Graduation! 16th June

Congratulations to our six General English students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week!



Sakiko from Japan graduates from Josie’s Upper Intermediate class after an incredible year of studying at Lexis. She heads to New Zealand to travel, before heading to Perth for a short stint at our Lexis school there. Since her first day here in June 2016 she has gained an incredible amount of confidence in her speaking and listening. She has been a very dedicated student and her progress has been impressive. Her teachers really enjoyed teaching her due to her hard work and positive attitude. Have a wonderful trip to New Zealand and good luck with your future studies in Perth – and with your Gold Coast Marathon!

Nil from Spain (Catalonia) graduates from Josie’s Upper Intermediate class, having completed his FCE course with Paul. Nil has been with us since September and has been a fantastic member of the school – getting really involved in all the activities and taking every opportunity Byron has to offer. He leaves us with a great level of English: a really good grasp of grammar and an impressive vocabulary. He will be sorely missed by us all here!

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Madoka from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class. She has been a very motivated student and as a result he has achieved fantastic exam results throughout the course. She has participated very well in speaking activities and her speaking skills have improved a lot. She is off to travel around Australia with Kensaku to find all the best surf spots. It has been a delight to get to know you Madoka – All the best!

Kensaku from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class. Michelle expressed what a pleasure it had been to teach Kensaku, who would tackle each daunting task with enthusiasm. He has really improved his speaking, writing and listening abilities. Keep practicing English with your lovely wife Madoka as you seek out surf spots up the Coast!

Wahei from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class, after 4 weeks of study. Despite only a short period of study, Wahei has improved greatly in all areas of English, especially his speaking ability. He has participated well in class activities. He is off to travel and surf around Australia. Have a wonderful time Wahei!



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.



January Activities!

Today is our last day of school until January… so it’s time to reveal our activity calendar for next month!

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We will welcome around 60 new students on January 4 so it’s going to be a very busy month…

We’ll start off with a Cambridge Welcome BBQ on the first day back to welcome all our new students. On the remaining Mondays of the month we’ll have Flavio and Stefanie joining us again for their popular skateboarding and yoga sessions.

Every Tuesday we’ll have Coffee Club, a chance to meet students from other classes and enjoy coffee, Tim Tams and conversation!

Our Wednesday activities will be varied, with Table Tennis, Boomerang Painting (don’t forget to sign up at reception!) and a Lexis Bake-Off.

Thursdays will alternate between Job Club and new release movie screenings (with free popcorn and ice cream!)

On Fridays we’ll be heading to the beach for activities like beach soccer, beach games, beach cricket and a lighthouse bush walk.

Finally, we’ll continue to have our student party night at Cheeky Monkeys every week with free entry, free food and free drinks until 10pm.

Remember that all of these activities are free, fun and great chance to socialise. It’s going to be a fun-filled, action packed month! 🙂

Welcome to our new students at Lexis English | Byron Bay!! 14.07.2014



Welcome to four awesome new students today!!

Atsushi is from Japan – Atsushi is a professional rugby coach back in Japan and has come to learn English so that he can better teach foreign players, and also hang out with them after training! Maru is from Taiwan and has been in Australia for two months already – and has travelled Perth, Alice Springs and Uluru, Darwin, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef – she is already a seasoned Aussie traveller!

Daniel is from Vienna in Austria, and loves rock climbing, mountain biking and bush walking. He wants to learn to surf here in Byron, and is keen to use his scuba diving licence to see native marine life here as well.

Naomi from the south of France has been to Australia before, and was actually born in Sydney! She is a keen surfer and loves anything to do with the ocean. She will be taking progressive surfing classes along with English lessons; so will soon be carving like a pro! She also plays in a roller derby team, so will be checking out the Bay Rollers here in Byron!!

What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay!! 11/12/13 July 2014


Hello folks!! I’m back after my two and a half week hiatus over to the Wild, Wild West. It’s great to be back in Byron Bay after some chilly Perth weather!

This weekend sees plenty of live music, spoken word, collaborative art and other awesome shindigs – so as always, plenty to do – which is good for me as I can keep the post-holiday blues at bay.

First up, on Friday night we have bands and DJs galore… Leigh James is at the Beachy from 5pm, followed by Jakubi + Everyday Carry from 9pm; Bohemian Cowboys are at the Rails (always great for a dance); E-Lion is at the Buddha Bar and Aquarius are holding their now weekly open mic night with fresh local talent and tapas.

If you are stuck for something to do on Friday afternoon – the Northern is holding a White Ribbon fundraiser featuring MC Ellen Briggs, and Rohin Funkmeister Knight and the Cumkuats – from 12pm.

The Northern are following this up with local boys Vernas Keep, with The New High and Andrew Morris, playing from 8pm.

On Saturday, Pandamonium DJs are at the Beachy from 9.30pm, Little Bastard are playing at the Rails and the Northern has a triple whammy of live music with Younger Dryas,Tropical Zombie Duo and The Silver Dollars.

Also – the Buddha Bar are hosting an amazing musical talent from Brisbane – The Lyrical. He is playing from 8pm, showcasing his mix of beat boxing, folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics. Not to be missed!

And last but not least, Sunday is a happening day in Byron Bay this week – starting with Throwathon and Jesse Pumphrey at the Northern, and Lionheir at the Rails. The Beachy are amping up the Sunday sessions this week with Ragga Jump from 4.30pm, followed by Elementals at 8pm.

Buddha Bar are hosting their Byron Social Motorcycle Club (The Ride II) which is perfect if you like fast bikes and those that ride them; followed by Tango Argentine (fitting what with the World Cup result!!) at 6pm.

For something a little different, hip hop artist/poet Luka Lesson is performing at Kulchajam from 5.30pm – go to for more info! Tickets are $10 on the door.

And out at the funky ArtYard in Bangalow – Artwomb is coming that bit closer to town! This amazing collaborative art, music and food event features local musicians, interactive jam stages, a veggie feast and the main event – a large shared canvas where everyone can go  and play with some paints! Starting at 2pm, this will be an awesome Sunday afternoon.

Have fun everyone!!

Final Words from Miho Okumura

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This week is sadly Miho’s final week. She has been here for eight weeks in total and has really participated in everything Byron Bay has to offer. I caught up with her earlier today, to ask her about her favourite things. Here’s what she told me:

The best thing about Byron Bay is the sky; both during the day and at night. In the daytime it’s always so blue and at night you can see lots and lots of stars.

I liked everything about my teacher, Julia (pictured with Miho, above). I especially liked her teaching methods and that she always gave me good advice. I asked her how I could improve my speaking and she gave me lots of good suggestions for practising English outside class.

All my classmates were great and really easygoing. Sometimes, I felt that they were more fluent than me, and I couldn’t speak as well with them as I wanted to, but they were always really patient and didn’t mind at all. Ena was my favourite classmate because she was really nice to me on my first day. We met in class and, at lunchtime, she asked me if I had brought any food. When I said ‘no’ she suggested we went to get lunch together and we’ve been friends ever since.”

And finally…

“The activity programme was excellent. I really enjoyed all the activities; yoga, the stargazing, cooking and the grammar workshop. My favourite was yoga, every Monday. It was relaxing and active at the same time so, afterwards, I always felt good.”

Miho, we have loved having you at Lexis | Byron Bay. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. We wish you all the very best for the future. 

Jobs available in Byron Bay this week!!



Need some cash to celebrate Walpurgis Night?? Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week.

1 – Kinoko are still looking for a floor supervisor – get in touch with them if you have two years experience and will be sticking around in Byron Bay for a long time! Email CV to

2 – cleaner/manager required for a boutique cleaning company in Byron – must be lovely (of course you all are anyway!), have a car and be organised and efficient. Call Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm on 0413 190 266

3 – labourer required – general building off sider. Email

4 – casual driver required – Fridays and Saturdays – for a skip truck. Must apply for an ABN (easy online) and fit and reliable. Email

5 – Village Bakehouse in Sunrise are looking for a barista/sandwich hand – part time – must have coffee experience. Apply in person at the store – next to the Sunrise IGA

6 – The Larder in Byron Bay are looking for a kitchen hand for an immediate start – 7-11am. Clean driving licence required – please call 02 6680 8644

7 – The Pass Cafe are looking for a casual barista – must have an RSA and be available for weekdays and weekends, as well as evenings. Experience necessary. Email CV to

8 – Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby are looking for a chef and a kitchen hand. 30 hours per week for a chef with experience and a sense of fun! Also looking for a kitchen hand with knife skills for prep work. Call to arrange an interview on 02 6684 4036, text on 0417 803 000 or email CV to

Good luck folks!!

South African Cooking Class at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

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Today we had a South African cooking masterclass! I dazzled Lexis with a Chakalaka Bunny Chow 🙂

I lived in South Africa for a year and absolutely loved the food there – my favourites being a good braai, delicious bobotie…and best of all… Bunny Chow!! Bunny chow is a hollowed out piece of crusty bread filled with spicy meat curry.

Today we combined two South African classics – bunny chow and chakalaka – a tasty, spicy vegetable stew – quick, healthy, cheap and no meat – so no risk of me giving food poisoning to half the school 🙂

See below for the chakalaka recipe!