2022 Term 1 Week 8 25 Mar 2022

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From the Principal


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Today we hosted the inaugural FUSE Cup Esports Northern Rivers competition.  This is the first time that the competition has been held on the southern Gold Coast/northern New South Wales border region.  The first round consists of the Esports competition - Just Dance.

The next round will be held on 16 June and focus on Mario Cup Deluxe 8.  The third round will be the popular Rocket League to be held on 20 October. The FUSE Cup is an international network of schools in the Asia Pacific region that provides students with an opportunity to participate in safe, supportive and structured Esport competitions whilst developing positive gaming behaviours and digital wellbeing.  The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in the United Kingdom later this year will profile ESport as a demonstration sport.  Today, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate announced the possibility of an Esports centre being established on the Gold Coast.

Tonight I’m looking forward to joining members of the school community at the 2022 Welcome event. The host campus for this event is our Sunshine Avenue campus. We are planning a special evening of friendship and fellowship from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. It’s one of the very first opportunities for us to gather as a school community following the Covid-19 restrictions of the past two years. At the heart of our school is our community and we look forward to a special night as we share in our 2022 P&F Welcome event.

We Will Rock You is only days away from opening night - what a phenomenal effort from the cast and crew, staff, students, parents, supporters and sponsors to get to this stage.  Let's celebrate our students and all involved in the production by attending the show and being a large and appreciative audience.  

Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com/BXJGS. Be quick as over 90% are already sold!

As we build towards opening night we have established an email link for you to send messages of support to the cast and crew. You can provide words of encouragement by emailing musical@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

As we close out Harmony week for 2022, I appreciate the work of our staff and students as we work together to foster a cohesive and culturally diverse society developing a culture of inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

At the start of Lent, I reflected on some tips that can assist us with our 2022 Lenten journey. Given the challenges of these trying times, it’s important that we continue to fill our spiritual, emotional and physical ‘wellbeing tanks’ so that we can cope with negative experiences and not be overwhelmed by them.

I’m aware that not everyone in our community observes the discipline of Lent, but I hope these tips might offer you some food for thought and opportunities to become a better human person in your own life and in your relationships.

Easter is a few weeks away and so an opportunity to review our Lenten journey -a time for self-reflection, ‘spiritual garage sale’, sharing our gifts with others, and looking after the poor and each other.

Here’s my Lenten tips, using the letters of the alphabet:

The ABCs of Lenten Practice 2022:

A=Accept who you are and be proud of your uniqueness for ‘you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God’ (cf. Psalm 139:13-14)

B=Be kind, be compassionate always -in words and deeds.

C=Connect with others, compete with yourself.

D=Disconnect daily from social media.

E=Empathize, i.e. ‘feel the pain of others in your heart.’

F=Forgive yourself and forgive others -always. Healing, said Corrie Ten Boom, is linked to forgiveness.

G=Give to the poor and needy without expecting anything in return.

H=Humility is the greatest virtue.

I=”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phillipians 4:13)

J=Jesus is the happiness and joy we are searching for. He is the faithful friend who never lets us down. Allow Jesus to love you for He never disappoints but always surprises.

K=’Know thyself’ and to ‘thyself be true’ (Socrates & Shakespeare).

L=Live gratefully and with great-fullness.

M=Make a difference, not just a living.

N=No to bullying -online and offline.

O=Observe all the good in the world, in others and in yourself.

P="Pray always and never lose heart” (words of Jesus in Luke 18:1). Prayer, wrote Edith Stein, is the greatest achievement of which the human person is capable.”

Q=Questions unite people and lead us on a quest: “who needs you now, and who do you need?”

R=Respect others, respect nature and respect animals.

S=Silence is golden. Embrace it.

T=”Take time to listen” (Mother Teresa)

U=Ubuntu (‘I am because we are’) is the essence of our shared humanity. Be an Ubuntu person.

V=Vulnerability is not weakness; it's our greatest measure of courage (Brene Brown). Accept your vulnerability. We all need help.

W=Watch your words; they become actions (Lao Tzu).

X=”eXcuse rather than accuse” (Mother Teresa). Or as St Mary MacKillop said, “Try to excuse what you don’t understand in others.”

Y=You are loved by God -unconditionally, recklessly, freely and purely.

Z=Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest (Christian Dior). Live your life with zest, vigour and enthusiasm.

As we look forward to the School musical, We will Rock You, starting next week, we are grateful to all those working behind the scenes to make it happen. Thank you so much for the generosity of your time, skills and talents. May it be an uplifting and inspiring experience for all.

Please don’t forget to join us for the Spiritual Gym on Sunday, 3 April at 4.30pm for refreshments followed by a Eucharistic Service at 5.00pm in the Mahers Lane Chapel.

Thank you so much for who you are and for all you do. Let us continue to be grateful for all that is wonderful and beautiful in our lives despite all that is awry in our world.

Rev Constantine Osuchukwu

Spiritual Gym - Sunday, 3 April Mahers Lane Chapel

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

Mother's Day High Tea 2022

The Parents and Friends Annual Mother's Day High Tea Event is coming up. The P&F are politely requesting donations of items for raffles for this very popular event. Tickets are now available to purchase at $40 per person, with six people per table. This popular High Tea is always in high demand and sells out fast. 

Calling on all Mothers, Aunties, Grandmothers, Caregivers, Sisters and Friends to come along to this beautiful morning and purchase your ticket today. 

Tickets via trybooking.com/BYLPS

Parents and Friends - Notice of AGM

The Parents and Friends Association will hold an Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 26 April at the Mahers Lane Library at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in joining and finding out more can enquire via pandf@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Kim Brown
P&F Secretary

Safe on Social


Harmony Week

Student Voice

Upcoming Events


Whole School News

The Northern Rivers FUSE CUP!

Fifty students. Ten teams. Five Esports television screens... One champion!

The FUSE Cup is a nationwide esports (electronic sports) competition aimed at younger students Years 5 to 8. It provides students with an opportunity to participate in a safe, supportive and structured national esports competition while developing positive gaming behaviours and digital wellbeing. The FUSE Cup also spreads awareness on issues such as cyberbullying and gaming addiction, as well as promoting the Kids Helpline for students in need. The competition is delivered via Nintendo Switch consoles, with the most notable games being Mario Kart, Rocket League and Just Dance. 

This year, Lindisfarne hosted the Northern Rivers FUSE Cup, at the Mahers Lane campus, on the 25th of March. Students from both Lindisfarne and St Joseph’s College battled it out on the virtual dance floor, playing Just Dance. Students competed in heats and knock-out finals throughout the day and had a lot of fun. Thank you to Mr Marquardt, Mrs Cox and Mr Henderson for supporting this exciting event. 

A selected group of students have been training at lunch times with Mrs Dowker and Mrs Jones along with practicum teachers, Maddy Haywood and Joshua Samuels, in the ‘Esports club’, to develop their skills and teamwork. 

Our talented dancers competed for prizes such as Logitech gaming mouse pads, wireless mouses and the top prize: a Logitech gaming keyboard and for the winning team, the grand trophy. The competition was a great opportunity for students to develop resilience under pressure and also to meet students from other schools and potentially go forward to competing at a national level. With amazing prizes up for grabs and lots of fun to be had, the day was a huge success.

Lindisfarne is excited to be looking towards the future and the growth of the Esports industry. The Australian gaming industry alone was worth $226 million last year and continues to grow. Participating in the FUSE cup allows Lindisfarne students this new and unique opportunity to engage with their peers in a fun, safe and active environment.

We were very fortunate to have multiple winners. These included the Individual Runner Up, Indie Trewhitt and overall individual winner, Freya Smith. Lindisfarne also scooped up the Team Runner Up position with Archie Wilson, Art Lush, Rio Proart and Sonny Hamon. The ultimate champions and winning team on the day included, Freya Smith, Rithika Sivabalan, Sana Rice, and Audrey Schapowal. Congratulations to all these students. The next round will be against Sydney teams in the NSW final.

We would like to thank St Joseph’s College for joining us for the tournament and showing such great sportsmanship. We are proud of the way our students participated with such excitement and enthusiasm and we are looking forward to next term’s tournament when they will be competing in Mario Kart. Stay tuned for detail and expressions of interest. Let the fun and games begin!

Mrs Jones and Mr Henderson

Staff Bio

Teaching and Learning

From The Dean Of Studies


This week students undertook the NAPLAN coordinated practice test in preparation for the NAPLAN tests in May. Practice tests are not marked and are designed to get students used to the online platform. 

HSC Minimum Standards Tests

All students in Year 10 will be doing the HSC Minimum Standard Tests in the next two weeks. These tests are done online and are a NESA requirement to be awarded a Higher School Certificate at the end of Year 12 to show that students have reached a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. Literacy and numeracy skills are key for success in everyday life. Achieving the HSC minimum standard means students will have a level of skills necessary for success after school.

Students show they have met the HSC minimum standard by passing online tests of basic reading, writing and numeracy skills needed for everyday tasks. The minimum standard online tests are not based on NAPLAN.

Students master basic skills at different stages so there are multiple opportunities available for students to understand what to expect and pass the minimum standard online tests, from Year 10 until a few years after Year 12.

Further information about the HSC Minimum Standard tests from NESA can be found here.

Interim Reports Years 5 to 10

Interim Reports will be published in Week 10 of Term 1. These reports are designed to give feedback about student effort and organisation during Term 1.

Upcoming Parent Teacher Evenings - Mahers Lane 

Years 5 to 10 on Thursday, 5 May 2022 and Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Years 11 and 12 on Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Junior School

Junior School Sport

Dates for Term 1

Please find below some Junior School key dates to add to your calendar: 

Thursday, 7 April (Week 10) - Year 3 to 12 Cross Country .

Total Football Academy - Afterschool Program 

The Total Football Academy afterschool program will continue on Monday for the rest of Term 1 until Week 9 Monday, 28 March. 

Students in this program will meet Mr Croft on the Basketball Courts after school at 3.00pm. A roll will be taken and the students will then proceed to the Total Football Academy coaches. 

Runners Club

The Runners Club will continue until the last Wednesday of term. This week we had fantastic weather and an outstanding group of students and parents joined us. 

We will always be on as we have some alternate routes and the ability to take the runners club undercover to get some exercise in. 

The purpose of the Runners club is to assist in the running development of our school students. Last year the Runners Club was a great success with students and parents joining in to improve their running, fitness or just to spend time with each other doing a physical activity. Students in Years 1 to 4 are welcome to attend. 

Runners Club will continue on Monday and Wednesday mornings for the rest of Term 1. The training sessions will begin at 7.30am sharp and will conclude by 8.30am. 

Students will be required to bring along their school uniform to change into after the completion of the session. Students will be given time to change and have something to eat before the first bell at 8.45am. Parents and carers are more than welcome to come along and join in. 

Nathan Croft
PE Speacialist P-4

The Ditto Show

The Junior School had a visit this week from Ditto who talked to all of our children from Preschool to Year 4 about Personal Safety.

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure Show is presented by the Bravehearts organisation.  Bravehearts have been working toward ‘making Australia the safest place to raise a child’ for 25 years.

The children danced, sang and laughed at Ditto’s cheeky antics while learning about YES and NO feelings, how our body will give us ‘warning signs’ of a NO feeling, that our private parts are special and belong to us, and that there are no secrets that you can’t tell someone.

Many of the children came up to the presenters after the show to express how much they loved it. There were also quite a few kids doing a bit of a ‘hunt for Ditto’ after the show.

‘I loved the songs and the dancing’ Shanti, Year 2

‘It was funny when Ditto kept getting the dancing wrong’ Ethan, Kindy

‘The songs were great, I loved singing’ Vivienne, Year 1

‘Awesome’ Sage Year 4

The children learned Ditto’s 3 Keep Safe Rules.

Ditto’s Rule 1: We ALL have the right to feel safe with People

Ditto’s Rule 2: It’s OK to say NO if you feel unsafe or unsure!

Ditto’s Rule 3: Nothing is so yucky that you can’t tell someone about it!

One of the key lessons from Ditto’s show was if we feel ‘unsafe’ or ‘unsure’ we should say NO then ‘run and tell’ someone safe.

All of our Kindy to Year 4 children went home with an Activity Book to reinforce the messages from the show.  If you would like some further resources to have these discussions with your children the Bravehearts Website is a great place to start.  https://bravehearts.org.au/what-we-do/education-and-training/for-parents/resources-for-parents/

Julie Henry
Junior School Psychologist

Green Team

Middle School

From The Head Of Middle School


Much has been published recently about the safety concerns associated with vaping, particularly by teens and adolescents.

Vapes or e-cigarettes are devices that make vapour for smoking and using an e-cigarette is commonly known as ‘vaping’.

A NSW Government campaign from its Health and Education departments has been launched in a bid to educate young people about the dangers of vapes and e-cigarettes.

The $300,000 'Do you know what you're vaping?' campaign is a whole-of-government response to the alarming increase in the use of vapes at Australian primary and high schools.

The focus of the campaign is to remind parents, carers, young people and teachers through evidence-based resources and educational materials that vaping is not safe and can have long-term effects on the physical and brain development of young people.

The majority of vapes contain nicotine, some at extremely high concentrations, even if they are not labelled as such.

According to NSW Health research, some vapes contain as much nicotine as 50 cigarettes.

Vapes have been found to contain substances similar to those used in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killer and bug spray.

They remain a serious issue due to their black market accessibility, size, colour and lolly like flavour — all of which are appealing to young people.

I would encourage parents and caregivers to become aware of these products and to have conversations with your child about the health concerns and safety risks associated with the use of these devices, as some young people may be curious about vaping but not well aware of the facts or risks associated.

Further information is available at the Australian Government Department of Health website.

In line with our School’s Code of Conduct, consequences will apply for any student who brings and/or uses vapes at school or at any school related activities or functions.

Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Heroic Habits

It has been exciting this week to begin our Heroic Habits program for 2022. This program is a continuation of the program for Year 8 while Year 7 begins the program for the first time. This week, Year 7 began looking at the habit of Compassion while Year 8 took part in a reintroduction to the program. The Heroic Habits program has been created as a way of introducing students to a selection of qualities / virtues / habits that we believe are important for life’s journey. The 18 Habits are a great way of building emotional literacy in our students and creates a vocabulary of virtues not only to be used during their Heroic Habits studies but we encourage it to be a language used by staff and students in the years beyond. The program is supported by a Student Journal. These Habits will be introduced fortnightly with a Pastoral Care lesson focusing on the Habit followed up with a chapel service which is linked with each habit. The Heroic Habits program also leads into The Rite Journey program which Year 9 participates in.

There are still a number of payments outstanding across both Year 7 and Year 8. The $30 payment is a compulsory payment for the Journal required for the Heroic Habits program. Could you please ensure this payment has been made via Parent Lounge.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Amber Phillips, Year 8 Coordinator or Mr Sam Dick, Year 7 Coordinator.

Sam Dick
Year 7 Coordinator

Senior School

Do You Know What You Are Vaping?

Careers & VET


Mrs Lauren Ward has very kindly spent time with me in the last few weeks, going through a handover of the role and now she is taking time off on maternity leave. I am waiting with baited breath to hear about the arrival of her newborn. In the meantime, I very much look forward to supporting students in maximising their opportunities and potential both at school and post-school and continuing the fantastic work of Mrs Ward.

Year 12

EducationUSA is hosting a webinar series beginning April 2nd for any Year 12 students who are interested in graduate studies in the U.S., including Master's, Doctoral & Professional Degree Programs. This is particularly relevant for those interested in Law and Medicine, which are only offered at a graduate level. The series will feature experts in areas of graduate admissions, specialist programs, and scholarships opportunities. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/3sRSo66

Year 10

Students have started working through their Natural Ability program. Natural Ability encompasses an aptitude assessment that looks at the "whole" person which combines personal style, aptitudes, learning styles, creative, musical, and creative abilities as well as interest, values and previous skills. The assessment provides feedback and direction to the individual. This testing will continue for the next few weeks and I encourage all Year 10 to focus and do their best in each test, and I look forward to working through their results.

All Students

I encourage students to come and see me with any questions about pathways and options. They can email me to book a time or come by at recess or lunch. I also encourage parents to contact me should they have any questions or concerns about Careers and VET and how students can best be supported in their senior years.

Natalie Marriott
Acting Director of Careers and VET

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Creative Industries

Debating and Public Speaking




Harmony Week - Everyone Belongs

'Everyone Belongs' is a simple yet powerful theme for Harmony Week 2022. In the spirit of harmony students and staff gained a greater understanding of what it means to be part of, and to nurture a harmonious society - Harmony Week - Behind the News . We also participated in a range of activities this week which fostered a sense of community through celebration together. Some of the highlights of Harmony Week this year included:

5D created a wonderful video presentation to reflect the cultural diversity of their class members who also display some fabulous language skills!

Pancakes were prepared and served to eager students with funds raised going towards the flood relief appeal.

A selection of various National Anthems replaced the usual school bell chimes at the beginning and end of lessons, with students and staff alike having fun identifying each country’s anthem. 

Harmony Week celebrations culminated with a Mufti Day on Friday where students were encouraged to wear orange, the colour for Harmony Week, and to make a gold coin donation in support of flood relief.

It has been an uplifting experience to celebrate Harmony Week together and reinforce the message that Everyone Belongs!

Louise Godden
LOTE Teacher




Performing Arts

2022 Lindisfarne Drama Festival

We are excited to announce that after a very successful inaugural festival last year the Lindisfarne Drama Festival is back on again in 2022!

This year the festival will be held on SUNDAY, 29 MAY 2022. Please mark this date in your diary.

Lindisfarne remains committed to offering performance opportunities for our students and this exciting event will showcase the talent we have within our school from Kindergarten to Year 12. All students are welcome to enter as this event is not limited to students who take Speech and Drama lessons at school. 

All students enrolled in Speech and Drama lessons at Lindisfarne will be participating in the festival. For students who are currently enrolled, applications will be completed by your tutor. For other interested students please complete the application form - here.  Applications are open to all students enrolled at Lindisfarne and will need to be received by Term 2 week 2.

Further details will be available early next term.  If you require further information please email performingarts@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Performing Arts Private Tuition

In addition to regular classes, Lindisfarne has specialist teachers who offer private tuition in Speech and Drama, Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Vocal and Songwriting/Music Production.

For students continuing with private tuition, it is assumed that lessons are continuing from term to term, for the year unless written notification is submitted to the Performing Arts Administration by the close of business on Monday of the last week of term otherwise the following term’s fees will be charged.

For those interested in enrolling for private studio lessons for Term 2, please contact Performing Arts or complete the application forms on 'Parent Lounge'.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Germinate Records

Germinate Records Live – Tickets Now Available!!

There are still a few tickets left for our Germinate Records Live gig.  At 6.00pm on the evening of Wednesday, 6 April, Germinate Records will be hosting a gig featuring live original music from our very talented student songwriters. Held at the Citadel in Murwillumbah, the event will help raise money for Tweed Palliative Care & Wedgetail Retreat while also supporting an important local music venue as it bounces back from flood damage and COVID19 lockdowns. Current and past students will be performing their own songs over two sets of great music including performances by Ronan Green, Jemma McNicoll and Chelsea Redman. 

Tickets for the evening are $20 and can be bought here

All proceeds from all ticket sales will go to Tweed Palliative Care & Wedgetail Retreat. 

The Citadel is a licensed venue, finger food will be available. 

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer


Show Some Kindness

Although World Kindness Day is not until November 13th, in support of Harmony Week and the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, we have looked at “Being Kind” in PDHPE lessons. 

Kindness is truly a virtue. Acts of kindness do not need to be a grand gesture. You don’t need to build a school with your savings or donate your organs to a stranger. It can be asking how your friend is doing, thanking your bus driver, paying a compliment or holding the door open.

So maybe starting today, we can all strive to commit small acts of kindness to our friends, family, and even strangers. Perhaps you can adopt your favourite quote and have it as your mantra?

It is hoped that the following sayings will inspire some compassion and care on a daily basis.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

Kindness costs nothing, yet it is the most precious gift - Katrina Mayer

Be the reason someone smiles today.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle -  James Keller

A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine into someone’s day.

People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel - Maya Angelou.

Throw kindness around like confetti.

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you - Princess Diana.

If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind and you will always be right.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless - Mother Teresa.

The PDHPE Faculty.

Photography and Digital Media


Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square


Country Of The Week

Olivia Grosser & Olivia Sweetnam
International Prefects 


We Need Your Oral Care Waste To Win !

Annually, Year 4 students have the opportunity to become a Sustainability Leader by submitting a detailed application. This year, Chloe Manwarring and George Taylor have been selected for semester one. This important role includes many responsibilities, such as, cleaning up, addressing the Junior School assembly, planting trees and being extremely passionate about the environment. Lindisfarne is competing in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge. This is a contest in which many other schools are entering in order to recycle oral care waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. Currently, Lindisfarne is in 10th place and to win, we need to recycle as many oral health care products, as possible. These products include, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrushes (not bamboo), dental floss containers and empty toothpaste tubes.

You can help us to win by putting oral care waste into the recycling hub (but of course, only things that can be recycled). Through the competition we can earn garden points. Every piece of oral care waste that we send off for recycling will earn us 10 garden points. The school community can also vote for Lindisfarne here. Each vote is worth 1 garden point. You can also help by heading into a participating Chemist Warehouse store and scanning the Shelf Garden QR code to earn us 15 bonus garden points. The schools with the most garden points will win a community garden kit valued at $4,780 which includes two $100 vouchers, books, a bug hotel and garden beds and planter boxes made from recycled plastic. Please recycle your oral care waste and vote for us.

Chloe Manwarring and George Taylor
Junior School Sustainability Leaders

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Chess Club

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


Lindisfarne Lions

Club Netball

Monday Night Netball

Only a few double matches left to catch up … and only a few rounds left of Season 1!

Good Luck with your games on March 28th.

I will send out the game schedule to each of the players as soon as the draw is confirmed.

Please be at the courts in time to warm-up and sign on ready to roar on Monday. 

Saturday Netball Competition

We are so excited for the start of the Tweed Netball Competition on SATURDAY 2 APRIL at Arkinstall Park, Cunningham Street. 

We have 18 teams in these Divisions:

Division 1: Lindisfarne Gold Lions

Division 2: The DenomiNETTERS. Parents, past students and teachers make up this team of champions!

Intermediate A: Lindisfarne Black Lions, Lindisfarne Navy Lions and Lindisfarne Silver Lions

Intermediate B: Lindisfarne White Lions

Intermediate C: Lindisfarne Blue Lions

Junior A: Lindisfarne Red Lions and Lindisfarne Green Lions

Junior B: Lindisfarne Yellow Lions, Lindisfarne Bronze Lions and Lindisfarne Aqua Lions

11 Years: Lindisfarne Lime Lions

10 Years: Lindisfarne Orange Lions and Lindisfarne Lavender Lions (9 and 10 year olds)

9 Years: Lindisfarne Crimson Lions

7/8 Years: Lindisfarne Pink Lions and Lindisfarne Purple Lions

The Active Kids Voucher can now be refunded directly through the Tweed Netball Association. Please expect a six-week turnaround. 

We held another Netball Captain’s workshop this week for all interested Netballers.

We plan on running training sessions for the 5 Sunshine Avenue-based teams starting on Thursday 31 March. Players from the Lindisfarne Orange, Lavender, Crimson, Purple and Pink Lions will be coached by Suzanne Evans - Head Coach, myself and senior Centre of Excellence players. 

 We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our volunteer coaches and managers. We could not run so many teams without your assistance and dedication to the Lindisfarne netball family - THANK YOU!

Netball Centre of Excellence 

The Induction Evening for all Centre of Excellence players on Tuesday 22 March was worth the wait! Mr Godden summed up the 2021 efforts of our 7 teams and spoke of our plans for this year. Players received their framed certificates and badges plus the older squads were presented with a training bag and a netball  journey journal from Mrs Lush, Mr Godden and our Netball Ambassador Nicole Cusack. Nicole spoke about resilience and taking the opportunities the Centre of Excellence program offers with both hands! She, along with the coaches were presented with a pre-season gift to show our appreciation of their support, time and dedication to their roles. Nicole traveled to South Africa on the 6.04am flight to select the National side, The Proteas in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.

NCIS Primary Trials

Lindisfarne are hosting the NCIS Primary Netball Trials on Monday 4 April. Good Luck to the 11 girls who have nominated to represent the region at the CIS Championships in Sydney in May.


Well done all of our new umpires! Knowing the rules will help your game!

All Saturday Umpires need to register as an Umpire on NetballConnect. This includes anyone that has already registered as a Player, Coach or any other role on NetballConnect. The Umpire registration is supposed to be free. However - there is a glitch on Netball Connect, charging already registered playing members $7.50 to register as an Umpire. Please pay for this and Tahu will send a $7.50 discount code to you to have the money reimbursed.

Please note that “beginner and bibbed” umpires will still receive $10 a match but some of you could/ should be badged this year - and will then earn $25 an hour! 

I am assuming that all umpires from 2021 would like to continue but please let me know ASAP.

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

From The Sportsdesk

This is a massive week, with a lot of rescheduled sport events occurring - especially after the newsletter deadline has passed.

The Primary NSWCIS Swimming is running at SOPAC in Sydney, Lindisfarne is running the AICES Rugby trials at Casuarina AND the NCIS Touch Football tournament in the Tweed on Friday. Furthermore we have a squad of Mountain Bikers representing Lindisfarne at the MTB Interschools in Thredbo.

Lots to report on next week!

Cross Country

Creeping up on us is our Cross Country Carnival, in which students from Years 3 to 12 will tackle the rolling hills out the back of our Mahers Lane campus. The running sheet for this event will be emailed to families early next week.

Cross Country training has been running for a few weeks now on Tuesday and Friday mornings for anyone interested in Years 3 to 12. The squad starts at 7.15am and meets at the Mahers Lane Gymnasium. Any Sunshine Avenue student who trains is to make their own transport arrangements back to their campus. 


Last week we played our rescheduled matches in the opening round of the CIS Cup vs Emmanuel Anglican College for both our Open Boys and Girls squads.

Open Girls

The girls were a force to be reckoned with winning 12-1. Too many scorers to name. Olivia Kane with the lions share in what was a very tidy performance. The most pleasing aspect was the girls tactical structure and possession game, stifling EAC of any realistic chance of competing.

Open Boys

The boys were also dominant winning 4-0 with goals to Lucas Alford, Toby Shapland, Hugo McAteer and Gabriel Plesser. This was a close match against a physical EAC team, with our boys wearing them down and pulling away late in the second half.

Both our squads are determined to push as far as possible into this tournament when the next game is scheduled early in Term 2.

Other football fixtures looming are:

  • Secondary NCIS in Coffs Harbour on 30 March for Open Girls/Boys and U16 Boys/Girls
  • Bill Turner Knockout for U15  Girls next Monday vs Banora High School


We will be taking student nominations for the looming regional Championships in Futsal on the Gold Coast. This will be widely advertised throughout Home Room, the tournament is scheduled for May 3 to 6.

Week 9 Events


Bill Turner Trophy (Girls) V Banora High School

Walter Peate Fields, Kingscliff


GC Super Schools Rugby Union U15’s Boys  final

Palm Beach Rugby Club


NCIS Secondary Football (boys & girls) 16&U boys & Opens boys and girls - leaving after lunch  Tuesday 29 March

Coffs Harbour, Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park

Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour


NSW CIS  Primary Football Championships (Boys) (3 boys only)

Valentine Sports Park, 235 – 257 Meurants Lane, Glenwood.

Spotlight on Bailey Beaumont

Three thousand metres doesn’t sound like much, but when you say ‘three kilometres’, and you measure it out in your head from your house to the shop/school/beach – you realise how far it is.

Bailey Beaumont, at just 10 years of age, was the only junior to take part in the community 3,000m and he surprised everyone by placing third for the men (12:55:33).

This event was also Beaumont’s track debut and his very first 3km race. He backed it up with second place for the males in the community 1,500m (6:09:89). No mean feat for the kid who started training once a week with local group Byron Bay Runners only three months ago, after comfortably winning his school cross country race.

Coach Bailey says Beaumont is definitely one of the club’s most enthusiastic runners. ‘He’s just an absolute little treasure. We see a lot of potential for him hoping that he will follow in the footsteps of some of our other young talents that have gone through to win national titles – he’s got eight years ahead of him yet.

Ms Bailey said he was happy to line up against adults. ‘The event was open to kids, but he was the only one that took it on. He ran a very brave race. He went out hard – I tried to chase him down!


Spotlight on Dane Folpp

Dane is a passionate Mountain Bike / Slopestyle rider and has been recognised on a State and National level. His most recent achievement is that he will be the ‘Wild Card’ for the RedBull Slopestyle competition (24-27 March) in Mansfield Victoria which is part of the FMB (Freestyle Mountain Biking) World Tour. One day he hopes to represent Australia in the CrankWorx International Slopestyle Tour.

 Dane has accomplished the following in past 12 months:

 2022 – Selected to represent ‘Big Air Bike Park’ at their opening on the 12th of March in Sydney, NSW riding alongside 2022 BMX Olympic Gold medallist Logan Martin and 6 times X-Games BMX Champion Kyle Baldock.

 2021 – Approached by ‘Murwillumbah Cycles’ to be their MTB (Mountain Bike) Ambassador and sponsored rider.

 2021 – Got 4th place Australian Slopestyle virtual best trick competition / open men’s.

 2021 – Was selected to represent Fresh BMX as a Slopestyle Mountain Rider at the ‘Monster Thrill Masters Extreme Show’ at Sunshine Stadium, Sunshine Coast QLD in front of a crowd of 12,000.

 2021 – Gained a certificate at the Kyle Baldock Academy through Level Up Skatepark, as a Level 4 Elite rider (Kyle is 6 times X-Games BMX Champion)

 2021 – Received a Gold medal for White Lightning Events overall champion / U15’s.

Spotlight on Riley Johnston

Riley attended the 2022 Jessica Shipper Challenge at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre last weekend.  It is where 11yr olds and above race to determine where they sit in the Australian Age Rankings as part of the “National Age Challenge”.  Riley received a Gold Medal for 100m Breaststroke, Silver for 50m Breaststroke, Bronze for 100m Backstroke and Bronze for 50m Backstroke.  It will be very exciting to see the results when all the States have finished the Jessica Schipper Challenge.  Fantastic results for Riley with PB’s in all the races.  Well Done!

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport & Activities

Rugby Union Report

GC Super School Cup Grand Finalists

Our Under 15s team has capped off a very successful season in the Gold Coast Super Schools Cup by qualifying for the Grand Final!

The team played a match against Varsity College on Wednesday evening and recorded a strong 17-7 win. As a result of this the team has finished the round robbin season undefeated and sit on top of the table.

The team are due to play next Wednesday evening at Bond Pirates Rugby Club at Pizzey Park in Miami. We would love to see as many supporters there as possible to cheer our team on as they play to win the first piece of silverware for the program.

Australian 7’s Star at Training

We were fortunate enough his week to have current Australian 7’s player Lily Dick attend our whole program training session. Lily worked with all squads but focused the majority of her time working with our Girls 7’s program.

We are very grateful for Lily giving back to the School and the program. Our squads are very lucky to have a current national representative coming to pass on her knowledge! We look forward to welcoming Lily back to the Lions soon!

Ballymore Cup

The Ballymore Cup rugby tour is now just over a week away. Final logistics will be sent to parents and players early next week. This is a very exciting and important step forward for the Rugby Program and we are keen to test our squads against the best of Schoolboy Rugby in Queensland.

If  you haven’t accepted the invitation on Parent Lounge, please do so ASAP as we need to finalise playing squads early in Week 9.  If there are any concerns around a student that has been selected to attend, please make contact with Dr Coyne ASAP as we need to finalise playing squads early in Week 9.

There will be a player meeting next Monday - please check the daily notices for further information.

Scott Lewis
Manager - Lindisfarne Rugby 



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