2022 Term 1 Week 9 1 Apr 2022

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From the Principal


Thank you for the support through what was another challenging week of extreme weather across our border region.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those impacted by the recent floods including the Byron Bay area that was inundated by floodwaters yesterday. Members of the School community should continue to contact the school if they have been significantly impacted by the floods and are in need of assistance or support from the School. In the first instance, please contact Chaplain Reverend Constantine constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or Business Manager Brett Dinsdale bdindsdale@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

Our Musical Production is close to being sold out and we have adjusted the shows as follows in response to both the extreme weather and Covid-19.

  • Friday 1 April - Evening performance, 6.30pm (opening night)
  • Saturday 2 April - Matinee commencing at 2.00pm
  • Saturday 2 April - Evening performance at 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 April - Evening performance at 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 6 April - Evening performance at 6.30pm (closing night)

A final few tickets still remain. Please come along and support our students and staff who have produced a simply outstanding show whilst responding to significant challenges as we prepare for opening night on Friday.

Yes, We Will Rock You! Final Tickets may be purchased via www.trybooking.com/BXJGS.

Please find below updated advice from NSW Health as we continue to navigate the latest phase of the pandemic-living with Covid-19.

As of 28 February, staff and students moved to ‘symptomatic testing’ as required for term 1. Lindisfarne will provide a further 4 tests per student to support this advice through to the end the term and to assist families with the return to school for term 2.  A negative RAHT may still be required from time to time to attend school activities such as overnight camps.

The Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order was updated on 28 March 2022 to amend the isolation requirements for household contacts who have previously tested positive for COVID-19. Specifically, a household contact is not required to self-isolate as a contact if the person previously had COVID-19 and it has been less than 12 weeks since the person ceased self-isolating as a case (this was previously 8 weeks). 

NSW Health advice is that once a person who has tested positive has finished their isolation, they do not need to self-isolate or undertake testing for 12 weeks from the end of their isolation unless they develop new COVID-19 symptoms, even if another member of their household subsequently tests positive. Following this 12-week period, individuals are then subject to the usual symptomatic testing and isolation requirements. 

Current New South Wales Health advice states that people who have recovered from COVID-19 have a low risk of getting it again in the 12 weeks after they are released as most people develop some immunity.

Students identified as household contacts are required to complete the 7 day period of isolation unless: 

  • they previously had COVID-19 and it has been no more than 12 weeks since they ceased self-isolating as a case, or 
  • Another member of their household subsequently tested positive and it has been no more than 14 days since they completed their previous isolation period as a household contact.

Sunshine is predicted for the next few days and will be much appreciated as the flood cleanup continues.

Sunday afternoon our monthly Spiritual Gym (Family Service) will be held in the Chapel at the Mahers Lane campus from 4.30pm. All are welcome.

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


Chaplain's Corner

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

It’s sad to see our region being battered again by another flooding that has adversely impacted people’s businesses and livelihoods. We carry in our hearts and prayers all the families, particularly those from Byron Bay area, suffering as a result of the recent floods.

Please remember to indicate on this form here if you are affected and we can arrange for members of the Lindisfarne community to assist. 

  1. Meals or pastoral care - please indicate on the form or contact Reverend Constantine at constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au or 0417 608 507.
  2. Morning tea/lunch supplies for your child - please indicate on the form or contact your child’s Head of Sub School. Head of Junior School Jeremy Godden on jgodden@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au, Head of Middle School, Catherine Cox, on catherine.cox@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au. Head of Senior School, Kate Cornell, on kate.cornell@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au
  3. Lindisfarne uniforms - for families who need urgent access to school uniforms please indicate on the form or contact Director of Community Engagement Mr Simon McKinley on smckinley@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.
  4. Emergency Financial Bursary- Please contact the Business Manager Mr Brett Dinsdale, bdinsdale@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

In these trying times, it’s important that we continue to band together to support each other, and I thank each and every one of you for your acts of kindness, compassion and generosity to all those in need of support. Please keep it up.

“You Have A Friend” Charity Organisation

Yesterday, I was delighted to welcome Mr John Lee to our School to speak to a group of Year 10s about his organisation, You Have A Friend, started 20 years ago to work with homeless people.

John spoke very passionately about the plights of homeless people in our community and opened the eyes of our students to the growing phenomenon and hidden crisis of homelessness in our area. 

In Term 2 some of these students will be partnering with John’s organisation to feed the homeless once a week.

Because at Lindisfarne we believe that one of the goals of education is to humanize and sensitize our students.  As Professor Wiesel often said, “It is not enough to know the facts. We must take things—history, current events—personally.”

Spiritual Gym - Family Service and Palm Sunday Eucharist with St Cuthebert’s

A gentle reminder that the "Spiritual Gym -Family Service'' will be held on Sunday, 3rd April 2022 starting at 4.30pm with some refreshments, and followed by Service at 5pm at Mahers Lane Chapel (see poster below).

It's called ‘Spiritual Gym’ to highlight that it's an opportunity for us to attend to our spiritual needs and longings through fellowship, common prayer, silence, and Eucharist.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and praying together for our communities at this very challenging time.

On Sunday week, 10th April at 9am, we shall be joining The Reverend Dway and his parishioners at St Cuthbert's, Tweed Heads, for the Palm Sunday Service. All are welcome!

Finally, a big thank you to all those involved with the School Musical, We Will Rock You, and to all those attending this weekend. May it be a time of inspiration, fun and learning.

I wish you a relaxing and restful weekend, and God’s comfort, hope and strength.

Rev Constantine Osuchukwu

Easter and Holy Week Service Times

Anglican Churches in the Tweed 2022

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

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

  • Maundy Thursday14th April5:00pm
  • Good Friday15th April8:30am
  • Easter Sunday17th April8:30am

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

  • Palm Sunday10th April8:30am
  • Maundy Thursday14th April7:00pm - Feet washing & Holy Communion
  • Good Friday15th April8:30am - Service of the Nails
  • Easter Day17th April8:30am - Service of the Light

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

  • Good Friday15th April10:30am
  • Easter Sunday17th April10:30am

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

  • Palm Sunday10th April9:00am – Lindisfarne providing Musicians
  • Maundy Thursday14th April9:00am – Remembering the Last Supper
  • Good Friday15th April9:00am – Stations of the Cross
  • Easter Day17th April6:00am – New Light Early Morning Service
  • Easter Day17th April9:00am – Easter Celebration

Tyalgum - St John’s
Contact Phone: (02) 6672 6070

  • Easter Day17th April10:30am

Uki – Holy Trinity
Kylogle Road, Uki
Please call (0428) 166 783

  • Good Friday15th April9:00am
  • Easter Sunday17th April9:00am

Spiritual Gym - Sunday, 3 April Mahers Lane Chapel

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Smile Street Dental - Formalising the Partnership

Last week, Lindisfarne signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Smile Street Dental. The MoU formalises what has been a long standing partnership with the family business, headed by Lindisfarne parent and P&F President Dr Ramesh Sivabalan. The agreement sees Smile Street join the Lindisfarne Business Network alongside Club Tweed as a platinum partner. For the school community, the arrangement includes free mouth guards for students competing in Lindisfarne teams and competitions and 10% dental services for all Lindisfarne families. We thank the Sivabalan family for their ongoing support and are excited to work more closely with Smile Street into the future.

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

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

South Murwillumbah: 2/232 Tweed Valley Way

Tweed Shire Council - Update On Scenic Drive

Staff Bio


Junior School

Junior School Sport

Dates for Term 1

Please find below some Junior School key dates to add to your calendar: 

Thursday 7 April (week 10) - 3-12 Cross Country 

Runners Club

Next week will be the last week of the Runners Club. It has been a wonderful activity and has given lots of our keen runners a head start on next week's Cross Country. Thank you to everyone who participated over the term and to all the Mum’s and Dad’s who joined us along the way. 

FUN Cross Country

How good was it to have a school sporting event run and done with perfect weather and a massive crowd. The thrill of having so many cheering and proud fans at the finish line was unreal. From the PreSchool students in the “You can’t Catch me” Cup chasing Mr Croft around Arkinstall Park, through our year 2 and year 1 - 1 Kilometre run, to the Kindy’s running to beat the storm blowing in at the end, it was a massive afternoon of FUN and Running. So many smiles as the finish line was crossed and the Ice Blocks were handed out, to cool and refresh each runner. 

Thank you to Junstin and the grounds crew who set up the finish chute and tents. Thank you to all our wonderful teachers who make everything at our school fun and easy to run. And thank you to our Ice Block sponsor Jo Croft from Mortgage Choice Tweed Heads and Northern NSW. 

Total Football Academy After School Sessions

The Total Football Academy will be running the after school sessions for K - 4 Students again in term 2. Sessions will again run on a Monday afternoon from 3.15- 4.15 pm on the back oval and Arkinstall park. 

Information relating to the dates and the registration process will be sent out once finalised. 

Cross Country 

The school Cross Country will be run next week. Information has been sent home to students in year 3 and 4 via email and we will be sending information out to the eligible year 2 students this week. All of our Year 2, 3 and 4  students will be travelling by bus to Mahers Lane to be a part of the day. Year 2 students that are 8 years old or turning 8 in 2022 will be competing. 

Information for junior school students:

Date: Thursday, 7 April

Time: 11.00am to 2.30pm

Venue: Mahers Lane Campus Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School 



Approximate Start Time


8/9 years Boys (Junior School)




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10 years Boys (Junior School)




10 years Girls (Junior School)



Nathan Croft
PE Speacialist P-4

Early Learning Centre

Green Team

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

Candle Making

The Middle School elective of candle making has proven to be an extremely successful venture for all students involved. Students spend two periods a cycle pouring and preparing candles, and their enthusiasm nevers wavers! 

Week one of electives saw the students undertake basic safety training and also learn the appropriate theory. This included wax preparation, temperature guides, pouring techniques etc. 

In our first session, we created large glass jar candles. These are similar to expensive brands such as glasshouse etc but we hand create them with gorgeous, high grade soy wax for a fraction of the price. 

In our second session, in addition to making a selection of tea light candles, we also tried our hands at creating our own pine lime splice flavoured natural lip gloss pots. 

Our third session saw the group experimenting with decorative blue cornflowers in our tin candles. Scents used this term included watermelon, sea salt, salted caramel and coconut/lime. The students enjoy the activity immensely and I can't wait to see what student guided possibilities await this elective in the future.

Prue Fitzsimmons

Year 6 OzHarvest

As a part of Integrated Studies this term, Year 6 students have been learning about the issue of food waste in Australia and around the world in a unit of work supported by OzHarvest’s FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) Program. 

Students have participated in creative cooking lessons and learnt about the nutritional value of food, healthy eating and food waste prevention to protect the environment. The global issue of food waste is at the forefront of the program which is designed to equip students with the knowledge to help themselves and others lead a fully sustainable life. 

Each week students have prepared and cooked simple snacks and meals from food that is typically leftover in the fridge or fruit bowl that would normally be thrown out and end up in landfills. To celebrate their learning, students are currently designing their own recipes from leftover foods to create a 'Year 6 Family Cookbook’.

Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Year 8 Update

I am extremely proud of all our 2022 WWRY Musical students in all that they have achieved, especially in a term such as this. I would like to wish them all the best in their performances this week. 

A special shout out to all the Year 8 students I have watched shine since the Christmas holidays when they started the rehearsal process: Stella, Alexandria, Bethani, Ivy, Jack, Coco, Bridie, Milo, Lily, Chloe, Mia, Sunny, Yasmin, Tia, Grace, Lyla, Hayley, Sian, Ben, Evie, Phoebe, Christian, Sunny, Kimiyo, Amelie, Meila, Tessa, Leo, and Teagan. Year 8 is the most heavily represented grade in the musical and can be seen featured in the Orchestra, Ensemble and Production Crew.

Performing arts can be a profound and important part of any student’s development. The skills learned from dancing, singing, acting and playing an instrument can continue to affect and improve a student’s ability in many areas of their education for years to come. I was surprised, yet excited, to learn that research suggests that performing arts students are four times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement compared with their non-performing friends — and they tend to have enhanced cognitive, motor, and social development to boot. But the benefits don’t end there. Getting up on stage can enrich a student's life in all sorts of ways.

Some of the benefits of performing include: 

  • building and developing self-confidence
  • promoting self-motivation and self-expression
  • overcoming of fears and anxieties about public speaking
  • developing skills in memory
  • expressing creative flare
  • problem-solving through dealing with unexpected situations (such as forgetting a que!!) and
  • team building, including social interaction and cooperation

However, I personally always speak of the “musical family” that is created during this intense term of rehearsals and performances, and how this family stays with you all the way through school. This is what Lindisfarne musicals are known for and I believe the most important benefit. Having that senior student say “hi” to you and ask “how you are going”, having someone else in the school to reach out to for advice or a friendly knowing smile can make a significant difference in any student’s day. 

Chookas to all WWRY performers and crew!!

Amber Phillips
Year 8 Coordinator

Year 6 Update


As a part of Integrated Studies this term, Year 6 students have been learning about the issue of food waste in Australia and around the world in a unit of work supported by OzHarvest’s FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) Program. 

Students have participated in creative cooking lessons and learnt about the nutritional value of food, healthy eating and food waste prevention to protect the environment. The global issue of food waste is at the forefront of the program which is designed to equip students with the knowledge to help themselves and others lead a fully sustainable life. 

Each week students have prepared and cooked simple snacks and meals from food that is typically left over in the fridge or fruit bowl that would normally be thrown out and end up in landfill. To celebrate their learning, students are currently designing their own recipes from leftover foods to create a 'Year 6 Family Cookbook’.

Candle Making

The Middle School elective of candle making has proven to be an extremely successful venture for all students involved. Students spend two periods a cycle pouring and preparing candles, and their enthusiasm nevers wavers! 

Week one of electives saw the students undertake basic safety training and also learn the appropriate theory. This included wax preparation, temperature guides, pouring techniques etc. 

In our first session, we created large glass jar candles. These are similar to expensive brands such as glasshouse etc but we hand create them with gorgeous, high grade soy wax for a fraction of the price. 

In our second session, in addition to making a selection of tea light candles, we also tried our hands at creating our own pine lime splice flavoured natural lip gloss pots. 

Our third session saw the group experimenting with decorative blue cornflowers in our tin candles. Scents used this term included watermelon, sea salt, salted caramel and coconut/lime. The students enjoy the activity immensely and I can't wait to see what student guided possibilities await this elective in the future.

Prue Fitzsimmons

The Northern Rivers FUSE CUP!

Fifty students. Ten teams. Five Esports television screens... One champion!

The FUSE Cup is a nationwide esports (electronic sports) competition aimed at younger students Years 5-8. It provides students with an opportunity to participate in a safe, supportive and structured national esports competition while developing positive gaming behaviours and digital wellbeing. The FUSE Cup also spreads awareness on issues such as cyberbullying and gaming addiction, as well as promoting the Kids Helpline for students in need. The competition is delivered via Nintendo Switch consoles, with the most notable games being Mario Kart, Rocket League and Just Dance. 

This year, Lindisfarne hosted the Northern Rivers FUSE Cup, at the Mahers’s Lane campus, on the 25th of March. Students from both Lindisfarne and St Joseph’s College battled it out on the virtual dance floor, playing Just Dance. Students competed in heats and knock-out finals throughout the day and had a lot of fun. Thank you to Mr Marquardt, Mrs Cox and Mr Henderson for supporting this exciting event. 

A selected group of students have been training at lunch times with Mrs Dowker and Mrs Jones along with practicum teachers, Maddy Haywood and Joshua Samuels, in the ‘Esports club’, to develop their skills and team work. 

Our talented dancers competed for prizes such as a Logitech gaming mouse pads, wireless mouses and the top prize: a Logitech gaming keyboard and for the winning team, the grand trophy. The competition was a great opportunity for students to develop resilience under pressure and also to meet students from other schools and potentially go forward to competing at a National level. With amazing prizes up for grabs and lots of fun to be had, the day was a huge success.

Lindisfarne is excited to be looking towards the future and the growth of the Esports industry. The Australian gaming industry alone was worth $226 million last year and continues to grow. Participating in the FUSE cup allows Lindisfarne students this new and unique opportunity to engage with their peers in a fun, safe and active environment.

We were very fortunate to have multiple winners. These included the Individual Runner Up, Indie Trewhitt and overall individual winner, Freya Smith. Lindisfarne also scooped up the Team Runner Up position with Archie Wilson, Art Lush, Rio Proart and Sonny Hamon. The ultimate champions and winning team on the day included, Freya Smith, Rithika Sivabalan, Sana Rice, and Audrey Schapowal. Congratulations to all these students. The next round will be against Sydney teams in the NSW final.

We would like to thank St Joseph’s College for joining us for the tournament and showing such great sportsmanship. We are proud of the way our students participated with such excitement and enthusiasm and we are looking forward to the next term’s tournament when they will be competing in Mario Kart. Stay tuned for detail and expressions of interest. Let the fun and games begin!

Tarley Jones and Stephen Henderson
FUSE Cup Coordinators 

Senior School

Careers And VET

Early Entry to University Information

A few students have started to ask about early entry applications for University. Most universities won't open up this process until at least August, but ANU and UNE have early entry open now..

For any Year 12 students interested in studying at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra next year, early applications are now open. ANU is one of the top Universities in the country and this is an excellent opportunity to apply and receive an early offer in September. Applications close on the 23rd May and require you to gather evidence of co-curricular activities as well as supplying a copy of your Year 11 results, so it is good to prepare early. 

Likewise, at the University of New England (UNE) Students can apply early, receive an offer and secure a place at university, even before ATARs are released. This gives you certainty to begin making other arrangements such as where to live and finding part-time work. Most courses at UNE also have an online option if you prefer this.

Please be aware that an early entry application does not exclude you from applying through UAC or to any other university.

The 1–Minute Film Competition Closing Soon

The 1-Minute Film Competition is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and ClickView.  It provides Australian and New Zealand primary and secondary students with the opportunity to make a 60-second short film or animation and win prizes.  The theme for 2022 is ‘Dreams’. Applications close midday on Friday 29 July 2022. Click here to find out more and for competition and entry information.

If you need support or have questions please ask!

Natalie Marriott
Acting Director of Careers and VET

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Special Report: Vaping & E-Cigarettes

Vaping is becoming a trendy pastime that is growing in popularity across Australia, especially amongst teenagers. It is the act of inhaling a vapour created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Many teenagers are succumbing to peer pressure around this risk-taking activity due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. They are often cheaper than conventional cigarettes, making it more cost-effective and attractive to young people.

Although under 18s are not legally allowed to purchase any type of e-cigarette or vaping product in Australia, teenagers are finding ways to access them online. Australia has strict regulations in place for nicotine-containing products, and attempts are being made to regulate vaping and ban the importation of them. Many of the flavoured liquids associated with vaping, contain not only high levels of nicotine, but other potentially harmful additives. Many of these “e-liquids” contain chemicals that are likely to be toxic, that when inhaled or vaped repeatedly, can cause severe damage to the lungs.

Vaping is often marketed as being the “healthy” alternative to smoking. However, doctors strongly advise that if you do not smoke, then you should not start vaping. Most teenagers are unaware of the associated risks and potential impact vaping can have on their development and overall health. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of nicotine addiction and include e-cigarettes in the discussion alongside alcohol and drugs.

This Special Report highlights the facts around vaping and e-cigarettes and what are the potential risks. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to your special report  https://lindisfarne.nsw.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-vaping-au

Julie Henry
School Psychologist

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

The Buzz From BEE

Model United Nations 

Over the last six years, almost four hundred future leaders from High Schools all over Australia have been a part of Bond University’s High School Model United Nations (BUHMUN) Conference on the Gold Coast. BUHMUN is Australia’s first University run High School Model UN conference and this year 12 Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School students are lucky enough to be taking part on the 10th and 11th of May. This year BUHMUN will be centred around Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Under the Water. A Model UN, or MUN, is a simulation-based learning exercise that will see our Lindisfarne student delegates adopt the persona of either Barbads or Uganda and subsequently represent that country during a simulation of UN proceedings. 

Courtney Keast
Legal Studies Teacher

Year 3 and 4 Students After School Entrepreneur/ Business Club 'BEEpreneurs'

Students, do you want to learn how to solve society's problems? Create products? Market products? Make Money? For charity and in the future may be even yourself? Do you want to develop 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication? 

Join Mr Malone, with the school's Business, Entrepreneur and Enterprise Faculty each Thursday in Term 2 and 3. Please contact Mr Malone bmalone@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au with any questions.

Please complete the google form to sign on. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Bryan Malone
Director of Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


In The English Classroom

In English, we have been watching, learning about and analysing Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Shakespeare had an incredible life with amazing achievements including writing over 38 plays, making up new words, sayings and phrases and performing in his own plays. Shakespeare lived during the 1600’s in the Elizabethan times but he set most of his plays in different eras and times.

Our English assessment this term required us to make a creative and informative audio speech with captivating visual media on the topic of our choice from within our term one studies. I chose to explore life in the Elizabethan times (Shakespeare’s era) to understand what it was like when Shakespeare lived and wrote these incredible and historical plays. 

I did a stop-motion animation with Lego people and a voice over. To create my movie, I used a software called ‘stop motion studio’ and took hundreds of pictures while moving my Lego figurines in small increments at a time, this gives the effect of the figurines moving, but is very time-consuming. Some of the other students in my class did newspaper articles, slideshows and animations that lasted for a duration of 3-5 minutes.

Rosie Maccoll
Year 8D

Poets Out Loud: English Incursion

On Friday 25th March, a group of talented Stage 5 English students were involved in a Poets Out Loud incursion. Students were ably led by Jedda and Anna through a series of activities that built into a piece of slam poetry. The library was humming as students collaborated to brainstorm their ideas that were the basis for their rant that then was refined and crafted to be a group performance.

These are some snapshots of the opening activities.

Kylie Wharton
Acting Director of English

Debating and Public Speaking

Lions Youth of the Year – DISTRICT FINAL

Saturday 25 March saw our School Captain, Daniel Green, travel to Brisbane to compete in the District Final of the Lions Youth of the Year. The demands of this level of competition increased significantly and the competitors were all of a very high calibre. 

Firstly, Daniel faced a panel of five adjudicators where he was grilled for 50 minutes on issues facing society today and his own qualities. That evening, Daniel had to answer introductory questions about himself, then answer more challenging spontaneous impromptu questions before he delivered a prepared speech.  The impromptu topics he faced were:

  • The Australian Government is introducing a new policy for Ukraine refugees. Should there be different policies for refugee from different countries or should refugee policy be more standardised?
  • Should offensive speech be illegal or is free speech critical to democracy and the development of social identity and ideas. 

To be able to stand before an audience and speak on each of these topics for two minutes, with absolutely no preparation, is truly amazing. 

The competition from all the regional finalist was amazing, and whilst Daniel will not be attending the State Final, he should be extremely proud of his performance on the evening. His oral presentations were polished, articulate and thoughtful. 

Tahlia Green and Chloe Green who were with Daniel on the evening.

Daniel had this to say about his Lions Youth of the Year journey:

“Lions Youth of The Year is a competition where students are able to show their achievements and able to test their potential in a safe developing environment. There are two main stages in the competition. The first is an interview stage which gives the participant a great real-life example of how a panel interview would be conducted; this is very beneficial as it gives you experience for when you are to go for a job interview. In this interview, they will ask you questions about yourself as well as general knowledge questions on current affairs around the world. The second part is the public speaking aspect. In this stage, you will be asked two impromptu questions about a world issue which you go on to talk about for two minutes each. After the impromptu, you present a five-minute prepared speech on the topic of your choice. 

By having this great experience, it allows you to greatly improve your ability and confidence in your public speaking. I entered the competition again this year, as in previous years I have competed and I have seen great benefits from it. It allowed me to better present myself when speaking and gives me a great experience for my future which you cannot get elsewhere. There are so many benefits that you can learn from this competition but the most important one for me is the real-life experience of public speaking. 

This competition is very worthwhile and I recommend it to anyone considering taking up the challenge. It is very challenging but also very rewarding, so for those who are going to take up the challenge the best advice I can give is to give it your best shot by being as genuine as you can for the interview and to memorise your speech as early as possible.”

The Lions Youth of the Year is an annual competition.  Entries are called for towards the end of this year. Hence students in Years 11 and 12 next year should seriously consider entering this competition.

Suellen Walker
English Coordinator


Year 12 Geography

On Thursday 17th March, Year 12 Geography students had the opportunity to go on a local geography excursion. Currently, we're studying the topic 'People and Economic Activity', with a focus on the sugarcane industry. Luckily for us, our local area along the Tweed River is home to one of only three cane farming regions in NSW. Accompanied by our teacher Mrs Newton-Walters, we visited the Hawken family farm, where owner Robert explained the biophysical factors involved in growing the cane, alongside the harvesting and regeneration processes. His first-hand experiences and knowledge of all things cane were apparent, giving us a unique perspective into the industry that is highly beneficial to our studies. Robert spoke about the effect of the recent floods, and that because the cane was developed it did not have a devastating impact. Future directions of the industry involve the breeding of new cane varieties, in order to resist diseases and sustain farm profitability. 

Olivia Grosser
Year 12 Geography Student




Maths In The Real World

Mr Hall’s Year 9 5.3 maths class have been investigating trigonometry recently and completed a task which demonstrated how trigonometry fits into their world.  The use of clinometers to gauge an angle of elevation has many practical applications including aviation navigation, surveying and engineering.  

In this photo, Jules Loemker and Isabella Tate are measuring the angle of elevation of a tall pillar at the Maher’s Lane campus, so they can apply trigonometric ratios to determine the pillar’s height.  This would be rather difficult if attempting to use a tape measure.

Michael Hall
Teacher of Mathematics


Performing Arts

2022 Lindisfarne Drama Festival

We are excited to announce that after a very successful inaugural festival last year the Lindisfarne Drama Festival is back on again in 2022!

This year the festival will be held on SUNDAY 29 MAY 2022. Please mark this date in your diary.

Lindisfarne remains committed to offering performance opportunities for our students and this exciting event will showcase the talent we have within our school from Kindergarten to Year 12. All students are welcome to enter as this event is not limited to students who take Speech and Drama lessons at school. 

All students enrolled in Speech and Drama lessons at Lindisfarne will be participating in the festival. For students who are currently enrolled, applications will be completed by your tutor. For other interested students please complete the application form - here. Applications are open to all students enrolled at Lindisfarne and will need to be received by Term 2, Week 2.

Further details will be available early next term.  If you require further information please email performingarts@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Performing Arts Private Tuition

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

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

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

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Junior School Music

It is that time of year again when we would like to offer our music students the opportunity to take part in a range of our extra-curricular music programs and activities run at the Lindisfarne Junior School campus. Our ensembles have now recommenced however there is still time to sign up if your son/daughter is interested. This term our ensemble groups will range from Intermediate String Orchestra, Choir, Guitakestra (Guitar Orchestra) and Rock Band to name a few. These ensembles present students with a variety of exciting opportunities throughout the year to represent Lindisfarne. So as to limit the amount of class time missed all ensemble groups will run before school at 7:45am.

Rock Band

The Rock Band ensemble will be run by Alicia Charleston who is one of our specialist guitar tutors. Due to the nature of this ensemble, students wishing to enrol will need to participate in a small informal audition to demonstrate competency on their chosen instrument. These students will sit in on a Rock Band rehearsal where the teachers will assess their ability and will notify them at the end of the rehearsal if they are ready to join the band or not. Please be aware that it is a prerequisite for all guitar students wishing to join this ensemble to also be a member of the Guitakestra ensemble group.


What is ‘Guitakestra’?

Guitakestra is an orchestra consisting of only guitars. Students will learn to play in an ensemble setting, focusing on note reading and rhythm reading, performance techniques whilst learning to play fun arrangements of an array of songs. Any guitar student wishing to become a member of the rock band will be required to also be a member of the Guitakestra.

The only requirement for this ensemble is that students are currently having guitar lessons.


Music is an important part of your child's education.  Music develops creativity, builds self-confidence and adds to social development.  Last but not least, music should be FUN. If your son/daughter enjoys singing and is looking for a fun ensemble to join but is not sure which one, this ensemble is a good starting point. No previous experience is required to join the Junior School choir however this ensemble group is only offered to students in year 2-4.

Intermediate String Orchestra

This ensemble is an invitation-based ensemble group for students who are performing at the necessary standard on a string instrument such as violin, viola, cello and double bass. Mr Warr our string director will be in touch with all students he feels are ready to join the intermediate string orchestra.

For students wanting to join the Beginner Orchestra or Concert Band ensemble, these groups will not commence until the start of term 2.

Jesse Edwards 
Junior School Performing Arts Coordinator

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts

Germinate Records

Germinate Records Live - Rescheduled

Due to recent weather events impacting on performances of We Will Rock You, it was necessary to reschedule the Germinate Records Live event has been to the evening of Wednesday, May 4.  Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to the April 6,

Germinate Records will be hosting a gig featuring live original music from our very talented student songwriters. Held at the Citadel in Murwillumbah, the event will help raise money for Tweed Palliative Care & Wedgetail Retreat while also supporting an important local music venue as it bounces back from flood damage and COVID19 lockdowns. Current and past students will be performing their own songs over two sets of great music including performances by Ronan Green Jemma McNicoll and Chelsea Redman.

Brett Canning
Recording Studio Producer


Coping Skills For All Of Us!!

We are living through trying times. So how do we manage our stress and learn  to cope with this unprecedented situation?

The AIS created this poster suggesting some coping skills for children - but they could work for all of us!

Be kind to yourself and take care of your loved ones.

The PDHPE Faculty

Photography and Digital Media


Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Calling all budding filmmakers or passionate science communicators, registrations are now open for the competitions below if you think you can make a 2 minute video to communicate a scientific concept. It is open to all Primary and secondary students. The theme this year is Change. It is sponsored by the University of Sydney. Students can work individually or in a team of up to 6 people. There is a prize pool of $10, 000 to be shared between the winners and their school. See website for registration or email Mrs McCann in the Science department cmccann@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au) with any questions or see the frequently asked questions section of the website. 

Crystal Growing Competition

Looking for a fun and educational learning opportunity for primary and secondary school students interested in chemistry? Why not take part in the RACI Crystal Growing Competition! See website for registration details or email Mrs McCann in the Science department with any questions (cmccann@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au). 

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Homework Club NOT On In Week 10

Homework club will NOT be on in week 10 

Recommencing in Week 2 of Term 2 Every Wednesday from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.

Learning Enrichment Team

Round Square

Round Square Updates

RSIC 2022 and Post Conference Tour, 19 September - 29 September

The Round Square International Conference for 2022 is being hosted in the UK across four Round Square Schools, with the first part of the conference happening all together in the fabulous and historic surroundings of Oxford University. 

I am very excited to be able to offer this wonderful face-to-face experience to students 16 years and older. Our delegation will depart on or around 18 September, with the arrivals taking place at Oxford on 19 September. Students will be staying in one of four colleges (Keble, Pembroke, The Queen’s College or St Anne’s), attending keynotes at the Oxford New Theatre, taking part in baraza breakouts, dining at the Colleges and enjoying some fun activities including a literary adventure race, and creative and theatrical and dance opportunities in locations around the City of Oxford.

On day four, delegates will travel by coach to one of four UK schools for Adventure and Service activities: AKS Lytham in the North West of England or Felsted School in Essex, or Latymer Upper School in London, or Ryde School with Upper Chine, on the Isle of Wight.

Please take time to watch this promotional video.

Post Conference Tour (TBC), 25 September - 29 September

Host School: Aiglon, Switzerland aiglon.ch

Aiglon College is a co-educational boarding school in Switzerland, broadly modelled on British boarding school lines. It is an independent, non-profit school located in the Swiss Alps. It is located 60 km from Lausanne in the alpine village of Chesieres, near the ski resort of Villars, in the canton of Vaud.


  • Two day hike in the Swiss Alps with an overnight stay in a hut - accompanied by Aiglon staff and students
  • Boat journey on Lac Leman to Lausanne to visit Olympic Museum and free time for a little shopping
  • Some time with Aiglon students in their lessons and after school activities


  • Depart Brisbane International, afternoon of 18 September, 2022
  • Return Brisbane International, morning of 1 October, 2022
  • Cost - $5500 (approx)

The above price includes:

All flights and relevant other transport;

All meals throughout the duration of the conference and post conference;

All accommodation throughout the duration of the conference and post conference; 

All visits and activities throughout the duration of the conference and post conference.

The above price does NOT include:

  • Visas
  • Personal spending money (for souvenirs and extra drinks/snacks);
  • Personal equipment; or
  • Personal Travel Insurance.


Delegate places are strictly limited. If you would like to apply, please complete the attached application form and return to me by Monday 4 April.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at


 It can be very easy to call something  ‘once in a lifetime’, but I genuinely believe this is one such event. It is fantastic that we can now offer an international face-to-face opportunity for our students, a sense of connection that has been missed for over two years.

Mike Lush
Round Square Coordinator


Country Of The Week

Olivia Grosser & Olivia Sweetnam
International Prefects


Vote For Us In The Community Garden Challenge

Please vote for Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge here. This will help us to win a community garden kit valued at $4,780. Members of the school community can also help us to win by dropping their oral care waste off at our recycling hubs. This includes items like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers and electric toothbrush waste from all brands. Our recycling hubs can be found in the assembly area at the Junior School and near Student Admin at our Mahers Lane campus. 

Patrick Brabant
Sustainability Prefect

Waste Wise Tips

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


Rugby Union Report

U15 Grand Final Washout

Unfortunately our U15’s quest for the GC Super Schools Cup was washed out this week due to the wet weather event we experienced. We are hopeful of rescheduling the Grand Final in early Term 2 but we are waiting for confirmation from GC Rugby.

The silver lining is the whole squad will be fresh for the Ballymore Cup this weekend.

Congratulations to the squad and coach Mr Dick for finishing the round robin competition on top of the table. A huge achievement in only our second year in the competition.

Ballymore Cup

The Ballymore Cup Tour departs tomorrow morning. We are taking 68 eager players from all of our boys squads to compete against almost 900 other players.

A detailed itinerary was sent home earlier in the week. Please check your emails for details.

Our fixtures have been confirmed for Saturday 2nd April:


Under 13 vs Iona College (Field 1)


Under 15 v Iona College (Field 1)


1st XV v Emmanuel College (Field 4)


Under 13 v Kings Christian College (Field 1)


1st XV vs John Paul College (Field 4)


U15 v Faith Lutheran College Plainland (Field 2)

Please note all times are in Queensland time.

A final reminder that all players are to meet at 6:15am Saturday morning outside the Chapel. U15 and 1st XV Squads are to wear their formal uniform including ties and the U13 squad is to wear their sports uniform.

We need to depart Mahers Lane at 6:30am sharp.

If you have any questions please contact myself or Dr Coyne.

Yours in rugby,

Scott Lewis
Manager - Lindisfarne Lions Rugby

From The Sportsdesk

Mountain Biking

2022 Australian Mountain Bike Championships – Thredbo March 23 – 27

Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying the Lindisfarne Mountain Biking team to the 2022 Australian Mountain Bike Championships at Thredbo.  The event ran from Thursday to Sunday over a range of very challenging and fast trails.

In our first year of competing, Lindisfarne sent a team of 12 riders and they did themselves and the school very proud.

Overall, Lindisfarne placed 89th out of 204 schools. A great effort considering the size of the team and this being our first attempt at the Thredbo trails.

Each day started with a 2 hour practice session where the students could ride the trails and prepare themselves for the day. After that, students were seeded based on their previous day's run. When it was time to compete, students had one chance to put down a time. This meant it was all or nothing and the students responded accordingly.

As mentioned above, Lindisfarne’s 89th place out of 204 schools was a great starting point. The boys all learned a lot from the experience and will be well placed to improve this position next year.

Lindisfarne achieved the following results:

Osprey Cross Country = 8th

Oakley Cannonball Downhill = 11th

Fox Flow Motion Cup = 23rd

Maxxis All Mountain Assault = 16th

Students interested in joining the mountain bike team for next year are encouraged to let Mr Bedford know so I can ensure you receive all the relevant information in the lead up to next year's event.

 A link to the results page which outlines all of the events can be found -  here.

Mr Matt Bedford

Cross Country

The Cross Country Carnival is next week, in which students from Years 3 to 12 will tackle the rolling hills out the back of our Mahers Lane Campus. The running sheet for this event can be found -here. Home Room and House Tutor Group teachers will go through the running sheet so students know where they will be and when.

Cross Country training has been running for a few weeks now on Tuesday and Friday mornings for anyone interested in Years 3 to 12. The squad starts at 7.15am and meets at the Mahers Lane Gymnasium. Any Sunshine Avenue student who trains is to make their own transport arrangements back to their campus. 


On Monday our Under 15 Girls team played their Bill Turner match against Banora Point High School. The weather was less than favourable with a lot of rain about but we were determined to push on and get the match played. We won 10 - 0, BAnora High were short on players and we hit that lead in the first half - and then lent them some players to make a match of it.

The U15 squad meet St Josephs in the next round next term.

In other football news, we had three Primary Boys head to Sydney to represent NCIS in the NSWCIS Football Tournament; Finn Robinson, Tahn Richards and Noah Tucker. All these boys made an outstanding contribution to the team's effort in an amazing effort for the Primary Boys team which was 2 wins and 2 losses - finishing 3rd in their pool.


We will run Futsal meetings next week. Please pay attention to HR or HTG messaging next week.

Week 10 Events

2- 4 April

Ballymore Cup - Rugby Union yrs 7 to 12 Boys

Brendale QLD, Southpine Sports Complex


NSW CIS Primary Netball Trials (girls) rescheduled from 10 March 8.45am - 1.30pm

Arkinstall Park Netball Courts, Tweed Heads


Lindisfarne Cross Country Carnival years 3 to 12

Lindisfarne Cross Country track at Mahers lane Campus


After NCIS Swimming we no longer receive any results so are reliant on getting updates from the parents. Some outstanding results from our talented Primary Swimming contingent - some details below.

Spotlight on Jack Sewell

Jack had a busy schedule with 8 races:

8-10 years freestyle relay

9 years 50 Free

10 years 50 Back

10 years 50 Fly

Jack made the finals this year in all his events. An outstanding effort - considering Jack was a 9 year swimmer in the 10 year race for the Butterfly and Backstroke and can compete in the same age group next year.

Jack placed 6th in the 50 Freestyle, very narrowly missing a place (3rd to 6th very close).

Jack placed 6th in the 10 years 50 Backstroke Final (another close race) and 9th in the 10 years 50 Butterfly Final. In both the Backstroke and Butterfly he was the 2nd fastest 9 year swimmer in the race.

The Lindisfarne boys Freestyle Relay 8-10 years also got 6th place in the Final - a great effort by the boys. 

Spotlight on Ned and Lucy Simmons

Lucy and Ned Simmons both had amazing meets at NSWCIS swimming in Sydney.

Lucy set PB’s in all strokes, in particular smashed her PB in Butterfly by 3 seconds and Backstroke 3 seconds ( coming second in her heat and 13th overall, just missing the final).

Ned made the final of the freestyle coming 7th overall achieving a PB, final of the freestyle relay 6th overall, and final of the 10yr breaststroke finishing 7th again with a PB by over 3 seconds. This was an extremely pleasing effort considering Neds his young comparative age, he is still only 8 until late October, only 2 boys under 9 in the final including Ned and I believe the only Under 9’s in the top 30 for breaststroke 10yrs.

Damian, Lucy and Ned only trained 3 days per week for 6 weeks leading up to the swimming meet, normally only 2 days per week throughout the season, so potentially further improvement was achievable.

Spotlight on Florence and Hunter Gaffney

Florence swam a PB in 8years Freestyle and just missed the final - this was her first major swim meet!  Hunter in the  10 years also swam well in both Freestyle and Butterfly and just missed the finals.  Well done girls!

Riley Johnston

Overall he received 1st place with a Gold medal for 50m Breastroke and 1st place with a Gold medal for 50m Backstroke.  He came 2nd place with a Silver Medal for 50m Freestyle. He now moves forward to the NSW PSSA Swimming comp on the 4th & 5th April which is at School State Level.  Awesome results and wishing you Good Luck for the next round.  Fingers crossed for a place to represent Lindisfarne at school Nationals in August.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sports and Activities 



Club Netball

Monday Night Netball

Another washout! There will be double matches aplenty on Monday 4 April. Please be at the courts in time to warm-up and sign on ready to roar!

Saturday Netball Competition

We are so excited for the start of the Tweed Netball Competition on SATURDAY 2 APRIL at Arkinstall Park, Cunningham Street. 

However, with the floods, COVID and the Musical, some teams are short this weekend. PLEASE help out by filling in if you are asked!

Many thanks to all of the coaches who have tried to start training! … and to the marvelous managers who have set up Stack Team Apps to be able to communicate with their teams.

Thanks to Narelle Hodges who helped pack the kitbags (click here for photo) with branded netballs, new warm-up balls, first aid kits, patches and training bibs ready to go - complete with team colour ribbons:

Training for each of the colourful Lions teams are as follows:

Lindisfarne Gold Lions will train on Thursdays 4pm - 5pm at the Arkinstall Park courts 

Lindisfarne Black Lions TBC and Lindisfarne DenomiNETTERS TBC

Lindisfarne Navy Lions, Lindisfarne White Lions, Lindisfarne Red Lions and Lindisfarne Silver Lions will train in sport time on a Thursday

will train in sport time on a Thursday

Lindisfarne Blue Lions will train on Tuesday mornings before School on the Mahers Lane courts

Lindisfarne Green Lions will train on Thursday mornings before School on the Mahers Lane courts

Lindisfarne Yellow Lions will train after School on a Tuesday on the School courts

Lindisfarne Bronze Lions and Lindisfarne Aqua Lions will train on Wednesday mornings before School on the Mahers Lane courts and during Sport time in Terms 2 and 3

Lindisfarne Lime Lions will train on a Friday morning before School on the Mahers Lane courts

Lindisfarne Orange Lions, Lindisfarne Lavender Lions, Lindisfarne Crimson Lions,

Lindisfarne Pink Lions and Lindisfarne Purple Lions will train at the Arkinstall Park courts on Thursday afternoons from 3pm - 3.45pm (4pm next term)

Round 1 - April 2

URGENT: Due to the grass courts being too wet to mow and mark in preparation for this week’s games, the highlighted matches are postponed. So no matches this weekend for the Pink or Purple Lions.






Black Lions

Intermediate A



Pink Lions

7/ 8 years



Purple Lions

7/ 8  years



Crimson Lions

9 years



Lavender Lions

10 years



Orange Lions

10 years



Aqua Lions

Junior B



Yellow Lions

Junior B



Red Lions

Junior A



Lime Lions

11 years



Green Lions

Junior A



White Lions

Intermediate B



Silver Lions

Intermediate A



Navy Lions

Intermediate A



Blue Lions

Intermediate C




Open Division 2



Bronze Lions

Junior B



Gold Lions

Open Division 1


Netball Centre of Excellence 

Training continued with black threatening and thunderous clouds above on Thursday last week! Super impressed with all of the teams - but particularly the White and Navy girls who had a high quality friendly match.

NCIS Primary Trials

Lindisfarne are hosting the NCIS Primary Netball Trials on Monday 4 April. Good Luck to the 11 girls who have nominated to represent the region at the CIS Championships in Sydney in May.


Please make sure you have completed your umpiring forms. You are a part of the Lindisfarne Lions Club! Calling for any parents who would support the umpires supervising and coaching them as they start their officiating journey! PLEASE help if you know some of the rules!

If you have any questions re: netball, please do not hesitate to email me.

“I’m here if you need!”

Gay Maynard 
Teacher in Charge of Netball



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