Coffee Club ☕ December 10th

We had our weekly Coffee Club today at Lexis Byron Bay!

And we have our nice little routine down pat these days!

What we do:

        • we put the kettle on and boil the water
        • we set the tea cups and mugs on the table
        • we arrange the different flavours of tea and coffee
        • and then assemble Jenga and Uno!

It’s a safe and fun environment to practice your English skills and to meet new people 🙂

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If you want to join us next week Coffee Club is on Monday 2pm and Tuesday 11.30am!

 

 

 

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.

Byron Bay Beaches! ☀️

The days are getting hotter which means that it’s Summer! The days are also getting longer which means more time to spend at the beach!

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, with many different options for water sports, beach activities, exploring or just relaxing.

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BELONGIL BEACH

Stretching to the north of Byron, Belongil Beach is one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. It has lovely views up the coast, tall sand dunes and a secluded feeling making it ideal for walking or relaxing. You can walk there from town via Main Beach and there’s a track to the Belongil cafes, including the Tree House which is a great venue for food, drinks and live music.

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THE WRECK

To the left of the Main Beach car park, at the start of Belongil beach, is the Wreck. More of a surf break than a beach of its own, it’s named after the wreck of the SS Wollongbar, which sticks out of the water just beyond the waves. Mostly popular with surfers, there are no lifeguards and can get a little wilder than some of the other swimming beaches near town, but there’s often more space on the sand for beach games like cricket or soccer.

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MAIN BEACH

Just a short walk from the centre town, Main Beach is Byron’s most popular beach. With Julian Rocks visible on the horizon and the Byron lighthouse overlooking it from the headland, it’s Byron’s iconic beach spot. There are grassy hills behind the beach perfect for picnicking, as well as BBQs and other facilities. Lifeguards from the local surf club patrol the water so it’s a safe swimming beach.

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CLARKES

Clarkes is further down the sand from Main Beach, along the curve of the bay. Patrolled in the summer by lifeguards, it’s a safe place to swim that’s just past the heart of the town. It’s got a permanent beach volleyball net and rocky areas for snorkeling, plus there’s usually a bit more space on the sand to spread out or play beach games.

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THE PASS

Further along from Clarkes at the other end of the bay is The Pass. With views of Julian rocks, Main Beach, Belongil and the hinterland beyond, it’s one of the most picturesque spots in Byron Bay. It’s also a famous surf break renowned for its long waves, which can be ridden all the way to Clarkes when the conditions are right. It’s a beautiful walk along the sand from town and has a lookout that oversees the entire bay.

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WATEGOS

Nestled at the foot of the headland, around the corner from The Pass, is Wategos beach. Secluded in a beautiful forest bay of its own, it’s popular with surfers and swimmers alike. With waves wrapping around the headland that offer long, leisurely rides and plenty of shallow areas that are great for kids, Wategos is the epitome of a family beach. It’s also one of Byron’s best picnic spots because it’s in its element at dusk.

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LITTLE WATEGOS

As the name suggests, Little Wategos is similar to Wategos beach but on a smaller scale. It’s just around the corner from Wategos and is easy to get to along the sand in low tide. When the water’s up high, it can be reached by a longer walk over the headland. Because of this dependence on the tides, it’s often unoccupied, making it feel like your own private beach.

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COSY CORNER

The other side of the headland is less protected than the bay. The beaches here get more wind and are often choppier, but they also usually have bigger waves. The first of these is Cosy Corner. It’s nestled at the bottom of the headland so it’s partially protected from the wind. With cleanly formed, decent sized waves, it’s a favourite among the local surfers.

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TALLOW BEACH

Further down from Cosy Corner on this side of the headland is Tallow Beach. With various breaks along it, there’s the potential to get a surfing spot all to yourself. It’s dog friendly and has views of the headlands further down the coast, so it’s also a nice beach for walking.

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SUFFOLK BEACH

In the middle of the open stretch of sand to the south of Byron Bay is Suffolk Beach. A five-minute drive from town, it’s dog friendly, usually virtually empty and has stunning views of both Byron Bay and Broken Head. Long and unprotected, it’s often windier than the bay and has good surf breaks at various points along it.

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BROKEN HEAD

On the other end of the sand from the Cape Byron Headland is Broken Head beach. Protected by its own headland and surrounded by rainforest, it’s popular with both surfers and swimmers. A ten-minute drive from Byron, it has views of the lighthouse on its northern horizon and it’s quieter than the beaches closer to the town.

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KINGS BEACH

Just around the corner from Broken Head is the beautifully remote Kings beach. Although not officially a nude beach, it’s often treated as it is so beware if visiting with children. Kings is a little tricky to get to, but worth it once you’re there. It’s accessible by driving across the top of the headland along a gravel road, just off Broken Head’s main road. Once you reach the Kings car park, it’s a steep ten-minute walk down to beach.

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WHITES BEACH

Further around the headland from Kings is the less well-known Whites beach. Reachable in the same way, its walking track is a little further along the gravel road. Nestled in the heart of the Broken Head rainforest, Whites is stunningly secluded and is one of the quietest beaches in the Byron area.

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Adapted from: http://www.byronbayholidayz.com.au/things-to-do/byron-bay-beaches/ & https://lexisbyronbay.com/2015/12/10/byron-bay-beaches/

 

 

 

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.

Christmas Traditions: History of Cookie Decorating 🎄🍪

 History of Cookie Decorating 🎄🍪

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we do certain Christmas Traditions? Did you know that Cookie decorating dates back to at least the 14th century in Switzerland? Springerle cookie molds were carved from wood and used to impress Biblical designs into cookies. One of the earliest recorded forms of cookie decorating is the springerle, and the oldest known springerle mold is housed at the Swiss national museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

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The artistic element of cookie making also can be traced back to Medieval Germany.

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Lebkuchen was crafted into fancy shapes and decorated with sugar. Lebkuchen is a traditional German baked Christmas cookie, somewhat resembling gingerbread.

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During the 17th century, Dutch and German settlers introduced cookie cutters, decorative molds, and festive holiday cookie decorations to the United States.

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Today cookie decorating traditions continue in many places in the world and include such activities as cookie decorating parties, competitions, creating cookie bouquets and cookie gift baskets, and simply decorating cookies with others can be a fun activity.

Join us at Lexis Byron Bay this Thursday the 11th of December at 11.30am or 2pm for our own version of Christmas Cookie Decorating!

Make sure to sign up at reception!

 

 

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.

Coffee Club ☕ December 9th

Recently we’ve introduced Coffee Club on a Monday afternoon at Lexis Byron Bay! ☕

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Or in Christian’s case today, ‘tea time’. He even had his little pinky finger out for the occasion 😋

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Fabian joined in with a coffee.

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And Eglantine had a mocha for the first time with us. She doesn’t usually like coffee, though this one was okay because it had chocolate in it too! 🍫

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The game of choice today was Jenga with the questions on each piece.

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There were fiery conversations about some of the topics that came up! Examples that stirred debate we’re about politics and the death penalty. However, it was nicer to speak about trivial subject matters like our dream holiday destination or our favourite flavours of ice-cream! 🍦

Join us tomorrow morning at 11.30am for Coffee Club!

 

 

 

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.

Christmas in Byron Bay 🎄

Christmas in Byron Bay can be hard for students to get their head around.

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It’s been said around the campus “but it doesn’t feel like Christmas! It’s too hot!” or similarly “there’s no snow, and not many people have lights up!”

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For a few of the students from colder climates in the Northern Hemisphere the idea of no snow, or a hot Christmas is unheard of!

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Much like everything else, Aussie’s just do Christmas differently.

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For Christmas lunch or dinner many will have a traditional roast, though additionally the barbie will be fired up! Prawns are very popular to have in the Summer time. It’s also not uncommen to find the men around the BBQ, women in the kitchen getting everything else ready, and chilren playing under a sprinkler or swimming in a pool.

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And for dessert we have pavlova with fruit on top. Sometimes in the shape of a Christmas Wreath. Christmas Pudding will still be feautured, though because it is Summer the fruits are a favoured choice.

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Then in the afternoon if you’re not napping and sleeping off your Christmas lunch, you might play a game of beach/ backyard cricket! It might be children vs. adults, cousins vs. ‘the other’ cousins, or boys vs. girls. It’s all about having fun, being silly and not taking it all too seriously.

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It can be an unusual adjustment, though Christmas in Australia can still be enjoyed! Spend time with friends, and create your own traditions. Swim at the beach, play cricket in the backyard, and revel in the fact that you’re in a t-shirt! Make memories that will last that can be shared back home and one day you can say “I had a Christmas at the beach one year!” 

 

 

 

 

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.

Hip Hop Dance 👯 December 5th

Today’s activity was a Hip Hop lesson. Led by amazing Hip Hop teacher Mina, students followed a series of steps which, by the end of the one hour lesson, ended in a whole dance routine!

Check out how it went..

Just a quick pre-warm-up dance😄

We spent 5 minutes doing our warm-up and then we were ready to start the first set of

moves.

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What a work out!!! We finished with 5 minutes of stretching.
So much fun… Look forward to the next session!

 

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.

Coffee Club ☕ December 3rd

We had Coffee Club again today at Lexis Byron Bay! ☕ 

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Students came purposely to practice their English!

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Melissa: “I decided to come to coffee club today because I want to practice my English skills. It’s so easy to speak with other people from my own language, though I want to improve so that is why I came” 😊

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Melissa tried a TimTam for the first time today!

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Lucia tried a TimTam Slam for the first time today!

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After the TimTam experiences we played Jenga with converstational questions on the pieces and laughed the rest of the morning 😁

 

 

 

 

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.