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.

Its the weekend!! 20th – 22nd October

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SURF

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Friday 20th 

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON ANDREW STOCKDALE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM THE SWAMPS
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 5PM JOCK BARNES 9PM PINK ZINC
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM MARSHALL O’KELL BAND
BYRON THEATRE 7.30PM TOPOLOGY’S TORTURED REMIXES
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM LOCAL DJS 9.30PM LIVE MUSIC
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM LIVE MUSIC
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM JOSH HAMILTON
BANGALOW BOWLO 7PM SWING JAZZ WITH EMILY
SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 6PM GREG PETERSON

Saturday 21st 

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON NICK NUISANCE & THE DELINQUENTS, CROCODYLUS, ISRAELI CHICKS, LIQUID FACE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM ANDY JANS BROWN BAND
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 9PM DJ FONZAIUS
BYRON YOUTH CENTRE 2PM SPIRIT OF THE BAY FUNDRAISER WITH INDIGENOISE, KOOK CARTEL, JEREMY STORM, AMBER, DJS & SILENT DISCO
BYRON ARTISAN MARKET 4PM ESSIE THOMAS
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM DOOLIE
BYRON SERVICES CLUB 8PM GREG BURNS, MATT FORD, MANDY NOLAN
BYRON THEATRE 7.30PM MIKE MCCLENNAN
CLUB BYRON OKTOBERFEST
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PMLOCAL DJS 9.30PM LIVE MUSIC
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM DJ NERY
SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 3PM HUNTER & SMOKE DUO
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM BLUE M
SUFFOLK PARK HALL 6.30PM BOHEMIAN COWBOYS

Sunday 22nd 

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON KINGSWOOD, THE VANNS, DEAR SEATTLE
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM ROMANIACS
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 4.30PM ZED LEPPELIN 8PM DJ LONGTIME
CLARKES BEACH, BYRON 7AM BYRON LIGHTHOUSE RUN
BYRON THEATRE 3.30PM BRILLIANT ARTISTS: SALVATORE ZOFREA & BRUCE GOOLD BYRON GOLF CLUB 2PM LIVE MUSIC
CLUB BYRON OKTOBERFEST

SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 5PM ARMITAGE

 

MARKETS

FRIDAY

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

SATURDAY

Byron Beachside Market

Bangalow Farmers Market

Kingscliff Markets

Lismore Farmers Market

Blue Knob Farmers Market

SUNDAY

Bangalow Market

Nimbin Markets

Murwillumbah Showground Market

PIGHOUSE FLICKS @ Byron Brewery

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.

Flamenco Dancing with Alba!!!

 

Last night we had so much fun Flamenco dancing with our amazing dance teacher Alba! Everyone got involved shaking their hips, clapping their hands and kicking their feet!

Flamenco dancing is a very popular dance throughout Spain and it reflects a lot of Spanish culture. We feel very luck to have Alba at Lexis sharing with us a part of her home culture and important steps to a basic Flamenco routine.

By the end of the hour we all looked semi professional and had big smiles on our faces!!

We hope to see Alba again so we can continue to practice our moves and shake our hips to some great Spanish music!

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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.

 

BWT Travel Talk (and Pizza)

At lunchtime today, Shak from BWT came to the school to tell all our students about our weekend activity programme; the BWT welcome pack and the BWT travel desk.

Everyone enjoyed a slice or two of Domino’s pizza while Shak went through the contents of the welcome pack, which includes, amongst other things, a $50 off voucher.

He then reminded them about Tuesday Party night at Cheeky Monkeys where students can enjoy free entry, free drinks all night and 50% off all meals.

Finally, he introduced the weekend activity calendar for July. This month we have Nimbin and Noosa trips plus skydiving and whale watching. (See full details below.)

Shak will be at the BWT Travel Desk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12.15 and 3pm.

July Weekend Activities

NIMBIN EXPERIENCE: SATURDAY 8TH JULY – $55

CHILL OUT AND TAKE YOURSELF ON A TRIP BACK TO THE 70’S! HANG OUT WITH THE NIMBIN HIPPIES AND ENJOY AN ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ LUNCH. PLUS, VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL NATIONAL PARK AND WATERFALLS.

NOOSA WEEKEND GETAWAY: 14TH – 16TH JULY – $255

ESCAPE TO SOME OF THE BEST BEACHES IN AUSTRALIA. EXPLORE THE INCREDIBLE EVERGLADES ON AN AMAZING CANOE TRIP DOWN THE ‘RIVER OF MIRRORS’. LUNCH, 2 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AND ALL TRANSFERS INCLUDED!

SKYDIVE SPECIAL: SATURDAY 22ND JULY$230 (+$35 LEVY)

SOMETHING ON EVERYONE’S BUCKET LIST – WHY NOT DO IT OVER THE BEAUTIFUL CAPE AND THE FAMOUS BYRON BAY LIGHTHOUSE? LET’S JUMP TOGETHER! 

WHALE WATCHING SATURDAY 29TH JULY$80
OUR FAVOURITE VISITORS COME BACK EVERY YEAR! GO ON A BOAT CRUISE TO GET UP CLOSE WITH MAJESTIC HUMPBACK WHALES!

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.

Happy Student – Tito!

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Tito is from Switzerland – the small village of Malvaglia. He arrived in Byron Bay 6 months ago and enrolled at Lexis, starting in the Upper Intermediate class. After several months studying General English, he went travelling round Australia in his van, with friends he had met at Lexis. He traveled down the East Coast, into the outback and finally to Sydney, before returning to Byron. He is now knuckling down to study for his Cambridge Advanced Qualification. Tito has become part of the furniture here at Lexis Byron Bay; you will often find him waxing his surfboard, skulking around reception looking for Tim Tams or involved in a heated table tennis match. Tito is a fantastic student and a pleasure to have at school, he is loved by fellow students and teachers alike.

I decided to interview Tito to find out a bit more about his experience here.

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I chose Byron because I didn’t want to live in a big town with all the hustle and bustle – I wanted to live in a small town – here with the waves I can find peace, enjoying the sunny weather and the fresh sea air. I think I would to define Byron Bay as an open minded and multi-cultural place.

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

I was a little bit rusty in everything concerning grammar – for this reason it was essential to go on a formal English course. Being here for 6 months, using the language has become natural – I think it is a process which takes time, but you can really see your improvements by being fully immersed in a situation where the use of this language is required.

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

I have been enrolled in upper intermediate and then advanced, where I had the opportunity to meet the amazing teachers Claudia and Josie – Claudia is an extremely knowledgeable teacher and I liked her way of explaining a lot of grammar rules which before were difficult for me to understand. Whereas Josie is the most motivating teacher that I have ever had and it’s a great pleasure to learn such a challenging syllabus with a teacher who makes it seem so easy and enjoyable.

What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

It’s an extremely comfortable and familiar place to live – there is a very sociable environment, it is very easy to make friends and as soon as you arrive you become part of the onsite family. It is always possible to go out of your room and hang around in the common area, seeing all of your friends. Since my arrival I’ve met a lot of gregarious people with whom I have organised many dinners, for example the Easter Sunday dinner where almost all the residents (50 people) cooked delicious dishes to share in a friendly and pleasant environment. Many students from around the world made different dishes from their home countries. I made a pizza from scratch, inspired by my Swiss Italian heritage – so tasty.

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What is your favourite activity that we run here?

The most attractive activity is undoubtedly the table tennis tournament, where only the student with the best skills can win the title and of course the beer. It is always full of cheering crowds, the competition gets very heated. Romain is better than me, so he usually wins, but I win second place, which is also an impressive accolade. Don’t worry if you think you are not going to win, we will still share the beer with you!

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

Most days I enjoy spending my time at the beach, surfing, sunbathing and playing beach games such as Frisbee and Volleyball. It is wonderful to live and study right on the beach. I will never forget the time when a dolphin passed right under my surfboard, what a breathtaking moment! I often see dolphins when surfing, during the Summer it is as common as seeing bushturkeys. You also can’t leave Byron without experiencing the nightlife of this delightful town; Sticky Wicket, Lala land, The Rails and of course Cheeky Monkey’s are all lovely pubs/clubs where you can meet local people and share drinks and great discussions with your friends. A warning though: Do not abuse alcohol; otherwise you will pay the consequences the next day at school!

 

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Graduation! 10th March

Congratulations to our 9 students who graduated from their General English courses last week!

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Carola is from Italy and graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. She worked very hard during her 8 weeks at Lexis and progressed from from Pre-Intermediate up to Intermediate with a grade A! She was a delightful contribution to the classroom environment with her lovely personality and smile. Good luck for the future!

Leo is from Switzerland and graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. He was a pleasure to have in class, with his positive attitude and his encouragement to get his classmates speaking. During his 4 weeks with Lexis his English skills improved in all areas but particularly in his fluency. We will miss your great sense of humor and wish you all the best for the future!

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Julie is from Korea and graduates from Ellie’s IELT’s class. She was a very competent student and picked up the English language quickly. She was a pleasure to have in the class and will be missed. We wish you all the best for the future!

Sam is from Belgium and graduates from Ellie’s IELTs class. He has a great attitude to learning and worked very hard during his 8 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay. He was a pleasure to have in class and many of the out of class activities! He picked up the language very quickly and we’re sure he’ll continue to improve this on his travels around Australia. Have a great time!

Angel is from Spain and graduates from Ellie’s IELTs class. He studied very hard during his 4 weeks at Lexis and picked up and applied new vocabulary very effectively. He was great to have in class and during activities, always a pleasure to speak with! We wish you the very best for the future!

Hiroki is from Japan and graduates from Kathleen’s Upper Intermediate class. He has been a valued student and and always participated in class with enthusiasm and a good humour. In his 25 weeks with Lexis Byron Bay he has improved greatly in all areas and his grammar and vocabulary knowledge are particularly good! We wish you the very best!

Gina is from Switzerland and graduates from Kathleen’s Upper Intermediate class. She has a great ability to learn new grammar and vocabulary quickly and accurately apply them to speaking and writing. Her class participation was marvelous; she was able to discuss a wide range of subjects in depth and fluency and with a great respect for her classmates. We wish you all the best, you will be missed!

Ann-Katrin is from Germany and graduates from Kathleen’s Upper Intermediate class.In her 2 weeks at Lexis she made a great impact in class with her enthusiasm to express her ideas and use her new vocabulary studied in class! We will miss your lovely smile and wish you all the best for the future!

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Kanae is from Japan and  graduates from Kristy’s Pre-Intermediate class. Her English grammar, speaking and writing have all improved since she started Lexis 8 weeks ago.  She is always great to have a conversation with and has been friendly and helpful to her classmates. She has been a pleasure to have in class and during activities, you will very much be missed!

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.

 

English + Surfing with Gaspard!

At Lexis Byron Bay we have a range of courses available for students wanting to improve their English skills in Australia. A lot of students choose to come to Byron Bay for the beachside lifestyle and to learn how to surf. Why not combine all of this and do the English in Action – Surfing course in Byron Bay?

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Gaspard is from France and is graduating this week after completing the English in Action – Surfing course. Gaspard lives in the surfing town of Biarritz, France, so he was already a good surfer when he arrived in Australia. He chose to come to Australia to learn English because he has never been here before and has had friends tell him how beautiful the country is. He had also heard that Australia is one of the best places to surf. After almost four weeks in Byron Bay, Gaspard says his favourite thing is that there are always waves to surf and friends to surf with.

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Gaspard feels that his English has improved and his classes have been good during his time at Lexis. His surfing has also improved a lot during his time in Australia. He says the team at Lets Go Surfing! are all very friendly and are great surfers, and did an excellent job helping him to improve his surf skills.

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Gaspard would recommend the English in Action – Surfing course to anyone interested in improving their English and their surfing. He believes it makes it more interesting and fun to study English in the mornings and spend the afternoons surfing.

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After graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week, Gaspard is looking forward to returning to France to show off his new surfing skills to his friends!

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To find out more about the English in Action – Surfing and other courses available, please go to our website: www.lexisenglish.com

 

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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.