Sunshine Coast Secrets #3 – Markets

Do you fancy some weekend shopping, or just a walk in the sun at a Sunday market?  Check out all the great market options on the coast…..

Did you know that there are over 30 weekend markets held in the area around Noosa?  Everyone knows Eumundi markets (and you should check it out at least once while you’re here!), but there are lots of other great locations to pick up a bargain.

Some of the smaller markets can be difficult to get to via public transport, but many are held in the smaller villages around Noosa, and these can be really worth the effort.

During the month of December, Eumundi also has its famous ‘Twilight Market’ on Thursday evenings (from 5pm to 9pm). This can be a great activity after school, and we recommend a quiet pint in one of Eumundi’s great old pubs after your shopping.  You can read details here –

To find out the best transport options, check out: 

Full a full list of markets, check out:

Cambridge Teachers Entertain Their Classes

On Monday 1st December the Cambridge First Certificate students will have their speaking exams here at GV Noosa.picture-002








So their teachers decided to show them how it  is done. Dionne and Rachel were the ‘examiners’ and Mike and Geraldine were students. However, the questions were very unusal…and the answers even more so. The teachers were hilarious and all the students enjoyed the show; the laughter was good for calming nerves and lifting the spirit.

The students all agree that their teachers are simply the best! Thank you team Cambridge; Rachel, Wendy, Alisa, Dionne, Gerladine, Mike and Louise.

Goodbye to Kahui Kweon

Kahui ‘s classmates gave her a Pink Panther Balloon to say goodbye.







Kahui came for an eleven week General English course and liked it so much that she stayed another five weeks. Starting as a pre intermediate level student she has graduated at intermediate level.

Well done Kahui.

Friday Jobs!

Got your resume up to date?


Housekeeping – Australis Noosa Lakes Resort.  Must be flexible with hours, proactive, able to perform multiple tasks and have excellent standards of personal presentation.  Send applications to Personnel Manager, or fax to 5447 1044

Breakfast Chef – For busy Hastings St cafe, 5 days per week.  Must be reliable for early starts.  Phone  0419 798 073  for details.

Waitstaff – Noosville Restaurant required energetic waitstaff.  Approx 10-15 hours per week, evenings only.   0413 777 360 

Retail Sales Assistant – To join new Coco beach mature ladies fashion boutique in Noosaville.  Successful applicant to possess an outgoing personality with multi selling skills.  2-3 days per week, including weekends.  Phone Sandra on 0411630097

Cleaners – Noosa area.  Excellent hourly rate.  Must have own transport and ABN.  0412 222 563

Cleaner – Holiday house in Marcoola.  Work every Saturday between 10am and 2pm.  Wages or ABN.  0419 611 009

General Duties – Noosaville workers lunch bar.  Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm.  Please call 5474 0411 between 10am and midday.

Limousine Driver – Mature person required.  Must be able to work nights and weekends.  To apply, send resume to 10 Satinwood St, Noosaville 4566

Ask Kerry if you need a hand with your application!

Must-Do’s for this weekend…. Free!

Studying too hard?  Time to get out and take a break…







Friday, November 28th

6pm – Lighting of the Hastings Street Christmas Tree

6.30pm – Twilight Carols & Cinema Under The Stars in Noosa Woods (end of Hastings St)

Saturday, November 29th

1pm – Sand sculptures on Mainbeach

6.30pm – Cinema Under the Stars in Noosa Woods

Sunday, November 30th

12.30pm – Concert in Noosa Woods  (featuring some of Australia’s most famous artists…seriously, this looks quite cool).

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Swiss Wrestling on the beach

Friday afternoon GV Noosa students participated in some Swiss culture!

Over 50 students took part in Friday’s Swiss Wrestling event. The activity was introduced by Fabienne, Stefan and Andy from the Cambridge classes and was very well organised by the Swiss students. The competition proved to be more challenging than first thought as the big guys dropped quickly from technique of others. There was a men’s and women’s competition with Markus Schwarzentrnber taking out the men’s title and Christine Furrer taking the women’s title. This was the first ever Swiss Wrestling event in Noosa and was very popular with all students. Thanks to all who took part!

GV Caloundra in intense training

The Tri-Shield soccer game between GV Noosa, GV Brisbane and GV Caloundra is coming up.

Check out this link to catch up on the intense ‘training’ going on down in Caloundra…..

The schedule for games is:

The big day is Frday 5 December and the matches will be as follows

MATCH 1 –  Noosa vs Caloundra 1pm – 1:40

MATCH 2 – Brisbane Vs Caloundra 1:45 – 2:20

MATCH 3 – Noosa Vs Brisbane 2:25 – 2:55pm

Swiss Students Give a Gift to the School

Fabienne Vollenweider and Stefan Ettlin donated a pair of Swiss Wrestling shorts to the school today.








Becky was thrilled to receive the shorts on behalf of the school and promised to wear them next time she goes to the Koala Bar! Signed by the students they are a great reminder of the competition the Swiss students put on last week.  Thank you guys, we will not forget you now!

Manaf Wears His Saudi Robes For a Day

Manaf Altayar was the centre of attention today.

















Everyone was thrilled to see him in his traditional clothing and we all agreed that he looked very handsome. Of course everyone wanted to have their photo taken with him also. Here he is with two of our Cambridge teachers, Geraldine (the pretty one), Mike and student Takashi.

Manaf is flying back to Saudi to visit his family but will be back in the new year to continue his studies. He arrived with very little English but has now been promoted to intermediate level and plans to join one of our EAP programs with direct entry to university courses in 2009. Good luck Manaf and safe travel.


Let’s go Noosa! Let’s go!

We have it, they want it back!

soccer2Friday, December 5th, the 3 Global Village Schools of Brisbane, Caloundra and Noosa will compete for the Tri-School Soccer Shield. GV Noosa took the shield from GV Caloundra in June this year, and they want it back.

We have our team, we need your support. Join GV Noosa next Friday as we head to Caloundra to defend our position as the top GV Soccer Team. The bus will be departing Noosa at 12pm. The first game, Caloundra Vs Noosa begins at 1pm.


Sunshine Coast Secrets #2 – Peregian Beach

Do you know Peregian Beach?

Peregian Beach is one of the nicest little seaside areas on the coast, and is located only 10 minutes by bus from Noosa.

Peregian is a great surf beach, but is much less crowded than Noosa and also offers great swimming and kilometers of sand for walking.

The Peregian Beach Shopping Centre has a number of small boutique arts and craft shops, as well as a range of restuarants.  You can grab a hamburger and head down to the beach, or sit down to a great thai meal. 

If you feel like a beer while watching the sun go down, try out the Peregian Beach Surf Club for a cheap pint and a great view of the ocean.

The best time to head down is a Sunday, so you can enjoy the Peregian Beach Weekend Markets.  These run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month. Stay on after the markets for great music, with free concerts from 1pm each market day.

Learn more at:

PGA Golf at Coolum – December 4th-7th

Are you a golf fan?  You can see some of the best players in the world right here on the Sunshine Coast in December…










The Australian PGA Championship will be held at the Hyatt Coolum on Dember 4-7.  Some of the big names competing in the tournament will include John Daly, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Peter Lonard, Stuart Appelby and Robert Allenby.

Coolum is an easy 15 minute bus trip from Noosa.

Read more here –

GV Noosa Teacher Feature

At GV Noosa we are lucky to have some fantastic, dedicated and highly inspirational teachers. Our regular ‘Teacher Feature’ is a great way to learn more about them, as well as the classes and the students they teach.

First in the hot-seat is everyone’s favourite ADoS, Nina…


How long have you been teaching at GV Noosa and what did you do before you worked here?I started teaching at GV Noosa in 2005.  Before this I worked in a language school in Basel, Switzerland.

Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?

I grew up with 2 languages – Russian and English.  My Russian parents were born in China and migrated to Australia in the early 1960’s.  Russian was spoken at home, but all my studies were in English.

When I went to live in Germany I realized that I had to learn to speak the language. The biggest challenge was finding the courage to put into practice what I had learnt. I would sit at home and practice saying “Please could I have 2 bread rolls” in German.  When I finally felt confident enough, I would put on my coat and go to the bakery only to find that it was closed for the ‘mid-day break’.  So, I would go home and panic until the bakery opened again.

You have to forget being shy or afraid that you will make mistakes.  Just start speaking!


Which class are you teaching at the moment?

At the moment I am teaching the ‘Fast Track to Cambridge’ class, together with 3 other Cambridge teachers.  Each of us is focusing on one of the skills tested in the Cambridge exams ie reading, writing, listening, grammar and speaking.  This is a class for students who are thinking of applying for the Cambridge First Certificate examination preparation class. 


Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…It is impossible to pick one ‘special’ student.  They are all making outstanding progress.  The work we are giving this particular class is challenging, but each student is meeting the challenge. 

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Noosa?

The best thing about teaching at GV Noosa is my colleagues.  Our staff room is filled with extremely interesting, funny and talented teachers.


If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?

There are many jobs I could do – but none that I would enjoy as much as working here at GV Noosa.  This is probably one of the best work environments in Noosa – because of my colleagues and the students.


What do you like most about living on the Sunshine Coast?

The sun, the blue, blue sky, the beautiful colours – this is something I REALLY missed during my time in Europe.


What is your favourite café, restaurant, shop or place in Noosa?

My favourite shop is ALDI because it reminds me of my time in Germany and my favourite restaurant is the Wok in Noosa – I can eat my noodles and watch GV students cross the road from Irish Murphy’s to the Koala Bar.


For more information about Wok in Noosa, take a look at:

Friday Jobs

Almost time for the weekend once again…lots of jobs around again this week!


Retail – Experienced retail sales assistant required for ladies swimwear stores.  Swimwear experience preferred and minimum of 3 years sales experience in fashion.  20 hrs/week, some weekend work.  Send resume to

Kitchen Hand – Energetic dishy required for busy bistro.  Flexible roster.  Contact Dayle – or call   04… 

Cook – 3 days per week. Will train if you are interested in cooking for a small cafe in Noosa Junction.  5447 5188

Floor Staff – Lindoni’s Ristorante Italiano – Floor staff to join a professional and dedicated team.  Drop resume in person to 13 Hastings St, Noosa.

Floor Staff – Experienced to start immediately.  Boat House restaurant, Noosaville.  Email resume to

Front of House – Staff for busy Noosa Cafe.  Weekend work.  Call Nicole on    0423 015 716   

Waitperson – Gusto Restaurant – Experienced casual.  5449 7144

Cleaner – 6-8 hours per week, increasing at holiday time. Must be available weekends.  5449 7698

Factory Hand – Monday to Friday, casual hours.  Immediate start.  Call Brett    0418 880 425   

Housekeeper/Cleaner – Peregian Springs, 3-4 mornings per week.  Immediate start.  5448 2698

Nanny/Cleaner – Required for some cleaning duties and assistance with 3 children.  Must be mature minded and be experienced with children.  Immediate start. Eumundi area.  Ph    0427 892 167   

Cleaner – Motel.  Award rates. Experienced and thorough.  Short hours, mornings only. Please phone 5447 5800 after hours.

Ask Kerry if you need a hand with your resume!  Good luck!

Get Wet!

Wakeboarding fun over 2 Friday afternoons

The Ski’n’Skurf cable water ski park is a great way to cool down this summer. Students going mid week receive member prices with student I.D card. Also we are looking to have an afternoon sesson with a BBQ very soon, see Kerry if you are interested.

Sunshine Coast Secrets #1 – National Park

Why not get some exercise and enjoy one of Noosa’s unique features, our stunning National Park…?






Three great walks:

Palm Grove Circuit:  This is a 1km walk that winds its way through the rainforest section of the park.  This is one of the nicest places to be in Noosa on a hot day!

Coast Track:  A 5.4km walk along the stunning beauty of the National Park beaches.  On this walk, you will pass rainforest, open woodland and coast heath.  Keep you eyes open for the last of the year’s humpback whales, and watch the trees for one of our famous koalas.  Check out the water for sea turtles, too.

Tanglewood Track:  For a longer walk, take the 6.9km Tanglewood Track from the picnic area to Hell’ Gates.  This walk goes through rainforest, eucalypt woodlands and closed woodlands.

Do you want more information?  Drop into the Noosa National Park Information Centre, or visit .

Hint:  Check out some of the ‘secret’ beaches in the park….they are not necessarily on any of the maps!!  If you find them, you can most likely have a whole beach to yourself.

Just Awesome!

You try to scream but no sound comes out!

thebigdrop  It was another fantastic Gold Coast weekend away. An early start at 7am on Saturday Morning. We spent all day at Dreamworld and Whitewater World before arriving in Surfers Paradise. Then for the real reason for going on the Trip, The big night out! Some students staying up till sunrise. Sunday morning was spent at the beach and sight seeing around Surfers. We left Sunday afternoon as the clouds came in, stopping in Brisbane for shopping. All students had an early night on Sunday ready for another exciting week at Global Village!

Further studies presentations

This is a big week for students thinking of further studies on the Sunshine Coast!  We have presentations planned from Sunshine Coast TAFE, University of the Sunshine Coast and CADET International College.

Sunshine Coast TAFE – Tuesday at 2pm

Univeristy of Sunshine Coast – Tuesday at 2pm

CADET International College Bar and Barista Course – Wednesday at 2pm

If you need more information, please contact Becky or Nina.  Don’t miss these presentations!

Friday Jobs!

Let’s see what’s out there for this weekend….

Bistro C, Hastings St.

Bistro C, Hastings St.

Kitchen Hand – Bistro C (Hastings St) – Contact Dayle or call         0403 181 882       

Cooking Staff – Experienced in larder and general kitchen duties, including fryer and char grill.  Apply in person after 10am to Riverdeck Restaurant, Noosa Marina.

Waitperson – Noosa Heads Cafe for day shift. Must have Barista knowledge.  Phone Geoffery  0417447061

Floorstaff – Experienced. The BoatHouse Restarant.  Immediate start.

Chef, Waiter, Dishy – Busy Bistro in Noosa/Tewantin area.  Must be flexible and reliable.    0413362324

Kitchenhand, Cleaners, Waitstaff – Acquire new skills and knowledge in food preparation.   0448280390  after 11am

Experienced Cook – For night shifts in Noosaville.  25 hrs/week.          0406 679 170        

Domestic House Cleaner – Reliable, Honest, Hardworking.  3 days per week, 9am – 3pm.  Call Peter on      0419023262  

Cook – In family home in Sunrise Beach.  One or two nights per week. 3.30pm – 7.30pm.  Driver’s license, non-smoker, tax file number.  Phone Debbie/rita on 5448 0771

Nanny/Cleaner – Cleaning duties and assistance with 3 children. Must be mature minded and experienced with children. Immediate start.  Eumundi area.          0427 892 167

New Business English course

Business English Course

Monday November 24th to Wednesday December 24th


A four week intensive course for students who need English for their work or who wish to work in English speaking countries



The course will provide a wide range of business settings and situations in which students can practise and improve their communication skills in English and become more confident, more fluent and more accurate.



Monday 9 am to 3 pm

Tuesday 9 am to 2 pm followed by GIL from 2 pm to 3 pm

Wednesday 9 am to 2 pm followed by GIL from 2 pm to 3 pm

Thursday 9 am to 2 pm followed by GIL from 2 pm to 3 pm

Friday 9 am to 12.20  pm followed by Activity or Grammar Workshop 1 pm to 3 pm or later



Each week will include the following:


·     Integrated activities to include reading, listening and writing tasks as well as discussion, problem solving and presentations.

·     Role Play will involve simulated telephone conversations, email and MSN Messenger conversations and work place situations. Role plays are done in pairs or small groups so that everyone has a chance to participate.

·     Vocabulary is introduced through context and exercises and includes the functional language required in business situations.

·     Visits to local businesses


Topics Include:


          Working Internationally

          Techniques for using the telephone in business.  Business technology.

          Writing summaries, notes and reports.  Informal and Formal meetings.

          Work place environments. Team work and health and safety

          Ordering and supplying goods and services

          Complaints and Feedback.  Cash flow and Invoicing.

          Market Research, promotion and advertising


          Giving instructions and explaining and describing operations.

          Special Project Presentations using Power Point.


If you would like more details about this course, please speak to Becky or Nina.




Summer Party!

bistro20c1 Bistro C are having a summer party on the 5th of December 2008. 6:30pm to 11pm. The cost is $50 per person, includes 2 free drinks + cocktail food. Chill out with DJ + live music by Zion. Dress: White hot! To book call 5447 2855

They are also looking for staff so why not drop in your resume next time you are down in Hastings St. Its a great location…right on the beach!

Didgeridoo, didgeridoo, didgeridoo

How the didgeridoo got its name.

Scott from Bushlab ran a didgeridoo class on Monday at Pinaroo park, a short walk from the school and after a hour of blowing away on the didgeridoo all the students where feeling like they really had a work out. Scott also runs regular lessons after school and can also offer expert advise if you are deciding on buying a didgeridoo.

Friday Jobs!

Let Kerry know if you need a hand with resumes or organising interviews!


Barista and Breakfast Chef – Canteen Cafe, Noosa Junction.  Apply in person to 4 Sunshine Beach Rd.

Front of House – Exp staff required for busy Noosa cafe.  Weekends a must.  Guaranteed hours.  Call Nicole    0423 015 716   .

Barista – Gloria Jeans, Noosa Fair (nr Coles).  Must be available 7 days. Call 5473 5333

Chef, Waiter, Dishy – Busy Tewantin bistro.  Must be flexible and reliable.     0413 362 324   

Experienced Deep Fry Cook – 5 nights, 20-30 hours per week.  Noosa Harbour Fish Markets  5473 0299

Waitstaff – Experienced.  Lazuli Blue Cafe. Day shifts only.     0422 492 735   

Cocktail Bar Person – Experienced.  For weekend shift work. 30 hours per week.     0408 080 585   

Belmondo’s Fresh Food Market – Noosaville.  Seeking staff with passion for food for various jobs in Deli, Bakery and Chasier.  Must be available Saturdays.  email before Wednesday November 12th

House Cleaning – Must be honest, reliable and hard working.  3 days per week, 9am-3pm.  Call Peter    0419 023 262   

Junior Position Internet Cafe – 10-20 hours per week.  5411 1270

Florist – Casual position.  Call Rebecca    0421 528 395

Once Is Not Enough

Franziska Burkhater couldn’t wait to return to Noosafranziska-2






Franziska Burkhater attended classes at GV Noosa last year with her daughter Rebeka. Franziska studied general English and Rebeka did English and surfing.

Franziska says ” Noosa is such a relaxed, friendly school and my English really improved. I have a busy job in Switzerland and four children and this is my special time for ‘me’. I couldn’t wait to return to the school and the great homestay family again”.

Welcome back!

Sunset Cruise

Last Friday’s Activity

What better than a sunset cruise on the Noosa river with 110 of your closest friends to finish off a good week of study. The trip took a hour and half and took in the sights of the river, passing by some beautiful areas of Noosa. A great opportunity for the photo competition.

FCE – The Amazing Race

Are you ready?

Four of our FCE Cambridge classes competed in the first ever Amazing race. There were 4 teams playing not only for pride but more importantly the first prize of a class pizza party. Each class was divided into small teams of 3, making a total of 16 teams. Each team was given envelopes with clues and had to complete a series of English speaking tasks at each checkpoint. 

The results were as follows: FCE 3 (Mike), FCE 2 (Dionne/Louise), FCE 4 (Geraldine) and FCE 1 (Alisa).

A whale of a time!

Goodbye to the whales

17 Students were very lucky to see the last of the whales on Sunday before they went South for the summer.  There were at least 5 Humpback whales only a few meters from the boat and one baby whale was swimming with its mother. A very special event was had by all those who went! The whale season is now over and we’ll have to wait till next year to see them again!