Two of our all time favourite Korean students, Wendy and Patrick, love Byron Bay (and of course each other) so much they have decided to get married here!
After the wedding ceremony on the beach the happy couple are going to party on in the new student lounge at GV Byron Bay. All of their fellow students and all the teachers and staff are invited to the celebrations. It should be a very happy day and fun-filled evening!!!
At GV Byron Bay we are taking the GV schools Photo Competition very seriously. To give our students the edge one of the free activities this week was a photography class conducted by professional photographer (and all round nice guy) Nigel.
Students who attended the seminar said that they found out that their digital cameras could do a lot more than they thought and that Nigel gave them some fantastic pointers on getting the best shots and improving their photography. Keep an eye on the Activies Board in the Student Lounge for dates and times of further photography seminars.
We are coming up to the Splendour in the Grass Festival….(thanks Dave for getting work for several lucky students at the Festival). More and more big name music acts will be playing around Byron in the weeks leading up to the Festival but for now here is some of what is happening on the music scene this weekend.
At the Beach Hotel you can catch Diaspora Latina from 9.30pm. (FREE)
Diaspora Latina cooks and sizzles; serving up a unique mix of of sensual and rhythmic songs from the ex Portuguese & Spanish colonies of Latin America & Africa: Cuba, Brasil, Cape Verde… Songs made famous by:Buena Vista Social Club, Cesaria Evora, Gilberto Gil, Lila Downs, Susana Baca, Sergio Mendes in many different styles including the salsa and the samba! If you love dancing and latino sounds, this is the night for you!
At the Rails Hotel it’s Round Mountain Girls from 7pm. (FREE). Why not do what the locals do and catch the early act at the Rails and then head off to one of the other venues for the later performances.
At The Great Northern Hotel catch COG. These guys are awesome and although there will be a cover charge they are well worth seeing if you like your music loud and sweaty. They have palyed at some big festivals and events in Australia including “The Big Day Out”.
Also on Friday you can catch Dan Rumour & Surfer Ray at the Buddha Bar from 8pm, Quality Control and Kristin at the Cocomanga’s Nightclub from late(cover charge applies) and Sweet Sixteen: DJ’s Kato, Dan de Caires, Captain Kaine and many more at the Liquid Nightclub from 8pm till very late.
At The Rails you can see Jimmy Willing & the Real Gone Hiccups from 6.30pm (FREE)
At The Beach Hotel catch Raz Bin Sam & The Loin I Band with Kingfisha from 9.30pm (FREE)
At The Great Northern Hotel there is a couple of great New Zealand bands performing including The Nomad and O.G.
Young Fellow to do odd jobs on a farm near Byron, live-in position Phone 0400381812
Fresca at Bangalow requires an experienced kitchenhand , 20-25 hours per week. Ph 66871711
Compassionate caring au pair for family in Mullum in exchange for food and accommodation and some cash. Experience, driving licence and references required. Phone Sarah 66840088
Congratulations to those students who recently obtained work at the Casino Meatworks. Casino is a typical
The Champion steer awarded at Casino Beef Week June 2009
Australian country less than an hours drive from Byron Bay. It is often called the Beef Capital of Australia and every year holds aa week long festival called “Casino Beef Week”. Good luck guys on the next part of your “Aussie adventure”
We are getting some great shots in for the competition, as you can see from the random selection below. If you haven’t entered yet, or would like to submit MORE photos, it’s not too late. Get out there with your cameras and get snapping!
Students at GV Byron Bay may have noticed the baskets of fresh produce outside the classroom doors.
Fresh fruit from Sophie's Farm
A big thankyou to senior teacher Sophie for bringing in fresh, organically grown fruit from her farm in the Byron Hinterland. Today it was mandarins and they are delicious- grab some before they all go!
Honorine is a student who is presently studying at GV Byron Bay. Here’s what she has to say about GV Byron Bay and her travels in Australia
So Honorine can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Well I am from Belgium, a town called Louvain-La-Neuve, and I am 21 years old. I came to Australia in February this year and at first I studied at GV Noosa. I studied there for 7 weeks and then with Cedric (my boyfriend) I travelled around Australia. Now I am in GV Byron Bay, it is so beautiful, lovely beaches and happy people!
What are some of the places you visited on your trip around Australia?
We bought a car and we drove down to Sydney and then across to Western Australia. We met up with some other friends in Perth. We then went up to Broome and visited some amazing places on the way like the Ningaloo Reef. After Broome we went down to Uluru and finally made our way to Byron Bay and we sold the car – we don’t need it in Byron!
Who are your teachers?
The timetable means that you can have a few different teachers. My teachers have been Sophie, Louisa and Dave. I don’t have a favourite – they are all really good!! Dave is a funny guy and his classes are always entertaining and interesting. Louisa is right into music – she is an amazing guitarist and singer and she writes her own songs. Sophie is awesome – a great teacher who really gets you motivated to learn.
What can you tell us about Global Village Byron Bay?
It is a good school – everyone is so friendly. It feels more like a big happy family than a school. The afternoon activities are fun and a good way to meet the students who are not in your lessons. On Friday last week after the lessons we had a barbeque at “The Pass” which is a beautiful spot close to the school.
So what can you tell us about Byron Bay?
It is a fun town! There is a lot of cafes and live music and the beaches are awesome! There is a lot of other young people in the town because it is so popular with backpackers. And it is so warm – it is now winter but the sun is shining and you can still swim in the ocean. The Australian people here are very relaxed and make you feel very welcome.
Here are some questions that a lot of students ask when we have run the GV Photo Competition in the past.
Entry by Jun Yong Eom from GV Noosa
What resolution do the photos need to be?
– The photos need to be in high resolution. Preferrably the files need to be between 1.5MB and 3.5MB.
How many photos can I send in?
– You can submit as many photos as you like.
What if I finish my course before the end of the competition? Can I still enter?
– If you are going to finish your course before the end of the competition, you can absolutely submit photos. If you are the winner, you will still receive your prize.
Is it alright if I send the photos through compressed in a .zip file?
– No problem at all. If you are sending multiple photos, it is a perfect way to submit them in one email.
What file type should I send them as?
– The best file format is .jpg
What in my photo will make me win?
– The photo that will win, will stand out from the rest. It must show creativity, good use of lighting and capture the meaning of the category it is submitted in.
When do I know if I won?
– The winner will be notified on the blog after the competition has finished.
What do I win?
– The grand prize winner will receive a return flight to Sydney. There are also smaller prizes for the winners of each category.
Looking for work? Here are this week’s jobs. Good luck and happy job hunting. Congratulations to our new Italian student, Andrea, who has already scored a job at a macadamia plantation…. with GV Byron Bays help of course!!
Part Time salesperson for ladies fashion in Byron. Must have experience in retail fashion sales. Ph 66854153.
Rae’s on Wategoes and Wategoes Beach, Byron Bay
Casual Worker Serving breakfast, 7am start, includes maintaining pool & surrounding areas. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Rocket Cleaners x 2. Must have OHS card and cleaning experience on site. Reliable, flexible. Phone 66884777.
A number of positions available including experienced Barista , sandwich hand, counter staff, full/part time. Brunswick Heads contact Katy 0402368050.
There are some really interesting activities scheduled at GV Byron Bay this month…..and they are all free, so come along and get involved!!
The activities so far this week have included the table tennis competition. Congratulations to Kay for taking the champion’s crown from Su. Bad luck Su, maybe you will win it back next time! Today the activity was Yoga with Alex who is an instructor from the Byron Yoga Centre. It would appear from the photo that it was a very relaxing activity. Tomorrow afternoon bring your English vocabulary with you….its word games and board games in the common room. Pass the Bomb and Boggle are a great way to improve your vocabulary while having fun at the same time. On Friday it’s a friendly game of cricket followed by a sausage sizzle down at “The Pass”. It is a beautiful park and a lovely place for a game and a bite to eat so come along.
Cooking with Marina has been a very popular activity. Last week they made yummie shish kebabs cooked outside on the barbeque. This month she has some fantastic and easy to make recipes ready for you so don’t miss it.
Check out all the activities for the month on the noticeboards around the school or in your classroom.
We know there is a lot of great talent out there and a lot of people record their time at GV and this competition is a great way to be able to share this with the world. All you have to do is take some photos that are within the 3 categories for the competition: My School, My life in Byron Bay and My Part-Time Job.
You can submit them by emailing them to email@example.com with your name, nationality, school and category name as the caption. It’s that easy! The overall winner will receive a free flight to Sydney!
Come on GV Byron Bay, let’s get ourselves on the map and teach the schools in Queensland a thing or two about photography!