Thank you Lorenzo for the great article on your recent trip to the Whitsunday Islands.
Lorenzo wrote; ‘one of the highlights out there is Whitehaven Beach. A beach with sand as white as snow and water clear as air. By low-tide the surface is huge and you are able to walk between two islands. Whitsundays are the bright side of life and the perfect place to relax and enjoy. Fortunately boats are not so fast, so no one is in a hurry out there and it stays nice and calm. The Whitsundays are for me the highlight of my Australia journey so far. It’s just a paradise, heaven on earth. ‘
Thank you again Lorenzo for sharing this with us.
With the Sangria flowing, the students were able to relax ready for their salsa session with Swiss student Sandro.
With some lovely wines provided by Dan from Single Vineyards, the students were able to taste the quality reds that Australia has to offer. The Students all received scoring sheets and had to guess the region, year and grape variety.
Today the activity was sand volleyball and 4 teams of 5 took part in the competition. Some of the students had exceptional volleyball skills with some great shot from Michelle, Manuela, Mitja and Martin. Dhoom used his feet or head the majority of the time to get the ball over the net.
After Anj’s shocking serve which landed the ball on the roof, a substitute ball was brought in and the finals were underway. With a close match the whole way through it was Team 1 (Sabrina, Manuela, Sarah, Michelle and Mitja) that took out the win. Enjoy your free drinks @ Shades!
This evening our wonderful Italian Pizza chef Carmine Torpedo and friend Luca are busy preparing Pizza bases.
Meanwhile, the boys are busy in the student kitchen hand mixing the dough and drinking some Australian Pinot as they work. Thank you Carmine and Luca.
This evening the students got together for a friendly match of Futzul at Noosa Leisure Center. The teams were split up into light and dark shirst and were competing to be selected for our grudge match against Lexis Sunshine Coast campus in a couple of weeks.
The teams were level at 7-7 when Yuto scored a superb goal in the final minutes of the game that took the dark shirts through for the win. Well done!
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The afternoon began with some green food and drinks and some lovely Irish music playing in the background. The afternoon kicked off with the traditional Irish game ‘throw a potato in the Irish hat’. The winner went to Carlos with his accurate and steady throws!
Next up was the traditional Irish dancing, which was judged by one of the teachers. The rules were if you’re tapped on the shoulder, it meant you have been dismissed from the competition and your moves just weren’t good enough. The finals came down to Davide and Carlos with Davide using some moves he had saved up to win the final.
The last game was the ‘find the grape in the jelly’ where students could only use their mouths to grab the grape from the jelly followed by finding the green m&m in the flour. I think Alicia has played this game before, within 10 seconds she had found both and was the overall winner.
Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated St Patrick’s Day, it was a fantastic afternoon!
The students enjoyed a lovely afternoon down at the Noosa Surfing Festival. With live music and a bar right on the beach it great place to watch these great surfers in action. Some of the students came and surfed at Tea Tree Bay in the National Park where there were some awesome waves coming through!!
What a lovely afternoon to go to the beach and have a kick around with the soccer ball. With a light offshore blowing, it was hard to focus on the soccer game when the surf was pumping in the background. The general English student played against the Chiyoda High School students for a friendly match. The general English students were leading the score charts in the end thanks to the best player of the day, Federico. Great afternoon guys, now grab your boards and lets go SURFING!!
The students had an opportunity today to show off their tennis skills and among them were a few Federers and Sharapovas. With a doubles competition round robin, we had five full courts with continuous games from the Chiyoda students and the General English students. The finals came down to Luca and Dennis VS Mami and Leo. With Mami being a tennis coach in Japan, there were a lot of points gained from her aces. In the end it was a close match but Mami and Leo were the winners of a gift voucher from Pardons fruit shop. Well done!!!
There was some wild music coming from the kitchen this afternoon for the Music Jam Competition! Students entered as groups of four with two guitarists, a drummer and a singer. The battle began with look alike Pussycat Dolls; Caroline, Livia, Lara and Anna.
They made a great start to the competition raising the bar from the rest of the competitors. The next band “Baby in a Blender” also put on an impressive performance for the audience with outstanding vocals from Jasmin, inspiring drumming from Benji and talented jamming from Timmy and Matthias.
And last but not least, were the ‘Crazy Mates’ with band members Ryan, Victor, Jinson and Matt. These boys certainly lived up to their name with Ryan’s spontaneous outbursts on the drum kit.
It was a close competition, but in the end “baby in a blender” had the overall consistency. Great job guys!!! Thanks to Caroline from Student Uni Travel who helped contribute to their prize (one hour boat rental in Noosa), and also to those fantastic twins, Ivan and Sergey, for organizing this afternoon’s activity!
Today, Lexis Noosa students were able to try some of Australia’s finest and worst wines available. The blind tasting allowed the students to sample some of the wine and score their favourite by appearance, aroma and taste. The wines ranged from $5 – $20 and the students had to guess the year and location in order to win their favourite wine.
These students have quite a palate with most guessing the worst and the best from the selection. A cheese plate was also provided as an accompaniment to the wine. In the end, there were five students who achieved the highest score and were placed into the draw to win their favourite wine. The most favoured wine chosen by almost all the students was the Dandelion Shiraz from the Barossa. Congratulations to Andrea whose name was pulled out of the draw winning this spectacular wine!
This afternoon the students took part in a surf/body boarding session at Noosa Main Beach. The conditions were prefect, with a light off-shore wind blowing and surf around 1-2ft. Some students brought their own board while others hired them at the beach. The theory session was quick, demonstrating the three step phase of surfing. Once the students practiced that a few times they where eager to get out and get some waves. Most of the students were soon standing up and having a great time. I hope you all enjoyed this afternoon. I am looking forward to Surf Sports 3 next month
It was the first match of the season held on the brand new soccer fields at Girraween Sports Complex in Noosa. It was a hot afternoon and both teams were determined to get started with the game. With the first goal scored by Franceso from the Noosa team, Noosa thought they were in the running for the win. At half time it was neck and neck with the teams at two apiece. Sunshine Coast had the upper hand in the match after halftime with a brand new team coming on the field. With fresh legs and energy, Noosa found it hard to keep up. With some great skill shown by the attackers from the Sunshine Coast, and Noosa defense starting to get tired, two goals were placed nicely in the back of the net from the Sunshine Coast boys. Both teams played well and it was great to see such sportsmanship from the Noosa team. A special mention to both Lara and Selisha for getting out there and having a go against all those big boys, and especially to Selisha for that brilliant slide tackle. And also to all the students especially the cheer leading girls, who came to support the Noosa Team. After the match both teams enjoyed a few drinks down at the KB bar.
With the final scores 4-5 in Sunshine Coast favour, I am looking forward to the next match in a couple of weeks down in Maroochydore.
It was a typical summer’s day here today in Noosa and the students was looking forward to a game of beach cricket and a refreshing swim in the ocean. We battled the school holiday crowds to find a small corner of the beach unoccupied by beach goers. With a quick explanation of the rules of cricket the game was underway. The Kindai boys didn’t mind giving the ball a good wack into the crowd for a six. There were plenty of classic catches and good laughs to be had before the heat took control and everyone needed a swim. Down between the flags the student enjoyed cooling off in the beautiful clear waters of Noosa.
We had a large show of students to the start of the season soccer training session. There was some great talent and some surprising skills from the Kindai students. We have selected Francesco (aka Totti/Del Piero) as our captain. Field positions will be released on the activity board next week. Look forward to another session next Thursday @ 3pm to get us ready for the game against the Sunshine Coast on the 31st January.
Noosa National Park is one of Australia’s favourite and is the easiest to access by foot from local areas including the Lexis English college. It is loved by locals and tourists alike with a possibility of spotting a Koala in the wild. It is also a habitat for Kookaburras, Goannas and had a range of vegetation that stimulates the senses including the Pandanus and Banksia plants.
There were a large group of students that left for the National Park walk yesterday, some with Swiss alps experience in walking, others with the wrong footwear including heels. The pace was set and the eyes of each individual were on lookout for some wildlife. We did spot some kookaburras laughing on the old gum trees but unfortunately were not lucky enough to spot a Koala. We did however arrive at some beautiful bays where the view is to die for including Granite and Tea Tree Bay. Although a long walk was endured with students asking “are we there yet, are we there yet” every five minutes, you can not get a better scenic walk with Australia bush and wildlife then the one here in Noosa.
It was a large turn out to activities today with the new Kindai students coming to learn English all the way from Japan. It was nice to see everyone mingling and having a great time.
What a great competition of Volleyball! With 4 teams of 10 there was a mix of all cultures in each team. First off we had Team 1 (Team Swasia) who defeated Team 4 (Team Totti). It was a very close match with the scores neck to neck throughout the match. Then Team 2 (The Defenders) easily defended team 3 (The Begginers) in straight points. Team Totti played the beginners for 3rd place and won, while Team Swasia met The Defenders in the final. Even when the rain began to drop there was nothing stopping these teams for playing it out for the win! It was a great challenge from both sides with some strong defence and solid spikes, but Team Swasia was just too good and took out the win. Well done to all that participated, it was nice to see such a great team effort!
“Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time”-Sri Swami Satchidananda
Yoga today at Lexis allowed the students to bring calmness and easy to the body and mind, and practice their Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation). With a lovely ambiance the students worked well in moving through the poses with one student even demonstrating that it wasnt his first time doing yoga with his impressive head stands. What a wonderful way to end the week and I look forward to our next session!
Its 35 degrees outside and i couldn’t think of a better way to cool down then in the lovely ocean at Noosa Main beach. Surf sports is all about teaching the students surf awareness and making them feel more confident in the ocean. We started with learning about how to identify rips, currents, ocean stingers, and what to do if you find yourself in trouble in the water. We then jumped in the water and did some body boarding and body surfing.
Kenji was the standout with his professional body surfing style, although afterwards i did find out he is actually a lifesaver back in Japan! Some of the girls were also starting to get a hang of the body surfing and body boarding. Keep practicing and you can only get better.
I hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and look forward to session two of surf sports next month with hopefully a little less people in the water!!!!
See you all in the ocean:)
A big welcome to all the new students to Lexis English Noosa. What a fantastic place to learn English! We had 5 new students studying General English from all around the world including Russia, Switzerland Korea, Japan and Brazil and still 3 more students to come on Wednesday. The Cambridge students consisted of 18 students mostly from Switzerland and a few from Italy and Korea.
We held a BBQ to celebrate the new students who have arrived and also to celebrate New Years Eve. What a great way to finish 2012!
Today we decided to get creative and make some Christmas puddings for our big Christmas party tomorrow!! Simple to make yet extremely delicious. Below is the simple recipe if you would like to make these for yourself on Christmas Day! Thank you to the guys and girls that helped out! Great job!!! :)
Ange’s Delicious Christmas Puddings
- Cheap dark or light fruit cake (400g)
- Orange Juice (100mls)
- Rum (50ml)
- 1 packet of allens snaks
- White melting chocolate (200g)
1. Mix fruit cake with rum and orange juice until moist. Roll into small balls.
2. Chop up snakes and melt chocolate.
3. Spoon white chocolate on the top of the puddings, add 2-3 bits of chopped snake and refrigerate until chocolate is hard.
Today’s activity had students participating in a intense and passionate game of beach soccer on Noosa’s Main Beach. Considering the heat wave we experienced, there was a good turn out of players and spectators for today’s match, with the classic “Shirts” verse “No shirts” team mentality going on. While the students showed Matt just how seriously they take their football (soccer), Ange was busy organizing and preparing the celebratory BBQ for the students, which included bulk sausages and bread with beer and of course some sneaky cask wine! All in all, it was a fantastic way to end the activities for the year, but don’t forget to be at school on Friday for the end of year Christmas party in the Common Room!
This afternoon we held our monthly table tennis competition. The competition was elite. Both Hoon and Joseph dropped out in the early stages after seeing the high calibre of players having some great rallies and spin shots. Matt once again was all talk and was eliminated after the second round. Ange was knocked out earlier by the new up and coming pro, Nath. There was a strong performance early on by Chris who made it through to the finals unbeaten to met Nath. It was back to back in the finals, both players making superb shots and long rallies but in the end Chris was the higher performer. Congrats Chris on the win, and enjoy the wine!!