2022 Term 4 Week 8 2 Dec 2022

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we finish the penultimate week of the 2022 academic year we have enjoyed some special time together in our Christmas Carol Services. Firstly at the Junior School on Monday, the ELC on Wednesday and then the Middle and Senior Schools today. As we gathered in service and song, it was an important reminder to be thankful for our year as move into the Christmas season.

Our community is invited to enjoy this special time of the year as we host a Community Carols Service on Sunday, 4 December from 4.30pm in the Mahers Lane Chapel. All our welcome and I encourage everyone in our community to extend the invitation to wider family and friends.

A final reminder that it is not too late to support Netball at Lindisfarne by attending the Strategic Planning Day on Sunday, 4 December from 8.00am at The Boathouse Kingscliff. Please use this LINK to register your interest. 

We have just released the 2024 Term Dates, and there has also been an update to the 2023 Term Dates, with Term 4, 2023 now commencing on Tuesday, 10 October, with Monday, 9 October now a Staff Development Day. These dates can be found on the School’s website via this link.

Scholarship applications for 2024 are also open. Lindisfarne offers Academic Scholarships for students entering Years 5, 7, 9 and 11 in 2024. General Excellence, Music and Sports Scholarships are available for Years 7, 9 and 11 students entering 2024. Scholarships are available for current and new students. For more information please follow this link.

This week we also celebrated our Year 8 to 9 Transition Service on Tuesday, marking the formal end of our Year 8 students' time in Middle School, before they commence their Senior School journey. These events are significant in the life of our school and Year 9 brings new opportunities for these students.  They start to have greater say in their academic subjects, and they move into House Tutor Groups, sharing Pastoral Care time with older students. They also embark on The Rite Journey program in 2023, bridging the gap between adolescence and early adulthood, a program that is always valued by the students who have undertaken it. 

Our current Year 9 students completed their Rite Journey on Wednesday night with their Homecoming. It was an exceptionally well-attended event from our Parents and highlights the value this program brings to our students and the character of our school. Thank you to each of our Rite Journey teachers for your dedication to the development of our Year 9 students.

Tonight marks the final evening event on our School calendar as our Year 10 students attend their Dinner Dance at Twin Towns, with arrivals starting at 5.30pm (NSW). I look forward to sharing this special night with these students as they complete their Year 10 studies and move into the all-important HSC in 2023.

Finally, I would like to remind all families of the School’s expectations regarding Speech Day ceremonies. We look forward to celebrating these final important occasions for the 2022 school year, all students are expected to attend. Speech Day ceremonies are an opportunity for our students and families to celebrate and reflect on a rewarding year at Lindisfarne. All families are welcome to attend these significant celebrations.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Chaplain's Corner

Dear members of the Lindisfarne Community,

Things of Beauty

“A thing of beauty”, John Keats wrote, “is a joy forever.” It’s been a beautiful and inspiring week at both campuses as we celebrated Christmas with Nativity Play, Carols, ELC Concert, and Middle and Senior School Christmas Services. I thank our staff and students for all the hard work and preparation that went into these events. What amazing and talented people we have at Lindisfarne. We thank the parents for coming along in huge numbers to support these events.

 parents for coming along in huge numbers to support these events.

Community Christmas Service on Sunday, 4 December at 4.30 pm

You’re cordially invited to the Community Christmas Service this Sunday, 4 December 2022 in the Mahers Lane Chapel, starting at 4.30 pm with a scrumptious afternoon tea and an inspiring Service of Carols and Bible Readings at 5 pm. A leaving collection will be taken at this Service to provide Christmas meals for those experiencing hardship and homelessness in our Tweed Shire. All are welcome.

Compassion Generation

At Lindisfarne, we have a strong focus on the holistic development of our students -body, mind, and spirit. Besides, we also teach our students that success is not just about what you achieve and what you become, but it’s also about who you are, how you treat others, and the lives you transform. During the course of this year, Stage 3 students have been encouraged and supported to live our School’s value of compassion -putting love into action. Yesterday the recipients of the ‘Compassion Generation Award’ were treated to a nice lunch and Mrs Cox, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Jarvis presented them with their awards. Thank you students for being wonderful role models, and to Lia Mason and Bec Klein for the tasty lunch.

Thank You So Much

A heartfelt gratitude to all our students, staff and families for your support with 2022 with the 2022 Christmas Giving Tree in aid of Tweed Women’s Refuge and Kids In Need (KIN). We manged to donate a total of $6,505.00 in gift cards. Your magnanimity and generosity towards those in need are so heartwarming. May God reward you as only God can. 

Another Opportunity To Walk Alongside Those In Need

I’m grateful to Shannon Kelly for bringing this to our attention and encouraging us to put love into action: Our weekly grocery shop can help others that are in need of tableware and glassware!  Members of the Woolworths Everyday Rewards and Coles Flyby programs will have seen the current promotions for free tableware and glassware.  For each $20 you spend, you receive one credit. These credits can be accumulated and redeemed for cutlery, bowls, plates, or glassware at Woolworths, or for various glassware at Coles. Further details are on each rewards program website.

Families in our school community may not have a need for these sorts of items, but many in our wider community do.  You can redeem your credits at Woolworths or Coles, and donate the cutlery, plates, bowls, and glasses to those in need.  Items can be brought to the office at either campus, or taken directly to the Chaplain’s Office who will liaise with local charities and the students to deliver to those who need them.

If you aren't able to redeem your credits now, these promotions run through January and items can be donated at the beginning of the 2023 school year.

If each family could donate just one item, imagine the impact our school community could have for so many in our area!

With heartfelt thanks for all you do and for who you are.

Rev Constantine Osuchukwu

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Wellbeing Team

From The Wellbeing Team

The Pastoral Care team wishes to present 'The Lindisfarne Wellbeing Card' for our wonderful community to use. We're often asked for recommendations for further care, more information about programs, and general information about difficult times, so we thought we'd put it together in one easy spot for everyone to access. You'll find everything from Emergency Care numbers and online support, local therapists, information about issues facing parents and young people, as well as programs and events you may wish to engage with. We hope that our Students, Parents, Friends, and Staff will all find relevant information and note that our linktr.ee is a living document so please let the Pastoral Care Team know if you have any great websites we could add. We will aim to have this card printed in the new year but in the meantime, we want to ensure that everyone has somewhere to turn to over the silly season, because it can be a little taxing. 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy festive season, take good care of yourselves and those around you. Invite widely, connect often, take time to remember those unable to make it to your table this year, and take time for relaxation and enjoyable activities. We look forward to supporting you in 2023. 

With warmest wishes for a wonderful break, 

Emmalene, Sarah and Susi
Student Wellbeing Team 

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Junior School

From The Head of Junior School

What a week we’ve had! It’s a beautiful way for us to wrap up the term, semester, and year this week with two magnificent events. On Monday, we were treated to the story of the Nativity, wonderfully performed by the students of Year 2. They were ably and delightfully supported by carols and Christmas songs performed by our Year 1 students. It was great to see them all get involved and come together to provide a memorable experience for the students, staff, and community.

Our littlest Lindisfarnians had their turn to wow us with their performances at the ELC Christmas Concert on Wednesday too. What a sight it was to see Preschool and Kindy together for the first time since 2019; it was amazing to see so many parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and special friends join us for the performance, and join in with Mr Marquardt’s impressive impromptu performance!

As we approach our final few days of the year, parents and carers are reminded of the upcoming events on the calendar. This Sunday, the Lindisfarne Community Christmas Service will be held in the Mahers lane Chapel commencing at 4:30 pm. All are welcome. 

Students in Years 1 - 4 will be travelling to Maher's Lane for a Speech Day rehearsal, with the Junior School Speech Day to be held in Ngahriyah from 9:45 am the following day. Expectations regarding student attendance and uniform have been previously communicated. Thank you for your support in helping us to maintain our high standards, particularly as we celebrate the significant achievements and milestones of our Junior School students.

As we move into 2023, it is timely to provide a couple of updates regarding staffing at the Junior Campus. 

  • Mrs Laura Gallagher will be taking Maternity Leave during Semester 1. Mrs Angela Mundy will be assuming the role of Acting Assistant Head of Junior School During this time.
  • Mrs Dana Dowker will be undertaking the role of Learning Enrichment Coordinator, replacing Mrs Mundy for Semester 1. Mrs Dowker rejoins the Junior School team, having previously taught at Sunshine Avenue before moving into the Stage 3 team at Mahers Lane. Mrs Dowker will bring with her a passion for education and supporting students with additional learning needs.
  • Ms Rebecca Hassell will be taking some well-deserved Long-Service Leave in Term 1 and take up duties in Year 5 at Mahers Lane upon her return. Ms Hassell will make an excellent addition to the growing Stage 3 team. We wish her well for her leave and her new role.
  • Mrs Dickens and Ms Jacks, who have been working in Kindy and Year 4, respectively, will both take-up roles at Mahers Lane in 2023. Mrs Dickens will be working across Stage 3 while Ms Jacks will take up a position teaching the Year 6 Ad Astra class. We thank them for their amazing contribution to the Junior School during Term 4.
  • Mrs Cronk will also be taking some leave during Term 1. We are pleased to have Mrs Margaret Oehlman filling the LOTE teaching role during that period.

Additionally, Mrs Wendy Marquardt has announced her retirement from Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School. Mrs Marquardt would be known to many students through her caring and supportive work as a Learning Enrichment Assistant. She has, no doubt, touched the lives of so many students who could attribute their educational success to their time spent with Wendy. She will be missed from the team at Sunshine Ave, and we know she will enjoy spending her time doting on her grandchildren and on her son, Tate, as he completes his HSC at Lindisfarne. I have intentionally not mentioned her other “full-time job” as the wife of our principal!

I am grateful to all of the staff at Sunshine Avenue for all of the hard work and tireless contributions to the education and development of the children in our care. In what has been another challenging year, they have proven to be an amazing group of educators, not solely focused on education of the mind but also the education of the heart. As the Head of Junior School, and as a parent of a very happy Sunshine Ave student, thank you for everything you do. 

Jeremy Godden
Head of Junior School

Early Learning Centre

Bush Preschool

Last week the Bush Preschool group was lucky enough to have a tour through the Fingal Surf Lifesaving Club! We saw and learned about IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat aka ruby ducky), SSV (Side by Side Vehicle), a Surf Rescue surf ski, and floating rescue devices and played some role-play games using surf lifesaving arm signals. We talked about swimming between the flags and always staying with an adult near the water. It was the perfect time of year for the children to refresh their water and sun safety awareness before they head off for holidays and enjoy lots of swimming in our local waterways. It was also wonderful to connect with this important local organisation and a HUGE thank you to Sarah Whitrod for volunteering her time and knowledge on the day!

Michelle Donohue and Lisa Maseyk 
Bush Preschool Leader and Assistant 

Green Team

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

From The Head of Middle School

It has been another big year for the students of Lindisfarne. I am grateful for the support of so many associated with the school. The energy of our parents, students, past students, and staff, makes Lindisfanre a special place.

Middle School Christmas Service

Today, I was fortunate to attend the Middle School Christmas Service. Our Middle School and Senior School Choirs performed many beautiful carols to accompany this special service which reflected on the birth of Jesus. Reverend Constantine spoke of how Jesus was the first Christmas gift for Christians. This message of gifting was explored further by our Service Prefects, Zoe Williams and Will Carmichael who presented gifts to Mrs Margaret Lawson from Kids in Need. Margaret extended her sincere thanks to the Lindisfarne community for your generosity in supporting the Christmas Giving Tree at Lindisfarne.

I would also like to acknowledge Bethani Broad who shared a poignant Christmas message with the Middle School.

Year 8-9 Transition Service

On Tuesday, we celebrated the Year 8 into Year 9 Transition Service. This is an important ceremony to mark the end of the Middle School years and the beginning of Senior School. The students were asked to reflect on their education over the last 4 years and the various people who have played pivotal roles during this time. I spoke to the Year 8 cohort of my pride in the class of 2022, not because of their academic, sporting, or cultural achievements but because of the values, they have demonstrated in their decisions to participate in the life of our School.

I urged them to remember the lessons they have learned, and to know they will have many opportunities for success. But to understand that with some of their successes and accomplishments, will come times when they have to work through a struggle. Rather than resisting or resenting it, they should seek the challenge. Finally, I called for each member of the Year 8 cohort to look back on their schooling to date, with warmth and gratitude and to look forward with optimism. 

TikTok Challenge

Previously the school has written to you regarding various challenges circulating on Tik Tok which we want you to be aware of due to the potential harm that can result from participating in some of the challenges.  

Mr Marquardt spoke with the students this morning to outline his concern regarding the trend that is currently circulating across various social networks; it is not a new trend, but rather one that has reemerged of late. It is called the ‘Deodorant’ Challenge or the ‘Frosty’ Challenge. 

This viral challenge involves closely spraying aerosol deodorant on bare skin for as long as the person can stand it. It hurts at the moment and can have lasting impacts as well, leaving students with a burn on their skin. The burn may appear immediately or may surface over a number of days. Small red bumps are the first sign. Should you be made aware of this, please seek medical advice immediately.

We ask parents to please talk with your children about the dangers of this challenge and explain the serious health repercussions associated with it. Monitor your student’s digital footprint to see if they are watching, liking, or creating posts about the challenge. 

As a reminder for the remaining few days of the 2022 and ahead of the 2023 school year, please be aware that aerosol deodorants are banned at School. Roll-on and spritz deodorants are allowed.

We value our partnership with parents in supporting young people to make good choices and decisions, keeping themselves and others safe.


Middle School Speech Day

A reminder that the Middle School Speech Day is taking place on Tuesday 6 December from 1:00pm in Ngahriyah. We invite all parents and carers to share in this important celebration of academic, sporting and cultural achievements. Your support is requested in helping to uphold our values and standards by ensuring your child is suitably attired in their full formal school uniform, including ties.

In addition to our usual process of student absence being notified via Parent Lounge, an email addressed to me is required if your child is not attending Speech Day. As these events are held during normal school time, all students are expected to attend.

We look forward to sharing the achievements of our students as well as the showcase of student talent through the various musical performances included in the ceremony.


Holiday Message

Holidays are a time to rest, recalibrate, and get ready for the next school year ahead. It is important for students to have some downtime, but also important to keep their brains active and ready to learn. I encourage the students to read lots of books during the holidays. Consistent reading is so important for students in their literacy and language development. Students often say to me that they don’t have time to read as much as they would like to during the school term so I hope they have already started a list of books they would like to read.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, a restful holiday, and a Happy New Year and I look forward to welcoming you all back here at school for the start of Term 1 next year on Monday 30 January 2023. Please note that the school will close over The Christmas/New Year break from 3 pm, Tuesday 20 December 2022 to 8 am Wednesday 4 January 2023.

Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Middle School Ethics Olympiad

Does intent matter when it comes to bullying? Does borrowing a friend’s Netflix account constitute stealing? Does the United States, because of its unique military and economic resources, have special responsibilities to poorer nations? These are the questions that the Lindisfarne Middle School Ethics Olympiad team has been hard at work considering. 

On Wednesday the 30th of November, the following Year 7 and 8 students used their training and preparation to compete in the 2022 Middle School Ethics Olympiad: Marcas Fox, Oliver Amos, Rishabha Archer-Sharma, Ava Keay, Ziggy Bailey-Wong, Sienna Williamson, Lil Proart, James Cunnah, and Kailash Sivabalan. The two teams used Zoom to engage in multiple heats against different schools from across NSW. 

In the competition, students are first asked an ethical question by the judges. They have five minutes to collaboratively present their team’s position on the question. The other school then has a chance to provide commentary, and there is also time for Judge’s questions. Rather than seeking to point out weaknesses in the other team’s argument, as they might do during a traditional debate, students in an Ethics Olympiad are rewarded points for offering alternative perspectives, analogies, new theoretical frameworks, and even offering support to the other team's arguments! Indeed, adjusting your position on the question as the discussion evolves can show a favourable ability to reflect. 

Both teams conducted themselves excellently throughout the competition. The quality of their respectful discussion, collaboration, and critical and reflective thinking were impressive. Students’ skills grew significantly over the course of the day and both teams received many compliments from the judges during feedback. Lindisfarne teams placed 7th and 8th and both also received honourable mentions.

Next year, Lindisfarne is excited to be commencing a Year 9 Philosophy Elective. This will allow more students to become involved in philosophical and ethical discussions and to develop the associated skills of considering perspectives, speaking diplomatically, and thinking deeply.

Ella Evans

Accelerated Reader Report

As we are almost at the end of the 2022 school year, it was appropriate to celebrate the achievements of our Stage 3 students in Accelerated Reader. We have been blown away by the engagement of the students with this program with some truly incredible reading numbers achieved. 

On Monday this week we celebrated our Millionaire readers at the final Millionaire’s Morning Tea for 2022. Our Millionaire's this term enjoyed a catered morning tea in the library with Mrs Cox and Mrs Lush and were each presented a certificate for their achievement.

Congratulations go to:


  • Gabi Trape
  • Adam Blinco

Double Millionaires

  • Peyton Cecil
  • Hannah Phillips
  • Willow Howell
  • Floyd Blair
  • Jasmin Cooke
  • Sonny Hamon
  • Sunny Willcox

 It is important to recognise the achievements of 4 students who read more words than we had thought possible in 2022! These record breakers were presented with a special certificate and a QBD Book Voucher for their achievements. 

Congratulations to Claire Godden and Isabelle Daniel for reading 4 million words each and to Ashton Schneider for reading over 5 million words.

Our STAR reader in 2022 was Isabella Green in 5D who read over 5.6 million words this year! Congratulations Izzy!

5A won the STAR class award for the highest collective word count this term. This gave them a clean sweep of all 4 terms in 2022! They celebrated their achievement with a catered movie afternoon.

Well done to all our Stage 3 readers this year!


Scott Lewis
Teacher in Charge - Accelerated Reader

Senior School

From The Careers Desk

Graduation of Diploma of Business Students

On Wednesday evening I attended the graduation ceremony for our Year 12 students who completed the Diploma of Business. This qualification was achieved in addition to their Year 12 studies with classes being completed outside of school hours. This required significant commitment and dedication to balance this alongside their studies. The students have attained a nationally recognised qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework which also makes them eligible for an ATAR equivalent of between 82-87 and credit at some universities, including Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology.

I would like to acknowledge the following students.

  • Jett Berryman
  • Nicholas Dowd
  • Brooke Gadd
  • Olivia Grosser
  • Blake Hodges
  • Jordan Nichols
  • Ruby Sullivan
  • Anabelle Turner
  • Charlize Webster
  • Bailey Wright

Year 10 Work Experience

This week our Year 10 students all went in different directions to attend their work experience. As far-reaching as a placement in New Zealand, Melbourne, and Sydney, as well as more local placements, they all organised a work experience where they want to find out more about the environment in that industry. I was lucky to catch up with a few of them during the week and found that they represented the school well. I look forward to hearing more about their placements next week.

Screen and Media Experience

A group of 20 Year 10 students have an interest in creative digital media studies so we organised a group work experience for them.

They visited SAE institute in Byron Bay on Tuesday for an immersive on-campus experience. The day consisted of a tour of the facilities and an interesting history of the school, followed by an interactive experience where the students had the opportunity to become Foley artists. Foley is a post production process where sound effects are created and added to the visual film. This is important as the only sound that is recorded in film is that of the voices of the primary actors. Effects like walking in snow are added in post production. The students learned that crushing cornflakes creates the perfect snow walking sound, among other effects. The afternoon introduced the students to camera and lighting design, with the students learning techniques such as 'The Rembrandt Triangle', where lights are positioned to create an inverted triangle of light below the subject's eye. This gives a balanced effect and is taken from the artistic master himself. The natural bush setting of the institute was enjoyed at lunchtime, with time for a large game of chess.

On the second and third day they worked with Sean Genders from JMB FX studios and Jake Frazer from JakeFrazerDP. Sean was the Key Prosthetic Makeup Artist to Tom Hanks in his role as ‘Colonel Parker’ on the Elvis biopic created by Baz Luhrmann and was with Captain Jack Sparrow on Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. His resume includes such big-scale films as Star Wars, The Matrix, Mad Max: Fury Road, Kong: Skull Island, and independent titles including The Invisible Man, Warwick Thornton’s Firebite, Danger Close and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner.  The students worked with Sean on a project involving prosthetics and makeup. Jake Frazer, an award-winning cinematographer and photographer thened work with the students to understand lighting, videography and photography, focusing on their creations from the day. Jake also talked about careers in this industry. 

School-based Traineeshop at Doggie Distractions

Doggie Distractions in Tweed Heads has new ownership and has contacted the school advising that they currently have an opening for up to 4x school-based trainees (spread out on different days of the week). This involves completing a Cert II in Animal Studies as part of your HSC subjects and also working one day per week at Doggie Distractions. If you are in Year 10 and looking for an opportunity such as this, then please contact Shannon via email shannon@doggiedistractions.com.au. As always, you can have a chat with me for more information.

Dr Marriott
Acting Director of Careers and VET

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Debating and Public Speaking



Visit to Nabari Seihou High School

In the lead-up to her family trip to Japan, Alex Larsen had a great idea. She wondered if there might be an opportunity to visit Nabari Seihou High School, our Japanese Sister School. This brings us to some words of wisdom “If you don’t ask the question, the answer is already ‘no’. But if you ask, then it might be a ‘yes’.” And in this case, it was!

So on Tuesday of this week Alex, her brother Max and their parents traveled from Osaka to Nabari where they were met at the station by Mr Kosaku Sakamoto from Nabari Seihou. They enjoyed the day meeting friendly students from the English Speaking Club and even a fellow Australian, Jenny who works as a Teacher Aide at the school. Mr Sakamoto was also kind enough to take Alex and her family to see the beautiful autumn leaves in the Kochidani Valley nearby!

The Larsen family and our school are very grateful to Mr Sakamoto and the staff and students of Nabari Seihou High School for their hospitality and we hope to return the favour in the future!



Year 7 Japanese ‘Eat Sushi’ Excursion


Using chopsticks to eat rice and miso soup is not an easy task! Our Year 7 Japanese students recently undertook that challenge by putting their chopsticks skills and Japanese meal etiquette knowledge into practice. After learning about the “do’s and don'ts” of chopsticks and Japanese meal etiquette in class, they successfully ate a meal of rice, miso soup and sushi at a local sushi restaurant! This was a wonderful culmination to our Japanese food unit. Some of the highlights of this experience included chopsticks practice in class with savoury and sweet treats, learning the meaning and significance of chopsticks rules, successfully eating miso soup with only chopsticks, and trying the different varieties of sushi of their choice. It was a lot of fun for the students and staff who helped on the day, and the students represented the school with pride by displaying appropriate cross-cultural etiquette.







Performing Arts

January Music Workshops

To kickstart 2023, our Middle and Senior School Music Ensembles will have a two-day intensive music workshop in January.

All students from Years 5 to 12 with prior ensemble involvement are invited to attend the workshop which will involve all of our Music staff and specialised professional tutors.

If you are new to the School or not currently in an ensemble you will be assigned a group on the first day.

The workshop will culminate in a concert for parents on Thursday 19 January at 1.30 pm in Ngahriyah.

Students will have the opportunity to rehearse with our core Music Ensembles as well as participate in our Mass Choir, improvisation sessions, extension ensembles, and specialised musical clinics.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the Music Workshop form or via performingarts@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Germinate Records


Photography and Digital Media


Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Steampunk Masks

Year 8 Visual Arts students have been constructing Steampunk-style masks this term. Students have collected found and discarded objects to create interesting compositions on their mask base. They have created a patina-style finish using black and metallic paint. Please view some of the amazing results below.

Jane Brennan
Director of Visual Arts

Lindisfarne Success in ARTEXPRESS

Last week the Visual Arts Department received the news of four ARTEXPRESS nominations of our 2022 HSC Visual Arts students and their Bodies of Work. Congratulations to the following students on their ARTEXPRESS nominations:

  • Olivia Carroll for her work The Value of Commercial Art "Not just another pretty picture”
  • Chloe Guye for her work 'Contemplation'
  • Elise Noakes for her work 'SEEN'
  • Cate Roberts for her work 'The Wild Wild West'

ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination. In the 2022 NSW Higher School Certificate, 8028 students submitted Bodies of Work for the 2022 HSC Visual Arts Examination, and 410 students were nominated for ARTEXPRESS. It is an amazing accolade for our students, teachers, and the school to receive four nominations for ARTEXPRESS 2023 after the many hours of work, heart, and soul that go into the creation of a Body of Work. 

Further to this news, the school received notification earlier this week that Olivia Carroll and her work The Value of Commercial Art “Not just another pretty picture” has been formally selected for exhibition in 2023. Her artwork will tour a number of galleries in Sydney and in regional New South Wales next year with the 2023 ARTEXPRESS exhibition.

Congratulations to Olivia on her successful selection for ARTEXPRESS 2023 and our other amazing students on their nominations.

Jane Brennan
Director of Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square



Waste Wise Tips

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

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Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


From the Sportsdesk

Our first week of summer turned out to be a winter-esque final week of our integrated sports programme - with lots of rain, wind and generally cold weather seeing a lot of our sports washed out. 

Thanks for the contributions that you have made throughout the year within the integrated sports space. 

Please note that we will be scooping sport nominations for our 2023 Term One integrated Sports program on 19 January, when the timetables are released to students. Further information will be sent out via email.

Lindisfarne Lions Winter League 2023 - Basketball

This is not a typo - the Gold Coast Junior Basketball League’s -  Winter League, begins trial matches on 9 February! Therefore, our Head Coach - Nash Campbell, is keen to start selecting/placing teams (based on 2022 observations), but will want to trial any of our fresh faces that may be interested in joining us. These trials for new students (including new Year 5 or 7 intakes) will happen in Week ONE in 2023!

Please follow the registration links below for the initial sign-ups for the Lindisfarne Lions Winter League so we can get a significant number of teams placed and sorted before school comes back. 

The Gold Coast Junior Basketball League is without a doubt the premier basketball competition in our region. 

EVERYONE who is keen to join us for next year needs to put their name forward please by clicking on the link below. 

Please carefully select the link that is your/your child's year of birth range and complete all the questions. This is a no obligation sign-up - with cost breakdowns and further information being sent to the interested players that register.


Under 10 -  Born 2014 or younger (Boys and Girls)

Under 12 -  Born 2012-2013 (Boys and Girls)

Under 14 - Born 2010-2011 (Boys and Girls)

Under 16 - Born 2008-2009 (Boys and Girls)

Under 18 - Born 2006-2007 (Boys ONLY)

Under 21 - Born 2003-2005 (Boys ONLY)

Open Girls - Born 2003-2007 (Girls ONLY)

Duke of Ed Qualifying Journey

What a fantastic two days experienced by the 21 Bronze participants in this year's Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey (Qualifying Journey). We had a challenging, but very scenic, first day walking from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat to Binna Burra via the Border Track. We walked in the shadow of Mt Wanungara and stopped at many of the lookouts along the way looking over the range and out to the ocean. The weather was excellent all day and was a cool 23 degrees in the rainforest which was a welcome relief from the heat in the sun. The camp site at the end of the first day welcomed us with hot showers and running water. After setting up our tents after a long day we cooked dinner and some made an apple pie for dessert. 

The second day was a shorter walk past waterfalls and ancient caves along the ridge of the Lamington National Park. We learnt first hand about the Giant Stinging Trees in the area that have soft green leaves that have fine white stinging hairs that can sting for weeks or months. “Let's all stay away from these”  - we unanimously agreed. At the end of the hike we were able to reflect on the achievements we had all made over the past two weeks while doing our Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh Award. We forged new friendships and learnt new things about ourselves and others. Thank you to Mr Eaton, Ms Brewer and Ms Evans who came along on the trip and Mr Clucas and the team from Bornhoffen for the organisation.


Australian All Schools Basketball

This week our Lindisfarne Under 15 and U17 Boys Basketball teams have been competing at the Australian Schools Championships -  held at Carrara. The annual event sees the best school basketball teams from across the country challenge one another for a chance to take out their respective divisional trophies.

Both our Under 15 and Under 17 teams played their opening round fixture on Monday 28th. Whilst both teams fought hard throughout their matches, neither managed to walk away with a win. Whilst the boys were no doubt disappointed with the result, the games served as a perfect eye opener as to the high quality standard of basketball played at this tournament. Day 2 saw a huge turnaround in form with our under 15’s beating a determined Hunter Sports School 52-36, before our U17’s backed it up with a win of their own against the Blue Mountains State School 51-37. Our 15’s then hung around for the late game, their second match for the day, and in a spirited performance outclassed their opponents Chisholm High and won 54-27.

Days 3 & 4 saw a mix of results for our 17’s as they finished their tournament in 5th overall in their division. The 15’s progressed in their group to finish 3rd overall in a fantastic showing for their first time in this tournament.

In what was a challenging week of competition with back to back games, our Lindisfarne basketballers can hold their heads up high and be proud of their efforts not only individually but also in the way they represented our school. A huge shout out to Nash Campbell for his guidance and coaching throughout the tournament and all the preparation work leading into it.

Basketball Summer League

The U15 boy's Division 4 basketball team competed in the grand final in the Gold Coast Basketball Summer league competition last weekend. 

Despite not having their full dream team, they fought hard but were defeated. They played a great season and are looking forward to coming back stronger next year. 


Douglas Shield

Our team travelled to JJ Lawrence Field, Grafton to take on St Columba in our Douglas Shield round match. After losing the toss and being asked to bat, our openers Kai Croft (20) and Rupert Fahy (28) got us off to a solid start in very hot blustery conditions. After losing both our openers Brodie McDowell (113) started strongly and put on good partnerships with Dan Lamb and Tate Marquardt on his way to his maiden hundred. Brodie played wonderfully with a mixture of smart and patient cricket along with some powerful striking, finally being dismissed in the last over. Lindisfarne finished on a very competitive score of 7/216.

Some excellent bowling early from Kai and Rupert saw the pressure mount on the St Columba batsman and 2 quick wickets to Rupert (1) and Dan (1) saw us well on top. A brief partnership developed before Charlie Evesson took the catch of the day with a one handed grab of the bowling of Tate Marquardt (3/18 from 5 overs) who bowled with great skill and accuracy. Harry Kershler (4/13 from 9 overs) spun the ball prodigiously to finish off the innings with St Columba being dismissed for 104.

An outstanding victory where every player contributed in a positive manner, the fielding and efforts on a very hot day were excellent. We now are set to play Calrossy Anglican School (Tamworth) in the new year.

Coach Anthony Kershler


Next week we have 4 teams participating in the Australian All Schools Volleyball competition on the Gold Coast. We are super excited to check the size and scope of this event out, with Carrara Indoor Sports Complex AND the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre  operating concurrently across 14 hours a day - Monday to Thursday (then finals).

Please wish our inaugural squads entering into this Championship all the best!

Yr 11 Div 3 Boys

Yr 9 Div 3Boys

Yr 11 Div 3 Girls

Yr 9 Div 3 Girls

Blake Archer

Tate Dee

Scarlett Conn

Savannah Bambery

Callum McNicoll

Rocco Bennett

Lucinda Joyce

Annika Robinson

Elliott Latham

Wil Grosser

Tobi Chapman

Danika Richards

Hayden Ambler

Thomas Cunnah

Riley Cranston

Ruby-Flower Annis-Brown

Jordan Glover

Lukas Laing

Charli Mclennan

Eliza Conn

Max Milton-Goodhead

Brock Osborne

Amelie Diver

Stephanie Scouller

Oliver Jeffrey

Pip Pheloung

Annabella Andrews

Milla Isaacs

Bonnie Starling


Casuarina Hockey Club sign on days at Casuarina Hockey Club House, 1 Barclay drive Casuarina. 

Time: Sunday 5th February 3pm – 5pm

           Sunday 12th February 3pm – 5pm

Junior Teams available for sign-ups include:

U11, U14 Boys & Girls (Play at Tweed Saturdays)

U18 Boys & Girls (Play both at Tweed & Gold Coast Fridays)

Development hockey for U6 & U8 Boys & Girls (Play Mid-week at Casuarina)

Senior Men’s and Women's Teams

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Hockey 2023 National All Schools Sport Challenges

We are taking expressions of interest for the National All Schools next year in Bendigo - and will aim to have a look at this competition for our Hockey students. 

It is for Years 9 and 10 girls and boys (2023):

  • 28 Aug 2023, 9:00 am – 01 September 2023, 4:00 pm
  • Bendigo Regional Hockey Complex, 14-30 Ashley St, Ironbark VIC 3550.

If you would like to receive more information and potential trial/training opportunities - please register through parent lounge or Student Cafe under Extra Curricular sign ups.

Surf Survival course for Advanced Surfing in 2023

Any 2023 Year 7 to 11 students that would like to participate in Advanced Surfing for Term sport during the ENTIRE 2023 will be required to have a current Surf Survival Certificate. If your child has done this previously they are not required to redo the course but they must have an up to date CPR certificate (this is only valid for 12 months). The CPR course can be done at school on February 2, during the integrated sport periods. Please sign up on parent lounge under ExtraCurricular for the CPR course.

If your child needs to do the Surf Survival course as well please contact  Surf Easy Surf School at Currumbin Alley to book in and complete the course before the start of term 1 2023. Once you receive your certificate please forward a copy to cmontford@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Spotlight on Flynn Southam

Flynn was awarded the QLD Junior Sports star of the year award at the 25th Annual QLD Sports Awards  at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Tuesday night.

This award comes as no surprise to us here at Lindisfarne, of course.

A Sports Gold Coast media editorial -  here

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport


Students in Years 7-10 competed in the Northern Rivers Catholic Colleges T20 competition at Murwillumbah on Wednesday. The Lindisfarne team won their first game convincingly against St Josephs College, establishing 7/193 as the score to beat. Charlie Evesson scored 72 runs in a captain’s knock that really set the tone for the rest of the innings. Charlie was ably supported by Jimmy Rosser- 36 and Tom O’Brien- 21. Ultimately the Joey’s team was accounted for by some good team bowling and fielding. Lachlan Clear worked diligently with the ball, securing 3-10 off 2 overs and helping to ensure Lindisfarne’s place into the final against Xavier College.

The finals game presented a much ‘taller’ task- with the boys from Xavier College mostly representing the upper end of the age bracketed competition. However, what was wonderful to see was the way the Lindisfarne team rose to the occasion in the field, bowling strongly to a clearly bigger and much more experienced team. Xavier College set an impressive total of 222 for the lads from Lindisfarne to hunt down. In response, the Lindisfarne team was nothing short of ‘plucky’ and determined. They showed real character with the bat and would not cower to their impressive opposition- eventually reaching 96 runs before running out of overs. Zac Bennet, Orlando Cherny, Tom O’Brien and Lachlan Clear all established strong foundations and good runs before eventually succumbing to the opposition.

All the players should be very proud of their efforts to secure a hard fought second place in the competition and of the way they went about it- with sportsmanship, courage and pride in themselves and their school. Well done to all. 

Mr Leach

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Book of the Week: “Young Dark Emu” by Bruce Pascoe


Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first-person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists, and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.

Praise for Young Dark Emu

"…this book should be required reading for all - it is a gift of knowledge we should all be grateful for."

– Australian Geographic Explorers

"This elegant, accessible and beguilingly informative book should be required reading."

– Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

"Stunningly presented in striking shades of ochre, orange, black and white, this seminal book invites young readers to contemplate a different picture of Aboriginal culture and the concept of terra nullius."

– Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, The Canberra Times


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Permanent Part Time (0.8FTE) Commencing Term 1, 2023

The School is seeking an experienced Receptionist/Administrator to join our Community Engagement Team.  Applicants will have immaculate personal presentation along with a friendly welcoming personality and strong customer service skills.  The role is varied with the main duties being answering the phone, directing enquiries and the meet and greet of visitors and parents to the School.

For more information visit the Employment page of our website.   

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On A Mission To End Melanoma, One Step At A Time

One of our very own Lindisfarne Parents Emma Page is currently walking 333km from Canberra to Government House in Sydney to Raise Money and bring awareness to the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation. "The answer is simple. To prevent one more person from hearing that diagnosis "Melanoma Cancer". It changes lives forever. Not only for the person who is diagnosed but for their whole tribe.

Emma was diagnosed at the age of 38. A partner, a mother of three, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a neighbour. She was one of the rare cases of having Stage III melanoma cancer without a primary - No Primary, straight into her lymphatic system. Melanoma does not discriminate Healthy and fit it took over her body without much warning. 

Now she is here to turn a negative into a positive and spread the word "GET A SKIN CHECK!" 

This afternoon Emma has just reached over the Halfway Mark coming into the Sutherland Shire walking already 250km out of the 333km journey. Emma's Goal is to raise $250,000.

To support Emma on her mission please CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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