Making ANZAC Biscuits! 24th April

On Wednesday we got busy in the student kitchen making ANZAC biscuits. The Anzac biscuit is a sweet biscuit, popular in Australia and New Zealand, made using rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and desiccated coconut.

Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps established in World War I. The biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during transportation.

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Alessia, Mano and Juliane having fun getting ready to bake! Also very excited about another public holiday for ANZAC day on Thursday!

INGREDIENTS

2  cups rolled oats
1  cup plain flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup golden syrup
125g butter
1 teaspoon bicarb soda

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METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the oats, flour,  sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Combine the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter mixture.
  5. Pour butter mixture into the oat mixture, and mix together until well combined.
  6. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Flatten to 7cm rounds and make sure there is room between each cookie for them to spread while baking.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden in colour.
  8. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy this tasty Australian treat!!

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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.

January in Photos!

We had an awesome month of activities in January here at Lexis Byron Bay!

We started the year with a BBQ to welcome all our new students; 8 starting General English and 25 for the Cambridge Course!

We held our monthly  Table Tennis Tournament with Thomas walking away as the January Champion!!

Who will be February’s champion?!

 

Flavio came in to teach us how to Skateboard!

 

We also learnt how to Slackline from Olmo!

 

Aswell as Yoga every Monday we also had our weekly Coffee Lounges, where we played games including Ozzie Heads and Jenga with questions!

 

For Aussie Cookie we made delicious Anzac Cookies drizzled with melted chocolate!

 

Lots of you enjoyed Surf Lessons with Let’s Go Surfing!

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One of the highlights of the month was the competitive game of Beach Volleyball!!

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We had 87 New Starters in the month of January!

 

And sadly said Goodbye to twenty six students who had completed their studies!

Looking forward to another fun filled month in February 🙂 !!

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 Cooking – Anzac Cookies! 19 Jan

Today we cooked a popular Australian treat; Anzac biscuits!

To make them even sweeter we also added melted chocolate for decoration (although a lot of the chocolate was just eaten straight from the bowl!)

Everyone had great fun and the biscuits from both the morning and afternoon session were a success! I was lucky enough to try them both 🙂

 

The biscuits are really simple and quick to make. If you’d like to make some more at home or you missed out on today’s activity, here’s the easy to follow recipe:

INGREDIENTS

2  cups rolled oats
1  cup plain flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup golden syrup
125g butter
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
3 tablespoons boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the oats, flour,  sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Combine the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter mixture.
  5. Pour butter mixture into the oat mixture, and mix together until well combined.
  6. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Flatten to 7cm rounds and make sure there is room between each cookie for them to spread while baking.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden in colour.
  8. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy this tasty Australian treat!

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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.

Aussie Cooking! November 4

Today we got into the kitchen to bake some Anzac Biscuits!

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These Australian cookies originated approximately 100 years ago and were created to be sent overseas to soldiers at war. The biscuits contain ingredients that don’t spoil easily and the cookies, once baked and cooled, become hard and crunchy – and delicious!

After following the recipe to prepare the mixture, the biscuits only need about ten minutes to bake. Then, the hardest part of the whole process, you need to wait for the cookies to cool before eating them if you want to experience the delightful crunch that Anzac biscuits are known for!

If you want to try making these at home, here is the recipe:

ANZAC BISCUITS

2  cups rolled oats
1  cup plain flour
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup golden syrup
125g butter
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
3 tablespoons boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the oats, flour,  sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Combine the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter mixture.
  5. Pour butter mixture into the oat mixture, and mix together until well combined.
  6. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Flatten to 7cm rounds and make sure there is room between each cookie for them to spread while baking.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden in colour.
  8. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Eat them and enjoy this tasty Australian treat!

 

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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.

 

 

November Activity Calendar!

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It’s the first day of NOVEMBER and we have an exciting month of activities planned in the mornings and afternoons especially for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Stef in the garden from 11-12 and with Fee in Room 8 from 2:15 to 3:15.

On Tuesdays we have Coffee Lounge, which gives our students the opportunity to practice their English and get to know each other while enjoying great coffee and yummy TimTams!

On Wednesdays we will start the month with a 1-hour Surf Lesson for our students who want to learn to surf in Byron Bay. The following week we have Boomerang Painting for the morning activity and Beer Tasting in the afternoon. Then there is Skateboarding with Flavio, Flamenco Dance with Alba and we finish off the month with a Poker Tournament!

Every second Thursday we have Job Club for those students looking for work in Byron Bay and wanting extra help with writing their resume, preparing for interviews and applying for jobs. This week we will run a Table Tennis Tournament to see who this month’s Lexis Champion is, and on the other Thursday in November we will have a round of Pizza and Pictionary in the morning and Mindfulness Meditation with Chloe in the afternoon.

On Fridays we start the month with baking Anzac biscuits at Aussie Cooking, followed by Volleyball  in the garden or at the beach the next Friday. Then we have Slacklining in the morning and our next match against the SAE College at the Soccer Challenge on the 18th. To finish off the month and the Cambridge course, we have the End of Cambridge BBQ.

 GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

We will also continue to enjoy our Student Nights at Cheeky Monkeys every Tuesday night – meet at BWT @ 8pm first to get your drinks, food and fun!

Don’t forget that you can book your 3-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50!

Have a great month!🙂

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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.

Happy Students! Vanessa & Richard

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Richard and Vanessa

Richard and Vanessa are from Brazil and travelled to Australia together to study at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been here for nine weeks now and are enrolled to study with us for a total of 24 weeks. They then hope to extend their stay by continuing their studies at Lexis with a Business course later in the year.

Richard has always dreamt of living in a different country and experiencing a different culture. When the two of them realised the importance of learning English to further their careers, they decided to study English in Australia. In Brazil, having a higher level of English often means better opportunities for jobs.

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First day at school – Richard and Vanessa starting with five other new students

Both Vanessa and Richard are enjoying their time in Byron Bay. For Vanessa, one of her favourite parts of living here are the beautiful beaches. She said that even if you go to the same beach every day, each day is completely different – whether it be the water, the sky, or the sunset, it is a different place every day. She finds the beaches here very peaceful. She also loves the night sky in Byron Bay, with so many stars that can be seen so clearly, it is a beautiful night view. Richard is a big fan of the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. He enjoys the walk through the National Park area, which always delivers close encounters with the local wildlife including wallabies, rabbits, whales, dolphins, parrots, bush turkeys, lizards and turtles.  Richard has been impressed by the respect that Australians show for wildlife in this country, which he feels is a huge cultural difference between here and Brazil.

Having been studying for nine weeks already, both Richard and Vanessa feel that their English has greatly improved already. They both agreed that studying at Lexis has really helped them improve their grammar skills, and that meeting other students and people in Byron Bay has helped them improve their speaking skills as they use English in all their social situations. Vanessa has found all the people in Byron Bay to be very friendly and believes we live in a little piece of paradise. Richard would recommend others to study here as it is a unique experience and life is short! Both said that the staff at Lexis, both in the office and all the teachers, are all gentle, kind, helpful and friendly too. They have both learnt a lot from their teachers and find that each teacher helps them to understand English in new ways.

When they first arrived, Richard and Vanessa lived with a Homestay family for the first two months. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience, as they felt very at home with their host family who were very friendly and great cooks! Initially they found it a bit difficult to adapt to the cultural differences and different house rules compared to Brazil, but before long they had settled in and quickly felt as though they were part of the family. They have just moved into a rental property – right next door to their host family. They have been lucky enough to share their property with an Australia local too – a friendly koala who is living in a tree in their garden!

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Vanessa and Richard enjoyed Coffee, TimTams and conversation at Coffee Club

After completing their current English course, Vanessa and Richard hope to continue studying here for an extra six months before travelling around Australia. They would like to visit Tasmania, Cairns, the Outback, Sydney, Melbourne and many other places across the country before returning to Brazil and to work.

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We are very happy to have you both in the Lexis Family at Byron Bay and hope you continue to enjoy your time here at school, in Byron Bay and wherever your travels eventually take you! 🙂

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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.

Aussie Cooking! July 20

Today we baked some Australian cookies, ANZAC Biscuits. These tasty treats are very quick and easy to make, so we baked two batches of cookies!

Aya and Sua decided to get creative with their biscuits by sprinkling the mixture with ground coffee and then cooking them in the sandwich press… They insist that the biscuits were just as delicious with this method of cooking!

The rest of the cookies were baked in the oven and came out perfectly. Needless to say, there are no cookies left!

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Here is the recipe to try at home:

 

ANZAC BISCUITS

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

2/3 cup caster sugar

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup golden syrup

125g butter

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

2 tablespoons hot water

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  1. Place the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl and mix to combine.
  1. Cook the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring, until melted.
  1. Combine the bicarb soda with the water and add to the butter mixture.
  1. Pour into the oat mixture and mix well to combine.
  1. Place a large spoonful of the mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper and flatten to 7cm rounds, allowing room to spread.
  1. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until deep golden in colour.
  1. Allow to cool on baking trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  1. EAT THEM ALL!  🙂

 

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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.