Goodbye Bock and all the best!!

We had to say goodbye to Bock today and as usual it is with very mixed feelings. Bock has been a real inspiration to us all. His charm humour and willingness to get involved with every aspect of school life and Byron life has been wonderful. Thanks so much for visiting us here in Byron it has been great!!!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from…

I’m Bock, from South Korea, Ansan which is a medium sized city.

What did you do back at home and what made you decide to come to Australia?

In Korea I was studying Microbiology in order to become scientist. I came to Australia and in particular Byron Bay because Korea is a small country and I wanted to experience a big country and I had heard that Byron was full of good beaches and good people.

How long have you been at GV Byron and what are you studying?

I have been at GV Byron for ten weeks and have been studying in the General English program. I have loved the experience because before I came here I didn’t expect to make so many friends with so many people from overseas and to meet such amazing teachers who I had a lot of fun with, and I also learnt lots in a beautiful surrounding. I really enjoyed learning which I have to say is the first time in my life!

What do you plan to do when you have completed your studies with us?

I am off to Bundaberg tomorrow to pick fruit!! Should be fun I hope!!

What has been the single best moment that you have experienced since you joined GV Byron?

The best thing is that I have made lots of friends and had really good teachers whom I will keep in touch with!

What is your favourite place in Byron?

School!! Of course!! Haha..

Thanks Bock. It’s been great to get to know you. We will all miss you and look forward to seeing you on your way back!

If I were rich and famous for a week…..

In this weeks Upper-Intermediate classes we have been writing stories about our dreams and desires and what we would do if…..

Michela from Italy wrote this lovely piece which really made us all smile and so I thought I should share it with you all.. Thanks Michela, I hope your dreams come true!!!

If I were rich and famous for one week I would….

I would travel to as many places around the world as I could. I would visit New Zealand, Hollywood, Paris (with a boy on a romantic trip!) New York, Rio, where I would learn to Samba! I would go to Disneyland and above all I would go to California because I have been told that California is a very gorgeous and beautiful place to be.

I would also like to but a Villa on the beach in Byron Bay, one my village in Italy and one other in another country. Inside my villas there will be several enormous swimming pools, saunas, waiters, chefs, cleaners and a huge TV in the living room. We will have lots of parties with “free entry” for everybody and endless amounts of caviar, champagne and plenty of pizza!!!

I will also appear in all the magazines and newspapers and I will act in a new film which will be produced by me, with Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt staring in it. The film will be titled
everybody is Crazy about Michele”

We will go out in a limousine which has inside of it a mini-bar and a handsome boy who will serve me with sweet cocktails with strawberries and cream. I will buy a convertible Ferrari and a lot of dresses, one of which will be a tailor made Valentino.

I would also like to try many extreme sports in the best places in the world to do this. I will offer many drinks to my friends and we’ll all go together to the best clubs in the world. Moreover, I will give a little bit of my money to charity! I would also like to buy many famous artworks to decorate my house. On the last day of my rich week I will have a mega-party with all of the friends I have in the world where Robbie Williams will sing live to us all.

At the end of this time I will wake up from this wonderful dream….. and I will cry cry cry!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Work available in Byron Bay this week…

Casual – experienced kitchen hand and excellent customer service for sushi bar in Byron CBD. Phone Lubelia 0401852765

Part-Time – sales person for ladies retail fashion in Byron Bay, must have minimum of 3 years experience. Phone 6853973

Professional Cleaners Required – Good pay, flexible hours. Phone Cherry 0413190266

Festival Staff – Required for food stall at Blues Festival. Cook, prep and service staff, must be available for 5 days / nights from 1-5 April. Phone 0403257304

Casual Bottler – Ginger Nectar are looking for a mature person to join our friendly production team and operate our bottling machines 1-2 days per week. Phone Lois 66809433

Goodbye Gustavo.. We Miss You Already!!! :-(

Today we said goodbye to a very special student… Gustavo our Brazilian star left GV Byron Bay but not without a few tears and presents from his classmates and a card signed by all!!

Gustavo came to us in September last year with beginner level English, he looked so worried and very confused in his first few weeks here!! Gustavo worked very hard and always asked a lot of questions which kept his teachers on their toes. His laughter carried outside his classroom and into the front office daily. With his amazing work ethic and passion to learn, Gustavo is now at a place where he can understand and communicate effortlessly with everyone he is in contact with.

We will miss your magical smile, your high energy and your big heart. From all of us here at GV Byron Bay, we wish you all the best for the future.

Positions Available

CHEF – Required for busy Byron café, straight shifts, casual, view to full-time for right person. Phone 0411738547

FARM HAND – For organic orchard, experience with machinery required, possible accommodation available. Phone Steve 0418866525

EBAY SPECIALIST – Needed to sell popular shoes, high commission. Phone 0421195997 or

GARDEN MAINTENANCE – General labour in exchange for accommodation in Myocum. Phone – 66847065 or 0423936745

IELTS Listening Test Tips with Justin

Before the upcoming IELTS Course start date on the 22nd of March, GV Byron Bay’s Director of Studies, Justin, has given us some helpful tips on the Listening component of the exam.

GV Byron Bay's Director of Studies, Justin

The IELTS Listening Test:

Key facts:

–          30 minutes to listen plus 10 minutes to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet.

–          Four sections

–          40 questions in total.

How to PREPARE for the test:

In the test you have to listen to a wide range of accents: Australian, New Zealand, British, American, Canadian etc. The best way to practise this is to listen to as many different sources of spoken English as you can. Easy ways to access a wider variety of accents is through watching things like the Australian Network, the BBC, CNN etc. Within the test, there will also be a variety of different situations in which people are speaking. For example, you might hear examples of radio shows, friends hanging out, lectures at University etc. A good way to prepare for this is to practise listening to different situations such as TV soap operas, lifestyle shows, radio shows, and other media which have less formal spoken English, as well as things like documentaries or the Discovery channel, which are usually more formal in their spoken form.


You have time to look through the questions at the very start of the exam. Make sure you get used to using your time in the most efficient way possible. PREDICT what kind of information you think you will hear, and also try and predict what kind of word or words you will need to use to answer the question.

Think about the form of the words, are they looking for adjectives, nouns, adverbs etc? Try and guess as much as possible BEFORE the listening starts.

Listen REALLY carefully to the introduction of each question. This will give you useful clues about the situation and the topic you are about to listen to.

At the end of the listening test, CHECK YOUR WORK carefully. You have ten minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Make sure that you use this time wisely. Have a look at your answers. Do they fit grammatically? Is your spelling correct? Remember, spelling is important in the IELTS exam.

Have a look at this Listening task type as a quick example:

Listening task one:  table completion

You have to complete the table with words from the recording. You should write no more than three words or a number in each space.

Study the table carefully before doing the listening.

Strategy: Try and predict any possible answers. This will help you when listening to the key words in the test. Also have a close look at the parts of the table that are complete. These will help you predict the type of answer that is needed.

Date on which travelling 1
Single or Return 2
Economy or First Class 3

HINT: Always check the numbering to see whether it goes across or down the table.

Journey Outwards Departs Byron 07:30 5
Arrives Sydney 4 11:50pm
Change of buses? Direct Change at Newcastle
Return journey Depart Sydney 16:45 18:05
Arrive Byron 20:21 21:57
Change of buses? Direct 6

There are several different listening task types. If you are interested in learning more about the exam and our courses come and see the Director of Studies in the office any time.

***Click here for the answers***

Farewell Harim!

I caught up with Harim before she left us here at GV Byron….

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from…

My name is Harim. I am from South Korea from a place called Daejeon. When I was in Korea I studied at University for a few years. My major was in Aircraft Cabin service, which I really enjoyed.

What did you do back at home and what made you decide to come to Australia?

I spoke to quite a few of my friends and one friend of mine really recommended Byron Bay. They told me that it was a beautiful place. I looked it up on google and saw the lighthouse and all the beautiful beaches and thought, “that’s the place for me!!” 

How long have you been at GV Byron and what are you studying?

I have been studying here for 4 months and am halfway through the Intermediate level.

What do you plan to do when you have completed your studies with us?

I leave Bryon on Sunday and then I’m going up to Noosa, to go to GV up there. I have loved being in Byron, and the four months has gone past really quickly, but I want to experience different things and see some other parts of Australia, which is why I’m going to Noosa.

What has been the single best moment that you have experienced since you joined GV Byron?

I have made lots of very kind friends. The teachers are nice and I have learnt a lot.

What is your favourite place in Byron?

The beach of course.

Is there anything you’d like to add??

Byron is a beautiful place with low buildings and not too many people. It is very friendly, quiet, nice and beautiful. I recommend it to everyone!

GV Byron Bay Online Community

We have a great online community for all students to enjoy.

Not only do we have a blog, we have Facebook, Orkut, Youtube and Flickr accounts. There really is something for everyone. These are great to keep up-to-date with news and events, but also to show your family and friends, what you have been up to in Australia. Why not have a look, you may find some photos of yourself!




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Positions Vacant

Music Teacher – required for new music school in Byron. Music & teaching qualifications required. Please call 66808432 or 0438620261

Housemaid – required for Byron motel, part-time / Casual,  must be available weekends, no experience necessary. Mature, honest, reliable, own transport. Phone 66808275

Dance Teacher – Ballet, Contemporary and / or Jazz. Phone 66847779