2021 Term 2 Week 5 21 May 2021

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From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


I am thrilled to announce significant recognition of our Principal and our school as recent awardees for the Australian Education Awards. These awards showcase the top-performing schools, principals, department heads and teachers for their outstanding achievements and transformative work that make a profound difference to the lives of young people across Australia. This year has seen two of our staff and one faculty being considered for these top awards:

School Principal of the Year - Non-government: Mr Stuart Marquardt

Under his leadership, Lindisfarne has realised considerable growth in enrolments, ongoing improvements in teaching and learning and subsequently outstanding improvements in student outcomes. Mr Marquardt is a motivational leader who lives and models the values of the school; Compassion, Wisdom and Respect. He is an authentic leader who has worked tirelessly to empower others. 

Best use of Technology: Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School

Through technology Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School has redefined itself, realising a range of process efficiencies across the organisation and achieving significant pedagogic impact. Over the past two years, Lindisfarne has replaced several analogue processes, created and leveraged unique ICT solutions in classrooms and established a culture of genuine integration; technology is not an ‘add-on’ at Lindisfarne, but a legitimate ‘value-add’. Our school now has a flourishing coding and robotics program, boasts environmentally friendly class room automations and every student has access to a personalised device linked to a safe and reliable network.

Primary School Teacher of the Year - Non-government: Mr Nathan Croft

Mr Croft is passionate about the benefits of leading active and healthy lives, seeking to instill a love of sport and physical activity in his students.  He has increased the profile of sport through the organisation of weekly programs in Stage 1 and 2. He is a role model in the wider community. We congratulate Mr Croft on being an awardee and also for his recent achievement of Experienced Teacher status. 

The winners of these awards will be announced at a celebration dinner in Sydney on 27 August. That we are being considered in the final grouping of these awards is testament to the inspirational leadership of our Principal Mr Stuart Marquardt.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) was on Wednesday. NSS is an event where a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year’s book was Give Me Space by Philip Bunting. The Junior School students were read to by ‘Astronaut’ Marquardt, which was one small step for Principal Marquardt, one giant leap for Lindisfarne.

On Thursday, the Reverend Constantine and I had the privilege of visiting the Year 4 Camp. We enjoyed a shared lunch and took part in outdoor activities amid the beautiful environs of Tyalgum. A big thank you to Mr Douglas and the Year 4 teachers for making us so welcome and for allowing us to experience first-hand the benefits of outdoor education in action. I look forward to sharing in the Year 7 to 11 group camps next week.

On Thursday evening our Principal Stuart Marquardt and Head of Senior School, Kate Cornell led a Red Earth information session via zoom. Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are encouraged to explore this unique opportunity to experience firsthand the way of life in a remote Indigenous community.

Red Earth is an established and highly regarded company that guide student tours, this one for the first time for Lindisfarne to the remote Indigenous homelands of the Cape York Peninsula. Students will have the rare opportunity to make real connections with Indigenous Australians living in their own country who have maintained a deep connection to their culture and to their history. They will learn from Elders and Traditional Owners of the land and will stay as a group in safe areas on privately held Aboriginal Lands, not accessible outside of this setting. They will learn, make, gather, eat, give, grow and connect with Traditional Owners and Indigenous Australia.

Expressions of interest form.

Commissioning of The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu

This is an important occasion and celebration for our School. Although only two weeks in his role as Chaplain, Reverend Constantine is already making such an impact. His quote blackboard is eagerly anticipated each day as are his visits to classrooms and camps as he gets to know our students. I invite members of our Lindisfarne community to join us on Wednesday, 16 June at 11:00am in Ngahriyah. Replies via this link are essential.

Charlotte Lush
Deputy Principal


Feast of Pentecost


This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost: the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection.

Christians believe that God is love and triune: The Father is the Lover, Jesus is the Beloved and the Holy Spirit is the Love that exists between the Father and the Son.

Firstly, as Divine Love, the Holy Spirit is given to the disciples and us by Jesus as His parting gift. Given as the presence of our loving Father and Jesus in our lives. St. Paul says that ‘the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Spirit living in us’ (Romans 5:5).

Secondly, the Holy Spirit is the witness of Jesus. He reminds us that only in Jesus do we fully understand what it means to be human. In Jesus’ life and love we find God and in finding God we find true ourselves.

The Acts of the Apostles (chapter 2) gives us two images that describe the Holy Spirit: The wind- in Hebrew also Spirit; and the ‘tongue of fire’ that rested on the apostles. Thus, the Holy Spirit strengthens us in God’s love and gives us the passion for spiritual things.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit brings unity; the apostles found that the Spirit could be understood in any language as opposed to the event during the building of the tower of Babel (see Genesis 11) when discordant languages led to divisions. The Holy Spirit brings us together. He unites us with God and with one another.

In the divisions and confusions of our world and personal lives: from the cry of the earth and of poor aboriginal children in the slums of NT, the forgotten children of developing countries, the children suffering the consequences of war or violence in the Middle East or Myanmar, to the lost and troubled teenager or young person wounded by life in our suburbs, a worried parent crying to heaven for the wellbeing of their children, or even our own cries from the depths of our hearts searching for unity, love, peace, meaning, and lasting joy.

Who satiates this thirst in our lives, this longing for something more, something deeper, and something that keeps eluding us from the transitory pleasures of this world?

It is the Holy Spirit! He inspires us, makes us enthusiastic, prays in us and for us, removes the boredom of existence that we so often fall into, and gives us the strength to be sent out as authentic witnesses of the Gospel of joy and life.

During this Pentecost term and in this 40th year of the founding of our beloved Lindisfarne School, let us pray with Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556):

O Lord our God, give us by your Holy Spirit a willing heart and a ready hand to use all your gifts to your praise and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I make mine once again Jeff Fenech’s words: ‘I love yous all!’

Enjoy your weekend; safe travels and happy camping to all those away on camp this coming week.

Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

Picture Plates

Dear Parents and Carers,

The P&F would like to offer you the opportunity to turn your child’s treasured memories into durable, high-quality melamine Pictureplates that will last a lifetime!

Both decorative and useful, Pictureplates are simply beautiful. Children love eating off their very own Pictureplates, and as the years go by and they grow up and have their own families, their Pictureplates will bring back memories of those happy childhood years.

Your child will create their artwork using a special template in class under the guidance of their class teacher during the next two weeks and you can order as many copies of the Pictureplates as you would like, so it’s a fantastic gift idea for grandparents and family members.

Pictureplates will cost $30.00 each, and profits will go to the P&F. Orders can be placed via www.flexischools.com.au 

·       Orders and payments via flexischools close Monday, 24 May 2021
        (no orders excepted after this date)
·      Templates will be created in class during week 4 and 5.
·      We expect to be handing out the finished products by Week 1 of Term 3.

Safe on Social


Wellbeing Team

Student Voice

Upcoming Events


Whole School News

Commissioning of The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu

Replies via this link are essential.

Tournament Of Minds Years 3 - 10

Tournament of Minds- Student Expressions of Interest

This year, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School will be once again hosting the annual Tournament of Minds competition. 

Tournament of Minds is a problem-solving program for a team of 7 students who will complete open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • Arts
  • Stem
  • Language Literature
  • Social Sciences

I am calling for expressions of interest for students in Years 3 – 10 who would like to nominate themselves to be a part of a team.

Important competition dates:

Regional Finals                  Sunday 22 August 2021               Mahers Lane Campus

State Finals                      Sunday 12 September 2021         UNSW, Sydney

National Finals                 Saturday 16 October 2021           UNSW, Sydney

Students MUST be available on all three dates to be eligible to participate.

If you are available on all three dates and would like to participate, please send an email to Mrs Williamson awilliamson@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au for Years 5-10 and 

either email or speak to Miss Turnbull lturnbull@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you are at the Junior Campus in Years 3 or 4.

School Photos

School Photos will be taken by MSP Photographers on the following days:

Tuesday, 8 June - Junior School
Wednesday, 9 June - Mahers Lane 
Friday, 11 June - Junior School

Details will be circulated closer to the date once received from the photographers.

Lindisfarne @ 40 presents Thirsty Merc

Come and join us for a gala event as part of Lindisfarne @ 40 featuring live music from students, followed by Lindisfarne's favourite Aussie rockers, Thirsty Merc. This must-see event includes a two-course dinner with drinks at bar prices.

When: Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 6.30pm
Where: Twin Towns Showroom
Cost: $100
Booking Now Open

Staff Bio


From The Dean of Studies


Over the past 2 weeks students in Year 3,5,7,9 completed their NAPLAN tests. I would like to congratulate the students on their conduct during this time. 

At Mahers Lane during the NAPLAN testing window staff conducted over 110 test sessions and there were just under 2000 tests completed by the students. I would like to thank all the staff who undertook NAPLAN training and supervised the tests and our wonderful IT department who helped ensure the tests ran smoothly. 

Higher School Certificate Trial Timetable 

The Higher School Certificate Trial Timetable was released to students last week as is available to view via Parent Lounge under Examinations or via this link

Subject Selection Evenings

Subject Selection evenings are fast approaching with the Year 9 2022 on Monday 31 May. 

The Curriculum Manuals with all the information for the courses on offer were emailed to parents and students this week.

The Year 11 2022 evening is on Tuesday 8 June .

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Junior School

National Simultaneous Story Time

This week, Junior School students participated in National Simultaneous Story time. Held annually, a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools and pre-schools around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas. 

This years’ story ‘Give Me Some Space’ by Phillip Bunting was read by our special guest, Astronaut Marquardt, and thoroughly enjoyed by our Sunshine Ave students. 

Iysha Blenkinsop

Healthy Harold Visits Junior School

Life Education 

Throughout the month of May, students at the Junior School have been taking their learning outside of the classroom and into the interactive learning space provided by the Life Education Van. 

Founded in 1979 by the late Reverend Ted Noffs,  Life Education has been touring the country since 1982, raising awareness and empowering students to become active participants in the decision-making process surrounding their health, safety and wellbeing. 

The programs selected this year for students P-4 have involved: building relationships, personal safety, positive health choices, safe and unsafe situations and exploring the systems within the human body. 

Students at the Junior School have thoroughly enjoyed this interactive curriculum-based program, with the highlight for many being reunited with their favourite furry friend, ‘Healthy Harold!’

When asked what the best part of their Life Education experience was, Kindergarten students across the Junior School shared:

  • I loved when they turned off the lights and the stars came out (Lucia -KF) 
  • It was funny feeding Harold the banana! (Savannah- KT)
  • I liked using our angry faces to show how we were feeling (Claire- KD)
  • It was fun putting my hand in Harold’s mouth! (Rocky- KD)
  • I got to dress up as an astronaut! (Oxford -KD)
  • I liked hugging Harold the best (Kyle -KF)

As our Life Education journey comes to a close with our final classes attending early next week, we reflect upon our positive learning experiences and look forward to welcoming Harold and his team back to Sunshine Avenue in 2022.

Angela Mundy
Acting Director of Learning Enrichment P-4

Green Market @ The Junior School

Junior School Sport

Fun Athletics Carnival

Our K - 4 Fun Athletics Carnival will be held on the Junior School campus and Arkinstall Park on Friday 4th June (week 7 term 2)

The purpose of this carnival is FUN and participation. The day is designed to allow every student an opportunity to participate in all of our Athletics events. More information will be sent home to parents in week 6, including a program of the day. Make sure you put aside the date in your calendars to come along and watch the next generation of Olympic athletes do their thing. 

AFL Auskick

AFL QLD will continue running their AFL Auskick Program this Term. The program will be run on Thursday afternoons on Arkinstall Park. This program caters for students from Kindy - yr 4. If you are still keen to join please see the flyer below.

Nathan Croft
PE Specialist P-4

Early Learning Centre

Green Team

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

Homework Club

Homework Club 

There will be NO Homework Club next week due to Years 7 to 11 Camp Week. 
Homework Club will recommence the following week and we look forward to seeing the students back then.

Jodie Duggan
Director of Learning Enrichment 5-12


On Tuesday, Lindisfarne launched Stymie to the Middle and Senior Schools through a series of workshops.

Stymie is an anonymous notification tool that schools are using nationally, to enhance student wellbeing. Stymie has been built in line with the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework, and the recommendations from the Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study. The following facts emphasise the decision to implement Stymie iat Lindisfarne:

  • Intentional self-harm is the biggest killer of 12 to 17 year olds.
  • 53% of children are cyberbullied
  • The mental health of young people is in serious decline
  • 10% of 14 and 15 year olds are self harming
  • Australia has not been able to reduce bullying in schools since 2012

Stymie believes that young people should be able to say something without fear. Students can use Stymie to report suicide ideations; self-harm; bullying; family violence; illegal activity; sexual assault; anxiety and depression.

Tuesday’s workshops covered cyberwellness; empathy; kindness; upstanding; and responsible use of Stymie. 

At Lindisfarne we support young people to enhance their culture of care. 

For further information, parents are encouraged to follow this link.

Kate Cornell                                                   Jeremy Godden
Head of Senior School                                   Head of Middle School 

Congratulations Year 5

To begin my article this week, I must acknowledge and congratulate the Year 5 students on their approach to the NAPLAN tests over the past two weeks. We are all extremely proud of their efforts and focus.

This term in Year 5, we continue to develop our knowledge and skills in all Key Learning Areas of the curriculum. In English, our focus is on the importance of literature and how it is used to persuade the reader. Students have been composing a range of their own texts with the purpose of persuading the audience to a particular point of view. Opportunities to develop skills in reading and viewing, writing and representing have been ongoing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop and practice their public speaking skills when they deliver a poem of their choice to their class next week. Poems should be no longer than two minutes in length.

Finally, I would like to extend a warm congratulations to two of our Stage 3 students for progressing past the school round of the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee. Marcus Fox, in class 5B, and Fred Woodley Matthews, in 6B, competed in the state finals of the Bee on Thursday 29 April. Fred was successful in making it to the national round of the Spelling Bee, which will take place on Thursday 27 May.

We wish Fred the very best of luck!

Amy Williamson
Year 5 Coordinator

Senior School

Careers and VET

As many of our students in the Senior School consider their subject selections and future pathways, it can be useful to explore the employment options available. As an example, it would come as no surprise that Australian Government Labour Market Research suggests that career prospects in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) will experience some of the highest growth levels. This includes roles such as Software Programmers, Web Developers, Systems Analysts and ICT Support and Test Engineers. There are multiple pathways into these careers including these at TAFE, and many Universities are offering degrees and microcredentials specialising in areas of ICT. While traditionally ICT occupations have been focused on highly specialised technical skills, employers are also realising the benefits of ‘soft skills’ and how these can be combined to drive innovation and problem solving. Therefore a well rounded education supports attainment of a variety of skills to contribute to future study and employability. Subject selection is a fantastic opportunity for students to make decisions that can contribute to success in the senior school. I encourage students to engage with their teachers about where their efforts may best be directed and which pathways may see them find success. There are often a number of ways for a student to get where they want to go, and choosing the best fit of subjects where they can experience success will support them not only to achieve but also to enjoy their education.

QTAC have updated their list of open days for 2021, with many Universities returning to on campus experiences, please see this link to start to plan any relevant visits.

Please also see the attached Career Bulletin with current updates about study and employment.

Lauren Ward
Director of VET and Careers

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Debating and Public Speaking






Performing Arts

Lindisfarne @ 40 Big Chill

Lindisfarne @ 40 Big Chill

As part of Lindisfarne @ 40 we would like to introduce our Performing Arts winter concert featuring dance, drama and music. 

This is a student-led variety performance featuring Drama, Dance and music acts which have all been prepared and rehearsed by students from years 5 - 12. We will also preview some of our Year 12 HSC performance works at this event,

When: Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 6.30pm

Where: The Chapel, Mahers Lane

Friends of the Arts (FOTA) will be supporting this event. Pre-show drinks and snacks will be available to purchase from 5.30pm.

Entry to the concert is free for our community. Booking a seat via this link below is essential to confirm your attendance.

Lindisfarne @ 40 Drama Festival

Lindisfarne @ 40 Drama Festival - Saturday 29 May

This year Lindisfarne will be hosting our very own Drama Festival on Saturday, 29 May. The festival will be held at our Mahers Lane campus and involve adjudicated Speech and Drama performances from our Kindergarten to Year 8 students.

Student performers will be required to arrive at the beginning of their session and meet with their Speech and Drama tutor. Parents and friends are welcome to join the audience for all performances. Performances will be held from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

A trophy will be awarded for 1st place in each section, a medal for runners up and each child will receive a ribbon and an adjudication certificate. A fund raising sausage sizzle and food stall will be set up by our Friends of the Arts group and will be located in the school canteen area. If you have a child involved in the festival, a detailed program and more information will be sent via email.

Amy Skene
Drama Teacher

Katie Noonan - Live in the Chapel

Katie Noonan 

We are excited to announce that our Performing Arts visiting artist for 2021 will be 5-time ARIA award-winning artist Katie Noonan.

Over the past 20 years, Katie has proven herself one of Australia’s most hardworking, versatile and prolific artists. Named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time by the Herald Sun, Katie has produced 20 studio albums throughout her career, with seven times platinum record sales under her belt and 27 ARIA award nominations that span diverse genres. 

Whilst visiting Lindisfarne, Katie will conduct a series of musical workshops with our ensembles, undertake masterclass sessions with our senior students and present a performance at the Junior School. 

On Friday, 11 June there will be an intimate concert presented in the Chapel featuring our students performing alongside Katie. Entry to the concert is free for our community. Booking a seat via this trybooking link is essential to confirm your attendance.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

NIDA Drama Workshop 2021


A couple of weeks ago, Year 11 and 12 Drama students took the opportunity to spend a full and intensive day working with NIDA tutor and professional director, actor, theatre-maker and workshop facilitator, Jane Grimley.

Students worked with Jane to explore physical responses to devising work and creating stories. They examined in detail, practical strategies for devising physical theatre, exploring physical theatre as a dramatic form and developing techniques for collaborative practice, openness and playfulness. They also explored ways to apply dramaturgical practices to hone their performances. 

Students explored a variety of techniques from a range of different stimulus material under the direct supervision of Jane, who has had extensive experience in working with young and emerging artists, having facilitated classes for Shopfront Contemporary Arts, The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, The Song Room and the Sydney Opera House. 

Learning opportunities included strategies for devising physical theatre, an introduction to the concept of character viewpoint and skills in developing characterisation. 

These are all critical skills in drama performance and we look forward to students utilising these skills as they embark on developing their own Group Devised performances this term.

Once again, we are grateful to NIDA, Australia’s premier performance school, for providing us with the opportunity to work closely with one of their tutors and to gain a real insight into the inner workings of the acting profession.

Simon Leach
Drama Teacher

Germinate Records

Germinate Compilation EP Released In Support Of Cancer Research

Our compilation EP, Germinate One, is out now! Click here to listen to the Compilation EP

Released through our school record label, Germinate Records, the EP features five incredible songs by four of our super talented Lindisfarne student songwriters.  Each song was produced in our very own Lindisfarne recording studio with the assistance of our uber-talented student sound engineers.  Proceeds from the release will go to ANZSA (Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association) and to the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

Germinate One is available on a musician-first platform called Bandcamp. Bandcamp allows a minimum price to be set for music so people can - and very often do - pay more than the listed price to support their favourite artist. You can purchase the EP for a minimum of $6.00.

Please support our talented students and these very important cancer charities by clicking here.

You can also follow Germinate Records on Instagram @germinaterecords

I would like to thank the following student songwriters and performers for lending their talents to this important project:

  • Jemma McNicoll
  • Ronan Green
  • Jye Walker
  • Chelsea Valarie (Class of 2020)

I would also like to thank the following students for lending their talents as sound engineers and/or backing vocalists to this project:

Sound Engineers: Oscar Veldhoven, Kai Kusack, Chris Matthew Nelikkattu, Sarina Amoedo, Kimiyo Tango, Charlotte Slack-Smith, Cinnamon Cleary, Ronan Green, Finojet Rudd.

Backing vocalists: Elise Matusch, Jaimie Mifsud, Kimiyo Tango, Sarino Amoede. 

Thanks again to Indigai Arnold (Class of 2020) for the amazing cover art!


Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer


The NSW Bushwalkers Code

With Year 7 - 11 at camp next week, and Year 11 PDHPE students focusing on a unit regarding Outdoor Recreation; it seems fitting to share the NSW Bushwalkers Code

Bushwalking is a highly rewarding activity made even more enjoyable when engaged safely, respectfully, inclusively, and in a manner that preserves nature for our future enjoyment. 

We leave no trace

  • We use existing tracks where possible and avoid creating multiple tracks which lead to erosion.
  • We avoid easily damaged plants and places such as peat bogs, cushion moss, swamps and fragile rock formations.
  • We remove from the bush all rubbish, including food scraps, and bury human waste well away from watercourses.
  • We do not remove plants or rocks from National Parks.
  • We do not disturb nor feed wildlife.
  • We do not pollute the ground and waterways with soaps and detergents.
  • We carry cooking equipment, or use existing fireplaces when possible, and do not scar the landscape with fire rings.
  • We comply with fuel-stove only requirements.
  • We leave campsites in a pristine state.

We preserve Australia’s biosecurity

  • We proactively seek to protect the natural environment from the negative impacts of pests, weeds and diseases.
  • We clean our clothing, equipment, cars, wheels and vessels to prevent the spread of pathogens and diseases that threaten bio-security.
  • We report significant or unusual pests, weeds and diseases.

We prevent incidents

  • Because incidents and rescues have the greatest impact on the environment and people:
  • We plan and prepare fully.
  • We share our trip intentions.
  • We act safely.
  • We are self-reliant.

We take responsibility for acting safely

  • We always carry appropriate clothing and equipment for the nature of the activity engaged in.
  • We carry first aid kits and are trained in first aid appropriate to our (often remote) activities.
  • We walk in groups of three or more so that there are sufficient people to summon help in an emergency.
  • We do not rely solely on GPS systems, but carry a map and compass.
  • We know how to navigate with a map and compass according to the difficulty of the activity we are engaged in.
  • We do not rely on mobile phone coverage for dealing with an emergency but carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and/or satellite phone when appropriate. A satellite phone has global coverage and means we can inform emergency services of our needs.
  • We consider battery life of electronic devices and take a recharger if necessary.
  • We register all Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) with AMSA and groups always carry a PLB in wilderness areas.
  • We prepare an incident response and exit plan prior to each activity in case of accident or emergency.
  • We carry appropriate equipment that may be needed in case of accident or emergency.
  • We check for adverse weather, flood, fire, tides, transport, and access issues when planning, and before we head out.
  • We check the safety status of our destinations before entering, observe the safety instructions of park rangers, and do not enter closed National Parks.
  • We advise the appropriate authorities, responsible friends or relatives of our walking plans and intentions so that emergency services can be alerted in case of our failure to return from an activity. We inform those authorities/persons when our group has safely returned.
  • We only light fires when it is safe to do so, and ensure they are fully extinguished.
  • We ensure the safety and wellbeing of all dependents entrusted to our care.
  • We engage in bushwalking activities unimpaired by the consumption of alcohol or use of drugs.

We are self-reliant

  • We carry sufficient food and water in order to survive an unexpected delay in returning from the bush.
  • We wear and carry appropriate clothing and equipment for our comfort and safety in expected weather conditions. We also carry gear to suit the worst possible conditions we are likely to encounter.
  • We ensure we have sufficient training, experience and expertise to safely carry out our planned activity.

We respect fellow bushwalkers

  • We welcome people from all walks of life irrespective of gender, age, race, religion, culture, colour, sexuality; and behave in a harmonious manner.
  • We appreciate differences and welcome learning from others, building relationships based on mutual respect.
  • We do not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination in any form.
  • We encourage, respect and support our activity leaders, as competent and motivated leaders are essential to the success of our activities.
  • We respect the right of our activity leaders to accept or reject walker applicants for specific activities based upon the assessed degree of difficulty, and the assessed competence of individual walkers.
  • We respect the right of bushwalkers to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush without undue disturbance from technology.
  • We help fellow bushwalkers in need, in situations such as: assisting with emergency communications, offering medical aid for which we are qualified, carrying the gear of an injured person, or sharing equipment.

We respect Indigenous culture

  • We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we walk.
  • We treat sites of spiritual or cultural significance with respect.
  • We obtain permission from traditional landowners or the relevant land manager to visit sensitive areas.
  • We do not damage Aboriginal rock art or camp under overhangs that contain Aboriginal rock art.

We respect landowners

  • We respect landowners and do not trespass on their land.
  • We leave farm gates as we find them.
  • We respect the rules of National Parks, and other land managers, such as camping conditions, maximum numbers in wilderness areas, permitted activities and park closures.

In case of emergency

  • If in distress contact the emergency services on Triple Zero (000).
  • If you are in distress and need assistance and have no other means of communication, set off your Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). Remain near your PLB and be prepared with food and shelter to wait for a response. This may take several hours, or longer depending on weather conditions, and if a ground team needs to reach you. Make yourself visible from the air with a brightly coloured sheet of fabric, or if safe, make a smoky fire. Extinguish any fire entirely when the helicopter approaches. Pack up and secure your gear against the helicopter downdraft so your gear is not lost and the rescue site is left as untouched as possible.

Have a fabulously fun time at camp everyone!

The PDHPE Faculty

Photography and Digital Media


Science Matters

Could you explain a complex idea to a mixed audience in two minutes? This was the challenge accepted by some of the students in 7D during Term 1. The Australian Museum Sleek Geeks Science Video competition requires students to submit a video of no more than two minutes on a science topic. Each year involves a theme and this year our students had to create their video around the idea of “Big”.

The competition encourages the use of imagination and creativity to explain something in a short period of time. Our students rose to the occasion and produced some remarkable videos on a range of topics.

Ben Reeve began with the premise that he was “Big” in comparison to most things in the world:


Noah Roseverne followed a completely different path and explained a classic experiment by representing particles with human beings:


Bethani broad and Teagan Gilmour used animations to help us imagine what it would be like to visit a black hole:


Owen Browne used a variety of techniques to explain how the blanket octopus can make itself big to evade its predators (and even composed an original piece of music for the sound track!).


These are just a sample of the videos that were submitted for entry in the Sleek Geeks competition. Our students never cease to amaze us with their insight and imagination and as teachers we are fortunate to have the opportunity to guide them on their journey.

Have a wonderful week at camp and be aware of the Science that surrounds you, both big and small.

Hamish Inksetter
Science Coordinator

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

The Visual Art Department News

Drawing a Realistic Portrait with Ms Dann

Lindisfarne YouTube Link - Draw a Portrait With Fractions     

Junior and middle school students will be entering the Les Peterkin Portrait Prize later this term and have started to create their artworks using the theme “Selfie”. Students have been learning how to draw a realistic portrait using fractions. Not many people think mathematics and art go hand in hand but a good knowledge of mathematics can really come in quite handy when we are artmaking! Maybe you would like to try this at home together as a family using the video attached? It’s a fun and satisfying drawing activity and the more you practice, the better you will get! Once you know the rules for drawing a portrait, you can investigate some of the great artists who chose to break them, like Pablo Picasso. How will you choose to draw or paint your “Selfie?”

Students between the ages of 5 and 13 years old are invited to enter the award. Entries can be delivered to the Visual Art Staffroom before Friday 17 June and should have the name and age the student turns in 2021 on the back. Artwork should be completed on art paper, no canvas stretchers please! Please contact Ms Dann for more details.

Year 9 and 10 Visual Art Students: Still Life and Botanical Art

Year 9 and 10 Visual Art Students have started new units in Visual Arts exploring Still Life (year 9) and Representing Place (year 10). We begin these units with formal drawing workshops to further develop skills with finding form and representing objects and space using various materials and techniques. Students have been challenged to work collaboratively with others, working on various sections of an artwork and handing over their work for others to draw on. This creates a sense of freedom in the artmaking process, encouraging students to approach their shared work with more courage and experiment with materials and processes in new ways. The ability to work collaboratively is a quality we seek to foster in a Lindisfarne graduate and students demonstrated their joy and success in this process with some outstanding results!

Year 7 Drawings on Display in the Library

Our year 7 students are proudly exhibiting their work in the Library and Student Admin. Inspired by their understanding of the Elements of Art and the artist Wassily Kandisky, we are excited to share the outcome of their hard work. 7G and 7D works will be replaced soon with new classes so take a moment to enjoy their beautiful work!

Bronwyn Dann
Acting Director of Visual Art

Learning Enrichment

Round Square

Virtual Conference

Future Insights: Propulsion into the Future of Jobs

Registration is now open for our RS Virtual Conference from Paradis International College in Romania, on the “Future Insights: A Propulsion into the Future of Jobs”.

The three-hour conference is for students aged 15-17 and will take place on Saturday 10th June starting at 10.00pm AEST. 

During the conference, in order to capture this world of space and future changes, delegates will hear from Keynote Speakers Dr. Adrian Stoica, from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and Anurupa Ganguly, Founder and CEO at Prisms, who holds a BS & M.Eng in electrical engineering from MIT and an EdM in Curriculum & Teaching from Boston University.

As a pre-conference task our hosts would like each delegation to discuss together three questions regarding the future of jobs in their part of the world:

  • What jobs do you think will be lost in the future?
  • What new job(s) do you think will emerge in the future?
  • What skills do you think will be needed for the job(s) you have chosen?

In addition, delegations are asked to create a montage of images that represent the new job(s) they have identified.

Please email Mr Lush at mlush@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you would like to register.



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Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


Lindisfarne Chess Club Defeats Shearwater 3-1

On Monday, the 10 May, we undertook the 50-minute bus trip to the Shearwater Steiner School at Mullumbimby. During the bus trip, our students took the opportunity to hone their skills by playing a few games. When we arrived, we were surprised by casually dressed students and teachers, and this was a stark contrast to our formal uniform and ties.

The participants in this round were Zac Holtsbuam (Y10 Lindisfarne) vs Xander McLoud (Y12); Hugh Campbel (Y12) vs Nathan Lark (Y11 Lindisfarne); Luke Boulter (Y11 Lindisfarne) vs Ariel Jefferys (Y12), and David McCullum (Y12) vs Mia Wilkinson (Y9 Lindisfarne) with Kia Cusack as a reserve. We won the round 3-1. The player whose name appears first played white, and the winners’ names are in bold. 

The younger students at Shearwater were on camp, so we had to play their Year 12 students, but our team was equal to the task. Luke was the first to win his game quickly, followed by Nathan, who always had the initiative throughout their games. Mia’s game was a sew-sawing game where she came back during the middle game after being behind in the opening game but eventually lost to David, who had the stronger end game. As was the case in the last round, the number one payer’s game between Zac and Xander was the longest. This time Zac was victorious in a challenging game. He successfully navigated a poison sacrifice in the end game that threatened mate in two if he had accepted the “free” pawn.

We all enjoyed the outing to Shearwater. The students were immensely knowledgeable in chess and were very friendly and accommodating hosts. We had several 1-minute blitz chess games against them while we waited for the bus back to school. 

After a successful two rounds, the students confidently look forward to hosting round three at Lindisfarne on Wednesday, 2 June. 

Upcoming Event: Gardiner Chess Primary School Tournament at Robina State School on Wednesday 9th June. Registration cost is $20 student, and transportations costs are still to be determined. The chess tournament is an all-day event with registrations starting at 8:45- 9:15 am and finishes between 2:15 -2:30 pm. We will most likely arrive back at about 3:30 - 4 pm, depending on traffic. Any Year 5 and 6 students interested in attending this event should register their interest by either emailing Mr Kester at gkester@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or by getting their parents to email him.

Gavin Kester


From The Sports Desk

Touch Football

The NCIS Secondary Touch Football Championships were on Tuesday at Goonellabah in challenging wet and cool conditions. All our teams were outstanding, with a rare clean sweep of all the silverware, winning all four divisions and attaining many NCIS representative berths for our boys and girls. The results sheet makes for pleasing reading here


The Athletics Carnival which brings both our campuses together for our Years 3 to 12 is on Thursday, 17 June. It is a fantastic day on our collective calendar at Walter Peate Oval, Kingscliff which showcases our athletic talents and wonderful school culture. 

The 800m event will begin at 7.15am, and is open to anyone interested in this event. If students are interested in participating in this event they must find their own way to the venue by 6.50am for registration and warm up. 

The 400m event will begin at 8.00am, and will be for qualifiers only (further information below). The current volume of Lindisfarne students necessitates qualifying events to be held prior to the carnival day -  in all events other than the 100m and 800m track events. 

Students across Years 5 to 10 will be running qualifiers in PE practical lessons, whilst our Year 11 and 12 students will be allotted lunchtimes to ascertain the final field.  Mr Croft will be sorting the qualifiers at Sunshine Avenue across all track and field events. 

Cross Country

Training is running out of the Mahers Lane campus every Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7.15am up until the NSWCIS event. Anyone is welcome to attend, we meet at the school gym. Here is a photo of this morning's squad completing their Strides drill before their main set. 


Six of our boys qualified to represent NCIS at the CIS Hockey Championships that were held in Sydney yesterday.

  • Rupert Fahy
  • Jacob Sands
  • Jack Furness
  • Flynn Howarth
  • Brodie McDowell
  • Callum McNicoll

The boys all represented themselves very well, with Rupert, Brodie and Jack all being selected in the CIS team, a great achievement.


Our Primary boys and girls contingent (Years 3 to 6) are gearing up for the Gold Coast regionals in Futsal next week. Any winners will earn a place up at Brisbane for the State titles.  Hopefully we see a team or two get through next week. 

Extra Curricular Sport Sign Up

Here is a video guide as to how to enrol for any of the extra curricular activities you hear in homeroom — for either teams or Individual entries. The students that register through this process will appear on our rolls for further information via email. 

Gold Coast Mountain Biking Championships at Nerang on Friday, 23 July.

  • Years 7 and 8 boys and girls
  • Years 9 and 10 boys and girls

Registrations may be completed through Student Cafe for Years 7 to 10. Please click here for Instructions.

Integrated Sports (Year 5 to 10)

We will be releasing our Term 3 Integrated Sports next week for your perusal. The sports nominations will open on Saturday, 5 June. 

Please review the sports choices below for Term 3. The selections will open on Parent lounge in week 7 of Term 2 on Saturday 5 June and will close at 8.00am on  Friday, 11 June. A very short instructional video can be viewed here. The most critical step is to ensure you click on the GREEN “submit to school” tab once you have selected the sport and this will open up the payment portal. 

The sport options available can be view by clicking the links below:

Term 3 Sports Selections will be finalised through Parent Lounge, payment for your child's sport choice is required at the time of selection and their spot in that chosen sport will be securedupon payment. 

Please note -  some sports have a strict capacity limitation. Therefore, once they reach this quota, they will show as no places available and no longer be an option. 

To ensure you have a clear and comprehensive view of all sports options on offer, it’s recommended that you access the sports selections on a laptop or desktop as mobile phones may have a limited view and may also take longer to navigate all options on offer. 

Swapping of sports once selections and payments have been made will not be possible unless there are pastoral matters, injury or health issues that arise. Please encourage your child to liaise with friends prior to the selection date and have a second sport contingency in case their first sport choice reaches capacity. 

Prior to the sports selection start date, please make sure that you have sourced your login details and can access Parent Lounge. This must be finalised before Friday, 4 June.

Damian Clucas
Head of Sports and Activities

Lindisfarne Lions Netball Club

Saturday Netball

It was gorgeous to see the 5-6 year old NetSetGo girls enjoy their first session on the grass courts this week. The very start of their Lindisfarne Netball Journeys!

Well done: Marlie Bold, Macy King, Honor Pippett and Asher Sampson… and congratulations to Tilli Dorr who won the player of the match award in the Bronze team’s exciting victory. 

Round 4 - May 22





Pink Lions



Purple Lions



Crimson Lions



Orange Lions



Lime Lions



Bronze Lions



Aqua Lions



Yellow Lions



Blue Lions



Green Lions



Lavender Lions



Red Lions



White Lions



Silver Lions



Navy Lions



Gold Lions


Netball Centre of Excellence 

Nicole Cusack worked with the Year 7 - 9 players this Thursday and is lined up to train the Stage 3 teams for the next couple of Fridays. 

Before School training will start after camp week, as will individual and group mentoring sessions for the senior players.

The Aqua Lions will represent the School in the Primary NSW Cup, Round 1, on Thursday, 27 May held at Arkinstall Park. We wish them the best of luck!

Lindisfarne Netball Club Parent Support Group

Our “Carnivale Fundraiser” and Duty Day is on 22 May, THIS WEEKEND!

If anyone from the wider community would like to offer to help sell, cook or braid on the day, please contact our fearless fundraising leaders: 

Jane Daniel                 Phone: 0401 277 710

Carly Griffiths             Phone: 0414 562 543

The next meeting will be for all of the coaches and managers to join the PSG at the Terranora Pavilions for a chance to share ideas and concerns  … and the good news about the fundraiser! … on Tuesday, 1 June. More details to follow.

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

“I’m here if you need!”

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball



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