Aussie Food Tasting… Round 2! November 8th

It was another round of Aussie Food Tasting this afternoon at Lexis Byron Bay. All students were eager to taste the Australian delicacies on hand!

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Vegemite – Alice was the only one who didn’t mind the unusual taste that is a good ol’ Aussie staple but she cheated when it came to putting it on her toastπŸ˜†.

 

Fairy breadΒ – Something you will find at a children’s birthday party. Everyone loved it!Β IMG_E8653

 

Party Pies – This was everyone’s favourite of the day. Nice, hot, and savoury…YUM!

Musk Sticks – Not so good on the taste buds!

Anzac Biscuits and Lamingtons – Definitely something they’ll try again.

Macadamia Nuts and Caramello KoalasΒ – Something tasty to end on!

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So happy everyone tasted all the good stuff.. Well done you lot!!!

 

 

Pizza Making.. Round 2! October 30th

It was a busy day in the student kitchen at Lexis English Byron Bay this afternoon as we prepared and made our second lot of pizzas for the day!πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•

 

Our ingredients today were all the classics

  • Tomato
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato and BBQ sauces
  • Red and green capsicum
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Ham and pepperoni
  • Spinach

So many smiles. You can’t go wrong with pizza.. right?

Waiting their turn for the oven. There were definitely some hungry tummies!

Finally out of the oven!!

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Look at all that melted cheese… YUM!

Happy students!

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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 Lexis Students… at WORK! :)

Here at Lexis, we have students from all over the world. Some come to Byron to study for a week, some for a few weeks and some, for many months! I caught up with some of our students who are lucky enough to be on a working holiday visa, to ask them a few things about their working life here in Byron…

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Judith joined us from Spain in April of last year and will be with us until next November! We are delighted to also have her on board with us here at Lexis. Read on to find out how πŸ™‚

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK?

I work in Lexis English School as a cleaner and in Orgasmic Falafel restaurant as a waitress in the street offering falafels to people, as well as cleaning, preparing and helping to put away chairs, tables etc.

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WORKING IN BYRON BAY?

The flexible schedule in most Byron jobs and the work atmosphere. Byron is a relaxed place, of course there are some busy days with stress, but there is no comparison with most of the jobs in Spain and probably in Sydney or other big Australian cities. I also like that in Byron, there are a lot of jobs where you finish at 5pm and you have a whole evening free or if you work in a restaurant, you can enjoy the whole day and work in the afternoon/evening. In Spain, most of the jobs are ‘split-shift’ so it feels like you just work all day, then go home to sleep.

3.Β WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB – AND WHERE?

My dream job is to work in a big company, analysing employees – analysing their worries, motivation, personal life and then try to create a better working environment for them, for example – maybe one employee will be more efficient and happy at work if the boss lets them finish 30 minutes earlier so that they can pick up their child from school. I would like a job that allows me to travel – a company who has offices all over the world, so that travelling is part of my job. I would love to have a flexible schedule – I could work really hard for a few weeks and then travel for one or two weeks at the end.

4. ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY?Β 

Today is a perfect day to be proud of yourself! Have a lovely day πŸ™‚

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Leo joined us last September from Brazil and is studying at Lexis until December next.

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK?Β 

Fish Mongers (fish restaurant in Byron)

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WORKING IN BYRON BAY?

I love that I’m improving my English by dealing with customers and speaking with natives more often and that I’m working in a beautiful town πŸ™‚

3.Β WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB – AND WHERE?

My dream job would be working in something that makes me feel happy every day. Ideally, this would be in Psychology and would be close to the ocean! πŸ™‚

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Ania joined us last September from Spain and is with us until next August

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK?Β 

I work in The Bower (hotel) as a cleaner and also in Orgasmic Falafel restaurant as a waitress.

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WORKING IN BYRON BAY?

I like working here because when you finish work you can enjoy the beach and the nature! It’s the best way to enjoy Byron – ‘like a local’! πŸ™‚

3.Β WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB – AND WHERE?

Working as a nurse! (I am a qualified nurse). This is why I need to improve my English and work hard to achieve my goal.

4. ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY? πŸ™‚

Living this experience in Byron is the best decision that I’ve ever made ❀

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Maria has been with us since December and will study here until next July. She joins us from Spain!

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK?Β 

I work as a cleaner and dishwasher here in Byron when I finish my classes each evening and at the weekends.

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WORKING IN BYRON BAY?

I like working here because Byron is a magical place with an amazing quality of life.

3.Β WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB – AND WHERE?

I am a qualified dentist and would love to work as one here!

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Pedro joined us from Spain last December and will be with us until the end of May.

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK?Β 

I work in town, in Bayger. It’s a burger place, where we make really lovely and healthy burgers.

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WORKING IN BYRON BAY?

The people! The biggest beauty of Byron is the place and people. I work with a lovely team and the customers are really kind and patient. Everybody says ‘no rush’ πŸ™‚ It’s still hospitality but in this environment, totally different vibes πŸ™‚

3.Β WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB – AND WHERE?

Motorcycle tester and seller – in my home country of Spain or the Canary Islands.

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Lucas is from Brazil and has been with us since last March! Unfortunately he is leaving us now (we will miss you Lucas!! 😦 ) and so, will be finishing up at work. He has been working in Byron for many months.

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK?Β 

At the Rails!

2. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WORKING IN BYRON BAY?

I like working there because in my opinion, the Rails is the best place go out and have fun! Since I started working there, I have really improved my English and also get to appreciate the daily live music!

3.Β WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB – AND WHERE?

I am a Civil Engineer so my dream is to start working in this area, ideally back in my home country, Brazil.

 

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! January 31st

Yesterday was the last day in January and the last activity on our January Lexis calendar was jewellery making! We all met in the student lounge at 11.30am. I had a basket full of amazing craft supplies including a range of beads, shells, glass stones, wire, feathers, threads and various types of macrame cord.

I showed the group how to make a crystal wrap necklace, using a macrame knotting technique. For this, we each chose one stone, then used 3 long lengths of cord to begin our piece. We then make a little net to tightly hold the stone and braided the remaining pieces to hang around the neck. It is a relatively simple technique but takes time and precision.

Everyone was free to either follow what I was doing or use their imagination and create their own individual piece. To get them on their way, I showed them some examples and some tips and tricks for tying adjustable knots. We had necklaces, bracelets and ankle bracelets!

 

After the crystal net was formed, everyone had their own method for holding the necklace in place while they braided/plaited the remaining strings!

 

The finished pieces looked amazing! They were all so different – some people added beads and different knots to personalise their own.

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.

Mexican Cooking! (morning) January 17

Yesterday morning (Thursday) we gathered in the kitchen for our Mexican cooking activity! Our plan was to have a meat AND a veggie option – beef tacos and veggie enchiladas. Our main ingredients included beef, red peppers & onions, lettuce, mixed beans, re-fried beans, sour cream, various sauces, lime, cheese, taco shells, tortillas and of course – some corn chips and salsa to snack on as we cooked πŸ˜€

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As we were cooking two separate mixes, there were plenty of jobs for everyone to do – prep and chop the vegetables, divide the ingredients for each meal, find the chopping boards, pots, pans and the fun bit – the cooking! πŸ™‚

As the onion tears were starting to get to us, one of the group had a genius idea to help her… sunglasses!!! πŸ˜€

 

Some shots of the cooking in progress…

Looking good, chef Max! πŸ™‚

 

The food was so tasty – it’s not at all surprising that a few friends turned up just as the food was ready to eat…! πŸ˜›

 

What exciting activities are lined up for next week?

Check it out here!

 

 

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! 28 November

We went very retro here at Lexis for last Wednesday’s activity – tie dying!! πŸ™‚

Everyone met promptly at 11.30am at the seating area outside the student lounge, by the garden. The first thing we did was cover all tables with layers of newspaper to avoid any staining. We then laid out the selection of white tops that we provided for anyone who did not have their own. There was a mix of styles (long sleeve, t shirt and vests). Some of the students even decided to customise a little and cut off the sleeves! Here we are, ready to go…

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The inks had to be prepared so some of the students took charge of this, adding water to the colour mix as well as a pinch of salt to stop the colours from fading on the fabric.

We looked at different ways to knot our fabrics and chatted about different designs we could make, using tightly wrapped elastic bands to divide colours and give those white lines and creases. Some people opted for the rolling/twisting method, some wanted vertical stripes, some wanted horizontal stripes, we even had some galaxy inspired designs as well as some free style!

Once that was done – it was time for the ink! πŸ™‚

Things started to look very interesting, colourful and even sculptural…

Once everything was inked up, we then had to place them in air-tight bags, to be left for 24 hours. This was the hardest part as we all reeeeeally wanted to see how they turned out!

Here are a few of the end garments πŸ™‚

 

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.

Surprise Visitors! 6 July

Last Friday we had not one, but two, previous Lexis students return with gifts for our Lexis team!

Our remarkable Judit, who studied with us for 10 months and also did a outstanding job as our school cleaner, returned from a trip to Bali and bought myself, Lisa and Koko some beautiful soaps and organic coffee for all the staff.

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Then the lovely Merce came to say a final farewell after 6 months in Byron. She finished our Cambridge First course last month and has just been travelling in Thailand. She brought us in a delicious cake to say thank you to all our Lexis staff ❀

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It’s always so wonderful to have past students pop by and especially to know how much they enjoyed Lexis and appreciated their time and the team here!

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Thank you beautiful ladies! We hope to see you again one day ❀

 

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.