Graduation! 31.10.14

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We said farewell to these three Lexis students graduating today.

We said goodbye to Daniel, who has been here in Byron for just one week. His teacher said even though his stay was short, he fitted in and adjusted to the classes here with ease. He will be travelling down the East coast of Australia, studying English as he goes!

Aya has been at Lexis for the last eight weeks and has made many new friends and touched many hearts! Her teacher said her English had improved dramatically and that she was wonderful to all people here at the school. Aya will be staying in Byron bay and working as a masseuse. We are glad she is not leaving Byron entirely.

Thomas has been studying here at Lexis for the last eleven weeks.  His teacher said he had there have been significant improvements in his English and that he always made people smile and laugh in classes. Thomas will be travelling along the coast with his surfboard before leaving back to France.

We will miss you all guys! Bon voyage – safe travels!


Lexis students playing beach cricket!

A few weeks ago a group of Lexis students headed to the beach after class to learn how play an Aussie summer classic sport, cricket!

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We set up the pitch on the beach and after listening to the instructions the students got straight into it, taking turns at batting, bowling and fielding.

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There were some students who were naturals and picked up the rules and skills of cricket very quickly.

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Other students watched on, choosing to be spectators, relaxing and tanning on the beach and watching as the game unfolded.

Friday fun day at the beach with Lexis Byron!

What’s on! 30.10.14


There is a Latin Fiesta on in Byron this weekend! It goes for three days and there will be different Latino events and activities at various venues around Byron. Click here for more info.


Artsexposure DJs @ The Byron Brewery

Matt Armatage @ Great Northern Hotel

Mescalito Blues @ The Rails

Potato Potato @ The Treehouse (and delicious pizza and gooood cocktails)

Bohemian Cowboys @ The Rails

Latin Fiesta pre -party! @ Ginger Pig

Richard in your Mind (album launch) @ The Beach Hotel (Sydney band)

FRIDAY 31st Oct

Halloween today! Remember to dress up in your costumes for classes at Lexis. There will be prizes for the best dressed. And after class come along to Main beach to play Ultimate Frizbee! (Click here to see what Ultimate Frizbee is) Meet Anna on the grass and we can head to the beach from there.

Lexis student Drinks! @ The Beach Hotel. Be there at 5pm to ensure you don’t miss out on a free drink from Lexis! Goooooood times 🙂

5pm – Wilson / 9pm Nicky Bomba (This guy is aweeeeome) @ Beach Hotel

Latin Fiesta @ Byron Brewery from 7.30

The New High @  Treehouse from 7.30pm

Elegant Shiva, Jesse Pumphrey, DJ Chris Bradley @ The Northern (it’s halloween dress up night)

DJ Danimal @ Woody’s Surf Shack from 8pm


Young Dryas, Boss Moxi @ The Northern

The Loathing @ The Rails from 7pm (A local folk rock band who get the crowd moving and dancing!)

DJ Jimmy @ Cocomangas from 8pm

SUNDAY 2nd Nov

Scott Day-Vee @ The Northern

Samba-Blisstas @ 4pm The Rails. This willl be loads of fun, High energy drumming, costumes and dance. Followed by Blid Willy-Wagtail 6.30pm

Kit Bray @ Park Hotel (Suffolk Park)

Latin Fiesta @ Byron Brewery from 7.30pm


8.00am Saturday – Byron’s Biggest Car Boot Sale. (A car boot sale is basically a big gather of people who sell  there stuff, typically out of their car and car boot. You will find some crazy, interesting, bizarre things here) @ Byron Bay Public School Oval.

4.00pm – 10pm Saturday – Byron Bay Artisan Market @ Railway Park. Lots of local creatives selling their creations, live music, pretty and interesting things to look at.

Byron Bay Community Market (1st and 3rd Sunday of every month) @ Butler Street Reserve.


Sunday Nov 7th @ Brunswick Heads Hotel is The Sea Shepherd benefit gig. Brunkswick Heads is a town about 20 mins from Byron. It’s for a great cause and is a good opportunity to get out of Byron and see a new place on this beautiful coast.

Mullumbimby Music Festival. Nov20 – 23rd. Click here for more info.

Have fun, be safe, look out for one another and remember to share good, happy vibes with all the people you meet 🙂

Westies meet in the East

Former Lexis English Perth teacher, Sam Vanderford, and former Lexis English Perth student, Melissa Drouin, were reunited in a Byron Bay caravan park last week. Melissa, who has been travelling around Australia for the past 2 years, said that when she pulled up next to Sam’s caravan she wasn’t sure if she recognised her- but then she heard Sam’s voice and instantly knew it was her old Elementary teacher. Sam, who is currently teaching at Lexis English Byron Bay, invited Melissa to come speak to the Elementary class and share all of her adventures. The students were inspired by Melissa’s stories and motivated by the improvement in her English!

It’s so great when students come back to Lexis and share their adventures and stories with students and teachers- and it’s so exciting when teachers and students meet somewhere unexpected!

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Here’s a photo of the Lexis English Byron Bay students with their new friend from the West, Melissa (pictured at front) and their teacher, Sam, from the West (pictured at center towards back).

Healthy baking – making Bliss Balls!


A group of students took up the opportunity to have fun in the kitchen on Wednesday afternoon and learnt how to make a quick, easy,healthy Byron bay treat – Bliss Balls!. Sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and raw, these treats are an alternative to sugary desserts and snacks.  Bliss balls can be a variety of flavours and contain many different natural and raw ingredients. The students learned about these ingredients used and why they are healthier options. This particular recipe included coconut oil, rice malt syrup, raw cacao, shredded and desiccated coconut and almond meal.

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We decided to be original with the recipe and did not use exact measurements, but rather estimated and approximated… or just poured in as much as was in the bag!

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And after lots of mixing, moulding the mixture into balls, then rolling each one in coconut……(and tasting the mixture as we went), we finished and the results were delicious! The cooks got to take home a container full of bliss balls and all agreed it was a simple and yummy recipe.

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coffee and chats in the student lounge


After class today a big group of Lexis students decided to chill out in the student lounge and catch up, chat and share in some conversation. We ate tim-tams and drank coffees, chatting and laughing as everyone shared their insights about some of the strange, fascinating, odd, unusual and surprising things they perceived in Australian culture when they first arrived. As an Australian, it was hilarious and insightful for me to hear some of these observations.

On arrival in Byron bay one student said he had been so surprised to see Aussies walking around with no shoes or tops on, something that would never happen in his country. Other students said they were surprised by the relaxed lifestyle of families here. Many shared the same experience of becoming familiar with crossing the road in a country where cars drive on the left hand side of the road. There were lots of laughs and funny stories told.

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A great thing about spending time attending an English Language school is learning about and from one another.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences guys!

Jobs available this week in Byron 28/10/14

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Cleaning @ Bayview Apartments – Experienced cleaner with ABN wanted for holiday cleans. (Click here to go to website, then click on ‘Quick Apply’.)

Qualified chef – required for busy iconic Byron Bay Restaurant. Permanent full time position available for an experienced and enthusiastic professional. The Balcony Bar & Restaurant. Email:

Experienced wait staff – also required for The Balcony Bar & Restaurant. Email:

Bartenders wanted – Woody’s surf shack is looking for experienced bar tenders to work in our fast-paced late night venue. 20hrs + per week. Must have Two years + experience at making drinks and cocktails and dedication to outstanding customer service.  We offer a fun work environment, an excellent wage and great staff benefits. Email CV listing relevant experience to manager:

Qualified Chef – Fast paced Asian restaurant seeks quick chef to learn the established recipes. Must be strong, friendly, and a great team player. Minimum of two years short order cooking experience. Sponsorship considered. Please email resume to

Beauty/massage therapists – required to join one of Byron’s best day spas. Must be well presented, have a great work ethic and outstanding customer service skills are essential. A wonderful working environment, not enclosed indoors.

Qualified Chef –The Pass Cafe  in Byron Bay is looking for a qualified Chef over the summer period with views to going all year round. Set in the iconic region of Palm Valley and located at the famous Pass surfing spot, a job here is the envy of many.
Must be fully qualified and able to work in a fast paced environment.
Initially only breakfast and lunch required with potential for some evening work.
This position will not last. Click here to apply.

Experienced friendly wait staff – Miss Margarita is looking for experience friendly staff who love working in a busy restaurants. Must have NSW RSA. If this is you please email

Experienced chef – Osushi in beautiful byron bay is looking for a full time experienced chef ( not for sushi). Award winning restaurant, busy kitchen, fusion Japanese cuisine great conditions. Please forward your details to: or to

Cleaner – A part time position is available for a professional cleaner in residential/ commercial cleaning in Byron Bay and the surrounding areas.
The applicant must have:
– Own vehicle
– Relevant cleaning experience and attention to detail
We seek an applicant to join our friendly team who is intuitive, reliable, flexible and able to carry out instructions relating to specific tasks.
Please send a resume with a brief description about yourself to

Backpackers are you looking for work in Byron Bay??
Join our awesome crew and become a pedicab rider for Down Under Pedicabs. Meet lots of people, keep fit and get paid to do it 🙂
You RENT the pedicab for the week (at night) and you keep all the cash you earn! Each pedicab is setup with a sound system so you can play your own music from your iPhone/MP3 player.
For more details please text 0448719523 or come and see us at Shop 5, 130 Jonson Street, Byron Bay!
Hey did you know…… Down Under Pedicabs also operates in Darwin, Cairns, Surfers Paradise and Adelaide.
It’s more than a job, it’s an experience.
Check out our website and Facebook Page for more photos!

  Good luck with the job hunt!

IELTS Class Excursion

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The IELTS Prep. class went on a bush walk as part of an environmental studies unit. During the walk they had an opportunity to observe both the water and carbon cycles in details which they later were required to draw diagrammatically and write about as required as an IELTS writing task. On the walk students also had an opportunity to discuss and learn about native flora and fauna. They were fortunate enough to see turtles, dolphins, sea eagles (brahminy kites), many bush turkeys and perfect waves. The ‘green classroom’ proved very beneficial for learning, interaction and thought processes.

Graduation 24/10/14

It was a busy and emotional graduation ceremony this week as we said goodbye to seven awesome students; Daniela Baertschi, Hanna Bae, Daniela Egli, Fanny Caristan, Anja, Groeber, Stefan G and Felix Bissinger.


Daniela Baertschi (pictured above) graduated from Intermediate after a month at Lexis. She thanked everyone for a great time and is now looking forward to travelling in Australia before heading back to Switzerland.

Anja Groeber (not pictured) is also planning to go travelling. When she left Switzerland she had decided on two months of study followed by two months of travel. Her teacher Paul described her as always happy and she told the FCE class to keep smiling throughout their exams!


Hanna Bae (pictured aboved) from Korea has been studying at Lexis English since June. She started in Pre-Intermediate and finishes as a good Upper Intermediate student. She told us she had forgotten to bring her graduation speech but wanted to thank the guys in the student house for an unforgettable birthday party and also to remind everyone that times goes fast so to make the most of every day here. She will spend 10 more days in Byron Bay before heading back to Korea.


Daniela Egli (pictured above) was described by her teacher as an almost perfect student, even though she lacked confidence at first. Daniela thanked everyone for being so nice and said she had an amazing time. She is now planning to travel around Australia in a camper van with her sister.


Lovely Fanny (above) invited us all to stay with her in Paris! She graduates from Pre-Intermediate, where she has kept people happy with her beautiful laugh and is now looking for a job.

Felix Bissinger, (not pictured) also graduated today, although not from class but from his “Teacher Homestay” programme. He has been studying at home with Anji our teacher, and in four weeks completed the entire Pre-Intermediate book. Well done Felix.


Finally, we say goodbye to Stefan G a very talented, multi-lingual young man who has been studying with our Advanced class. Julia, his teacher, praised his fabulous attitude and great questions. Stefan is going to stay in Byron Bay for two weeks and then travel for four months in South East Asia. He told us that his five weeks here felt like one day!

It always does go really fast and it seems like students we were welcoming yesterday are graduating today. We wish all of you the very best in your future travels and lives. Stay in touch and say hi on Facebook sometimes.

Byron Bay Surf Festival


Don’t miss the Byron Bay Surf Festival on this weekend!

It starts Friday night with  a FREE surf movie on the foreshore near Clarke’s Beach and music from Melbourne band Bonjah. Then continues with lots of surf art, surfboards and surf culture on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the festival you will be able to see a variety of surfing (tandem, body, handplane and more) at Wategos Beach (there’s a FREE shuttle to Wategos from Clarke’s so you don’t even have to walk).

Famous Australian surfers such as Stephanie Gilmore and Brad Gerlach  are rumoured to be in town partaking in the festivities! Make sure you get along to this iconic event- there’s something for everyone! You can pick up a program from Reception or check it out on the web at

By the way, the picture illustrating this article is Lexis Byron Bay’s very own Samantha Vanderford, who is not only an amazing teacher but an award winner surfer.

Marvin Wins Again!

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We have some superstar ping pong players at Lexis Byron Bay this spring and, as always, yesterday’s tournament was very fiercely fought.

18 students lined up for the knock out rounds and Leo, Moja, Silvan and Miguel all made it through the second round too. But the final pairing was, for the third time running, Leo and Marvin (pictured here with Miguel).

The final was extremely competitive, with some excellent play from both sides. However, in the end there could only be one winner and Marvin took the championship (and the six pack of beer) for the third consecutive time.

Congratulations champion!

Skateboarding Lesson with Flavio Biehl

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Today, the Lexis Courtyard welcomed professional skateboarder Flavio Biehl.

Flavio demonstrated some moves and then got the Lexis students to have a go. From all the cheers I could hear from my office, it sounded like they were getting the hang of it pretty quickly. Well done guys. It looked like a lot of fun. I might come and join in next time.

To find out more about Flavio check out this interview with him for

Welcome to our New Starters 20/10/14

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Today Lexis Byron Bay warmly welcomes (from left to right) Julien Del Don, Giacomo Santomi, Tobias Kobel, Joana Haehlen, Caroline Chopin, Changgon Mun and Reto Glur.

Julien, Tobias, Joana and Reto are all from Switzerland. Julien is on a gap year before hopefully going on to study medicine next year. Tobias and Reto are travelling together and looking forward to the Byron Bay experience while Joana (Ana) is a professional skier who also has a twin sister.

Giacomo is from Italy but has already been living and working in Byron Bay for six months. He’s the Italian chef at the Japanese/Italian restaurant at the Bowls Club, which recently got great reviews in the Byron Echo.

Caroline is from Belgium and won a competition to be here. It’s been her dream to visit Australia since she was 14 years old and she says she’s “having a blast” already.

Finally, Changgon, from Korea, has actually come to Byron Bay from Perth where he was working in a laundry. He had planned to study English in Canada, but after breaking up with his girlfriend decided to come to Byron Bay instead. He’s studying IT at home and wants to eventually work designing phone apps.

What an interesting group! Welcome to Byron Bay all of you. We hope you have an amazing and unforgettable time.

Graduation 17/10/14

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Today we said goodbye to two lovely girls who travelled all the way here together from France: Sterenn Herry and Marie Baecklandt.

First, student Guilherme (above) stood in for teacher Claudia to wish Sterenn farewell.

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Sterenn then gave a really lovely graduation speech; in excellent English.

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Then teacher Kathleen presented Marie with her certificate and praised her attitude, her results and her French accent.

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And finally, Marie also gave a beautiful speech, thanking everyone at Lexis for making their three weeks here so memorable.

Enjoy the rest of your trip – Sterenn and Marie.

This week’s jobs


Little Red Chilli is a café/ restaurant in Suffolk Park and they are looking for a kitchenhand for casual shifts on the weekend. Ring 6685-3522. Or go in, introduce yourself and drop off your resume/ CV.   4/9 Clifford St, Suffolk Park, NSW 2481

Che Bon Restaurant in Tintenbar is looking for a Qualified Cook for a full-time position from Wednesday-Saturday, 3pm until CLOSE (usually 10:30 pm).

You need to have a car because the restaurant is located at 5 Fernleigh Rd, Tintenbar NSW 2478. Contact Che Bon on 6687-8221 or send them your cv/ resume at Also, check out their website:

Do you have2 or more years’ experience as a waiter or waitress? If so, the Belongil Bistro is looking for casual Wait Staff. You can email them your CV to or ring them on 6680-9007. Better still, go  down to the BB (33 Childe Street, Belongil Beach, Byron Bay 2481) and give them your resume.

O’Sushi is looking for workers for the following positions:

  • Chef
  • Hot food cook
  • Kitchen-hand

You can email them your CV:; be sure

to say which position you are interested in!

New Starters 13/10/14


Today we welcome eight new students and three returners.

The new students arriving today were Fabien Chassot, Julia Schider and Larissa Salvisberg from Switzerland, Pascaline Matres from France, Shizuya Morishita, Kazuki Osaka and Yuka Matsuda from Japan and Leonardo Mozart Bicalho Da Cruz Araujo from Brazil.

We also welcome back Solam Kim from Korea, Thomas Syeon from France and Leana Schluep from Switzerland.

Guess the Idiom!


This morning, the CAE class had great fun playing Pictionary using idioms connected to relationships and the character, behaviour and appearance of people. It was a fun and interesting spectacle to see students’ wonderful drawing skills!

The three teams were in close competition most of the game with The Winners (Romy, Charlene and Gabriel) and Joyce and the birthday kids (Mariana, Joyce and Steven) both coming in at second place. In the end, it was the Mullumbimby Warriors who took first place with Delia, Martina and Maurin demonstrating a quick response to the pictures despite continual calling out of ‘a twinkle in her father’s eye’ by Delia for every picture. Well done guys! Can you guess what the idioms are on the whiteboard?

Graduation (10th October 2014)

Today we said a big farewell to three students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay.


Sanae, Michael and Naoko

Sanae’s teacher, Kathleen, said Sanae had been “brilliant” in her studies and also a very caring, friendly and helpful student. Kathleen also said that Sanae has been particularly helpful to new students, always explaining things to them and helping them out.

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Michael said a big thanks to everyone at Lexis and gave a memorable traditional Aussie farewell! His teacher Sammy said that he has been very impressed with Michael’s intelligence and ability to pick up the learning quickly.

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Naoko said she will always remember her time here at Lexis as one of the best times of her life. She has loved studying here and made the most of lots of opportunities to try new things.

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All the best guys! We will miss you!

Lexis students in the surf


The Lexis Byron Bay students have been making the most of having access to some of the best surf beaches in the world! Almost every day from Monday to Friday students head to the beach with a local surf coach and learn how to ride the waves.

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This week Deborah, Elisa and Naoko were hitting the waves and learning this beach sport and looks like they had a ball doing so. Nice one surfer chicks!


Bushwalking near the lighthouse

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There is a secret little track near the lighthouse which people often don’t see. If you go there on a warm day and walk through quietly you are most likely to see some form of Australian wildlife.

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Wandering through the tranquil bush we made our way up to the hang glider take off ramp, which is also a great look out! Everyone loved the view so we sat there with the wind in our hair and took in Byron’s natural beauty. Byron is such a special place.

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What’s on this weekend! (Friday 10th – Sunday 12th October)


The Italian Film Festival starts today. If you are someone who loves movies and culture, definitely get along to this. It is running from the 9th October until the 15th October. Check out 

Friday 10th

The Rails – The Hill Billy Goats

The Northern – Vernas Keep (These guys are great! Seriously a really good band and they are locals. Indie style, big sound but still cruisey.)

The Beach Hotel – Playwrite 9pm(Melbourne Band)

Byron Bay Brewery 8.30pm – Bin Juice

Treehouse 7.30pm – The Beans (annnnnnd as always, awesome pizza and cocktails)

Saturday 11th

Artisan Market – 9am Railway Park

The Rails – Tim Stokes Band

The Northern – The Dead Love, Greenthei, Eye & Eye

The Beach Hotel – DJ Discrow

Byron Bay Brewery – 8.30pm Toby

Woody’s Surf Shack 8pm DJ Sanchez

Sunday 12th 

The Northern – Josh Hamilton

Railway Hotel – Mick McHugh Trio

Beach Hotel – 4.30pm Nitestar & 8pm Elemental DJs

Brunkswick Hotel – Declan Kelly and the Rising Sun (Supposedly a fun place to go on a Sunday afternoon.)


Spirit of the Bay – Local fundraiser music and markets. Drug and alcohol free event to raise money for Byron Youth Services. October 18th from 11am – 11pm.

Byron Bay Surf Festival – tipis, music, art, innovation, films, presentations, design lifestyle,  markets swaps, surf, literature, health, sustainability and lots more. Three days of surf culture from the 24th – 26th of October

Mullum Music Festival – This will be funnnn, click here for more info:

Table Tennis competition!

After class yesterday a bunch of Lexis students headed to the student lounge to compete for the title of Lexis Byron ping pong champion! There was no surf so we had even more competitors than usual and the quality of all games was high!


The first game of the day between Marvin and Simone

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Manuel going for a big serve

 Marvin and Leo played a heated game in the Grand final but it was Marvin who came out on top this time! Congratulations Marvin, well played.


Grand Final competitors Leo and Marvin

Jobs available in Byron this week (7th – 14th October)


O-Sushi Japanese Restaurant is looking to recruit a sushi chef, hot food cook, kitchen hand and experienced waiters and waitresses. Please send all inquiries to

Word Press Designer wanted for new media channel. Part Time Position. We are a new media channel focused on highlighting positive news and inspiring projects around the world and we are looking to build the next iteration of our website. Skills required:

  • Fluent with Word Press
  • Eye for contemporary design
  • Ability to build and design web pages
  • Ability to research new functionality as we grow.

Please send your CV and cover letter with examples of your work to:

We’re a bar/restaurant on Jonson Street and we’re looking for an energetic, efficient and experienced waitress to join our team! Must have recent waiting experience in a fast paced environment and be available evenings including weekends. (cocktail bartending experience an added plus).  Phone Scott on 0415 187 667. No SMS please, leave a voicemail if I don’t answer.

Deliverer wanted to deliver small local phone books. Own vehicle required. Immediate start. Phone 0418 994 956 or 0419 009 517

Warehouse position. Key skills required: reliable, good attention to detail, neat and tidy, fit, available school holidays, and a quick learner. Email resume to:

Experienced kitchen hand/ chef/ pizza chef for mobile wood fired pizza catering. Mostly weekend work. Phone 0434 516 659

A part time position is available for a professional cleaner in residential/ commercial cleaning in Byron Bay and the surrounding areas.

The applicant must have:
– Own vehicle
– Relevant cleaning experience and attention to detail

We seek an applicant to join our friendly team who is intuitive, reliable, flexible and able to carry out instructions relating to specific tasks. Please send a resume with a brief description about yourself to

Friday night fun times

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On Friday night a group of Lexis students met at The Beach hotel to drink beer and welcome in the weekend together. There was a talented solo musician playing folk music and covers and it set a nice atmosphere for unwinding on a Friday afternoon.

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A bit later that night Michael and Pascal, two musically talented Lexis students, organised to DJ at a local bar and a big group of people from Lexis Byron went along to party! It was an awesome night, with lots of smiles, dancing and great music by our resident DJs. Thanks Michael and Pascal for organising the event!

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Friday afternoon BBQ at Lexis

After class on Friday there was a barbeque organised for the students here at Lexis Byron.

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Paul, one of our teachers cooked up some sausages and students enjoyed trying a famous Aussie BBQ with sausages in bread, salads and drinks. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and a group of students started a volley ball match while others sat around, chatted and some even had a bit of a dance.





We have a BBQ here each month and it’s always a social time for students and staff to relax together and enjoy this favourite Aussie past time.

CAE class at the Byron Bay Farmers’ Market

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Yesterday the CAE class went to the Byron Bay Farmers’ Market, which is located behind the railway tracks. Even though the sun was hiding behind the clouds, it was a perfect morning to discover the market. The purpose of this excursion was to get information for our writing task.

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The market, which is quite big and amazing, started 11 years ago. You can find a lot of local produce such as fruit and vegetables, oysters, fresh bread and so on.


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There were also different attractions for children like face-painting and a clown creating fancy balloons. It’s a great place to talk with people and listen to live music while drinking a coffee. The musicians played folk and singer-songwriter songs. Two Swedish buskers were playing Johnny Cash songs as well.

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 It was a family friendly and lively atmosphere and we had a great time together.


(This blog post was written by the CAE class. Thanks for sharing your experience guys! Below is a picture of the class writing it together once they returned from the market.)


Graduating students (3.10.2012)

Today we had two students graduate from Lexis Byron Bay. Ivana and Pascal have both been fun and lively students. They both said that they really enjoyed their time studying English at Lexis. They have improved their speaking skills really well!


Although we didn’t have a formal school graduation ceremony today we managed to get a few final pictures. Thanks for all the laughs and smiles Ivana and Pascal! Good luck with your future endeavours.


Volunteers wanted to help care for and beautify Byron bay

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Byron bay is a beautiful place that so many people, both locals and tourists alike, really come to love. Many locals are passionate about keeping the town clean, safe from development and are open and welcoming to all visitors. Last year the town Mayor organised a ‘Beautify Byron Day’ where people came together for a few hours, giving the Byron streets a clean up and make over. They will be doing this again on October 19th and are looking for volunteers to get involved. The town Mayor says that Byron Shire Council staff will prepare work areas for tidying up and planting new trees and plants to keep Byron beautiful, leafy and well looked after. If you love Byron and would like to give back to the town, come along and volunteer. It will run from 8.30am – 11am on October 19th. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Railway Gardens. Bring gardening gloves, closed toe shoes, and a bottle of water. You can sign on at

Farmers market trip for the Pre-Intermediate class

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Byron’s Farmers Market provided our Pre-Int class with the perfect opportunity to practise the comparatives and superlatives we’d learned this week. We had great fun comparing opinions on the tastiest, spiciest, sweetest, most expensive, healthiest, strangest etc etc food and produce. On our return to class it started raining, so we also discovered the fastest, slowest and funniest runners in the class!

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Lighthouse photo race and scavenger hunt!

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Stefan at the Lighthouse – Byron’s most famous landmark

On Wednesday after class a group of students participated in an adventure photo race which took them racing down from the iconic Byron bay lighthouse all the way back to the Lexis school grounds- completing tasks and taking photos at certain landmarks as they went.

Some of the tasks included taking pictures of themselves at different locations between the lighthouse and the school,

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      Leo at the Lookout

Or approaching strangers and finding out if they were tourists or locals, then getting photos with them

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and also doing exercises at certain points along the way!

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So In and Miwa doing pull ups at Wategos

There were extra points if teams got a photo with a good looking surfer – and both teams managed to find this no problem!

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Leo and Stefan were fierce competition to be up against. Aya, Miwa and So In completed all the tasks really well, but the boys raced the whole way and were the winners of the competition in the end! They celebrated their win with a six pack of beer in the sun.


Good work teams, it was loads of fun and a great way to discover even more places and secret spots around beautiful Byron.

Celebrations at Lexis

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How would you feel about having your 20th birthday on the other side of the world without family and friends? No problem for Miguel! His gorgeous classmates (from Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, France, Belgium and Korea) were very happy to sing birthday wishes, whiteboard “Happy Birthday” in eight languages*, and eat traditional Aussie lamingtons.

Surfing in Byron


One of the most popular things to do in Byron Bay is to go surfing! We have some of the best surf spots in the world right here and some great waves for beginners wanting to learn to surf, as well as excellent waves for those with more experience.


Lots of Lexis students have been making the most of the opportunity to learn this fun and exhilarating sport. Like any new skill it takes time, patience and persistence. The more time spent in the water on a surfboard = improved surfing skills! Always make sure to surf within your ability and be conscientious of other surfers too. Know the surf etiquette, watch the waves before you paddle out, respect the ocean, respect each other and have fun!

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