2023 Term 2 Week 2 5 May 2023
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been an exciting and rewarding week at Lindisfarne with a number of events and ceremonies taking place across the School, and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.
First and foremost, I express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in the Soul and Blues Festival. The event was a resounding success, showcasing the incredible talents of our students, staff and guest artists. Your support and participation truly made a difference, and we are hopeful of making the Soul and Blues Festival an annual event.
I would also like to thank all those who attended the annual Foundation Day service with our founding parish, St Cuthbert's Anglican Church in Tweed Heads. It was a meaningful occasion where we gave thanks for our students, school and wider community and all those who have contributed to the development of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School over the years.
This week, we held Foundation Day services in both the Senior and Middle Schools. These gatherings allowed us to reflect on our rich history and heritage while looking forward to a bright future. A significant aspect of this year's service was the introduction of our Reconciliation Action Plan, emphasising the importance of reconciliation within our School and Nation. We were also delighted to open the Reconciliation Outdoor Chapel at Mahers Lane. I extend my deepest appreciation to Uncle Victor Slockee, School Parent Rory Togo, and everyone who contributed to this significant step in the history of our School.
Our Head of Junior School, Jeremy Godden, and International Development Manager James Roache, have been in Hong Kong this week, attending various education fairs, gatherings, and meetings to expand our international student base. As part of our goal to be more globally focused, their efforts will help to enrich our school community through increased cultural exchange and understanding.
I am pleased to announce that in September, we will offer the inaugural Cultural Immersion trip to India. You can find the information about this incredible opportunity (here). I want to extend my gratitude to school parent Sudeep Mammen for his tireless work, input and advice, as well as school parent Kylie Bantoff for her assistance with travel arrangements. A highlight of the trip will be visiting the renowned Indian school, Pallikoodam. You can watch a short video on Pallikoodam School here .
Today, it was an absolute pleasure to participate in the annual P and F Mother's Day High Tea. I want to thank our P&F for organising this lovely event, which celebrates the essential role that mothers play in the lives of their children, as well as in our school and broader community.
Finally, I would like to invite you all to join Reverend Constantine for our Spiritual Gym service at Mahers Lane this Sunday. The service will commence at 4:30 pm with refreshments, followed by the service from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will include prayers for His Majesty King Charles III, following his coronation service on Saturday evening, as he also commences his duties as the supreme governor of the Church of England and the world-wide Anglican Communion.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to our school community, and I hope all families get to enjoy some of this beautiful Autumn weather over the weekend.
From the Deputy Principal
Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,
Foundation Day Services
“From little things”, sang Paul Kelly, “big things grow.” This week, we paused in gratitude to give thanks to the pioneers who, with great faith but little money, founded our school 42 years ago. We also re-committed ourselves to building on their legacy and making Lindisfarne a world class School that provides holistic education to our young people.
To mark Foundation Day 2023 we commenced our reconciliation journey with the launch of a whole School Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which will be released in full during National Reconciliation Week later in the month, as well as opening the “Reconciliation Outdoor Chapel” at Mahers Lane campus.
A sincere thanks to all the members of the RAP Working Group for the hard work and collaboration that went into developing the RAP, and to Ms Narelle Urquhart for the RAP artwork and the “Reconciliation Outdoor Chapel” rock paintings. Let us then, with compassion, courage and fervour, work together to implement the RAP action items to create a harmonious and better future for everyone in our school community.
Spiritual Gym -Family Service and Eucharist on Sunday, May 7, 2023
Please remember that you are cordially invited to the monthly Spiritual Gym -Family Service and Eucharist -on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 4.30am (refreshments) followed by Service at 5pm in the Mahers Lane Chapel. All are welcome!
spiritual gym poster Here
Alpha Youth Series at Lindisfarne
Last year in Australia, 40,000 teenagers explored faith through Alpha. We will be running Alpha Youth Series at Lindisfarne for anyone who wants to ask questions about life and faith. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions where you can ask anything in a safe and judgement free space. There will be food and a fun time together. If you are in years 7-12, Why don't you come and give it a try?
When: starting on 10 May 2023
Time: 12.45pm -1.20pm Any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Praying for our Community and our World
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
Please join me this week in praying or sending healing thoughts for peace in Sudan and Ukraine, and for all the young people and children adversely impacted by violence and war.
Let us pray for migrants and refugees;
Let us also pray for our loved ones and school community: that we may be well, healthy, joyful, and live this new month with gratitude and great-fullness.
I wish you a relaxing and restful weekend.
The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu
Safe on Social
Stage 3 Online Safety Police Talk
Last Friday, 28 April, Stage 3 students took part in an informative and engaging presentation about online safety by Tweed Police Youth Liaison Officers, Brad Foster and Scott Bowden.
The officers reiterate the importance of knowing that the age limit on many social media apps is 13 years and above. Our Stage 3 students are 10-12 years old with many of them accessing these apps. The officers discussed how there are adults who pretend to be a young person online and will try to engage with you. An interesting fact is that the average age of an online gamer is 34.
Students were made aware of a variety of ways to help them be safe online and to always be kind to others on social media. Their top tips are:
- Smart username that doesn’t identify you
- Set to private or friends only
- Turn off the location setting on photos
- Do not post videos/photos in your school uniform
- Do not take videos that could identify where you live, go to school, sport etc and the time you might be there
- Only accept friend requests from people you know. e.g. kids messenger- parents approve
- If you haven’t met them in person don’t communicate with them online
- Never agree to meet up with someone
- Only talk about the game you are playing
- If they begin to ask personal questions that don’t feel right, block them, log off the game and tell your parents
- Influence your friends to be responsible for their device
- Set the level of what is okay and not okay
- Be smart, be safe, be kind
- Don’t use social media to pick on people for being different
- If you don’t have anything nice and positive to say don’t say anything. Always be kind
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if you make a mistake you can always ask for help
- Nothing is ever so bad that you can’t tell someone
- Tell the police, mum and dad, teacher and/or call kids helpline
Another important area was around the sharing of photos. Once you have put a photo online it is out there forever. They spoke about how your body is private to you and that you should not send inappropriate photos of yourself to others or share photos that someone has sent you. It is very important for our young people to be aware and have an understanding of the serious ramifications of sharing such photos.
The school looks forward to the continuing support and guidance of Tweed Police Youth Liaison Officers, Brad Foster and Scott Bowden as we all navigate ever changing social media platforms.
The officers will be speaking at two community forums if you would like to attend.
- 6th May Murwillumbah 6pm-8pm
- 15th May Tweed Heads Civic Centre
Below is a link to the Think U Know website with resources for parents.
Year 6 Coordinator
Parents and Friends
Mother's Day Stall - Preschool to Year 6
The Mother's Day Stall for Preschool to Year 4 will be held next week on Wednesday, 10 May. All gift sets are $10 each and there will be a limit of two, but one is sufficient.
Students in Preschool who do not attend on Wednesday and our Year 5 and 6 students will be able to place orders online which will be delivered to students to take home in time for Mother's Day.
The link for Preschool and Year 5 and 6 students is https://www.trybooking.com/CICGO
Lindisfarne Parents and Friends
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to be held on Tuesday, 9 May 2023 at 6.30pm in the Mahers Lane Library, Terranora. As members of the P&F all Lindisfarne families are welcome to attend and are invited to nominate for an Executive or General Committee position for the 2023 year. Nominations are sought for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Officer and General Committee (5). A brief outline of each is below.
Nominations must be received in writing by Tuesday, 2 May 2023, via e-mail to email@example.com
President: shall preside over P&F Association meetings and is responsible for working towards P&F Association's objectives. The President ensures that the P&F Association takes part in decision-making processes in the school and fosters fair participation of all members in its undertakings. The President will support volunteers and ensure consistent adherence to the constitution.
Vice President: Assist the president in his duties. The Vice President may be called upon to Chair meetings in the absence of the President.
Secretary: Attend all meetings and keep a record of all business conducted. Monitor incoming and outgoing correspondence.
Treasurer: Report on the Association's financial status at all meetings, detailing all monies received and paid since the last meeting. The Treasurer must also provide an audited copy of the previous financial year's accounts at the AGM.
Public Officer: Ensure consistent adherence to the constitution. Notify Fair Trading of any change and is responsible for collecting or take receipt of any official documentation.
General Committee: to assist and support the P&F Association to reach its
objectives in line with the school's needs and focus area's at the time.
Caller ID for Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School
Please save the school number in your phone contacts 07 5590 5099 to assist you in identifying when a staff member is trying to contact you. It is our policy that staff members leave a message on your mobile if they are unable to reach you, so please check this message before calling back.
School Refusal or School Can’t
It’s not unusual for students sometimes to feel nervous, worried or anxious about going to school. But for some, these feelings can be overwhelming and may build up until they result in school refusal.
School refusal is a complex issue that impacts a growing number of students and their families, and it can be a challenging experience for everyone involved, including educators.
By understanding the different signs and underlying causes of school refusal, educators are better placed to partner with students and their families in an informed and supportive way.
To find out about practical strategies for dealing with school refusal, read Part 2 of our school refusal series here.
What is school refusal?
School refusal is when a student becomes very emotionally distressed or anxious about going to school, to the point that they refuse to attend.
The signs of school refusal can range from frequent absenteeism and lateness, to health complaints and repeated requests to go home. The causes are just as varied and complex and include mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, academic difficulties, peer issues and major life events.
School refusal is different from regular truancy. When a student is ‘wagging’, they will hide their absence from their family. School refusal isn’t concealed and comes from the student’s belief that they can’t actually cope with attending.
What are the signs?
There are many signs related to school refusal. For educators, the most common ones to look out for include:
- high levels of absenteeism
- frequent lateness to school
- absence or lateness to school after weekends, holidays, school camps or sports days
- extended or periodic absences from school, without explanation or justification
- frequent health complaints, such as stomach aches, headaches, dizziness or fatigue
- repeated requests to go to the sick bay
- repeated requests to go home from school or to call home
- absences on significant days (e.g. days with tests, speeches, sports events, or when a certain class is timetabled).
Keep in mind that these signs might also be caused by health issues. If you’re noticing any signs in a student, it’s important to work closely with their family and to connect with other professionals who might be involved, to understand any underlying causes. Depending on your role, a member of your wellbeing team or a head of department may be better suited to raise your concerns with the family.
What are the causes?
The reasons for school refusal are complex and vary from one student to the next. There are often a number of contributing factors, and it can start gradually or happen suddenly. It might be hard to identify at first, so it’s important that educators and parents are aware of its development as soon as possible.
School refusal can be related to:
- mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, OCD or PTSD
- major life events, such as parental separation or divorce, illness, moving, being away from family, exposure to family violence, or grief over the death of a loved one
- peer issues, such as bullying, social isolation or friendship conflicts
- conflicts or difficulties with educators
- academic problems or learning difficulties
- anxiety around performance or assessment, such as tests, speeches or sports days
- life-stage transitions, such as starting secondary school or moving to a new school.
Not surprisingly, the challenges associated with COVID-19 have also contributed to a rise in school refusal, with students struggling with re-establishing routines following an increase in online learning during the pandemic and lockdowns.
The Youth Survey 2022 report by Mission Australia found that young people wanted more support when transitioning back to face-to-face learning, and more help in recovering from the impact of remote learning and lockdowns.
What happens if a student refuses to go to school?
If a student is refusing to go to school, it can have major impacts on their social development, mental health and wellbeing, and academic progress.
Parents and carers may also experience stigma, as school refusal isn’t often recognised as a real issue. They might also have to take time off work, reduce their hours or even leave their jobs, which can have a significant impact on their finances, wellbeing and family relationships.
Recommended resources to help with school refusal
- Be You has information and modules on understanding school refusal and promoting school attendance (at both a whole-school and individual level).
- The NSW Government resource School Refusal: Every school day counts has been designed to help education staff and the families they work with to identify and support young people who are refusing to go to school.
- School Refusal Australia offers peer support for Australian families with children and teens experiencing school refusal. They also have a private Facebook group and support meetings across Australia.
- School Can’t Australia
- If students and/or parents and carers need immediate support, they can contact Lifeline’s 24/7 Crisis Chat or call 13 11 44. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need support, 13Yarn (13 92 76) has counsellors available 24/7.
Remember - ‘Kids do well if they can’ (Ross Greene)
Whole School News
School photos are coming up very soon.
Tuesday, 30 May - Mahers Lane.
Wednesday, 7 June - Sunshine Avenue.
Thursday, 15 June - Absentees from both campuses.
If all siblings attend the same campus then those sibling photos will be taken on their relevant campus date.
For siblings who attend different campuses, these will be taken at the Sunshine Avenue campus on Wednesday, 7 June. Further information regarding transport will be sent closer to the day of photos.
School Photo envelopes have been sent home with students. We are only accepting online orders, so these envelopes do not need to be returned to the School. Use the details provided on the envelopes to go online and order your photos. If your student didn't provide you with a photo go to:
Use school code: 29R JHB 5LV
Director of Community Engagement
Mother's Day Flowers For Sale
Stage 3 students have been working on a new project this year in the Community Garden. In February more than 300 chrysanthemum cuttings were planted and potted. We are excited to announce that we now have some beautiful flowers ready for sale for Mother’s Day.
The ordered flowers will be ready for collection on the Friday before Mother's Day at both campuses. Pick up area and time will be communicated by email next week.
To purchase the flowers please use this link.
Assistant Head of Junior School
With a full week of sunshine, students have well and truly made the most of the beautiful new play spaces at the Junior School. It is great to see our students exploring these new areas, expanding their friendship groups, welcoming new students and using the language of friendship from the URSTRONG program to problem solve and communicate positively with each other.
It is with great excitement that I introduce to you our new House Captains for the upcoming term.
These students have been elected by their peers for their leadership skills, positive attitudes, and commitment to our school's values. We look forward to watching their leadership skills develop further as they inspire and motivate their fellow Junior School students over the coming months.
Mother’s Day Stall
With Mother’s Day fast approaching the P&F will be holding their annual Mother’s Day Stall at the Junior School next week. All Students P-4 will have the opportunity to purchase a gift at the Mother’s Day Stall on Wednesday 10th May, with online ordering available for the Preschool Joeys. Please see the correspondence emailed to families for further details.
National Walk Safely to School Day
National Walk Safety to School Day will take place on Friday the 19th of May. This annual event is now in its 24th year and aims to promote road safety skills among students, with the support of parents and teachers. The event highlights the importance of regular walking, not just on May 19th, but as a healthy habit to adopt every day. Further information about how students and families can participate in this event at the Junior School will be shared over the coming weeks.
Finally, a big thank you to our Lindisfarne families for your ongoing support as we embark on an exciting new term of learning, growth and fun at the Junior School!
To see more pictures of the playground click below
Acting Assistant Head of Junior School
Early Learning Centre
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
From the Head of Middle School
Foundation Day Service
The Middle School celebrated our 42nd Foundation Day in a special service held on Wednesday morning. This year our focus was on emphasising our reconciliation journey with our First Nations people, with the launch of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School’s Reconciliation Action Plan. This document is our formal statement of commitment to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
Following the service, Uncle Victor, Principal Marquardt and Ms Narelle Urquhart opened the Reconciliation Outdoor Chapel which was blessed and dedicated by The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu. Mr Rory Togo performed a smoking ceremony to begin this special occasion. Rory explained that the smoking ceremony is an act of celebration, healing and cleansing. It is also a gesture of goodwill, bringing people together; performing the ceremony for another is a gift and a blessing.
The beautiful artwork around the Chapel was painted by Ms Narelle Urquhart, Lindisfarne’s First Nations Cultural Engagement Coordinator and Narelle explained the symbolism of each painted rock and what they images represent. This was a truly special ceremony.
The Reconciliation Outdoor Chapel will be a place for us to gather in prayer and fellowship, to work with each other and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to advance and create a better future for First Australians.
The annual Foundation Day tradition of running the Smithy Sprint, took place on Tuesday lunchtime; lead out by Mr Marquardt and Reverend Constantine, 279 very eager students and staff, made it up the 380 m tough track from the bottom oval to the top carpark. It was great to see so many staff and students along the track, supporting and cheering on those who were competing.
Please join our Spiritual Gym session on Sunday afternoon, in the Chapel at Mahers Lane.. This is a community event where the surrounding Anglican parishes come together to share fellowship and prayer. Afternoon tea starts at 4:30 pm followed by worship from 5:oo pm. The Revered Constantine will be hosting this event.
Early Collection of Students
From time to time it is necessary to collect children prior to the end of the school day. Thank you to those parents who are logging this on Parent Lounge. Please be aware that you also need to sign students out at the Main Administration upon departure. This process allows the School to have an accurate record of who is onsite at all times.
Increasingly we are seeing a number of students emailing and calling parents from mobile phones throughout the day. Students are reminded of the need to go to Student Administration if they need to contact home. Thank you for your support in this.
Term 2 Offerings
Please see the linked timetable schedules below for academic, co curricular and lunch time activity offerings that are available each week throughout Term 2.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the range of opportunities available to them. Should your child require extra support at a time not offered, they are encouraged to speak to their teacher to find a mutually agreeable time.
- Term 2 Academic Assistance
- Term 2 Break Times, Clubs & Activities
- Term 2 Co Curricular Activity Offerings
ParentEd - Parent Information Evening with Nathan Verinda from Online Guardians
The Online Guardians are an eSafety accredited business who are experts in the field of social networks and adolescent development. Online Guardians educate parents on various topics, including cyber, social networks and adolescent development leading to awareness and positive change.
Online Guardians utilises data, statistics and evaluations to highlight the most accurate picture for individual schools. This ideology of their work is to provide realistic and tangible strategies to main stakeholders., which strengthen the foundation of support, inevitably protecting our children.
The Online Guardians Parent Information Evening will provide tangible and realistic strategies.
Date: Wednesday, 10 May at 6:30pm
Venue: Mahers Lane, Ngahriyah
Head of Middle School
Safer Drivers Course for Learners
Participants who complete the Safer Drivers Course for Learners will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book reducing the total logbook requirement from 120 to 100 hrs. The Course is a combination of theoretical and practical training for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 hours of log book driving hours.
Saturday 6th May 9.30am to 12.30pm
Monday 29th May 4pm to 7pm
Byron Youth Activity Centre
1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay
CONCESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE for young people on Health Care or Centrelink benefits.
Contact Steffie on 66857777 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
From the Dean of Studies
Mid Course Reports
Year 11 and 12 Mid Course reports are now available via SEQTA.
The written timetable was released last Friday and can be accessed here.
The HSC Trial examinations take place in Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 3.
We are still after some invigilators for these examinations. If you are interested or would like further details please email email@example.com
Information about the subjects on offer in 2024 will be emailed to students and families next week.
Save the Date
Year 11 2024 Subject Selection Evening - Monday 29 May 6pm
Year 9 2024 Subject Selection Evening - Monday 5 June 6pm
Further Information about the subjects on offer in 2024 will be emailed to students and families next week. In the meantime below is a list of the electives on offer for 2024
Studies of Religion 1
Studies of Religion 1
Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
Community and Family Studies
Sport Life and Recreation - Non ATAR
Earth and Environmental Science
Marine Studies - Non ATAR
Information and Software Technology (IST)
Design and Technology
Industrial Technology - Timber
Textiles and Design
Photography and Digital Media (PDM)
Photography and Digital Media (PDM)
Hospitality- Cookery Cert II
English - Advanced
English - Standard
English Extension 1
English Studies - Non ATAR
Accelerated Mathematics by invitation
Mathematics Extension 1
Numeracy - Non ATAR
Dean of Studies
From the Head of Senior School
Foundation Day Service - St Cuthbert’s
On Sunday, the atmosphere at St Cuthbert's was brimming with warmth and unity as members of the School and parish came together to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Lindisfarne’s foundation. The community service, which included a choir performance from our Junior School students, was testimony to the strong bond and shared values that have been cultivated over the years. The service was a blend of reflection, gratitude, and joy, reminding us all of the transformative power of education and the lasting impact that St Cuthbert's has had on generations of students and families in our community.
Senior School Foundation Day Service
The Senior School Foundation Day Service, held in Ngahriyah, marked a significant milestone in the School's commitment to fostering unity and inclusivity. This year, the event was used to launch the Reconciliation Action Plan, an initiative aimed at promoting understanding, respect, and collaboration between the School community and the Indigenous peoples of Australia. The RAP’s unveiling symbolised the School's unwavering dedication to creating a more equitable, diverse, and culturally sensitive learning environment for all students while paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.
Camp Information Evenings
This week’s online parent information sessions to address the upcoming Year 9-11 school camps were met with considerable success. During the sessions, insightful presentations by school staff covered crucial aspects of the camps, such as safety measures, accommodation, and educational objectives. Parents were also given the opportunity to raise any concerns and pose questions, ensuring that they were well-informed and reassured about the impending outdoor experiences. Overall, the online parent information sessions strengthened the bond between the School and families, laying the groundwork for a successful and memorable camping experience for all students.
Year 12 - Activities Week
My heartfelt gratitude goes to Mrs Lauren Ward for her exceptional dedication and tireless efforts in creating a meaningful and engaging Activities Week for our Year 12 students. Through her expertise and passion, she has crafted a program that thoughtfully caters to the diverse needs and interests of our students, ensuring that each student has the opportunity to explore their potential. Mrs Ward's attention to detail, coupled with her genuine care for students' wellbeing, has resulted in a well-rounded and enriching program that will undoubtedly resonate with the students as they prepare for their future endeavours. Week 5 certainly promised to be a terrific week for our Year 12s.
ParentEd - Online Guardians
We warmly invite all parents to join us for an important ParentEd evening featuring former NSW Police Officer Nathan Verinder from Online Guardians. As committed partners in supporting students' success, we understand the importance of working together to create a nurturing environment that fosters academic, social, and emotional growth. This informative session, scheduled for Wednesday, 10 May 2023, aims to equip you with valuable insights and practical strategies to guide your children towards safer digital experiences. The session will address various topics crucial to navigating the challenges of online engagement, providing a strong foundation for meaningful conversations and effective strategies to keep our children safe during their adolescent years. We believe this ParentEd offering will be an invaluable resource for fostering ongoing communication and collaboration between home and school. We encourage all parents to attend this complimentary event, Please RSVP by Tuesday, 9 May, using the provided Google Form link.
Head of Senior School
Years 9 to 11 Expressions of Interest - India Cultural Immersion Tour 2023
Expressions of interest are sought for the India Cultural Immersion Tour scheduled for 15 to 30 September 2023. This tour is open to all students who will be in Years 9 to 11 in 2023.
The purpose of this tour is to provide students with new and exciting cultural and historical experiences, broadening their knowledge and understanding of the World, with a specific focus on a renowned local school Pallikoodam and Nursing Home and Orphanage that one of our Lindisfarne parents, Sudeep Mammen has worked closely with before. This tour is designed for any students, but particularly those with an interest in culture, service and community or simply students wanting to discover new and diverse cultures of the world.
Further information on this exciting opportunity has been sent via email to all Year 9 to 11 parents.
School Psychology / Counsellor
Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
ASX Schools Sharemarket Game - Update
As we enter the month of May, the end of competition is looming large. The final day of trading is 25/5/23. There’s been a lot of movement on the leaderboard through the Easter Break, with Fletcher Bruhn (Y9) charging to the top of the chart. Right in the hunt to take out the top spot is Ziggy Davison (Y7), Henry McMillan (Y9) and Caelan Mathieson (Y10).
Head - Professional Practice, Innovation and Partnerships
Poetry in Action at Lindisfarne
On Friday 5 May, three actors from the Poetry in Action theatre company in Sydney travelled to Lindisfarne to bring life to the written words of poetry for our Year 7-10 students. Each presentation directly related to aspects of the NSW English syllabus and what our students are doing this year in their English classes.
Year 7. Year 7 were exposed to a light hearted and entertaining depiction of the five main elements of poetry. The focus was a very public rap battle which appealed to the Year 7 cohort.
Year 8. The Year 8 performance was set in the crucial last minutes of an International Poetry Extravaganza. The aim was to decide what poem to choose that would represent Australia. This sensitive performance showcased a range of poetry from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Year 9. Wilfred Owen’s profound words about the horrors of war were clearly articulated in this excellent performance. Poems included in this poem included: ‘Spring Offensive’, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’, ‘Mental Cases’, ‘Disabled’, ‘Futility’ and ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’.
Year 10. The focus for the Year 10 presentation was ‘Herstory 101’. This innovative presentation explored the poetic works from Shakespeare to Maya Angelou and Wordsworth to Beyonce, with a focus on the journey of females in the literary space.
Overall, this was an excellent opportunity for Stage 4 and 5 to embrace the joy of poetry as it can be performed on stage. Poetry in Action artistically wove the poems into their thoughtful, moving and engaging presentations.
Director of English
Debating and Public Speaking
Gold Coast Debating Round 2
Junior A Teams
The Junior A teams debated the topic: Private schools should be banned.
Our LAG 1 team, pictured below, had to argue against this contention and successfully defeated Palm Beach Currumbin High School.
Our LAG 2 and LAG 3 Teams won their debates as a result of a forfeit against them on the day of the debate. This was a shame as their coaches indicated that their teams had all worked diligently to prepare for this debate.
Last Wednesday, LAGS Junior A Team 4 headed north to Trinity College to face Somerset College to debate the contention that 'Private Schools should be banned'. In a closely contested debate that could have gone either way, our LAG 4A Team, in the affirmative, was unlucky to record a very close loss. Despite this result, these debaters should be very proud of their efforts.
Junior B Teams
LAG 1B were unable to finalise their Round 2 debate as their opposition was awarded a last-minute postponement. However, our LAG 2B team (picture below) faced All Saints Anglican School and were successful in arguing their side of the contention: School uniforms are more trouble than they are worth.
Mr Prestage stated that LAG 3B showed considerable improvement and debated very well but their opposition won the debate. The LAG 3B team members are pictured below.
Intermediate A Teams
Mrs Treacy’s LAG1A team (pictured below) were victorious in arguing against the contention that the voting age should be lowered to 16. Unfortunately, the LAG 2A team faced fierce opposition and were unsuccessful in arguing for lowering the voting age.
Open Debating Teams
Mrs Myers’ Open B team bravely faced inclement weather to travel all the way to their debating venue at A.B. Paterson College only to find their opposition had submitted a last- minute forfeit. Miss Brewer’s Open A team capably defeated their opponents.
Languages - Japanese
🎏Children’s Day🎏 子供の日
May 5th is a Day Just for Children in Japan! This week in Japanese classes, students learned about an exciting Japanese holiday that is celebrated on May 5th - Kodomo no Hi 子供の日 or Children’s Day. It is a Public Holiday in Japan and the final celebration in Golden Week.
This day was originally celebrated as “Boy’s Day,” but has since been transformed to be a day for all children. Children’s Day in Japan is known for its symbols and traditions that represent strength and courage. Families display koi carp flags Koi Nobori 鯉のぼりand present their sons with a replica samurai helmet kabuto 兜 to be displayed in the home. Additionally, a well-known folktale called “Golden Boy” Kintarō 金太郎 KINTARO (ENGLISH) Animation of Japanese Traditional Stories illustrates the values that Japanese parents hope their sons will grow up to embody - strength, courage, and kindness.
As with all Japanese celebrations, food and music are important parts of the festivities. Chimaki is a traditional dish eaten on Children’s Day and comes in two varieties - sweet and savoury. Sweet chimaki might include fillings such as glutinous rice, sweet red bean gelatin, or kudzu (arrowroot) powder and is enjoyed as a snack or dessert. Savoury chimaki includes a mixture of sticky glutinous rice, meat, and vegetables. Some of the meats commonly used are chicken and pork, while vegetables might include young bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, burdock root, chestnuts, or ginkgo nuts. Savoury chimaki is often enjoyed as an appetizer, snack, or meal.
Why not try making your own!
CHIMAKI | Japanese Traditional Sweets for Children's Day |Very few people know how to make this cake
Or perhaps you would like to learn the traditional folk song for Children’s Day, Koinobori.
こいのぼり🎏(♬屋根より高いこいのぼり～） byひまわり🌻歌詞付き|童謡 5月子供の日 端午の節句のうた｜Koinobori｜Carp streamer｜保育士試験課題曲2017
The students enjoyed learning more about Children’s Day and creating origami samurai helmets, and origami koi carp.
THE BIG CHILL - Performing Arts Winter Concert
Calling all performers and entertainers!
If you're keen to take the stage in front of a live audience, get your name down to audition on the Sign-up form in the Music room window.
Auditions will be in Weeks 4 and 6.
Only the very best acts will be invited to take the stage in Drama, Dance and Music for our Week 7 winter concert, “THE BIG CHILL”.
Look out for posters around the Middle and Senior school and come and talk to Mr Norton, Mr Murphy, or Mr Grant if you have any questions.
Lindisfarne Soul and Blues Festival
There was an electric feel in Ngahriyah last Saturday night as an encouraging audience of 450 parents, friends and members of the community filled Ngahriyah with bean bags, picnic rugs and low-back camping chairs for the inaugural Lindisfarne Soul and Blues Festival.
Students spent all day Friday and Saturday in a series of workshops and rehearsals with master blues musicians Ray Beadle, Pat Powell, Clayton Doley and Matt Keegan, with each of our guest artists mentoring a specific school ensemble or elective music class.
160 students across 12 ensembles took to the stage alongside our award-winning guest artists to raise the roof off Ngahriyah with some very funky renditions of classic Soul and Blues repertoire. There were also some exciting cameo appearances from our Performing Arts team on stage, accompanying our students and guest artists.
Our Friends Of The Arts (FOTA) group kindly provided refreshments throughout the evening, Lia Mason and Year 11 Hospitality team provided scrumptious pre-orderded Mezze plates and there was a huge list of staff and students assisting to make this a successful evening.
Many thanks to all who attended, all who performed and all who supported this event behind the scenes.
Director of Performing Arts
Smithy Sprint 2023
Congratulation to the 279 Runners, both staff and students, who attempted the very gruelling Smithy Sprint race on Tuesday as a part of Lindisfarne’s Foundation Day celebrations.
Smithy Sprint is named after former Principal Peta Smith and has been running for many years now. The 380 metre course has students start at the bottom oval and race up stairs and ramps to the top. Students start in 10 second intervals to avoid congestion on the course and this is deducted from their finish time.
This year the event was led off by Mr Marquardt and Reverend Constantine with some very eager runners to follow.
Congratulations to the following students who were named Kind and Queen of the Mountain. You will be recognised at an upcoming assembly. Thanks to everyone for your participation and a special thanks to The Year 10 PASS students and teachers for your organisation of the event.
Middle School King and Queen
Flynn Cairncross ( 1min 46 sec)
Edie Warren ( 2min)
Senior School King and Queen
James Campbell (1 Min 41 Sec)
Grace Denny (2 min 16 sec)
Staff King and Queen
Mr Liam Francis (1 min 45 sec)
Ms Sarah Oakley (2min 10 sec)
We will see you all in 2024.
Director of PDHPE
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The Round Square exchange program is an opportunity for students to participate in international educational exchanges with other schools that are part of the Round Square network. The program is based on the Round Square philosophy of learning, which emphasises the development of well-rounded individuals who possess a range of skills and values.
There are several reasons why the Round Square exchange program is important:
- Cultural immersion: The exchange program provides students with the opportunity to experience different cultures firsthand. This exposure can help broaden their understanding of the world and its people, and foster a greater sense of empathy and respect for cultural differences.
- Language learning: The exchange program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice foreign languages in an immersive environment. This can greatly enhance their language proficiency and cultural awareness.
- Personal growth: The exchange program challenges students to step outside their comfort zones and develop independence and resilience. This can help them grow as individuals and develop important life skills.
- Global citizenship: The Round Square philosophy emphasises the importance of developing responsible global citizens committed to making a positive difference in the world. The exchange program helps students develop this mindset by exposing them to different cultures and encouraging them to engage in service projects and other meaningful activities.
Mia Scott (Yr 10) recently returned from the United Kingdom. What follows is a little about her experience.
My exchange began on 14th February 2023 and I had to leave my parents long-term for the first time. As I went down the yellow departure escalator at Brisbane International Airport I was simply terrified. I had so much excitement and nervousness all packed into one.
Fortunately for me, I was picked up from the airport by my uncle and had the luxury of being able to allow my body to calibrate to London time over the next few days whilst staying with him, my aunt, and my two cousins.
Sunday arrived and my aunt Emily drove me out to the beautiful countryside of South East London near Kent. I arrived at Cobham Hall on the 31 of February around 5pm where I was greeted by the dorm mistress and given a tour of the dorm facilities. I was introduced to boarding routines and allocated a room. I received a recently dry-cleaned and pressed uniform to start a brand-new school the very next day.
Schooling was intensive with my school day starting at 7.15 am with breakfast in the dining hall, and concluding with two hours of supervised study time five days a week. The curriculum was certainly full, and I was introduced to both Physics, Biology and Chemistry in the same term.
The school was so beautiful and historic and it reminded me of Hogwarts. In fact, the original Ashes game was played at Cobham Hall and the ashes were actually made by the original owner’s wife in the library. The school is steeped in history and this is what made the stay so incredible. The architecture both inside and out rivaled a palace and it was incredible to actually be going to school in such a piece of history.
It was extremely enriching to meet new people and be introduced to a new culture and new way of schooling. Being enrolled in a school of such a small capacity, a total of just 30 students in each year, and most classes having seven students was very different. Being so small, I was able to get to know all of my peers in a very short timeframe. I was able to make some incredibly good friends from all over the globe. My lasting best friends are from Germany, Ukraine, China and Thailand.
Access to teachers was incredible and individual help was available at every moment of the day. I was able to build really strong relationships with all my teachers. Something I really valued. I guess with classes of seven students, it was easy to get to know them really well. Many of the teachers in fact live onsite in some of the historical accommodation.
On the weekends I was able to go to a huge shopping centre mall called Blue Water and also go on other trips out of the school. One of these trips included a beautiful day trip to Canterbury. On one weekend my boarding house hosted a bake-off and on another, we went to see ‘& Juliet’ in central London. Wow – live theatre in London - it does not get any better really. I have to admit, weekends as a boarder at Cobham were never boring.
I would so encourage any student to take up this international opportunity. The world is actually not that big. I think that just being Down Under places us at a distance from the rest of the world.
I am the better for this incredible life-changing experience.
International exchange opportunities are open to students in Years 9 and 10, and the length of the exchange is between 6 to 8 weeks. They are reciprocal in nature, so the expectation is that a student who visits a school on an exchange will then host a student in the future.
For further information please email Mr Lush, firstname.lastname@example.org
Round Square Coordinator
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Recycling Hub In Action
At Lindisfarne, we are recycling the ‘unrecyclable’ with our recycling hubs. Our recycling hubs accept a wide variety of everyday items including but not limited to coffee pods, plastic toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, empty makeup, hair care and skin care packaging as well as household batteries to name a few. These items cannot go into your kerbside recycling bin however they can be dropped off at our recycling hubs for recycling. Since we started this program in 2021 we have recycled over 80,000 items with our recycling hubs which would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
During term 2 we will also be accepting bread bags at our recycling hubs. A collection box has been set up for their collection. These bead bags will be recycled through the Wonder Recycling Rewards competition. They have teamed up with APR Plastics to process the collected bread bags. The bread bags sent to them will be turned back into oil (which all plastic is originally made from) and then this oil can be used to make new plastic products. This will help to keep these bread bags out of landfill and reduce the amount of oil (which is a fossil fuel and contributor to climate change) we need to extract from the Earth to make plastic. And there is an added bonus. By recycling our bread bags through this program we are able to win free sporting equipment for our school! The more bread bags we send off for recycling the more we can win.
Make sure to drop off your bread bags to help us win free sporting equipment and help the environment. While you're at it don’t forget about all the other kinds of items our recycling hubs accept too. Our recycling hubs can be found in the assembly area at the Junior School and near student admin at our Mahers Lane campus.
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From the Sports Desk
Thanks for your contributions towards a great Cross Country Carnival for 2023. The previous week's weather reports were making us prepare for a complete washout, but the rain didn't land - and the sun was shining.
A Google Sheet results document is linked - HERE, which details the results and the TOP 7 place getters who qualify for representative honours. Please seek out the different tabs at the bottom of the document which entails RESULTS, PRIMARY QUALIFIERS and SECONDARY QUALIFIERS.
Congratulations to our new house St Margaret, having gone back-to-back in winning the Cross Country AND the Swimming as well. We wait to see if St Margaret can clean all the silverware out of the trophy cabinet with Athletics later in the term.
The NCIS Cross Country Championships await our athletes now which is scheduled for 12 May, at Lindisfarne.
The Lindisfarne Junior boys and Junior girls AFL teams were charged with excitement and enthusiasm when they competed on Wednesday 3rd May at the 2022 AFL Q Schools Cup in Byron Bay.
The junior boys' team, led strongly by captain James Douglas, played some tough competition against St Joseph’s, Mount St Pats and finally Xavier College in some high-intensity halves.
In the first game, the boys won a close battle against Mount St. Patrick, with Harvey Vecht a standout player kicking 3 goals. The second game was a strong result against Mount St Pats, with a 13-point victory led by best-on-ground James Douglas in the midfield. For the third match, we played Xavier College with Ben Crawford kicking 4 goals with Oliver Watters on the best ground.
Overall, the boys' team came away with a win in the event’s Grand Final against Xavier College, and every Lindisfarne player competed to a very high standard.
The Lindisfarne girls faced Kingscliff High School in match 1 and they took some time to gain momentum- coming away with a win by a point. Players of the match Ivy Parsons and Matilda Daniel. Next, the girls lost a close game with Mt St Patrick's, however, their confidence and skills grew and the girls rose to the challenge by going on to win their next game against St Joseph’s. Sooke Paley was the player of the match in the second game with Ivy Parsons in match 3.
This placed the girls in the final, up against St Joseph’s. The final was an incredible display of teamwork and skills from Lindisfarne girls - who dominated for most of the game and came out with a convincing win (14 nil).
Thanks to our excellent coaches Mr Rhett McDonald and Mr Natahan Gilliand and Manager, Mrs Tarley Jones, for their commitment to the AFL program at Lindisfarne. It was a wonderful experience for all involved. We are looking forward to the Lindisfarne seniors teams competing this Friday at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay.
We are excited to announce that our school is again participating in the Australian NFL Flag tournament. We are inviting interested Year 6 students to sign up and will be running a series of clinics to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to participate successfully in the event.
It's important to note that this event has limited spots available for participants, and a competitive selection process will take place to determine who will be selected to represent the school at the Term 3 event. An initial cut will be made mid-term based on the skills and abilities demonstrated by the participating students in the clinics. The final team selection will be made by the end of term 2, which gives students ample time to prepare and practice for the event.
If your child is interested in participating, we encourage them to sign up for the clinics and attend regularly to develop their skills. Sign-up is via SEQTA/student café and SEQTA engage/parent lounge under Extra Curricular > NFL Flag - Expressions of Interest.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing our students excel in this exciting event.
This is a very busy time of year for our Football contingent.
The Pacific Pines Football Championships was held this Tuesday. Our Primary Boys and Year 7 and 8 Girls teams both collected the silverware - taking out 1st place in both age groups. A phenomenal effort by both teams against some classy northern Gold Coast opponents.
Our Open Boys have now been knocked out of the CIS knockout championships - being beaten by last year's Champion team Mamre College - 4 nil, at Lindisfarne
Our Open Girls are heading to Central Coast Sports High in two weeks in a bid to stay alive in the CIS Knockout.
Both our girls and boys Bill Turner Cup teams play Mount St Patricks next week to stay alive in the U15 Knockout.
In total, Lindisfarne has 26 teams competing in the regional Futsal Championships at Coomera over the next 10 days.
Best of luck to all teams.
CIS AFL Representative
A massive effort by James Douglas and Taleah Palmucci who trialled in Sydney yesterday and made the CIS team. They respectively made the 15&U Boys and Girls squad to play at NSW All Schools. Making these representative teams from a cold trial is an extremely difficult feat - congratulations to both of you and good luck.
Rugby Trials for NSW Schoolboys Championships
Congratulations to the following boys for making the AICES team to represent at the NSW Schoolboys Championships. They trialled with over 150 boys which is a massive result for a rugby program in its infancy. Lindisfarne had the equal highest representation from one school in the u18s, with 5 players in the squad. Well done boys.
Mason Duke (shadow)
Spotlight on Annabelle Brown
Annabelle Brown and her super horse Jawarra Haven (Nadia) are continuing their winning ways. Great results at the recent Glennie School and South East Queensland events have ensured the pair are now more than qualified for the upcoming Interschool State Championships across 3 disciplines-Show Jumping, Dressage and Combined Training. A huge achievement! We wish them all the best as they prepare for this prestigious event.
Spotlight on Ned Simmonds
Ned Simmonds is off to the National Swimming Championships with a blistering PB and 2nd place in the 50m Breastroke at NSWPSSA. Superb effort Ned!
Spotlight on Jack Sewell
Jack has qualified for Nationals with his NSWPSSA swimming feats, including a 2nd in the 200 junior boys medley in a scintillating time of 2.56.60 (a new PB!)
Jack also qualified for the final of the Boys 10yrs 50m Backstroke coming 6th, with a new PB 38.5.
Jack, therefore, has now progressed to compete at the School Sport Australia National Swimming Championships in August (in Sydney). Congratulations Jack.
Spotlight on Koa Stotz
Koa had a fantastic couple of days in the pool at the start of the week; here are Koa’s results from the NSWCIS Swimming event in Sydney on May 1 and 2:
13 Years 50BR - 1st Place 31.92 PB Record
13 Years 50FR - 2nd Place 26.93 PB
13 Years 100FR - 2nd Place 59.57 PB
13&14 Years 100BR - 5th Place 1.12.82 PB
13&14 Years 200BR - 6th Place 2.46.82 PB
Phenomenal effort Koa!
The Tennis Terranora after-school Tennis lessons will start again on Tuesday afternoons in week 2 Term 2 at Lindisfarne Mahers Lane Campus Tennis Courts. These sessions are capped at 20 students.
Group lessons for beginners and competitive players.
Capped at 20 students
Pricing: $70 for 7 weeks (sign up on parent lounge, Events and Payments)
Time: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm
Week 2 to Week 9 (02/05/23)-(20/06/23) (excluding years 7 10 12 camp week)
Location: Lindisfarne Mahers lane Campus Tennis courts
Run By Tennis Terranora Coach Caleb Maxted
Please see the information Flyer - here
Head of Sport
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Please see upcoming key dates for our boys’ and girls’ program below. You can find the full list of key dates HERE.
Monday, 8 May
Len Diett Cup RD1 (U13 & U15) AWAY v Evans River (1st XV BYE) AWAY
Tuesday, 9 May
NSW U12 Far North Coast 7s Tournament (Byron Bay) AWAY
Thursday, 11 May
Len Diett Cup RD2 (U13, U15 & 1st XV) BYE
Friday, 19 May
Len Diett Cup RD3 (U13, U15 & 1st XV) v Xavier College AWAY
Monday, 29 May
Len Diett Cup RD4 (U13, U15 & 1st XV) HOME v Alstonville HS HOME
Thursday, 1 June
All Saints Friendlies II (U13, U15 & 1st 7)
Friday, 23 June
Term 2 ends
Monday, 17 July
Term 3 begins
Thursday, 27 July
FNC 7s Girls
Wednesday, 9 August
FNC 7s Girls ZONE FINAL
Len Diett Cup v Evan’s Rivers U13 and U15
Our U13 and U15 will travel to Evan’s River SHS and play the first round of the Len Diett Cup on Monday 8th May (moved from 1st May). Kickoff will be at 1200. Our 1st XV will have a BYE for this round. If parents and supporters are interested in watching this game, they are more than welcome to attend.
NSW Rugby FNC U12 7s Tournament Byron Bay
Our U12 will be playing in NSW Rugby FNC U12 7s Tournament at Byron Bay Rugby Club on Tuesday 9th May. The first game will start at 0900 and we hope to have as many parents and supporters as possible at the tournament.
NSW AICES U16 AND U18 SCHOOLBOY TRIALS
A number of Lindisfarne students travelled down to Sydney to play in the NSW AICES Schoolboy Trials for U16 and U18 squads. From these trials. Kynan Jones, Declan Brown, Harry Davison-Long, and Levi Dangerfield all made the NSW AICES U18 team with Mason Duke as a shadow player. Meanwhile, Jesse Bravington made the U16 NSW AICES team. From here, these squads have a camp at Narrabeen later this month and then have a number of games before the NSW Schools Rugby Championship at the end of June. This is a great result for our Lindisfarne Rugby Union program and we wish to congratulate all boys selected.
As we move into terms 2 and 3 and winter weather, it is worthwhile mentioning that we will let you know the evening prior if training is cancelled. However as rugby is played in the elements, we will train through any adverse weather as much as possible. Students should also be in proper training attire (NOT school sports uniform) with mouthguard, boots and any other equipment they play with for every session. This requirement also includes integrated school sports on Thursday. Alongside this, students should have a towel and spare school uniform to change into in case there is wet weather.
Stack Team APP
The Lindisfarne Rugby Union program’s main form of communication for our Boy’s U13, U15, 1st XVs and 7’s and Girl’s 7s will be the Stack Team app with email being used as minimally as possible. Thank you all for your patience with the roll out of this app and we will release it to students and parents next week.
As a reminder, both parents and Boy’s U13, U15, 1st XVs and 7’s and Girl’s 7s students who have parental permission for smartphones will need to download the app and join the relevant squad in the app (e.g., 1st XV, U15 XV, U13 XV, Girls 7s).
To download the Stack team app, use the following links:
● iOS: https://www.teamapp.com/ios-ap...
● Android: https://www.teamapp.com/androi...
Once downloaded, please search for 'Lindisfarne Rugby Program' and request to join.
If you have any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Coyne (email@example.com).
Director of High Performance, Athlete and Sports Development
Homework Club will commence in Week 2 of Term 2
Held in the Library, please collect students at 4.30pm from parent pickup
The last Homework Club for Term 2 will be Week 8, 14th June and will run during Camp Week (5) for Years 5 and 6.