Happy Travels April Calendar!!

Iain from Happy Travels has planned another month of awesome weekend activities and student nights for you, our Lexis Byron students!

Every Tuesday is the Keg Party. Meet at Happy Travels at 7.30pm and head to Cheeky Monkeys to drink a keg (barrel) of beer for free!

Then on Thursdays they have a free BBQ at the Happy Travels shop between 7.30-8.30pm. They’ll be a DJ there providing the tunes and getting you ready for another night in Cheekys!

For weekend activities Iain has put together a variety of free and discounted activities / trips for you!

To join any of these activities, or any other trips you may like to do, just have a chat with Iain! He is here in the Student Lounge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12pm and 3pm.

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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.

Happy Travels Student Nights!

Happy Travels are running two awesome party nights for you, our Lexis students!!

Tuesdays: Keg Party!!!

Meet at the Happy Travels shop at 7.30pm and then you’ll all move onto Cheeky Monkeys where you have a free keg of beer to drink!!!

Thursdays: Free BBQ & Cocktails

Every Thursdays is the weekly BBQ party at the Happy Travels shop with DJs and free food! Starting at 7.30pm. After the BBQ head down to Cheeky Monkeys for an hour of free cocktails (or until they run out!).

 

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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.

Happy Student – Raphael!

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Raphael is from Bayonne in the South-West of France, he is 18 years old and he headed straight to Australia after finishing high school in France. He arrived in Byron Bay in November 2016 and stayed until March. He’s now headed to Bundaberg to do his farm work, so that he can save up for more travelling around Australia.  Raphael joined us an an intermediate speaker and on leaving he achieved an overall A in his Upper Intermediate class. Raphael is sorely missed here at Lexis. Who will DJ for our parties and BBQs now? I’m sure Cheeky Monkeys is missing its most regular customer too.

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Raphael has answered some questions for us about his time at Lexis.

 Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I remember the evening I spent with my mother in France, choosing the destination for my gap year. Originally, I decided the USA, but then I found a video about surfing in Australia – which made me fall in love with Byron Bay: the best place to surf in Australia! For me Byron is the perfect place for me: small, peaceful, joyful, good waves, no big buildings, but lots of bars to party all week!

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Raphael on his very first day of school

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

My major weakness in English when I arrived here were – everything! English was my weakness. But more seriously – it was my ability to understand the first time what someone told me. I had to make them repeat 3 or 4 times. Now I can see how far my English has come. Now I can understand films without subtitles easily!

Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

All of the teachers I had at Lexis were lovely. They were truly knowledgeable and made learning fun. In intermediate I had Iruka, I spent many funny times in her class. Then I moved into Upper Intermediate with the lovely Elyse, who was awesome and then I had Kathleen and her amazing games! My most memorable lesson was with Elyse when we had to dress with newspapers (yes yes newspapers!) when we were learning vocabulary about fashion and clothing design. That was ridiculous but so funny! 😂

 What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

BBSA is now like my home. I met people from all around the world and I learnt about lots of different cultures. The best moments spent were the Christmas dinner, when we cooked Hamburgers, the sushi parties with the Japaneses people, the dinner tortillas with the Spanish guys, the spaghetti party with the Swiss people.Yes you’ve understood, all the best moments are around food! 😂

What were your favourite things to do in Byron? 

The best times were all the parties with my bro Tito [See last week’s happy student blog!]  and all the others who are like my international family, the days of hangovers when we were all regretting going out the night before. But the best activity was surfing by far. All the surf sessions spent with Hiro, Nil, Pol, Tito and all the others were the time of my life.

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What is your most magical moment in Byron?

I remember a time I was surfing at the Pass during sunset, catching one of the best waves I ever caught. The sun was going down in front of me, the reflection of the sun making the water yellow and orange, I’ll remember this all my life I think. I understood how peaceful life can be; in front of me, it was like the most beautiful painting I’ve ever seen: a colorful sunset on the beach. At my right there were people taking pictures and I had a strange feeling that made me understand you have to enjoy the moment with your eyes rather through your phone.  Yes I know it sounds very philosophical, but for me happiness is about little things like this.

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

My advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay is: Go for it!!! I am 100% sure you’ll not regret it, you will make so much progress with your English, furthermore, there are good activities everyday and lovely people to spend time with.

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Raphael graduating – how far he has come!

What does the future hold for you now? 

My plans after my farm work are to keep traveling around Australia, then Bali and maybe New Zealand, before coming back to France and going to university😭. Australia gave me the taste of travel, so I’d like to go in each country in Europe to keep discovering new cultures and people. I also want to go to Kenya and South America too! I want a life of adventure and travel, my nightmare is to be trapped in a routine with my job, Byron Bay has given me a taste of paradise and now I want to keep exploring.

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Raphael of to explore the world!

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.

October Activity Calendar!

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Next week is the start of OCTOBER 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. Don’t forget that the 3rd of October is a Public Holiday, so there will be no school next Monday!

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 Table Tennis Tournament to find this month’s Lexis Champion. I have noticed a lot of students using the new table, practicing for the next tournament so there is sure to be some good competition! The following week we have Flavio coming by at 11am to teach us how to Skateboard and Chloe will be here at 2pm to run a Mindfulness meditation for our students. Later in the month we are getting into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking, exploring the delicious flavours of Thailand while making a traditional Green Curry. Then to finish off the month we have Pizza and Pictionary in the morning, which will be a fun way to learn some new English words and phrases, and in the afternoon we can get creative while learning about Aboriginal Australian culture at Boomerang Painting.

Every second Thursday we have the very popular 1-hour Surf Lesson with the team at Lets Go Surfing. These lessons are only $20 and are a great way to give surfing a try before booking more lessons to help you become a real Byron Surfer!  Alternating with this, 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.

On Fridays we will celebrate the first week of the course book next week with a Start of Course BBQ in the front garden, both in the morning and afternoon. For the rest of the month we are getting active, with Volleyball and Soccer on different days (in the garden for the morning session and at the beach for the afternoon), and a morning session of Slacklining in the garden with Olmo and a Bike Ride to Tallows Beach in the afternoon.

 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!

Don’t forget that you can book your 3-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.

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 – 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.

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.

Student Night @ Cheeky Monkeys! April 26

Last night was the weekly Student Night at Cheeky Monkeys. After meeting at BWT, we made our way to the bar and enjoyed the free food, drinks and good times!

Here’s a few photos from the night…

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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.

Cheeky Monkeys last Tuesday… April 19

Last Tuesday was another night of the usual antics at Cheeky Monkeys. As I wasn’t able to go this week, I almost missed out on Floriant‘s big dance off! But here are the pictures from the Dance Competition in which Floriant came in second place, only just missing out on the $100 prize…

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Floriant and the other dance competitors

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Floriant getting the crowd psyched up for his performance

 

It’s always a fun night out at Cheekys! Good luck for next week Floriant – I’m sure with the help of the Lexis family you can win first prize next time!

 

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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.

Student Night @ Cheeky Monkeys! April 5

The Cheeky Monkeys night had a little hiccup with the usual free drinks becoming just one free drink… but the Lexis students were not to be  deterred!

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A few students even joined the competition to win a trip  to Fraser Island (losing some items of clothing in the process) but unfortunately were not able to get the 10 baskets in a row so missed out on the grand prize.

 

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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.

Student Night @ Cheeky Monkeys!

Cheeky Monkeys was the place to be last night! Free beer and good friends makes for a great night out in Byron Bay 

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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.

Cheeky Monkeys Student Night!

Another great Tuesday night out! It was the eve of a full moon last night, and the beer was flowing freely at Cheeky Monkeys…

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It was wonderful to see so many of the students out having such a great time and taking advantage of the free food and drinks!

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I look forward to next week’s shenanigans…and another beautiful evening like last night!

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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.

Student Night at Cheeky Monkey’s

Our lovely student Carlos from Mexico took some fantastic photographs at our Cheeky Monkey’s student party last night. We enjoyed free food, free drinks and plenty of chatting, laughing and dancing. It looks like everyone was having a great time!

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Student Night!

Student Night at Cheeky Monkey’s was very busy last night, it was fantastic to see so many of you there for another fun-filled night of food, drinks, pool, music, chatting and dancing. Well done to Cedric for winning $100 in the dance-off competition!

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