A very Happy Halloween from everyone at Lexis English | Byron Bay!!
The staff and students got into the spirit of Halloween with pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and fancy dress. We had witches, wizards, zombie twins, zombie Alice in Wonderland, mice and V for Vendetta roaming the campus!
Today we have nine new students – Takenori from Japan, Pedro from Spain, Dominique from Switzerland, Talissa from Switerland, Lorena from Spain, Micheala from Slovakia, Pei-Shan from Taiwan, Christoph from Switzerland and Patrice from Switzerland!
The Swiss are taking over!!
We hope you have an amazing time with us here at Lexis English | Byron Bay!
The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival starts this Friday, with a launch party featuring Wolf and Cub at the Beach Hotel. The festival highlights surf art, photography, live music, films, history and literature; and includes gigs, film premieres, surf-craft workshops, markets and a swap-meet!
The Opening ceremony starts on Friday at 6.30pm – followed by the Australian premiere of Bella Vita with special guests; and Wolf and Cub playing from 9.30pm.
The excitement doesn’t stop over the weekend with the surf festival – see the Echo or the surf fest Facebook page for full info.
The Beach Hotel are throwing a closing party on Sunday featuring The Feramones, Waxhead and The Delta Riggs from 4pm; and The Byron Bay Brewery are getting in on the act with the Mojo Surf Tour after party – featuring two surfie bands – Tropical Zombies and Byron locals Single Fin – free entry, Sunday, 6pm!!
Head to the Rails this Saturday to see The Firetree – a bohemain duo whose modified drum kit, mandolin, harmaonicas, loops and percussion create the impression of a five piece band!
On Sunday we also have a screening of Cloudburst – a doco dealing with issues surrounding mental illness in the lesbian community at the Byron Community Centre, from 4pm – tickets are $15.
And last but not least! Bored tonight?? Head to the Northern to see Violent Soho – a Brissie band whose songs Muscle Junkie, Son of Sam and Jesus Stole my Girlfriend have had audiences moshing around all over Australia!
1 – Beloporto are looking for a chef for their busy takeaway! Drop your resume into them at Shop 12 Feros Arcade, Byron Bay
2 – A busy Byron cafe are looking for a cook for 10 weeks work. Call Mandy on 0431 423 141 – experienced cooks only
3 – Junior dishwasher required for a restaurant in Brunswick Heads – call 6680 1415
4 – Casual labourer needed for 2 weeks work in Bangalow (approx 4 days per week – to sort bins) – $20 p/h, must be fit, strong and reliable. Call 0417 458 149
5 – Live in au pair required for a 10 month old baby girl. Wages plus accommodation in Suffolk Park, and all food included. Experience and references required – student or traveller OK. Please TEXT 0406 746 569
6 – Casual wait staff / barista required – permanent residents preferred. Must have NSW RSA and be available weekdays, weekends and evenings – The Pass Cafe. Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
7 – Beauty/massage/receptionist required for Buddha Garden Day Spa. Well presented, great work ethic, outstanding customer service. Send resume to email@example.com
Wishing a warm welcome to our new students today!! Bora from Korea, Jonathan from Spain, Asami from Japan, Serafina from Switzerland, Juonghun/Daniel from Korea, Thies from Germany and Victor from Spain!!
We hope you enjoy your time here at Lexis English | Byron Bay!
Two graduations today from Lexis English | Byron Bay. We said a sad goodbye to Chris Schreiner, and Jasmin Rodewald!
Chris flies back to Germany today before doing some travelling around Europe (use those English skills Chris!!) and Jasmin will be wowing Oz with her best Aussie accent on her travels around the country.
The Internet weatherman is forecasting rain and cloud for this weekend – which means that we will have to rely on live music, beer and movies for fun! Luckily there is always plenty of that going around.
If you want to escape the rain – perhaps Island Vibe Festival is the answer! Up in Queensland on the amazing North Stradbroke Island – Island Vibe is a multi-faceted celebration of Island Culture that includes art exhibitions, interactive workshops, stalls, circus, eco-food and craft markets. Four stages and over 50 mighty reggae, roots, soul and electronic acts – including Murri and Pacific Islander dance and cultural groups – gather on Minjerribah for a celebration of music, dance, art and culture. Go to http://www.islandvibe.com.au/tickets for ticket info, or head to Three Worlds on Fletcher Street to buy yours!
If camping up in Queensland is a bit too much of a commitment for you, you can still join in the Island Vibe festivities by coming to Byron Brewery’s Island Vibe Festival Pre-Party on Friday night at 8pm!!
The Brewery is also playing host to the Rockabilly Festival this weekend – on both Saturday and Sunday, with performances by The Sugar Shakers, Corn Liquor, DJs Hepcat and Jimmy D. There are also 1960s go-go dancers, burlesque and a pin up girls fashion parade. It all kicks off at Saturday from 7pm and Sunday from 2pm – and its free!!!!
Saturday also sees The Rusty Datsuns playing at the Treehouse On Belongil – offering a fresh take on modern folk, with a healthy dose of bluegrass! They have been inciting hoedowns all over the country since forming in the unlikely circumstances of the 2011 Brisbane floods. Don’t miss this chance to see them!
The Vampires are playing their rich twist on piano-less jazz quartets at the Bangalow Bowling Club on Sunday – mixing jazz with reggae and Afro beat. Tickets are $15 at the door and they will bejoined by renowned Northern Rovers saxophonist David Ades and percussionist Greg Sheehan.
We have a few reasons to be proud of our students here at Lexis English | Byron Bay this week!!
First up, our Pre-Intermediate students made us an awesome promo video which is up in our Facebook group!! Go to the Lexis English Byron Bay group to see our students share their favourite things about studying here at Lexis and in the beautiful Byron Bay – no traffic signals was an unexpected highlight!
The English Only policy has been rolled out on the grounds in force, with Lisa policing the school vigilantly!
Below is Elena Bertoli’s 150 words on immersing yourself fully in the English language!
“I think that full immersion English is an efficient and effective way of improving my English; spoken and written.
Lexis School has an English only policy – this means I must not speak my native language while I’m at the school.
I think that the main benefit of a full immersion English is that I am totally surrounded by the country, the atmosphere and the language. It’s better for me to have constant English conversations with my teachers and classmates. I’m looking for a job, and if I always speak only English I can improve my skills much more quickly.
English is important for work, and it is essential for daily life. The English Only policy is a great incentive to help the students make friends around the school. As a result to speak only English at school I met a lot of people from other countries. I spend most of my time with my classmates and I can see my improvement.
Need some cash to pay for those nights out at the Rails?! Here are the jobs going in the Byron Shire this week!
Cook required – 10 weeks work – busy Byron cafe – experienced only. Call Mandy on 0431 423 141
Retrospect Gallery – someone required for packing glass and artworks, picture framing warehouse. 3/4 days per week – attention to detail required. Email CV to James on firstname.lastname@example.org
Beauty/massage/reception required – one of Byron’s best day spas. Well presented, great work ethic, outstanding customer service skills. Email CV to Kerry on email@example.com
Floor Supervisor required – Kinoko Japanese Restaurant – 2 yrs experience and strong leadership & managerial skills. Email CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
2 positions available at Citrus Deli! 1 experienced cook, and 1 capable front of house person with barista skills. Apply in person, or phone 02 6680 7040 on Weds 16th Oct between 3-6pm
Pizza maker required – busy Brunswick Heads restaurant. Available nighttime, weekends and summer season. Email CV to email@example.com
Casual breakfast cook – The Summerhouse – must have own transport. Experienced and well presented. Email CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
General nursery hand required – 2/3 days per week. Experienced applicants only!Email CV to email@example.com
This weekend sees a lot to keep you all busy – so no thumb twiddling allowed!
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival starts on Friday at the Palace Cinema in Byron, with films celebrating the best of Italian culture. So whether you want a dose of home grown cinema, or to see something new – go to www.italianfilmfestival.com.au for programs and tickets.
If watching a movie isn’t wild enough for your Friday night, head over to the Zorba Gypsy Party! The party takes place at Durrumbul Hall on Friday, from 6pm. Tickets are $20, and the party features music from Shakshuka, Nomadic Band and DJ Chris Dekker; as well as dance, Bedouin song circles and delicious food!
Lot’s to do in the Byron shire this long weekend, so get out and enjoy it!
1. Evolve Festival – Yoga and health and well being festival
2. Boomerang Festival – celebartion of Indigneous musical culture … amazing live acts @ Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm … tickets still available
3. Rugby League Grand Final!!! Sydney Roosters V Manly Seagulls: watch the game LIVE on the big screen at various pubs around town.
4. Have a SURF – the south swell has hit and there are waves about for all levels, with sets rolling in from Lennox Head to Snapper Rocks ….
5. Celebrate Danilo’s and Anastasia’s BIRTHDAYS – tomorrow, Saturday 5 October!
Have a super, duper long weekend and don’t forget DAYLIGHT SAVINGS starts this weekend so set your clocks forward by 1 hour on Sunday morning!