2023 Term 1 Week 8 24 Mar 2023

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From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

This has been an important week at our School as our students and staff celebrated Harmony Week. The theme for Harmony Week 2023 has been everyone belongs. The week provided an excellent opportunity for us all to learn, embrace and celebrate different cultures. Harmony Week was first celebrated in 1999, to help celebrate Australia’s diversity and promote a sense of acceptance and inclusivity.

Australia has an incredible history of multiculturalism and whilst it is a celebratory event it also serves as a campaign against discrimination.

Today the students and staff marked Harmony Day by wearing an item of orange clothing or an orange accessory.

Harmony Day is held on 21 March is significant because it is the International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Whilst Harmony Week is a uniquely Australian event, it coincides with global efforts for the promotion of equality and inclusivity.

Please see my Harmony Day message below.

We had the pleasure of welcoming guest speaker Michael Kasprowicz-Cricketer, CEO, Director and Businessman for the fourth Business Network Breakfast. Michael shared valuable inserts from his life as a professional sportsperson and Business leader and four pillars that he has applied in his sporting and Business life: Pain, Pressure, Perception and Possession. The Business Breakfast is always a great opportunity for our guests to network with like-minded professionals and learn valuable insights and tips on how to achieve business success from some of the best in the industry. 

We extend our gratitude to Michael, our sponsors and everyone who attended the Business Breakfast, making it another successful event for 2023.

We are proud to share the inspiring news of one of our own Lindisfarne parents, Bill Chaffey, who has recently taken part in the Signature Tour to raise funds for the Tour de Cure. Bill’s unwavering commitment to making a positive impact using his skills and abilities is truly remarkable. He has participated in a gruelling 1000km road tour hand-cycling over the past 8 days from Coffs Harbour to Noosa, which is an incredible feat in itself. 

Bill’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, as he has successfully raised over $20,000 towards this important cause. It is heartening to see people coming together to support a common goal and we are sure that Bill's hard work and dedication will continue to inspire others to support Tour de Cure in its mission to find a cure for cancer. 

We applaud Bill for his outstanding achievement and we are grateful for his contributions to this noble cause. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and hope that his story will encourage others to make a positive impact in their communities. 

We sadly farewelled our visitors from Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo Japan this morning. The visit was aimed at promoting cross-cultural experiences for both our Lindisfarne and AGU students. During their stay, the students immersed themselves in Australian life with their homestay families and engaged in a variety of activities and interactions within our school community. 

This remarkable opportunity undoubtedly provided the students with experiences, interactions and excursions that they will cherish for a lifetime.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Acting Principal

From the Deputy Principal


Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

Harmony Week Celebrations 2023 - Everyone Belongs!

Our School community gathered together this week to celebrate Harmony Week, giving thanks for the diversity in our community, and opening our hearts, minds and hands to the Other. Ubuntu -’I am because we are’- is a Zulu word that describes the interconnectedness of all reality. It reminds us that we belong to each other, and that what affects one, affects all.  It is the essence of African philosophical anthropology. 

As we celebrate Harmony week, let us all continue to work together to build a more humane, fraternal, united and peaceful world, where everyone -irrespective of their race, gender, skin colour, age, sexuality, political or religious affiliation -is loved, accepted and has a home in our community and the society at large.

We can do this by educating ourselves on how to respond to all forms of ‘Othering’ (making others Other); becoming an ally with minority groups, as well as by calling out racism and ‘Othering’ wherever we see it.

May these words of Maya Angelou inspire us in this endeavour, “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humour to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”

It was such great fun and joy to share our Igbo and Nigerian culture, people and dance with Year 1 students and their teachers. 

For Our Prayers or ‘Positive Vibes and Good Thoughts’

  • All those impacted by war, violence and injustice
  • All migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • All those experiencing hardship, loneliness, poverty.
  • All those going through relationship breakdown.
  • All our young people -for their growth and flourishing.
  • All those battling cancer diagnosis and families and medical professionals caring for them
  • All the elderly in nursing homes and the carers.

An Irish Blessing To Accompany Us This Weekend

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow.
May the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.
I wish you a relaxing and restful weekend. Thank you for all you do.

The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu

Anglican Churches in the Tweed - Easter Services

Easter and Holy Week Service Times

Anglican Churches in the Tweed 2023

We would love to have you join us to celebrate Easter.

Kingscliff – St James
122 Marine Parade, Kingscliff
Contact Phone: (02) 6674 1513

  • Maundy Thursday 6th April 7:00pm - Worship evoking The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane and the arrest
  • Good Friday 6th April 8:30am – The Celebration of the Passion
  • Easter Sunday 9th April 8:30am – He is Risen!

Murwillumbah – All Saints
32 Byangam Road, Murwillumbah
Contact Phone: (02) 6672 6070

  • Palm Sunday 2nd April 8:30am - Holy Communion
  • Maundy Thursday 6th April 7:00pm - Holy Communion
  • Good Friday 7th April 8:30am - Service of the Nails
  • Easter Sunday 9th April 8:30am - Service of the Light

Pottsville – St Marks
15A Coronation Ave, Pottsville
Contact Phone: (02) 6674 1513

  • Good Friday 6th April 10:30am – The Celebration of the Passion
  • Easter Sunday 9th April 9:00am – He is Risen!

Tweed Heads - St Cuthberts
Cnr Florence and Powell Streets, Tweed Heads
Contact Phone: (07) 5536 1060

  • Palm Sunday 2nd April 9:00am – Liturgy of the Palms with Lindisfarne Choir & Musicians
  • Maundy Thursday 6th April 9:00am – Remembering the Last Supper & Foot Washing
  • Good Friday 7th April 9:00am – Stations of the Cross (Solemn Service)
  • Easter Day 9th April 6:00am – New Light Early Morning Service
  • Easter Day 9th April 9:00am – Easter Celebration

Uki – Holy Trinity
Kylogle Road, Uki
Contact Phone: (0428) 166 783

  • Good Friday 7th April 9:00am
  • Easter Sunday 9th April 9:00am

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

Friends of the Arts

Safe on Social


Harmony Week

Supporting Hands Session

Student Voice

Upcoming Events


Whole School News

Former Test Cricketer visits Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School was honoured to have former Australian test cricketer Michael Kasprowicz visit the school both as the featured guest at the Business Breakfast on Wednesday morning, but also throughout the day working with staff and students. 

Kasprowicz is a well-known figure in the world of cricket, having played for the Australian national team for over a decade. He shared his insights on leadership and teamwork, drawing upon his vast experience as a player and administrator.

Kasprowicz also interacted with students attending the UK Cricket Tour in June, sharing his knowledge and expertise on the game. The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from one of the greats of Australian cricket and to gain insights into the skills and techniques required to succeed at the highest level.

In addition to working with the UK Cricket Tour students, Kasprowicz also spent time with students from the Matt Fydler Sports Academy. Kasprowicz shared his experiences as a professional athlete, offering advice and inspiration to the young sportspeople.

There were many takeaways from these sessions, but the theme of fun and inclusion in sport was clear throughout the day. We thank Michael for his support of our school and the students.

Kane Bradford
Head - Professional Practice, Innovation and Partnerships

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 5.00 pm. 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

Teaching and Learning

Junior School

Easter Hat Parade

Please indicate your attendance by visiting the following link

Harmony Week at Junior School

What an exceptional way to kick off Harmony Week at the Junior School!  We were privileged to host the Byron Taiko Drummers for a day-long series of workshops. Our preschoolers, Year 3 students, music students and even the teachers took part in some drumming workshops.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the lively beats during Chapel and the Samurai Sword demonstration was particularly captivating.

Why Taiko Drums for Harmony week?  As Mayu, Hiro and Kai explained, Taiko drums come in all different shapes and sizes, and make all different sounds, but when they play together they make a beautiful Harmony.  A simple but powerful message wrapped up in a fun activity.

Expand the article below to see some of the photos of our students learning these important lessons.

Julie Henry
Junior School Psychologist

Year 2 Excursion- David Fleay Wildlife Park

On Tuesday March 21st, Year 2 travelled to David Fleay Wildlife Park in Burleigh to gain first hand insights into the habitats, features, survival traits, life cycles and conservational needs of various Australian animals. 

Students participated in a range of different ranger talks and put their learning into action by completing a Wild Challenge practical workshop. This encouraged the use of critical thinking and collaborative engagement as students explored real world issues and created their own ecosystem.

Our Crocodile encounter was very informative and students had the chance to observe these prehistoric creatures as they swam and fed in their natural habitat. 

We were also lucky enough to experience a Fleay’s Flight Training session where the dedicated rangers demonstrated how the birds are trained and gave us insights into how and why a bird may end up a resident at the wildlife park.

In addition to these wonderful learning experiences, students, parent helpers and teachers were able to wander along a network of boardwalks and paths, winding through wetlands, rainforest and open eucalypt forest in search of koalas, cassowaries, dingoes, crocodiles and more. 

A highlight of the day was seeing a very active platypus swimming and feeding, which was so exciting as we have been researching these elusive animals and writing information reports about them as part of our English unit for Term 1. 

Did you know David Fleay was the first person in the world to successfully breed the platypus in captivity in his efforts to protect this wonderful species? 

We had such a fantastic day investigating, exploring and learning and made some very valuable links between what we had been learning in class and the natural world around us.

Abbey Read
Year 2 Classroom Teacher

Green Team

Middle School

Year 8 Sport Academy Students

In Year 8 we are extremely proud of the students who are in the Matt Fydler Sports Academy or the Development Squad.

The Academy is designed to assist students competing at state level or above to balance their sporting and academic commitments in a supportive environment. Students receive specialist support in nutrition, rehab and recovery, strength and conditioning, athletic development, sports psychology and mindset.

In today's world filled with endless distractions, it becomes increasingly challenging to keep young people engaged in various activities that promote their physical and mental wellbeing. That's why we at Lindisfarne want to help our young people develop a lifelong passion for sport while reaping the many benefits it offers.

Sports have been shown to have far-reaching physical, social, and emotional benefits for young people. Regular physical activity through sports can reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses. It also improves muscle strength and endurance, coordination, and overall fitness levels.

In addition to the physical benefits, sports can also positively impact adolescents' social lives. By participating in team sports, young people develop essential communication, collaboration, and leadership skills that can be applied throughout life. They also learn how to navigate conflicts, manage successes and failures, and build a sense of belonging among their peers.

Furthermore, sports can profoundly impact young people's emotional and mental wellbeing. Exercise has been shown to trigger the release of endorphins, which can boost mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall emotional regulation. Additionally, participating in sports can help build confidence and self-esteem, providing a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Meet some of our fantastic Matt Fydler Sports Academy members -

Nash Mulholland - Tennis
My name is Nash Mulholland and I have been playing tennis since I was 7 years old. I compete on the National Junior Tour and have played in representative teams at NSW and QLD State Championships in singles and doubles. Tennis gives me the opportunity to travel and make friends from different areas while I compete.

Sooke Paley - Surf Life Saving
I have been competing in Surf Life Saving since she was 7. In 2022 I won the Shirley Neumann Award for Point Danger Branch for the most points won in the U13 females in my Branch, I also came away with 12 medals in total across all disciplines.

Most recently at the Queensland State Titles, I won Silver for Beach Flags and Sprints, Gold in the female relay, and silver in the female Board relay. I am now off to Perth at the end of this month to compete at The Aussies.

Matilda Daniel - Tennis
My name is Matilda Daniel and I am in the Sports Academy for Tennis. I play tennis for 10+ hours every week as well as having a tournament most weekends. I train at Pro One tennis and KDV Tennis Academy.

My best tennis achievement is getting 3rd in the Queensland State 13 and under teams event in the individuals and coming second in the team event.

Isabella Arghyros - Surf Life Saving
Hi my name is Isabella I have been doing Surf Life Saving since I was 8 years old.  During this time I have made many friends and am very grateful for being able to see these friends during training or at carnivals. My most recent achievements include being at the SLS NSW State Championships, I received 3 medals but 5 overall places.

Lachlan Arghyros - Surfing
text to be added!

Amber Phillips

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 6 Report

Dream and Lead Conference 

On Monday, 20th March, 20 Year 6 students attended the Dream and Lead Conference in Brisbane. The event was run by the Youth Leadership Academy of Australia. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to further develop their understanding of leadership and discover their own leadership potential. Students participated in highly engaging, purposeful activities that developed their problem-solving skills and confidence to be a change-maker, helping them to recognise the impact they can create as a young person in their own life, school, community and globally.

The students heard from influential young leaders Bonnie Rowe, Amanda Marshall, Will Massara, Amy Tobin and Kurt Jones. Important questions/ideas were posed and investigated such as; How we show respect in our actions and How do we influence and guide others? Students learnt about how to feed your courage and grow your self belief, the three main leadership styles of director, peer, supporter, how to developing effective communication skills, the steps to implement change (understand, explore, materialise) and how to step out of your comfort zone and maximise your potential by being in your growth/learning zone. They also learnt the importance of guiding and leading yourself first by finding and following your passion. Be the change that you want to see in the world. 

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”  - Dr Wayne Dyer 

Expand the article below to see some of the photos of our students learning these important lessons.

Mrs Kylie Thompson 
Year 6 Coordinator

Year 5 Cultural Engagement

In Year 5 over the last couple of weeks, we have been lucky enough to have Mrs Narelle Urquhart, First Nations Cultural Engagement Coordinator come into our classrooms and share her knowledge with us in and around Indigenous Art and storytelling.

The students were thoroughly engaged as Mrs Urquhart shared her stories around Wollombin and its traditional story centering around the bush turkey. She also shared artwork that was created by her own children many years ago which inspired and guided her lesson with our classes. The students looked at form and colour, symbols and meaning to tell a story or give a message through their art.

The experience was very rewarding and motivating and we wanted to thank Mrs Urquhart for helping to bring this lesson to life in our rooms. 

Amber Jarvis 
Year 5 Coordinator

Senior School

Class of 2023 Parent Dinner

Year 12 Parents are invited to celebrate at the Class of 2023 Parent Cocktail Event.

This School-endorsed gathering, arranged by parents, offers an opportunity for them to mingle and appreciate each other's company, acknowledging the collaborative educational journey their children have shared at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

Bookings are essential and can be made via https://www.trybooking.com/CGPQW

For more information contact Parent Representative Peta Fahy via pfahy1@eq.edu.au or Director of Community Engagement Simon McKinley via smckinley@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Head of Senior School

Harmony Week
Harmony Week is a special week celebrated at Lindisfarne that aims to promote diversity, respect, and inclusivity among students and staff members. This week, we organised a range of activities and events that encourage students to learn about different cultures, traditions, and religions. This includes classroom discussions, cultural displays, food festivals, and performances. Students were provided opportunities to appreciate the richness and diversity of their community, as well as to foster a sense of belonging and acceptance. Harmony Week helps to create a positive and harmonious school environment where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their background.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
Based on the feedback provided by teachers, this week's Stage 6 parent-teacher interviews were a great success. Teachers were able to communicate effectively with parents, discussing students' academic progress and addressing any concerns that parents may have had. The interviews provided a valuable opportunity for parents to receive feedback on their child's performance and for teachers to provide additional guidance on how parents can support their child's learning at home. Overall, the parent-teacher interviews were beneficial in strengthening the relationship between parents and teachers and enhancing the learning experience of students. In this week’s assembly, I did mention to our students the benefits of attending the interviews with parents so they can be part of the conversation. I hope to see more students at next week’s Stage 5 evening.

Camp Preparation
Our Senior School staff has been working tirelessly to prepare for our 2023 camp offerings for students. Information about the programs for Years 9-11 will be sent to families in the coming days. At Lindisfarne, we believe school camps are an exciting and valuable opportunity for students to engage in outdoor activities, team-building exercises, and hands-on learning experiences outside of the classroom. Whether they involve hiking, camping, water sports, or other adventure activities, school camps can foster personal growth, social development, and academic success. Students also develop important skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving through participation in group activities and challenges. Overall, the school camps at Lindisfarne provide a unique and rewarding experience that has a positive impact on students' academic and personal lives.

Unfortunately, vaping has become a popular trend amongst young people, but it is important for students to understand the potential dangers associated with this activity. The message given to students in this week’s assembly about vaping is that it is not a safe alternative to smoking and can have negative consequences on their health. Vaping products contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can damage the lungs and increase the risk of respiratory illness. Additionally, vaping can lead to addiction which can have long-term effects on the brain and overall health. It is important for students to make informed decisions about their health and avoid using vaping products altogether. Students were reminded about the consequences of vaping at Lindisfarne, indeed, they were reminded that being in the presence of those who are vaping will lead to consequences such as detentions or suspensions.

Kate Cornell
Head of Senior School

Pastoral Care


Netball - Register Your Interest

A reminder, there are several opportunities available to play netball for the school coming up in Term 2 and Term 3.  You do not need to be currently being playing for the School in the Saturday Netball Competition to be eligible to participate in these competitions.

These participation opportunities will focus on fun and inclusive non-competitive and competitive participation opportunities for any student who wants to play netball for Lindisfarne.

Opportunities for Boys and Girls to participation include:

  • Netball NSW Schools Cup (competitive & non-competitive)
  • Vicki Wilson Cup and Shield (non-competitive)
  • Inter House Cup
  • Other Carnivals - we are looking to expand our offerings 

Any student who would like to participate in these events can register their interest via Student Cafe/Parent Lounge.  The trial/team selection process will be dependent on the number of players who nominate and where possible we aim to provide every player who registers their interest and attends training the chance to represent their school.  You do not need to be available for every competition however, information about each competition will only be communicated to those who register their interest now.

Training for these competitions will occur at school during lunch time throughout Term 2 & Term 3.  Further details will be provided for specific competitions/teams.

Teams will typically be put together as stage teams:

  • Year 5/6
  • Year 7/8 
  • Year 9/10
  • Year 11/12

Some variation will exist based on competition rules.  This information will be made clear with the information that is distributed for each competition.

Please remember to register your interest on Student Cafe/Parent Lounge by Monday, 27 March 2023.

Kind regards

Danielle Watterss
Strategic Director of Netball

From the Sports Desk

The year is already motoring by, with the shutters on Term One fast approaching. Our PE classes are all doing some form of training on the Cross Country track. This coming week is busy, with our secondary surfers heading to Sawtell for NCIS, and likewise - our Secondary Footballers head to Coffs Harbour for NCIS on Tuesday.  Best wishes to all these squads.


NCIS Secondary Swimming

The NCIS Secondary Swimming took place this Monday in Alstonville, in what was a very peaceful day - dominated by navy and gold swimming caps powering to the 1st placed school result. Well done to all our super youngster athletes, LOTS of early mornings and late evenings goes into unlocking polished swimming results, congratulations.  Team Photo - HERE.

Riley Johnston had a day out, breaking 3 Individual Records - including some of Flynn Southam's. He also had a hand in a relay record too. Congratulations to the 15/16 Years Girls and the 12-14 Years Boys relay teams who now have their names etched in the NCIS Records. Full details - HERE.

Congratulations to Mali Stewart, Riley Johnston, Jack Cross, Noah Roseverne and Cash Cratchley for winning the coveted Age Championship award.  Lots of Lindisfarne athletes made up the 2nd and 3rd placegetters awards too - NCIS Secondary Age Champions - HERE.

Full Meet Summary - HERE

Lindisfarne Meet Summary - HERE

CIS Advancers - HERE

NSWCIS Primary Swimming

We had a healthy contingent head down to NSWCIS at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre this week. Some outstanding results have been achieved by two of our young guns.

Ned Simmonds had a super close final but class prevailed winning the 8 -10 Boys 50m Breaststroke in a scintillating time of 43.11. 

Jack Sewell  also had an outstanding meet coming in 2nd in the 200 Medley Junior Boys, and also 3rd in the 10yrs 50m Backstroke in an extremely close race.

Both these lads will head off to NSWPSSA - which is the final of the state meets.  Best of luck boys.


Last Sunday, March 19 was a perfect morning for the Kingscliff Triathlon. Lindisfarne had a large contingent of students who competed in the Big Kids and Tempta events. Just after sunrise competitors began the swim in the perfectly calm water of Cudgen Creek. There was only a gentle breeze which made the cycle leg very fast and finally the run was completed before the heat of the day set in. Congratulations to all students who competed. A special mention and extra congratulations to Isa and Sofie Soenen who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Girls 10-12 Big Kids event as well as Jack Bowes who was 1st in the swim and Campbell Patterson who was 2nd in the swim in the Boys 10-12 Big Kids event.

Rex Flood stepped up this year to compete in the Tempta event which involved a 300m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run.

The Big Kids 10-12 yrs event involved a 200m swim, 6 km cycle and 1km run. Students who competed in this event included Marcus Fox, Jack Bowes, Ben Dickens, Campbell Patterson, Jack Brown, Isa Soenen, Sofie Soenen, Farrah Melville, Isabelle Daniel and Floyd Blair.

The Big Kids 7-9 yrs event involved a 100m swim, 3 km cycle and 0.5km run. Students who competed in this event included Channing Melville, Lyndsay Patterson, Esta Door, Oliver Thomas, Quinn Thomas, David Dickens, Halle Flood, Tillee Flood and Raphael Donatj

The next Kingscliff Triathlon is November 26. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tracy Foyster - tfoyster@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au


CIS Football Cup

The vs Bishop Tyrell (Newcastle) was played on Lindisfarnes top oval on Wednesday.

In dramatic fashion, the Open Boys soccer team kept the home crowd captivated with a thrilling 7-5 win. Our attack was strong (verging on clinical) throughout the day, but our team defence was subjected to a fair degree of constructive criticism in our post-match chat.

Please congratulate the boys.

Goalscorers are as follows:

  • Toby Shapland (4)
  • Axel Hollis (2)
  • Gabe Plesser

It appears a home game against a Sydney school powerhouse could be on the cards.

John Cadman

Extra Curricular sign ups

Three sign-ups of interest - especially if you wish to play either Netball or Futsal.


Netball Various Netball Representative Opportunities are open to all players years 5 to 12 who are interested in participating in netball competitions, including Vicki Wilson Cup, Netball NSW Schools Cup and others. Boys and Girls competitions are available regardless of whether you play on the weekends. Please register your interest by signing up on Student Cafe or Parent Lounge by Monday, 27 March. Training/selections and further details will ONLY be emailed to students who are on the sign-up lists. 


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

Mr Croft will have a meeting next week with Years 3 and 4 to determine Sunshine Avenue entries - which are 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 student cafe to register your interest to trial for these teams.

Spotlight on Fletcher Burdekin  and Jules Loemker

Fletcher  Burdekin and Jules  Loemker results from NSW State Champs.

Both got a couple of silver medals in the board and board relay. Should have won the gold in board rescue but Fletch fell in a pot hole. Just missed out on individual medals but they both finished top 10 for all events. Off to Perth this week for Aussies.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sports and Activities

Rugby Union Report

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The Collingwood School (Canada) - 1st XV and U16

Final Score 13-19
We were very proud to host The Collingwood School from Vancouver, Canada last week. The Collingwood School has a strong tradition in rugby union and brought their 1st XV and U16 squads out to tour Australia this year. We hope in the future we can reciprocate this massive effort from Collingwood to get out to Australia with a rugby tour of our own to Canada.

In this game, we played 4x20min with the first two 20min being our strongest 1st XV players, the 3rd 20min gave our less experienced 1st XV and U16 players an opportunity to play and the last 20 minutes were exclusively U16. This game was played with a lot of physicality and was a great challenge for our boys. Standouts were Levi Dangerfield and Mason Duke in our 1st XV, along with Mani Lopez, Koen Hodge and Oska Martin in our U16.

The Collingwood School have also kindly passed on their VEO footage of the game which you can view HERE.

U15 v Pimpama College (Gold Coast Super Schools Cup)
The fifth round of the 2023 Gold Coast Emerging Schools Cup kicked off this week on Wednesday afternoon. The game was an encounter that would be repeated next week in the final with the playoff games already set after a forfeit in the second game of the afternoon sealing a place in the Grand Final for both Lindisfarne and Pimpama. A  tough encounter ensued with a final score of 17-15 to Pimpama who made one conversion which was the difference. Tom O’Brien made his first start of the year at Halfback and gave great service to our backline with great front football. Clancy Halloran also made great impacts with his running and defensive game. The team now looks forward to the final against Pimpama next week with a few troops returning which will hopefully swing things toward Lindisfarne next week.

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


Monday, 27 March

U13 v Kings Christian College AWAY

Wednesday, 29 March

Gold Coast Super Schools Cup (U13 & U15) FINAL* AWAY

Friday - Monday, 31 March - 3 April

Ballymore Cup (U13, U15 & 1st XV) AWAY

Tuesday, 4 April

NSW U10 Far North Coast 7s Tournament AWAY

Thursday, 6 April

Term 1 ends


Monday, 27 March

Registrations open

Thursday, 6 April

Registrations close

Term 1 ends

Monday, 24 April

Term 2 begins

Tuesday, 25 April

Tuesday AM training begins (7s)

Thursday, 26 April

Thursday school sports training begins (7s)


U13 trial v Kings Christian College
Our U13 will travel up to Bond Pirates and play Kings’ Christian College in their final hit-out before the Ballymore Cup. Kickoff will be at 1700 NSW.

Gold Coast Super Schools Cup FINAL - U15
The Gold Coast Super Schools Cup reaches its conclusion next week with our U15 squad making the final for the second year in a row. This is a great achievement for our boys but the job is not done yet! The final will be played at Nerang Bulls Rugby Club at 1750 NSW time on Wednesday. It appears this final will be against Pimpama SHS, who are a big strong team and who our boys went down to in a hard fought game this week. We would love to have as much support as possible from our school community at the game to get our team over the line next week.

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: 

For a draft itinerary of The Ballymore Cup, please check HERE.  For the draft draw from QLD Rugby, please check HERE

Unfortunately, we could only carry 25 players in each squad (23 active players for each game and 2 non-playing reserves). Congratulations to all players selected. We need to complete registrations asap. Registrations can be completed on Parent Lounge for all selected players, 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 the duration of the 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

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.


Custom-Fitted Mouthguards from Smile Street Dental
Smile Street Dental, who is owned and operated by Parents and Friends’ President Ramesh Sivabalan, is 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 the Whole School News section of the newsletter

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 finalised selections for The Armidale School Rugby Carnival, which is on the 22nd - 23rd of April,  and congratulations to all players selected. Further information has been provided to selected players and we need to complete registrations on Parent Lounge asap. The cost of registration is $275, please note we will need all players available for Friday 20th - Sunday 23rd and if you will not be able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

EdStart Scholarship
We have had two of our students selected for the 2023 Edstart Rugby Scholarship program, which is an initiative between EdStart and the NSW Waratahs. The two successful students were Adam Price and Tom Mison. For more details about all the EdStart scholarship players for 2023, please click here

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 the '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

Key Dates for Junior School Sports

Dates for Term 1

Please find below Term 1 - Junior School key dates to add to your calendar.: 

  • Tuesday 4th April (week 10) - Yr 3/4 Rugby Gala Day 
  • Thursday 6th April (week 10) - Year 3-12 Cross Country 

Cross Country 3- 12 

The school Cross Country for years 3-12 (including 8yr old year 2 students) will be held on Thursday 6 April, the last day of Term 1. 

Information on the time of events and the running of the day will be communicated by Damien Clucas and the sports department. Please keep an eye on the newsletter and your emails for this information. 

Total Football Academy - After-school Program 

The Total Football Academy after-school program has two weeks left. It will continue until week 10 Monday 3 April. 

The Total Football Academy sessions will be available again in term 2. Information on dates and how to register will be communicated in the next few weeks.

Mr. Croft will meet all participants on the Basketball Court after school to mark the roll. Students will have the opportunity to eat a snack and change into some training gear if they would like before the session starts.

Runners Club

Runners Club has again been a major success. We have had massive numbers throughout the program and there have been heaps of parents/carers as well. 

Runners Club will continue Monday and Wednesday morning until Monday 3rd of April. (week 10) for students in Years 1 - 4. The training sessions will begin at 7.30am sharp and will conclude by 8.15am. Runners should meet Mr Croft at the Arkinstall Park back gate by 7.25am. 

Students will be required to bring along their school uniform to change into after the completion of the session. Students will be given time to change and have something to eat before the first bell at 8.45am.

Outdoor Education


Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

ASX Schools Sharemarket Game

The ASX Schools Sharemarket game is an exciting opportunity for students to gain practical knowledge and experience in the world of finance and investing. This game allows students to create a virtual portfolio of shares and manage it over a fiscal quarter (March, April and May this year), competing against each other, their teachers and students from other schools all around the country.

At our school, we are thrilled to see so many of our students participating in this game and taking an active interest in the market. All students participating in Business, Commerce, Economics or Legal Studies classes have been automatically enrolled and we welcome any others who may be interested to join as well. 

The ASX Schools Sharemarket game provides a unique learning experience that combines elements of economics, business, and mathematics, helping students to develop important skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. A healthy dose of competitive spirit certainly helps as well. 

As the game progresses, students will be able to track their performance on the leaderboard, which provides a real-time ranking of the top-performing portfolios. The rankings are confirmed at the close of trade each day and there has been a lot of movement since we commenced on 16/3. 

We encourage all of our students who are participating in the ASX Schools Sharemarket game to keep track of their progress and to use this experience as a stepping stone towards developing a greater understanding of critical evaluation, finance and investing. 

Well done to Danny Roddy who made considerable gains this week to steal the top spot. 

If you’re interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Mr Bradford at kane.bradford@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au 

The leaderboard at the close of trade on 22/3/23:

Kane Bedford
Head-Professional Practice, Innovation & Partnerships


‘Macbeth’ Excursion

The ability to see a live dramatic performance is not something that most students normally experience. Usually, their focus is films and television. However, research suggests that films do not allow students to physically engage with the actors, to see the plot unfold before their eyes, to be transported into the lives of the characters and to gain a deep knowledge of the play. Therefore, a film version of a text is simply not an adequate substitute for a live performance. Additionally, the opportunity to view a Shakespearean performance is particularly unusual for students residing in a rural community. Thus the  English Faculty decided to take all of Year 10 to view the Murwillumbah Theatre Company’s performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, on Friday 17 March, as this play is the focus of the Year 10 cohort’s drama studies.

This revenge tragedy, a play full of death, treachery, witches and sword fighting, dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power. Hopefully, students will reflect on this experience which will be revisited when Year 10 does a critical study of this play.

Kylie Wharton
Director of English

Lions Youth of the Year

District Final

The Brisbane Chinese Lions Club hosted the District Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest in Brisbane on Saturday 18 March. Mia Harris, represented the Far North Coast of NSW region.

Pictured above (L-R): The District Governor of Lions Club, The President of the Brisbane Chinese Lions Club and the District Finalists of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.

The calibre of all of these students was exceptional and I am sure that it was a challenging task for the five adjudicators to select only one winner to progress to the State Final. Whilst Mia is not progressing to the next level of this competition, her performance was exceptional; she was composed, articulate and persuasive. 

Pictured above (L-R): Suellen Walker, Mia Harris, Kylie Wharton and Jane Brennan

We asked Mia to reflect on her Lions Youth of the Year journey and her response to the two questions we asked her are listed below:

What do you think you have personally gained from entering this competition and making it to the District Final?

Through the Lions Youth of the Year Quest and the several levels I competed at I have gained valuable skills that will continue to help me into the future. The panel interview gave me the opportunity to practise job interview skills and various important communication skills. The public speaking section was particularly challenging yet rewarding; the preparation process for the impromptu questions taught me how to overcome challenges and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The competition gives you the opportunity to explore current affairs, learn new skills and meet new people along the way, so it is a highly valuable experience for school students. 

 If you were to recommend this competition to future students at Lindisfarne, what would you say?

This competition is a great opportunity if you would like to expand your knowledge of topical issues occuring in the world and want to improve your public speaking skills. I would say you need to fully commit to the experience and make the most of every aspect of it. You will get out of it what you put in! I would highly recommend taking part in it as it gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new skills. 

It is wonderful that we had four students this year who entered this competition: Mia Harris, Zia Mowbray, Trishul Sivabalan and Mia Wilkinson. Hopefully, more senior students will decide to enter this long standing and well known competition next year. 

Kylie Wharton
Director of English

Creative Industries

Debating and Public Speaking







Performing Arts

Lindisfarne Soul and Blues Festival

We are excited to announce the inaugural Soul and Blues Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 29th at our Sunshine Avenue campus. This festival is set to be an incredible event, featuring some of Australia's most talented and respected professional musicians, including Ray Beadle, Clayton Doley, and Pat Powell.

Ray Beadle is an award-winning blues guitarist and vocalist, who has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including BB King, Buddy Guy, and Jimmie Vaughan. Clayton Doley is a master of the Hammond organ and is known for his soulful blues sound. Pat Powell is a renowned vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with artists such as Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, and Wendy Matthews.

In addition to these amazing professional musicians, the festival will also feature performances by our very own school choirs, stage bands, and rock bands. This will be an incredible opportunity for our students to showcase their musical talents and perform alongside some of the best musicians in the country.

The Soul and Blues Festival is sure to be a fantastic day for everyone in the greater Lindisfarne community, and we encourage you all to come along and enjoy the music, food, and atmosphere. Tickets are available now, and we expect them to sell quickly, so be sure to get yours soon to avoid disappointment.

We are incredibly grateful to our Friends of the Arts parent group, who will support this event. 

The audience are encouraged to bring a picnic rug or low-back camping chair to enjoy this music festival on the green. 

Antipasto platters can be ordered with your tickets, drinks will be available from the bar and our Friends of the Arts parent group will be running a BBQ.

We look forward to seeing you all there for what promises to be an unforgettable day of music.

Tickets are available through the following Trybooking link: Soul and Blues Festival

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Performing Arts Private Tuition

In addition to regular classes, Lindisfarne has specialist teachers who offer private tuition in Speech and Drama, Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Vocal and Songwriting/Music Production.

For students continuing with private tuition, it is assumed that lessons are continuing from term to term, for the year unless written notification is submitted to the Performing Arts Administration by the close of business on Monday of the last week of term otherwise the following term’s fees will be charged.

For those interested in enrolling for private studio lessons for Term 2, please contact Performing Arts or complete the application forms on 'Parent Lounge'.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Germinate Records

Germinate Records Live

On the evening of Wednesday, April 5th, we will be holding our second annual Germinate Records Live gig at The Citadel in Murwillumbah. This event will be an evening of entirely original music composed and performed by our super talented student songwriters and musicians and will once again be a fundraiser for Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat.

Additionally, the gig will serve as a single launch and film clip premiere for our upcoming new music release - Seventeen, by year 11 student, Josh Geoghegan. It will also be the debut performance of our New Music Ensemble, a new group featuring collaborations between senior music students, university music students and some of our on-staff professional musicians.

Tickets can be accessed and purchased here.

Last year’s event sold out so please be sure to get your tickets early and come along in support of our talented students and this very worthy cause.

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer/Manager


Photography and Digital Media


Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square



Waste Wise Tips

Waste Free Lunches 

At Lindisfarne, we strongly encourage students to have waste-free lunches. 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 continually buy disposable plastic wrap for lunches. 

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. 

All members of the Lindisfarne community are invited to our Green Market on the 28th of March from 8.00am to 9.00 am. The Green Market will be at our Junior School campus where waste-free lunch box supplies like beeswax wraps, reusable sandwich fabric wraps, and DIY beeswax wrap-making kits will be available for purchase. We will also have other sustainable products and healthy baking for sale. This will be a cash-only event with the profits raised being donated back to sustainability and environmental initiatives at the Junior School and our local area. 

Patrick Brabant 
School Assistant - Sustainability

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Chess Club

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular

Homework Club

The last Homework Club of Term 1 will be

Week 9, 29th March



Uniform Shop


Buildings and Facilities


Community News

Cultural Engagement


Food Technology




Lindisfarne TV

Professional Practice, Innovation and Partnerships