From the Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, I wrote to the school community in relation to moving to Phase 5 of our Return to School plan which includes the gradual introduction of a wider range of school activities. I am aware that many of our responses to COVID-19 updates are lengthy but it is imperative that you take the time to read each update. If you haven’t had a chance to read the correspondence sent today, you can access it here.

Last week, we farewelled our Deputy Principal, Mr Geoff Lancaster, as he concluded at Lindisfarne in preparation for commencing as Principal of St Luke’s Grammar in Northern Beaches, Sydney. 

I found Mr Lancaster to be a person of great intellect and I will forever be grateful for the work he did with our staff to see us so seamlessly make the rapid transition to online learning. I’ve appreciated Mr Lancaster’s deep care for people and our community, his visibility and engagement with our wider community and his passion for learning and for the School. On behalf of the school community, I extend our prayers and support to the Lancaster family as they enter this new season in their life.

This week, we welcomed Mrs Charlotte Lush to the role of Deputy Principal. 

Mrs Lush’s career has seen her work with distinction in a number of outstanding schools in three countries; New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. Her work in each of the school communities in which she has served has been profound.

Prior to joining Lindisfarne, Mrs Lush completely transformed music education at Cranbrook School in Sydney as the Director of Music from 2011 to 2014. Previous to that appointment, Mrs Lush was the Deputy Head of School and Director of Communications from 2002 to 2011 at Amesbury School in the UK supporting the Headmaster in overseeing the strategic direction and improvement of the School. Prior to that, Mrs Lush was the Director of Music and a Housemistress at Sherborne Preparatory School from 1999 to 2002 and a Teacher of Music and Housemistress at the renowned Gordonstoun School in Scotland from 1998 to 1999.

Mrs Lush’s career started in New Zealand at Rangi Ruru School for Girls in Christchurch. During her school days, Mrs Lush won a music scholarship to Wanganui Collegiate School where, amongst her many achievements, she was a recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award and competed at the National Sailing Championships.

Mrs Lush holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand; a Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch College of Education with majors in Music and Drama; and, from 2017 to 2019, she completed an Advanced Leadership Program through Women in Leadership Australia.

Mrs Lush, along with her husband Mike and their four children, is hugely committed to our school and community. 

I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Charlotte Lush on her appointment as Deputy Principal of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support. 

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal

Important Information

Year 11 and Year 10 Accelerated Parent/Teacher Evening

Date: Wednesday, 22 July from 3.40pm to 7.30pm

This evening is for all Year 11 subjects including the Year 10 Accelerated Subjects (Mathematics - Mr Malone, Biology - Ms Jeffries and Studies of Religion - Ms McCue)

Bookings can be made through Parent Lounge from 8.00am on Monday, 22 June until 8.00am on Wednesday, 22 July.

Noelene Wright
Head of School Operations

School Photos for 2020

Year 12 Individual Photos to be Retaken by MSP Photographers

Following a fault with their camera’s software, these photos need to be retaken.

These will be retaken on Tuesday, 23 June commencing at 8.20am.

All Other School Photos 

School photos will be taken in the last week of Term 3 — the week commencing 21 September. 

The schedule will be available closer to the time.

From the Chaplain


Parents & Friends

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Whole School News

Student Absences - Please enter via Parent Lounge

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We kindly ask that all absences for students are entered via the Parent Lounge portal. Log-in to Parent Lounge and then select 'Attendance' under the 'Student Details' menu. Then select your student from the drop-down box (if you have multiple students) and then click the 'Add Absence Notification' and fill in the details where prompted.

This can be done in advance, during school or in response to an absence notification from the School. You can reset your access to Parent Lounge by contacting Mahers Lane Reception.

Thank you for your support.

Round Square

Dean of Studies

Holiday Revision and Workshop Timetable

During the term break, the library at our Middle and Senior School Campus will be open everyday from 8.00am to 3.00pm.

The timetable for HSC workshops can be viewed by this link

If students cannot make it to school to join the revision sessions and would like to join via a Google Meet, they need to email the teacher.

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

Subject Selection

Thank you to all the Parents, Guardians and Students who turned into watch Year 11 2021 Subject Selection Webinar.  This was the first time we have done such an event and it was fantastic to be so well received by the School Community. If you have any further questions about subject selection please email me at

Caroline Jeffries
Dean of Studies

School Psychology

Coronavirus – The Transition Back

Unfortunately, the reality of COVID-19 is not quite over and there is still a considerable amount of uncertainty. We have all experienced this event together and we are at various levels of transition and adjustment across Australia. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted students, parents and teachers alike.

Emotions during this time have varied. For some, it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things. One thing that has remained constant — the need for good parenting, supportive teachers and the wellbeing of our students. All of which offer young people stability and familiarity, and are vitally important during this time of transition and adjustment.
Whilst many children may be excited at the prospect of lockdown restrictions being lifted, others may feel mixed emotions. Each child’s reaction will differ depending on how well they cope with stress and change. As we all adjust to new routines, it will be vitally important to keep a check on our young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Encourage them to focus on the things they enjoy and value in order for them to remain motivated and ensure their sense of belonging.

If you feel your child requires additional support, please do not hesitate to contact the Year Level Coordinator, tutor, Head of House or Cassandra Gist our School Psychologist.

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Early Learning Centre

Superhero Day in Preschool

Last week, the Preschool students celebrated their annual Superhero Day by dressing up as their favourite superhero or heroic character. 

The day was prompted by the children’s superhero role play and inquiries about everyday heroes in our community, such as firefighters, police, medical workers and people that help others in need. There was a strong emphasis on using our powers for good, helping our friends and caring for our environment. 

We learned that we each have our very own special power and every day is a SUPERDAY with our SUPERFRIENDS! 

Michelle Donohue 
Preschool Joeys Teacher

Junior School

Head of Junior School Report

Agape Outreach Clinic Donations

A very grateful thank you to our school community for the donations they have provided this week. The welcome support of donations of warm jumpers and blankets to Agape Outreach Clinic will help make a difference to those members of the local community who do not have these basic needs. Compassion is one of our school values and the Lindisfarne community, as always, is demonstrating that these are not just words. 

Students, particularly our younger students, sometimes wonder if their thoughts and ideas can really make a difference. The call to support Agape was voiced by our Year 4 student Ivy Thompson (pictured above). Ivy is demonstrating first hand that student ideas along with community support can make an impact. Well done, Ivy! 

Compliance Reminder

For the School to adhere to current planning approvals, cars are not allowed to be parked in Sullivan Street for pick up. We have had repeated warnings from the council for breaches of this and I would ask that our community adheres to this rule otherwise the School will be fined. I do understand that it is frustrating for parents and we are working with the Council for a solution to this. 

In addition to this, I would also like to remind everyone about driving etiquette on Sunshine Avenue. The smiles of parents, despite the wait time, is greatly appreciated. Sunshine Avenue residents have had an increase in the amount of traffic due to the COVID-19 crisis and I would like to thank everyone for adhering to the rules and not blocking driveways and for allowing space so that cars can view oncoming traffic at Dry Dock Road. Once again, I very much appreciate everyone’s show of patience with these challenges.

Mark Douglas
Head of Junior School

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Green Team

Eco Tips

Winter Solstice Celebrations with Year 3

On Wednesday, the Year 3 classes celebrated the shortest day of the year (which is actually this Sunday, 21 June).  This is called the Winter Solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. 

The children enjoyed cooking damper on the fire and sampling Mrs Maria’s delicious mulled wine (non-alcoholic of course), making paper bag lanterns, creating some nature art, decorating rocks and learning about the Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere.

Child’s Voice:

"My favourite activity at the Winter Solstice was cooking the damper on the fire and eating it because it was tasty." — Saxon 3A.

"The most interesting activity was making the leaf man using sticks, leaves, rocks and a massive stick." — Jackson, Mitchell, Freddy and Saxon 3A.

"My favourite activity was lantern making because we got to cut many shapes into the lantern and put a candle in it so it can light up at night and it will make many shapes." — Milla and Luella 3A.

"My favourite activity was the rock painting as we got to make our own creative designs on the small stones in brightly coloured Posca Pens and place them in the rock garden in a pattern like a snake. It was so cool!" — Isabelle 3A.

"My favourite activity was the snowflake making because it looked cool!  Freddy's looked like a spider!" — Oliver 3A.

Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

SERVES: 14-16


  • 2 litres non-alcoholic grape juice or apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zest of
  • 1 lemon, zest of
  • crushed nutmeg, seed
  • 2.5 cups of hot lemon juice or 2.5 cups lime juice


  1. Heat the water and add the honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and peel.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes and leave to simmer for 5 more.
  3. Strain this syrup into a large pot and add the citrus juice, heat until it is gently bubbling.
  4. Add the 2 litres of grape/apple juice and keep the mixture on a low heat, serve with a slice of lemon.

Jo Hetherington and Maria Roberson
Director of Early Learning and Kitchen Garden Specialist

Middle School

Year 6 Lip Sync Battle

Week 8 represents the final dash to the finish line, with many assessment tasks and assignments drawing to a close. Though one particular group assignment was highly anticipated and created an excited buzz throughout Year 6. Wednesday morning saw the curtain raised for the annual Lip Sync Battle.

Lip Sync Battle has, once again, been well-received by the students with many squeezing self-initiated practise sessions in during morning tea and lunch times over the past couple of weeks.  

The origins of Lip Sync are well established. According to Wikipedia, “lip sync or lip synch (short for lip synchronisation) is a technical term for matching a speaking or singing person's lip movements with prerecorded sung or spoken vocals. The term can refer to any of a number of different techniques and processes, in the context of live performances and audiovisual recordings.”

There are a number of skills within Lip Sync Battle that make it a useful alternate vehicle for teaching particular skills and concepts as well as improving students’ self-efficacy. 

The competitors, as they are lip syncing, express the emotion and energy of the song through their body language, facial expressions and their energy. These are all skills taught through the Creative Arts strand, Performing Arts.

As competitors, the students need to display resilience and self-efficacy as they place themselves in front of peers to lip sync. Music skills are also involved, as competitors memorise lyrics of a song, as well as having to understand the timbre of the music and the influence their body language and facial expressions make.

Stay tuned for the pre-recorded performance video in next week's newsletter.

Cathy Cox
Year 6 Coordinator

Senior School


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Mathematics Faculty



Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Live from the Chapel

Senior Music Ensembles' YouTube Premiere

Next week, we will be recording our Senior Music Ensembles in the Chapel for a YouTube premiere performance to be broadcast on Friday evening.

This live performance will be recorded in the Chapel during lunchtime on Friday, 26 June and will feature our Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Stage Band, Senior Rock Band and select Year 12 performances. The concert will feature a wide selection of repertoire including classic track from Led Zeppelin, John Williams and Nat King Cole.

Mia Watson and Eliott Dowker will be the hosts for this new style of concert.

A private link to the performance will be sent via the school newsletter next week.

Todd Hardy
Director of Performing Arts


Learning Enrichment

Germinate Records

Lindisfarne Recording Studio

International Department

Digital Space


Red Apple Day

Wednesday, 17 June is Red Apple Day, when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and apple themed fundraising activities. Bowel cancer is a leading cause of illness in Australia and has a major impact on individuals, families, and the health care system. If detected early, bowel cancer has very high survival rates. Some of the associated risk factors of bowel cancer include; alcohol, diet, physical inactivity and smoking.



Bowel Cancer Australia's apple logo is symbolic of the charity's bowel cancer message: bowel cancer is treatable and beatable if detected early. The outline of Bowel Cancer Australia's apple logo appears as an abstract of a human bowel. The small hole in the apple is caused by a worm. If detected early and removed, the worm is unable to continue affecting the apple or the health of the tree.

It's the same with people. If bowel cancer is detected early it can be successfully treated, which means patients and their families can continue to enjoy a healthy life.

In addition, both red and green apples are a nutritious source of dietary fibre.

The PDHPE Faculty


Sports News — Junior School

Modified Athletics Day - Year 3 and 4 

Selected Year 3 and 4 students will be competing in the 100m and 200m finals to be held at the Middle and Senior School Campus next Thursday, 25 June 2020 at the Modified Athletics Day. 

The Junior School students have trialled in their PE classes over the past week. The students in Year 3 and 4 with the fastest times in their trials have been selected to participate in the finals. Congratulations to these students and good luck next week. 

Cross Country

The Junior School will be looking to get back into full swing with sports and carnivals next term. We are hopeful that restrictions continue to ease and are looking forward to holding our K-4 Cross Country early next term. Dates are yet to be finalised but we will inform you as soon as possible. 
The Middle and Senior School will be holding its Cross Country events at the end of this term, so don’t get confused or think you have missed out. Keep an eye on the newsletter for further information and dates. 

Tennis Program 

Nine-week program for Years 1 and 2 in Term 3, 2020

In Term 3, there will be an opportunity for interested Year 1 and 2 students to participate in a nine week Tennis Program during our timetabled Stage 1 Sport time. Students will experience professional tennis coaching from the Pro-One Academy in a fun environment with their peers.

There is a cost involved for the program of $50 per student for the nine weeks. 

Information will be sent to all Year 1 and 2 students, however numbers are limited based on coach availability and we therefore ask that you review the information available on Parent Lounge and accept or decline to confirm your child’s attendance.

Nathan Croft
PE Specialist


COVID-19 Restrictions

We are looking forward to the resumption of inter-school sport from Term 3. We are hoping this easing of restrictions will be here to stay. 

Some events are on and are relatively straightforward, other events such as Athletics have been heavily impacted by schools inability to hold carnivals, and as such may be unlikely to proceed to the next levels. We will release updates when they come to hand.


Integrated Sport

We have been holding off releasing Term 3 Sports hoping that the aforementioned COVID-19 restrictions would ease. We are happy to be offering almost all of our sports next term. 

Students in the years below will make their top three selections in a Google Form from Tuesday, 23 June in Homeroom.

  • Year 7 to 10 Sports — here.
  • Year 5 to 6 Sports — here.

Please note that some sports have strict capacities, and in the event that maximums are surpassed students will be randomly selected to take their place in that sport. 


The PDHPE staff have been continuing to log results for our in-house Modified Athletics Program. On June 25, we will be running the sprint events and high jump at school, releasing one year group at a time to compete. Information pertaining to the Modified Athletics Program - here

All nominations for the Modified Athletics Day close TODAY. 

Cross Country

Unfortunately, the Years 7 to 10 Cross Country was cancelled due to inclement weather. We are trying to sort out alternative dates for this to proceed. Years 5, 6, 11 and 12 have their Year Group Champions sorted.

Year 5


  • 1st - Marcus Williamson
  • 2nd - Charlie Paul
  • 3rd - Bowie Robinson


  • 1st - Matilda Daniel
  • 2nd - Isabella Arghyros
  • 3rd - Kaimana Lowien-Britt

Year 6


  • 1st - Archie McColm
  • 2nd - Tom Williams
  • 3rd - Cody Harris


  • 1st - Ivy Parsons
  • 2nd - Eliza Fahy
  • 3rd - Eve Daniel

Year 11


  • 1st - Oliver Churchill
  • 2nd - Jake Frazer


  • 1st - Gabriella Hill
  • 2nd - Jessica Courtney
  • 3rd - Heidi Chaffey

Year 12


  • 1st - Kipp Freeman
  • 2nd - Kodey Edgar-Farrell 


  • 1st - Jade Reid
  • 2nd - Emily Lowns
  • 3rd - Annabelle Miller

Sports Status

A brief overview of where we are at with various sports in the table below:




School representative pathways cancelled 2020

Cross Country 

School representative pathways cancelled 2020.

Lindisfarne modified carnival scheduled for THIS WEEK for Mahers Lane students. Year 11 and 12 completed their event, unfortunately Year 7 to 10 was called off due to wet weather. 


Athletics representative carnivals are neither postponed or cancelled at this point. 

  • NCIS has given tentative ‘in-principle support’ to try and proceed if at all possible. A final decision will be made by Term 2 Week 9 (hopefully).

  • CIS are yet to make a decision around any Term 3 Sports (including athletics), an announcement will be forthcoming around the end of May.

  • Our Athletics program is underway in a modified format and is being conducted here at school in various staggered stages, including PE lessons, normal assembly periods, lunches and a Modified Athletics Day on June 25. Mass gatherings at external locations are suspended at this stage eliminating the normal Kingscliff location. Information here.


NCIS has given ‘in-principle’ support to try to run the NCIS Secondary tournament. Government restrictions need to be lifted for this to occur. This carnival has still not been reviewed by NCIS - apparently next week this is likely to occur.


AFLQ is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates.

Touch Football 

NCIS and CIS cancelled. 

NSW All Schools regional competitions cancelled; however, a major competition was rescheduled for Sydney over 3 days in November. 

QLD All Schools competition sent correspondence through this week indicating that their tournament is still ON at this stage. 

Palm Beach Monday night comp is restarting in July.


  • CIS Cup is to commencing in Term 3.

  • Bill Turner competition is CANCELLED for 2020

  • NCIS and CIS (Sydney) competition cancelled.


NCIS and CIS cancelled. Lismore Pegasus Challenge for Open Boys/Girls cancelled. 

Lismore Aussie Dent King for Years 9 and 10 Boys/Girls is neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates 


NCIS cancelled.

Other school competitions (regional)  neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates 


QLD T20 Knockout is postponed,  awaiting status updates. 


All events suspended, awaiting status updates. 


Mt St Patricks have confirmed willingness to play in Term 3 - TBA. 

Rugby School fixture is cancelled in Term 3.


Regional and State events postponed, awaiting status updates. 

Surf Life Saving

Secondary Schools Surf League neither postponed or cancelled at this point, awaiting status updates

Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres

Some of our TRAC facilities have opened back up. They would no doubt appreciate your business if you enjoy lap swimming as a fitness pursuit - weblink here.

Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities



Having attended the meeting at Tweed Netball Association on Saturday, we are busy preparing for the recommencement of the 2020 Netball Season. Please bear with us as there are lots of requirements that we need to adhere to moving forward! 

Here are some of the key details that you should be aware of:

  • First game back is Saturday, 18 July 2020 (this is during our school holiday)

  • Netball Queensland has advised that NO REFUNDS will be issued 

  • At this stage, on game day:

    • There will be one entry/exit point only.

    • Everyone on site must check in with their club at the sign-on tent.

    • NO SPECTATORS/PARENTS allowed on site for the first two weeks. Players will be supervised by their coach and manager only.  The only people allowed at their court are the coach, manager, scorer and players.

  • At this stage, at training:

    • There will be strict requirements for team training and each team will be allocated a time and space. No double-ups.

Please complete the Google Form linked for each player to indicate their intention to play.  We are also seeking parent support by way of coaches and managers. If you have previously committed to coaching or managing please nominate again so we know that you are happy to continue. We are also seeking scorers to nominate each week and general members who can help out with additional game-day support to manage our return to netball.

Please be aware that ALL Coaches, Managers, Scorers and General Members MUST attend a compulsory meeting in the Library at Mahers Lane on Thursday, 25 June 2020, from 5:00pm to 6.00pm.

All umpires need to ensure they have communicated directly with Tahu.

Netball Centre of Excellence

We have resubmitted our entries in the Vicki Wilson Cup which will be played at the Nissan Arena over the Queensland long weekend — Saturday, 3 October to Monday, 5 October. Neither the NSW Cup or the NCIS Secondary carnival dates have been confirmed yet. However the NSW All Schools Netball has been cancelled.

The Year 7 to 10 Netball Centre of Excellence girls trained at Arlistall Park this week. They continued to work on their general fitness but it was nice to get back to the competition courts. 

The Year 5 and 6 LENA trained during sport time on Friday at Mahers Lane after competing in the Cross Country event.

Remember, we are here if you need!

Gay Maynard and Danielle Watters
Teacher in Charge of Netball and Netball Head Coach


Uniform Shop


Employment at Lindisfarne

Community News

Walkin’ On Water Surf School

Afternoon and Weekend Surfing Programs

Get your groms surfing now!

Walkin’ On Water Surf School is back open, running lessons and programs again at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta. As a lot of other children’s sport cannot start, we are offering specifically designed after school surfing as well as weekend surfing programs for our local school children for all ages and all levels.* We have implemented several temporary changes in how we do things for the safety of everyone and so that we remain COVIDSafe, as seen on our website. *

Please contact us on 0418 780 311 or via email on to book in or for more information.