Holiday Job List

Get out there during the Holiday period and experience the busy, busy season in Noosa

  • Maintenance/Handy person – The Rise, Noosa Phone  5473 6500
  • Floor staff/Waiters – River Deck Restaurant Phone 54741100
  • Cleaner – Noosaville, Jim’s Cleaning, Email desmond.hinch@jimscleaning.net.au
  • Barista – Noosaville, Chocolat Patisserie, contact Seongok Lee Email: info@lovechocolat.com.au
  • Barista – Noosa Juction, Canteen Cafe and Bar, Call Vicky 54475400
  • Waiter/Waitress – Tewantin, Cafe Vincino, Phone Nicole 0423015716
  • Kitchenhand – Noosa, Bistro C, Email info@bistroc.com.au
  • Housekeeper – The Rise, Noosa Phone 54736500
  • Floor and Bar Staff – Lucca’s Noosa Heads, Phone 0417 758844
  • Cleaners – Boutique Hastings Street Apartments, Phone 5449 5000

Holiday English Tips with Becky

Are looking for ways to improve your English over the holiday break? Becky, the Director of Studies at our Noosa campus, has passed on some ideas that will help.

GV Noosa's Director of Studies, Becky chatting to some students

Students always ask me how they can improve their English over the holiday break. Here are some ideas.

Read
• Christmas cards.
• Newspapers – local papers are delivered free to every house. keep a ‘new vocabulary’ log-write and down every new word you read
• Magazines and junk mail (also free)
• Borrow a book or two from our library or join the local library – it is free!
• Read the subtitles on your favourite movies

Write
• Keep a holiday diary
• Christmas cards and/or happy new year cards
• Write on your facebook in English and impress your friends

Listen
• Movies- always great new films out at Christmas time
• Carol concerts- check your free local paper
• Christmas CDs

Speak
• Australians love to chat – start up a conversation with the person next to you on the bus/beach/supermarket queue/bus stop
• Sing Christmas songs with your friends
• Go to a Karaoke Bar
• Check out Website: www.volqld.org.au and join a volunteer group

Lastly, don’t forget the great interactive CD Rom that comes with your student text book. Catch up on all those lessons you missed!

Have a great holiday break everyone and remember: Use it or lose it!

Study at GV Noosa led to surf shop in Japan

We had a surprise visitor this week when Yuki Amino returned to say hello.

Carly and Yuki.

Yuki studied English at GV Noosa in 2005/2006 and on his return to Japan he opened a surf shop in Syo Nan. He says that he loves his job but misses the Sunshine Coast.  He was especially happy to catch up with his homestay family again. Good to see you Yuki and thank you for the lovely Japanese fan that you brought us.

Folk Festival Draws Near

The Woodford Folk Festival is an event of international standing. Held over six days and six nights from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2000 performers and 580 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.

John Butler Trio

The exciting programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event.

Take the train to Caboolture and then catch a festival bus to Woodford. Tickets start from$94 dollars and camping is available.  For more information visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

Learn to Surf with a World Champ

Merrick’s Learn to Surf provide quality surfing lessons for beginners to advanced surfers and offer a pick up and drop off service for GV Students.

Jean-Claude shows some natural ability on his first day in the water

Merrick Davis was world champ in 1988 and enjoys sharing his surfing wisdom with anyone who cares to listen. He offers a great discount for GV students providing a two-hour lesson including pick up at GV Noosa and equipment for only $50. Students are guaranteed to stand up in their first lesson! Lessons are 7 days a week at 9am or 1pm. Book at the Activities desk

Patty’s Study Tips – Keep a Study Journal

Patty, the Academic Director for GV Caloundra, has passed on some great study tips to help you get the most out of your time whilst at Global Village.

Patty, GV Caloundra's Academic Director

Learning a second language can be fun and easy for some but difficult for others. For most of us it doesn’t happen over night and it takes lots of practice.

We all learn differently and have preferred ways of studying but one thing that would really help you improve your English is to keep a study journal. It’s an easy way to monitor your progress. It allows you to assess what works and doesn’t work for you and it makes you take responsibility for your learning.

I am sure you have your own ideas about how you like to study and the types of activities you enjoy doing and don’t enjoy doing.

It is important, however, to think about whether or not you have been successful doing these activities or if you should try something new, if you should use different strategies to help you reach your goal. If you are serious about trying to improve in a particular area you should set an achievable goal and then think about how you are going to do it.

If improving your listening is your goal then think about which area of ‘listening’ you are weakest in.  Do you need to improve; listening for specific information or general ideas? Once you have decided there are many different types of exercises you could do.

(There are even lessons and questions provided if you are interested. This website would probably suit Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate students.)

  • For something a little more challenging you can access the following website for IELTS – listening exercises http://www.ielts-exam.net

(This would be suitable for Intermediate to Advanced students.)

  • Of course, there are fun ways to improve your listening like watching movies, DVDs, (but without subtitles because the purpose is to improve your listening not your reading) and downloading lyrics to popular songs and creating your own gap-fill exercises.

You can use the template below as a starting point. It can be as detailed as you choose it to be.

Remember we are here to help so ask your teacher for some advice!

Save Peregian Originals

Sunshine Coast Regional Council is trying to put an end to Peregian Originals, the free outdoor music event that has been running every second Sunday for almost 10 years.

GV Students soaking up the atmosphere at Peregian Originals

Show your support for this unique Sunshine Coast event by turning up for some great live music in the park this Sunday from 1 – 5pm. Don’t let the council stop this FREE concert behind Peregian Surf Club.

Have the Best Australian Christmas Ever!

Make the most of your Christmas break, and get back to Noosa in time for the New Year.  Just $333 for 7 fun-filled days.

Included is:  return bus to Rainbow Beach, 4 nights at Pippies Beach House, 4 FREE breakfasts, FREE Christmas dinner, 3 day self-drive safari to Fraser Island.  Optional extra:  Barefoot  skydive.

Departs Noosa on 24 December.  Arrives back Noosa 30 December. Get full details and make your booking at TRIBAL TRAVEL (across from the cinema) 1800 763 077 noosa@tribaltravel.com.au

Enjoy Noosa on the free Christmas Holiday buses!!

Sunshine Coast Council’s free holiday bus services are all set for the busy period from 26 December to 3 January.

Most buses in the Noosa area will be free during this period, and it’s the success of that program in previous years that has seen it extended to the coastal strip between Caloundra and Maroochydore as well.

Why not take the opportunity to get out and about, and visit some parts of Noosa you haven’t visited yet?

For more information on the free bus services, click here.

Christmas Spirit in the Air

Students got enthusiastic about decorating the Christmas tree in the common room last week. Some said it was their first time.

Merry Christmas to all students and staff. Don’t forget the Christmas Barbeque this Friday at Lions Park!

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Remember to go door to door with your resume to get the best jobs. Send your resume to Don activities@gvnoosa.com if you need help to make it look better.

  • House Cleaner – Free accommodation in exchange for housework, female, call Anastasia 0433 118872
  • Barperson/ Waiter – New team at Coconut Grove Bistro. Call Dianna 5449 2333
  • Cleaner – Noosa resorts. must have own car and ABN. 5474 3299
  • Chef – cold larder/dessert chef, short term,  Humid Restaurant, Michelle 5449 9755

Saverio says kitchen work helped his English

Saverio Meliado from Italy has been working at Berardos restaurant for the last two months.

He says that although it is hard work it has been a useful experience and has certainly helped improve his English. He is leaving this week  and so there will be a vacancy but all his friends have jobs already so if you are looking for work, drop your Noosa Work Shop resume in at the restuarant.

Cambridge Winds Down

What better way to celebrate the end of classes than a good old Aussie Barbeque.

Lions park would have to be the best venue for a large BBQ in Noosa. The nice new grass was great for volleyball and a strange Brazilian version of cricket. Good luck in your exams today and tomorrow!

Tribal Travel for GV Students

Tribal Travel is conveniently located just around the corner in the Junction and they are extremely helpful for students and backpackers.

Come and see us at Tribal Travel.  Show your Global Village student card and receive 1 HOUR FREE INTERNET.  We are a 2 minute walk from Global Village, opposite Vodafone.

Fast computers, download photos, chat on Skype (headphones available), print and photocopy …

Kaylee from Tribal will be here at GV on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch time to answer any questions you might have.

IELTS Test Tips with Justin

Justin, the Director of Studies at GV Byron Bay, has passed on some tips to help when preparing for the IELTS exam. Here is some handy information about the speaking component of the exam.

Justin, GV Byron Bay's Director of Studies

Justin, GV Byron Bay's Director of Studies

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is a globally recognised test of English communication. It can be used for University entry and emigration/ immigration around the English-speaking world and beyond. It measures your ability to communicate across the four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking through authentic and challenging tasks. With over 700,000 people taking this test annually, it is one of the fastest growing English tests in the world, trusted and accepted by over 4,000 organisations and faculties worldwide.

How to Practice Phrasal verbs.

A phrasal verb is the combination of a basic verb and a preposition. When a basic verb and a preposition are put together and the meaning of the verb changes, we call that a phrasal verb.  To sound more natural and fluent when you speak English, it is a great idea to try to learn and use them.

Have a look at this example:

Pick = to choose

Up = the direction of moving vertical

Pick up = to get someone or something from a location

Notice how the meanings of “Pick” and “Up” are changed when they are put together.

How to practise for the Speaking test:

When you are studying a topic in English, try and learn all the phrasal verbs that go with it. We have lots of worksheets that we can give you in GIL, so please feel free to use them or ask your GIL teacher for some more.

A good way to study for the speaking test is to make a list of them. For example, if you are learning about crime, make a note of:

To beat someone up.

To get away with a crime

To make off with some cash

To break into a shop.

To get away with cheating

To hold up* a bank.

To tip off* the police.

Grammar point.

*These phrasal verbs can be separated. You can say:

He held up the bank.

He held the bank up.

He held it up.

But not: He held up it.

We hope this helps, and if you are interested in doing an IELTS course please come and speak to the Director of Studies at any time.

Agents Fam Trip

On Thursday we welcomed a group of local agents to GV Noosa from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

GV Noosa was the first stop on a busy itinerary which saw our local partners touring the member institutions of the Study Sunshine Coast initiative – Global Village, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE & University of the Sunshine Coast.

As usual the weather was perfect and our guests, who hail from Colombia, Brazil, Korea & Taiwan, enjoyed morning tea, a guided tour of the GV Noosa campus and a quick visit to some of Noosa’s tourist highlights before heading off to lunch at the TAFE.

Many thanks to Vanessa, Richard, Elizabeth, Jo Jo, Jerry, Paul, Andre, Renata, Claudia & Christine for coming to visit!

For further information about the Study Sunshine Coast partnership and the further study options available to students from GV Noosa and GV Caloundra, please visit:

www.studysunshinecoast.com

Friday job list

  • Kitchen Porters – Aromas on Hastings Street are looking for 3 Kitchen Porters (washing dishes, assisting chefs etc.) Busy cafe open from 6.15 to midnight, 7 days a week. 30 hours plus.
  • Wait & Bar Person – To join a new team at Coconut Grove Bistro. Call Dianna 5449 2333
  • Waitstaff, Chef/Cook – Noosa area, good flexible working conditions, phone 0411 258894
  • Cash Job – Distributing and collecting  catalogues call 1300 663161
  • Sales Assistant – Good hourly rate plus commission, Phone Lawrie 0414 558300
  • Resort Cleaner – Must have ABN, phone Debbie 0402 772781
  • Storeman/Delivery Driver – Seafood wholesaler. Call Kevin 0412 800888
  • Dog Washer –Must love dogs, full training provided, email elisha@aussiepm.com.au

Travel Questions Anyone?

Starting on Tuesday 8th December, Tribal Travel will be setting up a Travel Advice Desk in the Kitchen area.

Kayley (photographed), will be manning the desk.  She is a fully trained Adventure Travel Consultant, and specialises in working with foreign students.

She has lived in Noosa for 2 years, so has lots of local knowledge on what to do, where to party, where to surf, and much more. Ask her your questions during lunchbreaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Rafael looks forward to GV Noosa

Rafael Sobrinho is a second year engineering student from Salvador, Brazil, and will be studying English here from January next year. He has been watching GV Noosa Blog from home and can’t wait to get here!

Rafael said “There is so much to do in Noosa. Every time I see the latest updates on the blog, I get a little more excited about this trip. I hope to finish my English studies at GV Noosa and then continue my engineering degree in Australia. I intend to become a permanent resident”.

We all look forward to meeting you, Rafael and we are sure that Noosa will be just what you’re looking for.

AFTERNOON CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM

We have been running an afternoon FCE class,  for students who want to do the course but don’t want to take the exam. This is what  Fernanda wrote about it

In this photo are Stefania, Fernanda, Emilie, David (teacher) and Bruno.

On Thursday afternoon the Cambridge afternoon class celebrated the end of 12 weeks study and the departure of some of our favourite students with a riverside BBQ.

The afternoon course was valuable in the preparation of these students for their future English studies. In particular Emile, who will sit for the FCE exam when she returns to France. in two weeks time.

The students, many of whom are working until late at night, found that coming to the afternoon course allowed them time for a well deserved sleep-in and a quick swim in the ocean before starting school at 1 pm.

Message from Ezili Workshop

Recently some of our students attended a ‘make your own body spray workshop’. Here is a message from the owners.

We at Ezili would like to thank the above students from Global Village for attending  our “Make Your Own Body Spray” Workshop.

Here are the receipes for the different blends and well as for how to make Chocolate Crackles ( I thought you might like to make when you get back home).

Lovely to meet you all and we hope you enjoy your time in the land down under. Many blessing to you all. Merry Christmas and have a fantastic 2010!   RegardsRachel

Chocolate Crackle Receipe

  • 4 cups rice bubbles
  • 250g copha
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup icing sugar

1.In a large bowl mix rice bubbles, icing sugar, coconut and cocoa.

2.Slowly melt the copha in saucepan over low heat. Allow to cool slightly. Add to rice bubble mixture,stirring until well combined.

3.Spoon mixture into paper patty cases and refrigerate until firm.

Dennis and Ruben rule the table

Congratulations to Dennis and Ruben for taking out the Table Tennis doubles tournament. There was excitement in the air as teams competed for the grand prize.

Tournament Director, Bruno Toledo hopes to organise a singles tournament  next week.  See student board for details

English and Surfing…and Lifesaving

English and Surfing student, Nicolas Brengard saw an elderly lady caught in a rip last week so he paddled over and helped her to safety. The lady was extremely grateful for Nicolas’ quick actions and later gave him a gift to show her appreciation.

Nicolas trims accross a nice little left

Just another example of how important it is to swim between the flags. Even when the surf looks small, there can still be dangerous rips and currents.

Karin stands up for the first time