2022 Term 3 Week 3 5 Aug 2022

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s been an exciting week for our Lindisfarnians who are representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Year 12 student Flynn Southam will return to Lindisfarne briefly next week having won gold medals in the 4x100m Mixed Medley relay, 4x100m Men's Freestyle relay and 4x200m Men's Freestyle relay. Flynn also had an individual swim in the 50m Freestyle just missing the final by 0.05 of a second.

For now, we will keep celebrations of Flynn’s achievement low-key as he focuses on continuing his HSC studies and prepares to head to Hawaii on 14 August for the Junior Pan Pacs.  Flynn was also recently named the Gold Coast Junior Sports Star of the Year as he trains out of Bond University.  We are all very proud of Flynn and will recognise his achievements more fully when his competition schedule is complete.

Lily Dick (2017) was Vice-Captain of the Australian team who won the gold medal in Rugby 7’s at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in 2017.  She will return from Birmingham as a gold medalist in the Rugby 7’s. We are thrilled for Lily for all that she has continued to achieve in her chosen sport post-school. Lily is currently recovering from a popped shoulder she sustained early in the Commonwealth Games tournament.

Madison Fitzpatrick (2014) continues to excel in the hockey competition at the Commonwealth Games. As I write the team remains in gold medal contention with Maddy playing her 100th game for Australia this week. Along with her sister Savannah Fitzpatrick (2012), Maddy has now represented Australia at the World Championships, the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games. We are proud of Maddy and Savannah who continue to excel in their chosen sport.

Brandon Copeland (2014) has also been to World Championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. He ran very well in the Triathlon in Birmingham and has devoted years of training to get to this level as an athlete. We are so proud of you Brandon as you compete at the highest level around the world.

On Thursday we decommissioned the original 1981 demountable building at Sunshine Avenue in what was once the whole school.  Whilst we’ve moved forward a great deal over the years, that building has served our school community well.  The Early Learning Centre is progressing at a rapid rate and the final classes have now been held in our first building. Reverend Constantine led a short service to reflect on the importance the building has played in the life of the school, accompanied by members of St Cuthbert’s Parish and the junior school leadership team.

On Sunday at the Mahers Lane Chapel, we will gather for our monthly family service known as Spiritual Gym. Together with Reverend Constantine, we invite members of the school community to attend. The service commences with fellowship and light refreshments at 4.30pm and takes place from 5.00 - 6.00pm. All are welcome.

Our devoted Parents and Friends Association is currently looking for a Treasurer. The P&F add so much to our community through their fundraising and friend-raising and ultimately, our students are beneficiaries of their tireless work. If you are interested in finding out more, please see the P&F section below for details.

It’s always a pleasure to welcome visitors to Lindisfarne. A few weeks ago Kyle Thompson, Principal of Scots PGC in Warwick visited to discuss our programs at Lindisfarne.  Today I welcomed Ross Whelan, Principal of Thomas Hassall Anglican College in Sydney to the school and in a few weeks Simon Lees, Principal of Toowoomba Anglican School will be visiting Lindisfarne. One of the great benefits of such visits is the two-way sharing that occurs that in the end helps all of our schools to embrace a culture of continuous improvement.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

A Happy New Month of August

Every new month carries with it a promise of a new beginning. As we begin the month of August, I wish you peace, hope, blessings, love and good health. “Despite all that is awry in our world”, wrote Etty Hillesum, “life is full of beauty and meaning.”

National Homelessness Week (1-7 August 2022)

Homelessness Week runs in Australia every year from the 1st to the 7th of August and this year’s theme is “To end homelessness we need a plan.” For more details visit: homelessness.org.au

Lindisfarne staff and students will be sleeping out on the 19th of August at Sunshine Avenue to shine a spotlight on homelessness and to raise funds for Fred’s Place, an organization that cares for those experiencing homelessness in our community. If you’d like to support our Sleepout Fundraiser please click here Thank you.

Some further information about homelessness prepared by Ms Malone, one of the team members organising the Sleepout, is worth pondering:

Vinnies School Sleepout

The Cause

Homelessness is an issue often overlooked and misunderstood in Australia. As a school, Lindisfarne is uniquely positioned to help shape and influence community awareness and opinions. 

The Facts

On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are experiencing homelessness. This figure includes a staggering number of children and young people:

  • More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no permanent home
  • 60% of the homeless population is under the age of 35 and in the prime of their life
  • Children face an 18% higher risk of poverty compared to other age groups
  • Of all women experiencing homelessness, the most likely to be affected are aged between 18-34

The People 

You will notice that we use the words “experiencing homelessness” instead of “homeless person”. It is important to remember that homelessness is something you experience, not who you are.

Each week leading up to our Sleepout on 19th August, we will be sharing true stories to give students a glimpse into the lives of three people who have experienced homelessness and have been able to rebuild their lives thanks to the compassion of others. Please feel free to speak with your older children about these stories and the role they can play by either joining our Sleepout (ages 16+), donating to the fundraiser, raising awareness or overcoming stigmas around homelessness.


When most kids were getting ready for the HSC, Paige was fending for herself on the streets. At just 15, Paige found herself totally alone. Her mother had passed away after suffering from leukaemia, she wasn’t welcome or safe in her father’s home because of an abusive stepmother, there wasn’t any other family around, and she had very little support at school or elsewhere. She spent her next few years couch-surfing, sleeping rough and relying on the kindness of friends. Her story shows just how quickly someone can find themselves in a desperate situation. Without the support that is so vital for teens and young adults, it’s a fast downwards spiral. Poor choices seem like good ones – because they numb the pain, and hanging out with the wrong crowd is better than being all alone. Everyday Vinnies staff and volunteers are in homes, schools, hospitals and communities helping people like Paige to rebuild their lives.

Spiritual Gym - Family Service on Sunday, 7 August at 4.30pm

This will be a Healing Service with the theme: "Surely He carried our infirmities and bore our diseases" (Isaiah 53:4).

Jesus' healing touch has never lost its ancient power, and through the sacrament of anointing of the sick and the prayer of faith, He comes close to us with God's peace, strength, healing and hope. 

At this Service, we'll pray for all the sick in our community, and ask God to heal our souls, minds and bodies.  I hope and pray that you'd be able to join me. All are welcome!

For Your Prayers or Positive Thoughts

  • Please pray for our Year 12 students as they finish their trials next week.
  • Pray for all those experiencing physical and mental illness.
  • Pray for those in palliative care, particularly for the work of Wedgetail Retreat Centre.
  • Pray for our students and our families: that we may be well and happy, and live with gratitude and great-fullness.

Thank you for who you are and for all you do to make our Lindisfarne Community a loving, happy and joyful place of learning, growth and development for our students.

Rev Constantine

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

Position Vacant - Treasurer

The Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Parents and Friends Association (P&F) works to support the objectives of the School through fundraising and the provision of events that support positive interactions within the School community.

The role of Treasurer is currently vacant and we would like to hear from any interested members of the Lindisfarne community who may be interested in this role. It is a rewarding role with a wonderful group of volunteers.

Further information can be found in the Position Description or you can contact me via ramesh.sivabalan@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au to discuss the role.

Ramesh Sivabalan
P&F President

Safe on Social


Harmony Week

Student Voice

Upcoming Events


Lindisfarne Cake Competition Returns To The Funfest 2022

Mega Auction - Donation of Goods and Services

The FunFest Mega Auction is one of the biggest fundraisers at FunFest on Saturday, 20 August.

The Parents and Friends Association is seeking the donation of goods and services to support the Mega Auction. These can be pledged via pandf@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or by contacting P&F Vice President, Mr Steve Cornell on 0497 145 834.

The Mega Auction is proudly supported by Tate Brownlee Real Estate. https://tatebrownlee.com.au/

Purchase your ride tickets and win an Xbox

Preparations continue for FunFest 2022 with ticket sales available online through Trybooking now. 


Ride tickets cost $40, and offer unlimited rides on the day. All ride tickets purchased online go into the draw to win an Xbox Series S valued at $499. This will be drawn on the day.

Rides include the Bucking Bull, Obstacle Course, Laser Skirmish, Jumping Castle, Dodge 'Ems, Frog Hopper, Giant Swings, Giant Slide, Dominator, and Super Sizzler.

Due to popular demand, we will once again be holding a cake baking competition as part of FunFest, with prizes for best cake and runner-up. 

Keep an eye out on the various School socials over the next few weeks for more information. Please support your school community by booking your tickets online and coming along on the day.

Steve Cornell
Lindisfarne P&F

Whole School News

Staff Bio

Teaching and Learning

From The Dean Of Studies


Next week ICAS examinations commence at Mahers Lane. 

  • Digital Technology for Years 5-10 is on Monday 8 August 
  • Writing for Year 5 and 9 on Tuesday 9 August 
  • Writing for Years 6, 7, 8, 10 on Friday 12 August 

HSC Update

Trials continue next week.

Good luck to students as they continue in their Trials next week and to those who are also preparing to submit Major Works.

Next Thursday 11 August is the hand-in date for Industrial Technology. We have students doing Timber and Multimedia this year. 

This week the Sydney Morning Herald released its annual HSC Study Guide. 

The Guide is full of useful information about preparing for the HSC including strategies to manage and reduce exam stress, top-scoring exam answers in 2021 and study and exam advice from past HSC students. The guide can be accessed here.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Junior School

Green Team

Middle School

Year 6 Canberra Trip 2022

From August 1-4, Year 6 participated in a trip to Canberra, the capital city of Australia. We stayed at Ibis Styles Eagle Hawk Hotel for three nights and Macquarie Coaches transported us around to significant locations. We visited the War Memorial and stood in silence to show our respect at the tomb of the unknown soldier, followed by a walk along Anzac Parade. Next was time at Old Parliament House and lunch in the grounds afterwards. We got to go on a bike tour with Cycle Canberra around the stunning Lake Burley Griffin. We visited the Australian Institute of Sport and participated in the Sportex program. This was lots of fun with activities such as soccer, cycling, basketball and skeleton race.

On our second night, we were all excited to spend time at Questacon, a science fun centre to learn about the Earth and different laws of science. They provided us with a delicious dinner and dessert. We were privileged to go to Parliament House while Parliament was sitting. We watched politicians debating in the Senate and House of Representatives and realised how hard it is to be a politician. Some groups were fortunate to see Prime Minister Albanese address the Parliament. We also took part in House of Representatives parliamentary role-play, and learnt how new laws are made in the Australian Parliament.

We visited the Royal Australian Mint and learnt about the history of Australia’s currency and how coins are produced. A real highlight of the trip was visiting the Arboretum where we were put into teams and participated in an Orienteering activity. The view looking over Canberra was spectacular. Our final night out was spent at Timezone where we all went Ten Pin Bowling. This was a great way to end our trip.

Thank you to all the students and teachers for such a fun and educational trip.

Maya Stokes and Astrid Young
Year 6 students

Senior School

From The Careers Desk

Part Time/Casual positions available

I have been contacted by the Salt Bar, who are looking for parttime/casual staff. If you would like to work in the kitchen, in the bar or on food delivery for Salt Bar, they are hiring now. Salt Bar are willing to train staff for the relevant positions. Please contact Anthony Riolo on 0447 954 833 for further information.

QTAC Application Open Now

Year 12 were given the QTAC Guide last week, and I was pleased to see that they were pouring over the details during lunchtime. The QTAC website is now open for applications for Tertiary Study in Queensland. Many of the early entry submissions can be made through this website, so please make sure you go on and make an account asap.

Year 11 students going into Year 12

As we progress through Term 3 Year 11 students will begin to think about their subject mix for Year 12 and whether they may drop back to 10 units. Students are encouraged to book in a time to speak to me about their changes if they are unsure.

Natalie Marriott
Acting Director of Careers 

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Year 11 English Studies

Northern Rivers Careers Expo

During Semester 1, in Year 11 English Studies we looked at different careers and developed our practical competence in finding career opportunities advertised online, writing a resume and a cover letter. In mock interviews with Dr Marriott and Mrs Ward we practised our interview techniques. We finalised this module with the creation of a video resume. You can see our sample of Isobel and Ava’s work below.

To complement our studies in Year 11 English Studies we visited the Lismore Showground to see the Northern Rivers Careers Expo.  We benefited greatly from this experience as there was a whole lot of careers to stimulate our thinking about life after school.

It was really worthwhile going to the Careers Expo. We feel inspired about future careers choices. This may include going to University or choosing alternate pathways of study such as, traineeships, apprenticeships, getting a job or joining the armed forces. It was good to hear from industry leaders about the shortage in the workforce and that there are jobs available for those who want them and apply themselves.  We have a better understanding of what we need to do to get ourselves into a position to have choices when we leave school. We appreciated the opportunity to attend the Northern Rivers Careers Expo.

Zac Brims, Gus Hatcher, Ava Stuart, Isobel Hombroek, Sam Fisher, Jordi Le Boutillier and Mrs Cathy Myers

Middle School Creative Winners

Thank you to all those Middle School students who took the time to compose a piece of creative writing on the image below:

Sadly there can only be one winner for each stage. The Stage 3 and 4 winning submissions are provided below for your enjoyment. 

Stage 3 Winner

The Bird

Today would be cold. Not the type of cold that makes you wear two jumpers AND a long sleeved shirt, but the cold that you feel seeping through your body as you remember that you forgot to do your homework for the next lesson. I felt exactly like this right now as I remembered that I'd forgotten once again to bring it in. That's five weeks in a row now. That means another detention. The words poured through my mind as I shifted hastily through the school yard, past the endless matches of soccer, past the little kids skipping happily near the sandpit, and down to the gate that keeps us in school until the bell rings at the end of the day. Quickly, I looked behind me to see if there was anyone watching me. I clambered over the tall gate and into the forest on the other side. There before me was my cosy and heartwarming alcove where I often sat during lunch breaks to sit and think about all the things I'd forgotten to do. Brush my teeth, make my lunch, bring in my homework, comb my hair. I lost hope many years ago of remembering these things. It was so hard for me, yet I didn't know why.

I could feel my eyes glassing over with tears. I sat there and let them pour down my face. They stung. They burned. They made me feel even sadder.

“Calm down boy!” called a small but confident voice. I looked up. There was no one around. Could there be voices in my head? Was I dreaming?

“W-wh-who are you?'' I stammered.

“If you looked above you then you might just see!” called the voice again. I looked up. The tree keeping me shaded was turning into something magnificent. It was twisting and turning. Glimmering and shining. There had never been something as beautiful as this. I was sure of it. The leaves started turning into feathers, the type you would see hanging from a dream catcher. They were all multi coloured and hanging from thin sticks that were attached to the trunk. The trunk was most unusual. It was made of pom-poms and pipe cleaners of all different colours and shapes.  I felt dazed at this sight. I was sure no one else had seen this before.

“I still don't see you!” I shouted.

Suddenly, a magnificent bird came sawing through the air, out of the tree and into the world. The bird was only small but it looked as if it was exploding with different colours. Its tail was long and curled, its feathers were freshly preened. It was like this little, colourful explosion had been planning this for months! The bird gracefully landed on a rock that was lying on the ground in front of me. I just sat there, wishing that I had remembered to comb my hair and brush my teeth.

“I am here to tell you a tale!” called the bird.

“Tell me a tale?”

“I am the king of birds, specifically the hopeful and creative birds, my home is this beautiful tree, and you are my subject. I shall now begin. One day, there was a boy about your age. He always forgot to do things like brush his teeth, comb his hair and bring in his homework. But then a beautiful bird came sawing from the skies and told him this very story. From then on, it gave him hope and he never forgot anything again. Neither will you. Because you are the boy.”

Beatrice. B - Yr 5

Stage 4 Winner 

It is the stars flashing elegantly in the sky far above me, having their own small celebration whilst the rest of the world is sound asleep.

It is the soft, silent sound coming from the calm rippling water making its way into my ears.

Into my head.

Through my body.

Enlightening the very ends of my fingertips.

It is the sensation of being alone in the world, more so than I am when around people in the daylight.

It’s been 8 years of remembering my grandma - the only person who pulled me into the sun’s brightness. Made me feel visible. Tapped my back until I stopped hunching and stood tall like the proud person I was. Or could have been.

It’s been 8 years of not knowing how happiness feels, and having the moon cast its shadow on my back. The moon is my companion, my only companion.

“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul and sings in tune without the words- and never stops - at all -” my grandma used to recite to me each night before I fell asleep. Now, it reminds me that all happiness expired 8 years ago. Now, I lay in the cold of my own presence each and every night.

Usually, I don’t sleep.

Usually, I’m out here.

In the ocean.

With myself.

And the moon.

And the stars.

And the rippling water.

I don’t speak as much as I should. My mouth stays sewn shut during family conversations, gatherings with friends, and class discussions. The words knock furiously from behind my lips, but they can’t squeeze their way out.

But my mind is where my words flourish.

In the form of thoughts that march mud through the crevices of my brain each night:

I am the background character. I am no one.

I am someone to no one.

I am no one to myself.

I am nowhere and everywhere all at once.

I am lost in space, but stuck immovably and rigidly to the ground.

 It is the knowledge that I’m not worthy.

Worthy enough for nothing but the moon.

But worthy enough to watch the stars perform their elegant dance above my head.

Worthy enough to experience the soft, silent sounds that calmingly flow from the steady moving ripples in the water.

“I’ll see you soon” I mutter to no one but myself, yet everyone all at once.

But no one is here to listen to my words.

But I can’t focus on that anymore. Not because I don’t want to, but because I can’t.

I’m trying to keep my eyes closed.

I’m focussing on keeping my eyes closed, why is this so hard?

I can feel the ripples become agitated around me, and develop slowly into larger flowing movements of water.




A large, darkly hued cloud crawls across the stars. My stars. No, no, don’t cover them up.



I can’t keep my eyes closed.

But this is good. This is good, because there is something so much better to focus on. To look at. To devote my whole being to.

The sound of a bird singing rings out over top of me.

The world is bright, when I open my eyes.

Bethani. B - Year 8

There are many texts on the benefits of creative writing. However, one quotation that I find quite inspirational is that from Anne Frank: I can shake off everything as I write. My sorrows disappear and my courage is reborn. I would encourage more students to pick up their pens and simply write. The benefits are immeasurable. 

Kylie Wharton
Acting Director of English 

Creative Industries

Debating and Public Speaking

Semi Final Win - Intermediate Debating Team

Our Intermediate B Debating team are congratulated on their continuing debating success. Last night, at Somerset College, they faced St Hilda successfully arguing against the contention: academic success is overvalued. They are commended for their strong performance and effective team work. 

Xan Quirk, Olivia Danesi, Mr Kane Bradford (coach) Scout Bee Jones and Jess Wilson

They now progress to the grand final which will be held at Bond University on 17 August. We wish them every success in the final step of the Gold Coast Debating Competition.

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator



Geography Refugee Incursion

Refugee Council of Australia Incursion with Lattouf El Chami 

Stage 5 Geographers were fortunate enough to speak to Lattouf El Chami via video link about her experiences as a refugee fleeing Lebanon and settling in Australia this year. Students are studying ‘Changing Places’. Throughout this unit students have investigated the trends in population movements and discussed the reasons for internal and international migration patterns. As a result of this incursion, students developed an understanding of the difficulties faced by refugees from those who are experiencing it for themselves. Students commented; “It was engaging to hear Lattouf’s individual experience as a refugee” (Tilly, Year 10).  “The incursion gave us a stronger understanding of the hardships that refugees face.” (Ella, Year 10). Many thanks to the Stage 5 Geography teachers for hosting the incursion. 

Nathalie Newton-Walters
Director of Human Society and its Environment 





Performing Arts

Year 11 Drama - Shakespeare The Bachelor

The Bard himself delighted audiences last Wednesday and Thursday night at the Citadel in Murwillumbah, as he searched for love with a bevy of Shakespearean beauties. Yes, Shakespeare Bachelor - the play - was performed by the Year 11 Drama class to delighted audiences. Some of William Shakespeare’s best known plays and sayings were featured in this comical collision of great literature and reality TV. There was even a special message to the cast recorded by Osher himself!

Please enjoy these wonderful snaps taken by Year 10 student Mia Harris. What a talent! I know her attendance to record our play was much appreciated by the cast who will forever have these lovely pictures as mementos. 

Loretta Visser 
Drama Teacher

Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts

Last week over 50 students from Kindergarten to Year 8 participated in the Speech and Drama sections of the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts held at Tweed Civic Centre. 

Congratulations to all students on your confident and entertaining performances. The students competed in Poetry, Prose, Drama and Mime sections with many taking home medals.  

Special congratulations go to the following students who won major awards.  

  • Year 2 - Florence Gaffney - 7 years Adjudicators Encouragement Award 
  • Year 3 - Indianna Marshall 8 Years Age Championship. - Runner Up 
  • Year 4  - Amelia Haubek 9 years  Age Championship - Winner 
  • Year 4 - Ginny Leslie 9 years Age Championship - Runner Up 
  • Year 7 - Anna Haubek 12 Years Age Championship - Winner 
  • Year 7 - Sienna Williamson  11 Years Age Championship - Runner Up 

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Year 12 Music Showcase Evening

On Thursday 18 August, Lindisfarne Year 12 Music students will present their Higher School Certificate performance repertoire to parents, friends and staff in the annual HSC Showcase at 5.00pm in the Chapel.

This is a great opportunity not only for the students but also for parents and the Lindisfarne community to witness first hand the elective performances of this cohort.  Performance in front of a live audience at this stage in their course will form an integral part of their final preparation.

Ronan Green, Nicholas Dowd, Monty Lush, Mercy Taylor, Elise Matusch, Jamie Lamont, Zahli McCusker, Flynn Martin, Jessica Bain, Tia-Deshe Quagliata and Georgia Pikos will present a variety of musical works including Classical, Bebop, Neo Soul, Indie and Jazz..

We look forward to welcoming you all to this very significant milestone for our students.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Lindisfarne Drama Festival

Last Sunday over 180 enthusiastic dramatists descended on Mahers Lane for our annual Lindisfarne Drama Festival. Students performed in a variety of dramatic disciplines including Monologue, Duologue, Prose, Verse Speaking and Humorous Poetry.

A receptive audience of parents and friends were treated to 8 hours of performances, spread across 3 performance spaces.

Special thanks go out to members of our Friends Of The Arts (FOTA) parent group who kept our actors and audience sustained with delectable BBQ sausages and snacks.

Congratulations to all of our talented performers.

Stage 4 joint winners in the monologue, duologue and three hander Drama section.

Sian McGilligan, Lyla MacDonald & Grace Lark

Year 6 winners in the Humorous Poem category

Eira Grace McGilligan and Freya Smith

Zoe Fox and Ella Clarke

Germinate Records


What’s going on in Term 3 in the PDHPE Department?

The Year 12 PDHPE cohort sat their HSC Trial on Wednesday; tested on all of the syllabus content covered so far. Although the mark is part of the Course Work percentage, it is hoped that students will also learn about their time management, knowledge and revision study strategies.

The units studied this term are:

  • Year 5: “How am I responsible for my increasing independence?”/ Invasion games
  • Year 6: “How can I keep myself and others safe?”/ Invasion games
  • Year 7: “Promoting Health in the Community”/ Fitness and Fitness Testing
  • Year 8: “The winding road of danger”/ Modified Games
  • Year 9: “ Creating inclusive, equal and respectful relationships”/  Invasion games and dance
  • Year 9 PASS: Fitness
  • Year 10: “Promoting healthy, safe and active communities”/ Rock and Roll Dance and Invasion games
  • Year 10 PASS: Technology in Sport
  • Year 11: “The Body in Motion”
  • Year 12: “Sports Medicine”

Year 7 - 10 students have to change in and out of their sports uniform for their practical PDHPE lessons. Teacher will confirm which lessons are practical and which are theory with all of the classes. Students who do not change, without a note from home explaining why, can expect to receive a sanction.

As it is getting warmer, students also need to have a hat, sun cream and drink bottle as part of their PDHPE practical uniform.

We are all looking forward to a terrific Term 3!

The PDHPE Faculty

Photography and Digital Media


Smashing The Glass Ceiling with QUT

Celebrating women this National Science Week

With women only making up 28% of the STEM workforce, QUT is committed to bridging the gender gap and improving the progression and retention of academic women in STEM.

The school theme for National Science Week in 2022 is Glass: More than meets the eye. QUT is tapping into the theme with a twist and will host a special Smashing the Glass Ceiling event on 16 August featuring a women-only superstar panel. 

Join us on campus or online to hear from QUT women at various stages of their science, IT and mathematics careers. Find out what inspired our panel members to study at uni, what challenges they’ve overcome in their career and what motivates them to keep exploring the unknown of their chosen fields.

This event is proudly co-hosted by

QUT Faculty of Science and Refraction Media.


2022 EP Science Championships


Learn. Compete. Win. Let the Championships begin!

Join students from all around the world to learn Science, earning points towards awards (and maybe even prizes!) for yourself, while helping your school to shine.

A reminder to check the rules of the competition, anyone competing unfairly will be disqualified. A few tips for earning points:ㅤ

🌟 Complete any of the Education Perfect Science content to earn points 

🌟 You’ll earn a point for every correct answer, regardless of subject or topic 

🌟 You can go back the next day to earn new points on a question if you want 

🌟 Have fun! And remember, you can’t spend more than 8 hours in one day competing 

Official competition results will be released within 72 hours of the competition ending. All EP results are final.

National Science Week

We are celebrating Science week in Week 5. A range of activities are planned inside and outside the class such as guest speakers, glass/pottery workshops, bubble show and science shows. Every lunchtime during science week there will be an activity outside the Science labs, such as STEM workshops, Escape Rooms or dissections. If film is your thing, we will be hosting SCINEMA in the Library watching some international science film 2022 awards. There will be the annual EP competition run throughout the week along with some other competitions run in House Tutor Group.

During National Science Week, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School will be showing some Science films as we join in the celebration of SCINEMA. Thanks to the library for supporting us with this initiative. 

“SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere. We are passionate about showcasing the best in science cinema from around the world.

SCINEMA is a celebration of the power of the moving image to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.

Spectra Awards

If you are looking for a challenge or something extra. Why not try out the SPECTRA awards. SPECTRA, or Science Program Exciting Children Through Research Activities, is a national science award program developed and administered by ASTA for students between Years 1 and 10. Ask your teacher for more information. 

Australian Science Olympiads

A big shout out to the students who participated in the Junior Science Olympiads. This was a challenging two hour exam. Students found the exam challenging but a good experience to go through. Part taking in an external science competition is a great way to increase your field of knowledge and stretch yourself. If you didn’t register this year and will be in Year 7-10 next year - feel free to put it in your diary for next year. Registration opens in June.

HSC Trial Exams

Wishing good luck to all the students who are sitting their Trial Exams at the moment. All the studying you are doing at the moment will be worth it in the end. 

Peering into a Year 9 Science classroom

In biology, the classical doctrine of the nervous system determines that it is a highly complex part of an animal that coordinates its actions and sensory information by transmitting signals to and from different parts of its body. Year 9 students have been exploring how the human brain is involved in coordinating a range of responses to different stimuli. See below a splash of photos which show an introduction to the brain, nervous system, structure and function of neurons and some negative feedback loops. Warning - some photos show dissection of eye and brain matter. 

Caitriona McCann
Teacher of Science

Visual Arts

This Week in Visual Arts

This week in Visual Arts. Year 9 and 10 had an opportunity to engage in some hands-on learning to mark the beginning of their Artmaking units.

During Term 3 Year 9 will be studying The Presence of Things: Still Life and Interiors. To begin the unit these students were set the difficult task of drawing bouquets of flowers, fresh from local Tugun florists. They were encouraged to pay careful attention to detail and experiment with media to explore composition.


During Term 3 Year 10 will be studying Portrait of Australia: Exploring Place Through Botanical Artmaking. To begin their study students ventured down to the rainforest under the guidance of Miss Mason, where they were encouraged to draw inspiration from the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. As they explored their serene and picturesque surroundings, students recorded written observations as well as sketching details that caught their attention. They also took a series of photographs to use for reference in later practical lessons.

Katherine Mason
Teacher of Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Write A Book In A Day

Over the last two Thursday’s we have had 15 teams of excited writers take part in the Write a Book in a Day Competition. The competition has been running at Lindisfarne since 2018 when just 5 teams entered. Interest and motivation to compete in the competition has grown significantly, requiring us to run the competition over two days. 

The competition is an initiative of the Kids’ Cancer Project and thousands of students across Australia participate each year. Our teams worked tirelessly over the 12 hour period to produce some fantastic pieces. It was wonderful to see how well the students worked together and the enthusiasm they shared to produce their amazing books. 

This year’s books will be displayed in the library for all to enjoy!

Round Square



Junior School Sustainability Leaders Semester 2 2022

Congratulations to the newly appointed Junior School Sustainability Leaders for Semester 2 – Evelyn Thompson and Sierra Jewell.

Waste Wise Tips

Waste Wise Tips

We Need Your Bread Bags

Remember to drop off your bread bags at our recycling hubs. These are recycled through the Wonder Recycling Rewards competition. Through this competition, Lindisfarne is able to win free sporting equipment with the grand prize being a free exercise circuit made out of recycled plastic. The more bread bags we send off for recycling the more we can win! All brands are accepted. We participated in this competition last year and were able to win free sporting equipment which Mr Croft now uses in his Junior School PE lessons. Our recycling hubs can be found in the assembly area at the Junior School and near student admin at our Mahers Lane campus.

Patrick Brabant
School Assistant - Sustainability

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Chess Club

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


From The Sportsdesk

Duke of Edinburgh

We will be launching the Duke of Edinburgh program for the Year 8 (or 9) students at the end of August. A flyer outlining the international program can be found - here.

We will be offering a Parent/Student evening on August 29 in the Chapel, with the Year 8 cohort briefed on the program in the week beforehand. Please sign up through Parent Lounge or Student Cafe if you are interested in getting more details about this program.

Lindisfarne will be running the following Adventurous Journey section for any interested Year 8 or 9 students in Term 4 with Bornhoffen.

  • Pre-trip Information session and preparation - 1 November (3.30 - 5.30pm)
  • Practice Journey - 17 to 18 November
  • Qualifying Journey - 24 to 25 November


We are sending some squads to the rescheduled Pacific Pines football tournament next week. This pretty much finishes up our football season, good luck to the following teams:

  • Year 5 and 6 Primary Boys
  • Year 7 and 8 Girls
  • Year 7 and 8 Boys  


Last Wednesday we sent our Lindisfarne Lion Kings (Open Boys) and Queens (Open Girls) to Lismore to play some school-based competition basketball. Our boys did well to make the grand final but found a class outfit in Trinity Catholic College that proved too strong. Our girls had a commendable performance, but being a young team found the opposition a tough ask on the day.

Touch Football

The Year 7&8 Girls NSW All Schools Finalists team Touch Football team played 5 very competitive games. With every game their confidence grew, the girls showed great improvement and sportsmanship. The team dealt with a few late withdrawals, which allows a lot of game time, but quickly saps your energy - especially in Touch Football. Congratulations to all the girls below who finished the day with very respectable score lines against some red hot statewide opposition:

  • RemyBrown
  • Matilda Daniel
  • Eliza Fahy
  • Ruby Lynch
  • Eva McGowan
  • Emily-Rose O'Brien
  • SookePaley
  • Zali Silburn

Lindisfarne is also preparing for the Queensland All Schools Touch Football mega-tournament at the Gold Coast in early October. 

Spotlight on Dane Folpp

We are very pleased to announce that our Sports Academy student Dane Folpp (Year 10), achieved 4th place in Round 1 of the AST (Australian Slopestyle Tour). The competition was held at the Big Air Indoor Bike Park in Sydney last weekend. AST is a sanctioned FMB (Freeride Mountain Bike) World Tour Australian Slopestyle Mountain Bike series. Dane’s initial runs got him into the qualifications where he then competed against the top riders in the Open Men's division. He then gained 4th place overall in his final run. To see his final runs go to his Instagram -  @dane_mtb.

He is an ambassador and athlete for the FOX RACING AUSTRALIA Team and is proud to be sponsored by our local bike shop ‘Murwillumbah Cycles’. Most recently he has joined and Marzocchi Australia Team (suspension distributed through FOX FACTORY AUSTRALIA). We are extremely proud of Dane’s achievements as he continues to gain recognition in Freestyle / Slopestyle MTB riding.

Dane has been training hard and the results are showing. He is now preparing for Round 2 of the AST to be held at Kooralbyn Valley MTB Park on 17-18 September. Round 3 will be held at Green Valleys Bike Park in November.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

We continue to offer the opportunity for your daughter to join a Rhythmic Gymnastics program at Lindisfarne for this year. The Club is on Monday's at 4.15pm to 5.15pm and Thursday’s after-school from 4.15pm to 5.15pm, this started on Monday 14th February 2022 and continues all year, in the Ngahriyah. The class will cater for beginners to competitive levels.

Lindisfarne students can attend one or both sessions per week at NO COST. The coach is Stacey Bech, who is a National Level Silver Advanced Coach with an impressive history. If you have any questions please contact Stacey directly on 0418 640 200 or via email: stacey.bech@gmail.com

Please complete the Registration form - here and bring it with you on the first day.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Act



Club Netball


To all of the parent and player volunteers who helped Super Fundraising Specialists Jane Daniel and Carly Griffiths on Saturday. The Lindisfarne Lolly Shop was a huge hit with young and old! Approximately $2000 was raised, which is amazing! Thanks to those who prepared for the event: the bakers of sweet treats and the lolly baggers! Thanks also to Simon McKinley for setting up at 7.30am and assisting with packing away at the end of a successful day.

Saturday Netball Competition

Another double header this weekend with:

Round 13 on August 6






Purple Lions

7/ 8  years



Pink Lions

7/ 8 years



Navy/ Black Lions

Intermediate A



Gold Lions

Open Division 1



Crimson Lions

9 years



Lavender Lions

10 years



Orange Lions

10 years



White Lions

Intermediate B



Lime Lions

11 years



Aqua Lions

Junior B



Green Lions

Junior A



Blue Lions - FORFEIT

Intermediate C



Bronze Lions

Junior B



Red Lions 

Junior A



Silver Lions

Intermediate A



Gold Lions

Open Division 1



Yellow Lions





and  …. Round 5 on Sunday August 7






Pink Lions






Purple  Lions



Lavender Lions



Crimson Lions - FORFEIT!



Orange Lions



Aqua Lions



Bronze Lions



White Lions



Lime Lions



Yellow Lions



Green Lions



Blue Lions



Gold Lions



Red Lions



Silver Lions



Navy/ Black Lions

Good Luck everyone!

Alumi-Lindisfarne Netball Player

Lily Dick played netball for Lindisfarne and Tweed. She also represented the School and NCIS at Touch, Athletics, Swimming and AFL, which led to her receiving the Senior Sportsperson of the Year Award. What an inspiration she is! Now, playing for the Australian Rugby 7’s team and winner of a 2022 Commonwealth Gold Medal! We are so proud of you Lily! 

Centre of Excellence

Congratulations to Eira Grace McGilligan  who recently competed for the NSWCIS at the 3 Day NSWPSSA Netball Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park. There were many incredibly competitive games and an exceptionally high standard of netball played. The CIS Team, with “EG” in the midcourt, met all of the challenges of the tournament and placed 3rd out of a total of 14 teams. Marvelous Effort!

Well done to the girls who have been selected to represent NCIS at the NSWCIS Championships on August 22 at Sydney Olympic Park.

In the Open Girls we have Lions: Abby Pirotta, Lexi McEvoy, Riley Cranston and Olivia Copeland, with Tobi Chapman chosen as a non-travelling shadow. 

Competing in the 15’s Age Division are: Ella Mitchell, Tiggi Groves, Shelby Osborne and Lily Hodges. Amber Sullivan and Jamie Mifsud are also waiting for a late call up!

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

Senior Girls AFL

On Wednesday 3rd August, the Senior Girls AFL team travelled to Yeronga to play in the AFLQ Schools Cup Quarter Finals against Cavendish State High School. 

In the 1st quarter we realised we were very well watched and after 15 minutes we were sitting on 7 points to 8. The 1st goal of the day was from Riley Cranston at full forward. The 2nd quarter we pulled ahead to 19-15 with 2 more goals from Riley. Lily Alford was a stand out as she chased down the opposition for a surprise tackle from behind, clocking speeds that would have set records on the day! Captain Tobi Chapman guided the team into the 3rd quarter following some inspirational words at half time.The score evened out to 20-23 as the opposition got physical and some near misses in the goal square. 

The girls battled out to the end, with the wind favouring Cavendish as they scored 3 goals. Allira Palmucci brought us back with a stunning goal coming in from the backline and the girls picked up their momentum. Cavendish took the win at 41-27. The determination and resilience displayed until the final siren was admirable and left us with two very proud coaches and a team still full of high spirits, ready to return again next year and make a comeback!

Georgina Doyle and Matt Bedford


Book Of The Week

“Huda and Me” by H. Hayek

Huda's sitting in the airport lounge, fiddling with our tickets. I can tell she's excited because she has a little smile on her face and she keeps glancing at her pink digital watch. I can't believe we're doing this. I can't believe we're running away from home. Well, we're not really running away. We'll come back. We're running to our parents. On the other side of the world.

When their parents have to travel to Beirut unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Akeal and his six siblings are horrified to be left behind in Melbourne with the dreaded Aunt Amel as their babysitter. Things do not go well, and Akeal's naughty little sister, Huda, hatches a bold plan to escape. After stealing Aunt Amel's credit card to buy plane tickets to Lebanon, Huda persuades her reluctant favourite brother to come with her. So, begins Huda and Akeal's hair-raising and action-packed journey to reunite with their parents half a world away, in a city they've grown up dreaming about but have never seen.

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The CBCA judges say...

Offering a fresh perspective of Australian life with two children from a Lebanese-Australian family running away from home, the author uses an accessible and light-hearted style even when dealing with complex topics such as racism and cultural identity. Huda and Akael were a delight to read and their family's bond was portrayed realistically: at times humorous and other times duty-bound. The alternating chapters depicting their adventures create an engaging and fast-paced tale of family, mischief and adventure perfect for this age group where problems are best faced together.

Gail Dessmann
Mahers Lane Librarian


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Buildings and Facilities


Current Positions Vacant

Lindisfarne is seeking suitably qualified people for the following roles:

  • Visual Arts Teacher
  • Secondary Teachers (Multiple positions)
  • Casual Relief Teachers
  • Bus Driver

For more information on each role visit the Employment page of the Lindisfarne website.

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