Happy Student – Sakiko!

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Sakiko is 24 years old and she is from Kochi, a small town in rural Japan. She studied law at Kobe University and came straight to Australia after she graduated. She arrived in Byron Bay in June 2016 and has been at Lexis for an incredible here for 52 weeks! I interviewed Sakiko on her last day of school to find out about the remarkable year she has had.

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

While I was at University I was living in a big city, it was very crowded and busy for me. I wanted to live somewhere quiet and peaceful. My agent recommended Byron Bay to me and it is exactly what I wanted. Also I love yoga; I practised it in Japan for many years. Yoga is a big part of life in Byron, I practice yoga 3 or 4 times every week here.

Byron is a great place to come if you don’t know anybody. If you go to a big place it is hard to meet people but Byron is community so it is a good opportunity to speak with local people – it has a very friendly atmosphere here, everyone is happy to talk to you.

 

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

I found listening and speaking the most difficult – I think most Japanese have this problem. We don’t have speaking practise in class at school in Japan so I was not used to speaking. On my first day I couldn’t understand everything, even though everyone was speaking slowly, I just guessed what they were saying.  I did not feel ready to speak English yet, I’m afraid to make mistakes when I spoke. After 1 month and 2 months when I made a lot of friends from different places they really influenced me. Especially my Brazilian friends because I saw that they were not scared to make mistakes. I asked them once: ‘you don’t care about making mistakes?’ but they said ‘no I don’t care, I just speak.’ That was a really good lesson to learn.

 

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

I started in Intermediate class. I studied a lot of English to enter University, and my grammar was good. I have had so many great teachers. Paul is my favourite teacher because he is so interesting and he always makes us laugh. He taught me pronunciation, how English and Japanese are so different because of emphasis and intonation. It was very hard, I almost gave up, but he never gave up to teach me!

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One lesson we went to Byron Bay farmers market (we have this once a week in Byron, in the mornings, we can buy local products: fresh vegetables, fruits etc. It’s a great community atmosphere.) Here we interviewed the people working in the market. I was nervous but they are so kind to us, even though we were still learning. It was great because I often go to the farmers market but I don’t often have the chance to communicate with the producers about the local produce.

 

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What was your favourite activity?

Yoga was my favourite activity. Every Monday at school there is free yoga and I went every week for a year. I think I improved my yoga a lot. I also tried a lot of new activities, like surfing, skate boarding, slack-lining, cooking (we made koala cupcakes). They were very sweet for me but I enjoyed decorating them.

 

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Tell me about your accommodation.

My first 6 weeks I was in homestay accommodation, staying with Gill and John. They were so kind. I was nervous about living with them, but on my first day they took me around Byron Bay, to lots of places. We went up to the lighthouse and to different beaches. We had lots of BBQs at the house and we baked cookies.

Afterwards I find a share house on Gumtree. It takes my five minutes to get to school on foot. At the moment with 2 Australian people, this has helped me to learn English. My host is very kind and speaks slowly and explains what words mean to me and this really helped my English improve.

 

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What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

After I took a surf lesson, I decided to buy a surf board. During the Summer I surfed almost every day. It’s a good life, study and then go to surf. I think I got a bit better and I enjoyed it. I would meet up with my friends at the beach to surf.

 

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I also enjoy going up to lighthouse to see the sunrise. It is the most Easterly point of Australia and the view is amazing. The view always changes as the seasons change. One morning I met my friends at 4:30 am and we walked up in the dark and the stars were beautiful.

 

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I also love yoga here. It is very different to Japan, it seems more difficult and there is more variety of lessons. I can chose which I want to do depending on the condition of my body.

What is your most magical moment in Byron?

While I was doing the light house walk in the morning I saw whales and dolphins. One time I saw many dolphins very close to us on the walk. I was able to take this amazing picture:

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

You should come here, all the teachers are very kind and there are good quality lessons that are interesting and never boring. It is a very small school here so it is easy for everyone to get to know each other. March was my favourite month, because it is not too hot but the Sun is still out and it is not so crowded here. Winter is also good here, the sky is clear and bright but it is not too hot, you can see beautiful sunrises!

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What are you going to do now?

I have 3 weeks holidays now before I move to Lexis Perth. Tomorrow I am going to travel in New Zealand for 1 week. After New Zealand my sister will come here to visit in Byron Bay. Then I am going to do the Gold Coast marathon with my sister. I have heard it is a good route, around the beach but very flat. It is going to be a very challenging event in my life but I like to try new challenges. I am a little but worried about that but also excited. I will study in Perth for 3 weeks and then go home back to Japan. When I go home I think I will look for a job. I would like to live one more year in Australia or New Zealand, I want more opportunity to use English and communicate with English speakers. In Japan I would love to do an international job that involves using English and possibly working with sports, for example I would love to have a job related to the Japanese Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

 Good luck with your marathon and your travels Sakiko, you will be missed here at Lexis Byron Bay!

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June’s Table Tennis Tournament!

This week we had our monthly Table Tennis Tournament!

The competition started with 8 players in the first round:

Nil VS Cesc: Nil

Juan VS Felipe: Juan

Roman VS Joao: Roman

Felipe PC VS Mauricio: Mauricio

Onto the second round, the winners then making it through to the final were:

Nil VS Juan: Nil

Roman VS Mauricio: Roman

It was a tough final, with Nil putting up a good fight, but once again it was Roman who walked away as champion!!

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It’s the Weekend! 16 – 18 June

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WEATHER

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SURF

Weekend Surf

 

GIGS

FRIDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON DUSTIN TEBBUTT & LISA MITCHELL + ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM MARSHALL
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 5PM LEIGH JAMES 9PM PINK ZINC
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7PM JESSE MORRIS BAND & KATIA DEMEESTER
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM DJ KYLE WALKER 9.30PM JON J BRADLEY
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM JOSH LEE HAMILTON
LONE GOAT GALLERY, BYRON 6PM JAY MANBY INSTINCT OPENING
ELEMENTS OF BYRON 5PM CANDICE DIANNA
TREEHOUSE, BELONGIL 7.30PM PALM WINE AMBASSADORS
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6PM STEVE BANKS & MARK JELFS
BANGALOW HOTEL 7PM SURF REPORT
BRUNSWICK HOTEL 7PM CHEYNNE MURPHY DUO
BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE 7PM CHEEKY CABARET

SATURDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON TAY OSKEE, PC & THE BIFFS, JOSH LEE HAMILTON
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM THE MUMBLERS
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 8PM RHYS BYNON
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7PM DAN CLARK BAND & LUKE BELLOWS
BYRON THEATRE 1PM TWELFTH NIGHT
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM FUTURE FAKTORI DJS 9.30PM OOZ
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM DJ NERY
TREEHOUSE, BELONGIL 7.30PM ANGIE HUDSON
SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 4PM STONE & WOOD GARDEN PARTY WITH DOS LUNA
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6PM GARY EDGAR
BANGALOW HOTEL 7PM LEIGH JAMES
BRUNSWICK HOTEL 7PM PINK ZINC
BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE 7PM CHEEKY CABARET

SUNDAY

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON SALT BRAINZ
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM RAGGA JUMP
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 4.30PM LISA HUNT 8PM DJ DAVE DOG
BYRON GOLF CLUB 4PM LIVE MUSIC
TREEHOUSE, BELONGIL 5PM SESSION DJS
SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 5PM CHRIS ARONSTEN
BANGALOW A&I HALL 3.30PM AMATORI CHOIR PERFORMS THE PASSION ACCORDING TO ST MATTHEW

 

PIGHOUSE FLICKS @ Byron Brewery

 

 

MARKETS

Friday

Mullumbimby Farmers Market

 

Saturday

Mullumbimby Market

Bangalow Farmers Market

Lismore Farmers Market

Blue Knob Farmers Market

 

Sunday

Ballina Market

Lismore Carboot Market

 

 

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Jobs!! 14th June

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EXPERIENCED COOK

Luscious Cafe in Byron Bay is looking for a qualified Cook to join our team. Must have commitment to hard work, and proven at least 2 years’ relevant experience and qualifications as a cook. If you are presentable, hardworking, and reliable with strong knowledge and understanding of food health and safety (follow all HACCAP standards and WHS/ OH&S) and experienced with cooking a food prepping, menu planning, stock control and estimation (preferred, but not essential) you might be the perfect match for us. Think it might be you? send your CV and cover letter to lusciousfoodsbb@gmail.com

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CHEF

Byron Fresh Cafe is located in the heart of beautiful Byron Bay, we are a thriving cafe open from 7.30am-10pm, 7 days a week. We focus on fresh, local ingredients and offer a healthy menu. We have a full time position available Chef 40hrs per week. The prime purpose of chef role is to support the head chef in the daily operation of a busy kitchen The role is supported by a great team of hardworking chefs, head chef and kitchen manager, the shifts at 2pm-10.30pm five days per week, no split shifts, no back to back shifts and no long hours/days/weeks. To join our team, you must: – Have minimum 2 years experience – Have the ability to work well under pressure whilst preserving an impeccable attention to detail. – Have strong communication skills and work well within a team. Skills: Great communication skills. – excellent creativity and experience. – High attention to detail and consistency. – Hardworking, reliable, personable, presentable and honest. For further information please contact byronbayfresh@gmail.com

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BAKER

Sunday Sustainable Bakery byron bay is looking for a qualified baker to join our lovely team. Would be advantageous to have sour dough experience, we are in a position to sponsor as well. No grave yard shifts in our bakery, we like to keep our precious bakers from going crazy and enjoy the byron bay lifestyle. Guaranteed 40 hours a week.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKER

Byron Community Centre (www.byroncentre.com.au) is seeking an enthusiastic, passionate person to join our Community Services team. The role involves planning, coordinating, and implementing Byron Community Centre (BCC) activities relating to social services and community welfare programs. The BCC community services worker helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals and groups by providing direct assistance and responding to community need. The position is for 6 months at 18 hrs per week. A position description is available by contacting Paul Spooner: info@byroncentre.com.au

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STAFF FOR PRIVATE FUNCTION

We’re looking for two staff for a 8 hour shift on 5 August 2017 in Bangalow, NSW for a private event on a property from 1:30pm until 10:00pm. We’re looking for staff to assist with plating food, clearing plates and general tasks. The event is managed by a coordinator. The work itself will be relatively easy – we just need staff who are willing to take the initiative to help our small team with the event. Please send me an email if you may be able to help on the night. Any chef/cooking experience would be hugely helpful.

CARPENTER
The Coast Concept Construction team are looking for quality carpenters to assist them with a 3 week project starting 26/6/2017 on a high end resort in Byron Bay that has the potential for ongoing works. Contact Nathan Pilcher (Director)  for more details.
HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR
Nomads Byron Bay is a 250 bed backpackers in the heart of Byron and 5 minutes walk from the beach. We are in search of our newest crew member to lead our housekeeping team 5 days per week. If you have previous experience in housekeeping and have an eye for detail please send your CV rachael@nomadsworld.com

 

 

UBER DRIVER

Drive with Uber and get paid weekly in fares by helping our community of riders get around town. Driving with Uber is a great way to earn cash on your schedule. The more you drive, the more you can earn. It’s simple and perfect for those looking for seasonal, work from home, entry level, temporary, or any type of opportunities. What you need to know: – Earn Great Money: The more you drive, the more you earn. – Flexible Schedule: Make your own schedule as a contractor – any time day or night. – Getting Started is Easy: Signing up is quick & easy! – Get Paid Weekly: Get checks deposited into your bank account weekly. Requirements: – You’re at least 21 years old. – You have a 4-door vehicle. – You have a driver’s license and insurance. – You’re friendly and excited to earn money on your schedule! Additional Information: Our Driver Partners come from all backgrounds and industries – anyone can be an Uber Driver and earn great money!

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JUNIOR PLASTERER/LABOURER

TR Coastline Plastering is looking to hire a junior plasterer / labourer for an immediate start. The successful applicant must be motivated, have a dedicated work ethic, reliable, physically fit, able to work at heights, have a drivers licence, and own vehicle. Experience is an advantage but not necessary. On the job training provided. The opportunity for an apprenticeship for the right candidate. Ongoing work in the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay areas. Junior rates apply to this position.

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FOOD PACKER
National Snack Food Maker in Byron Shire Shire seeks a number of casual employees of 1–2 days per week. Requirements: Careful, dexterous, clean, eye for detail, love working with food, who can be trained up in the art of making or packing snack foods. A person who has operated sewing machines and loves working with food would be well suited and highly regarded to the detail required for these casual roles. The persons will be required to pack snack foods, weigh, batch and work with team members in the operation of small mixers. Please send your application to peter@wallabyfoods.com.

 

SPLENDOUR BAR STAFF REQUIRED
20 till 23 July 2017. Applicants must hold a current and valid NSW RSA. Please email
bars@splendourinthegrass.com

 

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! 13th June

Welcome to our three new starters at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Karin, from Japan, is looking forward to meeting people from all different countries and speaking English with them. She has always wanted to visit Australia as this is where her parents got married and she’s heard great things about this beautiful country! She worked in a hospital as a cook in Japan and her favourite hobby is fishing.

Danielle, from Brazil, joins us from Lexis Brisbane. She will be studying with us in Byron for 3 weeks and looking to work during this time so she has more money to enjoy Australia with!

Tae, from Korea, is also really excited to be here in Australia! He is wanting to improve his English so he’s able to make friends with people from various nationalities. His hobbies include cooking and playing the drums!

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.

 

 

Graduation! 9th June

Congratulations to our one student graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Takayuki, from Japan, graduates from Kristy and Paul’s Pre-Intermediate class. He has been an extremely hardworking student and his pronunciation has been improving more and more every week! Both his teachers having really enjoyed having him in class and we all wish him the very best for the future!

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.

Skateboarding! 6th June

Yesterday we had Flavio from Byron Bay Skateboard School  come in to teach us some skateboarding skills!

Naomi, our Homestay Officer, got involved and discovered she was a natural!!

She got so confident she challenged Cesc, an experienced skater, to a race…. and WON!! Go Nay!

Cesc, wanting to prove he was still a better skater then Naomi, then went one better by using two boards at the same time! Very impressive!

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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.