Friday’s Activity for GV Noosa Students!!

This Friday 2nd of January, students will have the chance to participate in events which have been specially organised in association with Noosa’s Woodford Wind Down!!!

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Students have the opportunity to sign up for 1, or all 3 of the activities listed below for Friday.

ARCADIA WALK  – 1:30 – 2:00Understanding Performance Poetry with Danksta Down Under.

NOOSA FAIR  – 2:00 – 3:00Kleenbeats Hip Hop. Learn to dance from Australia’s best Hip Hop teachers.

GV NOOSA  – 3:00 – 4:00 Percussion workshop. Jamaican born “Chicken George” is a well renowned Sunshine Coast performer. He will entertain students at Global Village with his interactive African/Latin beats!

From 7.00 p.m a five hour 18 plus concert and dance party featuring some of the main acts from Woodford (including Jeff Lang and Mamadou Diabate) will entertain patrons at The J. From 10.00 p.m Dance Party commences with DJ/producer PQM (ex New York) improvising with outstanding local musicians.

Dance Party Tickets are available for $20 per person. See Activities if you wish to attend.

2 FREE tickets will be given to two lucky students at the “Chicken George” Percussion workshop.

Don’t forget to sign your name on the Student notice board sheets if you wish to attend!!!

Woodford Wind down Noosa!!

woodford1Noosa Junction will come alive from 11am on the 2nd of January,  with an array of activities including a major one-day busking and chalk art competition (with $2,500 cash and other prizes), 12  interactive workshops, poetry and more. The evening will end with a five-hour, non-stop celebration concert (“A taste of Woodford”) at The J. Commencing with Firetree(a four piece band featuring Dale Buchan and Josie Cubis), the three busking finalists will then perform their winning acts. With comedy from Alan Glover (12 year veteran of the festival), and a sprinkle of poetry and magic, patrons will be then in for a real treat to hear some of Woodford’s best. Mamadou Diabate (world respected Kora player from Mali) will perform solo then come together with Jeff Lang (virtuoso guitarist, dynamic songwriter and startingly unique performer), and Bobby Singh (outstanding Tabla wizard) where east meets west in a rare performance. The concert will then morph into a dance partymixture of light and sound featuring PQM(A hip hop legend, having produced over 10 albums in his native New York), improvising with outstanding local musicians. 

 2 free tickets to the Dance Party will be given away to 2 lucky students who attend the Percussion workshop with “Chicken George”.

 A full list of events and times is available for students to view on the noticeboard!!!

See Cassie at Activities for more information.

Aquatic Afternoon!!!

Activity students enjoyed Monday afternoon at the Noosa Aquatic Centre, making full use of the centre’s fantastic facilities!! Students played a very interesting game of Water polo and then finished off the afternoon by taking turns running across an inflatable, giant water float. Was a very funny afternoon. Check out the photo’s.

Christmas In the Sun!!!

Friday’s Christmas BBQ Activity was celebrated Australian Style.

Students arrived at Noosa River to celebrate a typical Australian Christmas BBQ. The weather was hot, there were sausages on the BBQ and lots of Beer and drinks for all. Students cooled down in the river and enjoyed and danced to the music of Raph’s ipod. Was a great day. Merry Christmas everyone!!

Ruth Hauser Returns

Ruth says that she couldn’t wait to come back to Noosa.

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Ruth studied at GV Noosa from June to August and then went to Cairns where she completed the Cambridge CPE course in December. Ruth is returning to study in Noosa for January and says.” I enjoyed Noosa so much that I couldn’t wait to get back here. I loved my homestay and I loved the town and I loved the school. This school has excellent infrastructure and as a result is really suitable for more mature students such as myself as well as the younger ones. We all had so much fun together and I made great friends. I would like to send a message to teacher Wendy who is on holiday now. I missed your classes very much, there is never a boring second ! Also, hello Freddy in Denmark. :)”

Grammar Can Be Fun

Lucy’s Class were making so much noise today that I had to investigate.

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Kitty Babos and Arian Trudel
Kitty Babos and Arian Trudel were given the task to change something about themselves, such as remove a hat or take off a watch. The class then had to use the past continuous and present continuous to spot the difference. Such as, “you were wearing a watch and now you are not wearing a watch”.  Kitty and Arian decided to change shirts! Very sexy Arian 🙂 becky

A Postcard From Denmark

It is always good to keep in touch with former GV Noosa students and to find out what they are doing back in their own country or elsewhere in the world.

This week we were delighted to hear from Anne Ditte, who is now back in Denmark and putting her Noosa experience to great use in her new job:

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Hi, I’m Anne Ditte from Denmark. I went to Noosa in March 2008. I studied the part-time General course for 3 weeks. I LOVED Noosa, the city had such a wonderful relaxed atmosphere surrounded with the beach and the National Park. The school and the tuition were a good mix of being serious and having fun at the same time. The level was high, which meant that you had to challenge yourself and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot in those three weeks, especially because the teaching materials were high standard and you got through lots of subjects, which helped me to get a bigger vocabulary. I met so many wonderful people at school and I’m so fortunate to still be in contact with some of them! After my stay in Noosa I travelled around Australia for 2 months and after that I came home to Denmark, where I got a job at the language travel agency Bundgård Rejser. I love my job here at Bundgård Rejser and I get to use the English I learnt in Noosa every day.”

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Friday Jobs

With Christmas and New Year just days away, peak tourism season is now upon us in Noosa. Although there aren’t so many job listings this week, it’s the ideal time to take a walk along Hastings Street, Gympie Terrace and down at Sunshine Beach to see if restaurants and bars in the area are looking for temporary staff – remember that working over the holiday period can often mean attractive bonuses and double or even triple pay for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve!

Here are some of the vacancies advertised locally this week:

Get Fit & Earn Extra Cash – Reliable leaflet distributors wanted by Salmat in the Noosaville area. We bring the leaflets to you. Call 5474 0471 or 0800 178 119 or visit www.deliverfordollars.com.au

Watersports Business – Workers needed, part-time, leading to possible full-time employment, some heavy lifting, first-aid qualifications an advantage. Must be prepared to work some weekends. Send resume to mezlouie@bigpond.net.au

Cleaner – Peregian Beach. Saturday work – great rates. Exp with holiday accommodation, own ABN & transport required. Immediate start. Phone 0402 644 273.

Experienced Cleaner Required – 20 – 25 hours per week permanent. Award rates. References required. Call 0434 605 382.

Lady To Cook – In family home in Sunrise Beach, one – two nights per week, 3.30pm – 7.30pm. Drivers license, non-smoker, tax file number. Phone Debbie / Rita 5448 0771 or 5448 0772.

Pamphlet Deliverers – Required. All areas of Cooroy, Tewantin, Noosa and Sunrise Beach. Immediate start. Phone 5474 4374 or 0401 477 575.

Kaspar Jaeggy – Teacher Homestay Student

Kaspar describes his teacher homestay experience as “just perfect”

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 Why did you choose Australia? My girlfriend and I wanted to travel around Asia and New Zealand. Australia seemed a good middle ground and I wanted somewhere with sun and beaches

Why did you choose Teacher Homestay Tuition?  Firstly, I only had three weeks and I wanted an intensive program . Secondly, I am an electrical engineer and I needed to learn the English specifically for my Job. GV Noosa found me a teacher who also had experience in this field and I was able to improve my English and also learn a lot of the language that I need for work.

Why was your Teacher Homestay Experience so perfect? Because the teacher was such a great guy. We spent a lot of time together. Every morning we walked in the National Park and he also took me to a lot of places around Noosa such as Eumundi Markets and Kayaking on the Noosa River. As a teacher he gave me a lot of exercises and he could explain the vocabulary really well.

What are you going to do now? I am meeting my girlfriend in Bangkok and we will travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. Then we will go to New Zealand.

Would you come back to GV Noosa? Of course, I loved it, especially the beaches and jogging in the National Park.

IELTS day out!

The IELTS class enjoyed a beautiful day out at Kondallila Falls!

The trip included a walk through the beautiful national park and sightseeing in Montville where the class enjoyed coffee with an amazing view of the Sunshine Coast. Kondallila Falls is a great place to cool off during these hot sunny days, why not rent a car with some friends and drive up on the weekend.

Fun on the beach!

It was all fun in the sun for Friday’s activity.

The team from FAME ran some very wacky and strange beach games on Friday, we had students walking around making animal noises, building sand castles and filling up buckets which had holes with water. It was a great day with shade and drinks provided and a jam session on the guitars.

GV Noosa Teacher Feature

As part of our regular focus on some of the great teachers we have here at GV Noosa, as well as the courses and students that they teach, this week we hear from Alisa, who is about to say goodbye to her Cambridge FCE group.

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How long have you worked at GV Noosa and what did you do before you worked here?

I have been here for two and a half years and before moving to Queensland I taught English in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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

Coming from California and having spent a year travelling around South America, I speak some Spanish and used to speak Italian. I say ‘used to’ because I lived and studied in Italy about eight years ago, but unfortunately I seem to have forgotten most of it now.

Which class are you teaching at the moment?

I have been teaching FCE and my students have taken their exams this week, so it will soon be time to say goodbye to them. I just have time to enjoy the holiday season before getting to know a new group when FCE starts again on 5th January.

Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…

Matthias Zuber (below, green t-shirt) from Switzerland started out with one of the lowest entrance scores in the group but worked quietly and diligently so that just before the exam he was scoring very high marks in all five areas of the course and should do really well. He is in a hip-hop group back in Switzerland, is really passionate about music and has been the life and soul of the class.

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Noosa?

Interacting with students who come from all over the world, laughing and learning about their culture.

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

I’d be travelling the world and trying to figure out how to make a living doing it!

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

The beach, the beach, the beach!!!

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

My favourite coffee shop is Costa Noosa in Sunshine Beach. I walk my dog on the beach every morning and it’s a great place to call in, pick up a coffee and chat with friends (http://www.costanoosa.com/)

Friday jobs

It’s a bit quiet this week, so don’t forget to check out the Noosa News and Sunshine Coast Daily for more options.

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 Pharmacy Assistant – required to work Saturday between 8am and 1pm.  Call Carly on 5447 1451

Cafe Staff – Canteen Cafe.  4 Sunshine Beach Rd.  Please apply in person.

Front of House – Staff required for busy Noosa cafe.  Weekends a must.  Phone Nicole on 0423 015 716

Pamphlet Deliverers – Noosa and Tewantin.  Call 5474 4347

Dress Maker – To work in a busy alterations shop in Noosa.  At least 3 years experience.  Call 5474 8466

Cleaners – Viridian Resorts, Noosa.  Must have ABN.  Call 5474 6700

Sunshine Coast Secrets #4 – Sunshine Plaza and Noosa Civic

Noose is well known in Australia as a boutique shopping destination…but with Summer coming, sometimes it’s nice to lose yourself in an air-conditioned shopping mall for the day.

Here are two options for you:

Noosa Civic – Noosaville

Noosa Civic is a relatively new centre located in Noosaville.  It has around 80 shops, restaurants and other service providers.  It isn’t a huge shopping mall, but it is big enough to have most of what you need to buy on a regular basis.

Take Bus#628, 629.  Check out the timetable at http://timetables.translink.com.au/db/timetables.php?route=&op=12&submit=search  

Read more about Noosa Civic at http://www.noosacivic.com.au/naturally/

Sunshine Plaza – Maroochydore

Sunshine Plaza is a huge mall of over 220 shops and department stores. It also has bars, restaurants and a large cinema complex.  Sunshine Plaza is large enough that you can get lost there for a day of window shopping, and with a river running through the middle of the mall, it’s a quite pleasant place to wander around.

Take Bus #620 to get there.  You can check the timetable here – http://timetables.translink.com.au/db/timetables.php?route=&op=12&submit=search 

Read more about Sunshine Plaza at http://www.sunshineplaza.com/

Free Buses During Holiday Period

Holidays are about to start……Noosa is about to get very, very busy.

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That’s good news if you’re looking for a job, but there are other benefits, too.

Noosa Council is running a free bus service for the peak holiday period.  Routes 627, 628, 629 and 632 are free from December 26th to January 4th.  There are also two additional temporary services running during that period – 064, which runs from Peregian Beach to Noosa Heads, and 065, which runs from Noosa Junction through to Tewantin.

Why not take advantage of these free buses to get out and explore a bit more of the Noosa region!

Cooking up English

Teacher Chris Lock shared his secret cornfritter recipe with his class on Friday

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Jasmine, Sammy, Elma and Juan

The students enjoyed cooking the fritters but eating them was even more fun.  Juan was the expert ‘washer up’ as he gets lots of practice working as a ‘dishy’ at one of the local restaurants.

GV Queensland Photo Competition Winners!

On Friday at the Tri-Shield Soccer Tournament, the winners of the GV Queensland Photo Competition were announced.

In Noosa there were winners for each category: My Noosa, My GV & My Australian Home.

Dhara - My Noosa winner

Dhara - My Noosa winner

Emmanuel - My GV winner

Emmanuel - My GV winner

Franck - My Australian Home winner

Franck - My Australian Home winner

The grand prize winner was Pedro Giesel with this great panoramic photo from his apartment for the My Caloundra category.

Pedro Gieser - Grand Prize winner

Pedro Gieser - Grand Prize winner

Pedro won a 3 day weekend to the Great Barrier Reef! Well done Pedro!

The People’s Choice Award’s winner was decided at the Tri-Shield tournament by students’ voting for their favourite. The outright winner was this photo from Cleber Junior Vercoza Figueiredo for his entry into the My Noosa Category.

Junior - People's Choice Award winner

Junior - People's Choice Award winner

Congratulations to all the students who entered photos into the competition, they are Fantastic!

Check out our sister schools’ blogs to see their category winners:

www.gvbrisbaneblog.com 

www.gvcaloundrablog.com 

Good Jobs in Tokyo Says Akiko

Akiko Iwata returned to Noosa this week to say hello.

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“I am back for just one week on holiday, but I wanted to say thank you to you because I now have a great job in Tokyo.

I studied English here for over a year and I did both the IELTS course and Cambridge.  Because my English was good I was able to get work as a concierge with Ascot International Group. Nearly 90% of  our guests are foreigners and I use my English all the time.

There are a lot of job opportunities for young people with good English in Tokyo now. I was interested to hear that you are now offering the Cambridge Business Exam Course. That would be perfect for anyone wanting to work in this industry.”

Noosa!! 2-0 in the final!

Noosa maintains its dominance over Caloundra and Brisbane in the Tri-Shield Soccer competition! 

Full report to come on Monday, but in the meantime check out this link for a selection of photos:  http://flickr.com/photos/gvqueensland/sets/72157610686460711/

Friday Jobs!

As long as you get through today’s soccer match without too many bumps and bruises, you might want to hit the job search trail this weekend…..

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Golf shop assistant – Must have knowledge of handicap systems and computer skills.  Send resume to info@kabigolf.com.au

Casual Cleaner – daytime needed.  Sunshince Coast and Noosa area.  Prefer experienced, but not necessary.  Contact Summer on 0433752454, or email summer_xieyu@hotmail.com

Cleaner and Gardener required – 4 hours each weekly, Cooroibah location.  Phone 5442 4797

Cleaners – Experienced resort cleaners for quality Noosa/Coolum resorts.  Excellent conditions, equipment provided.  Phone 5447 2437 or 0408 726 696

Holiday Nanny – Must be available 14-21st December (Noosa), 21st Dec – 8th January (Coolum).  4 year old child.  Call 0403 138 638

Cleaners – Required for Noosa area.  Experience and ABN.  Must have own transport.  Phone 0412 222 563

GV Noosa Student Feature

This week we interviewed Hermann and Jasmine Poletti to find out what studying English as a married couple is like.

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Why did you choose Australia and Noosa in particular?

Jasmine: It was always my dream to come to Australia and after teaching for sixteen years I had some paid holiday which I could use. I needed to improve my English in order to teach it to my primary students in Switzerland. My mother asked me if the people in Australia spoke ‘proper English’ which I think is very funny. Of course they do.

 Hermann: My friends had told me what a beautiful place Australia was and how friendly the people were, so I decided to come with my wife. Also, it is too cold in England and we wanted somewhere warm.

Jasmine: We went to an agent, Rolf Frischknecht and he told us about Noosa and showed us photographs. We fell in love with the place immediately. Noosa looked smaller and more friendly than the big cities that we were considering. I am so happy that Mr Frischnecht recommended it, Noosa is Paradise.

What is your favourite place in Noosa?

Jasmine: Sunshine Beach. We live near the beach and the National Park. It is quieter than the main tourist area of Noosa but there are great restuarants there and we can walk to school, it is perfect.

Hermann: We often have a meal or a coffee at the Italian restaurant at Sunshine Beach. The staff are so friendly and we can talk to them in English which is good practice.

Have you found it a problem to be an ‘older’ student?

Jasmine: Not at all. We have had a nice time and great contact with the other students. I think it depends on your personality. We all have the same aim, which is to have a good time and learn English. Everyone is friendly and open minded.

Hermann: I have really enjoyed making friends with people from all around the world.  I like to talk to different nationalities. The age gap has not been a problem at all. Although, I had very little English when I arrived, I had good teachers and I can understand much more now and I talk to everyone. My class have all exchanged contact details and will keep in touch.

Jasmine: Yes, my class has been great. There are many Swiss students in the Cambridge program but we all speak in English. In fact, when I heard one girl speak in Swiss recently it sounded so strange.

What would you say about the school?

Hermann: I thought it was good to have more than one teacher as they had different teaching methods. I also enjoyed the afternoon option classes which were fun. During GIL (self study time) there was a teacher available to help me. In fact I really liked that the door was always open to the teacher’s room and I felt that I was welcome to ask questions at any time.  The same for the Director, she is always available and willing to help.

Jasmine: I did the Cambridge First Certificate  course, it is hard work but great. I really enjoyed the activity program as they were always fun with a good choice and lots of possibilities to learn English .

 Do you have any other comments?

Jasmine: For older students it is a great opportunity to take some time for yourself. We both work hard and the chance to be ‘a student’ again and to have no responsibilities was wonderful. We have both had a wonderful time and are already planning to return.

Hermann: Yes, I agree with Jasmine. The chance to relax and think only about ourselves has been perfect. I have learnt much more than just English. The school has been better than expected and we feel sad to be leaving.

 

Cambridge Students Say Goodbye

Here is a great photo of Cambridge Advanced Certificate Class B with their teacher Rachel Barus at the Irish Pub.

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The students surprised Rachel with a bottle of wine with this photo as the label. They have many happy memories of good times in the Irish Pub near the school. Of course they studied hard also!! You have been a great class and we will miss you and wish you good luck with your exams next week. 

Everyone was kung-fu fighting!

Monday’s Activity

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Self Defence students will be taking a lesson with Chris Blight, who is the highest ranked Tae-Kwon-Do master in Queensland (7th Dan). These classes are a lot of fun and a great way to have a good workout. I’m sure that a lot of our students already have martial arts experience and Chris is always keen to hear about your experiences.

The class will run from 1pm to 2pm, at Pinaroo Park, please be ready at 12:55pm in the courtyard to walk to the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing for January Academic Courses

Testing for places in the January academic courses will start next week.

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 If you are interested in joining any of the following courses you will need to do a pre test.

  • Cambridge Business English Certificate – 10 weeks
  • Cambridge First Certificate English – 10 weeks
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate English – 10 weeks
  • IELTS – 12 weeks

If you are not sure which course is best for you or you need more information, pop in and see Becky or Nina. We are always happy to have a chat with you.

The courses all start on Monday January 5 and include 20 hours face to face teaching, 3 hours of guided individual learning including test practice and the choice of a Friday afternoon activity, or extra test practice. The speaking exams will be held here at the college and the written exams at a centre in Noosa. The certificates issued by Cambridge University in England are recognised world wide.

Entry testing will be done over the next couple of weeks. Check the Student Notice Board for sign up sheets.

If you are not a current student and you are interested in attending one of these courses contact our Registra, Lindsay Ford. lford@gvenglish.com

Places are limited and students must pass the pre test in order to join the course.

Our Student Fabio Lands Job with Coca Cola

Fabio Costa is a happy man. He is the first Brazilian to get a job at the Coca Cola headquarters in Sydney.

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Fabio studied at GV Noosa for 9 months in 2007. He completed the IELTS course and the Cambridge Advanced Certificate. He then went to GV Sydney and completed EAP 3 gaining an A pass and was accepted directly into a Masters of Business Administration at Macquarie University.

Fabio says,” I will never forget my time in the paradise that is Noosa. Whenever I get the chance I return to enjoy Noosa’s atmosphere again. I lived in Noosa for 9 months and during my time I had amazing living experiences including my study at the English College and the beaches and National Parks nearby. Whenever I get the chance I return to enjoy it again. Thank you GV Noosa for helping me achieve my dreams and goals.

It is always great to hear how our past students are doing. Thanks for visiting us Fabio and good luck with your new job.

🙂 Becky

GV Noosa Teacher Feature

What’s the story with the guitar music coming out of that corner classroom?  Find out more about one of GV Noosa’s most popular teachers, Mike Mooney…..

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                                                                                                                                           How long have you been teaching at GV Noosa, and what did you do before you worked here?

I’ve been teaching at GV Noosa since December 2007.  I used to practice law, working as a lawyer for 3 years in New Zealand and 6 years in California, but I had taught Mathematics before the law career.

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

I speak a little Spanish, but never lived in a Spanish speaking country to really be immersed in the language.

Which class are you teaching at the moment?

I teach FCE exam preparation.  My current class is nearly finished and they have all done very well. 

Please tell us about one student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress.

Ines Marder [pictured next to Mike in the black top] has made outstanding progress – her first practice reading exam was quite low, but 10 weeks later she nearly got a perfect score on a similar test!

What do you enjoy most about teaching at GV Noosa?

I enjoy the students from the various countries and cultures – all seem happy and eager to learn English.

If you weren’t a teacher, which job do you think you’d be doing now?

If I wasn’t a teacher I suppose I’d be practicing law in Brisbane, but I love living in Noosa for the easy-going lifestyle and the access to the outstanding beaches.

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

My favourite spot in Noosa is the Krung Thep Thai restaurant – the food is amazingly delicious!

Certificate IV TESOL Course – Starts January 12

Applications are now being accepted for the January Certificate IV TESOL course.  This program is recognised as an entry-level English teaching qualification in Australia and is to be taught on the Sunshine Coast at our Noosa Junction campus.

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This 10 week course is held on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.  The course is a mix of theoretical study and practical teaching experience, and can be used to find English teaching work in Australia and overseas.

Applicants will need to have native or near-native level English.

TESOL leads to a range of work and travel opportunities in both Australia and overseas.  Previous graduates have used their qualifications for work within schools in Australia, as homestay teachers or have travelled overseas to pursue opportunities in South America, Asia and Europe.

Internal applicants should speak to Becky or Nina for more information. External applicants are invited to contact the school on 5447 4448, or via email at tesol@gvnoosa.com for more information.

The Certicate IV TESOL course is offered in conjunction with LTI, RTO Provider Number 30137

Bowling anyone?

Students on Friday enjoyed the air-con as they knocked over a few pins

Looking for something to do on Friday or Saturday night, why not go tenpin bowling with friends at Noosa Tenpin, 7/11 Bartlett St, Noosaville. Its open till midnight with a licenced bar, cafe, big screen, pool tables and games. Show you Student ID card to get a student discount. Go for it!