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!

 

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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!

Coffee Club is every Tuesday at 11.30am and 2pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

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Beer Tasting! 9 November

Last Friday we ended our school week with Beer Tasting!

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The students had 5 different Australian beers to try and for each one they had to guess the state where it was brewed, alcohol percentage, cost and flavours!

What a great way to get the weekend started!!

 

 

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Manuele’s amazing soccer photos!! 7 November

Last week we played a soccer match against another of Byron’s local schools – read more about it here: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/11/08/soccer-match-against-bbels-7-november/ !

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Manuele, one of our talented students who is passionate about photography, joined me in taking some snaps of the action. He’s kindly shared them with me to put on the blog for you all!

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Soccer match against BBELS! 7 November

On Wednesday we headed to the sports fields for a friendly soccer match against BBELS!

It had been a very hot day, but luckily by time we started playing at 4pm it had cooled down enough for a run around!

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We had a large number of players ready to lead Lexis to victory, so many that they had to take turns playing and supporting!

They were also joined by a team of Lexis supporters there to cheer them on!

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One of our students, Manuelle, is a very talented photographer and came along to take some snaps and give me some tips on taking my own! These ones here are the ones I took, and I’ll be uploading Manuelle’s once he’s had a chance to sort through them all! Keep an eye out for this blog, there’s sure to be a lot of great photos on there!!

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Beach Games! 2 November

We are loving the beautiful summer weather here in Byron Bay!!

Last Friday we made the most of the sunshine by heading to one of Byron’s beautiful beaches for some fun in the sun 🙂

Orla took the morning group down and they enjoyed a game of bowls and a bit of volleyball practice.

I then took our afternoon group once they had finished their classes for the week. Everyone was in great spirits and excited for a weekend of wonderful weather ahead!

We had a practice on the beach first while we waited for everyone to arrive, then headed over to the volleyball courts at one of our student’s hostels.

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It was my first time playing volleyball and although I managed to get a few shots in, it’s safe to say I’m not a natural! I had lots of fun playing with the students though and they were all really patient and encouraging. I’m already looking forward to playing again!

After a couple of hours I had to return to school, just as more of our students arrived! I left them there to continue playing into the early evening 🙂

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Spanish Cooking – Paella! 25 October Afternoon

Last Thursday we had a Spanish Cooking day, with both our morning and afternoon classes having a turn in the kitchen 🙂

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I did my research, looking at various different recipes for paella and then combining the most common ingredients from each into my own paella recipe. I was feeling pretty confident and was ready to impress the Spanish with my knowledge of their cuisine…

but sadly this was not the case! Despite 6 of the 10 recipes I looked at saying you put Spanish chorizo in, you in fact definitely do not put chorizo in a Spanish paella! You also do not put paprika in a Spanish paella, but should instead use saffron!

Despite it not being the paella they were quite expecting it was great to see the Spanish so passionate about one of their countries most popular dishes, and also learning from them the correct way to cook it! Next time I will definitely be asking them to check the recipe before I buy the ingredients!

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Our Italian, Swiss, Czech, Belgian and Brazilian students that joined were happy to follow my recipe though and we ended up with what we thought was a delicious paella! However, the best response I got from our Spanish students was Rosario saying ‘it’s really nice tasting rice’!!

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You can follow my recipe below for nice tasting rice, or ask one of our Spanish students for the proper way to make an authentic Spanish paella!

PAELLA!!

  • 1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 red capsicum, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 chorizo, thinly sliced
  • 160g (1 cup) frozen peas, thawed
  • 500g marinara mix
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 cups arborio rice
  • 800g can chopped Italian tomatoes
  • 4 cups Massel chicken style liquid stock
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped

 

  • Step 1

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and onion. Stir for 2-3 minutes or until light golden. Add capsicum, garlic and paprika. Stir for 1 minute or until aromatic.

  • Step 2

Stir in the rice, tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir in the marinara mix. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until rice is tender and seafood is just cooked.

  • Step 3

Stir in the peas. Rest for 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

Sprinkle with parsley. Serve.

 

 

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