Jobs available in Byron Bay this week!!



Need some cash to celebrate Walpurgis Night?? Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week.

1 – Kinoko are still looking for a floor supervisor – get in touch with them if you have two years experience and will be sticking around in Byron Bay for a long time! Email CV to

2 – cleaner/manager required for a boutique cleaning company in Byron – must be lovely (of course you all are anyway!), have a car and be organised and efficient. Call Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm on 0413 190 266

3 – labourer required – general building off sider. Email

4 – casual driver required – Fridays and Saturdays – for a skip truck. Must apply for an ABN (easy online) and fit and reliable. Email

5 – Village Bakehouse in Sunrise are looking for a barista/sandwich hand – part time – must have coffee experience. Apply in person at the store – next to the Sunrise IGA

6 – The Larder in Byron Bay are looking for a kitchen hand for an immediate start – 7-11am. Clean driving licence required – please call 02 6680 8644

7 – The Pass Cafe are looking for a casual barista – must have an RSA and be available for weekdays and weekends, as well as evenings. Experience necessary. Email CV to

8 – Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby are looking for a chef and a kitchen hand. 30 hours per week for a chef with experience and a sense of fun! Also looking for a kitchen hand with knife skills for prep work. Call to arrange an interview on 02 6684 4036, text on 0417 803 000 or email CV to

Good luck folks!!

South African Cooking Class at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

south african cooking


Today we had a South African cooking masterclass! I dazzled Lexis with a Chakalaka Bunny Chow 🙂

I lived in South Africa for a year and absolutely loved the food there – my favourites being a good braai, delicious bobotie…and best of all… Bunny Chow!! Bunny chow is a hollowed out piece of crusty bread filled with spicy meat curry.

Today we combined two South African classics – bunny chow and chakalaka – a tasty, spicy vegetable stew – quick, healthy, cheap and no meat – so no risk of me giving food poisoning to half the school 🙂

See below for the chakalaka recipe!

Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I improve my writing?



Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I improve my writing?

Last week we looked at the different ways you could practise writing. This week, we look at how writing is different to speaking. Some students who are really good at speaking are not good writers. The reason for this is that writing is a completely different activity with a different set of skills. Therefore, to improve your writing, you need to concentrate on the following:

  1. Spelling

Nothing is more off-putting to a reader than bad spelling and if you are planning to use English at work, or take an English exam, it’s really important that you work on this now. Spelling is very difficult in English because the spelling is not automatically related to the sound. Think of though, thought, through and tough; they are all written with the vowels “O” and “U” but, when spoken, the vowel sound is completely different. In contrast, short, your, daughter, bald, draw, warden and floor have different spelling but the same vowel sound. This means that you have to LEARN and then practise English spelling. For starters, why not have a look at and see if you are making any of these common mistakes.

  1. Punctuation and Layout

This can be a difficult one for some students because the rules in their countries are very different from the rules in English. For example, in Japan, you start a new paragraph for every sentence. However, in English, you only start a new paragraph when you move onto a new topic. Then, in Latin American countries, sentences are very long; often the entire length of the paragraph with only a comma to show when to pause for breath. This is considered wrong in English. In English there are strict rules about what can and can’t be a sentence. The rules are too in depth to go into here but you can find explanations online or ask your teacher or GIL teacher. Then, if you want to practise with a range of punctuation, I recommend visiting and as a starting point.

  1. Register

Finally, when writing, you need to consider register. Register is basically the level of formality or politeness that you use. So, for example, if you are writing a text message to a friend, you might write, “Soz I’m gonna be l8 cos bed is too comfy” but if you were sending an email with the same information to your boss you would write “I’m so sorry, I overslept. I’m afraid I’ll be slightly late.”

English has quite complex rules when it comes to register, especially with letter writing. You need to learn these rules and try to be consistent in the level of formality you use. For a basic introduction to register, have a look at


So to summarise this week’s tip – Writing is not the same as speaking on paper. To be a good writer, you will need to study and practise spelling, punctuation and register. The best advice I can give you is to read as much and as widely as possible in English, while considering these three factors.

Graduation Day at Lexis English |Byron Bay!!

german graduation


Only one student leaving us today at Lexis Byron – the wonderful German! German – who is from Colombia but his name confuses everyone – has studied with us for 16 weeks, and in that time gone from the Elementary class all the way up to Intermediate!

He will spend another month here in Byron Bay before returning home to Colombia.

We will miss you German!

What’s on this Weekend in Byron Bay!!



After our short week this week (two days for me – I think I have forgotten how to do my job!) – we come once again to the weekend!

The Alliance Française French Film Festival starts tonight with an opening gala – highlights of the festival include Suzanne, Folies Bergère and Tour de Force – buy tickets from

Also tonight – comedy at the Northern and Australiana with Cockatoo Paul at the Byron Bay Brewery.


Friday is ANZAC day!! So make sure that you make the most of it and eat lots of Anzac cookies and play 2up (the only day that its legal in Australia). If you’re interested – an Anzac service will be taking place at 5.30am at the Memorial Gates on the corner of Marvell and Tennyson Streets – breakfast is available at the RSL afterwards. There is also a march from 10.30am from opposite the Beach Hotel… If you are in Byron this weekend then do try to get involved – its a great quintessential Aussie experience!


Lots of live music on Friday – local band Wandering Eyes are playing a show at the Northern on Friday night – tickets are $10 and they are supported by another Byron band called Vernas Keep. This is Wandering Eyes last local show in a while, so come give them your support!

Also Melbourne all girl band Stonefield are playing at the Beachy on Froday from 9pm – these guys are great if you haven’t already seen them!!


Frothing on Fridays at the Ginger Pig on Friday – this night has been going from strength to strength recently. Both original resident DJs are back – with DJ HA!YES! having been playing down at Spot X surf camp and Ant On Leaf at the Rabbits Eat Lettuce festival near Coffs Harbour. $10 cocktails, $5 Coopers and awesome music!

Soul’d at the Rails, Boom Faya at the Brewery and Bobby Alu at the Bruns Hotel from 4pm.


On Saturday – the infamous Byron Vibes returns to the Buddha Bar! Tickets are $15 and include a download of the first Byron Vibes compilation album – lots of awesome bands including The Badlands headlining!

Also on Saturday – Rhythm and Cutloose DJs at the Beachy, Salmonella Dub Soundsystem at the Northern, The Simon Wright Band at the Rails and Guy Kachel at the Soho Lounge.

Plenty going on this Sunday as well – Late for Woodstock are at the Beachy on Sunday from 4pm if you fancy an arvo Sunday session – followed by Sammy 2 Towels at 8pm. Gloryhammer & Largerstein are at the Northern, and Paul Woseen at the Rails. The Buddha Bar are also hosting a Tango Argentine session from 6pm as well if you want to throw on your dancing shoes.

Have a great weekend folks and see you all on Monday! xo

Jobs Available in Byron Bay this week!!



I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend and ate plenty of chocolate! If, like me, you spent a small fortune at Bluesfest – you may need to top up your bank account! Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week.

And remember to join me at 2pm in Room 2 for Job Club!!

1 – Kinoko Japanese restaurant are looking for an experienced Floor Supervisor. Must have 2 years experience, managerial and leadership skills. Email CV to

2 – cleaner required for a 5 star resort in Bangalow. References required – please call 02 6687 2527 and leave a message

3 – couple wanted to exchange gardening/housekeeping and child minding in return for a beautiful fully furnished apartment in Ewingsdale. Please call Susi on 0402 704 332

4 – full time position for a farmer / farm hand at a macadamia orchard near Bangalow. Orchard and farm machinery experience essential. Please call Andrew on 02 6687 9157

5 – Cabarita Ocean Health Retreat are looking for a motivated and experienced housekeeper for casual work. 10-24 hours per week. 2 years experience and own car required. Email CV to

Good luck folks!!

Lisa’s Study Corner! THIS WEEK: How can I practise writing?



Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I practise writing?

In the past students have asked why they don’t do more writing practice in class. I tell them that it’s because class time is too valuable to spend doing something that you could do in your own time. Of course, your teacher should guide you to do regular writing tasks but it’s also important to use those 90 mins for instruction and speaking/listening practice that you can’t do alone.

Therefore, you do need to practise at home because writing, just like every other English skill, gets better the more you do it. Below are some suggestions for ways you can practise your writing outside class.

  1. Keep a Journal or Online Blog
  2. Many people decide to keep a journal when they are travelling so that they will remember their trip long after they have returned home. If you like keeping a journal, why not write it in English, instead of your native language? It’s a great way to learn because what you write is personal to you so you’re more likely to remember the new vocabulary you use or the corrections you receive. You could even do your journaling online in the form of a blog and then you can include photos and videos and your friends can leave comments. Check out the Lexis Byron Bay Blog at and then set up your own at


  1. Social Media
  2. Now you’re at school in Australia you should be making friends with people from all over the world. Join the Lexis Byron Bay Facebook page (just search Lexis English | Byron Bay)and you’ll find your classmates easily. Then, you can practise writing while using your phone and social media to keep in touch with them. Start posting your status updates in English and, if you have never used Twitter before, why not start now? Finally, if you find a girlfriend or boyfriend who you have to communicate with in English, you’ll find that your ability to text in English gets much better very quickly. 🙂


  1. GIL (Guided Independent Learning)
  2. You don’t always have to get your writing checked. Sometimes, it’s useful for you just to practise and increase your speed and confidence. However, whenever you do want a teacher to give you feedback on your work, you should come to GIL. GIL is open to all students; full or part time. It’s in Classroom 1 every day between 2 and 3pm and the teacher there can point out your mistakes and give you useful advice for how to fix your errors. It’s free and one-on-one so don’t miss this great opportunity.


Most importantly, try to use English every time you need to write something, even if it’s just a shopping list. The more you do everyday tasks in English, you more you’ll start to think in English and your writing will naturally get better and better. Enjoy the process!


So to summarise this week’s Tip – Try to make writing in English part of your everyday routine. Then you will be amazed at how quickly you improve.

Graduation Time Again


Graduation Time Again

We only say goodbye to two students this week, but what popular students they were! Both Jamie (Yisuel Hwang) and GP (Jeongpyu Lee) received enthusiastic applause as they went up to collect their certificates.

We lose Jamie to Lexis Brisbane while GP will be staying in Byron for a while as he has just got a job in Woolworths. Well done GP!

As part of his graduation speech, GP, asked everyone to hold up signs supporting the victims of the South Korean Ferry Disaster, while he took a photo and video. This illustrates why we love GP; he is always thinking about other people and doing the right thing.

Good luck to both of you guys and come back and see us sometime soon.

Meet Fredi


Meet Fredi

“Meet Fredi – a recent student who studied General English with us for eight weeks!

Fredi is now back in Switzerland – where he has bought space in a vineyard! He has a line with 85 vines, with which to hone his skills as a hobbyist winemaker!

I spoke to him about his time here at Lexis English | Byron Bay.

“What I enjoyed most about Byron Bay was the beaches. And yes, of course I improved my English! Kathleen was a brilliant teacher – very good at explaining important rules, and Josie was an excellent teacher too.

Overall I had a great experience, especially with my homestay – the room was great, there was a lot of social contact, and the food is amazing – so good! Their son is very, very friendly – the whole family was so nice to their students. Any student is very lucky if they stay there!

I went on lots of cycling tours – to Banglalow, Ballina, Mullumbimby and the lighthouse. The hinterland here in Byron is so beautiful.

My advice for anyone coming here would definitely be to try a golf day!”

Thanks Fredi! And send us some of that wine 🙂 “

What’s On for the Long Weekend?


“Welcome to the Easter long weekend!!

The major event this weekend is of course Bluesfest! In its 25th year, Bluesfest is a phenomenal local festival that celebrates blues, rock, folk, reggae, doowop, soul and so much more!! The festival runs from Thursday night through to Monday night, and features artists such as Jack Johnson, Booker T Jones, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Steve Earle, India Arie, Matt Corby, Morcheeba and many many more!! The Beards are a personal favourite of mine J

Tickets are still available for some days – buy them from and some limited Friday day tickets will be held on the door from 10am on Friday morning.

Shuttle buses will be running from Byron and Suffolk Park – $5 each way – the buses run every 20 minutes from 5pm until 12.30am. Check out timetables here:

And if Bluesfest isn’t your thing, don’t miss Rabbits Eat Lettuce – an amazing electronic music festival out in the bush about 130km out of Byron! See for more info – this is an amazing rave that has been running for about 6 years now, and people travel from all over Australia to attend! It’s a camping festival in an awesome setting.

Besides festivals – you will notice that Byron is ridiculously busy this weekend!

The Northern have got some musical treats lined up:

Thursday: Goons of Doom featuring Feeling Dave, Skeggs and DJ Chris Bradley

Friday: The Swamps

Saturday: Electronic Easter with Bon Chat Bon Rat, DJ Chris Bradley and Taya Mills

Sunday: Dan Hannaford

Monday: The Fire Tree

The Beachy, as well as having the free Cloud Control gig tonight which I will definitely be bopping around at, have the following:

Thursday: The Bondi Cigars

Friday: The Bluesfest Busking Competition Final from 12pm, and then DJ Longtime from 6pm

Saturday: The Delta Riggs and Jakarta Criers

Sunday: Lisa Hunt from 4.30pm (woohoo!!) and DJ Fonzaius from 8pm

Monday: Alex Bowen

At The Rails, in amongst the awesome burgers and the seafood tray raffle which I will one day win;

Thursday: Kaurna Cronin

Friday: Goodrich

Saturday: The Samba Blisstas from 3pm and The Warren Earl Band from 7pm

Sunday: The Dillion James Band

Monday: The Germian Sisters

The Ginger Pig has lots of awesome nights going on over the weekend – and are running a happy hour from 4-6pm!

Thursday: DJ Rob Bango is doing his Steppin’Out night

Friday: The awesome Ant On Leaf is playing at Frothing on Fridays before he heads off to DJ at Rabbits Eat Lettuce

Saturday: The Great Edmundo

Sunday: nice chilled day – head here for Bloody Marys

Monday: Boom Faya – Byrons resident reggae and dancehall night!

The Buddha Bar is also putting on some great nights, with Cleveland Blues on Saturday and Andy Jans-Brown Trio on Sunday.

Happy Easter everyone and have an AMAZING time!! If you’re coming to Bluesfest, look out for me! xo

Jobs Available in Byron Bay this week!!!


Do you need cash to buy Lisa, Yvonne and I Easter eggs this week??!! (By the way – I am a dark chocolate fan). Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week!!

1 – Professional waiter – French speaking and preferably male! For 6 month position. TEXT enquiries to 0400 947 994

2 – cleaner required for a 5 star resort near Bangalow. References required – attention to detail essential. Please phone 02 6687 2527 and leave a message

3 – chef plus apprentice chef required at Targa in Byron Bay. Please email CV to or drop it in to the restaurant at 3/11 Marvell Street

4 – senior short order cook with minimum 2 years experience required for busy Brunswick Heads takeaway. Please call 0404 589 078

Good luck everyone and Happy Easter!!

Congratulations to Brianna on achieving a Grade A at CPE


Congratulations to Brianni on achieving a Grade A at CPE

Last week Briänna Good was delighted to learn that she had got an A pass at CPE. An absolutely incredible result! I got in touch with her while she was on a tour of the outback to ask how she felt.

“I was extremely happy and almost couldn’t believe it!” she told me, “For me, the most difficult part was the Speaking Test but Ian helped by making us practise for it in situations where we were under a bit of pressure (for example in front of the class) in order to give us the chance to learn how to cope with the nervousness.

“I would definitely recommend other students to study in Byron Bay and to do the CPE exam! What I liked most about studying in Byron Bay was probably the spirit of Byron Bay itself. This friendly, laid-back attitude made me instantly feel at home.

“Then, while going to a language school abroad is already such a great experience by itself, the certificate will hopefully stand me in good stead in the future. The best advice you gave me was probably when you and Ian encouraged me to have a go at CPE instead of CAE (thank you so much for that!!).

“Overall, I met so many great people during my stay in Byron Bay and had an awesome time, so I would say to anyone that if you get the chance – do it!”

Lisa’s Study Corner – THIS WEEK – When do I use Present Perfect?


In my experience the perfect tenses are the ones that confuse students the most; they are difficult to make correctly (Is it has, have or had? What is the past participle?) and they are used in a number of situations which may not directly correlate to a tense in your language. However, Present Perfect, which links the past with the present, is probably one of the most used tense in conversational English – so you need to be able to get it right.

Here, I will focus on when you use (and don’t use) the PRESENT perfect.

  • Unfinished Past
    Present Perfect literally means that it happened or started before the present. The first example of this is when we are talking about something that started in the past and continues into the present time. For example, “I’ve lived here for five years” or “He’s written five bestselling children’s books.” You started living there five years ago and you still live their now or he started writing books at some point in the past and he’s still writing them now. Compare this to the Past Simple “I lived here for five years/He wrote five bestselling children’s books”. In these sentences you don’t live there anymore; he isn’t going to write any more children’s books.German speakers, in particular want to use the Present Continuous in these situations but “I am living here for five years” is incorrect because Present Continuous cannot be used for something that started in the past. It can be useful to remember you can’t use for + period of time or since + point in time with the Present Continuous, so always use the Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous (I have been living) instead.
  • Experience
    A second time we use Present Perfect to talk about something that happened before the present is when we are telling people about our experiences, and when it’s the experience itself that’s important not the details of when, where and how it happened.
    It’s easier to understand this if we make questions. So imagine the questions “Have you been to America?” or “Have you ever tried crocodile meat?” These questions are asking you about your experiences from any time in the past up until the present time (before present) and time and details aren’t important. You just want to know “Yes” or “No”. As soon as you begin to describe the experience, however, you go back to Past Simple. For example “Yes, I have. I went there two years ago to study English.” or “Yes, it was delicious.”
  •  Something that happened in the past which is important now
    The final use of Present Perfect is when we want to talk about something that happened in the past but has an impact on your current situation. For example, “I’ve lost my keys,” (I lost them in the past but it’s important now because I can’t open my front door) or “I’ve finished the exercise,” (I finished it just before, but I’m telling you about it now so we can check it). As I’m writing this I’m scratching my leg because I’ve been bitten by a mosquito (the mosquito bit me at some point earlier today but it’s itching right now.) Compare this with Past Simple “I lost my keys,” “I finished the exercise,” “I was bitten by a mosquito.” These events all happened in the past and there is nothing linking them to the present.
  • When you don’t use it
    So it’s useful to know that there are three times we use the Present Perfect but it can be equally useful for students to be aware of the times they cannot use Present Perfect. In my experience there are two mistakes that students commonly make.
  1. Using the Present Perfect to give details about something that happened in the past.
    For example, “Yes, I have been to America in 2010.” This is not correct because you have given the detail of time. Remember, you use the Present Perfect to talk about the experience and then Past Simple to give the details “I went to New York and Boston to study English.”
  2. Using the Present Perfect when you are telling a story about the past.
    If you are telling a story you need to use the three narrative tenses: Past Simple, Past Continuous and Past Perfect. Not Present Perfect. For example, “He didn’t go surfing because he had tried it before and knew he didn’t like it.” Not “He didn’t go surfing because he have tried it before.” The key thing to remember here is that we use Present Perfect to describe an action before the present and Past Perfect to describe an action that happened before the past.

So to summarise this week’s Tip – Perfect tenses join two times together and the Present Perfect joins the present and past together. We need to do this to talk about 1.) something that started in the past and continues into the present, 2.) something that happened at any point in the past up until now when the details are not known or not important and 3.) events that happened in the past which are important to the current situation.

Lexis English Photo Competition | Grand Final Winners!!

photo comp grand final winners

It’s announcement time for the Lexis English | Photo Competition winners!!

Drum roll please…. Unfortunately not good news for Byron Bay –

The winner of the SERIOUS FUN category is Brisbane with their awesome kitesurfing shot – which got an incredible 425 likes!! They win a skydive.

And the winner of the SERIOUS LEARNING category is Noosa with their picture of a student studying on the deck with her dog – which got 49 likes, winning a trip to Fraser Island.

Byron Bay were in second place for SERIOUS LEARNING, and third place in the SERIOUS FUN category… Next time!!

New starters at Lexis English | Byron Bay this week!!

angela and gregoire

We have two new starters here at Lexis English | Byron Bay today!

Angela is from Brussels in Belgium and Gregoire is from Lausanne in Switzerland.

Angela is here on a gap year between high school and university, and Gregoire is doing our English and Surfing programme, and planning on travelling around Australia afterwards – hoping also to visit New Zealand and Fiji!

We hope that you both have an awesome time with us here at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

Meet Takuto – our 16 year old Kindai High School student!


This is Takuto – recently our youngest student at 16 years old – who came to study at Lexis English | Byron Bay from Kindai High School in Osaka, Japan!

He studied here at Lexis Byron for 11 weeks, and was an instant hit with the other students – including his Brazilian classmates who were convinced that he was famous as he receives so much attention!

Starting in the Elementary class with very little English – Takuto sailed ahead, picking up language skills really quickly and being promoted to the Pre-Intermediate class.

We spoke to him about his time here at Lexis English | Byron Bay!!

“I wanted to go to Australia and had to choose either Noosa or Byron Bay – I think that Byron Bay is a bit more like the countryside, which I really like. It is more like where I live in Japan.

It’s a very good place – the people are more kind and the beach is beautiful – I can swim and surf here.

My favourite things about studying here have been surfing, staying at my friend Pau’s house and going to BBQ’s with other students.

Marie and Kathleen are very good teachers – I couldn’t speak at all and they taught me a lot of things. When I couldn’t understand they helped me.

I have made a lot of friends here. They taught me how to surf, and invited me to the beach. Last week I was free and wanted to do something, and Pau invited me to the beach. I surfed and swam – it was great!

My homestay family were so kind. At first they spoke so fast and I couldn’t understand! But they slowed down.”

Or maybe your English got so much better Takuto!

What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay!!


The weekend is fast approaching. Sometimes I feel like it’s constantly the weekend! What a great feeling. Here’s whats on in Byron Bay this weekend!

Frothing on Fridays is at the Ginger Pig once once again this Friday night – and this week our very own Laura and Susanna will be doing the promotions for it – look out for them! $5 Coopers, $10 cocktails and awesome music!

Local band Wandering Eyes are playing at the Beachy on Friday night from 9pm – these guys have been tearing up Byron Bay recently – its a free gig so don’t miss it!

The Soulshakers are playing at the Rails, Greenthief, The Black Lullaby, Hammers and Taya Mills at the Northern and Matthew Armitage at Frankie Browns from 7pm.

Lots of live music and DJs on Saturday;

– Pandemonium DJs at the Beachy,
– Ball Park Music, Papa vs Pretty and Holy Holy at the Northern,
– Cheynne Murphy Band at the Rails,
– Shakshuka & The Imprints at Kulchajam,
– Moondogs Gypsy Blues Band at Soho Lounge,
– and The Triple Js at the Brunswick Hotel

Also on Saturday night, the Byron Theatre are showing the amazing surf movie Spirit of Akasha – tickets are $28. This is an incredible film, based on the classic Morning of the Earth and featuring Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Nat Young, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater.

And on Sunday – Sunday session music from 4.30pm at the Beachy from the Feramones – followed by mash up mix tape maestros Yacht Club DJs from 8pm! Tickets are around the $20 mark for Yacht Club DJs, but entry is free for Feramones.

Also for Sunday sessions – Kyle Lionheart at the Northern, Blind Willie Wagtail at the Rails and the brilliant live interactive jam session that is Byron Vibes at the Ginger Pig!

Have fun, see you out there!!!!

Jobs Available in and around Byron this week!!


Do you need some cash to buy some amazing liquid chalk pens- as modelled on our activities board in the student lounge??

These are the jobs available in and around Byron Bay this week!

1 – experienced cafe cook/chef and a dishwasher/cleaner required for Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby – text 0402 557 497, call 02 6684 4036 or email CV to

2 – part time beauty therapist with extensive salon experience required – 10am until 3pm – please call 02 6687 0644

3 – Bun Coffee have a vacancy in their warehouse for a fit, reliable person with good attention to detail! Please email CV to

4 – Surf Hardware store in Byron Bay are looking for a Retail Manager with experience who will be staying in Byron for the foreseeable future! Email CV and cover letter to

5 – manager/guide required for mountain bike tours! Email

6 – Divine Dreadlocks are looking for a dreadlock-tician! Minimum 2 years experience and familiar with the hook method. Call Ema on 0406 436 630, or go to

7 – casual warehouse person required in Billinudgel – order picking and packing. Email CV to

8 – senior short order cook required for minimum 25 hours per week for busy Brunswick Heads takeaway. Minimum 2 years experience – call 0404 589 078

Good luck!!

New Starters at Lexis English | Byron Bay!


Seven new starters today at Lexis | Byron Bay!

Jasmin, Vanessa, Stephan and Robin are from Switzerland, Lani is from Korea and Hiroko and Haruka are from Japan!

Jasmin has just been travelling around South East Asia for two months, Robin is a watchmaker and designer back in Switzerland, Vanessa has been hanging out with her brother who is travelling Australia in a van and Hiroko hopes to travel around more of the country after her studies!

We hope that you guys have an awesome time with us here at Lexis in Byron Bay 🙂

Lexis English | Byron Bay – Photo Competition Winners!!

photo comp winners

Today we announce the winners of the Lexis English | Facebook Photo competition winners here at Byron Bay!!

Some fantastic photos were submitted, and I had a new favourite every day! There were clear winners in each category though, I think half of Spain were behind their country folk and hitting ‘like’!!

Edu Zuazua raced ahead in the SERIOUS LEARNING category with his shot of girlfriend Maria studying in the car, overlooking a spectacular sunset at Wategos – which got 65 Facebook likes!

It was a team effort from Eddie and Maria, as Maria’s SERIOUS FUN photo fended off the competition to keep the top spot, showing Eddie having a soak at Killen Falls – getting an incredible 81 Facebook likes!!

Well done guys!!

Eddie wins a free snorkelling trip to Julien Rocks to swim with turtles, sharks and other marine life; and Maria wins a stand up paddle boarding trip down the Brunswick River!

Both are now in the running to win a skydive, or a trip to Fraser Island!! Make sure you support your schoolmates when they go up against the winning photos from the other schools!! All of the schools winning photos will be published across the Lexis school’s Facebook pages – and the photos with the most likes will win! Lets go to every Lexis Facebook page and hit ‘like’ for Eddie and Maria’s photos!! Yeeewwww!!!!

Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I practise speaking outside of class?


Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I practise English outside of class?

<p>In the past, students have said to me, “I get good results in class but I really don’t think that my English is getting any better. Why not?”

The answer, in my experience, is simple. You need to practise more. Think about when you learned to drive. You had lessons with an instructor, yes, but you also probably spent a lot of time terrorising your dad, your friends and other willing victims by driving their cars while they sat white-knuckled beside you. It’s the same with English – the lessons give you the foundations but you need to practise, practise, and practise to be able to apply what you learn in class. Below are some easy ways you can do this.

1. English Only
By far the most important factor to your progress is how much time you spend using the language – that’s why Lexis English Byron Bay has an ‘English Only’ policy. Make the most of this rule by speaking in English at breaks and lunchtime and before and after school. When everybody is speaking English as a second language, you don’t need to feel embarrassed.

2. GIL
Come along to GIL which is on every afternoon in Room 1 between 2 and 3 pm. GIIL is a great opportunity to get special attention from our excellent teachers. You can get personalised help and extra practise with any language points you need.

3. Activities and Workshops
Our workshops help with particular skills – for example, Job Club (next one 23/04) offers advice on writing CVs, looking for work and going for interviews. Coffee Lounge (14/04), on the other hand, provides an opportunity to chat to students from other classes about a wide variety of topics. And, of course all our activities also provide an opportunity for you to practise English and have fun at the same time. Check out the activity calendar above for what’s on this month.

4. Homestay and Out & About
Practice makes perfect! So make the most of the opportunity to live with an Aussie family and get to know them – it’s ok to make mistakes, just give it a try. Speaking with native speakers as much as possible is an excellent way to increase your confidence, while listening to native speakers is also a great way to pick up the intonation and pronunciation patterns – so keep your ears open!

5. Real World English
During your stay in Byron you can learn from all different kinds of English language media – movies, music, newspapers and magazines. Try lots of different ways of encountering English, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand everything – the process will build your confidence and help you on the way to fluency!

Most importantly, don’t worry about what you cannot remember, or cannot yet understand, or cannot yet say. It doesn’t matter. You are learning and improving. The language will gradually become clearer in your brain, but this will happen on a schedule that you cannot control. So enjoy!

So to summarise this week’s Tip – Just make sure you spend enough time with English. That is the greatest guarantee of success.

It’s Graduation Time again!


It's Graduation Time again!

Today we say goodbye to four students: Delia Moeckli from our Intermediate class, Markus from FCE, Asuka from Pre-Intermediate and Mizuki from IELTS. Mizuki is sitting his IELTS exam in Brisbane tomorrow and we all wish him the very best of luck.
Oh and apparently Delia is having a farewell BBQ tonight but you’ll have to text her for the details 🙂

Living and Working in Byron Bay – Da Vinci

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Da Vinci, Korea


Da Vinci studied General English with us here at Lexis English | Byron Bay for four weeks, and with a name like that – has been difficult to forget.

Here he tells us about his time at Lexis in Byron Bay, and the job that he found here!


Da Vinci, tell us a bit about why you chose Byron Bay?

I have travelled all around Australia and Byron Bay is the best place for me – it’s really close to the beach, there is a slow pace of life… Nobody is in a hurry, it is very peaceful and relaxing!

What kind of accommodation did you find here in Byron?

I live in a share house – it is in a great location behind the farmers market. It wasn’t so easy to find, but I live with really friendly people.

Tell us about your job and how you found it:

I work as a chef in an Asian takeaway restaurant called Noodle Box, and I have plenty of hours. A friend introduced me to the job. I enjoy it – I have a really good boss. English has definitely helped me with the job, with communicating and understanding people.

What experiences will you take away from your time here at Lexis in Byron?

Well, I won’t be leaving Byron! I want to stay here for four years so that I can apply for permanent residency. But I will take away something from my time at Lexis – Kathleen was a wonderful teacher, she explained everything really well and I really appreciated her. Also Amy and Lisa are really friendly!

Thanks Da Vinci, I’ll take that gun away from your head now 🙂 and finally – what would be your top tips for an English student coming to study here at Lexis?

Don’t be absent at school! Also – always be at peace, go to the beach as much as you can, speak only in English, take your time – and remember – if you don’t speak English then you won’t find an Australian wife!

What’s on this Weekend!!!!


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Happy Thursday folks!! Lots on this weekend, as always!

Frothing on Fridays is once again taking the helm at the Ginger Pig on Friday night – the music is always awesome from resident DJs HA!YES! and Ant on Leaf – so head down to dance among the vintage couches, snack on some yummy tapas and drink $5 Coopers and $10 cocktails!

Also on Friday – local band The Badlands are launching their new single New Age Prescription Product at the Northern – supported by local band VernasKeep and blues duo Mescalito Blues.

The Hombres are playing at the Rails on Friday; the Beachy have a double act in store with Jon J Bradley from 5pm and Madison Kat from 9.30pm; and Buddha Bar welcome back local reggae and dancehall collective Boom Faya.

On Saturday, the Brunswick Hotel are throwing a fundraiser for Sea Shepherd from 11am, with live music from midday until 10pm. Celebrate the International Court of Justice’s decision to ban Japanese whaling in the Antarctic! Entry is by $5 donation, and the afternoon/evening will feature performances from Mat McHugh from Beautiful Girls, Darren Middleton from Powderfinger, Pilots, Wandering Eyes, Chris Mapstone, Milan Martin and Dubarray – as well as speeches from Sea Shepherd director Jeff Hansen, captain of the M.V Bob Barker Peter Hammarstedt and Byron Bay Mayor Simon Richardson. Great music, great pub and great cause!

Also on Saturday, DJ Discrow at the Beachy, Secret Tsunami at the Rails, Warren Earl Band at the Buddha Bar, and Kathryn Jones at Soho Lounge… And Newtown, Sydney band Sticky Fingers are playing at the Northern – supported by Bootleg Rascal and Tropical Zombie – Sticky Fingers are a super fun band to bop around to with rootsy psychedelic pop tunes and heaps of energy.

Which brings us to Sunday – if you have any energy left over for Sunday!

Dan Hannaford is at the Northern, Afro Moses in the afternoon at the Beachy from 4.30pm, followed by DJ Manie Shika at 8pm; Blake Saban 3 at the Rails, Andy Jans-Brown Trio at the Buddha Bar and Garret Kato at Frankie Browns.

The Eatery on Jonson St has DJs from 4pm if you fancy popping down to people watch, eat delicious food and drink some Bloody Marys; and the infamous Byron Market is on this Sunday! From 9am and running until about 3/4pm – lots of local artisan stalls, fresh food, steaming coffee and live performances from Hayden Hack, Soulman O’Gaia and Cliff Fletcher.

Have fun!! xo

Jobs Available in and around Byron Bay this week



Need some cash to donate to Sea Shepherd at their Brunswick Heads fundraiser this weekend?

Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week!

1 – long term house cleaner required for 15 mins from Mullum. Leave a voicemail including address or text – 0449 928 232

2 – VOLUNTEER (unpaid) required to assist a film maker – experience in surf or underwater films preferred – for a turtle documentary. For more information call Carly on 0411 892 761

3 – Italian at the Pacific and Pizza Bar are both looking for floor staff – RSA required and minimum 3 years experience. Phone 0406 647 236

4 – Tattoo artists required for professional artists and apprentices for an established studio in Byron Bay. Must be licensed or prepared to obtain one. Email CV, references and portfolio of work to

5 – part time sales assistant required for jewellery shop in Byron Bay. Retail experience essential. Please email CV to, or phone 0412 185 558

6 – The Northern are looking for qualified, licensed security guards – current RSA essential. Apply in person with a CV

7 – chef/experienced cook required for Succulent Cafe – 2-4 days per week, including weekends. Email CV to

Good luck!!