Graduation! 20 April

Congratulations to our four students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Lou, from France, graduates from Mel and Adrienne’s Intermediate class. She was only here with us for 2 weeks but her teachers say it was a pleasure having her in class and she always participated well with all of her classmates. We hope you enjoyed your time at Lexis Byron and wish you all the best for the future!

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Lidia, from Spain, graduates from our Pre-Intermediate class. Her teacher Michelle says she came to class always with a good attitude and worked really hard to understand new grammar and vocabulary. She started with us in Elementary knowing very little English so should be very proud of all the progress she has made! We wish you the very best for the future Lidia!

Oscar, from Spain, graduates from Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class. He has made great progress in his time at Lexis, quickly progressing from Pre-Intermediate to Upper Intermediate. He picked up new grammar effortlessly and has a wide range of vocabulary. All of his teachers loved having him in class and listening to his views and opinions on different topics; he really excels when it comes to speaking. Best wishes for the future Oscar!

Santi, from Spain, graduates from Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class. He has been with us at Lexis for 6 months and will be very much missed when he leaves Byron! As well as being a hard working student he has also been a star player in many of our Lexis soccer matches! Good luck with your IELTs exam Santi and good luck for the future!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

It’s the Weekend! 20 – 22 April

Weekend

 

WEATHER

Weather

 

SURF

Surf

 

HAPPY TRAVELS

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See Iain from Happy Travels to sign up for the weekend trips! He is in the student lounge Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 12pm til 3pm, or you can pop into their store on Jonson Street!

Saturday

Kayaking with dolphins.

 

Sunday

Snorkeling or scuba dive at Julian Rocks.

 

GIGS

FRIDAY 20
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY P.A.F.F, HONEY HAZE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY EPIC
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 5PM LEIGH JAMES, 9PM MAT JO & GUESTS
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM BAY COLLECTIVE PRESENTS KOBYA + YOYO TUKI
BYRON THEATRE 10AM TASTE OF LOVE FESTIVAL
CLUB BYRON 6.30PM THE EERIE THINGS CD LAUNCH UNDER A CANOPY OF STARS
LONE GOAT GALLERY, BYRON  BAY TABITHA MCGREGOR THIS SIDE
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 7PM ENTROPIXX
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM LOCAL DJS
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 6PM HAYLEY GRACE
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY 7.30PM SOPHIELLA AND THE HANDSOME HUSBANDS
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 8PM FUTURE FAKTORI
LUSCIOUS FOODS, BYRON BAY 6PM KATIA DEMESTER
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 7PM ELENA B WILLIAMS

SATURDAY 21
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY THE DOLLA LAMAS, FLAMINGO JONES, LIQUID FACE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY SOUTHWALL
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 9PM DJ FONZAIUS
BYRON BAY BREWERY 12PM APEX HARMONY FUNDRAISER – WHARVES, SEASIDE, STOKER, Z – STAR DELTA, 7.30PM ROCK THE BOAT
BYRON THEATRE 9AM TASTE OF LOVE FESTIVAL – JAY HOAD
BYRON ARTISAN MARKET 4PM PHIL & TILLY
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 7PM AFI JAMES
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM LOCAL DJS
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 6PM OPEN MIC NIGHT
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY 7.30PM NICOLE BROPHY
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 9PM LIVE DJS
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM ENTROPIXX

SUNDAY 22
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY DAN HANNAFORD
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY MERCY-MERCY
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 4.30PM LATE FOR WOODSTOCK, 8PM CASIMIR
BYRON THEATRE, 9AM TASTE OF LOVE FESTIVAL
BYRON GOLF CLUB 2PM ROD MURRAY DUO
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 7PM GYPSY JEZ
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 5PM JAMES SCOTT
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY LUNCH ’TIL LATE SUNDAY SESSION DJS

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

Saturday

Byron Artisan Market

Mullumbimby Market

Bangalow Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers Market

Blue Knob Farmers Market

 

Sunday

Ballina Market

Lismore Carboot Market

 

 

CINEMA

Friday 20th Apr

MONSTER FAMILY12:00pm
Peter Rabbit1:50pm
Early Man3:50pm
Love, Simon5:50pm
Lady Bird8:00pm

Saturday 21st Apr

Peter Rabbit12:00pm
Early Man2:00pm
Peter Rabbit4:00pm
Lady Bird6:00pm
Love, Simon8:00pm

Sunday 22nd Apr

Early Man11:20am
Peter Rabbit1:20pm
Love, Simon3:20pm
Black Panther5:30pm
Game Night8:00pm
Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

April’s Table Tennis Tournament!

Yesterday we had our April Table Tennis Tournament!

Everyone was paired off at random and played first to 11, with the winner staying on for the next round.

Results from the first round were:

Rodrigo VS Patrick: PATRICK

Alex VS Roman: ALEX

Cristiano VS Benoit: BENOIT

Benjamin VS Yves: BENJAMIN

Jeff VS Song: JEFF

Andre VS Charles: CHARLES

Results from the semi final were:

Jeff VS Alex: ALEX

Patrick VS Benoit: BENOIT

Charles VS Benjamin: BENJAMIN

The three finalists then each played against each other, with the following results:

Alex VS Benoit: BENOIT

11 – 8

Benoit VS Benjamin: BENJAMIN

11 – 7

Benjamin VS Alex: BENJAMIN

11 – 2

Making Benjamin April’s champion and the winner of a six pack of beer!!

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Well done Benjamin, enjoy your beers!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Weekend Activity 8 April – Byron Bay Skydive

A few weeks ago Oscar Ramon Jorquera won a free skydive (donated by Happy Travels) in the Lexis photography competition. So on April 8, Oscar, along with 5 other brave students soared up 4,570 metres in the sky and jumped out of a  plane.

If you’re wondering what that would be like; here are some photos of the day. (Thanks to Gabriella and Ana for sharing them with us.)

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Coffee Club! April

We continue to have our weekly Coffee Clubs!

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Join me for coffees (cappuccino, latte, chocolate brownie are just some on offer!), Tim Tams and games!

The past few of weeks we’ve played Uno, President and Jenga with questions!

Always an enjoyable afternoon 🙂

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Jobs! 18 April

 

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Again, there’s not many jobs listed online or in the papers this week, so I’ll reiterate what I said last week:

The best thing to do is go round all the bars, restaurants, cafes, hostels and hotels handing out your resume. If you need help writing your resume you can go to GIL any day between 2 and 3pm; in room 8 every day except Mondays when it’s in room 7. Then email to me: adminbyron@lexisenglish.com and I can print 10 free copies every day for you 🙂

Persistence is key, so if you don’t hear back from them after a few days go back in and follow up. If they remember you you’ll be the first person they think to call when a job does become available!

If you are wanting to work somewhere that serves alcohol you will need to complete your RSA. For more information on this and barista courses follow this link: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2017/02/01/rsa-and-barista-courses/

 

 

FACTORY ALL ROUNDER

Local health food manufacturer seeks a fit reliable all rounder to help out with all aspects of production, from factory line to cleaning. Award wage. Minimum 20 hours per week. Immediate start.

CLICK TO APPLY

 

 

FULL TIME COOK

A cafe in Byron Bay is seeking a full time Cook (up to 40 hours per week) to join our team. To be considered for this role you should: – Be available both days at weekends. – Have at least 2 years of experience as a Cook. – Have the right to work in Australia.

CLICK TO APPLY 

 

CAFE ASSISTANT

Part-time for fastpaced cafe. Front-of-house, sandwich hand, food prep, barista. Hospitality experience a must. Apply with a resume at The Village Bakehouse, next to IGA.

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Happy Student – Izabela Franco De Sad; Making Dreams Come True!

Izabela started studying at Lexis English in December last year and she brought with her a very special energy. She was such a pleasure to have in the school that, before she left, I asked her if we could do an interview to find out more about her and her time at Lexis Byron Bay. It turned out that her trip was the culmination of a dream that she’d nurtured for many years. Read what she told me below:

  1. Why did you decide to come to Byron Bay to study English?

I started dreaming about coming to Australia when I was 15. My vision of Australia was a place full of beaches, sunshine, friendly people and a relaxed way of life. I also knew that having a good level of English would be important for my life – for getting a good job and for travelling and meeting people.

So, from the age of 17, I worked to save up to make this dream come true. I worked in restaurants, hotels and offices, sometimes four jobs at a time until, eventually, I earned enough money to pay for my entire trip myself.

I went to an agency to book my trip and they advised that I went to Sydney or the Gold Coast as it was easy to find work there. I nearly booked my trip but first decided to look at Google Earth. When I saw all the skyscrapers and the cars I was disappointed. This wasn’t the vision I’d had of Australia all these years.

So I sent messages to five different contacts I had that had been to Australia and asked them to advise where I should go. One friend told me about Byron Bay and said that 100% it was the place for me, as soon as I Googled it I knew she was right.

  1. How has your English improved and who/what helped with that?

Before I came to Australia, I wanted to make sure that I had a reasonable level of English so that I could really jump straight into the lifestyle here and also have more chance of finding a job straight away. My mum was so proud of me saving up for my trip all by myself and so, as a reward, she paid for me to have English conversations classes.

This was really useful but I was still thinking in Portuguese and then translating into English when I first arrived. However, once in Byron Bay, the necessity of talking English all the time makes you improve crazy fast. Plus the teachers at Lexis Byron Bay are great. They gave us phrases and conversation practices that were so relevant and which we could use in our real lives, immediately. Plus they corrected me, which people in the street don’t do, so I soon improved my accuracy too and got better and better.

I did General English and Cambridge FCE and found them both really useful. The method of teaching is really good and Paul, my Cambridge teacher, was so funny.

  1. What was it like living/working in Byron Bay?

I’m probably not the best person to ask because I can’t be objective. I’m simply in LOVE with Byron Bay. I’ve found myself here!

I really believe that Byron chooses people. I feel like I can allow myself to be me here and be and do everything I that wanted to be. I find people here are different. Everyone wants to live in a simple way and enjoy life in tune with nature, love and the things that are really important. For example, getting up early to share a sunrise.

Work-wise, I’ve had the same job since early January. I work at Trattoria Basiloco, an Italian and pizza restaurant in town. It’s a great job. Everyone is really nice and helpful. I didn’t find it difficult to get a job at all but I do think you need to be proactive. Choose the places you want to work and then make yourself known there. It helped for me that I was studying Cambridge too. It gives employers confidence that you have a pretty good level of English and will be able to communicate easily with the customers.

As for friends, I’ve met some wonderful people. Lexis Byron Bay is a really friendly environment so it’s easy to meet people straight away. Then, over time, some people I met grew to be really good friends. Now there is a group that I have such great connection with; with no problems or dramas. And I met them all through Lexis Byron Bay.

  1. What was/were the best thing/things about your trip?

It’s not a single experience or even something I did; it’s that I’ve discovered myself. Through this experience (even the difficult times such as when I was fined $319 for not wearing a bike helmet) I’ve learned what makes me happy, who I am and who I can be. And I’ve gained the confidence that I can do whatever I want.

Now I’ve finished my English studies, I’m going to stay one more year doing a massage course. This takes me up to September next year. I’m not sure what I’ll do then, but, at the moment, every day I say to someone how lucky we are to be here. When I’m watching the sunrise or swimming or playing guitar on the beach I feel such gratitude: to myself for giving me this opportunity; to the people I’ve met in Byron; and to Lexis Byron Bay for being such a huge part of this experience.

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.