Crepe Competition! 13 March

On Wednesday we had morning and afternoon Crepe Competitions!

We worked in two groups to follow the below simple crepe recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • A few pinches of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups of milk

METHOD

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Blend until smooth. Add a little water and mix to desired consistency. Cover and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, pour batter over pan, tilting from side to side so batter covers base in a thin film. Cook pancake for about 1 minute or until underside is golden, then use a spatula to flip. Cook other side for just under a minute until golden. Repeat with remaining mixture, spraying pan with cooking oil between pancakes.

Hongki impressed us all with his flipping skills, with Lisa and Laura also giving it a good go!

Once everyone had their own crepe, the competition started!

The students had strawberries, blueberries, bananas, honey, nutella, nuts and whipped cream at their disposal to help them create the winning crepe!

I couldn’t possibly try them all, so instead judged them on their appearance…

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Talita and Busakorn took the win with their delicious looking creation, combining all the available ingredients!

 

 

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November in Photos! 2018

FUN FACES – PORTRAIT DRAWING!

 

BEACH GAMES!

 

SOCCER MATCH!

 

BEER TASTING!

 

HAPPY TRAVELS HAPPY HOUR!

 

BAKING KOALA CUPCAKES!

 

SALSA & SANGRIA!

 

SWEET EXCHANGE!

 

PICNICS!

 

VOLLEYBALL!

 

TIE DYE!

 

BODYBOARDING!

 

END OF CAMBRIDGE SAUSAGE SIZZLE!

 

COFFEE CLUBS!

 

HAPPY TRAVELS WEEKEND TRIPS!

 

STUDENT NIGHTS!

 

44 NEW STARTERS!

 

56 GRADUATES!

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Baking Koala Cupcakes! 15 November

Yesterday’s free activity should have been baking koala cupcakes, but sadly the oven decided it was a good day to break!

Teacher Serena and her morning group were unaware of this until they’d made the cupcake mixture, put them in cases,  into the oven and waited patiently for them to bake!

It was only upon checking on them that they realised the oven was just blowing cold air, resulting in this being as far as their koala cupcakes got…

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Luckily I had time to come up with a back up in time for the afternoon, running to Woolworths to buy cakes for us to decorate! They were all out of cupcakes though, so we had to go with muffins instead!

We still got to do the fun part, decorating :), and while they maybe didn’t look that great the muffins and icing tasted amazing!!

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For anyone who has a working oven and would like to make them at home, here’s the recipe!

Koala Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence

 

For the buttercream icing:200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed

 

For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows

Licorice

Choc chips

 

DIRECTIONS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

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!!

We have another month of brilliant activities planned exclusively for our Lexis students in November!

All activities will be twice a day (unless stated otherwise), so both our morning and afternoon students have  the opportunity to participate! Afternoon students will have their activities at 11.30am and morning students will be at 2pm (unless stated otherwise).

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

All activities are free except for surfing and tie dye (you can bring your own white top/garment or purchase one from us for $3. All equipment/colours are free)!!

October Calendar

Yoga will continue to be every Monday in Room 8 at 7.45am – 8.45am. This allows everyone to be able to go together and start their mornings with some stretching and relaxation!

We’ll also continue to have the popular Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join Orla at 11.30am or me at 2pm in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and games!

As we are coming into summer we have lots of fun beach activities planned; starting with Beach Games on the 2nd, a Beach Picnic on the 22nd, Volleyball on the 23rd and free Body Board hire on the 29th! For our afternoon students these activities will be at 11am instead of 11.30am to allow enough time to get to the beach and back before class. Morning students will remain at 2pm. Meet in reception first 🙂

To start the month we have Fun Faces! Not to be taken too seriously, you’ll be doing funny portrait drawings of each other that we can all have a good laugh at after (or discover we have some hidden artists!)!!

We have our Big Soccer Match against BBELS on the 7th. This will just be one game at 4pm at the Byron Sports Fields. Sign up in reception and help Lexis remain the Language School Soccer Champions!

Our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 is on the 8th. This is a great option to give surfing a try and see if you’d like to book on to one of the 2 hour lessons for $55! Pick ups from school will be at 10am and 3pm. Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

We have a couple of activities for our morning and afternoon students to enjoy together, both on a Friday at 5.30pm. There is Beer Tasting on the 9th and Salsa & Sangria on the 16th. Both fun and social activities to get your weekends started with all your Lexis pals!

Wednesday the 14th Happy Travels with be providing free pizza and punch and giving you some travel tips for your time in Oz! This will be at 12.15pm in the student lounge.

On the 15th we will be baking some cute Koala Cupcakes!

On the 21st we will be hosting a Sweet Exchange; everyone is encouraged to bring in something sweet they have either made or bought. You will then be able to try each other’s treats by giving a gold coin donation, this money will then be given to our chosen charities. More information to follow 🙂

On the 28th we’ll be Tie Dying! A greats memento to take away from your time in Byron Bay! Bring a white top or we have a limited number available for $3. Sign up in reception.

To end the month and the Cambridge courses we’ll be having an End of Cambridge Sausage Sizzle to say good luck and farewell to our Cambridge students after their 12 weeks of hard work!

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.

Teacher Kristy runs a free guided meditation every Wednesday morning between 8-8.30am in room 8.

Job Club is every Wednesday in Room 8 (with GIL). A teacher will be able to help you write resumes/cover letters, look for jobs, apply for TFN’s and give you advice on gaining your RSA or Barista license!

Don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour Surf Lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $55! Lessons are at 9am and 2pm every day, and 3.30pm on request.

 

For all your weekend activities check out the Happy Travels November calendar: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/10/30/happy-travels-weekend-activities-november-18/

 

Have a wonderful month! 🙂

 

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

RSPCA Fundraising Week! 27 – 31 August

Throughout last week Lexis staff and students hosted bake sales to raise money for the RSPCA.

Tuesday through to Thursday our General English classes competed to raise the most money, with Pre-Intermediate winning themselves a picnic for raising $53 with their chocolate brownies!

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In second place we had Paul’s Upper Intermediate class raising $51 with their carrot cakes,

and Mel’s Intermediate class raising $47 with their chocolate chip cookies.

Last up on Friday we had the Lexis staff baking and selling to raise more money for this great cause (we unfortunately weren’t allowed to compete for the beach picnic)!

Campus manager Lisa made delicious vegan chocolate and raspberries brownies which she warmed up and served with vanilla ice cream

Teacher Kristy made cardamon and orange cupcakes with an orange and cream cheese icing

Homestay co-ordinator Koko made red velvet cupcakes with orange icing, Teacher Julia brought in a carrot and walnut cake,

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and I (Claire, activities and student support) made chocolate cupcakes topped with strawberry icing and a chocolate covered strawberry!

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We raised a further $82, so this combined with the $151 raised by our classes brings us to a total of $233!!!

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It was a brilliant week of sweet treats and everyone did a great job getting involved to help the animals! ❤

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The RSPCA  is a charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. To find out more about how our money will help them, or to donate more, check out their website: https://www.rspca.org.au/

 

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

RSPCA Charity Challenge! 30 August

This week our General English classes have been competing to raise the most money for the RSPCA, a charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

The class that raised the most money will be treated to a beach picnic as part of their lesson tomorrow 🙂

The results are now in!!

On Tuesday Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class raised $53 with their chocolate brownies

On Wednesday Mel’s Intermediate class raised $47 with their chocolate chip cookies

Today Paul’s Upper Intermediate class raised $51 with their carrot cakes

Making the total raised so far…$151!

and PRE-INTERMEDIATE the winners of the beach picnic!

We still have one more day left, with it being the Lexis staff bringing in the treats tomorrow! Let’s try and get it to $250 to help the animals ❤

 

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

 

RSPCA Cupcake Day 3 – Upper Intermediate

Day 3 of our Charity Challenge! Last but not least we had Paul’s Upper Intermediate class competing to raise the most money for the RSPCA.

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Having been a pastry chef for 15 years we had high hopes for Paul, and he did not disappoint!

Along with his class he made delicious carrot cakes ❤

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Koko, our homestay co-ordinator, loved them so much she wanted to buy a third but they’d sold out!!

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Well done Upper Intermediate, you’ve raised… $51 to help the animals!!

 

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