Getting to know you

Urs and Carla are both from Switzerland and are studying with us for 3 months in the Cambridge FCE class. We had a quick chat to them to see how they are going.

Carla and Urs from Switzerland

Carla and Urs from Switzerland

How has your time been in Byron Bay so far?
Carla: I’m having a great time! I’ve been on the eco-tour and today we go surfing.
Urs: And Kayaking tomorrow as well!
Carla: Byron is so nice. The people are friendly and really easy going.
Urs: I really like to alternative lifestyle, as well.

How have you been enjoying your classes?
Urs: The teachers are really good. The smaller classes give us more attention from the teacher.
Carla: The content is really good too. I’m learning a lot.

How is your accommodation?
Urs: The student house is perfect for me. I can do my own thing and it is only 5 minutes from school.
Carla: I am in homestay and it’s great. It is a nice house and the family is really nice too.

Jobs of the week!

Are you looking for work? Here are some jobs in beautiful Byron this week!


EXP CASUAL CLEANERS wanted for Byron Bay apartments. Must be able to work weekends. Send resume to PO Box 1020 Byron Bay, 2481 or fax: 6680 9477

Drivers required, shifts available. Full training provided. Ph BH 6620 9211, email:

CHEF/COOK option for full or part-time, Qualified person with a feel for cooking good, home-style dishes using organic produce. Working in a unique environment. 5 lunches, 2 dinners, attractive salary. Resumes to: Mavis’s Kitchen, 64 Mt Warning Rd, Uki. Phone 6679 5664 or email:

KITCHENHAND/PACKER experienced, required for afternoon/night work t Byron Gourmet Pies, must be fit. Phone between 2 & 4 pm only on 6685 8649

CASUAL CLEANERS WANTED, must have experience, send resumes to:

Ping Pong Grand Slam Hits Byron Bay

Even with dark clouds looming and the humidity playing an unkind hand, nothing was going to stop the ping pong grand Slam players from competing for the ultimate title…  GV BYRON BAY GRAND SLAM CHAMPION!!!

As the weather moved in so did the buzz around  campus as Kim and Jessica set the pace. The knock out tournament had begun! Yudai, who had been stirring up  Robin over the past week was very happy to have won against him but not before Robin gave him a run for his money. This was followed by a very powerful play from  Kai who put up a good fight to win over Jan. In the end though, there was no contest against our New GV BYRON BAY GRAND SLAM CHAMPION…..  JEAN-PASCAL J.P.!!! … Well Done J.P.  ; )

Bend It Like Beckham GV Style!

After a intensive week studying some of our soccer stars decided to have an all out soccer war!

Some of the students were asking me today about our new sports star in the office. Bec’s (GV Byron’s new admin all rounder!)  ever keen for a challenge organised a friendly game of soccer to showcase her skills! Yudai, Robin, Moon, Jin, Mori, Andre and Katelin were quick to take up the challenge and a fast and furious game of soccer began. The half time score was Bec’s team up by 5 goals, however, things became closer as the game neared an end with the final score being a 9-7 win to Bec’s. Congratulations Bec. The precedent has been set!

Jobs this week

Jobs this week in Byron Bay

Cleaners: Required for luxury accommodation. Attention to detail a must, excellent presentation, professional &

Friendly attitude. Email resume to:

Front of House: mature, happy & experienced person for weekend day/ week night. Supervision exp. a plus.

PH: 0448 902 363 – Greg.

Cook: Mix of day & night shifts: Wok experience ideal but training provided

Chef/ Cook Wanted: We are looking for keen, motivated people to join our fast paced takeaway team, 40 hours plus. Fisheads – apply in person or PH: 6685 6011. Experience a must.

Green Rocket Cleaners:Casual exp. own car, flexible Mon-Fri domestic & commercial cleaning. PH: 6688 4777

Waitstaff required Chameleon Global Cafe: RSA, coffee, cocktails. PH: Peter 6680 7798

Experienced & Qualified Chef: Required for Kinoko Japanese Restaurant. PH: 0416 111 067

Casual Chef/ Cook: For 3 evenings. PH: 0417 551 312

Cook/ Food Prep: Required for casual position at busy Byron cafe. Must have passion & experience. PH: 66 856 810

Kitchen hand/ Dishy/ Waitstaff: For casual weddings, exp. Person, good pay & conditions, transport & TFN required. PH: 0402 908 992

Makeup Stylist: Mobile service required for busy wedding venue in Byron area. Send resume to: HR Manager, PO Box 1344, Byron 2481.

Welcome to the new students

Monday saw a beautiful day to herald the arrival of our new students!!

Our new students for the General English and Cambridge courses started on Monday. All the new students had a very busy morning being tested in all skill areas including an interview with a Cambridge teacher to talk about the FCE and CAE courses and General English courses.

After the intensive testing, we all headed downstairs to enjoy a BBQ with a nice cold beer in true Australian fashion!

We wish all the students a brilliant time while they are with us.  It is great to have you here. Do let us know if there is anything we can help you with!

Jobs in Byron

  • Retail assistant – Part time casual for busy street wear store. Experience necessary. Contact
  • Cleaner – Possum Creek 4-5hrs/ per week. Some light gardening required as well. Call 66872340
  • Front of house – Restaurant – Must be available on weekends. Happy Dolphin- Brunswick Heads. 6685 1355. Apply in person.
  • Chef- Thurs, Fri, Sat evenings. Yum Yum Tree Café. Must be reliable and able to work in small team. 66803368.
  • Experienced Cook al la carte, pizzas- Evenings and weekends. 0403287304
  • Barista (experienced) – Mulliumbimby cafe. 66842415

New Courses Starting!

Are you thinking of pushing your language skills to the next level? The Cambridge courses are starting next week. Pop in and speak to Justin if you are interested!



The Cambridge CAE – Certificate in Advanced English course is designed for those of you who are reaching a standard of English that is adequate for most purposes, including social and professional situations, and in higher education.

Cambridge CAE recognises the ability to communicate with confidence in English and deal with most aspects of everyday life. Students at GV Byron Bay should note that this course is a more advanced course than Cambridge FCE.

Cambridge CAE is the second highest level Cambridge ESOL exam.

In the Cambridge CAE Preparation course, you will:

  • Build self-confidence to write the test successfully
  • Do a lot of interesting and engaging language activities
  • Develop the language skills required to pass the Cambridge CAE exams
  • Do a lot of interesting and engaging language activities
  • Build self-confidence to write the test successfully
  • Have lots of practice exercises to perfect your language
  • Take practice tests on a regular basis to get ready for the exam
  • Benefit from our experienced, professional and friendly instructors
  • Increase your chances to get the major or job that you deserve

The CAE complete program lasts 12 and the Examination is taken at the end of the course. It is a full time program for very serious students.

Course Schedule: September 14th – 4th December

Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:  4 hours + 1 hour GIL

Friday: 3 hours + Choice or Grammar Workshop or  Activity Program

There will be pre-testing on Friday September 11th at 1 pm

Please speak to Justin if you want further information or are not sure if you have the correct level.


This course will follow the syllabus required to pass the prestigious Cambridge First Certificate exam.  These exams are presently held three times a year in March, September and December.  The course is suitable for students who wish to take the exam or enter a Cambridge course in December, either in their own country or in Australia.

The first certificate is an upper intermediate level exam which requires students to be able to cope confidently with a range of written and spoken communications. A pass at this level indicates proficiency in English for use in clerical, secretarial and managerial jobs in many industries, particularly tourism.

Course Schedule September 14th – 4th December

Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:  4 hours + 1 hour GIL

Friday: 3 hours + Choice or Grammar Workshop or  Activity Program

There will be pre-testing on Friday September 11th at 1 pm

Please speak to Justin if you want further information or are not  sure if you have the correct level.