Beach Safety – Noosa Beach

Heading down to Mainbeach this weekend?

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Here’s a great site with all the information you need before you hit the waves – http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/qld1532 .  You can search for all the other beaches in the region on the same site.

Speed Dating English

The  Intermediate classes joined forces today to practice English through a speed dating activity. 

The students said it was a really fun way to learn the ‘important’ English they will need for the Koala Bar tonight.

Do You Need Help Planning Your Travels?

Feel like doing something fun this weekend? Want some advice on buses and flights?

Ask your questions at the Global Village Travel Desk, courtesy of Tribal Travel.  Look out for Kayley (pictured) every Tuesday and Thursday lunch break.  She’d love to help, and has some great ideas for local and Australia-wide adventures.

Best Beaches in the World

After a game of beach volleyball, the best way to cool down is to have a quick swim. Then spend some time in the sun to work on your tan. Noosa Main Beach is perfect for just lying around and when it gets too hot, the protected water of Laguna Bay is a refreshing 25 degrees.These Swiss students were soaking up the summer sun yesterday at Main Beach after calling an early finish to their volleyball game.

FCE News

Here is a great example of the writing tasks our FCE students are doing.

Last Friday, I went to the cinema to watch Invictus with the FCE classes. It’s about Nelson Mandela’s life when he was just elected President of South Africa. And wanted to see his dream become a reality; black and white people who will be equal under the same flag.

At this time the rugby world vup took place in South Africa and rugby was still a sport for white people. Mandela used this opportunity to unify South Africans under the Spring Boke team, symbol of the apartheid.

He knew that if the spring Boke won all the country could be unified. He asked the Spring Boke captain to work with him to help him achieve this.

It was such a great movie with famous actors; Morgan Freeman (Mandela) and Matt Damon(Francois). It helpd to understand what happened in this country at this time and what Nelson Mandela had lived in prison.

Before watching the movie, we did some language  activities about the movie and sang the movie’s theme song and read the poem ‘Invictus. In the afternoon, we discussed the movie and the different interpretation of it.

Thanks to my teacher, I watched a great movie, learned something about the history of South Africa and improved my understanding.

Finally, I want to share with you a part of the poem I really like, which helped Nelson Mandela incarceration in prison for 9000 days.

              I thank whatever gods may be

              For my unconquerable soul

             I am the master of my fate

             I am captain of my soul

 Marc Kinder  from FCE 2   Dionne

Meat Pies, Vegemite and Beer… So Aussie

As a prelude to yesterday’s national holiday, students were introduced to some fair dinkum Australian activities. We started with a pie eating competition which included 4 party pies, a big spoon full of Vegemite and a can of beer to wash it down.

Congratulations to Sophie from Switzerland who downed the pies, beer and Vegemite in less than one minute

After the pie eating competition, we had a thong (flip flop) throwing competition. Congratulations to Mohammed from Saudi Arabia for being the most accurate and skillful thrower of thongs!!

Friday Jobs

Noosa is full of Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants, Bars and Cafes. During the summer months these businesses need extra help and they like GV students. If you need help with your resumé or finding work, come and talk to Don.

  • Kitchen Hands, Bar Staff, Wait Staff – Wanted for new 5 star hotel opening in mid March. If you are a long-term student, send your resumé to hrqwrsn@mirvac.com
  • Waitperson – Noosaville restaurant, 2-3 nights per week, call 0403 827788
  • Cafe Staff – 3 – 4 Days per week 5455 9220, or 0404 817162
  • Cleaner – For Noosa Family, call Sam 0417 715658
  • Dishwasher – Berardo’s Restaurant, 5 Hastings Street, Upstairs, Take your resumé to Shane
  • Cook/Kitchenhand – Noosa Nursing Centre, email angela@noosanursingcentre.com
  • Waitstaff – Riverdeck Restaurant, Noosaville, email shipland@bigpond.com
  • Food and Beverage Attendants – Catos Bar, Sheraton Noosa. Apply in person or through www.seek.com.au

Sign up for the GV workshop to improve your chances of finding work. Workshops are free and help to create your resume and prepare for interviews

Australian slang tips with Mariana

Are you always curious about some of the slang that Australians use? The Director of Studies at GV Brisbane, Mariana, has provided some helpful information this week on Australian slang.

GV Brisbane's Director of Studies, Mariana, with Edson from Brazil

Australian English is an accent that is full of lively colourful phrases. Some of the words and expressions used are taken from British slang (very informal vocabulary items).

Some words have a completely different meaning in Australia than they do in other English-speaking countries. Other words are indigenous to Australia and derived from Aboriginal terms, such as ‘boomerang’ and ‘kangaroo’. But the most characteristic aspect of the Australian accent is that common words and expressions have been shortened considerably, turning three- or four-syllable words into two-syllable ones.

It is important to notice that Australian slang exists primarily because Australians take the English language as a game to play, and they love to have fun with words.

Here are some of those everyday words and their shortened Aussie versions for you to use to sound more Australian, but more importantly, to understand natives when you talk to them! Use them whenever you can, and enjoy the language!

  • Breakfast – Brekkie
  • Afternoon – Arvo
  • Australian – Aussie (pronounced ‘Ozzie’)
  • Australia – Oz, as in Oz-tralia.
  • Barbecue (BBQ) – Barbie
  • Bring Your Own (meat and drinks) – BYO
  • Aggressive – Aggro
  • Motorcyclists – Bikies
  • Chicken – Chook
  • Delicatessen – Deli
  • Eskimo box – Esky (Large insulated box for keeping beer etc. cold)
  • Garbage collector – Garbo
  • Journalist – Journo
  • Mosquitoes – Mozzies
  • Poker machine – Pokies (Slot machine or fruit machine with playing card pips. Found in clubs or casinos)
  • Postman – Postie
  • Registration (car registration) – Rego
  • KangarooRoo
  • Member of the Salvation Army – Salvo
  • Day off work pretending to be sick Sickie
  • Coffee or cigarette break – Smoko
  • Sausage – Snag
  • The television – Telly
  • Thing Thingo
  • Truck driver – Trucky
  • University – Uni
  • Utility truck or vehicle – Ute
  • Cold beer – Coldie
  • Petrol Station – Servo
  • Present – Prezzy

It’s That Time of Year Again!

From now through to the end of March it is typical for low pressure systems to develop in the Coral Sea off North Queensland. These systems can produce large swells and often develop into cyclones which produce even bigger waves.

This photo was taken at Noosa’s ‘Boiling Pot’ in early 2009 when cyclone Hamish was hanging around. When these conditions occur, Noosa National Park gets some of the best waves in the world. Lets keep our fingers crossed for another swell like this in the near future!

Love the Smell of Pancakes in the Morning

Dionne’s FCE class made pancakes in class and there was plenty to go around. Reading and following simple recipes is a great way to learn English.

The pancakes with sugar and honey were delicious and all students and staff were able to have a sample. Hugo was the only one to burn his and almost started a fire in the classroom! He claims the frying pan was getting too hot even when the setting was on low.

Gambling on English

It was GV Monte Carlo today when student officer Don set up poker tables for the Monday activity.

The games were enjoyed by an enthusiastic group of ‘gamblers’ and the winner, Hugo De Silva Alvez walked away with a bottle of champagne.

Pathways to University of Sunshine Coast

On Thursday,  Trent Scott from USC visited GV Noosa to meet up with some of our students who will transfer to the University after their English course.

Han, from Vietnam and Perdro from Brazil were happy to meet with Trent and discuss pathways and courses. Scott visits GV Noosa regularly to give information sessions on this wonderful 5 star University.   

If you are interested in studying at USC, the next presentation by Trent will be advertised on the student notice board soon, or ask Becky for more information.

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Friday Job List

  • Waitstaff – Busy Noosa Cafe, no nights, Cafe Vincino 0423 015716.
  • Bar Person – Halse Lodge, Call Drew 0418 724736
  • Cafe Staff – 3-4 days per week 54559220  or 0404 817162
  • Cleaners – Experienced cleaners for Noosa/Coolum resorts 5447 2437 or 0408 726696
  • Kitchen Hand – Bistro C, Hastings Street, apply in person with resume to Dale or Syed
  • Barista – Chocolat Pattiserie Phone  Seongok Lee 0754490666
  • German Speaker – Must have good English Skills and be here for at least 6 months. Apply in person at Tribal Tavel

Talking the Talk

Giving or listening to an oral presentation is a great way to improve your English, especially when laughter is involved.

Waleed Almarzoug certainly entertained teacher Sonia Russell and classmates Joelle and Lauren with his New Zealand holiday videos. Waleed and his wife were very brave and  jumped from a 109 metre high cliff edge, freefalling 60 metres from a vertical cliff face on an elastic swing.

The girls are obviously enjoying watching Waleed and his wife flying through the air!

Living The Dream

Yarananda Vieira Vilaca and Stefania Reis say that they have had the best time ever!

While studying at GV, Yarananda has been working as a waitress at the The Noosa Surf Club. She said that the job was really fun and a good way to meet people and improve her English. Meanwhile, Stefania collected good wages as a cook at Rocco’s restuarant, which won ‘Best entertainment Restuarant’ at the 2009 Queensland tourism awards.

Both girls say that they have had the best time ever at Noosa, loved their jobs and now have enough money to go travelling before returning to Brazil. They will go to Fraser Island, the Whitsundays, Byon Bay and Melbourne.

We wish you happy and safe travelling girls. We will miss you both.

Can you play table tennis with 14 people on 1 table?

Yes, of course. Just get everyone to stand around the table and rotate anti-clockwise taking turns at hitting the ball.When there are lots of players and only one table this game allows everyone to play without the need to wait for your turn. Students tell us that this style of play is quite common throughout Europe. Thank you for sharing this fast-paced technique with us here at GV Noosa!

First Stop on Honeymoon is GV Noosa!

Jae Ho Lee, Josh to his friends, came straight from the airport to GV Noosa today to introduce us to his new bride, Eun Hye, Yeam.

Josh studied in our Cambridge program in 2007 and was the first Korean student with us to pass the Cambridge Advanced Exam. As a result he secured a job as a banker with KEB, (Korea Exchange Bank) and hopes to get a position with them in Australia in the future.

Josh and Eun Hye married on the weekend and he couldn’t wait to bring his beautiful bride to GV Noosa and introduce her to us. He was happy to see his teachers still here and said he treasured his memories of his time in Noosa.

We wish Josh and Eun Hye a wonderful honeymoon and every blessing for their future. Thanks for coming back to say hello to us.

Exclusive GV Gold Coast Trip

Next weekend we have a bus going to the Gold Coast with GV Noosa and GV Caloundra students. First stop is Dreamworld and Whitewaterworld, then off to Surfers Paradise for a night club tour. After a couple of hours sleep at the backpackers, some breakfast and a visit to the markets and DFO shopping on the way home.

All of this for only $220!  Spaces are filling fast so get in to see Don this week to make sure you don’t miss out

Soccer on Wednesday, Basketball Thursday

Every Wednesday students are invited to join a Soccer game at Sunshine Beach High School from 3.30pm. Thursday afternoon is Basketball at the Primary School from 3pm.

Join Dennis and the crew for Basketball every Thursday

If you don’t know where to go just meet in the courtyard 30 minutes before the start times. Alisa takes the soccer group on Wednesdays and Nathan takes basketball on Thursdays

Time to find a Job?

  • Kitchen Hands – The Wok In Noosa, just show up with your resume for an immediate start, 4 nights per week
  • Waitstaff – Busy Noosa Cafe, weekends, no nights, call 0423 015716 and leave a message
  • Bar Assistant/Glassie – Halse Lodge, phone Drew 0418 724736
  • Cleaners – Noosa Resorts, must have experience and own transport, 0412 222563
  • Cleaners – Coolum Resort Complex 5447 2437
  • Catalogue Distributors – and collectors 1300 663163
  • Kitchen Hand – Bistro C,  07 54472855
  • Housekeeper – The Rise Noosa, email resume to the manager at gm@therisenoosa.com.au or contact Hilda Morrison at 0407 966 103)

Also keep an eye on jobsnoosa.com.au for latest updates. Good Luck!

Welcome Cambridge Students

Today we welcomed more than 100 new students to GV Noosa in the traditional Aussie way… A Barbeque.

A great game of soccer was the highlight of the afternoon, and the food, oh and the beer too! Best wishes to all students in 2010

Teacher Profile

Perth born Tim Bloxsome joined the teaching staff  last year.

What were you doing before you came to GV Noosa?

Before I came to GV Noosa I was travelling the world. Teaching in Taipei! Paris! Rome! Perth! Before that I was a magazine journalist in Melbourne and Sydney.

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

I love the surf. I also love the weather but I really love the surf. Tea Tree Bay on a perfect day is heaven on Earth.

I hear you have published a novel, tell us about it?

I’ve published two novels, one is called LBF, the other is called Woodchopper. LBF is currently being made into a movie in Sydney and I am told that it will be released a t a festival premiere this year, but you should never believe what ‘movie people’ tell you.

What do you think is most important when learning a language?

First and foremost a language student should use the new language as much as they can; speak to strangers, shop assistants, bus drivers….everyone.

What do you always ask your students to do?

I ask my students to speak in full sentences and avoid giving one-word answers. Fluency comes from repeatedly using good sentence structure.

Thanks Tim.

Noosa Night Life

Noosa is full of great pubs and clubs, all of which cater directly to international students and backpackers. Here are just a few of our favourites;

  • Rolling Rock Nightclub – Hastings Street. For that real nightclub vibe, stroll down the hill to Hastings Street to see some of the best DJ’s from Australia and overseas. See Jimmy Z on 21st Jan, and a great lineup on the 30th Jan. VIP tickets available from Don at the Activities Desk (FREE ENTRY)
  • Koala Bar – Noosa Drive. Everybody’s favourite. Thursday night is student night at KB’s. Free Barbeque from 8pm til 8.30. Just buy one drink and get a free meal. Discount drinks for GV students until 10.30. Competitions and prizes, international music. FREE ENTRY
  • Irish Murphy’s – Noosa Junction. Monday night is Tribal night. Also a free Barbeque from 8pm. Competitions and prizes. Get your tickets from Don (FREE ENTRY)
  • Noosa Reef Hotel – Noosa Drive. Great DJ’s Friday and Saturday nights. free entry before 9pm. $5 cover charge after 9.
  • Noosa Surf Life Saving Club – The only place in Noosa to find Karaoke! Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu nights from 9 pm. FREE ENTRY

GV Students letting off some steam at Koala Bar

How Did You Spend New Years Eve?

Most students stayed around Noosa on New Years but some went to Brisbane and others went as far as Sydney!

Lucas and his friends caught the train to Sydney to see the world Famous fireworks display

Pedro, Emiline and Maria went to South Bank in Brisbane and said the fireworks were great there

David, Alvin and Sabrina stayed local and had lots of fun at Lions Park and Main Beach

Great to see everyone made it back in one piece to start fresh in 2010!