2022 Term 3 Week 6 26 Aug 2022

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Tickets for the second Lindisfarne Business Breakfast on Wednesday, 7 September at the Salt Bar Kingscliff, are now available. Our guest speaker is Major Matina Jewell (retired).

Major Matina Jewell (retired) grew up in the Byron Bay region and joined the Army at age 17. During her 15-year military career Matina:

  • Served on five missions earning nine military & war medals.
  • Is the only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for acts of bravery on the battlefield and being wounded in combat.
  • Completed the physically demanding Navy divers’ course.
  • Served with American Navy Seals.
  • Tracked-down warlords in the Solomon Islands.
  • Fast-roped from helicopters and boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf, and
  • Was posted as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon.

Medically retired from injuries sustained during the 2006 Lebanon War; Matina served on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council, was featured on ABC’s Australian Story, is a best-selling author and her life story has been optioned for a global feature film.

Book your tickets here, the last Breakfast sold out, so don't miss out.

This is a Lindisfarne Business Network event and all are welcome to attend.

What a wonderful day we had last Saturday at FunFest. The day is one of many ways that funds are raised for the Lindisfarne Parents and Friends Association who do so much to enrich the lives of our students through the support of projects in our school. The most important aspect of the day, however, was our ability to gather as a community and spend time together after a long period of inability due to Covid-19 restrictions. It was so pleasing to see families and friends gather and enjoy the food, rides, stalls and even the dunk tank. Thank you to our Parents and Friends Association, in particular, Steve Cornell Vice President for his role in coordinating this very special community event.

The Parents and Friends Association contribute greatly to the life of the School and I am thankful for their most recent donation of $75,000 towards the play structures as part of the new Early Learning Centre at the Junior School. This is the second major donation in as many years following the $50,000 contribution to the outdoor learning spaces as part of the new Middle School Building. Our Parents and Friends committee is made of community-minded individuals who give their time in support of our school, our students and our community. I invite all members of the Lindisfarne community to support Parents and Friends events.

The next opportunity to support the P&F is as part of the Race Day being hosted at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday, 3 September. This will be a fun filled day for our school parents, staff and community to enjoy each other's company in a relaxed setting. The School will offer bus transport and you can find out more by visiting the ticketing website at https://www.trybooking.com/CBSGD.

Next week, our Stage 2 students will take to the stage as part of their performance in ‘The Grunch’. Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail? I am proud of the work of our students and staff in bringing this production to our School Community.

Performances will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, 30 August at 11.00am and 6.00pm
  • Wednesday, 31 August at 11.00am and 6.00pm

Tickets are free, but please use this link for bookings.

Today we progressed the 2023 student leadership process with shortlisted candidates presenting their speeches at our Mahers Lane campus this morning. The speeches were of a very high standard and I congratulate our shortlisted candidates on the depth and quality of their presentations.

Short-listed candidates for School Captain and Vice Captain for 2023 are as follows:

Cassandra Hill
Oliver Jeffrey
Gracie LynchBrodie McDowell
Jacinta KiefferCallum McNicoll
Zia MowbrayTrishul Sivabalan
Ruby StanteFred Watson

There was a great deal of excitement at both campuses this week as we joined with other schools around Australia to celebrate Book Week. The Children’s Book Council of Australia have been bringing the joy of Book Week to Australian schools since 1945. The theme this year was “Dreaming with your eyes open”. We all appreciate the value and power of reading. It is a deeply personal experience with each of us forming our own visualisations and interpretations of an author's writing. Book Week was capably led by Krissy Affleck (Sunshine Avenue) and  Emily Brewer (Mahers Lane) and it was a joy to share this special week with our students and staff.

On Sunday, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School will host the regional finals of the annual Tournament of Minds competition (TOM).

Tournament of Minds is an international eduation program ‘challenging the world’ to develop problem solving skills. We have a number of Lindisfarne teams entered in the regional finals.

Thank you to Scott Lewis who is the Regional Director for the 2022 regional finals and good luck to all teams involved.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Join Us - Sunday, 4 September

Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents, and Guardians,

God’s love for us is limitless, unconditional, and consistent.

“I have loved you . . . with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT).

No one can love us with the consistency, purity, and recklessness with which God loves us. Human love and relationships -even though laudable and heroic- are sometimes conditional and inconsistent, but God's love is ETERNALLY unconditional and consistent.

God is Love, and all that God does is to love us (cf 1 John 4:16)

God will never love us more or less, and 'he doesn't kick our doors down. It's up to us to welcome this unconditional love and allow it to transform our lives.

Because we are made for this love, we can only find ultimate fulfillment and happiness in a relationship with God who is Love.

As St Augustine of Hippo, whose feast day we celebrate on August 27, prayed, "O Lord, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."

Dear Lindisfarne community, there's a name and a face to the restlessness and thirst in our hearts: Jesus of Nazareth -who is God's love made flesh.

No matter who we are and where we are in our life’s journey, Jesus is always thirsting for friendship with us. May we welcome Jesus into our lives today, and find in Him the indescribable joy, happiness, and true peace that our hearts yearn for.

Thank you to all those who slept out to raise awareness for the plights of those experiencing homelessness, and to support Fred’s Place in caring for them. Thank you for a successful ‘Book Week’ and for getting into the spirit of dressing up as your favourite characters.

Please remember to join our community at St Cuthbert’s Church on Sunday, 4 September at 9 am to celebrate St Cuthbert’s Day. All are welcome!

Some of us would have heard or read about the launch of the Diocesan of the Southern Cross. Our Bishop, Dr Murray Harvey, has written a pastoral letter regarding this Diocese. Please read it here and contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Finally, let’s remember in our prayers or send warm wishes and positive thoughts to all those who are sick in our community, and also those who feel alone and lonely. Let us also remember to give thanks for the work of our teachers and administration staff in nurturing our young people: may God bless each member of our community and grant us good health, joy, hope and flourishing.

I wish you and those you love a restful and refreshing weekend!

Rev Constantine Osuchukwu

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

P&F News

FunFest - Thank You

That’s a wrap! Funfest 2022 was a huge success and it was fantastic to see our School community come together in such large numbers. A heartfelt Thankyou to our School staff who gave of their time and also of course, our parent volunteers. We simply could not put on an event of this scale without this kind of assistance. Special thanks to our event sponsors who have been exceedingly patient with us as w'vee grappled with the challenges of COVID over the last two years. We are already considering what can be done to make the next Funfest an even better event. The P&F looks forward to funding further projects that directly benefit our student’s school experience.

P&F Race Day

Onto other matters, please join us on Saturday the 3rd of September for the P&F Race Day. Tickets are available https://www.trybooking.com/CBSGD. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other parents in a more social setting.

Father's Day Stalls

The Father’s Day stalls will be held next Wednesday (Middle School) and Thursday (Junior School). Nicole Thomas is organising this and is still in need of other parents to help on the day so please, if you can spare some time click on this link to register: https://signup.com/go/XNROhvZ

Kind regards

Steve Cornell
P&F Vice President

Save The Date


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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

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Harmony Week

Student Voice

Upcoming Events

Lindisfarne Business Breakfast - Guest Speaker Major Matina Jewell (retired)

The Lindisfarne Business Network is proud to host its next Business Breakfast on Wednesday, 7 September at the Salt Bar, Kingscliff. Tickets can be booked via  https://www.trybooking.com/CBUDS

We are fortunate to have Major Matina Jewell (retired) who grew up in the Byron Bay region as our guest speaker.

In her 15-year military career Matina:

  • Served on five missions earning nine military and war medals
  • Is the only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for acts of bravery on the battlefield and being wounded in combat
  • Completed the physically demanding Navy divers’ course
  • Served with American Navy Seals
  • Tracked-down warlords in the Solomon Islands
  • Fast-roped from helicopters and boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf, and
  • Was posted as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon.

Medically retired from injuries sustained during the 2006 Lebanon War; Matina served on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council, was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, is a best-selling author and her life story has been optioned for a global feature film.

Principal Stuart Marquardt looks forward to you joining him for another wonderful event as part of the Lindisfarne Business Network.

Make sure you also keep Wednesday, 19 October free for our final Business Breakfast for 2022, when we welcome Kerry O'Brien as our guest speaker.

Simon McKinley
Director of Community Engagement


Whole School News

Lindisfarne Bus Services - Registered Students Only

An important reminder that Lindisfarne Bus Services are only available for students who are registered. They are not available for one-off use by other students who are visiting friends or for events or sports training.

This is a user pays service for registered families and in most cases, all seats on the bus are allocated. It also presents a significant safety issue as we must have accurate details of all students travelling on the Lindisfarne service including contact details.

We ask for your support in not requesting to use this service other than intended. We also thank you for not putting our bus drivers in the position of having to refuse non-registered travellers from trying to board.

Lindisfarne Bus Coordinator

Application for Exemption from Attendance at School

Under Section 25 of the Education Act (1990), it is a requirement that parents submit applications for approval of leave for any planned absence by students of three or more days.

The application is to be completed and submitted one month prior to the date of requested leave for the following reasons:

a. Holiday leave

b. Sporting commitments

c. Employment within the entertainment industry

d. Exceptional circumstances (medical, domestic, etc)

A link to the application form can be found here and is also located on Parent Lounge under School Links/Student Forms.

Completed forms are to be submitted to student admin at either campus.  

Tania Wilhelm
Executive Assistant to the Principal

Homestay Families Required

During the dates March 4 to 24, 2023 Lindisfarne will again be hosting students from the Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo. The students are aged between 19 to 24 years and are studying a range of university subjects. 

The goal of the AGU student visit is to provide cross cultural experiences for both the Lindisfarne and AGU students.  Homestay families are required to provide a room, meals, transport to and from the school, Sunday visits to church, and plenty of fun and conversations. Homestay families are reimbursed $300 per week to cover the cost of food and transport.

If you would like to express interest in being a homestay family, please email drsuzannehudson@gmail.com or phone 0432 147 776 for further information. I hope you can support this excellent program. 

Jeremy Godden
Head of International 

Uniform Shop - New Hours

The Lindisfarne Uniform Shop will now be open for additional hours commencing from Monday, 15 August 2022. The new hours will be:

  • Monday 8.00am - 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 8.00am - 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 8.00am - 4.00pm
  • Thursday 8.00am - 4.00pm

A reminder that orders can easily be made from the online Uniform shop. When prompted, use the code LINDISFARNE1981. Link below.

Lindisfarne Uniform Shop - Online

Leischa Bevan
Lindisfarne Uniform Shop

Staff Bio

Teaching and Learning

Junior School

Stage 2 Musical - The Grunch (Hair and Make-up)

From The Head Of Junior School

Book Week

Book Week has been a fun-filled celebration of literature and learning at the Junior School. Our students have had a blast exploring new and exciting texts and developing their own understanding of why reading is such an essential part of life. 

“Dreaming with your eyes open” was the theme of the week, and Ms Affleck and Ms Tammy led the way with a beautifully decorated library and lots of fun activities throughout the week. Our celebration reached its climax on Thursday with our Book Character Dress-up Day. The undercover area was a sea of literary characters ranging from Alpacas with Maracas to gallant knights and even a 13 Storey Treehouse!

Thank you to Ms A and all the teachers for making Book Week a special time in our school year!

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” - Mortimer J. Adler

Junior School Musical

I was privileged today to drop by the Stage 3 students’ rehearsals as they finalise their preparations for their performance of the Grunch on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The final few days will be a whirlwind for the cast and crew as they put the finishing touches on what is sure to be a fantastic production. 

I would like to take this opportunity, ahead of the performances and weekend rehearsals to recognise and thank the classroom teachers and Performing Arts staff for their commitment and contribution to this wonderful opportunity for our students. 

I can’t wait to see everyone at the show!

Jeremy Godden
Head of Junior School

Junior School Musical - The Grunch

“The Grunch” tells the story of Rudy Grunch as he/she joins the school musical cast, only to hatch a diabolical plan to destroy it! Will he succeed or will the magic of the theatre touch his heart?

Our production of the Grunch involves all students in Year 3 and Year 4 and will be performed in Ngahriyah, at the Mahers Lane Campus on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August. Each day there will be an 11.00 am Matinee and 6.00 pm Evening performance. 

Please follow this link to confirm your attendance. THE GRUNCH PERFORMANCE BOOKING

Green Team

Middle School

Kokoda Challenge Brisbane

Year 7 & Year 8 

After a postponement due to the floods back in May our rescheduled Kokoda finally took place. Unfortunately, the new date clashed with sports semi-finals, and a resurgence of flu and covid saw our numbers take a hit. Those that traveled up enjoyed a sensational day of mateship, hiking, and experiencing the challenges that come with a Kokoda.

Our Year 7s took on the 18 km event and with the addition of some rain, it made for a challenging hike. There were enough peaks to test fitness but a nice downhill on the way home saw our teams finish in great spirits. Our Year 7 students and leaders appeared to really enjoy the challenge and experience and have vowed to return for the 30 km event next year.

Year 8 took on the challenging 30 km event. An early start for these walkers saw them on the trail some 2 hours before Year 7. They too experienced rain and some steep climbing to complete the event. It was definitely a challenge but with the support of their team mates our students made it across the finish line

We were very impressed with all of the Junior student's attitudes and approach to these events.  They really embraced the Kokoda values of mateship, courage, sacrifice, and endurance. We look forward to seeing them move up in distance each year and hopefully, one day compete in the 96km.

A special thanks to all the parents who gave up their time to be involved, travel, and walk with a team. Your support of this wonderful event was greatly appreciated.

Ms McDowell and Ms Bedford
Kokoda Challenge Team Leaders

Senior School

Year 9 Rite Journey - The Abyss Solo Challenge

Our Year 9 students traveled to 100 Tents at Kunghur for another significant step in The Rite Journey; The Abyss Solo Challenge.

One of the premises of The Rite Journey program is that self-awareness and self-reflection are extremely important skills to learn as we transition from childhood to adulthood. Students camped in a tent and were spaced out individually so that they did not connect with or communicate with anyone else for 24 hours. Teachers were on duty throughout the night to address any needs or concerns which may have arisen, but the idea is that everyone is alone overnight with an opportunity to simply “be.”

We thought this activity would be particularly challenging for most of our students, but also acknowledge that we all need to be pushed outside of our comfort zone periodically if we are to build resilience and character.

We were pleasantly surprised by the way the students embraced the challenge and the opportunity.  Many of them came away from the Abyss Solo with very positive comments, and they even surprised themselves.

As our Year 9 students continue through this program, we hope that the honesty, trust, openness, and resilience they are developing will continue to build in them throughout their time at Lindisfarne and beyond.

Cathy Myers
The Rite Journey Coordinator 

From The Careers Desk...

Year 10 Work Experience - Looking for Host employers

Year 10 work experience will be held from November 29-December 1. We are looking for businesses willing to host a student (or students) for these 3 days. If you are able to help, then please email nmarriott@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au


With the opening of QTAC Applications, many Queensland universities are offering the opportunity to apply for early entry. This can help you take the stress out of your final months of Year 12 with conditional Early Entry to a program. 

UAC Open

UAC is the equivalent centre for those who wish to undertake tertiary studies in NSW. To date, UAC has received just over 11,000 SRS (early entry) applications from across the country. This is one-way students can receive an early offer based on Year 11 results and their school's recommendation. 

Before students can apply for SRS they must submit their UAC application. 

Here are the SRS key dates:

  • SRS applications close: 19 September 2022
  • SRS school ratings due: 3 October 2022
  • Close of preferences for an SRS offer: 3 November 2022
  • First SRS offers: 11 November 2022

Opportunity to experience life as a Bondy

Throughout the year Bond University opens its campus to provide Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to experience life as a Bondy, inside and outside of the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to take a behind the scene look into the programs offered at Bond. Our upcoming Learning Experiences will extend on concepts covered in their senior subjects, whilst refining skills useful whilst at school and for future study. There are 3 one-day courses:

  1. Decision Making in Public Health (free course)
  2. Reading Creatively for Social Change ($50)
  3. The Business of eSports ($50)

Avid Research Podcast

Avid Research is a podcast created by Amelia, a web developer who’s been a STEM Educator, Park Ranger, and long time student.  The guests on the show are people from all kinds of backgrounds, with all sorts of knowledge and experiences. They’re all experts in their own ways. Avid Research is an opportunity to share cool stories, and fun findings about the world and to talk to cool people doing awesome stuff!

Avid Research helps people see what they can do with a STEM career, what the challenges are, what the opportunities are, and how experimental you can be while working out what you want to do with your life.

For more information follow this link.

Early Offer Guarantee Online Information Session for University of the Sunshine Coast

Students and their families can join USC at their Early Offer Guarantee – Online Information Session where they will help them take the guesswork out of the next few months.

USC will run through how to beat the stress by getting into uni early, how to apply through QTAC, and how to make the most of uni once they get there!

USC will also take them through the different types of scholarships on offer and provide tips to help students ace their applications.

Register here.

Indigenous Engineering

From 15-21 January 2023, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney will host the Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES), funded by Engineering Aid Australia.

The IAES Program gives 25 Indigenous high school students NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD, NT and SA who are in years 10, 11 and 12 in 2023, the opportunity to come to Sydney and explore the possibilities of studying and working within various fields of engineering.

The IAES program is fully sponsored with all activities, accommodation, flights, and meals covered by Engineering Aid Australia and the University of Sydney.

The week-long program will involve site visits to key Sydney locations, curriculum exercises, and participation in cultural activities. Further highlights include networking opportunities with engineering industry representatives and recreational activities in Sydney Harbour.

If you are indigenous and have an aptitude for Maths and Science, then please come and see me and I will give you more details on how to apply.

Application closing date: 4 November 2022.

Dance Industry Experience Day

Queensland College of Dance are hosting an annual Industry Experience Audition Day. Designed to provide an insight into life as a student for those interested in pre-professional programs in Musical Theatre, Commercial and Contemporary dance, the Industry Experience Audition Day is ideal for any student wanting to understand more about QCD’s programs and is ready to evolve in a pre-professional environment; Investigating academic program alternatives that allow their talent to be nurtured and with a passion and vision to hone their chosen craft.

The day is a no-cost experience, an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best, and most importantly, fuel the passion to perform in our country’s future artists.

When: Sunday, 28 August

Time: 12:30pm – 5:15pm

Where: 26 Glentanna Street, Kedron

Register:  https://queenslandcollegeofdan...

Natalie Marriott
Acting Director of Careers and VET

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Book Week 2022

Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open...

Book Week 2022 was a great success. Students enjoyed a joy filled costume parade, a book character quiz, and a series of lunchtime readings. A big thank you to all staff who helped out by offering to host a lunchtime reading. It was a fantastic opportunity to foster a passion for literature. Please enjoy this reflection I shared at the Middle School Assembly.

When I was 5 years old I loved princesses. So much so that for an embarrassingly long amount of time I refused to answer to my name. I demanded that my family refer to me by my self appointed title- ‘Emilia-pecka-pia-princess-girl’. I was obsessed with the pink skirts and tiaras. I wanted to live in a castle and own a stable full of majestic horses- decorated with matching pink ribbons of course..

But then one day my Mum read me a princess book that wasn’t like the ones that I was used to. She read me ‘The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch. This was the first time in my young life I read a story where the princess was the one who did the rescuing. This princess was smart. She was brave. She was kind. She was resilient. And most importantly, she didn’t care if she was in a perfect dress and tiara or a paper bag.

Books teach us so many things. They can improve our vocabulary and attention span. They improve our ability to write fluently. But far more importantly, they teach us valuable lessons about life. They teach us to be open to different experiences and to consider different perspectives. Putting ourselves in the shoes of characters helps us develop compassion and understanding for other people in our real lives. 

Robert Munsch taught me that dressing like a princess doesn’t make you one- that character is far more valuable than tiaras. As I look around this hall at all of you dressed as your favourite book characters, I wonder how many important life lessons books have taught you.

Enjoy the following snaps from the week.

Ms Emily Brewer
Teacher of English

Creative Industries

Debating and Public Speaking

English Update

Lindisfarne Public Speaking Finalists

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to the speeches of all the entrants in the annual Lindisfarne Public Speaking Competition. It was heartwarming to see so many enthusiastic Stage 3 and 4 students interested in Public Speaking. The selected finalists for the 2022 Public Speaking Grand Final are:

Stage 3

Sarah Bibin, Beatrice Broad, Georgia Brunke, Ashton Schneider, Lucy Simmonds, and Mikiyo Walsh

Stage 4

Bethani Broad, Eliza Evesson, Tessa Ford, Marcus Fox, Ben Reeve, and Sienna Williamson

Stage 5

Max Milton-Goodhead and Mia Wilkinson

Stage 6

Daniel Green, Cassandra Hill, Emily Kearney, Brodie McDowell, Zia Mowbray, and Trishul Sivabalan.

Congratulations to all these students who will now proceed to the Lindisfarne Public Speaking Grand Final which will be held in the Chapel at Mahers Lane on Tuesday evening 6 September commencing at 6.30 pm. This free event is open to the Lindisfarne Community and we invite any interested member of the Lindisfarne Community to come along to support our finalists.

Lindisfarne’s Intermediate Debating Team

This week I would like to showcase the debating journey of Lindisfarne’s Intermediate Debating Team and share some of their personal reflections. This team was forged earlier this year between three Year 9  students and one Year 10 student. On this journey, nurtured by their able coach, Mr Kane Bradford, they have had tremendous success, winning every debate up until the grand final of the Gold Coast Debating Competition. Despite a valiant effort to argue against the contention that parents should be held legally responsible for their children’s crimes, they were narrowly defeated in this final challenge. 

Scout Bee Jones, Jess Wilson, Olivia Danesi and Xan Quirk at Bond University before the Grand Final.

The following are some personal reflections from the team members about their debating journey: 

At first, I was nervous and uncertain of what to expect. However, my fantastic teammates were so supportive that I quickly felt my concerns fade away. I'm really proud of how far we've come as a team this year, reaching the grand final was a significant accomplishment and I'm excited to see how we’ll progress in the coming year. - Olivia Danesi

Debating has been an incredible opportunity and experience. It helped us become more confident speaking in public, and grow essential skills for our futures.  -Jess Wilson

Entering the 2022 Gold Coast debating competition was a spur of the moment decision for me, after a debate in English class piqued my interest. The challenge of thinking on one's feet in short prep was enjoyably stimulating, whilst not being stressful as you have your team beside you the entire time. Engaging in the opportunities we have is valuable, whether in debating or other areas, as you never know what you'll enjoy until you try it. It was incredible to make it to the grand final alongside my amazing teammates. I think we performed incredibly well and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year. - Xan Quirk

Hopefully, more students at Lindisfarne will be inspired to try debating next year.

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator



Binna Burra Excursion

As part of their unit studying Biophysical Interactions, Year 11 HSC Geographers visited Binna Burra, in Lamington National Park. Students used this first-hand experience to gather important primary data to support their understanding of the function of tropical rainforests and the complex interactions that exist between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Thanks are extended to Miss Georgina Doyle and Mr Tom Campbell for their assistance on the day. 

Mrs Nathalie Newton-Walters   
Director of Human Society and its Environment 




Book Week in Mathematics

Who says you can’t enjoy Book Week in Maths class? The Mathematics department has been celebrating literature and storytelling this week by incorporating some crowd favourites into our lessons. 

While introducing the Year 8 Linear Relationships unit, we first read an extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Little did the students know that this was a hint as to the characters that would later arise from their problem solving activity! The students were divided into groups, given chalk and a series of coordinates to plot and connect on the oversized Cartesian Planes (courtesy of the school handball courts). They were surprised to see the resultant pictures gradually coming together, including the Sorting Hat, the Golden Snitch, and Harry Potter himself too. 

 name a few. A Hedwig’s-eye-view did help!

There are many books that provide opportunities to make connections between mathematical concepts and engage students in mathematical discussions and investigations. Local Indigenous Artist, Bronwyn Bancroft, wrote and illustrated the children’s book ‘Patterns of Australia’. Through her vibrant illustrations, she captures the local Bundjalung landscape, including patterns of the ocean, rainforest, sky, wildflowers and river, through repeated symbols.

During this lesson, we were reminded of our deep appreciation for the land on which we learn each day by taking in 180 degree views of the Terranora hinterland and Coolangatta beaches whilst embarking on a ‘gallery walk’ style reading of the novel in the school Library. The following task required students to find the cultural meaning behind their chosen symbol before establishing an algebraic rule for the pattern. The students learned to introduce variables and complete a table of values this way.

Alyssa Malone
Teacher of Mathematics


Performing Arts

Gold Coast Eisteddfod

Over the past 14 weeks, 10 dedicated students from Year 10 and 11 have been choreographing and learning a dance piece for the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

They have dedicated sports lessons, lunch breaks, and time outside of school hours to perfect their performance. 

The girls will be on stage this Saturday night at A.B Patterson College against 13 other schools. The event will be live-streamed from this link.  Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is in the 5:30 pm section for anyone who would like to support these outstanding students. 

We wish Aquila Day, Jaala Imbrogno, Tilly Johnston, Ava Knapp, Naira Kraus, Ella Maddelena, Amelie Mitchell, Olivia Procter, and Romme Williams, and Ella Zoffman every success for Saturday. 

Courtney Keast

Junior School Musical - The Grunch

“The Grunch” tells the story of Rudy Grunch as he/she joins the school musical cast, only to hatch a diabolical plan to destroy it! Will he succeed or will the magic of the theatre touch his heart?

Our production of the Grunch involves all students in Year 3 and Year 4 and will be performed in Ngahriyah, at the Mahers Lane Campus on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August. Each day there will be an 11.00 am Matinee and 6.00 pm Evening performance. 

Please follow this link to confirm your attendance.


Germinate Records

Sing for RUOK? Day

Save the Date!- Monday, September 5, 

We are finally able to hold another sing for RUOK? Day! This will be held at the M-Arts precinct on the evening of Monday, September 5. The last event, in 2019, was a huge success with community members coming together to sing Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House in support of mental health. We will be singing another Australian song this year with Vicky Jacobs returning to lead us. As in 2019, this will be a very relaxed, very fun, pub choir style event – no prior singing experience is necessary. Please save the date and come along to support this very important cause. 

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer


Fruit and Veg Month 2022

This year’s Fruit & Veg Month will be held from Monday 29 August to Friday 23 September.

Fruit & Veg Month is a health promotion event that aims to encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption amongst NSW primary school children through engaging activities for the classroom, the whole of school, and at home. The event is funded by NSW Health.

Take the Fruit & Veg Month Family Challenge to help every family member eat more fruit and vegetables! 


Eating enough fruit and vegetables is important for your family’s health and wellbeing. Doing it together as a family can help make it easy and fun!


Try to include some fruit or vegetables with every meal and snack

Aim for half of the food served at lunch or dinner to be vegetables

Aim to serve fruit for half of your snacks

Make it easy – have pre-cut fruit and vegetables in the fridge ready to go for hungry hands

For more ideas, including easy snack and meal recipes, go to 2022 recipes

 How much fruit and veg do we need?

Use the handy guide below to find out

To participate in the Fruit & Veg Month Family Challenge, download the Fruit & Veg Month 2022 Family Challenge Poster and …

  1. As a family, decide on a non-food-based reward. At the end of the week, your family will celebrate all the fruit and vegetables you have eaten with this reward.
  2. Place a tick next to the days where you and your family met your recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables.
  3. At the end of the month, take a photo of your completed 4-week challenge and post it on social media. Remember to use the hashtag #FruitAndVegMonth.

Good Luck!

The PDHPE Faculty

Photography and Digital Media


Year 9 Science

Some Year 9 students took part in a pottery-glass workshop. This was facilitated by Kingscliff Stone Studios. A big shout out to the Art Department who were generous enough to let us join the queue for items to be put in the kiln. We are very lucky to have our own kiln at Lindisfarne and such a flexible Art Department. 

Thanks to the lab technicians who helped set up all the extra activities and experiments that took place in Science Week.
Steve, Belinda, and Georgia are invaluable assets to the school. 

Also a big shout out to the library crew who played some films from the international Science Festival and had an amazing display. 

See below a collection of other photographs


Caitriona McCann
Teacher of Science

Science Week

Congratulations to all who competed in The EP Science Week challenge. Many students took part. A special mention goes out to Lil Proart,Wes Barlow and Charli Frazer whose effort saw them achieve outstanding awards. Lil Proart answered some 4,122 questions placing her in the top 1% of competitors from around the world.  

Stay tuned later for more information on how we went in Junior Science Olympiads. All certificates will be presented in Assembly. 

As part of Science week we heard from a real scientist Georgia King who presented in Assembly about her paper she recently published.

STEM Boxes

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School also competed in the STEM Boxes Program during National Science Week. Thanks to ANU who sent out a STEM Box to our school. Each box contained all the key materials to conduct 10- 15 experiment activities across the topics of environmental science, biology, chemistry, psychology, mathematics, astronomy, physics, earth science, and engineering. As a result of sending in our evidence of completed tasks, a year 9 class was selected as one of the winners. Students will be presented with certificates and our school will receive a rock polisher kit. 

Caitriona McCann
Teacher of Science

Year 7 Science

Year 7 embraced their learning of cell organisation, structure and function by using a cake to make a model of an animal cell or plant cell. Lots of creative juices flowed and plenty of knowledge taken on board with the consumption of the cake afterwards.  

As part of their learning about the classification and organisation of cells, Year 7 undertook their first dissection. This was a fishy one, as they gathered at lunchtime to dissect and learn about the structure of a squid. They learnt that a squid is classified as a mollusc and that the difference between a squid and an octopus is in the presence of tentacles. Students had fun locating the ink sack and learnt about this as a mechanism for defence...

Some year 7 students investigated microscopes and making their own microscope that can be taken out on the field to identify microscopic organisms. 

Completing an escape room, making a light from graphite, telescope making and marble runs were also some fun activities shown below. 

Year 5 & 6 Science

What an exciting time we had starting the celebrations for Science week. Here’s a look back at some of the activities and competitions we entered. 

Science week was launched by a bubble artist from Brisbane, Glen Rhodes as he presented three different shows to the Middle school. This was definitely a crowd-pleaser and lots of fun was had. We learned a little bit about interference patterns and that bubbles that are rich in colour are thicker but right before they burst they turn black. We also learned about the reflection of light and how bubbles have three different layers.

Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square



Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Chess Club

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


From The Sportsdesk


A massive Lindisfarne team of 147 students converged on Coffs Harbours CEX International Stadium for the NCIS Athletics on Thursday. It was a perfect day for athletics  - a sunny and crisp winter's day.

Lindisfarne was asked to run the Track for NCIS this year - as we are currently the only school that uses the Timing Gate technology and were tasked with incorporating this equipment in 2022. Initially, our team had some technical issues to solve. It was worked out in the 100m races that the starting device that was linked to the timing gates had a loose filament, and was throwing some timing anomalies. A workaround for this technical issue was sorted for the 200m, 400m, 800m, and relay - in which the Timing Gates manually started aligned with the Starters release. 

As this newsletter deadline approaches, I have received no final results from NCIS. For what it’s worth, anecdotally my feedback from yesterday indicates a wide cross-section of high-achieving athletes. More details next week.

Spotlight on Riley Johnston

The Australian All Schools swimming meet ran from the 16th-24th August at Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane. 

Riley Johnston managed to win 2 Individual medals. He won a Gold medal and is the new Australian Schools CHAMPION in the 100m Breaststroke. He also secured a silver medal in the 50m Breastroke. This is an amazing achievement Riley - congratulations!

Congratulations to Koa Stotz who also swam at this prestigious event.


Lindisfarne Intermediate Boys Cricket

The Lindisfarne Intermediate Boy’s team played All Saints Anglican School last Wednesday in the latest round of the Queensland Schools T20 competition. The Lindisfarne boys batted well against some quality bowling with Josh Marsh scoring 35 with Fletcher Bisgrove and Max Clunies-Ross ably supporting him with a handy 16 and 15 respectively.

By the end of 20 overs, Lindisfarne had scored a solid 107 runs to defend in the field. After a strong start with the ball and making the All Saints teamwork for each and every run, the Lindisfarne team eventually conceded to the opposition after 16 overs. 

That being said, this young team surpassed expectations both on and off the field. They did themselves and their school proud and demonstrated real team spirit. Losing is an unavoidable and important part of life and this team dealt with the inevitable disappointment with maturity, dignity, and smiles on their faces- reminding us all that there’s really so much more to actually win by just giving everything your best shot.


We are really excited to be launching the Volleyball Program, there are numerous high-quality competitions in Term 4 for individuals if they make the final squads. The culmination of the tournaments is the Australian Schools Volleyball Cup which is played in the last week of school in Term 4 on the Gold Coast - it is a full-week competition.

Training and trials will be running every Thursday morning at 7 am in Ngahriyah starting THIS THURSDAY MORNING. 

You must be able to regularly attend these sessions to be on our radar for selection. 

If you are interested in participating please sign up on Student Cafe to receive updates via email.


Registrations for the annual Lindisfarne Tennis Championships on the afternoon/evening of 14 September scheduled. Please click the link on the flyer to register - here.

National Schools Cycling Championships

The National Schools cycling is on  2-4 September -  this includes; BMX, road and MTB racing, and some relay events. Race information can be found - here.  

Our regular MTB students are already booked in, but if we want to run a relay in the BMX and all bike challenges, we need to find a few more experienced people. Each team of 4 needs at least 2 girls and at least one from each age group 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12.

Any student who wishes to compete will need an AusCycling race licence, but there is a 4 week free trial available. Auscycling website details are - here.

Any interested athletes please sign up for whatever events directly with the organisers and make provisions for your own transport to and from the venue.

So Lindisfarne can keep up to date with our MTB Athlete roster - please sign up through student cafe or parent lounge so we can make direct contact if necessary.


Lindisfarne Lions Gold Coast Basketball Summer Season will be launching for registrations in the next fortnight. The Summer League competition will run throughout all of Term 4 at Carrara Indoor in the Gold Coast Junior Basketball League. If you are interested in joining a Lindisfarne team please sign up on Student Cafe and we will email further information.

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 debriefed 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

Damien Clucas
Head of Sports and Activities 


Saturday Netball Competition

 It was such a great start to Saturday seeing our Pink Lions play so beautifully to beat the Cudgen Cupcakes. 

Second on the ladder “Denominetters” produced their best performance of the season to trouble the minor premiers Seagulls Storm and only narrowly lost the match. They have another chance this weekend to make it to the Grand Final.

Next up we had the Silver Lions who were convincingly victorious over the second of the ladder Cudgen Crew. They remain on track to have a clean slate all season.

The White Lions were so unlucky not to snatch a win in the final quarter from Saints Jade. The 2-goal score-line showed that it was either team's game … but unfortunately not for the White Lions this time.

The Bronze Lions had their work cut out playing the Saints Gems. They made the undefeated opposition play their best but ended up finishing second to them in the match as well as the league table. 

The Red Lions contest against the Cudgen Cannonballs was awesome! A fantastic spectacle for anyone who was unbiased! Of course we were extremely relieved and pleased that our Top of the ladder Lindisfarne ladies won straight through to the Grand Final next weekend.

So the Preliminary Final fixtures this weekend are:








Cudgen CC’s



Bronze Lions

Kingscliff Mini Novas

We are also on duty so if you can, please come and help!

Go Lions!

Monday Night 10-week Competition

We are busy working with Heidi to get all of our teams into the Monday Night competition! Please be patient. Team lists should be out by Monday.

Dates for the Diary

Team Photos

James O’Gorman is taking photos of all of the Lindisfarne Saturday Netball Teams and the Lions Kings on Tuesday 30 August. A schedule will be shared with the students and staff. Essentially, the Mahers Lane players will need to be out of class for 15 - 20 minutes in the morning. They will assemble and change at the Gym. We will then take the Junior School squad and cubs photos at Sunshine Avenue in the afternoon. 

The girls will be asked to wear their Netball dresses, bummers, socks and trainers. The boys will be asked to wear their sports uniform.

The Primary NCIS Championships

These Championships will be hosted by Lindisfarne at Arkinstall Park on Tuesday 6 September. The Bronze and Aqua Lions will represent the School and also a Boys Open Primary Team!

The House Cup

The Inaugural Netball House Cup will be played P1 and P2 on Thursday 8 September for all female Senior School students. Middle School students will have their Netball House Cup Competition in Term 4.

The Lindisfarne Lions Netball Presentation Evening

This event will be held in the Ngahriyah for the Lions 2022 Saturday teams. This is our opportunity to publicly recognise and thank all players, umpires, coaches, and managers. An invitation will be sent soon, but please save the date and time of Tuesday 13 September at 6 pm.

High Performance Umpires Course

A number of our green bibbed and experienced red bibbed umpires will be invited to attend this umpires course on October 1 and 2 held at Somerset College.

The Lindisfarne Lions Coaches and Managers Thankyou Gathering

This will be a catered event held in the Chapel on Tuesday 11 October for all 2022 Coaches and Managers. It will be an opportunity to give feedback on the season so we can improve next year … as well as thank you again for your dedication and hard work.

2022 North Coast Anglican Schools Country Week

Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 girls will represent the Lindisfarne Lions in this competition hosted by Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour on November 16 and 17. Only one team will be allowed to compete in each division for each School.

Rep Ready and Lions Development in Term 4

If you are thinking of trying out for the Secondary Centre of Excellence Squads, a local Association Rep team or just want to improve your netball, there will be opportunities each week before School on Wednesdays and Fridays in Term 4 on the Mahers Lane Courts.

Centre of Excellence

Training continues for the teams who are contesting finals and who wish to be Rep Ready for the 2023 Tweed, South Coast and Centre of Excellence Trials in October. 

The Bronze and Aqua Lions will continue training on Wednesday mornings and shooting practice will remain on Friday mornings throughout Term 3.

After the Saturday season has finished, we would like to invite all Centre of Excellence Players to an End of Season Event - Date and venue to be confirmed

Congratulations to our NCIS teams and in particular to 15’s and Under: Tiggi Groves, Lily Hodges, Ella Mitchell and Shelby Osborne … and Open’s: Olivia Copeland, Riley Cranston, Abby Pirotta and Lexi McEvoy who competed at the NSWCIS Championships in Sydney on Monday. What an experience! You should be super proud of yourselves!


Tweed Association News

Calling all 11 year olds who wish to train and trial for Tweed Rep selection!

Please register with trybooking:


Tweed is offering another 3 weeks of a 5 week training program for players interested in trialing for their 12 years rep squad for 2023. Open to players born in 2011, trials for the squad will be held after September 14. Sessions will run at the Arkinstall Park courts from 4.30 pm to 6 pm on: Wednesday 31 August, Wednesday 7 September, and Wednesday 14 September.

Go Lions! 

Netball Queensland News

Please see Netball Queensland's holiday camps at Nissan Arena in these School holidays. Of course, some of the days are in our last week of Term 3 (Wednesday 21 September and Thursday 22 September) ….but there may still be an opportunity to attend on:

Friday 30 September – 5-11yrs 9am-3pm

Netball Queensland Holiday Camp - 5-11yrs FRI 30 Sept Tickets - The Nissan Arena on September 30 2022 in Brisbane - Eventopia



Friday 30 September – Rep Ready 9am-3pm

Netball Queensland Holiday Camp - Rep Ready - FRI 30 Sept Tickets - The Nissan Arena on September 30 2022 in Nathan - Eventopia


Focus on 1on1 feedback to enhance your game and be ready for the next level! There are no prerequisites to attend this camp.


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


Book Week 2022 @ Your Library

Storytelling, dress-ups, dream catcher workshops, and puzzles to solve it’s all happening at Lindisfarne this week.

Book Of The Week

“Tiger Daughter:” by Rebecca Lim

Winner, 2022 CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
Winner, People's Choice Award, 2022 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
Shortlisted 2022: Victorian Premier's Literary Awards; NSW Premier's Literary Awards;
Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Awards; 2021 Queensland Literary Awards 

What I feel most days is that nothing is ever going to change.
That my life won’t even start, and that I’ll be stuck like this forever.

Wen Zhou is the only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has proven to be not so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao — whose mum and dad are also struggling immigrants — both dream of escape from their unhappy circumstances, and form a plan to sit an entrance exam to a selective high school far from home. But when tragedy strikes, it will take all of Wen’s resilience and resourcefulness to get herself and Henry through the storm that follows.

Tiger Daughter is a novel that will grab hold of you and not let go.

The CBCA judges say...
Written with the palpable anger of being kept silenced in a cage of patriarchal injustice. A beautifully written story of the challenges and injustices of culturally based domestic violence and the injustices and effects of migrant discrimination. The strength of love and the importance of connection to community are clear themes throughout. The book also explores grief, cultural clash, patriarchy, racism, and friendship. Youth wins out over adult indoctrination, disappointment, and pessimism.

Gail Dessmann
Mahers Lane Librarian


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CLUB SIGN ON & information days Held @ Ron Wilkinson Field 

Cnr Leisure Dr & Fraser Dr Banora Point

Dates: Every Sunday starting 21 August, 2022 
Time: 9.30am – 12pm

Junior and Senior Players Welcome!

Girls encouraged to participate 

Registration and payment is via the PlayCricket Website https://www.play.cricket.com.a... 

Or Our webpage

Colts website:     https://www.tweedbanoracolts.c... 

Junior Enquiries to Mark Wood 

Phone: 0421 832 122

Email: colts@tweedbanora.com

Foster Carers NEEDED!

If you've ever thought of helping out a young person in need, CASPA is a local foster care agency and at the moment, we are in desperate need of new foster carers. We have children of all ages who are looking for wonderful people who can provide a supportive loving home or offer respite. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a respite, long-term, or emergency carer, we have free training coming up. You can register here: 


And please reach out and contact our office on (02)6627 3700 for further information.

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