2020 Term 2 Week 16 29 May 2020
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your support as students returned to both campuses this week. We have averaged around 97% attendance which really gave our staff a lift as we returned to face-to-face learning. Let’s continue to work together to contain COVID-19 over the weeks and months ahead.
It was a pleasure to spend time with our Preschool and Kindergarten children this week and to share the story of Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas as part of the 20th year of National Simultaneous Storytime. We also filmed the story live from the Junior School chicken coop for those classes I was not able to visit in person.
On Wednesday, we also launched Reconciliation Week and we have been sharing with the students our thoughts on reconciliation each day. As the current Principal of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, I was able to share my own thoughts on the importance of reconciliation with our students and school community. In preparing for my address I was drawn to the work of my first aboriginal hero, Senator Neville Bonner, who I have had a life-long admiration for. It was also meaningful that the late Neville Bonner was born in the Tweed on the tiny island known as Ukerabagh Island in the Tweed River. As part of my address, I took the opportunity to share highlights of Senator Bonner’s ‘How Dare You’ speech to the 1998 Constitutional Convention.
I would also like to share with our school community reflections on Reconciliation Week from two of the amazing indigenous leaders at Bond University, Narelle Urquhart and Jeremy Donovan. You can watch their reflection here.
Last night, I found myself reflecting on my own parenting during COVID-19. I was thinking about the things I have done well and the things I have done poorly. It is not easy being a parent and there is certainly no manual. In some ways, I wish I had found these Coronavirus (COVID-19) parenting tips earlier in the pandemic. The list prepared by UNICEF contains a great deal of vital information along with additional details that you can drill into by clicking on the associated links. If you get a chance, take a look over the weekend at this terrific parenting resource: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Parenting Tips.
As always, thank you for your ongoing support.
From the Deputy Principal
From the Chaplain
Parents & Friends
Whole School News
It has been wonderful that the return to school has reinvigorated many, captured new perspectives and allowed the Elective program to continue from where we left it all those weeks ago. The students in the Round Square Elective were keen to “get back to work” and this week we also enjoyed the company of those in the Public Speaking Elective.
Before Lindisfarne went to online learning, Round Square began developing a link with our local Bupa Aged Care facility. Students created cards and posters for those residents that were faced with the reality of a lockdown.
This week, the students wrote letters to individual residents with the hope of establishing a pen pal link.
There was a real appreciation for how our elderly community members might be coping and a genuine sharing of ideas and values from our students. We await the replies.
On Saturday, 30 May at 11.00am (ET), Nightingale-Bamford School student Antonia Brillembourg will be hosting an immigration forum on ZOOM and would like to invite students of all ages (and parents) from Round Square schools to join. The panelists will be Professor Jane Hong from Occidental College who will speak on the history of immigration in the US and its relationship to the present day; Professor Zeid, former High Commissioner for human rights, who will speak on the global immigration crisis from a human rights perspective; Professor Katherine Benton-Cohen from Georgetown University who will speak on the role gender plays in immigration; and Ambassador Diego Arria, former Venezuelan representative to the UN, who will speak on the immigration crisis in Venezuela. You can register for the event with Nightingale-Bamford School here.
The timing for you may be prohibitive but if you can set an alarm, the calibre of the speakers will make it worthwhile.
Round Square Coordinator
Dean of Studies
Keeping the Momentum Going
Eagle-eyed observers may have noticed far fewer tears at the turning circle in the mornings since we have recommenced school. This is very likely a result of our children having been awarded, out of necessity, an increase in independent mobility. What does this mean?
Independent mobility refers to children′s freedom to move around their environment without adult accompaniment. Encouraging independent mobility can help pave the way for overall independence and it plays a crucial role in a child’s growth and development. Recent studies have revealed that primary school years, particularly, are critical for developing children’s confidence and independence, beginning with children being allowed to move about without their parents.
As parents, it is normal to aspire to be the “best parent” we can be. We put ourselves under a lot of pressure to keep up with whatever this may mean to us, aiming to fulfil the ideal image of the “perfect mum”, or the “perfect dad”, often subliminally competing with other parents who seem, on the surface, to be the perfect parent. Naturally, a substantial proportion of fulfilling this role is ensuring our children are safe. Population-wide data shows that today's youth are safer than at any previous time in history. Yet our instinct to protect our children has, over the last few decades, led to what has been referred to the “Bubble-Wrap Generation” in the literature. We want to ensure that their children will not be physically or emotionally hurt. We want to protect them from harm, pain, unhappiness, negative experiences, rejection, failure and disappointments. However, in our quest to keep our children from experiencing these uncomfortable, but very important, feelings we are indelibly doing more harm than good. In fact, over-protective parenting has been identified as a predictor for low-esteem and low self-worth, leading to over-sensitive adults more prone to anxiety and depression, and an insecure attachment style in relationships, amongst other things.
We can all recall the milestones as children and adolescents that made us feel free, confident and, most of all, independent—riding a bicycle, walking to the corner shop on our own, catching a bus without mum and dad for the first time. For many of your children, hopping out of the car in the morning at turning circle and walking into school on their own will be such a mile stone. I encourage you to allow them this moment of independence, incorporate it into their personal experience as a stepping stone of their development, and build upon it.
Junior School Counsellor
Early Learning Centre
Head of Junior School Report
Most students would never admit it but they actually enjoy having school rules. There is comfort in the everyday routines that school offers as well as the sense of purpose that they develop. The “normality” of a school day with regular bell times, areas to eat morning tea and lunch and familiar faces on the playground are really important for student wellbeing.
I have had countless conversations with parents over the years regarding the effect of routines on their children. Driving a different way to school, changing what is in their lunchbox, a different method of pick up or drop off – they all have an effect. Students, being generally quite resilient, adapt and change to these new norms and generate flexibility in their thinking as a result.
Back at school, the background bells and scheduled breaks help us to build routines that support learning. These habits last a lifetime. Time management skills, healthy routines and efficiency of actions are all learned through the routines of school. School requires a degree of conformity and while some may argue that this is not a good thing, I would challenge those people to employ someone in their own business who arrives to work at their own leisure.
Susi Meyers, our Junior School Psychologist has written in this newsletter about the new-found independence that some of our students now have. I see this every day as young children confidently get themselves out of their car, collect their school bag and confidently stride off towards the exciting day ahead. Thank you, parents, for fostering these independence skills while at the same time re-embracing the school routines that make everything function like normal. Well, maybe a new normal.
Head of Junior School
National Simultaneous Storytime
This week, the Junior School celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime with our special guests, Principal Marquardt and Alice the chicken!
Each year, a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in schools all around the world. Preschool and Kindergarten students enjoyed a classroom visit from Principal Marquardt and Alice to share in the reading of Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford, while those in Years 1 to 4 connected online to view an entertaining and memorable reading from the Junior School chicken pen.
Thanks go to Principal Marquardt for his enthusiastic involvement in this important event.
Teacher — Information Services and Digital Pedagogy
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Lions Recycle for Sight
A very big THANK YOU to everyone who donated their old glasses for recycling. All of these will be sent to the Lions Australia Recycle for Sight program that delivers refurbished quality spectacles to men, women and children in need in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and countries of the Pacific Rim and Oceania.
As we now have a box of glasses cases, we have found some ideas of how to reuse these. Hopefully you will be inspired by some of these great ideas.
Year 5 Report
They’re back! It was wonderful to welcome Year 5 students back to school this week. There was lots of excitement and a buzz in the classrooms as students reconnected and familiarised themselves once more with classroom expectations and working in a group or team environment.
This week, teachers and students reflected on the learning that has taken place via online learning — not just academically but also in terms of learning habits, for example: organisation, bookwork, working independently, problem solving and using your initiative to name a few. For many students, online learning gave them an opportunity to really hone these habits and, for others, they discovered there are some areas to continue working toward this term and beyond. All of us definitely learned new technology skills and adapted remarkably well in a very short time.
The timing of our participation in the GreenX7 program this term is perfect. We will still use technology as a vital tool but we don’t need to rely on it as heavily as we have over the past months. So far, we have been able to shift our focus back to our environment, movement and earthing. The students have really enjoyed not just discussing the research behind these elements and the effect on our wellbeing but they have also enjoyed becoming more active and aware both at home and school.
Yesterday, I went to Kingscliff Beach and walked along the sand barefoot. I felt the sand rubbing against my feet and I felt so free. — Edan Courtney-Stapleton.
I’m a ‘shoes off’ kind of person because I like my feet to breathe. Earthing is feeling the surfaces the earth has to offer. — Simon Hodges.
Connecting with the environment makes you happier. Being in or near the water is peaceful and satisfying. — London Glenister.
Spending time in the environment makes me feel calm, relaxed, not stressed and full of energy. — Pearl Baker.
Spending time in nature makes me feel calm and it makes my lungs feel clean. — Coco Faint.
Year 5 Coordinator
Year 7 Report
Welcome back, Year 7.
Just like that, we are back into the routine of everyday school. Like everything that has been thrown at our young Year 7 students, they have taken it in their grasp and adapted really well. It has been wonderful to see them all back and enjoying friendships as well as face-to-face learning.
It is a busy time of term to be returning with a few assessment tasks looming in the coming weeks. As we settle back into the routine of day-to-day school, it is important to reestablish home routines to assist students in their day-to-day learning.
Homework Club recommences next Wednesday afternoon in the library from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This is a perfect opportunity for students to get access one on one support, ask questions about an assignment or just catch up on homework. We find that an hour of focused homework at school can really assist students.
Maths Clubs run at both lunchtime and after school and offer students additional support. These are available to all students and can greatly reinforce work studied in class.
At home, the following strategies can be very helpful.
Establish an environment that is suitable for studying and completing assignments. This can be at a desk or a dining room table if you feel you can assist students.
Set a routine for after school. Is homework better completed straight after school, before dinner or later in the evening? Try to be consistent and allow an allocated time each day.
Write a list of what is due and tick items off once completed. It is a nice sense of achievement to see the list reducing.
Start tasks early, the minimum of two weeks notice is provided to allow students to complete a small amount of work each night. If tasks are left to the last minute, workload increases as does stress and anxiety.
No child should be able to say “I have no work to do”, there is always some reading, revision or preparation for upcoming tasks, especially in the middle of the term.
Celebrate results and read the feedback offered by teachers for opportunities to further improve.
The days and terms pass quickly but these are the times when we establish good routines for the years ahead. Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher or myself if you need further assistance
Year 7 Coordinator
Year 11 Leadership Workshop
At Lindisfarne, student leadership is central to our programs. We encourage all students to recognise what leadership means in the broadest sense so we are mindful of the various ways in which to create pathways to facilitate this transition. In saying this, on Wednesday, our Year 11 students had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and understand that stepping up is important but stepping back and encouraging others is just as vital in the leadership journey.
Damon Joseph and his team from Character Builders facilitated the full day workshop which was interactive, engaging and worthwhile for all in attendance. Damon usually creates a program for the students during their camp week, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to attend this year. Instead, a modified version was delivered in a safe and effective way.
Something the group have been working on over the last few weeks, are the “trademarks” they want to live by over the next 18 months. Collectively, they narrowed it down to the following important values that will inspire them to leave a legacy for years to come: Driven, Accepting and Cohesive.
Here are some of our students’ reflections about the incursion:
The day of activities including 1000s of dominos, an adaptation of The Amazing Race and reflective sessions brought our cohort closer together as we recognised the little things which will heighten our high school experience as we finish our last two years of schooling. - Jessica Courtney.
The day taught everyone a lot about what it means to be a leader and how we as a cohort can work together to make the final year of our schooling a cohesive one. - Max Harnell.
The day brought lovely results, days such as this should be done on a regular basis in order to assure the grade is able to become and stay cohesive and accepting. - Sam Hodges.
The presenters were great, I liked how they weren’t pushy and let the grade get from A to B ourselves. - Jake Frazer.
The Year 11 leadership day was an invaluable experience that has brought our cohort together despite our many differences. We strengthened our teamwork skills, broke down the walls between us and learned how to talk to other human beings! I’m certain no one walked away from this disappointed or uninspired. - Madeline Warner.
I am thankful to the Character Builders team for providing the catalyst that the grade needed. - Zion Moule.
The challenges throughout the day were designed to test teamwork, respect, communication skills and comradery. It also enabled students to build on their confidence and encouraged them to fine tune their leadership skills. Overall, the day was very successful and the students were such amazing ambassadors for our school.
Head of House — St Barnabas
Lights, Camera, Action!
It is with great excitement that we officially announce our Stage 2 Musical for 2020 — Pirates the Musical by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson.
“We're off to sail the rollicking sea, pirates all are we! But ARRRR, and shiver me timbers! There's a stowaway on board! Perhaps the King of the High 'Cs' will know what to do. Join this salty crew of colourful scallywags as they hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for a mighty adventure.”
All of our excited Year 3 and Year 4 will be involved in a big way, whether they are part of the main ensemble, acting or dance ensemble. Pirates the Musical will run over two nights: Thursday, 3 September and Friday, 4 September.
Watch this space for updates and news as we prepare for this exciting musical.
We look forward to an exciting Term 3 as Year 3 and 4 bring this fantastic musical spectacle to life.
Junior School Music Coordinator
Next week, Homework Club for Middle and Senior School students will return to Wednesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
Held in the library, Homework Club provides an opportunity to complete homework or assessments with the support of the Learning Enrichment Team.
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Exercise Right Week
Exercise Right Week is an event that is an Australian based public awareness campaign created by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Their broad aim is to inspire all Australians to be healthier and more active.
“We want everyone, especially those living with chronic conditions, illness, and injury, to know how to “exercise right” for their specific needs. To do that, we get expert advice from the most qualified exercise professionals in Australia.” — Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
Exercise Right Week activities are designed to help educate us on the benefits of physical activity. Around Australia people will celebrate MOVEMENT! All events are run by university-qualified exercise specialists such as Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Scientists and Sports Scientists.
This year, all events are online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the self-isolation restrictions that are still in place across Australia.
Please check out the website here.
Exercise Right Week is from 25 to 31 May.
The PDHPE Faculty
Google Forms for our in-house Modified Athletics Program were collated this week and the compilation of results started in earnest. We had some very good weather allowing for no interruptions to our timetable. The PDHPE staff included any interested student wanting their scores formally logged, even if they didn’t get the Google Form in.
On June 25, we will be running the Sprint events and High Jump at school, releasing one year group at a time to compete. Information pertaining to the Modified Athletics Program - here.
Our Modified Cross Country year group challenge is officially taking place in Week 8. This is a self-nominated event for any interested student across Years 3 to 12, a Google Form should have already been completed (for students in Years 5 to 12). If you want to go in this event, please email Cherie Montford.
Middle and Senior School students will compete in Week 8:
Years 5 and 6 - Friday Sport (June 19)
Years 7 to 10 - Thursday Sport (June 18)
Years 11 and 12 - Thursday 7.30am - 8.30am (June 18)
Everything you need to know about the Cross Country as it stands at the moment - here.
Spotlight on James and Daniel Challis
In the midst of COVID-19, good news sports reports for our community are relatively rare. It was well received news that the Tweed Little Athletics had their presentation day last weekend with the speeches facilitated by Facebook Live and the trophies presented via a strict timetable drive through. By all accounts, it was an excellent improvised way to acknowledge the prize recipients. Congratulations to the Challis brothers for their excellent feats. James (Year 7) won both Track and Field, whilst Daniel (Year 5) won the Field events and came second in Track.
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 started Cross Country training this week, which is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We meet at the school gymnasium and start at 7.00am.
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 in Week 8 for Mahers Lane students, link here.
Athletics representative carnivals are neither postponed or cancelled at this point.
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.
NCIS and CIS cancelled.
NSW All Schools regional competitions cancelled; however, a major competition was rescheduled for Sydney over 3 days in November.
QLD All Schools competition is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates.
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
Other school competitions (regional) neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates
QLD T20 Knockout is postponed, awaiting status updates.
All events suspended, awaiting status updates.
Mt St Patricks games cancelled Term 2. Both schools have confirmed willingness to play in Term 3 if COVID-19 restrictions allow.
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
Head of Sport and Activities
The Tweed Netball Association (TNA) Executive Team met recently to discuss the possibilities of netball resuming in some form in 2020. Please note that we need to adhere to the NSW Government Regulations even though we are affiliated with Netball Queensland. Under the NSW rules, we can resume training from the 12 June and then playing in some capacity from the 1 August at Arkinstall Park.
We have asked all of our Lindisfarne Netball community members to complete a form regarding the season ahead. The form link is here. It is important that we all complete this form by 31 May so we can make sure TNA can put together a netball competition that suits the majority of members - including the Lindisfarne Lions!
Netball Centre of Excellence
The Netball Centre of Excellence girls trained on the Mahers Lane courts this week. They worked on their general fitness but specifically agility and acceleration. Each of the players brought in their own ball to complete shooting and ball skill challenges. We all had a chance to talk netball — but there’s still no playing the game as yet.
Unfortunately, the planned New Zealand tour in November has been cancelled. It may be that we are able to travel inter-state 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.
Please find the attached TikTok and other videos ably performed by some of our Lindisfarne Elite Netball Athletes (LENA).
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