Body boarding! 29 November

Today’s activity was body boarding and what an amazing day we had for it! Everyone was so eager to get started that they were all ready and waiting at reception before 11am! We had a great turn out, over twenty students in total 🙂

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All but two of the group braved the water, which happened to be full of seaweed today!

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The water was the perfect temperature, especially with the heat of the morning sun 🙂

Here are some shots of them in action in the water…

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We have some amazing activities lined up for December so click here to check them out and add them to your calendar! 🙂

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It’s the Weekend! 30 Nov – 2 Dec

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WEATHER

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SURF

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GIGS

FRIDAY 30
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY 5.30PM MOVEMBER PARTY – DROP  LEGS, ANTY, MAR HAZE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, FERGO & THE BURDEN
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 8PM FEENIXPAWL
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM LUKE MORRIS + GUESTS
BYRON THEATRE 6PM INSPIRE DANCE STUDIO ‘WE CAN FLY’
LONE GOAT GALLERY, BYRON BAY, 6PM ‘THE MAMBO ARTISTS NOW ‘ FEAT MATTHEW MARTIN, DAVID MCKAY, PAUL MCNEIL, JIM MITCHELL, REG MOMBASSA, ROBERT MOORE, JEFF RAGLUS, GERRY WEDD
THE STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY, 9PM LOCAL DJS
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY, UPSTAIRS 9PM FUTURE FAKTORI
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK, 6PM ELENA B WILLIAMS DUO

SATURDAY 1
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY, 9PM COCO REPUBLIC
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY MATTHEW ARMITAGE
BYRON BAY BREWERY 9PM LIME CORDIALE
BYRON THEATRE 6PM INSPIRE DANCE STUDIO ‘WE CAN FLY’
PERIWINKLE PRE-SCHOOL, BYRON BAY, 10AM PERIWINKLE CHRISTMAS FAIR
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY, 9PM LIVE DJS
THE STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY, 9PM LOCAL DJS

SUNDAY 2
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY JESSE PUMPHREY
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 2PM WRITERS AT THE RAILS 7PM CHEYENNE MURPHY
BYRON BAY BREWERY 4PM JUNGLE FEVER
BYRON THEATRE 5PM ICONIC PRESENTED BY ENCORE PERFORMANCE STUDIO
BYRON BAY GOLF CLUB 2PM LIVE MUSIC, 2PM JOCK BARNES

 

HAPPY TRAVELS

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

 

Saturday 1st December

End of Cambridge & Lexis Students BYO Beach Party & BBQ day!

Secret location…! $35

Sunday 2nd December

Byron Bay Sunday Markets – Live music, awesome food.

Group signup with travel desk. FREE!

 

MARKETS

 

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

Saturday

Bangalow Farmers Market

Brunswick Heads Markets

Lismore Farmers Market

Byron Artisan Market

Sunday

Byron Bay Markets

Pottsville Beach Markets

Lismore Car Boot Market

 

CINEMA

Friday 30th Nov

They shall not grow old 11:00am
Boy Erased 1:00pm
First Man 3:15pm
Robin hood 6:00pm
Boy Erased 8:15pm

Saturday 1st Dec

Smallfoot 9:00am
They shall not grow old 11:00am
Boy Erased 1:00pm
First Man 3:15pm
Boy Erased 6:00pm
Robin hood 8:15pm

Sunday 2nd Dec

Smallfoot 9:00am
They shall not grow old 11:00am
Boy Erased 1:00pm
First Man 3:15pm
Boy Erased 6:00pm
Robin hood 8:15pm
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December Activity Calendar!

We have some brilliant activities, exclusively for our Lexis students, planned for this festive month!

All activities will be twice a day (unless stated otherwise), so both our morning and afternoon students have  the opportunity to participate! Afternoon students will have their activities at 11.30am and morning students will be at 2pm (unless stated otherwise).

Joining the activities is a great way to make new friends, practice your English in a social environment , and of course have fun!!

All activities are free except for surfing ($25 for the monthly 1 hour special or $55 any day for the 2 hour lesson)!

Activities

Yoga will continue to be every Monday in Room 8 at 7.45am – 8.45am. This allows everyone to be able to go together and start their mornings with some stretching and relaxation!

We’ll also continue to have the popular Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join Orla at 11.30am or me at 2pm in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams, games and conversation!

We’ll be making the most of the beautiful weather, and Byron’s beautiful beaches, with a couple of beach activities! First we have Beach Games on the 7th, then Volleyball the following week on the 14th. For our afternoon students these activities will be at 11am instead of 11.30am to allow enough time to get to the beach and back before class. Morning students will remain at 2pm. Meet in reception first 🙂

Our Monthly Table Tennis Tournament returns on the 5th! Get practicing as there is a six pack of beer to be won 🙂

Thursday the 6th we will be making Sushi in the kitchen.

Get creative with Dream Catcher Making on the 12th. A great souvenir to take home or give as a gift!

Our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 is on the 13th. 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 $55! Pick ups from school will be at 10am and 3pm. Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

From the 18th we will be having a Christmas themed week, starting with Christmas Coffee Club, then Christmas Decoration Making on the 19th and Christmas Cooking on the 20th!

On the last day of school before the Christmas break, Friday the 21st, we have a special Christmas Salsa Party! All classes will be in the morning for this day and the party will start at 1pm. Nibbles and drinks will be provided, followed by a hour of Salsa Dancing! (see how much fun we had at our last salsa class: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/11/23/salsa-sangria-16-november/) !!

The school is then closed for Christmas, but we are then all back again on Monday the 31st of December!  We welcome our new Cambridge students this day so will be having a Cambridge Welcome Sausage Sizzle! 12.15pm in front of school – for everyone!

 

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

Teacher Kristy runs a free guided meditation every Wednesday morning between 8-8.30am in room 8.

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 $55! Lessons are at 9am and 2pm every day, and 3.30pm on request.

 

For all your weekend activities check out the Happy Travels November calendar: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/11/28/happy-travels-weekend-activities-december-2018/

 

 

Have a wonderful month! 🙂

 

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Happy Travels Weekend Activities! December 2018

The team at Happy Travels have planned another month of brilliant weekend activities and student nights especially for you, our Lexis Byron students!

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Student Nights will continue to be every Thursday, but will now alternate between venues depending on where the best entertainment is that week! Sarah and Iain will keep you updated each week 🙂

For weekend activities they have put together a variety of free and discounted activities/trips for you; including a beach party and BBQ, gigs, barefoot bowls and snorkeling/diving at Julian Rocks!!

To join any of these activities, or any traveling you would like to do, just have a chat with our travel specialist Sarah! She is here in the Student Lounge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12pm and 3pm.

 

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Jobs! 28 November

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CASUAL RETAIL ASSISTANT

100% Pets – Pet Supplies Byron Bay

About the business: 100% Pets is an independent business that prides itself on customer service and offering quality pet care solutions.

About the role – the successful person will have: a passionate commitment to the care and wellbeing of pets; real working experience in a pet retail or animal environment; customer service focus; a high level of motivation, initiative and professionalism; an ability to communicate well; composure under pressure; a hands on approach; merchandising skills

Benefits and perks: We are looking for a person who wants to grow with the business.

Skills and experience: You must have experience , be reliable and flexible regarding working days, including Saturdays. 

As part of the your responsibilities , you will be required to lift heavy items, eg large bags of pet food, also keeping the store in a clean, tidy manner, eg sweeping, dusting, cleaning tanks/hydrobath. You will need to be able to work in a team as well as unsupervised. If this sounds like you, please send a cover letter with your resume to Kylie aaccounts@100percentpets.com.au

CLICK TO VIEW JOB

 

TEAM MEMBER BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE 

Byron Bay – Part time

We’re Bunnings, and we’re all about providing the best home improvement for Australia and New Zealand. We’ve always been able to offer customers the largest array of DIY products available at affordable prices, but most importantly – we provide a service that is second to none. With this in mind, we’re searching the aisles for Customer Service Team Membersto join our team. If you’re motivated by putting a smile on a customer’s face and enjoy helping others, you will enjoy working as part of the Bunnings team.  As a team member at Bunnings, you will work in an informal environment that has retained a family feel.  You will have the autonomy to make decisions and have some fun along the way. 

Relevant experience is helpful, but it’s your attitude and values that are the most important. You will work across a variety of areas that will give you exposure in all departments within the store.

What a Customer Service Team Member can expect to do: Provide friendly and helpful service to our customers; Merchandise products; Replenish and maintain products; Operate registers

What we need from you: A genuine passion for customer service; Be approachable and confident interacting with customers; Have an eagerness to learn about new products; An ability to work in and contribute to a team; To be on your feet assisting with customers across a wide range of retail hours

Some of the benefits on offer when you join us: A team based workplace that supports flexibility and inclusion; Opportunity to actively support the local community; Further Training, from product training to leadership development; Career opportunities within a large retailer; Team discount and offers from corporate partners; Ongoing incentives and spontaneous gifts and lunches

Please note: all applications must be via the Bunnings website.

 

CASUAL WAITER/WAITRESS

Byron Bay – Casual/Temporary

A restaurant in Byron Bay is seeking a casual Waiter/Waitress (15-30 hours per week) to join our team.

To be considered for this role you should: Be available both days at weekends; Have at least 2 years of experience as a Waiter/Waitress; Have the right to work in Australia

CLICK TO APPLY

 

CASUAL HOUSEKEEPER

Discovery Holiday Parks Byron Bay – Casual/Temporary

Discovery Parks is a growing industry leader located in more than 60 of Australia’s most desired locations. We’re on the lookout for an experienced housekeeper to join the team at our Byron Bay Park on a casual basis.

You will be a strong team player willing to “own” your role. You will be a consummate professional, your guest satisfaction skills are second-to-none and you have a genuine desire to ensure the success of the Park and your team.

To be successful in this role you must have the following knowledge, experience and attributes: Fantastic customer service; Previous experience in a housekeeping role; Experience in commercial housekeeping and cleaning as per industry (desirable); Team orientated but also able to work autonomously; Excellent time management skills; Flexible attitude to hours, including weekends and on short notice.

A current valid driver’s licence is essential. 

CLICK TO APPLY 

 

CLEANER

Full & part-time positions available for residential & holiday cleaning. Must have cleaning exp, attention to detail, be reliable, good communication skills, own car.

Email to: info@byronbaydoneanddusted.com

 

DISTRIBUTOR

To distribute booklets in Byron Shire locations. Flexible times, a few hours per week, contract position. Must have car, ABN, be responsible and able to work unsupervised.

Phone: 0409 324 724

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Don’t forget to pop in to the bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels around Byron Bay to hand in your resume even if they do not have a job advertised!  If you need help writing your resume you can go to GIL any day between 12-1pm and 2-3pm; in room 8 every day except Mondays when it’s in room 7. Then email to: adminbyron@lexisenglish.com and we can print 10 free copies every day for you 🙂

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Lexis Camping With Kangaroos!!

An Awesome final Lexis Aussie camping trip to send 2018 out with a bang!!!

A brilliant crew of Lexis Legends descended on Yuraygir National Park this weekend for another awesome campout. Paddle-boarding with turtles, fishing, crabbing, gorgeous beach time, sunrise, sunsets and even sampling some of the local ‘roo’, courtesy of the local indigenous people!!

Sweet Exchange! November 21

Last week we had our fourth Sweet Exchange here at Lexis Byron Bay!

Everyone was encouraged to bake or buy something sweet to bring in on Wednesday. All these delicious treats were then set up in one of classrooms for each of the break times, and everyone had to donate a minimum of $1 to then help themselves to as much sugary goodness as they could manage!!

We had a brilliant variety brought in by students and staff, including cookies, cinnamon scrolls, fresh fruit, vegan brownies, brigadeiros, muffins and of course Tim Tams! Absolutely spoilt for choice!

This was our most successful one yet, with us raising $332 for our two chosen charities!

The two charities we will be donating to were picked by two of our teachers. They both feel very passionately about their chosen charities and each gave a presentation to give us more information about what good are money will do!

Teacher Adrienne chose Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres), who are a non-government funded organisation who assist in conflict zones and areas affected by diseases, providing much needed medical treatment. You can read more about this amazing charity here (or ask Adrienne!): https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Teacher Michelle chose Sugarshine Animal Sanctuary, who provide a peaceful, loving home to animals of all shapes, sizes and personalities! Read more about the wonderful work they do here: https://sugarshinefarm.com.au/

The difference of money in each jar was very small and a lot of the students didn’t want to have to pick one charity, so it was decided that we will split to money evenly, giving them each $166!!

Once again, great work from everyone on supporting these brilliant causes!

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Morning Coffee Club – 27 November

It’s a beautiful day here again in Byron Bay and this morning we all gathered for our weekly Lexis Coffee Club! It’s always great to see some new faces and learn more about everyone. It is also a fabulous way to start off the morning – with a coffee in hand to wake us all up 🙂

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We all chatted together, each giving a little bit of information about ourselves and learning new names. Some of this morning’s students have just joined us since yesterday so are new to Byron. What an amazing time of year to come! 🙂

Everyone decided to play Uno and things got a little competitive – especially when Annick had to swap her hand of just a few cards in exchange for a much bigger one!

Coffee Club happens here at Lexis Byron every Tuesday at 11.30am (and 2pm for the morning students). It is a chilled atmosphere and a really fun and easy way to improve your English. Be sure to join us in the garden/student lounge every Tuesday! 🙂

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CHEERS! 🙂

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Volleyball in the Lexis Garden – 23 November

On Friday last, the sun returned to Lexis, here in Byron Bay, just in time for our morning volleyball game! We started out as a small group of two, so the girls had some serious practice with all the running around for the ball. (It was a quiet morning due to many students studying for their upcoming test later that day.) Here they are in action…

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With all that running in the sunshine, the girls needed a quick break – just enough time for us to recruit two more students to join in the fun!

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And then there were 4… 🙂

 

Check out this team work!! 🙂

 

Be sure to join us every day for our activities! It’s a great way to meet new people, make new friends and most importantly – a fun way to improve your English speaking!

Check out the notice board at reception to sign up for our daily activities 🙂

 

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New Starters! 26 November

Welcome to our fourteen new students joining us at Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Ruben is from Spain. He loves all different sports, particularly running and swimming. He has a Degree in sports science and is now doing a Masters to become a Physical Education teacher. He needs a good level of English to be become a teacher as he will sometimes need to teach the lessons in English.

Liseth is from Venezuela but has been living in Spain since she was 6. In her free time she likes to ride her bike, go to the beach and swim. She has a Degree in Law and works as a data protection consultant. She needs to be able to speak English to continue to work there, and that’s what brings her to us! She chose Australia for her studies because of the national parks and healthy lifestyle here.

Jordi is from Spain. His hobbies include diving and swimming in the ocean. In his free time he studies the programming of computers. He chose Australia for his studies because of the climate, the sea and the people. In the future he wants to develop his own music website.

Gabrielle is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. She loves sports, particularly horse riding.  She wants to study English here in Australia because she loves the vibes and friendly people here! In the future she would like to study to become a sports teacher and do lots of traveling!

Julia is from Catalonia, Spain. Her passion is traveling and discovering new places and cultures. She has a double degree in primary education and works as a teacher in a private school. She would like to teach English so this is her reason be being here! She chose Byron Bay because of the sunshine and beaches!

Tassia is from Brazil. She loves to go to the beach and take her dogs for walks. She studied Physical Education and has worked in many gyms. It has always been her dream to come to Australia because of how beautiful it is here <3 She is looking forward to improving her English and being able to use her new language.

Simon is from the French speaking part of Switzerland. His hobbies are sports, particularly climbing, and listening to music. He works on his family’s farm. He wants to study English because he loves the language and feels it will be useful for future jobs.

Natalie is from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She enjoys going to the beach, traveling, reading and eating! She studied Psychology and now wants to improve her English as it is very important for a job in this industry. She chose Byron Bay because of the calm, beautiful, kind people and wonderful nature and beaches!

Mario is from Spain. His favourite hobby is football but he also enjoys boxing, playing the guitar and reading books. He has just completed his Degree in Sociology and will now study English for the next year. He wanted to study here in Australia so he can also discover another culture and different lifestyle.

Julien is from the French speaking part of Switzerland. His hobbies include motor-cross, cycling and running. He works for a building company back in Switzerland. It has always been his dream to come to Australia so he is very happy to be here with us for the next 8 weeks!

Margaux is from France. She loves doing triathlons and regularly competes in competitions and has won some of them! She also likes hiking in the mountains, spending time in nature and skiing. Her parents are both pilots and she often goes in hot air balloons with them! She has just finished high school and is now taking a gap year to learn English and travel Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Nadja is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. She enjoys playing football, snowboarding and meeting up with her friends. She has worked as a chef for the past 4 years in a care home, and also studied administration at evening school. She chose to come to Australia to learn English because here it is hot and in Switzerland it is now winter!

We also have two Lexis transfer students!

Anesa is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. She has transferred from Lexis Brisbane and gone straight into our IELTS class.

Asako is from Japan. She has transferred here from Lexis Perth and goes straight into Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class 🙂

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Graduation! 23 November

Congratulations and farewell to our eight students who graduate from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Daniel, from Switzerland, graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. It has been an absolute pleasure having him here with us the past 12 weeks. He participated well in class and also in our out of class activities, making him lots of friends here at Lexis. He has worked very hard to progress from Elementary to graduating from Intermediate. Well done Daniel, you will be missed!!

Audrey, from Switzerland, graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. She has been a lovely addition to Lexis, always friendly and smiling. Her English has improved a great deal during her 4 weeks with us and she graduates with a well deserved A grade! We hope you enjoyed your time at Lexis as much as we loved having you here! Enjoy your travels along the East Coast!

Tim (Jin Wook), from Korea, graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. His English has improved a great deal since starting at Lexis, particularly his pronunciation. Mel appreciated all of his participation and contributions in class. Good luck with your factory work in Casino Tim, pop back and say hello!

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Elisabet (far right) on her first day back in April!

Elisabet, from Spain, graduates from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. Michele says she always brought a good attitude to class, and had a great sense of humour. She has come so far since she first started with us in Elementary and should be very proud of all the progress she has made. Well done Ely, wishing you all the best for the future.

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Cristina, from Spain, graduates from Elizabeth’s IELTs class. She has been diligent student who participated well in class and always asked pertinent questions. Well done for all your hard work and effort Cristina, and congratulations on graduating at an Upper Intermediate level. We wish you the very best for the future <3

Tania, from Spain, graduates from Elizabeth’s IELTs class. She has been a conscientious student and all her teachers appreciated her hard work and contributions. Her English is at a great level and we are sure will continue to improve the more she uses it! Good luck with all you do in the future Tania!

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Silvia, from Italy, graduates from Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class. It has been lovely having her here at Lexis with us. She is hard-working, enthusiastic and was always happy to contribute in class discussions. She is also a very motivated student and this has paid off with her graduating with an A! Best of luck for the future Silvia!

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Eloise, from France, graduates from Adrienne’s Pre-Intermediate class. It has been wonderful watching her English and confidence grow throughout her 8 weeks with us. She has improved in all areas, particularly her ability to learn new English. She also took part in our surfing programme so has also been enjoying Byron’s famous waves as well as studying and partying! Enjoy your travels Eloise and using your new language!

 

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Garden Picnic! 22 November

After the downpour our morning group experienced for their beach picnic (read about it here! https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/11/22/morning-beach-picnic-22-november/) we were lucky to have the sun back out in time for our afternoon picnic!

Instead of going to the beach we decided to instead relax in the garden at school and enjoy our snacks there!

While the students enjoyed their time in the sunshine I took some natural completely unposed photos of them…

We had a wonderful afternoon enjoying our cheese, crisps and fresh fruit while playing a game of Uno!

 

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Salsa & Sangria! 16 November

What a fantastic time we had at last Friday’s Salsa & Sangria activity!!

I’ve had almost as much fun watching the videos back…

We started off with some sangria to get everyone a bit more relaxed before the dancing began..

Danielle from Sassy Salsa first went through a simple routine to get everyone warmed up and ready to Salsa!

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Once everyone had mastered that we moved onto some traditional Salsa, then some partner work.

I was very impressed by how much everyone got into it and there was some really remarkable dancing going on!

As well as learning some new moves there was also plenty of laughter involved; a winner all round!!

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Lexis Thursdays with EPROM

An Awesome one last night at Byron Bay Brewery with the Lexis Legends for internationally acclaimed bass producer – EPROM!

 

Super pumped for next week with the world famous turntablist JFB (UK)

Graduation! 16 November

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

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Mayuka, from Japan, graduates from Julia and Elizabeth’s IELTS class. Both her teachers are very grateful for her hard work, diligence and participation in class, and say she has been a delight to teach. I have personally loved getting to know her during our free activities and will will miss her lovely smiley face! All the best for the future Mayuka!

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Hana, from Japan, graduates from Serena’s Elementary class. She has been a lovely, respectful, polite student. She has worked hard during her time at Lexis and graduates with a well deserved A! Good luck with your job search and the rest of your time in Australia Hana!

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Shannon, from Switzerland, graduates from Kristy’s Intermediate class. It was a pleasure having her here with us the past 4 weeks. She is a friendly, positive, happy student and we’re sure she enjoyed her time in Byron as much as we enjoyed having her here! Best wishes for the future Shannon 🙂

 

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Morning [Beach!] Picnic – 22 November

This morning, we left a sunny Lexis and headed for the beach. Minutes into our walk, the sky started to look VERY angry! We got as far as the Beach Hotel and out of nowhere, there was a loud bang of thunder and the heaviest downpour of rain I have ever seen! One minute it was sunny, the next – everyone was running to escape the water! We ran to take better shelter under a doorway with lots of other people and watched as the road turned into a river in front of us.

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Thankfully, it passed as quickly as it started and we set off towards the beach, in search of a suitable picnic area.

We settled by a BBQ area under shelter, right in front of the beach. We were all standing in water but still enjoyed all the delicious snacks that we brought and agreed it would be a picnic to remember! 🙂

Although the rain kept most people away, it was great to see some new faces for our morning group and we all learned lots about eachother such as our jobs/studies/hobbies and future travel plans. The rain may have tried very hard to stop us but we still had fun! We are definitely hoping for some sunshine for tomorrow’s activity though… 🙂

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It’s the Weekend! 23-25 November

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WEATHER

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SURF

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GIGS

FRIDAY 23
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY, 9PM CROCODYLUS, CLOACAS, GARAGE SALE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY SILK AND OAK
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 5PM BEN WALSH, 9PM KIM CHURCHILL & GUESTS
BYRON THEATRE 6PM BYRON COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL – ‘THE MAGICAL MYSTERY SNOW QUEEN’
LUSCIOUS, BYRON BAY, 6PM JESSE MORRIS
TARGA, BYRON BAY, 6.30PM MANDY HAWKES
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY, 7.30PM JEZ MEAD FEAT. VINNIE LADUCE
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY, 9PM LIVE MUSIC & DJS, UPSTAIRS 9PM OLE FALCO
THE STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY, 9PM LOCAL DJS

 

SATURDAY 24
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY, VINNIE LADUCE, FEEDING FAUNA, IZZY DAY
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY PINK ZINC
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 5PM DJ LONGTIME, 9PM PACES & GUESTS
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7PM MORNING OF THE MO AFTER PARTY
BYRON THEATRE 10.30AM & 4.30PM DANCE LAB AUSTRALIA – REVOLUTION
HOTEL BRUNSWICK 8PM SOUTHWALL
BRUNSWICK HEADS PICTURE HOUSE JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL, FRANK BENNETT
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY, 9PM LIVE DJS
THE STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY, 9PM LOCAL DJS

 

SUNDAY 25
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY DAN HANNAFORD
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY SWAMP CATS
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 4.30PM DAN CLARKE DUO, 8PM ANIMAL HOUSE
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY, 12PM LUNCH ’TIL LATE SUNDAY SESSION DJS EVA J & VINNIE LADUCE
BYRON BAY GOLF CLUB 2PM LIVE MUSIC, 3PM MARK BUTLER, MARY MCEVILLYBUTLER & WILLIE MCELROY
BYRON BAY SERVICES CLUB 4.30PM THE FERAMONES

 

HAPPY TRAVELS

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

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th

Lexis Weekend Group Camping Trip!!! – see Sarah for full details

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

Saturday

Bangalow Farmers Market

Kingscliff Markets

Lismore Farmers Market

Byron Artisan Market

Sunday

Bangalow Market

Nimbin Markets

 

CINEMA

Friday 23rd Nov

Book week 8:45am
Fahrenheit 11/9 10:45am
Robin hood 1:15pm
Beautiful Boy 3:30pm
First Man 5:50pm
Robin hood 8:30pm

Saturday 24th Nov

Fahrenheit 11/9 8:50am
Book week 11:20am
Robin hood 1:20pm
First Man 3:35pm
Robin hood 6:15pm
Beautiful Boy 8:30pm

Sunday 25th Nov

Fahrenheit 11/9 8:50am
Book week 11:20am
Robin hood 1:20pm
First Man 3:35pm
Robin hood 6:15pm
Beautiful Boy 8:30pm
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Jobs! 21 November

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CASUAL CLEANER

Clarks Beach & Holiday Park, Byron Bay

We are seeking an experienced house keeper for our very busy holiday park in Byron Bay must have a reliable vehicle and phone willing to work weekends and be neat and very reliable only experienced persons should apply for immediate start. 20 – 30 hrs per week, at least 1 day at the weekend

CLICK TO APPLY

 

DELIVERY PARTNER – UBER EATS

Byron Bay NSW – Casual/Temporary, Contract

Have a car, motorcycle, scooter or bike? Become an Uber Eats delivery partner and help deliver food from your city’s best restaurants to hungry people across the city. Delivering with Uber Eats is a great way to earn money on your own schedule; simply sign on to the partner app and you’re set to go. It’s a simple and convenient solution for people looking for an earning opportunity that fits into their schedule.

What you need to know: Earn great money: The more you deliver around busy dinner times, the more you earn! Be your own boss: Deliver meals around your own schedule. Getting started is super simple: Signing up to be an Uber Eats delivery partner is quick & easy! Get paid weekly: Get earnings deposited into your bank account weekly.

REQUIREMENTS

Delivering by Car: Be 18 years old or older; Hold a full Australian driver’s license; Hold third party property damage insurance or comprehensive cover for your car; Ensure your car is currently registered and CTP-insured in the state you are delivering in; Access to a 1990 year or newer car

Delivering by Motorcycle or Scooter: Be 18 years old or older; Hold a valid Australian motorcycle license (probationary or full); Hold third party property damage insurance or comprehensive cover for your vehicle; Ensure your vehicle is currently registered and CTP-insured in the state you are delivering in; Access to a 1990 year or newer motorcycle or scooter

Delivering by Bicycle: Be 18 years old or older, and be fit and able to ride a bicycle!

All of our delivery partners must pass a background check.

CLICK TO APPLY

 

BLUE OLIVE DELI

Busy Byron cafe seeks hard-working deli assistant with barista skills. 25 hours pw. Must be available Saturdays. Apply in person with resume

 

CLEANER REQUIRED

Position available at Byron Bay Brewry

5 days a week – 5.30am – 7am, $20 per hour

Equipment and training provided – Must have ABN

Start this Friday or Saturday!

Contact Nick on 0402 850 473

 

Don’t forget to pop in to the bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels around Byron Bay to hand in your resume even if they do not have a job advertised!  If you need help writing your resume you can go to GIL any day between 12-1pm and 2-3pm; in room 8 every day except Mondays when it’s in room 7. Then email to: adminbyron@lexisenglish.com and we can print 10 free copies every day for you 🙂

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New Starters! 19 November

Welcome to our fourteen new students and one returning student joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Keiko is from Japan. Her hobbies include yoga, taking a walk and watching movies. She wants to work as a receptionist in a hotel and English will be very useful for this. She chose Byron Bay for her studies as it is good for yoga here and has beautiful warm weather!

Erna is from Chile. She likes to travel, read and do outdoor sports, particularly diving. She studied Business and Administration and a Masters in Economics, and is now working in a bank. She wants to improve her English so she can speak with people from all over the world and travel many places without having communication problems.

Mana is from Japan. She enjoys yoga and watching TV dramas. In Japan she was working at a trading company, but will now be in Australia for a year on a working holiday visa.  She wants to improve her English so it is easier for her to find work and makes friends!

Jael is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. She works helping people who are having difficulties in their lives. In her free time she helps out at a football club and also regularly babysits. She is here to improve her English so she is able to easily communicate with people from different countries.

Lena is from Hamburg, Germany. Her hobbies are yoga and surfing, so Byron is the perfect fit for her! She studied nursing and works in a small hospital specialising in the treatment of lung cancer. She would like to study medicine, most likely in Bulgaria, and this is what brings her to us; she is wanting to get her English at the perfect level to get a good IELTS score.

Veronica is from Valencia, Spain but moved to Ibiza 5 years ago. Her hobbies are painting, playing djembe and watching the sunset. She studied aesthetic and now works as a spa manager in a hotel in Ibiza. She heard Byron was a hippy, chilled place with open minded people and healthy lifestyles, so thought it would be a good place for her to come and learn English!

Albert is from the South West of France. He has worked in a supermarket for the past four years and is studying at business school. He chose to study English in Australia after people telling him how amazing it is here! He wants to be able to speak to people from all over the world and knows a good level of English will also help him in his professional life.

Benjamin is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. His hobbies include playing football, making music and going out with his friends. He is happy to be here in Australia learning English, improving his surfing and doing some traveling. He wants to improve his English to find a good job when he returns to Switzerland.

Marisa is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. In her free time she likes reading, listening to music and meeting up with friends. She worked as a chef for 4 years but now works in an office in the digital business department. She traveled last year from Perth to Exmouth and Sydney to Adelaide, and knew after this trip she had to come back to Australia!

Suzuka is from Japan. She loves the beach and summer, so is very excited to be here in Byron Bay! She was working as a sales accountant but quit to come to Australia and work for the next year. She will study with us for 8 weeks to help her to find her a job.

Wilson, nickname Neto, is from Brazil. He loves to play soccer at the weekend and spend time with his girlfriend and friends. He is studying Material Engineering at University and will find a job or start his own business when he finishes. He wants to improve his English as he feels it will give him a better way of life.

Moises is from Chile. His hobbies include playing soccer, cycling, scuba diving and snorkeling. He studied accountancy and was working as a auditor accountant. He chose to come to Australia for his studies because of what a beautiful country it is! He is very happy to be here with us for the next 9 months!

Tomoko is from Japan. Her hobbies are playing the guitar, skateboarding and listening to music. She wants to do her farm work so she can get her second year visa and find a job here in Australia. She is very excited that she’ll be able to speak more English after her 8 weeks here with us!

Larissa is from Brazil. She loves everything health related, such as sports, yoga, meditation and organic food; these are just some of the reasons she chose Byron Bay for her studies. She studied dentistry for 4 years and has been working as a dentist for the past 10 years. Three years ago she went to California to complete her yoga teacher training so is now also a qualified yoga teacher. In the future she would like to have her own yoga studio and organic cafe.

Juliane, from Brazil, returns to us after a 5 month break! She first started with us in February and finished in July, without the intention of coming back. After doing some traveling, including going to Europe and seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, she decided there’s no better place then Byron Bay!

 

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Baking Koala Cupcakes! 15 November

Yesterday’s free activity should have been baking koala cupcakes, but sadly the oven decided it was a good day to break!

Teacher Serena and her morning group were unaware of this until they’d made the cupcake mixture, put them in cases,  into the oven and waited patiently for them to bake!

It was only upon checking on them that they realised the oven was just blowing cold air, resulting in this being as far as their koala cupcakes got…

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Luckily I had time to come up with a back up in time for the afternoon, running to Woolworths to buy cakes for us to decorate! They were all out of cupcakes though, so we had to go with muffins instead!

We still got to do the fun part, decorating :), and while they maybe didn’t look that great the muffins and icing tasted amazing!!

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For anyone who has a working oven and would like to make them at home, here’s the recipe!

Koala Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence

 

For the buttercream icing:200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed

 

For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows

Licorice

Choc chips

 

DIRECTIONS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

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The best English Only essay ever!

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Here at Lexis Byron Bay, if a student breaks the English Only Policy, they get a chance to redeem themselves by writing an essay about the policy. Students are encouraged to reflect on why the policy is important (to be inclusive of everyone, to practise English in real-life situations, to make it easier to make friends with students from other cultures) and why they broke it.

However, current student Chiara Mazzola, from Italy, went one step further and wrote this wonderful fantasy story.

ONCE UPON A TIME a young lady named Kiki decided to leave her reign and travel to a far land known as “Australia”. There she wanted to make some new experiences and learn a strange language called English, which, according to an old legend, should be the key to discover the world.

After a long trip through the ocean, lady Kiki finally arrived in the reign of Byron Bay in the Lexis Castle, a magical place where dreams become true, and there she started her new life.

But one day the girl broke her the main rule of the castle: the feared English only policy introduced a long time ago to make sure every and each inhabitant forces his self to speak the new bizzare language in order to improve his abilities and build relationships indifferently from the nationality or cultural differences.

Kiki knew how important this rule was but when telling Sir Aeon about an old story, anger took over from her common sense.

Luckily, Kiki had the chance to redeem her mistake by writing a letter to the powerful magician who reigned over the castle and apologise for her behaviour.

The magician appreciated her commitment, had mercy on her and allowed Kiki to stay in the extraordinary kingdom to realise all other dreams.

THE END

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Happy Hour with Happy Travels! 14 November

On Wednesday the awesome team at Happy Travels treated our students to a Happy Hour, which included free pizza, punch and prizes!

International DJ Mr Ha.Yes provided the music while the students enjoyed their free lunch and tropical punch.

Lexis’ Happy Travels specialist Sarah (who you can find in the student lounge on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 12pm and 3pm) collected everyone’s names to enter them into a draw for a Great Barrier Reef Trip!!

Well done to Camila Romero Gonzalez for winning this amazing prize!!

There were more winners from the goon pong, with two of our students winning a kayaking with dolphins and Nimbin day trip!

 

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 – the one and only (there is nobody quite like her) teacher, Josie

Josie has been at Lexis Byron Bay since Winter 2013 (despite pretending to leave once :)) and has made a huge impact on 100s of lives since that time. Josie has many special superpowers: 1. she can talk to anyone and make them feel at ease, 2. she is 100% positive in every situation, 3. she can party, run, surf, swim etc, etc for hours on end without getting tired and, of course, 4. she is an amazing teacher!

Josie is currently teaching our Fast Track Intermediate class but regularly takes our Cambridge First and Advanced classes and has helped many past students achieve their exam goals. Find out a bit more about her and her recommendations for your time in Byron Bay below.

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

French and terrible Spanish.

 

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…

…a travel writer.

 

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

…on sunset at Main Beach or at the top of the lighthouse

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BYRON BAY’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS…

Not telling.

 

I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

…you can see whales from the beach from June to October.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Dancing, hearing great music, surfing, running and going for brunch or dinner!

 

HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

England, Kenya, Ireland, Scotland, France, New Zealand, Canada, Spain

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

Anywhere with lots to do and explore. I love being in nature – mountains, the ocean, the rainforest -but I’m also really keen on experiencing the culture and getting to know the people of a new place.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

Because I love grammar, travelling and meeting new people

 

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Speak English as much as possible outside of class

 

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.

Coffee Club!

Tuesday’s regular Coffee Club activity continues to be a great source of laughter, conversations and, of course, Tim Tams!

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Uno is normally the game of choice, but in recent weeks we’ve also enjoyed some jenga with questions and general chit chat.

It’s always a fun-filled hour, especially when Eric is there providing entertainment with his singing and silliness!

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One week soon we’ll be switching the coffee for ice cream; more of a treat for this beautiful warm summer weather!