End of Cambridge Sausage Sizzle! June 7th

Last Friday we celebrated our Cambridge students completing 3 months of study with a good old fashioned Australian Sausage Sizzle!

I hope you all enjoyed my grill master skills 😉

Good luck to all our Cambridge students on your remaining exams! ❤

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.

 

Soccer Match against BBELS! June 5th

WOOHOOOOOO!! What a great game yesterday! Thank you to everyone who played and everyone who braved the cold to come down and watch!

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It was a well deserved win for Lexis with the final score 4-3! I am so proud!

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Our next rematch will be in 2 weeks at 3.30pm down at the soccer fields. See you there. I will make sure I bring down some snacks for us next time 🙂

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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

Crepe Making Competition! May 31st

Last Friday afternoon we had a Crepe Making Competition in the student kitchen. We had a range of delicious toppings including; nutella, whipped cream, bananas, strawberries, golden syrup, 100’s and 1000’s, coconut, marshmallows, chocolate and nuts.

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We prepared our mixture and then got busy whipping up our crepes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • A few pinches of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups of milk

METHOD

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Blend until smooth. Add a little water and mix to desired consistency. Cover and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, pour batter over pan, tilting from side to side so batter covers base in a thin film. Cook pancake for about 1 minute or until underside is golden, then use a spatula to flip. Cook other side for just under a minute until golden. Repeat with remaining mixture, spraying pan with cooking oil between pancakes.

 

Once everyone had made their crepes, it was off to the decoration station to begin creating the masterpiece.

Absolutely delicious. I couldn’t possibly choose a winner as they were all so amazing.

And lucky for us it was such a beautiful Friday afternoon we could all sit outside and enjoy.

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

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 🙂

 

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.

Job Hunting Tips from our Lexis Students!

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We recently spoke with six of our students here at Lexis Byron Bay, to ask them a few questions about their part-time jobs. We found out where they work, what they like about their jobs and working in Byron and also, what their dream jobs would be…

Arriving in a new place, meeting new people, starting school as well as having to find a job can be difficult! Thanks to these students, we have some tips for our current and future students, to help with the headache of finding a job. Thanks to Judith, Leo, Ania, Maria, Pedro and Lucas for the tips and positive vibes! 😉

WAS IT HARD TO FIND YOUR JOB AND WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET IT?

  • No, it wasn’t too hard! Byron is small but you have lots of options for work. Everybody always finds a job! It really helps to be positive and focused.
  • It wasn’t too easy! I spent many weeks searching and bringing my CV to every store and restaurant.
  • When I arrived in Byron it was tricky to find a job as it was Winter season here, so a bit quiet, but I didn’t give up! I went to many places and gave in my CV and after a few weeks, got my job!
  • No, it wasn’t hard to find a job! My friend told me she was leaving her job at Orgasmic Falafel and asked if I would like to take over. This was the same for another job a few months ago, my friend was leaving his position at an Italian restaurant in town. I also got some cleaning work at my accommodation after suggesting some ways to make the public spaces better and cleaner for everyone. As I am a long term student here, I was also approached about some cleaning work here in Lexis.
  • I found a job on my first week in Byron! I recommend making a CV that is very personal to you – what do you know? What experience do you have? What are your strong points?
  • It took me about 15 days to find my job. I went around to all shops, bars and restaurants asking for the manager and handing them my CV personally.

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WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER STUDENTS LOOKING FOR WORK?

  • Be patient! It will all work out ok!
  • If you put in the effort and are persistent, you will find your job! Ask to speak with the manager where possible.
  • Keep in touch with people and tell everyone you are looking for a job. There are so many people coming and going so you can take their jobs as they leave.
  • Never give up! and try speak with the manager.
  • Make your CV interesting and personal to you. Show them why they should hire YOU! 😀

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Don’t forget to check our blog every Wednesday for a list of the latest jobs advertised online for Byron! 🙂

 

Missed out on our first jobs blog? See it here 😉

 

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! May 27th

Welcome to our 2 new students joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Jina is from Korea. She lives in Ballina and works at the sushi shop in the shopping center. She studied cooking in Korea and has catered for weddings and big events. When she was 8 years old she came to Australia with her family and had a great time, this is the reason she wanted to come back. Jina wants to improve her English so she can communicate with people from all over the world.

Nathalia is from Brazil. She enjoys playing tennis and watching movies. She decided to study in Australia because she loves this country and the beautiful nature. She is lucky to  have a friend who has been living here for 6 years, so while she is in Byron Bay she is staying with her. She hopes to improve her English before she reruns to Brazil to continue her studies.

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.

Cooking with Chocolate! May 23rd

Yesterday afternoon we all managed to give ourselves a belly ache by over indulging on the chocolate treats that we created.

We started off by making chocolate brownies following this simple recipe:

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain flour

Recipe

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Stir in sugar, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Quickly whisk in eggs.
  • Fold through sifted flour.
  • Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 18 x 28cm slab tin.
  • Bake at 170C for 25-30 minutes.
  • The mixture will seem soft but will harden on cooling.
  • Allow to cool in tin before removing.
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Tallita enjoying cleaning up, a little bit too much.

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We also decided to give chocolate chip biscuits a go. All was going well..

Until it was time to take them out of the oven..

Something had gone slightly wrong and we had managed to create one giant cookie pancake.. HAHAHA!

Luckily it still tasted delicious and we all managed to laugh at our epic fail.

With the left over chocolate, we made MORE chocolate biscuits that we shared with everyone in the student kitchen.

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What an absolutely delicious afternoon. I hope you have all recovered from the belly aches and sugar highs!

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.