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 😀

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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! 🙂

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

 

Some shots of the cooking in progress…

Looking good, chef Max! 🙂

 

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…! 😛

 

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!! 🙂

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! 🙂

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 🙂

 

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.

October weekend activities with BWT!

Check out all the awesome activities BWT has planned for our Lexis students in October!!! There are some great deals on must-do activities this month. See Matt in the Student Lounge every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at lunchtime, or in store at BWT to book all your adventures!

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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.

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.

It’s the LONG Weekend! September 30 – October 3

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WEATHER

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SURF

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GIG GUIDE

FRIDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL – TIJUANA CARTEL
RAILWAY HOTEL – 7PM RAGGA JUMP
BEACH HOTEL – 5PM JOCK BARNES 9PM PINK ZINC
RAILWAY PARK – 9AM PICNIC FOR PEACE IN THE PARK
BYRON BREWERY – 8PM DJ FLASHDANCE
BYRON THEATRE – 7.30PM THE BREAKFAST CLUB
STICKY WICKET – 9PM LOCAL DJS
WOODY’S SURF SHACK – 9PM CLUB RAIDERS DJS
TREEHOUSE – 7.30PM DUSTY BOOTS
KULCHAJAM – 6PM HARMONISING THE ANCIENT VOICE
SUN BISTRO – 5PM HAYLEY GRACE
PIZZA PARADISO – 6.30PM GUY KACHEL

 

SATURDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL – THE BLACK SEEDS
RAILWAY HOTEL – 7PM DEVILS KIOSK
BEACH HOTEL – 9PM DJ DISCROW
YAC – 8.30PM MOONDANCE
BYRON BREWERY – 8PM LUKE & SEBASTIAN
BYRON THEATRE – 3PM LIBERTY EQUALITY FRATERNITY 6.30PM LOUDER THAN BOMBS
STICKY WICKET – 9PM LOCAL DJS
WOODY’S SURF SHACK – 9PM DJ JAMIE
TREEHOUSE – 7.30PM THE OCEAN PARTY
KULCHAJAM – 10AM HARMONISING THE ANCIENT VOICE
PIZZA PARADISO – 6.30PM KATIA DEMEESTER

 

SUNDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL – JESSE PUMPHREY
RAILWAY HOTEL – 7PM ANDY JANS-BROWN
BEACH HOTEL – 4.30PM DU’EAST DUO, GANGGAJANG 8PM DJS LONGTIME & FONZAIUS
BYRON MARKET – 8AM HUNTER & SMOKE, RAKU O’GAIA
BYRON BREWERY – 2.30PM BREWERS CIRCUS
BYRON GOLF CLUB – 4PM OOZ
BYRON THEATRE – 2PM & 6.30PM PETER PAN JR
TREEHOUSE – 2PM DJ OCTAGON & DJ EVA J
KULCHAJAM – 10AM HARMONISING THE ANCIENT VOICE
SUN BISTRO – SUNRISE ROD MURRAY
BANGALOW A&I HALL – 2PM SUNDAY SAFARI WITH THE BABE RAINBOW, WORLD CHAMPION, SEASIDE, ISRAELI CHICKS, GALAXY GIRLS + DJS

 

MONDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL – DAN CLARK
RAILWAY HOTEL – 7PM JAX HAZE
BEACH HOTEL – 8.30PM REGGAE
WOODY’S SURF SHACK – 9PM DJ OVAL

 

EVENTS

spring-2016

 

 

 

Spring in Bundjalung Country

Art Exhibition @ Byron Community Centre
29 September – 9 October

 

 

 

 

Moonfire
Trance Dance Night under the New Moon!
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MARKETS

FRIDAY

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

SATURDAY

Bangalow Farmers Market

Brunswick Heads Market

Lismore Farmers Market

Blue Knob Farmers Market

 

SUNDAY

Byron Bay Markets

Pottsville Beach Markets

Lismore Car Boot Market 

Ballina Missingham Farmers Market

 

PIGHOUSE FLICKS @ Byron Brewery

FRIDAY

Kubo and the Two Strings 12:10pm
The Secret Life of Pets 2:10pm
Nerve 4:00pm
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD 6:00pm
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. 8:00pm

 

SATURDAY

Kubo and the Two Strings 12:10pm
The Secret Life of Pets 2:10pm
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 4:00pm
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. 6:00pm
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD 8:45pm

 

SUNDAY

The Secret Life of Pets 12:10pm
Kubo and the Two Strings 2:00pm
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. 4:00pm
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 6:45pm
Nerve 8:45pm

 

MONDAY

Kubo and the Two Strings 12:10pm
The Secret Life of Pets 2:10pm
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 4:00pm
Nerve 6:00pm
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD 8:00pm

 

 

*** Don’t forget… DAYLIGHT SAVINGS starts this weekend! ***
On Saturday night/Sunday morning put your clocks FORWARD one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sun in the evenings!

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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.