2023 Term 3 Week 7 1 Sept 2023

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From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal

Foreword

It is with great pleasure that we announced the newly elected 2024 School Captains on Tuesday at our Senior School Assembly. Desireé Mahleka and Fergus Hogan have been appointed to the roles of School Captain, while Mia Harris and Tate Dee will serve as Vice Captains. These exceptional individuals were voted by their peers and staff after submitting their impressive video speeches. We are proud to have Desireé, Fergus, Mia and Tate as our school leaders for the upcoming year and look forward to the announcement of the House Captains and Prefects in the coming weeks.

Year 3 students have returned from their first-ever school camp experience! Amidst the beautiful rainforest hills of Carool, Camp Goodenough offered the perfect setting for students to learn, bond, and grow in a supportive and safe environment. We are eager to hear their stories and witness the growth they've gained from this enriching experience. We thank the Year 3 teaching team and support staff who made this opportunity available. 

Over Tuesday and Wednesday mornings we celebrated Father's Day with our cherished Preschool students and their loving dads and special friends! Laughter, smiles, and heartfelt moments filled the air as our little ones and their fathers came together for a memorable morning tea at our Early Learning Centre. Playing in the sandpit while enjoying a sausage roll, getting pushed on the swings or dressing up in silly glasses and feather boas, the playground radiated happiness and connection.

Students across both campuses will be able to continue to celebrate Father’s Day with our Big Boys’ Breakfast next week. These events are open to all students to join Dad, an Uncle, a Grandparent or any significant adult role model in breakfast at our Junior School on Tuesday and our Mahers Lane campus on Wednesday. Booking details can be found in the Parents and Friends section.

Bring your blankets, picnic baskets, and a sense of wonder and get ready to be transported into a world of magic, love, and laughter as tonight and tomorrow, we present an enchanting open-air re-imagining of Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"! Join us under the twinkling stars for an evening of theatrical wonder on both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend. More details are below.

Spiritual Gym will be held once again this Sunday, 3 September with the service being a ‘Blessing of the Animals’. This service will take place at Mahers Lane on the top oval as we welcome each of you to bring your pet friends to be blessed, followed by light refreshments on the Trades Skills Deck. Please register your attendance here.

On Tuesday, 12 September, we will be holding an informative ParentEd session on anxiety and depression in teens. Taking Your Teens Psychological Temperature will help parents gain the knowledge needed to identify anxiety and depression in their teenage children and understand the available treatments. Our ParentEd sessions are about assisting parents so that we can partner to ensure a supportive and inclusive environment in our school. Booking can be made here.

Finally, as we approach this coming Sunday, I would like to extend warm wishes to all the fathers within our school community, celebrating the invaluable role they play in shaping the lives of our children. I also acknowledge that for some within our community, this day may be bittersweet due to the absence of these cherished individuals. Our thoughts and support are with those who are no longer able to celebrate Father's Day in person, and we hope that the memories and lessons shared continue to inspire and guide us.

Charlotte Lush
Deputy Principal

Chaplaincy

Chaplain's Corner

Immense Gratitude
Thank you for all your support of the Vinnies Sleepout fundraiser in aid of Fred’s Place which runs a drop-in centre for those experiencing homelessness and hardship in the Tweed Shire. Fred’s Place doesn’t receive any government funding, and so our generous donation of over $7,000 will assist them in caring for our most vulnerable citizens. Activities like Vinnies Sleepout enable our students to imagine lives that are not their own but also to develop the capabilities of open hearts and empathy vital for social coexistence, as well as boosts their mental wellbeing.


A Message For All Our Young People
In our social-media-saturated age, it’s increasingly important for us as adults, educators, parents and carers to affirm daily our young people. Social media, despite its innumerable benefits, can create a culture of constant competition and comparison which sometimes leads to our children thinking that they are worthless or not good enough. Moreso, competition is a killer of joy. Today and every day, let us say to every young person in our care:

You are loved;
You matter;
You belong;
Your future is bright;
You are unique;
You are amazing;
You are fabulous;
You are wonderful;
You are an original;
You are made for greatness;
You will succeed in your endeavours;
And all will be well!

Pets Blessing Service on Sunday, 3 September 2023.
You are warmly invited to our next Spiritual Gym Service which will be a Pets Blessing Service on the Top Oval on Sunday, 3 September at 4.30pm. Please bring your pets or animals for a special blessing service to commemorate the feast of St Francis of Assisi -patron saint of animals - as we mark the beginning of the ‘Season of Creation’.  Please register hereif you would like to attend. If you don’t have a pet or can’t bring one, bring a photo of your favourite animal. Let us encourage our children to continue to care for animals and for the whole creation. All are welcome!

BOOKING LINK

Happy Father’s Day
I wish all our dads and father figures in our community every blessing and happiness this Father’s Day and always. May God our Father, who loved us with the tenderness of a mother, watch over all our dads and our children, and grant our community health, peace, joy and happiness.

For Our Prayers
Please remember this week in your prayers or positive thoughts:

  • Our Year 12 students preparing for their HSC
  • All those who are sick in our community and those caring for them
  • Our medical professionals and their families
  • Our law-enforcement agencies
  • Our First Nation Australians as we journey towards the referendum
  • The ongoing work of reconciliation in Australia and closing the gap efforts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • Those who constantly feel lonely and alone
  • All migrants, asylum seekers and refugees

I wish you a restful and relaxing weekend full of God’s choicest blessings in every way.

The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu
Chaplain

Important Information

First Nations

Parents and Friends

Big Boys' Breakfasts - Open to All Students

The Lindisfarne Parents and Friends are excited to invite you to the Big Boys' Breakfast.

Junior School Years P-4
Tuesday, 5 September
7.45am to 8.30am
Bookings are essential via https://www.trybooking.com/CLAXG

Mahers Lane Years 5-12
Wednesday, 6 September
7.30am - 8.15am
Bookings are essential via https://www.trybooking.com/CLAXE

Join us at these wonderful P&F community events where students can enjoy breakfast with their dad, grandfather, uncle, or another significant adult role model.

Enjoy all your breakfast favourites including bacon and egg rolls, fruit and yoghurt, plus juice, tea and coffee for only $15.00 per person. Adults and students are the same price.

Volunteer Helpers are required on these days, if you can assist please register via this link.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lindisfarne Parents and Friends Association

Safe on Social

ParentEd

Wellbeing Team

ParentEd Session - Anxiety and Depression in Teens

Medical Information - Update Your Child's Details

How to update your child’s medical information on SEQTA Engage (Parent Lounge).

Student health and dietary information is used for the planning of camps, excursions, sporting events and school activities and it is important that it is kept up to date.

  1. SEQTA Engage
  2. Click on the Medical Details

If you have bookmarked the Parent Loune tab, you will find the medical details item as per the image below.

  3. Update General Medical Details using Update (see picture below)
  4. Add any new medical conditions using + New
  5. If your child has a medical condition listed that is no longer relevant, click 'Details' and add a note indicating that the condition can be removed.


Our school nurse will get a notification that the medical details have been updated and will review the changes. Please feel free to contact nurse@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions about this process.

Bianca Foster
School Nurse

Student Voice

Welcome to Lindisfarne TV - LTV


Youtube link: HERE

We're excited to bring you the latest instalment of Lindisfarne TV (LTV), your go-to source for all things happening within our school.

In Episode 6 of LTV, we're taking you behind the scenes of the spectacular Lion King production, giving you an exclusive peek into the hard work and creativity that went into bringing this iconic show to life. 

But that's not all – we're also thrilled to showcase the highlights from the recent adventure of our Year 11 Multimedia students at the EKKA. Students had to film and edit a promo video for the EKKA. 

And speaking of enriching experiences, we're delighted to share the insights and takeaways from the Fearless Futures summit. Our students had the incredible opportunity to engage with thought-provoking discussions and forward-looking ideas that are shaping the future.

If you're as excited as we are to stay in the loop, remember to follow us on Instagram @lindisfarne_tv. 

Ryan Murphy
Teacher

Upcoming Events

FunFest

Whole School News

Tournament of Minds

On Sunday 27th August, Lindisfarne was the host for the Regional Finals of Tournament of Minds 2024. Over 200 students from 15 schools across the North Coast made the journey to Mahers Lane to compete in the first round of Tournament of Minds.

Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary school up to Year 10, They are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines: The Arts, STEM, Language Literature or Social Sciences.

Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. Students present the product of their ideas - their challenge solution - to a panel of judges and an audience on Tournament Day. 


The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Tournament Day. This challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well-developed group cooperation skills.


This year Lindisfarne had a record number of teams competing in the Tournament - with 12 teams from Year 5-Year 9 competing across every discipline. This number of participants resulted in Lindisfarne being one of the best represented schools in NSW. 


All of our teams performed brilliantly and their hard work was recognised by the judges. 11 out of 12 Lindisfarne teams ended up in the top 3 places in their division! On top of that, 3 of our teams were awarded the title of Regional Champions. This means that almost 1/4 of winning teams in the Region came from Lindisfarne.


A huge congratulations our Regional Champion  teams:

  • Primary Language Literature - Ashton Schneider, Rex Flood, Isaiah Mammen, Floyd Blair, Adam Blinco, Elliott Zurawic and Samantha Brady 
  • Secondary Language Literature - Sian McGilligan, Phoebe Robins, Leo Lush, Charli Frazer, Ava Keay and Tahlia D’Amici
  • Secondary Social Sciences - Gracie Davies, Astrid Young, Georgia Franzway, Willow Veldhoven, Jahnvi Grover, Olive Capomolla and Eve Lobascher

Special congratulations also go to the facilitators for these teams; Laurelle Gilmour, Dana Dowker and Jacqui O’Sullivan. These teams are now busy preparing for the State Finals which are being held at UNSW in Sydney on Sunday 10th September. There the teams will compete for the State Title and the chance to represent NSW at the International Final in Melbourne in Term 4. We look forward to hearing news of their success!


ToM will return to Lindisfarne in 2024 - we look forward to having more people involved!

Scott Lewis
ToM North Coast Regional Director

Sing R U OK?

I am happy to announce that our annual R U OK? Day community choir event, Sing for R U OK? Day, will be held on the evening of Monday, 11 September, at M|Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah. Vicky Jacobs will once again be leading us through a pub choir version of a well-known song. 

As always, this event is open to the entire community as well as singers of all levels. It is a really fun way to support an important cause. We are especially lucky this year because Husk Distillery have offered to open their M-Arts based pop-up bar for us, so food and drink will be available.

Additionally, R U OK? Merchandise will be available for sale. The event will kick off at 6:30 pm, please come along for a good time in support of a great cause.

More information will be available in the lead up to the event.

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer/Manager

Staff Bio

Curriculum

HSC Update

All the best for the HSC Oral examinations this week:

  • Tuesday, 5 September French Beginners Oral 
  • Wednesday, 6 September - Spanish Beginners 
  • Saturday,  9 September - Japanese Extension 

Revision sessions

Year 12 students and Year 11 Accelerants are encouraged to register for ATAR revision sessions in September more information can be found here.

ICAS results 

ICAS examinations concluded this week - information on how to access results will be emailed to parents once the results have been released. 

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Junior School

From the Head of Junior School

As always, the Junior School has been buzzing with activities, growth, and a whole lot of learning. Let's take a moment to review some of the recent happenings and look ahead to what’s coming up.

Firstly, a big congratulations to our Year 3 students who just returned from their first overnight camp at Camp Goodenough. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive (from students and teachers)! Students had an amazing time learning outdoor skills, bonding with their classmates, and connecting with nature. The activities ranged from Go Cart building to team-building exercises and Indoor Rock Climbing that entertained and instilled important life lessons. A huge thank you to the staff for making this a memorable experience for our youngsters. They're already looking forward to next year's camp adventure!

We're absolutely delighted to announce that the Great Book Swap event was a smashing success. Thanks to the collective efforts of our students, parents, and staff, we were able to raise almost $400 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation! This remarkable achievement shows the strength of our community and its commitment to making a difference. Each dollar will go towards helping improve literacy among Indigenous children, providing them with the crucial skill of reading. Well done, everyone!

Mark your calendars, parents! Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled for the 7th, 12th, and 14th of September. These meetings offer an invaluable opportunity to discuss your child’s academic progress, social development, and any concerns or questions you may have. With the end of the year rapidly approaching, these conversations are a perfect time to set meaningful goals for your child. To book your appointment, please refer to the email sent out previously or contact the school office.

Important Parking Reminder: Safety First!

Before we wrap up this week’s newsletter, we have a crucial community announcement concerning the parking situation at the end of Sunshine Ave. We understand that mornings and afternoons can be hectic, but we strongly urge parents to refrain from parking in the bus turn-around area. 

Parking in this zone not only violates local regulations but also poses a significant safety risk to our students and their families. When cars are parked inappropriately, it forces buses to execute potentially dangerous three- or four-point turns, which could endanger pedestrians.

We have been informed by Tweed Council Traffic Rangers that further enforcement will be implemented in the near future. While no one wants to see fines issued, the greater concern is the well-being of our students and families. We believe it is far better for our community members to correct this practice out of genuine concern and consideration for each other, rather than the looming threat of penalties.

Please, let's all do our part to keep our school environment safe and welcoming for everyone.

Thank you once again for being such an engaged and supportive community. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Parent/Teacher interviews and other school events.

Jeremy Godden
Head of Junior School

Year 3 History


A morning shared with special guests

Year 3 classrooms were alive with excitement on Monday as we welcomed some very special guests to share their cultural and religious celebrations and commemorations. Students worked collaboratively to interview our special guests and ask inquiry questions to gather information and interesting facts.


From the Obon Festival in Japan, to the ancient celebration of Maslenitsa in Russia, Thanksgiving celebrations throughout the USA, Hannukah and The New Yam Festival of the Igbo people in Nigeria.  This experience took us around Australia and globally, with some special guests joining us virtually from the other side of the world!


This deep learning event wouldn’t have been possible without our enthusiastic volunteers who willingly gave their time to share their knowledge, experiences and cultural traditions with our Year 3 students. We want to thank our special guests Louise Godden, Rev Constantine Osuchukwu, Shanti Pettit, Ginnie Virk, Camilla Sussman, John Mertic, and Neal Daniels.



Jessica Nixon
Teacher
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Fathers’ Day Morning Tea

On Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 August, we invited fathers and significant men in the lives of our Preschool children to come and join us for a Fathers’ Day morning tea, catch up and play in our beautiful Preschool playground. 


Popular activities on offer that we enjoyed together included “My Dad Rocks!” rock painting, a dress up photo booth, mini golf and games such as giant snakes and ladders, fathers’ day books to share, Lego and Duplo construction, car track back massage, tower building and colouring in. Perhaps best of all was the opportunity to just get together and chat while enjoying some delicious food with familiar faces, without the pressure of having to rush off to work!


Those who couldn’t make it were in our thoughts, and we wish all of you the very best for Fathers’ Day on Sunday.

Tim Pettit
Junior School Teacher

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Point Danger Excursion

On Tuesday August 29th, all of Year 2 travelled to Point Danger to learn about the history of our local area and explore first-hand the Centaur Memorial walk and Point Danger lookout.


Students have spent time in class this term researching the history of the Centaur ship and learning about the people who lost their lives in this tragedy. They then had the chance to expand on these learnings by exploring the memorials first-hand and working together to locate, record and share information found on the different memorials along this historical walk. 

This encouraged the use of critical thinking and collaborative engagement as students explored real world historical sites and worked together to summarise, organise and record interesting facts to later use in presentations.


Students, parents and teachers were able to move along the memorial walk in groups making note of all of the historical features on a map of the area and paying respects to the brave men and women who so readily gave up their lives to keep our country safe. We also learnt about the Point Danger lighthouse which was the first ever lighthouse to experiment with laser technology!


We were even fortunate enough to see a very active whale swimming along the headland and have a jet fighter plane fly overhead along the coastline. We had such a fantastic day investigating, exploring and learning and had so many great facts to share with our classmates and teachers when we returned to school. 

We were very fortunate to have this opportunity and to be able to spend time linking what we had been learning in class to the world around us in such a meaningful and valuable way.

Angela Mundy
Assistant Head of Junior School 

See below for more images

From the Junior Sports Desk

Key Dates for Term 3

Total Footbal Academy - Monday Afterschool - Final session Monday 11th September

Skipping Club - Monday and Wednesday Morning from 7.30am on the Junior School Basketball Courts. Final session Wednesday 20th Septmeber.

Lindisfarne Tennis Championships - Wednesday 6th September.  Jump Rope For Heart - Jump Off Day Friday 8th September.

Jump Rope For Heart 
Jump Rope for Heart is the Heart Foundation’s primary school skipping challenge that helps kids move more, have fun and raise funds for lifesaving research and programs.

The Junior School students have blitzed the skipping hours amassing an outstanding 126 hours of skipping outside of school time. They have also more than doubled the fundraising goal, currently we are sitting at an AMAZING $11,887 for the Heart Foundation. 

Don’t forget to log your skipping hours. This will show us how many hours per week we as a school are skipping. So get skipping and log lots of  hours.

Keep up the great work at home and remember Skipping makes our Hearts Healthy. 


Skipping Club
Skipping Club had a big week this week, 323 students parents and friends have attended the 11 sessions we have had so far. 22 people have completed the 100 club challenge, 8 have completed the 50 backwards challenge, 6 have completed the 200 club challenge and 1 has completed the 20 double under challenge. This week was our world record attendance with 48 people attending the Wednesday session. What a great way to start your day. 

It will continue all term on Monday and Wednesday morning from 7.30am on the Basketball Court,  finishing on the Wednesday morning in Week 10 (20th Sept).

The idea of Skipping Club is to get active, have fun, and learn new skills and tricks while skipping. Skipping Club is open for all students from Kindergarten to year 4 and we also encourage parents and carers to join us. We have had a number of students and parents complete the ‘100 Club’ this is continuous skipping for 100 skips in a row, there is also a ‘50 Backwards’ Challenge, ‘20 Double Under’ Challenge and the ‘200 Club’ challenge to achieve. Challenges can only be completed at skipping club and you can only attempt one challenge per day, so get along to skipping club and have a go. 

Those students who achieve one of the challenges will be awarded a certificate on assembly for their efforts.

Getting active and having FUN with our kids is one of the truly great joys in life. Get up, get active, come along and learn some skills and tricks and have heaps of FUN and let’s get skipping to a healthy heart and body.  

Total Football Academy - After school Program 
The total football academy continues for the next two weeks.  The session will be held every Monday and will continue through until Week 9, concluding on Monday 11th September.



Lindisfarne Tennis Championships 
The annual Lindisfarne Tennis Championships will be held on Wednesday 6 September in the afternoon/evening. Students in Years 3 and 4 are eligible to register for this event in the Primary Division. 

Registrations are now open, please click the link on the flyer - here to register your child. 

Date: Wednesday 6 September
Time: 4.00pm - 8.30pm 
Venue: Arkinstall Park Tennis Centre, Cunningham St, Tweed Heads South
Attire: Lindisfarne Sports Uniform 

Nathan Croft
P-4 PE Specialist

Early Learning Centre

Green Team

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

Year 5 Camp

During Week 6 our Year 5 cohort spent a week at Lake Ainsworth enjoying camp with a four-day, three-night camp! During this time we not only survived, we THRIVED! Lake Ainsworth was an absolute blast.  


During our time away it was so wonderful to watch the students challenge themselves in different outdoor education arenas. Rock climbing involved harnesses and navigating heights, canoeing was out on the Tea Tree Lake but the wind was fun to work with, archery saw the Robin Hood in us all rise to the surface and raft building allowed us to think about survival in the wild. 


Watching the smiles on the faces of our students was an absolute highlight. By day we canoed, rock climbed, raft built, fenced and paddled! By night we had fun playing games, arcades and completing trivia (we even cheered on the Matilda’s against England!). From the earliest of starts to late at night our incredible humans looked after each other beautifully! So many of the camp staff commented on how incredible the Lindisfarne students were; resilient, helpful, kind and so thoughtful with looking after each other.




Upon return it has been extremely rewarding to reflect on the many moments of growth the students moved through; growth in resilience, growth in persistence, growth in self belief and growth in confidence! 


A huge thank you needs to be extended to the extraordinary teachers and support staff who accompanied our students and made this camp possible. It was a wonderful team to share in such a great adventure! 


Well done Year 5 teachers and students of 2023 - you have so much to be proud of! 

Amber Jarvis 
Year 5 Coordinator

From the Head of Middle School

TOURNAMENT OF THE MINDS

On Sunday, Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School was honoured to host the regional finals of the Tournament of the Minds for the second consecutive year.

The calibre of student performances was truly exceptional and this would not have been possible without the dedication of the facilitators and judges for their invaluable time and expertise. The talented students for diving in and giving it their absolute best and of course the parents and carers who made the journey on Sunday. Their presence and support were instrumental in making the competition day possible.

I would like to acknowledge Mr. Scott Lewis, as the North Coast Regional Director of Tournament of the Minds, for his organisation and enthusiasm. He was ably supported by not only a large team of teachers but also Mr Rod Bertrum our Production Manager, the P & F for running the sausage sizzle, Ms Lia Mason, our Food Services Manager and her outstanding team, including our Year 12 students, for the top-notch service at Bahna Cafe.

All of our Lindisfarne teams performed exceptionally well. We were fortunate to have 3 teams make it through to the State finals which will be held in Sydney in a fortnight. I extend my best wishes to our primary Language Literature team, our secondary Language Literature team, and our secondary Social Sciences team.

Public Speaking Finals
On Wednesday evening our students showcased their public speaking skills at the Stage 3-6 finals. The diverse range of topics chosen showcased the students' personal interests, reflections and narratives. Congratulations to each student for their hard work and preparation, it was a truly entertaining evening.

Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Senior School

Careers and VET

Year 12 Reminders
As Year 12’s approach the end of their final term of schooling I have provided some reminders below about University Applications:

  • Important upcoming date: 30th of September. Please ensure you have set up your UAC, QTAC and/or VTAC applications by the 30th of September and most importantly that you have paid by this date. After this, you can still set up applications but the fees will go up significantly.
  • You can continue to change your preferences after you submit your application until December.  For QTAC you have 3 free changes then you have to pay, UAC and VTAC have unlimited changes. Please add all preferences (5 or 6 depending on the state), you may as well and it does not cost more to fill them all. Ensure your first preference is the course you MOST want to do, even if it is a dream and you aren't sure you'll get that ATAR.
  • UAC is for NSW Universities, if you haven't yet applied and want to please go here.
  • QTAC is for QLD Universities, if you haven't yet applied and want to please go here.
  • VTAC is for Victorian Universities, if you haven't yet applied and want to please go here.

Students are encouraged to book a meeting with me, should they want any support with these applications or any other post school planning.

Year 10 TAFE Expression of Interest

Any Year 10 students who are interested in studying at TAFE next year, when they are in Year 11, need to complete their expression of interest form ASAP as round 1 applications are due before the 8th of September. Thank you to all those students who have submitted. Any students interested in expressing interest should contact lauren.ward@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Lauren Ward
Director of Careers and VET

Head of Senior School

Art/Design Showcase
Last week's Art/Design Showcase was a resounding success, testimony to the talent and creativity of our student body. The event included diverse mediums - ranging from traditional acrylic paintings and intricate sculptures to cutting-edge digital art. The quality of the work was incredibly high, capturing the imagination of all who attended. A hearty congratulations to Mrs Jane Brennan and Mr Stephen Henderson (and their respective teams) for setting a new benchmark for future exhibitions.

AFLQ Schools Cup
Congratulations to our girls' team for making it to the Semi-Final of the AFLQ Schools Cup. Although we faced a comprehensive defeat against PBC, reaching this stage in the competition is an accomplishment in itself. The chance to play at Heritage Bank Stadium was an incredible experience. The journey may not have ended in victory this time, but it has certainly set the stage for future triumphs.


The Victor Chang School Science Awards
Congratulations to Mia Harris and Amelie Diver for receiving the prestigious Victor Chang School Science Award, an accolade established to honour the legacy of cardiac surgeon Dr. Victor Chang. Instituted in 2004, the award aims to nurture young talents in the STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is a tremendous honour that signifies commitment, tenacity, and outstanding achievements in subjects like Biology, Physics, Engineering and Chemistry. Well done!


Public Speaking Finals
Congratulations to all students from Years 5-12 who reached the final of the Public Speaking Competition on Wednesday evening. As an adjudicator, it was a privilege to witness the eloquence, poise, and insightful arguments presented. The range and depth of topics tackled were commendable, and the calibre of oratory skills displayed was pleasing. Knowing that Lindisfarne nurtures such gifted young orators assures me that the future is indeed bright.

Uniform
In this week's assembly, I underscored the significance of adhering to Lindisfarne’s uniform standards. A well-worn uniform not only fosters a sense of belonging but also instils a sense of pride in our school community. It is crucial to remember that these standards are not mere formalities; they prepare our students for a world where personal grooming and self-discipline are highly valued. I extend my heartfelt thanks to parents for their continued support in helping our students understand and appreciate these principles. Finally, a gentle reminder that wearing the School blazer is mandatory while travelling to and from school during Terms 2-3. Thank you.

Kate Cornell
Head of Senior School 

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

English

Public Speaking Competition

The annual Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School Public Speaking Final was held on Wednesday evening. We celebrated the spirit of inquiry, the courage to stand up and speak out, and the innovative thinking that will shape our world's future. As these young speakers continue to grow and evolve, we are certain that their voices will make a lasting impact on our community. We would like to congratulate the following students for winning their respective Stage Finals:

Stage 3: Beatrice Broad

Stage 4: Sienna Williamson

Stage 5: Ben Reeve

Stage 6: Mia Harris

Thank you to all of the competitors – we look forward to the 2024 competition.

Mrs Kylie Wharton
Director of English

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Debating and Public Speaking

HSIE

LOTE

Dance

Mathematics

Maths

Year 9 Outdoor Gradients

We love to have hands-on practical activities in Mathematics when possible. 




Year 9 students are mastering the concept of gradient as a crucial skill for real-world understanding. Engaging in outdoor tasks enhances learning by bridging the gap between theory and application. By observing and measuring slopes around the Lindisfarne campus, students develop a deeper appreciation for its role in everyday scenarios and applications like road construction, sports fields, and architectural designs. Luckily we have so many steps in Lindisfarne so that we can practice our skills many times over!! 




Embracing outdoor tasks not only cultivates a holistic understanding of gradients but also nurtures problem-solving skills and a connection between classroom learning and the world around us which we love. 




Well done year 9 students!

Caitriona McCann
Teacher- Acting Maths Coordinator

Performing Arts

Rock On!

We're thrilled to share the incredible success of our recent rock band performance! On August 30th, our talented students took the stage and left the entire school in awe.

Under the dynamic leadership of Ryan Murphy, Alicia Charleston and Johnny Grant, our students showcased their musical prowess and brought the house down.

A standout moment was when Mr Norton led the entire crowd in a jumping frenzy during the performance of 'Jump'. It perfectly captured the spirit of the event - a collective celebration of music and unity. 

Our teachers surprised us all by rocking out in the audience just as enthusiastically as the students. This showed the power of music to bring people together, transcending age and roles.

A huge thank you to all the students, parents, teachers, and staff who supported this event. Your passion and enthusiasm made it a resounding triumph, showcasing the true Lindisfarne spirit.

Rock on!

Click below to see the photos.

Ryan Murphy
Performing Arts

Year 10 Drama HOTA “The Scene Project”

Year 10 Drama had the privilege of participating in the Queensland Theatre Company’s program “The Scene Project” this week at HOTA. 


They delivered a phenomenal performance to an audience of drama students and theatre practitioners.




The students have worked tirelessly for a term developing a 15-minute performance as script writers, student directors and actors from a script adaptation of the Queensland Theatre Company production of “A Thousand Points From Zero” to produce a play that left audiences in awe of their professionalism and theatrical success.


A huge congratulations to a wonderful ensemble!

Mrs Amy Camer
Drama Teacher

Germinate Records

PDHPE

Photography and Digital Media

Science

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square

International

Sustainability

Waste Wise Tips

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular

Sport

Lindisfarne Lions Basketball Club

Last week we had a highly entertaining Grand Final blitz up at Carrara, with no less than 5 Lindisfarne Lions in the big dance. A thoroughly enjoyable evening of Basketball was enjoyed, which is usually the case with big pressure games and a large prize up for grabs. A brief wrap up below:

Congratulations to the U14 Girls NALAS, bringing Lindisfarne our first GCJBL Winter competition championship. After a very strong start, they held off a spirited Celtics comeback to win 22-19. 


The U16Gs QUEENS again took to the court with only 5 players, getting out to an early 10-4 lead. This was potentially the most entertaining game of basketball I had ever seen - the girls finished with only two players on the court and went down 14-21. These girls deserve praise for not only finishing the season in second place but for their grit and resilience all season long.


The U14  Boys Lokis were grateful for the opportunity to avenge a previous 1-point loss to the top of the ladder Varsity. Coming out strong but only leading by 5 at half and 3/4 time the boys learnt from some high-pressure moments over the last few weeks and turned the screws in the 4th, scoring 21 points and winning 47-35. Congratulations boys on a fantastic season and winning a very competitive Division 2.


The U16Bs HUNTERS also playing Div 2 finished the regular season in 2nd place and took on the top-of-the-table Spartans. In what was a back-and-forth game, tied at 3/4 time, uncharacteristically not hitting from range and a disparate fouls count, ended up costing the Hunters, with the final score of 50-39 not indicative of the neck and neck battle for 36 of 40 minutes.



The U18Bs KINGS have been chronically short handed this season. Starting the game with only 5 players yet again, the boys finished with 4 on the court. That they reeled the top of the table PBC boys back in, eventually going down by only 3 is a really great effort.

While we all play to win, and it can be disappointing to lose your last game or not make finals, please do not have that be the only indicator of development and success.


Congratulations to our grand finalists! Thank you all teams for the great seasons we all had, and thank you managers, coaches and parents that are there supporting our teams, and enjoying the challenges and growth, championships or otherwise. 

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport

From the Sports Desk

Some busy weeks ahead on the sports front as we have now seen off the winter months. The Lindisfarne Tennis Championships are next Wednesday evening. Then the week after, the inaugural Lindisfarne Football six-a-side tournament is getting off the ground this year, which includes numerous visiting schools and multiple Lindisfarne teams in the following divisions; Years 3 & 4 Boys and Girls, Years 5 & 6 Boys and Girls.

We also have presentation evenings across Basketball, Rugby and Netball, Fitzpatrick Shield for Hockey, NSWCIS and NSW All Schools Athletics……. then the holidays!

Sporting Schools Australia - NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The pinnacle of Australian school swimming has come and gone for 2023, with Lindisfarne represented by no less than four young guns. The boys made themselves known with some incredible results - we should all be incredibly proud of their achievements. 

Koa Stotz and Riley Johnston going 1st and 2nd in the country - AGAIN! Just unbelievable that this continues to happen. The young kid with a big motor - Jack Sewell was collecting medals, including gold! New kid on the block and yet another breaststroke purist - Ned Simmonds  (Year 4), gaining 4th in his individual 50m, a massive effort.

An acknowledgement of the parents of these boys too - the most arduous of all sports in my opinion with parents front and centre getting kids to their busy training schedules, including 4.00am alarm clocks.

A high commendation too -  to the Laurie Lawrence Swim School for their contributions towards the skill development of ALL of these boys over the years. Their coaching methodology speaks volumes.

Here is a wrap of the event for the boys:

Koa Stotz (13 Years)

  • 2nd -  100m Breaststroke, 1:10.54
  • 1st - 50m Breastroke, 31.40 
  • 2nd - 4 x 50m Medley relay
  • 4th -  4 x 50m Freestyle relay

Riley Johnston (13 years)

  • 2nd  -  50m Breaststroke,  32.3
  • 3rd - 100 Breaststroke, 1:11.22
  • 2nd - 50m Backstroke, 30.22
  • 6th -  50m Freestyle, 26.36
  • 6th - 13/14yrs 200m Breaststroke 2:40.74

Super effort considering Rileys broken wrist forced layoff, returning to training only a week or two out.


Ned Simmonds (8-10 Years)

  • 1st - 4 x 50m Medley Relay (mixed)
  • 2nd - 4 x 50m Medley Relay (boys)
  • 4th - 50m Breastroke, 42.03 (PB)


Jack Sewell (10 Years)

  • 1st - 100m Backstroke, 1:18.13
  • 2nd - 200m Indiv Medley, 2:51.59
  • 3rd - 4 x 50m Medley Relay
  • 4th - 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay


AFLQ Schools Cup State Semi-Final

On Tuesday the Open Girls AFL team made the trip to Heritage Bank Stadium (formerly Metricon Stadium) to take on the might of Palm Beach Currumbin High School in the Semi Final of the AFLQ Schools Cup competition. This is a statewide knockout competition that started back in May with over 700 teams. The girls progressed all the way to the final 8 and the thrill of playing on the Gold Coast Suns home ground was huge.

In a tight first quarter the girls managed to get the ball into our forward 50 on numerous occasions  but unfortunately weren’t able to score. It was a tight first quarter and when the siren sounded a score line of 9 - 0 was a good reflection of how tight the game was.

It was in the second quarter that Palm Beach got hold of us. They were able to win the ball at the contest and then quickly transition it to the outside and into their forward line. A seven goal quarter for Palm Beach meant that we were always chasing them.

To the girls credit they were able to wrestle back some of the momentum from Palm Beach in the final two quarters but by then the damage had been done. Once again the girls handled themselves magnificently. Their attack on the football and desire to win never diminished but Palm Beach were just too good. 

A big thank you to our Year 12 girls who were able to juggle exams and study to represent the team throughout the season. We look forward to next year and again seeing how far we can go.


Tennis Terranora After-School Program

The Tennis Terranora after-school tennis lessons will start again on Tuesday afternoons in Week 2 Term 4 at Lindisfarne Mahers Lane campus Tennis Courts. These sessions are capped at 20 students. Group lessons for beginners and competition players.

Capped at 20 students.

Pricing: $70 for 7 weeks (sign up on SEQTA/Parent Lounge, Events and Payments)
Time: Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm
Start Date: Week 2 to Week 8, 17/10/23 - 28/11/23
Location: Lindisfarne Mahers Lane campus tennis courts
Run By: Tennis Terranora Coach Caleb Maxted


Lindisfarne Tennis Championships

Date:  Wednesday 14 September
Time: 4.00pm - 8:30pm 
Venue: Arkinstall Park Tennis Centre, Cunningham St, Tweed Heads South. (make your own way there)
Attire: Lindisfarne Sport uniform

**Registrations are now closed

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport

Netball Presentations

The Lindisfarne Lions Netball Presentation evening will be held for the Net, Set Go, Amara Lions, Zuri Lions, Duchess Lions and Amani Lions on Wednesday, 13 September from 4.30pm to 5.45pm at Osteria Casuarina.

We are affectionately calling this our Cubs Presentation event.

Tickets will be $15 per player. Players will receive a light meal (finger food) and some entertainment after the formalities have concluded, whilst parents can socialise and a cash bar will be operating.

Full formal uniform is required and bookings can be made by clicking https://www.trybooking.com/CLEPQ

The Lindisfarne Lions Netball Presentation evening will be held for all 11 Year, Junior, Intermediate and Opens Lions Teams on Wednesday, 13 September from 6.45pm to 8.45pm at Osteria Casuarina.

This will be a fully catered event, with a cash bar for adults. Tickets for players and guests will be $32.50.

Full formal uniform is required and bookings can be made by clicking https://www.trybooking.com/CLEQD


Rugby Report


KEY DATES

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

Boys

Wednesday, 13 September

NSW Rugby State Final 7s (U18 only)

Thursday, 21 September

Rugby Captains Dinner

Friday, 22 September

Term 3 ends

Monday, 9 October

Term 4 begins

Wednesday, 11 October

All Saints QLD 7s (U13, U15 & U18)

Saturday-Sunday, 21-22 October

QLD All Schools 7s (U13, U15 & U18)

Girls

Thursday, 21 September

Rugby Captains Dinner

Friday, 22 September

Term 3 ends

Monday, 9 October

Term 4 begins

Wednesday, 11 October

All Saints QLD 7s (U13, U15 & U18)

Saturday-Sunday, 21-22 October

QLD All Schools 7s (U13, U15 & U18)

UPCOMING FIXTURES

NSW Rugby State Final 7s

Our U18 boys squad will be travelling to the NSW Rugby State Finals 7s at Granville Park, Merrylands in Sydney on Tuesday 12th September and playing on Wednesday 13th September.  This is a great achievement for our boys and selections for these squads will be released as soon as possible. If there are any conflicts with other commitments, please make sure to let us coaches know ASAP.  

OTHER ITEMS

Rugby Captain’s Dinner

The 2023 Lindisfarne Rugby Captain's Dinner and Presentation Night will be held on Thursday, 21 September from 6.30pm at Peppers Salt, Kingscliff.  This dinner will be for our Year 5 to 12 students and parents who have been involved in the rugby program.  There will be a number of awards presented on the night including:

  • Boys U12 Player of the Year
  • Boys U13 Player of the Year
  • Boys U15 Player of the Year
  • Boys 1st XV Player of the Year
  • Girls U15 Player of the Year
  • Girls 1st 7 Player of the Year
  • Most Promising 
  • Most Improved 
  • Representative Player of the Year
  • Spirit of Rugby Award

Tickets are $37.50 and bookings can be made HERE or by clicking the link in the invitation below.  All students are required to be in formal school uniform on the night.  This will be a great evening and a wonderful way to cap off the 2023 school rugby season for both XV-aside and 7-aside programs. If you have any questions, please let Dr Coyne or your respective coach know and we hope to see you all there.



Term Four Training Schedule

Please note rugby union will not be offered for integrated (Thursday) school sport in term 4. However, in preparation for the All Saints and QLD All Schools 7s tournaments, we will have three training sessions for our U18, U15 and U13 boys squads and U18 and U15 girls squads on the following dates I would like you to mark in your calendars:

  • Tuesday 10th October 0700
  • Thursday 12th October 0700 (Girls only)
  • Tuesday 17th October 0700
  • Thursday 19th October 0700

Gear Allocation

We have had our rugby backpacks arrive. These are available for collection from the PDHPE office under Ngahriyah for all players from our boys 1st XV, U15 and U13 XV-a side squads and girls U18 and U15 7s squads.

Training Notes

As we continue towards the end of term 3, it is worthwhile mentioning that all players and families should assume our Tuesday morning training will ALWAYS BE ON and we will let you know the evening prior if training is cancelled. As rugby is played in the elements, we will train through any adverse weather as much as possible.  All students selected in our 7s squads are expected at training, regardless of injury and if you cannot attend, please email your respective coach the night before.

Students should also be in proper training attire (NOT school sports uniform) with mouthguard, boots and any other equipment they play with for every session. This requirement also includes integrated school sport on Thursday.  Alongside this, students should have a towel and spare school uniform to change into in case there is wet weather.

Stack Team APP

The Stack Team app is our Rugby Union program’s main form of communication and resource house for all our squads, with exception of U12 boys. As a reminder, both parents and Boy’s U13, U15, 1st XVs and 7’s and Girl’s 7s students who have parental permission for smartphones should 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. 

More Information

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

Netball News


The Lindisfarne Lions Bulletin can be accessed here and has information and details on all things Netball.

Library

Bookweek @ our Library

‘READ GROW INSPIRE’

A wonderful week of celebrations. Students and staff paraded their incredible costumes at the assembly, an awesome sight to behold. Crafts, activities, and so much more to celebrate Bookweek 2023.



This year’s theme encapsulates the transformative power of literature in children’s lives as well as celebrating Australian authors and illustrators. And that’s a wrap for 2023, What will the theme be for 2024? Watch this space.



Gail Dessmann
Library Manager

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