July in Photos!

LAWN BOWLS!

 

SOCCER MATCH!

 

SUSHI MAKING!

 

TABLE TENNIS!

 

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Keigo – Our July Table Tennis Champion!

 

DREAMCATCHERS!

 

PIZZA AND GAMES!

 

BRAZILIAN COOKING!

 

COFFEE CLUBS!

 

28 NEW STARTERS!

 

21 GRADUATES!

 

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 – Hiroshima Study Group! 30 July

Joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today we have eleven Hiroshima school students! All aged between 15 and 17, they will be studying with us for 2 weeks as well as taking part in our daily activities and homestay programme.

We are very excited to have them all here with us!

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Yuno, 15, enjoys watching basketball games. She has wanted to come to Australia since she was 10 because of the beautiful nature and cute animals!

Mana, 17, likes to play badminton. She wanted to come to Australia to improve her English after her father told her ‘Australia is very good. They are kind so you can do it’!! 🙂

Ryo, 17, enjoys reading books and playing video games. His favourite writer is Honobu Yonezawa, who’s stories he finds very interesting.

Fuki, 15, enjoys playing soccer and loves animals. She would like to be a vet when she is older. She is very excited to be here to improve her English and learn about the Australian culture.

Rei, 16, enjoys listening to music and playing video games. His favourite band is DIR EN GREY.

Ai, 15, loves to play sports. Her dream is to be a nurse so she can help people. She goes to Yasuda Girls High School along with some of the others girls from the study group.

Haruna, 16, likes Japanese animation and comics. Her other interests include speaking English, which is what brings her here to us at Lexis!

Ryuta, 15, wants to study English so he is able to help people from around the world. His mother is a nurse and his father works in a Japanese ‘inkan’ shop.

Itsumi, 15, enjoys track and field and listening to music. She wants to improve her English so she can become a nurse.

Nonoka, 17, likes to sail and listen to J-Pop music. He enjoys English so would like to improve his level so he can speak it more often!

Mikio, 17, lives with his father, mother, brother and 2 sisters. His hobby is judo and he is a black belt!

 

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 – General English! 30 July

Welcome to our four General English students joining us Lexis Byron Bay today!

Roberta, from Brazil, has been living in Australia with her husband and two daughters since last December. They chose to stay in Byron because they loves beaches and sunny days! Roberta also loves yoga and has been teaching it for the past 5 years. They are very happy here in Byron and hope to stay for a while, describing it as ‘the best place to be’!

Guillermo is from Chile. He has just finished his studies in Civil Engineering. He enjoys spending time with his friends, doing sports, drinking beers and travelling around the world! He came to Australia because of his three main goals: improve his English, surf, and meet new people from different countries and cultures!

Nina is from the West Coast of France. She worked as a nurse in France and then lived on a French island in the Caribbean until it was sadly destroyed by a cyclone. She has just done 2 months work on a pearl farm in Western Australia and is now here in Byron to enjoy the weather, surf and improve her English!

Alya is from France. Her favourite pastimes include drama and the movies. She loves to go to the beach and is taking part in our surf programme while here. Since last September she has been living in Bali where she studies at a French school. She chose to study English in Australia because she thinks it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it will be good for her to improve her English, surf and learn about other cultures.

 

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.

 

August Activity Calendar!

We have another month of great activities exclusively for our Lexis students!

Activity Calendar

*All activities are at 2pm unless stated otherwise

Yoga continues every Monday in Room 8; this will alternate between instructors Stef and Fee each week. Stretch out and relax to get your week started! Mats provided.

We’ll also continue to have the popular Coffee Club weekly. This will be on Tuesdays, except the week of the 6th when it is on the Thursday (9th). Join me in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and games!

To start the month we are offering a Didgeridoo Lesson! This is the only activity (except surf lessons) that isn’t free. Cost is $10 per person and spots are limited so sign up in reception asap!

For sports we have Volleyball (at the beach) on the 2nd, Cricket (at the beach) on the 7th and Soccer (in the garden or at the beach) on the 30th!

Friday the 3rd we have Aussie Food Tasting! Come try some popular Australian snacks, including Tim Tams, Vegemite and Lamingtons!

We’ll being getting creative with Boomerang Painting on the 8th and Jewellery Making on the 16th!

Our monthly Table Tennis Tournament will be on the 15th! Beer to be won!

We’ll be treating you to FREE FOOD on the 10th with a Sausage Sizzle, and then Pizza & Games on the 17th!

On the 22nd teacher Michelle will be doing a Cooking with Chocolate activity!

Kristy will be leading a Meditation on the 23rd; come and find your calm and focus in Room 2!

Teacher Paul will be leading a Pool Tournament on the 24th. Sign up in reception!

We have our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 on the 29th. This is a great option to give surfing a try and see if you’d like to book on to one of the 2 hour lessons for $50! Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

On the 31st we will be encouraging everyone to bake cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA (https://rspca.org.au/). We will then be selling them in Room 8 to raise money to help the animals! More details will follow closer the time 🙂

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 2-3pm in Room 8 (Room 7 on Mondays). Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

Job Club is every Wednesday in Room 8 (with GIL). A teacher will be able to help you write resumes/cover letters, look for jobs, apply for TFN’s and give you advice on gaining your RSA or Barista license!

Don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour Surf Lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50!

                                                      Have a wonderful month! 🙂

 

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

Graduation! 27 July

Congratulations and farewell to our three students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Keigo, from Japan, graduates from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. He has improved in all areas of his English since starting with us in Elementary 12 weeks ago. He has been a hard working student who interacted well with others. We wish you the very best for the future Keigo!

Chihiro, from Japan, graduates from Mel and Julia’s Intermediate class. It has been an absolute joy having her here at Lexis, with her  positivity and bright smile! Her knowledge of grammar is excellent and it is no surprise she is graduating with an A! She has made lots of friends in her short time here and will be missed very much!

Noriyuki, from Japan, graduates from our Elementary class. His teacher Kristy says she has enjoyed teaching him and likes that he always thinks carefully about things and asks questions. Enjoy using your new language and good luck with your next adventure Nori!

 

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.

Brazilian Cooking – Brigadeiros! 26 July

Yesterday for our Brazilian Cooking activity we made the traditional Brazilian dessert Brigadeiros!

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It’s very simple to make; just mix 1 tin of sweetened condensed milk, 15 grams of butter and 3 table spoons of cocoa powder over medium heat until thickened.

Once they the mixture had cooled down we covered our hands in butter (stops it sticking!) and rolled it into balls!

Next we covered the balls in candy sprinkles, granulated nuts, shredded coconut and chocolate sprinkles!

 I’ve given up chocolate for the month (5 days to go!!) and this was by far the hardest day! Everyone else was able to enjoy them though and said they were delicious!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and 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! 27 – 29 July

Weekend

 

WEATHER

Weather

 

SURF

Surf

 

HAPPY TRAVELS

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

Saturday

Byron Bay Rugby! Charity Game. 1.30 – 5pm @ Recreation fields

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Sunday

Whale Watching Boat Tour!

 

 

GIGS

Gigs

FRIDAY 27
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY BSIDERECORDS
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY SILK & OAK
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 5PM KATIA DEMEESTER, 9PM DAN CLARKE BAND
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7PM WELCOME TO DANCEHALL WITH 420 SOUND + SK SIMEON + KING KRAZY
MARVELL HALL, BYRON BAY 6PM BELONGIL WEST BYRON: THE MOVIE
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 6PM ENTROPIXX
THE STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM UPSTAIRS DJ KYLE WALKER, 9.30PM HARRY NICHOLS
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 8PM JAMES MCQ

SATURDAY 28
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY MOHNDOO, COCO REPUBLIC
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY SILK DAVE SCOTT BAND
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 5PM DJ LONGTIME, 9PM EASY P
BYRON BAY BREWERY 6PM THE WOMB LORDZ + THE SQUIDLICKERS + THE
MEDHEADS + CACTUS
SAFYA 6PM MANOA
THE STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM UPSTAIRS DJS, 9.30PM MARTA KALANI
DUO
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 9PM LIVE DJS

SUNDAY 29
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY THOR PHILLIPS BAND
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 4.30PM GOODRICH, 8PM MOHNDOO
BYRON BAY BREWERY 1PM BURNING HANDS BLUES BAND
BYRON THEATRE 3PM DAVID HELFGOTT, PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
BYRON GOLF CLUB 1PM GREG LYON AND THE HIP OPERATION FEAT. JOJO SMITH
BYRON THEATRE 3PM PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION – DAVID HELFGOTT IN CONCERT

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

Saturday

Bangalow Farmers Market

Kingscliff Markets

Blue Knob Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers Market

 

Sunday

Bangalow Market

Nimbin Markets

Murwillumbah Market

 

 

CINEMA

Friday 27th Jul

Breath1:45pm
Tea with the Dames4:00pm
Back to Burgundy5:45pm
Disobedience8:00pm

Sunday 29th Jul

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games11:30am
Incredibles 21:15pm
Back to Burgundy3:30pm
Breath5:45pm
Disobedience8:00pm

 

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

Meet the Staff – This week the “kind and gentle” Michelle!

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“Kind and gentle” is how all of Michelle’s students describe her on their feedback forms! She is also a great teacher with a vast knowledge of linguistics and the English language. We are very lucky to have her here at Lexis Byron Bay, where she has taught for nearly two years. Find out more about her below:

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

2 (English and Japanese).

 

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…?

A rich housewife.

 

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS OUT….

on watching the sunrise at the lighthouse.

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I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW… I’ve got a pet duck called Alfie.
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Camping at the beach in the summer.

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

The Caribbean.

 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

I became a teacher because it’s something I’ve wanted to be ever since I was 7 yrs old!

 

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Make international friends and speak English every day.

 

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

Jobs! 25 July

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PIZZA MAKER

La Bottega by Peppe Pizza is looking for an highly experience pizza chef to join our amazing team. Feel free to contact us via email or to came at La Bottega to have a chat!

CLICK TO APPLY

 

PASTRY CHEF / BAKER

Experienced Pastry Chef/Baker required for busy bakery in Suffolk Park near Byron Bay. A minimum of 5 years experience is recommended. No nightshift work – hours approximately 5am – 2pm Tuesday to Saturday. This position is for a full-time cake pastry chef/baker. No bread baking in this role. Experience with croissants would be beneficial as we produce a large number. We encourage our chefs to be experimental and to think outside the square!

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SUSHI CHEF

This is an opportunity for you to work with talented, dedicated chefs, learn new techniques and be a key team player in the kitchen. Ideal candidates will have the following skills and experience: – Strong understanding of Japanese produce, culinary techniques and kitchen equipment, – Has the ability and experience preferably to roll sushi including cutting the fish, – Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, – Eye for detail, – Hold relevant tertiary qualifications, such as Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Desirable), – Full working rights in Australia, – The desire to succeed and want a career. In return for your hard work and dedication Sabi Sushi Cafe offers unrivalled employee benefits including free parking on site, free hot meals daily, as well as fantastic career development opportunities with exposure to Byron Bay the no 1 tourist destination in Australia.

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HEAD CHEF / SOUS CHEF

AWESOME GIG for a Super Star Head Chef or Sous Chef that wants to Step up the Ladder. For Northern Beautiful NSW Location Chance to join a thriving team in a busy Pub/Modern Australian style Menu. A new challenge in an exciting new location. – Take advantage of a new job in a new and exciting location where you’ll enjoy the benefits a regional role provides. – Go for a bush walk or hike on your time off. – Borrow a fishing pole from a local that you have made friends with and see what you can catch at the local spot. – Brush up on your Australian history with the premium sights and locations surrounding. If you can Jump onto transport and start straight away then we want you. This is for a Senior Role in a busy team. The Responsibility fr making sure the dishes go out the pass are of a high standard in both presentation on flavour are yours. Attitude, attention to details, passion and desire for the Industry are a must. If you are trade qualified with three or more years’ experience, and you: – Possess a strong work ethic and have excellent communication skills. – Can produce consistent quality. – Have a positive and ‘can do’ attitude. – Own traditional uniform and knives. – Have experience in quality a la carte dining. – Have a keen eye with high attention to detail. – Would like to assist with menu planning and suggestions. – This is a creative role and provides the right candidate the opportunity to work within an excellent team. The successful applicant will be a creative Chef who will receive complimentary: – Transport to and from the Venue. – Suitable single accommodation. – Meals while on shift. – Competitive hourly rate for each hour you work including Public Holiday & weekend rates.

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MARKET STAFF REQUIRED

2 to 3 shifts per week. 6am-12pm. Must be 25 years old or over with drivers licence. Send resume to kieran@oneorganic.com.au

 

GUEST SERVICE AGENT

THE POSITION: Reporting to the Front Office Manager this role is responsible for ensuring we do not merely deliver service but do more than is expected in thoughtful ways that create meaningful and authentic moments of hospitality. We are looking for someone who has an excellent rapport with guests, good computer skills, ability to stay calm under pressure and exceptional attention to detail. RESPONSIBILITIES: -Provide exceptional customer service by responding to requests promptly, efficiently and courteously during check-in, check-out and throughout their stay. – Maintain a thorough knowledge of resort facilities and promotions. – Maintain a high level of professionalism and ensuring procedures are followed in relation to guest confidentiality and the issuing of room keys. – Maintain procedures in relation to credit and cash transactions and accounting documentation. – Display a professional image at all times through personal presentation and polished communication. IDEAL CANDIDATE: – Experience working in a 4-5 star resort/hotel front office environment. – Efficient time management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities. – Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Fidelio or Opera System. – Ability to communicate with a diverse range of people in a professional manner. – Full availability to work weekends and public holidays. – Current drivers licence essential. – First Aid Certificate desirable. We pioneer Byron Bay hospitality – authentic, natural and meaningful. If this is something you are passionate about then we would love to hear from you – please click APPLY NOW and attach a cover letter and resume to your application.

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GROUNDS AND MAINTENANCE ATTENDANCE

Discovery Parks is Australia’s largest owner operator of holiday and accommodation parks located in more than 60 of Australia’s most desired locations. The Role We are looking for a great person to join our Byron Bay team as a casual Grounds & Maintenance Attendant. You will assist with repairs and maintenance to facilities, grounds maintenance and irrigation and waste management within the high standards of our Discovery brand. The Person You will be someone able to prioritise your workload to achieve daily outcomes whilst also understanding the bigger picture for the rest of the team. You will bring to the role: – Fantastic customer service. – Fit and energetic. – A great attitude and willingness to learn. – Experience in accommodation or commercial maintenance. – Previous trade employment or handyman skills, plus gardening/groundskeeping knowledge (and you love doing it!). – Knowledge of correct manual handling techniques and WHS awareness. – Excellent time management skills. -Flexible attitude to hours, including weekends and on short notice. – Pool maintenance experience would be advantageous. – A current valid (manual) driver’s licence is essential. Remuneration: A competitive rate will be negotiated commensurate with skills and experience. How to Apply Discovery what matters – APPLY NOW! Please visit the careers page on www.discoveryparks.com.au or via the link below. Please have your cover letter and resume ready to upload. Prior to an offer of employment being made, candidates must be able to provide a Police Clearance to disclose any criminal offences or charges.

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CASUAL CARE STAFF – SUFFOLK PARK

RSL LifeCare has an exciting opportunity available for enthusiastic and vibrant people interested in providing exceptional care to our residents at Patrick Bugden VC Gardens, Suffolk Park. You will ideally have experience working within aged care, have a positive attitude, a sense of humour and an interest in developing your skills. Essential Criteria: -Empathetic and caring attitude to the elderly. – Good oral and written communication skills. – Basic computer skills. – Ability to work within a team. – Availability for afternoon and night shifts. – Certificate III in Aged Care or equivalent or working towards. RSL LifeCare provides care and service to 7,000 senior Australians and employs over 2,600 people. RSL LifeCare is a leading no-for-profit organisation providing high quality and carefree retirement villages throughout NSW and the ACT. We are an award winning, university affiliated organisation with over 100 years of caring. This is an opportunity to work with a quality leading provider in Aged Care Services. The successful applicants will be able to enjoy our salary packaging options and the excellent ongoing education and training available to all staff, in addition to the excellent working environment and location.

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CASUAL LABOURER

Spinifex Recruiting is currently recruiting for highly skilled and experienced Construction and Horticultural Labourers to enter into our pool of labour hire candidates on the North Coast of NSW. Spinifex Recruiting is the regions leading Labour Hire agency, we pride ourselves on placing exceptional candidates with reputable local organisations. Successful candidates are required to have: – WHS Construction Induction White Card. – Current Drivers Licence. – Reliable transport. – Great work ethic and a good attitude. Desirable Qualifications but not essential include: – Certificate in Horticulture/Green keeping. – Chemical Spraying. – Chainsaw Tickets. Spinifex frequently places our candidates into a variety of roles in the Ballina, Lismore, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads areas. Pay rates and duration of assignments differ depending on role. To discuss in more detail please call a consultant on 1300 800 301. To apply for position please click on the ‘Register’ button via the ‘Apply for Position’ link below.

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CARPENTER

Your new company: Hays Recruitment is currently seeking trade qualified carpenters to assist well-established building contractors on various size projects throughout Byron Bay and the Northern NSW Region. Your new role: You will be undertaking various duties for both residential and commercial projects, completing fit out, new builds, alterations and repairs. What you’ll need to succeed: To be considered for this role, you must have recent experience, be reliable, have a great attitude and will posses the following: – Current white card. – Carpentry trade certificate. – Own carpentry tools. – Own reliable transport. What you’ll get in return: In return for your experience you’ll be rewarded with excellent hourly rates, immediate starts and have the opportunity for long and short term positions. What you need to do now: If you’re interested in this role, click ‘apply now’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
If this job isn’t quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

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UBER DRIVER

Help riders get around town by using Uber and get the fares you make each trip paid weekly into your account. Using the Uber app is a great way to earn cash on your schedule. The more you drive, the more you can earn. It’s simple and perfect for those looking for flexibility. What you need to know:Earn Good Money: The more you drive, the more you earn. – Flexible Schedule: Make your own schedule and drive any time; day or night. – Getting Started is Easy: Signing up is quick & easy! – Get Paid Weekly: Get earnings deposited into your bank account weekly. Requirements: – You’re at least 21 years old. – You have a 4-door vehicle. – You have held a valid full driver’s license in your state or territory for at least 12 months. – You’re listed as an insured driver for the vehicle you wish to drive. – You’re friendly and excited to earn money on your schedule! Additional Information: Anyone can drive using Uber. Remember, the best job isn’t a job – it’s driving with Uber! No car? No problem! Check out t.uber.com/marketplaceANZ for vehicle rental, leasing, and financing product offerings designed by third party providers specifically for ridesharing.

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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.

Coffee Clubs – July!

Throughout July we continue to have Coffee Club every Tuesday, affectionately known as Tim Tam club to many!

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Join me in the student lounge for coffees, Tim Tams and games!

Everyone’s favourite is Uno, but there’s always other options for the students to chose!

It’s lots of fun and a great way to meet other students!

Hope to see you there 🙂

 

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

Teen Activity Programme 2018 – English and Surfing!

We recently had three wonderful TAP students here with us at Lexis Byron!

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The Teen Activity Programme combines English classes with surf lessons, so they really get the best out of their Byron experience!

 

Before they left the boys kindly answered a few questions for us…

What’s the best thing about Lexis Byron?

Sacha: I liked that it’s a small campus, so everyone knows eachother. It’s really easy to talk to people and make new friends.

Theo: It was a really good combination of study, surf and free time! I also really loved my homestay.

Alex: Improving my English! I also really enjoyed the table tennis (Alex came a close second in our July Tournament!).

 

Tell me a bit about your teacher and lessons…

Sacha: All the teachers are really nice. They encourage you to participate and mingle with other students. We played lots of really good games that got us to mix together and get to know eachother.

Theo: I loved my teachers, Paul and Michelle. We would always do activities in class that would get us interacting and speaking with other students.

Alex: My teacher Claudia was very useful and interesting, because of her lessons I am sure I have improved my English.

 

How were your surf lessons and instructors?

Sacha: Really good! Because Theo and I already knew how to surf Let’s Go Surfing gave us private lessons instead of us having to go with the group. They would always take us to where the good waves were, they really knew the best spots each day. They were very kind, friendly, fun and gave good advice. We often had dolphins really close to us when we were surfing, which was an amazing experience.

Theo: Great! The instructors were really good and helped us improve. They always checked where the best waves were first and took us to so many different surf spots over the 4 weeks; Broken Head, Suffolk Park, The Pass, The Wreck, Belongil and Lennox!

Alex: My surf lessons were awesome, even though the waves weren’t really big every day. Dylan and the other instructors do an amazing job.

 

Did you enjoy your homestay experience?

Sacha: Yes, they made me feel welcome and gave me good advice on Byron (Sacha’s homestay father Mark even took him to see how surfboards are made!). I felt well looked after but sometimes wished I was with a family with another teenager, like Theo was.

Theo: I loved it! My host family had 2 boys similar age to me (14 and 17) so I spent every evening with them. They were also the same surfing level as me so we would go out surfing together.

Alex: Awesome! What a family! The Monrows are the nicest people I have met here.

 

What was your favourite thing to do in Byron when you weren’t studying or surfing?

Sacha: Finding good places to eat; there’s lots of reasonably priced places for food. There’s also lots of shops! The lighthouse is really nice, we saw a wallaby there; I always appreciated these moments.

Theo: Hang out with my host family.

Alex: Ride my bicycle in town, or to the top of Byron to see the view, and sometimes do some shopping.

 

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming to Byron to study?

Sacha: Go and do it! It’s a really good experience. It’s a small town so makes a change from being in the city. All the people are really kind. There’s good food and surf to enjoy!

Theo: It’s a really good school for surfing and studying. Byron is a great location for trying out lots of different surf spots.

Alex: Everyone has to do what they want to do! Byron is best for surfing, but studying at Lexis was still very useful!

 

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

Happy Student – Miyu

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Miyu, from Japan, joined us at Lexis Byron back in October last year. She started in our Pre-Intermediate class but after completing our Cambridge First Course with much-loved teacher Paul she finished at an Upper Intermediate level. It has been a joy having her here at Lexis. She has been a kind, respectful, hardworking student who has made lots of friends during her time in Byron. Her teachers all say she was a pleasure to teach and I have loved getting to know her during the activities and her visits to reception!

Before she left Byron she kindly answered some questions for us…

Why did you choose Byron Bay for your studies?

I came to Byron because it is very different to my experience of living in a big city in Japan (Miyu lives in Kobe). I was really excited to try something new and experience a different way of life. I wanted to be able to live my life my way without any expectations.

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Why were you wanting to improve your English?

I had always wanted to study English, but the Japanese education system doesn’t put much emphasis on teaching it. I decided to come here and study so I could have an adventure at the same time as improving my English! I know having a higher level of English will help me find work and will also help me with travelling.

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What’s the best thing about Byron?

The people! The people are all so nice. I have been working as a massage therapist here and everyone is very friendly. Any time I’ve ever needed help there has always been someone happy to help me. I also love the nature in Byron and the amazing beauty of the ocean!

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What’s your advice for anyone coming to study English abroad?

Don’t hang out with students from your nationality. Always try to speak English. I don’t have any Japanese friends here because I wanted to speak as much English as possible. I made mostly Spanish, Brazilian and Australian friends. I’m even travelling to Spain when I leave Australia so I can meet up with the Spanish friends I made at Lexis!

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With her Lexis friends!

Tell us about your experience at Lexis…

Lexis was amazing! I really appreciate coming here and all the help I got from everyone. The teachers are always helping and finding creative ways for you to improve your English. I loved all of my teachers. They were all fun and really caring. The admin staff are all super friendly and always there for you. My English has improved so much. I started in Pre-intermediate and finished at an Upper-intermediate level.

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With her Cambridge First Class

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Her last day at Lexis!

What are your recommendations for anyone coming to study at Lexis?

Get involved in the free activities! I loved all the activities at Lexis; it was great to having them every day and encouraging students from different classes/levels to all communicate together. I really enjoyed the activities with students from other schools, like the soccer competition, as they were really useful for meeting new people.

Also, stick to the English ONLY Policy! I really loved this rule because it helped me make a lot of international friends. It was really hard at the beginning but after a while it became natural and I feel I really benefited from it. I made many friends in my time at Lexis and am really grateful for that <3

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At our Lexis Sweet Exchange Charity Bake Sale!

 

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Cheese and Wine Tasting activity!

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

Pizza and Games! 20 July

To celebrate it being Friday we treated the students to free pizzas and an afternoon of games!

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We had a selection of games for students to choose from, including Pictionary, Jenga and Twister, but everyone just wanted a turn on the Wii!

Four at a time the students competed against eachother at Mario Karts.

There was a lot of shouting, laughter and excitement during the races!

I shamefully lost both my games, so will be spending the next month practicing!

 

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