Graduation! 16th June

Congratulations to our six General English students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week!

 

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Sakiko from Japan graduates from Josie’s Upper Intermediate class after an incredible year of studying at Lexis. She heads to New Zealand to travel, before heading to Perth for a short stint at our Lexis school there. Since her first day here in June 2016 she has gained an incredible amount of confidence in her speaking and listening. She has been a very dedicated student and her progress has been impressive. Her teachers really enjoyed teaching her due to her hard work and positive attitude. Have a wonderful trip to New Zealand and good luck with your future studies in Perth – and with your Gold Coast Marathon!

Nil from Spain (Catalonia) graduates from Josie’s Upper Intermediate class, having completed his FCE course with Paul. Nil has been with us since September and has been a fantastic member of the school – getting really involved in all the activities and taking every opportunity Byron has to offer. He leaves us with a great level of English: a really good grasp of grammar and an impressive vocabulary. He will be sorely missed by us all here!

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Madoka from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class. She has been a very motivated student and as a result he has achieved fantastic exam results throughout the course. She has participated very well in speaking activities and her speaking skills have improved a lot. She is off to travel around Australia with Kensaku to find all the best surf spots. It has been a delight to get to know you Madoka – All the best!

Kensaku from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class. Michelle expressed what a pleasure it had been to teach Kensaku, who would tackle each daunting task with enthusiasm. He has really improved his speaking, writing and listening abilities. Keep practicing English with your lovely wife Madoka as you seek out surf spots up the Coast!

Wahei from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class, after 4 weeks of study. Despite only a short period of study, Wahei has improved greatly in all areas of English, especially his speaking ability. He has participated well in class activities. He is off to travel and surf around Australia. Have a wonderful time Wahei!

 

 

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Happy Student – Tito!

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Tito is from Switzerland – the small village of Malvaglia. He arrived in Byron Bay 6 months ago and enrolled at Lexis, starting in the Upper Intermediate class. After several months studying General English, he went travelling round Australia in his van, with friends he had met at Lexis. He traveled down the East Coast, into the outback and finally to Sydney, before returning to Byron. He is now knuckling down to study for his Cambridge Advanced Qualification. Tito has become part of the furniture here at Lexis Byron Bay; you will often find him waxing his surfboard, skulking around reception looking for Tim Tams or involved in a heated table tennis match. Tito is a fantastic student and a pleasure to have at school, he is loved by fellow students and teachers alike.

I decided to interview Tito to find out a bit more about his experience here.

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I chose Byron because I didn’t want to live in a big town with all the hustle and bustle – I wanted to live in a small town – here with the waves I can find peace, enjoying the sunny weather and the fresh sea air. I think I would to define Byron Bay as an open minded and multi-cultural place.

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What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

I was a little bit rusty in everything concerning grammar – for this reason it was essential to go on a formal English course. Being here for 6 months, using the language has become natural – I think it is a process which takes time, but you can really see your improvements by being fully immersed in a situation where the use of this language is required.

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

I have been enrolled in upper intermediate and then advanced, where I had the opportunity to meet the amazing teachers Claudia and Josie – Claudia is an extremely knowledgeable teacher and I liked her way of explaining a lot of grammar rules which before were difficult for me to understand. Whereas Josie is the most motivating teacher that I have ever had and it’s a great pleasure to learn such a challenging syllabus with a teacher who makes it seem so easy and enjoyable.

What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

It’s an extremely comfortable and familiar place to live – there is a very sociable environment, it is very easy to make friends and as soon as you arrive you become part of the onsite family. It is always possible to go out of your room and hang around in the common area, seeing all of your friends. Since my arrival I’ve met a lot of gregarious people with whom I have organised many dinners, for example the Easter Sunday dinner where almost all the residents (50 people) cooked delicious dishes to share in a friendly and pleasant environment. Many students from around the world made different dishes from their home countries. I made a pizza from scratch, inspired by my Swiss Italian heritage – so tasty.

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What is your favourite activity that we run here?

The most attractive activity is undoubtedly the table tennis tournament, where only the student with the best skills can win the title and of course the beer. It is always full of cheering crowds, the competition gets very heated. Romain is better than me, so he usually wins, but I win second place, which is also an impressive accolade. Don’t worry if you think you are not going to win, we will still share the beer with you!

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

Most days I enjoy spending my time at the beach, surfing, sunbathing and playing beach games such as Frisbee and Volleyball. It is wonderful to live and study right on the beach. I will never forget the time when a dolphin passed right under my surfboard, what a breathtaking moment! I often see dolphins when surfing, during the Summer it is as common as seeing bushturkeys. You also can’t leave Byron without experiencing the nightlife of this delightful town; Sticky Wicket, Lala land, The Rails and of course Cheeky Monkey’s are all lovely pubs/clubs where you can meet local people and share drinks and great discussions with your friends. A warning though: Do not abuse alcohol; otherwise you will pay the consequences the next day at school!

 

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Cambridge Welcome BBQ! 13th March

As we said farewell to one group of Cambridge students we welcomed another!

 We have 9 new starters joining the new Cambridge course and 5 returning students!

On Monday we had our Cambridge Welcome BBQ for all the students. Paul done an excellent job with the BBQ with myself, Naomi and Tito helping out!

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End of Cambridge Party! 10th March

On Friday we had our End of Cambridge party to say farewell and well done to our Cambridge students for all their hard work!

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We put on a nice spread of sushi, crisps and sweets but all the food was gone before I had a chance to get a picture! Can only be a good thing 🙂

The boys enjoyed a game of soccer in the beautiful sunshine while everyone else enjoyed beers and their last bit of time with their Lexis Byron Bay friends!

We hope you all enjoyed your time here with us, it was a pleasure to meet you all, and we wish you the very best with your exam results and the future!

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Cambridge Graduation! 10th March

Congratulations and Farewell to our Cambridge students! After 10 weeks of studying their time at Lexis Byron Bay has come to an end!

Well done for all your hard work and getting through your exams. We wish you the very best with your results and for the future!

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Paul’s CAE1 Class: Alessia, Louise, Lea Tine, Millan, Valeria, Cheyenne, Myuri, Marc, Estelle, Philippe and Romain!

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Josie’s CAE2 Class: Sara Anna, Olaf, Jenny, Raphael, Livia, Zora, Ramona C, Ana, Pascal, Ramona T and Nadia!

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Claudia’s FCE Class:  Amelie, Jade, Haruki, Cosmo, Christopher, Mayumi, Luca, Maito, Izabel, Fuka, Ayumi, Eliane, Maria Elena and Sakiko! 

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New Starters – Cambridge! 13th March

Welcome to our nine new students starting the Cambridge Course at Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Joining us we have Anais, Rahel, Aline, Annina, Celine, Ramona, Christian and Albert!

We are very happy to have you all here with us at Lexis Byron Bay and wish you all the best with your studies!

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.

March Activity Calender!

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We have another month of exciting activities planned just for our Lexis students!

A few parties/BBQ’s will be happening; with the End of Cambridge Party on the 10th, Cambridge Welcome BBQ on the 13th, and End of Course BBQ on the 24th!

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 or Wednesdays we have the popular activity of Coffee Lounge, with Tim Tams and fun games aimed at encouraging students to get to know each other better, all while practicing their English!

We have a Trivia on the 2nd, with prizes to be won! This will be in the garden or student lounge.

On the 9th Jason from the Lexis Noosa marketing team will be coming in to do a Presentation about long term Business Courses. This is great for those who want to stay in beautiful Byron for longer!! Pizza will also be provided 🙂

Flavio will be coming in on the 14th to teach you how to Skateboard and Olmo on the 21st to teach you how to Slackline!

Our monthly Table Tennis Tournament is on the 16th! Will anyone be able to beat February’s champion, Roman?!

Sport-wise we also have Volleyball on the 3rd, then Rugby on the 31st (11am in the garden and 2pm at the beach for both activities)!

On the 17th we’ll be Wine Tasting; the perfect way to end the week and will no doubt be as popular as last month’s Beer Tasting!

We’ll be holding a Poker Tournament on the 8th with prizes to be won!

To get creative we’ll be Boomerang Painting on the 30th and making Sushi on the 23rd!

Let’s Go Surfing will be doing their 1 hour Surf Lesson special for just $20 on the 28th, or you can book in a 3-hour surf lesson with me anytime at Reception for just $50!

We have Job Club twice this month, on the 14th and the 28th. I’ll be in Room 8 at 11am and 2pm 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!

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!

 

Have a great month!🙂

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.