Morning Coffee Club – 16 October

Yesterday morning we gathered outside in the fresh air for our weekly morning Coffee Club. We chatted all things Byron as well as finding out more about each other and our native countries. We intended playing a game of Uno but instead, got caught up with our chat! IMG_7445

We learned loads of new and exciting information – from our best-known foods (and how to make them the correct way!), to how many people inhabit our homelands. Google was our friend for finding out this particular bit of information… 🙂

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I was also very pleasantly surprised to meet our Swiss student Shannon, whose name I immediately recognized – named after our longest river in Ireland – The Shannon! Looking forward to catching up with these guys (and some others who are out of shot) next week for some more interesting chats, facts, games and of course, Tim Tams! 🙂

 

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

 

Casino Royale! 12 October

On Friday we had our own Casino Royale here at Lexis Byron!

There was a roulette wheel set up but everyone was only interested in competing in the poker tournament!

Eric did a great job of explaining the rules to everyone, with some help from Pablo.

We continued playing until 7pm, when we then counted up our chips to see who had the most…

Daniel was the clear winner, earning himself a 6 pack of beer which he kindly shared with some of his fellow players! It’s been a good month of prizes for Daniel, having won himself a Whitsundays trip from Happy Travels last week!

 

 

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

New Starters! 15 October

Welcome to our six new students joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Deborah is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her passions are traveling and visiting new places. She works as an analyst in trade marketing. She decided to study English in Australia because she has always wanted to explore this country and learn more about the language!

Alexandre is from New Caledonia. His hobbies include surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and skating. He is also interested in space and flying. When he finishes school he would like to become a pilot and travel the world. It is important for him to have a good level of English to be able to fulfill his dreams.

Francoise is the mum of Alexandre, so also from New Caledonia! As well as sixteen year old Alexandre, she also has a nine year old daughter. She enjoys horse riding and cooking.  She studied law and worked as a lawyer within the education sector. She wants to improve her English for traveling and plans to visit New Zealand, the United States and England after her trip to Australia!

Fernando is from Brazil. She works in the investment department of a bank. In her free time she likes to watch movies and go out with her friends. Her biggest love is traveling. She wants to improve her English so she will have the confidence to speak to people from all over the world, and also so she can one day work for a global bank.

Noriko is from Japan. She works as a travel agent in Tokyo but has taken a year off to study and travel in Australia. She wants to improve her English so she can be a guide for tourists when the Olympic games are in Tokyo in 2020. Her hobbies are reading, walking and yoga. She chose Byron Bay for her studies because it is popular for yoga and the relaxed lifestyle here!

Rafaela is from Brazil. She has been in Australia for 2 years and already completed our Business course. She likes surfing, traveling and working out. She works at one of the nail bars here in Byron Bay. She loves living in Australia and is now studying IELTs with us so she can pass her exam and apply for a nursing course and extend her visa!

 

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

Photography Competition – afternoon session! 11 October

Last Thursday we had a fun photo competition using the theme ‘faces in places’!

The students had to look closely at their surroundings and find faces in everyday objects they probably wouldn’t have looked twice at!

They had lots of fun looking for faces and some got creative making faces (technically cheating :/ but still great photos!)

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There was even the added bonus of a free surf lesson for the best photo…

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Well done Lorene! We thought this was a really funny original one! Enjoy your surf lesson 🙂

 

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

Graduation! 12 October

Congratulations and farewell to our three students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Teresa, from Spain, graduates from Adrienne’s Pre-Intermediate class. She has made great improvement in all areas of her English during her 4 weeks with us. Teachers Adrienne and Kristy both say they thoroughly enjoyed having her in class and she was always happy to try new things. Enjoy your travels and we wish you all the best for the future!

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Francine, form Switzerland, graduates from Kristy and Serena’s Elementary class. It has been a pleasure having her here at Lexis. She participated well in class and also in out of class activities. She has an excellent attitude to learning and worked hard to improve her English. We hope you enjoy your travels around Australia!

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Fernanda (far right) on her first day at Lexis 🙂 

Fernanda, from Brazil, graduates from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. She was only here with us for a short 2 weeks but her English is now at a good level for traveling and being understood by native speakers. We hope you enjoyed your time at Lexis and continue to use your new language.

 

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.

Morning Photography Masterclass – 11 October

Yesterday morning, a few of us braved the rain and gathered together to chat all things photography! We had a range of cameras – from fancy digital SLR’s to iPods and phones. Here are some of the guys, all ready to go 🙂

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The theme of the day was a really fun project called Faces in Places. The idea is to look at EVERYTHING around you and try to find a naturally occurring face…

This project is not only fun, but works really well at training our eye to be better photographers. It makes us more aware of our surroundings and helps us to see beauty and potential in things that we might have otherwise walked past!

Things got interesting as we decided to make it a competition, with a fabulous prize of a free surf lesson for the best shot. Here are a few examples…

In the end though, we had to choose just one and we really loved this little gem. Congrats to our winner Annick! Get ready for your surf lesson! 🙂

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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.

Meet the Staff – This week our newest recruit, Activities and Administration Assistant, Orla.

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HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

Fluently, just English – followed by Irish (dia dhuit! / hello!) and then French. I also know a little Polish (my sister-in-law from Poland). I really want to learn Spanish!
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I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…?

An artist and musician. (One out of two ain’t bad!) I was surrounded by art and music as a kid so have always had a great appreciation of both.

 

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS OUT…

On all the amazing buskers around town, the drum circle by the beach at sunset and the amazing markets!

 

I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

My amazing Gran is 100 years old! (See photo of us on the day she officially turned 100 last May. We had a huge party to celebrate in Galway, Ireland).

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Eat amazing food, paint, draw, create, daydream, listen to music, play music, go to gigs, drink coffee, yoga, eat [dairy free] chocolate, sit in silence and take in the world around me

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HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

I’m from Ireland and now living in Australia!

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

Somewhere with amazing beaches, delicious and healthy food, yoga, inspiring places to explore – I was recently in Indonesia, it was heavenly.

  

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Talking! Make friends who speak English, listen to the radio, watch movies, join different social groups, listen!

 

 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.