Hiroshima Juniors final Coffee Club! (and announcement of Scavenger Hunt winner) -March 29th

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Today we had our final Coffee Club for our Hiroshima Juniors group! We had our usual favourites – delicious coffees and TimTams, as well as a very fun game of Uno. We all chatted about what everyone did yesterday evening and took the time to reflect on their two-week trip so far. Everyone agreed that they would like more time here at Lexis Byron Bay as they are enjoying it so much!

We also announced the winner of our recent Scavenger Hunt photography challenge – it was the amazing group Yoga shot, taken by Kanon. Well done Kanon!ย ๐Ÿ˜€ See her winning shot below and her accepting her prize – TimTams! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Hiroshima Juniors Surf Lesson @ The Wreck, Byron Bay – March 28

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This morning we hit the beach for our second surf lesson! It was a different kind of day – not as sunny, but the clouds and light were beautiful on the beach.

Some of the students returned to do a surf lesson, while the rest were happy to swim, walk the beach and pick interesting rocks and shells ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wet-suits ready to go!

Blake from Lets Go Surfing picked us up promptly at 9am, dropping us to their shop by the beach. Once everyone got fitted with their boards and wet-suits, we were ready to hit the waves!

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On our way to the beach

Everyone had a quick dip in the sea to cool down before the lesson.

We had the lovely Amy as our instructor today and she went through all the important points, tips and safety instructions before they were ready to hit the waves.

While they were preparing for surf, the others went for another dip!

Ready for the waves!!!

We were later joined by Lexis students Nico and Anselmo!

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And a nice hot burger and chips to warm up afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hiroshima Juniors Scavenger Hunt! – March 26th

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Namaste! Love this photo of our Hiroshima Juniors stiking a Yoga pose! ๐Ÿ˜€

Yesterday, we had a very fun learning activity for our Hiroshima Juniors – a photo scavenger hunt in Byron Bay! To make it extra interesting, we have a delicious chocolate prize for the winner…

Each student was given the following photography brief:

  • A selfie with the beach
  • A photo of somebody eating ice cream
  • A photo with a tourist
  • A photo of someone drinking coffee
  • A photo of a Byron busker
  • A photo of your group outside Aldi
  • A photo of your group doing yoga poses
  • A photo of Byron Bay Library
  • A selfie outside the Rainbow Shop
  • A photo on the swings by the beach

Check out some of their amazing photos below! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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.

 

Hiroshima Juniors Coffee Club! March 27th

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This morning, we sheltered from the morning rain, in the comfort of the student lounge! We all met at 9am and began our time with a quick catch up on everyone’s week, finding out what we all got up to in the evenings and reflecting on their time so far in Byron. We all agreed that the last week and half has gone by very quickly! ๐Ÿ™‚

We all enjoyed some delicious coffees and Tim Tams while playing some games of Jenga and Uno.

 

CHEERS! (or ‘kampai’, as they say in Japan ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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Hiroshima Juniors Day at Emmanuel Anglican College – March 25th

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Arriving at the school!

On Monday morning, we left Lexis Byron Bay campus and headed, by bus, to Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina. We all gathered in their school library and were greeted by staff and students in both English and Japanese! Each student was paired with a ‘buddy‘ – a student who would take them to their classes and look after them throughout the day.

After our welcome, each student was given a tour of the beautiful school grounds by their buddy, before joining them for their morning classes, which included Maths and Science.

Enjoying some chats with their buddies during the morning break.

Enjoying a fun game of Handball during break time!

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After break, I joined some of the students in English class, where the teacher was explaining how to structure an essay.

From 12pm, we joined the Japanese classes! This was lots of fun and each group of students (Year 8 and 10) greeted our Hiroshima Juniors in Japanese, while our Juniors greeted them back in English. Everyone had a little chat to get to know eachother better.

During these classes, our Hiroshima Juniors gave a brief presentation to groups of students, introducing them to their home-place, Hiroshima.

Some Japanese-themed decorations in the Japanese room.

Activities in these classes included ‘Kahoot’ – an interactive learning game to help with language skills, listening tests and finally, a ‘speed chat’ – where each of our students had 5 minutes to chat with a student in English, before moving on to the next student when time was up.

At 3pm it was time to leave and we all met at the front of the school, where everyone had the chance to say goodbye to their buddies. Thanks for having us, Emmanuel Anglican College! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hiroshima Juniors Surf Lesson! March 22nd

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Today we hit Main Beach in Byron for a very special surf lesson for our Hiroshima Juniors! The lovelyย Blake from Let’s Go Surfingย picked us up outside the school at 9am and we headed to their shop to get fitted with wet-suits and surfboards.

Here are the guys, all ready to hit the beach!

 

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It was super hot by the time we hit the beach so the first thing everybody did was jump into the sea to cool down

The next thing we did – stretching! Very important before hitting the waves.

Everyone gathered around as the instructors explained the basics of surfing and how to kneel up on the board when in the water.

Safety in the water is top priority. Below, our instructor Victor explains what a rip is and how to get out of it if we encounter one in the sea.

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Ready to hit the waves!!!

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After a while in the water, everyone got back out again and the instructors demonstrated how to stand up on the board when in the water.

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Before long, they were surfing like pros!ย 

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Our Hiroshima Juniors having an awesome time in the water ๐Ÿ™‚

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Check out these pros! ๐Ÿ™‚

What better way to finish our surf lesson than with a picnic by the sea. We are already looking forward to next week’s lesson!

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Aussie Food Tasting!March 21st – Morning

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Yesterday in the student lounge, we held a special Aussie food tasting activity! There are lots of special treats and savoury snacks that are very poplular in Australia and we got to learn (and taste!) more about them.

We had a range of delicious (and some not so deliciousโ€ฆ!) foods to try:

  • Musk Sticksย (pink semi-soft sweet stick with floral, musk flavours)
  • Allenโ€™s Red Frogsย (chewy jelly treats)
  • Macadamia Nutsย (found in both New South Wales & Queensland)
  • Anzac Biscuitsย (oat biscuits)
  • Vegemiteย (yeast extract spread, popular with toast!)
  • Mini meat piesย (pastry pies filled with meat, gravy, onion, mushrooms & cheese)
  • Sausage Rollsย (savoury pastry snack & popular party food)
  • Caramello Koalaย (chocolate bar filled with caramel)
  • Tim Tamsย (chocolate covered biscuits)
  • Lamingtonsย (a small sponge cake square coated in chocolate and coconut)

Among the favourites were TimTams and sausage rolls! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brave students trying Vegemite… ๐Ÿ˜€

Everyone enjoyed the delicious treats and our Hiroshima Juniors got to mingle with some of the others students from their classes too ๐Ÿ™‚

Have YOU tried all of these Aussie favourites yet!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Hiroshima Juniors trip to Byron Farmers Market! March 21st

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On Thursday morning we all went to the Byron Bay Farmers Market! It was a beautiful morning so we enjoyed the walk down together at 9am. This market is on every Thursday morning at Butler St Reserve from 8-11am.

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Walking down Jonson Street towards the market!

The taco stand proved very popular among the students!

We walked around in the sunshine and sampled some different snacks and juice. There were some performers at different areas, playing music, singing and even dancing!

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Buying some local and Manuka honey ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyone enjoyed the market and we all left with full bellies and happy hearts ๐Ÿ˜€

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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.