Afternoon Crepe Competition! 4 October

Yesterday we had a morning and afternoon Crepe Competition!

I (Claire) was the judge of the afternoon and had a very hard decision on my hands!

The students split into three groups to make the crepes, following this simple recipe:

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.

Eric showed off some very impressive flipping skills!

The teamwork was then over as they competed against eachother to present me with the best crepe!

They had plenty of tasty fillings and toppings to choose from; blueberries, bananas, honey, whipped cream, strawberries, chocolate sprinkles, nuts, melted chocolate and Nutella!

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They all looked delicious but two really stood out as the best…

Eric had taken a lot of time and care to produce this wonderfully presented restaurant worthy creation…

and Lorene came up with the clever idea of mixing food colour into the batter to make this creative design that was then also beautifully presented…

As there was only one surf lesson to give away they decided to split the cost of a lesson so they can then go together! We gave them some Tim Tams to share as well; as if they hadn’t already had enough sugar for the day!!

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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.

October Activity Calendar!

Check out the activities we have planned exclusively for our Lexis students in October!

Now we have moved to two teaching schedules the 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.

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!!

Activities

Yoga will continue to be every Monday in Room 8, but has now moved to 7.45 – 8.45am. This allows everyone to be able to go together and start their mornings with some stretching and relaxation!

We’ll also continue to have the popular Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join Orla at 11.30am or me at 2pm in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and games!

Wednesday the 3rd we’re getting creative with Jewellery Making; come along and make your own necklace or bracelet!

On the 4th we have a Crepe Competition! A range of ingredients (fruit, nuts, chocolate…) will be provided for you to compete to make the best crepe. The winners from the morning and afternoon sessions will each win a free surf lesson!

For our first sporting activity of the month we have Volleyball on the 5th; in the garden or at the beach (meet at reception first).

We have our Big Soccer Match against BBELS on the 10th. This will just be one game at 3.30pm at the Byron Sports Fields. Sign up in reception and help Lexis be the Language School Soccer Champions!

On the 11th we have a Photography Masterclass! Orla and I will be showing you some tips on how to get great photos! There will be a prize for the best one 🙂

Friday the 12th we have a Casino evening! This will be at 5.30pm so everyone can enjoy together. There will be snacks and a prize for the poker winner!

On the 17th we’ll be getting arty with Boomerang Painting!

Our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 is on the 18th. This is a great option to give surfing a try and see if you’d like to book on to one of the 2 hour lessons for $55! Pick ups from school will be at 10am and 3pm. Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

We then have another activity for everyone to enjoy together at 5.30pm…Wine and Cheese Tasting on Friday the 19th!

Our monthly Table Tennis Tournament will be on the 24th! Beer to be won!

On the 25th we’ll be making Paella for our Spanish Cooking activity!

We have free Bodyboard and wetsuit hire for you on the 26th. Meet at reception at 11.30am or 2pm.

Halloween is on the 31st and we’ll be having a free Sausage Sizzle at 12.15pm in front of school. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress, so start thinking of an outfit!

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.

                                                      Have a wonderful month! 🙂

 

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

Hiroshima study group go surfing! 7 August

On Tuesday some of our Hiroshima study group experienced what Byron’s most famous for…surfing!!

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The waves were perfect for beginners and the sun was shining and warm 🙂

They all had a great time and Let’s Go Surfing managed to get everyone standing!

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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.

Teen Activity Programme 2018 – English and Surfing!

We recently had three wonderful TAP students here with us at Lexis Byron!

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The Teen Activity Programme combines English classes with surf lessons, so they really get the best out of their Byron experience!

 

Before they left the boys kindly answered a few questions for us…

What’s the best thing about Lexis Byron?

Sacha: I liked that it’s a small campus, so everyone knows eachother. It’s really easy to talk to people and make new friends.

Theo: It was a really good combination of study, surf and free time! I also really loved my homestay.

Alex: Improving my English! I also really enjoyed the table tennis (Alex came a close second in our July Tournament!).

 

Tell me a bit about your teacher and lessons…

Sacha: All the teachers are really nice. They encourage you to participate and mingle with other students. We played lots of really good games that got us to mix together and get to know eachother.

Theo: I loved my teachers, Paul and Michelle. We would always do activities in class that would get us interacting and speaking with other students.

Alex: My teacher Claudia was very useful and interesting, because of her lessons I am sure I have improved my English.

 

How were your surf lessons and instructors?

Sacha: Really good! Because Theo and I already knew how to surf Let’s Go Surfing gave us private lessons instead of us having to go with the group. They would always take us to where the good waves were, they really knew the best spots each day. They were very kind, friendly, fun and gave good advice. We often had dolphins really close to us when we were surfing, which was an amazing experience.

Theo: Great! The instructors were really good and helped us improve. They always checked where the best waves were first and took us to so many different surf spots over the 4 weeks; Broken Head, Suffolk Park, The Pass, The Wreck, Belongil and Lennox!

Alex: My surf lessons were awesome, even though the waves weren’t really big every day. Dylan and the other instructors do an amazing job.

 

Did you enjoy your homestay experience?

Sacha: Yes, they made me feel welcome and gave me good advice on Byron (Sacha’s homestay father Mark even took him to see how surfboards are made!). I felt well looked after but sometimes wished I was with a family with another teenager, like Theo was.

Theo: I loved it! My host family had 2 boys similar age to me (14 and 17) so I spent every evening with them. They were also the same surfing level as me so we would go out surfing together.

Alex: Awesome! What a family! The Monrows are the nicest people I have met here.

 

What was your favourite thing to do in Byron when you weren’t studying or surfing?

Sacha: Finding good places to eat; there’s lots of reasonably priced places for food. There’s also lots of shops! The lighthouse is really nice, we saw a wallaby there; I always appreciated these moments.

Theo: Hang out with my host family.

Alex: Ride my bicycle in town, or to the top of Byron to see the view, and sometimes do some shopping.

 

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming to Byron to study?

Sacha: Go and do it! It’s a really good experience. It’s a small town so makes a change from being in the city. All the people are really kind. There’s good food and surf to enjoy!

Theo: It’s a really good school for surfing and studying. Byron is a great location for trying out lots of different surf spots.

Alex: Everyone has to do what they want to do! Byron is best for surfing, but studying at Lexis was still very useful!

 

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

Teen Activity Programme

It’s TAP (Teen Activity Programme) season at Lexis Byron Bay! At this time of year, budding young surfers from all over the world come to join our English and Surfing programme, where they study English in the mornings and have a surf lesson in the afternoons.

Claire, our Student Services and Activities Officer, is amongst the staff members here to welcome them and help them with any questions they may have.

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TAP Surfing Students: Theo, Sacha and Ugo with Claire

We asked Claire to answer the following questions…

  1. What languages do you speak?

Other than English, I speak basic Spanish and French. In the future I would like to try and learn Japanese; so far I can say hello, goodbye and thank you!

 

  1. What countries have you lived in?

I’m from England so lived there most of my life before moving to Australia nearly 4 years ago. I have also lived in Spain (where my dad lives) and worked in Guatemala for 2 months training native speakers for English speaking roles.

 

  1. What do you enjoy most about your job?

The amazing team I get to work with and being part of the student’s journey! We really do have such lovely students who come to Lexis Byron and it’s wonderful to be able to help them and watch their confidence with the language grow. As well as being very rewarding my job is also a lot of fun!

 

  1. What are the most popular things that Junior students in Byron Bay enjoy doing?

Surfing is of course the favourite and Byron is one of the best places in the world for this!

They also enjoy meeting students from other countries and being able to hang out with them at the beach after a morning of studying!

When they’re not surfing or at the beach we also have free afternoon activities they can participate in; with skateboarding, soccer and volleyball being amongst the most popular with the juniors!

  1. What is Byron Bay’s best-kept secret?

Winter is the best time to come to surf! There are far fewer people so it’s much easier to catch your own wave!

 

  1. What is the best advice you could give to juniors and their parents?

Coming to Lexis Byron Bay will be an unforgettable experience they will forever be thankful for!

When they are here they should talk with students from other countries so they can practice their English as much as possible, and have new friends to visit once they return home!

 

 

Thank you for getting to know the staff from Byron Bay! If you are interested in the TAP program or would like for information please head over to our website: https://www.lexisenglish.com/course/teen-activity-program-tap/

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.

July Activity Calendar!

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

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*All activities are at 2pm unless stated otherwise

Yoga continues every Monday in Room 8; this will alternate between instructors Stef and Fee each week. Mats provided.

We’ll also continue to have popular activity Coffee Club every Tuesday. Join me in the garden or student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams and games!

On the 4th we have Lawn Bowls, a popular game here in Australia, in the garden!

Kristy will be leading a Meditation on the 5th; come and find your calm and focus in Room 2!

Friday the 6th we have a Tennis Tournament!  This will be at the Tennis Courts (corner of Tennyson and Carlyle Street), but meet at reception at 2pm and we can walk there together 🙂

We have 2 Soccer Matches this month; one against BBELS at the soccer fields on the 11th (meet at reception at 3.30pm) and a Lexis match in the garden on the 27th.

For our cooking activities we have Sushi Making on the 12th and Brazilian Cooking on the 26th!

Volleyball will be at the beach or in the garden on the 13th 🙂 

The July Table Tennis Tournament will be on the 18th. Beer to be won!

We get creative on the 19th Making Dream Catchers; a beautiful decoration, souvenir or gift to take home!

On Friday the 20th we’ll be treating everyone to FREE PIZZA along with some Games!

We have our 1 hour Surf Special for $25 on the 25th. This is a great option to give surfing a try and see if you’d like to book on to one of the 2 hour lessons for $50! Sign up and pay in reception. Limited spots available so be quick!

 

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 2-3pm in Room 8 (Room 7 on Mondays). Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

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 $50!

                                                      Have a wonderful 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.

Crepe Competition! 31 May

Yesterday we had a Crepe Competition here at Lexis Byron!

We worked in 2 teams to make the crepes, following this simple recipe:

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.

Then it was time for the really fun part; to make the tastiest, best presented crepe!

The students had plenty of tasty fillings and toppings to choose from; including bananas, honey, whipped cream, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, macadamia nuts, honey coasted cashew nuts, melted chocolate and Nutella!

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Everyone’s creations looked and tasted absolutely delicious, but there could only be one winner…

Well done Alex!!! The winner of a 2 hour surf lesson with Let’s Go surfing!!

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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.