Beer Tasting and Travel Info!


Today we did beer tasting with some travel info from Backpacker World Travel. The beers we tasted were Little Creatures Pale Ale, Stone and Wood Lager, and 4Pines Kolsch.

The students really enjoyed talking about the beer and comparing them to determine the best one!


Cooking up a Storm in our English and Cooking Option

Today, the students in the English and Cooking option are making risotto from a recipe supplied by Swiss Italian student Simone.


Simone, Marco and Satoru stir the rice

The students have been working hard this week to share their favourite recipes – learning all the recipe specific language along the way. And today, the fun part happens when they cook up the recipe of their choice. The finished results look amazing.



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The recipe – in excellent English with some Italian translations

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Today we say Goodbye to Camila! For Now…


Our Upper Intermediate class saying Good Bye to Camila!

Today at Lexis Byron Bay we say goodbye to a very lovely student who has been with us for 6 months. We caught up with Camila and asked her a few questions.

IMG_6924Camila – 24 weeks – Brazil – Upper Intermediate

What are your plans now that you are finished here at Lexis?

I’m going to stay in Byron Bay and work and hang out and then I am actually coming back to Lexis to do a Cambridge course in a few months.

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On a Bush Walk

How did you like the last 6 months at school?

It was perfect. I couldn’t speak one word at first and now I can hold conversations.

What was your favourite part?

Meeting all of the other students from around the world and making friends. Also learning about all of the other cultures from those other people.


Camila at Orientation her first day!

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Try to just speak English. Go outside the school and learn about real Australian Culture. Try the food and see places and meet the people. Travel as much as possible.

We are all very sad to see Camila leave but luckily she will be coming back to improve her English even more and we are all looking forward to her return!




Welcome to the Weekend Blog!

Don’t forget our Student Night This Friday!!!


Looks like it’s going to be around 23 degrees during the day and 15 at night with a 50% chance of rain throughout that time.

Going for a Movie?

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-dayPalace Cinemas


THU/MON-TUE 2.00pm, 3.50pm, 7.00pm, 9.00pm FRI 2.00pm, 3.50pm, 9.00pm SAT 2.15pm, 4.25pm, 9.25pm SUN/WED 11.20am, 4.45pm, 7.00pm, 9.30pm


THU-FRI/MON-TUE 10.00am, 12.00pm SAT 1.20pm SUN/WED 9.15am, 2.50pm


SUN/WED 1.00pm

  • FGF15 BELOVED SISTERS(M) (no free tickets)

SAT 3.15pm

  • FGF15 RUBY RED(15+) (no free tickets)

SAT 11.00am

  • FGF15 SUCK ME SHAKESPEER(15+) (no free tickets)

SAT 8.30pm

  • FGF15 THE WHOLE SHEBANG(15+) (no free tickets)

SAT 6.00pm

  • FGF15 WHO AM I – NO SYSTEM IS SAFE(15+) (no free tickets)

FRI 7.00pm


THU/MON-TUE 9.40am, 2.20pm, 9.30pm FRI 9.40am, 2.20pm, 9.20pm SAT 11.40am, 2.00pm SUN/WED 9.40am, 2.20pm, 9.45pm

  • TomorrowlandTOMORROWLAND(PG) (no free tickets)

THU-FRI/MON-TUE 10.30am, 1.10pm, 6.20pm, 9.10pm SAT 9.00am, 11.40am, 6.50pm, 9.15pm SUN/WED 10.20am, 1.50pm, 7.10pm, 9.10pm


THU/MON-TUE 4.45pm FRI/SUN/WED 4.40pm SAT 9.00am

  • WOMAN IN GOLD(M) (no free tickets)

THU-FRI/SUN-WED 12.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.50pm SAT 9.20am, 4.45pm, 7.00pm

Gig Guide

Friday 29th May:
The Northern – The New High
The Rails – (7pm) Ragga Jump
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Leigh James (9pm) Triple JS

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Supamaorifulla
Saturday 30th May:
The Northern –  Lurch & Chief, Tempura Nights, Shag Rock, Eementals

The Rails – (7pm) Rumblefish

The Beach Hotel – (9pm) DJ Helmy
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Sanchez

ArmitageSunday 31st May:
The Northern – Matt Armitage

The Rails – Kallidad

The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) Late For Woodstock (8pm) DJ Captain Kaine


Byron Artisan Market – Saturday – Railway Park Evening 5pm – 9pm

That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy!

Lexis English Students reciting Tongue Twisters

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Joze, Tiffany, Julian, Miguel, and Andrew receiving their prize of Peanut Butter Tim Tams!

Last Friday one of our teachers Marie ran a tongue twister competition! A few brave students made it up to the stage to participate in the competition. They had a choice of 6 different tongue twisters to recite. The participants won some Peanut Butter Tim Tams!

  1. Red lorry, yellow lorry (x5)
  2. She sells seashells by the seashore
  3. Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
  4. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
  5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood
    As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood
  6. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Jobs around Byron Bay this week!

Live In Nanny

We have 2 beautiful boys, an energetic 5 year old (soon 6) and a very happy 1 ½ year old.

I am a stay at home mum and my husband works in Sydney 3 days a week, my family are all overseas and I am looking for extra support with my children and the house.

For my eldest son we are looking for someone who has the can be active, have a good sense of humour, be creative, happy to play boy games and sports, think on the spot, be flexible within themselves and have a good sense of boundaries. For the youngest, you will need to understand the routine and demands of a toddler and marvel in new adventures. You will also enjoy running a house and happy to put your hand to anything. We require a confident driver with a min of 3 years driving experience and a clean full license. It would be an advantage if you enjoy cooking and have knowledge of and connections to the Byron area.

Our 5 year old is at Kindergarten 4 days a week at The Cape Byron Steiner School and my little one is at homes and enjoys outings. This role may include some school drop offs and pick-ups as well as assisting in getting ready for school, after school activities, play dates and outings, cooking, bath time and bedtime. Also I need help with the daily running of the house, which will include meal planning and preparation, shopping, laundry and general tidy of kitchen, play room, bedrooms and living areas. We have a cleaner so that is not expected.

As a family we are fun loving, caring and interested in wholeness and well being. For this role you will genuinely want to work within a family environment, you will have a joyful, grateful, responsible and caring disposition. You will naturally be organised, willing to be flexible and have a good attention to detail. You will be attentive, have a ‘happy to’ attitude and …… ‘simply be fantastic’!

  • Position available June 1st for 6+ months
  • Board: 3 meals a day, we are primarily eat chicken, fish and vegetarian.
  • Lodgings: A beautiful home in Byron, with your own bedroom, veranda bathroom and mini kitchenette in a separate part of the house. TV⁄DVD, mobile phone allowance and internet included
  • Wage: $300-$350 per week
  • Hours: 40 hrs a week – mainly mornings and afternoon to bed time.

If this position is of genuine interest to you please message us your CV, references and a little description about you and why you would suit the position. 0421990151 – Laurie

Farm Work Help

We are looking for help on our farm in the Byron Bay Hinterland. We are situated midway between Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Bangalow on a 50 acre property. We are ideally looking for a travelling couple willing to live on the property and help with an assorted variety of tasks around the farm, the household and be able to help out with our 2 young boys if and when needed. Must love animals, especially dogs and have your own transport. Previous experience on a farm would be helpful.

Cleaner WANTED

Heart and Soul Health Clubs Byron Bay is seeking a cleaner!

Approx 5-6 hours per week

Preferred Monday for 2-3 hrs and Thursday 2-3 hrs

Must have own ABN number

Preferred own equipment.

Immediate start

The duties include: mopping, whipping down gym equipment, vacuum, dusting, cleaning bathroom, sweeping etc.

Also there is a house in which an of the time is to be spend on tidying the common areas.

If you think this might suit you, please send an outline and contact details of your cleaning history to

If you have any further questions please send an email.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Heart and Soul Team!

Woofer Wanted


Chef Wanted

We are looking for a Chef, to work in our new take-away food ⁄Restaurant in Byron Bay.

Would prefer someone who specialises in Meat.

Full time ⁄ part time available.

Please call Michelle 0438662741.


for the famous Glen Villa Resort. Must have a pleasant personality & a genuine desire to work. Please, no emails or phone calls, apply in person


Brunswick Heads Cafe, 3-4 days per week possible full-time position. Please phone 6685 1355


An exciting career opportunity has become available to join our dynamic kitchen team. 24hrs per week with the potential to increase the position to permanent part time as hours permit. Desired qualities: • Fully qualified chef with minimum 3 years experience • Passionate about creating healthy spa cuisine and an ability to deal with special dietary needs • Well presented • Comfortable working alone and with a keen eye for detail • Flexibility with covering breakfast and lunch or dinner shifts as required (no split shifts, each shift 8 hrs) All resumes to

Production Person Salumi Australia

is seeking an experienced and dedicated person to join our hardworking production team. Must have excellent knife/ boning skills for this fulltime position with immediate start, no travellers. Send resume to:


required for 3 days/wk processing and reconciliations work with the Splendour/Falls Festival group. MYOB experience preferred. Email CV to

Packaging Personnel Salumi Australia

is seeking experienced packaging persons with preferably food handling experience to join our packaging team. Fulltime and casual positions available with immediate start, only hardworking, reliable and dedicated persons need apply, no travellers please. Send resume to:


required in Myocum for approx 35hrs/wk. Needs to be proficient in MS Word & Excel. Please email resume & references to admin@ attention to Peggy


must be experienced in coffee, part-time position. Apply in person at Village Bakehouse (next to IGA Sunrise) Byron


Experience preferred in hotels & motels, must be local. Please email applications & CV to: info@byronbaysidemotel.

Coffee Club!

Today’s activity was coffee club. Everyone decided they wanted to be outside despite the weather not being the best but everyone still enjoyed warm coffees, Tim Tams and good conversations. Some of the topics were about movies and some about what it was like in school back home.


June Stirring his Coffee with a chopstick!


Shota and Satoru Chatting away!


Lan and Marco listening intently


Andrew and DK deciding who will take the last Tim Tam

Meet the Students – The Lovely Pablo Macineira Lopez


Everyone at Lexis loves 24 year old Pablo Macineira Lopez from Spain, because he is not only a great student but an incredibly sociable guy (and a “great” singer – check out the video below). He’s currently on a break between his degree (Physical Education) and his Masters (Teaching) and will stay in Byron Bay for 7 weeks before heading to Lexis Noosa to do the Cambridge Advanced Certificate.

He told me today that he has wanted to come to Byron Bay since he saw photos of the lighthouse when he was 15 and that he’s really enjoying his time here, not least because he’s an extremely passionate surfer.

Tell me about your surfing

Football used to be my passion and surfing was my hobby. Unfortunately, when I was 16 I injured my ankle and my dreams of being a professional football player were over. That’s when surfing took over. I’ve recently been working as a surf instructor in Spain and I would like, in the future, to work as a surf coach, helping top surfers to improve their performance.

In Byron Bay, I really like surfing at Tallows Beach; that’s where the best waves are. I try to go every morning and I’ve just bought a new wetsuit so that I can keep this up throughout winter. There’s a great surfing community here and I’ve met surfers from all over the world.

Apart from the surfing, what else do you love in Byron Bay?

Really just walking around; people watching in the streets and in front of main beach or walking in beautiful natural surrounds on the beach and in the surrounding bushland.

And what’s the best thing about studying at Lexis English?

The English Only Policy. I love the total immersion. In Spain we are taught English in Spanish, but here we are taught in English and then we also use English during the breaks and activities. It’s a really good way to learn. Plus, the classes are really interesting and interactive. We are not just sitting down studying but moving around, doing different activities, having discussions etc. The time goes really fast.

Finally, what have you learned in your time at Lexis Byron Bay

Life goes so fast so you have to make the most of it. Don’t look back – always look forward.


Phrasal Verbs #4 Take


Part 1. Look at the example sentences and answer the questions that follow:

John is such a funny guy. He takes after his grandfather.

  1. Was John’s grandfather funny?
  2. Is John like his grandfather?
  3. What does take after mean?

We took down the Christmas decorations on January 5.

  1. Where were the Christmas decorations on January 4?
  2. Where were the Christmas decorations on January 6?
  3. What does take down mean?

I’m working on an urgent project that’s taking up all my spare time.

  1. Do I have any free time at the moment?
  2. Why/why not?
  3. What does take up mean?

Part 2. Look at these example sentences. Can you work out the meaning of the phrasal verb from the context?

  1. My friend lost his job and his apartment, so I took him in for a month.
  2. Do you have time to take on a new project?
  3. I’m sorry I said you were stupid. I take it back.
  4. In the last few years, social media sites have taken off all over the world.
  5. He’s taken to tennis like a duck to water.

Part 3. Look at these definitions. Can you work out which phrasal verb they refer to?

  1. return something to a store
  2. leave the ground and go up into the air
  3. go with somebody to a restaurant or movie and pay for their food or ticket
  4. start doing something regularly
  5. make clothing smaller so that it fits you

Now you can check your answers by using the table below.

How many of these phrasal verbs did you already know? How many are new to you?

Remember to write your own personal example sentence for any new ones.

If you want to practise some more with phrasal verbs with take, click on this link and try the quiz

take after somebody have a similar appearance or personality (especially a relative) She takes after her mother – they have the same green eyes and curly brown hair.
take something apart separate something into parts The technician is taking apart the TV so that he can fix it.
take something back return something to a store The jeans I bought were too small, so I took them back and exchanged them for a larger size.
take something back admit that something you said was wrong I’m sorry I said you were stupid. I take it back.
take something down remove something that is on a wall or that is temporary or to separate a structure into parts After the circus was over, the workers took down the big tents.
take something down write information on paper She took down my address and phone number and said she’d call me later.
take someone for something accept or believe someone is that thing I could have taken him for your brother
take somebody in let somebody live in your house My friend lost his job and his apartment, so I took him in for a month.
take something in receive and understand information The instructor spoke so fast that I couldn’t take in all the information.
take something in make clothing smaller so that it fits you I love this dress, but it’s a little too loose. Could you take it in an inch?
take off leave the ground and go up into the air What time does the plane take off?
take off become successful or popular very fast In the last few years, social media sites have taken off all over the world.
take off leave a place suddenly He was at the party for about 15 minutes, and then he took off.
take something off remove a piece of clothing from your body I always take off my shoes as soon as I get home.
take something off not go to work for a period of time Jamie took three days off to go skiing in the mountains
take something on accept some work or responsibility Do you have time to take on a new project?
take somebody on hire or employ somebody The company has taken on three new staff members.
take somebody on fight or compete against somebody In tonight’s boxing match, Antonio will take on an undefeated boxer from Argentina.
take somebody out go with somebody to a restaurant or movie and pay for their food or ticket I’m taking my girlfriend out to dinner on our anniversary.
take something out remove something from a place I took the letter out of the envelope.
take something out on somebody treat an innocent person badly because you are tired or angry about something else Hey, I know you had a terrible day at work – but don’t take it out on me!
take over something take control/dominate I don’t like being in Sally’s team because she always takes over everything.
take to somebody/something start to like someone or something or to start something and be good at it He’s taken to tennis like a duck to water.
take to something start doing something often She was so depressed she took to drink
take somebody through something explain something to somebody in detail Let me take you through the procedure for operating this machine.
take up something fill space or time These books are taking up all the space in my room.
take up something start doing something regularly I’ve recently taken up yoga.
take somebody up on something accept an offer or invitation “When you travel to China, you’re welcome to stay at my house.”

“Really? I might take you up on that!”

take something up with somebody complain to someone about a problem If you don’t like the way I do my job, take it up with my manager.

Activities with DK

DK and Livia

DK has been with us for a few weeks now. He is a very funny guy, from South Korea, in our Pre-Intermediate class. DK has been very busy in  the afternoons going to many of the daily activities that we offer here in Byron Bay. We caught up with him and asked him a few questions about Byron Bay, the school, and the activities.


Slacklining in the Garden!

What do you think about the activities here at Lexis?

I am too shy to do yoga so I don’t like that one. I like the outside activities like volleyball and soccer.

What is your favourite activity?

I like the Slacklining!


Our Skateboarding class taught by Flavio!

Do you like that there are different activities every day?


How do you like the school and classes here?

Its very nice. Marie my teacher is so kind and patient with me, so I like that too.

How do you like Byron Bay?

It’s very green and clean and not polluted. I like it here and there are kind people.


DK enjoying a taco at our Mexican BBQ Activity

Josie’s Music and Film Quiz


This afternoon Josie put her Movies and Songs class to the test with a tricky quiz about movies and music. The winning team scored 37 and won a packet of Tim Tams.


Below are the questions (and answers). See how well you would do. And no cheating…

  1. Can you name 2 bands or musicians that played at Byron Bay Blues Fest in April? (2 point)
  2. Who directed the film A Clockwork Orange? (2 points)
  3. Can you name 3 films starring Brad Pitt? (3 points)
  4. Can you name 10 different music genres? (1 points)
  5. Can you name one movie that is showing in the cinema in Byron Bay at the moment? (1 point)
  6. Who sang the song Bohemian Rhapsody? (1 point)
  7. How many members were in the English pop group the Beatles? Can you name any of them? (1 point / then 1 point for each member)
  8. Which famous English rock group sang Satisfaction? (1 point)
  9. Can you name 6 movies that were trilogies (or more than 3)? (6 points)
  10. Which company bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion? (2 points)
  11. NAS, Mos Def, A tribe Called Quest and N.W.A. are all artists of which type of music? (2 points)
  12. Who sung the 2013 hit song Happy? (1 point)
  13. Who starred in the movie Forrest Gump as the title role? (1 point)
  14. Can you name 4 Disney movies? (4 points)
  15. Can you name 3 films directed by Quentin Tarantino? (3 points)
  16. Can you name 3 horror movies? (3 points)
  17. What type of music do they play at the Ginger Pig in Byron Bay on Monday nights? What is the name of the night? (1 points / 2 points)
  18. What countries are these types of music originated from? a. J-pop b. Funk carioca  c. Samba  d. techno  e. K-pop  f. drum and bass  g. flamenco h. Brit pop (8 points)
  19. Who played the 2 lead roles in the film Titanic? (2 points)
  20. Can you name 4 stringed instruments? (4 points)

_____________ points out of 55


  1.  George Clinton, Jurassic 5, Xavier Rudd, Paul Kelly, G-Love and Special Sauce, Ben Harper, Jimmy Cliff, Paolo Nutini, David Grey, Counting Crows
  2. Stanley Kubrick
  3. Inglorious Basterds, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Snatch, Fight Club
  4. Rock, punk, pop, hip hop, classical, funk, soul, RnB, house, techno, drum and bass, reggae, ska, indie, blues, metal
  5. Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road, Woman in Gold, A Royal Night Out, Avengers: Age of Ultron, While We’re Young
  6. Queen
  7. 4 / Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison
  8. The Rolling Stones
  9. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Mad Max, Indiana Jones, the Matrix, the Hunger Games, Twilight, Jason Bourne, Toy Story, The Godfather, Reservoir Dogs
  10. Disney
  11. Hip Hop
  12. Pharrell Williams
  13. Tom Hanks
  14. Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid
  15. Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill, From Dusk til Dan, Reservoir Dogs, Desperado
  16. Jaws, Saw, the Evil Dead, Carrie, Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  17. Reggae, the 4’20’ Sound
  18. a. Japan b. Brazil c. Brazil  d. USA  e. Korea  f. England  g. Spain  h. Britain
  19. Leonardo di Caprio, Kate Winslet
  20. Guitar, cello, violin, double bass, viola, ukulele

Farmstay Report


Ex-student Mario Koch dropped in today to tell us about his Farmstay experience, which Lexis organised for him at Hosanna Farm.

He told us that he loved it! During the week, he worked in the mornings, weeding, driving the trailer, feeding the animals and cleaning and then in the afternoons he got to swim, kayak and float in a rubber rind in the water.

He said that everyone was really friendly and would sit around and eat and chat together in the evenings. There were other volunteers there from England, Denmark and the Netherlands and Mario said his English really improved while he was there too.


Graduation Day!

Today we say good bye to two very awesome student!

IMG_6881 Madoka – 12 weeks – Japan

When Madoka first got here she was in our Elementary class and was just a beginner with English. over the past 12 weeks she has worked hard to improve from not being able to speak to now making a lot of friends from different countries using English. She said she was happy to have so many friends and thank you.

IMG_6884 Luca – 3 weeks – Italy

Luca came here to improve his English in the middle of all his travelling and wasn’t sure where he was going to next. But while he was here he studied hard and got very strong grades. He is now taking off again to do more travelling. He said he is sorry to leave and see you all soon. Also that he would wait in Italy for us to visit!

Good luck on your travels you two!

What do you think of the English Only Policy at Lexis English? Please Comment:

We ask this question of all departing students in our GRADUATING STUDENT SURVEY. Below are all the comments from the students who finished their studies at Lexis Byron Bay this month:

Very good. Now I have friends from different countries. Sven (Switzerland)

We need this rule and I think everyone do it very well. Sora (Korea) 

I agreed with the “Only Speak English Area” rule at Lexis English. Valentin (Switzerland)

I think very good policy.  Crystal (Korea)

I think that it’s very important. Keiko (Japan)

Good for improve my English. Hokuto (Japan)

The policies are right and useful for improve the English even in break time. Luca (Italy)

Very good. Heejun (Korea)

It’s great, really useful and works well. Marie Theres (Austria)

A very good rule. Very effective! Joelle (Switzerland)

And only one (very naughty)…

I broke it sometimes when I was with just one other person. Linard (Switzerland)

keep calm

Weekend Warriors are my Best Friends!

Welcome to the Weekend Once again!



Looks like it’s going to be around 21 degrees during the day and 14 at night with a 50% chance of rain throughout that time.

Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas


THU-FRI/TUE 11.00am MON 9.40am

  • Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-day2D MAD MAX: FURY ROAD(MA15+) (no free tickets)

THU-FRI/SUN/TUE-WED 1.50pm, 4.20pm, 6.50pm, 9.20pm SAT 11.30am, 4.20pm, 7.20pm, 9.00pm MON 2.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.50pm, 9.20pm

  • A ROYAL NIGHT OUT(M) (no free tickets)

THU-FRI/TUE 10.00am, 2.40pm, 7.00pm SAT 10.00am, 3.20pm, 7.00pm SUN 9.40am, 12.20pm, 7.00pm MON 10.00am, 2.50pm, 7.00pm WED 9.40am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm

  • NT LIVE: THE HARD PROBLEM(CTC) (no free tickets)

SAT 1.00pm MON 12.30pm

  • pitchPITCH PERFECT 2(M)

THU-FRI/TUE 12.20pm, 4.25pm, 9.10pm SAT 12.05pm, 4.40pm, 9.45pm SUN 10.40am, 2.30pm, 9.10pm MON 11.35am, 4.25pm, 9.10pm WED 12.10pm, 2.30pm, 9.10pm


SUN 1.00pm WED 11.00am


THU-FRI/MON-TUE 12.05pm, 4.50pm SAT 2.30pm, 5.20pm SUN/WED 11.45am, 4.50pm

  • WOMAN IN GOLD(M) (no free tickets)

THU-FRI/TUE 10.00am, 2.10pm, 6.45pm, 9.00pm SAT 10.45am, 2.00pm, 6.45pm, 9.10pm SUN 10.00am, 4.30pm, 6.50pm, 9.05pm MON 9.20am, 2.10pm, 6.45pm, 9.00pm WED 9.50am, 4.30pm, 6.45pm, 9.00pm

Gig Guide

Thebadlands Friday 22nd May:
The Northern – The Badlands, Drop Legs, Barefoot Alley, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Fergo & The Burden
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Scott Day-Vee (9pm) Dubmarine

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Supamaorifulla
Saturday 23rd May:
The Northern –  Tsun, The Jensens, Bakerville, DJ Simon Bird

The Rails – (7pm) Betty Blissett

The Beach Hotel – (9pm) DJ Cutloose
Dan-HannafordWoody’s – (8pm) DJ Jacky Murda, DJ 3rdeye, DJ Crucial D

Sunday 24th May:
The Northern – Dan Hannaford

The Rails – The Propellers

The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) Betty Blissett (8pm) Elemental DJs


Byron Artisan Market – Saturday – Railway Park Evening 5pm – 9pm

That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy!

Phrasal Verbs #3 – Look


Can you complete these sentences? Use the table below to help you.

 after – back – down – for – forward – into – on – on – on – out – over – to – to – up – up – up

Everybody just looked _______ as the two men fought.

He looks _______ _______ his father.

I am looking _______ _______ travelling to New York next year.

I takes time to look _______ new vocabulary words.

If you ever travel to California, you should look me _______.

I’m looking _______ my keys. Have you seen them?

Look _______, there’s a black widow spider on the wall.

She’s so conceited. She looks _______ _______ everybody else.

The police are looking _______ the murder.

When I look _______ _______ my childhood, I often feel angry.

When I’m camping, I look my shoes _______ before I put them on.

When my sister goes on vacation, I look _______ her dog.

If you’re still not sure, you can check the answers here:

Now add an example sentence. Remember, if you make the example personal you won’t forget it.

Phrasal Verb                     Meaning Example Sentence
look after something take care of (a child, a house, a pet)
look back on something to remember nostalgically
look down on something see as inferior
look for something to seek or search for
look forward to something anticipate with pleasure
look into something investigate
look on observe as a spectator
look out be careful, pay attention, heed a certain danger
look something over examine, review
look something up search for (in a dictionary)
look something up locate and visit
look up to something respect, admire someone

 And if you want to test yourself and discover some more phrasal verbs with look click on the links below.

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students can study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Upper-Intermediate Students Search for Abstract Nouns

Josie’s Upper-Intermediate class went on an excursion today to find examples of abstract nouns derived from common adjectives. After taking and presenting photo which they felt illustrated the noun, the class voted for best. The two winners were “Happiness” by Pablo and Vitor and “Solitude” by Isaac and Andrew.

Creativity - Miguel and Samira

Creativity – Miguel and Samira

Art - Isaac and Andrew

Art – Isaac and Andrew

Happiness - Pablo and Vitor

Happiness – Pablo and Vitor

Loyalty - Miguel and Samira

Loyalty – Miguel and Samira

Sadness Isaac and Andrew

Sadness Isaac and Andrew

Sadness - Pablo and Vitor

Sadness – Pablo and Vitor

Solitude - Isaac and Andrew

Solitude – Isaac and Andrew

Jobs Around Byron This Week!

Here’s that weekly job list everyone!

Farm Intern Wanted

Farm Intern Wanted
Willing, reliable, well presented farm intern.
Six month minimum commitment, live on farm position only.
A wage is offered based on a farm apprentice award and taking into account accommodation and food.
Opportunities for expansion of product base in partnership with owners.
Suit a student of pasture based, sustainable family farming.
All training provided and an interest in sustainable, locally produced food essential.
Please supply a letter with resume to 0428835799

Account Manager, for professional development in mental health

We are seeking for a person to organise the sales and marketing of a mental health professional development workshop in Sydney. Most of the work is telephone and internet based from our Byron in town office. Experience with mental health sector and excel spread sheets an advantage. Hours 10am till 2 pm three to four days each week. Payment $25 per hour. 0409062074 – Gary

Sales Executive / Administration

Byron Bay Accom, Byron Bay’s leading Holiday Accommodation Service is looking for a positive, intelligent, experienced sales persons to fill a key role.
In bound phone & email sales and administration in our great team environment.
4 days pw – incl some weekend work.
Good sales experience, phone & computer skills essential. A great and flexible attitude is key.
Initially casual. Superannuation included. You will need to acquire a Real Estate Certificate.
$40,000 to $45,000 pa.
Please note to receive a response you need to send a resume to: Thank you

Wait Staff Required

Looking for experienced wait staff. Must be available on a 7 day roster.
Please email only any applications or they will not be viewed.

Fundraising Team Leader

Are you an experienced Professional face to face Fundraiser or Sale Rep?
We want to talk to YOU!!!
LAS Fundraising is looking for an experienced Professional with a track record of high performance looking to join our campaign here in the Byron Bay area.
Represent one of the world’s leading conservation charities – The Nature Conservancy.
Your role will include:
Leading from the front with personal sign ups
Running the shift, including daily coaching sessions with your staff
Participating in ongoing development training sessions
Inspiring members of the general public to join The Nature Conservancy as a month to month sponsor.
Monday – Friday
Team Leader – Realistic OTE $1800 p.w
This role is purely uncapped commission only (no base).
You will be given full support and training on every aspect to ensure you succeed.
Immediate Start – Interviewing now.
Email your full name, email, phone and resume NOW!

Luke – 0487000395

Assistant Property Management Role in Byron Bay Agency

Casual Role – Flexible Days
This is your opportunity to join a fun and dynamic team culture. We have an Assistant Property Management role working with our short and long term rental managers to facilitate expansion of both holiday and permanent rent roll.
We need someone who is familiar with property management processes, has great local knowledge for Holiday Bookings and able to work closely with the management team. This position could be expanded to full time as rent roll increases.
Current Real Estate Certificate required
Excellent written and verbal skills required
Proficiency in Rockend, YesBookIt, social media a plus
Prior Agency experience Deseray 0266808110


required for Brunswick Heads Cafe, 3-4 days per week Please phone 6685 1355


GREAT PACKAGE FOR THE RIGHT CANDIDATE E-Mail CVs to or call 0432 545 121


Seeking qualified marketing professional to assist in development and implementation of new marketing plan. Must have recent experience and an advanced understanding of social media marketing. Creative thinkers with brand development experience invited to apply. Email CV and cover letter to


Send bio & photos:


Are you interested in selling your photos for commercial purposes. We’re paying $50 per bundles of 100 pics. We’re after pics of everything from bad hair styles, nature and cityscapes etc. You must be over 18yrs of age or have a parent guardian sign an agreement to sell the pics. Email


We’re looking for a person to write language and promotional pieces for our several websites including our own. This is a casual or contract position. Please send a cover letter and resume to Suzanne –


Needs another dynamic person, exp in food prep with TFN/ABN. Long term only. Apply to:


Exp & reliable, 3 evenings. LuLu’s Cafe. Ph 66842415


Byron Bay Industrial Estate seeking Inside Sales Representative with strong verbal communication skills, a well developed ability to establish, develop & manage client relationships. A desire to hunt new business & develop and manage your own customer base. 30 hrs a week with a base of $2,400 per mth with commissions expected to exceed $4,000 per month. Send resume to: Call Jo 66395020 to arrange an interview


Looking for a reliable hard worker to assist production in our Mullumbimby kitchen. Long term position MonFri (nights+W/E off). If you have food experience, a love of food, energy to burn, and wish to be a key member of our growing team, email cover letter and CV to:

Lexis Byron Bay Students with Karaoke!

Last Student night we had some brave students do Karaoke and practice their English! This is how it turned out!

Tongue Twisters – Pronunciation Madness!

Today, our top pronunciation tip is to try saying a few of these tongue twisters. A “tongue twister” is a phrase that is difficult to say because the sounds are difficult to pronounce.

Practice this week! Because if anyone can say all of these tongue twisters perfectly at graduation on Friday, there will of course be an edible prize =D

  1. Red lorry, yellow lorry (x5)
  2. She sells seashells by the seashore
  3. Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
  4. If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?
  5. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood
    As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood
  6. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

And the official Lexis Byron tongue twister:

7. Peanut Butter Tim Tams (x5)

The TONGUE TWISTER PRIZE will of course be… a packet of Peanut Butter Tim Tams! Good luck!

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New Students! 18.5.15


Welcome our four new students here in Byron Bay!

Norika is from Japan and is really excited to improve her English/ She will be with us for a month and is a massage therapist at home.

Samira is from Switzerland and is on a gap year from school. When she returns home she plans to start trying to get into medicine.

Simone is also from Switzerland he just got done doing time in the Army. He’s a keen Water Polo player and wants to improve his English to help him work and travel in the future.

Marco Is also from Switzerland and he was working a lot of jobs in the Army before coming to Australia. He is ready and excited to get some amazing English skills.

CAE 5 Minute Lessons!

Today the Cambridge Advanced Exam class held some student-led 5 minute lessons. There were a quite a few interesting things on offer such as the boxing class by Julian, a line-dancing lesson by Juliana and a lesson in making the fastest paper airplane by Theo.


Boxing taught by Julian!


Juliana teaching Line Dancing!


Isabella teaching Advertising


Theo teaching the fastest paper airplane


Jose teaching soccer skills


Lorena making an Elephant out of an apple!

Outside in the sunshine, Tiffany gave a lesson on plaiting essentials while Isabella presented an interesting and colourful introduction to advertising and Samy talked about lots of different aspects of Arabic culture and lifestyle. Pedro gave an informative account of museum studies and Jose was a real pro in teaching some soccer skills. Last but not least, Lorena taught the students how to make an elephant out of an apple, something her mum used to do to encourage her as a child to eat up her fruit and vegetables. What a great way to finish the week!

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Our only Graduate Fabian!


Today we had a solo Graduate Fabian.

Fabian comes from Switzerland and was studying in our Upper-Intermediate class for 8 weeks. He said he really enjoyed Byron Bay because it had good people, teachers, and a great school. Now that he is done studying with us he is off travelling. He is going to Cairns, South East Asia, and Canada before he heads home to Switzerland. He said his favorite part was being able to live at the school and the activities. (Especially the Skating) He wished to say thank you to every one and for everyone to enjoy.2

A Day in the Life of Lexis Byron Bay

Ever wondered what happens all day at a language school? All these pictures were taken at Lexis Byron Bay in the last 24 hours to show what a typical day looks like. It was an unusually chilly night last night, which explains the surprising number of hats and hoodies being worn in our usually extremely pleasant climate.

8am – 9am

Many of our students surf before class. Meanwhile at school, Miguel the student cleaner, the teachers and the office staff begin to arrive.


9am – 10am

Students are in class for the first 90 minute lesson. Today one class is enjoying having part of their lesson in the sun, while the rest are studying, more traditionally, in their classrooms.


10am – 11am

Break time is between 10.30am and 10.45am. Ping pong is always popular during the breaks. Meanwhile other students cook a late breakfast or relax and chat (in English, of course).


11am – 12pm

Everyone is back in class for the second 90 minute lesson. Claudia’s Pre-Intermediates are doing pairwork while Anji’s Upper Intermediate class are discussing new vocabulary.


12pm – 1pm

Lunch is from 12.15pm until 1pm. While some students are using the large, industrial kitchen to cook their lunch, others are chatting, doing ball tricks or just hanging out in the sunshine.


1pm – 2pm

It’s Options Class time for full-time General English students, while the Cambridge classes continue with their exam preparation. Julia’s CAE class head outside for a mingle activity, while Marie’s Movies and Songs class are in the student lounge preparing for, and watching, a film.


2pm – 3pm

Today’s free activity is slack-lining. So a group of students gather in the garden to have a go. Meanwhile, teacher Sammy is providing homework assistance, writing feedback, conversation practice and advice for students in GIL (Guided Independent Learning) and CAE student Jose is doing some extra listening test practice. As it’s a beautiful day, other students are grabbing their surf boards and heading to the beach.


3pm – 4pm

All scheduled activities are over for the day, but a group of boys set up their own football game in the gardens while star students Zoe and Madoka do some extra study in the sun.


4pm – 5pm

Most students have left for the day but the office is still open for anyone needing assistance and a few teachers are still here preparing their classes for the morning.


At 5pm the school offices and classrooms close for the night and the students who live on-site have the kitchen, lounge and gardens to themselves to cook dinner, watch TV, play games chat and relax. All until 8am the following morning when everything starts again!

Weekend Madness!!!

It’s that time of week again everyone. It’s the Weekend and we are all stoked! It couldn’t come any sooner! Remember this Friday from 5PM to 7PM at Aquarius free drinks, music, and BBQ!66069-Its-The-Weekend-Baby

It’s starting to get a bit colder; be partly cloudy with some sun still but between 17 and 18 during the day and 13 at the lowest at night.

Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas


DAILY 9.20am, 1.40pm, 9.00pm

  • Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-day2D MAD MAX: FURY ROAD(MA15+) (no free tickets)

DAILY 1.50pm, 4.20pm, 6.50pm, 9.20pm

  • A ROYAL NIGHT OUT(M) (no free tickets)

DAILY 9.20am, 11.45am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm

  • PITCH PERFECT 2(M) (no free tickets)

DAILY 12.10pm, 4.40pm, 6.40pm


DAILY 9.25am


DAILY 11.30am, 4.30pm, 9.10pm

Gig Guide

Tropical zombieFriday 15th May:
The Northern –Tropical Zombie, Tea Society, Edward That & The Salvage, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Bohemian Cowboys
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Akova (9pm) Ragga Jump

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Supamaorifulla
Saturday 16th May:
The Northern –  Royal Artillery,The Vultures, DJ Chris Bradley

The Rails – (7pm) Devils Kiosk

The Beach Hotel – (9pm) DJ Sammy Owens
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Sanchez

Swamps+538195_439741119428299_9126992Sunday 17th May:
The Northern – The Swamps

The Rails – (6:30pm) Forever Since Breakfast & Black Ghost Party

The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) The Hombres (8pm) Kittens + Safari DJs


Byron Artisan Market – Saturday – Railway Park Evening 5pm – 9pm

That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy!

Byron Jobs This Week!

Here are the jobs going around Byron This Week!

Chef Byron Bay

Experienced Talented, Creative Chef required for restaurant and wedding reception venue in Byron Bay.
Must be able to lead and work with a committed team. Attractive package.
Please email your brief resume and contact details.

Market Position

Hey there I need someone to work with me at Markets and Festivals around Byron Bay and Gold Coast area at least 2 weekends a month on Sundays with possible hours during the week too. I sell gemstones and crystals so knowledge of these things is very helpful. I want someone local who loves chatting to people and is also good with sales. No stoners or drama queens please. Pay rates discussed upon application. You will probably need your own transport but we can work it out if you don’t have any.

Feel free to check out my Facebook page Shamanic Power Healing Wands – Simon or instagram Shamanic_wands to get a feel for what I do.

Please phone Simon 0421 884 894 or email me your application to

Barista Required

Folk Byron Bay is seeking an EXPERIENCED and PASSIONATE Barista to join our small team. We are a friendly crew who take pride in delivering consistently high quality service, fine specialty coffee and nourishing food.
You must:
– have experience with specialty coffee
– possess the ability to transition between floor and machine
– be clean, efficient and display initiative and attention to detail
– have a sound knowledge of grind adjustment, dialling in different coffee varieties and excellent latte art
– be energetic and passionate about your work!
Please send all enquiries to with the subject line ‘Champion Barista’ !

Recording Studio Manager/Marketer

Analogue recording studio and production house based in Byron bay NSW seek a highly motivated marketer and manager.
The successful applicant will have knowledge of the national and international record industry and publishing as well as a practical understanding of the operation of a high end recording studio.
The position involves the procuring of artists for our production team and coordination of projects.

To this end an existing relationship with publishing houses and music management companies would be highly advantageous.
Whilst we would prefer someone living in our area it is not essential.
Hours are totally flexible and the commission based salary would realise an income in the $80-100k vicinity.
Please contact Geoff on 04321 789 71 or email particulars to

Vegetarian Cook Required

Local, experienced and reliable vegetarian cook required for buffet style service. References & and an interest in yoga are essential. Please email resume to

We are a lovely big property situated in beautiful Coorabel, 10 mins from Surf town Byron Bay, 10 mins to Bangalow & 10 mins from the village of Mullumbimby. On a 5 hectare property you can enjoy the surrounding green rolling hills, cows, chooks and horses with the peace and quiet of rural living but with fun & bustling surf town only minutes down the road. What we require from you is 5 hours of work 5 days a week with 2 full days off.
Work includes mowing, whipper snipping, weeding, hole digging & tree planting. Assisting our resident permaculturalist in planting and tending to our organic verge gardens and setting up and maintaining our orchards. There is lots to learn on our property so if you have a green thumb then this is the place for you.
With a newborn on the way we want woofers that are more independent in the approach to living. We do like to share meals during the week but the majority of meals will be with the other woofers on the land. Each week you will assist in preparing food for everyone. We cater for all types of diets. We have fresh eggs from the chickens daily and soon the gardens will be abundant enough of you to pick your own fruit and veggies.
Ideally, we would like woofers who are conscious minded about the environment, clean and tidy in the dwellings and considerate of others. In return, we will provide you with good food, a lovely self-contained home and a family environment where openness and honesty is honoured. The accommodation is a shared dwelling with other woofers, we provide bunk beds in a self-contained studio. Ideally you will need to be quiet and respectful of other people’s space and belongings. And most importantly you are here to work and be a part of our community.
We look forward to hearing from you!


for busy takeaway. Drop resume into Beloporto, Shop 12 Feros Arcade, Lawson Street, Byron Bay


LOVE GELATO & COFFEE? We do too! Come join our happy crew in Lennox Head. Barista, experience a bonus. CV to

Phrasal Verbs #2 – Get


Can you understand and answer the following questions?

  • Are you going to get away on holiday anywhere this year?
  • Have you ever lost your wallet or credit cards but later got them back?
  • When travelling by bus, plane or train do you try to be the first to get off when you reach your destination?
  • What do you like to do when you get time off from work or school?
  • Do you get on well with your work colleagues or classmates?
  • How often do you get together with your cousins?
  • What time do you get up on weekends?
  • Do you ever feel dizzy when you get up too quickly?
  • What’s the first thing you want to eat when you get back to your country?
  • When you get on a bus/train/plane do you try to sit at a window or aisle seat?

Check your understanding by matching a phrasal verb in column 1 with the definition in column 2. e.g. 1 (get away) = I (escape).

  Column A   Column B
1 get away A stand
2 get something back B get out of bed
3 get off something C meet (usually for social reasons)
4 get on with D step onto a train, bus or aircraft
5 get (time) off E like / have a good relationship with
6 get on F be absent from work with permission
7 get together G leave a train, bus or aircraft
8 get up (1) H receive something you had before
9 get up (2) I escape
10 get back J return

Now write the ten phrasal verbs up in three columns, with an example sentence in the third column e.g.

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
get together meet (usually for social reasons) Let’s get together for a BBQ this weekend.

You can look  example sentences up in any good dictionary. Or you can do the quiz at and use the example sentences from there. However, the best way to remember new vocabulary is to write example sentences that are personal to you.

Remember to review the phrasal verbs in an hour, in a day and in a week and try to use them regularly so that you don’t forget them!

“I really like the Byron lifestyle”


We don’t get many students from The Netherlands so, as Dutch student Tanja Reitberg is leaving us this week after a six week stay, I asked if she would share her experience with us.

“I had some free time to study abroad and I chose Byron Bay because I had heard from a Melbourne friend that it had beautiful beaches, great weather and friendly people. She was correct. I really like the lifestyle here; it’s relaxed, sociable and easy to meet people.

“I’m training to be an English Teacher back home, so I need my English to be perfect. I don’t like formal study much so I though learning English here – the natural way – would be perfect for me. I was lucky with my class; my classmates are all very nice and my teacher, Julia, is helpful, enthusiastic, happy and motivating. She has also given me lots of extra materials for CPE as I will be taking the exam three weeks after I return home, so I now feel really prepared for this.

“I stayed in a homestay and my host family have been amazing. They are a young couple who are very friendly and have given me great tips about what to see and do. They also cook delicious Asian food which is very different from what I’m used to cooking back home – I’ve been collecting the recipes! Then, Sunday is movie night, where we all sit together to watch a film.

“Overall, Byron Bay has been great. I’ve really enjoyed living, studying and socialising here. A special memory? I’d have to say sitting on the beach and enjoying a few drinks during one of the amazing sunsets.”

Thanks for sharing Tanja! And please let us know how you get on in your Proficiency exam.

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New Starters 11.5.15


Today we welcome 4 new starters with us here in Byron!

Thiago comes from Brazil and will be here with us for 3 months! He is an artist who specializes in drawing and graffiti and  he is really looking forward to improving his English! He was meant to come here 8 years ago but his trip was cancelled and now he has finally made it!

Leo comes to us from Italy. He is travelling Australia with friends and and decided to stop here in Byron for a month to improve on his english skills. At home he is a reality TV cameraman!

Sangwoo is from South Korea and wants to learn English and Chinese to help him travel and work internationally in marketing.He has spent the last 6 months working in a chicken factory in Brisbane!

Shota comes from Japan and wants to learn English so he can travel the world. He loves the culture, weather, nature, and surfing here in Australia and decided to study his English here because of that. He just finished University where he studied Business Management!

Make sure to say hello to these guys they are all really nice and pretty funny!


Mexican Style BBQ!


Last Friday we mixed it up and instead of our normal Sausage Sizzle we held a Mexican BBQ and made Tacos! Students were really excited to get a different style BBQ and eat some delicious food. With some Carne Asada, grilled veggies, beans, and cheese the students got to create their own tacos!


IMG_6761IMG_6760It was all hands on deck with Grant and Marie and even our Travel Agent Millie preparing the BBQ, chopping the meat and veggies, and cooking everything!


DK Enjoying his taco!


Mike and Fumika Enjoying the BBQ

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Byron Bay Farmers’ Market -Words and Pictures by Julia’s CAE class

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On the 7th May e walked down to the local farmers’ Market here in Byron Bay. For the most of us, it was the first time at the market. We talked to one of the local banana suppliers, who only has bananas available at the moment. Normally, he also sells pineapples and pumpkins, however this  depends on the season. He comes to the market every week. His products grow on a farm in Bangalow. They are not organic but spray-free. After a short talk with the friendly banana man we got a delicious banana to try. The Farmers’ Market definitely made a lasting impression and we are really looking forward to going there again.

Written by Lorena and Theo

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Healthy Nutrition at the Farmers’ Market

To the locals who sell food at the Farmers’ Market, it is very important to support the organic food production because it is natural and has no chemicals in it. Due to this, they rarely go out and try to buy healthy food, even if it’s more expensive.

An interesting point we heard was that their children really appreciate the healthy nutrition with which they grew up. They are very thankful for that.

Even if they try to be very strict with their healthy lifestyle, they admitted to having some cheat days and eating lollies.

Written by Nina and Tiffany

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Why are the products only 90% organic?

The stall holder told us that for a product to be organic it needs to grow and be cultivated just with water and sun. As they can’t always know the origin of the products they sell, the stall holders don’t guarantee that their products are 100% organic.

Written by Isabella and Samy

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Organic Coffee

Julian and José feel the need to drink coffee in the morning. So, they went to a coffee seller to taste the organic coffee at the farmers’ market. The service was not so friendly but the seller answered our questions. Julian asked about the preservatives of the coffee to check if the seller knew exactly what the characteristics of his product were and if he could give more information about it. Effectively, the coffee is produced in Byron Bay. In this regard, the vendor admitted that José’s hot chocolate was not organic.

In conclusion, we are happy about this experience as it permitted us to speak with the locals and enjoy a beautiful muffin.

By Julian and José

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Graduation Today!

Today we say goodbye to 4 of our students.


Linard and Fabian – 4 weeks – Switzerland

These two were our Professional Cross Country Skiers who won their 4 weeks with us on a radio show through an agent. Their teachers said they were a pleasure to have in class. They both said they enjoyed their time here and had a lot of fun. They said it was a pleasure to meet everyone and thanked everyone for being so friendly and nice.

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Sven has been here for 8 weeks and really enjoyed his time here. He English has progressed quite a bit and has gotten a lot better. Sven is now heading off to go travelling!

Sora – 8 weeks – Korea

Sora is leaving us today as well but wasn’t present for graduation.

Good luck to everyone and save travels!!!

Phrasal Verbs – an introduction


Phrasal verbs (or more accurately multi-word verbs) are two or three word verbs made up of a verb + one or two particles (preposition or adverb). They can be confusing for non-native speakers because:

  1. There are so many of them and so many phrasal verbs that start with the same verb e.g. get.
  2. This means it can be really difficult to remember the difference between, for example, get on, get over, get round to, get together and so on.
  3. Phrasal verbs can be transitive meaning they need a direct object or intransitive (no direct object)
  4. Some phrasal verbs can be broken up so that the object goes in the middle, e.g. take it off, while others can’t. For example you can get on with someone but you can’t get someone on with.
  5. And finally, some phrasal verbs have two of three very different meanings e.g make up.


Remembering the meaning and grammar of phrasal verbs takes practice and dedication. Whenever you stumble upon a new one, look it up, write it down and then try to use it yourself as soon and as often as possible.

Check out for a detailed grammar summary plus a list of 200 of some of the most popular phrasal verbs, with definitions and example sentences. Print the list out and then add to it in the same way as you come across more.

And if you didn’t know the meaning of any of the phrasal verbs in this article you can look them up below:

break something up divide something into pieces The company has been broken up and sold off
made up of something consist or be composed of something The board is made up of five members
get on something step onto a vehicle We’re going to freeze out here if you don’t let us get on the bus.
get over something (1) recover from an illness or loss difficulty I just got over the flu and now my sister has it.
get over something (2) overcome a problem The company will have to close if it can’t get over the new regulations.
get round to something finally find time to do (AmE: get around to something) I don’t know when I am going to get round to writing the thank you cards.
get together meet (usually for social reasons) Let’s get together for a BBQ this weekend.
take something off remove something (usually clothing) Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!
get along/on like each other I was surprised how well my new girlfriend and my sister got along/on.
make up (1) forgive each other We were angry last night, but we made up at breakfast.
make someone up (1) apply cosmetics to My sisters made me up for my graduation party.
make something up (1) invent, lie about something Josie made up a story about why we were late.
stumble across/on/upon discover something by chance I stumbled upon this great shop when I was looking for the library.
look something up search and find information in a reference book or database We can look her phone number up on the Internet.
write something down write something on a piece of paper so you don’t forget it Did you write down Jo’s phone number?
check something out look at carefully, investigate The company checks out all new employees.
print something out produce a printed copy of a document that has been written on a computer Could you print out a copy of that letter for me.
come across something find unexpectedly I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.

Helloooooooo Weekend!!!

Weekend weekend weekend!!! Hope you are all ready. Sadly we have had some poor weather the past few weekends but this weekend should be all sun! So head to the beach and do some awesome activities. Which you can book through Millie at the travel desk in the student lounge!


Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas


THU 11.10am, 1.20pm, 3.20pm, 8.30pm FRI 10.40am, 3.45pm, 6.30pm, 9.00pm SAT 10.10am, 6.15pm, 8.50pm  SUN 10.10am, 4.20pm, 6.30pm, 9.00pm MON 9.40am, 3.20pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm TUE 10.30am, 3.45pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm WED 10.00am, 12.50pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm

  • A ROYAL NIGHT OUT(M) (no free tickets)

FRI/SUN 4.30pm SAT 4.00pm


THU 1.10pm FRI 12.00pm SAT 11.40am SUN 11.50am MON 9.20am, 4.15pm TUE 12.20pm, 4.50pm WED 9.20am, 4.50pm


THU 11.00am FRI 9.50am, 1.30pm SAT 9.30am SUN 2.00pm MON 9.30am, 2.00pm TUE 10.10am, 1.30pm WED 4.15pm

  • COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK(MA15+) (no free tickets)

THU 6.30pm FRI 8.30pm SAT 3.00pm, 8.30pm SUN 3.00pm, 6.00pm


MON 9.00pm TUE-WED 9.20pm

  • NT LIVE: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE(CTC) (no free tickets)

SAT 1.00pm MON 12.30pm

  • pitchPITCH PERFECT 2(M) (no free tickets)

THU 2.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.10pm, 9.15pm FRI 1.25pm, 3.50pm, 6.40pm, 9.15pm SAT 12.40pm, 4.10pm, 6.10pm, 9.10pm SUN 9.30am, 12.35pm, 7.05pm, 9.25pm MON 11.30am, 4.10pm, 6.40pm, 9.15pm TUE 1.20pm, 3.40pm, 7.00pm, 9.15pm WED 1.50pm, 3.40pm, 7.00pm, 9.15pm

  • ROYAL BALLET: SWAN LAKE(CTC) (no free tickets)

SUN 1.00pm WED 11.00am

  • SPA15 WILD TALES(CTC) (no free tickets)

THU 7.00pm


THU 11.00am, 4.10pm, 9.20pm FRI 11.00am, 2.10pm, 6.10pm SAT 10.15am, 1.50pm, 6.30pm SUN 10.15am, 9.15pm MON 11.40am, 1.50pm, 6.15pm TUE 11.00am, 2.30pm, 6.10pm WED 11.30am, 2.30pm, 6.10pm

Gig Guide

Friday 8th May:
The Northern –Timberwolf, Kite Machine, Kyle Lionhart, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Toby
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Jon J Bradley (9pm) Boom Fyah Strikes Back

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Supamaorifulla
Saturday 9th May:
The Northern –  Chesta Hedron, This Old Sunn, Sunrose, DJ Sammond

The Rails – (7pm) Bossy Big Heart

The Beach Hotel – (9pm) DJ Discrow
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Sanchez

Sunday 10th May:
The Northern – Ooz

The Rails – (6:30pm) Kiara Jack & The Jills

The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) Soul’d (8pm) KLP & Young Franco


Byron Artisan Market – Saturday – Railway Park Evening 5pm – 9pm

That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy!

Ping Pong Tournament!


We held our monthly Ping Pong tournament today!Everyone was quite excited to have another one so soon! Today  we had some different faces make it further in the tournament with the Semifinals featuring Martin vs. Arthur and Theo vs Raphael (last Tournament Champ). The finals came down to Theo and Martin with Martin taking the win and the prize in the end!

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Accommodation Options for English Students

So, you’ve decided you want to study English Australia but you are not sure about where to stay, during your studies, or how much it will cost? Here at Lexis Byron Bay we offer students three different options to suit their objectives, needs and budgets.


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Photos from the home of homestay providers – Claudia and Byron Bernardazzi

Many students elect for the traditional option of a homestay as it not only provides a safe, comfortable living environment, but also plenty of opportunities to meet local people, make lasting friendships and get in lots of English practice. Homestay options include half-board (breakfast and dinner), B&B (breakfast only), executive homestay (own bathroom) and twin room. Prices (2015) range from $160 (twin room B&B) to $270 (half-board executive).

CAE students Samy Ben Miled and José Da Silva Barbosa are currently in a twin-share homestay. José explains below why he chose this option and why he is enjoying it so far.

“I chose homestay so I could have contact with locals and experience another culture. It’s also a great way to improve my English. My experience with my family has been really good because the father has the same interests as me; football (soccer). Only yesterday, we went to watch a game together. I’m really lucky. “

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Jose (far left) and Samy (front centre) enjoying the beach with other Lexis students

Student House


Front of student house


Twin room in student house

On the other hand, many students prefer the independence of living in a student house and if you like to cook, don’t mind doing your own cleaning and washing and can get on with a house full of sharemates from around the world, this might be the option for you! Rooms start at $160 for a twin share, while the most expensive option is a single room at $200.

 Reto Neuhaus, a current Swiss German student, booked to stay in the student house for the entire 20 weeks of his studies. Below, he explains why.

 “I thought it would be a great way to meet other students and make friends quickly and also enable me to live more independently than a homestay. When I arrived, I discovered that it was right next to the school, which is perfect!”


Student house kitchen

On-site Accommodation


Twin bedroom in on-site accommodation


Kitchen facilities for use by on-site accommodation residents

At Lexis Byron Bay we also have one other very special and unique option; students can live on-site in a purpose built accommodation block attached to the school. Students living on-site, share the lounge, kitchen and toilet facilities with the school while sleeping in brand new, light, bright, airy bedrooms. Laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi are included and standard prices range from $150 for four-bed dorm to $225 for a single. In addition, there are “Specials” at certain times which make the prices even more appealing.

I asked Sora Kim, from South Korea, how she enjoyed living on-site.

“It’s so good because you meet many people from lots of different countries and we all sit together in the evening and talk. Whenever I’m feeling lonely or homesick I can just go down to the kitchen and there’s always something going on. Also, because it’s attached to the school, I don’t have to worry about the weather or getting up early!”


Sora outside the on-site accommodation

Jobs for this week in Byron!

Sales Representative

We need motivated people to help promote and sell our website design to the public
Must have experience in sales and marketing
Nationwide marketing campaign
Must have Skype available if unable to meet in person

0431429724 – Scott

Travel Consultant

Peterpans Adventure Travel, Australia’s largest Adventure Travel Company is now recruiting well-travelled staff members to join our Call Centre sales team in Byron Bay.
Great working environment, discounted travel, competitive hourly wage plus weekly commission!
Role requirements:
• Must be able to commit to at least 6 months
• Excellent verbal and written (English) skills is a must
• Outstanding customer service
• Passion for travel
• Sales experience highly regarded
Please email your resume and cover letter to and check out our website to see what we are all about.

Travel Writers, Bloggers, and Photographers

New Travel Backpacker Mag Submissions
We are currently looking for writers, bloggers, photographers and creative individuals to submit content for a new Australian Backpacker Magazine to be published later this year.
If you are an aspiring writer, have a degree in travelling or just had a rad experience and want to share it with other travellers YOU can submit content to
We are looking for edgy, creative writers or photographers. Ones that aren’t typically mainstream and have some quirkiness about them. Maybe you want to write as though you are chatting to a mate, have some awesome pictures with a fab story behind it, or have a sweet blog you want to share with the world. Whatever your vibe we want to hear from you.
What’s in it for you?
Because this is a travelling community, it gives you the chance to showcase your work, get your stuff published, and be part of the best new mag around. If you become a regular writer, or submit content on a regular basis, there is the opportunity to become part of Detour Mag staff. Michelle – 0424001265

CLEANER Casual Position

After cleaner for two hours 4 days per week. Must be in town for 3 months minimum.
General duties. Plus one Super clean per month. All products supplied.
Must be flexible.
Please send short description and references via email.
Thank you  – Vanessa – 0450845377

Bar Staff Required

One of Byron Bay’s busiest nightclubs, Woody’s Surf Shack, is looking for experienced bartenders to work in our fast-paced, high-energy venue!
Working 20+ hours per week, we need bartenders with HEAPS of bar experience, excellent drink & cocktail skills and that feel the need…the need for speed! You must have a combination of world-class customer service and the ability to pump out the drinks when the bar is packed and our customers are having the night of their lives!
Previous experience in a similar role IS ESSENTIAL!
We offer an awesome & fun work environment, an excellent wage, amazing staff benefits & the opportunity to live and work in one the best places in the world!
Please send your CV listing all relevant experience.

Indie Travel

Seeking new employees who want to work for a leading travel agency. We specialise in Backpacker travel all around Australia. We are a company that is ever expanding and growing. We are now looking for experienced sales representatives that are looking to build a career in Australia with sponsorship and even PR as a goal. We want hungry, committed people that want to make money that we can progress through the company in to Management Positions and even further to Area Managers. We pride ourselves on finding new raw talent and nurturing them in to experienced managers who can bring the next new stars through. Currently there are positions in Byron Bay 0478723308 – Jack

Wicked Travel

Are you staying in Byron Bay, do you have sales experience? have you travelled the east coast? Are you looking for sponsorship?
Earning an hourly wage plus commission!
We are looking for a confident and motivated individual to join our sales team. If you think that you have and want all of the above please send your resume to

Happy Travels

Have you got a passion for Sales and Travel?
Want to join a fun and dynamic team with great perks?
Have you travelled the East Coast of Australia (including Fraser Island and Whitsundays) and LOVED it?
Happy Travels is the fastest growing backpacker travel agency in Australia.
We are seeking a FUN, BUBBLY, ENTHUSIASTIC, ENERGETIC and AWESOME new team members to join our family.
Working out of our Byron Bay office making dreams come true for backpackers travelling around Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.
Solid base rate, fun working environment, great perks and Un-Capped commission!
Full time hours.
Possibility of sponsorship for the right applicants.
Face to face sales, promotions work and door knocking⁄ street charity work a great asset.
Must be able to commit to 6 months minimum…
Email a CV AND a cover letter stating why you’d be awesome as a travel sales legend or pop into our shop today…

Reliable Cleaner

Looking for a reliable, flexible cleaner to clean our property
Days and times vary
$25 p⁄h cash
We provide products
Need to be committed until end of July Ruby – 0432947330


We are a small, fun, hardworking team looking for a dynamic sales person with experience closing leads. You will be contacting potential clients and advertisers by telephone and email to build, develop and grow our two website businesses. Desirable Attributes: previous sales exp essential; clear communication skills; good computer skills (Excel, Emailing and database programs); willingness to learn the basics about the industry. This position is casual for approx 20hrs/wk to start with potential for major growth. Ph: 0429 264 811 Email resume to:


– AR, AP, Payroll, Bank Rec, 1-2 days pw in vibrant, dynamic workplace, min 3 yrs exp (ideally in fashion industry). Familiar with Xero & Inventory Software. Accuracy Essential. Pay commensurate with exp. Send 1 page CV & cover letter by May 15th to: – Only successful applicants will be contacted


Experience preferred in hotels & motels, must be local. Please email applications & CV to: info@byronbaysidemotel.


Established large gardens/acreage, 2 days per week, hedging, weed control/ spraying, general gardening, light chainsaw work and some mowing. Must be experienced, strong and reliable. Federal. Local preferred. 0412105516


in Byron Bay 3 times per week. Must be hardworking & reliable. Contact Eddie 0412889881

Top Ten Events in Byron Bay

If you’re planning to visit Byron Bay sometime soon (and if you’re not, why not?) then here’s a list of some of the spectacular events that the town hosts throughout the year.

 The Falls Music & Art Festival
New Year

Falls is a multi day camping event, held over the New Year holiday, featuring bands from around the globe plus dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other art forms.

Byron Bay International Film Festival
Early March

Now Australia’s largest regional film festival, the BBIFF showcases feature films, documentaries animation and short films from more than 35 countries.

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Easter Weekend

Bluesfest is Australia’s premiere Blues & Roots Music Festival, featuring more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists plus camping grounds, licensed bars, undercover food courts and market stalls.


Byron Bay Tri & Multisport Festival
Second Weekend in May

The Byron Bay Triathlon is an Olympic Distance event, which attracts around 1,300 competitors from many different countries. Competitors enjoy a 1.5km ocean swim; a 40km and finally a 10km run. Sprint and Tempter events plus a children’s Aquathon are also held for the younger and more inexperienced.

Splendour in the Grass
Late July

Splendour is Australia’s biggest winter music festival, featuring three days full of big name bands.

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival
Early August

The Byron Bay Writers’ Festival features the most significant and respected contemporary Australian writers participating in lectures, lunches, panels, conversations, launches and readings.


Boomerang Festival
Early October

The Boomerang Festival is a first-of-its-kind, Indigenous festival, featuring an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts, along with cultural knowledge exchanges and thought provoking conversations. Camping is available at the festival.

Byron Lighthouse Run
Mid October

The annual Byron Lighthouse Run is a charity event proudly supported by local business. Participants can choose from a 6.7 k walk or a 10 k run


Byron Bay Surf Festival
Late October

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival focuses on the creative culture within surfing and features plenty of amazing surfing plus surf art, music, film, history, workshops, literature, markets, presentations, youth art and swap-meets.

Uplift Festival
Early/Mid December

Uplift is a global festival of transformation where pioneers in science, spirituality, health, indigenous wisdom, business, sustainability and creativity can come together to collaborate, present and inspire.


New Starters! 4.5.15


Today we have two new starters joining us. So help us in saying welcome to June and Luca!

June is from Korea and came here to improve his English because it is a very important skill to have to get a job. June just finished university and got his degree in Architecture. He is very excited to study in Byron Bay for 12 weeks.

Luca  is from Italy and is here in Australia looking for a job. He just finished working at a farm to extend his stay here and now wants to study English to be able to help him in a career in Engineering. He just finished his degree before coming to Australia.

Make sure to go find these two and introduce yourselves!


Big Graduation Today! Nine Students!

Today we had a large graduation with nine students! We are very sad to see these students leaving us.


Heejun – Upper Intermediate

Heejun – 8 weeks – Korea

His teacher said he was an amazing student and never got below 90%. He is now off to Brisbane and said he had a great time and thank you to his teachers for all the help.


Joelle – Upper Intermediate

Joelle – 4 weeks – Switzerland

Joelle’s teacher said she was a very funny student and she would miss having her in class. Joelle said that on the first day she hated Byron Bay and wanted to leave. But then realized that she loved it here and had a fantastic time!


Valentin – Intermediate

Valentin – 4 Weeks – France

His teacher said he was a great student and very intelligent and asked very good questions.


Gabriel – Intermediate

Gabriel – 12 weeks – Switzerland

Gabriel was with us for 3 months and was in our Intermediate class. He will now begin travelling and said thank you and “enjoy”.


Marie – Advanced

Marie – 4 weeks – Austria

Marie came to us with an already high level of English but was very shy at first. After a couple of weeks she really started speaking up more and showing off her great English skills. She said thank you to everyone and she wishes she was staying for longer.


Keiko – Pre-Intermediate

Keiko – 12 weeks – Japan

Keiko is a very dedicated student and worked extremely hard to improve her English in her time here. Very full of life and is looking to stay around Byron and get a job here. She said she had had a great time and to enjoy Byron Bay!


Hokuto – Pre-Intermediate

Hokuto – 4 weeks – Japan

Hokuto was a great student, who loves surfing, and got good marks .He will be staying in Byron to find work and surf.


Crystal and Douglas – Per-Intermediate

Douglas and Crystal – 12 weeks – Korea

These two came to Australia together and both worked very  hard to move up from Elementary  into the Pre-Intermediate class. Teacher Marie said that Douglas definitely speaks more but Crystal had very good grades. Both worked extremely hard throughout their 12 weeks here. They now head off to Sydney. They said thank you to their teachers and that they’d had a great time.

We will miss all of you!

“Byron’s Awesome,” according to Swiss Ski Stars


Fabian (left) and Linard (right)

For the past three weeks Lexis Byron Bay has felt privileged to host two upcoming Swiss athletes – Fabian Schaad and Linard Kindschi.

Fabian and Linard, both professional cross country skiers, were lucky enough to win a radio competition sponsored by Boa Lingua. The prize – a fantastic four-week, fully-inclusive trip to a school of their choice in Australia.

We caught up with Fabian and Linard earlier this week to find out how they were enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime trip so far and also to learn a bit more about their amazing jobs.

images1How long have you been skiing?

Fabian: Since I was a young boy of 2 years so you can say I was born to it. Then, I started competing at about 13. First, I was doing Alpine Skiing but then discovered I preferred competing with others at the same time.

Linard: I think the first time I went on cross country skis was at 3 years of age. At 6 years I took part in a competition, just because my brothers did it as well. In the following years, I did more competitions at even higher levels. I’ve trained regularly with a team since I was 13 years old.

What are your goals as a professional skier?

Fabian: My main goal is to go to the PyeongChang Olympic Games in South Korea. I’m hoping to compete in the Team Sprint with my younger brother.

Linard: For me too, my next big goal is the Olympic Games. Then, in general, my goal is to be one of the best skiers in the world. This means to be regularly in the top 10 in world cup races and championships.

169928_640 Why did you choose to come to Byron Bay?

Fabian: I’d heard a lot of positive things about Byron from other people and friends and I have to agree. Byron’s awesome!

Linard: Also, we wanted to go to a smaller town and not a big city like Brisbane.

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Photo of Byron Bay courtesy of another talented Lexis student Sylvain Maury

And, how are you enjoying it?

Fabian: I really like the relaxed atmosphere here. It’s so different to Switzerland and I really enjoy it. Also the beach is great and I go there as much as I can. I went surfing for the first time, recently, and really enjoyed it even if I fell off the surfboard more times that I stood on it. I will do it again and as often as I can.

Linard: I really like that I can go everywhere by bike. I love to spend the afternoons at the beach and ride some waves on the surfboard. The people are all very nice and friendly.


Getting competitive during Wednesday’s Poker Tournament

Finally, what is your favourite thing about Lexis English Byron Bay?

Fabian: For me it’s just a good thing to go to school. For a long time I’ve just been training every day – three years without school or anything else. I really like the school here and all of the people. It’s interesting to see so many students from all over the world.

Linard: There is always a good atmosphere on the whole campus and in class. You can learn something new every day not only in lessons but also in the kitchen.

Thanks guys and enjoy your final week in Lexis Byron Bay.