Happy Easter for Everybody

Easter is only a step away and GV Noosa is already bunny hopping around!

Finally a long weekend has come for the students and staff to take a little time out and get some R&R (rest and relaxation) over Easter 2010. Not only is Easter recognised for chocolate eggs, bunny rabbits and school holidays, it originally stems from Christianity beliefs and celebrated by churches for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our GV Noosa Bunny bounced around school with a basket of eggs to bring out the easter spirit in us all.  This weekend will be memorable for most of the students because of the trips they have planned.  Fraser Island is booked out, Sydney Reunion trips are on the go, The Great Noosa Camp Outers are ready to make music and Family and friends will spend quality time together.  We look forward to sharing our holiday stories next week.

HAPPY EASTER GV NOOSA & HAVE A SAFE LONG WEEKEND!

Brazilian Party Rox!

After many student requests for a Brazilian Carnaval Party, a fiesta exploded on the 25th of  March at Nomads and continued across the road at Irish Murphy’s.  It was an extreme night of fun for everybody!

People from all nationalities came together and celebrated the culture of Brazil.   Brazilian music played all night long and everywhere you looked colours of  green, blue and yellow filled your eyes.

The party did not finish at Nomads.  After midnight all the students and backpackers moved the carnaval to Irish Murphy’s for another round of drinks and disco dancing.

As usual, the GV Students have shown us how to party.  The Brazilian girls in particular showed their strength by rocking up to school earlier than usual the next day.

Hollywood Star Drama

The drama class in the afternoon is very popular at the moment.

The two drama classes will be giving a joint performance of a surprise play to the whole school in 3 weeks time. Showing the good work, talent of students and the will to become a famous actor/actress.

Here you can see Tim’s class preparing for Hollywood.

Would You Like to Hand Feed Wild Dolphins?

Take a GV EXPLORE weekend break to Rainbow Beach and you could experience the magic of feeding dolphins in their natural environment.


For next to nothing you will have your weekend away organised for you.  This includes return Greyhound buses, hostel accommodation with free breakfast, return ferry cruise, and dolphin feeding.

Why not make it even more exciting and add an optional upgrade of dolphin kayaking, or a barefoot 14,000 feet skydive.  The choice is yours.

Get more information, and book your place with Nadia on the student activities desk.

Cambridge Students Really Know How To Party

Not content with a huge “Brazilian themed’ student  party on Thursday night, these students were found drink in hand before school on Friday morning!

They were celebrating Corinne’s birthday and their weekend trip to Fraser Island. Have a great trip but don’t forget to do your homework guys!!

Games Day Winners Take Home A Tour

Yesterday two groups of students got together for a play off with world wide known games ‘Scrabble’ and ‘Monopoly’.

The winners from Monopoly were given a champagne dinner everglades cruise and the highest score word-winner at scrabble took home  an adventurous Kayak Tour around the prestige Noosa National Park.  Both tours were courtesy of Tribal Travel.

The students worked their brains to buy the most property, make the most cash and build highest scoring words.

‘Zoosa’ gave a whole new meaning to naming word ‘Noosa’, and ‘Gee’ wasn’t found in the dictionary.  “Oh gee, I’m not sure why?”.   Ross and Steve took home the tour prizes and will be hard to beat on our next games day.

Our New Cambridge Students

GV Noosa gave a big welcome party for the new Cambridge students on Monday.

We have students enrolled for the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE), First Cambridge Certificate (FCE) and Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE). Noosa is recognised world wide as a centre of excellence for the Cambridge exams. As you can see from the photo above and the selection below, they are already studying hard!!

The Global Village Noosa Project

Last week some of our very talented students and teachers put together a creative pictorial project on studying at Global Village Noosa.

Teachers Rachel and Dionne said that the project gave the students the opportunity to use the their English in a creative and productive way. They interviewed students, visited locations and interacted with locals in the community to put together a montage of ‘life in Noosa’.

“When we watched this special presentation it touched our hearts and reminded us of how beautiful Noosa is.  There really is no better to place to study in Australia”. 

 We are all very proud of the effort that  David, Barbara, Ana, Min-Ju and Vivienne put into this project.  You have put together a wonderful masterpiece we will cherish forever.

Grammar Workshops

Don’t forget to sign up for our Tuesday and Thursday afternoon Grammar Workshops

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This week, Tim is teaching Intermediate and above levels;

Tuesday:  Reported Speech

Thursday: Past Modals

Suzie is teaching Elementary and Preintermediate levels.  The subjects are;

Tuesday: Past Simple Revision

Thursday: Echo Questions

These Workshops are a great opportunity to extend your grammar skills.  Don’t forget to sign up today!

Tribal Travel News

A big welcome to all the new students at Global Village from the team at Tribal Travel.

You’ll see us around during your time in the school.  We’re here to help.  Here’s some of the services we provide for GV students:

  1. A Travel Desk in the school every Tuesday and Thursday lunchbreak.  Look out for Kayley or Josi (wearing red Tribal tshirts) in the kitchen area.  Ask any travel questions – big or small
  2. GV EXPLORE weekend packages.  Perfect if you want a cheap, easy, fun weekend out of Noosa.  Get information and book your place with Nadia on the Activities Desk
  3. Tribal Night at Irish Murphys in the Junction.  Grab a ticket from our shop to get a FREE BBQ meal, entry to a prize draw and dancing till 2am
  4. FREE unlimited internet use in our shop – simply show us your Global Village card
  5. FREE travel planning for trips Australia-wide, Fiji and New Zealand
  6. Unbeatable discounts on all travel packages with lots of freebie options including pizzas, FREE tours and cashback

We’re just round the corner from the school, across from the cinemal.  Welcome and enjoy!

Ultimate Survivor Challenge

Pre Intermediate B teacher Sharon Curtis organised the Ultimate Survivor Challenge for their unit 12 testing today.

Sharon divided the class into teams and organised three sections for the challenge:

  • A treasure hunt involving the students asking indirect questions
  • A Grammar and vocabulary test covering work covered in the last 6 units
  • A physical challenge (Not for the faint hearted)

The winners were grinners with bottles of wine and chocolate, but all the students thought that it was the best end of course testing ever!  Check out the following photos.

Friday Job Listing – 19th March

Please see Nadia at Activities desk if you need help looking for work.

Chef and Waitstaff – Experience in Thai cuisine prefferd, required for catering company in Tewantin, experienced, dynamic and friendly, Immediate start, Please email resume to 10redaprons@gmail.com by 22nd March.

Chefs/Cooks/ Wait/barstaff – Falls Creek Victoria snow season, Pleaseemail – karelia@westnet.com.au, Interviews in Noosa Mid April.

Snow Jobs – Mt Hotham requires staff all types to work the snow season, for further info and to apply online go to www.hothamjobs.com.au

Casual Cleaner – For a professional office, must be experienced and be able to work unsupervised, Flexible hours, Own ABN, will reference and police check, call 0407 676 977 between 9am – 4pm or email gnaismith@stepsahead.com

Cleaners Required – Must be experienced, ABN, Mobile Phone and car necessary, Good conditions and day time work only, Phone 0411 509 630.

Catalogue Distributors – Earn $100 – $200 a week for 2 hours max daily. No outlay, Call 1300 663 161.

Junior Labourer – Part time, house and land, After school and weekends, Old Tewantin, Phone 5449 0513

Chefs & Pizza Chefs – Perm Casual (30 – 40) hrs per week for new restaurant opening in Easter, Email resume to info@collinsdevelopment.com.au

Cleaner – Part time phone David 0422 133 761, must have own car, 5-15 hours per week must be ablle to work weekends.

Floorstaff – Experienced, Sandbar Bistro Coolum Beach Surf Club, Reliable and well presented, Phone Michelle 5446 3694 or email resume to info@sandbarcoolum.com

Cleaners – School Holiday Apartment Cleaners required No ABN necessary. Experience Essential, Mooloolabah area, flexible working days. Please look in Fridays Sushine Coast Daily.

Check out www.seek.com –  its an excellent online source for jobs!

Monday Invites New Students

Every Monday is recognised as the  first day of school for all new students at Global Village.

Next week on Monday we will be greeting a large number students for the new Cambridge course.  We will be having a welcome BBQ at 2pm, so please feel free to join in and make them feel welcome.  The weather suggests it is better to have our welcome party in the Common Room than the park!

These photos are images of some of our recent newcomers in the past weeks.

Toblerone Tasting – Terrific!

One batch of Swiss Toblerone Mousse just wasn’t enough!

Our students Sandra, Alexandra, Eileen and Astrid did a marvellous job in the GV Noosa kitchen today.  The Toblerone Mousse at high demand forced the girls to make two batches of sweet swiss mousse flavours.

400grams of Toblerone chocolate, 8 eggs and a cup full of cream was used per batch to satisfy the tastebuds of 20 students.  Sandra decided to add sugar as her secret ingredient to enhance the sweetness of her Swiss recipe, noone seemed to mind.

Nadia had time to paint a few extra green designs on the arms of students for St Patrick Day!  She is bound to see them all later for a drink and a dance.

Thankyou girls for your outstanding efforts.

The girls have been given a Noosa Cruiser Tour for Tuesday next week courtesy of “TRIBAL TRAVEL”.  If you would like to join them for a ride please see the girls at Tribal.  The boat leaves Tuesdays ONLY!

Big waves this week

Cyclones over Fiji are good news for Noosa surfers

We are expecting big, big surf conditions this week.  Even if you’re not a surfer, waves like we are expecting can be great to just look at.  It’s great timing for the Noosa Festival of Surfing, too!

Please please please though only enter the water if you’re an experienced surfer and very strong swimmer.

Check out the beach on surfcam here:  http://www.coastalwatch.com/camera/cameras_large.aspx?cam=600&state=QLD

Sweet Swiss Sensation

Our Wednesday Activity will be demonstrated by new student Sandra.

Sandra is from Switzerland and will be performing how to make traditional Swiss Toblerone Mousse.  You are welcome to come along and learn how to make it yourself.  If the teachers dont eat all of the dessert some of you might get to have a taste! He He.  Meet in the kitchen around 2pm St Patricks Day March 17th 2010.

Saint Patricks Day – Wednesday 17th March

Ever wondered why St Patricks Day is Celebrated?

Here are the reasons behind all the Green Fuss & Good Luck associated with St Paddy’s Day!

Who is St Patrick?


St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day

www.history.com/topics/who-was-saint-patrick

What Are the Traditions of St. Patrick’s Day?
There are many traditions and symbols associated withSt Patricks Day and Ireland. Here are a handful of the most popular practices.

Shamrock
The shamrock as symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is partly due to the natural abundance of clover plants in the country, but largely due to its strong association with Christianity. According to Robert Mahony, Professor of English and member of the Center for Irish Studies at Catholic University, legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to visually illustrate the concept of the Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) when trying to convert polytheistic pagans to Christianity.

“A clover is one plant with three leaves, but the three leaves are necessary to make it [complete],” explains Prof. Mahony. “[In Christianity,] God is three persons, but it’s not the same as three gods.” The simple analogy is thought to have helped non-Christians understand a fundamental element of the Christian religion, facilitating conversion.

It was through the retelling of this story that the shamrock became associated with St. Patrick and Ireland’s conversion to Christianity. As a result, the shamrock is a widely used to commemorate Saint Patrick’s Day, and in modern times has been appropriated by secular institutions as a symbol for the Irish.

Four-Leaf Clover
Although clovers are most often found in nature with three leaves, rare four-leaf clovers do exist. Finding one is thought to bring someone extreme luck. The folklore for four-leaf clovers differs from that of the Shamrock due to the fact that it has no religious allusions associated with it. It is believed that each leaf of a four-leaf clover represents something different: first is hope, the second is faith, the third is love, and the fourth is happiness.

Leprechauns
Just what does a mythical leprechaun look like and why are they so special? A leprechaun looks like a little old man and dresses like a shoemaker with a cocked hat and leather apron. A Leprechaun’s personality is described as aloof and unfriendly. They live alone and pass the time by mending the shoes of Irish fairies.

According to St. Patrick’s Day: Parades, Shamrocks, and Leprechauns by Elaine Landau, the legend is that the fairies pay the leprechauns for their work with golden coins, which the “little people” collect in large pots–the famous “pots of gold” often associated with leprechauns.

If you listen closely for the sound of their hammer you might be able to capture one. If you do you can force him (with the threat of bodily violence) to reveal where he’s hidden his treasure. Be careful! Do not take your eyes off him for if you do he will surely vanish and your hopes of finding his treasure will vanish with him.

Green
So why do we all wear green?

Probably because you’ll be pinched if you don’t! School children started this tradition. Green is also the color of spring, the shamrock, and is connected with hope and nature. Historically, green has been a color used in the flags of several revolutionary groups in Ireland and as a result it appears in the official tri-color country flag, adopted in 1919.

In addition to that, Ireland is often called the “Emerald Isle” due to the lush natural greenery found on the island. Says Prof. Mahony, “One of the things that strikes people all the time is how Ireland is incredibly green–it’s very far north, but it doesn’t get frozen. When people say that ‘Ireland has 40 shades of green,’ they are right!”

The luck of the Irish
Want to be lucky this St. Patrick’s Day? Follow this advice:

1. Find a four-leaf clover. 2. Wear green (so you don’t get pinched). 3. Kiss the blarney stone. 4. Catch a Leprechaun if you can.

In honor of the festivities we leave you with this Irish blessing: May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go!

http://holidays.kaboose.com/saint-patricks-day/history/patrick-history-traditions-symbols.html

We will be celebrating St Patricks Day at Irish Murphy’s Noosa Heads.

Get in early or you will miss out!

Tribal News

SPEND A WEEKEND ON FRASER ISLAND

Check out Fraser Island ANY weekend with the best the tour company ever …

TRAILBLAZERS.  Book through the school with a GV EXPLORE package and get the cheapest price in town.  For details see below … to book see NADIA on the Activities Desk.

Goodbye Message From Tobias

It is great when students keep in touch. Below is an email I received today.

Toby and his CAE classmates on their last day

Hi Becky,

I promised to send you the pictures which I made on Friday after the speaking exam. And here they are!

I have also attached some pictures of the Snake Show on Friday afternoon…

Thanks again for all your support at the listening exam and for this great ten weeks at GV Noosa! I will never forget this time!

Tobias Giger

Teacher Alisa gets chocolates from Toby, 'The Teacher's Pet'!

 

Becky is horrified that the snake is not speaking English

 

Nadia, our student officer, tells us she is still alive

Friday Job Listing

Looking For Work?


Short order Cook/ Barista – Experienced, friendly, Phone between 3pm – 5pm on 5447 2581. or drop resume into beach chalet shop, 1 Tingira Cres, Sunshine Beach.

Waitperson – Noosaville Restaurant, 2-3 nights a week minimum, Weekend work Phone 0403824410.

Part time Cleaner – 5 to 15 hours per week, Weekends, Own transport, Phone David on 0422 133 761.

Cleaners Required – Experienced, ABN, Mobile Phone, Car, Day time Work only, Excellent wage for right people, Phone: 0411 509 630.

Seasons Aged Care – Cooks, Relief Cooks, Food Service Attendants, Domestic Service Attendants, Admin Assistants

Apply online at www.seasonssupportedliving.com.au

German/French Language Teacher – For school kids in July August, Please see Nadia for details.

Please check out www.seek.com for other jobs on the Sunshine Coast.

See Nadia at Activities if you require help with your resume and looking for work.

Pool Volleyball – Week 2

Last week students had such an excellent time at Koala/Nomads Pool for Week 1 Pool Volleyball.  We Encourage more Students to Come Along and Participate or Watch and Support your Favourite Team!
WEEK 2


Winners of each week Win a $50 bar tab.  It is possible that you are welcome to swim in the pool following the activity hour and also play volleyball on Koala/Nomad Volleyball Court.  Multiple Bar Tabs are likely!

Brazilian Party – 25th March

We would like to honor our Brazilian Students with a party!  Everybody is welcome if they are over 18!

Come celebrate Brazilian culture by dressing up in BLUE, GREEN or YELLOW and dance Brazilian all night long!

Nadja & Friends Fraser Trailblazer Tour

Fraser Island

Awesome Island Adventure

Saturday:

We left in the morning at 8 o`clock at the Koala. We were nine people who enjoyed the whole weekend together. We went driving on an awesome 4WD- track and we had a lot of fun in the car. Also the tour guide made funny statements during the whole tour.

The first stop was at Rainbow Beach for buying alcohol and different things for the journey.  With a ferry we crossed  the pacific from Rainbow Beach to Hook Point.  We tried to take pictures of  the dolphins, who were jumping out of the sea.  On Fraser Island we drove along the beach to the beach house. We stayed at the base camp FRASER TRAILBLAZERS for one night. It was so nice because we slept in big tents, but under a roof  and we didn`t get wet.  At the camp was a big living room with TV, kitchen and tables for having nice meals.

On Saturday afternoon we went to Lake Wabby. Wetook a short walk around 30min. The first part was in the rainforest and the last part was through a little desert. The lake was sooooooooo beautiful. Sometimes you can see turtles in the lake. We were swimming all together in the lake. We swam from the beach to a little sand island  across the fresh water lake.  It was raining but  we had a good time in the water.  It wasn`t hot, it was the right temperature and weather to relax in nature.  After that we drove on the track through the forest to visit the famous Maheno Shipwreck.

The next stop was Eli Creek.  This is a river where you can swim from inland to the beach shore.  On the same tour we saw the Pinnacles.  They have such a nice colour.  This Saturday trip was finished and we went back to the base camp.  After that the tour guide cooked a delicious dinner for us: Aussie BBQ with quality Beef Steaks, Sausages, taste of kangaroo and variety of salads. With full stomach we listened to the stunning music from Nadia. We decided to go to the pub for dancing. The pub was awesome:  it had a great dance floor, a pool table, a swimming pool and a lot of space for having a party.

Sunday:

In the morning we were strolling in the rain forest. It was a relaxed walk and we rechargedour batteries. Before lunchtime we were visiting the Lake Birrabeen. It was a great feeling with the white sand and the sun. We went back to the base camp for having lunch. After lunch time we were packing all our stuff and put it on the top of the car. We took the ferry back to Rainbow Beach and were planning to take the highway back home but the rain flooded the roads of the town Gympie so we were “forced” to take the beach way home. No one complained.

Traditional Korean Wedding for GV Noosa Student

When student Eun Ah was married in Korea on March 6th, teacher Chris Blight was there to witness the happy occasion.

Happy couple, Eun Ah Kim and Chul Hyun Yoon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chris said that the traditional Korean wedding was beautiful and Eun Ah was a stunning bride. Our congratulations to Eun Ah and Chul Hyun, we wish you a healthy and prosperous life together. Maybe one day your children will study at GV Noosa also. 🙂

GV Noosa Students Join Australia Clean Up Day

A wonderful group of our Japanese students volunteered to join the Noosa Clean Up Day last weekend.

Manaoo, Nana, Konami, Yoshiko, Aya, Hiro and Shinya joined Aussie volunteers to clean up our streets and beaches. They said that it was also a great way to make friends in the community and improve their English.  Thank you everyone, you are our Clean Up Heroes.

Week 1 Pool Volleyball Comp Results

GV Students cool down in Week 1 Volleyball competition at Nomads.

5 Teams of five strolled to the local pool at Nomads to compete against each other in five rounds of pool volleyball to win the weekly bar tab and major tour prize to be given away at the final games on Monday April 19 2010.

Other students decided to support their teams and came along to watch the excitement.  Our teams unfortunately were beaten by the backpacker team on the day, although it was a close win.  Daniel did fill in for the backpacker team and won a global prize.

Every Week Nomads will be giving away a $50 Bar tab so for all those thirsty drinkers perhaps you should put together your winning team.

In week 3 there will be no game because of Easter Weekend.

In week 6, the finals will present the winning team with awesome tour prizes for each team member courtesy of Nomads.

Monday was so much fun a great way to spend the afternoon with your friends and other Global Village Students.  Come along and enjoy the game!

If you are interested in joining Week 2 Pool Volleyball, sign on at the Activities Board or see Nadia at Activities Desk.

Do You Need a Break?

Why not check out the new range of GV EXPLORE packages?


BYRON BAY *** FRASER ISLAND *** GOLD COAST *** GREAT BARRIER REEF

*** MORETON ISLAND *** EVERGLADES ***  RAINBOW BEACH *** AND MORE MORE MORE ***

Designed especially for GV Noosa students, these weekend breaks are CHEAP, EASY and FUN.

Get more details and book your place with Nadia on the Activities Desk.

Get out there and EXPLORE.

Friday Job Listing

Dont Give Up Looking For Work.  The Opportunities are Endless!

Casual Kitchen Hand – Up to 15 hours a week, Immediate start. email: apollhtl@bigpond.com or fax 5485 3499.

Chef / Waitstaff – Part time or full-time available, Noosa area, Please phone 0411 258 894 for more information.

Dishwasher / Kitchenhand – Noosaville restaurant, 2 nights per week including weekends, Phone: 0403 824 410.

Experienced Cook – Noosa, Grill and pan experience, Please call Jess 5455 3544.

Registered Nurse – Required at GP Surgery, 2 days per week plus relief, Please send resume to practicemanager@noosagp.com.au

Farm Worker Wanted – Must have MR truck licence, Phone: 0412 600 306.

Need Cash in Hand? – Earn $100-$200 per week, 8-10 hours, Deliver and Collect catalogues, Please contact 1300 663 161.

Cleaners – Experienced for domestic cleans. Email resume to enquiry@fivestarcleaningservices.com.au

TV Extras – Adults required for casual work in catalogues, films and tv, Phone talent box: 1300 768 791.

Cook – Noosaville restaurant, experience prefered, 20 hours per week, plus night work, Phone May on 5449 7476 or 0433 912 883.

check out  www.seek.com.au for other jobs.

Please see Nadia at Activities to  get a Tax File No or if you need any help while looking for work.