Happy Student – Juliana Barrera Merchan

Yesterday, ex-student Juliana came in to say that she would shortly be leaving Byron Bay. She told me that there had been tears already and she was sure that there would be more to come and that Lexis was a huge part of what made her Byron experience so memorable. I asked her if she had time to do a quick “Happy Student” profile and share some pictures of her enjoying Byron Bay and she was delighted to accept.

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Why Byron Bay?

It’s simple. My brother used to live here and he said Byron was the right place for me. He said “you belong to Byron,” and he was right.

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And did it live up to your expectations?

Absolutely! It’s the lifestyle that I always wanted to have.

I’ve always tried to be true to myself but it’s harder when you in a rush going to work and surrounded by friends and family who are getting on with their everyday life. It’s hard to open your mind in that environment. Travelling is such a huge experience because your away from the norm, so you want to experience everything fully, you try to live in the moment and relish every day. And Byron Bay is the perfect place for that.

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How was Learning English at Lexis?

It was great because the classes are so dynamic and every single sense is involved. The lessons are structured by with lots of scope for creativity. My teachers were always trying to find topics that interested us and encouraged us to talk.

And it’s not just the teachers who are so committed but the office staff as well. If I could say one thing about Lexis Byron Bay it’s that your signature is your staff. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing because it’s clear that you really care and aren’t just doing a job.

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You studied for (and passed) the Cambridge Advanced Exam. How was this?

I think this was my favourite time. Being in a classroom with the same people every day for 3 months means you forge such strong connections. And my classmates and I all worked together to motivate each other and help with our individual weaknesses. I’m actually going to Switzerland to visit all my Swiss classmates in August. I’m going to drive around to all the different cities and say hi! We became like a family so I’m really looking forward to it.

Also, my teacher Josie, is the just most amazing human being and she has such good strategies to encourage students to correct their weaknesses. She really cares about us as individuals and is really personal in her feedback and advice.

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If you could give one piece of advice for someone coming to study at Lexis Byron Bay, what would it be?

Try not to hang out with people from your own country. That’s the reason my English improved so much in such a short time. All my friends are locals or from other countries. Making friends with locals also means that you get to hang out with them doing  Byron activities such as surfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, and discover the real Byron and neighbouring places like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

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Final Words?

Lexis is forever in my heart.

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

 

 

 

It’s the Weekend! 29 June – 1 July

Its the weekend 26 Jun

 

WEATHER

weather 28 Jun

SURF

surf report 28 Jun

Not too exciting over the weekend ;(  But,  we might have a little more sunshine!

 

HAPPY TRAVELS

Happy Travels

See Sarah or Iain from Happy Travels to sign up for the weekend trips! One of them will be in the student lounge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 12pm til 3pm, or you can pop into their store on Jonson Street!

Saturday

Rugy match home game Byron vs Ballina :  3pm Kick-off at Rec. feild

Sunday

Byron Commnity markets 11am at Butler Street Reserve

 

GIGS

Gigs

 

FRIDAY 29
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY 9PM THE STRIDES SUPPORTED BY DECLAN KELLY AND 4’20 SOUND
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY WALLFLOWER MEADOW
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 5PM KATIA DEMEESTER, 9PM FAT ALBERT
BYRON BREWERY 8PM – BAD PONY + WHARVES + YELLOWCATREDCAT (BAND ROOM)   DUBARRAY (BEER GARDEN)
BYRON THEATRE 7.30PM ALEX WILLIAMSON: SO WRONG, IT’S WRONG
BBHS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE ANGELA BETZIEN’S WAR CRIMES BYRON BAY HIGH SCHOOLS PRODUCTION
CIRCUS ARTS, BYRON BAY 6PM SAFARI ADVENTURE CIRCUS SHOW
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 6PM ENTROROPIXX
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM LOCAL DJS
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 7PM BEN JANSZ
THE FARM, BYRON BAY 6PM  JESSE MORRIS
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY 7PM  SHELLY BROWN TRIO
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 9PM SCOTT HILDEBRAND
BANGALOW HOTEL 7PM LUKE YEAMAN
BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE  7PM CHEEKY CABARET
HOTEL BRUNSWICK 7PM OOZ
DRILL HALL THEATRE, MULLUMBIMBY 8PM THE CALL
MIDDLE PUB, MULLUMBIMBY 8PM KRAPPYOKEE

 
SATURDAY 30
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY COCO REPUBLIC
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY  FERGO & THE BURDEN
BEACH HOTEL 9PM SAFARI DJS
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7PM THE MIDWAYERS (BEER GARDEN), CABARET VARIETY SHOW (BAND ROOM)
BYRON THEATRE 7PM BYRON LIGHTHOUSE BAND, HAPPY AFRICA, YAEL & MARK SWIVEL – CABARET FOR WEST BYRON
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 6PM SO-FI
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM LOCAL DJS
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 6PM OPEN MIC
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY 7.45PM LAUREL LEXXES
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 9PM LIVE DJS
BANGALOW HOTEL 7PM CHRIS ARONSTEN

 

SUNDAY 1
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY  JESSE PUMPHREY
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY  MERCY MERCY
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY  4:30PM ROUND MOUNTAIN, GIRLS / 8PM DJ LONGTIME
BYRON THEATRE 1PM VAN GOGH: OF WHEAT FIELDS AND CLOUDED SKIES – ART ON SCREEN
BYRON GOLF CLUB 2PM LIVE MUSIC
BYRON COMMUNITY MARKET 10AM HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN HERMITS, SAM BUCKINGHAM, WOLFGANG MICHAEL KRAUS & JUZZIE SMITH
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 5PM  SARAH GRANT
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY LUNCH ’TIL LATE DJ DANGEROUS COBRA & EVA J
BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE 6PM RUEBEN KAYE
HOTEL BRUNSWICK 4PM  BEARFOOT
DRILL HALL THEATRE, MULLUMBIMBY 2PM THE CALL
MIDDLE PUB, MULLUMBIMBY  3PM JAM

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

Saturday

Bangalow Farmers Market

Sunday

Byron Bay Markets

Lismore Car Boot Market

 

CINEMA

Friday 29th Jun

The Bookshop1:30pm
Breath3:45pm
Solo: A Star Wars Story6:00pm
Closed: Private Function8:00pm

Saturday 30th Jun

Breath1:30pm
The Bookshop3:45pm
Warren Miller’s Line Of Descent – Encore6:00pm
Breath8:00pm

Sunday 1st Jul

The Bookshop1:15pm
Breath3:30pm
Breath5:45pm
Solo: A Star Wars Story8:00pm

 

 

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

Pizza Making – 27 July

Today,  for our free activity we made pizzas in the student kitchen. As Claire is on holiday this week, Claudia was in charge and she told me that she learned a couple of things about pizzas while she was doing it.

First of all, she was surprised that the Spanish chefs put the cheese on underneath the toppings whereas the typical way in Australia is for the cheese to go on last.

Secondly, she was introduced to how easy it is to cut pizzas with scissors rather than a knife. A trick we’ll all be trying at home from now on.

All the pizzas looked and tasted delicious but, in the end, the Spanish pizza was declared the best.

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

Jobs! 27 June

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There are not many jobs advertised this week, but that doesn’t mean the jobs aren’t out there!
The best thing to do is go round all the bars, restaurants, cafes, hostels and hotels handing out your resume. If you need help writing your resume you can go to GIL any day between 2 and 3pm; in room 8 every day except Mondays when it’s in room 7. Then email to me: adminbyron@lexisenglish.com and I can print 10 free copies every day for  you. 🙂

WAIT STAFF REQUIRED FOR BUSY RESTAURANT IN BYRON BAY

 Casual Work For Busy Indian Restaurant In Byron Bay. We are currently seeking for a Wait Staff. Interested applicants may contact Rahul @ 0433 433 524.

 Click to Apply

 

BAR STAFF REQUIRED 19 – 22 JULY 2018

Applicants must hold a current and valid NSW RSA
Please email    bars@splendourinthegrass.com  to register your interest

 

HOSPITALITY ASSISTANT – AGED CARE

Byron Aged Care – Byron Bay NSW 

Casual/Temporary

  • Casual role
  • Immediate Start required
  • AM & PM Shifts available across 7 days
  • Located at Byron Bay

Are you an experienced Hospitality Assistant within aged care providing kitchen, laundry and cleaning services within a commercial environment? If yes, apply today to join our dedicated and caring team.

Positioned in the heart of beautiful Byron Bay, Byron Aged Care is a 41 bed facility caring for elderly residents in a homelike setting within walking distance to the beach.

This role will suit applicants seeking flexibility to work varied shifts across the 7 day roster and coverage for roster vacancies at short notice and upon staff annual leave.

The hospitality assistant is responsible for dual duties within a commercial environment either within the kitchen, laundry and cleaning services providing support to our residents. Qualifications and demonstrated experience within a commercial kitchen and hospitality environment will be advantageous.

You must be willing to work autonomously within this role and have an abundance of patience, smiles and a compassionate nature when interacting with our residents.

To be considered for this role, please apply online. Position description available upon applying online.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a criminal history check.

Our organisation values excellence in service, everyone is important, integrity, contribution and teamwork, and learning for life.

For further information: http://byronagedcare.com.au/

 

To apply for this job go to: “byronagedcare.recruitmenthub.com.au” & enter ref code: 4219307.

Applications close 16 July 2018

 

 

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

 

Coffee Club! 26 June

Claudia hosted Coffee Club today and said she really enjoyed it. Unfortunately for everyone else, she kept winning the games so they’ll probably be happy to have Claire back next week!

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

New Starters – 25 June

This week we welcome two new students to Lexis Byron Bay: Ugo from France and Teresa from Spain.

Ugo comes from the Marseille region of France, where he is currently at school. He is 16 years old and at Lexis on our Teen Activity Programme (TAP). This means that he has surf lesson 4 times per week as well as daily English classes. Ugo decided he wanted to come to Australia because he thought it was the best place to learn both surfing and English. He’s a beginner at surfing and Pre-Intermediate in English. He will be here just two weeks before flying back to France.

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Teresa is from the Basque region of Spain and is a student. She studies environmental health at university and is enjoying her course. She will need English to help with her future career but that’s not the only reason she came to Byron Bay: she came to surf! She has already surfed in Costa Rica and Indonesia amongst others so she’s keen to find out how Byron Bay compares.

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We wish both Ugo and Teresa a wonderful holiday and look forward to helping them achieve their English goals.

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

Cheese and Wine Tasting! 22 June

Today we enjoyed some Cheese and Wine Tasting!

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We had six cheeses to try: Tasty Cheddar, Tasmanian Feta, Apricot and Almond Cream Cheese, Creamy Camembert, Brie and Gouda

To accompany them we had five different wines: Merlot, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and a Rose!

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It was a great way to end our week and start our weekend! HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! ❤

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students 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.