What a great way to end a fantastic week! The usual perfect conditions of Byron Bay offered all of us keen surfers another chance to have surfing lessons with Gaz on Friday. We cheered when we stood up and laughed when we fell down! So much fun! Can’t wait for the next lesson on the 22nd September!
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Today I caught up with the newest member of the team. James!
How long have you been teaching at GV Byron Bay and what did you do before you worked here?
I have been here for a month which has been great! Before I came here I was working for another language school in Sydney. I came to Byron because it’s a great lifestyle, the beach, the weather and the general natural beauty of the landscape
Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?
I’m currently learning Spanish at the local community college. The biggest challenge is finding native speakers of Spanish to speak with. I think it’s really important for any language teacher to experience the other side of the classroom.
Which class are you teaching at the moment?
I am teaching the intermediate class who are a great bunch. Everyone is really friendly and well motivated to learn, and are a pleasure to teach
Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…
I have had a young Japanese student in my class for the last two weeks. He is a great student and works very hard at developing his language skills. He has made amazing progress in the very short time that he has been here, and is a real inspiration to the other classmates and I.
What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Byron Bay?
I like that the school is small and very friendly community of teachers and students who are supportive of one another. I also enjoy the activities that the school puts on after class. Things like kayaking and surfing are really valuable in bringing the whole school together and helps us all bond more closely with one another.
If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?
I would be producing websites.
What do you like most about living in Byron Bay?
Well, like I’m sure everyone says, the beach and the environment. That, and I find people in Byron to be very friendly.
What is your favourite café, restaurant, shop or place in Byron?
My favourite café is “Ate” which is a small café in Bangalow, the vibe and the food are great.
Thanks James. Welcome to the team.
Spring seems to be here with some wonderfully warm and beautiful days. To celebrate this (and of course to try to see any Whales that might be lurking) we went up to the lighthouse.
The lighthouse tour is always really fun. We get to go inside the actual lighthouse and the tour guides are typically funny Aussies. And.. we saw Whales! Yay!
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Today, very sadly Claire is leaving us.
She has been a great student whose English has come along really well over the last six weeks. She has been a real inspiration to us all here at GV, with her constant smile and willingness to partake well in class and in our activities..
I caught up with her briefly before she left and this is what she had to say….
“Hi I’m Claire, from France. Toulouse. In France I go to high school, and am studying science.”
What did you do back at home and what made you decide to come to Australia?
I really wanted to come to Australia because I wanted to see and experience Australia and Byron Bay. I had heard great things about Byron especially how attractive it is. Of course, I also wanted to improve my English, and what better way to do that than in a wonderful beachside town.
How long have you been at GV Byron and what are you studying?
I was here for my summer holidays, six weeks in total. I am currently in the General English Intermediate class. I really like my class, my teacher Andrew is really good. I think he’s a good teacher, he’s funny, he’s very attentive, we really speak a lot in class and practice the language points we study. I have to say in comparison to my English teachers in France, he is really really good.
What do you plan to do when you have completed your studies with us?
Sadly… I have to go home and back to school.
What has been the single best moment that you have experienced since you joined GV Byron?
I have really liked meeting students from all around the world. The classroom environment has been great too. The beach, the surf, (I’m becoming a great surfer!!!) and the relaxed lifestyle.
What is your favourite place in Byron?
Of course.. the beach.
I‘d also like to say that I have had a really cool time here. People are very relaxed and not so worried about the time, just more concerned about enjoying their life. This is a good change from France for me. I have really enjoyed meeting all of the different people. The school in general is a nice place, I’m happy here and feel very confident to speak and enjoy myself. I really feel my English has improved, and the activities have been fun. The circus was AMAZING!!!