Welcome to our New Starters – 29 June 2015


Today we welcomed four new starters to Lexis Byron Bay; Mayumi from Japan, Omar and Vicente from Spain and Jacapo from Italy.

Mayumi is here on a Working Holiday Visa. She worked in H&M clothing store in Japan for five years and is hoping to do the same job in Australia when she finishes her English studies.

Omar has always dreamed of coming to Australia and now he is here. He is excited about seeing the Australian wildlife and improving his English. In the future he wants to study bio-engineering at university.

Vicente is a seasoned traveller to Australia; this is his third time. He’s doing our English in Action program, which means that he will study English in the morning and have surf lessons in the afternoon.

And finally, for Jacapo, this is his first trip out of Italy. He is very excited to be here and can’t wait to make friends and get involved in the Byron lifestyle. He told me that, in Italy, it’s very important to be able to speak English if you want to get a good job.

It was a pleasure meeting all of you this morning and we hope that you really enjoy your experience here at Lexis English in Byron Bay.


Big Prize Trivia Quiz

This afternoon a large group of students gathered in the student lounge to find out which team had the most general knowledge in the fields of Science, Geography, Sport and Music.


It was a tightly fought game and, in the end was won by only half a point. Everybody learned something, e.g. volcanoes erupt and golf was first played in Scotland, and everybody had a lot of fun.

Charlie’s Angels the winning team, led by today’s graduate Isaac, won twelve bottles of beer and the runners-up, the A-Team, won a small chocolate consolation prize.

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Graduation 26 June – Goodbye to two lovely students

This week Lexis Byron Bay says goodbye and good luck to two awesome students from our Upper Intermediate class: Samira Spring from Switzerland and Isaac Perez from Spain.

Samira has been at Lexis Byron Bay for six weeks. Her teacher described her as extremely clever and also wonderful to have in class. Samira thanked all her teachers and said that she was surprised by how much she had learned in such a short time. She also said that she’d really enjoyed meeting people and making friends from different cultures.


Isaac has been here for twelve weeks and, before that, studied at Lexis Brisbane. His teacher, Anji, said he was funny and gorgeous and charming and lovely and also a great actor and that she would miss having him in class. Isaac commented that he had been lucky enough to have been taught by all of Lexis Byron Bay’s female teachers and that he had had a lovely time in Lexis. He also said that one day all the younger students would realise how lucky they were to have such an experience at their age.isaa

We’ve really enjoyed having both of you in the Lexis family and wish you all the best for whatever happens in the future.

What’s on at the weekend?



Looks like it’s going to be sun and rain showers again this weekend with a high of 20 and a low of 13.

Going to the cinema?

Palace Cinemas

THUR 9.30AM 4.05PM 9PM
FR/SUN 9.30AM 1.45PM 9PM
SAT 9.15AM 11.40AM 8.50PM

THU 9.15AM

INSIDE OUT (PG) (no free tickets)
THUR 12PM 2.15PM 6.50PM
FRI/SUN 9.30AM 12PM 6.50PM
SAT 9.10AM 12.50PM 6.50PM

MINIONS (PG) (no free tickets)
THUR 8.45AM 10.35AM 12.25PM 6.40PM

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (M) (no free tickets)
THUR 11.25 1.45 4.20 8.30AM
FRI 11.30AM 4.10PM 8.30PM
SAT 10.35AM 2.50PM 9PM
SUN 11.30AM 4.10PM 8.45PM

TED 2 (CTC) (no free tickets)
THUR/FRI/SUN 2PM 4.25PM 6.30PM 8.50PM
SAT 2PM 4.25PM 6.50PM 9.15PM

Also check out what’s showing at PigHouse Flicks in the Brewery complex:

Gig Guide

Friday 26th June:
The Northern
– Yes Sir Noceur, Baskervillain, The Shady Nastys, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Pink Zinc
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Leigh James (9pm) Madison Kat
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary
The Brewery/Buddha Bar – (7.30pm) The Swamp Stompers

Saturday 27th June:
The Northern
– A Little Procince, Antimata, Dominiques, DJ Chris Bradley
The Rails – (7pm) Devils Kiosk
The Beach Hotel – (9pm) DJ Helmy
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Mitchymitch
The Brewery/Buddha Bar – (7.30pm) Jaffer

Sunday 28th June: 
The Northern
– Jesse Pumphrey
The Rails – (7pm) Blue Skillet
The Beach Hotel – (4.30pm) Late for Woodstock, (8.00pm) DJ Captain Kaine


Bangalow Markets
Sunday 27th 9am to 3pm (at the Showground)

Nimbin Markets
Sunday 27th 8am to 3pm (on Cullen St)

That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy! And see you for student drinks at Aquarius on Friday at 5pm!!

FREE Activity Calendar – July 2015

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We have some really great activities lined up for Lexis Byron Bay students in July. Some highlights include:

  • Yoga with Stefanie or Skateboarding with Flavio on alternate Mondays
  • The Film Studies Option Movie shown in Room 6 every Thursday – with popcorn
  • The extremely popular Aussie wine tasting on Friday 10 July
  • Our student night with free drinks, cheap drinks and BBQ at Aquarius on Friday 17 July
  • And, a very special extra activity on Wednesday 22 July – The Sky at Night with Phil from Starrynight Planetarium. He’ll be at the school at 5.30 with his telescope and some fascinating facts about the Australian night sky.

All of this on top of the regular and always popular Coffee Lounge, Job Club, Workshops, Cooking, BBQ, Trivia Quiz, Ping-Pong, Poker, Football and Volleyball.


Jobs this week in Byron Bay 24/06/15

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TripADeal is a fast-growing travel company based in beautiful Byron Bay, currently seeking dynamic staff to join their customer service team

You’ll answer phone, email and face-to-face enquiries, help customers get excited about their next holiday, and above all SELL SELL SELL awesome travel packages!

Hours are flexible from casual to full time depending on your availability; however evening and weekend work will be required.


Popular and well established Japanese restaurant KINOKO is seeking an experienced and qualified chef to work full time in its busy Byron Bay kitchen

The right applicant will be part of a dynamic restaurant located in the heart of Byron bay, working alongside a passionate team that thrive on creating wholesome Japanese inspired dishes with a modern flair.


Night shift supermarket cleaners with ABN required for a very busy Byron Bay location

Applicants must be available over a 7 day roster. Due to the location reliability is crucial, if this is you please send an email with experience and contact number today.


Waiters Wanted. Male Shirtless waiters needed

If you have a happy outgoing personality, a great physique and your own pay we offer attractive pay rates, a great atmosphere and loads of fun.


Live in experienced nanny⁄baby sitter required in Byron Bay

Casual. Between 5-20 hours help a week with 6 month old baby and household chores.

Fully furnished room supplied in a house with wifi, Netflix and Foxtel inclusive.

Female candidates only. Must be experienced or qualified child carer⁄nanny and have or willing to get first aid certificate.


Looking for a young couple, 21-40 to model for a romantic hippy⁄bohemian shoot

If you have a hippy house⁄camper to use as a backdrop, that would be great. Looking to create a natural shoot, where you’re in a natural environment, not posing for the camera. I’m a female photographer, looking to build my portfolio. I love capturing a special moment, a look, a glance, nothing too intimate, but something that shows how much you are in love. In exchange for modeling, you would be given an album of pictures. Memories that will last forever. Any couples interested in this fantastic opportunity, contact me for more information


BayGer, Gourmet Burgers,is a take away restaurant in Byron Bay seeking an experienced chef⁄cook to work in our busy kitchen


Telesales person

A great opportunity has arisen to join a fun company that caters for small to large businesses. We strive to help save the planet by recycling. We are looking for a hungry and tenacious telesales person, who is money hungry and success motivated, we have a great supportive team with a highly experience mentor.

Available Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4pm


Actor needed ASAP for short film in Byron Bay

Hi we are SAE students and we are shooting a short five minute film in and around Byron Bay. It is not a paid job but meals will be paid for on the days its shot. We are looking to shoot in the next couple of weeks.


We are currently looking to hire a German Retail Manager on a casual basis,working with us in our Byron Bay Office on a 5 day per week basis

Must be a Native German speaker with excellent written and spoken English and strong copy writing skills.


Graphic Design position available in production garment printing business

Photoshop and Illustrator creation and editing.


Santos Administrator

Mullumbimby. Office admin/all-rounder, 4 days pw, mid-July. Bookeeping experience and Quickbooks a plus. Email resume to accounts@santostrading.com.au

Hairdresser at Simply Sheer Hair 

Looking for a part-time, senior hairdresser. Call 6684 1441.

Restaurant Manager

Busy Byron venue seeks a career-minded person with minimum 5 years experience in fast-paced venues and minimum 3 years in management. Full-time. Email resume: byronvacancy@gmail.com

Echo Paper Delivery Person

The Echo has a contract position to insert, fold, bag and deliver The Echo to South Golden Beach and North Ocean Shores. You must have an ABN and be able to cover these areas early in the morning. You must have a reliable vehicle. Suits mature/responsible persons with a strong throwing arm. July 2015. Email simon@echo.net.au or phone 6684 1777.

Splendour Bar & Cashier Workers

July 23-26 at Splendour In The Grass Festival. Applicants must hold a current a valid NSW RSA. For an application form please email: splendourbarwork@gmail.com

Fashion Designer

Wanted to help expand swimwear label. Must be experienced in  running a fashion business, marketing, design and production. Tertiary qualifications essential. Start immediately. Email CV to: eve@miskini.com

Stoked Surf School Surf Instructors

Experienced Surf instructors needed for Byron surf school. Casual position with regular hours. Must hold minimum level 1 qualification with Surfing Australia or ASI, First Aid Certificate, Minimum LR Drivers license, experience as a head coach and be available weekends.Send resume to: info@stokedsurfschool.com.au

Retreat Staff

Enthusiastic and dedicated support staff needed for Byron vegetarian health retreat. Four retreats per year, must have a passion for health and love nurturing guests through their healing experience. Yoga qualifications a bonus. Email byronbayretreat@gmail.com

Don’t forget to keep an eye on Gumtree to see jobs as they are advertised:


Or check out this week’s Byron Echo for the full list of jobs advertised there this week



English and Cooking – The Masterchef Cook Off


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Yesterday the English and Cooking Options class had a Masterchef style “Mystery Box” cook off.

Two teams of students were given the same core ingredients: milk, flour, sugar, eggs, butter,cheese and chocolate and had a “pantry” of staple items to choose from too.

Team Brazil cooked pancakes and, when the found the pink food colouring, decided to make pink, chocolate-filled ones for fellow student, Fumika (because pink is her favourite colour.)


Team Belgium, pulled off a very ambitious dish; chef Guillaume made his own pastry and then created a rice pudding filling to go inside.


Both teams were so engrossed in the cook-off that the class overran and yesterday afternoon’s Coffee Club attendees got to taste the creations and select the winner.


Meet the staff!

We would like to give a BIG welcome to Patricia….our new Marketing Manager for Latin America!

Hello everyone!

My name is Patricia and I am originally from Brazil, but I have been living here in Australia for 8 years.

When I first came to Australia I was looking for a little “paradise” and I was not interested in the popular places and big cities… and then I found Noosa! I studied English in Noosa for 6 months and was my best experience ever!

I am an economist and back in Brazil I was working for a financial institution (bank) for more than 10 years.

I’ve lived in Sydney for 5 years where I was working for a company within the mining industry.

My favourite things are meeting my friends, watching movies with my husband and long walks… I love to walk my dog!

Curiosity: When I was 18, I backpacked around Europe for almost 2 months with only 1000 dollars in my pocket. The European Union didn’t existed at the time, so I had to get visas and exchange currencies in each country, which was a very hard work…especially because I could not speak any English by then 🙂

I look forward to of seeing some of you across the five Lexis schools in Australia!

Patricia, website

Phrasal Verbs #8 – Come


  • Have you come down with a cold yet this winter?
  • How did your decision to come to Australia come about?
  • Have you ever fainted? How long did it take you to come round?
  • Do you think house prices will go up or come down next year?
  • Where do your parents come from?
  • If you knew who stole the BBQ, would you come forward with that information?
  • How much does your weekly grocery shop come to?

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with COME. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You will come across even more phrasal verbs with COME. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

come about happen You became the mayor of your city? Wow! How did that come about?
come across something find unexpectedly I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
come along arrive or appear at a place You wait half an hour for a bus and then three come along at once.
come apart separate into several pieces The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come around/round visit someone in their home Come round tonight and we’ll watch a DVD.
come around/round change your opinion to agree with or accept something My son doesn’t want to study in New Zealand, but I think he will come around to the idea if he thinks about it for a while.
come around/round recover consciousness She hasn’t come round from the anaesthetic yet.
come down fall to ground/become lower House prices have come down recently.
come down on someone scold or punish Our boss really came down on us after we made that mistake.
come down with something become sick My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
come forward volunteer for a task or to give evidence The woman came forward with her husband’s finger prints.
come from somewhere originate in The art of origami comes from Asia.
come off become detached Oh no, my button has come off.
come off something stop using (drugs/medicine) He’s come off the tablets because they were making him dizzy.
come on to someone make your sexual interest known to someone Then his wife left the room and he started coming on to me.
come out appear, be seen, become known The moon came out last night.
come out be removed (stain) Did the red wine stain come out in the wash?
come out , be published When does their new album come out?
come to something totals That shopping comes to $14.50.
come to someone remember or recall I didn’t remember who she was and suddenly it came to me. We went to high school together.
come up Be mentioned What points came up at the meeting?
come up against something be faced with (problems) If you come up against any resistance let me know.
come up with something produce an idea or resources I didn’t think Joe had any money but suddenly he came up with enough to buy a car.





What does 2.30pm look like at Lexis | Byron Bay?

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Today, I looked out of my window and was delighted to see so many students taking part in different activities. Not only was there a group of students doing Skateboarding, our organised activity, but another group were playing frisbee and a further pair were engrossed in a highly competitive ping-pong game.

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It’s good to see that students here are enjoying some serious fun as well as the serious study!


Welcome to our New Starters Tommy and Renato

This week Lexis | Byron Bay welcomes two new students: Hodaka Shigetomi (Tommy) from Japan and Renato Faustino Rodrigues De Oliveira from Brazil.


Tommy is a keen surfer, which is why he chose Byron Bay. He told me that he wants to learn English because, in Japan, he has friends from other countries and he wants to be able to communicate better with them. He will stay at Lexis for 17 weeks and I’m sure both his English and his surfing will improve a lot during this time.


Renato will study with us for 20 weeks. Back home in Brazil he is a Biology student and he is hoping, in the future, to study Marine Biology in Australia. He chose to come to Byron Bay because his friend is already studying here.

Welcome to both of you and we hope you have a wonderful time in Byron Bay.

Friday afternoon Italian cooking

Today our Cooking class made beautiful Italian Spaghetti Carbonara de Mare. Everyone agreed that it tasted just like in Italy! Simon used an original Italian recipe that the translated into English.

Here is what the students wrote about the class (unedited):

“On Friday in the class in the afternoon we cooked Carbonara de Mare. The Swiss guy Simone gave the idea about the dish. And we cooked with prawns, salmon and other ingredients. It’s an easy dish and really delicious!”


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Poker Tournament

Yesterday we had six students playing a very professional game of poker with our teacher Claudia.

Guillaume seemed to have had a lot of experience in playing poker because he was very strict with the rules and took the game extremely seriously. This made the other students laugh a lot and the whole game serious fun!

We had a great time with Guillaume actually winning the fantastic, huge prize of chocolate!  He generously gave it away to Minami who couldn’t believe her luck! :-


Excursion to the Byron Farmer’s Market

Today our upper-intermediate and pre-intermediate classes went on an excursion to the Byron Bay Farmer’s Market together.

The upper-intermediate class talked about buying local food and why it is good for you and the environment. The pre-intermediate class got examples of food that could be described by various adjectives, such as fatty, healthy, spicy and bland.

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They all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the beautiful, warm winter sun in Byron!

Jobs in Byron Bay this week!


Live- in au pair wanted for Byron Bay family with 1 year old boy and new born baby

Mid to late July 2015. 40 hours per week of childcare⁄ housework, 2 days off per week – $200 plus free rent in modern two story home with pool, close to beach and shops, includes food, own bathroom, tv, unlimited wi-fi, and bicycle.

Genuine applicants need only apply. Please do not apply if you are a couple, if you’re into the party lifestyle, if you are just after free accom in Byron Bay,  or if you have no experience with children.

We are looking for a female Au Pair, males need not apply.

Click on link for more info and to apply:


Five hours  landcare/construction work each day in exchange for board and meals – WH Visa extension approved

Looking for a couple of woofers or people looking to extend their working holiday visas for landscaping⁄ bush regeneration, building work, gardening and pruning.in beautiful land in Coorabell (15 minutes to Byron Bay centre)

Click on link for more info and to apply:


Hard working and experienced cleaner to join small team of local cleaners.

  • You will be friendly honest and professional with some cleaning experience
  • You will have an ABN and your own transport (petrol paid)
  • You will have an incredible eye for detail
  • Be happy to work in a team
  • Have good time management skills
  • Be local or be staying in the area for a minimum of 6 months

Click on link for more info and to apply:


Capable, fun and reliable live-in nanny to help out with three beautiful kids in Suffolk Park

The role will be live in for an exchange of 20 hours per week. This includes accommodation and all foodAny hours above the 20 will be paid at $20 per hour and usually there is an extra 5-10 so you will always be able to earn some extra $$.

You will have:

A current drivers licence;

Previous experience with nannying⁄au pair work;

A fun attitude;

A reliable mature approach;

Availability for at least 2-3 months.

Click on link for more info and to apply:


Seeking Mature, Local, Experienced Cleaners

Byron Home Cleaning is looking for cleaners. To apply, you must have:

  1. Cleaning experience
  2. Solid references
  3. Current Drivers License & own car
  4. Police Check or be willing to obtain this
  5. ABN or ability to get one
  6. Local address and proof you intend to stay in the region for at least 6 months (eg. lease agreement, children enrolled in school).


Helper wanted for housekeeping , general duties, washing dishes ,cleaning floors , preparing food , washing windows, other light duties, in exchange for all food and accommodation.

Work is 2 and a half hrs per day , for your own clean and comfortable room with own bathroom attached, and vegetarian food provided.

Can help with 2nd year visa⁄second year visa.

Click on link for more info and to apply:


Casual Front of House⁄Cashier

Koobideh serves tasty Persian food and drinks at food and music festivals, markets and events in South Eastern Queensland and Northern NSW. We’re looking for an outgoing, fast and organized individual to work Front of House⁄Cashier in our pop up food stall at different festivals in the region. So if you are energetic and passionate about food we’d love to hear from you!

Click on link for more info and to apply:



Junior Wait Staff

For school holidays & weekends. Professional wait staff for day/evening.

Ongoing casual work.

Email: targabyronbay@gmail.com, phone: 0403645549


Is on the move and looking for a full-time warehouse/store person to work with us at our new warehouse in Billinudgel. This is an exciting time to join our small, awesome team who distributes quality health products nationally & internationally. Please contact Andrew on 0412902082 to apply.

Splendour Bar and Cashier Workers

Required July 23-26

Applicants must hold a current and valid NSW RSA. For an application form please email: splendourbarwork@gmail.com

Byron Bay Fitness Industry

Wants you! Extreme mixed Martial Arts now hiring: (03) 9879 5551


Qualified remedial massage therapist required. We also require Tarot readers.

Contact Santoshi 0422232254

What’s on at the Weekend?



Looks like it’s going to be sun and showers this weekend with a top of 18 and a low of 11.

Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas

JURASSIC WORLD(M) (no free tickets)

THU/SAT-WED 11.30am, 4.10pm, 6.40pm

FR 11.30am, 4.10pm, 8.10pm

ALOHA(PG) (no free tickets)

THU-WED 2.20pm, 8.30pm

ENTOURAGE(MA15+) (no free tickets)

THU/SAT-WED 2.00pm, 9.10pm

FR 2.00pm, 9.20pm


THU-WED 9.30am


THU-WED 3.40am

INSIDE OUT(PG) (no free tickets)

THU-WED 9.20 am, 12.10pm, 6.00pm

MINIONS(PG) (no free tickets)

THU-WED 9.10 am, 11.10am, 4.35pm,6.30pm

MAD MAX:FURY ROAD(MA15+) (no free tickets)

THU/SAT-WED 1.10pm, 8.10pm

FR 1.10pm

Also check out what’s showing at PigHouse Flicks in the Brewery complex:


Gig Guide

Friday 5th June:  The Northern – The Dark Harks, Mutha’s Milk, Dirty Frank, DJ Taya Mills The Rails – (7pm) Bossy Big Heart

The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Seabomb (9pm) Food Court

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Mitchymitch Saturday 6th June: The Northern – The Vernons, Tempura Nights, Sundown Jury

The Rails – (7pm) The Moonshine Run

The Beach Hotel – (9pm) Elementals DJs

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary

Sunday 7th June:  The Northern – Josh Hamilton Duo

The Rails – 6.30PM Chris Cook Band

The Beach Hotel – 4.30pm Lisa Hunt, 8.00pm DJ Longtime


Mullumbimby Markets 8am to 2pm

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


Phrasal Verbs #7 Put


  • The other weightlifters put me down because I had to put the weights down.
  • In the morning I have to put on the light before I can put on my clothes.
  • Could you put yourself out for once and put the bins out; and make sure you put out the fire before coming to bed.
  • I would put him up but I can’t put up with his snoring. He’ll have to put up a tent in the garden instead.
  • We had to put back the dinner because I forgot to put the meat back in the oven.

As we discussed in week 1, sometimes a phrasal verb can have more than one meaning. Can you understand the sentences above? They are all grammatically correct but use the same verb/particle combinations in two or more different ways.

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with Put. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You will run into even more phrasal verbs with Put. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

put something away return something to its normal place after using it. Please put away the dictionary when you’ve finished using it.
put something back replace, return to its proper place Put it back on the shelf please.
put something back to change the time or date of an event so that it happens later than originally planned We’ve put the trip back until June now.
put something down put what you are holding on a surface or floor You can put the groceries down on the kitchen counter.
put someone down insult make someone feel stupid The students put the substitute teacher down because his pants were too short.
put something off postpone We are putting off our trip until January because of the hurricane.
put something on turn on / switch on Could you put on the light please?
put something on put clothing/accessories on your body Don’t forget to put on your new earrings for the party.
put something out leave/place something outside the house. Don’t forget to put out the dustbin.
put something out extinguish The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen arrived.
put someone out go to a lot of trouble/ be inconvenienced . Please don’t put yourself out for us.
put something together assemble I have to put the crib together before the baby arrives.
put someone through connect two people (on the phone) I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.
put something up erect build He put up a tent for the children.
put up with someone/something tolerate I don’t think I can put up with three small children in the car.
put (someone) up accommodate/ give someone a bed We can put you up if you’d like to come for the week-end.






Students Write a Lexis BB Brochure

Yesterday, Claudia’s Intermediate class tried their hand at writing promotional copy. They looked at different examples and then wrote an introduction to a Lexis Byron Bay brochure. Below are two of the best (unedited):

If you’re looking for a suitable place spending your amazing life, I’m sure that Byron Bay can be it for you.

Byron Bay located at east coast in Australia has a lot of nice conditions for a vacation and studying English and something else. There are many sorts of beautiful beaches where you can relax and also really good weather, wave for surfing. Before everything else, the people who live in Byron are incredibly friendly. If you come here you can immediately understand why I’m saying like that.

Are you hiring the place for studying English in Australia? I think Lexis Byron Bay is one of the quite nice school. It’s located near by downtown and beach as well, so you can go shopping easily. At Lexis, you can meet various friends from another countries. Also there are really nice staff who help your problems. In addition, especially, all teacher has ability to support improving your English.

If you’re suffering to search the school, don’t be concerned anymore. We’re waiting you. See you soon.

by Kukin (Mike) Im

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Byron Bay is a beautiful spot for studying English, relaxing and getting to know a new way of life. It’s the most popular place at the east coast for surfing. A lot of people come to have a break from the routine of life.

Lexis School offers lots of courses, from General English to Cambridge certificate. On afternoon, we have many possibilities of activities like yoga, surfing in an open building surrounded by unspoilt nature.

Lexis attracts many student of different nationalities because it’s a very particular friendly town with serious teacher mixed in.

by Marie Tournier Pichoux and Simone Masoni

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All New Afternoon Options Classes

Every four weeks our full-time students choose what they want to study between 1 and 2pm. Today, it’s time to choose again for the next four week block and Lexis Byron Bay has put together an all new selection of Options classes to choose from:

film studies

1. FILM & MUSIC STUDIES     Pre-Intermediate plus

This classroom-based course will use movie clips and songs to develop students’ English skills.

In this class, you can expect to:

  • Watch short movie clips to learn new vocabulary
  • Watch short movie clips and discuss the topic of the film or what happens next
  • Listen to songs related to the movie, watch music videos and do vocabulary/grammar/speaking exercises
  • Learn about the language and structure of film reviews and write your own
  • Debate issues covered in the movie/song
  • Create your own scenes and short movies
  • The full movie will be screened every Thursday at 2pm with popcorn

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 2. SPEAK LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER     Intermediate plus

This classroom-based course introduces the English of native speakers; in particular, phrasal verbs, idioms, slang and pronunciation.

In this class, you can expect to:

  • Listen to native speakers talk about a variety of topics
  • Learn and practise new phrasal verbs, idioms and slang
  • Understand the pronunciation features of native speakers and practise using them
  • Pre-Intermediate students with high level speaking skills may also be suitable for this class

english and cooking


This classroom/kitchen-based course uses the topic of food and cooking to help students gain confidence in their use of English.

In this class, you can expect to:

  • Improve your speaking skills while planning and shopping for recipes
  • Learn the vocabulary of food and cooking
  • Understand how to read and write recipes
  • Learn new cooking skills and get to taste a range of international cuisine


4. IELTS     Intermediate plus

This classroom-based course has an academic focus and enables students to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

In this class, you can expect to:

  • Develop your writing skills and receive feedback on your mistakes
  • Learn a wide range of topic-based and academic vocabulary
  • Discuss and debate various world issues, such as The Environment, Gender, Climate etc
  • Complete intensive reading and listening tasks
  • You do not need to be taking the IELTS exam to enjoy and benefit from this class


5. SURVIVAL ENGLISH     Elementary/Pre-Intermediate

This classroom/excursion based course provides students with everyday functional language and then gives them opportunities to practise it in the real world.

In this class, you can expect to:

  • Learn how to go shopping, order at a bar and in a restaurant, book a hotel, make a telephone call etc etc
  • Practise dialogues with other students to build confidence
  • Go into town to practise the language in real-life situations

Make sure you’re in class this afternoon so that you can select your first and second choices. And remember, if there’s an option that isn’t here that you would like to do, let us know. We may be able to run it next time.

Movies and Songs Class Learn about the Stolen Generation


In the Movies and Songs class we have been watching The Rabbit Proof Fence, a film based on a true story in which 3 aboriginal children  were forcibly taken away from their family and walk over 1800 miles to get back to their homeland. The students were shocked to see how aboriginal people have been treated  since the colonial settlement. We were also deeply impressed by how far they walked and how strong their connection to the land was, a connection that kept them alive and hidden. Children such as these are now known as the “stolen generations”.


To look at how this history has affected Australia today, we listened to Xavier Rudd’s music, which gives powerful messages about the consequences of what was done to aboriginal communities and their culture.

Our class then “tweeted” their responses on the boards at the end of the lesson. If you could tweet your opinion about what has been done to the aboriginal people, what would you write? Here are Xavier Rudd’s songs to help you:


Spirit Bird

By Xavier Rudd


Give it time and we wonder why, do what we can laugh and we cry
And we sleep in your dust because we’ve seen this all before
Culture fades with tears and grace, leaving us stunned hollow with shame
We have seen this all, seen this all before
Many tribes of a modern kind doing brand new work same spirit by side
Joining hearts and hands and ancestral twine, ancestral twine
Many tribes of a modern kind doing brand new work same spirit by side
Joining hearts and hands and ancestral twine, ancestral twine

Slowly it fades
Slowly we fade

Emmanho yo yo yo yo
Spirit bird he creaks and groans, she knows she has seen this all before
She has seen this all before, she has
Spirit bird he creaks and groans, she knows she has seen this all before
She has seen this all before, she has

Slowly we fade
Slowly it fades

Soldier on, soldier on my good countrymen
Keep fighting for your culture now,
Keep fighting for your land
I know it’s been thousands of years
And I feel your hurt and
And I know it’s wrong
And you feel you’ve been chained
And broken and burned
And those beautiful old people, those wise old souls?|
Have been ground down for far too long
By that spineless man,
That greedy man,
That heartless man
Deceiving man,
That government hand
Taking blood and land
Taking blood and land
And still they can
But your dreaming and your warrior spirit lives on
And it is so so so strong
In the earth, in the trees, in the rocks,
In the water, in your blood and in the air we breathe
Soldier on, soldier on my good countrymen
Keep fighting for your children now,
Keep fighting for your land

Slowly we fade
Slowly it fades

Give it time and we wonder why, do what we can, laugh and we cry
And we sleep in your dust because we’ve seen this all before


Come People

By Xavier Rudd & The United Nations


Come people, come now people [x4]

Round and round we go again spirit quest for enlightenment
The rise and fall of things revealed of sacredness and woundedness to heal
Time to time she chimes in phrases from the internet
Of planetary alignment and the energetic push and pull we share

Who will hide and who will seek?
The suffering beneath your feet has been neglected through the ages

And I held that little girl she was a message in my dreaming
I bring my hands and I must stay and I will graciously set you free

Come people, come now people [x3]
Come fire clean these people
Come people, come now people

Feel the touch of a gentle rain and we pull together when the Earth she breaks
So why are we so divided?
Grandmother pull us out
Grandmother can you tell me how we have been so mistaken?

And I held that little girl she was a message in my dreaming
I bring my hands and I must stay and I will graciously set you free

Come people, come now people [x3]
Come Spirit through these people
Come people, come now people
And I believe we are one and we are sacred [x3]

I will hold you close [x2]

The Future is in Your Hands


Today the Pre-Intermediate class were practising their psychic abilities (and using “will” for future predictions!) with a little palm reading on their fellow classmates.

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Apparently Thiago will live to be over 120 years old, DK is very intelligent, Minami will have bad luck (probably because she will have so many relationships!), Marco will have three children, Livia will also live to be over 100 (Brazilian climate?!) Suzuku will suffer from many illnesses and Shota will have a strong marriage!!

Welcome to our New Starter – Marie from France


This week, as well as welcoming back Andrea from Brazil and Fumika from Japan, we have one new starter.

Marie Tournier Pichoux comes from France, where she has recently completed her Bachelors Degree in Communications. Her passion, however, is sport and she works as a ski instructor in the Alps. Her customers are all ages and come from all over the world. She has to teach them in English and it’s for this reason  that she’s her in Australia to study.

She chose Byron Bay because many people had told her that it was “paradise on earth”.

We hope that you will agree that it is, Marie, and that you achieve your English goals.

Welcome to Lexis.

English and Cooking Option – This week SUSHI!

Today Sammy’s English and Cooking class made sushi.


The Japanese students took the lead again, showing the others just how easy sushi is to make. All you need are the ingredients and a sushi rolling mat (which can be bought for a couple of dollars.) The recipe is below for those of you that want to try this at home.




I kilo sushi rice
2 packets of nori sheets
Sushi no co
Soy sauce
1 salmon fillet
3 eggs
1 large can of tuna
1 cucumber


  1. Cook rice and mix with sushi no co
  2. Cut salmon into thin slices
  3. Cook eggs as a omelette and cut into thin slices
  4. Slice cucumber
  5. Mix tuna and mayonnaise together
  6. Put nori sheet onto roller and put rice and your choice of other ingredients on top.
  7. Roll into tubes and slice
  8. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi in small dipping bowls.


Sorry to see you go :( Graduation 12 June 2015

This week we say a fond and multicultural farewell to six awesome students: Silvan from France, Norika and Ayano from Japan, Reto from Switzerland, Andrew from Korea and Pablo from Spain. Graduation was also gatecrashed by a number of last week’s CAE students 🙂

First up was Silvan Maury from France. He has been studying at Lexis Byron Bay for 16 weeks and went from a low Pre-Intermediate to a strong Intermediate. He also maintained 98% attendance over this time.


Silvan maintained 98% attendance over 16 weeks

Next we had two students from the Pre-Intermediate Class; Noriko Ishida and Ayano Imai both from Japan.


Noriko with teacher Marie

Noriko has been at Lexis for 4 weeks and her teacher, Marie, said that she was always smiling and working hard. She also said she was shy at the beginning but now you couldn’t shut her up. Noriko told us that she would be staying in Byron Bay and that she had enjoyed life at Lexis English, had lots of fun and made lots of friends.


Ayano gave a great speech in excellent English

Ayano only started with us on Tuesday and is leaving already. She was only able to get one week away from work and heads straight back to Japan. However, Marie said that she has really made the most of her time here, made lots of friends, joined in all the activities and really benefited from the English Only Policy. Ayano gave a great thank you speech saying how much she had enjoyed her time and what lovely people she had met.

Finally, we said goodbye to three students from the Upper Intermediate Class: Reto Neuhaus from Switzerland, Andrew Jung from Korea and Pablo Macineira Lopez from Spain.


Reto said he learnt new things every day

Reto has been at Lexis for 8 weeks and has really made the most of his time here. He is now heading up to Lexis Noosa to start a CAE course. He said that he had had a great time and that he hoped to see some of the friends he’d made again.


Andrew will “play by ear” how long he stays in BB

Andrew, who was also here for 8 weeks, was described by his teacher as a funny and resourceful guy. He scored a job within a week of arriving in Byron and now also lives in an awesome apartment, which he has invited us to all visit him at. When asked how long he would stay in Byron, he received admiration from all the native speakers by saying he was “going to play it by ear.”


We will miss Pablo’s singing skills almost as much as his personality

Finally, we were all very sad to farewell live wire Pablo. Pablo was here for only seven weeks but made a huge impression on everyone, both in and out of class. He jokingly said that he had been fortunate enough to study with all the female teachers at the school! He is driving up to Noosa tonight with Reto as he also starts CAE on Monday.

Goodbye and good luck to all of you .We hope to see you back in Byron Bay one day.

What’s On at the Weekend?!?!?!

Have you started planning your weekend yet? Here are some ideas to fill those long hours until you can come back to school.



Looks like it’s going to be sun and showers this weekend with a top of 20 and a low of 14.

Going for a Movie?


Palace Cinemas

  • STRANGERLAND(MA15+) (no free tickets)
    THU-SUN 4.00pm
  • JURASSIC WORLD(M) (no free tickets)
    THU-WED 11.20am, 4.15pm, 6.40pm, 9.10pm
    THU-TUE 1.45pm, 8.40pm
  • ALOHA(PG) (no free tickets)
    THU-WED 9.20am, 2.20pm, 6.50pm MON-WED 11.15am
  • ENTOURAGE(MA15+) (no free tickets)
    THU-SUN 9.15pm, 4.40pm, 9.00pm
    THU-WED 11.20am
    THU-WED 9.30am, 9.00pm
    THU-SUN 12.10pm 4.30pm

Also check out what’s showing at PigHouse Flicks in the brewery complex:


Gig Guide

Friday 5th June: 
The Northern – Vernas Kee, Garrett Kato, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Soulshakers
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Luke and Sebastian (9pm) Pink Zinc

Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary
Saturday 6th June:
The Northern –  Von Villains, Love Cannons, Frankie and the Moon, DJ Chris Bradley
The Rails – (7pm) Adam Brown & The Dirty Channel
The Beach Hotel – (9pm) Just Saying With Morgan Spooner
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary

Sunday 7th June:
The Northern – Matt Armitage
The Rails – 7.00PM The Hoochers
The Beach Hotel – 9.00PM DJ Fonzaius


Byron Flea Market at the Yac – Saturday – Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay 8am-1pm

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!

Swiss Cooking – Classic Cheese Fondue

We had the ever-popular Swiss Cooking activity this afternoon.


Claudia had nine students at start of the hour as she took charge of Yvonne’s classic Cheese Fondue recipe. However, by the time I went down to the kitchen to take some photos, there were a lot more students enjoying a dip. Everyone really enjoyed it, even those who’d never tasted fondue before. And DK said that since it contained schapps and wine, nobody would be able to do any homework tonight!




Two of the students took the recipe home so they could make it again at the weekend. And here it is it below in case you want to try it out at home.

Cheese Fondue


600g shredded cheese (50/50 Gruyere and Emmental)

I garlic clove

A third of a bottle of white wine

3 teaspoon of cornflour

3 small glasses kirsch

Ground pepper and nutmeg to taste



Rub a heavy saucepan or fondue pot with the split garlic clove.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the kirsch.

Put the cheese and wine into the pan and slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

When the cheese is completely melted, add the kirsch and cornflour mixture, stirring vigourously.

Continue to cook and season to taste with pepper and nutmeg.

Serve over an alcohol lamp or candle plate warmer so the cooking can continue on a low heat.

Now enjoy by dipping in small pieces of bread, meat or vegetables speared on a fondue fork.

Keep stirring with your bread as you dip.

Enjoy 🙂


Jobs Jobs Jobs – 10 June 2015


Bar and CashierWorkers for Splendour in the Grass

July 23-26. Applicants must hold a current and valid NSW RSA. For an application form, please email: splendourbarwork@gmail.com.

Admin Legend Wanted to join Natural Therapy Association – IICT in Byron Bay

Part-time, flexible hours. We need someone who can think on their feet; create happy members by solving problems. Our business is the combination of people and their information. If you like to work towards a goal independently with the backup of an experienced team, we would love to hear from you. Applications close June 19th. Visit: www.iict.com.au⁄careers or call 0404899335

Housekeeper⁄au pair to work 15 hours per week, in return for food and board.

Right in the heart of Byron Bay, near the Top Shop. You will have your own fully furnished room and bathroom. All bills, all food and unlimited Wi-Fi is included.

We are a friendly, professional couple who have a 9 month old baby. There is another couple that lives with us and we have 2 dogs. We are looking for somebody for a minimum of 3 months to clean the house (once per week), cook some meals, walk our dogs, help out with washing and some babysitting. We are happy for all work to be carried out Monday to Friday so that you can have the weekends off. Ideally we would like someone who has experience working with babies before. We are happy to have a traveller in our home and would prefer a female.

We would like someone to start immediately so please give us a call (April 0401170635) and come and meet us!

Helper wanted for housekeeping , general duties, cleaning, preparing food and other light duties in exchange for all food and accommodation

Work is 2 and a half hours per day in exchange for a clean and comfortable room with own bathroom attached, and vegetarian food provided.

We can also help with 2nd year visa⁄second year visa.

Beautiful property close to Byron Bay. Lots of free time to explore the beautiful beaches and national parks.Please send an email with info about yourself to flowersrlovely16@gmail.com

Labourer required for sanding work on decks and floors

Must have own car and ABN. Floor sanding or painting experience preferred. Send applications to richardneylan1@bigpond.com Labourer required for sanding work on decks and floors

Sales Exec/Admin

Byron Bay Accom is looking for a positive, intelligent, experienced person for inbound phone and email sales and admin in our great team. 4 days per week, including some weekend work. Good phone and computer skills and flexible attitude essential. Initially casual, incentive after trial. Email: tiffeny@byronbayaccommodation.net

Mature Cleaning Professional

For long-term 1-2 days per week Tyagarah. Send CV and experience to: cleaningtyagarah@gmail.com by 12 June

Don’t forget to keep an eye on Gumtree to see jobs as they are advertised:


Or check out this week’s Byron Echo for the full list of jobs advertised there this week



Phrasal Verbs #6 – Run


When you were a child, did you ever try to run away from home?

Who was the last person you were surprised to run into?

Do you usually run out of money by the end before pay day?

Have you or anyone you know ever been run over?

Would you ever run for president of anything? If so what?

Do you enjoy spending your weekends running around doing lots of things or do you prefer to mostly relax at home?

Which famous person, living or dead, would you love to run off with?

In the future, do you think our cars and aeroplanes will be able to run on fuel made from rubbish?

Have you even spoken in public? If so, how many times did you run through your speech before you gave it?

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with Run. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You will run into even more phrasal verbs with Run. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

run after something/someone  chase or pursue I ran after the bus, but it didn’t stop for me.
run around be very busy doing many things Sorry I haven’t had the chance to call you this week – I’ve been running around between work, school, and soccer practice.
run away move quickly away from somebody who is chasing you, or in the opposite direction from something Everyone ran away from the explosion.
run away leave home (as a child or teenager) because of problems with the family She ran away from home when she was just 15.
run for something try to be elected to a political or leadership position Mark is running for state senator.
run into someone/something meet someone unexpectedly I ran into my English teacher at the shopping mall.
run into something encounter a problem I ran into a few problems when I tried to install the computer program, so I had to call a technician.
run off something make photocopies Can you run off 200 copies of this report?
run off with (someone) abandon a husband or wife to be with a new lover The actor left his wife and three kids and ran off with a 20-year-old model.
run on something powered by Electric cars run on electricity, not gas.
run out have none left We ran out of beer at the party, so we had to go buy some more.
run over something/someone hit a person or thing with a vehicle (car, train, truck) She’s upset because she ran over a cat while driving home from work.
run over take more time than planned The meeting ran over, so I was late for my next appointment.
run through explain quickly Let me run through the schedule for the tour.
run through practice or rehearse a play, performance, song, or presentation by doing the whole thing from beginning to end I’d like to run through the presentation one more time to make sure everything’s perfect.
run up something do something that causes you to owe a large amount of money , favour or time My parents ran up a debt of $10,000 on their credit cards.




A Magical Coffee Club

Today at Coffee Club students shared and discussed their favourite fairy tales. Minami ‘s was Beauty and the Beast. Fumika’s was Rapunzel and Ayano’s was Sleeping Beauty. They also enjoyed Cappuccino and Red Velvet Tim Tams. IMG_4254


Welcome to our new starter – Ayano


Ayano Imai from Japan started at Lexis this morning but is here for only one short week!!!

She told me that she has always wanted to come to Australia and she is extremely happy to be here. She would have liked to come for longer but starts a new job next week, in Japan, so could only get one week off work.

Her old job was working at a Driving Test Centre, but her new job is in the Import/Export industry. She wants to improve her English here to help her in this job.

Well, it’s not very long Ayano but we will do our very best. Enjoy your week at Lexis | Byron Bay.

English and Cooking – Okonomi Yaki


This week, Sammy’s English and Cooking Options Class made some delicious Japanese pancakes called Okonomi Yaki. The pancakes are filled with seafood and vegetables and covered with a delicious sauce.


The finished product


Satoru cooking the pancake


Sangwoo, Minami and Fumika


Minami and Fumika

Cambridge Ends! Huge Graduation Today!

Today at Graduation we said goodbye to so many of our  students including those in the Cambridge courses FCE and CAE, and 3 from our General English Courses. Even (myself) Grant our activities officer graduated today with his last day here at Lexis!

IMG_6996Leo – Italy – 4 weeks – Intermediate

Leo was with us for just a month but worked very hard in his classes and asked good questions and was very focused. He said thank you to all his teachers and classmates and will be heading north to travel some more. He hopes to see everyone again soon.

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Vitor was with us for about 4 months and did very well in his classes moving up from Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate during his time here. He said he had an amazing time here and his advice was to enjoy Byron Bay it’s the best place in all of Australia!

FCE Class – 12 Weeks – Switzerland, Spain, and Basque Country


Paul’s FCE class graduated 8 students today. Ramona, Alex, Sandro, Marc, Martin, Gus, Raphael, and Paola.

CAE Class – 12 Weeks – Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and Netherlands


Julia’s CAE class graduated 9 students today, 2 a few weeks ago, and 2 will be staying with us longer. Theo, Pedro, Samy, Julian, Juliana, Lorena, Isabella, Yannis, Tiffany, Jose, and Nina were all at the graduation ceremony. They all said that Julia was a wonderful teacher and worked very hard to get them to improve their English as much as possible. Led by Jose they gave Julia some flowers and a nice card as well.

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I also say goodbye to Lexis and so kindly got to “Graduate” with the students today! A big thank you to everyone here at Lexis it has been a wonderful time. I loved getting to meet so many people from different cultures and countries and find out so much about the world. Nice to know I have so many friends around the world now. Can’t wait to visit everyone sometime soon!

Goodbye Grant (sob sob)

In some ways it only seems like five minutes since Grant joined the Lexis team in January,  in other ways it seems like he’s been here forever.

One thing is certain – we will miss him next week when he is gone. As our students know Grant is from California and he started working at Lexis Byron Bay in January on a Working Holiday visa. Unfortunately, this means that he can only work for the same employer for six months so, apart from a few weeks in July when he’ll be back to work with  our surfing juniors, this is goodbye. 🙁


Grant cooking his famous Mexican BBQ

Grant has provided awesome (one of his favourite words) student and administrative support throughout his time at Lexis and also run some fabulous activities. He has got students making animals noises, singing karaoke and doing salsa and has presided over some extremely competitive games of ping pong, soccer, volleyball and poker. He also proved to be a super chef when he created a delicious Mexican BBQ.

Here in the office, we will miss his sarcasm, his competitiveness and his loud shirts and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say “don’t be a stranger.”

To find out a little more about Grant and his strange hobbies, take a look at one of his first ever posts from January this year, where he introduces himself to you all.


Goodbye and good luck Grant. Missing you already!


Winter Weekends are Here!

Welcome to the Weekend Blog!


Goodbye and Good Luck Cambridge classes!photo 4


Looks like it’s going to be around 21 degrees during the day and 13 at night with a 50% chance of rain throughout that time.

Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas


DAILY 1.30pm, 6.15pm, 8.50pm

  • ALOHA(PG) (no free tickets)

THU-SUN 12.20pm, 4.20pm, 6.50pm MON-WED 11.15am, 1.40pm, 4.00pm, 6.50pm

  • ENTOURAGE(MA15+) (no free tickets)

DAILY 2.30pm, 4.40pm, 9.00pm


DAILY 9.00am, 11.20am

  • SLOW WEST(M) (no free tickets)

THU-SUN 4.00pm

  • TomorrowlandTOMORROWLAND(PG)

THU-SUN 9.45am, 1.45pm, 8.40pm MON-WED 9.45am, 3.50pm, 8.40pm


THU-SUN 9.00am, 11.10am, 6.30pm MON-WED 9.00am, 12.20pm, 6.30pm

Gig Guide

ThebadlandsFriday 5th June:
The Northern – Wallapalooza, Massive, Red Hook, Hammers, These Four Walls, Glass Ocean, Smoking Martha, Hailmary
The Rails – (7pm) Dave Scott Band
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Scott Day-Vee Duo (9pm) Selahphonic

Woody’s – (9pm) Waxhead, The Badlands, Drop Legs, The Slips
Saturday 6th June:
The Northern –  Richard In Your Mind, This Old Sunn, Sunrose, DJ Sammond

The Rails – (7pm) Adam Brown & The Dirty Channel

The Beach Hotel – (9pm) Just Saying With Morgan Spooner
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Neary

Sunday 7th June: Armitage
The Northern – Matt Armitage

The Rails – 2PM Writers @ The Rails 6:30PM Blind Willie Wagtail

The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) Epic (8pm) DJ Generik


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

Byron Monthly Market – Sunday – Butler Reserve 8am-3pm

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

Ping Pong Tournament!

We had 16 of our students competing for a six pack this week. It is always one of our most popular events. This time was pretty special for one of our students. He has been here for four months and almost every time we have had a tournament he has been in the finals and been the runner up. But luckily today the cards were in Gus’ favor!

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Jobs going around Byron This Week!

Night Manager

2 Positions available in busy Hotel⁄backpackers. One live-in position working 2 nights per week and one 5 night a week position. Must have RSA and experience. Honest, reliable people with good problem solving skills and a natural way with people. Please send cover letter and resume. Job starts early July.

Live In Au Pair
I live in the hinterland of Beautiful Byron Bay. I have two beautiful little girls. They are 2 and 3 years old. We have a very cheeky Golden Retriever. We live 10 minutes from Byron Bay and 5 minutes from Bangalow in Coopers Shoot.
I am looking for someone who can help me with the girls.
Driver’s license required with good driving experience.
It’s a live in position with accommodation, food and all bills included in exchange for 20 hours. I am also hoping to have a car to provide for you, however, this isn’t confirmed at this point. Any hours after this is $15⁄per hour.
Byron bay has so much to offer in your free time. Surfing, hiking, great night life and very freiendly people.
If you want to get a part time job or study I am happy to be flexible around those things.
The role requires you to help with the girls in the morning, getting dressed, breakfast, cleaning up after meals, cooking when you can. Tidying up etc. Obviously life in a household with small children there is always something to be done.
You will have had experience as an au pair.
Like playing with children important. I need to know you want to bond with them so I am able to go out if needed.
I hope you can be helpful but also part of the family and come explore Byron⁄bushwalks⁄ searching for waterfalls as we do on most weekends.
The house is quite large on a property with a pool. There are two bathrooms in the house. I am pretty easy going. And for the right person who helps me out and make my life a little easier, I am certainly one to go the extra mile and ensure your time with us is enjoyable, relaxed and rewarding.
Thank you for your application.
Please email your interest to caralineg@hotmail.com
Could you kindly include at least 2 phone references if you are in Australia. Either from previous family you’ve au paired with or an employer?
Kind regards
Caraline 0402046681

Farm Work
We have a farm between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast in the 2484 Area Code where we teach you practical skills that will help you in gaining a better agricultural job to gain your second year visa.
Further to which we can also advise on where in Australia you should go to either get seasonal work or well paid shift work in regional areas.
Together with this we provide transport and accommodation with includes wifi, bbq area, swimming pool and the full use of our facilities all of which are just 200 metres off the beach, close to public transport and 5 minutes walk to the shops.
For more info, just contact Tim
on 0468 455 975


Position available in busy Byron Bay guesthouse for an EXPERIENCED person with impeccable customer service skills. Duties range from general cleaning, gardening, checking in guests, dealing with booking agents to comprehensive computer work, marketing, social media, accounts etc. Two years or more prior management experience would be of great advantage. Must speak and write fluent English. Open to travellers but if you are, I would prefer someone who is on their first year of their working holiday visa and looking to do their second. Sponsorship would also be a very real option for the right person. Locals welcome to apply. Please send detailed resume, along with current references and a current photo to my email. Part-time, Full-time or contract on negotiation. 0417794441 – David

Cleaners Wanted

Strongarm Services has CLEANING POSITIONS available for hard workers, looking for steady casual work in the Byron Shire. Strongarm Services has been operating for over 15 years, we are a family Owned and operated trusted business. We specialise in commercial and holiday cleaning.
All employees are provided with full onsite training with ongoing development on the job to be the best cleaners in Byron. Strongarm provides all required equipment and products needed to complete a 5 star service each clean.
We require honest, reliable and hardworking individuals to join our FUN family team. You must be fit and willing⁄able to do physical work. Must have a willingness to learn and a strong desire to provide an outstanding level of service to our clients. We require an attention to detail and only high quality work is accepted. You must be living in the Byron Shire for at least 12 months. Drivers licence and own car preferable.
All work conditions, work hours and payment rates will be discussed at time of trail.
We have Management⁄supervisor roles available for the right candidates.
Please email strongarmcleaning@hotmail.com with your resume and a brief cover letter.
The Strongarm family are looking forward to having some cleaning super stars join our team!!

Amenities Cleaner

We are searching for an Amenities Cleaner, we know not its the most glamorous role. Though we are searching for someone who will do a great job and is available for about 5hours a day.
This position will not be suitable for travellers, so I’m sorry to all those backpackers out there!!
If this sounds like it might fit your skill set, please do get in contact!
Based in Byron Bay 🙂



– Ballina & Brunswick Heads Advanced Personnel Management is a leading national provider of disability employment services. Utilise your marketing skills and your ability to work with a variety of people to source work opportunities and secure sustainable job placements for people with a disability. • 2 positions available: 1 Ballina & 1 Brunswick Heads • Competitive Salary & Performance Bonus • Fantastic Career Progression opportunities To fi nd out more about this exciting opportunity please refer to our website – http://apm.net.au/join-our-team/current-vacancies/. Please call Kelly on 0417 189 080 for further enquiries.

Wanted Casual Office Assistant in Myocum/Mullumbimby

area to start as soon as possible. We are a Property Development company with a vision to create Eco-Village Communities around Australia, also involved in a number of Joint Development projects as well as residential & retail developments. The applicant could expect to work around 35 hours a week which could lead to permanent employment. You will be paid $30 an hour. We envisage that someone would be self-sufficient, capable and at times, able to work unsupervised. You will need to be proficient in Word and reasonable in Excel, have great time management skills, be able to take direction and be detail oriented. It is preferred that you are a non-smoker. Please look at our webpage Eastco Developments – eastcodevelopments.com.au – to get an idea of what our company is involved in. Please send through your resume, references and photo to Jeremiah O’Toole Eastco Group at: admin@eastcogroup.com.au


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


required July 23–26 Applicants must hold a current and valid NSW RSA. For an application form please email: splendourbarwork@ New Brighton gmail.com

BREAKFAST CHEF / COOK Brunswick Heads Café

3-4 days per week possible full-time position Please phone 6685 1355

CHEF / COOK Creative

enthusiastic, reliable and hardworking required for Byron cafe. Call 0417661981


located in the Byron Industrial Estate is on the lookout for a talented salesperson with strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to establish and manage client relationships. Thirty hours a week 8.45am-3.15pm with a base of $27K per annum plus uncapped commission to take successful applicants to $75K plus per year. Ph Jo 66395020 Email your CV to angela@vop.com.au


happy, reliable, very exp, for Lulu’s Cafe, Mullumbimby. Ph 66842415


Byron. Pref 2 yrs recent tax prep exp for indivs & small bus. CV: byrontaxwork@gmail.com


Pref exp. Reckon (Quickbooks) with Inventory. 2–3 days pw intially. A/P, A/R, Bank Recs. CV to: mullumbookkeeper@gmail.com

Phrasal Verbs #5 Go


Go ahead and see how many of the following questions you can answer.

  1. If someone stole your bag and ran away would you go after them?
  2. When shopping, do you usually go for the brand names or the value items?
  3. Do you get up or snooze when your alarm goes off?
  4. How many times a week do you usually go out?
  5. When choosing where to go on a night out are you the decision-maker or do you usually go along with what your friends or partner wants?
  6. If the walls of your bedroom were painted blue, what coloured furniture and accessories would you choose to go with them?

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with Go. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes.

In some of these quizzes, you will come across even more phrasal verbs with Go. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them? Do this and add them to your list.

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
go ahead start, proceed Please go ahead and eat before the food gets cold.
go after something follow someone My brother tried to go after the thief in his car.
go after someone go try to achieve something I went after my dream and now I am a published writer.
go along with something agree with or follow Tommy usually goes along with what I say. He trusts me.
go away leave a place Go away and leave me alone.
go away leave your home in order to spend time somewhere else, usually for a holiday We usually go away for the summer.
go away disappear It was weeks before the bruises went away.
go back return to a place I have to go back home and get my lunch.
go by pass Three hours went by. Or I will go by that old house.
go down move to a lower level or place or fall to the ground The plan went down ten minutes after takeoff.
go down become reduced The temperature went down to minus 10 last night.
go for something choose Instead of butter, I always go for olive or coconut oil.
go for something like or admire I don’t go for war films much.
go in/ go into (somewhere) enter (a room or building) I look through the window but I didn’t actually go in.
go off make a loud noise or to explode. – My alarm clock went off at 7:00 a.m.
go on happen./take place What is going on in China right now?
go on continue Please go on with what you were saying.
go with something match, to be similar to My shirt and pants are both blue. They go with each other.
go out– (1) stop burning (machines or electrical things) The electricity went out last night. I couldn’t see anything.
go out– (2 leave your house to be a part of a social activity Every weekend I go out with my friends.
go over something review Please go over your answers before you submit your test.
go over visit someone nearby I haven’t seen Tina for a long time. I think I’ll go over for an hour or two.
go without something suffer lack or deprivation When I was young, we went without winter boots.





Blog a classmate!

Yesterday, Josie’s Upper Intermediate class, pretended to be me and interviewed each other in order to write a Happy Student profile. Below are two of the best, Isaac’s profile of Miguel and Aline’s profile of Andrew.


Andrew at Skateboarding


Andrew at Coffee Club


Why did you choose Byron Bay?

Because it doesn’t have many Korean people so I can speak English a lot and I like the beaches and the nature a lot.

What do you like the most about Byron Bay?

It’s a small city so it’s easier to make friends and go anywhere by bicycle. I can go to the beach every day and people are friendly and happy.

What do you like most about Lexis?

Grant: he is so friendly, he makes a lot of activities, helps me to find a job and gives me a lot of advice.

Is it different to what you expected?

Yes, I thought Byron Bay would be really tiny but it’s bigger than what I expected.

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Miguel at Salsa Raggaeton

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Miguel at Skateboarding


Why did you choose Byron Bay?

Because I heard it is like a paradise.

What do you like the most about Byron Bay?

The nature in Byron Bay is amazing!

 What do you like most about Lexis?

The interaction with other students; meeting people from lots of other countries.

 Is it different to what you expected?

Yes, I thought it would be quieter than it is so I was happily surprised.

Thanks to Aline, Andrew, Miguel and Isaac.

A home away from home – Linda Calder and Bill Wade

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Bill and Linda Calder

Linda and Bill have been providing homestay accommodation for Lexis students for the past two years. In that time they’ve hosted students ranging in age from 16-55 and from countries as diverse as Czech Republic, Japan and Reunion Island.

They always get excellent feedback from our students and I think this is because they really enjoy the process of welcoming students to their family.

I asked Linda to share some of their memorable homestay moments and photos and also to explain what they get out of being a host family.


Toshi at the Lighthouse on his first day in Byron

We’ve had so many memorable times with our students. I remember we took Toshi (pictured above) for his first ever snorkel, and I wasn’t sure once we got started… Bill had to put on his fins, and I had to get his mask on, and when we got over the wreck at main beach and he put his face in the water there was this enormous ray right underneath us and I thought he’d swallow half the sea he was so shocked and excited.

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Priscilla, Dayan and Kay

This next picture shows Priscilla from Brazil with Swiss student Kay and our 14 year old son Dayan at an Xmas dinner. These two fell in love after they left our house… I’m pretty sure she is travelling to Switzerland in June/July to visit him.


Kainoa and his mum

 Last year we played host to two lovely boys from Reunion lsland: surf enthusiasts Jean and Kainoa. At the end of their three week stay Kainoa’s family came out and joined them and we still keep in touch with them like we do with many of our students.

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Freddie from Switzerland


Hynek from Czech Republic

 We’ve also really enjoyed hosting Freddie, Linard and Kevin from Switzerland, Hynek from Czech Republic and Tomoyuki from Japan. Our Maltese dog Harry was so sad to see Hynek go that he kept going into his room and dragging the bathmat out of the bathroom.

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Harry the dog!

 As for us, I’m trying to think about what it is that we enjoy most about having the students and I think it is that because we are Canadian and don’t have any family here in Australia so the students who stay longer term actually become like part of our family. Dayan loves that he has these brothers and sisters from all over the world and he particularly loves it when they are keen to hang out and watch bad movies together.


Dayan loves to cook and guests love his speciality – Pork Ribs 

Dinner times are great fun because that is when we all share stories about our lives, culture, food, travel experiences and so on. We love to witness the fun that student’s have at school, with the friends they meet, and the active social lives they have in this safe community.  It is a joy to see so many students who enjoy surfing, the beaches and relaxed lifestyle of Byron Bay while they learn to improve their English language skills.

Ultimately it is a privilege to be a positive part of people’s lives when they are visiting Australia often for the first time and we enjoy showing them some of the more special places around the area.

Thanks for sharing Linda, and for providing Lexis students with such a wonderful homestay experience.

Exploring Song Lyrics in Movies and Songs

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Today Marie’s Movies and Songs class were studying the song “House of Cards” by Radiohead.

And, in order to help her students understand the lyrics and the video, they built their own houses of cards.

Mike said it made him feel extreme focus on one thing. Andrew felt annoyed. DK and Reto felt a sense of achievement because it took so long to build it. Gabriel felt stressed at how fragile it was. Arthur felt relaxed because it reminded him of being a kid again. Vitor felt stressed because it was so easily destroyed. Thiago felt a sense of patience because he had to concentrate and Shota thought it was easier to build alone than in pairs or groups. 

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Here are the lyrics, what do you think the song is about? What is the house of cards?

House of Cards

By Radiohead

I don’t wanna be your friend

I just wanna be your lover

No matter how it ends

No matter how it starts

Forget about your house of cards

And I’ll do mine. 

Fall off the table,

And get swept under

Denial, denial

The infrastructure will collapse

From voltage spikes

Throw your keys in the bowl

Kiss your husband ‘good night’

Forget about your house of cards

And I’ll do mine.

Fall off the table,

And get swept under

Denial, denial

Your ears are burning

Denial, denial



Two New Students this week!

This week we welcome two new students Minami and Guillaume from Japan and Belguim.


Minami  comes from Japan and is really excited to learn English with us. She said she loves talking and communicating so much she wants to be able to communicate with people around the world. So she decided to learn English so she can do that. At home Minami was working in a restaurant in Japan.

Guillaume is from Belgium and will be with us for about a month. He recently finished studying computer science, engineering, and artificial intelligence back home and took some time off to travel. He said his dream was always to come to Australia and visit all of the cool spots.

Student Night at Aquarius!


Andrew, DK, June, Sangwoo, Shota, and Raphael

Last Friday was our student night at Aquarius! More than half of our students were there and packed the place out. Students enjoyed drinks and BBQ and even some karaoke!


Reto, Marc, and Satoru


Vitor, Pedro, and Miguel


Samira, Paola, Pablo, Luca, Gus, Reto, Marc, and Martin enjoying the BBQ


Raphael, Lorena, Ramona, Tiffany, and Nina