Hiroshima Juniors Surf Lesson! March 22nd

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Today we hit Main Beach in Byron for a very special surf lesson for our Hiroshima Juniors! The lovely Blake from Let’s Go Surfing picked us up outside the school at 9am and we headed to their shop to get fitted with wet-suits and surfboards.

Here are the guys, all ready to hit the beach!

 

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It was super hot by the time we hit the beach so the first thing everybody did was jump into the sea to cool down

The next thing we did – stretching! Very important before hitting the waves.

Everyone gathered around as the instructors explained the basics of surfing and how to kneel up on the board when in the water.

Safety in the water is top priority. Below, our instructor Victor explains what a rip is and how to get out of it if we encounter one in the sea.

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Ready to hit the waves!!!

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After a while in the water, everyone got back out again and the instructors demonstrated how to stand up on the board when in the water.

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Before long, they were surfing like pros! 

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Our Hiroshima Juniors having an awesome time in the water 🙂

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Check out these pros! 🙂

What better way to finish our surf lesson than with a picnic by the sea. We are already looking forward to next week’s lesson!

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

 

 

Aussie Food Tasting!March 21st – Morning

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Yesterday in the student lounge, we held a special Aussie food tasting activity! There are lots of special treats and savoury snacks that are very poplular in Australia and we got to learn (and taste!) more about them.

We had a range of delicious (and some not so delicious…!) foods to try:

  • Musk Sticks (pink semi-soft sweet stick with floral, musk flavours)
  • Allen’s Red Frogs (chewy jelly treats)
  • Macadamia Nuts (found in both New South Wales & Queensland)
  • Anzac Biscuits (oat biscuits)
  • Vegemite (yeast extract spread, popular with toast!)
  • Mini meat pies (pastry pies filled with meat, gravy, onion, mushrooms & cheese)
  • Sausage Rolls (savoury pastry snack & popular party food)
  • Caramello Koala (chocolate bar filled with caramel)
  • Tim Tams (chocolate covered biscuits)
  • Lamingtons (a small sponge cake square coated in chocolate and coconut)

Among the favourites were TimTams and sausage rolls! 🙂

Brave students trying Vegemite… 😀

Everyone enjoyed the delicious treats and our Hiroshima Juniors got to mingle with some of the others students from their classes too 🙂

Have YOU tried all of these Aussie favourites yet!? 😉

 

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.

 

Hiroshima Juniors trip to Byron Farmers Market! March 21st

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On Thursday morning we all went to the Byron Bay Farmers Market! It was a beautiful morning so we enjoyed the walk down together at 9am. This market is on every Thursday morning at Butler St Reserve from 8-11am.

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Walking down Jonson Street towards the market!

The taco stand proved very popular among the students!

We walked around in the sunshine and sampled some different snacks and juice. There were some performers at different areas, playing music, singing and even dancing!

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Buying some local and Manuka honey 🙂

Everyone enjoyed the market and we all left with full bellies and happy hearts 😀

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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.

Aussie Food Tasting! 21st March

Today we gave some Aussie classic food a taste.

There were some crowd favorites and some food that nobody liked! We discovered that, with a lot of butter, vegemite sandwiches are not so bad!! We all agreed lamingtons are delicious, and are NOT made out of the same sponge you wash the dishes with! It was a revelation to work out mince pies are savory, and not sweet and some of us thought musk sticks taste like perfume. The Tim Tams we are all familiar with, were the first plate to be emptied.. closely followed by the very yummy ANZAC biscuits!

-Lamingtons

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-Vegemite sandwiches

-Caremello Koalas

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– Mince Pies and Sausage Rolls

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-Musk Sticks

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-Allens Red Frogs

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-Macadamia Nuts

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-(Everyone’s favourite) Tim Tams 

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It was nice to see everyone giving everything a try, even if some of the food seemed strange and didn’t smell very good (vegemite)! It will be fun to make our own ANZAC biscuits soon!

 

Didgeridoo Lesson! March 20th

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Yesterday we had the amazingly talented Craig come in and introduce us to an incredible art form – playing the Didgeridoo!

He explained all about what a didgeridoo is – a wooden instrument developed by indigenous Australians, along with a bit about the history and origin of this instrument which has been used within aboriginal tribes for years. It was fascinating to learn about how they form – from finding the perfect branch or tree trunk, to working with it’s natural form to further hollow out the centre and polish it to a smooth finish. Many hours of hard work go into making each didgeridoo and they can range in price from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand!

Craig had a selection of didgeridoos for us to choose from. Each mouth piece was finished with a special wax, to help seal the edges around the mouth so that no air could get through to disrupt our sound.

The first thing we had to do was practice making a special vibrating sound with our lips, (lots of laughs!) which we then had to do into the didgeridoo – it was surprisingly difficult!

We learned about making different sounds and rhythms, with some mimicking the sounds of animals such as the kangaroo and others sounding like the word ‘did-ger-i-doo‘!

Some of the group were naturals, taking to it so quickly, while others (like me) took a little more practice! 😉 One thing is for sure though – everyone had a fantastic time! Thanks Craig 😀

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.

Hiroshima Juniors Coffee Club! March 20th

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Yesterday, we held coffee club in the morning especially for our Hiroshima Juniors group! We all met outside the student lounge downstairs at 9.00am and enjoyed some delicious coffees and TimTams 🙂

Learning how to say ‘cheers’ 😀

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We all chatted together and got to know each other a little better. We spoke about where we are from and what it is like there. I learned that Hiroshima is great for oysters and lemon trees, with lemon cake being a favourite way to use the lemons!

I learned about everyone’s school life and what they like/don’t like in school. Everyone has different hobbies, interests and aspirations, which is very interesting to chat about together. Some students are sporty, playing tennis (with a hard ball, something I just learned about yesterday!) and football, while others are musical and enjoy piano and trombone!

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We were so engrossed in our chats and getting to know eachother that we forgot to play any of our games! Next week, we will! 😉

Until next time…

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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.