Happy Hour with Happy Travels! 14 November

On Wednesday the awesome team at Happy Travels treated our students to a Happy Hour, which included free pizza, punch and prizes!

International DJ Mr Ha.Yes provided the music while the students enjoyed their free lunch and tropical punch.

Lexis’ Happy Travels specialist Sarah (who you can find in the student lounge on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 12pm and 3pm) collected everyone’s names to enter them into a draw for a Great Barrier Reef Trip!!

Well done to Camila Romero Gonzalez for winning this amazing prize!!

There were more winners from the goon pong, with two of our students winning a kayaking with dolphins and Nimbin day trip!

 

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

Photography Competition – afternoon session! 11 October

Last Thursday we had a fun photo competition using the theme ‘faces in places’!

The students had to look closely at their surroundings and find faces in everyday objects they probably wouldn’t have looked twice at!

They had lots of fun looking for faces and some got creative making faces (technically cheating :/ but still great photos!)

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There was even the added bonus of a free surf lesson for the best photo…

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Well done Lorene! We thought this was a really funny original one! Enjoy your surf lesson 🙂

 

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.

Soccer match against BBELS – 10 October

Yesterday we played a soccer match against BBELS, one of Byron’s other local schools.

Every couple of months we meet at the sports field for a friendly game. It’s good fun for the students and it’s nice for them to meet other students outside of Lexis 🙂

Rain was forecast for the afternoon but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! Even at 4pm it was still really warm, so the players did a great job of running around for over an hour!

Meanwhile us supporters stayed cool in the shade!

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Both teams showed great skills and played brilliantly, but there could only be one winner…

US!! Go Team Lexis, taking the win with a 6-5 result!

 

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.

Afternoon Crepe Competition! 4 October

Yesterday we had a morning and afternoon Crepe Competition!

I (Claire) was the judge of the afternoon and had a very hard decision on my hands!

The students split into three groups to make the crepes, following this simple 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.

Eric showed off some very impressive flipping skills!

The teamwork was then over as they competed against eachother to present me with the best crepe!

They had plenty of tasty fillings and toppings to choose from; blueberries, bananas, honey, whipped cream, strawberries, chocolate sprinkles, nuts, melted chocolate and Nutella!

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They all looked delicious but two really stood out as the best…

Eric had taken a lot of time and care to produce this wonderfully presented restaurant worthy creation…

and Lorene came up with the clever idea of mixing food colour into the batter to make this creative design that was then also beautifully presented…

As there was only one surf lesson to give away they decided to split the cost of a lesson so they can then go together! We gave them some Tim Tams to share as well; as if they hadn’t already had enough sugar for the day!!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Morning Crepe Competition – 4 October

Thursday morning was spent in the kitchen where we perfected the very fine art of crepe making! Everyone was very keen to make the best ones, especially as there was a prize for the most beautifully presented one – a free surf lesson! 🙂

We all read through the ingredients list and cooking method together. Some of the students had made them before so it was great to have some expert help! It’s important to have a very smooth batter so we all passed it around to take turns mixing as it was such hard work!

Once the batter was made, we left it to chill in the fridge for a while. During this time, everyone thought about how they wanted to present their crepes and got busy chopping and prepping for their masterpieces! We had a selection of seasonal fruits, mixed nuts, chocolate, Nutella, honey, cream…

Some people got really creative with their crepes – I particularly loved this heart shaped one!

Everyone had so much fun and we had a lot of people coming in to the kitchen with offers to help them eat, not that we needed any help with that! 🙂

The competition was tough!

In the end though, we could only have one winner and that went to….Nina! It was a tough decision but I really liked how she presented hers and the black plate really made it stand out among the rest. She was super happy to win the surf lesson. Congrats Nina! 🙂

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

 

 

October Activity Calendar!

Check out the activities we have planned exclusively for our Lexis students in October!

Now we have moved to two teaching schedules the 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.

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!!

Activities

Yoga will continue to be every Monday in Room 8, but has now moved to 7.45 – 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!

Wednesday the 3rd we’re getting creative with Jewellery Making; come along and make your own necklace or bracelet!

On the 4th we have a Crepe Competition! A range of ingredients (fruit, nuts, chocolate…) will be provided for you to compete to make the best crepe. The winners from the morning and afternoon sessions will each win a free surf lesson!

For our first sporting activity of the month we have Volleyball on the 5th; in the garden or at the beach (meet at reception first).

We have our Big Soccer Match against BBELS on the 10th. This will just be one game at 3.30pm at the Byron Sports Fields. Sign up in reception and help Lexis be the Language School Soccer Champions!

On the 11th we have a Photography Masterclass! Orla and I will be showing you some tips on how to get great photos! There will be a prize for the best one 🙂

Friday the 12th we have a Casino evening! This will be at 5.30pm so everyone can enjoy together. There will be snacks and a prize for the poker winner!

On the 17th we’ll be getting arty with Boomerang Painting!

Our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 is on the 18th. 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 then have another activity for everyone to enjoy together at 5.30pm…Wine and Cheese Tasting on Friday the 19th!

Our monthly Table Tennis Tournament will be on the 24th! Beer to be won!

On the 25th we’ll be making Paella for our Spanish Cooking activity!

We have free Bodyboard and wetsuit hire for you on the 26th. Meet at reception at 11.30am or 2pm.

Halloween is on the 31st and we’ll be having a free Sausage Sizzle at 12.15pm in front of school. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, so start thinking of an outfit!

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.

                                                      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

Lexis’ September Camping Weekend – Photo Competition!!

They were so many brilliant pictures from the Lexis/Happy Travels camping trip at the weekend! You can see all of them by following this link: https://lexisbyronbay.com/2018/09/24/big-lexis-camping-weekend-sept-18/ 

The top 5 were selected by Sarah from Happy Travels…

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Who then got all the campers to vote for their favourite one!

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Chloe won herself a kayaking with dolphins trip, courtesy of Happy Travels, for this beautiful shot of her getting up close to one of Australia’s native animals, the kangaroo!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Crepe Competition! 31 May

Yesterday we had a Crepe Competition here at Lexis Byron!

We worked in 2 teams to make the crepes, following this simple 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.

Then it was time for the really fun part; to make the tastiest, best presented crepe!

The students had plenty of tasty fillings and toppings to choose from; including bananas, honey, whipped cream, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, macadamia nuts, honey coasted cashew nuts, melted chocolate and Nutella!

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Everyone’s creations looked and tasted absolutely delicious, but there could only be one winner…

Well done Alex!!! The winner of a 2 hour surf lesson with Let’s Go surfing!!

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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.

May’s Table Tennis Tournament! 18 May

There was lots of excitement and friendly competitiveness for yesterday’s Table Tennis Tournament! We had 18 players competing for May’s champion title, including Laurine representing for the ladies!! We also had a great number of students come along to spectate and cheer on their classmates!

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Everyone was paired off at random and played first to 11, with the winner staying on for the next round.

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Results from the first round:

Jeff VS Sevi: JEFF

Yves VS Roman: YVES

Alex VS Laurine: ALEX

Murilo VS Joao: JOAO

Ben VS ANTHONY: BEN

Benoit VS Victhor: BENOIT

Fabio VS Oscar: OSCAR

Patrick VS Andre: ANDRE

Cristiano VS Rafael: CRISTIANO

We had an uneven amount of players for the next round so one person was picked from the pot to progress straight through to the semi finals, this lucky person being BENOIT!

Results from the second round:

Jeff VS Joao: JOAO

Cristiano VS Yves: CRISTIANO

Ben VS Oscar: BEN

Alex VS Andre: ALEX

With Benoit going straight through we again had an uneven number of players for the semi finals, so at Oscar’s suggestion this time we picked a name from the players who were out the competition to give them a second chance at the glory! The name picked from the pot was…OSCAR!! Oscar then managed to beat last month’s champion, Ben, to get a place in the final!

Results from the semi finals:

Oscar VS Ben: OSCAR

Alex VS Cristiano: ALEX

Benoit VS Joao: BENOIT

The three finalists then all played against each other, with the below results:

Oscar VS Benoit: OSCAR

Oscar VS Alex: ALEX

Alex VS Benoit: ALEX

Making ALEX our May Table Tennis Champion!!!!

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Congratulations Alex, enjoy your beers!!

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November’s Table Tennis Tournament!

On Wednesday we held our monthly Table Tennis Tournament to find out who our November champion would be!!

We had 4 players in our morning competition, with Brice walking away as the winner!

Not content with just being our morning champion, he decided to skip class in the afternoon (which is never encouraged here at Lexis but it was a rare occasion for Brice!) to see if he could be crowned our overall November champion!!

Our afternoon competition started with 16 players. Everyone was paired off and played first to 11, with the winner staying on for the next round.

Tobias, our September and October champion, was knocked out in the semi finals by Shin.

This took Shin through to the final against Brice, who had just beaten Gustavo.

Shin played an extremely good game but Brice managed to secure his place as November’s Table Tennis Superstar!!

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Breakfast and Coffee Club with special guests BWT !

We had a blast yesterday in Breakfast and Coffee club with special guests Charles and Zara from Backpacker World Travel! We played lots of silly games to win some fantastic  travel prizes including a free trip to Fraser Island!

All together our students won over $4000 worth of prizes!

Thanks Backpacker World Travel!  We love having you at Lexis Byron!

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Charles and Zara started the Club with a fantastic presentation. They talked in detail about all the beautiful must see destinations in Australia and the exclusive discounts for Lexis Students.

Zara shared with us her personal photographs and  unforgettable experience traveling the Outback and described the chills she had when visiting Uluru Rock.  This is must for anyone wanting to learn about Australian Aboriginal culture and traditions.

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After the presentation it was time to have lots of fun playing games and eating some sweet breakfast treats!

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Zara is in school three days a week to help all of our students get the most out of their time in Australia.

Go and have chat with her on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12- 3pm.

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 BWT give great discounts to all of our Lexis Students. They can plan your whole trip down to the last detail, including flights, transfers and excursions.

All you need to do is just show up and have an awesome time!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Volleyball!! 13 October

On Friday afternoon we headed to the beach for a game of volleyball in the beautiful sunshine!!

There was a slight malfunction with the net but the students displayed great teamwork in resolving this!!

Once the net was up and secure the competition began…

Upon seeing how much fun we have having some fellow beachgoers asked to join and the students happily welcomed them into the game!

After all their jumping around in the heat I made sure I had a cold beer (coke for Katjana!) waiting for them all 🙂

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.