Creative Photo Challenge! May 30th

Thursday afternoon’s activity was The Photo Scavenger Hunt!

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Students were given the following list of 25 things to snap photos of around Byron Bay. By 4.30pm they were asked to submit their 5 best photos from the list and they would be judged on their creativity, humour and photography skills.

We had some amazing prizes up for grabs thanks to Happy Travels and Byron Bay Tour Company. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes included a kayaking with dolphins tour, a Nimbin trip, 2x tickets to the Aboriginal Dream Time Festival next month and beer & wine.

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We had some amazing entries.. but the top 3 were exceptional!

First prize went to Josefina and Camila!!

I was so impressed how you managed to include multiple things from the list in all of your photos. I love your wigs and hats, you look like you had so much fun!

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A photo of you on a surfboard,  wearing an outrageous hat!

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A photo of you on a playground, wearing an outrageous hat!

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A photo with something that represents Byron Bay, whilst still wearing an outrageous hat!

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(This one made me laugh.. a lot) A photo of you with a happy Grandpa, who also happens to be a very Australian looking man, admiring a native Australia tree, whilst wearing another outrageous hat!!

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A photo of you under an umbrella, and talking on a public phone, whilst still wearing the outrageous hats!!

Second prize goes to Nami and Hinako!

Your photos are beautiful! Well done girls!

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A photo with a friendly dog

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A photo with you and the most Australian looking man

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A photo of you on a public phone

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A photo of you admiring some street art

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WOW!! A photo of you doing a yoga pose on the beach

Third prize goes to the wonderful Ayumi and Gabi

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A photo with something that represents Byron Bay

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A photo of you enjoying a street performer

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A photo of you admiring some street art

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A photo of you admiring an Australian bird

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A photo of you with a rainbow

 

Special mention to all these other great entires. It was a hard task to judge! Thank you to everyone who got involved. I hope you had as much fun taking the photos as I had receiving them 🙂

 

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Poker Tournament! 4th January

Well done to Anthony for winning yesterdays Poker Tournament!

We hope you enjoy your prizes; a 6 pack of beer and $50 travel voucher courtesy of Backpacker World Travel!

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Brunswick BBQ!! 23rd September

Last month BWT (Backpacker World Travel) arranged a special Brunswick BBQ day just for our Lexis students!!

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They arranged for the bus to pick everyone up from school in the morning to take them all to Brunswick to enjoy a Saturday in the sun with their Lexis friends 🙂

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They stopped at the bottle shop on the way so everyone could stock up on alcohol for the day’s antics!

Once in Brunswick they found a spot on the beach to set up. There they enjoyed drinks, a tasty BBQ and various ball games!

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BWT arranged a competition with a Slip ‘N Slide; the students were split into two groups and had to slide to the end and down a glass of goon. The winners from each turn then went on to compete against the other winners until it was down the last 3!

These three lucky students each won amazing prizes courtesy of BWT!

1st Place: Chris – 3 day/2 night Fraser Island trip!!

2nd Place: Oliver – Kiwi Experience pass for the North Island of New Zealand!!

3rd Place: Louis – Great Barrier Reef trip!!

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BWT will be planning more of these weekend trips in the near future so be sure to sign up! It’s a great way to make the most of your time in Byron (and Australia if you win a prize!!) and make new friends 🙂

 

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Breakfast and Coffee Club with special guests BWT !

We had a blast yesterday in Breakfast and Coffee club with special guests Charles and Zara from Backpacker World Travel! We played lots of silly games to win some fantastic  travel prizes including a free trip to Fraser Island!

All together our students won over $4000 worth of prizes!

Thanks Backpacker World Travel!  We love having you at Lexis Byron!

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Charles and Zara started the Club with a fantastic presentation. They talked in detail about all the beautiful must see destinations in Australia and the exclusive discounts for Lexis Students.

Zara shared with us her personal photographs and  unforgettable experience traveling the Outback and described the chills she had when visiting Uluru Rock.  This is must for anyone wanting to learn about Australian Aboriginal culture and traditions.

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After the presentation it was time to have lots of fun playing games and eating some sweet breakfast treats!

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Zara is in school three days a week to help all of our students get the most out of their time in Australia.

Go and have chat with her on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12- 3pm.

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 BWT give great discounts to all of our Lexis Students. They can plan your whole trip down to the last detail, including flights, transfers and excursions.

All you need to do is just show up and have an awesome time!

 

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Happy Student – Tito!

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Tito is from Switzerland – the small village of Malvaglia. He arrived in Byron Bay 6 months ago and enrolled at Lexis, starting in the Upper Intermediate class. After several months studying General English, he went travelling round Australia in his van, with friends he had met at Lexis. He traveled down the East Coast, into the outback and finally to Sydney, before returning to Byron. He is now knuckling down to study for his Cambridge Advanced Qualification. Tito has become part of the furniture here at Lexis Byron Bay; you will often find him waxing his surfboard, skulking around reception looking for Tim Tams or involved in a heated table tennis match. Tito is a fantastic student and a pleasure to have at school, he is loved by fellow students and teachers alike.

I decided to interview Tito to find out a bit more about his experience here.

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I chose Byron because I didn’t want to live in a big town with all the hustle and bustle – I wanted to live in a small town – here with the waves I can find peace, enjoying the sunny weather and the fresh sea air. I think I would to define Byron Bay as an open minded and multi-cultural place.

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What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

I was a little bit rusty in everything concerning grammar – for this reason it was essential to go on a formal English course. Being here for 6 months, using the language has become natural – I think it is a process which takes time, but you can really see your improvements by being fully immersed in a situation where the use of this language is required.

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

I have been enrolled in upper intermediate and then advanced, where I had the opportunity to meet the amazing teachers Claudia and Josie – Claudia is an extremely knowledgeable teacher and I liked her way of explaining a lot of grammar rules which before were difficult for me to understand. Whereas Josie is the most motivating teacher that I have ever had and it’s a great pleasure to learn such a challenging syllabus with a teacher who makes it seem so easy and enjoyable.

What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

It’s an extremely comfortable and familiar place to live – there is a very sociable environment, it is very easy to make friends and as soon as you arrive you become part of the onsite family. It is always possible to go out of your room and hang around in the common area, seeing all of your friends. Since my arrival I’ve met a lot of gregarious people with whom I have organised many dinners, for example the Easter Sunday dinner where almost all the residents (50 people) cooked delicious dishes to share in a friendly and pleasant environment. Many students from around the world made different dishes from their home countries. I made a pizza from scratch, inspired by my Swiss Italian heritage – so tasty.

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What is your favourite activity that we run here?

The most attractive activity is undoubtedly the table tennis tournament, where only the student with the best skills can win the title and of course the beer. It is always full of cheering crowds, the competition gets very heated. Romain is better than me, so he usually wins, but I win second place, which is also an impressive accolade. Don’t worry if you think you are not going to win, we will still share the beer with you!

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

Most days I enjoy spending my time at the beach, surfing, sunbathing and playing beach games such as Frisbee and Volleyball. It is wonderful to live and study right on the beach. I will never forget the time when a dolphin passed right under my surfboard, what a breathtaking moment! I often see dolphins when surfing, during the Summer it is as common as seeing bushturkeys. You also can’t leave Byron without experiencing the nightlife of this delightful town; Sticky Wicket, Lala land, The Rails and of course Cheeky Monkey’s are all lovely pubs/clubs where you can meet local people and share drinks and great discussions with your friends. A warning though: Do not abuse alcohol; otherwise you will pay the consequences the next day at school!

 

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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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BWT Travel Bonanza! June 22

This afternoon the fabulous ladies from BWT, Marcella and Jodie, joined us for a Travel Bonanza!

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The students enjoyed the free pizza before hearing about many amazing travel adventures in Australia and beyond.

They also played some games and a few lucky students won some great prizes! Mac and Natsumi won a stubby holder and a packet of TimTams, Paola won a BWT voucher and Tom won the big prize of a Snorkeling Tour for the Great Barrier Reef!

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If you want to book any of these wonderful trips around Australia, see Marcella or Jodie on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons in the Student Lounge or visit the BWT store at 73 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.

 

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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.