Surf’s Up!

Our Japanese junior students hit the waves today for their first official surfing lesson. While the weather was cloudy, the water was still warm and everyone took to surfing like professionals! We started with the basics of surf safety and ocean awareness before jumping in the water.

Japanese student Hide stood up on his first wave and continued in style throughout the session. The girls were a little hesitant at first, but by the end everyone stood up not just once but many times, including the junior students’ teacher Miss Yoko!

After a marathon two-hour session, everyone was exhausted but exhilarated and happy to pose for one more photo like the pros they are!

Happy Birthday Clara

One of our favourite junior students Clara celebrated her seventeenth birthday this week  with her Lexis Byron Bay friends. Clara and her best friend Rebeca are visiting Australia for one month in their summer vacation. The girls have had an amazing trip, spending time in Melbourne, the Gold Coast and now Byron Bay.

Happy Birthday Clara and lots of love from all your Byron Bay friends!

Didjeridu Dreaming

Yesterday, Lexis Byron Bay students had the opportunity to learn about Australian Indigenous culture when Aboriginal performer Dhinawan visited the school. Dhinawan told us some traditional Aboriginal stories and taught us about the instrument called the didjeridu or ‘yidaki’. Our students learnt how to dance the dance of the emu and hopefully attract a mate!

It was a great opportunity to learn more about the ancient First Australian peoples and their unique culture. And it was heaps of fun!

This Week’s Jobs

Lots of good jobs again this week Byronites, so get your resumes ready and away you go!

Chef: For Asia Joes in town. Email emma@asiajoes.com

Cleaner: For luxury apartments in Byron. Must have ABN, refs and experience. Phone 6685 7164

Freelance graphic designer: Great communicatior and Adobe CS skills. Email folio to studio@kymba.com.au

Advertising Sales Rep: Four months full time work. Must be self motivated with professional background. Phone 0433 880 405

Casual Cooks @ Beach Hotel: Email applications to jhollis@beachhotel.com.au

Waitperson@ Kinoko Japanese Restaurant: Deliver resume in person.

Yoga Teacher: For seven weeks from August 7. Phone 0423 293 995

Short order cook: For busy Byron cafe. Phone 6685 6810

Cultural Exchange

Japanese students from Lexis Byron Bay participated in a cultural exchange visit to Xavier College in Ballina today. The students were teamed up with Australian buddies who study Japanese language at school.

The buddies spent a great day together, practicing their conversation skills in both English and Japanese. Students went to Japanese class and sang songs with their Australian friends and then attended a range of classes in English. The highlight was Art class, where our students had the chance to make their own crafted jewellery! At the end of the day we exchanged gifts with our new friends and promised to keep in touch.

Broken Head Nature Reserve

Last Friday, Lexis Byron Bay students went on a lovely clifftop bushwalk and picnic to Broken Head Nature Reserve, just south of Byron Bay.

We enjoyed an hour’s walk along the headland and had a pod of dolphins follow us the whole way around. Everyone had a great time watching the dolphins play amongst the waves before we climbed down the cliffs to the rugged south-facing beaches below the rocky outcrop and almost got blown back to Byron!

We trekked back to the picnic grounds at Broken Head and feasted on gourmet salad and ham wraps, corn chips, lamingtons and jelly snakes.

Afterwards we took a detour to Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head, a stunning ti-tree lake  famous for the purple-brown colour of the water, stained by the sap of the ti-trees. Lake Ainsowrth is said to have healing properties and after swimming in its waters you feel as if you have had a bath in magical oils, with skin and hair soft and silky.