Coffee Club! October 29th

We had Coffee Club this morning down stairs in the common area! Of course theΒ Tim-Tams didn’t last long πŸ˜‹

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We played an intense game of Uno. It was interesting playing against others who grew up with different rules to the game 😁

It got a little bit competitive!

Then we ended with a bang playing ‘Get-to-know-you’ Jenga πŸ’₯

 

 

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Sausage Sizzle! Friday 2nd

Friday afternoon we had a Sausage Sizzle to farewell our Junior students who are returning back to Hiroshima after their week studying with us at Lexis Byron Bay.

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The sun came out to shine as the sausages and onions fried away.

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Thank you to everyone who helped me out with setting up and managing the BBQ! Your help was much appreciated.

We will miss our junior students! We hope you enjoyed your time in Byron Bay and made many friends and life long memories!

Towards the end of the afternoon as we were packing up the BBQ the rain began. We were treated to the most beautiful rainbow! It was a lovely way to the end the week.

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Aussie Food Tasting! August 1st

Thursday afternoon the rain was pouring so we decided to have a last minute change of plans from our scheduled Photo Challenge to Aussie Food Tasting instead!

The students were able to try Aussie favourites: Vegemite, Lamingtons, Tim Tams, Macadamia nuts, Allens red frogs, Musk sticks, Caramello koalas, Anzac biscuits and Fairy bread! We also had sausage roll and mince pies

To accompany their snacks we had a selection of Kirks soft drinks and Milo (chocolate and malt powder mixed with milk), both popular here in Australia!

It was a tasty afternoon with a wonderful group of students πŸ™‚

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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!Β πŸ˜€ See her winning shot below and her accepting her prize – TimTams! πŸ˜€

 

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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 πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

 

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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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ )

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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! πŸ™‚

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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 delicious…!) foods to try:

  • Musk SticksΒ (pink semi-soft sweet stick with floral, musk flavours)
  • Allen’s Red FrogsΒ (chewy jelly treats)
  • Macadamia NutsΒ (found in both New South Wales & Queensland)
  • Anzac BiscuitsΒ (oat biscuits)
  • VegemiteΒ (yeast extract spread, popular with toast!)
  • Mini meat piesΒ (pastry pies filled with meat, gravy, onion, mushrooms & cheese)
  • Sausage RollsΒ (savoury pastry snack & popular party food)
  • Caramello KoalaΒ (chocolate bar filled with caramel)
  • Tim TamsΒ (chocolate covered biscuits)
  • LamingtonsΒ (a small sponge cake square coated in chocolate and coconut)

Among the favourites were TimTams and sausage rolls! πŸ™‚

Brave students trying Vegemite… πŸ˜€

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

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

 

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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 πŸ™‚

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

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Hiroshima Juniors Lighthouse walk! March 19th

3On Tuesday morning, we embarked on a beautiful walk up to Byron Bay Lighthouse. We left Lexis at 9am, taking a taxi to Captain Cooke’s car park by the beach. From here, we set off on the first part of our journey by foot.

IMG_2282The views along the way were amazing so we had plenty of stops for photographs. It was blue sky and sunshine so the colour of the water was a beautiful and clear turquoise.

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View down through the trees at The Pass

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Heading back into the bush towards the lighthouse

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Arriving at Wategos Beach!

Overlooking the sea from the most easterly point of Australia!!

The lighthouse is in sight…

We made it to the lighthouse! πŸ˜€

It was very hot so we decided to relax at the top with some ice cream! πŸ˜€

All ready to head back to Lexis, taking in more stunning views as we walked.

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Lexis Juniors Walking Tour of Byron! March 18th

Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming eight junior students from Hiroshima, Japan. Once they were all settled in to Lexis, I took them on a little walking tour of Byron, to introduce them to their new surroundings and home for the next two weeks. πŸ˜€

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We set off from Lexis on Ruskin Street and walked down Jonson Street, towards the sea, stopping on the way for some delicious ice cream!

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Enjoying their ice-cream at Main Beach

 

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Everyone enjoyed walking along the water’s edge and taking some photos. The clouds in the sky looked spectacular before the rain came and we could see the light house in the distance!

Time to walk back to town before the rain hits!

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Luckily, when the rain came, we were under cover and watched as the brief but impressive thunder storm passed us by.

Before long, the sun was out again!

 

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Hiroshima Juniors New Starters! March 18th

Today we extend a very warm welcome to our junior students, all joining us from Hiroshima, Japan!

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Saho loves playing the piano. Her favourite subjects in school are Maths and English. She finds the English language very interesting and also studied it in Canada last Summer! She would like to improve her English speaking so she can work in other countries in the future.

Hisatoshi comes from a family ofΒ  five. His hobbies include listening to music and watching music videos on YouTube. He would like to be a doctor! He has studied English for fourteen years but really wants to improve his speaking skills for the future.

Taisei loves listening to music, reading, eating and is a keen tennis player. He is part of a tennis club in his High School back home. He would like to study English here in Australia so he can speak with many new people and feels that this experience will really improve his level of speaking. He would like to work all over the world in the future, so learning English is very important for him.

Momoka is 18 and has one sister who is a dance instructor. She loves watching videos on YouTube, finding it both fun and relaxing. She loves exercise, especially soccer and basketball and plays on a team for both sports back home.

Eriko (or ‘Eri’ as everyone calls her!) comes from a family of four. Her main hobby is dancing and she particularly loves dancing to Japanese and Korean Idol groups. She goes to an all-girls school and really enjoys her school life in Japan. She does six English classes a week at school and is looking forward to improving her language skills here at Lexis Byron Bay.

Misuho is part of a brass band club in her school and plays the trombone! Her hobbies are reading and playing games. She has a great love for plants. She really wants to improve her English so she can be friends with people from all over the world.

Taiki is a 17 year old High School student. He loves drawing – particularly cartoon characters such as Disney and Pokemon. He really wants to learn more English to make many friends here. He is trying to make a big effort with his listening, writing and speaking in order to do so.

Kanon comes from a family of four – and a cat! She loves playing tennis, piano and collecting precious stones. She is in the tennis club at her school and usually plays after classes. She wants to go to University and is interested in jobs which use the English language, so it is very important to her to improve her English speaking skills while here in Australia.

 

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