Jobs! 18 April

 

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Again, there’s not many jobs listed online or in the papers this week, so I’ll reiterate what I said last week:

The best thing to do is go round all the bars, restaurants, cafes, hostels and hotels handing out your resume. If you need help writing your resume you can go to GIL any day between 2 and 3pm; in room 8 every day except Mondays when it’s in room 7. Then email to me: adminbyron@lexisenglish.com and I can print 10 free copies every day for you 🙂

Persistence is key, so if you don’t hear back from them after a few days go back in and follow up. If they remember you you’ll be the first person they think to call when a job does become available!

If you are wanting to work somewhere that serves alcohol you will need to complete your RSA. For more information on this and barista courses follow this link: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2017/02/01/rsa-and-barista-courses/

 

 

FACTORY ALL ROUNDER

Local health food manufacturer seeks a fit reliable all rounder to help out with all aspects of production, from factory line to cleaning. Award wage. Minimum 20 hours per week. Immediate start.

CLICK TO APPLY

 

 

FULL TIME COOK

A cafe in Byron Bay is seeking a full time Cook (up to 40 hours per week) to join our team. To be considered for this role you should: – Be available both days at weekends. – Have at least 2 years of experience as a Cook. – Have the right to work in Australia.

CLICK TO APPLY 

 

CAFE ASSISTANT

Part-time for fastpaced cafe. Front-of-house, sandwich hand, food prep, barista. Hospitality experience a must. Apply with a resume at The Village Bakehouse, next to IGA.

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

New Starters! 16 April

Welcome to our four new students joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Elisabet is from Gran Canaria, Spain. Her biggest passion is surfing, which she has been doing for 15 years; this is her main reason for picking Byron Bay for her English studies! She also enjoys swimming, running and studying! She works as a lifeguard at her local beach. She is really looking forward to her 7 months in Australia!

Tania is also from the Canary islands and travelling with her friend Elisabet. She has also been surfing for 15 years and enjoys swimming and running. She has been working for the past 10 years as a lifeguard and now also works as a paramedic. She has recently qualified to be a surf instructor and is now wanting to improve her English so she can open a surf school when she returns to Spain!

Patrick is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. In his free time he loves going to concerts and spending time with his friends. He also enjoys sports, but mostly just to keep his fitness up. He is excited for his 6 weeks at Lexis Byron, improving his English and making friends from all over the world!

Gabriela, from Brazil, is a Journalist. She loves nature so is always happiest by the beach, in the forest or at waterfalls; Byron was definitely a good pick for her studies!  Her hobbies include trekking, jogging, reading and watching TV. She also loves travelling and has visited many places and is now very happy to here exploring Australia and it’s culture!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Bodyboarding! 13 April

Byron’s waves aren’t just perfect for surfing, they’re great fun for bodyboarding too!

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On Friday I took a group of students to the beach for free bodyboard hire, courtesy of the wonderful team at Let’s Go Surfing!

 

The weather was glorious and the water beautiful and not too cold, even as we head into winter!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Graduation! 13 April

Congratulations to our four students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Maya, from Japan, graduates from Claudia’s Upper intermediate class. She has been studying with us for over a year now and has made excellent progress in this time, starting in Elementary and graduating from Upper Intermediate. Maya, you should be very proud of all the hard work you have put in! We wish you the very best for the future!

Ana, from Brazil, graduates from Claudia’s Upper intermediate class. Claudia has really enjoyed having her in class, saying her dedication and positive attitude were wonderful to see every day and all of her contributions were greatly appreciated. She has a wonderful positive attitude to life and this really enriched the atmosphere of the class. Best of luck for the future Ana, we are sure you will do well!

Bruna

Bruna, from Brazil, graduates from Kristy’s Elementary class. It has been a joy having her here at Lexis. She is a friendly, warm and optimistic person who is lovely to be around. We have seen brilliant progress in her English since her first day and watched her confidence with speaking grow. Well done on your A grade Bruna, very well deserved! We are glad this isn’t goodbye as Bruna will continue to live in Byron!

Sandra

Alexandra, from Spain, graduates from Mel and Adrienne’s Intermediate class. Her teachers described her as a ray of sunshine and loved having her in class. Her positive attitude and participation in activities were always appreciated. She has been a hard working student and it no surprise she is graduating with an A! We hope you enjoyed your time at Lexis as much as we enjoyed having you here!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

It’s the Weekend! 13 – 15 April

Weekend

 

WEATHER

Weather Zone

 

SURF

Surf

 

HAPPY TRAVELS

Happy Travels

See Iain from Happy Travels to sign up for the weekend trips! He is in the student lounge Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 12pm til 3pm, or you can pop into their store on Jonson Street!

Saturday

Ever wondered how it feels to breath underwater? 🐬🐳
Well now is your chance!
The friendly team at Byron Bay Dive Centre have kindly offered a FREE taster session at the dive centre to any Lexis students that have never tried before. 2.30pm – 4pm.

You can then book to do a dive at Julian Rocks!

More info & sign up with Iain at the travel desk. FREE ENTRY.

Sunday

For those of you that haven’t checked out the alternative and hippie capital of Nimbin, then we have teamed up with the crew at the Happy Coach Byron Bay to offer you a great day out.
The fun local guides will take you on a road trip to Nimbin in Byron’s hinterland, visiting a stunning waterfall with time to take some photos, stopping off for lunch and giving you enough time to enjoy 2 hours exploring Nimbin by yourself.

More info & sign up with Iain at the travel desk. $45

 

 

 

GIGS

Gigs

FRIDAY 13
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY FLOGGING TELES, DAN HANNAFORD BAND, NICK CUNNINGHAM
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY RAGGA JUMP
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 5PM TUFFY, 9PM FAT ALBERT
BYRON BAY BREWERY MONEY FOR ROPE + GUESTS & ROMISOUNDS
BYRON THEATRE 8PM HEAVEN & HELL: THE FRIENDSHIP OF JOHNNY CASH & ROY ORBISON
SAFYA, BYRON BAY OLLY
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 6PM ADAM HARPAZ
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM LOCAL DJS
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY 7.30PM THE BUTTON COLLECTIVE
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 8PM TWISTED WILLOWS
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM RICHIE LANGFORD

SATURDAY 14
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY SEA GYPSIES, MANALION, DUSTY BOOTS
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY 7PM THE SUPERLOVE
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 9PM SAMAPALOOZA
BYRON BAY BREWERY 8PM HALYCON DRIVE AND WHARVES
BYRON THEATRE 1PM JULIUS CAESAR BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – NT LIVE SCREENING
BYRON ARTISAN MARKET RAILWAY PARK 4PM KOBYA
FRESH, BYRON BAY 7PM STEVE TYSON
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 7PM GYPSY JEZ
STICKY WICKET BAR, BYRON BAY 9PM LOCAL DJS
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 6PM OPEN MIC NIGHT
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY 7.30PM NICOLE BROPHY
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON BAY 9PM LIVE DJS
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM LUKE BENNETT

SUNDAY 15
HOTEL GREAT NORTHERN, BYRON BAY SPLENDOUR LOCALS PRESALE, JESSE PUMPHREY
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY JUKE JOINT WAY
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY 4.30PM EPIC, 8PM DJ LONGTIME
BYRON BAY BREWERY 5PM – ANDY AID W/ KYLE LIONHART, RORY ONEIL, DOS LOONA, NITSUA
BYRON GOLF CLUB 2PM OOZ
FRESH, BYRON BAY 7PM SLIM PICKENS
SAFYA, BYRON BAY 7PM AFI JAMES
SUN BISTRO, BYRON BAY 5PM FELIX 
TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY LUNCH UNTIL LATE – SUNDAY SESSIONS DJS DANGEROUS COBRA & EVA J

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

Saturday

Byron Artisan Market

Byron Flea Market

Bangalow Farmers Market

Kingscliff Markets

Blue Knob Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers Market

 

Sunday

The Channon Craft Market

 

 

CINEMA

Friday 13th Apr

MONSTER FAMILY1:30pm
Early Man3:30pm
Black Panther5:30pm

Saturday 14th Apr

MONSTER FAMILY11:30am
Early Man1:20pm
Human Flow3:20pm
Ladybird6:00pm
Black Panther8:00pm

Sunday 15th Apr

Early Man11:45am
MONSTER FAMILY1:50pm
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool3:50pm
Game Night6:00pm
Ladybird8:00pm

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Skateboarding! 11 April

Today we had Flavio from Byron Bay Skateboard School come in!

Many of the students had never skated before, so he started them of with the basics then got them to practice turning. By the end of the hour they were all confidently skating all around the campus!

Axel and Xenia had skated before so they tried out some tricks, including Ollies.

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It’s always a fun afternoon when Flavio stops by 🙂

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.