Goodbye Ryosuke!

Today we sadly say goodbye to Ryosuke Oku. japanese-student1

 

 

 

Ryosuke arrived from Japan in early March to begin the Diving and English program which is offered at Global Village Noosa. Today we would like to congratulate Ryosuke as he successfully completed the diving program and now is a qualified open water diver.

Friday’s Jobs.

Students are you in search of work? Check out today’s jobs.

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Gardner – Required to look after acreage. Maintenance,  lawns and general garden work. Tewantin/Cooroy area. Contact Peter on 0419 023 262

Resort Cleaner – Immediate start available for weekend cleaner. Please call 5449 9211 between 10am-1pm today.

Bar, Floor Staff and Kitchen hands –Some weekday work but predominately on weekends. Must have experience and good level of English. Please email resume to info@gofreshcatering.com

Dreamworld Day!!!

Coming Soon…..Day trip to the Gold Coast to attend Dreamworld and White Water World!!! Date: Saturday 28th of March, 2009.

$ 90 per student. This includes transport and entry into Dreamworld and White Water World. To register your interest, please see Cassie.

Grammar Workshop on Friday

No wonder the students enjoy learning grammar.

The workshops include fun communication games to present grammar in context. Presently, there are workshops available at three levels; elementary, pre intermediate and intermediate +. The next round of workshops start on  Friday 6 March  and you can sign on when you get your option choice forms this week.

BBQ Fundraiser

This week students from GV Noosa helped those devastated by the Australian bush fires by participating in a lunchtime BBQ.

Students were able to buy a sausage in bread and can of soft drink for $3.00. Together as a school we raised $360.00!!!!! Thank you to everyone who helped support those in need.

Friday Jobs

Need help with your resume?  Make sure you make an appointment with Cassie!

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Waitperson – Noosaville restaurant.  Minimum 2-3 nights per week, weekend work included.  Call 0403 827 788

School Crossing Supervisor – Casual position. Will need to apply for a Blue Card.  Pay rate @ $22.30/hour.  Monday – Friday from 9am.  Call 1300 360 135

Chef – Chopping Block Cafe.  Casual, day time work only.  Email alaner@bigpond.com

Cleaners – Coolum area.  Weekend work.  Phone 0425 658 348

Cambridge Exams March

For all our Cambridge Exam course students:

Your speaking partners have now been finalised and the exam is only three weeks away,  so take advantage of the extra test practice available on Friday afternoons.

You can practice a full speaking test or ask for a practice test in one of the other papers. Just sign up on the student notice board.

Another Great IELTS Result

Marion Rimes couldn’t wait to tell her teacher Anjali Sheppard her IELTS results today.

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Anjali Sheppard and Marion Rimes

Marion scored an amazing 9 for the reading and an overall of 7.5. She was thrilled, as she will now be able to choose the university course of her choice in Switzerland.  Marion arrived in November 2008 to do the IELTS intensive course and has stayed to do a Cambridge Advanced Certificate course. Congratulations Marion on a wonderful result.

Valentines Day Red Party!!

 Global Village Noosa was transformed into a red lovers paradise for the Valentines Day Red Party held on Friday night!

Students partied the night away in their red clothing theme to celebrate Valentines Day!! As you can see from the photographs the students had a very fun and memorable evening!! 

Friday Jobs

Although most people’s thoughts will be occupied by Valentine’s Day tomorrow, the weekend is a great time to get out there and find a job.

Here are some of the current vacancies available in and around the Noosa area this week:

WAIT PERSON: Required for Noosaville Restaurant. Minimum 2 – 3 nights per week. Weekends included. Phone 0403 827 788

EXPERIENCED CHEF / COOK: Required for 5 evenings. 20 – 25 hours per week. Nosh It Noosaville. Phone 0406 679 170

Gusto Restuarant: Apprentice Chef and qaulified Chef required to join a professional and dedicated team. Call 5449 7144

WAITPERSON: 15 hours per week. Days and nights. Must be flexible. Phone: 0413 362 324 or e-mail: wild_lime_bistro@hotmail.com

CLEANER: 6:30 – 8:30am. Award wages. Please phone 0417 599 094

GLORIA JEAN’S: Coffee shop, which is just over the street from school, next to Coles supermarket, are also looking for staff, so why not walk over there at break-time and talk to the manager?

Good luck and happy job hunting!

Video Killed The Radio Stars

This week, GV Noosa students Tiffany and Franck, both from France, were invited to be on-air guests for Noosa community radio 101.3 FM.

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Tiffany reports: “The programme runs every Thursday morning and is called “Who’s in town?”. We were asked all types of questions regarding our stay in Noosa and time at the College. It was a great opportunity to practice our English and a new experience for both of us. We had fun choosing our music and our classmates enjoyed listening to us!  

We hope France, our country, was well represented!”

Listen in next week as two more students will be radio stars – and you can read all about it on the blog, of course!

Hello From Croatia

We always love to hear from past students. Tomislav Buljevic sent this photo and message.

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Dear Becky,

I’m the Croatian guy who attended CAE course from Jan to Apr 2008.
I have returned to Croatia, worked as a guide till Nov, then renewed my flat and decided to do the CPE exam here in Croatia in December.  I’ve just got the result, I’ve passed! I believe I’ve passed because of my whole experience at GV Noosa. Thank you very much for everything. I’m now working as a translator and interpreter and hopefully I will get a job in the EU institutions. Say hi to Wendy for me, she was a great teacher.
I hope you like the photo, (Australian reptile activity).
All the best wishes,

Tomislav

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 Nathan

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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 March 2008, so that’s almost a year already. Before that, I used to teach English in Poland, which was an unforgettable experience and helped me to understand what it’s like for many of our students when they move to Australia and have to adapt to a completely new culture and environment.

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

I’ve tried to, but I can’t say that I do. I did a bit of German, Italian and Polish but it’s hard to learn a language if you don’t have any real motivation for it! Having said that, I wouldn’t rule out trying again and I’d really like to learn Italian or maybe Spanish, as I’m planning on travelling around South America.

Which class are you teaching at the moment?

I’m currently teaching the Pre-Intermediate class, which I like as my group still have lots to learn but already have a good enough level of understanding for us to have plenty of fun while they learn.

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

In terms of confidence, I’d have to say Paolo, a Brazilian student who will be leaving us next week to travel around Australia. He has been in my class since elementary level and can now handle a conversation very easily.

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Noosa?

The beach being so close! I just enjoy the relaxed working environment. I also like the students and how energetic, friendly and happy they are. It’s different when you live in a city.

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

Ideally, I’d be a writer. Otherwise, having experience in finance, I would probably work in financial planning; it’s a secure path to earning some decent money.

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

Friends and family, as they all live here too. Apart from that, I would say the same thing as everyone else, namely the beach, surf and relaxed lifestyle.

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

I don’t really like cafés anymore but my favourite restaurant is Ricky’s, one of the most expensive places in Noosa!

You can visit Ricky’s at: http://www.rickys.com.au

Herbert Returns To Say Hi

Herbert Baschung caught up with old friends today.

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Herbert studied here from September to November and came back today to say hi. He caught up with former classmate, Young Rae CHO who is leaving us today after 40 weeks. Herbert said, “ I took the Open Padi course whilst I was studying at GV Noosa and then I went on diving trips to  Lady Elliot Isand on the Great Barrier Reef and to Coral Bay in Western Australia. I have had the most wonderful time and can only describe these places as paradise. However, my time in Noosa was the best. I had great teachers and great classmates and a great homestay family. Thank you GV.”

Fraser Island Weekend!

30 Students from GV Noosa travelled to Fraser Island for the Australia Day weekend away!!!

The feedback from the students was fantastic!! Due to popular demand Global Village Noosa have decided to launch another Fraser Island weekend tour in the weeks ahead! Stay tuned for more details.

Friday Jobs

The Christmas rush is over, things are back to normal…and it’s time to get back to work!

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Waitress – Victory Hotel Cooroy – Split shifts and weekend work, 25-30 hours per week.  Call Nikki or Dave on 5447 6355 or email resume to manager@cooroyhotel.com.au

Waiters – Busy beachfront restaurant.  Must be available on weekends.  Please drop resume to Seasons Restaurant Hastings St, or email seasonrestaurant@bigpond.com

Gardener – Once a week at Cooroibah.  5442 4797

Lady to Cook – Family home at Sunrise Beach.  One or two nights per week, 3.30pm – 7.30pm. Drivers license required.  No smoker.  Call Debbie/Rita 5448 0771

Window Cleaner – Fit, energetic, must have own transport.  Must be experienced.  0422 327 480 after 9am

If you need resume help, speak to Cassie!

Swiss visitors

GV Noosa welcomed Stephanie and Sandro, from the Swiss company Boa Lingua, to the school this month.

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The trip to Noosa was part of a regular schedule of school visits by Boa Lingua staff.  These visits are partly to ensure that Boa Lingua counsellors are up to date with all the latest news out here on the Sunshine Coast, and partly to ensure that the very high quality standards expected by Boa Lingua are being maintained by the school.  Sandro and Stephanie also took the chance to catch up with current Boa Lingua students in the school.

Sandro works in the Zug office of Boa Lingua, and Stephanie is in the new Lausanne office.

Sandro and Stephanie also took the opportunity to visit GV Brisbane while they were in town.

Happy Memories of GV Noosa

Bruna Ehnke from Brazil, who is now studying at Sunshine Coast TAFE in nearby Mooloolaba, recently returned to GV Noosa and was happy to share some great memories of her time with us.

Bruna (centre, in white) and friends at GV Noosa

Bruna (centre, in white) and friends at GV Noosa

When I first came to Australia in 2005, I did not know what to expect and what would happen, but just a few days after I arrived here, I realised that it would be great.

 

I decided to come to Noosa the very first time I heard about here, and it was the best thing I could have done!


Noosa is just amazing! Wonderful beaches, the beautiful National Park, peaceful, quiet and exciting at the same time and there are a lot of things to do.

The wildlife here is beautiful and nobody believes me when I say that once there was a koala in my garden

There were no Brazilians here, so it was very good for my studies, as I had to speak English all the time.

The school is also great. I studied for ten months at GV Noosa, and each day I learnt and did something new. The teachers and staff are all so nice and always willing to help and answer our needs about studies or even problems we have outside the school. It may be a bit hard in the beginning, but it is so good when you realise how fast you can learn here and how much you can do by yourself.

The experience to live with an Australian family and have friends from the entire world was great, and that is why I decided to come back to do further studies here.

I have many friends that left GV Noosa to study in another school and they all came back, but I do not know anybody who came to Noosa and did not enjoy it, and the same happened to me. I have studied in a few schools here in Australia, but there is no school that I felt so well and happy, and that I have learnt more than in Global Village.

I have also travelled a lot in Australia and I loved all the places I have been, but there is no place that feels more like home than Noosa.

Bruna, Brazil

Note:  Bruna has a great youtube link out there, too – See it here

 

A year on the Sunshine Coast…

Planning on staying a while?  Do you like festivals, triathlons, surfing, films, opera, jazz, food and wine, car rallies, oceans swims, yachting, cultural events, horse racing, gardening, fishing, zoos, mountain racing, marathons, art galleries, country music, hiking, body art, blues, kites, gold, or golf?  It’s all here!

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Check out this great link for a list of  Sunshine Coast Events  in 2009…. (A PDF will open)