Aussie Food Tasting ūüź®ūü¶ė November 8th

Students were happy today at Lexis Byron Bay because we had Aussie Food Tasting!

Lots of different foods were tried and tested!

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Most of the foods could be described as Aussie Junk Food and could be found at a children’s birthday party ūü•≥

Some food options were definitely rated higher than others ūüėč

On the menu today was:

  • sausage rolls
  • meat pies
  • Vegemite and Vegemite on toast
  • fairy bread
  • must sticks
  • Milo
  • lamingtons
  • Caramello koalas
  • ANZAC biscuits
  • macadamia nuts

 

Milo and Caramello Koalas were rated the highest!

Though no one really liked Vegemite at all ūüėę

 

 

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Aussie Food Tasting! June 13th

Yesterday afternoon’s activity was¬†Aussie Food Tasting in Room 1!

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We had a range of delicious.. (and some not so delicious) Aussie favourites to taste.

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The sausage rolls and mince pies were the first to be demolished.. definitely a crowd favourite!

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We also had macadamia nuts, caremello koala’s, musk sticks, lamingtons, tim-tams, milo, kirks fizzy drinks, vegemite sandwiches, fairy bread, Anzac biscuits and red frogs to try.

 

As you can tell from the facial expressions of everyone in this video..

Not everyone enjoyed vegemite for the first time, it’s certainly a taste to be acquired! ūüôā

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Hinako was the only student who did enjoy vegemite and Ayumi of course loving the tim-tams ūüôā

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Camila, not sure about the musk sticks..?

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Cyntia and Nami tasting Milo for the first time. Perfect technique with the heaped tea spoon! The more milo and the less milk, the better! ūüėČ

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Hikaru.. slightly puzzled by the mince pies.

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I think Luc was the only one in the class who actually enjoyed the musk sticks

I hope you all enjoyed at least some of the Aussie food we tried! I am interested to know what other food you have enjoyed during your time in Australia. Roslane recommends the kangaroo burger from the Railway Hotel and the I can safely say the fish and chips from Hunky Dory are delicious. ūüôā

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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.

June Activity Calendar!

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

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 Jimmy every¬†Monday at 2pm‚Ästin Room 8.

We continue our Coffee Club on Tuesday’s at 2pm; join me for coffee, Tim Tams, games and conversations!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day 2-3pm in Room 8. 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. (Except for Wednesday 12th, as the class room will be occupied)

We continue our friendly Soccer Match with Byron Bay English Language School (BBELS) every second Wednesday at 3:30pm. Meet in front of the school around 3pm and we can all walk down to the soccer field together. Help us claim back the trophy!

We have a couple craft-ernoon activities for you to make something special for a loved one or something you can keep to remember your time here at Lexis. Jewellery Making on Thursday June 6th and  Hand Made Gift Cards on Friday 21st June. Everything will be supplied but you are welcome to bring along your own materials to use if you wish.

On Wednesday 12th June Join Yuka for a very special one off High Intensity Interval Training Pilates Class in room 8. One hour that is sure to get the blood flowing and get you warmed up on a chilly winters afternoon.

On Thursday 13th June come along and try a variety of Aussie food – from lamingtons to vegemite sandwiches. You might just surprise yourself by what you enjoy.

Thursday 14th May we have another Table Tennis Tournament with fantastic prizes for the winner of course!

I am really looking forward to Baking Koala Cupcakes on Thursday 20th and then Making Pizzas the following Thursday 27th. YUMMMMM!

We also have our 1 Hour Surf Lesson for $25 on Wednesday 26th and on the last Friday of the month we will have a hit of backyard cricket and some fun playing Garden Games.

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We also have some INCREDIBLE weekend activities to get involved with thanks to Byron Bay Touring Company and Happy Travels! Make sure you see Dee or Mark to sign up.

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Have a fantastic June everyone!!

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 Food Tasting! 3 August

Today’s activity was Aussie Food Tasting!

The students were able to try Aussie favourites: Vegemite, Lamingtons, Tim Tams, Macadamia nuts, Allens red frogs, Musk sticks, Caramello koalas, Anzac biscuits and Fairy bread!

Nobody was a fan of Vegemite! It’s always great to see people’s reactions when they try it for the first time!!

The clear favourite was Tim Tams, which all the students were already very familiar with!

There were some the students hadn’t heard of, like musk sticks, but they were happy to give everything a try!

To accompany their snacks we had a selection of Kirks soft drinks (Creaming soda, Lemon and Pasito flavours) and Milo (chocolate and malt powder mixed with milk), both popular here in Australia!

 

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.

End of Cambridge BBQ! November 25

After three months of studying very hard, the Cambridge course has come to an end! It feels like only yesterday we were welcoming the Cambridge students on their first day. Many friends have been made and lots of English learnt over the past three months and we will be sad to say goodbye to this group.

In addition to¬†the Cambridge students leaving, we have 16 students finishing up their General English courses today too. This gave us all the more reason to come together for an Aussie BBQ celebration and what a lovely day it was. ūüôā

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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.

Beer Tasting! November 9

This afternoon we tasted a selection of beers from Australia, including a local Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, the famous Coopers Sparkling Ale and¬†the “no hangover” low carb Pure Blonde.

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Many of the students already had their favourites, having sampled a few beers already in their time in Byron Bay, but were more than happy to taste them again, along with a few new ones they hadn’t tried yet!

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After tasting the seven different types of beers, everyone enjoyed finishing off the cold beers on such a hot, humid afternoon in Byron Bay.

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The activity inevitably turned into a great socialising event. The students were quick to turn the US election updates into a drinking game while sharing many stories about their own governments, and Astrid also gave us her own rendition of ‘Happy Birthday‘ played by blowing over the beer bottle tops! ūüôā

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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.

Coffee Lounge! November 8

Today was Coffee Lounge day at Lexis Byron Bay!

At the morning session we played a game of Aussie Heads while enjoying our coffee and TimTams. The students were given a mystery card to stick on their forehead and had to ask questions to work out what place, object, sport or animal they were. Some were quite easy to figure out, like kangaroo and Lexis Byron Bay. Others were more difficult and required some prior knowledge of Australia, such as didgeridoo and TimTams! Either way, it was a good chance to practice speaking and learn some new English words.

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In the afternoon we drank coffee and ate TimTams over a game of Uno.¬†There was some fierce competition to start, with Yuki and then Astrid winning the game quickly, followed slowly by the rest of us! ¬†With students from all over the world playing, there were a few differences in the rules that each player uses. For example, how many cards do you pick up if you forget to say ‘uno’ when you have only one card left – one, two or seven? Compromises were made quickly and the game continued on in the same friendly but competitive nature that it started in!

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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! 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¬įC.
  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 ‚Äď 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!ūüôā

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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.

Start of Course BBQ! October 7

To celebrate Week 1 of the coursebook this week, we had a BBQ in the garden for our Lexis students. It was another beautiful, warm day in Byron Bay and a perfect afternoon to relax and enjoy an Aussie sausage sizzle!

 

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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.

Coffee Lounge! October 4

At Coffee Lounge we played a game of Aussie Heads while enjoying coffee and TimTams!

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The game involves sticking a card on your forehead (without looking at what is on it) and then asking yes/no questions to discover what you are!

From crocodiles and sandcastles to the Aussie flag and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the students gradually asked the right questions to find out what card they had stuck to their head, with many laughs in the process!

 

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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.

September Activities Calendar!

It is the start of SEPTEMBER¬†which also brings the start of the Spring season! Check out the amazing free activities we have planned for our Lexis students this month…

Our students in afternoon classes have an exciting month of activities ahead, which take place from 11am-12pm every morning.

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Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Fee in Room 8.

On Tuesdays we have Coffee Lounge with coffee, TimTams and conversation.

On Wednesdays we will start the month with a Table Tennis Tournament to find out who will be the next Lexis Champion! We will be screening a Blockbuster Movie for the students, with free pizza while they watch one of the latest new releases. For students wanting to explore Byron Bay and beyond, there will be a BWT Travel Bonanza with a free sushi lunch and great deals on travel and activities! Then we will finish off the month with some yummy Aussie Cooking.

On Thursdays we will Learn to Skateboard with Flavio and do some Mindfulness meditation with Chloe. There will also be Job Club every second Thursday for any students wanting help writing their resume and applying for jobs in Byron Bay.

On Fridays we will end the first week with Boomerang Painting to learn a bit about Aboriginal Australian art. The following week we have the 1-hour Surf Lesson for only $20 which is a great opportunity to try out surfing! We will meet a little earlier for this one, at 10am, to give us enough time to make our way to the beach for the lesson before returning with plenty of time to relax before class. We also have Olmo coming along to help us Learn to Slackline in the garden. Then we will finish off the month with a friendly game of Soccer.

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

 

The students in morning classes will also enjoy lots of exciting activities from 2-3pm every day for the month of September.

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Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Fee in Room 8.

On Tuesdays we have Coffee Lounge with coffee, TimTams and conversation.

On Wednesdays we will start the month with a Table Tennis Tournament to find out who will be the next Lexis Champion! There will be a Business Course Information Session for any students interested in finding out more about continuing their studies with Lexis, and there will be free pizza for them to enjoy! For students wanting to explore Byron Bay and beyond, there will be a BWT Travel Bonanza with a free sushi lunch and great deals on travel and activities! Then we will finish off the month with some yummy Aussie Cooking.

On Thursdays we will start the month with the popular 1-hour Surf Lesson for just $20. This is a great opportunity to give surfing a try and we will meet at 3.30pm for the lesson. We will run a Trivia quiz with prizes to be won! There will also be Job Club every second Thursday for any students wanting help writing their resume and applying for jobs in Byron Bay.

On Fridays we will end the first week with a Sandcastle Building Competition down at the beach, with a prize for the best sandcastle! The following week we will head to the beach again for the very Australian game of Beach Cricket. We also have Olmo coming along to help us Learn to Slackline in the garden. Then we will finish off the month with the Soccer Challenge, playing against another school in Byron Bay. Last time we had a great match but unfortunately lost, so this time we hope to win back the trophy! Sign up at Reception to join the team!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 2-3pm. 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 ‚Äď meet at BWT @8pm first to get your drinks, food and fun!

Don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50.

 

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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¬įC.
  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! ¬†ūüôā

 

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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.

Coffee Lounge! July 19

There is nothing better than good conversation while sitting out in the sunshine, and today we did exactly that!

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We enjoyed coffee and TimTams while chatting and playing a game of Aussie Heads in the garden.

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There were a lot of laughs as we asked lots of questions to find out what name we had on our heads!

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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.