. 

Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world so you might like to choose a dish with origins elsewhere but with an "Aussie twist". Please share the recipe, along with a brief explanation of why you have chosen it (what it means to you and its cultural context) and a photograph of the finished, homemade dish.

Recipes will be published in the cookbook along with the name and school of the student that submitted it. Please also send in your own recipes — adults are welcome to participate too! Recipes and photographs can be uploaded here.

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator

Dean of Studies

School Psychology

The Transition Back to School

Unfortunately, the reality of COVID-19 is not quite over and there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty. We have all experienced this event together and we are at various levels of transition and adjustment across Australia and New Zealand. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted students, parents and teachers alike.

Emotions during this time have varied. For some it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things. One thing that has remained constant — the need for good parenting and supportive teachers. Both of which offer young people stability and familiarity, and are vitally important during this time of transition and adjustment.

Whilst many children may be excited at the prospect of lockdown restrictions being lifted, others may feel mixed emotions. Each child’s reaction will differ depending on how well they cope with stress and change. As we all adjust to new routines, it will be vitally important to keep a check on our young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Encourage them to focus on the things they enjoy and value in order for them to remain motivated and ensure their sense of belonging.

Cassandra Gist
School Psychologist

Early Learning Centre

Junior School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Being Green with Patrick Brabant

Patrick is our very own sustainability warrior and prefect at Lindisfarne. This is what he does at home to help the planet! 

Recycle Your Printer Cartridges

When we think of waste, we often think of things like plastic bags, straws and cutlery. However, other items also contribute to the problem. Printer cartridges are often forgotten about when it comes to waste but they have a huge impact on our waste system. According to Planet Ark, millions of printer cartridges end up in landfills every year. That is why my family takes our empty printer cartridges to Officeworks for recycling. 

Make sure you head to to learn where you can recycle your printer cartridges as well as other items like batteries, coffee cups and old mobile phones.

Patrick Brabant
Sustainability Prefect

Send In Your Sustainability Tips

If you have been doing something at your house or in your local community that helps make our world more sustainable, we would love to hear about it and include it in the newsletter.

Please send photos and a short description to

Eco Tips

Middle School

Head of Middle School Report

There is excitement in the air! Even though we’ve already seen most of our students and their smiling faces back in stages this week, we are genuinely excited to be having everyone back on deck next week. Coming back to school after the extended period of remote learning and holidays will be exciting, challenging and perhaps even a bit daunting. I want to remind our Middle School families that we are here to help with readjustment and support students through this next, unusual, phase of the COVID-19 response. If you have concerns about the return to “normal”, please communicate with your child’s Homeroom Teacher in the first instance, they will be best positioned to provide direct support and/or refer to others if required.

Major Matina Jewell (retired), Leadership Strategist and Keynote Speaker (and Lindisfarne parent) recently quoted Winston Churchill in saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

She, very eloquently, wrote about changing perspective and in doing so, changing your life. “In changing the lens through which you see the world, you will see things differently and new opportunities will present themselves.” 

This is a wonderfully positive message in what could be an overwhelmingly difficult and negative time. Deputy Principal Geoff Lancaster also recently shared some sage advice about maintaining a positive mindset as we navigate these uncertain times. Changing our internal and external dialogue from “I have to…” to “I get to…” creates a sense of positivity, inspiration and aspiration in what we are doing. 

I can’t wait to see you all next week.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Middle School

Year 6 Report

It has been wonderful to see the Year 6 students (in the flesh), throughout Week 4. Chatting to them and hearing about how they managed their home-based learning experiences has made me realise how much many have enjoyed the deeper home connection whilst appreciating how important their school-connections are to them as well. After just one week of our staggered return to school, it is pleasing to see so many settling back into established and familiar school routines.     

As teachers, we have discussed how COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to rethink the way in which we educate. This sentiment has been echoed by education professionals, Poormina Luthra and Sandy Mackenzie in a ‘World Economic Forum’ article. Four main areas have been highlighted. 

Firstly, how globally interconnected we all are. There are no longer isolated issues or actions. This highlights the importance of working across international boundaries in a collaborative way.  For some time now, educators across the globe have talked about the need to rethink how we educate future generations. 

Secondly, online education has redefined our roles to become more of a facilitator, assisting students to access knowledge and skills through their computer or smart devices. 

The pandemic has also impressed upon us that the necessary life-skills required to navigate this time. These skills are the same important skills that employers of the future will seek - creativity, communication and collaborations, alongside empathy and emotional intelligence.

The final point Luthra and Mackenzie make is the result of this sudden uptake and harnessing of technology to facilitate remote learning means, “educators across the world are experiencing new possibilities to do things differently and with greater flexibility.” 

I believe our students have managed this time capably, demonstrating resilience, empathy, flexibility and self-motivation. For some this new digital platform has benefitted them immensely by preparing them to work more autonomously in this increasing digitech world. 

There are statistics to say that school attendance has increased across Australia, during this time. The benefits of this new style of education will allow teachers to explore a broad range of online materials, assist in teacher collaboration (domestically and internationally) while also appreciating the significant role teachers play in the pastoral care and wellbeing of their students.

The Year 6 team looks forward to welcoming all students back next week where we will continue to educate and care for your children in this new landscape.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Louis Andrews of 6C and Zoe White of 6B to the Lindisfarne family.

Cathy Cox
Year 6 Coordinator

Year 8 Report

As of Monday, our students will be returning to schooling face-to-face after what seems like an eternity of online learning. Our students will have a range of emotions coming back ranging from excitement in seeing their friends to anxiety about workload and assessments. What is known about the wellbeing of our students is that no matter what the context, routine can be that familiar warm friend that helps us to gain some normalcy.

Routines can be beneficial for the following reasons:

  • routines at home can help teens to feel safe and secure, and can provide stability during a time of change
  • routines can help teenagers to develop basic work skills and time management
  • routines that include time for fun or spending time together can strengthen your relationship with your teen
  • having a regular bedtime can help set your teenager’s body clock so their body “knows” when it is time to sleep. This is important so they are ready to engage in learning each day.

So, how can we work together to make this transition back to school successful?

  • Try where possible to get back into a routine where there is a balance between school and rest.
  • Make sure that your child has a regular study routine with extra time available when assignments are due.
  • Include deadlines for events or work in your calendar to so students can be supported when things get busy.
  • Don’t worry if everything doesn’t go to plan – tomorrow is a new day. Help your child keep a positive attitude.

Please reach out if you feel your child needs further support in their transition back to school.

Until next time.

Kellie Douglas
Acting Year 8 Coordinator 

Senior School

Year 11 Parent-Teacher Interviews

We are gradually getting back to what will be our new "normal", a very important part of which is sharing information with you about how your child is tracking with his/her studies. We have scheduled a new date of Wednesday, 22 July for our Year 11 Parent-Teacher interviews, undertaking these with appropriate social distancing measures. They will take place in designated classrooms and bookings will be via Parent Lounge. 

Bookings will be open to parents on Monday, 22 June at 8.00am and close on Wednesday, 22 July at 8.00am. Please use the link provided for the Parent Lounge login.

Should you be unable to attend in person please contact the relevant subject teacher requesting a phone interview.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher should you have any queries regarding their learning. Open communication in these times of such uncertainty for our students is vital for us to go forward as a community supporting our young leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you as always for the way in which you continue to "walk" with us through these uncharted times.

Charlotte Lush 
Head of Senior School

Dare to Dream 2020

Since launching my event-based passion project, It Starts with Us (ISWU), I have had the good fortune of being able to work with incredible individuals who have supported the ISWU pillars of inspiration, aspiration and motivation. Principal Stuart Marquardt was quick to support the roll out of the annual Lindisfarne Dare to Dream event that is designed to encourage our young women in the Senior School to "dream big".

This year, the universe has certainly thrown us a curve ball and the D2D event that would have been held at Osteria on Wednesday was not to be. However, in the spirit of promoting big dreams despite circumstances, I chatted with Tim Pocock, Brand Manager for cosmetics giant L’Oreal. Scheduled to be (the first male!) speaking at the 2020 D2D event, Tim shared how all of his experiences have landed him in this dream role.

"Tread your own path!" That’s the advice that Tim Pocock would give to anyone looking to make the most of their career and get to their dream job. And given that he’s just casually the goddamn Brand Manager for L’Oreal - AKA one of the biggest beauty giants in the WORLD - his words of wisdom are ones we should probably listen up to! Tim’s days are spent working on drool-worthy projects that we’d die to get our hands on - from product launches, to media plans, to digital training and industry events.

Describe your typical day.

My day generally starts around 6.30am, either with a run at the botanical gardens or coffee at the local café. As we are an international business, a lot of my colleagues are based in Paris. I check off the emails around 7.30am so I can get back to them and not lose too much time between emails. Then I will head to the office to be in around 8.00am.

Once in at the office, I’ll always look at my “to do” list that I write out every night before the next day. I find doing this keeps me on top of my work and I find writing it out helps me not think about work when I get home.

Being in a marketing-led business means every day is very different depending on what needs to be done. Most days will see me working on a media plan, which means planning, analysing customer data and locking in TV, digital and out-of-home media for upcoming product launches. Then, it might be on to meet with the finance team to check in on my budget for a certain project or to reconcile the budget for the month. No launch is a success without stock on the shelf, so we have meetings with our supply chain team to check on stock forecasts, arrival dates and execution plans to ensure our retailers such as Myer and David Jones are ready for the launch.

Most days I have lunch at my desk while I check over emails. After lunch, it’s time to catch up with the team and check over their projects and keep them moving. At L’Oréal, we have plenty of training, so, usually digital training on trend and insights is on the agenda. Most afternoons I try to keep between 4.00pm and 6.00pm to myself so I can get my own work done. It’s vital to ensure you protect your own time in a big business as no one else will. Most days I’ll get out of the office around 7.00pm and head home. However, being in marketing, we attend a lot of events for work, so, two to three nights a week will be out and about experiencing something new with either the press or work colleagues. Each day is so different. It keeps it very fun and interesting.

What’s the best part about working for such a large company?

The culture of L’Oréal is something very unique, and not for everyone. Being enabled to try new things and run to the edge with ideas, makes L’Oréal a very fast-paced and exciting place to work. Having this culture gives you the opportunity to think differently every day, and the power to make a decision that may work and lead to a new “best practice” or, on the other hand, you might try something that doesn’t go as you were expecting, but this is okay and you learn more from that. This is the culture that keeps L’Oréal ahead of the curve.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Working with many different teams across the business internally and externally. This is complex managing all parties’ expectations, time and motivations. As many people/teams are working on multiple projects, you have to be able to adapt your management style to ensure they are focused on the job you need them to do. People and team management is the most challenging part of the role, but also the most rewarding when it works.

Is there a past experience that has specifically helped you get to where you are now?

Working in retail helped direct me to where I am today. It was through networking and meeting new people daily that got me to where I am today. Due to networking in my retail role when I was at uni, I met a customer who opened the first door for me into the industry and the rest is history. We remain great friends today.

What advice would you have for your 16-year-old self?

Don’t think there is only one way to get to where you want to be. There are plenty of different ways to get your dream job. You can tread your own path and that is what makes your personal career exciting! Back yourself and nothing will stop you getting what you want.

What are your top three tips for success?

  1. Always remain open and listen. With the beauty industry always changing and being very trend-driven, it’s imperative to remember to put yourself in the shoes of the customer. The best question you must always ask is “Why?” and it's okay not to know the answer.
  2. Maintain your passions outside of work. Always keep yourself motivated by doing things you love outside of work. This will keep work interesting and will keep you focused on the bigger picture.
  3. Surround yourself with good people. People who are passionate about what they do, and people who add something to the job that you don’t have are great to have around you.

Kylie Wharton
Dare to Dream Coordinator

Careers News

Year 10 Natural Ability

All Year 10 students will receive their Natural Ability booklet next week, and students and parents will be emailed a link for their video. This feedback will help you to understand the results much better with descriptions of each ability, how they work together to form blends and patterns and information about how to best use the information to help make right decisions for the future.

NIDA Virtual Open Day – Saturday 20 June

Experience NIDA from home with our first ever Virtual Open Day. Please help us spread the word to any students who may be interested in studying at NIDA! In 2020, our Open Day will take place online, with a packed schedule of activities announced for Saturday 20 June. →  Explore our workshops →  Watch never-seen-before videos of student projects →  Try a NIDA Open course →  Get involved in live Q&A sessions with course leaders and special alumni guests ...and more! The full schedule will be published soon, sign up now for more information and to attend.

Macquarie University

Key dates and Events

Year 12 Information Evening

Wed 20 May @6pm

Q&A Series

Every Tues & Thurs in Term 2 @4pm

Co-op dates just added

Bond University

Bond University - Early Entry

Bond will adjust its entry requirements for the 2020 Year 12 cohort and will consider high school results for entry into 2021 as outlined below. 

Key to making this change is the continued recognition of the importance of Year 12, and as such all students provided with an early offer will be required to complete Year 12 and obtain their HSC, and to successfully complete relevant Year 12 subjects required as program pre-requisites. 

Revised entry requirements:

  • Bond will admit students for 2021 based on their first semester of Year 12 high school results. In the circumstance where a student is not issued with an interim Year 12 report in time for an offer, full Year 11 results may be used instead. We anticipate that the latter will be the exception. 
  • All offers will be conditional on successful completion of Year 12, and pre-requisite subjects where required. 

For students issued with an early offer, their final ATAR can be used to upgrade their program but will not result in the withdrawal of an existing offer.

  • Students who apply following the release of ATARs will be admitted on the basis of their ATAR.

Bond University Excellence Scholarship

Excellence Scholarships offer up to 50% tuition remission for either a single or approved combined* undergraduate degree (excluding the Bond Medical Program). They are awarded to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership skills and community involvement.

Students who meet the below criteria may be eligible to apply for an Excellence Scholarship:

  • Be predicted to achieve or have previously achieved a minimum ATAR 92.00

  • Hold a demonstrated record of leadership, initiative and service to their School and/or Community. 

  • Meet the standard entry requirements for their chosen program of study.

Bond University Leadership Scholarship

The Bond University Leadership Scholarship aims to recognise current Year 12 students who have outstanding leadership experience and community involvement with a partial-fee tuition remission scholarship. Eligibility is based on applicants meeting a minimum academic requirement as well as providing evidence of exceptional leadership and community achievements.


Bond University Indigenous Scholarship

Applications for January 2021 are now open online and close Sunday, 6 September 2020. 


Early Entry Universities

Some universities offer early entry for university, and the applications will often look at Year 11 results, Community service, School commitment, not just your ATAR. Most early entries are a direct application to the university all with different requirements or through the SRS (Student Recommendation Scheme) program which you apply for through UAC.

See the list below for SRS applications.

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • International College of Management, Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • National Art School
  • SAE Creative Media Institute
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University


Early Entry

The STAR program allows you to secure your place in a Southern Cross University degree before your Year 12 results are even released. It's designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and give you a pathway directly into university study. Refer to the STAR Early Entry Flyer.

Defence Recruiting

Defence Recruiting - GAP YEAR

There's still time for students to apply for an ADF Gap Year, but they'll need to apply soon, so they don't miss out on their preference.

The valuable work and life lessons gained during an ADF Gap Year are transferable and will give your students confidence in their future career paths. They can get real engineering experience, discover their leadership potential as an officer, or find passion in an administration role.

While ADF Gap Year roles initially involve only a 12-month commitment, it could be the beginning of a long and stable career in the ADF.

Students who take part in the ADF Gap Year program:

  • Enjoy an excellent salary package plus free healthcare

  • Gain valuable skills and work experience

  • Have job security and stability

  • Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle

  • Make friends with like-minded people

  • Have the opportunity to see more of Australia

Options Bulletin

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Barry Woods
Director of Careers and VET


Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Live and Lovin’ it!

Over the past weeks, our music ensemble have continued to meet and rehearse remotely where possible with some excellent collaborative video performances, massive online Junior School Choir rehearsals and repertoire being prepared for student return.

From next week, many of our musical ensembles will resume their regular rehearsals at both campuses. The Performing Arts team and Ensemble Directors are looking forward to returning to making music live.

Please refer to the rehearsal posters to confirm times and venues for ensemble rehearsals.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Everything’s Contagious

Stage 3 Performing Arts 

Years 5 and 6 embraced the positive message of helping to stop the spread of germs with the fun song and dance of Justine Clarke’s ‘Everything’s Contagious’.

Students undertook choreography from Miss Casey and even added their own awesome moves! Filming around their house and yard, the students created some wonderful, and humorous, actions to the lyrics. The result is available for all to see, so take a look, shut the door, wash your hands and get down with the Stage 3 students of Performing Arts! 

Loretta Visser
Drama Teacher


Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Sound Connections

We are very glad to have worked once again with Lismore Regional Galley and The Quad as part of their Together//Alone initiative. Lindisfarne students participated in Sound Connections, a sound project featuring interviews with school-aged students from several schools in the Northern Rivers.

Produced through Germinate Records, the project asked students to make audio recordings of responses to a few questions around their experiences during isolation and schooling from home. The recordings were sent to back to us via email and compiled into a sound work that offers insight into student perspectives during COVID-19. 

The aim of the project was to give young people a voice through this time of isolation and encourage meaningful connection within the community as well as connection to our natural environment. 

You can listen to Sound Connections here.

Brett Canning
Director — Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space


COVID-19 and Online Learning

From a PE Teacher’s Perspective

COVID-19 has had a major impact on all our lives. We would like to share some insight into the perspective of a “practical” Physical Education (PE) Teacher.

Teachers have continued to evolve and develop their skills and knowledge over the years, decades, and centuries, so we are not immune (or adverse) to change. Knowledge was initially passed down through stories, then through books and today through the world wide web. In contrast, the PE Teacher really has not changed the face to face delivery of that information in our profession. Our role has benefited from science and change: 

  • the developments in technology allowing us to use biomechanics to make athletes faster;

  • the developments in biology to allow us to understand the body and make it stronger;

  • the developments in nutrition to allow us to fuel our bodies better for specific activities; and

  • the developments in tracking devices as a tool for understanding human behaviour and movements in training and games.

All of these things we have embraced and used to learn and to grow in our jobs. 

And what do we do with all this information? We put it into practice. We get out on the oval and we use our new knowledge to inform us how to teach our students better and implement new ways of performing skills to enhance the way we do things. 

Then overnight a switch was flicked and we have been asked to do our job in another new way. This time, not using any of the normal tools of the trade: no more ovals, courts, gyms and no more practice on the fields and pitches. No more face-to-face, one-on-one lessons and no more team practice or group work. 

PE teachers are commonly great at giving feedback; little pieces of specific information given to a student at just the right time to help them to learn, grow and develop. Every part of this physical component was taken away. Every aspect of our role seemingly replaced with a screen!

Initially, we all faced fear. Fear of the unknown, of failure, of new technology and, ultimately, of change. Then we moved into the questioning phase: Who can help? Who knows best? How can we do this? Finally, yet very quickly, we reached the realisation stage, we were all in this together! We were all metaphorically back in Kindergarten and learning our ABC’s again. 

At this time, all of the PDHPE Faculty at Lindisfarne came together to collaborate and brainstorm, utilising years of experience to develop ideas on how to deliver PE practical lessons online.  

I have really struggled with being on camera, performing for an internet audience and not being able to give that specific direct feedback (I could not pick one student out of the sea of my Google Meet!). So, what to do? Baby steps. I put my creative thinking cap on, talked to my colleagues and then started. 

In my role, I teach the young students three important phrases and now was the time to use them on myself.

The first is to “Have FUN”. Although everything we have ever known changed literally overnight, I could still have fun. Right? 

The second, “Try Your Best”. Use your knowledge to implement what you can, continue to learn and grow and just try.

The third, “Never Give Up”. To fail, after all, is the “First Attempt In Learning”. So, use the “fails” to grow and flourish in this new environment. 

So, that’s what I have done. I have embraced the online platform to my advantage. Some of my best creations will be used in the future as tools of best practice. Some of my ideas have sparked new ways of thinking and new ways of doing, which will surely change the way I deliver some content. I have challenged myself out of my comfort zone, something which I ask my students to do on a daily basis. However, best of all, I am proud of myself. I faced an overwhelming challenge yet found ways to exist, survive and then thrive in this new normal. 

Nathan Croft
PE Specialist (P-4)


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Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to host our Athletics Carnival at the Walter Peate Athletics facility in Kingscliff, as per previous years. However, with the "in-principle" NCIS determination to proceed if at all possible, Lindisfarne has finalised plans to run a modified Athletics program at our Mahers Lane Campus. Over the course of the next month, we will systematically gather results across all events to establish an Age Champion and Runner Up. Lindisfarne has serious reservations about the likelihood of NCIS being able to go ahead in the current climate. If NCIS does proceed, we will use these results to select a team.

If students wish to nominate themselves to potentially be part of the NCIS team or to compete for Athletics Age Champion/Runner Up, they are to complete the Google Form which will be emailed directly to students emails before home room starts on Monday, 25 May (Years 5 to 12 only). Forms must be completed by Wednesday, 27 May.

For our Junior School Year 3 and 4 contingent, Mr Croft will be running events at the Sunshine Avenue Campus. The intention is to bring a refined amount of competitors up to Mahers Lane for the Modified Athletics Day (detailed below) for the Sprint events and High Jump.

Our intention is to use PDHPE practical lessons to teach students various field events, then capture self-nominated students scores towards the end of the lesson.

Preliminary Modified Athletics Program - here

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no scope for parents to attend this event as spectators. 

Cross Country

If students wish to nominate themselves to compete in our 2020 Cross Country event, they are to complete a Google Form which will be emailed from Cherie Montford directly to students emails on Monday, 25 May before home room starts, (Years 5 to 12 only). Students MUST register their interest through this pathway. They are to complete the Google Form by Wednesday, 27 May.

Everything you need to know about the Cross Country as it stands at the moment - here

Sports Training at School

External practitioners coming in to coach at school are suspended until at least Term 2 Week 8. This includes all Thursday and Friday Sport professionals, as well as Basketball, Touch Football, Athletics, Gymnastics. Some external consultants that are on existing contracts can now slowly return to the campus. At this point Anthony Kershler (Cricket) and Rory Davies (Sports Academy) will slowly be integrated back into operations. 

Mr Clucas and Mr Bedford will be running Cross Country training at 7.00am in the morning from Week 5 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Sports Status

A brief overview of where we are at with various sports in the table below, ** indicates a further update from last week update:




School representative pathways cancelled 2020.

Cross Country 

School representative pathways cancelled 2020. Lindisfarne modified carnival to proceed, link here.

Athletics **

Athletics representative carnivals are neither postponed or cancelled at this point. 

  • NCIS has given tentative ‘in-principle support’ to try and proceed if at all possible. Government restrictions need to be lifted for this to occur. This carnival will be reviewed later in the term, but as it stands is very unlikely.

  • CIS are yet to make a decision around any Term 3 Sports (including athletics), an announcement will be forthcoming around the end of May.

  • Our Athletics program will be in a modified format and will be conducted here at school in various staggered stages, including PE lessons, normal assembly periods, lunches and a Modified Athletics Day on June 25. Mass gatherings at external locations are suspended at this stage eliminating the normal Kingscliff location. Information here.


NCIS has given "in-principle" support to try to run this the NCIS Secondary tournament. Government restrictions need to be lifted for this to occur. This carnival will be reviewed later in the term.

Further updates delivered by Gay Maynard as they are forthcoming.


AFLQ is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates.

Touch Football

NCIS and CIS cancelled. 

NSW All Schools regional competitions cancelled; however, a major competition was rescheduled for Sydney over three days in November. 

QLD All Schools competition is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates. 


  • CIS Cup is attempting to recommence in Term 3, notification received this week.

  • Bill Turner competition is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates. 

  • NCIS and CIS (Sydney) competition cancelled.


NCIS and CIS cancelled. Lismore Pegasus Challenge for Open Boys/Girls cancelled. 

Lismore Aussie Dent King for Years 9 and 10 Boys/Girls is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates 


NCIS cancelled.

Other school competitions (regional)  neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates 


QLD T20 Knockout is postponed,  awaiting status updates. 


All events postponed, awaiting status updates. 


Mt St Patricks games postponed, hoping to organise Term 3 games. Rugby School fixture is cancelled in Term 3.


Regional and State events postponed, awaiting status updates. 

Surf Life Saving

Secondary Schools Surf League neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities


Please see a message to all of the Lindisfarne Lions from one of our Netball Captains, Emily Lowns:

Hopefully we will hear some news soon regarding the start of the Saturday competition.

Netball Centre of Excellence

The Netball Centre of Excellence girls continue to “meet” and complete workouts and challenges … but next week we will be back together! SO excited!

Unfortunately, the planned New Zealand tour in November has been cancelled. It may be that we are able to travel interstate later in the year for sport, so we are keeping our options open. 

“Strength and Conditioning” with Rory will resume the first Monday of Term 3.

Remember, we are here if you need. So, please reach out and stay connected.

Gay Maynard and Danielle Watters
Teacher in Charge of Netball and Netball Head Coach


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