Weekend Activity 8 April – Byron Bay Skydive

A few weeks ago Oscar Ramon Jorquera won a free skydive (donated by Happy Travels) in the Lexis photography competition. So on April 8, Oscar, along with 5 other brave students soared up 4,570 metres in the sky and jumped out of a  plane.

If you’re wondering what that would be like; here are some photos of the day. (Thanks to Gabriella and Ana for sharing them with us.)

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Happy Student – Izabela Franco De Sad; Making Dreams Come True!

Izabela started studying at Lexis English in December last year and she brought with her a very special energy. She was such a pleasure to have in the school that, before she left, I asked her if we could do an interview to find out more about her and her time at Lexis Byron Bay. It turned out that her trip was the culmination of a dream that she’d nurtured for many years. Read what she told me below:

  1. Why did you decide to come to Byron Bay to study English?

I started dreaming about coming to Australia when I was 15. My vision of Australia was a place full of beaches, sunshine, friendly people and a relaxed way of life. I also knew that having a good level of English would be important for my life – for getting a good job and for travelling and meeting people.

So, from the age of 17, I worked to save up to make this dream come true. I worked in restaurants, hotels and offices, sometimes four jobs at a time until, eventually, I earned enough money to pay for my entire trip myself.

I went to an agency to book my trip and they advised that I went to Sydney or the Gold Coast as it was easy to find work there. I nearly booked my trip but first decided to look at Google Earth. When I saw all the skyscrapers and the cars I was disappointed. This wasn’t the vision I’d had of Australia all these years.

So I sent messages to five different contacts I had that had been to Australia and asked them to advise where I should go. One friend told me about Byron Bay and said that 100% it was the place for me, as soon as I Googled it I knew she was right.

  1. How has your English improved and who/what helped with that?

Before I came to Australia, I wanted to make sure that I had a reasonable level of English so that I could really jump straight into the lifestyle here and also have more chance of finding a job straight away. My mum was so proud of me saving up for my trip all by myself and so, as a reward, she paid for me to have English conversations classes.

This was really useful but I was still thinking in Portuguese and then translating into English when I first arrived. However, once in Byron Bay, the necessity of talking English all the time makes you improve crazy fast. Plus the teachers at Lexis Byron Bay are great. They gave us phrases and conversation practices that were so relevant and which we could use in our real lives, immediately. Plus they corrected me, which people in the street don’t do, so I soon improved my accuracy too and got better and better.

I did General English and Cambridge FCE and found them both really useful. The method of teaching is really good and Paul, my Cambridge teacher, was so funny.

  1. What was it like living/working in Byron Bay?

I’m probably not the best person to ask because I can’t be objective. I’m simply in LOVE with Byron Bay. I’ve found myself here!

I really believe that Byron chooses people. I feel like I can allow myself to be me here and be and do everything I that wanted to be. I find people here are different. Everyone wants to live in a simple way and enjoy life in tune with nature, love and the things that are really important. For example, getting up early to share a sunrise.

Work-wise, I’ve had the same job since early January. I work at Trattoria Basiloco, an Italian and pizza restaurant in town. It’s a great job. Everyone is really nice and helpful. I didn’t find it difficult to get a job at all but I do think you need to be proactive. Choose the places you want to work and then make yourself known there. It helped for me that I was studying Cambridge too. It gives employers confidence that you have a pretty good level of English and will be able to communicate easily with the customers.

As for friends, I’ve met some wonderful people. Lexis Byron Bay is a really friendly environment so it’s easy to meet people straight away. Then, over time, some people I met grew to be really good friends. Now there is a group that I have such great connection with; with no problems or dramas. And I met them all through Lexis Byron Bay.

  1. What was/were the best thing/things about your trip?

It’s not a single experience or even something I did; it’s that I’ve discovered myself. Through this experience (even the difficult times such as when I was fined $319 for not wearing a bike helmet) I’ve learned what makes me happy, who I am and who I can be. And I’ve gained the confidence that I can do whatever I want.

Now I’ve finished my English studies, I’m going to stay one more year doing a massage course. This takes me up to September next year. I’m not sure what I’ll do then, but, at the moment, every day I say to someone how lucky we are to be here. When I’m watching the sunrise or swimming or playing guitar on the beach I feel such gratitude: to myself for giving me this opportunity; to the people I’ve met in Byron; and to Lexis Byron Bay for being such a huge part of this experience.

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.

Post a photo – win a skydive!

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Serious Fun Runner up

Can you take a better photo than our previous competition winners (featured above and below)?

Starting Monday March 5th, the competition will run for four weeks, meaning that both current and new Cambridge classes can participate. Here’s what you have to do:

1 – Take an incredible photo that could be used to illustrate the following quote:

“Coming to Australia isn’t just about improving your English; it’s about using it, making friends and exploring this amazing country.”

2 – Join the Lexis English Byron Bay Facebook group and www.facebook.com/groups/lexisbyronbay/ and upload your photo.Include the tag #lexisbyronbay BEFORE 8pm on Thursday 30th March.

The winner will be announced on Friday 31st March.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. 2. Entries close at 8pm on Thursday 30th March 2018. 3. Competition open to current students only. Students that are current at the start of the competition but no longer studying on 30th March are still eligible to enter. 4. Winning entries will be announced on the Lexis English blogs and Facebook pages. 5. Prize details to be confirmed. 6. By entering the competition you give permission to release the picture to Lexis English Australia to use for promotional and marketing purposes post-competition on Internet, social media and other materials deemed to promote Lexis English Australia.

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.

The Yoga Effect – 3 students talk about practising yoga in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is heaven for yoga lovers and many Lexis English students choose to come to Byron Bay because of this. Others come with no experience, try their first yoga class here and become hooked. Recently, I caught up with three students who I keep bumping into at my yoga studio to find out why they love it so much.

Bianca Borges Santos Pintan

Bianca had already practised yoga before she came to Byron Bay but work pressure meant that she hadn’t been to a class for over a year by the time she arrived.

She remembers clearly what re-ignited her passion:

“One day I was in the Monday Yoga class at Lexis English and Fee (the yoga instructor) said something like ‘Yoga is your home; you can always come back to it’. This really resonated with me.

“Since then I have been practising 3-5 times per week at Creature Yoga. I do a combination of Vinyasa and Yin/Restorative classes and sometimes do two classes per day, depending on my work schedule.

“For me, Yoga is far more than the physical; its’ the connection with breath and the fact that it’s an active meditation that makes it so special. It shows us our weak and our strong points and also makes us realise that if we can meet a challenge in the yoga room with equanimity we can do the same with challenges in real life.

“Yoga has changed my mind and my body and my relationship with myself. I also find that I sleep much better and that a back problem I had when I arrived has completed disappeared.

“Finally, Yoga has helped improve my English. It’s great for listening practice. I used to find it really difficult when I was in the front row because it meant I had to couldn’t look to other students for what to do and I had to follow the instructions. I have to work hard to pay attention but I’m sure it’s really helped my English a lot.”

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Renata Svaizer Do Amaral Brito

Renata is another regular at Creature Yoga now. But when she first arrived in Australia, she had only been to one yoga class and didn’t like it. She told me that she thinks it just wasn’t the right time for her. She also thinks that the teachers are so much better here in Byron Bay.

Renata finds yoga helps her maintain a calm mind while also being great for her body. She does a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Yin and tries to practice at least 4 times per week. This regular yoga practice has really helped her listening. Good instructors naturally speak slowly and clearly so that students can follow the instructions, so even though Renata didn’t always find it easy to understand what was said, she was able to follow along. As she went more often she began to learn new vocabulary and definitely found that her ability to concentrate on listening tasks improved.

Yoga also led Renata to the practise of Ho’oponopono. See http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/practice-hooponopono-four-simple-steps/ for a brief summary. This Hawaiian method has four simple steps; Repentence, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Love and when practised regularly can have amazing results.

Now, Renata is so passionate about yoga that she is planning to do her yoga teacher training, also in Byron Bay.

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Kanae Terazono

Kanae started practising yoga earlier this year while still in Japan. Like Renata she also started yoga to help with anxiety. In Kanae’s case the anxiety meant that she was struggling to control her eating habits. As a nurse, she knew she had to start doing something positive for herself and her body so she took up yoga and her practice, combined with a healthy diet, enabled her to lose 10kg in three months.

She joined a yoga studio immediately on arriving in Byron Bay and practises whenever she can. She said yoga and pranayama (breath) make her feel much healthier and more positive. Indeed, now she also wants to become a yoga teacher and is considering applying for the Byron Yoga Centre’s 1 year Certificate IV course at the end of next year.

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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.

Its the weekend !! 1st- 3rd December

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Weather 

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Surf

surf 29th

 

Gigs

 

Friday 1st December

 GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON TAY OSKEE
THE RAILS, BYRON 7PM GOODRICH
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM THIS IS LIVING
BYRON THEATRE MULLUMBIMBY’S MAGIC
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM DJ KYLE WALKER 9.30PM BIGGY P

WOODY’S SURF SHACK,BYRON 9PM LIVE MUSIC BYRON ARTISAN MARKET 4PM CHEYNNE MURPHY

PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM YOYO TUKI

Saturday 2nd December

HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON 9PM CROCODYLUS,
THE RAILS, BYRON 7PM SWAMPS RUMINATORS, ISRAELI CHICKS, LIQUID FACE
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM BLUE CHILD COLLECTIVE
BYRON ARTISAN MARKET 4PM CHEYNNE MURPHY
BYRON COMMUNITY MARKET SUNDAY 9AM TIM STOKES & THE COASTAL FOLK, RAKU O’GAIA, MARKHEAZLETT AND MARK RIDOUT & THE RHYTHM
BYRON THEATRE 1PM YERMA, 7PM HEROIN TOWN
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM – 3AM LOCAL DJS 9.30PM OOZ
THE SUN, BYRON OOZ

WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM DJ NERY

PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM ADAM HARPA

Sunday 3rd December 

RAILS HOTEL BYRON 2PM WRITERS AT THE RAILS W
PETER WILLEY 7PM JAX HASE
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 4.30PM SUPERCHEEZE
MIDDLE PUB, MULLUMBIMBY 3PM JAM
POINCIANA, MULLUMBIMBY 11AM SUNDAZE WITH RESIDENT DJ
LENNOX HOTEL 2.30PM JOSH LEE HAMILTON 5,30

MARKETS

Friday

Mullum Farmers Market

 

Saturday

Byron Artisan Night Market

Bangalow Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers Market

Blue Knob Farmers Market

Sunday

Nimbin Markets

 

Friday 1st Dec

Suburbicon2:00pm
Three Summers4:00pm
Loving Vincent6:00pm
THOR: RAGNAROK8:00pm

Saturday 2nd Dec

Three Summers12:00pm
Loving Vincent2:00pm
Daddy’s Home 24:00pm
Suburbicon6:00pm
Loving Vincent8:00pm

Sunday 3rd Dec

Loving Vincent12:00pm
Daddy’s Home 22:00pm
Three Summers4:00pm
Loving Vincent6:00pm
Blade Runner 20498:00pm

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.

 

 

Jobs Jobs Jobs !! 29th November

HOSPITALITY / CHEF

Waitress

CHEF / BARISTA/ KITCHENHAND
CASUAL POSITIONS
Applicants need to be
enthusiastic, hardworking and available for weekend work.
Email your cover letter and CV
empiremullum@gmail.com

SEEKING FULL TIME & CASUAL CHEFS
St. Elmo Restaurant in Byron Bay are looking
to hire a full time Chef de Partie, as well as casual
chefs.
Applicants must have relevant experience, be
passionate about cooking, be a team player and
have a good work ethic. If interested, please email
your CV and contact details through to chef@stelmodining.com

EXPERIENCED BREAKFAST COOK

for busy cafe at Brunswick Heads. Min 20
hours includes weekends. Send resume
theterracecafebruns@gmail.com

EXPERIENCED CHEF/COOK

very busy Bangalow restaurant. Must be avail
weekends & nights. Long-term position.
Phone Jen 0438574714

Looking for an experienced restaurant manager

Busy Byron restaurant & bar.

Min. of 2 years management exp in a 100 pax of more venue.

Must be competent cocktail maker, a great server & understand how to manage a fast paced venue. Must have created internal systems & be able to demonstrate management of them. Must have experience of running large functions, managing bookings and managing a dynamic roster. Must understand banking, cashiering & till systems.

Great communication skills both written and verbal are important as is diplomacy & ability to work within a team.

CLICK TO APPLY 

Senior Kitchen Worker or Supervisor

We are making Kale Chips, and other extremely healthy (and tasty) snacks.
Our goal is to make healthy food tasty and vice versa and thus to inspire people to follow healthier lifestyle.
We are looking for senior kitchen worker or kitchen supervisor who will be able to learn our process and methodology, and be responsible for preparing batches of our healthy products.

Attention to details is vital. We care about the details and so should you, if you decide to join us.

Details:

— Part time permanent position
— 3-4 days per week, 7-8 hours a day.
— If you like healthy food and have any managing experience, but don’t have formal cooking experience, that’s ok.— We are located in Byron Arts & Industry Estate.— It is really important to work fast and stay focused
— Ability to not get bored and stay concentrated while doing monotonous work is important.
Please send a short story about yourself and your experience with healthy food and your CV to: olga@extraordinaryfoods.com.au

CLICK TO APPLY 

Experienced Cook/Chef

Experienced cook/chef

Busy Byron Bay venue

$55k FT perm job

Must have grill/pass/prep exp

min 2 yrs commercial experience

weekend/nights

happy, reliable, good English

email resume to: katerina@missmargarita.com.au

CLICK TO APPLY 

Chef

AJ – The Hideout Cafe – Byron Bay NSW

FULL TIME CHEF REQUIRED

The Hideout Cafe in Byron Bay is looking for a full time chef to join our team.

Ideally you will have a minimum of 2 years experience in a busy kitchen environment.

Must be experienced in breakfast and lunch menu.

Attractive hourly rates plus Superannuation depending on experience.

As part of the team, you will have daily meals, juice and coffee included.

Come in for a chat if you live locally or

Please send your resume to barikzai@hotmail.com

Or call 0413734350

 

CHEFS

Elements of Byron

Casual/Temporary

We are looking for talented and experienced Chefs to display their passion in a world-class resort which has become a destination in Byron Bay since opening in 2016. With the recent addition of 100 new villas, our dining and beverage facilities have also expanded to meet the demand. It’s an exciting time to join our kitchen team.

Elements of Byron offers a high quality dining experience with a strong emphasis on fabulous, fresh produce from the local area. You will have the opportunity to work with the latest equipment in a modern kitchen where we offer career progression and great training.

CLICK TO APPLY 

CLEANING 

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Cleaning 

The owners of a local business working between Bungalow and Byron.
Duties include house cleaning, laundry, general house maintenance, cooking, running errands & calendar management. Must have had prior experience in a similar role.
Experience preparing organic and vegetarian meals a bonus. Must have a car and licence. Send CV to: kendall@fashioncollective.net.au 4hrs a day x 5 days a week.
$25-30ph.

 

 

EVERYTHING ELSE

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Office Administration

Energy & Communication –

Energy and Communication are seeking a new Office Administrator

Energy and Communication are currently seeking an experienced office administrator who is used to the day to day life of a busy office environment. We are a medium sized renewable energy company who operate out of Byron Bay and Newcastle who construct solar installations all over Australia. Through years of experience in the electrical and renewable energy sector we have grown to 50 staff in 3 years and now manage 2 offices/warehouses with plans to open a third very soon.

Experience Required

  • Telephone and Customer Service skills
  • Scheduling
  • Computer Skills (google sheets, google calender, excel, word)
  • Organising Employees and Contractors

 

For the fastest response please email Quinton at quinton@energyandcommunication.com

Only successful applicant’s will be contacted.

CLICK TO APPLY

Warehouse Store person – Horizon Foods 

Warehouse / Store person/ MR Driver Full Time

Byron Bays leading Wholefoods Wholesale Distributor est 24 years, requires an experienced warehouse leader;

  • Mon -Fri 7:30am to 4:30pm
  • Receiving, checking and storage of stock
  • Co ordinating stock picking schedules
  • Stock control
  • Strong Work Ethic / Team Player
  • Physically fit
  • Flexible with duties
  • Attention to detail
  • Work well in a small team
  • LF Forklift license is a MUST!
  • Preference to have MR truck license for occasional delivery

Be part of our growing company and secure yourself a long term position in Byron Bay.

CLICK TO APPLY 

Leisure Travel Consultant / Customer Service – TripADeal

With a rapidly expanding Flights Team, PhoneAFlight (a sister company of TripADeal) is seeking an experienced Leisure Travel Consultant to handle phone, email and face-to-face enquiries, quickly finding the lowest available airfares for our clients and creating customised packages as required.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years experience working with a GDS, preferably Sabre. A comprehensive understanding of fares, GDS search methods, ticketing requirements, airline scheduling and flight routes is essential.

This is a full time position. Offering a competitive salary and great company culture. Not to mention the FREE gym membership and discounted travel opportunities.

CLICK TO APPLY 

Sales Consultant

Harcourts Northern Rivers –

Opportunities for Experienced Sales Agents

to join the most progressive agency in the Northern Rivers.

Most prominent Locations in both Ballina & Byron Bay.

Take your career to the next level!

Call Steve Leslie 0413 833 077

steve.leslie@harcourts.com.au

 

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Healing Centre in Byron is seeking experienced female
massage therapist part-time. 0449772166

CARER NEEDED URGENTLY

suit Jobsearch recipient. Cent’link Carer

Pension/Paym’t. jatara@hotmail.com.au

 

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.

 

 

Its the Weekend 24th November

 

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Weather 

nov 23 Weather

 

Surf

nov 23rd surf

 

BWT

Saturday 25th 2:00pm  Wategos beach.

See Charles from BWT for more information!

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Gigs

Friday 24th 

Don’t miss out…..

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                                           BYRON BREWERY 5PM COCO REPUBLIC FSTVL

 

 

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON 9PM WILD HONEY,
THE RUIINS, KAZUAL TEA RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM DAN HANNAFORD BAND
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 9PM SECRET SHOW (WOLFMOTHER & GUESTS)
BYRON THEATRE 6PM TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
ELEMENTS OF BYRON 5PM AKOVA
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON 9PM DJ PARTY 9.30PM LUKE MORRIS
SUN BISTRO, BYRON 6PM STEPHEN LOVELIGHT

PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM LUKE YEAMAN

Saturday 25th 

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON 8PM THE STRIDES,DROP LEGS, 420 SOUND, ANIMAL VENTURA
RAILWAY HOTEL 7PM JAMIE ASHFORTH BAND
BEACH HOTEL 8PM JESSE JAMES
BYRON ARTISAN MARKET 4PM HAYLEY GRACE
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON 9PM GUEST DJS 9.30PM
JON J BRADLEYWOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM DJ NERY

Sunday 26th 

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON DAN HANNAFORD RAILWAY HOTEL 7PM BROADFOOT
BEACH HOTEL 8PM JUST MINIMAL
BYRON BAY BREWERY 12PM SUNDAY SAFARI
BYRON BAY SURF CLUB & APEX PARK 9AM JAPAN FESTIVAL
BYRON GOLF CLUB 6PM AFRICAN LEAF DANCE PARTY WITH LISA HUNT
BYRON BAY SURF CLUB & PEACE POLE PARK 9AM – 4PM JAPAN FESTIVAL
SUN BISTRO, BYRON 5PM GREGG PETERSON
BALCONY BAR, BYRON BEN WALSH

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

Saturday

Byron Artisan Night Markets

Bangalow Farmers Market

Kingscliff Markets

Blue Knob Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers Market

 

Sunday

Bangalow Market

Nimbin Markets

Murwillumbah Market

 Movies 

Friday 24th Nov

Daddy’s Home 22:00pm
Suburbicon4:00pm
THOR: RAGNAROK6:00pm

Saturday 25th Nov

Victoria & Abdul11:30am
Hare Krishna!1:40pm
THOR: RAGNAROK3:30pm
Suburbicon6:00pm
Daddy’s Home 28:00pm

Sunday 26th Nov

Suburbicon11:45am
Victoria & Abdul1:45pm
Daddy’s Home 24:00pm
Suburbicon6:00pm
THOR: RAGNAROK8:00pm

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.