About us

Welcome to Lindisfarne

On behalf of our school community, I welcome you to Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School.

Lindisfarne has a proven reputation for providing quality education across our two campuses in South Tweed and Terranora serving the children and families of the southern Gold Coast, Tweed Coast and northern New South Wales.

Throughout my career, I have been a passionate believer in the benefits of a co-educational learning environment and the strong preparation and base that this provides students for the world in which they will live and work, and the contribution that young people will make to their local, national and global communities in life beyond school.

As an Anglican Grammar School, our values of compassion, wisdom and respect are at the heart of our school and form the foundations of our teaching and learning supported by our cultural values of standards, collaboration and leadership.

I believe that for young people to reach their potential, we must value the total educational program and the holistic development of students. This includes focusing on the cognitive, physical, spiritual, creative, personal and social development of the students and providing learning opportunities within the classroom, across the curriculum, beyond the classroom and beyond the School. It incorporates the learning, knowledge, understanding and skills gained from co-curricular engagement, developing the God-given passions, gifts, talents and interests of each student.

From time to time, you will hear me reference the saying, “If you want young people to do remarkable things, you must first give young people remarkable things to do.” I am committed to providing opportunities and initiatives that will stretch our students and help them to build their capacity as learners, dig deep with grit and determination to see things through, developing a depth and strength of character.

As the Principal of a member school of the global alliance of Round Square schools, I am drawn to the quote of Round Square Founder and renowned educator Kurt Hahn: “There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.”

My focus as Principal includes valuing each student and ensuring that every child matters every day. As is The Lindisfarne Way, there is a heavy emphasis on service to others and service to the community. We are proud of our students as we work together to shift our focus from “what do I have to get?” to “what do I have to give?”

From my perspective, a great education has always ultimately been about the development of good judgement, leaving society better than you found it and finding new ways of doing or innovations that will improve the quality of life for those who we are blessed to live and work with in the future.

Welcome to Lindisfarne, a school like no other!

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Stuart Marquardt

Principal

Leadership

School Leadership

Principal

Stuart Marquardt

— Principal

Principal Stuart Marquardt is an experienced P-12 Independent School Principal, highly regarded in Australian education for his ability to bring about school improvement and build school capacity. Prior to his commencement as Principal of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Principal Marquardt completed Leadership - An Evolving Vision at Harvard University and was awarded a prestigious Klinginstein Fellowship to Columbia University to complete a program on 21st Century Education and Leadership. Principal Marquardt commenced in 2016.
Deputy Principal

Charlotte Lush

— Deputy Principal

Charlotte Lush is Lindisfarne’s Deputy Principal and previously held the position of Head of Senior School for three years and Director of Creative and Performing Arts. Charlotte's career has seen her work with distinction in a number of outstanding schools in three countries; New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. Charlotte joined Lindisfarne in 2015.
Chaplain

Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu

— Chaplain

Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu joined Lindisfarne as Chaplain in 2021. Previously, Reverend Constantine was Parish Priest of St Matthew’s in Wendouree, Diocese of Ballarat, Victoria.

Reverend Constantine has a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Theology), Masters of Counselling and Graduate Diploma in Community Development and brings experience in a variety of Parish roles, plus ministry work in prisons and the tertiary sector.

Head of Junior School

Mark Douglas

— Head of Junior School

Mark Douglas is the Head of Junior School at Lindisfarne’s leafy South Tweed campus. Mark is an experienced primary school leader who has previously led Junior School communities at independent schools in Queensland and Western Australia. Bringing warmth and energy to the role, Mark leads a quality team of experienced teachers to provide outstanding opportunities for our youngest students. Mark was appointed Head of Junior School in 2019.
Head of Middle School

Jeremy Godden

— Head of Middle School

Jeremy Godden is the Head of Middle School and is based at the Mahers Lane Campus. Jeremy is a school leader with experience across all ages and stages of schooling; including metropolitan, regional and remote settings and both public and independent education sectors. With a particular interest in the developmentally diverse Middle Years of schooling, Jeremy enjoys working with the team of highly capable and equally passionate Middle School educators. Jeremy joined Lindisfarne in 2017.
Head of Senior School

Kate Cornell

— Head of Senior School

Kate Cornell is the newest member of the Lindisfarne leadership team. She brings with her a wealth of experience from independent schools in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. She has a particular interest in student and staff wellbeing and is a senior English teacher. Kate commenced at the start of 2021.
Dean of Studies

Caroline Jeffries

— Dean of Studies

Caroline Jeffries has been the Dean of Studies at Lindisfarne since 2014. She has also held positions in leading schools in Sydney, London and the University sector. Caroline has a keen interest in developing students to be equipped for life beyond the school classroom, is a science teacher and joined Lindisfarne in 2004.
Professional Practice, Innovation and Partnerships

Kane Bradford

— Head of Professional Practice, Innovation and Partnerships

Kane Bradford oversees the School's teaching and learning agenda, with a particular focus on harnessing strategic partnerships to the benefit of our staff and students. Kane brings significant experience from his previous work as a teacher and leader in independent schools, to his leadership spanning senior roles at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).
Business Manager

Brett Dinsdale

— Business Manager

As a Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA), Brett has experience across a number of industries including commercial, Federal Government agencies and universities. Brett enjoys being a part of the strategic development and project planning of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in this exciting period of growth.
Director of Information Services, Facilities and Infrastructure

Gavin Kennedy

— Director of Information Services, Facilities and Infrastructure

Gavin Kennedy is Lindisfarne’s Director of Information Services, Infrastructure and Facilities. He has led IT teams in large private schools for over a decade and has a particular interest in infrastructure architecture, automation and robotics. Starting at Lindisfarne in 2017 and recently taking on the Infrastructure portfolios, he is looking forward to bringing a technological edge to the School’s building programs.
Director of Human Resources

Mary-Ellen Jackman

— Director of Human Resources

Mary-Ellen Jackman enjoyed an initial career as a teacher before moving into the employment relations field. Mary-Ellen's career has seen her working in employment relations roles in the Public, Catholic and Independent Education sectors. She joined Lindisfarne in 2013 as the Director of Professional Learning before her appointment as the Director of Human Resources in 2018.
Head of School Operations

Noelene Wright

— Head of School Operations

Noelene Wright's role at Lindisfarne is Head of School Operations. She has undertaken many roles in her teaching career - Head of Mathematics, Head of Secondary and Year Coordinator roles. Noelene has international teaching experience spending time in the United Arab Emirates teaching the IB Mathematics at an American International School. Noelene is a Mathematics teacher specialising in the Senior Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 courses.

School Council

Behind the scenes at Lindisfarne is the School Council — a group of hard-working volunteers dedicated to using their professional and personal experiences to help determine the School’s philosophy and overall direction.

As the governing body for the School, the Lindisfarne School Council works alongside Principal Stuart Marquardt providing leadership, guidance and policy direction in areas associated with the School Master Plan, Building Program, financial management, risk management and strategic development.

Our School Council members are all accomplished professionals within their chosen fields who generously volunteer their time, knowledge and expertise to ensure the Mission of the School is upheld.

Sound governance principles and practices guide the Lindisfarne School Council in its decision making. Whilst Lindisfarne seeks to be an exemplary school developing students of integrity, wisdom, compassion and faith within a caring Christian environment, our School Council balances a substantial focus on strategic considerations with its planning, monitoring, compliance and responsibility to oversee the future success of the School.

Chair of School Council

Dominique O’Neill

— Chair of School Council

As a past student of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School (2004), Dominique O’Neill has returned to her roots to offer insights into the cultural development and the processes of translating panel policy into meaningful classroom practice. Dominique grew up on the Tweed Coast and always enjoyed helping people. So, it seems fitting that she’d become a solicitor to help those in need. Dominique joined the Lindisfarne School Council in 2019 because she wanted to give back to the School and see it flourish. She is helping bridge the gap between the boardroom and the classroom at an exciting time when the School is in a significant growth phase. Her vision is to see the facilities grow and to provide opportunities for excellence for all students.
Deputy Chair of School Council

Bill Adler

— Deputy Chair of School Council

Bill Adler grew up in Ohio, USA and first travelled to Australia in 1983 as a backpacker. Upon completion of university, Bill took a position in Queensland teaching Japanese to secondary school students. Over a 19-year career in education, Bill held positions of responsibility including Head of Department, Director of International Programs and Head of School with the bulk of his teaching and administration experience in Anglican schools. In 2003, Bill started his own school, Imagine Education Australia and, to this day, he continues to serve on local committees and School Councils and, in 2019, he joined the Lindisfarne School Council.
Member of School Council

Beverley Kelso

– Member

Beverly Kelso is a retired principal with extensive experience across 35 years in education, both nationally and internationally in areas of principalship, consultancy, school development and board membership. She is currently a member of the Australian Industry Trade College, Robina and has vast experience in owning and operating a business, as well as involvement in building projects making Beverly a great asset to the Lindisfarne School Council since 2011.

Josh Bedser

— Member

A former Lindisfarne student (alumni year 2004), Josh Bedser has over 12 years’ experience in sales and business management. After receiving his degree in business from Bond University, Josh was involved with property sales in the Tweed Coast region before joining his family business, Murwillumbah Truck Centre, which has operated in the area for over 30 years. In his current role there as Sales and General Manager, Josh is responsible for all of the company’s sales and operations. Josh also currently sits as Director on the Daimler Dealer Council. With a long history and connection to our school and our region, Josh has a deep sense of community and is driven in making the area a thriving place for individuals, families and business.
Bishop’s Nominee

Reverend Dway Goon Chew

— Bishop’s Nominee

Reverend Dway Good Chew was born in North Queensland and worked as a civil engineer in construction and infrastructure management from Gladstone to the Torres Strait and out to Phosphate Hill. He is a “cradle” Anglican and was ordained as a priest in 2004. Since then, he has worked in Parish Ministry in Brisbane, North Queensland and, now, the Grafton Diocese. He served on the Diocesan Executive in North Queensland and was a Canon of St James Cathedral in Townsville. In 2019, Reverend Dway became the Parish Priest at St Cuthbert’s Tweed Heads and continues to be of great support for Lindisfarne.

Reverend Lyndon Mulholland

— Bishop’s Nominee

Reverend Lyndon Mulholland is no stranger to education in Queensland and northern New South Wales. He has been the Chaplain at Coomera Anglican College on the Gold Coast and the Boarding Master at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane. He also ran a Youth Outreach Program in the Kingscliff Parish and has been the Chairperson and Chaplain to the Lismore Parish Centre Preschool. Now based at All Saints Anglican Parish, with a clear focus on growing young family ministry across the three churches under his care, Reverend Mulholland brings his diverse skills to our school community as a recent appointee to our School Council.
Ex-officio Member

Stuart Marquardt

— Ex-officio Member

Prior to his commencement as Principal of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in 2016, Principal Stuart Marquardt spent eight years as the Headmaster of Great Southern Grammar in Albany, Western Australia and was previously Deputy Principal and Head of Junior School at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Queensland. Principal Marquardt is a Member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the Australian College of Educators and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has previously been Chair of the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) in WA and has been involved in Educational advocacy as the New South Wales delegate for the Coalition of Independent Schools Australia (CRISA) as a member of the AISNSW Regional Schools Advisory Council and as a member of the Independent Schools Centre for Excellence Advisory Council AISNSW. Stuart is the current Chair of the North Coast Independent Schools Sporting Association (NCIS).

Brett Dinsdale

— Ex-officio Member

Brett Dinsdale completed a Bachelor of Economics at Adelaide University and is a Fellow of the Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brett has experience across a number of industries including commercial and Federal Government agencies. Prior to joining Lindisfarne, Brett was the Executive Officer of the Finance and Resource Planning Division at James Cook University, Townsville. While at JCU, Brett was the Chair of the Board of the two Day Care centres operated by the University and on the Discovery Rise Project planning team responsible for master planning for the next 20 years at the University. Brett enjoys being a part of the strategic development of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School in this exciting period of growth.

Our past

Understanding our story and our history is an important part of any community’s sense of identity and purpose. Remembering our strong foundations is a part of how we celebrate our present and look with hope to the future.

Lindisfarne was established as a small Christian primary school in 1981 through an initiative of  Canon Ron Dyson and parishioners of St Cuthbert’s Church, Tweed Heads. Founded as St Cuthbert’s Christian School, the first students attended class in the St Cuthbert’s Church hall whilst their classrooms were finished at the current Junior School site on Sunshine Avenue, Tweed Heads South.

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2021

Term 1 — Lent

  • Monday, 4 January: Office reopens
  • Friday, 22 January: Year 7 Orientation 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Monday, 25 January: Student Free Day
  • Tuesday, 26 January; Australia Day Public Holiday
  • Wednesday, 27 January: All students commence Term 1
  • Thursday, 1 April: Final Day of Term 1 for all students

Term 2 — Pentecost

  • Monday, 19 April: All students commence Term 2
  • Sunday, 25 April: ANZAC Day
  • Monday, 24 May to Friday, 28 May: Camp Week
  • Monday, 14 June: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • Friday, 18 June: Final Day of Term 2 for all students

Term 3 — Trinity

  • Monday, 12 July: All students commence Term 3
  • Friday, 17 September: Final Day of Term 3 for all students

Term 4 — Advent

  • Monday, 4 October: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • Tuesday, 5 October: All students commence Term 4
  • Tuesday, 7 December: Junior School Speech Day
    Middle School Speech Day
  • Wednesday, 8 December: Final Day of Term 4 for all students
    Senior School Speech Day
  • Friday, 17 December: Office closes

2022

Term 1 — Lent

  • Tuesday, 4 January: School Office reopens
  • Wednesday, 26 January: Australia Day Public Holiday
  • Friday, 28 January: New Students and Year 7 Orientation 1.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Monday, 31 January: All students commence Term 1
  • Friday, 8 April: Final Day of Term 1 for all students

Term 2 — Pentecost

  • Monday, 25 April: ANZAC Day — Public Holiday
  • Tuesday, 26 April: All students commence Term 2
  • Monday, 23 May to Friday, 27 May: Camp Week
  • Monday, 13 June: Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • Friday, 24 June: Final Day of Term 2 for all students

Term 3 — Trinity

  • Monday, 18 July: All students commence Term 3
  • Friday, 23 September: Final Day of Term 3 for all students

Term 4 — Advent

  • Monday, 10 October: All students commence Term 4
  • Monday, 5 December: Junior School Speech Night
  • Tuesday, 6 December: Middle School Speech Night
  • Wednesday, 7 December: Final Day of Term 4 for all students
    Senior School Speech Night
  • Friday, 16 December: School office closes

Facilities

Established in

1981

Junior School campus

Our warm and welcoming Junior School campus (Preschool to Year 4), is the foundation of our school, established in 1981 on Sunshine Avenue in Tweeds Heads South, the site adjoins Arkinstall Park broadening the opportunities for our students.

  • 16 classrooms with associated technology to support our ConnectEd one to one device program for students
  • Three-room Early Learning Centre and separate Preschool playground
  • Adjoining break-out and flexible learning spaces across most classrooms
  • Student kitchen for use in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
  • Dedicated student garden, sustainability and organic recycling spaces including our chicken hutch
  • Two playgrounds and associated play spaces
  • Outdoor basketball/netball court
  • Dedicated music rooms and private music tuition spaces
  • Out of School Hours Care facility to support parents
  • IgnitEd Resource Centre combining spaces for Library, IT learning and
  • Coding and Robotics
  • Undercover assembly and performance space
  • Undercroft for wet weather activities
  • Combined indoor/outdoor learning spaces in our Kindergarten classrooms
  • Access to Arkinstall Park featuring full-size soccer pitches, netball courts and tennis courts

facilities

Established in

1995

Middle and Senior School campus

Established in 1995, this campus on Mahers Lane in Terranora combines our Middle School (Years 5 to 8) and Senior School (Years 9 to 12) facilities in a quiet campus with valley and ocean views looking towards Tweed Heads.

  • Dedicated classroom facilities for Year 5 and Year 6 students to complete their Primary schooling
  • New 12 classroom Middle School Building completed in June 2021
  • Five Science labs and prep spaces
  • Full Recording Studio, the home of Germinate Records
  • Three dedicated music classrooms plus private music spaces for lessons and rehearsals
  • Drama and Performance room for Performing Arts
  • Large purpose-built Library and dedicated study and learning hubs for enhancing student collaboration
  • Robotics lab
  • Technology spaces for Wood and Industrial Design housing Laser Cutter, 3D printers, CNC Milling and associated equipment
  • Textiles and Fashion hub
  • Three Visual Arts rooms plus undercover outdoor ceramics spaces
  • Full court indoor stadium space with a full-size production stage and a seating capacity of over 1,200
  • Full gymnasium featuring free weights, machine weights, treadmills, rowing machines, stationary bikes change facilities
  • Two court outdoor facility incorporating Basketball, Netball and Tennis
  • Two sports fields
  • Four 1st Class standard cricket nets for our specialist Cricket program
  • Community Garden and outdoor learning spaces
  • Trades Skills Centre featuring full commercial kitchen, learning spaces and event deck
  • Wellbeing spaces including areas for support staff like School Psychologist and School Nurse
  • Careers centre

facilities

Established in

2018

The Boathouse – Cudgen Creek

Opened in 2018, The Boathouse provides an outdoor learning space right on Cudgen Creek in Kingscliff.

A classroom plus kitchen facility opens right onto a launch space for Kayaks and associated water activities and is nestled next to a community space incorporating a jetty and barbeque facilities.

Utilised as an alternative learning space and home to the Marine and Aquatic Studies course, this facility reflects the diversity of opportunities at Lindisfarne.

Proposed

2021 to 2025

School Master Plan

We have a range of ambitious plans for further development of facilities, right across the school community.

Current – Middle School Building

Due for completion in June 2021, this building features 12 learning spaces and adjacent collaborative spaces, a staff hub and outdoor learning spaces, the Middle School Centre will provide a ‘heart’ for the sub-school, a physical place purpose-built for gathering as a community. It will also, in effect, create a ‘backyard’ for Middle School students with places to play, entertain and host.

Next – Early Learning Centre

Due for commencement in 2021, this new Learning Precinct will comprise three new Preschool classrooms with toilets, and storage to give our youngest students the best start to their education.

Three new Kindergarten classrooms will finish the Precinct which will also feature support/withdrawal rooms, staff room, meeting room and be enclosed by a habitable meandering boardwalk that will connect sub-communities and spaces, allowing students to socialise and learn in the outdoors.

Future – Senior Centre

Dedicated teaching and learning spaces aligned to learning beyond the School will be the feature of this project. This will include a senior common room, exam centre and associated amenities adjoining our Trades Skills Centre.

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The staff and students of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our school is situated. We acknowledge the Minjungbal people of the Bundjalung Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who visit our school.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.