Happy Student – Juliana Barrera Merchan

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Final Words?

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.

 

 

 

Mixed Skills Class Cook Off

This afternoon Claudia’s Mixed Skills A2/B1 Options class had a Masterchef style cook-off.

The topic this week was food and cooking so it was time to put some of the language they learned into practice.

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It’s the weekend! Byron Bay, March 18-20

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WEATHER

The temperature is forecast for a high of around 28 during the day and a low of 21 overnight. Friday is looking clear, with showers and possible thunderstorms over the weekend.

weather weekend

 

SURF

surf weekend

 

PIGHOUSE FLICKS LOUNGE CINEMA (at Byron Bay Brewery)

Friday

Brooklyn 1:45pm
Hail, Caesar! 4:00pm
Room 6:15pm
Deadpool 8:30pm
Saturday 
Brooklyn 11:15am
Hail, Caesar! 1:30pm
Deadpool 3:45pm
Spotlight 6:00pm
Hail, Caesar! 8:30pm
Sunday 
Hail, Caesar! 11:15am
Deadpool 1:30pm
Brooklyn 3:50pm
Room 6:10pm
Deadpool 8:00pm

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GIG GUIDE

Friday

 
Beach Hotel – 5pm DJs, 9pm Babe Rainbow

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market

Saturday

Bangalow Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers’ Market

Mullumbimby Community Market

Blue Knob Farmers’ Market

Sunday

Byron Artisan Market

Uki Buttery Bazaar Market

Lismore Car Boot Market

Pottsville Markets

 

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone! ❤

 

Jobs Jobs Jobs! Byron Bay, March 2

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LABOURER REQUIRED FOR NEW HOUSE BUILD – BYRON BAY

Labourer required for a few months on new house build/light commercial build. You will require welding skills, be able to do some concreting and general labour

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/tradesmen-labour/labourer-required-for-new-house-build-byron-bay/1105801396

CAR HANDYMAN

Hi, looking for someone with some basic mechanical & car repair skills, i have a couple of 60s trucks & 6 cars in need of simple mechanical repair & body work

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/car-handyman/1105718959

RESTAURANT SUPERVISOR REQUIRED

Experienced hospitality professional required for management position at Byron Restaurant. Part-time or Full-time. Working holiday visa is fine

HTTP://WWW.GUMTREE.COM.AU/S-AD/BYRON-BAY/MANAGEMENT/RESTAURANT-SUPERVISOR-REQUIRED/1105643437

CASUAL CLEANERS REQUIRED

Must be available to work on call 7 days a week during business hours, no night work. Must speak good English. Long term preferred. Must have experience

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/housekeeping/casual-cleaners-required/1105568690

RUNWAY MODEL

The Byron Bay International Fashion Festival would like to extend an invitation to runway models

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/health-sports-beauty/runway-model/1104797325

CHEF OR EXPERIENCED COOK

Fulltime position available to a capable, fast, skilled chef or cook. Good conditions, friendly team.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/chef-or-experienced-cook/1105476584

PART TIME/ FULL TIME EXPERIENCE COOK

BayGer burger joint in Byron bay is seeking an experienced cook to join our friendly team. Must have a minimum of 12 month experience

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/chefs-cooks/part-time-full-time-experience-cook/1101110266

LOOKING FOR CLEANERS FOR A GUEST HOUSE

Hello im looking for cleaners for a guest house casual work immediate start

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-hospitality/looking-for-cleaners-for-a-guest-house/1105439178

SEEKING MATURE, LOCAL, EXPERIENCED CLEANERS

Seeking Mature, local, experienced cleaners

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/housekeeping/seeking-mature-local-experienced-cleaners/1097110126

TYPIST AND GENERAL ONLINE PUBLISHING ASSISTANT.

Hello, I’m putting together publications, books and press releases, and preparing material for online publishing and actually printing newsletters.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/office/typist-and-general-online-publishing-assistant-/1105294604

CLEANER/RECEPTIONIST WANTED

We are a small accommodation with 5 rooms just outside of Byron Bay. We are looking for an experienced mature and local casual cleaner/receptionist

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/housekeeping/cleaner-receptionist-wanted/1105290937

FUN JOB. RIDE PEDICAB RICKSHAW TAXI. BYRON BAY

Ride a 3 wheel rickshaw taxi round Byron Bay. The rickshaw has a sound system so you can listen to your own music while getting some exercise

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/fun-job-ride-pedicab-rickshaw-taxi-byron-bay/1105288977

FULL TIME SUPERVISOR ALL ROUNDER

Park St Pasta Bar in Brunswick Heads is seeking a full time supervisor / all rounder to join the team.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/waiting-staff/full-time-supervisor-all-rounder/1101645163

PHOTOGRAPHER WANTED FOR ART, MUSIC & FASHION SHOWS IN BYRON

Are you used to working in a fast-paced environment? Are you a positive and energetic person? Do you have an insane amount of love for the arts?

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/other-jobs/photographer-wanted-for-art-music-fashion-shows-in-byron-bay/1103148205

PERSONAL TRAINER

Heart and Soul Health Clubs, Byron Bay, are looking for qualified Personal Trainers to join their team. Casual position only required for 2 x 3 hour shifts

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byron-bay/sports-healthclub/personal-trainer/1083584648

Well done Minato!

Minato is from Japan and this is only her second week at Lexis Byron Bay, but yesterday she scored 100% on her weekly progress test. Congratulations, Minato, keep up the good work!

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New Starters! February 15

We have 7 new starters this week at Lexis Byron Bay – Nuria, Iara, Marco, Joelle, Lisa, Simon and Nancy.

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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.

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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