Lexis Byron Bay Film Festival 2014

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On Christmas Eve at 1pm all of Lexis Byron Bay gathered in the student lounge for the inaugural Lexis Byron Bay Film Festival.

There were five entries; one each from Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced. Refreshments (chips, dips, tim-tams and fruit) were served while these were shown at random to the excited crowd.

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Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class presented their own video accompaniment to “Happy” by Pharell Williams. It was a great start to the festival; excellent soundtrack, editing and visuals plus some wonderful dancing from Byron locals and visitors, teacher Claudia and the Upper Intermediate students themselves. You can view the whole film here:


The movie from Marie’s Elementary class “Becoming Byron” featured Miguel Algusto Sabino De Freitas as a stressed out corporate executive who learns to relax and embrace life when he leaves his job and comes to Byron. Great story, great acting, great soundtrack.


Sammy’s Intermediate class went in another direction entirely. They showed a Vox Populi of Byron locals discussing their views on immigration. This film was really well edited and included a fun out-takes section at the end. Very professional.


The two winning films were from the Kathleen’s Pre-Intermediate class and Julia’s Advanced class.

tree 3The Pre-Ints film “Surfing in Byron Bay” starts calmly enough with some beautiful shots from the water but then had the audience roaring with laughter with parodies of both Jaws and Baywatch. Very clever and a well-deserving winner of Best Cinematography and Best Soundtrack.


It was Julia’s Advanced class that won overall Best Film though. Their movie showed two “English Misunderstandings” that Spaniard Cristina Alonso Serrano had when she first arrived in Byron Bay last year. This is extremely funny and Cristina also won the Best Actor award for her re-enactment of these. Be warned though, the misunderstandings are of an adult nature so this film isn’t suitable for anyone under 18.


While we were counting the votes, students and staff received their Secret (or in some cases not so secret) Santa presents. Thanks to Lisa Martignoni for my little model dog! :).

Then all the winner received priceless certificates and welcome six packs of beer for their efforts.tree2

All in all the inaugural Lexis Byron Bay Film Festival was a great success and already the teachers are planning how their class can win next year. Enjoy the holidays everybody.

Free Activities in January 2015

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As usual we have a great free activity programme planned for our students in January.

All the regular favourites are there; yoga, coffee lounge, job club, movie screenings and beach games. Plus we have some unmissable guest activity leaders this month.

Firstly, on 13 January, Pro Skateboarder Flavio returns to give both beginners and improvers instruction, challenges and encouragement. Flavio teaches at schools all over Byron and his classes are always really popular. So don’t miss out on this one.

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Another regular feature of our monthly activity programme is Joshee and his slackline. He’ll be returning on the 21st to test your skills of balance and concentration.


Our final special guest this month is Phil from Starrynight Planetarium who will be bring his telescope and his astronomy knowledge to show students the sky at night. If you are from the nothern hemisphere you will see that the sky looks very different from “down under”. Always popular, this evening event is on Wednesday 28 January.


PLUS. We will also be celebrating Australia Day in style with Australian Movies, Lamington Making and Beer Tasting. Look out for more details, nearer the day.

Have a fabulous January and please tell us what you enjoyed the most and what activities you would like to do more of.

What’s On over the Holidays

Byron Bay is a great place to be over the holidays! There’s so much on so here is a little guide to keep you merry and bright over the holiday period.

Falls Festival
30 December – 3 January (North Byron Parklands) http://www.byron.fallsfestival.com.au

New Year’s Eve

Soul Street – 4pm (Railway Park and Johnson St)
Samba Blisstas – 6.30pm (Railway Park and Johnson St)
Funmaker Silent Disco – 8pm (Railway Park and Johnson St)
Goons of Doom, Ocean Alley, The Badlands, DJ Chris Bradley – 9pm (The Northern)
Dan Hannaford, Lepers & Crooks (The Rails)
Generik, Mr Speaker & The People Party – 8pm (The Beach Hotel)
Tijuana, Illya, Rifraf, Wild Marmalade, Sean Patrick, Orion, Captain Kaine & More – 7pm (The Brewery)
DJ Jimmy D & DJ QC (Cocomangas)
Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute – 4pm (Club Byron)
Ginger Pig DJs – 9pm (Ginger Pig)

New Year’s Day:

First Sun New Year’s Day – early morning, 1 January (Main Beach)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone! Have a lovely holiday and see you in the new year =)

Graduation 24/12/14

We had a big graduation this week as students leave Lexis to go on Christmas travels or look for work. Plus, one very special graduation of a student who first started at Lexis Byron Bay over one year ago.

First up was Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class from which two students were graduating: Nico from Switzerland, who isn’t really leaving but joining our January FCE class, and Juliette from Belgium who has been studying at Lexis for the past 15 weeks.

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Nico said that he is having an amazing time in Byron Bay and thanked all his fabulous teachers, while Juliette gave a lovely speech saying that her time in Byron Bay has been like a dream that she now has to wake up from. She thanked Claudia and said she had thought she was serious at first but actually she was really funny.

We also said goodbye to three girls who, as teacher Kathleen put it, have been practising outside class this last week. Yuka from Japan, graduated from Elementary after 11 weeks, Sohyun (Korea) from Pre-Intermediate after 12 weeks and Riko (Japan) from Intermediate after 16 weeks. All three girls are now living in the on-site accommodation and really enjoying the experience.

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The Intermediate class also said goodbye to Conce (Switzerland) and Mirco (Italy). Teacher Sammy praised both students for their enthusiasm and intelligent questions and he said how much he would miss them both. Mirco, who was described as a lovely human being, is now looking for a job if anyone can help him!

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Another lovely Italian saying goodbye this week was Daniel, who graduation from Pre-Intermediate (Grade A) after 6 weeks with Lexis. His teacher said that Daniel always had great intentions of working hard but was easily distracted. Daniel is now going to Bundaburg to work on  a farm but hopes to come back to Lexis Byron Bay to study IELTS.

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And finally, sadly, after 36 weeks starting last August we are all going to miss the lovely Cristina from Spain. Cristina started at Lexis in Pre-Intermediate, she then progressed through the levels and an FCE course to finish in Advanced. Not only has she been an amazIng student, she has touched the hearts of everyone who works at Lexis.

In her speech, she gave some advice to all the students, based on what she had learned during her time in Byron Bay. She said that the most important thing is to speak English all of the time. Not just in class. She told us that she watched the new students who came and those that tried to speak in English even when they weren’t being watched, were the ones who made friends from all over the world and had the best experience here. Indeed, she said that now she has friends to visit in every corner of the globe.

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Cristina, we will miss you so much. Good luck to everyone who leaves today. Have safe travels and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Jobs in Byron 23/12/14


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!

Need a job? Dominos pizza Byron Bay is hiring delivery drivers right now!

Flexible hours (10-25 a week)

Then look no further. Just drop by the Byron Bay dominos store with your current resume.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and car

Wicked Travel is currently recruiting for a new SALES GENIUS with a killer instinct to help backpackers organise and book their exciting tours around Australia!

You need:

  • Proven Sales Experience (fundraising, telesales, B2B, club promo etc)
  • Fun, Energetic, Positive Personality with a ‘Can do attitude’
  • Travel experience on Australia’s EAST COAST (fraser island / whitsundays an advantage)
  • 3-6 months commitment to the job for the coming summer.

Opportunities to progress for Sponsorship is available for those who really excel in the company.

Drop a resume and short covering letter into Lee at Wicked Travel, 89 Jonson Street.

Dynamic person required to assist male quadriplegic with exercising and some gardening

Flexible daytime hours $22 per hour. Need own ABN mattharcia@gmail.com

Byron Bay Herb Nursery require a Casual Support Worker

See website for more info www.byronherbs.com.au

Small Healthcare Company need a Part-Time Admin Assistant

Flexible hours: 22.5 per week. See website for more info www.reidhealthcare.com.au

Byron Shire Council are seeking a Landcare Support Officer

14 hours per week. Email melody.f.valentine@gmail.com for more information or to apply.

Waitperson required for Gringos in Brunswick Heads

Experience necessary. Call 0467 894795

Harvest Cafe in Newrybar require Baristas and Kitchen Hands

Email resume to goodtimes@harvestcafe.com.au

Graduation 19/12/14

It was another busy graduation on Friday, as we said goodbye to some really lovely students.

First up graduating from his pre-intermediate class today was Spanish Guillem Lopez Borras. His teacher said he is a very happy and funny student who made all his classmate laugh a lot. They will miss him and his sense of humour! His teacher also mentioned that he is graduating with excellent marks.

Ulrike Anscheutz from Germany, who also graduated from the pre-intermediate class, only has only been in Byron Bay for one week. Her teacher said that she made lots of friends and talked to many people from different nationalities. Ulrike said the time she spent was too short to improve her English a lot, but she enjoyed it very much.


Next up was Manuel from Spain (pictured above). He graduated from the upper-intermediate class. His teacher mentioned how much he had improved in his 12 weeks at Lexis and also praised his friendliness. She said that he is a very respectful student and that he will be missed a lot! Manuel is looking forward to travelling around Australia before he is going back to Spain in a few months.

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Moja Alseraie from Saudia Arabia has been at Lexis Byron Bay for 8 months! He gave a lovely speech in very good English. He said it has been hard for him to imagine his last day and he can’t believe he is actually graduating today. He thanked all the teachers and staff at Lexis individually and he said that he had an amazing time, learned a lot and will miss everyone!

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Maider Egusquizaga from Spain graduated from her IELTS class today. She said that she felt like Lexis was her second family! She loved her teachers and has improved her communication skills greatly. Her teacher said she has an outgoing, talkative personality and she made fantastic contributions to all class discussions. Even though Maider is sad to leave Byron she can’t wait to go skiing back in Spain in two weeks again!

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Andrin Siegentahler’s elementary class teacher praised how fast he had improved and how much he had learned at Lexis. He thanked everyone and said he will miss Byron.

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Gulia Barra from the intermediate class was sad to leave Lexis after having such a great time and learning so much. Her teacher said she was a delight to teach and always happy and hard-working.

And last but not least, Kevin Naepflin, who was also graduationg from the intermediate class, said he had a great time in Byron and that he loved the Byron way of life.

All the best to all of you. Come back and see us soon.


It’s the moment Lexis Byron Bay has been waiting for all year….. the Lexis Byron Bay Film Festival!!! Next Wednesday all classes will be showcasing their films.

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The films can be about absolutely anything and teachers will be taking the students out on excursions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to gather inspiration and footage for their films.

Our technologically-advanced students will then edit the films into art for the whole school to watch and judge on Wednesday afternoon at 1pm.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Best Film
Best Actor
Best Soundtrack
Best Cinematography

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  1. You do not need to have dialogue! You will be practicing English just by creating and making the film so you can experiment with songs and sound effects instead if yo want to.
  1. Keep the idea simple so it’s easy to follow and don’t make the film too long. A short simple idea done well always works best.
  1. You film doesn’t have to be a story. It could be an interview, a series of vox pop, a series of still photographs, even an animation.
  1. You might like to download Windows Movie Maker to edit your film. You can do this from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows7/products/features/movie-maker

After the Film Festival we’ll be having a Christmas party where you can talk about the films you watched and relax with fellow students before the holidays.

Need some inspiration? Check out the photos above andbelow (yes that is Leonardo Di Caprio filming on The Beach and Steven Spielberg filming Jaws =D)

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