Farewell from Claire!

It is with much sadness I will be leaving my job as Activities and Student Services Officer at Lexis next week 😦

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I have had an AMAZING 2 years with the school and have made lots of brilliant memories ❤ More than this, I have met so many lovely, incredible, interesting people and made great friendships that I know will last beyond me working here.

It has been a huge amount of fun running the activities; wine & cheese tasting being a favourite, but not forgetting… skateboarding, slacklining, cooking, coffee clubs, volleyball at the beach, bake sales for charities, jewellery making, and sometimes I’ve even enjoyed doing the BBQs for 100 hungry students (only when helped by Eric!)!

The two best things about this job though…

  • Meeting and helping students from all over the world; it has been so rewarding ❤  I have really enjoyed learning about other cultures and am now lucky enough to have friends to visit in lots of countries!
  • The wonderful team I got to work with every day ❤

Thank you to everyone who has made this a fantastic place to work and an unforgettable experience. A special thank you to Lisa and Koko, two amazing ladies it has been a pleasure to work alongside every day.

It wasn’t an easy decision to leave somewhere that has brought me so much happiness, but I felt it was time for me to try something new! I will still be in Byron so will probably still see lots of you (normally in Woolworths or at the Rails!), and feel free to message me to meet for coffee or cocktails! Much love ❤

 

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.

Graduation! 15 February

Congratulations and farewell to our thirteen students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Chiara, from Italy, graduates from Elizabeth’s Cambridge Advanced class. It has been an absolute joy having her here at Lexis with us. She is a sweet, caring friendly girl with a lovely positive attitude. Her English is excellent, with her graduating at an Advanced level and Proficient in reading.  Elizabeth thanks her for her contributions to class, adding that they will miss her insightful comments, her warmth and honesty. We wish you the very best for the future Kiki ❤

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Jan, from Switzerland, graduates from Serena’s Elementary class. He was only with us for  short 2 weeks but progressed in all areas of his English and made good contributions to class discussions. We hope you continue using your English on your travels and have a great trip!

Isabell, from Germany, graduates from Serena’s Elementary class. She has improved all her English skills during her 4 weeks at Lexis, particularly her listening and speaking. It was lovely to see her attending lots of our out of class activities and making friends from the world over. Good luck with your studies at the Police academy!

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Sanne, from the Netherlands, graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. It was a pleasure having her here with us. She has made many good friends during her time in Byron and we will all miss her beautiful smile! She participated well in class and improved in all areas. Best of luck for the future!

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Veronica, from Spain, graduates from Kristy’s Intermediate class. She has been a wonderful student and we are sad to see her go. She has a lovely caring nature and was always happy to help her Lexis friends with her positive outlook. We will miss your warm nature and lovely smile Veronica!

Luca, from Switzerland, graduates from Kristy’s Intermediate class. Kristy says he was a pleasure to teach and she enjoyed watching him progress, particularly with his grammar and speaking. We hope you have an amazing time on your travels Luca!

Max, from Switzerland, graduates from Kristy’s Intermediate class. He always participated actively in class and made excellent contributions in class discussions. He has very good conversational English and graduates with a well deserved A! Have an awesome time on your trip around Australia!

Samira, from Switzerland, graduates from Kristy’s Intermediate class. It has been lovely to have met her; she is so enthusiastic, friendly and always with a smile on her face. She studied hard to overcome her difficulties with grammar and should be very proud of all her progress. We wish you the very best for the future Samira!

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Giulia, from Germany, graduates from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class.  Michelle says she has really enjoyed teaching and getting to know her and enjoy her humour. She has worked hard to make excellent progress in all areas. Have a great time on your trip up North to Cairns Giulia!

Keiko, from Japan, graduates from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. Michelle has loved teaching him and watching him progress. She adds that he has gained so much confidence and his speaking has improved immensely. We wish you could stay longer Keiko, but hope you continue to improve your English and fulfill your dream of becoming an English teacher!

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Maria, from Spain, graduates from Adrienne’s Pre-Intermediate class. She’s made excellent progress during her studies and should be very proud of all her achievements. We hope your new language helps you achieve your goals. Have an incredible time in India.

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Amelie, from Switzerland, graduates from Michelle and Adrienne’s Upper Intermediate class. This is Amelie’s second time at Lexis Byron, she completed her Cambridge course with us 2 years ago (she was in my very first intake/orientation)! It was lovely to see her again and see her quickly make new friends again! We’re glad she enjoyed her time in Byron and hope to see her again one day!

Mirko, from Switzerland, graduates from Michelle and Adrienne’s Upper Intermediate class. Adrienne says he was a great student and is fast on his way to becoming proficient in English.  We hope you enjoyed your 2 week stay in Byron and have a great time on the rest of your travels!

 

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.

February Activity Calendar!

We have another great month of fun FREE activities exclusively for our LEXIS students!

All activities will be twice a day (unless stated otherwise), so both our morning and afternoon students have  the opportunity to participate. Afternoon students will have their activities at 11.30am and morning students will be at 2pm (unless stated otherwise).

Joining the activities is a great way to make new friends, practice your English in a social environment , and of course have fun!!

All activities are free except for surfing ($25 for the monthly 1 hour special or $55 any day for the 2 hour lesson)!

February Calendar

Throughout the month we always have a variety of different activities, with a mix of sports, cooking and craft, so there’s something for everyone!

Once a month we have a free Sausage Sizzle for all of our students during the lunch break (12.15pm in front of school); this month it will be for Valentine’s Day on Thursday the 14th! We also have an early evening activity one Friday a month so our morning and afternoon students can mingle and enjoy some time together; this month it will be Beer Tasting on the 22nd!

We have free Yoga every Monday at 2pm and Tuesday at 11am – with Suzie in Room 8.

Every Monday at 11.30am and Tuesday at 2pm we have Coffee Club; join me or Orla for coffee, Tim Tams, games and conversations!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

Teacher Kristy runs a free guided meditation every Wednesday morning between 8-8.30am in room 8.

Job Club is every Wednesday in Room 8 (with GIL). A teacher will be able to help you write resumes/cover letters, look for jobs, apply for TFN’s and give you advice on gaining your RSA or Barista license!

Don’t forget that you can book your 2-hour Surf Lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $55! Lessons are at 9am and 2pm every day, and 3.30pm on request.

For all your weekend activities check out the Happy Travels February calendar:

https://lexisbyronbay.com/2019/02/05/happy-travels-february-weekend-activities/

Have a brilliant month! 🙂

 

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.

 

Bodyboarding! 24 January

Yesterday we enjoyed free bodyboard hire, courtesy of the wonderful team at Let’s Go Surfing!

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The students were having too much fun getting ready to go into the water that by time they’d sun-creamed up, I’d taken some photos and Lara had thrown some sand around, it was time for me to head back to school!

I managed to get one quick shot of them in the water before leaving them in the safety of the lifeguard zone. I can imagine there was just as much laughter in the water as there was out of it though 🙂

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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.

Student Activities Survey – the results!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out our recent survey, telling us which activities you would most like to do in the next couple of months!

Our free activities are designed to help you further improve your English in a social environment, make new friends, have some fun and try something new!

We want to make sure we’re offering our students the activities they’re most interested in, and now we have the feedback we will be putting the activities with the highest votes in our calendars over the next few months!

Unsurprisingly surfing and alcohol had the most ticks, closely followed by Aussie food tasting, volleyball and beach picnic! Check out the full survey results below 🙂

Surf lesson 65
Wine Tasting 64
Beer Tasting 63
Aussie Food Tasting 61
Volleyball 51
Beach Picnic 50
Photography 47
Sweet Food / Baking 43
Slacklining 42
Meditation 41
Cider Tasting 40
Skateboarding 39
Bodyboarding 38
Make a Bag 36
Beach games (bowls, cricket) 31
Didgeridoo Lesson 31
Jewellery Making 29
Tennis 28
Savoury 28
Soccer 27
Make a Dreamcatcher 27
Salsa Dancing 26
Boomerang Painting 24
Painting/Drawing 23
Table Tennis 22
Pool Tournament 21
Tie Dye 17
Games (Wii, Twister) 16
Rugby 13
Poker Tournament 13

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

New Starters! 19 November

Welcome to our fourteen new students and one returning student joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Keiko is from Japan. Her hobbies include yoga, taking a walk and watching movies. She wants to work as a receptionist in a hotel and English will be very useful for this. She chose Byron Bay for her studies as it is good for yoga here and has beautiful warm weather!

Erna is from Chile. She likes to travel, read and do outdoor sports, particularly diving. She studied Business and Administration and a Masters in Economics, and is now working in a bank. She wants to improve her English so she can speak with people from all over the world and travel many places without having communication problems.

Mana is from Japan. She enjoys yoga and watching TV dramas. In Japan she was working at a trading company, but will now be in Australia for a year on a working holiday visa.  She wants to improve her English so it is easier for her to find work and makes friends!

Jael is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. She works helping people who are having difficulties in their lives. In her free time she helps out at a football club and also regularly babysits. She is here to improve her English so she is able to easily communicate with people from different countries.

Lena is from Hamburg, Germany. Her hobbies are yoga and surfing, so Byron is the perfect fit for her! She studied nursing and works in a small hospital specialising in the treatment of lung cancer. She would like to study medicine, most likely in Bulgaria, and this is what brings her to us; she is wanting to get her English at the perfect level to get a good IELTS score.

Veronica is from Valencia, Spain but moved to Ibiza 5 years ago. Her hobbies are painting, playing djembe and watching the sunset. She studied aesthetic and now works as a spa manager in a hotel in Ibiza. She heard Byron was a hippy, chilled place with open minded people and healthy lifestyles, so thought it would be a good place for her to come and learn English!

Albert is from the South West of France. He has worked in a supermarket for the past four years and is studying at business school. He chose to study English in Australia after people telling him how amazing it is here! He wants to be able to speak to people from all over the world and knows a good level of English will also help him in his professional life.

Benjamin is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. His hobbies include playing football, making music and going out with his friends. He is happy to be here in Australia learning English, improving his surfing and doing some traveling. He wants to improve his English to find a good job when he returns to Switzerland.

Marisa is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. In her free time she likes reading, listening to music and meeting up with friends. She worked as a chef for 4 years but now works in an office in the digital business department. She traveled last year from Perth to Exmouth and Sydney to Adelaide, and knew after this trip she had to come back to Australia!

Suzuka is from Japan. She loves the beach and summer, so is very excited to be here in Byron Bay! She was working as a sales accountant but quit to come to Australia and work for the next year. She will study with us for 8 weeks to help her to find her a job.

Wilson, nickname Neto, is from Brazil. He loves to play soccer at the weekend and spend time with his girlfriend and friends. He is studying Material Engineering at University and will find a job or start his own business when he finishes. He wants to improve his English as he feels it will give him a better way of life.

Moises is from Chile. His hobbies include playing soccer, cycling, scuba diving and snorkeling. He studied accountancy and was working as a auditor accountant. He chose to come to Australia for his studies because of what a beautiful country it is! He is very happy to be here with us for the next 9 months!

Tomoko is from Japan. Her hobbies are playing the guitar, skateboarding and listening to music. She wants to do her farm work so she can get her second year visa and find a job here in Australia. She is very excited that she’ll be able to speak more English after her 8 weeks here with us!

Larissa is from Brazil. She loves everything health related, such as sports, yoga, meditation and organic food; these are just some of the reasons she chose Byron Bay for her studies. She studied dentistry for 4 years and has been working as a dentist for the past 10 years. Three years ago she went to California to complete her yoga teacher training so is now also a qualified yoga teacher. In the future she would like to have her own yoga studio and organic cafe.

Juliane, from Brazil, returns to us after a 5 month break! She first started with us in February and finished in July, without the intention of coming back. After doing some traveling, including going to Europe and seeing the Northern Lights in Norway, she decided there’s no better place then Byron Bay!

 

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.

New Starters! 5 November

Welcome to our five new students joining us Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Alan is from the Italian part of Switzerland. He loves to travel and discover new places and cultures. His hobbies are listening to music, yoga, trekking and cooking. He studied at hospitality school and has worked in different hotels as a receptionist. He decided to come to Australia to experience something new and create new work opportunities for himself!

Rita is from France. She likes tennis and playing the saxophone. Her biggest passion is traveling and she has visited many countries. Since finishing her Chemistry studies she has been working as a quality engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. English is very important for her job so that is what bring her here to us! She chose Australia for her studies because of the sunshine!

Laura is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. In her free time she likes to read and spend time with her friends and family. She completed commercial training but decided she would instead like to be a school teacher, so is now studying again at the University of Bern. She is here with us at Lexis so she can achieve the Advanced level in English for her studies.

Marcella is from Brazil. She works there as a lawyer. In her free time she likes to hang out with her friends. She chose Australia for her studies because of the beautiful weather, wonderful landscape and amazing people!

Patrick is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. He loves to be in nature and regularly goes hiking. He also enjoys playing soccer and floorball (similar to ice hockey but without ice!). After completing his electrician apprenticeship he has been doing the first part of the required 245 day militarily service. He wants to improve his English for his travels around Australia and New Zealand!

 

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