2022 Term 2 Week 7 10 June 2022

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been a busy and rewarding week at Lindisfarne.  Monday evening saw Year 10 students and parents beginning the process of making important decisions for subject selection in Year 11, 2023. 

The Big Chill concert last night held at the Mahers Lane campus was a truly world-class performance. The music, dance and drama items were outstanding - students and staff are to be commended on the level of excellence achieved that only comes about from passion, commitment, dedication and hard work. Thank you to all families who attended and supported this event. 

During the week I attended a site meeting for our long-awaited Early Learning Centre project at the Junior School. The building is quickly taking shape and the new Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms are eagerly anticipated. The roundabout to be constructed at the end of Sunshine Avenue, adjoining Dry Dock Road is expected to commence on 4 July during the school holidays and continue into next term.

Progress continues to be made on preparations of our school Reconciliation Action Plan with student, staff and parent representatives further collaborating on our RAP yesterday afternoon. 

Ahead of the end of the financial year, I’ve had a small number of families approach me in relation to making a tax-deductible donation to our school Building Fund. We have recently completed the Middle School building, have the Early Learning Centre under construction and are working through the development application currently lodged with Tweed Shire Council for the Senior Centre.  Any donation large or small makes a difference. Please contact our Business Manager, Brett Dinsdale at bdinsdale@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to the building fund ahead of the end of the financial year.

A reminder that next week on Wednesday, 15 June we will launch our Lindisfarne Business Network with breakfast at Club Tweed. Please find details listed below in the newsletter.

On Thursday, 16 June the Stage Band will perform at Club Tweed from 6.30pm. This promises to be a special evening of entertainment. All are welcome. 

On Friday, 17 June, the annual P&F Golf day will be held at Tweed/Coolangatta Golf Club. Please find details in the parents and Friends section below.

Please enjoy the sunshine and long weekend ahead (NSW) and a chance to reset ahead of the final two weeks of our first semester of the 2022 school year.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Chaplain’s Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

Pentecost Sunday at Lindisfarne 

It was a real joy to celebrate the feast of Pentecost in Mahers Lane Chapel last Sunday. I would like to thank all those who assisted with the Service, particularly Roger Lock and a group of our students who provided some inspiring and uplifting music, and The Reverend Lyndon and Anna Mulholland who assisted in leading the Service beautifully. A sincere thanks also goes to Bec and Lia Mason for providing us with the scrumptious afternoon tea. Our next Spiritual Gym -Family Service - will be held on Sunday, 17 July 2022. All are welcome. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit -the felt experience of God’s love in our hearts -will fill us with peace, hope and joy today and always.


Last Friday we held a Mufti Day to help raise funds to buy a freezer to store food for the homeless and needy in our community. I’m happy to report that we made $1858.85, enough to purchase the freezer and fill it up with food. Thank you so much for your generosity, particularly to all those who assisted Chloe Guye and Bailey Wright, Chaplaincy Prefects, in making this event a successful one. May God reward your generosity as only He can. Thank you also to Jo Croft, of Mortgage Choice, for donating sausages not only to assist our Junior School athletics but also to feed the guests at Fred’s Place.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our School has begun in earnest the work of developing a RAP for the whole school. Members of the task force committee, comprising local First Nations people, staff, parents and students, have been meeting to work through a reconciliation framework that will assist us in furthering the work of reconciliation with our First Nations peoples, as well as creating a culturally diverse and safe environment for all our staff, students and families. I shall keep updating you on the progress of this work. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any ideas or actions that you would like to share with the RAP committee. My email address is constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Suicide Prevention Training By Livingworks Australia 

I joined some of our team members and others from the local community for a 2-day training on suicide prevention this week. It was a great opportunity to upskill ourselves and learn more about how to be present to people who are in distress and turmoil so that we can listen to their story, help them turn this story of distress in order to assist them to live and thrive. A key takeaway from this training is the need for all of us to break down the stigma associated with suicide, to be vigilant in noticing family and friends in distress and listening non-judgmentally to them, as well as encouraging them to seek appropriate help. 

World Ocean Day 2022

We celebrated World Ocean Day this week. More details and resources on this link: https://worldoceanday.org/ Let’s work together to take some actions to protect and preserve our one shared ocean that sustains and preserves us all.

For our Prayers and ‘Positive and Good Thoughts’

This week, we remember in our prayers, thoughts and actions all those experiencing financial stress and challenges, as well as those who are in situations of poverty and need. Let us pray as Mary Mckillop said, for the grace ‘to see the needs in our world and to do something about them.’

May we continue to be grateful for all we have and for all we are, particularly for the talents showcased at The Big Chill concert last night. Thank you so much for being you, and for all you are doing to make our community and world a better place.

Rev Constantine Osuchukwu

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

Athletics Carnival - BBQ Support Needed

Hello everyone,

Volunteer opportunities for "P&F BBQ Athletics Carnival Year 7-12" are now open. This event will be on Thursday, 23 June.

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:


To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!

Steve Cornell
P&F Vice President

Golf Day

The P&F Golf Day is the next event on the P&F calendar. Bookings can be made via this booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BZJ...

Sponsorships are also available, for any futher information please contact P&F President Ramesh Sivabalan via ramesh.sivabalan@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

See you on the course.

Ramesh Sivabalan

Safe on Social


Harmony Week

Student Voice

Upcoming Events


Year 3 Book Stall

Whole School News

Lindisfarne Lions Netball Club - Notice of AGM

The Lindisfarne Lions Netball Club (Lindisfarne Netball Support Group) will hold its AGM on Monday, 20 June 2022 in the Mahers Lane Chapel at 6.30pm. All welcome.

Lindisfarne Business Breakfast

On Wednesday, 15 June the first Lindisfarne Business Network Breakfast event at Club Tweed will be held. Details of the event are shown below. Seats and tables can be purchased via this link. We're really excited to welcome Mr Ben Roche, Vice President (Engagement) at Southern Cross University as the featured speaker for this first event. Tickets for the breakfast are on sale now, with further details about how organisations can get involved in the Lindisfarne Business Network to be shared in the coming weeks.

Staff Bio

Teaching and Learning

Junior School

Term 3 2022 After School Program

Junior School Sport

Dates for Term 2

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

  • K-6 Athletics Carnival Friday 24 June

Fun Athletics Carnival

Last Friday the Junior School held the Annual FUN Athletics Carnival for Pre-school - Year 4 students. After all the rain and wet weather it was refreshing to see a clear sky and some sunshine on the day. The warm dry weather definitely lifted the spirits of all the students in attendance and everyone got into the spirit by dressing in their colours to support their Houses and get into the FUN. 

The students had smiles on their faces and the energy and enthusiasm for the day was infectious. 

Personally I was so glad to see the parents able to attend some sporting events again and they were amazing supporting our little people to have a great day. 

Thank you to Justin and his team for the set up on the day, the School and Arkinstall Park looked a picture and the back oval was perfect.

The free sauage sandwiches for lunch were a big hit, a massive thank you to Jo Croft @JoCroft Mortgage Choice for sponsoring the day and providing lunch for us all.  www.mortgagechoice.com.au/joan...

A big thank you to the P&F and parents and helpers who ran the BBQ on the day. You were amazing and the sausages were cooked to perfection and everyone was fed on time. 

The Junior School staff never fail to amaze me, they are the most Professional, Caring, amazingly FUN staff and I thank them for really getting into the spirit of the day and making it a great success, Thank you!

The day was what it set out to be FUN, it was truly awesome to see our young people running around being carefree and having FUN for the whole day.

Total Football Academy After school Sessions

There will be no Total Football Academy session next week due to the Monday Public Holiday. The final session for the Total Football Academy will be on Monday 20th June from 3.15- 4.15 pm on the back oval and Arkinstall park. 

Students are to meet Mr Croft on the Basketball courts after school to have a roll marked. Students will have time to change into training gear and boots if they would like, have a snack and be ready to start at 3.15 pm. 


Total Football Acaddemy Term 3

Total Football Academy for Term 3 will open next Tuesday 14th June. If you are would like your child to participate please secure their position by accepting and making payment on Parent Lounge. There will be a limit of 60 places for this program. 

The Total Football Academy sessions will continue on Monday afternoons from 3.15pm. 

AFL Auskick

The AFL Auskick program will continue for the next two weeks. We have had amazing numbers this term and the students are having the best time. 

Students will meet with Mr Croft and the AFL Coaches inside Arkinstall Park Gate and once a roll has been taken the coaches will take the students out onto Arkinstall Park. 

Nathan Croft
PE Specialist P-4

Green Team

Middle School

Fom The Head Of Middle School

Reconciliation Week

What a pleasure it was to host Wiradjuri woman, Narelle Urquhart at this week’s Middle School Assembly. Narelle has called the Gold Coast and Tweed home for 22 years. She is a mother and grandmother and currently works at Bond University. She has also had an independent art business for over twenty years. With an art career that began at the age of seventeen, Narelle has had two launches in Parliament House Canberra for government illustrations, along with illustrating a children’s book. She has held several solo and joint exhibitions that have been highly acclaimed. Narelle loves to paint her traditional stories, her spiritual faith, social justice, as well as the flora and fauna. Invited to be the guest speaker so we could acknowledge last week’s National Reconciliation Week assembly, Narelle was able to share the stories of the past three generations of her family. Students were able to hear of the intergenerational trauma still suffered by our First Nations People. Lindisfarne looks forward to inviting Narelle back to the School in order to continue to foster a better understanding of the lives of indigenous Australians.

The Big Chill

Last night the Chapel was transformed into a winter wonderland where many Lindisfarne families, and staff had the privilege of attending The Big Chill.. This was an incredible evening of entertainment that showcased the variety of incredible talent within our primary and secondary schools ranging from dance, to drama, rock and roll to classical piano and of course spine tingling solo performances. Congratulations to all involved. 

Responsible use of Technology

“Parents have an important part to play in role-modelling a positive approach to using screens and assisting young people to navigate the content they watch.” - Dr Michael Carr-Greg

Many parents have reported excessive screen time as the number one health concern affecting kids, especially now in the hyperconnected world we live in. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that there should be less than two hours for 5 to 17 year olds. However, these guidelines have been disputed by experts and often ignored by families. Parents must play an important role in modelling a positive approach to using screens, and assisting children to navigate the content they access.

The most popular social media platform amongst our students is TikTok. Tik Tok is an entertainment platform that lets people create and share short videos. Students love using the platform’s tools, filters, and special effects to combine video, music, and graphics into funny sketches, informational videos, and creative short stories.

TikTok trends and challenges are a popular part of the app that change often. Users can recreate content from dance challenges to memes about current events. While many are harmless and fun, there are others that need to be monitored closely. Parents are encouraged to talk to their chlildren about practising good judgement around these dangerous trends. The Heads of Year will also be discussing this with their students during their year level assemblies in the coming weeks. For more information please visit:



Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Senior School

Year 11 and 12 Examination and Study Guide Orders for 2022

The school has again negotiated discounted prices with education publishers Pascal Press for HSC Past Papers, Revision and Exam Workbooks, and Excel Study Guides covering selected Preliminary and HSC subjects. These are an extremely valuable source of revision questions as students prepare for their final examinations.

This year, to simplify the process, Pascal Press has provided us with a 25% discount code to be applied when processing your online order.

The Success One HSC 2022 Editions contain past HSC questions from 2008-2021 with detailed worked answers written by experienced HSC markers and a topic index of past HSC questions to facilitate topic revision. Success One HSC 2022 Editions are available for:

  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Standard Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics and Extension 1 Mathematics
  • Business Studies

The popular Revision and Exam Workbooks are also available for Year 11 and 12 Standard and Advanced Mathematics courses. These workbooks contain additional practice questions and tests to help in exam preparation.

The HSC and Preliminary Excel Study Guides are specifically designed to maximise exam success. These study guides have been written by experienced educators and include course summaries and revision exercises with answers and explanations. Year 11 Preliminary Course Study Guides are available for:

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Standard Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics
  • Business Studies, Economics, and PDHPE
  • Design and Technology

Year 12 HSC Course Study Guides are available for a wide range of courses. Please visit Pascal Press for further information and to order any of these study resources. Use the discount code LINDISFARNE25 at checkout to obtain a 25% discount. This code will remain available until 30 June 2022.

The easiest way to see all of the titles available for each year level is by choosing the “BY YEAR” link on the home page and selecting either Year 11 or 12.

Richard Marriott
Director of Science

Careers And VET

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) on-campus and online

The GUESTS program invites motivated students to study a university course at Griffith alongside their Years 11 and 12 studies.  GUESTS students can choose from more than 60 subjects to undertake on-campus or online, and they can study up to two courses. Participants can receive special consideration when applying for eligible Griffith undergraduate degrees, academic credit and a Griffith Credentials GUESTS Achiever badge. 

Please come and see me asap if you are interested because the Trimester 2 intake closes 15 June 2022.

Griffith University Creative Arts Open Day, Sunday 12 June, 12–3 pm AEST, South Bank campus

Students thinking of a career in the creative industries can get inspiration and advice on their study options at Griffith’s Creative Arts Open Day.  

Discover Griffith’s creative arts schools and take part in practical experiences in design, visual and creative arts, music and performing arts, film, animation and games design, industrial design and architecture.

Women in STEM on-campus event, Friday 24 June 9 am–3 pm

Griffith University invites female Years 8, 9 and 10 students to a dynamic workshop at Nathan campus showcasing engineering, aviation, IT, physics, chemical and environmental science.  

Aimed at inspiring girls to pursue a career in STEM, the program welcomes students to participate in a range of hands-on workshops and has them, by the end of the day, prepared to deliver a group presentation of their STEM learning. 

Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art Portfolio Workshops, 29–30 June 2022

Griffith University invites students considering tertiary study in the creative arts to join a supportive two-day workshop to learn the essentials for building a successful design or visual arts portfolio. Tailored to students in Year 10 and above, participants will get practical advice on how to make a portfolio that expresses their unique creativity and stands out from the pack.

UQ Engineering, Design and Computing School Holiday Program

UQ is hosting a 3-day program for Year 9 and 10 students in the Winter school holidays. $30 for one day, $40 for two days, $50 for all three days.

Wednesday 29 June: School Holiday Program (Engineering)

Thursday 30 June: School Holiday Program (Design + Architecture)

Friday 1 July: School Holiday Program (Computing)

UQ Science Experience Days

Open to students in Years 10-12 who are considering Biology at university:

Experience Entomology webinar, 2 June

Experience Zoology and Conservation Biology webinar, 9 June

Experience Marine Biology webinar, 16 June

Experience Entomology face to face, 13 August

Experience Zoology and Conservation Biology face to face, 27 August

Experience Marine Biology face to face, 10 September

Natalie Marriott
Director of Careers and VET

From The Head Of Senior School

Subject Selection Evening

It was wonderful to be able to welcome so many Year 10 families to Ngahriyah this week to discuss subject selections for 2023. I am pleased to report that we intend on offering a wide variety of courses and post-school pathways for our students. Our Dean of Studies,  Ms Jeffries is working tirelessly to collate a timetable that will work for all senior students. As a result, students/families are encouraged to get their subject nominations in as soon as possible.


This week Reverend Constantine and I had the opportunity to participate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Whilst it is every staff members’ hope to never have to use these skills, it is sadly an area in which school staff need to have experience. In ASIST, we learnt to apply a suicide intervention model, helping us as caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide. The model then explores how to connect with at-risk students in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help. At Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, the wellbeing of our students is paramount; it is so important for our staff to be abreast of the latest research and training in terms of safeguarding our students.

The Big Chill

What a pleasure it was to attend The Big Chill at the Mahers Lane campus on Thursday night. I was particularly enamoured with the performances of our Year 12 students who continue to set a wonderful example for the younger students at Lindisfarne. Whilst it is sad to think there will be fewer opportunities for us to enjoy the performances of our seniors, it filled me with tremendous hope to see the extraordinary talent of those coming through the school. Congratulations to Mr Todd Hardy and his team for providing such a wonderful night’s entertainment.

Kate Cornell
Head of Senior School

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Market Day 22 June 2022

On this day, Year 9 Commerce and the Middle School Elective BEE students will be operating Market stalls to raise money for charity. Come along and indulge yourself amongst great food including cookies, ice- cream, snow cones, homemade chocolates, beef jerky, bubble tea and a sausage sizzle. A range of products will also be available including shirts for Fyds, bespoke mobile phone cases, bracelets, jelly soaps, tote bags, phone charms, dog treats and handmade beauty products, All to raised money for a great charitable causes. The BEE faculty knows events such as this, allow our students to develop important skills and put what they have learnt into action. These stores will be open to Parents/Lindisfarne Community from 12:00pm and Students 12:45pm-1:25pm.

In the newsletter are copies of students posters to illustrate their work and what goods and services will be available on the day. All are welcome, contact bmalone@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions.

Bryan Malone
Director of Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


English Incursions

On Friday, 10th June, students had the opportunity to see Lucy, Mason and Rob from Poetry In Action (PIA) perform.

PIA is an innovative touring theatre company with an enduring dedication to unlocking the power of words in a way never seen before in Australia.

From isolated students in remote Central Australia through to the upper echelons of corporations, Poetry In Action is dedicated to unlocking the power of words for everyone.

Their dynamic mode of theatre has seen their emergence as one of Australia’s most extensively travelled theatre companies, with their expanding geographical footprint now bringing poetry to life for thousands of young audience members across metropolitan and regional Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong and of course, our students here in Terranora.

The shows that were experienced complement the poetry our students study in each of their year levels and of course, having live performance accessible again is exciting!

YR 10: Riots and Revolutions

YR 9: Words of War

YR 8: United Nations of Poetry

YR 7: The Poet’s Quest

Kylie Wharton
Acting Head of English 

Creative Industries


Escabags is an Australian charity who distributes ‘Escape Bags’ for victims fleeing domestic and family abuse. Each ‘Escape Bag’ is filled with high-quality products, understanding the importance of feeling comforted and worthy in a crisis. The ‘Escape Bags’ are not gender-specific and they provide two variations, ‘Parent and Child’ and ‘Single Adult’, as they proudly cater for ALL victims of abuse.

The Year 9 Textiles Technology class put their sewing skills to the test, and each student produced a tote bag to donate to this very important charity. These tote bags will be filled with essential items and hopefully contribute to the beginning of a safe life for some individuals. 

If you would like to support the charity you can donate via link the here:


Prue Smurthwaite
TAS Teacher

Debating and Public Speaking

Debating Success Stories

The Gold Coast Debating Competition’s initial rounds are slowly finishing. However, camps, COVID and influenza have all had an impact on the smooth flow of this competition. As such, there are still a few catch-up debates to occur prior to the commencement of the final round of debates for those teams who have won enough to progress to the next level of the competition. 

Lindisfarne’s Intermediate Debating Team (picture below) was successful in defeating their opposition as they argued against the contention: Technology in the classroom is more trouble than it’s worth. These ladies, under the guidance of Mr Bradford, worked diligently to prepare for this debate and are commended for winning their first three debates. 

Xan Quirk, Jessica Wilson, Scout Bee Jones and Olivia Danesi

Mrs Treacy’s Junior A team (James Cunnah, Tessa Ford, Ryder Green and Nicolas Leotta) were also successful in defeating their opposition in their short preparation debate. This has now meant they have won all four of their debates so far this season. This is a fantastic effort! 

Nicolas Leotta, James Cunnah, Ryder Green, Tessa Ford

Mr Inksetter’s Junior B LAG1 team (Ava Keay, Kailash Sivabalan, Ziggy Bailey-Wong and Sienna Williamson) are also congratulated for a win in one of their recent debates against Miami State Highschool.  

Junior B LAG 3, under the guidance of Mrs Makepeace, were also successful in their first short preparation debate on Wednesday, 1 June against PBC 1. As the affirmative, Lindisfarne argued for video games being a waste of time. Team members Django Kahn-Casey, Molly Lowe, Violet Chase and Oscar Drysdale are commended for their improved skills in constructing a case. 

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator



Stage 5 Geography - Indigenous Land Management

This week in Stage 5 Geography, classes have been focussing on Indigenous Land Management. Students undertook a case study of Kakadu National park in the Northern Territory, looking at the strong focus on traditional land management strategies. The students were able to understand how these strategies can be adapted to better manage Australia’s unique and diverse landscape.  They then conducted their own research into the connection to land and water across the many different First Nations groups and created posters to represent their knowledge. Through incorporating First Nations perspectives into our lessons and around the schools, students gain a greater appreciation and respect for local and national culture and the environment. 

Georgina Doyle


Round Square Language Lab - Japanese Sessions

Join Japanese Language Lab for ages 14-18 

Round Square are pleased to invite participants to register for Japanese Language Lab sessions, which will be brought to us by students from Linden Hall High School and Junior & Senior High School of Kogakuin University in Japan

Over a series of Zoom Calls, each lasting 60 minutes, our hosts will lead conversations, which will be completely conducted in Japanese, for students aged 14-18, who are keen to practise and develop their language skills. On June 14th the discussion topic will be anime and on July 19th the topic will be music. The sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 5:30pm Sydney time. 

Each participating school may register up to 6 students, aged 14-18, plus one adult by the Thursday before each session. The anime session registration has closed and pleasingly we have students who submitted their expression of interest and will participate. The music session is still open for expressions of interest for registration.

Lindisfarne students may indicate their expression of interest by completing the following  Google Form below.

⭕️🔲🇯🇵🗣3rd Session: "Music"🎵

Louise Godden 




Performing Arts

Stage Band and Middle School Stage Band at Club Tweed

On Thursday, 16 June our Middle School and Senior School Stage Bands will be performing once again at Club Tweed as well as a selection of our Year 12 Music students.

The evening concert will showcase a variety of Funk, Jazz and Latin repertoire. The performance will start at 6.30pm and entry is free. After the popularity of our last concert at Club Tweed it is recommended to arrive early to get a good seat.

Todd Hardy 
Director of Performing Arts 

The Big Chill Concert

Last night, the chapel was transformed into a winter wonderland for the amazing, student-led "Big Chill" concert. No less than twenty-six acts took to the stage and showcased the diverse talent of our student cohort. From year 5 all the way to year 12, students sang, acted and danced their way through an impressive array of performances. 

The concert was student-led, with all acts being prepared and presented by students as well as a special preview of some of our HSC Music students works. All production aspects of the show including lighting and sound  were operated by students, assisted by our new production manager Mr Rodney Bertram. 

Thanks also to Friends of the Arts (FOTA) for providing drinks, nibbles and pizzas

for our talented performers. Finally, a massive shout out to all our wonderful students who prepared auditioned and performed such fantastic acts to warm our hearts on a cold winter's evening.

Dale Norton and Johnny Grant 
Music Teachers

Germinate Records


Teaching Practice Students at Lindisfarne

We believe that one of the most important ways to evaluate our own classroom (or oval!) practice, is to help with the professional development of new teachers.

Recently, the PDHPE Faculty have two very capable young men creating and toning their craft which in turn has helped us learn more about our methods.

Introducing Tom Gibson:

My name is Tom Gibson and I am currently in my last semester of a postgraduate teaching degree through Central Queensland University. I am lucky enough to be completing my final placement here at Lindisfarne! My subject areas are Business and PDHPE. 

I am originally from Canberra but have lived in the Northern Rivers for about 6 years now. I have also lived in San Diego, California, where I was lucky enough to study and play tennis for a couple of years in the US College system, and I previously completed a Bachelor of Finance at the University of Canberra. Professionally, my background is in Finance, Sales and Account Management, and I have worked with various startups and businesses over the past five years across different roles. 

I am a huge fan of all forms of sport, and love watching and playing just about anything! This is why I chose to pursue a career which fitted all of my passions. 

I am really enjoying being part of the Lindisfarne community, and am looking forward to continuing my learning in teaching at such a wonderful school.

Conor McDowell:

Some of the older students may remember Mrs McDowell’s son as the 2018 Barnabas House Captain! Others may know “Conor the cricket coach” who helps out Kersh, as one of Brodie’s older brothers or through the role he has had since leaving Lindisfarne at Queensland AFL. Now, a new cohort of students will know “Mr McDowell” through his teaching practice classes with Mr and Mrs Bedford in PDHPE and Maths.

It has been a pleasure assisting both Conor and Tom in their professional journey and we wish them all the best in their future careers.

The PDHPE Faculty

Photography and Digital Media


Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square

Newcastle Grammar School Virtual Confrence

On Wednesday we participated in a Round Square conference hosted by Newcastle Grammar School. The theme of the conference was “Our Environment: A Responsible Legacy” and six Year 6 students took part in the virtual conference, talking about climate change and what we can do to help stop it. There were many students from many countries participating - Canada, Argentina, Australia, India, Kenya, South Africa and Dubai.

The conference was a great opportunity to meet and discuss important local environmental initiatives in each country and how they have a connection to global challenges. 

Art Lush 6D



Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Chess Club

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular



After another week in Lindisfarne Basketball, the GCJBL competition is beginning to become more intense, with teams competing for a higher spot on their ladders to put themselves in the best positions for finals. This week saw some excellent games played, and some successful wins for a variety of the teams. However, despite results, each team is playing higher quality basketball and players are gaining a better grasp of the sport as the weeks progress. A thank you to all players who helped out teams that had a reduced roster. Keep up the good work Lions, here is a picture of the mighty U13 FANGS going about their business.

Results this week:


U21 Kings vs Heat Blazes (41-37 win)

U17 Hunters vs Varsity Mambas (24-38 loss)

U17 Scouts vs Celtics Saints (21-65 loss)

U15 Kovus vs Panthers Blue (54-45 win)

U15 Mohatus vs Kings Bears (33-31 win)

U15 Attilas vs Varsity Kingbrowns (17-17 tie)

U15 Ahadis vs Celtics Boston (14-36 loss)

U15 Mufasas vs Heat Rockets (21-22 loss)

U13 Lokis vs Varsity Taipans (8-49 loss)

U13 Fangs vs Central Stars Platinum (52-20 win)


Open Girls Queens vs Heat Peppers (18-45 loss)

U15 Sarafinas vs Varsity Lakers (15-12 win)

Upcoming fixtures

Fixtures for next week for all divisions can be found HERE

Damien Clucas
Head of Sports and Activities

From The Sportsdesk

Athletics Carnival

As indicated in the past few weeks, the Lindisfarne Athletics Carnival is split into two carnivals this year. The students will be given comprehensive  information later next week through email and HR/ HTG groups - Mr Croft will address Sunshine Avenue.

The venue for both of these events is Walter Peate Oval - Kingscliff.

Years 7-12: June 23

  • There are no trials this year for field events, but a one throw/jump qualification process on the day for all the registered students. The qualifiers will proceed to the final.
  • As per normal scheduling, the 800m and 400m events will be run before the main carnival starts  - beginning at 7.15am. Please make provisions to be at the venue early if those events interest you.
  • Full and comprehensive details outlining all our processes in next week's newsletter.

Years K-6: June 24

  • Kindy and Year 1 will have exposure to the proper athletics carnival experience and access to the main processes and equipment of the carnival. This format will build on the FUN Athletics day that was completed last week. These age groups are not competitive and will not have Age Champions or qualifying placegetters.
  • Year 2 to 6 will be a proper comprehensive carnival experience with selections for NCIS being completed.
  • As per normal scheduling, the 800m event will be run before the main carnival starts  - beginning at 7.30am. Please make provisions to be at the venue early if those events interest you.

Full and comprehensive details outlining all our processes  in next week's newsletter.


Bill Turner Trophy

Our U15 Bill Turner girls cruised past Kingscliff High School on Monday, accounting for them 6-1 as they moved into the 4th round. 

On Tuesday they head down to Skennars Head to play Xavier College in the penultimate FNC regional round. Good luck girls!


The rescheduled NCIS tournament is to be played next Wednesday, with our squads heading down to Coffs Harbour to stay Tuesday night.


More details next week, but the Open Boys QLD T20 Cricket team cruised past St Andrews in the opening round of the Knockout tournament on Wednesday.  St Andrews were all out for 80, our LAGS team accounted for these runs with 8 overs to spare and 8 wickets in hand.

NSWCIS Cross Country

The notoriously freezing Eastern Creek Raceway is the site for the NSWCIS Cross Country, although this year it was pleasing to see blue sunny skies return. The event was completed this week and we had a total of  48 Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar students travel to Sydney to represent the NCIS. The competition in Sydney is of an elite standard and all students should be very proud of their efforts and achievements. We are still awaiting more results to come across our desk however we do have results of incredible efforts by our Lindisfarne students who placed in the Top 30! 

Primary 8/9 Girls: Andie Buchan 9th, Summer Immisch 19th, Lara Fox 23rd 

Primary 8/9 Boys: Jack Kane 9th, Ned Simmonds 23rd 

Primary 11 Girls: Farrah Melville 16th, Isabelle Daniel 27th 

Primary 11 Boys: Bailey Beaumont 15th

Secondary 12 BoysAustin Lowes 26th

Secondary 13 Boys: Hugo Grainger 12th

Secondary 14 Boys: Cullen Grainger 13th

Secondary 15 Girls: Lyla Williams 31st

Secondary 17 Boys: Rufus Scott 33rd

Jack Sewell, Isaac Lloyd & Finn Jones

Ned Simmonds and Jack Kane

Coby Ellison, Jackson Wright, Charlie Pollard & Oliver Clark

Eira-Grace McGilligan, Freya Smith, Farrah Melville & Isabelle Daniel

Jezel Barauyks and Pearl Baker

Matilda Daniel and Natasha Flahey

Lucas Nixon-Hind

Mila Phelps, Pearl Baker & Jezel Barauykas

Bailey Beaumont

Maxim Harmsworth, Charlie Pollard, Jackson Wright, Coby Ellison & Oliver Clark

** Please note that all the Cross Country training at Mahers Lane has now ceased **

Spotlight on Elliott Cleary

His latest achievement is quite a milestone for him in his racing journey.

Elliott debuted in his first car race in Perth recently Racing Formula Ford in the WA formula ford Championships. The youngest in his field he set about the first round of five where he drove a very fast P1 in Qualifying and not only took out the win across all 3 races against a very experienced field of drivers but was also awarded  driver of the day (across all car categories) for such an exceptional performance first time racing cars. 

This week Elliott has been selected to test drive a super 3 V8 supercar for Brad Jones racing at Winton racetrack in Victoria. Super 3 is the first step into the supercar series, next being Super 2, then the  supercars Series championship. 

Great work Elliott!

Spotlight on Giselle Smith

Giselle Smith made one of the final NSWCIS Open girls 7s teams for the NSW All Schools Championships that is being held in the last week of term!

One of only three outside of the greater Sydney region in the final squads.

Very deserving of her spot after some tough trials games on Monday in Sydney.

Spotlight on Bailey Beaumont

Young Bailey Beaumont came 16th at the NCIS Cross Country and was way under his best being choked up with residual flu symptoms. He managed to get into the CIS event with a lifeline from a qualifier withdrawing. 

Back to reasonable health at CIS, he was 1st out of the 11 NCIS runners in the race, and 15th (out of 104) overall. He managed to slice 32 seconds off his 3kms PB - which is all you can ask of our young athletes! Adding more merit to the run - the start at CIS was seeded, so he found himself back of the pack trying to duck and weave through the field.

Spotlight on Alumni Jayden O’Rourke

Jayden O’Rourke left today for the USA on a training camp to try and make it in the NFL. To date, he already has 2 offers for college, but is holding out until the end of the tour.

There is an article news article -  here, if you want to follow his progress while on tour he will be on Twitter as: @OrourkeJayden

Best of luck over there Jayden!

Damen Clucas
Head of Sports and Activities


Club Netball

Saturday Netball Competition

No Netty this weekend as it is the Queen’s Birthday Holiday on Monday

Round 8 is on June 18th.
This draw sees a couple of Lindisfarne derby matches!





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The cancelled wet weather matches have now been scheduled for 2 Sundays at the end of the season. Please plan around these catch-up games. (See Attachments)

Parent Support Group Meeting

There will be a meeting on Monday 20 June in the Chapel starting at 6.30pm. We hope to see each team represented with at least one parent, coach or manager. This is your opportunity to see what we hope the rest of the season will look like and discuss ideas on how we can improve the Lindisfarne Lions Netball Club.

Coaching Workshop 

As there is no Tweed Netball this Saturday, Head Coach, Suzanne Evans, will run a 10am to 11am Coaching session for any Lindisfarne coach who wishes to come to the courts on the long weekend! 

So, Saturday 11 June 10 - 11am at the Tweed Netball Courts.

Association News

TNA will be hosting 2 coaching sessions with our 11s coaches (12 teams across the clubs) over 2 Saturdays - 18th and 25th June from 9.15 to 10.30 at the courts presented by Mike Kiker.  These sessions are free and we would like to request that the Lime Lions coaches attend.  Please confirm with me if you are able to attend. 

Tweed are hosting some Netball Clinics in the holidays. Not just beneficial for the players but coaches, you may pick up some tips too!


Centre of Excellence

Congratulations to our Gold and Silver Lions who represented the School at the Vicki Wilson Cup and Shield on Wednesday at Mudgeeraba. Each team was very competitive with some outstanding individual and squad performances, winning 4 of their 6 pool games played. Special mention to the Gold Lions v Aquinas - pure precious performance!

The Lion Kings, who finished 3rd at State, finished 4th in the Boys Championships, only losing their losing matches by 1 or 2 goals.

Well done to the Year 4 Orange Lions, the Year 5 Aqua/ Lime Lions and the Year 6 Bronze Lions who played in the Gretel Tippett Trophy at All Saints on Thursday 9 June. We had a fabulous time having fun, being great sports and learning something new. The Orange Lions had a 2 goals victory over the hosts, the Year 5 team had a fantastic game against Coomera Anglican College and the Year 6 team saved their best game in the minor final where they lost by one, very little, goal.

The NSW Cup is next week at Mullumbimby. Boys and girls from: Lavender, Orange, Aqua, Bronze, Red, White, Silver, Navy, Lexi and Riley, Lions 7/8 Boys and Lion Kings 9/10 will all compete for the School!

 If you have any questions or stories you would like to share re: netball, please do not hesitate to email me.

“I’m here if you need!” 

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball


The Benefits Of Reading For 20mins A Day

Book Of The Week

“Fable” by Adrienne Young

Age range 12+ 

Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with a new captivating duology.

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It's been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father's rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.

Gail Dessmann
Mahers Lane Librarian 


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For the Art Enthusiast

Is your child interested in art? Do they need an activity to express themselves? 

On Saturday 11th of June, join Olivia Carroll (Year 12 student) at Mist Gallery, Cabarita. Olivia will be running a 'Still Life' art experience for students aged 5 to 12.

The introductory price is $15 per child, including materials. Arrive between 10.00am and 11:30am. Booking is essential as places are limited! Book at Mist Gallery via this link.

" Hi my name is Olivia, I am currently studying Visual Arts in year 12 at the Mahers Lane campus. I have recently started a job at Mist Gallery, and I would love to give Lindisfarne students the opportunity to express themselves in a creative way. Students will be learning how to recreate an existing artwork from Mist Gallery. This week we will be focusing on Megan Cochran's still life flower arrangement piece, however instead of using paint, we will be starting off with paper collage composition. Each week will be a new focus with reference taken from the artwork in the gallery. "

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