Yesterday, ex-student Juliana came in to say that she would shortly be leaving Byron Bay. She told me that there had been tears already and she was sure that there would be more to come and that Lexis was a huge part of what made her Byron experience so memorable. I asked her if she had time to do a quick “Happy Student” profile and share some pictures of her enjoying Byron Bay and she was delighted to accept.
Why Byron Bay?
It’s simple. My brother used to live here and he said Byron was the right place for me. He said “you belong to Byron,” and he was right.
And did it live up to your expectations?
Absolutely! It’s the lifestyle that I always wanted to have.
I’ve always tried to be true to myself but it’s harder when you in a rush going to work and surrounded by friends and family who are getting on with their everyday life. It’s hard to open your mind in that environment. Travelling is such a huge experience because your away from the norm, so you want to experience everything fully, you try to live in the moment and relish every day. And Byron Bay is the perfect place for that.
How was Learning English at Lexis?
It was great because the classes are so dynamic and every single sense is involved. The lessons are structured by with lots of scope for creativity. My teachers were always trying to find topics that interested us and encouraged us to talk.
And it’s not just the teachers who are so committed but the office staff as well. If I could say one thing about Lexis Byron Bay it’s that your signature is your staff. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing because it’s clear that you really care and aren’t just doing a job.
You studied for (and passed) the Cambridge Advanced Exam. How was this?
I think this was my favourite time. Being in a classroom with the same people every day for 3 months means you forge such strong connections. And my classmates and I all worked together to motivate each other and help with our individual weaknesses. I’m actually going to Switzerland to visit all my Swiss classmates in August. I’m going to drive around to all the different cities and say hi! We became like a family so I’m really looking forward to it.
Also, my teacher Josie, is the just most amazing human being and she has such good strategies to encourage students to correct their weaknesses. She really cares about us as individuals and is really personal in her feedback and advice.
If you could give one piece of advice for someone coming to study at Lexis Byron Bay, what would it be?
Try not to hang out with people from your own country. That’s the reason my English improved so much in such a short time. All my friends are locals or from other countries. Making friends with locals also means that you get to hang out with them doing Byron activities such as surfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, and discover the real Byron and neighbouring places like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.
Lexis is forever in my heart.
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.
Byron Brewery – 7pm Soul Sisters
Byron Fresh – 7pm Los Losano
Ginger Pig – 8pm Groove DJ
Great Northern Hotel – Sunrose, Chester Hedron, Lotus Ship, DJ Eva J
Maddog – Surf happening with live music
Pizza Paradiso – 7pm Abe Stewart
Railway Hotel – 7pm Sasta
Sticky Wicket – 9pm DJs Sweaty, Buddha, Issey B, Beatdusta 9.30pm Adam Harpaz
Sun Bistro – 5pm Valdi Gray
Treehouse – 7.30pm Warren Earl Band
Woody’s Surf Shack – 9pm Dusty Boots & Friends
Beach Hotel – 9pm Rhythm & Cutloose, Danny Cool
Byron Brewery – 8pm Kimmy Crew
Byron Fresh – 7pm Palm Wine Ambassadors
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School Hall – 7.30pm Revelation: Ashley Lopez
Great Northern Hotel – Bugs, El Bravo, Yes Sir Noceur
Miss Marguarita – 1.30pm DJ Chris Bradley
Pizza Paradiso – 7pm Luke Yeaman
Railway Hotel – 7pm Paul Haselgrove Band
Sticky Wicket – 9pm Local DJs 9.30pm Ooz
Three Blue Ducks – 11am Grommet Busking Heats
Treehouse – 7.30pm The Rolling Waves
Woody’s Surf Shack – 8pm DJ Adrian Brandello
Beach Hotel – 4.30pm Late For Woodstock, 8pm Boston Switch & Guests
Byron Brewery – 3pm DJs Leoch, Magu & more
Byron Fresh – 7pm Adam Harpaz
Byron Golf Club – 4pm Jock Barnes
Ginger Pig – 3pm Ineka
Great Northern Hotel – Salt Brain
Railway Hotel – 7pm Heloise
Sun Bistro – 5pm Tess Latu
The Bolt Hole – 6pm Jimmy Dowling
Three Blue Ducks – 11am Grommet Busking Heats
Treehouse – 2pm DJ Eva J & Friends
We have 7 new starters this week at Lexis Byron Bay – Nuria, Iara, Marco, Joelle, Lisa, Simon and Nancy.
Nuria, Iara, Marco, Joelle, Lisa, Simon and Nancy
Nuria is from Spain and she will study at Lexis for 8 weeks. She loves to travel and she also enjoys flamengo dancing, as well as reading, playing saxophone, climbing trees, going out partying and spending time with her friends. She works as a vet back in Spain but right now she wants to travel and improve her English so that she can communicate easily with everyone she meets.
Iara is from Brazil and she plans to stay at Lexis for 6 weeks. Her hobbies include diving and walking and she particularly likes summer weather. In Brazil she works as a mammal conservationist with dugongs. She has been studying in Sydney since January but now she’s made the change to experience Byron Bay. She hopes to significantly improve her English skills by the time she leaves Australia.
Marco is from Switzerland and he will spend 8 weeks here at Lexis. In his free time he plays soccer and goes out with his friends. At home he works as a carpenter making chairs, tables and other wooden items. He has come to Byron Bay to improve his English and afterwards, he plans to travel in Australia for 3 months.
Joelle is also from Switzerland and she will be here for 3 weeks doing the English and Surfing course. In her spare time she enjoys playing floorball and organising camps for children in the forests of Switzerland. She works in a hospital as a nurse. She is keen to improve her English so she can speak to people wherever she goes. This is her first time in Australia and after studying she plans to travel for 3 months.
Lisa is from Switzerland too and she will be joining Joelle on the English and Surfing course. She has some family members also living in Australia, so she plans to visit them while she’s here. She loves going out with her friends and family and in winter she likes snowboarding. Right now she’s taking a gap year between school and university and during the time, she wants to improve her English skills, have a great time, learn a lot of things and make some great memories!
Simon from Switzerland will study at Lexis for 5 weeks. His sister lives in New Zealand so after studying, he will visit her for 2 weeks. He enjoys snowboarding and in summer he likes to go boating. He wants to improve his English skills to make conversations easier wherever he goes.
Nancy is from Italy and she will spend 4 weeks at Lexis.Travel is her favourite hobby but she also likes spending time with friends, going shopping, listening to music and dancing. In Italy she worked as a receptionist at a campsite on Lake Garda and she enjoys interacting with people from different countries and cultures. Now she has come to Australia to improve her English and experience Australian life.
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:
Go to your Lexis English Group on Facebook
Click Add Photo/Video at the top of the group
Click Upload a Photo/Video and select your video – under 2 minutes
Comment with your name followed by “entry for the Destination Lexis Competition”
When you’re ready to share, click Post
Five of the most creative videos from each campus will be selected as finalists
Videos must be submitted to your Facebook group page by Friday, 11th March 2016
The finalists will be uploaded onto Lexis’ YouTube channel & the most likes win!
The Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.
OET Test materials are designed to reflect real medical workplace scenarios, meaning that candidates can be confident that they will know exactly what to expect, and feel more confident on test day.
The OET provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.
OET tests international health practitioners in the following 12 professions:
Why the OET?
The OET is recognised and trusted by more than 30 regulatory healthcare bodies and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. In addition, OET is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.
Many candidates currently employed in, or considering working in a healthcare related field choose the OET as it employs the English language that they are most familiar with – the same language that they use every day at work.
Where can I take the OET?
Lexis Sunshine Coast is a registered OET Examination Centre. Our next 2016 examination date will be:
If you are concerned that you may not yet have the required level of English for your OET target score, please contact us here to arrange a language assessment. We will be pleased to assist you in arranging an appropriate course of study prior to your examination date.
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We had another Lexis Table Tennis Tournament this afternoon! Nine students took part and although Quentin and Ranieri played very well and made it to the semi-finals, the final match was between Raphael (not a surprise!) and Janine. Janine played fantastically throughout the tournament but in the end, Rapha was victorious!
This morning, our afternoon students enjoyed a morning at beautiful Whites Beach and Broken Head Nature Reserve, a short drive from Byron Bay. It was a scenic drive (or walk, for Pablo and Tom!) through the rainforest and then a short hike down to the beach. There was time for swimming and exploring and we were very lucky that the sun came out and blue sky appeared!
Laura, Eleonore, Seraina, Eric, Michael, Pablo, Jisu and Tom
The students who graduated from Lexis English in January 2016 were very happy with their experience. Their feedback forms indicate that 100% of them would recommend Lexis to a friend.
The majority of students also said that the course improved their speaking, listening, writing and grammar skills “a great deal”. For “Overall Performance”55% rated Lexis Byron Bay as “Excellent” while the remaining 45% selected good. Our teachers received some excellent praise:
“My teacher is very good because she is attentive and helps us.”
“The exercises are good for progress. The teachers were really able to give us new information and help us in trouble.”
“I liked when we played games before studying the book.We learned a lot with different games, which was an exciting way to learn English. I like morning class.”
Our staff were also rated highly while the English Only Policy received a lot of positive comments. Here’s just a couple:
“Very good to guarantee a respectful environment and to practise English.”
It’s good because it’s obligatory to learn English so we progress. I really agree!!
Finally, there was some strong praise,too, for our homestay families.
“Really good homestay family and the location is close the the school so it’s good.”
“My family homestay is fabulous. I had a very good family in Byron. I love the family!”
We’ve raced through January and with February just around the corner, it’s time to get excited about our activity calendar for next month!
Yoga has been very popular at school recently, so Stefanie will be joining us every Monday for a relaxing yoga session.
Coffee Club will be every Tuesday – a great opportunity to meet students from other classes while enjoying coffee, Tim Tams and conversation.
On Wednesdays we will have a variety of activities. Start practicing for another Lexis Table Tennis Tournament as there will be a beer prize! More beer will be up for grabs the following Wednesday at our Poker Tournament. Flavio will join us for another skateboarding session and on the last Wednesday of the month we’ll have a Thai Cookingmasterclass lead by one of our lovely students.
On Thursdays we will alternate between Job Club and a new-release movie (with free ice cream!)
Fridays will be mostly sporty, with beach volleyball, beach frisbee and beach soccer. We’ll also have a Valentine’s Day themed BBQ.
Remember, all of these activities are fun, free and a great way to try new things and meet other students.
As well as our daily activities, don’t forget you can also arrange surf lessons with Gaz (he goes most days at 2pm) – you can book these at Lexis reception.
It’s going to be a hot weekend, with temperatures around 31 degrees during the day and 22 degrees at night. There may be some scattered thunder storms, especially during Saturday night and Sunday.
Aquarius 7.30pm Open Mic
Beach Hotel 5pm Akova 9pm Loonaloop
Byron Artisan Market 4pm Raku O’Gaia
Byron Brewery 7pm Whitebear + Ark.e.tech + Lucious Deed
Byron Fresh 7pm Palm Wine Ambassadors
Ginger Pig 8pm Groove DJ
Great Northern Hotel This Old Sunn, El Bravo, Go Van Go
Pizza Paradiso 7pm James Ross
Railway Hotel 7pm Bohemian Cowboys
Sticky Wicket Bar 9pm Victory Team, Yakis, Elementals, Sammy K, Rhys Bynon, Ayla & more
Sun Bistro 5pm Val Gray
Treehouse 7.30pm Tora
Woody’s Surf Shack 9pm Wandering Eyes
Beach Hotel 9pm DJ Longtime
Byron Artisan Market 4pm Parissa Bouas & Friends
Byron Brewery 7pm 80s Forever DJs
Byron Fresh 7pm Mark Ridout
Byron Theatre 7pm Dave Hughes Live
Great Northern Hotel The Gooch Palms, White Lodge, Donny Love
Miss Marguarita 10.30pm DJ Chris Bradley & Friends
Pizza Paradiso 7pm Guy Kachel
Railway Hotel 7pm Thrillbilly Stomp
Secret Garden 6pm Riki Eketone, Salvador Dali Llama, The Ruiins
Starseed Gardens Lotus Tea House 7pm Spankinhide
Sticky Wicket Bar 9pm Sarah Grant & Local DJs
Treehouse 7.30pm Nativo Soul
Woody’s Surf Shack 8pm DJ Adrian Brandello
SUNDAY Beach Hotel 4.30pm Lisa Hunt 8pm Elementals
Byron Brewery 3pm DJs Leoch, Magu & more
Byron Fresh 7pm Adam Harpaz
Byron Golf Club 4pm Greg Lyon & The Hip Operation
Ginger Pig 3pm Luke Bennett
Great Northern Hotel Jesse Pumphrey
Railway Hotel 7pm Soren Carlberg Trio
Sun Bistro 5pm Chris Aronsten
Treehouse 2.30pm Sunday DJs
BYRON ARTISAN MARKET is on again this coming Friday and Saturday (29-30) January from 4-9pm at Railway Park, in the heart of Byron.
Last Friday we had an after-school activity for our afternoon students. When classes finished, the students (plus teachers Josie and Ellie) joined me at the Rails for a cold beer to celebrate the end of the week!
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.
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.
We had some delicious smells coming from the kitchen this afternoon as part 2 of the Lexis Bake-Off took place. Rina, Sonya and Corine baked 2 batches of biscuits – the first plain and the second with chocolate and coconut.
Tuesday evenings mean only one thing here at Lexis Byron Bay – student night at Cheeky Monkey’s! Our students enjoyed another fun-filled evening of food, drinks, dancing, playing pool and chatting. It was a great opportunity for our new starters to get to know everyone and it was lovely to have some of our recent graduates back in town too.
Many of our new students joined us for Coffee Club today, so we sat out in the garden and enjoyed coffee, Tim Tams and the word game “Aussie Heads”. Sofia and Alida had particularly difficult words to guess – “wave” and “sandcastle”. Corine did very well and managed to guess 3 words during the game! Everyone who guessed their word won a special caramel Tim Tam.
On Friday morning we went to the Byron Bay library to get some information and have a look at the different kinds of books. It was a cloudy but hot morning! We had the opportunity to borrow books and to become members of the library.
In the library, there are different kinds of books or example about science and technology, sport and recreation, travel and lots more.
We had a lovely morning together, reading books about countries and debating about them. Thanks Julia for this.
Some of the students joined the library’s membership so they can borrow a book for three weeks.
We were all really tired because of the hot temperatures at night nobody got enough sleep.
Bloody good morning in the library!
We enjoyed the morning in the library, the children’s section especially attracted many of us as it revived our childhood memories.
Our morning activity today was soccer and burgers! Many of our afternoon students (plus a few recent graduates) played a soccer match in the garden and afterwards, the students enjoyed a burger before their classes began for the day.
Only 3 students are graduating this week – Kana, Ai and Tanja. They all graduate at Pre-Intermediate level.
Kana and Ai are from Japan and their teacher Kathleen says they have been lovely students and have worked hard during their time here. Tanja is from Switzerland and although she has only been here for 2 weeks, she has been a smiley face around school and has joined in with our afternoon activities.
Goodbye and good luck to you all, enjoy the rest of your time in Australia! 🙂
It’s looking like a mixed weekend of weather, with some rain on Friday afternoon and in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday will be very windy! Temperatures will be around 25 degrees during the day and 18 degrees at night.
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Aquarius 7.30pm Open Mic
Beach Hotel 5pm Leigh James 8pm Dan Clark Band 10pm DJ Taya
Byron Artisan Market 4pm Parissa Bouas & Friends
Byron Brewery 8pm DJ Helmy
Byron Fresh 7pm Los Rosano
Coorabell Hall 8pm Dubarray, Mapstone, Manoa
Ginger Pig 8pm Groove DJ
Great Northern Hotel Bleach Girls
Pizza Paradiso 7pm Richie Langford
Railway Hotel 7pm The Riflebirds
Treehouse 7.30pm Tora
Woody’s Surf Shack 9pm Wallflower Meadows
Beach Hotel 9pm DJs Tom & Jarry
Byron Artisan Market 4pm Guy Kachel
Byron Brewery 3pm Byron Vibes
Byron Fresh 7pm Parissa Bouas Duo
Byron Theatre 5.30pm & 8pm The Space Cowboy Live!
Great Northern Hotel The Pinheads
Miss Marguarita 10.30pm DJ Chris Bradley & Friends
Pizza Paradiso 7pm Christine Olive
Railway Hotel 7pm Soula
Starseed Gardens Lotus Tea House 7pm Temple Bliss Kirtan with Elias Harmony, Sashini Jasmine, Ra’vishna, Shyan Kishmore
The Secret Garden 3pm Beats & Eats with Manoa, Nick Cunningham, Vinnie LaDuce, Mapstone
Woody’s Surf Shack 9pm DJ Adrian Brandello
Beach Hotel 4.30pm Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs 8pm Generik DJ
Byron Brewery 3pm Groove DJs
Byron Fresh 7pm Garrett Kato
Byron Golf Club 4pm Ooz
Byron Market 10am Jesse Morris Band & Larry Larstead
Byron Services Club 4pm The Feramones
Byron Theatre 5.30pm & 8pm The Space Cowboy Live!
Ginger Pig 3pm Sunday Sessions
Great Northern Hotel Die! Die! Die!
Railway Hotel 7pm Andy Jans-Brown
Treehouse 2.30pm DJ Eva J & Friends
Today we had our popular Boomerang Painting and Aboriginal Art activity! We ran 2 sessions so that the morning and afternoon students all had chance to paint their boomerangs and learn a little about Aboriginal art. The finished boomerangs looked fantastic!
Alain likes motorbike, especially race track. He gives instruction about riding on race track. He wants to learn surfing but he’s a little bit scared of sharks.
Janine used to do gymnastics but she had to stop because she had an accident. She had a surf lesson on Sunday. She is a bit scared of snakes. She really would like to try scubadiving with whale sharks.
Julia is from Spain. She is 20 years old and she will be 21 years old on 9th January. She will stay in Australia until March. She is a student in Spain and she studies to become a kindergarten teacher.
I have known Miho for three months and a half. She is from Japan. She is 25 years old and its funny because we start the same day, we did the same course and right now, also, we are doing the same course until March. She worked as a work officer and when she come back to Japan she is planning to apply for a job.
Angie is from Switzerland and 21 years old. She likes watching ice hockey match. However, she doesn’t want to try it. She is really afraid of the poisonous creatures, such as spider and snake. She arrived here in January 3rd and will stay here until March. After graduation, she is going to travel for 10 weeks.
Rahel is from Switzerland. She is 20 years old and likes to visit other countries. In addition, Rahel is interested in other cultures as well. After her study in New Zealand she arrived finally to the sunny and cheerful Byron Bay. It’s a lovely place to meet new people too, she said.
Dean is from Korea and he is 23 years old. He likes to watch films and football matches on the tv or at the cinema. But, because he is scared about ghosts, he doesn’t like horror movies. He arrived in Australia in November and now will stay in Byron until March.
Frido is 22 years old and from Switzerland. He has been in Cairns, Noosa and finally in Byron Bay, because he loves Australia and he likes to meet new people. He is a little bit afraid of surfing because of the shark attacks.
Sarah would like to try surf lessons. She likes to go jogging when the sun goes down. Also she would like to go to Cairns and do scuba diving.
Andrea is the only one which is from the Czech Republic in our class. She likes sharks and was in a shark cage in Port Lincoln.
Santi is a special Spanish student from Valencia. It is funny to spend time with him. His hobbies are surfing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and girls. After the language stay in Byron, he will stay 6 months in Australia and travel through the country.
Fabio is from Switzerland but originally is Italian. He’s a fun guy and he loves travel and riding motorbikes. He is a really important mechanic in Switzerland.
Last night was a great night to be a Lexis student at Cheeky Monkey’s… Marc and Santi both won big prizes in the competitions and all of our students enjoyed free entry to the club, free food and free drinks!
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At Coffee Club this afternoon we enjoyed coffee, Tim Tams and a game of Jenga with a twist – each block had a question to answer! The questions included “do you believe in love at first sight?” “what was your most embarrassing moment?” and “what are your hopes and dreams for the future?”
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Friday was a good news day when November’s FCE and CAE candidates received their results. Here at Lexis Byron Bay, we were extremely pleased with the results.
In CAE 91% of students scored an A,B or C grade and, across two FCE classes, the pass rate was 87%. What’s more, even the students who scored B2 (CAE) or B1 (FCE) should still be extremely proud as the majority of them showed great improvement on their pre-test results.
Well done to all the students and to their teachers: Julia, Paul and Josie.
From left to right: Michelle, Miguel, Naomi, Tom, Aurelie, Raphael, Jasmin, Chris, Paola, Till
This week we have 15 new starters – Michael, Marco, Jasmine, Desiree, Jisu, Fabian, Arthur, Sofia, Yann, Rocco, Lisa, Eric, Isabelle and Dmitri.
Michael, Marco, Jasmine, Desiree, Jisu, Fabian, Arthur, Sofia, Yann, Miku (our visiting agent from Japan), Rocco, Lisa, Eric and Isabelle.
Michael Imbaumgarten is from Switzerland and his hobbies include swimming in the lakes and surfing in summer. At home he works as a carpenter, building kitchens, wardrobes and doors. He is excited to take a break from his usual routine to spend some time here in Australia.
Marco David Zowa is from Switzerland and his hobbies including skiing and going to the gym, as well as going out with friends. He has finished his military service back home and now he’s here to improve his English and travel.
Jasmine Karli is from Switzerland and this is her first time travelling so far from home. Her hobbies are travelling, swimming, reading books and visiting friends. Last summer she finished an apprenticeship in a hotel and now she wants to study English and enjoy the Australian lifestyle.
Desiree Scherrer is from Switzerland and she hopes to learn English faster in Australia than if she studied it in Switzerland. She is enjoying living with her host family and it has always been her dream to experience Australian life, so she is happy to be here.
Jisu Kil is from Seoul in Korea and she is a university student studying Leisure Sports. Her hobby is playing badminton and she enjoys watching sports games too. Her sister is also working in Australia. She hopes that improving her English will increase her job opportunities for the future.
Fabian Stolz is from Switzerland and he enjoys playing football, snowboarding and skiing. At university he studied Civil Engineering. He has come to Byron Bay to learn English, learn to surf and have a good time. After Byron Bay he plans to travel for 2 months in Australia and then 3 months in Asia.
Arthur Penin is16 and he’s French but he lives in New Caledonia. He did the English and Surfing course at Lexis Noosa last year and he loved it so much that now he’s here in Byron Bay to do the same!
Sofia De Carvalho Ferreira Gomes is from Brazil and she loves sports, going to the gym, running and riding her bike. She also loves photography and cooking. She chose to come to Australia for the people, nature, sports and the chance to improve her English.
Yann Santini is from Switzerland where he works as a carpenter. His hobbies include triathalon, which he has done in Switzerland, France and Italy. He’s studying English to improve his communication and to make life easier when he’s travelling.
Rocco De Filippis is from Italy and he enjoys travelling and taking his 2 dogs for walks. He is a musician and he plays the drums. In Italy he works as a steelworker but in the future he’ll take a Technical Salesman course. He wants to improve his English communication skills and maybe in the future it will be helpful for his work.
Lisa Panigada is from Switzerland and she’s self employed. She has come to Australia to learn English as her own challenge, for travelling and communicating with others. She’ll stay in Australia for 3 months in total and in March her boyfriend will come to travel with her.
Eric Surber is also from Switzerland and he likes to play basketball, cook and go out with his friends. He has had several different jobs and now he is here in Australia to improve his English and travel.
Isabelle Ganzer comes from France and she likes nature, walking and swimming. She also enjoys reading, going to the theatre and meeting friends. In France she works as a driving instructor, which she enjoys because she likes working with young people. She has escaped the French winter to come here to Australia to improve her English, travel and experience a new place.
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.
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!
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.
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! 🙂
Marie, Seraina, Carmen, Lulu, Erik, Pablo and Thomas
Lulu is from France she has already been in Byron Bay for 3 months and she has made a lot of her friends, she was always ready for a nice party in the student house. But then she went for 5 weeks to Perth and we missed her a lot now she has come back and we can enjoy this time with her in Byron.
Her name is Marie and she is 19 years old. She comes from Germany. She’s staying in Byron Bay for 10 weeks and would like to learn surfing.
Erik is from Switzerland. He arrived in Byron Bay 3 months ago. He is very sporty and loves to run in the rain and he always hangs his clothes on the washing line when it starts to rain. He is not so lucky actually but instead of that he is a really funny guy and everybody appreciates his company.
Thomas is from Switzerland, he’s 28 and he is a Mechanic Product Manager. He will be in Byron for 10 weeks, studying FIRST. He likes surfing, snowboarding and wakeboarding.
Pablo is 34 years old he is from Leon in Spain and lives now in Mallorca. He is a skipper on a sail boat. Tourists can book a sail trip from one day ip to one week on his boat. He will stay for 12 weeks in Byron. He likes surfing, the beach, mountain biking, swimming and trekking.
This is twenty year old Seraina from Switzerland. She is going to improve her English here in Byron Bay in about 10 weeks. Her boyfriend is going to pick her up and travel with her after language school. But I’m sure that she will have already done everything special here in Byron when he arrives.
Carmen is 19 years old and she lives in Switzerland. She arrived here on the 2 of January and she really loves Byron Bay. Carmen is learning English here at the Lexis School. This weekend she will go skydiving and she also wants to go surfing.
Jennifer is from the French part of Switzerland and arrived three weeks ago in Australia. She has been in Sydney for three weeks. She has got a small family, just one brother but sometimes she likes sport and making electric music. She likes comedy and drama movies. She will go to her first bar in Byron tonight.
Fiona is from Switzerland too and arrived on Saturday and is going to stay in Australia for three months. She has never been to Australia before. She has just one brother, who is 21, and she gets well with their family. She loves every kind of sports. She likes comedy movies.
Fabian is from Switzerland and has one brother. He arrived 5 days ago in Brisbane and travelled to Surfers by bus. He is going to stay 6 months in Australia. The difference between Australia and Switzerland is the weather and the sea. He thinks that people are more friendly here than in his home country. He likes playing the guitar and complex movies and, here in Australia, he is a surfer.
Sonya lives in Japan but comes from Korea. She’s been in Australia for five days and will stay here for 10 weeks. She has already spent two days in Brisbane. The differences between here and her country are the weather (more tropical in Australia) and the people, who are more relaxed here. She has a big family on her mother’s side. In fact her mom has seven siblings and she gets along really well with all of them because they live close to each other. She has also one brother. During her free time she likes to watch TV drama. She also likes to watch comedy action movies. She’s already been to bars and restaurants in Byron and her favourite one is the Beach Hotel.
Sammy comes from Korea. She has been here in Byron Bay for three weeks. She stays at Lexis school until March. She has already travelled on the east coast like Noosa, Gold Coast, Sydney. She enjoys the good weather that is sunnier here than in her country, which is in winter. Sammy has a brother and a sister. She feels close to them even if they have been living separately during long time. Watching YouTube and American series take up her free time. She likes lots of different film styles especially comedy or science fiction. Sammy enjoys going out in Byron Bay at night. She goes to Cheeky Monkey, Buddha Bar and Railway Bar but the best one in her opinion is the Buddha Bar.
Thoai-Tam is from Switzerland. He has been in Australia for three days, going to stay for 10 weeks. He hasn’t travelled in Australia yet. Main differences between his country and Australia is the weather. And Australia has a more relaxed ambiance. He has a big family with more than 15 cousins, they gather twice a year. He likes reading manga, taking a nap, doing sports when he has free time. Also he enjoys action movies. He hasn’t been in any bars or restaurants in Byron Bay yet.
Celine is from Switzerland. She can play tennis very well. She has been playing for eight years. She likes comedy films and, in Byron Bay, she loves Buddha Bar.
Lisa is also from Switzerland. She has a younger brother, mum and dad. She likes films that touch her with meaning and she loves surfing. She thinks Australia is different from Switzerland because the weather is different and people are more relaxed here.
We will be running extra activities for students who are studying in the afternoon.
These activities will mostly take place on Wednesday and Friday mornings between 11am and 12pm.
This month we will have a table tennis tournament, Aboriginal art and boomerang painting, soccer, baking, cricket and yoga. On the last Friday of January (29th) we will have an after-school activity instead – drinks at the Railway pub! 🙂
If you want to take surf lessons (possible most days at 9am) come to reception to book these.
Please remember to sign up for all of these activities at reception – we will need a minimum of 8 students to run the sport activities 🙂
We had one of our famous Lexis Table Tennis Tournaments this afternoon!
As always the players were very competitive… Angela surprised everyone with her fantastic skills and gave Raphael a run for his money! It was a close match, but Rapha won and made it to the final with Lucas.
There was a lot of tension during the final match but eventually Raphael was victorious yet again! At least this time we divided up the prizes, so Angela, Lucas and Raphael were all prize winners 🙂