January Activity Calendar 2020!

Joining the activities is a great way to make new friends, practice your English in a social environment, and of course, have fun!!

Throughout the month we always have a variety of different activities, with a mix of sports, cooking, and craft, so there’s something for everyone, if you want more information please don’t hesitate to come and speak with me at reception! 🙂

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There are two activities running every day.

The morning activity is held at 11.30am-12.30pm and the afternoon at 2-3pm.

There will be a yoga class on Monday at 7:45am and a new yoga class starting at 5:45pm

GIL will be from 12-1pm and 2-3pm.

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Check out the rest of the activities we have planned exclusively for our Lexis students in January!

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We continue our Coffee Club on Tuesdays and Monday afternoons; Join Siobhan or Di for coffee, Tim Tams, games, and conversations!

Yoga will be held every Monday morning with teacher Jimmy in room 8 at 7:45am and Tuesdays at 5:45pm with teacher Brooklyn. It’s a great way to start the week and it’s free for Lexis students.

Teacher Kristy runs a free Guided Meditation on Wednesday mornings between 8-8:30am in room 8. No experience needed, this group is open for everyone who has ever thought about giving meditation a go. Not only does Kristy guide you through a beautiful meditation, but there is also time to discuss the benefits and beliefs behind the practice. It is truly a beautiful way to start your day.

Make sure you come into reception to sign up for the activities or come and see me if you have any questions 🙂

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.

Welcome to the Weekend! December 13th-15th 🐬

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WEATHER

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SURF

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MARKETS

Byron Artisan Market – every Saturday

Byron Farmers Market  – every Thursday (8am – 11am)

Bangalow Farmers Market – every Saturday (8am – 11am)

Mullumbimby Farmer’s Market  – every Friday (7am – 11am)

GIG GUIDE

Friday

Jesse Pumprhrey @ Hotel Great Northern

The Velvet Rope @ Railway Hotel

Backroom – The Delta Riggs, Seaside and Sophie Ozard @ Hotel Great Northern

5:00pm Jon J Bradley @ Beach Hotel

6:00pm Luke Bennett @ Targa

7:00pm Slim Pickens @ Fresh

7:30pm 153 East @ Treehouse

8:00pm Felix – Local DJs @ The Sticky Wicket Bar

8:00pm Dos Boy @ Byron Bay Brewery

9:00pm Pink Zinc @ Beach Hotel

9:00pm Morning Maxwell @ Woody’s Surf Shack

Saturday

Flaskas @ Railway Hotel

Brave Gulf, Christian Patey + friends @ Hotel Great Northern

5:00pm DJ Longtime @ Beach Hotel

6:00pm Open Mic @ The Sun

6:00pm This Is Us 2019 presented by Inspire Dance Studio @ Byron Theatre

7:30pm Jordan McRobbie @ Treehouse

8:00pm Drop Legs @ Byron Bay Brewery

8:00pm Ooz + Local DJs @ The Sticky Wicket Bar

9:00pm Rhythm & Cutloose @ Beach Hotel

9:00pm DJ Simba & DJ My Happy Place @ Woody’s Surf Shack

Sunday

Dan Hannaford @ Hotel Great Northern

Jamie Ashforth Trio @ Railway Hotel

12:00pm Sunday Session DJs – Jezza J & Vinnie LaDuce @ Treehouse

4:30pm Nicky Bomba @ Beach Hotel

5:00pm Nathan Kaye @ The Sun

6:00pm This Is Us 2019 presented by Inspire Dance Studio @ Byron Theatre

7:30pm Live DJs @ Beach Hotel

 

BYRON BAY TOURING CO & HAPPY TRAVELS

Saturday
WET N WILD
ADVENTURE PARK $69

Sunday
KAYAK WITH THE
DOLPHINS $60pp

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Christmas Cookie Decorating 🍪 December 12th

The festive spirit was alive and well at Lexis Byron Bay this morning when we did Christmas Cookie Decorating!

We had a Christmas playlist made on Spotify in the background playing while we decorated our cookies.

Ingredients used:

  • cookies/ biscuits
  • icing sugar
  • butter
  • water
  • cherries
  • sour worms
  • pretzels
  • desiccated coconut
  • sprinkles
  • smarties
  • chocolate buttons

Students were creative in what designs they made! Some examples were:

  • Christmas trees
  • stars
  • hearts
  • gingerbread men
  • snowmen
  • baubles
  • lights
  • Christmas wreaths
  • Christmas puddings
  • reindeers

It was a messy and yummy morning!

Hope you all enjoyed this fun activity and eating the creations afterwards 😋

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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.

Soccer Match! Lexis vs. BBELS ⚽. December 11th

Yesterday’s activity was a soccer match against Byron Bay English Language School (BBELS). This is always a fun activity where students get to meet new people, practice English and have a ball (pun intended) while doing it!

Check out the photos below.

 

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TEAM LEXIS!

Having a rest at half time!

 

Each half was played for 25 minutes, which on such a hot day, is long enough! In the end, Team Lexis came out on top 1-0 but both teams equaled in effort. Well done everyone!

Looking forward to the next match.

 

 

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.

Christmas Traditions: History of Cookie Decorating 🎄🍪

 History of Cookie Decorating 🎄🍪

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we do certain Christmas Traditions? Did you know that Cookie decorating dates back to at least the 14th century in Switzerland? Springerle cookie molds were carved from wood and used to impress Biblical designs into cookies. One of the earliest recorded forms of cookie decorating is the springerle, and the oldest known springerle mold is housed at the Swiss national museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

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The artistic element of cookie making also can be traced back to Medieval Germany.

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Lebkuchen was crafted into fancy shapes and decorated with sugar. Lebkuchen is a traditional German baked Christmas cookie, somewhat resembling gingerbread.

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During the 17th century, Dutch and German settlers introduced cookie cutters, decorative molds, and festive holiday cookie decorations to the United States.

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Today cookie decorating traditions continue in many places in the world and include such activities as cookie decorating parties, competitions, creating cookie bouquets and cookie gift baskets, and simply decorating cookies with others can be a fun activity.

Join us at Lexis Byron Bay this Thursday the 11th of December at 11.30am or 2pm for our own version of Christmas Cookie Decorating!

Make sure to sign up at reception!

 

 

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.

Hip Hop Dance 👯 December 5th

Today’s activity was a Hip Hop lesson. Led by amazing Hip Hop teacher Mina, students followed a series of steps which, by the end of the one hour lesson, ended in a whole dance routine!

Check out how it went..

Just a quick pre-warm-up dance😄

We spent 5 minutes doing our warm-up and then we were ready to start the first set of

moves.

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What a work out!!! We finished with 5 minutes of stretching.
So much fun… Look forward to the next session!

 

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.

What’s on Next Week! December 9-13th

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR THE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT RECEPTION!!!

 

Monday 7:45am Early morning Yoga with Jimmy & Tuesday 5:45pm Afternoon Yoga with Brooklyn. This is a lovely way to start the week. If you can’t make yoga on Monday morning we now have another session on Tuesday! All you need is a towel and some water.

Monday – 2pm and Tuesday 11:30am Monday afternoon Coffee Club is new and will allow new starters to properly meet each other and any other students who come along. We usually play Jenga or Uno while enjoying tea, coffee, and a TimTam or two.
Remember this is a great way to practice your English!

Wednesday – Early Morning Meditation with Kristy. This is a guided half-hour meditation which starts at 8am in room 8. Anyone can join, just bring yourself.

Wednesday – Soccer Match against BBELS at 3:30pm! We head down to the local field where you get to show off your soccer skills.  This is a friendly match and a great way to meet new people.

Thursday – Christmas Cookie Decorating at 11.30am and 2pm downstairs in the student lounge. Decorate your own Christmas cookies or make them for a friend!

Friday – Beach Cricket and Picnic. 10:30 – 11:30am & 2 – 3pm. We meet in front of the school then walk down to the beach, set up a picnic, and play some beach cricket or if the conditions are nice, go for a swim!

 

 

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.

Aussie Beer Tasting🍺! November 15th

 Friday we had our favourite activity… Beer tasting!

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It was a perfect afternoon for a nice cold beer. We had 4 great brews for students to try.

Byron Bay Premium Lager

VB (Victorian Bitter)

Furphy’s Refreshing Ale

Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager

                 BBBco VB Furphy's Stone and wood

Everyone was given a form with a list of beers we were tasting. After tasting the beer they were asked to guess the flavours, which state the beer is from, alcohol percentage, price, and rating out of 10.

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Guessing the flavours was the hardest task.

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Alba was very happy with the afternoon’s activity.

CHEERS!

 

 

 

 

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Jewellery Making Part 2! November 14th

Such a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon at Lexis Byron Bay.  Everyone got creative and we had plenty of beads, shells and stones to work with. We also had some helpful tips to get us started!

 

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So much concentration happening…

With great results!

Lot of laughs and creative styles. Thanks ladies!

 

 

 

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.

Lawn Bowls! November 6th

Lawn Bowls, once associated as an ‘old person sport’ has since come into fashion again in Australia!

The sun was shining, and the wind was minimal today at Lexis Byron Bay– two aspects of lawn bowling that are imperative to the sport. The only thing that might make it slightly better would be to have a cold beverage in hand.

We started the game with two balls, each of different colours.

Let the bowling commence!

Celine giving it her best shot!

Who’s ball was closest to the jack???

Kristy using the two handed method😂 while Rony and Di used the classic underarm approach!

Not so easy trying to hit the jack (small black ball) but I think we were all winners in the end! 🤙

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Basic Lawn Bowling Rules

Lawn bowling is played by 2 teams of 1-4 players who try to earn points by throwing their “bowls” (balls) up the green so that they land closest to a small target ball called a “Jack.”

Playing Area

Lawn bowls, as it is officially called, is played on a square area usually measuring 120′ on each side. This area, known as a bowling green, is surrounded by a shallow ditch. The surface of the playing area is usually grass, but may be a sand-clay mixture or other artificial surface like carpet.

The green is divided into 6 rectangular “rinks” which allow 6 games to take place at one time. The rinks measure 120′ long by 20′ wide.

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Equipment

Aside from a playing area, the following equipment is needed for lawn bowling:

Bowls (Balls)

These balls vary in size between 4.5″ to 5.5″ in diameter and weigh no more than 3.5 pounds. They are made of a very hard, heavy wood or hard plastic material, and they come in a wide range of colors.

Lawn bowls are not spherical; they bulge out slightly on one side so that they follow a curved path when they are rolled.

The curved path of the ball helps bowlers maneuver their way past other bowls. Bowls can curve about 4′ to the side of the bulge over a distance of 100′. There is a mark on the ball to show the heavier side that has the “bias.”

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Jack

The Jack is the target ball. It’s white or yellow, about 2.5″ in diameter, and weighs about 10 ounces.

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Scoring

Once all of the bowls have been played, completing an “end,” scoring is determined in the following manner:

  • A team gets 1 point for each of its balls that is closer to the Jack than the closest opponent’s ball.
  • The team that scores in one end rolls first in the next end.
  • Games are usually played to 21 points.
*photos and info from http://www.kids-sports-activities.com/lawn-bowling-rules.html 
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.

 

November Activity Calendar!

Check out the November activities calendar we have planned exclusively for the students at Lexis Byron Bay!

There are two activities running everyday.

The morning activity at 11.30am-12.30pm and the afternoon at 2-3pm.

There will be one yoga class on Monday which will be held at 7.45am.

GIL will be from 12-1pm and 2-3pm.

Joining the activities is a great way to make new friends, practice your English in a social environment , and of course have fun!!

Throughout the month we always have a variety of different activities, with a mix of sports, cooking and craft, so there’s something for everyone!

Nov activity Calendar

We continue our Coffee Club on Tuesday’s; Join Siobhan or Di for coffee, Tim Tams, games and conversations!

Yoga will be held every Monday with teacher Jimmy in room 8 at 7:45. It’s a great way to start the week and it’s free for Lexis students.

Teacher Kristy runs a free Guided Meditation on Wednesday morning (except for 20th) between 8-8:30am in room 8. No experience needed, this group is open for everyone who has ever thought about giving meditation a go. Not only does Kristy guide you through a beautiful mediation, there is time to discuss the benefits and beliefs behind the practice. It is truly a beautiful way to start your day.

Make sure you come in to reception to sign up for the activities or come and see me if you have any questions 🙂

 

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

Pizza Making.. Round 2! October 30th

It was a busy day in the student kitchen at Lexis English Byron Bay this afternoon as we prepared and made our second lot of pizzas for the day!🍕🍕🍕🍕

 

Our ingredients today were all the classics

  • Tomato
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato and BBQ sauces
  • Red and green capsicum
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Ham and pepperoni
  • Spinach

So many smiles. You can’t go wrong with pizza.. right?

Waiting their turn for the oven. There were definitely some hungry tummies!

Finally out of the oven!!

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Look at all that melted cheese… YUM!

Happy students!

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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.

Pot Plant Painting! October 24th

Yesterday’s activity was Pot Plant Painting! As it was such a beautiful day we decided to sit in the common area downstairs where we had both sun and shade.

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We had terracotta pots, a variety of paints, and painting essentials. All the many brushes came in handy.

Hard at work! It was not easy deciding what to paint, but we had a lot of laughs while thinking about it.

Our plants are called Portulaca. They are a type of succulent and will thrive in the Byron Bay sun.

Well done everyone. Fantastic results!

 

 

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.

Jewellery Making! October 17th

Thursdays activity was jewellery making!

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This week we had a box full of craft supplies which included a ton of thread, beads, and shells.

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With a little bit of instruction, everyone was free to make what they liked.

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Most people chose to make necklaces, anklets, and bracelets and the results were fantastic. Lovely work everyone!

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Thanks to everyone who made my first activity day a lot of fun. Can’t wait for the next one!

 

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.

Cooking with Chocolate! 6th September

For our Cooking with Chocolate activity on Friday we made delicious Vegan Brownies!

It was a stunning afternoon and many students had all ready left campus to go enjoy the beach..

But that just meant more brownie for those lucky students who were still around!

We all worked as a team, following the below recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 200g dark chocolate (dairy free if you want to make it vegan)
  • 170g of self-raising flour
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 180g golden caster sugar
  • 230ml coconut milk
  • 200g raspberries
  • 200g walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. Stir in the oil, milk and melted chocolate until combined.
  4. Chop and stir in the raspberries, remaining chocolate and most of the nuts reserving a few for the top. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining walnuts, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.
  5. Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

This was a simple recipe to follow that could be easily adapted with different chocolate, nuts or fruit depending on your taste.

After 25 minutes in the oven, our patience had worn thin and we could no longer wait for our chocolate fix. The brownie was still a little bit gooey in the middle, but nobody seemed to mind.  😀

I am all ready looking forward to making these brownies again, they were delicious!

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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.

September Activity Calendar

Check out the activities we have planned exclusively for our Lexis students in September!

Joining the activities is a great way to make new friends, practice your English in a social environment , and of course have fun!!

Throughout the month we always have a variety of different activities, with a mix of sports, cooking and craft, so there’s something for everyone!

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We have free Yoga with the wonderful Jimmy every Monday at 2pm in Room 8.

We continue our Coffee Club on Tuesday’s at 2pm; join me for coffee, Tim Tams, games and conversations! If the weather remains beautiful and sunny we will have our first coffee club of the month down the beach. Bring a take away coffee cup and meet in the student kitchen and we can all walk down together 🙂

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day 2-3pm in Room 8 (except Monday’s are in Room 2). Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

Teacher Kristy runs a free Guided Meditation on Wednesday morning between 8-8:30am in room 8.

Make sure you come in to reception to sign up for the activities or come and see me if you have any questions 🙂

 

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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

 

Soccer Match Against BBELS! July 3rd

Yesterday afternoon we had our regular friendly soccer match against Byron Bay English Language School.

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The ground was still a little wet from all the rain we have been having lately but it didn’t stop us from running around and enjoying the beautiful sunshine!

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Our superstar Sagiri turned up just as the game was beginning and scored Lexis’ first goal! Well done Sagiri, we all love your enthusiasm on the field!!

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The second goal was scored by the wonderful Lousie and the third goal was scored by the skilled Nanami!! Woohoooo GIRL POWER!

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We also had the fierce Gabbi on the field defending the ball and Naoki and Dave out there showing us how it is done!!

It was another great game to watch! Well done Lexis!

The final score was 4 – 3 with BBELS winning this game! Our next match will be on Wednesday 17th at 2.30pm!

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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.

May in Photos!

WOW and just like that, it is the end of another month.. What a great month it has been! Here is a look back at all of the fun we have had in May!

The wonderful Suzy taught her last yoga class before going on maternity leave. We welcomed our new teacher Jimmy.

Coffee club continued to make us all laugh every Tuesday.

Alejandro was May’s table tennis champion.. Who will it be in June?

I was so impressed by your artistic skills when we painted pot plants.

I always look forward to our afternoons down at the soccer field.. Also I love the support from everyone that comes down to cheer us on! Next month we will claim the trophy back!

Sushi making was fun.. Thanks to Nana and Ai for saving us from a rice disaster!

We had a wonderful Friday afternoon enjoying the sun and hitting the waves on the body boards!

More artistic talent expressed in boomerang painting!

We all had a great boogie for Salsa and Sangria.