January Activity Calendar 2020!

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

Throughout the month we always have a variety of different activities, with a mix of sports, cooking, and craft, so there’s something for everyone, if you want more information please don’t hesitate to come and speak with me at reception! 🙂

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There are two activities running every day.

The morning activity is held at 11.30am-12.30pm and the afternoon at 2-3pm.

There will be a yoga class on Monday at 7:45am and a new yoga class starting at 5:45pm

GIL will be from 12-1pm and 2-3pm.

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Check out the rest of the activities we have planned exclusively for our Lexis students in January!

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We continue our Coffee Club on Tuesdays and Monday afternoons; Join Siobhan or Di for coffee, Tim Tams, games, and conversations!

Yoga will be held every Monday morning with teacher Jimmy in room 8 at 7:45am and Tuesdays at 5:45pm with teacher Brooklyn. It’s a great way to start the week and it’s free for Lexis students.

Teacher Kristy runs a free Guided Meditation on Wednesday mornings between 8-8:30am in room 8. No experience needed, this group is open for everyone who has ever thought about giving meditation a go. Not only does Kristy guide you through a beautiful meditation, but there is also time to discuss the benefits and beliefs behind the practice. It is truly a beautiful way to start your day.

Make sure you come into reception to sign up for the activities or come and see me if you have any questions 🙂

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Graduating Students! December 20th

Well done to all students graduating this week from Lexis English Byron Bay!

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Christian from Switzerland is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. It’s been lovely to have you in class for 3 weeks and have your positivity and friendliness. Your test results improved markedly, and this is a sign of learning quickly. Your writing is fantastic, and all the best for your future.

Maria from Switzerland is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. You speak well and it’s been lovely to have you in class for the last two weeks. Your test results are very good, and we feel you are ready for FCE. Good luck! We wish you the best.

Celine from Switzerland is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. Your test results improved which means your grammar and vocabulary have improved in the short time you’ve been here. You asked a lot of questions in class which is a great way to learn. All the best for your future.

Anna from Germany is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. You have a fantastic attitude toward learning and this has helped you enormously. We know you will continue to learn the language after you leave Lexis, and hope you enjoy all the benefits having an Upper-Intermediate level may bring you. We wish you well!

Lee from Korea is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. We can’t believe you’re moving on! You’ve been at Lexis for 20 weeks and it’s been a real joy and pleasure. you listen so well and try very hard to understand the grammar and vocabulary of each level. You’re in an excellent position to do FCE, and we know you’ll do well. Good luck!

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Maya from Switzerland is graduating from Pru’s Pre-Intermediate class. You’re really funny and we’ve enjoyed our conversations. you’ve improved in all areas of English: speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar. You can be easily understood by native speakers and your level has really improved. Well done and keep practicing your English!

Daniela from Switzerland is graduating from Pru’s Pre-Intermediate class. You’ve got a really sweet personality and we’ve loved getting to know you. You’ve become a more confident speaker and your listening skills are strong. Keep working on your vocabulary and grammar. Enjoy your trip!

Ariadna from Spain is graduating from Adrienne’s Pre-Intermediate class. You interact really well in class and help to make even the most boring tasks enjoyable. You are a confident speaker and your listening skills are strong. Keep working on your vocabulary and grammar, speaking with native speakers is what will make the language stay! We wish you all the best back in Barcelona.

Teppy from Thailand is graduating from Adrienne’s Pre-Intermediate class. You started off not knowing any English and have persevered over the last year to learn enough to survive. It hasn’t been easy but you are now understanding the basics in grammar and vocabulary. We will miss you can’t believe you are leaving after a year at Lexis. All the best and stay in touch!

Ai from Japan is graduating from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. Your speaking and listening have improved a lot in this time and you should be proud of your achievements. your test results are your strength but don’t forget the key to any language is to think and speak in it. We hope you enjoy Sydney!

Marco from Switzerland is graduating from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. Though short, it was lovely to meet you and get to know you. You have a good command of the English language and can easily converse with others. We wish you all the best!

Manu from Spain is graduating from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. Such a brief moment to get to know you and help you, but you have a good level of English for traveling. We hope you enjoyed your time here at Lexis and we wish you all the best for your future!

Celia from Belgium is graduating from Mel and Elizabeth’s Intermediate class. Your English has improved in all areas since you started at Lexis and you are graduating with a grade ‘A’ – congratulations! You participated well during all class activities. We wish you all the best.

Nadin from Switzerland is graduating from Mel and Elizabeth’s Intermediate class. You have such a lovely personality and we love your positive attitude. You have worked hard in class and all your efforts have paid off. You are graduating with a grade ‘A’ – congratulations! Good luck with your new job!

Samuel from France is graduating from Mel and Elizabeth’s Intermediate class. You are such a respectful student and always got along with your classmates. your English has improved a lot since you started at Lexis, especially your speaking ability. We wish you all the best and hope you continue to practice English.

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Young Rae from Korea is graduating from Catherine’s Elementary class. You worked well with all the students in class and really blended with the group. You are on the right track. Your strong desire to learn English shows in your results. Keep it up, you’re doing well!

Lars from Switzerland is graduating from Catherine’s Elementary class. You have a lot of potential and you would improve very fast if you keep practicing. Safe travels and good luck for the future!

Marina from Russia is graduating from Catherine’s Elementary class. You have a great attitude and your strong desire to learn English will help you with your journey around Australia. Speak as much as you can and continue to practice your pronunciation. Take care and safe travels.

Martin from Spain is graduating from Catherine’s Elementary class. You are a fast learner and your positive attitude certainly contributes to your fast progression. Keep taking risks in speaking and practice as much as you can! Good luck with your future plans.

Nanami from Japan is graduating from Catherine’s Elementary class. You have a great attitude and this will help you to keep learning after your time at Lexis. You have achieved your goal of having sufficient English to get around, make new friends, and surf. Safe travels and don’t forget to take risks and speak!

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Giacomo from Switzerland is graduating from Claudia’s Upper-Intermediate class. You have a thorough knowledge of English. You are smart and enjoy expanding your vocabulary. You ask interesting questions and have participated well in class discussions and activities. We wish you all the best!

Nolwen from France is graduating from Claudia’s Upper-Intermediate class. It has been great getting to know you in class. You understand the English language well and you joined in on the class discussions. Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia and all the best for your future.

Anaelle from France is graduating from Claudia’s Upper-Intermediate class. You have a good knowledge of English and you enjoy expanding your vocabulary. You ask interesting questions and have participated well in class. We wish you all the best for your future.

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Coffee Club ☕ December 10th

We had our weekly Coffee Club today at Lexis Byron Bay!

And we have our nice little routine down pat these days!

What we do:

        • we put the kettle on and boil the water
        • we set the tea cups and mugs on the table
        • we arrange the different flavours of tea and coffee
        • and then assemble Jenga and Uno!

It’s a safe and fun environment to practice your English skills and to meet new people 🙂

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If you want to join us next week Coffee Club is on Monday 2pm and Tuesday 11.30am!

 

 

 

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Happy Ex-Students: Postcards from Around the World!

It’s always a nice surprise when we receive a postcard in the mail.

Previous students Jordi Chacon and Liseth Hernandez sent us Christmas wishes from Spain and reminded us what Lexis it’s all about!

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Liseth and Jordi on graduation day back in May!

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Thanks for the memories Jordi and Liseth. Come back and see us soon! Lots of Love Lexis Byron Bay 💕

 

 

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Happy Student – Ludovico 🌊

Today our Happy Student at Lexis Byron Bay is Ludovico!

Tell us a little about yourself Ludovico:
I’m Ludovico, I’m from Italy. Before I arrived here I was a university student in Rome. I then decided to leave the university and came here to improve my English. This is because I want to work in hospitality when I return to Italy.

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Why did you choose Byron Bay?
I chose Byron Bay for the lifestyle, and for the waves 🌊

What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia? Tell me more about your teachers and your classes.
My weaknesses… what I found hard was grammar and current tenses. I want to improve so that I can speak well.

I really like my class and my teacher Michelle. She’s really nice, and she helps and explains well. I don’t want to change classes, even though I’m graduating soon and moving to an upper class I don’t want to because I like my current class.

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What was your favourite activity?
I think my  favourite activity was the ping pong, or table tennis competition. I liked this because I won! I also would have like to have done the Aussie beer tasting, but I was working and I missed out.

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Tell me about your accomodation/homestay…
Haha, I stay in the accomodation near the school. I like it because of the good people and the good vibes. I like it because we surf together and have dinner together. We’re kind of like a family like that.

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?
SURF!

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What is your most magical moment in Byron?
SURF! I also like the Byron Bay facebook market place! I found a cheap beer bong table for $50, made everyone chip in $5 each, and picked it up from a fat Australian man. He was so funny! 😋

What did you like the most about Lexis Byron?
The mood at the school is good, it is a friendly place. It is not like a normal school. Here I actually like going to class.

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?
They should go! I tell all my friends that they should come.

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Happy Student – Amélie 🌻

Today our Happy Student at Lexis Byron Bay is Amelie!

Tell us a little about yourself Amélie:
I live in France, close to Bardeaux. I studied graphic design. I want to learn English to improve my English. I stayed 1 month in Byron Bay.

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Why did you choose Byron Bay?
I chose to study in Byron Bay for the landscape. I didn’t want to stay in a city. I liked the ambience and the music in Byron.

What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia? Tell me more about your teachers and your classes.
My weakness was especially to speak, and sometimes to understand others when they talk. I had a good class, and my teacher Michelle was very good to me. She was very patient and very calm with me.

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What was your favourite activity?
I did a few of the activities! My favourite was pilates!

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Tell me about your accomodation/homestay…
My host family was amazing! I stayed in Suffolk Park and I would ride my bike to school. My host was a very good cook, and would cook for me very well. Every dinner would be different and amazing! They also introduced me to Milo.

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?
I like to walk to the lighthouse.

What is your most magical moment in Byron?
There was a magical moment for me when I was at Broken Head Beach, just down from Suffolk Park… and wow, I don’t know how else to describe… but it was magical. The sand was so white, and the ocean so blue… magical.

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What did you like the most about Lexis Byron?
The environment of the school, like the atmosphere of it. It was nice.

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?
Talk with people from different backgrounds and different nationalities! Everybody is different and has their own language, and I think it is important to speak with different people to improve.

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Happy Student – Sina 🦘

Today our Happy Student at Lexis Byron Bay is Sina!

Tell us a little about yourself Sina:
My name is Sina, I’m from Switzerland and I’m 21 years old. Before I came to Byron Bay I was working as a carpenter. I want to learn English because I like to travel and then you have to speak English. I have been in Byron for four weeks.

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Why did you choose Byron Bay?
I chose Byron Bay because I was shown photos of the school and Byron and I wanted to go. It’s also the opposite to Switzerland, this is another reason why I wanted to go. It’s easy going and chill.

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What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia? Tell me more about your teachers and your classes.
Some things in English were hard. My weakness would be grammer, and the use of present or past tense. I had a good teacher and funny class. Michelle is funny and so nice. How she explains everything was very good.

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What was your favourite activity?
Jewellery making I think was my favourite. I liked boomerang painting too, though the skill of jewellery making is one that I can do every day.

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Tell me about your accomodation/homestay…
I was staying in Suffolk Park and had a very good house mother. She is a very good cook, and would read over my essays and help me with my English. I would also ride my bike to school, it was good and I can get the money back when I sell it.

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?
I love to watch the sunrise in Byron, and I like to do the lighthouse walk.IMG_20191109_095933What is your most magical moment in Byron?
I think the sunrise.

What did you like the most about Lexis Byron?
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You should go! It’s a good place to make lots of friends from everywhere.IMG_0049

 

 

 

 

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Happy Student – Melina ☀️

Today our Happy Student at Lexis Byron Bay is Melina!

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We love having Melina here in Byron Bay 😊 and enjoy the fact that she always has a different pair of funny and bright socks on! 🧦

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What country are you from?
Switzerland.

Why did you chooose to come to Australia?
I wanted to travel far away.

And why did you come to Lexis Byron Bay?
A friend of mine recommended it to me.

What do you like most abour your classes?
It’s easy to learn.

Outside of school, what is your favourite thing about Byron Bay?
The beach.

What is your favourite thing about Australia?
The people.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study at Lexis Byron Bay?
Do it 😉

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Meet the staff – Homestay Officer, Koko

You may have noticed a new face in the office, over the last few weeks. This is Kayoko (Koko) our new Homestay Officer.

Koko is taking over from Naomi, who sadly will be leaving Byron Bay next weekend to continue on her  travels. Koko has already settled in really well and we are enjoying her positivity and enthusiasm in the office.

We asked her a few questions to introduce herself:

  1. Where did you grow up?
    We moved a lot when I was little so, many places in Japan plus Brazil for couple of years when I was 7.

    2.   Which languages can you speak?

    Japanese and English.

    3.  Which countries have you visited?
    America, Brazil, Thailand, India, Laos, Malaysia, England, Greece, Mexico

4. What do you love the most about your job?
I’m still new, so my experiences are still quite limited, but my colleagues are all super nice and it’s wonderful.
Also all the students I’ve been meeting from all over the world are so gorgeous, fun, nice, and I’m loving them. There is a great fun vibe to the school, it is a great place to work:)

5.  What is your top English learning tip?
Get a boyfriend or girlfriend!  If not, homestay is a great way:)

6.   What have you always wanted to be?
Free!

7.  Where will we find you at 11pm on Saturday?

In my jammies about to go to bed.

8.  What about 8am on a Saturday?
Hopefully jogging up to the lighthouse.

9.   Tell us something not to miss out on in Byron Bay…
Whales! If you are visiting here during June – Nov, you can see many whales migrating up north  from the lighthouse walk; often mothers with their calves. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of Byron and spotting whales is so exciting. The best way to experience them is to go on the whale watching boat. You get to see them so close, and they are truly magical….

10.  Which is your favourite restaurant/cafe in Byron Bay?
Kinoko for very good sushi. Miss Margarita and Cyprus Tree are very good too. Cardamon Pod and Heart and Halo for good cheap hearty meals.

11.  What is your dream holiday destination?
There are so many…  All the beautiful places in the world

12. Tell us something we didn’t know…
Less is more.

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Happy Student – Sakiko!

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Sakiko is 24 years old and she is from Kochi, a small town in rural Japan. She studied law at Kobe University and came straight to Australia after she graduated. She arrived in Byron Bay in June 2016 and has been at Lexis for an incredible here for 52 weeks! I interviewed Sakiko on her last day of school to find out about the remarkable year she has had.

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

While I was at University I was living in a big city, it was very crowded and busy for me. I wanted to live somewhere quiet and peaceful. My agent recommended Byron Bay to me and it is exactly what I wanted. Also I love yoga; I practised it in Japan for many years. Yoga is a big part of life in Byron, I practice yoga 3 or 4 times every week here.

Byron is a great place to come if you don’t know anybody. If you go to a big place it is hard to meet people but Byron is community so it is a good opportunity to speak with local people – it has a very friendly atmosphere here, everyone is happy to talk to you.

 

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What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

I found listening and speaking the most difficult – I think most Japanese have this problem. We don’t have speaking practise in class at school in Japan so I was not used to speaking. On my first day I couldn’t understand everything, even though everyone was speaking slowly, I just guessed what they were saying.  I did not feel ready to speak English yet, I’m afraid to make mistakes when I spoke. After 1 month and 2 months when I made a lot of friends from different places they really influenced me. Especially my Brazilian friends because I saw that they were not scared to make mistakes. I asked them once: ‘you don’t care about making mistakes?’ but they said ‘no I don’t care, I just speak.’ That was a really good lesson to learn.

 

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

I started in Intermediate class. I studied a lot of English to enter University, and my grammar was good. I have had so many great teachers. Paul is my favourite teacher because he is so interesting and he always makes us laugh. He taught me pronunciation, how English and Japanese are so different because of emphasis and intonation. It was very hard, I almost gave up, but he never gave up to teach me!

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One lesson we went to Byron Bay farmers market (we have this once a week in Byron, in the mornings, we can buy local products: fresh vegetables, fruits etc. It’s a great community atmosphere.) Here we interviewed the people working in the market. I was nervous but they are so kind to us, even though we were still learning. It was great because I often go to the farmers market but I don’t often have the chance to communicate with the producers about the local produce.

 

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What was your favourite activity?

Yoga was my favourite activity. Every Monday at school there is free yoga and I went every week for a year. I think I improved my yoga a lot. I also tried a lot of new activities, like surfing, skate boarding, slack-lining, cooking (we made koala cupcakes). They were very sweet for me but I enjoyed decorating them.

 

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Tell me about your accommodation.

My first 6 weeks I was in homestay accommodation, staying with Gill and John. They were so kind. I was nervous about living with them, but on my first day they took me around Byron Bay, to lots of places. We went up to the lighthouse and to different beaches. We had lots of BBQs at the house and we baked cookies.

Afterwards I find a share house on Gumtree. It takes my five minutes to get to school on foot. At the moment with 2 Australian people, this has helped me to learn English. My host is very kind and speaks slowly and explains what words mean to me and this really helped my English improve.

 

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What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

After I took a surf lesson, I decided to buy a surf board. During the Summer I surfed almost every day. It’s a good life, study and then go to surf. I think I got a bit better and I enjoyed it. I would meet up with my friends at the beach to surf.

 

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I also enjoy going up to lighthouse to see the sunrise. It is the most Easterly point of Australia and the view is amazing. The view always changes as the seasons change. One morning I met my friends at 4:30 am and we walked up in the dark and the stars were beautiful.

 

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I also love yoga here. It is very different to Japan, it seems more difficult and there is more variety of lessons. I can chose which I want to do depending on the condition of my body.

What is your most magical moment in Byron?

While I was doing the light house walk in the morning I saw whales and dolphins. One time I saw many dolphins very close to us on the walk. I was able to take this amazing picture:

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

You should come here, all the teachers are very kind and there are good quality lessons that are interesting and never boring. It is a very small school here so it is easy for everyone to get to know each other. March was my favourite month, because it is not too hot but the Sun is still out and it is not so crowded here. Winter is also good here, the sky is clear and bright but it is not too hot, you can see beautiful sunrises!

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What are you going to do now?

I have 3 weeks holidays now before I move to Lexis Perth. Tomorrow I am going to travel in New Zealand for 1 week. After New Zealand my sister will come here to visit in Byron Bay. Then I am going to do the Gold Coast marathon with my sister. I have heard it is a good route, around the beach but very flat. It is going to be a very challenging event in my life but I like to try new challenges. I am a little but worried about that but also excited. I will study in Perth for 3 weeks and then go home back to Japan. When I go home I think I will look for a job. I would like to live one more year in Australia or New Zealand, I want more opportunity to use English and communicate with English speakers. In Japan I would love to do an international job that involves using English and possibly working with sports, for example I would love to have a job related to the Japanese Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

 Good luck with your marathon and your travels Sakiko, you will be missed here at Lexis Byron Bay!

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A Report from an English + Yoga Student

Angela Soledad Gonzalez Faro from Spain recently joined the Lexis Byron Bay Campus to take part in our English and Yoga course. Having previously studied Cambridge Advanced Exam Preparation at the Noosa Campus, Angela very kindly agreed to demonstrate her report writing skills to give us her thoughts on the English and Yoga experience.

See below for her (mostly) uncorrected report:

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Angela and Campus Manager, Lisa, demonstrate the Tree Posture

YOGA EXPERIENCE IN BYRON BAY

Introduction:

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of my experience doing different types of yoga in Byron Bay for 10 days as well as to include recommendations for improvements for attracting a great number of foreign prospective students.

Byron Bay:

“Welcome to Byron Bay. Cheer up, slow down, chill out.” Is there a better way to welcome someone in a new place? I don´t think so :-). This small town full of alternative people, live music and lots of art in the street stole my heart. As a yogini and vegetarian looking for a healthy lifestyle Byron became the paradise for me. To make things better, you can find a tremendous variety of restaurants in which you can enjoy appetising and delectable healthy food value for money.

Yoga lessons:

Lexis Byron offered me the possibility of doing different types of yoga. I could choose among Bikram yoga, Yang to Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative yoga. I generally practise Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga, which is very active and dynamic and this opportunity was a doorway into the vast and amazing world of ancient yoga. My favourite styles were Restorative yoga and Yang to Yin yoga which both are very quiet, completely different from Aashtanga. They helped me to relax and rest. On the other hand, Bikram yoga was pretty hard for me due to the high temperatures in which this style is practised. I was struggling from the beginning to stay in the hot room and my pressure was low. Simply, it is not for me, each person is different. However my classmate really loved it. At the end of the Bikram practise I felt very relaxed and calm but I didn’t enjoy the practice.

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A Bikram Yoga class

Recommendations:

It was an enriching and lovely experience. However, I would recommend you providing us with a bike in the school owing to the fact that the yoga centres are pretty far from the school and downtown and the majority of people don´t want to buy a bike for staying in Byron for just 10 days.  The experience was great, I really enjoyed it!!!

Thanks Angela, we enjoyed having you 🙂

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Lexis CAE catch-up in Switzerland!

One of our lovely teachers, Julia, is lucky enough to be travelling through Europe at the moment. On her travels, she managed to catch up with a group of her former Lexis CAE students who studied the Cambridge course in Byron Bay.

On Saturday afternoon, she met up with them at the Rote Fabrik (Red Factory), which is a great spot right next to the beautiful Lake of Zurich.

Julia said: “It was really lovely to see everyone and catch up on their news. All the students had such fond memories of their time at Lexis and in Byron Bay. Thanks for coming everyone!”

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Front row (left to right): Quentin, Joyce, Martina, Simone, Jessica, Michelle. Back row (left to right): Teacher Julia, Aurelie, Nora, Julia, Raphael, Neil, Till, Geri, Raffi, Jana, Luana, Julien.

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Bye bye Josie

Today everyone is sad to say goodbye to the upper intermediate teacher Josie as she is leaving Australia…don’t worry though, it’s not forever, she is lucky enough to be taking a holiday for two and a half months! Her first stop is Hawaii, then Canada and after that a tour of Europe! She’ll be back refreshed in time for the rush of summer when our CAE and FCE Cambridge classes start up again on the 5th of September. If you want to catch her before she jets off then head to the Railway bar this evening at 6pm where some of the students are going to have a few beers and celebrate the start of the long weekend! And if you don’t know already, there’s a Brazilian party at the Buddha Bar later on this evening so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

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Volleyball in the sun

Today’s activity was volleyball in the garden and we had a great time hanging out trying to play volleyball and sunbathing in the glorious sunshine, Byron Bay winter is pretty amazing!

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IMG_2815 (1)With only two upper intermediate students leaving Lexis this week, Josie had a a cosy and intimate graduation in her class! Marco from Switzerland has been here for two months, he has a great sense of humour but also knows how to work hard. He has added enthusiasm and great conversation and has been in the class from the beginning so he will be missed a lot by everyone. Blanka has been in Lexis for a month and moved to upper intermediate two weeks ago. Everyone was delighted to have her join the class as she is friendly, really great to talk to and always ready to smile and laugh! They both have fantastic English and we will all miss them. However,they have to move on to discover some more of Australia and we wish them all the best!

Graduation! March 24

We have 5 students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week – RonnyIara, Rebecca Laura and Sarah.

Ronny is from Switzerland and graduates from Claudia’s Intermediate class. Claudia says it has been a real pleasure to have Ronny in her class and that he has been an active, conscientious student. Ronny has worked hard and improved his English in his time here at Lexis. All the best for the future, Ronny!

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Iara is from Brazil and graduates from the Pre-Intermediate class. Her teacher Anji says she is an amazing student and has really enjoyed having her in her class. Iara’s hard work and dedication during her time at Lexis has paid off, as her English has improved drastically. Iara now feels confident to travel independently and talk with others. Well done Iara!

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Sarah, Laura and Rebecca all come from Switzerland. Laura has been at Lexis for only three weeks while Sarah has been here for five weeks and Rebecca 12. All three students were praised by their teachers for their hard work and all graduated with an A. We will miss them at Lexis but this isn’t the end of their Australian journey as they are all now embarking on exciting travel plans. Happy holidays to you all!

 

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Graduation! March 18

We have 8 students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week – Nancy, Minato, Michael, Eric, Isabelle, Yann, Simon and Kazuki (although Yann and Simon were not at graduation to be photographed and Kazuki left school earlier this week).

Nancy is from Italy and she graduates today from Claudia’s Intermediate class. Claudia says she has been a great student who has worked hard and talked a lot, helping quieter students to find their voices. Nancy will be staying in Australia for 2 years to live, work and travel, so we hope Lexis has been a memorable start to her time here.

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Teacher Claudia and Nancy

Minato is from Japan and although she has only been here for a few weeks, she has been a smiling and friendly face around school and has participated enthusiastically in class and in activities like Coffee Club. She has made good progress in her Elementary class and her confidence has improved a lot, which has been great to see. Good luck for the future, Minato!

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Teacher Becky and Minato

Michael is from Switzerland and he has been at Lexis for 10 weeks. Having completed the Intensive Intermediate course, he graduates today from the Upper-Intermediate class and his teacher Josie says he should be really happy with his progress. We have all been so impressed by Michael’s positive attitude to his surfing injury – Michael, we hope your poor shoulder is back to normal soon and wish you all the waves you deserve in the future! You can read more about Michael here.

Eric is from Switzerland too and he has spent 10 weeks at Lexis. He started in the Intensive Intermediate class and has progressed to Upper-Intermediate level – good work, Eric! Eric is a very friendly and enthusiastic student and it’s always nice chatting with him. Enjoy your upcoming travels, Eric!

Isabelle is from France and (like Michael and Eric) she has worked hard to progress from Intensive Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate during the last 10 weeks. Her accuracy and confidence when speaking have improved noticeably and her teacher Josie describes her as an excellent student. We wish you all the best for the future, Isabelle!

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Teacher Josie with Michael, Isabelle and Eric

 

Yann Santini is another Swiss student and he is graduating after 10 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay. His teacher Anji says Yann has a great attitude and a very friendly nature. Yann is also a very sporty guy and has especially enjoyed cycling in and around Byron Bay! Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia, Yann, and good luck for the future!

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Simon (who was not here to have his photo taken today) is also from Switzerland and he has been studying with us for 5 weeks. Today he graduates from the Pre-Intermediate class. Simon’s sister lives in New Zealand so next, he plans to go there to visit her. Enjoy your travels, Simon!

Finally, Kazuki from Japan has been at Lexis for just 2 weeks doing the English and Surfing course. He has really enjoyed school and his afternoon surf lessons and he says his surfing has improved during his time here. Kazu is a very friendly guy and it’s been nice chatting with him. We wish you all the best for the future, Kazu!

Goodbye and good luck to you all! 🙂

 

 

Happy Student – Michael!

Michael is from Switzerland and has been a student at Lexis Byron Bay for 10 weeks. He is graduating today and will be missed at school and at his Homestay. I chatted with Michael today to find out more about his time in Australia…

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Michael has been in Australia for ten weeks and has spent the whole time in Byron Bay. He chose to come to Australia because he loves to surf, and his favourite thing about Byron Bay is having the ocean so close and always being barefoot!

Now that he has graduated, he is going to travel in Australia to meet up with friends and drive from Brisbane to Sydney. Then he sadly has to go back to Switzerland – in his first week in Australia, he injured his shoulder while surfing, and has to return to Switzerland to get it fixed. He plans return to his work as a carpenter in Switzerland so he can save up to do a surfing trip around Australia when his shoulder is better.

Michael lived in a Homestay during his time in Australia. He said,

“I really love the homestay, I feel like part of the family – we always have fun and make jokes. It has become my home.”

In his Homestay family is Dayan, who is 14 years old. Michael went to Dayan’s school and taught his class about European Handball. Michael played in a Handball association in Switzerland for four years when he was 14-18 years old, so was able to teach the class of 18 students the rules of Handball. They got really excited when he taught them some tricks, like playing a shot behind the back and had a lot of fun using the new rules in their Handball games at school.

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Thanks for chatting with me Michael! It was lovely to meet you and we look forward to seeing you back in Byron Bay one day!

Graduation! General English, March 11

We have 12 students graduating from General English this week at Lexis Byron Bay!

Graduating from Anji’s Pre-Intermediate class are Gabriel, Noah, Zdenek and Rachel.

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From David’s Upper-Intermediate class, Cris, Corine, Seraina, Fabienne and David are leaving.

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Carlos is leaving from Mel’s Elementary class.

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Gabriella is leaving from Claudia’s Intermediate class.

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Seb is also leaving us today (but he didn’t come to graduation to have his photo taken!)

It’s been great getting to know you all, goodbye and good luck! 🙂

Lexis English Video Competition!

Would you like to win a $1000 Backpackers World Travel voucher to explore Australia?

Enter our school-wide video competition and be in the running to win this amazing prize! Videos should be under 2 minutes & feature your studying experience at Lexis –school, classmates, fun times and location.

To submit your entry simply:

  1. Go to your Lexis English Group on Facebook
  2. Click Add Photo/Video at the top of the group
  3. Click Upload a Photo/Video and select your video – under 2 minutes
  4. Comment with your name followed by “entry for the Destination Lexis Competition
  5. When you’re ready to share, click Post
  6. Five of the most creative videos from each campus will be selected as finalists
  7. Videos must be submitted to your Facebook group page by Friday, 11th March 2016
  8. The finalists will be uploaded onto Lexis’ YouTube channel & the most likes win!

Terms & Conditions apply.

The winner will be announced on 1 April 2016.

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Graduation! February 5

We have 7 students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week – Renata, Fabian, Raphael, Abraham, Estella, Amanda and Ana.

Renata Christina Pinheiro Sales from Brazil has been here for 13 weeks and graduates at Advanced level. Alongside her studies she has also worked as a manager for the student accommodation during her time here. Her teacher Paul says she has an excellent command of English and has shown herself to be incredibly competent across all skill areas. We wish you all the best for the future, Renata!

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Renata

Fabian Stolz from Switzerland has been studying with us for 4 weeks and his teacher Claudia describes him as a conscientious student who has worked hard to improve his English. Now Fabian will spend the next few months travelling in Australia and Asia before he returns home to Switzerland. Enjoy your travels, Fabian!

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Fabian

Raphael Dos Santos Tavares from Brazil has been at Lexis for almost a year and since starting in Elementary, he has transformed into a confident English speaker. He has been a very popular student amongst the staff and other students and he has made many friends during his time here. His teacher Kathleen says he has participated well in class with a great sense of humour and she described him as respectful, helpful and friendly. We will all miss you, Raphael, keep in touch!

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Yvonne and Raphael

Abraham Munoz Arco from Spain has been at Lexis for 12 weeks and his teacher Melinda says she has seen a big improvement in all skill areas, especially his reading and writing. He is a very motivated student and he always participates well and shares his opinions in class. In addition, he is always a very smiley and friendly face around school and this is something we will miss about you, Abraham! Abraham will now stay in Byron for another month to work.

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Teacher Kristy and Abraham

Estella Barreal Rodriguez is also from Spain and has also been studying for 12 weeks. She graduates today from the Intermediate class and her teach Claudia says she has worked hard to improve her English skills. Estella has had a busy time in Byron Bay because as well as studying and enjoying life here, she also has a job. We wish you lots of luck for the future, Estella!

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Estella and teacher Claudia

Amanda Correa Campos is from Brazil and she has spent the last 8 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay. She has really enjoyed her time with her host family and at school she has worked hard to progress to Intermediate level. Her teacher Claudia says she has been a pleasure to teach. Good luck for the future, Amanda!

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Claudia and Amanda

Lexis is pleased to announce our new Business and TESOL courses!

From February 22nd, students will be able to study Business and TESOL programs at Lexis. These courses will run from 2pm to 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with optional Supervised Consolidation of Learning class available each Thursday.

Our Business and TESOL programs are fully accredited for student visas, and are ideal for students finishing their English program at Lexis and looking for a further challenge while they extend their stay in Noosa, Byron Bay or the Sunshine Coast.

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To enter the Certificate III in Business, you will need to have an Intermediate level of English at Lexis, or an equivalent IELTS score of 5. For the Certificate IV in TESOL, you will need to be in Upper Intermediate, or at a 6-6.5 IELTS equivalent.

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To launch our new courses, we are offering our current students an opening special for the 30 week Certificate III in Business – $3000, including all registration and materials fees. The usual price for this course will be $4500.

For more details, speak to your Academic Manager!

Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)

Certificate IV in TESOL (10429NAT)

RTO: 41178

CRICOS: 03459G

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Graduation! January 8

This week 4 students are graduating from Lexis Byron Bay – Annabelle, Olalla, Ramon and Maud (who left yesterday, so was not at graduation for a photo!)

Annabelle has been here for 8 weeks and graduates with a grade A from the Pre-Intermediate class. Her teacher Beckie said Annabelle always has a smile and is an excellent student.

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Beckie and Annabelle

Olalla has been with us for 12 weeks and as well as being a valuable student, she has worked hard as our student cleaner around the school. Her teacher Kathleen described her as lovely and popular. Olalla recently achieved 99% in the Upper-Intermediate test – great work, Olalla!

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Ramon has been studying with us for 5 weeks and has been a lovely smiley face around school – always friendly, polite and positive. His teacher Kathleen described him as a “teachers’ favourite” and a brilliant student.

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Finally, Maud has completed 5 weeks here at Lexis but she left a day early to catch her flight (so I didn’t take her photo!) Her teacher said her participation in class has been excellent and she has asked very thoughtful and helpful questions.

Goodbye everyone, we wish you lots of luck for your futures! 🙂

 

 

 

Graduation! December 24

Today Karin, Mathilde, Jisoo, Pascal, Takuma, Jan, Sidney, Shuetsu, Toni, Maria, Kana, Rachel, Sarah, Celine, Miho and Erik are graduating (although the last 5 are coming back in January to do the Cambridge course so it’s not “goodbye” just “see you soon”).

A particular mention goes to Mathilde for her 100% attendance during her 12 weeks with us!

It’s been great getting to know you all during your time here. To those who are leaving, good luck for the future! We look forward to welcoming the rest of you back for Cambridge in January 🙂

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Teacher Kristy with Rachel

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Teacher Kathleen with Karin

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Kathleen with Mathilde

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Jisoo and teacher Kristy

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Pascal and teacher Mel

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Mel and Takuma

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Jan and teacher Kristy

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Kathleen and Sidney

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Teacher Josie and Shuetsu

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Josie and Toni

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Josie and Marie

Graduation! December 18

We had a fantastic, fun and busy graduation today… we said goodbye to 21 students and we were treated to a hilarious pantomime performance of Cinderella by Anji’s IELTS class (more about that in another blog…)

Julia, Unai, Estelle, Dean and Lucas are coming back in January to do a Cambridge course… enjoy your Christmas holidays, guys!

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Teacher Claudia and Julia

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Unai and teacher Kathleen

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Teacher Anji and Lucas (pink suits you, Lucas!)

So the real “goodbyes” are for Jon, Shota, Luca, Cedric, Rayan, Deborah, Mara, Martina, Adrian, Ramon, Chrissie, Rocio, Kanta, Yuna, Patricia and Julia (the last 3 were not here today to have their photo taken.) You have all been lovely students and we will miss having you around school, enjoy the rest of your time in Australia and good luck for the future!

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Jon and teacher Anji

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Anji and Shota

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Luca and teacher Claudia

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Teacher Josie and Cedric

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Rayan, Anji and Lucas

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Estelle and Anji

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Deborah and Anji

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Kathleen and Mara

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Martina and Anji

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Adrian, teacher Kristy and Ramon

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Kathleen and Chrissie

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Rocio, Kanta, Kathleen and Yuna

 

 

Graduation! December 11

Today we say goodbye to 8 students… Kevin, Yann, Melody, Gwladys, Rahel, Jasmin, Sofie and Pedro (although Pedro wasn’t here at graduation to be photographed).

Kevin Joerg from Switzerland has been at Lexis for 6 weeks and during that time he has worked hard and enjoyed the Byron Bay lifestyle, especially the surf! Kevin says he has had an amazing time here and he made a lovely speech (you can watch it again on our Lexis English Byron Bay Facebook page!)

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Teacher Josie and Kevin

Sofie Billstam from Sweden has been at Lexis Byron Bay for 15 weeks. She is a lovely and intelligent student and her teacher Anji described her as sunny, funny and fab. Sofie said she has had a lot of fun here! We’ll miss you but see in January Sofie!

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Teacher Anji and Sofie

Yann Wellhauser from Switzerland has spent the last 4 weeks with us in Byron Bay and before that he was at Lexis Noosa. He has been a hard working student and his teacher Claudia described him as a pleasure to have in class. Yann treated us to a musical performance during graduation today to say goodbye, thanks so much Yann!

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Yann’s musical performance

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Rahel Sterchi from Switzerland has progressed from Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate during her time here at Lexis Byron Bay. Her teacher Claudia says she has been a conscientious and hard working student. Next Rahel plans to spend some time travelling in Australia – have fun, Rahel!

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Rahel

Jasmin Christen from Switzerland also graduates from the Intermediate class and Claudia said she has worked very hard to improve her English during her time here. Jasmin said she has had fun in Byron Bay and now she will travel for a few weeks before returning home to her job in January.

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Jasmin and her teacher Claudia

Gwladys Garcia from France has progressed from Elementary to Intermediate during her time here and her teacher Josie described her as a wonderful student. Gwladys has been a friendly smiley face around school and has participated in lots of activities – we’ll miss you, Gwladys!

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Melody Larrieu is also from France and she has also progressed from Elementary to Pre-Intermediate. She has done well in her tests and her teacher Josie says she has been a pleasure to teach thanks to her happy and energetic nature.

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Melody and teacher Josie

Finally, Pedro Navarro Santoro from Spain has been at Lexis for the last 12 weeks and he graduates from the IELTS class at Advanced level. His teacher Anji describes him as a very intelligent student and says it has been absolutely lovely teaching him. He plans to take his IELTS exam soon and will stay a little while longer in Australia to work and travel before he returns to Spain.

Goodbye and good luck to you all! 🙂

 

Graduation! December 4

It was another busy graduation today!

Tiago Bossart from Brazil has been at Lexis for 4 weeks and his teacher Anji describes him as an intelligent student who puts in a lot of effort. It has been lovely having you around school, Tiago, and thanks for sharing some Brazilian recipes with us this week! (Tiago finished yesterday so he escaped my photographs today!)

Zdenek Cermak from the Czech Republic has been at Lexis for 7 weeks. His teacher Beckie said he has been great to have in class and always helps other new students. Zdenek will now take a holiday but will return to Lexis in January – see you then, Zdenek!

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Teacher Beckie and Zdenek

 

Andrea Dvorakova is also from the Czech Republic and also started 7 weeks ago. Her teacher Claudia says she is a beautiful friendly person who is always in a good mood. She has worked hard and achieved a lot. Andrea will also be back with us in January to study on the Cambridge course.

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Andrea and teacher Mel

Cheryl Hausheer from Switzerland has been at Lexis for 8 weeks and her teacher Kathleen said she has been a joy to have in class. Cheryl has achieved an A grade and has participated well with intelligence and a great sense of humour.

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Teacher Julia and Cheryl

Jin Seong Jang from Korea has been studying with us for 12 weeks. His teacher Claudia said he is a quiet achiever who has improved his grammar and communciation. I (Laura) have also enjoyed having you in our Discussion Workshops and other activities Jin!

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Jin and Mel

Ju Hoi Lee is also from Korea and she has been at Lexis for 9 weeks. Claudia described her as a conscientious worker who comes to school every day and is always on time. She asks great, inquisitive questions and has participated well in activities, especially our Discussion Workshops.

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Ju and Mel

Jonas Marti from Switzerland has completed 6 weeks here at Lexis Byron Bay. Now he has exciting travel plans! He will visit New Zealand, then work on a sheep farm near Perth before returning to the east coast. Have a fantastic time, Jonas, we’ll miss your smile and positive attitude!

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Jonas and Mel

Michaela Muller, also from Switzerland, has progressed significantly during her 8 weeks at Lexis and her confidence has grown a lot! She has worked very hard and her teacher Kathleen said she should be very proud of herself.

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Josie and Michaela

Cesare Orefice from Italy has been studying with us for 12 weeks and has progressed to Upper-Intermediate during this time. His teacher described him as a great student and Cesare said he has had a “great time” here.

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Julia and Cesare

Eriko Sakaguchi is from Japan and she has been at Lexis for 8 weeks. She graduates with a A grade from the Pre-Intermediate class. Kathleen said Eriko has participated enthusiastically and with a great sense of humour.

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Josie and Eriko

Alessandra Stevanin from Switzerland has completed 4 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay in the IELTS Preparation class. Her teacher Anji said she has been a lovely student. Now Alessandra plans to travel before returning home – have fun, Alex!

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Anji and Alessandra

Eva Schuetz is also from Switzerland and has been with us for 12 weeks. Her last day was yesterday so she could not be with us for graduation today, but she has achieved an A grade during her time here and has worked hard. We wish you all the best for your future, Eva!

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Eva

 

Graduation! General English – November 27

Last but not least for today, we say goodbye to our graduates from General English.

From Claudia’s Intermediate class, we say goodbye to Laura, Lucille, Amandine, Raphaela, Marine and Simon. Claudia said they have all been lovely students and wished them all the best for the future.

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Laura, Lucille, Amandine, Raphaela, teacher Claudia, Marine and Simon

Anji’s IELTS class says goodbye to Lulu, Isabel and Tereza today. Anji said they have been fantastic student. We wish you all fun and good luck for your next adventures!

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Anji and Lulu

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Anji and Isabel

 

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Anji and Tereza

Yumiko is graduating today too and her teacher Becky said she has been a pleasure to have in class. Good luck for the future, Yumiko!

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Yumiko and her teacher Becky

FCE Graduation! November 27

Also graduating today are Paul and Josie’s FCE classes: Jana, Simon, Yanosch, Julia, Douen, Nicole, Benjamin, Fabricio, Remo, Brian, Elia and Livia12270271_10156219644450612_1553797264_n (2)12311932_10156219646090612_652448715_o (2)

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Paul said that everyone has worked really hard and he is expecting good results from their exams. Josie agreed and said good luck to everyone!

School will be much quieter without you all, we’ll miss you!

Julia’s CAE Class Graduation! November 27

Graduating from Julia’s CAE class today are Miguel, Chris, Till, Quentin, Michelle, Naomi, Jasmin, Paula, Raphael, Neil and Aurelie.

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Julia said they have been one of the best exam classes she has ever had (and she really means it!) She described them as studious and enthusiastic and their attendance has been excellent. Julia said she will miss all their smiley faces! The class also thanked Julia for being such a wonderful teacher. We’ll miss you, good luck in your exam tomorrow, everyone!

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Graduation! November 20

This week, 7 students are graduating from Lexis Byron Bay – Billy, Benji, Saki, Ayano, Simona, Adrien and Mariko.

Ayano Kobayashi from Japan has studied at Lexis for just 2 weeks and was not here today to attend graduation, but her teacher Beckie said she has a great personality and participated well in class.

Benjamin Duthaler from Switzerland has been here for 8 weeks. His teacher Kathleen said he has a wonderful personality and a great sense of humour. Benji thanked everyone for a great time in Byron Bay!

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Benji and his teacher Kathleen

Saki Hayashi from Japan has been with us for 4 weeks. Her teacher Kathleen described her as sweet and sensible and wished her all the best for the future.

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Kathleen and Saki

Mariko Saishu is also from Japan and she has been a smiley happy Lexis student for the last 12 weeks! Kathleen said that Mariko is a delight, she is always laughing and she has worked very hard to improve her English. She has also participated in many afternoon activities. Mariko said thank you to everyone and that learning here at Lexis has been lovely.

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Kathleen and Mariko

Billy Babino has been at Lexis for 8 weeks and during that time he has impressed everyone by progressing from Elementary to Intermediate – great work Billy! His teacher Kathleen said Billy has been a lovely student and she gave him “100% for good intentions”. Billy told us he has had a great time, some great parties and that he has really enjoyed his time here.

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Billy and Kathleen

Simona Kueng from Switzerland has been at Lexis for 12 weeks. Her teacher Jodie said she has been a real pleasure to teach and we’ll miss you very much! Simona thanked everyone for an awesome time.

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Simona with her teacher Jodie

Adrien Quintero from France has been studying here for 3 weeks and his teacher Anji described him as a very capable and confident student. Adrien thanked Anji for being so encouraging and open.

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Adrien

Goodbye everyone and good luck for the future! 🙂

 

 

Graduation – 30 October

This week, 7 students are leaving Lexis Byron Bay – DK, Natalie, Aiko, Kazuya, Heidi, Sabrina and Julia.

DK (Donguk Kim) and Natalie Schlegel are both transferring to Lexis Noosa. DK has been here for 28 weeks and has been a fun and hardworking student – we will miss you DK! Natalie has been here for just 2 weeks but has always been lovely and smiley around school. We hope you both enjoy your time in Noosa!

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DK enjoying a taco at our Mexican BBQ Activity

Aiko Kikuchi and Kazuya Nagasaka from Japan have been in the Elementary class and their teacher Beckie wished them both lots of luck for the future. Kazuya said he has learnt many things here and he will keep studying English!

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Kazuya and Aiko with teacher Beckie

Sabrina Sidler from Switzerland has been at Lexis for 8 weeks. Her teacher Kathleen said she is very sweet and special and has a wonderful ability to speak with people from different backgrounds. Sabrina told us she has had a great time in Byron Bay. Next she will travel in Australia for 4 weeks.

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Sabrina Sidler with teacher Kathleen

Heider Gubler from Switzerland has been here for 4 weeks and her teacher Claudia said she is a real inspiration, always happy and interested in what she is learning. Heidi has been a great student and a lovely friendly person to see around school. Heidi said thank you to everyone for a very nice time in Byron Bay.

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Heidi Gubler

Julia Vogt from Switzerland has been here for 6 weeks and her teacher Anji said she is really lovely and speaks excellent English. Julia said she has had a great time here and has found the English-only policy really useful. She also said that David was a particularly fantastic teacher and she has loved the atmosphere in Byron Bay. Enjoy your travels, Julia!

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Julia Vogt with teacher Anji

Graduation! October 23

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Nicole Bachmann from Switzerland has been studying for 4 weeks in the Upper-Intermediate class. Her teacher Jodie said she is an intelligent and charismatic student. Nicole said thank you to everyone and told us she has had a nice and great time at Lexis Byron Bay.

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Ima (Hsin-Ju Chu) from Taiwan has been at Lexis Byron Bay for just 2 weeks but she is leaving this week to move to the Sunshine Coast. Her teacher Beckie said her participation in class has been exceptional and she has excellent speaking ability. Ima said she has enjoyed her time here, has made many Swiss friends and met some awesome teachers.

Goodbye and good luck for the future, Nicole and Ima! 🙂

Graduation 9 October 2015

This week we say goodbye to four students: Guilia and Urs from Switzerland, Alfie from Taiwan and Marc from Spain.

Guilia Coluccia left school on Thursday as she was heading straight back to Switzerland ready for work on Monday. She told me that next time she would love to come for longer and see more of Australia.

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Urs Lerch was here for four weeks in the Intermediate class. His teacher said that he enjoyed  talking, worked hard and did well. He said thanks for everything and that he was sure he would meet us all again one day.

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Marc Cortada Elvira first studied at Lexis when he did Paul’s FCE class in March. He then went to Lexis Brisbane before coming back down to the beach. His teacher, Jodie, said that he was “always on time” and, after this generated lots of laughter, that he appreciated sarcasm. He is not really leaving as he will staying in Byron and continuing to live next door for the foreseeable future.

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Finally, lovely Alfie, Tsung-Yi Wu, is leaving Lexis Byron Bay to go and study in Brisbane. He has worked hard in his Pre-Intermediate class and leaves with an A grade. His teacher, Kathleen, said that he had a gift for explaining things to other students with good humour and lots of personality and that he would be missed.

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Goodbye and good luck to all of you. We really enjoyed getting to know you.

Graduation! October 2

We have 3 students leaving Lexis Byron Bay this week – Hung is graduating from Upper Intermediate, Danny has moved to Lexis Brisbane and Blair is going to Lexis Noosa.

Hung graduates today from the Upper Intermediate class. Hung has been at Lexis for 13 weeks, and during that time has improved his English and had some impressive wins in our Table Tennis Tournaments! Hung said that originally he came to Byron Bay to experience the culture and improve his English, and here at Lexis his dreams have come true because he has met a lot of friends and a wonderful team of teachers. Hung said that he will cherish this relationship with everybody, and a big thank you to everyone. Goodbye and good luck Hung, we will miss you!

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Hung and teacher Jodie

Danny left this week to move to Lexis Brisbane. His teacher Kathleen said Danny is a fantastic student. He is special because he is so helpful to other students and is always really generous with his time and energy. A class that has Danny in it is always laughing. Bye Danny, we will miss you!

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Blair is also leaving to move to Noosa, after four weeks here in Byron Bay. Blair said she has enjoyed her time here and is looking forward to getting to know Noosa! Bye and good luck Blair!

Graduation! 25 September

We have just 1 student graduating this week from Lexis Byron Bay – Luciana Guerra.

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Luciana has been here at Lexis for 4 weeks in the Intermediate class. Her teacher Claudia said Luciana has learned a lot, and is fun, happy and always smiling. Luciana said “Thank you everyone!”

We’ll miss you Luciana, good luck!

Graduation! 18th September 2015

Two students graduated from Lexis Byron Bay today – Mayu and Mayumi.

Mayu Moriguchi from Japan has been here at Lexis for 6 weeks in the Intermediate class. Her teacher Claudia said she is intelligent and hard working. She also had outstanding results in her recent test. Mayu said that everyone at Lexis Byron Bay is very kind, and she said “thank you very much” to everyone here!

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Mayu and her teacher Claudia

Mayumi Yakiyama, also from Japan, has been studying at Lexis for 12 weeks. Her teacher Kathleen said Mayumi is one of the loveliest students she has ever had. Mayumi is excellent at explaining things to other students. She also has an impressive 98% attendance record during her time here! Mayumi said she had a great time here at Lexis Byron Bay. She said “Thank you everyone and thank you for the awesome teachers.”

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Mayumi and her teacher Kathleen

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Goodbye and good luck to both of you!

Graduation! 11th September 2015

This week 3 students graduated from Lexis Byron Bay – Dorothea, Jenny and Kennida (Kenya). Kenya received her certificate yesterday, so was not at graduation today.

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Dorothea from Switzerland

Dorothea Obwegeser from Switzerland graduates at Upper Intermediate level, and is flying back to Switzerland to start university on Monday. Her teacher Anji said “Well done!” and Dorothea said she has had a really great time here in Byron Bay, and she plans to come back.

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Jenny from Switzerland

Jenny Holdener, also from Switzerland, has been studying in the General English class and graduates at Pre Intermediate level. She said “thank you for a great time here in Byron Bay” and told us that she has enjoyed her time at Lexis. Next she will travel for a month and a half – enjoy your travels Jenny!

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Kenya from Italy

Kennida Estrella (Kenya) from Italy has been in Byron Bay for a while and has a job in town. Her teacher Mel said Kenya has worked really hard and is always eager to discuss any topic in class. She is a very helpful person and always helps other students. Kenya might come back to Lexis again in the future – we hope to see you again, Kenya!

Congratulations everyone! Good luck for the future!

Graduation 28 August 2015

Today we say goodbye to two Lexis | Byron Bay students, Thiago and Maria.

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Thiago – perfectly suited to Byron Bay

Thiago Correa Da Costa from Brazil has been here for sixteen weeks. He started in Elementary and finishes with an Intermediate Grade B certificate. His teacher said that the was the most relaxed student she’d ever met and that he didn’t even seem to understand what the word “angry” meant. Thiago said that it was great to meet everyone, that he’d had fantastic time here and that he’s still in BB for another six months so he’s sure he’ll see us around.

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Maria De La Sal Gonzalez from Spain actually graduated yesterday because she had to leave BB last night. Her teacher, Julia, described her as a lovely and happy student and told us that Maria said that she had had a great time at Lexis and enjoyed learning about other cultures.

We wish both of you all the best in the future.

Graduation 21/08/15

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Suzuka asks everyone to visit her in Noosa!

This week five students graduation from Lexis | Byron Bay. However, one (Jose Isidoro Martin Martinez) had to leave yesterday and two (Yuki Asai and Jon Gonez Gaztanaga) weren’t at school today.

Still, it was a sad graduation because we said goodbye to two lovey students who have been with us for a long time. Suzuka Uehara and Minami Nankai.

Suzuka started at Lexis in April as an Elementary student and  graduates today, after 17 weeks with an “A” grade at Intermediate. She is now going to study for a further 17 weeks at the Lexis Noosa campus and told everybody to please contact her if they go to Noosa.

Minami has been here almost all long – for twelve weeks. When Minami started she was really shy and hated speaking in English. She has improved so much and leaves with an “A” grade at Pre-Intermediate. She can now communicate really easily and, even though she said that she didn’t like speaking in public, she thanked her “awesome teachers”.

We’ll miss both of you. Goodbye and good luck.

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Graduation – The Magnificent Six 31 July 2015

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Vicente with the whole school

Today we said goodbye to six students.

Laura Tupinamba Molina Cunha. and Pedro Ernandez Ferreira Barbosa travelled from Brazil together to do our Teen Activity Program (TAP) with surfing.  In the two short weeks they were here they became know for their loveliness; leaving “have a nice day” messages for their homestay family and bringing Laura’s teacher, Claudia, a coffee after break.

Both students did really well in class and Paul, Pedro’s teacher, said he had made a remarkable improvement in just two weeks.

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We also said goodbye to another TAP student, Marcel Dreves from Germany, who was at Lexis for just one week. Although only 14, Marcel already has excellent English and is here for a week enjoying a holiday from his parents, while they enjoy Fiji.

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While Marcel was here for such a short time Gabriel Young Ferraira was here for a very long time, at 21 weeks. His teacher, Kathleen, wasn’t at school today but she had written a note for his graduation which Marie read out. In it she commented that Gabriel arrived at the school a day late and that this set the tone for his entire six months but that, when he wasn’t sleepy from his many jobs, he  was a delight to have in class.

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Next we said farewell to Vicente Plaza Rincorn who has studied at Lexis for the past five weeks. He has been doing an English and Surfing program, which he also did at Lexis Noosa school last year. His teacher said that her was both mature and funny and a delight to teach and he said that he would like to come back again.

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Another massive surf fan leaving today was Tom Duezet from Reunion Island. Tom studied part-time with us for four weeks and went surfing pretty much every single afternoon. He loved the surf here and said he would definitely like to come back.

Graduation – Goodbye and Good luck – 24 July 2015

Sadly, today is the last day for five of our lovely students: Aya, Douwe, Jun, Omar and Jacapo.

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Aya Tomotaki, from Japan, has been at Lexis for three weeks in the Upper Intermediate class. She couldn’t be at graduation because she was going scuba-diving this afternoon. However, before she left, she said, “Everyone in Lexis Byron Bay are very friendly and I really enjoyed studying here. Thank you for helping us to improve our English with warm welcoming (sic)”. 

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Also leaving from Upper Intermediate was Douwe Epema from The Netherlands. His teacher described him as a lovely student and he graduated with an A grade. He said that it had been “short but fun”.

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The Intermediate class said goodbye to three students. First up was Junyung Shim from Korea. He has been studying at Lexis for 12 weeks. His teacher said that he didn’t always come to class but, when he did he asked extremely intelligent and thoughtful questions and was also very funny. She said that class would miss his sense of humour and cool hairstyle. June said thanks to Lexis for “good teachers, good friends and a good experience.”

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Finally we said farewell to Jacapo Saccocci from Italy and Omar Cisse Ochoa from Spain. They have both been at Lexis on for four weeks and have really made the most of their time with trips and excursions. Their teacher Kathleen said that at first she thought Jacopo’s throat had been cut because he never spoke, but, that as he settled into class, he started talking all the time and now even makes jokes about his “poor teacher”. Jacopo thanked his teachers, his friends and his homestay family.

Omar told us that at first he had been scared because everything was so new and he didn’t know anybody or anything but that he had had a great time, made some good friends and loved the experience.

Safe travels to all of you and don’t forget to come back and see us sometime.

Graduation Today!

Today at Lexis Byron Bay we say goodbye to two of our students

 Fumika – Japan – 17 weeks

IMG_7225Fumika is from Japan and has been with us for just over 4 months. She is always very happy and smiling! Fumika started in our Pre-Intermediate class and worked up to the Intermediate class where she received an A! Her teacher said she was the loveliest, kindest, most popular, nicest, and pinkest student ever. Kathleen said she worked very hard in all her classes. Fumika said she couldn’t understand anything but now her English is much better thanks to her kind teachers. And, also thank you to all her friends!

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Mike is a really nice guy from Korea and had been with us for almost 4 months. Mike worked very hard over these 4 months to move from Pre-Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate. He was a fantastic student. He is heading up to Brisbane to see more of city life. Mike said thank you guys and see you soon somewhere and sometime!

Graduation Today!

Today we say good bye to three students! Two of which were here for about 6 months!

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Arthur has been with us for almost 6 months and moved from our Intermediate class up into our Upper-Intermediate class during that time. You would often find him at our soccer, ping pong, and skating activities; otherwise he’d be out surfing. He isn’t quite leaving Byron Bay because he plans on being here for another 9 months. He said he’ll see us around and to enjoy your time here at Lexis.

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Guillaume has been here a month and a half and has a very high level of English. His teacher talked about how good his English was and he graduated at an Advanced level. Guillaume said thank you to every one and to enjoy!

IMG_7172 Isabella – 24 weeks – Brazil

Isabella was with us for 6 months and over that time studied in Upper-Intermediate and in the Cambridge CAE course. She graduated at Advanced level and said thank you to all of her friends.

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This week Lexis English Byron Bay is sad to say goodbye to three lovely students: Aline and Indira from Brazil and Sangwoo from Korea.10530731_687335414668306_4013032411261623504_n

Indira, pictured far right, has been at Lexis a total of 48 weeks. When she started she was a beginner and she has made amazing progress during her time in Byron Bay. She says thank you to all her teachers and staff and hopes to see us around, as she is staying in BB for a little while longer.

Aline, who asked me not to take her picture because she was shy, also studied at Lexis English for a long time. She originally enrolled for 12 weeks but then extended that to 24. When she started she was just Pre-Intermediate, but she leaves with a Grade B Upper Intermediate certificate.

Sangwoo (below) was at Lexis for just eight weeks. He didn’t come to school as often as he should have but he said that “all the teachers were super kind and they know how to teach students.”

IMG_6858      Goodbye and good luck to all three of you. We’ve enjoyed having you here.

Graduation 26 June – Goodbye to two lovely students

This week Lexis Byron Bay says goodbye and good luck to two awesome students from our Upper Intermediate class: Samira Spring from Switzerland and Isaac Perez from Spain.

Samira has been at Lexis Byron Bay for six weeks. Her teacher described her as extremely clever and also wonderful to have in class. Samira thanked all her teachers and said that she was surprised by how much she had learned in such a short time. She also said that she’d really enjoyed meeting people and making friends from different cultures.

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Isaac has been here for twelve weeks and, before that, studied at Lexis Brisbane. His teacher, Anji, said he was funny and gorgeous and charming and lovely and also a great actor and that she would miss having him in class. Isaac commented that he had been lucky enough to have been taught by all of Lexis Byron Bay’s female teachers and that he had had a lovely time in Lexis. He also said that one day all the younger students would realise how lucky they were to have such an experience at their age.isaa

We’ve really enjoyed having both of you in the Lexis family and wish you all the best for whatever happens in the future.

Sorry to see you go :( Graduation 12 June 2015

This week we say a fond and multicultural farewell to six awesome students: Silvan from France, Norika and Ayano from Japan, Reto from Switzerland, Andrew from Korea and Pablo from Spain. Graduation was also gatecrashed by a number of last week’s CAE students 🙂

First up was Silvan Maury from France. He has been studying at Lexis Byron Bay for 16 weeks and went from a low Pre-Intermediate to a strong Intermediate. He also maintained 98% attendance over this time.

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Silvan maintained 98% attendance over 16 weeks

Next we had two students from the Pre-Intermediate Class; Noriko Ishida and Ayano Imai both from Japan.

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Noriko with teacher Marie

Noriko has been at Lexis for 4 weeks and her teacher, Marie, said that she was always smiling and working hard. She also said she was shy at the beginning but now you couldn’t shut her up. Noriko told us that she would be staying in Byron Bay and that she had enjoyed life at Lexis English, had lots of fun and made lots of friends.

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Ayano gave a great speech in excellent English

Ayano only started with us on Tuesday and is leaving already. She was only able to get one week away from work and heads straight back to Japan. However, Marie said that she has really made the most of her time here, made lots of friends, joined in all the activities and really benefited from the English Only Policy. Ayano gave a great thank you speech saying how much she had enjoyed her time and what lovely people she had met.

Finally, we said goodbye to three students from the Upper Intermediate Class: Reto Neuhaus from Switzerland, Andrew Jung from Korea and Pablo Macineira Lopez from Spain.

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Reto said he learnt new things every day

Reto has been at Lexis for 8 weeks and has really made the most of his time here. He is now heading up to Lexis Noosa to start a CAE course. He said that he had had a great time and that he hoped to see some of the friends he’d made again.

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Andrew will “play by ear” how long he stays in BB

Andrew, who was also here for 8 weeks, was described by his teacher as a funny and resourceful guy. He scored a job within a week of arriving in Byron and now also lives in an awesome apartment, which he has invited us to all visit him at. When asked how long he would stay in Byron, he received admiration from all the native speakers by saying he was “going to play it by ear.”

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We will miss Pablo’s singing skills almost as much as his personality

Finally, we were all very sad to farewell live wire Pablo. Pablo was here for only seven weeks but made a huge impression on everyone, both in and out of class. He jokingly said that he had been fortunate enough to study with all the female teachers at the school! He is driving up to Noosa tonight with Reto as he also starts CAE on Monday.

Goodbye and good luck to all of you .We hope to see you back in Byron Bay one day.

Cambridge Ends! Huge Graduation Today!

Today at Graduation we said goodbye to so many of our  students including those in the Cambridge courses FCE and CAE, and 3 from our General English Courses. Even (myself) Grant our activities officer graduated today with his last day here at Lexis!

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Leo was with us for just a month but worked very hard in his classes and asked good questions and was very focused. He said thank you to all his teachers and classmates and will be heading north to travel some more. He hopes to see everyone again soon.

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Vitor was with us for about 4 months and did very well in his classes moving up from Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate during his time here. He said he had an amazing time here and his advice was to enjoy Byron Bay it’s the best place in all of Australia!

FCE Class – 12 Weeks – Switzerland, Spain, and Basque Country

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Paul’s FCE class graduated 8 students today. Ramona, Alex, Sandro, Marc, Martin, Gus, Raphael, and Paola.

CAE Class – 12 Weeks – Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and Netherlands

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Julia’s CAE class graduated 9 students today, 2 a few weeks ago, and 2 will be staying with us longer. Theo, Pedro, Samy, Julian, Juliana, Lorena, Isabella, Yannis, Tiffany, Jose, and Nina were all at the graduation ceremony. They all said that Julia was a wonderful teacher and worked very hard to get them to improve their English as much as possible. Led by Jose they gave Julia some flowers and a nice card as well.

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I also say goodbye to Lexis and so kindly got to “Graduate” with the students today! A big thank you to everyone here at Lexis it has been a wonderful time. I loved getting to meet so many people from different cultures and countries and find out so much about the world. Nice to know I have so many friends around the world now. Can’t wait to visit everyone sometime soon!

Goodbye Grant (sob sob)

In some ways it only seems like five minutes since Grant joined the Lexis team in January,  in other ways it seems like he’s been here forever.

One thing is certain – we will miss him next week when he is gone. As our students know Grant is from California and he started working at Lexis Byron Bay in January on a Working Holiday visa. Unfortunately, this means that he can only work for the same employer for six months so, apart from a few weeks in July when he’ll be back to work with  our surfing juniors, this is goodbye. 🙁

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Grant cooking his famous Mexican BBQ

Grant has provided awesome (one of his favourite words) student and administrative support throughout his time at Lexis and also run some fabulous activities. He has got students making animals noises, singing karaoke and doing salsa and has presided over some extremely competitive games of ping pong, soccer, volleyball and poker. He also proved to be a super chef when he created a delicious Mexican BBQ.

Here in the office, we will miss his sarcasm, his competitiveness and his loud shirts and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say “don’t be a stranger.”

To find out a little more about Grant and his strange hobbies, take a look at one of his first ever posts from January this year, where he introduces himself to you all.

http://lexisbyronbay.com/2015/01/13/new-staff-member-grant/

Goodbye and good luck Grant. Missing you already!

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A home away from home – Linda Calder and Bill Wade

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Bill and Linda Calder

Linda and Bill have been providing homestay accommodation for Lexis students for the past two years. In that time they’ve hosted students ranging in age from 16-55 and from countries as diverse as Czech Republic, Japan and Reunion Island.

They always get excellent feedback from our students and I think this is because they really enjoy the process of welcoming students to their family.

I asked Linda to share some of their memorable homestay moments and photos and also to explain what they get out of being a host family.

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Toshi at the Lighthouse on his first day in Byron

We’ve had so many memorable times with our students. I remember we took Toshi (pictured above) for his first ever snorkel, and I wasn’t sure once we got started… Bill had to put on his fins, and I had to get his mask on, and when we got over the wreck at main beach and he put his face in the water there was this enormous ray right underneath us and I thought he’d swallow half the sea he was so shocked and excited.

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Priscilla, Dayan and Kay

This next picture shows Priscilla from Brazil with Swiss student Kay and our 14 year old son Dayan at an Xmas dinner. These two fell in love after they left our house… I’m pretty sure she is travelling to Switzerland in June/July to visit him.

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Kainoa and his mum

 Last year we played host to two lovely boys from Reunion lsland: surf enthusiasts Jean and Kainoa. At the end of their three week stay Kainoa’s family came out and joined them and we still keep in touch with them like we do with many of our students.

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Freddie from Switzerland

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Hynek from Czech Republic

 We’ve also really enjoyed hosting Freddie, Linard and Kevin from Switzerland, Hynek from Czech Republic and Tomoyuki from Japan. Our Maltese dog Harry was so sad to see Hynek go that he kept going into his room and dragging the bathmat out of the bathroom.

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