Lighthouse Photo Scavenger Hunt! August 26

This afternoon the students set off into the sunshine on a Scavenger Hunt! They got into teams of 2 or 3 and were given two lists of items to find around Byron Bay. The first list included items relevant to their afternoon Options class and the second were general items around Byron Bay. The first team back for each class who had completed their Options class list won a 6-pack of beer, and the team back first with both lists complete won a Kayaking Trip each from BWT!

The winning team from Ellie’s Mixed Skills class was Maria, Yuki and Priscilla.

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They won a 6-pack of beer for being the first team back with their Options Class list completed! In class they are studying ‘Health and Fitness’ this week, so their list of items reflected what they have been learning. They completed items on the list such as a photo of a team member doing the “Usain Bolt” pose in a shop that sells sports clothes, a selfie with a person who looks like they exercise regularly (though they are not sure he understood why they wanted a photo with him!), a photo with a beach towel that is bigger than the smallest team member, a photo of team members doing yoga poses in the park, and a photo of a team member showing three products which help us stay safe in the sun.

Paul’s Speak like a Native class had a very efficient team win the beer after completing the class list!

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Juliano and Maria were very quick (and rather puffed out on their return) and completed their list by getting photos of Aussie slang words, for example, of a team member holding a pair of “Budgy Smugglers”, a photo of a “Hot Chick” and a “Hot Bloke”, a photo of the “Meat Pie Menu” and a photo of a tube of “Zinc Cream” at the Chemist.

The winning team from Becky’s Film and Music class was Vanessa, Leticia and Momoko.

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They were the quickest team in their class to complete the items on their class list which were about Film, Music and Australiana, including getting photos of the two video shops in Byron Bay, a shop where you can buy records, a video of a busker, a photo of Aboriginal Art, a photo of a team member holding a boomerang and an example of Aboriginal language.

The winners of the BIG prize, for completing both the class list AND the general list were Richard and Emiko!

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After completing the list from Paul’s class by getting photos of “snags”, a carton of Coopers Pale Ale (beer) at the “bottlo”, and the “bouncer” at Beach Hotel, just to name a few, they then completed the general list too! This included getting a selfie at the Lighthouse, photos of the most easterly point of Australia, a photo using the barbecue at Wategos Beach, a photo of the waves at The Pass, a selfie at the Lexis English school sign and a photo of them doing a surf pose in front of BWT!

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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.

Happy Students! Vanessa & Richard

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Richard and Vanessa

Richard and Vanessa are from Brazil and travelled to Australia together to study at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been here for nine weeks now and are enrolled to study with us for a total of 24 weeks. They then hope to extend their stay by continuing their studies at Lexis with a Business course later in the year.

Richard has always dreamt of living in a different country and experiencing a different culture. When the two of them realised the importance of learning English to further their careers, they decided to study English in Australia. In Brazil, having a higher level of English often means better opportunities for jobs.

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First day at school – Richard and Vanessa starting with five other new students

Both Vanessa and Richard are enjoying their time in Byron Bay. For Vanessa, one of her favourite parts of living here are the beautiful beaches. She said that even if you go to the same beach every day, each day is completely different – whether it be the water, the sky, or the sunset, it is a different place every day. She finds the beaches here very peaceful. She also loves the night sky in Byron Bay, with so many stars that can be seen so clearly, it is a beautiful night view. Richard is a big fan of the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. He enjoys the walk through the National Park area, which always delivers close encounters with the local wildlife including wallabies, rabbits, whales, dolphins, parrots, bush turkeys, lizards and turtles.  Richard has been impressed by the respect that Australians show for wildlife in this country, which he feels is a huge cultural difference between here and Brazil.

Having been studying for nine weeks already, both Richard and Vanessa feel that their English has greatly improved already. They both agreed that studying at Lexis has really helped them improve their grammar skills, and that meeting other students and people in Byron Bay has helped them improve their speaking skills as they use English in all their social situations. Vanessa has found all the people in Byron Bay to be very friendly and believes we live in a little piece of paradise. Richard would recommend others to study here as it is a unique experience and life is short! Both said that the staff at Lexis, both in the office and all the teachers, are all gentle, kind, helpful and friendly too. They have both learnt a lot from their teachers and find that each teacher helps them to understand English in new ways.

When they first arrived, Richard and Vanessa lived with a Homestay family for the first two months. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience, as they felt very at home with their host family who were very friendly and great cooks! Initially they found it a bit difficult to adapt to the cultural differences and different house rules compared to Brazil, but before long they had settled in and quickly felt as though they were part of the family. They have just moved into a rental property – right next door to their host family. They have been lucky enough to share their property with an Australia local too – a friendly koala who is living in a tree in their garden!

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Vanessa and Richard enjoyed Coffee, TimTams and conversation at Coffee Club

After completing their current English course, Vanessa and Richard hope to continue studying here for an extra six months before travelling around Australia. They would like to visit Tasmania, Cairns, the Outback, Sydney, Melbourne and many other places across the country before returning to Brazil and to work.

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We are very happy to have you both in the Lexis Family at Byron Bay and hope you continue to enjoy your time here at school, in Byron Bay and wherever your travels eventually take you! 🙂

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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.

August Activity Calendar!

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Next week is the start of AUGUST and we have an exciting month of free activities planned especially for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga from 2:15 to 3:15 in Room 8.

On Tuesdays we have alternating weeks of Coffee Club with coffee, TimTams and conversation, and Learn to Skateboard with Flavio for beginners wanting to learn or more experienced skaters wanting to learn some extra tips and skills.

On Wednesdays we will start the month with the popular 1-hour Surf Lesson for just $20! Make sure to sign up and pay at Reception to secure your spot. In the following weeks we will get into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking and Baking Koala Cupcakes. We will also get artistic and learn a bit about Aboriginal Australian culture and art while doing some Boomerang Painting. Then we will finish off the month with an afternoon of Beer Tasting!

Every second Thursday there will be a Movie with free popcorn and Job Club in Room 5. There will also be a special Blockbuster Movie screening with free pizza one week and a Mindfulness session on the last Thursday of the month.

On Fridays we will get active with Volleyball in the garden, a session with Olmo to Learn to Slackline, and a Soccer match in the garden. On the last Friday of the month we will have a big afternoon planned for a Lighthouse Photo-Scavenger Hunt with prizes!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every afternoon in Room 1. 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 2-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.

Lighthouse Walk! July 1

This afternoon we enjoyed a lovely walk to the iconic Lighthouse of Byron Bay.

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The weather was perfect, the views were stunning and we were even lucky enough to see lots of dolphins  and whales!

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Everyone had a great time admiring the natural beauty of Cape Byron while walking and chatting with their Lexis friends. 🙂

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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.

Lighthouse Bushwalk! May 6

Today was  another gorgeous day in Byron Bay, so it was a perfect afternoon to enjoy a walk to the Lighthouse.

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It is such an icon of Byron Bay and was complemented by many other Australian icons including wallabies, kookaburras, bush turkeys and dolphins!

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Estelle, Yuka, Ayu and I enjoyed the amazing scenery and ocean views.

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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.

May Activities!

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The month of May starts this Sunday, so it is time to announce the next month of exciting free activities especially for our Lexis students!

On Mondays you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Stefanie from 2:15 to 3:15 in Room 8.

Tuesdays is Coffee Club with coffee, TimTams and conversation, a Trivia afternoon to test your knowledge and a Poker Tournament for beginners and card sharks alike! Prizes will be awarded to the winners at the Trivia and Poker afternoons!

On Wednesdays we will start the month being artistic and learning some Australian culture with Boomerang Painting. After the awesome reports from last month, we are doing another 1 hour Surf Lesson for just $15! We will also get into the kitchen to do some Cooking with Chocolate and will finish off the month with Cider Tasting.

Every Thursday there will be a Movie with free popcorn, with Job Club also happening every second week.

On Fridays we will get active, with a Lighthouse Bush Walk to see some iconic Byron scenery, a friendly game of Soccer in the garden, show off your mad skills and Learn to Skateboard, and get competitive at the Table Tennis Tournament!

We will also continue to enjoy our Student Nights at Cheeky Monkeys every Tuesday night – meet at BWT first to get your drinks, food and fun!

Don’t forget you can book your 3-hour surf lessons with us at Reception, available most days at 2pm or at select times over the weekend with Gaz at Style Surf.

 

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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.

 

TAP’s Residential Surf Campers go Exploring!

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Today we went for a little adventure to see some of the surf spots around Byron and to learn a bit more about surfing. We even hiked to a secluded beach and to the light house and saw some dolphins and even whales!!!

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The boys looking for whales and just seeing Mirko’s tongue!

At the Light house the boys got some Ice Cream and were on the hunt for whales and dolphins. It was a long hike with a lot of stairs and we even went to the most easterly part of all of Australia! We watched a few pods of dolphins playing and saw some whales breach and splash their tails!

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S for Surfing!

At little Watego’s the boys posed for some pictures at a beautiful beach on a great sunny day!

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Adventuring around Little Watego’s!

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Break Time!

We stopped in at the local surf shop C-Skins and the manager Tom told the boys about surfing and surfboards! They even had some time to do a little shopping as well!

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The boys learning about boards from Tom, manager of our local shop C-Skins!

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Rodolphe and Yuki striking poses!

It was a great day and the boys had a lot of fun!