Jobs available this week in Byron Bay!!!




To help single mother look after 15 month baby boy in Suffolk Park. Experience with babies/young children essential. Non smokers only. Email or phone 6685 9640.



KITCHEN HAND – Immediate start.  7am start. Must have manual driving licence. Email

EXPERIENCED FOOD HANDLER (IDEALLY PASTRY CHEF) –  Required for night work (1pm-9pm Mon-Fri). Must be fit, reliable, multi-skilled and a team player.  Email

CASUAL WAIT STAFF – for weekend functions. Experience necessary. Send CV with photo to

EXPERIENCED BARISTA  – to join a busy café in Brunswick Heads. 20+ hours per week. Please call 6685 1355

COOK, CHEF, FLOOR STAFF, KITCHEN, SALES AND MANAGEMENT – for busy Mexican restaurant. You need to be a good team player and be able to work flexible hours. RSA required for sales.




GLOBAL THERAPEUTICS – Requires MARKETING ASSISTANT.  For more information visit

THE LIFE OF BYRON – Requires PART TIME RETAIL SHOP ASSISTANT.  1-2 days per week, including weekends. Must be customer focused, hard-working, reliable and willing to clean and unpack. Deliver resume and a current photo in person to The Life of Byron, 1/17 Lawson Street, Byron Bay.

Byron Bay Poker Tournament

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This afternoon the student lounge turned into a casino as our students practised their poker faces on teacher Claudia.

Apparently, we had an expert at the table – Thomas, who was quick to tell Claudia how the professionals play.

At the end the students exchanged their chips for prizes: some cute Australiana pens. 

Welcome to our New Starters 25 August 2014



Today we welcome Leonardo Da Cunha Barbosa from Brazil, Pascal Wigger from Switzerland, Ivana Coscarella from Italy and Yui Tanimoto from Japan.

Leonardo is from Rio de Janeiro, where he works selling apartments to tourists (mostly American). He has learnt all his English through his work but now wants to study it formally to understand the rules of grammar and, even more importantly, make more sales.

Pascal is full of smiles and he’s delighted to be in Byron Bay.He works part-time as a DJ in Zurich and Lucerne and he loves his godchildren, movies and going out.

Yui is here on holiday from University in Japan, where she is training to be a school nurse. She has twin brothers and she likes singing.

Finally, Ivana is from Italy. She wanted to come to Australia because it’s beautiful and because she wants to learn English. She works in TV production in Italy.

We wish all of you a very warm welcome and hope you have a fantastic time here in Byron Bay.

Didgeridoo Lesson at Lexis English | Byron Bay!!



Today Adam came in to show our students a thing or two on the didgeridoo! 11 students gathered in the student lounge to put their circular breathing skills into practice! There were some quite hilarious moments and funny faces pulled – and also some natural talent shining through 🙂



If you would like to have more didgeridoo lessons at the school, come and let us know!!









Graduation at Lexis English | Byron Bay!! 22nd August 2014



We say a sad farewell today to three fantastic students! 

Jun will be returning to Japan to continue his studies as a chef – having had his help with my French cooking workshop, I can tell you that he is a fantastic chef and will no doubt make some amazing food during his career! 

Frederic will be returning back to France after studying English and learning to surf here in Byron. He’ll be exploring some of the Gold Coast and Brisbane before he leaves and will be coming back!

Daniel is off to New Zealand after his travels here in Australia to use his new found English skills in this corner of the world!

The ping pong table will be a quiet place without Frederic and Daniel!!

Good luck guys, we will miss you!

Meet the Staff: Academic Manager Lisa!



This week we meet Lisa, our Academic Manager here at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

Here she talks about her top tips for exploring Byron Bay, using the English Only policy to make friends and her sinister past as an embroiderer! 

Languages spoken: Spanish (enough to get by badly) Turkish (enough to ask for a cup of tea)

I always wanted to be a …. Fashion Designer and my degree is actually in Fashion and Textile Design – specialism: Embroidery!

Byron Bay’s best kept secret is …. Lexis English school of course! It’s probably the most beautiful place in the world to learn English – and to work.

I’ll bet you didn’t know …..I always live in places beginning with B. I grew up in Botley (Oxford, England), went to university in Birmingham (England), spent my 20s in Bicester and Banbury (England), moved to Brunswick (Melbourne) in 2006 and now live in Byron Bay.

At 11pm on a Saturday, you’ll find me …. Curled up on the sofa, cuddling my two dogs, reading a good book, listening to some soulful music and drinking a nice glass of red wine.

At 8 am on a Saturday, you’ll find me….. walking my dogs on one of the many beautiful beaches around Byron and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.

My dream holiday destination is ….a raw food and yoga retreat by the beach

Best restaurant/cafe in Byron Bay is ….I haven’t been able to try them all yet, but anyone who comes to Byron simply must try drinking cocktails at the Balcony  

When you’re in Byron Bay, don’t miss …. Chocolate Yoga, snorkelling at Julian Rocks and a surf lesson or two.

My English learning tip is….to make it sociable. Our English Only policy means that even when you’re not in class you’ll be speaking in English – on activities, at lunchtime and when leaving school. And when you make friends with students from different countries, your English will improve without you even having to try.

Thanks Lisa! Look out for her with her dogs on the beach, supping cocktails at the Balcony or at your next Chocolate Yoga session 🙂


What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay!! 22-23-24 August 2014


The weekend has rolled on around once again! It does have a tendency to do that! Here’s whats on this weekend in Byron!

Local live music is no surprise from the Northern – this Friday they have Floating Bridges, Dawn Chorus and The Silver Dollars. The Rails also love keeping it local – this Friday we have Bossy Big Heart. 

Kick off your Friday night at the Beachy from 5pm with Scott Day-vee Duo, and follow that up with The Familiars from 9pm. 

There’s comedy at the Brewery with Frank Woodley, Mandy Nolan and Fiona McGary, and open mic and tapas at Aquarius!

On Saturday, Jimmy The Saint & The Sinners, Waxhead and Dead Books are all playing at the Northern, Dillion James Band at the Rails, GG Magree at the Beachy and Neem at the Buddha Bar. 

And on Sunday, Hot Sex Chocolate (ooh err) are at the Northern, Chris Cook Band are at the Rails, Jaffer is at the Beachy from 4.30pm, followed by local DJs from 8pm; and the Buddha Bar are continuing their new karaoke Sundays tradition!


Have a great weekend!!

8 Useful Websites for Self-Study

There are many, many websites dedicated to helping students study at home or alone. Here are some of my favourites. Between them they provide grammar summaries and quizzes, vocabulary instruction and games, specialist English like Business English, sayings and slang, writing tips, forums for answering your questions and listening and pronunciation practice and instruction. You can borrow headphones at reception ($20 deposit) so next time it rains and you don’t know what to do, why not give some of these a go.

Grammar lessons and exercises


Phrasal verbs


Business English

Links to radio and newspapers



Grammar and vocabulary quizzes and crosswords

Bilingual quizzes

Youtube exercises



Free tests

Free pronunciation course Accent lessons

Class videos

Speaking lessons

Vocabulary lessons

Forum – write a question, essay, letter etc for checking or answering by an online teacher


Tests and quizzes

Articles about learning English

Idioms and phrasal verbs

Ask a teacher

Very useful Grammar Glossary


English dictations

Quizzes and jokes

Timed readings

Idioms, quotes and sayings

Business vocabulary

Writing tips and examples


Quizzes, word games and  word puzzles

proverbs and slang expressions

computer assisted language learning activities,  including listen and read

crosswords, hangman, scrambled sentences


Listening Lab with:







Vocabulary Games

Grammar Games

Sentences Games

Spelling Games

Printable and Powerpoint Games

Games for iPad & Android Devices.

Moroccan Cooking Workshop at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

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This afternoon we had a Moroccan cooking workshop down in the student lounge – and the results were delicious!! We made a chicken tajine without the tajine – which was packed with flavour – onion, garlic, lemon, chilli, chermoula, almonds, olives and coriander. Yum!!

We followed this recipe – – but added chilli into the mix =)


Jobs available this week in Byron Bay (19/08/14)


Do you need a job to help improve your English? Here are the top picks from this week’s Echo.


To work for 4 or 5 days per week with a medical research company. Perfect for WH visa students but must have good phone manner and computer skills. Phone 0449 235707



LA TABLE – Seeking KITCHEN ASSISTANT (washing up etc). Email CV to


YOUR GOURMET CATERING – Want CHEFS for part-time weekend work to join a professional and friendly team. $22-$27ph. Call 0439 656063 or email

BRUNSWICK HEADS – Experienced BARISTA to join a busy cafe. 20+ hours per week. Please call 6685 1355.



GLOBAL THERAPEUTICS – Requires MARKETING ASSISTANT.  For more information visit

MITRE 10 – Requires PART TIME RETAIL SALES PERSON.  Three days per week. Must be enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable. Send resume to

BYRON BAY HOLIDAY RENTALS –  Need RESERVATIONS CONSULTANT  to assist with converting bookings and customer service.  Request full job description and apply at

CAPE BYRON KAYAKS – Seeking CUSTOMER SERVICE/OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR  for customer service, office administration, payroll and bookkeeping. Must be highly organised. Immediate start Email CV to

LOCAL NORTHERN RIVERS COMPENDIUM – Seeking ADVERTISING/SALES PERSON . Must have previous experience, car, computer and phone and be an excellent communicator. Full time for 6 weeks. Call 0433 880405.

Falls Festival line up announced!



The line up for this year’s Falls Festival has been announced!!

Once again, the festival will becoming to Byron Bay over New Years Eve – to get tickets you must enter the ticket ballot at

From Dec 30 2014 until 03 Jan 2015 – see Röyksopp, Sticky Fingers, The Black Lips and Todd Terje yeeeeewww!!!!

New Starters at Lexis English | Byron Bay! 18th August 2014



Welcome to our three new starters today! Michael is from Switzerland, Bianca from Italy and Thomas from France!

Michael has just completed his apprenticeship and time in the army back in Switzerland, and wants to improve his English for work. Bianca studied Marine Zoology at the University of Rome and loves the ocean, diving and spotting marine wildlife! Thomas is from a small village near Cannes and is a keen surfer. During the winters he works as a ski instructor and wants to improve his English as the majority of his customers are from the UK. 

I’m sure they will all have a fantastic time!

Graduation at Lexis English | Byron Bay 15th August 2014

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Today we said goodbye to two awesome Elementary students! Eleonora from Italy is off travelling around Australia to show off her new English skills, and TAP student Ku from Japan returns home after two weeks of surfing and learning English!

We wish you both all the best and come back soon!

What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay! 15-16-17 August 2014


Happy Friday everyone!!

Plenty on this weekend – live music and share house theatre and much, much more!

On Friday, local bands Mosk and This Old Sunn are playing at the Northern – the guy on keys for This Old Sunn is our friendly barista at the Green Garage – so go ahead and support them!

Also, Nathan Kaye Collective are playing at the Rails, Jon & Max Fogg are at the Beachy from 5pm – followed by another awesome local band – Wandering Eyes are playing the Beachy at 9pm – these guys play a really fun blend of roots, reggae, hip hop and rock with plenty of bouncy tunes! 

Ben Fowler is at the Treehouse if you fancy heading over to Belongil for some music, cocktails and delicious wood fired pizza; and the Buddha Bar are hosting a live reggae jam.

On Saturday, lots of live music at the Northern with The Dark Hawks, The Loathing and Frankie; Mar Haze are at the Rails and DJ Fonzaius is at the Beachy from 9.30pm.

A brilliant, and very relevant, play is coming to the Byron Theatre – Topology: Share House, is a play about four musicians living together in a share house – something many of us have experienced the highs and lows of!

On Sunday, Josh Hamilton is playing at the Northern, The Whiskey Drop are at the Rails from 6.30pm, and The Hanlon Brothers are at the Beachy from 4.30pm, followed by DJ Taya at 8pm.

Lots of live music at the Treehouse – with Vernas Keep, Ziggy Alberts and Portia Hacket playing in the afternoon and Wadeep playing in the evening from 6pm. 

Jake Clemons is also playing at the Byron Theatre at 7.30pm on Sunday!

Meet The Staff – Student Services Administrator, Yvonne Kenna


Yvonne joined Lexis shortly before Christmas last year and she has been a valuable part of the team ever since. Below she answers some important questions about Life, Byron Bay and Learning English.

Languages spoken:  Swiss German, German, French and English

I always wanted to be an Air Traffic Controller

Byron Bay’s best kept secret is the magical Hinterland with its rainforests, waterfalls & beautiful walks

 I’ll bet you didn’t know I am Swiss and love cheese and chocolate!

At 11pm on a Saturday, you’ll find me out and about relaxing!

At 8am on a Saturday, you’ll find me at Federal Doma Café with my little dog Rocco

My dream holiday destination is One Foot Island, Aitutaki Cook Islands – Paradise on Earth!

Best restaurant/cafe in Byron Bay is Miss Margarita of course!

When you’re in Byron Bay, don’t miss The Pass and Wategos Beach

My English learning tip is read, listen and talk!



Ulysse and Greg talk about their time in Byron Bay!


16 year old French students Ulysse and Greg have come to the end of their five week stay in Byron Bay – where they studied English, surfed and explored our stunning coastal town.

Here are the boys pulling some dashing faces on their surf lesson 🙂

We spoke to them about their time here at Lexis English | Byron Bay!




I really like my homestay. They cook very well and their child Jack, who is 7, is a very nice boy. They are very welcoming. They also had a Japanese student staying with them and he was cool. There is always a friendly atmosphere at dinner!


If I had to describe Byron Bay to another student, I would say that in the winter the weather is very good, and it is a very good spot to surf – there are great waves. The people are very friendly, especially at Lexis!

I enjoyed my lessons – Paul is a very good teacher. It is my second time in Australia – I also studied at Lexis Noosa – Lexis is a good school.


My surfing definitely progressed while I was here – I got better at surfing the face of the wave. I also bought a $400 wetsuit! The surf instructors are really good.

Thanks Greg! We won’t tell your Dad about the $400 wetsuit….


Yesterday I went to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, on the Gold Coast – I saw so many crocodiles and got to hold a koala!photo_2441942_20140807

My homestay was really good – Georgia, my homestay Mum, was such a nice, helpful and funny person. The food was great, too. 

I also really liked my teachers – when I first arrived  I found it difficult to understand, but whenever you don’t understand, they stop and explain. Paul is a very good teacher. The English Only policy is good too, as it makes me speak English and speak to other students.

photo_2441946_20140807If I had to recommend what to do in Byron Bay to a new student, I would tell them to walk into town for the atmosphere, and to see the hippies! And also definitely go surfing – there are amazing waves.

My surfing has improved – I’ve been surfing on short boards rather than the foam boards that you use when you first start learning. Mojo are a really good surf school!

Thanks Ulysse and Greg! We hope that you come back to visit us, as well as the koalas, the hippies and the waves; some day!





Lisa’s Study Corner – Should I do Cambridge or IELTS?

In September, Lexis Byron Bay is running 3 exam preparation classes. We still have (very limited) spaces left on the Cambridge First (FCE) and Cambridge Advanced (CAE) 12-week courses, starting on 8 September. Or perhaps you are interested in joining our IELTS course running from 22 September until 12 December. Please come and see me as soon as possible if you are considering either of these options.

Free Activities in August

activitie august 001School doesn’t finish when classes do. Remember, every day between 2 and 3pm all students (full or part time) can go to GIL (Guided Independent Learning) or join our activity programme.

This month, we’ve got the usual favourites such as Yoga, Table Tennis and Coffee Lounge, plus some fantastic new events.

We’ve got some interesting Movie Screenings for you this month. This week on Thursday there’s a must-see Planet Earth doco, with free popcorn, then next week there’s animation with free ice-cream and on the 28th a new release with free chips.

Fridays are really exciting all month. Last week was Amy’s awesome Travel Talk about WA. (She used to live there so she knows all the best places.) This week, to celebrate the end of course we have a BBQ, with Paul as our top chef, and then next Friday you can learn to Play the Digeridoo (and hear how it should be played). Finally on the last Friday of the month, there will be a Volleyball Tournament – with prizes in the Lexis courtyard.

Other highlights include Amy making Moroccan Tajine on 20th August and a Poker Tournament on 26th August. I can’t wait to see everyone’s best poker face!

Last but by no means least, we also have lots to offer the serious student of English this month too; two more sessions of Lisa’ popular Grammar Workshop two new Vocabulary Workshops and two of Paul’s extremely useful Pronunciation Workshops. You can also get help with CVs, cover letters, interview technique and tax file numbers with Amy at Job Club, every second Wednesday.

Jobs available in Byron Bay this week! 12th August 2014



Do you need some cash to fly to Robin William’s funeral?? Here are the jobs in Byron Bay this week:

1 – Byron Bay Boot Camp require instructors – please email

2 – Italian at the Pacific require experienced wait staff – must have current NSW RSA – please call 0406 647 236

3 – Harvest Cafe in Newrybar are looking for a professional, flexible and reliable kitchen hand. Please email

4 – Mana Health and Fitness are looking for Tai Chi and Latin Dance (samba and salsa) instructors – please call Bruce on 0477 567 363

5 – barista required for casual shifts – must be experienced and used to a fast pace of work. Please call 0413 294 982

6 – chef required for a busy takeaway – please drop off a CV at Beloporto at Shop 12, Feros Arcade, Byron Bay

7 – excellent cleaners required – must be experienced and have a car. Please call Robyn Mon-Fri between 10am and 4pm on 0413 190 266

8 – experienced and reliable kitchen hand required for mobile wood-fired catering company. Long term job, mostly weekends. Please call 0434 516 659

Good luck folks! And remember that we have Job Club tomorrow afternoon at 2pm!

Graduation at Lexis English | Byron Bay! // 8th August 2014

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Today we waved goodbye to some very memorable students! Greg and Ulysse are both 16 years old and from France, and have been studying English and surfing here in Byron Bay for five weeks! Their surfing, and their English, have both really improved.

Megumi from Japan has only been here for a week, but her English improved dramatically! She will be going back home to Japan.

Maru from Taiwan had written a beautiful speech, and also gave Paul two lovely Taiwanese fridge magnets as a parting gift as it is Taiwan’s version of Father’s Day – Baba Day! She is off travelling around Australia.

Martina from Italy and Ena from Korea both left Claudia’s class today – Ena is also off travelling, and Martina is moving back to Melbourne to work and study.

And last but definitely not least, Edoardo from Italy and Marinara from Brazil also said farewell – Edoardo will be in Byron for ten days before returning to high school in Italy, and Mari is off to New Zealand to do her working holiday visa!

Good luck guys, we will miss you!

What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay! 8-9-10 August 2014


And its that time once again. The sun is shining, the waves are rolling and the beer taps are cold! Here’s whats on in Byron Bay this weekend.

On Friday, The Stiffys will be playing at the Northern, Timbah at the Rails and Jimmy Dowling & Robin Earle at the Treehouse. The Beachy have Leigh James crooning from 5pm, followed by the Hombres at 9pm.

Byron Theatre are showing local play Conversations with Goddesses from 8pm, and Buddha Bar are throwing a Red Devils Centenary Dinner.

Out at Durrumbul Hall, Glodance are throwing another one of their AMAZING nights – with Brisbane based Dubmarine, supported by DJ Dancing Tiger – come along for some high energy dancehall dub and crunk! Tickets are $20 pre sale from and $25 on the door if its not already sold out – from 8pm until midnight.

The same night is also taking place out at Uki Hall on Saturday – same deal!

Also on Saturday, plenty of music at the Northern with Like Thieves, Aerial and Guards of May – as well as Beni at the Beachy and Melissa Oliviera at the Byron Theatre.

Ragga Jump are playing at the Rails from 7pm – these guys are heaps of fun to dance around to!

There is also an awesome day/night party at Buddha Bar this Saturday – Techno Fair features Leoch and Rif Raf – a DJ from Berlin! Go to the Buddha Bar website for advance tickets – they usually sell out before the day.

On Sunday, The Swamps are at the Northern, The Shooflys at the Rails and once again – the Karaoke World Championships are at the Buddha Bar from 6pm.

For Sunday sessions, DJ Kayci is at The Eatery from 4pm; and DJ Pacman at the Treehouse from 2.30pm – followed by Mr Sunday from 6pm.

Also the Beachy have Richie Williams Band playing from 4.30pm – followed by DJ Longtime from 8pm.

Have an awesome weekend folks!! xo


Graduation at Lexis English | Byron Bay! 1st August 2014



A late graduation post today! I’ve been away spotting crocodiles in Darwin for a few days 🙂

We had a hilarious graduation on Friday – Mika kept us all chuckling by telling us that she would like to marry someone like Paul!! He was as red as a tomato.

Mika is off to do some travelling, Natsuko is heading back to work in Japan, Midori is off to do her farm work in Queensland and Naomi is off to study English in Noosa!

Good luck girls, we will miss you all!

French Cooking Workshop at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

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This afternoon we had a French cooking workshop down in the student lounge – where we made a delicious and hearty French onion soup – perfect for a winter’s day!

We took a few shortcuts with the recipe, but it still tasted amazing! Jun and Sanae from Japan and Laryssa from Brazil helped my chop a huge bag of onions, which we sauteed in plenty of butter until they were soft. Then, we added brown sugar and Jun (who is a trainee chef!) caramelised the onions. We added flour, beef stock and lots of pepper; and simmered the soup in the pan.

As if that weren’t scrumptious enough, we sprayed fresh bread with olive oil spray, rubbed it with a halved clove of garlic, and sprinkled it with cheese before blasting it in the microwave for some tasty melted cheese bread to go with our soup.

See this link for the recipe!

Jobs available this week in Byron Bay!!!

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Are you a top chef like our Yvonne (pictured above)? Then there are lots of jobs for you in this week’s Echo.

Chefs and Catering:

THE EATERY – Seeking Experienced Barista, Apprentice Chef, Cleaner and Kitchen Porter (washing up etc). Must be able to commit to 6 months or more. Email CV to

BYRON BAY FRESH – Seeking experienced and skilled Barista with two years’ experience.  NSW RSA and ability to work nights and weekend required.  Email

YOUR GOURMET CATERING – Want Chefs for part-time weekend work to join a professional and friendly team. $22-$27ph. Call 0439 656063 or email

TARGA – Seeking Chef. Breakfast experience a bonus. Forward resume to

IN THE PINK GELATO – In Lennox Head are seeking a Barista to join their happy team. Email

BRUNSWICK HEADS – Experienced Chef and Short Order Cook required. Both positions must be able to work 30+ hours. Call 0404 589078

BELONGIL BISTRO – Seeking Barista and Floor Staff. Experience essential. Email or call 0411 107555.

CRYSTAL CASTLE – Looking for experienced Casual Cook. 12-21 hours per week. Email

Welcome to our new starters – 4/8/14

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This week we say hello to four lovely girls: Bianca from Brazil, and Ku, Yukiko and Megumi from Japan.

Bianca will be studying at Lexis | Byron Bay for 24 weeks. Her English level is already good but she wants it to be perfect. She is very close with her family and will work in her father’s business with her father and brother, when she graduates from university.

Yukiko is a university student in Japan. She is studying American History and her favourite period is during the time of slavery and the Civil War.

Megumi and Ku are both High School students. Ku is here on our Teen Activity Programme and will be learning to surf in the afternoons. Megumi has flown all the way to Australia for just one week! We’ll have to make sure your time here is short but sweet, Megumi.