Christmas Cookie Decorating – Take Two! December 12th

We got into the Christmas spirit today and iced a shed ton of cookies! Students got creative and even though we didn’t get any Christmas trees or Santas we certainly had a lot of Christmas baubles.

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Things got very messy very quickly but it was all worth it!

Very abstract Alice!

Looks delicious😆

Hmmmm…..

Not so bad!

At least they tried… right?

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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.

Afternoon Tie Dying Pt1! November 27th

Yesterday’s afternoon activity was Tie-dying!

We worked on the picnic tables outside the student lounge and made sure it was covered with a plastic sheet… less mess!

First, everyone used rubber bands or wool to tie, bunch, and knot their t-shirts. A few people used socks and bags.

Next, we mixed the colours. Instead of using fabric dyes we used food colouring. This works just as well and is also a cheaper option!
Just add the dye to a squeezy bottle and fill with water.

The process is very messy but totally enjoyable!

Getting those colours right!

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Once the dying was over everyone wrapped their t-shirts in cling wrap. This allows the dye to set but you need to wait a day before you can wash it!

Can’t wait to see the end results… Tune in next week to see how they turned out!

 

 

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.

Making Dreamcatchers! 7 March

Yesterday Orla and I taught the students how to make dreamcathers!

I had a small group in the afternoon, which made it easy to show and help each of them individually, ensuing they were made to perfection!

We all opted to go for neutral, rustic designs. Once we had covered the outer ring and made the web, we made them more decorative with hanging feathers, tassels, shells and beads.

Maria and Patricia made theirs to go in their van, which will no doubt give them fond memories of Byron and Lexis when they’re on their travels, whilst Raphael decided his made a great accessory for glasses!

 

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.

Dreamcatcher Making! 12 December

On Wednesday we had a delightful morning and afternoon making dreamcatchers!

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I demonstrated first how to make the netting and then assisted the students to do their own (with some needing more assistance than others!)

Using our box of materials, beads, shells and feathers we then decorated our dreamcatchers, with some beautiful results!

Carlos showed us just one of the many things they can now do with their dreamcatcher…

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Previously students have given them as a gift (often to their homestay families!), hung them in their vans before going off traveling, decorated their bags with them, and taken them home as a souvenir of their time in Byron! Or they can use them for their original purpose and simply hang them in their rooms to protect them from bad dreams!

 

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.

Tie Dye! 26 November – Afternoon

Last week we had a fun afternoon Tie Dying!!

Before we could start getting messy the girls wanted to protect their clothes from any dye and came up with some beautiful fashion designs to do so! I think my favourite was probably Kiki’s, who added a belt around her newspaper dress!

I showed the students a simple way of getting the tie dye effect but, being the creative bunch that they are, they all wanted to experiment with their own designs!

Some rolled their tops up, separating sections with elastic bands then covering each with a different colour…

Estelle made tiny knots using elastic bands and ended up with this brilliant design…

Nuria used the same bottle of green dye, but kept adding more water so she could get lighter colours and end up with this faded effect…

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While trying to decide what I wanted to do with mine I accidentally splashed some die all over it, but just decided the go with it and add more! I’m actually pretty happy with the result…

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A great afternoon was had by all and we now each have a perfect memento of Byron Bay’s hippy vibe!

 

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 Dreamcatcher!! 13 September

Yesterday we had a creative afternoon making our own Dreamcatchers!

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We followed a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmtkc7FOWLw&t=3s) to get us started, then the students created their own, with me on hand to help!

There was plenty of different fabrics, threads, beads and feathers for the students to use, so they were all able to make theirs completely unique!

Entertainment was provided with some beautiful singing from Eric, Lorene and Sacha, my particular favourite being their rendition of Queen’s Break Free!

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I was very impressed by the different ideas everyone had for their dreamcathcers and the brilliant results!

 

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.

 

 

Boomerang Painting! 8 August

Yesterday we got creative (and a little messy!) with Boomerang Painting!

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I showed the students some symbols typically used by aboriginals along with their meanings and also some examples for them to copy,

but they were all happy to create their own designs!

After a relaxing hour of painting we put them to the test, with them returning most of time, until we lost 1 on the roof and 2 in a tree!

 

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.

Dreamcatchers! 19 July

Lat Thursday we had a fun afternoon making Dream Catchers!

We watched a video to get us started (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmtkc7FOWLw&t=3s)

Then got to work making our own!!

We had lots of different fabrics for the students to choose from, beads and shells for the center and feathers to hang from the bottom!

The end results were all beautifully unique and a great memento of their time in Byron!

 

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.

Jewellery Making! 21 June

Yesterday we had a lovely afternoon making jewellery here at Lexis Byron!

I showed the students how to make net wrap pendants, that can then be turned into necklaces, bracelets, key chains, bag accessories or just decoration!

They also made some of their own designs using the beads, shells and jewels available to them!

 

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.

Dream Catcher Making! 24 May

We had a creative afternoon making beautiful dream catchers!

First we watched a video from Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmtkc7FOWLw&t=3s) demonstrating how to make them, and then it was our turn to give it a go!

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It’s quite tricky at first but easy once you get going!

Once our nets were complete we added shells and beads to the centre and hung feathers from the bottom to make them even prettier!

 

 

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.

 

Boomerang Painting! 16 May

Yesterday we had a lovely afternoon painting boomerangs!

I showed the students some handouts with symbols typically used by aboriginals along with their meanings, as well as some examples and templates for them to use,

 all the students got inventive though and came up with their own unique designs!

I was particularly impressed with Hansoo’s koala,

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and Suzie, who used a pointed accessory to carve a pattern into the paint.

Shiho’s was the most authentic,

But all the students designs were beautiful and creative <3

and they now all have a great souvenir to take home from Australia!

 

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.

Jewellery Making! 7 March!

Today we made beautiful necklaces and bracelets during our Jewellery Making activity!!

I showed some of the students how to make net wrap pendants, but many got creative with their own designs!

We had a selection of shells, beads and stones for the students to use for their creations!

All the results were brilliant and will make a great souvenir or gift from their time in Byron!!

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.