Didgeridoo Lesson! 20 September

Yesterday we had Craig, from Fifth Circle Music Therapy, come in to teach us the basics of playing the didgeridoo!

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We started with vibrating our lips into the didgeridoo, then practiced incorporating different sounds and rhythms with this.

The didgeridoo is a wooden instrument developed by indigenous Australians. Craig told us a bit about the history and origin of this instrument which has been used within aboriginal tribes for years.

Craig taught us how to the imitate the sounds of two of Australia’s native animals, the kangaroo and dingo; first practicing without, then through the didgeridoo. We had lots of fun howling like wolves and making the bouncing noises of the kangaroo!

Some of us were more natural didgeridoo players than others… teacher Adrienne’s technique was best described as ‘cat’s bum’.

This was a brilliant authentic and cultural experience for all of us and one we all thoroughly enjoyed!

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.

Boomerang Painting! November 9

This morning we did some Boomerang Painting and learnt a little about Aboriginal Australia culture and art.

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The students enjoyed the chance to get creative, using the examples of traditional Aboriginal art including the symbols used for goanna and kangaroo tracks and the method of dot painting.

They also took advantage of the opportunity to practice speaking English during the activity, talking about boomerangs, the innate artistic ability that every person has, languages from around the world and the different dialects and accents in different locations. It was a relaxing activity and a perfect way to chill out on the morning after Student Night at Cheeky Monkeys!

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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.

Boomerang Painting! October 26

This afternoon we learnt a bit about Aboriginal Australian culture at the Boomerang Painting activity.

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The students channeled their artistic sides and created some great boomerangs, painting Australian animals and using traditional Aboriginal symbols and dot-painting styles.

Every boomerang was as beautiful and unique as the person who painted it. 🙂

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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.

Boomerang Painting! September 9

Today our students learnt about Aboriginal Australian art and boomerangs.

They got creative and, using some examples of authentic Aboriginal art, painted their own boomerangs in beautiful designs.

It was a great chance to chat with each other and get to know the other students, while enjoying a creative and meditative hour of painting!

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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.

Lighthouse Photo Scavenger Hunt! August 26

This afternoon the students set off into the sunshine on a Scavenger Hunt! They got into teams of 2 or 3 and were given two lists of items to find around Byron Bay. The first list included items relevant to their afternoon Options class and the second were general items around Byron Bay. The first team back for each class who had completed their Options class list won a 6-pack of beer, and the team back first with both lists complete won a Kayaking Trip each from BWT!

The winning team from Ellie’s Mixed Skills class was Maria, Yuki and Priscilla.

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They won a 6-pack of beer for being the first team back with their Options Class list completed! In class they are studying ‘Health and Fitness’ this week, so their list of items reflected what they have been learning. They completed items on the list such as a photo of a team member doing the “Usain Bolt” pose in a shop that sells sports clothes, a selfie with a person who looks like they exercise regularly (though they are not sure he understood why they wanted a photo with him!), a photo with a beach towel that is bigger than the smallest team member, a photo of team members doing yoga poses in the park, and a photo of a team member showing three products which help us stay safe in the sun.

Paul’s Speak like a Native class had a very efficient team win the beer after completing the class list!

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Juliano and Maria were very quick (and rather puffed out on their return) and completed their list by getting photos of Aussie slang words, for example, of a team member holding a pair of “Budgy Smugglers”, a photo of a “Hot Chick” and a “Hot Bloke”, a photo of the “Meat Pie Menu” and a photo of a tube of “Zinc Cream” at the Chemist.

The winning team from Becky’s Film and Music class was Vanessa, Leticia and Momoko.

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They were the quickest team in their class to complete the items on their class list which were about Film, Music and Australiana, including getting photos of the two video shops in Byron Bay, a shop where you can buy records, a video of a busker, a photo of Aboriginal Art, a photo of a team member holding a boomerang and an example of Aboriginal language.

The winners of the BIG prize, for completing both the class list AND the general list were Richard and Emiko!

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After completing the list from Paul’s class by getting photos of “snags”, a carton of Coopers Pale Ale (beer) at the “bottlo”, and the “bouncer” at Beach Hotel, just to name a few, they then completed the general list too! This included getting a selfie at the Lighthouse, photos of the most easterly point of Australia, a photo using the barbecue at Wategos Beach, a photo of the waves at The Pass, a selfie at the Lexis English school sign and a photo of them doing a surf pose in front of BWT!

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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.

Boomerang Painting! August 17

This afternoon we sat out in the sunshine and learnt a little bit about Aboriginal Australian art while painting Boomerangs.

Everyone was very creative with their designs and showcased some of their experiences in Byron Bay so far, such as the animals they have seen and the Aboriginal sites they have learnt about.

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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.

Boomerang Painting! July 6

This afternoon we enjoyed the sunshine in the garden while painting boomerangs!

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First the students learnt a little about how the Aboriginal Australian’s use different techniques, symbols and pictures to create their art. They then combined this with their own creativity and painted some beautiful boomerangs to keep as a memento of their time in Byron Bay.

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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.

Boomerang Painting! June 8

This afternoon we sat out in the garden and soaked up the sunshine while painting boomerangs.

Inola, Yuki and Shinji channeled their artistic sides and created beautiful boomerangs while learning a bit about Aboriginal Australian culture!

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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.