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 🙂

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. 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? 

Today is a perfect day to be proud of yourself! Have a lovely day 🙂

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

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK? 

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 🙂

3. 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! 🙂

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

1. WHERE DO YOU WORK? 

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’! 🙂

3. 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? 🙂

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? 

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. 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? 

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’ 🙂 It’s still hospitality but in this environment, totally different vibes 🙂

3. 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? 

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. 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 😀

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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.