2023 Term 4 Week 7 24 Nov 2023

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From the Principal

From the Deputy Principal


Dear Lindisfarne Parents and Guardians,

It has been a full week of special events and celebrations.

The week began with our Lindisfarne Stage Band's final local performance at Club Tweed. Under the direction of Mr Todd Hardy and his team, they embark on their exciting 10-day tour of the United States, where they will grace some of the world's most renowned jazz venues. This wonderful opportunity promises to be an unforgettable journey for our talented musicians.

On Tuesday, our Stage 3 and 4 students showcased their creativity and entrepreneurial skills during the BEE Market Day at Ngariyah. They organised a vibrant marketplace, offering a variety of foods like cookies, brownies, and snow cones, along with products such as candles, bracelets, and handmade beauty items. This event not only demonstrated their business acumen but also supported charity through their sales. Our sincere thanks go to the BEE Faculty (Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) for their mentorship and guidance of our students.

On Wednesday evening, we celebrated a significant milestone in our school's culture, the Homecoming Ceremony, marking the conclusion of the Rite Journey for our Year 9 students. This program, deeply embedded into the fabric of our school, fosters a unique bond among students, parents, and staff. The ceremony was a reflective occasion, highlighting moments like the Departure Ceremony and personal messages from students to their Mentors. It not only symbolised the end of this chapter but also underscored the importance of this transformative journey in strengthening our school community.

On Thursday evening the Stage 3 team and the P&F hosted the Stage 3 Disco for our students. The Chapel was transformed into a dazzling dance floor, aglow with the twinkle of fairy lights and the infectious energy of our enthusiastic students. Our particular thanks to our resident DJ- Mr Rodney Bertram!

As we approach the end of the year, I'd like to draw your attention to some significant upcoming events that mark important transitions and celebrations in our school community.

  • Monday, 27 November- Junior School Nativity, 2.00pm at Sunshine Avenue

  • Tuesday, 28 November- Year 8 into 9 Transition Service.

  • Wednesday, 29 November- End of Year Celebration at the ELC, 9.00am

  • Wednesday, 29 November- Year 6 Thanksgiving Service

  • Friday, 1 December- Middle School Carols Service, 8:40am

  • Friday, 1 December- Senior School Carols Service, 11:00am

  • Friday, 1 December- Year 10 Dinner Dance, 5:30pm

  • Sunday, 3 December- Community Christmas Carols, 4:30pm refreshments - 5:00pm Service

  • Tuesday, 5 December- Junior School Speech Day, 9:45am (Mahers Lane)

  • Tuesday, 5 December- Middle School Speech Day, 1:00pm

  • Wednesday, 6 December- Senior School Speech Day, 11:30am

Additionally, we invite you to our Community Carol Service on December 3rd. This event is not just a festive gathering; it is a cherished tradition that brings our entire school community together. It's a time for reflection, celebration, and togetherness, embodying the spirit of the season and reinforcing the bonds within our school family.

I look forward to seeing you at the many remaining events as we conclude this academic year.

Charlotte Lush
Deputy Principal


Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

Community Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 3, 2023

Our Community Christmas Carol Service will be held in the Mahers Lane Chapel on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 4.30pm (refreshments), followed by the Service at 5pm.

We have a tradition at the Service of taking up a retiring collection to assist those experiencing hardship and homelessness by providing them with a three-course Christmas meal served by Agape Outreach Centre. If you would like to support this initiative please email me at constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

All are welcome!

To confirm your attendance please use this link.

Christmas Giving Tree

Thank you to all those who have donated to our “Christmas Giving Tree” in aid of Tweed Women and Children’s Refuge and Kids In Need (KIN). We’re still accepting donations of gift cards for these charities. We sincerely appreciate your efforts in helping those in need this Christmas season.

Celebration of 30 Years of Ordination of Women to the Priesthood

On the 2nd of December, the Anglican Diocese of Grafton will be celebrating 30 years of the ordination of women to the priesthood. In order to mark the occasion, we will have a celebratory Eucharist at 10.00am. Please let me know if you would like to travel to Grafton for this special occasion.

Thanksgiving Day

The annual Thanksgiving Day is an American tradition worth cherishing, particularly in light of recent global challenges and crises. These turbulent years have granted us a newfound appreciation for life's simple joys and taught us not to take anything for granted.

Brother David Stendl-Rast aptly noted that it's not happiness that makes us grateful but rather gratefulness that makes us happy. Taking a moment to acknowledge and express gratitude for the people and things in our lives could be immensely worthwhile. Despite the challenges we face, as Etty Hillesum wisely observed, "life is still full of beauty and meaning, and God is still good."

I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your invaluable presence and contribution to the Lindisfarne School community. May God's blessings continue to enrich you and your loved ones in ways only He can.

I wish you a relaxing and restful weekend.

Rev Constantine Osuchukwu

Christmas Service Times - Anglican Churches in the Tweed

We would love to have you join us to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

Lindisfarne – Chapel - Mahers Lane Campus
Contact Phone: (07) 5590 5099
Sunday 3rd December 4:30pm Refreshments
5:00pm Community Christmas Service

Kingscliff – St James
122 Marine Parade, Kingscliff
Contact Phone: (02) 6674 1513
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 5:00pm
Christmas Day Monday 25th December 8:30am

Murwillumbah – All Saints
32 Byangam Road, Murwillumbah
Contact Phone: (02) 6672 6070
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 5:30pm
Christmas Day Monday 25th December 8:30am

Palm Beach - St Peter and St Paul
69 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach
Contact Phone: 0417 571 456
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 5:00pm
Christmas Day Monday 25th December 9:00am

Pottsville – St Marks
15A Coronation Ave, Pottsville
Contact Phone: (02) 6674 1513
Christmas Day Monday 25th December 9:00am

Tweed Heads - St Cuthberts
Cnr Florence and Powell Streets, Tweed Heads
Contact Phone: 07 5536 1060
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 6:00pm
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 10:00pm
Christmas Day Monday 25th December 9:00am

Tyalgum – St Johns
2 Wollumbin Street, Tyalgum
Contact Phone: (02) 6672 6070
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 11:00am

Uki – Holy Trinity
Kylogle Road, Uki
Contact Phone: (02) 6672 6070
Christmas Eve Sunday 24th December 7:30pm

Important Information

First Nations

First Nations Cultural Engagement Coordinator’s Update

This semester I had the privilege of painting a significant piece of work for the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Rivers. Bishop Murray was presented with the artwork which will be hung in the Grafton Diocesan Registry’s boardroom.

“Eternal Goodness” depicts God’s goodness through His Son Jesus, for the people and land of the Northern Rivers. It recognises First Nations people and their ancient care of Country, rivers and sea. It shows the beauty and abundance that continues to flourish from the blessings of the Father. The continued work of faith brings healing, reconciliation and much good (eternal) fruit.


As we come towards the end of the year I thought I would take the opportunity to share a little more of my life and thoughts as a Wiradjuri woman living and working in the Tweed.

As many of you may know I have had an amazing life, full of a lot of lows and a lot more highs. My grandparents were on rations, my mother stolen and myself spent time in a Catholic Nunnery as a young child. I grew up in extreme poverty, racism and abuse. Although this was my beginning chapter in life God has always had a different story for me. One of being a proud First Nations person, one of having more than enough, one of joy and peace even in the midst of what can still be a difficult life. As an Aboriginal woman, we hold great responsibility when it comes to the care of our families and community, this is something that I hold in high regard, I love caring for our mob, it is the most central thing in my life. Having a deep sense of purpose fills my cup every day, trusting God for my life and for the lives of our people feeds the fire of hope that can never be extinguished. My love for God continues to grow every day, the more challenging life becomes, the more evident he is. We have been blessed with this Country and all that she offers us. For thousands of years it has carried our stories and will continue to. As a nation we have a shared history and a shared future, we have much to recognise, celebrate and work towards.

Blessings in Unity.

Narelle Urquhart
First Nations Cultural Engagement Coordinator

Parents and Friends

Stage 3 Disco

Last night, our Stage 3 students had an unforgettable evening at the Parents and Friends Stage 3 Disco. The event was a tremendous success, filled with laughter, joy, and a whole lot of dancing.

To add a unique twist to the usual disco experience, this year's theme was a "Pyjama Party Extravaganza." Our students, dressed in their coziest and most colourful pyjamas, truly embraced the spirit of the theme. From onesies to fuzzy slippers, the dance floor was a sea of comfort and style mixed with a variety of cool dance moves. The students enjoyed every moment, creating lasting memories with their friends.

A special note of gratitude goes to the Parent and Friends (P & F) Committee for their invaluable contributions to the event. We extend our sincere thanks to Mr Rod Bertram (aka DJ RB) and the dedicated team of Stage 3 teachers for their efforts in making the night truly memorable.

Amber Jarvis and Kylie Thompson
Year 5 and 6 Coordinators

Safe on Social


Wellbeing Team

Smooth Transitions Ahead!

Smooth Transitions Ahead!

As the school year draws to a close, it's natural for parents to start thinking about transitions—whether it's from preschool to kindergarten, Year 10 to Year 11, or any step in between.

While these transitions are undeniably exciting, we also recognize that they can bring about a mix of emotions for both students and parents. To ensure everyone enjoys the process, it's crucial for parents to be mindful of their child’s feelings.

Our students, both familiar faces and new additions, have been actively participating in transition programs. These programs, held over the past few weeks, aim to acquaint students with their new learning spaces and staff, reducing stress and building confidence.

Interestingly, due to these programs, our students might be more prepared than their parents for those significant moments—like the jump from preschool to kindy or from Sunshine Ave to Mahers Lane. If you're finding it challenging to discuss these transitions positively with your child, don't hesitate to seek support.

We're excited to share that School TV has fantastic resources to help you and your child navigate this upcoming transition with confidence. Check out these valuable tools to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

School TV Transitions

Here's to smooth transitions and new beginnings!

Student Voice

Upcoming Events


Whole School News

Lindisfarne Homestay Families

Staff Bio


Junior School

From the Head of Junior School

The Junior School has been abuzz with excitement, and I am thrilled to share some highlights from the past week and look forward to some exciting happening as we round out the 2023 school year.

This Thursday marked an exciting milestone for our Junior School students as they stepped into their 2024 year level classrooms for a sneak peek of the coming academic year. The morning was filled with laughter and an abundance of enthusiasm as our young learners engaged in fun activities and collaborated with new classmates and teachers. The discussions about what 2024 holds were both insightful and heartwarming. We extended5 a warm welcome to the new starters, and I am confident that the supportive environment fostered by our continuing students will make their transition into Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School a smooth and memorable one. Importantly, please note that class groups used for the transition day and the teacher allocated on the day is not necessarily your child’s 2024 class group or teacher. Our dedicated staff will be formulating class groups in the coming weeks and final groups and teacher allocation will be communicated to families in the new year. Students will have an opportunity to nominate friends with whom they would like to share a class, and these preferences will be considered alongside our educators' professional judgement about fostering good learning friendships and understanding social dynamics. It is important to note that it is not the practice of the school to accept requests for specific teachers. Class groups and teacher allocations will be decided through a thorough and professional consultative process involving staff and school leadership and while information about preferences shared by parents will be considered, they cannot be guaranteed.

With Speech Day just around the corner on December 5th, our Year 1 to Year 4 students are gearing up for a grand showcase of their achievements and talents. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday, December 4th, in Ngahriyah. To ensure a seamless transition, students will be transported to the Mahers Lane Campus by bus. This event is not only an opportunity to celebrate academic achievements but also a chance for our students to shine on stage and showcase their unique abilities. Please keep an eye on your inbox for further details.

As we wrap up our Kindy and Year 1 swimming programs this week, I want to express my gratitude to the staff at Laurie Lawrence Swim School for their expert instruction. It has been impressive to witness the progress and increased confidence of our young swimmers. These programs not only instil crucial life skills but also promote a positive attitude towards physical activity and water safety.

I would like to also extend an invitation to our upcoming Nativity Chapel Service on Monday 27 Nov. Our Year 2 students have been practising and rehearsing and, with the expert help of their teachers have put together a delightful performance telling the story of the first Christmas. The ELC End of Year Concert is rapidly approaching too! Being held on 29 November, this heartwarming event promises to showcase the talents and creativity of our Early Learning Centre students. Prepare yourself for a cuteness overload!

When attending the upcoming events at Sunshine Avenue, please be mindful of parking arrangements to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all attendees. With limited parking in Sunshine Avenue and NO PARKING in Sullivan Street for access to the school, we highly recommend utilising the parking at Arkinstall Park and taking the nice stroll across the fields to the back gate. Thank you for your understanding and consideration of our neighbours.

Finally, Year 4 parents and Carers, please save the date for the last day of school (6 Dec) as we continue the tradition of our Year 4 student Ringing the Bell as they finish their time at Sunshine Ave. This will take place at the Ceremonial Bell in the front playground from around 2:40 pm. I look forward to sharing this special occasion with you and your child(ren).

Jeremy Godden
Head of Junior School

Year 3 Science

Journey into the World of Energy: A Science Excursion to Mahers Lane on Heat, Light and Electrical Energy

Year 3 students embarked on a scientific journey that delved into the captivating world of heat, light and electrical energy. Full of background knowledge from our lessons at Sunshine Avenue this term, students were warmly welcomed by Mrs Mendoza, Miss King and Ms Cork. They were also fortunate enough to have some Year 10 students accompany the teachers and assist on the day.

The students rotated around into three different labs where they participated in investigations to deepen their understanding of these valuable energy sources. In one of the labs, they got up close with a hand crank generator that converted energy into electricity. Students used their own energy to efficiently wind the handle and send electric waves to generate enough electricity to turn on a small light. The students then constructed a pin wheel, this enabled them to discuss, reflect and compare the pin wheel to an actual wind turbine that generates electricity.

The second lab was all about light energy and how mirrors are used in a range of very useful instruments to reflect light. Students were introduced to a periscope, they were quizzed on what they think it does and how it works. Surprisingly, there were some excellent answers and students demonstrated they could link their understanding to some experiments they participated in earlier in the term. Supported by some Year 10 students, they cut out a template, glued it all together, attached some foil and made their very own periscope.

Investigating heat in lab three, really ignited the student’s interest, especially when they heard the words ‘Bunsen burner’. It was during this activity that they really sunk their teeth into being young scientists, making predictions, being great observers and then explaining the results. They thoroughly enjoyed burning copper, brass, aluminium and iron to explore which metal is the best conductor of heat.

A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the excursion possible, the students not only built on their wealth of knowledge about heat, light and electrical energy but also deepened their passion for the wonders of science.

Year 3 Teachers

Year 4 French Week

Year 4 students had a wonderful time this week wrapping up their French Breakfast topic for Semester 2. They all got together to eat a special breakfast, just like they do in France. Guess what they had? Yep, delicious croissants and hot chocolate!

Bon appétit!

Learning French is not just about words; it's like stepping into a whole new world of culture, fun, and tasty adventures. It's about discovering the way people speak, share stories, and enjoy life in France. When you learn French, you're not just picking up words and phrases; you're opening a door to understanding how people connect, celebrate, and express themselves.

Madame Jo Cronk
Junior French Teacher

Junior School Sport News

Key Dates for Term 4

Total Footbal Academy - Monday Afterschool - Through until Monday 4th December.

Big Bash Cricket Gala Day - Friday 1st December (week 8)

Total Football Academy - After school Program

The Total Football Academy will be running again in Term 1 2024. Information relating to this program will be available in the newsletter next week.

We have been informed by the Total Football Academy that there will be a slight increase in the costs of this program moving forward. If you are interested in participating in this program please keep an eye out for the registration information in the newsletter and in your email inbox.

Big Bash Day - Year 3 & 4

On Friday 1 December, all Year 3 and Year 4 students will be participating in the Junior School Cricket Big Bash Tournament at the Junior School, Sunshine Avenue Campus.

This tournament will occur during class time on the back oval and on Arkinstall Park. This is a normal school day and students will be required to attend. Students will be taken out to play during normal class times.

Students will be put into teams for the day. Students are asked to dress in their team colours. Please ensure that clothing is sunsafe and appropriate to participate in a sporting activity that will include running.

Nathan Croft
P-4 PE Specialist

Early Learning Centre

Green Team

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

It brings me great pleasure to share some highlights from our vibrant Middle School community this week. From the lively Stage 3 Disco to the Year 4 -5 Stepping Up Day to the successful Year 7 Orientation Day; our students have been actively engaged in memorable experiences that shape their educational journey.

Year 5 -Leadership taught by Middle School
In Year 5 this week, we were lucky enough to have some Year 7 and Year 8 students work in our classrooms. The Learners to Leaders program is a program for students in Years 7 and 8. The program was designed by the Middle School captains to help spread leadership skills for people who want to become better leaders. Over the semester students worked on their leadership skills with the goal of being able to use those skills to help others. Students got an amazing opportunity to portray their leadership skills to younger students. They each made a lesson plan to teach the younger students how to be good leaders. All the leaders had an amazing time throughout the term. Anyone can be a leader!

Stage 3 Disco
Last night, our Stage 3 students had an unforgettable evening at the End-of-Year Disco. The event was a tremendous success, filled with laughter, joy, and a whole lot of dancing.

To add a unique twist to the usual disco experience, this year's theme was a "Pyjama Party Extravaganza." Our students, dressed in their coziest and most colourful pyjamas, truly embraced the spirit of the theme. From onesies to fuzzy slippers, the dance floor was a sea of comfort and style mixed with a variety of cool dance moves. The students enjoyed every moment, creating lasting memories with their friends.

A special note of gratitude goes to the Parent and Friends (P & F) Committee for their invaluable contributions to the event. We extend our sincere thanks to Simon McKinley and the Community Engagement Team, D.J - Mr Rodd Bertam, Production Manager, for the beats and the dedicated team of Stage 3 teachers for their efforts in making the night truly memorable.

Year 6 Thanksgiving Service Reminder
As the academic year draws to a close, we are excited to remind you about the upcoming, inaugural, Year 6 Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, 29 August. This significant event will be held in the School Chapel on Mahers Lane at 11:50 am.

This occasion holds immense significance in our student’s educational journey, signifying a milestone as they transition into secondary school. It's a moment to reflect on their achievements and celebrate the growth they've experienced throughout their Primary School years.

Students are required to wear their full formal uniform with ties for this special service. Following the service, the Year 6 students will enjoy a delightful picnic lunch featuring pizza, drinks, and a dessert bar. This event is fully catered, and no payment is required. If you haven't already done so, kindly indicate your child’s preferences and any dietary requirements on the provided form here.

We eagerly anticipate a wonderful day filled with celebration, marking this special occasion with our Year 6 students.

Year 7 Transition Day
Last Friday we held our successful and enjoyable Year 7 Transition Day. The class of 2029 came together with the newest members of the school cohort joining our existing Year 6 students to begin their exciting secondary school journey. The day was a kaleidoscope of activities designed to ease the transition from primary to secondary education.

The morning kicked off with an array of icebreaker activities and a welcome from key members of the Year 7 team. The start of the day's activities radiated positive energy, setting the tone for the day ahead. Students were introduced to their Home Room teachers, who would guide them through their first year of High School, fostering a sense of familiarity and support. Icebreaker games and team-building activities helped forge new friendships, allowing the students to connect and feel at ease in their new environment.

The day's highlight was the interactive lessons, ranging from science experiments to sporting endeavours, showcasing the diverse opportunities awaiting the cohort in 2024 Teachers and student leaders took the lead, imparting knowledge with enthusiasm and encouraging the Year 7s to explore their interests at Lindisfarne into the future. The Year 7 Transition Day was not just a step into a new grade; it was a joyful leap into a future full of possibilities.

Year 8
The school holidays are just around the corner. However, Year 8 has an action-packed time before then. One of the most significant events of the year is the Year 8 to 9 Transition Liturgy which will be held on Tuesday 28, November. This special Service marks the end of students' Middle School journey and welcomes them into the Senior School. The Liturgy will commence at 8.40 am and students will need to wear their full formal school uniform for the occasion. Parents are invited to share this special occasion with further details about the service available in the invitation that was sent to families. We are looking forward to sharing this special milestone with our Year 8 students as they move towards commencing their time in the Senior School.

Middle School DiscoverEd Market Day - Presented by the BEE Department
This semester stage 3 and 4 DiscoverEd Social Entrepreneurship students have been working hard on creating a business that could help solve a societal problem. Social Entrepreneurship allows students to undertake the design thinking process, ideate, produce, market and sell their products. As part of this program students must think of a problem in society they would like to help, a charity to raise money for through the operations of their stall, this is an important aspect of our program focusing on our school's core value of compassion.

On Wednesday we welcomed parents to the campus to see the amazing work of our students, products ranging from delicious cookies and food, beauty products, key chains and lanyards, Christmas decorations, hand-made toys and much more.

Students were able to continue to develop entrepreneurial skills including design thinking, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and communication while selling their much-loved designs to our school community. These are some important skills they will be able to use throughout their life no matter what pathway they take.

Well done to all the students who were involved in yet another very successful BEE Market Day.

Mrs Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Welcoming our new Year 5 students

Yesterday we had the most incredible day in the Middle School welcoming our new Year 5 students, of 2024, into our classrooms. The students from The Sunshine Avenue Campus and schools in the surrounding areas all arrived with bright smiles and a sense of excitement as they walked down the Mahers Lane stairs. It was wonderful to see new friendships being made and the current Year 5 students sharing their experiences, their highlights and their advice. All of the students rotated through the various activities and enjoyed interacting with new friends. It looks like it is going to be another incredible year of learning and growing in Year 5 2024 !

Amber Jarvis
Year 5 Coordinator

Senior School

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


Little Stories Big Ideas!



Little Stories, Big Ideas is a literary competition for Secondary School students. Entrants respond to a specific themed prompt in 100 words or less, in any literary style. There are two categories, one for Year 7-9 students and one for students in Years 10-12.

To enter this year’s competition you must, in 100 words or less (not including the title), compose your story that incorporates the theme ‘Magic’. You then need to complete the entry form at : https://littlestoriesbigideas.com.au/entry-form/

StoryFest Novella Writing Competitions

As a part of the 2024 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in the National Novella Writing Competition. The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition is open to ALL current secondary students attending school in Australia. Entrants must be under 19 years of age on 1 December 2023. The entry must be the student’s original work and the length of the novella should be no less than 8,000 words and no more than 20,000 words. Entries close on Friday 1 December. Details can be found at: https://www.storyfest.com.au/novella-writing-competitio

Somerset National Poetry Prize

The Somerset National Poetry Prize is open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Entrants must be under 19 years on 1 December 2023. The entry must be the student’s original work of no more than 50 lines excluding the title, on any subject, and must be unpublished (also not published online) and not have won a prize previously. There are two categories: Year 7-9 and Year 10 - 12. Entries close on 1 December 2023. More details can be found at: https://www.storyfest.com.au/poetry-prize

The Tasmanian Writers' Prize 2024

The prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words, having an island, or island-resonant, theme.There is an entry fee of $20 per story and entries must be uploaded in electronic form to the Forty South website at: www.fortysouth.com.au/tasmanian-writers-prize. The winning entry receives a cash prize of $500. A selection of the best entries will be published in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2024. Entries for this competition close 14 February 2024.

Suellen Walker

English Coordinator

Debating and Public Speaking






Performing Arts

Performing Arts

New York Stage Band Farewell Concert

Our touring Stage Band had their final performance at Club Tweed on Monday night ahead of their upcoming musical adventures in the Big Apple. The band presented over 45 minutes of music to an appreciative audience of family and music lovers which was a preview of a series of concerts they will be presenting across Manhattan in early December.

The 23 members of band will be departing for New York on Wednesday 6 December and start their run of New York performances at the renowned Jazz club Swing 46, presenting an opening set of swing tunes ahead of the Nick Hempton band. Our students will also be performing on the flight deck of the USS Intrepid, undertaking workshops with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, attending a Sunday service at The Brooklyn Tabernacle and attending concerts including the Broadway smash hit “Back to the future the musical”. This tour promises to be a musical immersion tour like no other.

Swing 46 Jazz Club link

Stage Band Farewell

Concert Photos

Year 12 On Stage and Encore Nominations

Last week we received the news that 2023 Lindisfarne Year 12 students received nominations for the Drama On Stage and Music Ensore performances.

OnStage Nominations - Individual drama performance

  • Isla Martin

  • Zara Jackson

Encore Nominations - Music Performance

  • Isla Martin

  • Finojet Rudd

These nominations are reserved for the highest achievers in NSW across Drama and Music and are a reflection of the high calibre of work presented by these students in the Higher School Certificate practical examinations. The students listed above are shortlisted for performances at NIDA and the Opera House in February 2024.

Congratulations Isla, Zara and Finojet.

Ella Clarke Dancing Recognition

Ella’s been doing very well this year with Physie.

The yearly club comp for Gold Coast Physie and Dance was held on Saturday, 18th November. Ella won the Lyrical section for 10 year olds and Age Champion! She also took out Junior Club Champion.

She’s off to Sydney to compete in the APDA Physie & Dance Nationals on the 2nd Dec. The competition is held at the ICC in Darling Harbour.

Good luck Ella!

Germinate Records


Photography and Digital Media


Science Splash

Get your calendars out! Pencil in the dates for our 2024 Australian Science Olympiad exam, Junior Science Olympiad exam and Big Science Competition.

We will advise when registrations open for the following programs via email in early 2024. Direct student registrations; interested students should contact their science teacher to discuss taking part.

Well done to the students who participated this year.

Catriona McCann

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square



Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


From the Sports Desk

Duke of Edinburgh

Our Duke of Edinburgh - Adventurous Journey expedition group participated in their Practice Journey this past Monday and Tuesday. The beautiful surroundings of the Gold Coast hinterland are the location for this venture, but less joyous was the rain that landed on both days.

They embark on their Qualifying Journey this coming Monday and Tuesday, having to be completely self-sufficient with all their route plans, kit carrying and teamwork elements.

Kingscliff Triathlon - This Sunday - November 26

A reminder that the Kingscliff Triathlon is on this Sunday, November 26. All participants are to meet Mrs Foyster at the lifeguard tower next to the creek for a group photograph. Good luck to all competitors. If you haven’t yet registered your entry with Mrs Foyster, please email tfoyster@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Kids Triathlon

7-9 yrs - 100m swim, 3km cycle, 0.5km run

10-12 yrs - 200m swim, 6km cycle, 1km run

Tempta Triathlon

13+: Pinky - 200m swim, 6km cycle, 1km run

Tempta - 300m swim, 10km cycle, 2.5km run

Sprint Distance

14+: 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run

Muster Days - Lindisfarne Lions (Netball and Basketball)

All three muster days were an overwhelming success, with Carrara Indoor Sports Centre an outstanding location. State-of-the-art facilities, weatherproofed and all in the same massive sports hall.

The heavy lifting of getting teams largely sorted is something that we do not need to worry about in early February - which is very pleasing.

The Sports Department can get on with planning wider logistics and will be a step in front of other associations in this aspect. Thanks for jumping on board with this new concept.

Anglican Schools Country Week

What could turn out to be a yearly pilgrimage to Coffs Harbour for a unique fun day of sport is the Anglican Schools Country Week - which was held for the second straight year. Most of our major team sports have run their course by this time of year, so we pull our squads back together and head down there for essentially a fun day's competition. Each activity contributes points to the overall competition ladder, congratulations to Lindisfarne collectively for placing 2nd. Full results link and details about each activity.

Anglican Schools Country Week results


The chess tournament in Coff Harbour was an amazing experience. During our journey to the destination, we had the opportunity to meet players from different schools, learn from them, and establish new friendships. We enjoyed playing games with friendly competition and also participated in some less competitive ones, which led to many funny moments. The trip results were that Jaxon won 3 games, I won 2 games, Jay won 1 game, and James won 1 game. Overall, we came third out of the four schools in attendance. It was a tough battle for matches, requiring lots of concentration and focus. But with some grit and determination, we pulled through in our games. With more practice and experience, I can't wait to see what will come next and what we could achieve in 2024. Overall, it was a great trip filled with new experiences and fun times.

Football Boys

Both boys’ teams had a tough day with no bench, and the sun was unrelenting. However, both teams were dominant until the final. The U14 boys outscored their opposition 34-8, but dropped the final, towards which they coasted on fumes. Top scorers for the day were Fletcher Bisgrove (10), James Letters (7) and Curtis Moore (5). The U16 team outscored their opposition 21-6, only conceding goals to the winners, BDC. 10 players in the final (5 from each side) represented NCIS in Sydney earlier in the year, and it was great to see the friendship and sportsmanship on display. The top scorers with 7 goals each were Rocco Bennett and Maika Butler.

Football Girls

The year 7 and 8 Girls had some very tough opponents in their competition. With only 6 players on a very hot day, most who helped out the year 9 and 10 girls at some point played very well throughout the day. They were unlucky not to reach the final and managed to come 3rd in their respective tournament.

The year 9 and 10 Girls were outstanding on the day, playing exceptional football, displaying a high level of skills and showing exemplary sportsmanship. They managed to finish the day undefeated and won the tournament. A special mention to all the younger students who willingly stepped up to help the year 9 and 10 girls.


Josh Marsh was the only representative for Lindisfarne at the Sawtell Golf Club. He had a remarkable round of 75, winning the open stroke event. He displayed great composure and skill under pressure, making his final putt of the round to hold on and win by 1 stroke. Congratulations to Josh!

Netball Year 7/8 Girls

A team of 9 girls travelled to Bishop Druitt College at Coffs Harbour to play in the Anglican Schools Country week netball tournament. The girls played a total of 5 games and played extremely well. Unfortunately, we only won 1 out of 5 games but only lost the other games by a few goals. My Most Valuable Player of the day was Charlotte Slack-Smith and the other two players who put in a great amount of effort were Austin Jeejo and Chloe Rosser. Thanks to all the girls for their amazing participation, attitude and behaviour.

Netball Year 9/10 Girls

A team of 10 girls travelled to Bishop Druitt College at Coffs Harbour to play in the Anglican Schools Country Week netball tournament. The girls played a total of 4 games and unfortunately were only successful in winning 1 of their games. They only lost the other games by a mere few goals. The whole team was very competitive, had a great time and was a credit to the school.

Rugby 7’s U16 Girls

The girls were excited for a trip to Coffs for their last tournament of the season, being an U16 competition it was a good opportunity for some of the U15 and Open teams to mix together and get used to playing with each other. The girls had some really strong games with a win and a tough tie with Emmanuel College and were tested against Bishop Druitt College for 2 games which were both narrow losses due to some small errors. The U16 Girls finished the day in second place and should all be very proud of their efforts.

Rugby 7’s U14 Boys

With the final hit out of the season, the boys were motivated and up for the challenge. A mix of u13 and u14 boys went down to Coffs Harbour to play St Columbia, Bishop Druitt and Emmanuel College. We beat St Columbia 44-0 and Bishop Druitt 31-14 before falling to Emmanual in the last pool game 21-26. This meant we played Emmanual in the grand final again. We saved our best for last, beating Emmanual convincingly 38-14 to win the u14 Anglican Country Schools sevens competition. Well done to all involved.

Rugby 7’s U16 Boys

The u16 boys started the day very well against St Columbus with a solid 22-0 win with good tries to Clancy O’Halloran and Sam Stovin which helped lay the platform for the tournament. The second game against Bishop Druitt College was a bit of a wake-up call for the team with BDC shooting out to a 17-0 lead before our boys responded with two tries which included a magnificent offload from Mani Lopez. Starting the second half at 17-12, we needed a good start and began with some strong defence. However, some enterprising play from BDC led to two late tries with a final score of 27-12. The final game of the pool rounds was a do-or-die situation if we wanted to make the grand final and the boys started off very quickly by racking up two quick tries. After halftime, they kept pushing to score another couple of tries to Taj Krasna and Sam Stovin to seal the win.

The Grand Final had us meeting BDC again and this time the boys defended very well at the start but a couple of handling errors and some great kickoff receptions from BDC had us chasing the game at halftime. As we tired, BDC became more adventurous and finished the game with another try to win the tournament with our boys in 2nd place. It was a solid result and gave us a promising glimpse of the future 1st XV players.


Our students have been training consistently this year in preparation for the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships which will take place from the 4th – 9th December. To assist with our preparation for this National Competition, Lindisfarne entered two Open Mixed teams in the Anglican Schools Country Week.

Both teams demonstrated great skill and determination and there were a number of lengthy rallies against the opposition. At the end of the day our combined point score secured 2nd place overall which is a great achievement.

Hockey Sign On

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School and Casuarina Hockey Club have been inextricably linked for 20-odd years, supporting each other and the community both on and off the field.
The values of the school and club run deep in our culture. With so many students past and present playing hockey for Casuarina Hockey Club, we are truly a family club.
We offer a range of fun learning and training environments - with games for all levels of players.
Many students go on to Representative levels for Tweed & Gold Coast, Hockey Queensland, Australian School and National Junior and Senior Teams.

Come and give Hockey a go! We know you’ll love it! From ages 5 to 18 boys and girls are all welcome.
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We are excited to extend an invitation to businesses, organisations, alumni, parents, and all rugby enthusiasts to become a crucial part of the Lindisfarne Rugby Union Program in 2024 as sponsors.

We had a number of great achievements in 2023, including our U15 and 1st XV teams securing victory in the Ballymore Cup Division 2, and we want to thank our sponsors for this year, whose generous support was instrumental in our success and helped us establish a high quality rugby union program.

As we now look ahead to the 2024 season, we want to build on these achievements as well as instilling essential values like discipline, respect and teamwork in our students through rugby union. To do this, our commitment for 2024 is to ensure that rugby union remains as accessible as possible for every student, regardless of their financial circumstances. From sponsorship, we aim to keep registration fees and equipment costs at a minimum and this means more students can participate in this fantastic sport. Sponsorship will also let us retain and invest in top-tier coaches like former All Black Rico Gear and current Jillaroo Jessika Elliston that we were lucky enough to have in 2023 as well as help us improve our infrastructure in the program to become a force in schoolboy and schoolgirl rugby union.

For more information on sponsorship, please look at the 2024 Sponsor Packages HERE. If you want to discuss these packages or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Coyne (jcoyne@lindiisfarne.nsw.edu.au).


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Casuarina Cup U12

Our U12 and U10 boys competed in the annual Casuarina Cup primary rugby tournament last week on Wednesday. This was a great tournament for our U12 boys.

This was a tournament we had been looking forward to all year since being knocked out in the Semi Finals last year. The Casuarina Cup also stood as the final competition for our squad before our Year 6 boys move into the full time rugby program in 2024.

Full of enthusiasm and confidence we rolled into our pool games where we defeated Centaur Public School 25-5 and St Ambrose B 30-0. These results saw us finish the Pool Stage as the #1 Ranked team, meaning we earned an extra game of rest and a ticket straight through to the Semi Finals.

In the Semi Final we encountered St Ambrose A who were keen to make their second final in 3 years. An arm wrestle of a contest ended in a 15 all draw but our boys advanced to the final after scoring the first try of the match.

Weary and tired our boys prepared for the Grand Final vs. a big and physical Tweed Heads Public School. Another see-sawing encounter was enjoyed by a large crowd, with our U12s victorious 15-10 thanks to a 2 try performance from Crusoe Foster.

Being crowned Casuarina Cup Champions was a long held goal for our squad and they did themselves very proud on the day. The celebrations were wild at full time!

A big thank you goes to our Year 6 players who leave the U12 program. We have had an incredibly successful season with the Casuarina Cup victory a sweet final note.

We look forward to starting up our TASRC preparations again in Term 1 2024 with our soon to be Year 6 members and an influx of new players to Mahers Lane.

Please note, the U10 boys game wrap will be in the Junior School sport newsletter section.

North Coast Anglican Schools 7s Tournament

The 2023 North Coast Anglican Schools 7s Tournament was held in Coffs Harbour last week on Thursday. We took an U14 and U16 boys team and an U16 girls team to this tournament. This was a great way to finish off the year with some fast 7s footy.

Boys U16

The u16 boys started the day very well against St Columbus with a solid 22-0 win with good tries to Clancy O’Halloran and Sam Stovin which help lay the platform for the tournament. The second game against Bishop Druitt College was a bit of a wake up call for the team with BDC shooting out to a 17-0 lead before our boys responded with two tries which included a magnificent offload from Mani Lopez. Starting the second half at 17-12, we needed a goodstart and began with some strong defence. However, some enterprising play from BDC led to two late tries with a final score of 27-12. The final game of the pool rounds was a do or die situation if we wanted to make the grand final and the boys started off very quickly by racking up two quick tries. After halftime they kept pushing to score another couple of tries to Taj Krasna and Sam Stovin to seal the win.

The Grand Final had us meeting BDC again and this time the boys defended very well at the start but a couple of handling errors and some great kick off receptions from BDC had us chasing the game at halftime. As we tired, BDC became more adventurous and finished the game with another try to win the tournament with our boys in 2nd place. It was a solid result and gave us a glimpse of the future 1st XV players.

Girls U16

The girls had a great day playing against Emmanuel College and Bishop Druitt College, playing against each team twice.

Emmanuel first game was a tie 10-10 with our try scorers being Bonnie Starling and Ava Woodward.

Bishop Druitt College First game was a narrow loss 15-10, due to injury the girls had to match players with the other team and lost a bit of their momentum. Try scorers were Maddison Oliss and Amy Porter.

Emmanuel second game was a commanding win 25-0, the girls really found their groove and carried their momentum throughout the whole game. Try scorers were Tiggi Groves (2), Ruby Power and Maddison Oliss (2).

The final game against Bishop Druitt College was a loss 25-5, the girls fought all game but unfortunately BDC finished the day with a win.

The U16 girls finished the tournament in second place.

More Information

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



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