2023 Term 1 Week 7 17 Mar 2023

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From the Principal

Foreword

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to the many members of our school community who supported the Parents and Friends Trivia night last Saturday. It certainly was an evening of friend-raising and fundraising, enjoyed by all in attendance. Expertly coordinated by our Director of Community Engagement Simon McKinley, and supported by Deputy Principal Charlotte Lush and Year 12 student leaders, these events strengthen us as a school community.

There will be another avenue for School Community members to gather next week when we host the 1st Lindisfarne Business Breakfast for 2023. Details are as follows:

Please purchase your tickets here

The Lindisfarne Business Network Breakfast Series was launched in 2022 and has already featured outstanding Business and Community leaders - 

  • Ben Roche Vice President (Engagement) Southern Cross University
  • Major Matina Jewell (retired) - International Keynote Speaker 
  • Kerry O’Brien - One of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists

We look forward to Michael Kasprowicz sharing with us on Wednesday morning. The Lindisfarne Business Network seeks to connect Business and Community Leaders and Business owners with our students, staff, and school. Funds raised through the Lindisfarne Business Network will be applied to the following areas of the school:

  • Master Plan and Facilities Development 
  • Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries 
  • Development of Service Learning Initiatives 

One of the things I really enjoy each week is spending time with our students at the various events, activities, and programs in which they are involved. 

Highlights this week included joining the Year 4 students on Wednesday evening for dinner at camp Goodenough. The students were in good spirits and enjoying the challenges of being on camp. I’m grateful, as always, to the staff who supported the Year 4 students on camp, providing a wonderful opportunity for our Year 4 students to grow and develop. 

Likewise, I look forward to the individual and collective growth of our Year 9 students as they engage in ‘The Rite Journey’ program this year. It was a privilege to join the students and staff for the ‘calling ceremony’ at Fingal Beach on Wednesday and again at dawn on Thursday for the ‘departure ceremony’ on our top oval at Mahers Lane. The early morning and beauty of our school and surrounding environment provided the perfect backdrop to a significant ceremony involving staff, students, parents, mentors, grandparents, and guardians. 

Also, on Thursday, I was proud of our First XV and under 16 Rugby Players as we hosted the renowned Canadian School Collingwood from West Vancouver at Lindisfarne. This was the first time we had hosted an international Rugby game at our school, and our players represented the school with pride, playing some great Rugby to go down narrowly in the game's final minutes. This is a huge performance, as we are only in the second year of our Rugby Program at Lindisfarne. 

Some of our visiting Japanese students from Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, will be attending the Sunday service at St Cuthbert's Anglican Church Tweed Heads this Sunday. The service commences at 9:00 am, and school community members are invited to attend. Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) was founded in 1949 as part of Aoyama Gakuin, which was established in 1874 and will celebrate the 150-year anniversary of its institutional foundation in 2024. AGU has established a national reputation for the quality of its teaching and its international ambience and is widely recognised as one of the leading private universities in Japan. 

Aoyama Gakuin University aims to educate students with a strong sense of social responsibility and morality in order to contribute to society and today’s world in accordance with its educational policy based on the Christian faith. 

Thank you for the support this week as our Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 students commenced the annual Literacy and Numeracy point-in-time testing program known as NAPLAN. I greatly appreciate the support of the staff who are overseeing the students throughout this important National program. This is the earliest that NAPLAN testing has been held in the school year since the inception of the National program. The March testing is expected to give schools and parents early access to the test results and allow Schools to bring forward intervention programs for any students requiring additional support. 

Finally, all the best to Year 11 student Mia Harris, representing the region and Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar school at the Lions Youth of the year District Final in Brisbane this Saturday. It is a wonderful achievement for Mia to have progressed this far in a prestigious and time-honoured competition. Thank you to English Coordinator Suellen Walker, who supports Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar school students to enter Lions Youth of the Year each year.  

Stuart Marquardt 
Principal

From the Deputy Principal

Chaplaincy

Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

Thank You For Your Kind Support

I would like to thank our students, staff and parents for your continued support for Fred’s Place to aid those experiencing hardship, loneliness and homelessness. We sincerely appreciate all your donations of canned food, toiletries, blankets, clothing and bedding for those in need. May God reward you as only he can.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group has been meeting to develop our School’s RAP - a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation with our First Nations people which documents how our school and ELC will strengthen relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school/ELC and with the wider community. The Working Group is in the final stages of completing RAP action items and is seeking expressions of interest from our community members to help implement these action items. 

Please contact me on this email: constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you’d like to assist. This is our RAP vision:

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School aims to nurture a community that fosters culturally safe and inclusive relationships for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students, staff and families.

Through open, honest teachings and truth tellings, we aim to respect and learn deeply from the enduring connection First Nations people have to Country.

Harmony Week 2023 -Everyone Belongs

Harmony Week offers us the opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusion. Please spend some time with your children and students to discuss the importance of respecting, including and celebrating the diversity of cultures and races we have in Australia. Please refer to the letter from our Heads of Subschools to parents and families, and also visit here for more information. 




Godly Play At Sunshine Avenue

Godly Play: What is it? "In most religious education children are told what God did. In Godly Play children discover who God is." This week some of our Year 1 students were introduced gently to Godly Play - a style of telling the story of the Bible using play, story, and wonder. In Godly play children’s innate spirituality is nurtured so they can grow to become holistic, competent, capable and mature human beings ready to deal with the socio-political, ecological and economic challenges they meet in daily life. 

Accommodation For A Family

If anyone has or knows of any 3-bedroom house or apartment available for a family in need, please contact me constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au Thanks in advance for your support with this urgent matter.

For Prayers Or ‘Positive Vibes’

  • All those doing it tough at this time in our community
  • All those who lack safekeeping and those impacted by war, injustice and violence 
  • All our families -for their well-being, flourishing, and happiness
  • For peace in our troubled world and in our own hearts
  • All those in need of homes, meaning, and belonging
  • All expectant mothers and fathers.

Thank you for all you do and for who you are.

The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu
Chaplain

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to be held on Tuesday, 9 May 2023 at 6.30pm in the Mahers Lane Library, Terranora.  As members of the P&F all Lindisfarne families are welcome to attend and are invited to nominate for an Executive or General Committee position for the 2023 year.  Nominations are sought for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Officer and General Committee (5). A brief outline of each is below.

Nominations must be received in writing by Tuesday, 2 May 2023, via e-mail to pandf@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au 

President: shall preside over P&F Association meetings and is responsible for working towards P&F Association's objectives. The President ensures that the P&F Association takes part in decision-making processes in the school and fosters fair participation of all members in its undertakings. The President will support volunteers and ensure consistent adherence to the constitution.  

Vice President: Assist the president in his duties.  The Vice President may be called upon to Chair meetings in the absence of the President. 

Secretary: Attend all meetings and keep a record of all business conducted. Monitor incoming and outgoing correspondence. 

Treasurer: Report on the Association's financial status at all meetings, detailing all monies received and paid since the last meeting. The Treasurer must also provide an audited copy of the previous financial year's accounts at the AGM.  

Public Officer: Ensure consistent adherence to the constitution. Notify Fair Trading of any change and is responsible for collecting or take receipt of any official documentation. 

General Committee: to assist and support the P&F Association to reach its objectives in line with the school's needs and focus area's at the time.

Rachel Mead
Public Officer

Safe on Social

ParentEd

Wellbeing Team

Student Voice

Upcoming Events

Lindisfarne Business Breakfast - Michael Kasprowicz

The Lindisfarne Business Network is proud to welcome Michael Kasprowicz as the next Business Breakfast speaker.

To book your ticket or a table click on this link.

Wednesday, 22 March in Ngahriyah, Mahers Lane campus.

Michael has uniquely established himself as a leading business professional specialising in the business of sport and the parallels with the sport of business.

For more than 30 years, Michael has been involved at the highest levels of the national sport of cricket. Firstly as a professional cricketer for 19 years and then as a director on the Board of Cricket Australia and highly active in the governance of the national body for nearly 9 years.

Following an extensive career as a professional cricketer, Michael completed his MBA at the University of Queensland and developed Venture India, a consulting company specialising in business with India. Through this time, Michael spent 5 years on the DFAT appointed Board of the Australia India Council.

In 2016, Michael served as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Cricket before returning to the Cricket Australia Board. Michael has also successfully completed a residential Australian Institute of Company Directors course and recently worked with a number of well-known advisory firms in developing their sports advisory practices. 

Michael combines his experiences as an athlete, director and administrator of one of Australia’s largest sports to bring a truly unique perspective to the challenges of both sporting and non-sporting organisations.



FunFest

Whole School News

​Lindisfarne Smile Street Dental Partnership

Free Custom-Fitted Mouthguard for Selected Students

Smile Street Dental, who is owned and operated by Parents and Friends’ President Ramesh Sivabalan, are providing 100 of our students with access to custom-fitted mouthguards in 2023 as well as 10% off dental services for all Lindisfarne families at either the Coolangatta or Murwillumbah locations. 

Lindisfarne families can access Smile Street Dental at one of two locations:

Coolangatta: The Strand at Coolangatta, Shop 123, 72–80 Marine Parade 

South Murwillumbah: 2/232 Tweed Valley Way

If you would like to register your or your children’s interest in securing a free custom-fitted mouthguard, you can express interest using this Google Form. Expressions of interest will close on Friday 31 March at 5.00pm. Before you complete this form, please consider existing private health coverage you may already have. A number of health plans will include cover for custom mouthguards as preventative dental. Please also note that this is an expression of interest only; access to a free mouthguard will be contingent upon a range of factors, including demand. 

Should you have any questions about this initiative or need to follow up, please contact Director of High Performance, Sport and Athlete Development, Dr Joseph Coyne at (07) 5590 5099 or via email via josephcoyne@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Staff Bio

Curriculum

Junior School

From the Head of Junior School

We are pleased to report that the Year 4 camp to Camp Goodenough was a great success. The children had an amazing time and really enjoyed the challenging outdoor experiences that were on offer. They worked together as a team to complete tasks and learn new skills, and we are very proud of them.

At our school, we believe in the importance of challenging outdoor experiences for children. Such experiences help to develop their self-confidence, resilience, and independence. They also encourage children to learn new skills and to work together as a team, which are all important life skills that will serve them well in the future.




Next week is Harmony Week, and we are looking forward to celebrating inclusion and acceptance through various activities both in and out of the classroom. We believe that everyone has the right to feel valued and respected, regardless of their race, religion, or culture. By celebrating diversity, we hope to create a school community that is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming to all.

We will be sending additional correspondence regarding Harmony Week activities, so please keep an eye out for this. We hope that you will join us in celebrating this important event.

NAPLAN testing started this week, and while we understand that some may have reservations about standardised testing, we believe that NAPLAN can be a powerful tool for schools to analyse their programs and pedagogy, identify areas of strength and weakness, and implement improvements to better serve students. It is not the only measure of student achievement and progress, but it does provide a valuable snapshot of student performance at a particular point in time. We are proud of the way the students have attacked the tests so far and look forward to wrapping up this year’s testing program on Monday next week.

Jeremy Godden 
Head of Junior School 

Stage 2 Musical - The Lion King

We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated Stage 2 musical production, "The Lion King," is set to hit our school auditorium stage on Wednesday 16 August and Thursday 17 August featuring the performing arts talents of all students in Year 3 and Year 4.

Disney’s Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world for years and now our Stage 3 students will take our audience on a journey to the African savannah with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters. They will journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again. This is an inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

This Musical will be led by our production/teaching team:

Mr Edwards as the Producer and Musical Director, and
Mrs Visser as Director.

Our Year 3 and 4 teachers will also be playing an important role in the preparation of the Musical including assisting with the pre-production rehearsals and also working behind the scenes for the performances.

We are also fortunate to have Ms Kim Shepherd working alongside our Performing Arts staff as a drama consultant. 

All students in Year 3 and 4 will participate in the musical ensemble cast, with lead roles being awarded to students via a successful audition.

Please click on the following link to access the Audition Pack

Watch this space for updates, news and ticketing details as we prepare for this exciting musical. We look forward to working with our Year 3 and 4 students as they bring this musical to life.

Jesse Edwards
Musical Director

Celebrating International Women’s Day at the Junior School

International Women’s Day

On 8 March, the Junior School celebrated International Women's Day with a special event for our Year 4 girls and special the women in their lives.

The event was a great success, with our inspiring guest speaker, Narelle Urquhart, sharing her story as a local Indigenous woman and leading an engaging art session that encouraged creativity and self-expression among our students and guests.

Narelle spoke openly about her experiences growing up and the challenges she faced as a young woman trying to make her way in the world. She also spoke about the importance of education, resilience, and self-belief, and how these things have helped her overcome obstacles and achieve her goals. Her message was powerful and inspiring, emphasising the importance of determination and hard work in achieving one's goals.

The event culminated with a delightful morning tea, where our Year 4 girls and their guests had the opportunity to connect, share stories, and celebrate their relationships. It was a lovely way to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of women, both past and present, and to inspire our students to become confident, strong, and capable young women.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Narelle for sharing her inspiring story and to our special guests for attending and making the event such a memorable one. 

We hope that this event has instilled in our students the belief that they can achieve anything they set their minds to and that, with hard work and determination, they can overcome any obstacle in their way.

Angela Mundy
Assistant Head of Junior School

Early Learning Centre

Cultural Experience at Preschool

On Monday, 6 March the Preschool had a wonderful cultural experience. Students from Japan's Aoyama Gakuin University visited the preschool to spend some time with us. Firstly, they sang us a traditional Japanese song about a frog that came to visit a household one day, an auspicious visit we were told, as frogs are supposed to bring good luck. We sang them a song in return, "Glug Glug Went the Little Green Frog", which they really enjoyed! 

After our little concert the students sat and chatted with us while we ate our morning tea. Each had an interesting game or activity to share as a conversation starter, and it wasn't long at all before the children were immersed in conversation and sharing

Following this special visit, on Friday, 10 March the Preschool Koalas were fortunate enough to be visited by Louise Godden who you would know as one of Lindisfarne's specialist Japanese language teachers. It just so happens that her son Michael was a Preschool Koala a few years ago too so it was lovely to see her in the room again. Mrs Godden shared a traditional story that really captivated the children and lots of Japanese vocabulary which we enthusiastically tried!

Tim Pettit
Teacher Preschool Koalas 

Green Team

Green Market Day

The Green Team at the Junior School will be holding a Green Market on Tuesday 28 March from 8am - 9am.  We will be raising money to fund some new wildlife habitats at the Junior School as well as supporting some local sustainable initiatives. We would love for you to help out by providing some healthy treats to sell at the Green Market.  We will also be selling some waste free lunch box products and other sustainable supplies for you to purchase. 

This will be a cash-only event. 

Please see the flyers for more information about donating baking etc. 

If you would like to be a part of the Green Team at the Junior School please email Mrs Jo for more details. jhetherington@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au


Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Parent-Teacher Interviews: Years 5 and 6

Parent-Teacher Interviews are scheduled for the end of Term 1 and will be conducted face-to-face. It is not necessary for students to attend but they are welcome. Stage 3 will have interviews in the O Block Commons across two different evenings:

  • Wednesday, 22 March from 3.40pm to 7.30pm 
  • Monday, 27 March from 3.40 to 7.30pm

Bookings can be made through Parent Lounge. Please note that bookings close on Monday 20 March at 5.00pm.

Parking arrangements:

In addition to parking at the top car park and on Mahers Lane, parking will be available at the parking bays opposite Ngahriyah and, subject to weather conditions, the bottom oval. 

These meetings are invaluable opportunities for parents and teachers to continue to forge our educational partnerships, with the aim of supporting students to reach their full potential. We look forward to meeting with you.

ParentEd - UR STRONG Language of Friendship Parent-Child Workshop 

This online session will take place from 6:00pm - 7:00pm on Monday 20 March. The session will be available via the link: https://urstrong.com/event/language-of-friendship-at-lindisfarne-anglican-grammar-school/

School Psychologist, Mrs Julie Henry, will guide participants through interactive parent-child activities. Parents will learn language and strategies to support their child to create healthy, feel-good friendships. This session will review concepts taught at the UR STRONG school workshops that ran in school on March 6, across Years 1-6. This workshop reinforced a common “language of friendship”.

Tuning Into Teens - Course for Parents

Facilitated by the Family Centre at their premises in Tweed Heads South. The Tuning into Teens course is aimed at parents/carers of teenagers aged 12-17. This 6 x two-hour session course will give parents the tools to better understand and manage their won and their adolescent’s emotions, as well as helping foster an atmosphere of trust and communication between you both.

These sessions will give parents the skills and knowledge needed to deal with the emotional challenges of this stage of life, constructively so that conflict can be avoided or at least minimised.

Date: February 21 - March 28
Venue: Unit 1/14 Amber Rd, Tweed Heads South
Register: http://thefamilycentre.org.au/ or call (07) 5524 8711
Cost: $30.00

NAPLAN Continues

The NAPLAN testing window continues in Week 8. Please read carefully the following dates:

  • Monday 20 March - Numeracy - Years 5; Conventions of Language - Year 7
  • Tuesday 21 March - Numeracy - Year 7
  • Wednesday 22 March - Years 5 and 7 - Catch Up
  • Thursday 23 March - Years 5 and 7 - Catch Up
  • Friday 24 March - Years 5 and 7 - Catch Up 

Harmony Week

Harmony Week is a celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. It is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The theme for Harmony Week 2023 is, ‘Living in Harmony’. 

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day, generally celebrated on March 21. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

To that end, please note that on Friday 24 March, students are encouraged to come to school dressed in orange, to show their support of this event. Friday’s Mufti Day requires a gold coin donation. Normal school rules apply to hair, makeup and jewellery. Please do not wear midriff tops, torn clothing or mini skirts/shorts. Please ensure messaging on clothing is appropriate.

In order to recognise this important celebration, a number of fundraising activities have been organised throughout Week 8, to support Harmony Week. All funds raised will be donated to a local indigenous organisation. Please see the linked letter, outlining the activities that will be available.  Please be aware that there will be food trucks on campus on Friday. If you would like to pre-order for your child,

Thank you for your support and we look forward to celebrating this important week within our community.

Term 1 Offerings 

Please see the linked timetable schedules below for academic, co-curricular and activity offerings that are available each week throughout Term 1. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the range of opportunities available to them. Should you child require extra support at a tie not offered, they are encouraged to speak to their teacher to find a mutually agreeable time.

Business Breakfast

Please join Lindisfarne’s 4th Business Breakfast in Ngahriyah on Wednesday 22 March from 6.00am to 8.30am where Mr Michael Kasprowicz will present. Michael will share highlights from his playing career as well as life after cricket. He will share his perspectives on leadership, having been on the Board for Cricket Australia and involved in QLD Cricket. Additionally, Michael had been a CEO and consultant,  

After the Business Breakfast, Mr Kasprowicz will speak with some of the students about sport and leadership, particularly those heading off on our UK Cricket Tour later in the year.

Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Senior School

From The Head of Senior School

The Rite Journey 

On Wednesday, our Year 9 students took part in the Calling Ceremony, on the beach at Fingal. Here, the students had the opportunity to reflect upon their childhood. It was a time for bonding as students shared and appreciated their childhood. In this ceremony, students were called to embrace their journey to adulthood. On the following morning, the Departure Ceremony was held at school at sunrise and attended by students, parents, mentors, and Rite Journey teaching staff. The ceremony was an extremely moving experience and ritual for all involved. Students, parents, carers, and staff made public commitments to enter into this process with open hearts and minds as we journey with our young people from childhood to adulthood. It was lovely to receive some feedback from a parent who reflected on the following: 

Watching the sunset and having the chance to exchange so much love with my son was really special. It was an emotional and meaningful ceremony that [was] beautifully organised! I’m really proud to be part of the Lindisfarne family, and with my heart in peace knowing that my son has been guided through this challenging time in the best way possible.


Backflips Against Bullying

Students in Years 9-10 attended a Backflips Against Bullying performance on Friday afternoon. This is an evidence-based program that has carefully tailored its programs to meet Key Learning Objectives & Outcomes aligning with the Australian Curriculum. The actors delivered a dynamic educative performance that sought to highlight different types of bullying and the need for students to be upstanders. Sadly, bullying can happen anywhere – at home, online, with friends, in a group, on the bus, or at school. At Lindisfarne, we hold a very dim view of bullying, and programs such as Backflips Against Bullying are useful in helping our students fully appreciate the ramifications of verbal, physical, social, and cyberbullying and provided students with some tools to help diffuse these situations in the future.


Vaping - Education is best

Like all risk-taking behaviours, it is a school’s responsibility to highlight the dangers to our young people and provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions. The School continues to provide students with health information through assemblies and our PDHPE and Pastoral Care programs on ‘vaping’ and other harmful activities. We ask for your family’s help and support with this. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) as soon as possible about the effects these products have on their bodies and outline the serious consequences they will face at school should they make poor choices.

If you are concerned that your child may have an issue with vaping, we are here to assist you and can help connect you and your child to relevant community support. Please contact your child’s House Tutor or Head of House for further guidance. If, in your discussions with your children, you have information about who is supplying vapes to our students, please make contact with me at kate.cornell@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.  I am keen to pass this information on to NSW Police. Your anonymity will be respected.

Kate Cornell
Head of Senior School

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Celebrating Harmony Week

Harmony Week is a celebration held annually in March across Australia. It’s aimed at promoting diversity, respect and inclusiveness. This event is an excellent opportunity for parents to teach their children about different cultures, traditions and customs. The goal is to encourage everyone to appreciate and celebrate differences and promote a sense of community and belonging for everyone.

During Harmony Week, there are a number of events and activities held to bring people from different cultures together. These activities include multicultural food festivals, cultural performances, art exhibitions and workshops. Participating in these events helps children to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse communities that make up Australia.

As a parent, you can engage your children in discussions about multiculturalism and encouraging them to ask questions. Promoting a more harmonious and inclusive society, can help children grow up with a greater appreciation for the richness and diversity of Australia's cultural landscape.

This Special Report hopes to instil positive values and create an opportunity to start a conversation with your child about understanding diversity and multiculturalism. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please consider seeking medical or professional help.

Click on this link to view the Special Report https://lindisfarne.nsw.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-celebrating-harmony-week-au

Julie Henry
Junior School Psychologist

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

English

Inside the Migrant Experience

As English teachers, we are constantly challenged to justify the relevance of our text choices and the way the topics we explore fit in with the ‘real world’. Module A study of ‘Language, Identity and Culture’ has Year 12 English Standard students deeply immersed in the migrant journey as told by a selection of contemporary Asian-Australian poets. Here is the module rubric and selection of poems for you to take the same journey:


One student, in particular, has had the courage and conviction to add to the depth of the study, offering his own unique insight into the migrant journey. Year 12 student Ido Hadad volunteered his services as an in-house guest speaker, providing an eye-opening account of the role confidence has to play in cultural immersion This has been met with a resoundingly positive reaction from his peers. The sharing of first-hand experiences he has been through since leaving Israel five years ago has irrefutably added value to a rich, but challenging module. 

Here is his story:

I remember it like it was yesterday, it was the middle of winter, at the end of 2016, my parent’s best friends came over to our house for some tea. I remember the joy I felt every time I saw them, as my mum used to say, “They’re our family”. They visited us often, it was quite convenient that they only lived 5 minutes away from us, so we met at least a couple of times a week. Their son, my oldest friend, has been with me since we were 4, and the same was true for their daughter, and my sister. It was like any other week, it was dark outside, and me and my best friend played video games, while our parents talked and laughed in the living room. It was then, when I first heard the word ‘immigration’. Surely it’s a joke I told myself, we can’t leave our home, my parents wouldn’t let this happen. I felt a chill when I thought about the idea of leaving, but I didn’t think much of it, yet the idea for some unknown reason got stuck in my head.

A couple months later, I was finally at the end of year 6. I was so excited to start a new chapter in my life, I couldn’t wait to start year 7, I mean…  Why wouldn’t I? I've been dreaming of this for so long. I was going to be at this new school, my best friends were going to be in my class, and I was finally going to have my Bar Mitzvah (Jewish ceremony, marking adulthood, and maturity for 13 year old boys, and 12 year old girls. (Basically one big party that’s all about you.)) Everything seemed so right with the world. It was a Tuesday morning, my morning was strangely pleasant, my parents told me I didn’t have to go to school, they made me my favourite drink, in my favourite mug (ice coffee, lots and lots of ice coffee),  and it was a generally beautiful day. They asked me to go with them outside, just to chat while we drink some coffee together. I agreed (although a bit reluctant since I’ve never really been an outdoors person), and went along. I did not realise at the time that the next 5 minutes would change my life. They asked me to sit down, and told me they have something to tell me, that’s when I realised something was wrong. They explained to me that they started an immigration process, along with their best friends, that soon, my home won’t be a home anymore. That we’ll leave our family, and that I’ll need to open a new leaf. They told me that my best friend and his sister don’t know yet, and that they want to keep it that way. I had to keep it a secret from him. I ran out of there. It was at that moment when I felt true pain and grief. My only comfort being that at least I’ll have my friend with me.

Later that year, we visited Australia over the summer holidays, we visited so many places, my parents loved it. They told us this is where they want us to be in the future, it was decided. We’re moving to Australia. I felt the same pain I did before.

We came back to what would most likely be the toughest year of our lives. It started an uproar in my family, my parents got into constant fights with everyone we loved, each trying to fight for us to stay. My grandma from dad’s side, came over to our place every day, there was constant screaming, constant crying, constant impossible promises being made. With the nice addition of my friend going through surgery in both legs, forcing him to be in a wheelchair for a couple months, we too, got into constant fights. Terrible things were said, stuff I couldn’t have even imagined in my worst nightmares. The only thing that went through my mind at the time was: “How did we reach this point, why is this happening?” We were nearing my Bar Mitzvah, and I was once again asked by my parents to have a talk. Now I was told our move would have to be a week after my party, making it a goodbye party, and that our friends failed in their immigration process. It meant I’ll be alone. I didn’t want to just let this happen, I argued with my parents for days, eventually I managed to convince them to push the date back a couple weeks. After all that we’ve been through, I fell ill, a complication with a flu. I was hospitalised for a month, and got out just in time for my party. The complication meant I would have to give up on any straining activity for a year. It meant missing out on field trips, not being allowed to play any sports, and with the immigration being near, I was seen as fragile, as if about to break at any moment physically and mentally.

Finally, I had my Bar mitzvah, a singular day where I haven’t thought about anything that’s happening. An escape. Some breathing space before the toughest moment of my life. It was time to say goodbye. We spent a weekend just driving around, saying goodbye to everything. My grandma’s begging for us to stay as they cry more than ever before, becoming hollow before my very eyes. My grandpa’s shedding tears for the first time. My friends and cousins telling me everything would be ok as we hug goodbye for the last time. And finally, seeing my parents, the people that I’ve seen as invincible up until that moment breaking down. I saw the house I grew up in being torn apart, and left 2 of my cats with complete strangers. That day I no longer felt the pain I did before, I quite simply broke, became a shadow of myself.

We moved to a temporary home, I was in shock. It’s funny, I actually haven’t felt any pain, or anything really. In my head we were just on vacation. I didn’t process the fact that we’re not going back, believing that my old life was just waiting for me. School started 2 weeks later, I was sent to a room with all the other challenged kids. I refused to talk to anyone, keeping quiet the entire time. I was given 1st grade English texts, and 3rd year maths problems. I was treated as different, or challenged (and my English, although it needed improvement, was as good as any other student’s). Ignorance kept them from realising that all I needed was time to heal, for I have suffered an injury unlike any other. Luckily, months later, I met my first and only friend, he was deaf, and I refused to speak to other students, so it worked out perfectly. We had similar interests, and he even helped me learn how to sign. I kept my silence for 3 years. My parents the entire time fighting for me to get better, doing everything in their power to make a home for us here. It was only after those 3 years that I started pushing myself to build a life.

Over the school holidays I went overseas alone for the first time. With all honesty, year 11 for me, was a close second to the worst year I've had so far. From one of the top students in my year, I fell to the bottom, thanks to flooding, the passing of someone close, and covid. I needed an escape, and so I went back to my origins. As wonderful as it felt, I came to some realisations. The first one being, that I’m a different person now. The way I talk changed, the way I behave changed, and I became quieter. The second being that my family and friends aren’t as dependent on our presence as before, they have all built a life around us; and those who didn’t became like me, shadows of their former selves. To me this meant that I don’t exactly fit in there anymore, and if I don’t fit in there, and I don’t fit in here, where do I fit? Where do I go from here? And finally, the third thing being, my language and culture shifted ever so slightly. Every time I didn’t do exactly what the old me would’ve done, or every time I made a mistake, I became so furious with myself. How have I lost my place and home? Memories and thoughts of what if haunt me, it’s hard to truly go past that experience, to forget that feeling. It’s hard knowing no matter where I go I’ll be different, that whenever I open my mouth I’ll either say the wrong thing, or sound different. There’s a constant feeling of judgement, and disbelonging. I do not know what the future might hold for me, I don’t know if I’ll simply ‘get over it’, and I don’t know if I even want to forget that feeling. But I do know that when you truly reach rock bottom, when you have your confidence swiped away from your grasp, there’s only one way you can go, and that’s up. Whenever you feel like you mentally don’t have the energy to keep going, try and fight it. Time and will, truly do help a person heal. It’s extremely important to hang on when things get tough, ask for help, and let time do its thing. 

And so, in conclusion, immigration is probably one of the hardest things a person can go through, the experience varies from person to person. The way you experience it depends on so many different factors, that it’s impossible to really predict what a person will experience exactly. But in many cases, the idea of going through so many basic and complex emotions, in such an intensified way is horrifying. Sounding different and being judged for it is terrifying, being stripped of your confidence is terrifying, and leaving your home, whether it is your family, friends, pets, environment you lived in or your actual house, is the hardest thing you can possibly do. It’s not a thing to be taken lightly.

Ido Hadad


Kylie Wharton
Director of English 

Debating and Public Speaking

HSIE

HSC Geography Fingal Excursion

On Tuesday, HSC Geography students visited the Fingal Coast as part of their Ecosystems at Risk unit of study. Students investigated the value of the coastal sand dunes and evaluated the traditional and contemporary management strategies used to protect and enhance the dunes for future generations. Students were fortunate enough to receive an insightful talk from the knowledgeable founder of Fingal Head Coastcare, Kay Bolton. Students commented that “Members from Fingal Coastcare were there to help us identify the human stresses on the ecosystem and give us knowledge on past ways of management. Thanks to them and Mrs Newton-Walters, we were able to have an enjoyable day whilst learning at the same time”.

HSC students will apply their findings to their upcoming assessment task and their HSC Examination.

Nathalie Newton-Walters
Director of Human Society and its Environment

LOTE

Dance

Mathematics

Maths

Performing Arts

Germinate Records

PDHPE

Photography and Digital Media

Science

Opportunities in Science

We had an overwhelming response to the Engineering workshop offered at QUT for some of our Years 7-9 Girls last week, which was a fun and challenging experience for those involved. We are in discussions with QUT for additional experiences like this in the future that can be accessed by more students. Year 7 students visited the Science and Engineering block on campus and competed in a bridge-building competition to gain some insight into civil engineering, whilst our Years 8-9 students walked to the Cross River Rail Experience centre to learn about the role of different engineering fields in a large-scale project. 

Our keen and high-performing Year 11 and 12 science students are encouraged to apply to attend the International Science School at Sydney University from 2-15 July. 35 students from NSW will be sponsored to attend. This is a unique opportunity to explore studying science at Sydney University and will even be staying on campus to get the full experience. If you are interested in applying and meet the selection criteria listed here, please get in contact with me before Friday 24th March and we can organise your registration together.

Jo Mendoza
Director of Science

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Still Life Drawing in Visual Arts

This week Year 10 Visual Arts students experienced drawing from life. A collection of objects and flowers supplied by our art teachers and technicians were set up in the art room this week for students to developed their observational drawing skills. Year 10 are currently studying the Portrait of Australia unit and studying artists such as Margaret Preston, Jorg Schmeisser, John Wolseley and Winsome Jobling. Students created a series of drawings in a variety of media in preparation for their Body of Work assessment task. All students achieved wonderful results in their lessons and gained valuable new knowledge and skills in using different drawing medias.



Jane Brennan 
Director of Visual Arts 

Learning Enrichment

Round Square

Round Square International Conference

About the Conference

The theme for the conference The New Africa will allow students to explore the many ways in which the continent has evolved and how it is defining its position in the 21st Century. Brookhouse is planning a programme of keynotes and panel discussions that will highlight an array of African innovators. The conference will be hosted jointly across Brookhouse’s two campuses in Nairobi. Brookhouse families will provide homestay accommodation and a first-hand experience of African hospitality for student delegates. 

The conference will come together for the Opening and Closing days, whilst the Adventure, Service and Democracy days will provide smaller group opportunities on a rotation of activities across the middle three days of the conference, hosted at the two Brookhouse campuses, in Karen and Runda. The Adventure Day will feature a night under African skies, camping in the Nairobi National Park, with wildlife game drives and an environmental conservation focus. 

A draft programme outline is below.



About the Host School

Brookhouse is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 2 – 19 and spread across two beautiful campuses in Nairobi. The school was selected for review by the Good Schools Guide International and is a member of the prestigious G20 Schools. The school is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS). The unique Karen campus is situated on a vast 15-acre site, adjacent to rolling hills and the exquisite sites of Nairobi National Park while The Runda School is set on extensive landscaped grounds in the northern suburbs of Nairobi overlooking the Evergreen Park Lake. Brookhouse hosted the International Conference in 2012, welcoming schools from around the world and just over a decade later, Brookhouse cannot wait to unite the family again.

Take a virtual tour of the school 

Applications

An email was sent yesterday to parents and students in Year 10 and Year 11. Please refer to this for more information and to complete the expression of interest/application form.

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator 

International

Sustainability

Mahers Lane Community Garden Working Bee

Waste Wise Tips

Waste Free Lunches 

We strongly encourage students to have waste-free lunches at Lindisfarne. Waste-free lunches use reusable items instead of single-use plastic or other disposable items. Having a waste-free lunch is a win for everyone as it makes our school cleaner, reduces landfill, and saves parents money as you no longer need to buy a disposable plastic wrap for lunches continually. 

Having a waste-free lunch is simple and easy. Plastics and disposable items can be replaced with more sustainable items that can be washed and reused again. This is great for the environment and ends up being cheaper for you. 


On the 28th of March from 8.00am to 9.00am, we will be hosting a Green Market at our Junior School campus. At the Green Market, waste-free lunch box supplies like beeswax wraps, reusable sandwich fabric wraps, and DIY beeswax wrap-making kits are available for purchase. We will also have other sustainable products and a healthy bake sale. All profits will be donated back to sustainability and environmental initiatives at the Junior School and our local area. All members of the Lindisfarne community are invited to come along to our Green Market. 


Patrick Brabant 
School Assistant - Sustainability 

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

New Release Music and Save the Date

New Music Release – Seventeen, by Josh Geoghegan

Our first new release for 2023 is due to hit streaming platforms on March 31.  Seventeen, a song by Year 11 student, Josh Geoghegan, was recorded, mixed and produced in our school studio with the help of our talented music production students.  An accompanying music video will be released in the following weeks. This will be the first of many new singles, all written by our fantastic student songwriters, to be released on the Germinate Records label throughout 2023.



Save The Date – Germinate Records Live – April 5

On the evening of Wednesday, April 5, we will be holding our second annual Germinate Records Live gig at The Citadel in Murwillumbah.  The evening will be a fundraiser for Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat.  Several of our very talented young singer-songwriters will be performing with a special performance from our brand new – and yet-to-be-named – New Music Ensemble. More information, including booking details, will be available in the coming weeks. Please mark April 5 in your diaries and come along to support this wonderful cause and our talented students.

Brett Canning
Germinate Records

Digital Space

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular

Sport

Australian Mountain Biking Interschool Championships 2023

Part Two: Years 9 and 10 Competitors

The final two days of competition at Thredbo saw the weather clear, and the riders were met with blue skies and excellent riding conditions. We had three riders returning for the big event in Tom Willimas, Kai de Sousa Grimes, and Andre Quagliata as well as two debutants to the team in Harry Kane and Callum Boyd. 

All three events for the Division 2 boys were run on Thursday and Friday, and we had some great results. The Oakley Cannonball is a downhill sprint that essentially asks the riders to get to the bottom of the hill fastest. Whilst gravity takes care of most of this, the riders still have to navigate jumps, berms, and rock gardens. This is probably the hardest of all the races, and with over 320 competitors in this race, Tom Williams completing the course in a time of 6min and 6 seconds was outstanding. Andre Quagliata, Harry Kane, and Kai de Sousa Grimes also showed great skill in quickly getting down the hill.

The Norco All Mountain race sees the riders make their way down the hill riding over a range of terrains. Once again, our Lindisfarne riders did exceptionally well, all getting down. This race attracted over 420 competitors, with all our riders finishing in very respectable times.

The Fox Flow Motion race rounds out the three events for the Division 2 competitors. This is the most popular of all the races, with more than 550 participants entering the race. Once again, it is a race to get down the hill the fastest but with a range of different terrains, switchbacks, and berms thrown in to test the riders again. All our riders finished in the top half of the field and can be very proud of their results.

Lindisfarne finished the whole week of racing as a team in the 153rd position out of 294 schools. This is an excellent achievement considering we had a team of just 14, and the weather greeted us earlier in the week.

Congratulations to all the Lindisfarne Mountain Biking team and their parents. We look forward to next year's competition and encourage mountain bike riders to join us for a week of sensational mountain biking.


Matt Bedford
Mountain Biking Coordinator 

From The Sportsdesk

CIS Primary Swimming

Good luck to our mighty Primary swimming contingent as they journey south to the blast furnace of NSWCIS. All the best down there, hopefully we get some athletes through to NSWPSSA. The Athlete roster for this event:

  • Zoe Fox
  • Hunter Gaffney
  • Florence Gaffney
  • Ayva Immisch
  • Saxon Leiper
  • Marlo Miller
  • Oliver Pratt
  • Lachlan Pratt
  • Jack Sewell
  • Lucy Simmonds
  • Ned Simmonds
  • Oliana Stotz

Also, on Monday - our Secondary boys and girls embark on their own representative pathway, with NCIS at Alstonville. 

Extra Curricular Sign Ups

Two sign-ups of interest - especially if you wish to play either Futsal or Volleyball.


Volleyball (Years 7 to 12 - Girls and Boys)

We have a Volleyball Gala Day on 19 May - and can field multiple teams. A Lot of students have registered their interest via Student Cafe already from the Sports Introductory email sent in Week One. 

This sign up will close at the end of next week. Training/selections and further details will ONLY be emailed to these students. Sign up ASAP if you are interested.

Futsal

The Gold Coast Regional tournament is fast approaching, so we will scoop teams and pop our entries in. 

Mr Croft will meet next week with Years 3 and 4 to determine Sunshine Avenue entries - the 9 and 10 Years (Boys and Girls).

Mahers Lane Futsal sign-ups available:

Boys and Girls 

- 11 Boys – Born 2012 or Younger

- 12 Boys – Born 2011 or Younger

- 13 Boys – Born 2010 or Younger

- 14 Boys – Born 2009 or Younger

- 15 Boys – Born 2008 or Younger

- 16 Boys – Born 2007 or Younger

- 19 Boys – Born 2004 or Younger

Please sign up on the student cafe to register your interest to trial for these teams.

Touch Football

On Friday 3, March - the U15s & Opens Girls and Boys Lindisfarne Touch Football teams competed at the NCIS Secondary event held at Dave Burns oval in Tweed. Playing over 15 games across the day, all teams represented Lindisfarne with great skill and a sense of school pride. It was fantastic to see the students displaying their individual skills, working together as a team, and supporting one another on and off the field throughout the day. 

Team results:

The U15s Boys & Opens Girls teams remained undefeated throughout the day, finishing first in their respective divisions. The U15s Girls finished second overall after a tight loss to Bishop Druitt College.

A huge congratulations to the 24 students who were selected into the NCIS representative teams competing at the CIS Carnival in Sydney on May 5. NCIS representative teams at CIS

Spotlight on Kiara Denny

Last week, Kiara Denny competed at the National Touch Football League representing the South East Queensland Sharks U20s Girls team. Kiara played exceptionally well all week and from all reports, was appraised very highly by her coaches. Kiara's team finished 6th place, narrowly missing out on the finals series after going down to the eventual champions. A huge congratulations to Kiara and her team. 


Spotlight on Miss Davis

Miss Danielle Davis also competed at the National Touch Football League, representing the Sydney Scorpions Women's Open Team. The team were undefeated all week and were crowned the National Champions defeating the Hunter Western Hornets 10-1 in the Grand Final. This is Miss Davis’ 5th consecutive National Title. Miss Davis was also named as the player of the final.


Spotlight on Tex Milroy

Tex Milroy competed in the 2023 Crossfit Open. He came 1st in Oceania in the Boys 14 - 15 age category (and 19th Worldwide) after workouts conducted over 3 weeks now (used to be five weeks, as per the attached description). 

He will compete at the Torian Pro against the Top 8 in Oceania over 3 days in May and also do the Quarter Finals at end of this month (31st March to 2nd April) as the qualifiers for Crossfit Games in August. 



Spotlight on Isabella tate

Isabella has recently competed in the State Surf Lifesaving Titles down at Queenscliff NSW on the 3-5 March. 

Isabella has been committed to her sport for many years and has been training 6 days a week every morning and afternoon.

All her dedication and hard work paid off over the weekend when she walked away with the following results: 

  • 3rd (Bronze) in her Ironwomen event
  • 3rd  (Bronze) in her Board – this was a tight race and had to be decided on video footage
  • 1st (Gold)  Board Rescue
  • 3rd (Bronze) Board Relay

She also placed 6th in her swim (she had a little bad luck with waves)

Isabella also competed in the Country SLS Championship in Forster at the end of January, walking away with 13 medals!

Gold

  • U15 Individual Swim
  • U15 Iron Woman
  • U15 Beach Sprint
  • U15 mixed Board Relay
  • U15 Rescue Tube
  • U15 Cameron Relay
  • U15 Mixed Cameron Relay
  • U15 Board Rescue 

Silver

  • U15 Individual board
  • U15 Surfboard
  • U15 female 2km beach run
  • U15 Mixed beach relay
  • U15 Mixed surf team 

Isabella competed in the Summer of Surf – Shaw and Partners – Shannon Eckstein Ironman classic at Northcliffe on the 10th  and 11th of February On Friday she placed

  • 2nd in the Ironwomen
  • 3rd in the Swim

And Saturday

  • 1st in the swim ( board and Ironwomen event canceled due to dangerous surf conditions) 

Isabella will be flying to Western Australia at the end of March to compete in the Aussie Titles. Congratulations Isabella; we wish you all the best.


Spotlight on Riley Johnston

Riley competed at the 2023 Swimming Gold Coast Championships; he had to step into the next age bracket as he had just turned 13 on March 6.

Coming into this event, he was the youngest of the 13 year old boys, and a big effort was needed even to place, but through his determination, Riley managed to win only a few medals but also smashed two long-standing records. 

Friday night - 

  • 200m IM - 3rd  2.29:86
  • 200m Breaststroke - 2nd  2.41:37 New PB

Saturday night -

  • 100m Breaststroke - 1st  and smashed the record with a record winning  time of 1.11:90 New PB 
  • 100m Freestyle - 4th 1.00:14 New PB 
  • 100m Backstroke - 3rd  1.09:21

Sunday - 

  • 50m Breaststroke - 1st  and smashed the record with a new record winning time of 32.81 New PB 
  • 50m Fly - 4th 30.21 New PB
  • 50m Backstroke - 2nd  31.09

Riley also received 2 QLD Records as part of the 2022 QLD relay team that swam at the 2022 QLD Swimming Championships 

Team members -

  • Riley Johnston 
  • Koa Stotz
  • Mackenzie Crocker
  • Taj Benjamin

These boys broke the - 

- 200m freestyle relay with a winning  time of 1.50:92

- 200m Medley relay with a winning  time of 2.03:26


Spotlight on Liam Reardon

Liam Reardon Competed in the Queensland Athletics State Championship on the weekend in the 100m.

Liam won his heat only to finish 4th in the final by one 100th of a second.

Liam raced Gout Gout who broke the Australian Record again but missed the world record by .07. at 10.47

Liam has Qualified for the Australian National Athletics Championships during 13-16 April in the Queensland team - he races in the 100m sprint and the 100m relay.

That is a super effort Liam; congratulations.


Spotlight on Ned Simmonds

Ned competed at the Gold Coast Swimming Championship on Sunday in four events and achieved three PBs and three Gold medals. 

  • 1st 50m Butterfly - 38.87  
  • 1st 50m Backstroke - 41.04
  • 1st 50m Breaststroke - 44.48

Massive effort Ned; you are making some significant inroads in your times this season!


Damien Clucas
Director of Sports and Activities

Netball News

Saturday Netball

The first round of Saturday Netball commences this week on Saturday, 18 March.  The entire season draw is available via your Netball Connect app.  You can also find this week's draw here. Please remember to review the Key Dates for Saturday Netball as there are several weeks where there are no games played.

Communication with your Saturday Team is on the Stack Team App.  Please ensure you are connected to and can access your team group and check that your notifications are not on mute.  This will enable you to communicate directly with your coach and manager and see updates about game time, and duties as well as arrange carpools and pick-ups if necessary.  Please ensure that you RSVP for your games each week and acknowledge any communication messages so that coaches and managers know you have the information you need.

Wet Weather delays or cancelled games are often posted to Tweed Netball’s Facebook page first so please ensure that you are following this page for the latest wet weather updates.  Managers will then contact you through the Stack Team App to notify wet weather.


Our Umpires Continue to Grow

For any season of netball to run successfully, it is vital we have a strong group of umpires. This year with over twenty umpires ready to go for the start of the Saturday Netball season this week we are definitely starting the season strongly.  From our newly badged National C through to our beginner umpired who are about the umpire their first game we are proud of the dedication shown by each of our umpires.

Our umpires continue to go from strength to strength and this week we congratulate Ivy McKinley on her umpiring achievements.  Ivy’s commitment and dedication to improving her skills have seen her progress to her Green Bib.  We congratulate her on this achievement and look forward to seeing her continue to grow as she works towards National Badging.



A couple of reminders for our umpires ahead of the Saturday Netball season.

  • Please make sure you check the umpire allocations shared directly by Tweed Netball. 
  • Missed umpiring duties that are not notified 24 hours beforehand will result in a $100 fine.
  • Tweed Netball takes responsibility for allocating umpires to games therefore if you are unavailable for a particular week please contact Tweed directly.

Danielle Watters
Strategic Director of Netball

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RECENT GAMES

U15 v Marymount College (Gold Coast Emerging Schools Cup)

The fourth round of the 2023 Gold Coast Emerging Schools Cup kicked off this week on Wednesday afternoon. Chasing a win which would all but seal a spot in the Grand Final in a fortnight's time, the squad was down on numbers due to a torrid few weeks of injuries. The team began well scoring the first three tries of the contest through Koen Hodge (2) & Harry Thompson-Mills. The team has been working on support play and our structures in attack which started to pay dividends throughout the game. Two more tries in the second half to Koen Hodge and Archie Loemker sealed a 29-14 win and a chance to seal first place through the pool rounds next week against Pimpama. 

NSW Rugby Far North Coast U12 7’s - Casino

Our U12 squad had their first hit out of the season with the NSW Rugby Far north Coast 7’s tournament. WIth our numbers in the squad, we were able to field A, B and C teams. All teams played some great rugby with our “vitamin” C team taking out the tournament with a hard fought win over St Carthages in the final. A big thank you to Mr Lloyd for his assistance on the day with our “killer” B team.



KEY DATES

Please see upcoming key dates for our boys’ and girls’ program below. You can find the full list of key dates HERE.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Gold Coast Super Schools Cup v Pimpama SHS - U15

The Gold Coast Super Schools Cup continues for our U15 boys with a game v Pimpama SHS at Nerang Bulls Rugby Club at 1700 NSW time on Wednesday.

The Ballymore Cup - U13, U15 and 1st XV

The Ballymore Cup is Queensland's largest schoolboy rugby competition which has been running since 2003. It is a state-wide competition for all schools that presents non-traditional rugby schools and schools from regional areas with the opportunity to compete at a higher level.  Here is a short video of the highlights from the 2021 Ballymore Cup:

All players and staff will travel together and stay as a team in accommodation at St Joseph's Nudgee College. 

Alongside playing in the Ballymore Cup, we will also be taking the students to watch the Queensland Reds vs Canterbury Crusaders Super Rugby match at Suncorp Stadium on Friday evening. 

Registration for the Ballymore Cup will cost $195 and includes:

  • Tickets for the Reds v Crusaders Super Rugby game on Friday 31st March
  • Five games of rugby from the 1st - 3rd April pending draw
  • Three nights’ accommodation for all players at Nudgee College
  • Food for duration of tournament (i.e., all meals/snacks from breakfast on Saturday 1st April - lunch on 3rd April)
  • Transport to and from the school on Friday 31st March and Monday 3rd April

For a draft itinerary of the weekend, please check HERE

We can only carry 25 players in each squad (23 active players for each game and 2 non-playing reserves) and we will be finalising our squads by the  17 March.  All selected players will be emailed by Monday 20th March at the latest. Please note we will need all players available for this Friday - Monday and if you will not be able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

OTHER ITEMS

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards from Smile Street Dental

Smile Street Dental, who is owned and operated by Parents and Friends’ President Ramesh Sivabalan, are providing 100 of our students with access to custom-fitted mouthguards in 2023 as well as 10% off dental services for all Lindisfarne families at either the Coolangatta or Murwillumbah locations. If you are interested in this program and would like to register your interest for a complimentary custom-fitted mouthguard, which is essential for rugby union, please check in this section of the newsletter HERE.

2022 Team Photos (1st XV, U15, U13 boy and Open Girls’ 7s)

The 2022 rugby union squads’ photos have arrived and all students that have ordered a photo can pick theirs up from the PE office at the school. 

The Armidale School Rugby Carnival 2023 - U12 boys

We have closed registrations for The Armidale School Rugby Carnival, which is the biggest primary (U12) school rugby carnival in Australia and runs from Friday 21st April - Sunday 23rd April this year. More information will be provided shortly to all players and families regarding the tournament.

Stack Team APP

The Lindisfarne Rugby Union program’s main form of communication for our Boy’s U13, U15, 1st XVs and 7’s and Girl’s 7s will be the Stack Team app with email being used as minimally as possible. The Stack Team app will host news and updates to schedules, live scores, player availability, important documents and links to our sponsors. 

Note, both parents and Boy’s U13, U15, 1st XVs and 7’s and Girl’s 7s students who have parental permission for smartphones will need to download the app and join the relevant squad in the app (e.g., 1st XV, U15 XV, U13 XV, Girls 7s).

To download the Stack team app, use the following links:

● iOS: https://www.teamapp.com/ios-ap...

● Android: https://www.teamapp.com/androi...

Once downloaded, please search for 'Lindisfarne Rugby Program' and request to join. We will be approving the requests from students and parents in the coming weeks as we roll out the app in more depth.

More Information

If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Coyne (jcoyne@lindiisfarne.nsw.edu.au)

Dr Jospeh Coyne 
Director High Performance, Athlete and Sport Development 


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