Hiroshima Juniors Lighthouse walk! March 19th

3On Tuesday morning, we embarked on a beautiful walk up to Byron Bay Lighthouse. We left Lexis at 9am, taking a taxi to Captain Cooke’s car park by the beach. From here, we set off on the first part of our journey by foot.

IMG_2282The views along the way were amazing so we had plenty of stops for photographs. It was blue sky and sunshine so the colour of the water was a beautiful and clear turquoise.

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View down through the trees at The Pass

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Heading back into the bush towards the lighthouse

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Arriving at Wategos Beach!

Overlooking the sea from the most easterly point of Australia!!

The lighthouse is in sight…

We made it to the lighthouse! 😀

It was very hot so we decided to relax at the top with some ice cream! 😀

All ready to head back to Lexis, taking in more stunning views as we walked.

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.

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.

August Activity Calendar!

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Next week is the start of AUGUST and we have an exciting month of free activities planned especially for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga from 2:15 to 3:15 in Room 8.

On Tuesdays we have alternating weeks of Coffee Club with coffee, TimTams and conversation, and Learn to Skateboard with Flavio for beginners wanting to learn or more experienced skaters wanting to learn some extra tips and skills.

On Wednesdays we will start the month with the popular 1-hour Surf Lesson for just $20! Make sure to sign up and pay at Reception to secure your spot. In the following weeks we will get into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking and Baking Koala Cupcakes. We will also get artistic and learn a bit about Aboriginal Australian culture and art while doing some Boomerang Painting. Then we will finish off the month with an afternoon of Beer Tasting!

Every second Thursday there will be a Movie with free popcorn and Job Club in Room 5. There will also be a special Blockbuster Movie screening with free pizza one week and a Mindfulness session on the last Thursday of the month.

On Fridays we will get active with Volleyball in the garden, a session with Olmo to Learn to Slackline, and a Soccer match in the garden. On the last Friday of the month we will have a big afternoon planned for a Lighthouse Photo-Scavenger Hunt with prizes!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every afternoon in Room 1. 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 2-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.

Lighthouse Walk! July 1

This afternoon we enjoyed a lovely walk to the iconic Lighthouse of Byron Bay.

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The weather was perfect, the views were stunning and we were even lucky enough to see lots of dolphins  and whales!

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Everyone had a great time admiring the natural beauty of Cape Byron while walking and chatting with their Lexis friends. 🙂

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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.

Beach Cricket!

This afternoon we went to the beach to play beach cricket. Arthur and Rina have played cricket before and although it was the first time for everyone else, they were all naturals! Everyone learnt the rules quickly and it was a very close game. In the end, Yann and Arthur’s impressive batting skills meant a win for their team with a final score of 38-35.

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Fiona, Rina, Arthur, Yann, Naomi, Fabian, Cristian, Cedric and Corine