Happy Class!! Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) with teacher Josie.

Our Cambridge classes have just wrapped up and finished their exams ready to enjoy summer in Australia.

Josie’s CAE class were a very studious bunch, with 7/11 students maintaining 100% attendance for the entire 12 week course.

They didn’t just study though. They also made the most of being in beautiful Byron Bay and, before they left, Josie asked them all to write a paragraph detailing what they loved best about their temporary home in Australia.

The unedited paragraphs are below and, judging by these, all the students will hopefully have done very well in their final exams.

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Yves– My time here in Byron Bay has been absolutely awesome! Lexis English school is a super professional place to learn English. The town has a lot to offer, especially the restaurants and the nightlife, which never disappoints. What’s better than having a chicken burger at Main Street Burger Bar!
Most of the time we started the night at the Beach Hotel before dancing to great techno sounds at Locura. Byron Bay is definitely a place I would recommend to everyone. Such a fantastic place just to relax and soak up positive vibes.

Sara – What I can’t get enough of is Tallow Beach. I’ll always remember the first time I saw it: white, as an unspoiled sight that makes you unwind. Blue, as the serenity that bursts in you when you walk along it.
When you need some time to come back to your centre after the madness of Byron by night, this awe-inspiring place is what you can’t miss out on.

Tamara – On our first weekend here in Byron Bay we went to Brunswick for a barbecue. It was really relaxing and I was able to have a chat with everyone and get to know them better. Great start to a new chapter of life. Byron Bay has been fantastic.
Not only did I meet great people with whom I had an incredible time and hope to stay in contact with after we leave, but also it became a second home. I stayed in a charming house with a breathtaking view over Byron Bay, a picture I will always remember.
Ther are lots of things I’m going to miss after I leave. Byron Bay is a lovely town with plenty of charismatic little cafes.

Francesco – Byron Bay is one of the most vibrant towns along the east coast. What I loved the most was Tallow Beach. Going for a wander or just lazing, soaking up the sun, gives you a sense of incredible peace.
It’s easy to bump into people, most of the time travellers, and getting to know different aspects of different traditions.

Juhee – Byron Bay has been a breath of fresh air in my life. There are lots of stunning beaches where I have been, soaking up the sun. I don’t know how many times I saw dolphins in the ocean! It was such an unforgettable experience.
Everything, such as the weather and people, makes me feel over the moon. Honestly, I don’t want to leave this paradise. I’m completely sure that I will miss this most charming place in the world.

Celine – My best way to start a typical day in Byron is to have a refreshing swim while I’m soaking up the early morning sun. Then, the place I like the most to have a delicious acai bowl is the eco-friendly Top Shop cafe, which is the meeting point for every Australian.
If I’m searching for a quiet and relaxing spot to chill out, I definitely go to the beach while having a mouth-watering ice cream. Because it’s extremely challenging to make up my mind to choose a flavour, I usually go with the one that catches my eye.
My favourite activity in the evening is unwinding with the talented musician who plays on the grass.

Florian – The lighthouse is definitely the place I prefer to go in Byron Bay. Even though it is quite challenging to get there, the view is worth the effort. Either for sunrise or sunset, the outlook is certainly breathtaking. Since my first time at the beginning of my trip, I’ve been on cloud nine every single time I reach it!

Sarah – Not only did I have the time of my life here in Byron, but I’m going to miss a lot of things for sure. Apart from the golden beaches, where I spent most of my time, I’ll miss the lighthouse, which is the most beautiful place to watch the sunset.
What also is fantastic is the town itself. I fell for the countless gorgeous and delicious cafes and the bustling and vibrant vibe in the evenings when you find live music around every corner.
Byron and the people here made me feel right at home and I’ll definitely come back!

Chloe – No sooner did I set foot in Byron that it’s relaxing vibes enveloped me and I immediately felt at home. Not only was I delighted by the heavenly food of the local farmers market as well as the charming restaurants in town, but I was also over the moon to discover the awesome music in the streets.
I would strongly recommend this lively little town, where you can wander and go with the flow to enjoy everything this place has to offer.

Eva – This experience has been a breath of fresh air in my life. I didn’t have a clue that it could bring me so many memorable moments.
Byron Bay is a spectacular village surrounded by incredible beaches, where you can play it by ear and discover yourself!
From running to the lighthouse at dawn to drinking beer with your friends enjoying the music in any charming place. Byron is full of amazing spots that will leave you speechless.

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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.

Diving at the Byron Bay dive centre

Hey beautiful people

Some of the students have done their dive courses, intro dives and certified dives at the Dive centre in Byron Bay. Here is some of the awesome footage the students who are certified divers took and shared with us …..

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I believe they call this one a Grey Nurse shark, these sharks are harmless unless provoked. The Grey Nurse shark is Australia’s most endangered marine species.

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This is a Wobbegong shark they are bottom-dwelling sharks, so they spend much of their time resting on the sea floor. Most species have a maximum length of 1.25 m (4.1 ft) or less, but the largest, the spotted Wobbegong, can reach about 3 m (9.8 ft) in length. These sharks are relatively harmless. We humans eat this shark…

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 A couple of Sting Rays hanging out !! can you see the Wobbegong shark hiding underneath them.  Sting Rays are pretty unique as they have no bones in their body – their skeleton is made up of flexible cartilage. Rays protect themselves with venomous spines or barbs in their tail.

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This little fella here is a sea turtle, think they are all having a snooze in these pictures…These ancient creatures have been on Earth for more than 100 million years — even surviving the dinosaurs when they became extinct 65 million years ago.

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This is a set of legs with flippers attached …… HAHAHA!!!!

If you guys want to book anything at the Dive Centre please come and see Dee or Kelly down at the travel desk between 12-3pm  MONDAY-WEDNESDAY &FRIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas in Byron Bay 🎄

Christmas in Byron Bay can be hard for students to get their head around.

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It’s been said around the campus “but it doesn’t feel like Christmas! It’s too hot!” or similarly “there’s no snow, and not many people have lights up!”

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For a few of the students from colder climates in the Northern Hemisphere the idea of no snow, or a hot Christmas is unheard of!

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Much like everything else, Aussie’s just do Christmas differently.

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For Christmas lunch or dinner many will have a traditional roast, though additionally the barbie will be fired up! Prawns are very popular to have in the Summer time. It’s also not uncommen to find the men around the BBQ, women in the kitchen getting everything else ready, and chilren playing under a sprinkler or swimming in a pool.

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And for dessert we have pavlova with fruit on top. Sometimes in the shape of a Christmas Wreath. Christmas Pudding will still be feautured, though because it is Summer the fruits are a favoured choice.

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Then in the afternoon if you’re not napping and sleeping off your Christmas lunch, you might play a game of beach/ backyard cricket! It might be children vs. adults, cousins vs. ‘the other’ cousins, or boys vs. girls. It’s all about having fun, being silly and not taking it all too seriously.

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It can be an unusual adjustment, though Christmas in Australia can still be enjoyed! Spend time with friends, and create your own traditions. Swim at the beach, play cricket in the backyard, and revel in the fact that you’re in a t-shirt! Make memories that will last that can be shared back home and one day you can say “I had a Christmas at the beach one year!” 

 

 

 

 

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.

Make a Dream Catcher – Round Two! December 4th

Yesterday afternoon’s activity was Making a Dream Catcher!

It was a nice balmy afternoon so we thought it best to use the communal tables outside and with so many students it was perfect!

We used a woven wire to create our hoop. Then we wrapped the hoops with either wool or twine.

The next step was to start creating the inside web. Most students used different coloured wool or twine and we followed a step by step instruction sheet to help us.

This was the most difficult step but everyone got there in the end.

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IMG_2748Most students ran out of time to finish adding feathers and beads but they were left well stocked so they could finish in their own time!

 

 

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.

New Starters! November 4th

A big hello and welcome to all new students starting at Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Arianna is from Italy. She came to Australia 18 months ago to fulfill a career in environmentalism and during that time she has studied sustainable operations. Arianna works in Byron as a professional cleaner, pet sitter, and gardener. She will hope to study conservation and land management. She is studying English to improve her self confidence.

Catarina is from Brazil. She has transferred from the Lexis Noosa campus and will spend the next 4 weeks with us in Byron.

Rony is from Switzerland. He loves mountain biking, driving, and took up surfing earlier this year with the hope to better his skills while in Australia. Rony works as an engineer in Switzerland and will possibly study electrical engineering when he returns home. He is here to improve his English so he can communicate fluently. He will travel through Australia and New Zealand after studying in Byron.

Titouan is from France but he lives in Geneva in Switzerland where he enjoys the mountains, forests, and lakes. He also spends his spare time with friends and listening to music. Over the summer he worked in a hospital so he could save to come to Australia where, he would like to better his English skills.

Celine is from Switzerland. She loves art, painting, and yoga. when she is on holiday she really enjoys surfing. Celine plans to study next September for 3 years so she can become a primary school teacher. She is in Australia to learn English and also to travel. She wants to meet lots of people and see as much as she can.

Danny is from Switzerland. His hobbies include paragliding, skiing, running, and surfing! He works as a nutritional chef back in Switzerland and would love to work in Australia doing the same. He has come to Australia to study English and because he also loves sun and the beach.

Daniela is from Switzerland. She loves to spend time with her family and gymnastics. Her other hobby includes blanring which is a club where they organise camps for children. At home she works as a curtain maker, which she loves! Daniela will spend 2 months in Byron Bay and then she will travel with her friends to Melbourne and Brisbane.

Patrick is from Switzerland. When he finished high school he became a cook and more recently worked in technical merchandising. Travelling is something Patrick loves and that’s why he decided to come to Australia to better his English. He is hoping to be able to talk with everyone from around the world once he has finished studying at Lexis.

Mathieu is from Switzerland. He took a a break from school a few months ago to work for a security company. When he returns to Switzerland he will study to become a teacher. It is very important for Mathieu to be able to speak several languages so he connect with people from all over the world. When he finishes at Lexis he will spend time travelling around Australia and New Zealand.

Manuela is from Switzerland. She decided to come to Australia because of the weather and to see the country. After her studies at Lexis, she will travel up to Cairns. Back home she works in an office doing administration. Manuela has one brother and one sister and her family own a farm. Her hobbies are horse riding, going to the gym, and hanging with her friends.

Dorian is from Switzerland. His family live in a small city called Reconvilier where they have a big house with two cats and one dog. His interests include; ice hockey, mountain climbing, and architecture. He also loves to ski! Dorian would like to speak 3 languages, French, German, and English as it’s important for his work. He is in Australia to learn English and to also understand another culture.

Michele is from Switzerland. On her days off she likes to hike in the Swiss Alps. She is in Byron Bay for 4 weeks to study English at Lexis and when she’s finished her plan is to will rent a car and drive south to Melbourne. Michele wanted to come to Australia to see the amazing landscapes and to meet lots of friendly people.

Melissa is from Switzerland. Back home she works as a secretary but doesn’t love it, so when she returns home she is thinking about studying psychology. Melissa is in Byron for 3 months to learn English and will hopefully travel around Australia once she is finished.  Her hobbies include; running, walking, and photography!

Isabel is from Spain. She lives with her family in Mallorca and loves to spend time with her friends, going to the cinema, shopping, and spending time at the beach. She studied computer science in Mallorca and worked for an IT company but needed a break which is why she decided to come to Australia.

Amin is from Switzerland.He worked as a software engineer at a Swiss television station for 6 years and graduated computer science in 2018. He decided to take a break from his job and will spend the next 4 months in Australia where he is hoping to better his English skills. He enjoys playing drums in a band, going out, hiking in the mountains, and programming.

Lya is from Switzerland. She comes from a small city called Dudingen where she lives with her parents. In her free time she likes to play a lot of sports but mostly going to the gym, swimming, or running. This July she finished her commercial apprenticeship where she worked for a company called Comet. Comet is an international industrial company. After studying for the next 6 weeks at Lexis in Byron Bay she will move up to Brisbane where she will volunteer at a Koala Sanctuary.

 

Graduation! 🥳 November 1st

Congratulations to the 7 students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Romina from Switzerland is graduating from Mel and Elizabeth’s Intermediate class with an ‘A’ – congratulations! All your hard work and efforts have paid off. We hope you have enjoyed your time at Lexis Byron Bay.

Michel from Switzerland is also graduating from Mel and Elizabeth’s Intermediate class. We loved your jokes and good humour. You are also great at giving your opinion and discussing topics in class. We hope you enjoyed your time at Lexis Byron Bay and wish you all the best!

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Chihiro from Japan is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. You have been a pleasure to teach and it’s been great to see your speaking improve as well as your confidence. You’re a fabulous student. All the best!

Eunate from Spain is graduating from Kristy’s Upper-Intermediate class. It has been such a pleasure to teach you and you have a good level of reading, writing, and listening. Continue to practice English as much as you can. All the best with your travels😊.

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Jules from France is graduating from Paul’s Intermediate class. You have such a positive and attentive attitude in class and we are happy to see your improvements in such a little time. Your grammar is good for spoken and written English, and your vocabulary, too. Have fun on your travels!

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Yusuke from Japan is graduating from Pru’s Elementary class. Keep practicing your English, especially your speaking and reading. Keep up the good work and good luck on your next adventure!

Pascal from Switzerland is graduating from Pru and Julia’s Elementary class. It was great having you at Lexis Byron Bay and keep speaking and reading and you will be great in no time!

 

 

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.