2023 Term 4 Week 8 1 Dec 2023

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From the Principal


Dear Lindisfarne Parents and Guardians,

As the year draws to a close we have had many opportunities to gather across subschools for important services and celebrations to culminate the 2023 academic year.

Junior School Carols and Nativity play
Monday was a special day at Sunshine Avenue, as our Junior School students shared the story of the birth of Jesus through the Nativity play. It was a joy to attend the service and join in the singing of a number of traditional Christmas carols with our Junior School students, staff and families.

Year 8-9 Transition - An important ‘rite of passage’
Tuesday marked an important day for our Year 8-9 students with the Transition Service. It was a moment of pride as we applauded our year 8 students as they closed out their time of leading our Middle School and marked the commencement of their journey from Middle to Senior School next year.

Early Learning Centre Christmas Concert - A Joyous Celebration
Our Early Learning Centre students shared a beautiful morning with our School Community through their end-of-year Christmas Concert. These precious moments truly capture the essence of early learning and the joy it brings to us all.

Year 6 Thanksgiving - A New Tradition
Wednesday saw our first annual Year 6 Thanksgiving Service, a new tradition that beautifully encapsulates what is the traditional end of the Primary years of education in Australia. It was a reflective time for Grade 6 students and parents, marking the end of a significant chapter and the excitement of new beginnings as they commence Year 7 in 2024.

Final Principal's Tour of 2023
The turnout for our last Principal's Tour of the year was again significant. Seeing so many families keen to join our community reminded me of the importance of pre-enrolment at Lindisfarne. Families who are currently enrolled are especially encouraged to pre-enrol siblings as demand for places at the School continues to grow and places are limited.

Farewell to Beloved Staff Members
This year, we say a fond farewell to Hamish Inksetter and Suellen Walker, who retired after over 20 years respectively of dedicated service to Lindisfarne. Their contribution to Lindisfarne has been immense, and while we will miss them, we wish them a well-deserved and fulfilling retirement.

Middle and Senior School Carols - a Lindisfarne tradition
Our Middle and Senior School Christmas Carols service brought a beautiful close to a busy week. The students’ musical talents shone brightly as we shared the story of the birth of Jesus and celebrated the true meaning of Christmas.

Year 10 Dinner Dance - A Night of Celebration
Tonight, I eagerly anticipate the Year 10 Dinner Dance. It culminates the week of work experience that year 10 students have engaged in and marks the commencement of Year 11 and Year 12 studies. The Year 10 Dinner Dance has become an important milestone in our students' educational journey, and it is always a pleasure to join staff and students for these significant events.

St Cuthbert's Advent Service - All are Welcome
Our founding parish St Cuthbert’s Parish Tweed Heads, have invited members of the Lindisfarne School Community to attend their Advent Service this Sunday, 3 December at 9:00 am. All are welcome.

Community Carol Service - All are Welcome
I warmly invite you to our annual Community Carol Service this Sunday, December 3 at our Mahers Lane Chapel. Starting with refreshments at 4:30 pm, it’s a perfect occasion to come together in song and spirit as we share the Christmas story.

Important Upcoming Events:
We're looking forward to our Speech Days next week as we close out a special year of learning and achievement.

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

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

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

Thank you, as always, for your support as we culminate our 2023 academic year.

Warm regards,

Stuart Marquardt

From the Deputy Principal


From the Chaplain

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Guardians,

2023 Christmas Services

Our Christmas festivities commenced with a heartwarming Christmas Nativity Play and Carols performed by Stage 1 students at Sunshine Avenue on November 27, 2023. Witnessing our young talents breathe life into the Christmas story while singing carols heralding the birth of Jesus Christ was a sheer delight. The Service was graced by the presence of numerous parents, grandparents, and special friends who shared in the joyous occasion.

The Middle and Senior Schools celebrated their Christmas today. Our Advent Sunday Service will be held at St Cuthbert's at 9am, followed by our Community Christmas Service of Bible Readings and Carols on Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 4.30pm (refreshments), followed by the Service at 5pm and concluding about 6pm. All are welcome!

Transition Services

Participating in the transition Services for our Year 4 and 8 students as they prepare to move into Middle School and Senior School, respectively, brought immense joy. These occasions, where we unite with our young learners and their families within a prayerful and uplifting liturgical setting, allow us to commemorate the significance of their milestones. Moreover, they offer us a moment to invoke God's blessings as we support and inspire them to embrace their individuality while realising the magnificent potentials bestowed upon them by God.

Thanksgiving Service for Year 6 Students

We gathered on Wednesday to give thanks for our Year 6 students for completing their primary education. We pray that the good Lord blesses and guides each and every one of them throughout their secondary education. Amen.

Christmas Giving Tree

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

Giving Back

At Lindisfarne we encourage our students to ‘use their gifts for the good of others, and to give back to the community through acts of kindness and generosity’. I was sorely touched to accompany Mrs Caelie Drayson and some of our Year 9 and 7 students to Fred’s Place to deliver the lasagne they made during their hospitality classes to support those doing it tough in our Tweed community. Thank you students and the hospitality teachers for your exemplary magnanimity and kindness.

Gratitude to God

In this penultimate week, let us thank God for his graces and blessings and for the wonderful opportunity we have at Lindisfarne to provide a holistic education, and to nurture the growth of all the young people entrusted to our care. I make mine the words of St Paul who said: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend filled with God’s choicest blessings in every way.

The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu

Anglican Parish of Kingscliff - Part Time Position Vacant

Parish Administrator and Secretary - Position Vacant

The role of Parish Administrator and Secretary is a part-time position of 10 hours per week requiring skills in Office Administration, including the ability to use a range of Microsoft Office software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Training will be provided in SharePoint, the Parish Roll database management, and other systems as required. A bright, new Admin Office adjacent to the Rectors office, facing Marine Pde and the Pacific Ocean, is being constructed in the former Rectory building, where the Secretary will occasionally perform receptionist duties to support the smooth running of the Church. The role involves working closely with the Rector and the editor of the Parish Bulletin and would suit a parent of school-age children available two days a week from 9.30 am - 2.30 pm. (We are open to modifying the work hours/days to suit the individual needs of the successful applicant). Applicants should contact our Locum Rector, Michael Lazarus, in the first instance at mtjlazarus@gmail.com or on 0413 040 505.

Dr. Jason Salteran
Rector's Warden
Anglican Parish of Kingscliff

Christmas Service Times - Anglican Churches in the Tweed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wellbeing Team

Exciting Opportunity: Nationwide Study on Childhood Anxiety

We're thrilled to share an incredible opportunity tailored for families with children facing anxiety challenges! The School of Psychology at Griffith University, led by Professor Allison Waters and a team of childhood anxiety disorder experts, is embarking on a groundbreaking nationwide study. This initiative, generously funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, aims to make a tangible impact on understanding and alleviating childhood anxiety.

The study focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of two computer-delivered treatments designed to assist children in managing their attention and, consequently, reducing anxiety. One treatment is centered around attention control, while the other is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Childhood anxiety, characterised by nervousness, worry, and fear triggered by specific events or expectations, can pose challenges for children in various situations. Excessive anxiety may hinder their ability to engage in everyday activities. This project seeks to determine the comparative effectiveness of the two treatment conditions in alleviating children's anxiety disorders.

We warmly invite all families with anxious children to consider participating in this nationwide study. Your involvement can genuinely make a difference! Together, let's contribute to the well-being of our children and collaboratively pave the way for practical solutions, ensuring our young ones can confidently navigate life's challenges.

Further details are provided with the following links.

Julie Henry
Junior School Psychologist

Student Voice

Lindisfarne TV Episode 10

Hello Lindisfarne community,

As the year comes to a close, we're thrilled to present the grand finale of Lindisfarne TV for 2023! Episode 10 features Stage 3 showcase highlights and a check-in with the Robotics Club. If you haven't already, you can catch all the excitement below.

A massive shoutout and heartfelt thanks go to our incredible student contributors who made this year's Lindisfarne TV a resounding success. Producing 10 episodes in just three terms is no small feat, and it's a testament to the hard work and passion of our talented team.

Let's take a moment to recognize the outstanding individuals who brought Lindisfarne TV to life this year:

Content Director:

Olivia Danesi

The Team:

  • Noah Phelps

  • Alexander Abel

  • Mia Wilkinson

  • Wesley Weddell

  • Damien Lark

  • Trixie McCusker

We are immensely proud of their amazing efforts, and we extend our sincere gratitude for their dedication and creativity.

Oh and thanks to the parents for the early morning drop offs and late pick ups - we couldn't do it without you too!

Looking ahead to 2024, Lindisfarne TV is gearing up for an even more fantastic year. Get ready for bigger and better episodes as we continue to showcase the incredible talents of our Lindisfarne community.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we also welcome new leaders who will guide Lindisfarne TV into the future. Congratulations to the 2023 Captains (Anchors):

  • Trishul Sivabalan

  • Gracie Lynch

  • Zia Mowbray

  • Callum McNicoll

And introducing the 2024 Captains (Anchors) who will lead us into the next exciting chapter:

  • Desiree Mahleka

  • Mia Harris

  • Fergus Hogan

  • Tate Dee

We can't wait to see what these exceptional individuals will bring to Lindisfarne TV in the coming year. Thank you to the entire Lindisfarne community for your support, and we look forward to sharing more incredible stories and highlights in 2024.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a fantastic start to the new year!

Warm regards,

Ryan Murphy

Upcoming Events


Whole School News

School Photos

School photos have been progressively handed out to students over the last week, and this will continue through early next week.

Parents and Guardians who opted to collect photos themselves, can do so from either the Junior School or Mahers Lane Reception. Please note that if you have students at both campuses, your photos are at Mahers Lane. We will also take these photos to the relevant Speech Day should you be in attendance.

Year 12 photos will go to siblings, or they will also be at Senior School Speech Day.

Any uncollected photos, including Junior School photos, following the completion of school, will be available for collection from the Mahers Lane campus until midday on the 20th of December.

Thank you for being so patient. Any queries can be emailed to community@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au

Staff Bio


Junior School

Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the 101 students from Kindergarten through to Year 5 who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) this year. Extra special mention to Daylan Braby, Eloise Blinco, Willow Colefax and Claire Kelly who all received their Gold Award for completing the challenge 4 times! What amazing readers!

The PRC aims to encourage a love of reading for pleasure and to enable students to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge for each student to read, to read more, and to read more widely.

Books that your child reads or you read to your child over the upcoming summer holidays can be counted towards next year’s challenge, just note the title and the author ready to log books when the new challenge opens in 2024.

Lauran Turnbull
Year 4 Teacher and PRC Coordinators 

Combined Strings Concert

The recent Combined Strings concert at the Junior School campus was an outstanding showcase of musical talent and collaboration between Senior and Junior School strings students. With Senior ensembles such as String Ensemble, Chamber Strings and String Quintet; and Junior ensembles such as the Intermediate String Orchestra,Intermediate and Beginner String Groups; students were able to showcase the skills that they have developed on their instrument this year.

There were also some exceptional individual performances where selected students displayed remarkable proficiency on their instrument.

Congratulations to all the participating students for their hard work and outstanding performances, the concert was a credit to their dedication this year.

Carla van der Wallen

Music Teacher

Junior School Football Academy

Key Dates for Term 4

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

Total Football Academy - After school Program

The last session for the Total Football Academy will be held next Monday 4th December. Thank you to Total Football Academy for the year we have had four great terms of their program.

The Total Football Academy will be running again in Term 1 2024. Information relating to this program can be found here - AFS Lindisfarne- Term 1 2024.pdf

We have been informed by the Total Football Academy that there will be a slight increase in the costs of this program moving forward. If you are interested in participating in this program please accept and make payment on the Parent Lounge.

Early Learning Centre

Green Team

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Middle School

From the Head of Middle School

Year 8 to 9 Transition Service

On Tuesday, 28 November, Year 8 students attended a special Liturgy Service that recognised their transition from Middle School into Senior School. Students were welcomed into the Senior School community by Mr Stuart Marquadt, Mrs Kate Cornell and the Heads of House.

Mrs Cathy Cox and The Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu addressed the students and reflected on the unique contribution each student has made to the Lindisfarne community while in Middle School. Students were encouraged to continue to exhibit qualities such as resilience, curiosity and empathy honed throughout their Middle School journey. These qualities were celebrated through a video showcasing the accomplishments and special moments of the Year 8 cohort.

A significant and memorable part of the Service was the presentation of certificates of recognition for each student. These certificates recognise the important achievements and positive contributions Year 8 students have made to Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School. Students also received a House badge from their Head of House marking their transition into the Senior School.

We thank parents and guardians for your invaluable support and involvement throughout the Middle School journey. Your belief in your children's potential and your partnership with our school have created an environment where learning and growth thrive. It has been a privilege to work with each and every student and we wish them every success during the Senior School years.

Mrs Amy Blinco
Year 8 Coordinator

Year 6 Thanksgiving Service

On Wednesday, 29 November, Year 6 students and parents gathered in the Chapel for the Year 6 Thanksgiving Service. This occasion commemorated the end of a significant chapter in the lives of our students. It was a moment filled with reflection, gratitude, and celebration to mark the completion of their primary school journey and to recognise their hard work, growth, and achievements.

Students were presented with certificates of completion. These certificates symbolise the academic milestones they have achieved and the knowledge they have gained during their time at Primary School. Accompanying this was a special "Words of Wisdom" scroll, a thoughtful gesture by our Year 12 students. These scrolls were filled with encouraging messages, advice, and inspiration for the next chapter of the Year 6 students' educational journey.

The event culminated in a Staff and Student lunch. This allowed us to savour the last moments of togetherness before the Year 6 students embark on the exciting adventure that awaits them in secondary school.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the parents who have been integral to their children's primary school experience. Your unwavering support, encouragement, and involvement have played a vital role in shaping these young minds. As they step into the next phase of their educational journey, your guidance will undoubtedly continue to strengthen them.

The teachers and staff look forward to the bright futures that lie ahead for each of them. We wish them success, happiness, and fulfilment in their High School years.

Kylie Thompson
Year 6 Coordinator

Middle School Christmas Carol Service

As the school year draws to a close, we again celebrated the Middle School Christmas Service on Friday.

The performances by our student choir and musicians were an absolute highlight of the service, showcasing an impressive array of talents. Each piece was carefully selected and rehearsed and highlighted the remarkable talents and hard work of our young performers and staff.

This year's service beautifully reflected the true message of Christmas - a time of giving, kindness, and community.🌟🎶

Advent Sunday

Please join the Lindisfarne School Community at St Cuthbert's Tweed Heads, this Sunday for our annual Advent Sunday visit.

Lindisfarne Community Christmas Carols

Once again, please join us on Sunday afternoon in the Mahers Lane Chapel at 4:30 pm for refreshments, followed by the Lindisfarne Community Christmas Carols from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm. This is a joyful event to celebrate the conclusion of our School year and the Christmas season. We would love to see you there.

Cathy Cox
Head of Middle School

Year 7 Japanese Excursion

Year 7 Japanese ‘Eat Sushi’ Excursion


Using chopsticks to eat rice and miso soup is not an easy task! Our Year 7 Japanese students recently undertook that challenge by putting their chopsticks skills and Japanese meal etiquette knowledge into practice. After learning about the “do’s and don'ts” of chopsticks and Japanese meal etiquette in class, they successfully ate a meal of rice, miso soup and sushi at a local sushi restaurant! This was a wonderful culmination of our Japanese food unit. Some of the highlights of this experience included chopstick practice in class with savoury and sweet treats, learning the meaning and significance of chopstick rules, successfully eating miso soup with only chopsticks, and trying the different varieties of sushi of their choice. It was a lot of fun for the students and staff who helped on the day, and the students represented the school with pride by displaying appropriate cross-cultural etiquette.



Mrs Godden

Year 7 French

🥐🇫🇷🥖 Year 7 French Pique-Nique 🥖🇫🇷🥐

In Semester 2, Year 7 French students have been learning how to communicate politely to order food. This week they practised their new French skills with a pique-nique. They enjoyed croissants, baguettes, patisseries, ordered ice-creams and played games. We also said Au Revoir to Madame Oehlmann who has been a valuable member of the French teaching team. We look forward to these students continuing the food theme in Year 8 when they will create their own Food trucks. Bonnes vacances !

Senior School

From the Head of Senior School

This week has been particularly significant for our Year 10 students, who embarked on their Work Experience program. Their success in these placements is testimony to their hard work and maturity, and I must extend a special thank you to Mrs Lauren Ward for her invaluable support and guidance throughout this process. Her dedication has been fundamental to our students' achievements.

We are also looking forward to tonight's Year 10 Dinner Dance, marking the end of Year 10 and the beginning of the Preliminary HSC year. This event, which promises to be a memorable evening, would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of Mrs Jodie Duggan and Mrs Justine Diver. Their commitment to ensuring a splendid night for all is deeply appreciated.

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of welcoming our new students to the Senior School during the Year 8-9 Transition Service. This significant event symbolised the start of a new chapter in their educational journey and was a moment of great pride for our community.

Another highlight was representing the Principal on the Tweed River Cruise on Wednesday evening, celebrating the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) this year. Sharing this experience with local elders and our indigenous students was not only a privilege but also an enlightening and humbling experience. It has reinforced my commitment to actively support our young indigenous students and to walk alongside them towards reconciliation.

As we near the conclusion of the academic year, I want to extend my best wishes to all our Senior School students. The final days are crucial, and I encourage each one of you to finish strong, keeping in mind the values of compassion, wisdom, and respect that define our school community.

Kate Cornell
Head of Senior School

Dan Medcalf Guest Chef!

Over the past two weeks, our Year 10 Food Technology and Year 12 Hospitality students were fortunate to have a local guest chef join their lessons. We were honoured to host Dan Medcalf, part owner and head chef of No.35 Restaurant in Cabarita, as a guest chef in our classes.

Dan, a Ballina local with an impressive culinary background, generously dedicated his time to demonstrate a variety of dishes to our students. Despite the busy nature of the hospitality industry, especially at this time of year, Dan's willingness to give up his time was very much appreciated.

Having worked in renowned hospitality venues both locally and internationally, such as Fridas Fields, Icebergs in Sydney, and The Slow in Bali, Dan brought a wealth of experience to our students. His insights into current food trends, with a focus on sustainability and reducing food miles by sourcing locally, resonated strongly with the content students had been focusing on in their recent unit of study.

During the demonstration, students had the hands-on opportunity to create freshly baked Focaccia and homemade whipped butter. Dan not only shared his culinary expertise but also highlighted the significance of ingredient availability in shaping No.35's menu. Emphasizing local products like Burrata Cheese from Byron Bay Mozzarella and sourcing meat from Tweed Coast Meats in Cabarita, Dan showcased the abundance of quality produce available right on our doorstep.

The experience provided our students with a valuable understanding of the rich variety of produce within our region and instilled a sense of gratitude for the local food resources at their disposal. It was a remarkable opportunity for them to witness firsthand how No.35 Restaurant embraces the bounty of our local food bowl.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Dan Medcalf for his generosity in sharing his expertise and time with Lindisfarne. The partnership we've forged is a testament to the strong connections we aim to build between our school and the wider community.

As we reflect on this enriching experience, we encourage parents, students, and the community, if you haven't already, to visit No.35 Restaurant. Experiencing the menu crafted by Dan and his team is a true celebration of our local flavours.

Year 10 - Tropical Fruit World Excursion

Last week, the Year 10 Food Technology students had the opportunity to take part in an excursion to Tropical Fruit World. This opportunity enabled students to observe many of the concepts they had learned throughout the year in practical application.

Kicking off at the gift store, Andy, an insightful staff member, introduced the students to a variety of on-site products, unveiling the nutritional and medicinal benefits of different fruits. Andy also delved into preservation techniques, unlocking the superfood potential of these fruits.

A tour of the packhouse, guided by Joey, the Farm and Packhouse Supervisor, took us through the lifecycle of tropical fruits. From planting to harvesting, students learned about sustainable energy practices and the farm's reliance on on-site water sources.

Navigating acres of tropical fruit plantations, students absorbed lessons on crop management, pest control, grafting, and harvesting. A pitstop at "The Island" treated students to fresh bananas picked straight from the tree, an exciting opportunity to crack open and taste fresh macadamia nuts and a tropical fruit tasting. This of course unveiled exotic flavors, including the chocolate pudding-like Sopotes.

Boarding a boat, students explored the creek, delving into the surrounding ecosystem and discovering more about native plant species. A surprise awaited at the animal nursery, where students fed on-site animals before concluding the excursion with a return tractor ride.

Tropical Fruit World, the students discovered, is not merely a farm but an educational haven where nature's wonders intertwine with food science. A key takeaway was witnessing the integration of technology in the food industry. Students were captivated by innovative methods used in preserving and enhancing tropical fruit quality, gaining crucial insights into the pivotal role technology plays in Food Technology.

Cancel Council Fundraiser

Jack Furness, Will Carmichael and I (Callum McNicoll) are doing a fundraising event on Monday, 11 of December. The fundraiser is an annual event the Cancer Council runs to raise awareness and funding towards an ongoing battle with Sun Cancer. Due to Australia's Climate, we have the highest rate of skin cancer worldwide at 37 people, per 100,000. Together with my team, we are looking to show our support and raise funds towards research and treatments.

The challenge is to play 36, 54 or 72 holes of golf in a single day, being a keen hobby of ours, we were very keen to be able to find such a worthy cause to be able to help support. We would love the support of the Lindisfarne community all donations are welcome! Feel free to set your own challenge to us such as $5 per par or $10 per birdie and maybe a hole-in-one will spur you on to a greater donation!

Regardless of where you are this summer remember to stay Sun-safe and remember the slip, slop, slap rules! Visit the link below to donate to our pages:

Callum McNicoll
School Vice Captain

Careers and Vocational Education & Training (VET)

School Psychology / Counsellor

Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Our inaugural Shakespeare under the Stars performance in term 3 was entered into the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards (The Palmies), and we are delighted to say that we were nominated 6 times in 5 categories under Youth Productions:

Best Program: Kate Cornell and Kylie Wharton

The Jock and Beverly McIlwain special encouragement and Bursary: Connor Otto

Best Supporting Actor or Actress: Xan Quirk

Best Supporting Actor or Actress: Sam Bell

Best Actor or Actress in a Leading Role: James Warner

Best Director: Katy Otto

We are very proud of these nominations. It’s always a competitive venture, with such high quality productions across our region vying for acknowledgement, and this was our first turn – as a Shakespearian production – competing against outstanding school musicals from Brisbane to Ballina.

See here: http://gcareatheatreawards.com.au/

But, we are super excited to announce that Sam Bell has progressed to make it into the finals in his category, Best Supporting Actor! Sam is to be commended for his brilliant comic timing and heartfelt connection to Shakespeare’s words. Bravo!

Winners are announced on the 4th of December.

Here is a photo of Sam in his poignant soliloquy at the very end of the performance:

Katy Otto
English and Drama Teacher

Debating and Public Speaking






Performing Arts

Germinate Records


Photography and Digital Media


HICES Sustainability Expo

HICES Sustainability Expo

Selected students from the Year 8 Ad Astra class and our Sustainability Prefects represented the school at the inaugural HICES Sustainability Expo in Sydney on Tuesday and Wednesday to discover more about what is being done across businesses and schools to make communities more sustainable. We began Day 1 with three other school delegations at Banish’s Sustainability Hub in the city to learn about their process for turning hard-to-recycle items into beautiful gifts and household items. We got to get hands-on experience in their sorting process as well as using their shredders and extruders to see how easy it was to reuse plastic waste when it is recycled correctly. We recommend visiting their website for your Christmas shopping! The groups enjoyed lunch at Spice Alley before walking through Darling Harbour and jumping on a ferry to Balmain where we met with Orla from the Living Seawalls project. There we saw the work being done around man-made foreshores to try and restore the biodiversity in those ecosystems. Next on our itinerary was the Urban Green Farm where we ventured into an unassuming carpark in the middle of Barangaroo where an ex-chef had set up a farm for microgreens to supply to the local area. This ignited our thinking around creative solutions for the future of sustainability and inspired us as we led into Day 2.

The second day of the Expo was held at the Hills Grammar School with 10 other schools from around the state joining us. It opened with hearing from Dr Roger Attwater from Western Sydney University to tell us about how universities and other organisations work to reduce their carbon footprint. This was followed by acclaimed artist Tim Johnston who shared with us how he finds inspiration in nature and mentors other people to use their gifts to serve the environment. Our sustainability prefects then had an opportunity to share the efforts at Lindisfarne towards becoming more eco-friendly at the Sustainability Fair, as well as learn from other schools in the process. The Year 8 team then did the school proud by pitching their Earthshot solution to ‘Building a Waste Free World’ in the form of their edible plastic recipe to hopefully introduce for some of our canteen items. Competing against 6 other groups, the panellists deemed our team the winners of the inaugural HICES Schools’ Earthshot Prize and congratulated them on their ingenuity and practicality for their solution. We finished the day participating in a range of workshops, one of which our own Sustainability Officer, Patrick Brabant, gave out advice for other schools to implement some of the programs that we run in their own schools. It was an exciting and encouraging experience and I know our students and staff gained a lot of inspiration to continue the good work to make Lindisfarne a more sustainable place.

Thank you to our student delegation, Luca Daniel and Amelie Diver of Year 12 and Alicia Brown, Sapphira Acedillo, Thomas Miklos, Hugh Warner, Asher Barlow and Tao Murdoch of Year 8. We are very proud of your efforts and the way in which you represented Lindisfarne. A big thanks also to Mrs Tracy Foyster, Mr Patrick Brabant and Mr Alex Coulter who joined us in representing the school and gathering ideas and inspiration for the continued work in this portfolio.

Jo Mendoza
Director of Science

Technology and Applied Studies

Visual Arts

Learning Enrichment

Round Square



Lindisfarne Recording Studio

Digital Space

Co-curricular and Extra-curricular


From the Sports Desk

The month of December has landed, which is my personal favourite month. The closure for the school year, holidays and rejuvenation, Christmas and family. Good times. But not just yet on the sports front, with one last mega-event to run its course all next week - then we pull up the stumps for 2023.

The Australian Schools Volleyball Cup is potentially the largest tournament that we compete in. Across FIVE venues; AJ Paterson, Runaway Bay, Carrara, Coomera and Tallebudgera - this event starts at 08:00 and finishes at 22:00 across 5 days of rounds with up to 60 courts running concurrently. Lindisfarne will be represented by three well-prepared teams who are very much looking forward to the competition.

This week we saw Jake Kane launch himself into an Australian All Schools Athletics Gold Medal, and we also had two teams truckin' up to Carrara or Coomera each day for the Australian Schools Cup - Basketball. More below…..

Australian Schools Cup - Basketball

We had two of our best boys teams headed up to the Australian Schools Cup - Basketball this week. Obviously, as the name of the tournament alludes to, very high-calibre school teams were landing in the Gold Coast by the dozen. Lindisfarne was represented by U15 and U17 boys teams.

Lindisfarne U15 Hunters

These boys were phenomenal all week. Placed in Division 2 (out of 4), they were up to their necks in playing for the Div 2 title - up to and including - the quarter-finals loss to Barker. Their losses were by very small totals in games that could have gone either way. They finished 3rd in their pool - and played schools with traditionally old and established programs. They made us very proud, well done gents.

Lindisfarne U17 Kings

The Kings were very gallant all week, and right in most matches. They played out of Division 3 (out of 4), and finished 5th in their pool. The lads most certainly took an enormous amount out of the tournament, playing very slick opposition all week.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Adventurous Journeys

In two exhilarating expeditions, 18 of our determined students undertook the Duke of Edinburgh Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journey, embarking on a challenging 20-kilometre trek this Monday and Tuesday and last Monday and Tuesday in the Practice Journey they covered a total of 17 kilometres. These hikes took place in the picturesque landscapes of Springbrook National Park and Numinbah Valley National Park. This unforgettable experience tested their resilience, teamwork, and outdoor skills, providing a unique opportunity for personal growth and discovery while working towards achieving their Duke Of Ed Bronze Medallion Award.

Students were required to lead all aspects of the journey, including planning and navigating the route, pitching their own tents and shelters, and cooking all of their own meals on trangia stoves. They faced varying weather conditions, with sweltering temperatures in the 30’s on the first day that built up into afternoon thunderstorms and rain for the second day, bringing the leeches out in full force, which provided yet another challenge for the students to overcome.

At the end of the trek, exhaustion was replaced by a profound sense of accomplishment. We commend these adventurous students for their dedication, perseverance and the admirable spirit of exploration they brought to this enriching experience.

A special thank you to Andre and Clayton from PCYC Bornhoffen and Mrs Montford and Mr Fisher for completing the trek with the students.

  • Olivia Dunphy
  • Ivy Frost
  • Anna Haubek
  • Jessica Klein
  • Poppy Littlewood
  • Lucie McPhee
  • Madeline Neumann
  • Zoe Nixon-Hind
  • Julia Silva
  • Charlotte Slack-Smith
  • Quincy Wray
  • Jaxson Broxup
  • Cooper Broxup
  • Lachlan Clarke
  • James Letters
  • Sam Ort
  • Gus Roberts
  • Noah Seller

NFL Flag

On Tuesday 14th of November, a small group of Year 6 students representing Lindisfarne competed in the National NFL Flag tournament at Carrara. This annual competition, now in its second year, brought together talented young athletes from across the country to showcase their skills and sportsmanship in the modified game of NFL.

Although we faced initial challenges and were disappointed with the outcomes of our first two games, our young athletes demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination. They rallied together, finding their stride and clinching victories in the final two games of the competition. While we narrowly missed the chance to advance to the finals, the team's effort and sportsmanship were nothing short of commendable.

I would like to give special thanks to Shinade Edwards for her contribution in the lead-up preparation and then running of the day. I would also like to thank and congratulate our committed team of students - and by extension their parents, for the many hours of training and study they put in these past 2 terms. Bring on NFL Flag 2024!

Cricket Report

Douglas Shield

Our 1st X1 Team travelled to Coffs Harbour to play against Calrossy Anglican School to start this season's campaign. With many new faces in the side, it was going to be a new challenge for our school which in recent times has had a proud history in this competition. Charlie Evesson became our new 1st X1 Captain with Harry Kershler as his new Vice Captain. The side contained 4 other players who had travelled to the UK on our recent 1st X1 tour of England and 6 debutants. Calrossy won the toss and decided to bat first, it didn't take long for Lindisfarne to gain some ascendancy with early wickets to Cullen Grainger and Josh Marsh. Mitch Ellison and Harry Kershler chipped in with some wickets before Cullen came back and finished off the Calrossy innings, bowling them out for 89. A great bowling and fielding effort from the boys, with Cullen the standout with 5/19. Our run chase started with the loss of an early wicket but a solid partnership between Tom and Charlie got us back on track, but the loss of Charlie (top score of 22) and Tom slowed our progress. Small partnerships followed but every time we looked like getting into a dominant position we lost another wicket. The game became very tight and could have gone either way but a very calm inning by Fletcher Bisgrove who was supported by Alex Lees got us within 3 of victory before Alex was out, leaving Lachlan Marshall and Fletcher to steer the ship home and securing a nail-biting win. Fletcher finished 13 Not Out and the boys now move on to the next round which will be played during Term 1 of next year.

NRCC - Boys

Our Year 9/10 Boys played at Murwillumbah in a Northern Rivers Invitation day on Wednesday, with our side made up of 4 cricketers who play regularly and 8 boys who just put their hand up to have a crack at playing for the school. Our first game was against St Joseph’s College, where the boys fielded first and restricted Joeys to 103 from 20 overs. Wickets were shared and all the boys contributed, with Beau Treverton on debut taking a couple of big wickets early. Our batting got off to a good start with Harry Kershler (34) and Josh Marsh (30) retiring, a steady stream of wickets followed but the boys held it together to win by 2 wickets and 5 overs to go. This saw our team progress to the final against a strong Xavier College side. Xavier won the toss and batted first, again the boys played really well and took some early wickets with the catching and general fielding being very impressive. We restricted the score to 138 meaning we needed 139 from 20 overs to win the final. Lindisfarne got away to the perfect start with Harry (57) and Josh (29) setting the platform for Lachlan Marshall and Cullen Grainger to bring the game home with some excellent ball striking. Lindisfarne won by 8 wickets with 1 over remaining. A fantastic result for the boys who all represented the school in a positive way.

NRCC - Girls

Thursday saw our girls have the opportunity to play in the Northern Rivers Invitation Day. With a couple of late withdrawals, we ended up with only 8 players but they brought amazing attitudes and there were smiles all-round once play commenced. Bowling first the girls were amazing and bowled St Joseph’s out for 34 with Steph Scouller taking 4/2 and wickets to Emily Rose, Ruby, Molly and Ebony. Our batting was never in trouble with Bonnie (25) and Ebony (8) retiring before Emily Rose and Eliza both remained “not out” to win the game comfortably. Like the boys a day earlier we now had progressed to the final. The final was played against Mt St Patrick’s and after winning the toss and batting Lindisfarne set about setting up a big score. At the end of the 14 overs we finished on 0/113 with Bonnie on 51 and Steph at 22, both girls batted beautifully. With only 8 players, fielding was going to be tough but like in the first game, the girls rose to the challenge and started to mount some pressure. Some excellent fielding saw several run-outs and catches by the whole side. This paved the way for the girls to come away with a resounding win by restricting Mt St Patrick's to 6/86 off their allotted overs. So for the second time in as many days, Lindisfarne had success at the NRCC tournament. The cricket future looks bright for the school with both our boys and girls' teams representing the school with outstanding attitudes and humility.

Congratulations to all involved in what was a very successful week on the cricket field.

Spotlight on Jack Kane

Jack Kane took out the Sporting Schools Australia - National All Schools Long Jump event last Saturday evening - with an incredible jump of 4.84m. Forever to be a schoolboy Australian champion now Jack, congratulations!

Jack also got 3rd in a medley relay (this is not a swimming typo!); runners one and two ran 200m, runner 3 (Jack) ran the 100m and the 4th runner ran 300m.

Spotlight on Tyson Walk

Tyson participated in Sydney at the NSW Championship of Champions last weekend for tennis. This was the final stage of the Junior Development Series. Tyson had a very successful weekend making the final and finishing as Runner Up.

Spotlight on Isaiah Mammen

Isaiah did well in his first tennis State finals in the U12 age group. He finished 11th out of the 32 best in the state - and is very proud of his achievement. He played well and lost against the top seed and eventual Champion on his way to the title.


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

Come and give Hockey a go! We know you’ll love it!From ages 5 to 18 boys and girls are all welcome
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Damien Clucas
Head of Sport and Activities

Rugby Union Report


As the 2023 school rugby season comes to a close, we want to express our gratitude to each and every one of you for making this year successful. The dedication, passion, and growth displayed by our students in the sport of rugby, as well as the support from parents and supporters, have contributed to a season filled with achievements and memories that I am sure the boys and girls will remember for years to come.

This year was marked by numerous highlights and significant milestone moments for our program, players and teams. Among these highlights were two matches against Collingwood School (Canada) and Bedford College (UK), which provided valuable international experience and challenging competition for our players. Other XV highlights included the 1st XV and U15 teams claiming the top spot in their respective divisions and emerging as champions in the Ballymore Cup and the U15s winning the Gold Coast Super Schools Cup in a tightly contested final at Bond University. Our U12s also showed promise by winning the 2023 Casuarina Cup and punching above their weight in this year's Armidale Schools Carnival. In 7 a-side tournaments, our U18 boys’ 7s team qualified for the NSW State 7s Finals and also secured victory at the QLD Scots PGC 7s tournament, with Taj Krasna earning the Player of the Tournament award. Meanwhile, our U15 boys' 7s team secured an impressive second place in the QLD All Schools 7s competition with the U13 boys' 7s team not far behind, taking home a respectable third place.

We also had a number of players recognised with representative honours. This included seven of our players who were chosen for the NSW AICES XV representative teams - Mason Duke, Kynan Jones, Harry Davison-Long, Declan Brown, Levi Dangerfield, Jesse Bravington, and Koen Hodge. Three of our players, Koen Hodge, Teo Martin, and Ruby Power, were also selected for the QLD All Schools 7s All Stars, a testament to their skill and play during the QLD All Schools 7s.

Beyond the games and results, we have witnessed substantial growth among our players and teams, especially in our girls teams with a number of new players learning the game, nurturing teamwork, camaraderie, and sportsmanship. We are proud of the character and progress demonstrated by every member of our rugby program.

Looking ahead, we have the following exciting plans for the 2024 season:

  • Rugby Training Camp (10th February)

  • Rugby Season Launch (15th February)

  • Inter-school matches against Somerset (19th February), All Saints (4th March), and Sunshine Coast Grammar (22nd March) in Term 1.

  • 2024 QLD Rugby Ballymore Cup (13-15th April)

  • 2024 U12 Armidale Schools Carnival (13-14th April)

  • Inter-school matches against Scots PGC (3rd May) and Len Diett Cup schools as well as girls 7s inter-school matches in Term 2.

  • NSW and QLD 7s boys and girls tournaments in term 3 and start of term 4 culminating in the QLD All Schools 7s (26-27th October).

Please make note of these dates for planning and we will be in touch in early January before Term 1 begins to open registrations for the boys' program and towards the end of Term 1 to open registrations for the girls' program.

Once again, thank you for your commitment and support throughout the 2023 season. We look forward to building on this success in 2024 and creating even more memorable moments for our students. Although there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, the future of our school rugby program is promising, and we cannot wait for what lies ahead in 2024.

More Information

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

Kingscliff Triathlon

Kingscliff Triathlon

Lindisfarne students participated in the Kingscliff Triathlon last Sunday, marking the event's largest turnout since the onset of Covid. With an early start, participants appreciated a swift, tide assisted swim in Cudgen Creek. Negotiating a bustling cycle course, competitors maintained focus throughout the ride. The culmination of the event involved a spirited run, with enthusiastic spectators cheering on each athlete as they sprinted towards the finish line. Congratulations are in order for all students who took part in the diverse events.

In the Big Kids event, participants included Flynn Cairncross, Charlie Cairncross, Crusoe Foster, Oliver Clark, Max Stewart, Mac Flood, Estha Door, Andie Buchan, Halee Flood, Isabel Daniels—who secured an impressive 3rd place overall—Jack Sewell, securing 2nd place in the swim, and Max Neuman, achieving 2nd place in the run.

Meanwhile, students who competed in the Tempta event were Rex Flood, Isa Soenen—who earned 3rd place overall—and Sofie Soenen, securing an admirable 4th place overall.

The next Kingscliff Triathlon is on March 24, 2024. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tracy Foyster - tfoyster@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au



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New Uniform - Bucket Hats

Mahers Lane students will be able to purchase bucket hats as an additional hat option for 2024. These stylish additions to our uniform are reversible and include the House colours as well. A reminder for all students that a hat is an essential part of our uniform for all students and an expectation when outside.


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